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Flowers and Pumpkin Centerpiece Idea for the Dining Table

Looking for ways to decorate a table for fall, Friendsgiving, or Thanksgiving gatherings? Wait until you see how to make this GORGEOUS flowers and pumpkin centerpiece idea! But the best part? There’s no carving involved!

When you are a huge flower addict like me, creating beautiful centerpieces is part of the joy.

Cause I just love a beautiful dining table centerpiece, don’t you?

It just makes a table feel special and finishes off a room.

No matter how elaborate or simple a centerpiece is, it is a necessary component for any seasonal dining table decor.

So whether you buy or DIY a centerpiece, don’t skip this step when decorating a table.

And if you are attending Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving at a friend or family’s home, offer to bring the centerpiece.

Cause it’s a nice touch!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I LOVE making centerpieces.

Lately, I’ve been making several fresh flower arrangements using blooms from my cut flower garden.

Like this cozy harvest table centerpiece idea.

But you don’t need to grow your own flowers to make a fresh centerpiece. Simply head to your local market or florist and choose from their array of blooms and greenery.

Fall is one of my favorite times of year to make a dining table centerpiece too.

It’s so fun to change up autumn color palettes and fall flowers in different arrangements.

A while ago, I shared this simple dining table centerpiece with flowers and pumpkins.

To do a take on that pumpkin centerpiece idea, today I’m sharing how to make a flowers and pumpkin centerpiece without needing to carve the pumpkin!

Wait until you see how beautiful this centerpiece idea for the dining table looks that is perfect for fall, Friendsgiving, or Thanksgiving table.

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fresh flowers and heirloom pumpkin centerpiece idea for the dining table with zinnias, dahlias, sedum autumn joy, ivy, celosia and boxwood

3 Easy Ways to Make a Flowers and Pumpkins Centerpiece Idea for the Dining Table

There are three ways to make a flowers and pumpkin dining table centerpiece.

Each one creates a different look. And there’s no right or wrong way to do them.

  • Arrange flowers in vases and tuck pumpkins around them.
  • Carve a pumpkin and drop a vase or pot of flowers in.
  • Use floral foam on top of the pumpkin and make an arrangement.

Either way you choose to make one, there is no prettier mix for fall than a bunch of fall flowers and pumpkins.

Here’s how to create a flowers and pumpkin centerpiece idea without having to carve the pumpkin.

flowers and pumpkin centerpiece idea for the dining table with zinnias, dahlias, celosia, boxwood, ivy and snapdragons on a bistro table with vintage sign
flowers and pumpkin centerpiece idea for the dining table set on a bistro table on the porch

Supplies Needed

If you have access to flowers like I do in my garden, this dining table centerpiece won’t cost much to make.

And if you don’t have access, no worries head out to your local Trader Joe’s, Market, or Florist and try to find the best deal on flowers and greens.

Here’s what you need to make this dining table centerpiece with pumpkins and flowers.

  • Fresh flowers in different sizes with varying textures
  • Greenery like ferns, boxwood, or ivy
  • Heirloom pumpkin, Cinderella pumpkin or other flat pumpkin
  • Pruning shears
  • floral foam sphere
  • small dish to hold the foam
Small dish with floral foam to set on top of the pumpkin to make a centerpiece with fresh cut flowers from the garden

Directions to Make Flowers and Pumpkins Centerpiece Idea for the Dining Table

Before getting started, shop around for an heirloom, cinderella, or flat-type pumpkin that can easily hold the weight of the flower arrangement.

And make sure the top is as flat as possible so the arrangement sits well without toppling over. Note: If the top is not flat enough, you may need to carve a small section out of the top so the arrangement stays secure.

But the idea here is to NOT carve it, so try to find the flattest pumpkin possible so the arrangement sits level.

It’s also important to have the small dish under the floral foam so it catches the water and doesn’t rot the pumpkin.

Not to mention that dish also helps anchor the floral foam in place.

started tucking in the ivy first on this pumpkin centerpiece - designing it first with spiller

I love using these floral spheres with dishes because they are just the right size for this dining table centerpiece idea.

If you are cutting flowers and branches from the garden, look for flowers with different sizes and textures that create the autumn color palette you want in the arrangement.

As an aside, I’m not a fan of garden mums for this dining table centerpiece idea because they don’t last as long and dry out more quickly.

The fresh-cut chrysanthemums work well that you’d find at the market or florist, but don’t use the ones that you decorate with on the front porch for this one.

Tucking in fresh cut celosia, snapdragons,and ivy from the garden to make a pumpkin centerpiece for the dining table

Now that we are done foraging for flowers and greens, here’s how to make this gorgeous dining table centerpiece.

Thriller, Filler, and Spiller Method of Design

Whenever I make a centerpiece or container garden, I use the thriller, filler, and spiller method of design.

Thriller plants trail over the edges. Filler plants fill in the flower arrangement. And thriller plants add height and drama.

For my best flower arranging tips, check out this post.

But here’s how to make this gorgeous dining table centerpiece.

  • Soak the floral foam so it’s moist and add it to the dish.
  • Set the dish on top of the pumpkin. If your pumpkin is not flat, you’ll need to carve a little in so the dish sits level and the arrangement does not topple over.
  • Start creating a layer of greenery using ivy, eucalyptus, ferns, or something with a similar look. You want the greens to help conceal the floral foam and dish.
  • Cover the bottom and tuck some in to create some height and filler.
  • Next tuck in your flowers. I prefer starting with larger focal point type blooms and then add smaller flowers to fill the arrangement.
  • Water and feed the arrangement.

And that’s it!

The fresh flowers and pumpkin dining table centerpiece is coming along. Filling it with celosia, ivy, zinnias, snapdragons, dahlias and boxwood from the garden

How to Keep the Fresh Flowers Longer

This arrangement should last about a week or two depending on the types of flowers you use and how well you care for them.

Follow these simple tips to help your fresh cut flowers to last longer.

Keep the flower arrangement hydrated.

And if you want them to last even longer, swap out any fading blooms and tuck in some fresh ones.

What do you think?

I love how it turned out!

And I can’t wait to show you how incredible it looks on my Friendsgiving table that I’m sharing next week!

Stay tuned!

flowers and pumpkin centerpiece for the dining table that is set on a small bistro table on the front porch
fresh flowers and heirloom pumpkin centerpiece idea for the dining table with zinnias, dahlias, sedum autumn joy, ivy, celosia and boxwood
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Flowers and Pumpkins Centerpiece Idea for the Dining Table

Looking for ways to decorate a table for fall, Friendsgiving, or Thanksgiving gatherings? Wait until you see how to make this GORGEOUS flowers and pumpkin centerpiece idea! But the best part? There's no carving involved!
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Calories:
Cost: $100

Equipment

Materials

Instructions

  • Soak the floral foam so it’s moist and add to the dish.
    Small dish with floral foam to set on top of the pumpkin to make a centerpiece with fresh cut flowers from the garden
  • Set the dish on top of the pumpkin.
    set floral foam and dish on top of pumpkin before starting centerpiece.
  • Start creating a layer of greenery using ivy, eucalyptus, ferns or something with a similar look.
    started tucking in the ivy first on this pumpkin centerpiece - designing it first with spiller
  • Cover the bottom and tuck some in to create some height and filler.
    Tucking in fresh cut celosia, snapdragons,and ivy from the garden to make a pumpkin centerpiece for the dining table
  • Next tuck in your flowers. I prefer starting with larger focal point-type blooms and then adding smaller flowers to fill the arrangement.
    The fresh flowers and pumpkin dining table centerpiece is coming along. Filling it with celosia, ivy, zinnias, snapdragons, dahlias and boxwood from the garden
  • Water and feed the arrangement.
    fresh flowers and pumpkin centerpiece idea for the dining table using celosia, dahlias, zinnias, ivy, boxwood and snapdragons from the garden

Notes

The cost of this project depends on how many of the supplies you have access too. It can cost as little as $15-20 depending on what’s available to you.

Next up on the Friendsgiving Blog Hop is my good friend, Jen from Tatertots and Jello. She’s got a beautiful home and some incredible ideas for an amazing Friendsgiving party.

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