An Alfresco Fall Table with Blooming Pumpkins

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I’m at the table with blooming pumpkins in a celebration of fall!

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Flowers and pumpkins are two of my favorite things and I love to combine the two for a seasonal centerpiece for a fall or Thanksgiving table!

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I discovered a shortcut last year for making a pumpkin centerpiece, adding a piece of wet floral foam on top of your pumpkin, rather than it cutting your pumpkin to make a vase for your flowers.

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If your pumpkin has a short stem, you can use the stem to anchor the wet floral foam in place. If your pumpkin is stemless, you can use some waterproof floral tape to secure the foam to the pumpkin. You can see how I used the floral tape, here. Wet foam and tape are available on the floral aisle at the craft store.

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This is a real time saver and allows you to enjoy your pumpkin again after your flowers fade.

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I foraged for my flowers for the pumpkin using foliage and blooms from the garden with the exception of the green hypericum berries that were left from a bunch of flowers from last week’s table. My Cinderella pumpkin is blooming with a combination of Limelight hydrangeas that have acquired their fall patina, Loropetalum with its purple tinted foliage and Kaleidoscope Abelia with blush pink-tinted tips.

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I used the same method for the mini tiger striped pumpkins, cutting little square blocks of foam and placing the foam on the stems of the pumpkins. If you’ve ever cut these little tiger-striped pumpkins for serving soup or for mini vases, you know how hazardous trying to cut through the hard skin and flesh can be, so skipping this step saves time, prevents accidents, and extends the life of your mini pumpkins.

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I tucked some maple leaves in the centerpiece among the hydrangeas and berries that are beginning to show their vibrant crimson color. A bunch of $4 mums from the grocery store were added to the hydrangeas and foliage of the mini pumpkins at each place setting.

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You can see the trees in the background are just starting acquire an autumn glow. Our leaves peak around the first to second week of November.

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A pumpkin harvest tablecloth from HomeGoods (Cynthia Rowley) provides a foundation for the table and white dishes with an embossed fruit and floral relief (Mikasa English Countryside) are serving up these mini pumpkins.

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Tree slice chargers and bone handled flatware add an organic and natural accent for fall and to pair with the pumpkins.

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Amber stemware provides a golden autumn glow with curved bell-shaped goblets to pair with the ribs in the pumpkins.

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Pumpkin napkin rings were purchased on sale last year at the end of the season from Williams-Sonoma. They offer the same napkin rings in a copper finish this year.

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We enjoyed some beautiful, crisp fall weather over the weekend. Hope you’re enjoying some fall weather and foliage where you are!

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Table Details:

 Tablecloth, Cynthia Rowley / HomeGoods, last year

Napkins / Sur La Table

Pumpkin Napkin Rings / Williams-Sonoma, last year

Flatware / Towle Seville, several years ago

Amber Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Plates / Mikasa English Countryside

Tree Slice Chargers / Bed, Bath & Beyond, last year

Alfresco Table with Blooming Pumpkins

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  45 comments for “An Alfresco Fall Table with Blooming Pumpkins

  1. Cheryl
    October 24, 2016 at 6:44 am

    So pretty.

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    October 24, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Love all the pumpkins and I did see that tablecloth at Home Giids but they had only very large ones..thanks for sharing!!! 🎃🍁🍂🌻

  3. Linda L
    October 24, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Those flower arrangements are just so pretty! Love the floral foam tip; I’ll be using it for my Thanksgiving centerpiece. Isn’t it great that we have another full month of pumpkins and gourds?!

  4. Lanita Anderson
    October 24, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Love your beautiful table, Mary! Especially the small pumpkin floral arrangements at each place setting!

  5. October 24, 2016 at 7:34 am

    That is so gorgeous! Brilliant idea for the flowers, and all the coordinated pumpkins, the chargers, flatware – just gorgeous.

  6. Jo
    October 24, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Very inviting Autumn tablescape! Love the pumpkin floral arrangements. Everything flows together; all the little colorful touches add up to make this a beautiful table arrangement!

  7. October 24, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Thanks for the wet floral foam tip! I like it better than cutting the pumpkin….so much easier! Your table is gorgeous, and I do love all the blooming pumpkins!

  8. Kathi Layfield
    October 24, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Just so gorgeous and welcoming! When is dinner being served…I’ll be right over! The mini pumpkins are just precious!

  9. October 24, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Blooming pumpkin heaven Mary, it’s pumpkin perfection! The flower tones you chose are magical!
    Jenna

  10. emily
    October 24, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Such a great way to make pumpkin flower vases without cutting the pumpkin….I have some glass pumpkins that I could do this with…..GREAT idea…..thank you….As always, gorgeous and so creative!

  11. donna zoltanski
    October 24, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Just gorgeous – so pretty. I love that pumpkin tablecloth and your location too!

  12. October 24, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Love your tip on making the blooming pumpkins. I must give it a try. Beautiful table, love the stemware and plates and they look so pretty on your gorgeous pumpkin tablecloth.

  13. Marty Oravetz
    October 24, 2016 at 9:34 am

    There really is no one that can create a prettier table than you. Gorgeous.

  14. October 24, 2016 at 10:00 am

    What time should I show up for dinner?? Actually you don’t even have to feed me…just wanna sit at that table with a glass of wine and enjoy the view!

  15. October 24, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Mary, I think this idea for pumpkins is pure genius and you do the arrangements so well! Those minis are so difficult to cut and the large ones spoil quickly indoors after they are cut. Your hydrangea blossoms have turned so beautifully! The entire table is so inviting with the warm colors and gorgeous florals, and those dishes are one of my favorite white patterns. I never thought to use them in the fall but now I will. I did notice your trees starting to turn. Ours have turned suddenly in some places and others are still green! I would love to sit at your pretty table with a soft throw and glass of wine, looking at all this beauty. Linda

  16. October 24, 2016 at 10:27 am

    What a perfect way to honor the colors of fall! A perfect table. I appreciate your tips on making the flowering pumpkin centerpieces. I am going to try this idea. Many thanks for sharing!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  17. Vicki Simer
    October 24, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Simply beautiful. I love the flowering pumpkins.

  18. October 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Picture perfect. Wonderful display of flowers and pumpkins

  19. October 24, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Beautiful table! I love the pumpkins♥

  20. Bev
    October 24, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Your assortment of flowers is delightful. I love the tiger striped mini pumpkins with flowers. This would be great for Thanksgiving table.

  21. Ellen
    October 24, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I have never seen a more beautiful Fall tablescape- you have outdone yourself!! Every single item is perfect, divine and gorgeous. I have that same tablecloth from HomeGoods. I would love to have that flatware, it is awesome. I love your new way to make flower pots with the pumpkins, that is a finger saver( I needed that last year too). Quick question though, will the pumpkins rot from the wet floral foam or do you not leave it on for long? Thank-you for this most lovely of posts on a Monday morning that Benjamin and his “Gem” both enjoyed immensely!

    • October 24, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Hi Ellen, Thank you for your sweet comment! The floral foam and flowers will only last a week at the most so it’s not long enough to cause any rot. You remove the foam and flowers when they fade and your pumpkin is good as new :)

  22. October 24, 2016 at 11:13 am

    That’s a gorgeous pumpkin you used for your centerpiece and full of fabulous flowers too! Love the dinnerware, tablecloth, mini pumpkin arrangements and glassware. The colors are so peaceful and inviting.
    I know you are happy it is cooler now. Enjoy your beautiful view and have a great week.

  23. October 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Mary, I adore your blooming pumpkins! The tablecloth is so perfect with the wood slice chargers and the dinnerware…a perfect autumnal setting! Pam @ Everyday Living

  24. October 24, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    What a beautiful tablescape and outdoor setting, Mary! I did try your blooming pumpkin method last year and loved how it turned out. Your Cinderella looks spectacular and the minis are adorable. Don’t you love English Countryside? It’s on my table right now. Happy week, dear Mary!

  25. October 24, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Girl, you hit this out of the park! NO ONE makes more beautiful arrangements than you! You are fortunate that your hydrangeas and foliage are still so pretty, ours are DONE:( I also LOVE that tablecloth, just gorgeous. Looked for the flatware but am not finding it. So pretty. Thanks for all this beauty today. Happy Monday!!!!!!

  26. October 24, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Such great tips for creating Fall arrangements. I always thought cutting up pumpkins was a bad idea,too. Grins and so pretty, Sandi

  27. Marion
    October 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Gorgeous. Thank You for sharing your settings.
    Marion

  28. Joan
    October 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Everything is beautiful as usual. Very nice.
    Joan

  29. October 24, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Any kind of alfresco dining with the surroundings of that beautiful lake is always so incredible. I made certain that I had plenty of Oasis floral foam to create these arrangements this year…..you inspired me last year!….What a perfect tablecloth for your pumpkin arrangements!

  30. October 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Very pretty Mary! I’m lovin’ your pumpkin tablecloth:@)

  31. Marilyn
    October 24, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post. I love that tablecloth.
    Marilyn

  32. October 25, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Mary, your tablescapes are so gorgeous and utterly inspirational. As a high school principal, with my wonderful faculty colleagues we hollowed out many a pumpkin for autumn banquets…sure wish
    we had your shortcut idea in mind.

  33. October 25, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    What a table and what a setting! Wouldn’t the guests be tickled pink to take home one of the little striped ones as a remembrance to a dinner! The flowers are stunning. We are enjoying a beautiful fall day here so I have been taking down gauzy drapes and putting away fairy gardens for another year! Alas!! But I do love beautiful fall.

  34. Belle Bleu Interiors
    October 27, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Mary, your table is gorgeous! I love that pumpkin tablecloth…how pretty! Your pumpkin floral centerpiece is gorgeous and is the perfect finishing touch to your table.

  35. October 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Such a pretty table! I love the pumpkin theme and how you have created the miniature pumpkin floral arrangements on the individual place settings mimicking the centerpiece. Those arrangements combined with the pumpkin print tablecloth are just beautiful!

  36. DiB
    October 31, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Beautiful setting! Very tasteful.

  37. November 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    This is just beautiful Mary! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  38. November 4, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Utterly gorgeous. And thanks for the tips on how to make the beautiful pumpkin flower arrangements. Very helpful!

  39. Maureen
    May 28, 2017 at 6:39 am

    How do you store your tree-slice chargers? Does the bark around the edge come off easily? Thanks, Mary!

    • May 28, 2017 at 7:04 am

      I just stack them. The bark has stayed intact.

  40. Barbara Harilaou
    August 22, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I just love fall. It’s my favorite season .I really like the pumpkin flower centerpiece. and of course the pumpkin napkin rings just beautiful.

  41. September 20, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Beautiful, Mary! Still summery here, people swimming and enjoying the end of summer at the beach.
    Jose is still whipping things up today and then we will see about Maria!

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