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New Ideas for Traditional Autumn Gatherings
by Jenna Hughes

Autumn Table SettingEveryone loves the tradition that inspires fall parties and family gatherings. This tradition sets the frame work for beautifully set tables and comfort foods that everyone looks forward to all year long. While you want to keep these traditions alive, you and your guests will appreciate mixing it up a little with new dishes and creative decorations. With our help and your handy decorating, this year's fall parties and Thanksgiving get-togethers will be the best ever.

Novel Ways to Use Your Pumpkins
Stuffed Pumpkins
Stuffed Pumpkin Casserole
Whether it is mashed sweet potatoes or a yummy fall casserole, using the pumpkin to both bake and serve your dish not only creates an impressive presentation. It also saves on clean up because the baked pumpkin shells can just be tossed out at the end of the night.
Colorful Pumpkins
Pumpkins in a Variety of Colors
Don't restrict yourself to orange pumpkins. Display a variety of colors shapes and sizes in clear jars and on lovely cake stands for a simply lovely centerpiece.
Pumpkin Candle Holders
Pumpkin Candle Holders
Leave your pumpkin's beautiful shell uncarved and hollow out just enough of the pumpkin to hold a candle. Add a wreath of fall foliage and you have an elegant twist on the traditional pumpkin lantern.
Harvest Inspired Decor
Mix it Up with Mixed Nuts
Mixed Nut Display
Display your unshelled nuts on cake stands and in lovely apothecary jars. You can also provide shelled and salted nuts in pretty bowls for those guests who don't wish to crack them open.
Corn for a Pop of Color
Corn Kernels inside a clear glass candle holder
Sweet shades of yellow and warm reds and browns are perfect for autumn decorating. You can find these shades in the kernels and husks of corn kernels. Fill up candle holders and jars with the colorful kernels or simply display the dried cobs on platters or directly on your table runners for a look that it perfectly autumnal.
Harvest Inspired Design
Eat Drink and Be Thankful. Harvest Design Guest Towels
Using disposable napkins with lovely harvest inspired designs allows you to combine something fresh and unique with your existing table linens in fall colors. The 'Eat, Drink and Be Thankful' guest towels above use a modern phrase with a traditional fall pumpkin so they can fit right in with a variety of Thanksgiving styles.
Creative Kids Tables
Paper Pilgrim Boats
Paper Pilgrim Boats
Fold colorful paper boats out of scrapbook paper and set them out for each child. Paper maps can serve as your table covering or placemats. Mark the route the pilgrims took and encourage the children to sail their little Mayflower ships along it.
Pilgrim Puppet Favors
Paper Pilgrim Puppet Hats on Candy Sticks
These cute paper hats by Martha Stewart are the perfect way to entertain kids and send them home with a treat.
Pie Snack Boxes
 DIY Pie Shaped snack boxes
Keep the kids happy while they wait on dinner with a fun snack. A mix of popcorn and chocolate candies was used for the picture above and placed inside disposable tart pans with a cardstock lid cut in the shape of a pie crust. Find the how to for this adorable prokect at Fiskars.com
Image Credits:
Pumpkins - Stuffed Pumpkins from Country Living, Colorful Pumpkins and Pumpkin Candle Holder from Modern Vintage Homemaking
Harvest Inspired Decor - Nut Display and Corn Jar from Better Homes and Gardens, Guest Towels from MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com
Creative Kids Tables- Paper Pilgrim Boats from Martha Stewart, Pilgrim Puppet Favors from Martha Stewart, Pie Snack Boxes from Fiskars.com