Make Festive Pumpkin Centerpieces

Making festive pumpkin centerpieces is the perfect way to decorate your table for Thanksgiving, or any fall dinner party, because nothing says autumn quite like a pumpkin. These ideas are simple yet elegant, and will give your home the warm, autumn feel you desire.

Pumpkin Floral Arrangement
Give your table a warm, autumnal feel with this unusual floral arrangement, in which a pumpkin becomes the vase for a beautiful bouquet of seasonal blooms.

Materials:

  • Medium pumpkin
  • Wide vase or jar slightly shorter than the height of the pumpkin
  • Assorted flowers in autumn colors, such as mums, sunflowers and lilies
  • Filler greens
  • Autumn leaves

Start by cutting a circle around the top of your pumpkin's stem, as you would for a jack-o-lantern. Be sure the circle is wide enough for you to insert your vase or jar into the pumpkin. Scrape the seeds and pulp out of your pumpkin using a large spoon and your hands. Be sure to scrape it out very well.

Fill 2/3 of your vase or jar with water. Arrange your flowers within the vase, filling in with seasonal greens, colorful leaves or even branches of oak leaves and acorns. Keep in mind that once a pumpkin is cut, it only lasts for a day or two, so do not try to make this centerpiece too far ahead of time.

Bowl of Pumpkins
This centerpiece is beautiful in its simplicity. It takes only a few minutes to put together, but the end result will give your table a wonderful fall look.

Materials:

  • A large, shallow bowl in an autumn color, such as brown, terra cotta or orange
  • An assortment of miniature pumpkins, such as Jack-Be-Little, Baby Boo and Wee Be Little
  • Fall leaves

Simply arrange the pumpkins in the bowl, and tuck in some pretty fall leaves. If desired, you may also use some gourds and acorns in your arrangement as well. This arrangement should last for several weeks. Just be sure to check the pumpkins now and then for soft spots that indicate that the pumpkins are no longer fresh.

Pumpkin Tea Lights
These are perfect for adding warmth to your table for autumn dinner parties.

Materials:

  • 3 to 5 Jack-Be-Little or similar small pumpkins
  • 3 to 5 tea light candles
  • Paring knife

Using one of the tea lights as a guide, mark a circle around the top of the pumpkins. Using the paring knife, carefully cut out the area you marked, making a hole big enough to fit a tea light. Insert the candles into the pumpkins. Arrange them in the center of the table, or try placing one at each place setting.

Be sure that the bottoms of the pumpkins are flat, so that they won't tip and knock the tea lights onto the table. As these are cut pumpkins, they will only last a day or two, so make them shortly before your event.

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