Falling for Sunflowers with Pumpkins Table + Easy Flower Arranging Method

Make the transition from summer to fall with sunflowers and pumpkins in a colorful and vibrant tablescape. You’ll find tips to create a flower arrangement and table centerpiece using an easy flower arranging method, as well as additional fall table inspiration from 17 table stylists.

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Happy Tuesday!

In anticipation of fall’s arrival, I’m part of a ‘Welcome Fall’ Tablescape Blog Hop.

Many thanks to Rita of Panoply for organizing this hop!

You can find additional fall table inspiration from 17 table stylists at the bottom of this post.

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Sunflowers and pumpkins are two of my favorite things!

While I’m beyond ready for all things pumpkin, Mother Nature

 still has plenty of summer weather ahead for us in North Carolina.

It’ll be the end of September before the weather is suited for rolling out the pumpkins!

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Sunflowers are the perfect flower to transition from summer to fall

with their sunny yellow rays and warm brown centers!

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White embossed sunflower and pumpkin plates were a Hobby Lobby find,

and 40% off, ideal for a summer-to-fall transitional table.

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A sunny yellow table runner with quilted sunflowers is layered over farmhouse plaid

tablecloth for a cheery foundation for the table.

The vibrant plaid marries the colors of summer and fall

with a bright color palette that’s fitting for our 90+ degree days.

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For a table centerpiece, I used an easy flower arranging method,

no flower arranging skills or floral foam required!

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I started with a wood box and jars for this easy flower arranging method.

My box is 6-inches wide and tall by 24-inches long.

I used pint mason jars, staggering the jars in the box so the floral material

would fill the box more evenly.

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Plastic bags from the grocery store, (or use newspaper) were placed

 between the jars to keep them from shifting once they’re filled with water and flowers.

What I love about this method is that makes it easy to change your vase water

and /or replace any individual flowers as needed by simply removing a jar.

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If you’re buying flowers from the grocery store, always use the flower food packets

that come with your flowers to give them their longest vase life.

Flower food / preservative provides nutrients and controls

 the pH for optimal water uptake, while also reducing bacteria.

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I used a combination of garden and grocery store flowers

taking my cue from the colors in the tablecloth.

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From the grocery store: Sunflowers and Alstroemeria

From the garden: Coleus, Limelight Hydrangeas, Endless Summer Hydrangeas,

and Chaste tree (Vitex) seed pods for some interest and texture.

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I started by adding coleus from a garden planter to add some colorful foliage

and foundation for the arrangement.

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Next came Limelight Hydrangeas, along with the seed pods.

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Sunflowers were added, along with Endless Summer Hydrangeas,

and last but not least Alstroemeria.

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Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:

🌻 Cut your flower stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and

remove any leaves below the water line.

🌻 Always add floral preservative packets to your vase water.

 If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

🌻 Check your water level to top it off as needed; hydrangeas and sunflowers are thirsty flowers.

🌻 Change your water every other day and trim the stems if possible,

to reduce bacteria and extend your flowers’ vase life.

To get the most bang for your buck and vase life from your flowers, use Crowning Glory, an anti-transpirant spray that seals in moisture #fall #tablescape #easy #diy #flowerarranging #sunflowers #centerpiece #hydrangeas ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

🌻 To get the most bang for your buck and vase life from your flowers, use

Crowning Glory, an anti-transpirant spray that seals in moisture!

It dries clear and is safe to use on all flower types, especially beneficial

for flowers that are prone to wilting due to moisture loss, like hydrangeas.

I’ve had flower arrangements last two weeks using Crowning Glory!

Note: You still want to change your water to reduce bacterial growth and so there is no odor from your vase water.

Crowning Glory will dry within 30 minutes to an hour, depending the temperature and humidity.

Note: Wait to spray roses with Crowning Glory after they are open

as it will prohibit them from opening further.

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🌻 Remove any wilting and fading flowers as they produce ethylene gas,

which can hasten the decline of neighboring flowers.

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🌻 Last but not least, keep your flower arrangement away from direct sunlight

and extreme heat, which can dramatically shorten its bloom life.

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Table Details:

Wood Box / HomeGoods, several years ago

Plaid Tablecloth / HomeGoods, several years ago

Sunflower Table Runner, Tommy Bahama / HomeGoods

White Sunflower Plate, Sunflower & Pumpkin Plates / Hobby Lobby

Woven Chargers & Napkins / Pier 1, several years ago

Amber Goblets / Pfaltzgraff

Flatware / Mikasa Cameo Gold

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Click on the links below for more fall table inspiration from my blogging friends:

Panoply – Welcome Fall: Mottahedeh Chelsea Bird Tablescape
Hyacinths for the Soul – Welcome Fall, A Tablescape on the Terrace
Everyday Living – Autumn is My Favorite Color
Home Is Where the Boat Is – Sunflowers and Pumpkins
Life and Linda – A Fall Wine Dinner
The Bookish Dilettante – Falling Leaves Tablescape
The Little Yellow Corner Store – A Gathering of Mushroom Joy
Me and My Captain – Goodbye Summer Hello Fall
Red Cottage Chronicles – Autumn Brunch Table Setting
Bluesky at Home – How to Set a Soft and Neutral Table for Fall
Thrifting Wonderland – Savor the Moment…Fall Tablescape
Dinner at Eight – Setting the Table for Early Autumn
My Thrift Store Addiction – Bountiful and Budget-Friendly Autumn Tablescape
The cat’s whiskerz – Welcoming fall with a spicy tablescape
My Hubbard Home – Welcome Fall with a Harvest Blessings Table Setting
Belle Bleu Interiors – Anticipating Autumn’s Arrival
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Fall is Time for Football
The Painted Apron – Celebrating Fall

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  35 comments for “Falling for Sunflowers with Pumpkins Table + Easy Flower Arranging Method

  1. Rita C.
    August 29, 2023 at 6:30 am

    I was immediately drawn in to that sunny, quilted runner! Wow! And the white plates against it are so pretty. You made them stand out handsomely by layering the way you did with the napkin between the plates, and the woven charger beneath. I really like that. The flowers stand out as a gorgeous, complementary blue and orange with those sunflowers and hydrangeas. I just love those colors together for fall. And your coleus and vitex add super nice fillers with the alstromeria. Okay, I’m convinced I need Crowning Glory for longer life in arrangements.
    This is a beautiful segue to fall, Mary. Thank you for inspiring, always, and being part of the tabkescaping hops.

  2. Kari
    August 29, 2023 at 6:40 am

    Thank you Mary for your “how to”….you always have such wonderful inspiration at these hops and your tables reflect your kindness and helpfulness in this world of table styling. Just when one thinks the ideas are all used up, your tables say…”oh, and here is one more thought or suggestion.” I adore your white sunflower dinnerware, simple yet elegant. The splash of a Fall plaid napkin under your stark white pumpkin sitting on the sunflower plate is screaming Welcome to Fall! It is always such fun to table hop with you. Have a great and glorious week and I will be using your tips on removing “sad” blossoms from my future bouquets in order to save the rest. Hmmmmm, I’ve always regarded them as a package deal and when one goes…the rest are soon to follow. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Pam
    August 29, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Mary, sunflowers and pumpkins are also favorites of mine! The sunny quilted runner is perfect over the vibrant plaid…you can never have too much plaid in my opinion. A box filled with jars is an easy way to arrange a stunning arrangement. Your array of garden and grocery store flowers make a stunning centerpiece. The coleus is so pretty and is a great foundation for the other flowers. The heat has gotten to my coleus. The white sunflower and pumpkins plates pop against the plaid and yellow. The woven chargers are the perfect texture for your plates.

    It is always a pleasure to join you at table, Mary Happy Tuesday 🌻🌻🌻

    • Melissa Bennett
      August 31, 2023 at 12:33 pm

      I really loved the blue hydrangea with the sunflower! I wasn’t expecting that combination! Also I liked the coleus all on there own for like a wierd witchy vibe. I love those! And i like wierd stuff so dont mind me.

  4. Debbie J
    August 29, 2023 at 7:42 am

    Oh I was so excited to see your post pop up on my Facebook feed this morning! I made 3 floral arrangements last week for our ladies Bunco group and when they ask about them I told them how much inspiration I get from your blog. Thank you for always providing such beautiful tables and flowers! I just love this seque into fall and I’m ready to make the transition as soon as this Hurricane passes us by! Stay safe everyone.

  5. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    August 29, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Good morning, Mary! Your centerpiece is a showstopper! It is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the helpful tutorial for assembling the arrangement. I am definitely going to try this. I agree with you…having several smaller containers will make changing the water so much easier. Your entire tablescape is just beautiful. You have so many sunflower pretties to transition from summer to fall. The sweet plates and table runner are so pretty. It has been such a joy to join you today! Happy Tuesday!

  6. August 29, 2023 at 9:58 am

    Sunflowers and pumpkins are two of my favorite things too Mary, and the way you have used them today is delightful! I love the plates you found at HL and they look so pretty with the deep yellow runner, plaid linens, and beautiful flowers. Your flower arrangement is quite stunning, and thank you for sharing all the wonderful tips and details~ I love the way you showed us how you filled the jars. We got a little break in the heat the past few days, and I hope Idalia doesn’t impact your area. Hurricane season is the downside of Fall, and it is starting off with a bang unfortunately…I must focus on the joys of pumpkins and sunflowers! 🌻🎃🌻

  7. August 29, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Mary, I’m right there beside you admiring sunflowers and pumpkins and the season of autumn. I noticed a bit of change in this morning’s air, so I’m hopeful! I’m ready for alfresco meals, coffee on the terrace, and digging in the dirt. My containers and gardens are watered, but I can’t do much else in this heat. I’m sure you must feel the same.
    I’m in love with the bright, sunny quilted sunflower textile. Juxtaposed on the autumn plaid with the vibrant and colorful flowers, it all makes a beautiful statement. Honestly the box of deep purple coleus would have been a gorgeous arrangement in and of itself! I love the idea of using jars within another container to created an interesting centerpiece. Thanks for all the autumn beauty, sweet friend. Here’s to carefree, cooler days ahead. Happy Fall!

  8. Clara
    August 29, 2023 at 10:34 am

    This is a beautiful Fall table Mary. The Fall colors are all present but are a bit muted by using the white dishes which are lovely. It’s perfect for end of summer while the heat is still with us. I am thankful for the high heat and humidity reprieve. The arrangement is gorgeous! Enjoy your day. Clara ❤️

  9. Sue
    August 29, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Oh how I love fall! The sunflower table runner is gorgeous, wish I had found that one at Home Goods. Your talent is amazing and made even better by your willingness to share. Thank you for the inspiration!

  10. August 29, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Mary, your floral centerpiece is absolutely stunning! (Thanks for the tip about Crowning Glory.) It’s always a pleasure to pull up a chair at your lovely table! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  11. August 29, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Mary, your welcome fall tablescape is lovely. I love how you are using mason jars in the wooden box, a great tip for adding flowers. The sunflower table runner makes a pretty backdrop for the wooden box filled with Coleus, Limelight Hydrangeas, Endless Summer Hydrangeas and of course sunflowers. So cheerful and welcoming. You always provide us with some handy tips on preserving flowers and arranging. Love the plaid touches with those darling white pumpkin and sunflower plates. Always a pleasure joining you on these seasonal blog hops.

  12. Kim
    August 29, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    Mary, your centerpiece arrangement of flowers in the planter’s box is beyond gorgeous! I love your choice of flowers and how the pretty plaid tablecloth mimics the colors. The white sunflower and pumpkin plates are a great find and they pop on the lovely golden yellow sunflower table runner. And the matching plaid napkins give a wonderful contrast between the plates. Thank you for all your fall inspiration and it is always a pleasure to hop with you. Happy soon to be (hopefully) fall!

  13. Ricki Treleaven
    August 29, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Your table is so pretty, and the little white pumpkin/sunflower plates are perfect for you! :D I appreciate your centerpiece tutorial. You’ve shared so many good tips, and I need to try Crowning Glory spray. Your sunflower quilted tablecloth is pretty, too. I enjoy your blog so much, Mary. You posts are always inspiring, and I learn a lot reading your blog. Happy Fall!

  14. Debbie
    August 29, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    That is one of the most beautiful arrangments I’v ever seen! I need some short jars but I have the same type of box.

  15. Ce Ce
    August 29, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Love sunflowers and pumpkins together. Can’t wait to saw my granddaughter who is eight years old. She loves sunflowers so I am sure we will be doing in breakfast nook table or dining room. I get inspired by your post. Thanks again for your blog.

    • August 29, 2023 at 5:59 pm

      Oooh Mary, your centerpiece is so colorful and cheerful on your table. The white pumpkin and sunflower plates are a perfect transition to Fall and look lovely with the plaid. I have a rustic box that my hubby made and it’s always on my DR table, but filled with faux seasonal flowers. Thank you for your tips and tutorials!

  16. August 29, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    A!ways love are the care and joy you provide with every single post ❤❤❤🙏

  17. August 29, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    Mary! You had me at sunflowers!! But then you added plaids and that beautiful textured runner! And topped it all off with another one of your gorgeous flower arrangements!! so pretty!! a I love the how to- because I am clueless when it comes to fresh flowers!! a I always admire you ladies that make such beautiful fresh floral centerpieces. Well done!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼I hope you have an enjoyable autumn season🧡🍁🍂

  18. August 29, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    Mary, I always look forward to your work. You are a master at the art of flower arranging and using fresh flowers for your centerpiece is the priceless focal point. I loved how you used the white sunflower and pumpkin plates against the gorgeous and very cozy plaid tablecloth. I was so attracted to the pop of light blue in your floral centerpiece which certainly captured my attention and had me saying, “wow, that is beautiful.” As always your tablescapes are so captivating and inviting. I hope you have a spectacular Fall season in lovely NC.

  19. August 30, 2023 at 11:33 am

    I love the centerpiece and how you showed how it was created! It is truly the shining star of your table! I need to practice floral design more often! Enjoy the beginning if autumn.

  20. August 30, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    The centerpiece is a lovely focal point for your table setting, Mary. It’s full and lush and the colors stand out against the quilted yellow background. Pairing such a colorful centerpiece with simple china in a bright white draws even more attention to the flowers. The cozy tablecloth lends a casual feel to the setting. Loved the “how to”. Hope you have a wonderful Fall!

  21. August 30, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    Mary, not only do you find charming table decor items, you combine them in the most delightful ways! I love the way you’ve used gorgeous fall colors in the floral arrangement and the table linens offset by the bright whites of the dishware. It feels equally fresh and fall-like! I would enjoy this table throughout September. Glad to hop with you again. Happy fall!

  22. Marion
    August 31, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    Thank You for sharing your lovely Fall decorations/
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

  23. September 1, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Mary, your fall flower centerpiece is gorgeous. I love the rustic feel of the wood box to hold the flowers. The plaid tablecloth is the perfect color and texture for fall. Every element works so well together.

  24. September 1, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Mary, using the wood box to hold the flower jars was a smart idea. As were the other tips in your post. Your table is a lovely way to celebrate fall!

  25. Victoria
    September 1, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    Mary. You are one of the most informative individuals on yt. Love your videos and how you share all your creative ideas with us. Thank you so much.

  26. September 5, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Mary your centrepiece is stunning! And I am so glad you showed how to make it foam free! Great tips on how to care for your blooms as well. Love the plaid table cloth and napkins and they are the perfect partner for the sunflower embossed table runner!

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