It’s fall, which means it’s apple season. Apple crisp, apple pie, apples with roast pork, spiced pickled apples—the list of ways to use the crispy goodies in cooking is endless. Eventually, though, you come to the end of your culinary creativity and still have a bag of apples hanging around. What do you do?
Why, decorate with them, of course.
Dried apple wreath
A wreath made of spiced dried apples is both easy and aromatic—a perfect hostess gift if someone else is hosting Thanksgiving this year. Directions: www.hillside-orchard.com
Hollow out the tops of your Granny Smiths, Golden Delicious or Macs, add a tealight, and you’ve got a pretty candle holder that won’t overwhelm your holiday table with scent. Directions www.womensday.com
Pile apples and some greenery on a footed dish—like a cake platter or fancy candy dish—for a quick, easy centrepiece. The best part? Dessert is already on the table…
Jazzed up flower arrangements
Why use plain old water when you can create greater visual interest with apples? Large, clear vases combined with fresh Granny Smith apples and hydrangeas make an elegant, modern display.
For a modern take on the traditional centrepiece, combine Granny Smith apples with a long, flat piece driftwood, adding fresh colour and rustic texture to your table. Plus, you can always use the Granny Smiths for pie once dinner’s done.
If you’re going to be making candy apples anyway, why not make them do double duty as a pretty centrepiece? Candy or caramel apples plus vibrant fall leaves look great. The leaves stop your dishes from getting all sticky. Recipe: www.neartonothing.blogspot.ca
Pair bright Granny Smith apples with green spider mums for a modern look, or go more traditional with red apples and a single rose.
Mark a special guest’s place with an easy DIY apple chair swag—perfect for fall birthdays or rustic-themed wedding showers. Directionsthebridescafe.com
Easiest table decor ever
Create a welcoming hall table display with a simple heart made of red apples. Invite guests to take an apple on their way home as a departing snack.