Martha Stewart Living, October 2006
For the chandelier: tie the stems of two or three dried leaves along a strand of cord and affix a heavy bead to the bottom to weight it. Repeat to make several cords and carefully tie them to the chandelier.
To dry leaves, lay down a sheet of newsprint, followed by paper towels.
Arrange leaves on paper towels, then place a second layer of paper towels and a sheet of newsprint on top.
Set stack in a phone book, and place in a dry, ventilated spot for several days.
To make place cards, use a gel-ink pen -- ours had white ink, but metallic shades will also work well -- to add guests' names.
Fall leaves dance above the dinner table (and delicate golden silk cords keep them from fluttering into your soup). More leaves -- each inscribed with the name of a guest -- rest in water goblets.