Sophisticated Pumpkin Decor

Text by Karin Lidbeck Brent

The first chilly day finally came and I just could not help myself. I grabbed the first white pumpkin of the season, a small cabbage, a few gourds and went straight to my garden to forage for foliage in my favorite palette of soft greens.

supplies for creating pumpkin decor

Photo by Karin Lidbeck Brent

The resulting arrangement sits on my kitchen counter where I can enjoy it when I’m cooking or sipping my morning cup of coffee. I love this pale green color combination with the white pumpkin vessel—not the typical fall colors we all expect—yet still autumnal. I always think about where I will display the arrangement to determine the color story and these soft colors work beautifully with my kitchen palette.

I cut and scraped out the pumpkin insides and placed a wet brick of floral foam inside, then went to town adding cuttings from my garden. You can also use small jar of water and cut flowers if you don’t have floral foam.

White pumpkin with floral design

Photo by Karin Lidbeck Brent

I fell in love with artisinal pumpkins years ago when I created this centerpiece for a table decor story. Orange pumpkins are great for Jack-o’-lanterns, but I prefer a more sophisticated palette for the dining table. No carving needed— just lay beautiful pumpkins in grapevine wreaths and wind extra grapevine around, to look like they were just transported from the pumpkin patch!

Pumpkin tablescape

Photo by Michael Partenio

During pumpkin season you can go the easy route and just place your pumpkin creatively here or there —or you can go to town and stack them. This little trio was carved so the three pumpkins fit atop one another with the smallest pumpkin being the vessel for beautiful fall dahlias and Queen Anne’s lace. I couldn’t resist the wrapping of some bittersweet for good measure!

Stacked pumkins

Photo by Michael Partenio

Looking for more inspiring fall decor ideas? Take a look at these blog posts:

Summer to Fall Floral Arrangements

Celebrate Autumn

Decorating for Late Fall

Pumpkins that go Beyond Halloween

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