This informal fall centerpiece comes alive with a gathering of candles surrounded by autumnal elements.
1. Hollow out the pumpkin. Cut off the top with a sharp knife, and clean out the inside with a spoon.
2. Decorate the rim. Decide how the gourds, miniature pumpkins, and berries will be arranged. Use an ice pick to poke a hole in the bottom of each gourd and small pumpkin. Place a toothpick into the hole and push into the rim of the large pumpkin where desired. Continue adding items in this manner until the rim is filled. Tuck berries between the gourds and small pumpkins.
3. Add candles. Carefully place them in the center, making sure the wicks are not touching any leaves or berries. If you prefer, replace the candles with a bundle of interesting twigs or dried flowers.
For an everlasting version, use artificial berries and gourds glued on the rim of a foam pumpkin.