Autumn Table + DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way

Create a blooming pumpkin as a centerpiece for your fall or Thanksgiving table the easy way~ no cutting required!

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

Happy Monday! I’m joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms to celebrate autumn! You can find my friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

 Monday Morning Blooms, 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month | ©

Our theme for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms was pumpkins.

Fall table with pumpkin centerpiece | © #fall #tablescapes #centerpiece #pumpkin

  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!

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

I started with a Fairytale Pumpkin. Fairytale pumpkins are botanically classified as Cucurbita moschata and are a French heirloom variety of the Cucurbitaceae family. Also known as the Musqué De Provence squash, Fairytale pumpkins are prized for their excellent flavor, ornamental shape, and unique tan coloring.

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

Fairytale Pumpkins are deeply lobed with prominent ribbing and have a squat, flattened shape. This pumpkin’s stem was broken off when I bought it, but it makes ideal to create a ‘blooming’ pumpkin. You can also use any stemless pumpkin to create a ‘blooming’ pumpkin with this method.

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

I like to use a shortcut method to create a blooming pumpkin, eliminating the time-consuming step of hollowing out the pumpkin to make a vase for flowers. Cutting through the hard skin and flesh can be hazardous, so skipping this step saves time, prevents accidents, and extends the life of your pumpkin. This is a variation of that method, made even easier!

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

Start with a brick of wet floral foam. Cut your floral brick with a knife to the size you need for the top of your pumpkin (I used half a brick). Soak the floral foam in water mixed with floral preservative until it’s fully saturated. When your foam is saturated (about 5 minutes or less) use waterproof floral tape to secure the wet foam to a clear plastic plate.

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

I used a 7-inch clear Chinet plastic plate. The plates have a slight curve to them so they will catch any water that might drip from the floral foam. I also stacked two plates together before taping the foam to the plates to support the weight of the wet floral foam.

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

Tip: When using wet floral foam, use the “float soak” method and place the floral foam brick on top of the water. Let the floral foam gradually absorb the water until it’s fully saturated. Plunging the floral foam in the water traps air bubbles and will prohibit the transfer of water from the foam to the flower stems.

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

Tip: Place the plate with your arrangement on your pumpkin, checking periodically as you work, making sure you’re adding enough floral material so the edge of your plate is concealed.

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

I used a combination of carnations, mums and roses from the grocery store as well as some sprigs of foliage cut from the shrubs. . . abelia, lorepetalum and goldenrod, added as filler to the arrangement.

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

Top your pumpkin with your floral arrangement and voilà. . . a Blooming Pumpkin Centerpiece, without any cutting or extra work!

Autumn table with blooming pumpkin centerpiece | © #fall #tablescapes #centerpiece #pumpkin

Fall table with pumpkin centerpiece | © #fall #tablescapes #centerpiece #pumpkin

What I prefer about this method:

🍂 No cutting involved so your pumpkin will last longer

🍂  Easier to transport the flowers and pumpkin, separately

🍂 The floral top can be refrigerated to prolong the life of your flowers

🍂 You can add water to the arrangement if needed as the plastic plate will catch drips and excess water

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way and Autumn Table | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #tablescapes #centerpiece #pumpkin

 I set a table by the lake to enjoy some beautiful fall weather with my blooming pumpkin as a centerpiece. . .

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

A black April Cornell tablecloth with fruits and veggies provides a foundation for the table. . .

Fall table with pumpkin centerpiece | © #fall #tablescapes #centerpiece

And Harvest Pumpkin Salad and Wreath Plates are served up on tree slice chargers.

Fall table with pumpkin centerpiece | © #fall #tablescapes #centerpiece #pumpkin

Hammered flatware provides a warm copper accent and join Courtly Stripe Pumpkin Napkin Rings.

Fall table with pumpkin centerpiece | © #fall #tablescapes #centerpiece

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way, no cutting required! | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

 Table Details:

  Harvest Pumpkin Plates / Williams-Somona, used here

Napkins / Pier 1 & Kohl’s

Courtly Stripe Pumpkin Napkin Rings / MacKenzie-Childs, several years ago

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

Tablecloth / April Cornell

Flatware / Cambridge Silversmiths Jessamine Copper

 Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way and Autumn Table | © #pumpkinvase #flowers #fall #centerpiece #pumpkin

DIY Blooming Pumpkin the easy way, no cutting required! | © #thanksgiving #fall #pumpkin #centerpiece #flowers #DIY

Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming pumpkins this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Autumn table with pumpkin centerpiece | © #fall #tablescapes #centerpiece #pumpkin

Autumn is my favorite season and after a very long and hot summer in North Carolina, it looks like it’s finally here to stay. . .

Autumn table with pumpkin centerpiece | © #fall #tablescapes #alfresco #lake #pumpkin #centerpiece

There are two times of the year: Autumn and Waiting for Autumn. ;)

There are two times of the year: Autumn and Waiting for Autumn. | © #fall #quote #pumpkin

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  46 comments for “Autumn Table + DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way

  1. Kathi
    October 21, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Simply gorgeous !

  2. Karen
    October 21, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Yes, I love autumn too! Your table looks PERFECT for brunch. We’ll bring pumpkin cranberry waffles, autumn fruit salad, maple glazed bacon and apple cider mimosas. Will 11am work for you? Sigh…just dreaming from Los Angeles.

    • October 21, 2019 at 9:21 am

      That sounds delicious Karen! See you then ;) 🍽️🥂🍂🍁

  3. Bonnie Morgan
    October 21, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Mary, I love your fairytale pumpkin and your stunning arrangement! Thanks again for all the tips. You are giving me confidence that I could do a blooming pumpkin with your detailed tutorial. I realize I have been plunging the oasis into the water and not being patient with the floating method. Where is the best place to purchase oasis?
    How beautiful your April Corneil tablecloth complements the dramatic pumpkin plates and your blooming pumpkin! Your idyllic lake setting provides a lovely backdrop for your creatively styled table. The MC napkin rings added the perfect extra zing!
    Happy Fall!

  4. Rita C.
    October 21, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Absolutely stunning, the tablescape and the centerpiece!!

  5. October 21, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Mary, your blooming Cinderella pumpkin is gorgeous…love the mix of grocery store flowers! I haven’t thought of using a plastic plate, brilliant idea! Your mix of patterns for your table is lovely with the AC tablecloth and WS wreath and harvest pumpkin plates! May I join you and Karen for brunch, it sounds mouth watering on your stunning table? It is always a pleasure to take a seat lakeside at one of your beautiful tables. Wishing you a most wonderful day!❤️

    • October 21, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Thank you Pam! Would love for you to join us! ♥

  6. Mary Ann
    October 21, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Beautiful and rich autumn colors! The table and centerpiece look gorgeous. Lots of inspirational ideas. Thanks!

  7. Franki
    October 21, 2019 at 9:10 am

    THAT IS one of your prettiest yet!! I’ve got THAT pumpkin…must get to creating..franki

  8. Della
    October 21, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Your fall table setting is beautiful ! I’d love to sit down at your table.

  9. October 21, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Oh Mary, thank you for your tips on creating this floral pumpkin masterpiece! I like how you’ve added the mini plastic plate to catch the drips. The black background on the tablecloth and the plates is stunning! Those napkin rings add such a perfect touch. I’d love to join you at your lakeside table! 🍂❤️🍁

    • Kathy Menold
      October 22, 2019 at 6:50 am

      Mary ,Thanks for the instructions on how to make this beautiful centerpiece. These are the type of pumpkins we grew this year and after making totems for the front porch and scattering them around the front garden I now have another way to use them. Will probably have to buy some flowers to use but it will be a great Thanksgiving centerpiece. After that I plan to try using it for pumpkin soup. Have you ever cooked with this variety?

  10. Sheran
    October 21, 2019 at 9:24 am

    STUNNING! Thank you🌹🍁🍂

  11. October 21, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Mary. I so admire the colors in your arrangement! I love making floral pumpkins this way, this time since I was out of floral foam, I cut my pumpkin. : ). The scene on your dock is beautiful, Mary. Those colors!! And, I love the quote. Autumn and waiting for Aurumn. You are a girl after my own heart – in so very many ways sweet friend. It is always such fun to be part of our special Monday Morning Blooms with you. Xoxo Lidy

  12. Linda L
    October 21, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Bloomin’ Brilliant!

  13. Janice Baxter
    October 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

    My eyes are filled with the “beautifulness” you created for us. Thank you for all the work you do to give us such beauty to see!

  14. Susan B
    October 21, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Good morning Mary, I am speechless. The flowers, colors, tablecloth and tablescape are simply gorgeous. Thank you for brightening up my Monday morning.

  15. Debbie Joens
    October 21, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for a beautiful start to the week!

  16. Cyndi Raines
    October 21, 2019 at 11:18 am

    5 stars! Centerpiece and beautiful tablescape! Wow! 🍊🍂

  17. October 21, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Oh Mary, this is just fabulous! I am loving your beautiful pumpkin arrangement of course, but the tablecloth and black pumpkin plates paired with the MKC napkin rings have me swooning with delight! The wood slice chargers are brilliant and it is all over the top gorgeous in my black loving book! I do appreciate the floral foam tips, float don’t sink! And adding the flower food to the water, using a drip plate, great ideas! Just Beautiful! Prayers for Shirley…

  18. barbaramantelandtablecom
    October 21, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Oh this is so beautiful Mary! You’ve totally done it again with your magic flower touch! I love not cutting into the pumpkin – I had a heck of a time with my little baby boos! And your table, as always, is perfection! Thanks for such wonderful fall, flower, and pumpkin inspiration! 💗

  19. Liz
    October 21, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    That is really smart. I adore that pumpkin! This way you can extend the life of the pumpkin too! The flowers are gorgeous- you really arranged them nicely!

  20. October 21, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Oh oh oh! What a gorgeous table! And next to the lake… even better! Thanks for the tutorial… I always learn so much from you! Happy Week to You!

  21. Ann Kretschmer
    October 21, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Your most beautiful table.

  22. pamela
    October 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Brilliant! Beautiful!

  23. Karenann S.
    October 21, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  24. Lyn
    October 21, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    You find the most clever plates! Love your tablescapes!!!

  25. Marion
    October 21, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Mary your table is set beautifully.

  26. Marilyn
    October 21, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    The carnations and roses are gorgeous.

  27. Joan
    October 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    The table cloth is lovely . The pumpkin surrounded by the mix of flowers is beautiful.

  28. sue
    October 21, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Everything about the floral arrangement and your table is lovely!

  29. Diane
    October 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Hi, Mary,
    I made a pumpkin flower arrangement based upon your great idea. Of course, yours is so much better. I did go an extra step and coated my pumpkin with egg whites and then sprinkled it with turbinado sugar to give it a shiny decorative look. Thank you!

  30. Grace
    October 21, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Beautiful and stunning table! Thanks for the tutorial with the centerpiece. The fairytale pumpkin looks like it would be fun to grow next spring. The maple trees here are in full color with all the yellows and reds and it is raining. Thanks for the cheery fall pictures!!!!

  31. Ellen
    October 21, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Awesome table…best I’ve seen this fall..the pumpkin centerpiece is stunning. The dishes are my favorite (of course) and the tablecloth is one of a kind…just love it all!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  32. October 21, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    A perfectly charming fall table that I wouldn’t let anyone sit at!!!

  33. October 21, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Love it all, especially the black plates and tablecloth! of course we both love the same pumpkin variety too 😉 i am almost getting to the point where I can pull a good mix of color from my new garden to enjoy gorgeous bouquets, you have inspired me and I want to dash out for fixings to play with flowers, pumpkins and tablescapes, but for the second time in less than two weeks I am facing another forced power outage… Life becomes so disrupted, threw out 1000$ worth of food after several days in the black out, just replaced it all on Friday and just got another alert for Wednesday 😱 yes it makes me want to scream, after seeing this post I just wanna play and create beautiful moments… With power, food, lights, water, which will all be disappearing soon 😠

    • Kim
      October 22, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      You must be in Northern California! I am a native Sacramentan who moved out of state a year ago. I LOVE everything beauty wise in CA, but I can’t stand the politics and this kind of nonsense from PG&E! I lived in Camino for the last 4 years before moving and I would have been affected by this too, I would have been SO mad…I’m sorry your having to deal with this.

  34. Vanessa Breg
    October 31, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Love the dark and rich colors. So Beautiful.

  35. November 6, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    That sounds amazing

  36. J
    November 7, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I just subscribed to you again, but to no avail I didn’t get the email back confirming it. Please fix it!
    My favorite Thanksgiving food is pumpkin pie and of course turkey! I love to watch Macy’s parade also, that’s if I have time to! Lol.
    I love to see the different recipes you come up with, the table scapes and your beautiful white dogs and their cool coats they wear!
    Have a fantastic day and weekend coming up Mary!

    • November 7, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      Hi J, Did you check your spam folder to see if your email landed there?

  37. October 8, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Incredible centerpiece and sumptuous table setting! That view is incredible – is this your year-round home? Gorgeous!

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