Tradition with a Twist
Say good-bye to the stiff floral arrangements of olden days. This Thanksgiving, Matthew runs his centerpiece the length of the table. To lift the eye from the tabletop, he uses a long tin box, overturned. (A wooden trough or plank could also work.) On this base he places butternut gourds intertwined with bittersweet. Additional height comes from tall beeswax tapers. Matthew complemented his fall palette with roses, wooden candlesticks, and a compote of nuts. For a bit of whimsy, a persimmon sits atop a low candlestick, and names are handwritten on small gourds, serving as place cards.