Dress up plain woven bread baskets by painting them a single, glistening shade and fitting colorful fabric inside. For a lush centerpiece, insert a plastic liner, and fill with a mix of neutral, silvery-leafed plants along with flowers in deep purples and soft magentas. Here, we used mums, dusty miller, viburnum, globe thistle, and kale leaves -- all inexpensive and readily available in fall.
A brightly hued citrus centerpiece, piled high with velvet leaves and silver balls, brings sophisticated cheer to an evening of Champagne toasts. The faux lemons covered with glitter are for display only, but lemon-drop candies, arranged in personalized baskets atop each plate, encourage a sweet start to the coming year.