I love this simple centerpiece that starts with a wire basket. Begin with a bit of florist foam and cover it with moss, make sure to dampen it, but not saturate it. Add a few roses, bittersweet and sunflowers then fill in the spaces with artichokes and gourds.
Bittersweet can be found rather inexpensively at the florist if you don't come across it growing naturally. It also makes a delightful napkin ring.
A perfect way to involve the kids (and get them out from underfoot) is a pine cone hunt. Perhaps have a prize ready for the person that collects the most. While out searching they can also collect a few leaves. You can add names onto the leaves with a gold pen for another type of place card. The possibilities are endless.
Aren't these fun centerpieces? Although real pumpkins are used in this photo, you can purchase floral foam that is round. Cover it with the flower of your choice and add a stem or twig. A raffia bow would also add a special touch.
I also love using mini pumpkins as sweet votive holders.
Another great way to add candlelight is to surround a dish of candles or small clear glass votive with a natural element such as birdseed, dried corn or the bean of your choice.
I adore acorns. There is just something so sweet about their little caps. This is a simple but elegant way to dress up your napkin. Don't worry if one is missing a nut, you can just hot glue in a pearl or other pretty bead.
So take a walk and see what you can find. If you smile and ask nicely you might even get a neighbor to share the bounty in their yard.