Long before the appetizer is served, your table will make a good first impression with these fall-fruit place cards. Here, small pears and sweet-gum-tree spurs hold paper name tags punched with holes and tied in place with ribbon or twine. Any small fruit, such as crab apples or jack-be-little pumpkins, can be used.
What kid doesn't love carving a pumpkin? It's enticingly messy and squishy, and it's a tradition that's been celebrated for centuries. But there's even more fun to be had: Here are some inventive ideas for pumpkins that kids will adore, whether you're using them to scare away Halloween ghosts or in a sweet treat.
This year, treat your gang of goblins and ghosts to a jack-o'-lantern tricked out with creative carvings. Inspired by paint-by-numbers kits, our carve-by-color technique uses color-coded templates to show you how much and where to cut, shave, or scrape your pumpkin to create a jack-'o-lantern that looks richly textured, multitonal -- and terrifying in the best way possible.Be sure to look for a pumpkin that fits your chosen template and is firm all over -- soft spots near the stem or base can indicate premature rot.