I gathered all the items on the dining room table and pondered possible combinations. The easiest and most obvious: the three candleholders. Topped with pumpkins and grouped on a sideboard with a fall topiary and lamp, they added an instant autumn look.
Seven of the orange orbs, three in an ice bucket, one under a candle in a hurricane glass holder, one perched on a sugar holder and two in the middle of green, gold, orange and russet plates brightened a table set for a cozy dinner for two.
Five little pumpkins -- wait. A song my children sang in kindergarten popped in my mind "Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate ..." they and their costumed classmates chirped in sing-songy voices at the Halloween party. The song stuck for the rest of the decorating session.
Anyway, those five pumpkins, a scattering of hickory nuts and a twist of bittersweet vine converted a two-tiered stand that usually held glasses into harvest display.
Two platters -- one beaten metal and one silver and gold -- received the pumpkin treatment to brighten up coffee tables in the living room and family room.
That left three pumpkins that needed a home for the holidays. A miniature glass greenhouse half filled with potpourri did not escape my notice. Placed on top of the potpourri, they completed the pumpkin push.
It was a fast and fun morning's work to add autumn flash without much cash.
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