Floral Friday: Blooming Pumpkins and Harvest Pumpkin Table


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

And I love joining my blogging friends for Floral Fridays! You’ll find their links for beautiful floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.


Our common theme for this edition of Floral Friday was pumpkins!

I gathered some pumpkins, gourds, and mums for an easy harvest centerpiece for fall. This is a quick and easy centerpiece that you can pull together for a fall table with items from the grocery store, no flower arranging skills required!

You can use any kind of wooden box, basket or tray to build your centerpiece. I pulled out my rustic wood caddy, previously filled with spring-flowering bulbs to hop down the bunny trail.

I started with some kale from the produce department of the grocery store. Kale makes a great filler, providing texture to soften and tuck in around edges of your container and provide a base for your arrangement. Kale is hardy stuff and will last a several days without wilting and can be affordably replaced at 99 cents for a large bunch.

I placed jars filled with water and added some $3 mums from the grocery store, placing the jars in each corner of the caddy.

Fill in the center and edges with veggies, mini pumpkins and/or gourds and flowers from the grocery store. You can use squash, pomegranates, apples, pears, persimmons or whatever says “harvest” to you, along with the flowers of your choice to build your centerpiece.

Mums are affordable and long-lasting, providing a bang for the buck and can last up to two weeks if you change your vase water every other day. After your flowers are spent, you can easily replace them, extending the life of your centerpiece.


 Harvest Pumpkin Wreath Plates were picked from the pumpkin patch at Williams-Sonoma, on sale with free shipping. . .


They’re serving up fruit, flowers and gourds along the vibrant border, placed on tree slice chargers. A plaid throw provides a colorful foundation as tablecloth.

I used an easy short cut to create a blooming pumpkin that I’ve shared before, but it’s worth repeating, as no is cutting required! Also since you don’t cut your pumpkin, it will last throughout the fall season.

If you’ve ever tried to cut these little tiger-striped pumpkins for serving soup or for mini vases, you know how hazardous it can be to cut through the hard skin and flesh. Skipping this step saves time, prevents accidents, as well as extending the life of your pumpkin.

Here’s the easy short cut: Add a piece of wet floral foam on top of your pumpkin, rather than it hollowing out to make a vase for your flowers. If your pumpkin has a short stem, use the stem to anchor the wet floral foam to hold it in place. If your pumpkin is stemless,  use some waterproof floral tape to secure the foam to the pumpkin. You can see an example of the foam held in place with the floral tape, here. Wet foam and tape are available on the floral aisle at the craft store.

For the mini pumpkins, I used some foliage from the garden, Loropetalum with its purple tinted foliage and Kaleidoscope Abelia with blush pink-tinted tips. Mums add a some russet and  burgundy colored blooms.

Once you’re gathered all your foliage and floral material, these mini blooming pumpkins come together quickly. I start by adding the foliage first. It always takes more foliage than I think, so cut more than you think you might use.

I used one half of floral foam brick for four mini pumpkins and about 6 – 8 small blooms per pumpkin.

These mini blooming pumpkins make the perfect take-away party favor for your guests, friends or family members.

Harvest Pumpkin Table Details:

  Harvest Pumpkin Plates / Williams-Somona, recently

Napkins / Pier 1, last year

Courtly Stripe Pumpkin Napkin Rings / MacKenzie-Childs, this summer

Tree Slice Chargers / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago

Plaid throw / HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware / Towle Seville

Amber Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Pam at Everyday Living

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch

  52 comments for “Floral Friday: Blooming Pumpkins and Harvest Pumpkin Table

  1. October 5, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Love your decorating ideas. I especially liked the idea of putting wet oasis on top of the pumpkin instead of carving it out!!

  2. Susie
    October 5, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Stunning, as usual, Mary! I’m still angry BHG used your images without credit–I suspect they buried a clause in your original agreement allowing them to use images “in perpetuity”.
    Keep doing what you’re doing–we love it and appreciate that you share it with us all so freely!

  3. October 5, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Mary, Your harvest table and blooming pumpkins are magazine-worthy…eat your heart out Country Gardens & BHG! I love the vibrant colors of the plaid throw paired with those wonderful WS dishes and your gorgeous centerpiece. I see a trip to WS in my future ;) Thank you for sharing your talent and time with us. Floral Fridays are a such a treat!

  4. October 5, 2018 at 7:03 am

    The fall table of my dreams Mary! I struggle with the typically oranges and golds of fall but your colorful and vibrant table makes my heart sing. I love your tips for creating the harvest centerpieces and sweet little take-away pumpkins too!

  5. Rita C.
    October 5, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Mary, you are the best influencer in blogland. I love everything you’ve done here. Beautiful new dishes from WS, and so are your arrangements, with just enough MKC to make it pop.

  6. Linda L
    October 5, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Wow, that centerpiece is spectacular! Bravo.

  7. Michelle
    October 5, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Love the fall table scapes! You are so creative! Keep inspiring us!🤗🍁🍂

  8. October 5, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Good morning and happy Friday Mary!….What a most wonderful idea to use the kale as a filler in your centerpiece! The wheels are already turning in my head (hear the squeak?) as far as my Thanksgiving centerpiece!…and I forgot that awesome idea you had for the small pumpkin centerpieces attaching the floral foam to the top of the pumpkins. I agree, the carving out of the smaller pumpkins are quite difficult!….Such a great and beautiful solution…As always the table with those gorgeous WS dinnerware is “falltastic”!!….As the showstopper MKC pumpkin napkin rings! Be still my heart!!!….So wonderful to join you for another beautiful Floral Friday!

  9. Danielle Giamundo
    October 5, 2018 at 7:52 am

    You’re awesome Mary! Love all of the ideas. Definitely going to make a centerpiece like this for Thanksgiving!
    Thank you :)

  10. October 5, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Floral pumpkins are so easy that’s the main reason I like creating them! Your centerpiece in the wooden box is even easier..love the plates too! Love it all because I love Fall! 🎃🍁🌻

  11. S Williams
    October 5, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Love everything but the napkin rings are so unique & a favorite of mine! Now all we need is Fall weather to go with this beautiful table & pumpkin floral arrangement. Have a great weekend! Clara 🎃

  12. October 5, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Wow, stunning! Thank you for the step by step instructions on building such a beautiful centerpiece. That kind of thing always overwhelmes me but you make it look so easy.

  13. Gail
    October 5, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful bounty of autumn color

  14. Alexandra
    October 5, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Beautiful as always, Mary. I especially love the “how-to” instructions you include in your blogs. You make us regular folks feel like we can create masterpieces of our own.

  15. October 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Mary, PLEASE start working on your books. You would need a fall, winter, spring and summer tablescape book.
    LOVE your wooden caddy and how you tucked in kale, jars with mums, and filled in with a variety of gourds! Very clever and just stunning.
    I love the WS new fall plates. Every element used on your table compliments the other.
    Those little-striped pumpkins in each plate with flowers are delightful. Adding your garden flowers and greenery to bought flowers was a perfect touch of personality. I so love the personal touch.

  16. October 5, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Mary, I actually gasped with delight when I opened up your post this morning. Such beauty with your combination of flowers, gourds and pumpkins for this fall table! Your tip of placing the floral foam on top of the pumpkin is brilliant, I remember seeing that before but had forgotten. Thank you for the beauty this Friday morning.♥

  17. Deb
    October 5, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Mary, Better Homes & Gardens and Country Gardens WISHES they could offer up such beauty and original content! This table is just stunning and now my favorite of your fall tablescapes. Thank you for breaking down the steps in assembling your centerpiece. It makes me feel like I could recreate it. I hope cooler fall weather is coming your way soon!

  18. Michele
    October 5, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Absolutely gorgeous as always!!! Just love the colors, textures and creativity. You are truly an artist!

  19. Susan B
    October 5, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Gorgeous arrangement Mary and the napkin ring is beautiful. I would be honored to sit at your dinner table anytime. Thanks for all your beautiful posts and for sharing your ideas with us.

  20. Virginia
    October 5, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Thank you Mary for this charming fall tablescape. We are expecting house guests at the end of this month and again in early November, so I will try to replicate your design in an old clam basket I have.for the breakfast room table. This is just another one of your posts headed to my fall decor board on Pinterest. I had lunch with two friends Wednesday and shared your post regarding the betrayal by BHG. They both looked at your post on my phone and declared as I did “SHAMEFUL”.

  21. Cristy Bennett
    October 5, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Each of your blog posts are an inspiration to me in some way! While I do not leave a comment with each post, please know I truly enjoy whatever you are sharing. I love your style. You have such a keen eye for beauty, color, and texture in your designs and photos.

    Your blooming pumpkin project from past posts inspired me to share it with my Herb Guild as a project we will do for this coming November’s meeting. Each member will be provided with a tiger-striped pumpkin plus some mums, spray roses and filling plant material to complete our own blooming pumpkins.

    My question to you is…do you do anything to extend the life of your pumpkins for the season? I have found on Pinterest washing them in a solution of water and a little bleach, then coating them with a light rub of Vaseline. Does this work?

    Always my Thanks!

    • October 5, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Cristy! I have found that the bleach / water solution works for me. I’ve only tried it with my smaller pumpkins, gourds, baby boos and tiger stripes that I usually place in the sink a mixed solution and then let dry after I bring them home. Keeping them from getting too hot in the blazing sun or too cold (which is not a problem here in NC, especially this fall when it’s still 90 degrees!) works better than anything else I’ve tried. I can’t speak for the Vaseline. I know that the smaller ones that I bring home that are waxed and shiny last the longest. I hope your Herb Guild enjoys these little blooming pumpkins, let me know. ♥

      • Cristy Bennett
        October 6, 2018 at 5:26 pm

        Mary…Thank You for your reply. I certainly will let you know how it all goes with the blooming pumpkins at our November 1 meeting!

  22. Cyndi Raines
    October 5, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Oh, how pretty! I think that even I could do / copy your simple arrangement, but put mine in a vintage tomato basket! Of course I always give you FULL credit if I make one of your delicious recipes or copy one of your creative ideas! My family knows you as “Mary, my blog friend, with the darling shed and beautiful pontoon boat”, lol! Mary, you are the best! Thank you! Hugs and ♥️! Happy Fall! 🍊🍂🍎

  23. Carol
    October 5, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Thank for the detailed instructions on making a table arrangement with pumpkins and flowers. I can do this! Your posts and especially your photos are a huge inspiration to me. Thank you for all the work you do to share your talents with your readers. You bless my day with beauty!

  24. October 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Wow Mary this is all fabulous. I like the center arrangement and appreciate the info you shared about putting it together. I didn’t know the kale could work as an accent and not need to be kept in water. I love the colors of the flowers you chose and the arrangements you put together with the little pumpkins are awesome. All of the arrangements for Floral Friday are wonderful. What a beautiful time of the year!

  25. October 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Mary, this table is stunning with every detail. The centerpiece is genius using the kale and jars of mums. The individual blooming pumpkins are perfect and what a wonderful gift for your guests. I love the new WS plates, I succumbed to the brown/black salad plates. I still must invest in some MKC, the napkin rings are just perfect. I agree with Bonnie, you should seriously consider a tabletop book…It would be a bestseller! I love sharing Floral Friday with you🧡🍂🧡

  26. October 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Oh Mary, your blooming pumpkins are always such a treat for me to see. I have 2 tiger stripes on my table so may just have to try “making them bloom”!!!! The MC napkin rings are gorgeous!! I am going to go look for them online! The whole table is beautiful, I will for sure start using kale as a filler!!!! What a great idea. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  27. Lori McCormick
    October 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    You are so darn talented! I love looking at your blog daily!❤️

  28. Laurie
    October 5, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    As ALWAYS, so inspiring! Off to the store to purchase pumpkins, fruit and gourds. Those William Sonoma plates are awful tempting too, thank you for such wonderful ideas 🍁👍 🎃

  29. Marilyn
    October 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Gorgeous post. Mary Thank You for sharing your beautiful settings.

  30. Joan
    October 5, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    What a beautiful setting. Mary you know how to decorate.

  31. Marion
    October 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t know what I love the most, the Pumpkins or the flowers. So beautiful.

  32. October 5, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    OMG that orange pumpkin with the green warts is fantastic! I’m lovin’ your pretty display Mary-Happy Weekend:@)

  33. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    October 5, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Mary, this is absolutely breathtaking! I adore the traditional rich fall color palette that you chose! Everything looks beautiful! Happy Autumn!!!

  34. Alice
    October 5, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Love the plates from Williams Sonoma and the kale for filler. Something tells me they might be in my future. Thanks for the ideas. As usual you go all out for us and I thank you.

  35. Sue
    October 5, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Your colors plus patterns equals pretty!!

  36. Lanita Anderson
    October 6, 2018 at 7:21 am

    What a beautiful fall tablescape!! I especially love the beautiful centerpiece and the floral pumpkins! Thank you for sharing the step by step methods for putting them together. Happy Fall!

  37. October 6, 2018 at 10:01 am

    So festive and fun, love the addition of kale, great texture! I can’t wait to have an in situ garden so I can play like you do everyday again! Fall is my weakness and now is when I miss my old house a blaze with color… your posts are dreamy to my color free eyes!

  38. October 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Oh be still my pumpkin loving heart! This is gorgeous Mary, I LOVE everything!! Your centerpiece screams fall, packed to the brim with beautiful mums, pumpkins and gourds~the kale is so perfect for filling in the spaces! The cozy cloth and adorable pumpkin plates, *sigh* I have been so trying not to buy any more pumpkin plates, and the MKC pumpkin napkin rings have been tempting me for a while. I broke into a big smile the second I saw your table and arrangement! Happy Floral Friday! {on Saturday :) }

  39. October 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Mary, I’m impressed as usual. You amaze me with your talent and continuous bag of tricks. Love the idea of using the kale. I love the idea of using a pumpkin as a vase. Pinning lots of these for future reference. Love the idea of sending guests home with their own floral mini pumpkin. Of couse he MKC napkin rings are the perfect touch.

  40. Marion
    October 6, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Mary, you always know how to set everything up just perfect.

  41. Joan
    October 6, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    What a beautiful display. So lovely.

  42. Marilyn
    October 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    So elegant and beautiful. The colors are so right for Fall.

  43. Norma Rolader
    October 9, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Absolutely beautiful

  44. Dianne Peters
    October 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    So beautiful.

  45. creationsbycindyphotography.blogspot.com
    October 17, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Love, love, love, the pumpkin bouquet. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  46. October 19, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Love your centerpiece basket and I like how it can be refreshed so easily.

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