Well...I think you can decorate with them, too (which for some vegetables - *cough*brussel sprouts*cough* turnip*cough* is more enjoyable).
I chose this theme because I received my very first submission for P.O.D (sorry...this blog name is too long to say all the time).
Karyn mailed a great idea to me because she thought they were cute - she was right - and to share with all of you on here. This is really what it's all about: finding stuff and sharing it, all (4) of us together (I have no idea who reads this, but a big shout-out to the 3 I know about =o)...)
OK...here are some ideas of how to decorate with your veggies:
Artichoke Votive Holders
Submitted by Karyn
I've never done this, so I'm going to guess what I would do
* Cut the top off the artichoke.
* Hollow out a hole.
* Place your votive inside (finding a green votive candle close to the color of the artichoke would be perfect).
* Insert asparagus stems or green beans behind rubber band.
* Cover up rubber band with a ribbon.
Personal note: I like the asparagus votive holders above more than these in this picture (more realistic looking)
* Cut the top off the pumpkin (if you have several pumpkins, cut out a paper template for the hole).
* Use a spoon or an ice cream scoop to get all the meat of the pumpkin out (save the seeds and roast them).
* Take a potted plant (we used mums) and take it out of the pot (save your pot for later).
* Place plant in pumpkin.
* Tie ribbon around pumpkin (wired ribbon is easier to make bows that aren't floppy).
* Mist your plant every other day or water just a bit. Don't water too much or your pumpkin will rot out the bottom from retaining too much water.
* Take the mum out and put it back in the original pot you saved once the pumpkin goes bad (about a week).
Better Homes & Gardens
* Same as above, but once pumpkin is hollowed out, place a vase filled with florist's foam inside the pumpkin.
- * Place branches and stems into the florist's foam.