hedge apples + mini pumpkins = fall tablescape

We spent last weekend at my middle daughter’s regatta in Dayton, Ohio. While G was busy rowing all day, my youngest daughter busied herself with collecting hedge apples in between the races.

polka dots and picket fences

Hedge apples…I had not seen these since my childhood. I remember collecting them myself…not sure what I did with them, though.

I thought it might be nice to take them home and make “something” with them. I wasn’t sure what that “something” might be…but by the end of the day, she had accumulated quite a few. So we packed them in the car and took them back to Toledo with us!

I was still looking for a fall table decoration for our living room coffee table, so I decided to use the hedge apples and combine them with mini pumpkins.

polka dots and picket fences

polka dots and picket fences

I just love the rich colors of the hedge apples and the mini pumpkins together!

I cut small holes into the pumpkins so I could place tea light candles in each. The green apple candles (from Ikea) were perfect in keeping with the colors for this tablescape.

polka dots and picket fences

polka dots and picket fences

polka dots and picket fences

polka dots and picket fences

I placed the hedge apples on a wooden tray, and then I started adding the pumpkin candle holders in and around the hedge apples.

polka dots and picket fences

polka dots and picket fences

I just love the simplicity of it!  Sort of elegant, too…don’t you think?

polka dots and picket fences

I’m hoping to keep this on our coffee table until Thanksgiving, and then I will use a few of those hedge apples to keep spiders out of our basement. Yes, it’s true…they do repel insects if placed around the foundation of your house.

polka dots and picket fences

I’m so glad my daughter collected those hedge apples…she helped create a beautiful fall decoration for our home!

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