Seasonal decorating should make use of what’s readily available, and in the fall pumpkins and gourds are pretty popular, but apples also can be used whenever possible. Their vibrant colour adds a pop of red to a room or front porch when the light starts to fade and the days become shorter.
Here are a few inspiring ways you can include apples in your fall décor:
- Place a large bowl or basket on your dining table, kitchen counter or mantle and fill it with assorted apples. Add pinecones or pieces of greenery for visual interest, and place near a candle to create a cozy centrepiece.
- Make an apple garland and hang it on the mantle, door, or over the back of a chair. While this project can be a little challenging, it only requires three items and is worth the effort. You’ll need small apples (crab apples would work, too), fishing line and a long, sturdy needle. Thread the fishing line onto the needle and push it through the centre of the apple. Repeat with as many apples as needed and tie off the end, leaving a little extra for easy hanging.
- Use apples as place cards. Write the name of a guest on a decorative piece of paper, punch a hole into the top of the card and tie it to the stem of the apple with a festive ribbon.
- Make apple votives. This requires nothing more than some apples, votive candles, and a small knife. To make the candles, place the votive on the centre of the apples (remove the stem) and trace it. Cut around the drawn circle with a paring knife, inserting it on a diagonal. Remove the cut piece of apple with a spoon and scoop out a little extra flesh to accommodate the depth of the candle. Insert the tea-light and place on table. Alternatively, set the apples in a bin or basin filled with water to make a floating candle.
- Make an indoor apple tree by collecting a large bunch of bare branches and placing them inside a vase or metal container. Tie a twine loop around the steams of small apples and hang them at various lengths from the branches. This looks especially nice on a table in the foyer or on a mantle.
When it comes to cocktails and other seasonal beverages, apples can serve as a pretty garnish and flavouring agent. For example:
- Add 1 part apple cider to 2 parts prosecco and garnish with a thin slice of apple. Elevate the drink by adding a cinnamon sugar rim to the glass.
- Make fruit-infused water by filling a large beverage dispenser with sliced apples, fresh or frozen cranberries and a few green herbs (rosemary or mint work well).
- Warm apple cider, pour into mugs and add a few apple slices, a star anise and a cinnamon stick. Add a cinnamon sugar rim, if desired.
- Apple tea is comforting and soothing and can be made by placing three quartered apples into a large mason jar and topping with boiling water. Let steep for 1 or 2 before straining into a cup. Sweeten with honey and reheat the tea if your prefer your drink piping hot.