Pumpkins at the Table

I have been enamored by these little ornamental pumpkins this Fall~ known as Lil’ Pump-ke-mon variety, or more commonly Tiger Striped.

I’ve enjoyed them all through the month of October~ for Halloween, for my picnic and again at my harvesting table.

They are the guests of honor this week~ setting the stage for the color & theme for my pumpkin-inspired centerpiece and table.

My matelassé coverlet is the foundation for a simple lakeside table set with my white Oneida Westerly Basket dishes and cast iron urn used as centerpiece that I used for my table here.

The orange ribs on the pumpkins provided the color inspiration for my choice of goblets and new napkins from Pier 1 for a seasonal table.

A $4.00 bundle of orange {long-lasting!} daisies from the grocery store, together with Sweetgum leaves & greenery with a few flowers remaining from the Abelia shrubs are nested to fill in the gaps made by the stacked Lil’ Pump-ke-mons.

I had a little food fun & inspiration from Southern Living’s pumpkin cheese ball here.

 I used a mix of cream cheese and chives to mimic the green flecks in the white rind that I combined with a Monterey Jack & Cheddar cheese blend. A pretzel rod provides the stem and Cheddar cheese~ the ribs.

Egg wash tinted with food coloring is painted on cookie cutter pie crust leaves for a decorative touch. Instruction for painted pastry leaves can be found here.

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 StoneGable for On the Menu Monday~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

 Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

 Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday~

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  43 comments for “Pumpkins at the Table

  1. November 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Mary, your sense of style is awesome. I love the way your mind thinks and always look forward to see what you will create next. These little tiger striped pumpkins are a favorite here too. Thanks for sharing another gorgeous lakeside tablescape.

  2. November 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Your table is just gorgeous! I love how you’ve incorporated those beautiful leaves. I’d like to grow some of the little pumpkins next year, and I think I’ll try making that cheese ball for Thanksgiving. Are you sure you weren’t a food stylist in your former life?

  3. November 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Great table.. Love the matelasse as the basecoat for the work of art you’ve created. next year, I’ll be adding those little pumpkins to my decorating for sure. They are darling! I love your flowers with them and the two chargers.. Such a very pretty table.. xo marlis

  4. November 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Another beautiful table! Love the shots of the pumpkins though the amber glass….The bright flowers add a wonderful splash of color….

  5. November 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Good morning Mary! I have made that same pumpkin cheese ball for several years now. I use a broccoli stem for the stem on the pumpkin! I LOVE those leaves and may try that for our Thanksgiving appetizer plate! Your table is, once again, spectacular. Of course the SETTING just takes our breath away! Thanks for sharing another piece of art. What a talent you have. XO, Pinky

  6. Marilyn
    November 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    What a beautiful table, loved all of your ideas. Look so forward to your postings. Thank you!!!!!

  7. November 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    fall by the water, it honestly cannot get any better in my eyes… heavy sigh as i take it all in… please, don’t rush me, i am prone to staring… ok leave me alone, honest i won’t make a peep… when the trees are stripped bare then i will move on, thank heavens i have the prettiest cheese ball ever to gnaw on while i sit and stare :)

  8. November 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I can see why you find those little pumpkins so appealing–Mother Nature really is the consumate artist! Your table is lovely, especially bathed in sunlight. I have goblet envy! That is no ordinary cheese ball! As usual, your photos are stunning!

  9. November 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I love the pumpkin urn Mary!
    The “pumpkin” cheese ball appetizer looks beautiful and delicious!

  10. November 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Mary,

    This is such a colorful fall table. I’m also fascinated with the Pump-ke-mons this year. I put some on my mantle for a fall arrangement, and was very pleased with the results. I bought mine at a nearby pumpkin farm; the fellow who sold them to me called the small striped ones Tiger Squash, and the larger white one Cotton Candy. I got two of the white ones.

    I really love your whole table, and the centerpiece especially. But your creative pumpkin cheese ball was great! Don’t you just love Southern Living? I’ve been getting the magazine on a regular basis since about 1988. I did stop taking it for a while a few years ago when they changed the format, and I was VERY unhappy with it. But I think they’re trying to move back toward the way it used to be. I am subscribing to it again. I also have several of their books.

    Thanks for sharing your creativity and wonderful photos. :) Have a great week!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  11. November 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Such a very elegant table, Mary! Your centerpiece is a sight to behold! I love everything about your table. You are a very talented tablescaper. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  12. November 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    So very lovely, I must try those pie crust leaves!

  13. November 17, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Neat pumpkin cheese ball~so clever. I am partial to urns and your white one with a real white pumpkin looks so elegant all dressed up with flowers and little pumpkins. I love the shape and colors of sweet gum leaves and I like how you accented with them. Of course, all the other elements create your signature look.

  14. November 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Simply lovely, Mary!

  15. November 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Be still my heart (and MOVE OVER, Martha.)
    Mary, sweetie, you should publish every single one of your posts in a coffee table book. It would be so successful, and I would be first in line to buy a bunch of copies, and i know so many others would as well.
    My jaw drops every single time I come visit your GORGEOUS blog ~ you have more talent in your little finger than I could ever hope to have in my entire life.
    You get the BLUE ribbon again this week ~ 5 stars, all the way. Please excuse me while I go back and drink it all in for the 10th time. :)
    xoxo

  16. November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    You are the queen of centerpieces…hands down! each week you should hear me when I open your blog…open mouth…gasp!!! You are so inspiring, thanks for always coming up with a fresh twist!

  17. November 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Yes, I agree, Mary, I don’t know how you do it each week, but each post is exceptionally stunning! The little pumpkins are great, I haven’t seen them around here, but they look amazing in your beautiful urn. I am always amazed at how you are able to pull off food and decor every week. Beautifully done!

  18. November 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    The tablescape is lovely as always & that pumpkin with the painted pastry leaves are fabulous!!!! I can just imagine your Thanksgiving table! Your family & friends are lucky souls indeed to be treated to your special designs at all occasions. THANKS for sharing with those friends far away! HUGS!
    Charlene & Elle

  19. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    November 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Gorgeous table (looks like a pretty day) and I’m lovin’ that great pumpkin cheeseball:@)

  20. November 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I think that cheese ball is so cute! And wonderful pumpkin pictures as well!

  21. November 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Your posts are so creative & inspiring! I love to visit your table & pretend I’m a guest!!! That cheeseball with the painted leaves is wonderful.

  22. November 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    The lushness of this table setting is just beyond words, Mary! It is truly inspiring! I love the orange ribbing of the mini pumpkins…nature’s art! I love the way you prepared your centerpiece with so many lovely elements of nature. It’s gorgeous!!!!!!

  23. Debbie C.
    November 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Your blog reads like a great book! Ever since I was a child, preferred the books that had a lot of color and couldn’t wait to get to the next page. You have an abundance of creativity, and I am thankful that you share it with us. The cheeseball is a work of art!

  24. November 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

    STUNNING tablescape – and I absolutely adore your cheese ball. Great post.

    :)
    ButterYum

  25. Pondside
    November 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

    The pumpkin cheese ball is darling – what a beautiful idea for a fall table!

  26. November 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Your tablescape is beautiful. I love the urn centerpiece and of course, your cheeseball is AMAZING!!! So creative.

  27. November 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I’m so jealous you are still outside with your table settings! Love the adorable pumpkin cheese ball. Great idea.

  28. November 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    What a beautiful tablescape! Very festive and gorgeous. Your pumpkin cheeseball looks scrumptious. What a fun appetizer to serve in gatherings. :) Thanks for sharing. I wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

  29. November 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving!
    Cindy

  30. FABBY
    November 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Gorgeous table, wow!! I love the urn centerpiece, fabulous! The pumpkin cheese ball look so yummy that I need to make it soon, nice for an appetizer before dinner. We’ll have a quiet Thanksgiving as my daughters can’t come over, one is going to Miami and the other has a photo shooting for a magazine, she’s a profesional photographer.. Thank you for sharing.
    FABBY

  31. November 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Oh so beautiful! I love everything about your table and the cheese ball is perfect with your tablesetting! Gorgeous setting on the waterfront! Have a fabulous Thanksgiving! Enjoyed your post!

  32. November 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Mary, I’m back for another look at this yummy post. I wish I had a book of your posts so I could pull it off the shelf and take in all the details at leisure.
    Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Sarah

  33. November 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    What a gorgeous, amazing setting this is!! Your attention to detail is just spectacular! Love the mix of colors and textures! As always, just fabulous!

  34. November 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Great table. The tiger pumpkins are adorable and your tucking the little florals in added just the right touch. The cheese ball was perfect! I might have to use that for Thanksgiving.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    – The Tablescaper

  35. November 20, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Your table is gorgeous, and I’m loving your beautiful centerpiece. That cheese ball is so adorable I’d hate to eat it even though I’m sure it’s yummy. You did a great job of mimicing a real pumpkin. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  36. November 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Mary, Everytime I come to your blog I learn something inspirational! The way you capture light in your photography is stunning!
    I love the little pumpkin dip! How creative and festive! Thanks for bringing your magic to ON THE MENU MONDAY!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    xo Yvonne

  37. November 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Your tablescape is fabulous. I love that you placed the larger pumpkin in a fantastic urn and then surrounded it with smaller ones and leaves. So pretty and so elegant looking. YOur placesettings are love. The touch of nature is lovely. Thanks so much for joining TTT and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hugs, Marty

  38. October 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Wow! This is just stunning! ….coming to you from Vintage Inspiration!

  39. October 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Everything is beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

  40. Pam
    October 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    So glad you creeated this dramatic tablescape to share! The pumpkin in the urn is a perfect centerpiece. The gorgeous and so tempting pumpkin shape cheese ball is my favortie and thanks for the directions on home it was made!
    Just a fabulous setting and table arrangements!

    Thanks,

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