Serving Up Flowers In A Pumpkin Tureen

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Are you ready for fall and pumpkins?

We still have plenty of summer-like temperatures and warm weather ahead of

 us here in the South, but I began the count down to fall a month ago!

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Pumpkins are just starting to arrive at the garden centers and

 nurseries and I’m ready for a Happy Harvest and all things pumpkin!

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One of my favorite uses for a pumpkin is as a vase for a centerpiece

or seasonal display for the table, buffet, or kitchen island

with flowers, fruit, leaves, and berries. . .

{Harvest, Reaping, and Sowing}

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{Thanksgiving With a Touch of Blue}

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It makes a beautiful last hurrah for your pumpkin for the season and

for Thanksgiving, assembled with some produce and flowers

from the grocery store or garden.

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{Thanksgiving Lakeside}

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You can even use tiger striped or small pumpkins as mini bouquets

and as take-home favors for your guests at each place setting!

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 I’m kicking off the fall season with a flower-filled pumpkin tureen!

Instead of soup, my tureen is serving up sunflowers, along with mums, Alstroemeria, artichokes, apples and some foliage from shrubs and trees for a blooming and seasonal centerpiece.

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I’m not a floral designer so what I’ve learned is by trial and error, but here’s how I build a pumpkin vase centerpiece:

Start by soaking wet floral foam bricks (like Oasis®, around $2 a brick) until they are saturated and heavy with water. You can find wet floral foam at craft stores or Walmart in the floral department. You can find some helpful tips on using wet floral foam from the American Rose Society, here.

Note: If using a real pumpkin, you would cut and prepare your pumpkin as you would a jack-o’-lantern, removing the insides and seeds.

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Place your wet foam in a plastic container or bowl inside your pumpkin, or line the inside of the pumpkin with a plastic bag to keep any water from the floral foam away from the bottom of the pumpkin, keeping it as dry as possible to help it last longer.

Floral foam is easy to trim with a kitchen knife to fit your container or pumpkin. You can piece your bricks together, wedging them in your container or pumpkin for a tight fit. Floral adhesive waterproof tape will prevent the foam and/or flowers in your container from shifting once your arrangement is complete. My foam was wedged in tightly, so I skipped the tape.

Pumpkin Tureen Vase Centerpiece DIY

I start with leaves I cut to give the centerpiece some structure and height as a guideline.

Next I added sunflowers as my focal flowers. I use an odd number of sunflowers, or 5 for this arrangement, and because they came in a convenient bunch of 5 for $6 at the grocery store :) You can find a great selection of affordable flowers at Trader Joes for $3.99.

I like to add some produce, apples, artichokes, lemons, etc. with flowers in an arrangement. They add texture, color and interest and you need fewer flowers in your arrangement.

Pumpkin Tureen Vase DIY

Except for the focal flowers, I group my like elements together. Cluster the apples, artichokes and mums and daisies together for pockets of color and texture in your arrangement and to make a bigger impact and statement.

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 I use floral picks (available at the craft store) to anchor the fruit and artichokes to the foam. If I need more height I use a sturdy stick rather than a pick.

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After the larger elements are in, I add the filler flowers. I cut some goldenrod, free for the picking, leaves, and some long-lasting Alstroemeria, $4, from the grocery store.

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You can find some helpful tips for conditioning your foliage and cut flowers to make them last longer here.

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You can use individual leaves or button mums to fill in any gaps or holes between the fruit and flowers. Remove and replace any foliage or leaves as they wilt to enjoy your arrangement longer.

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Dogwoods are starting to show the first bit of fall color so I cut some leaves for their spotted foliage and red berries.

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Your arrangement will last a week or longer depending on the condition of your pumpkin! Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight and mist the flowers with water occasionally.

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I had a reader share that her the pumpkin rotted, ruining the finish of her dining room table so it’s always a good idea to place your pumpkin on a platter or tray, as a precaution, rather than directly on your table.

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Pumpkin Tureen, Pier 1 Imports

Pumpkin Patch Crewel Embroidered Pillow Cover, Pottery Barn, last year, still available this year

Plaid Throw, Target, several years ago

Pumpkin Tureen Vase

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  30 comments for “Serving Up Flowers In A Pumpkin Tureen

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    September 22, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I love the scrolled detail on your pumpkin Mary! Your arrangement is very pretty-Happy Fall:@)

  2. September 22, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Good morning, Mary! I’m ready for fall weather, colors and pumpkins!🎃🍂

  3. Cheryl
    September 22, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I’ve used pumpkins to create bouquets for fall for years but you’ve given me some great tips. I’ll use a plastic bag this year to keep the pumpkin dry and I’ve never put fruit in my bouquets. Love the apples and artichokes in yours. We’ve moved to Nevada so flowers are dear here. No farmers’ markets with flowers like in California. There is a local Trader Joe’s that always has a great selection and they are so affordably priced. Also love the littler bouquets for the guests. Great idea.

    Decorated my fireplace for fall yesterday because it’s below 100 degrees here now. LOL It looks so lovely where you live.

  4. September 22, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Beautiful arrangement! Great selection of plant materials and fruits. The pumpkin tureen makes for a perfect base of such a grand design. Love those plaid throws for tablecloths- they add the perfect touch for fal!

  5. September 22, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Stunning fall color Mary!

  6. September 22, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Sigh, so gorgeous Mary, and the setting in the field with that fabulous pillow…just perfection :) Your centerpieces are always so full of goodies, thanks for the details and the links~that is terrible about the rotten pumpkin, yikes, very important to remember that! I am having to restrain myself from the market this year as I am still searching for some missing pumpkins from last year, and some of my other Halloween stuff, which means I have way too much already! I love your mix of pumpkins apples and sunflowers, on the fall plaid blanket~ just stunning~ made my Monday!!
    Jenna

  7. September 22, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Mary, I love all the texture’s, This reminds me of my Wisconsin days, I would make “all around” baskets, whatever I could find growing around me at the time, and add seasonal fruits, and nuts, Beautiful, keep inspiring us.

  8. September 22, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I AM ready for Fall, all decorated! Sharing my front porch and patio today. This was a very informative post, I KNOW your readers have asked HOW you put your beautiful arrangements together. Yours sure LOOK like you are a floral designer. I have a tureen so am going to do this too!!!! Thanks for the inspiratin! And I fell in LOVE with that PB pillow, wish I could get one!

  9. September 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I’m not ready for autumn or anything, really, because our backyard and patio/deck area are still such a mess! I’m really beginning to lose my mind.

    *BUT* your arrangement is so, so pretty. I love the tureen and the greenery!!! You’re an inspiration.

  10. September 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

    What a beautiful pumpkin, and great tutorial. I have a pumpkin tureen that is oval rather than round. I have often filled it with flowers as a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table. I’ve never added fruits or vegetables, though, so liked that idea. Thanks!

  11. linda kemp
    September 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Loved everything!

  12. Marilyn Morphis
    September 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you, thank you. I am going to try this. ~m

  13. September 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I am so ready for fall! Love the colors, the textures, the flowers and pumpkins!

  14. September 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Well, this was a lovely lesson & trip down memory lane, too! I remember each of those beautiful tablescapes, Mary.
    I’ve heard that one can preserve a fresh, carved pumpkin with Chlorox Cleanup. Preserving your pumpkin with Chlorox Cleanup will help keep mold and squirrels away and will allow it to last approximately twice as long as using no preservative. Chlorox Cleanup With Bleach also has no noticeable affect on the color or appearance of the pumpkin, however, I sure would be careful with it if I intended to set it on a gorgeous quilt, like you did!!!.

  15. September 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Mary, this is gorgeous! I love using artichokes and fruit in my florals. You gave a great tutorial and anyone could follow along and do it! It is true that you can get great flowers at the supermarket now! Pretty pretty fall!

  16. franki
    September 22, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Or…one can just serve “pumpkin soup” in one!! Beautiful arrangement!! franki

  17. September 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I like your menu of flowers in your soup tureen, Mary! Thank you for the great tips on arranging a gorgeous Fall display.
    Also, your apple picking pics were so pretty as was the picnic at the end. I’m just catching up having been gone to Ohio to visit my dear Mom and sister.

  18. September 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Such a beautiful fall arrangement you have created for all of us to enjoy. Those apples and artichokes are just gorgeous in there. I’m excited that it’s going to be much cooler tonight and tomorrow!

  19. September 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Amazing centerpiece… Just wonderful…

  20. September 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    What a STUNNING setting!!

  21. bobbi duncan
    September 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Love the centerpieces! I have the same majolica style pumpkin tureen you show in the first picture…got it at Pier1 this year, along with the matching lidded soup bowls and pumpkin salad plates. Can’t wait to use them. I am a plaid fanatic..the throw is beautiful, and just the right touch.

  22. September 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Your pumpkin arrangement is just beautiful. I love how you added apples and artichokes, instead of just flowers, it makes such a statement and is so much more interesting that way!

  23. September 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Your pumpkin centerpiece is beautiful! I love that you added artichokes & apples to your arrangement. It says Happy fall to me!
    Blessings My Friend,

  24. Bev
    September 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Love the way you have used the flowers, artichokes, and other natural elements with the pumpkins. Thanks for the good instructions also. Everything is lovely!

  25. September 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Mary I love your pumpkin centerpieces! They are all fantastic!

  26. September 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Stunning arrangement, Mary. I’d say you are definitely a floral designer!
    Just returning home from my trip to France so not ready to jump into the fall decorating. I need to get my garden tidy and replanted with some fall color. Then I’ll be ready to add some touches to the house.
    Happy Autumn!

  27. Marilyn
    October 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Your photos are just spectacular! I want to join you in this beautiful setting – your arrangements made my heart flutter a little :)

  28. September 14, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Gorgeous! Love it, love it, love it!!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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