Author of Matthew Robbins' Inspired Weddings: Designing Your Big Day with Favorite Objects and Family Treasures
"To really pack a punch on a holiday table, I definitely like to go in the direction of using large quantities of inexpensive items. Buy two big bags of green pears that aren’t ripe yet and dust them with some edible non-toxic gold dust from a cake-decorating shop. Then use the pears to create the base of your centerpiece – whether they are overflowing from baskets or mounded on low dishes. Then begin to fill in around them with votive candles and little bundles of fresh herbs. You can swap in things like vases of narcissus or white tulips for parties. You can even use small pears as place cards on everyone’s plate to continue the theme."