At the Table: Pfaltzgraff Painted Poppies and a Blooming Pumpkin


I’m at the table with Pfaltzgraff Painted Poppies dinnerware and a blooming pumpkin centerpiece.


Painted Poppies by Pfaltzgraff provides bold and colorful blooms for the table in a warm palette for fall.


Each piece of the handcrafted collection is made of stoneware with a reactive glaze, with variations in color and pattern, just like flowers in nature.



A tablecloth and napkins with floral medallions provide some additional blooms for a foundation for the table.


I added some round madras woven chargers for some warm texture and contrast to the glaze and finish of the stoneware. They’re layered on scalloped edge woven mats, to provide a flower petal effect.


Rustic Flower Hurricanes by Mikasa add additional floral accents and blooms in a bronze finish for pillar candles at the table.


I was thrilled to discover a shortcut recently to create a blooming pumpkin centerpiece!


 The time-consuming step of hollowing out your pumpkin is eliminated to make a vase for your flowers with this method but you have same effect.


Here’s the secret that’s so simple and obvious, I wish I had discovered it sooner. You add a piece of wet floral foam on top of your pumpkin. If your pumpkin has a short stem, you can use the stem to anchor the wet foam in place. My pumpkin was stemless so I used some wet floral tape to secure it to the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Floral

You can find wet foam and tape on the floral aisle at the craft store. I found a 2-pack of small round wet floral blocks at Dollar Tree, or you can cut your floral brick the size you need.

Pumpkin Floral Centerpiece and Painted Poppies Table

Your pumpkin will last whole and uncut so that you can enjoy a fresh arrangement, easily replacing your wet foam and flowers several times during the fall season. I used this same pumpkin as a base for my Chick-fil-A Bouquet.


I picked a $4 bundle of mums and alstroemeria at the grocery store for this floral. I added some snips of shrubs~ Loropetalum with its burgundy-tinted foliage and Kaleidoscope Abelia with blush pink-tinted tips and white bell-shaped flowers. I had a surplus of sage growing so I cut some for the soft texture and gray color to blend with the pumpkin.


Floral fruit bowls with petal embossing are available in all three colors of blooms in the dinnerware~ red, white and gold .



Jumbo soup mugs hold 24 ounces of your favorite fall soup or chili.


Serving pieces including a covered butter dish, salt and pepper shakers, creamer and sugar bowl are available in the Painted Poppies collection.


And a 3 Piece Caddy on Wood Tray is available for organizing kitchen tools or flatware.


Pfaltzgraff Painted Poppies is microwave and dishwasher safe.


Table Details:

*Dinnerware / Painted Poppies by Pfaltzgraff

*Flatware / Pfaltzgraff Linden

*Rustic Flower Hurricanes / Mikasa

Wooden board / NC mountains, several years ago

Chargers / World Market and Pier 1, several years ago

Tablecloth and Napkins / Threshold, Target

Napkins, Amber Luster Leaf Pumpkin Hurricanes / Pier 1

Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.


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  47 comments for “At the Table: Pfaltzgraff Painted Poppies and a Blooming Pumpkin

  1. October 12, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Very warm and homey Mary! It almost has a 70’s feel:@)

  2. iona
    October 12, 2015 at 5:50 am

    beautiful and charming… thanks :)

  3. October 12, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Love the centerpiece! Not so much on the Pfaltzgraff patern!

  4. October 12, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Beautiful as always, Mary! Happy Monday!

  5. Michelle
    October 12, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I like the pattern on the dinner wear . I wish I could justify owning so many different dishes. I will settle on enjoying yours. Have a great day!

  6. October 12, 2015 at 7:07 am

    LOVE the painted poppies dinnerware. I think the colors are perfect for autumn. Wouldn’t a Thanksgiving table with painted poppies be pretty! Nice tutorial on the centerpiece, too, Mary.

  7. Ellen Stillabower
    October 12, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Fabulous!!!!! Thanks for sharing especially the floral pumpkin idea. I’ve done lots of floral pumpkins but it was always tough trying to poke florals, both real & artificial, into the pumpkin. This makes both easier..🎃🎃🎃

    • SevenSprings
      October 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      I agree! The foam attachment is a great improvement. I always love your creative tablescapes and the Potting Shed. Green with envy over the shed! Thank you Mary.

  8. October 12, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Lovely autumn theme, so enjoyed, makes you want to do more yourself – thanks for the inspirations :-)

  9. emily antonecchia
    October 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Gorgeous. as always….where in the world do you store all these beautiful items….I have a hard time storing what I use daily!

    • October 12, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Emily, I don’t keep all my sponsored dinnerware, there isn’t room to store it all!

  10. October 12, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Magic Mary! How you add a snip of this and a snip of that to your grocery store bundle is truly magic! Your pumpkin is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to try the foam on top tip! Love the colors and contrasts of the dinnerware, the utensil holder is adorable~ Your woven mat and charger add another textural bloom to this pretty table full of posies and tiger pumpkins!

  11. October 12, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I always love seeing your tablescape creations, Mary! This poppy pattern is such a pretty one for Fall. I bought the floral foam from the Dollar Tree and I’m going to try your technique on a small pumpkin. I’m really loving that gorgeous wooden board that’s under the pumpkin, too!

  12. Linda L
    October 12, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Lovely, lovely tablescape. I love everything about it!

  13. Michele
    October 12, 2015 at 8:50 am

    wow, wow, wow, can’t say wow enough!!!

  14. October 12, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Precioso!! Me encanta!

  15. October 12, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Gorgeous tablescape and I love that centerpiece!

    xo – Michelle

  16. Sherlie Magaret
    October 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

    love love love the dishes and the tablescape is so beautiful.

  17. Kathryn McKenna
    October 12, 2015 at 11:48 am


    This blogger lives on a lake in Mississippi. She has some recipes, but she is such a great photographer and decorator. Anyway, this is a blog on a Fall table setting. The dinnerware has poppies on it. The flowers are so nice. But expensive. I thought you might enjoy the photos.

    On the right she has a link to a ‘cookie’ or appetizer that is leaves cut out of pie dough that is seasoned. You might like it.

    We have about 12 geese in our pond behind our house. They are so much fun to watch. It makes a peaceful scenery.

    I am in the middle of another email to you that I haven’t completed because Ryan called me. I will get back to it soon.

    Love, Kathy

    • October 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Hi, this blogger lives on a lake in NC :)

  18. October 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I’m going to use the pumpkin-vase idea! It’s so clever, I love it.

  19. Chloe
    October 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    You have an impeccable eye for color and pattern. Combining those Target linens with that pattern from Pfaltzgraff elevates both. I’m always amazed at your compositions.

  20. October 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Another seasonal smash!

    Although I would not care for the dinnerware pattern for myself, I love it when combined with the linens and the pumpkin centerpiece.

  21. October 12, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    your flowers are gorgeous—-BUT, I want to see the room where you put all these dishes….LOL. perfect accompaniement(?sp?) Gorgeous, Sandi

  22. Joy B
    October 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    That tablecloth is perfect with those dishes and what a lovely fall table they make!

  23. Paula
    October 12, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Mary ~~

    Love the pumpkin/flower arrangements !! the poppies make me think of “Off to see the Wizard” ;)


  24. October 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    A wonderful table!! I love the dinnerware (especially like the idea of the flatware holder) and your choices of linens and accent pieces are, as usual, striking and beautiful. Gotta try that flowering pumpkin idea. Thanks so much for sharing this. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  25. October 12, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    What an absolutely brilliant idea to avoid hollowing out the pumpkin in this beautiful centerpiece! The floral arrangement is stunning for fall as is the table design. Thanks for sharing…

  26. October 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    You have showcased the Mikasa Painted Poppy dishes beautifully. Every detail has your magic touch. I love the pumpkin flower arrangement and plan to try my hand at this. Thanks for the tip for the floral foam on top of the pumpkin.

  27. October 13, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Oh my your centerpiece is divine!

  28. Michele Sullivan
    October 14, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Mary, you are just magical! You should be Disney’s next princess!
    You truly know how to add warmth to a fall day!

    Happy Wednesday from Blacksburg!

  29. October 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I so love this table for Fall!!!….Such a beautiful collection….and must say that my favorite item is the silverware caddy!…I can also see lots of uses for it too….Another incredibly gorgeous table Mary….Happy Fall!!…I am sure the lake is looking pretty colorful by now….

  30. October 15, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Wow the floral arrangement is fabulous. Great idea with the floral foam. The dishes are pretty but my favorite are the candle votives.

  31. Jeri
    October 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I have a pumpkin tureen that I picked up from QVC years ago. I never use it except for display in my china cabinet. I think I will take my fake fall flowers out of a basket I use for outdoors and put then in the tureen and use that as my center piece. And set each smaller pumpkin tureen on plates and add a flower or something special. Thanks for the idea to repurpose something old and make it new again.

  32. October 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    This is a BEAUTIFUL dinnerware set and I love that it has all the accessories too! That makes it extra special! I will have to go see if I can get some of it. Your table is exquisite once again. Love the tablecloth it is perfect with these dishes. Do you take a dish with you to buy the linens? They always match so beautifully! Have a beutiful day, Mary.

  33. October 15, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    That is one gorgeous table and your centerpiece is incredible!!! LOVE it!
    Christi @ A Southern Life

  34. October 15, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Such a beautiful table, and that centerpiece makes me swoon! It is a show-stopper, and so cleverly executed….I absolutely love that you didn’t have to cut into the pumpkin so it keeps longer!

  35. October 20, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Your flower arrangement is stunningly beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial. Pinned!

  36. valarielynn
    November 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I had saved a recipe for the mini pumpkin pies from your blog last year, and shared the link on Facebook. When it popped up in my Memories, I had to share it again.This year I’ll have time to make them. And then I saw this lovely post and those elegant Rustic Flower Hurricanes from Mikasa. They’re perfect for my Fall table, and are on clearance. So yay! I love Fall and all it’s colors, and since we don’t get much of that in So. CA, I have to create it inside my house. So this makes me feel warm and cuddly. Thank you.

  37. Linda
    September 12, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I love seasonal table decor. I have several and need to not allow my Jeep Cherokee to pull into the parking lot of Pottery Barn or Pier One…….

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