Here's an idea for a festive holiday centerpiece: This time of year there are all kinds of beautiful fruits and vegetables in the market and it's really fun to use them as centerpieces instead of flowers. The first thing you need to do is find some kind of container (glass vase or cake plate or something from the garden) that you can secure a piece of floral foam to. I like to use the green cones which I stick down with a little hot glue and some floral tape. Don't worry, that will all be hidden. Sometimes I wrap the foam cone in foil so if you see bits of it through the decoration — it looks festive! I shop all the best markets looking for heirloom varieties like purple beans and dragons breath red radishes. I also like Lady apples and Seckel pears. Globe artichokes and baby squashes are great as well.
Starting from the bottom, and working as I turn the piece, I start sticking 1/2 toothpicks into the veggie and then the foam. I personally like to work one vegetable each row, but you can freeform it and go crazy! The centerpieces are best assembled the day you will display them but do hold up for 2 days. Then take them apart and use all the produce in your kitchen. Be sure to remove all the toothpicks first — ouch!
Have you ever used veggies as a centerpiece?