If you’re looking for Thanksgiving centerpiece
for your table or buffet,
use your pumpkin as a vase for your table.
Start by soaking some Oasis or florist foam in water, a minimum of 30 minutes is best. Oasis foam is easy to penetrate with delicate stems and will hold the water that is needed to help keep your arrangement fresher for an extended period of time.
Cut your pumpkin lid off & remove seeds and scrape to make room for soaked foam. You don’t have to be super neat with the inside. I lined the pumpkin with a few plastic bags to keep any additional water from the oasis away from the bottom of the pumpkin to keep it a little drier & help it last longer. My foam is wedged in tightly, so I didn’t need to use floral tape to hold the foam in place.
Search for leaves, foliage, berries~ anything that has great color or form. I cut some Sweetgum leaves/branches as the base structure. I added apples on florist picks next (you could use sturdy twigs if you don’t have picks).
Add your next largest flower~ in this case, I found roses that were a great color and price at Super Target, but normally I go to Trader Joe’s for great flower selection. I added mums next, then filled in with bits of leaves and shrubbery clippings for filler.
If you make your centerpiece a couple of days in advance, keep it out of direct sunlight and preferably some place cool like a garage or porch to slow down the evaporation process and keep your flowers looking fresh.