Shine Up Your Squash and Pumpkins For Pretty Party Decor

The best part about fall is its natural and edible decor. It's a snap to start decorating with pumpkins and squash and then, later, cook them up into a tasty recipe in the kitchen. But these pumpkins have a little extra shine! This technique is food safe and a snap to do — can you tell what was used?

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Vaseline! It doesn't take much, but Stephanie Lynn over at Under The Table and Dreaming has taken ordinary garden grub and made it a bit more special. Even though Vaseline is petroleum-based, the man who discovered it, Robert Chesebrough, ate a spoonful a day "for good health" and lived to be 96 years old — so we're pretty sure this tiny amount won't do you any harm when cooking the squash or pumpkin later on.

The method is simple: you just wipe on a bit of Vaseline and buff it off. You're left with this super-shiny glow. Stephanie Lynn suggests wiping your pumpkin down first to ensure its surface is clean before giving it the grease.

Then, when the party is long over and it's time to roast off your table decor (which can't be said for most things!), just give them another wipe to remove any dust or peel their skins before tossing them in the oven.

• Check out more superstar shiny squash photos over at Under The Table and Dreaming

Related: How to Cut a Butternut Squash

(Image: Under The Table and Dreaming)