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Simple Centerpiece Idea For Your Thanksgiving Aesthetic

Looking for centerpiece ideas for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving table? Try this super simple centerpiece idea to complete your Thanksgiving aesthetic.

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

It makes a table feel special.

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

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.

It’s a nice touch!

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

And fall is one of my favorite times of year to make them too.

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

Whether I cut flowers from garden, pick up from the market or go totally faux, centerpieces are my jam!

And have I got a super easy one for you for this year’s Thanksgiving aesthetic!

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I’m so excited to participate in the Friendsgiving Tablescape Inspiration Tour hosted by my good friend Aliya from Open Doors Open Hearts.

If you are coming from Jennifer’s from Cottage on Bunker Hill, welcome to my home!

Jennifer is a great friend and does the most beautiful DIYs.

I just love her beautiful tablescape idea!

Simple Centerpiece Idea for Your Thanksgiving Aesthetic

How to Make a Flower Centerpiece in a Pumpkin

I’ve made this type of centerpiece a few times and always love how it turns out.

You can make them super simple or elaborate depending on what type of flowers you use.

For this table, I’m going with a less-is-more approach.

But you can do so much more with cut flowers either from your garden or the market.

A little back story about my first pumpkin and flowers centerpiece…

Several years ago, I made a gorgeous centerpiece for my Thanksgiving aesthetic and it was a huge hit.

I spent almost ALL DAY making it the day before Thanksgiving that year.

Because I picked up the pumpkins so late in the season, the nursery gave them to me for free.

And I purchased fresh cut flowers from the market.

Vintage centerpiece idea using fresh pumpkins and flowers

Now I realize this picture does my arrangement no justice because it is so old, but trust me…it looked so amazing!

So I hosted Thanksgiving the next day and my guests loved it.

Anyway, we were leaving the next day for Vermont to get an early ski weekend with some friends and their kids.

Chris and I packed the family up and we left first thing Friday morning.

When we returned on Monday, the house SMELLED SO BAD!!!!

Like…really bad.

And when I say it was bad, you couldn’t even breathe it in bad because you’d get physically ill.

I immediately ran to the dining room and discovered the pumpkins rotted over the weekend, leaked and totally ruined my wood farmhouse table.

UGH!!!! It was such a mess!

I learned a BIG lesson from this first one.

Always, always, ALWAYS protect the surface underneath if using fresh pumpkins.

Because trust me when I tell you, rotting pumpkins are NOT worth the risk.

So if you make this pumpkin and flowers centerpiece, be sure to protect the table beneath and keep and eye on it after the event.

But I digress.

Let’s make a simple pumpkin and flowers centerpiece for the dining table.

Getting ready to make a Simple Centerpiece Idea for your Thanksgiving Aesthetic

Complete Your Thanksgiving Aesthetic With This Simple Pumpkin and Flowers Centerpiece

So it’s been a while since I’ve made one of these and thought it was a good time to share it again.

It’s not only perfect for a fall dinner party, but it is even more festive for Thanksgiving or a Friendsgiving dinner.

Supplies Needed

  • Pumpkins
  • Mums
  • Plant Tray
Carving the pumpkins to make Simple Centerpiece for a Thanksgiving Aesthetic

How to Make a Simple Pumpkin and Flowers Centerpiece

For my table, I decided to go with 3 mid-sized pumpkins.

I was between doing 1 large pumpkin centerpiece vs the 3, but the mums I found weren’t large enough so I went with the three.

See what works best for you and your table.

removing the top of the pumpkin to hollow it out to make a simple thanksgiving centerpiece for dining table
  • Clean off the pumpkins.
  • Carefully cut a circle in the top to remove the stem as if you are carving the pumpkin, then set aside.
  • Clean out the insides.
Removing the pumpkin flesh to make pumpkin soup for my thanksgiving aesthetic
  • Determine the right height for your mums or other flowers. Raise it up if you need to.
  • Water the mums well before tucking inside the pumpkins.
Adding a plant saucer to hollowed out pumpking before adding flowers to simple dining table centerpiece idea for my thanksgiving aesthetic
Not the roundest of cuts to the top of the pumpkin, but it will be hidden by the flowers. LOL!
  • Set the water tray inside the pumpkins, then set the mums on the tray.
  • Water the mums as needed. You can tell if it needs it using THIS method.

A few notes to keep in mind…

If you opt to do an arrangement, instead of mums like I did here, you can use floral foam like I did in THIS arrangement or you can use a vase, glass jar or something.

But it really depends on the size of your pumpkin and what type of arrangement you decide to do.

If you want a more neutral looking tablescape, consider white pumpkins and gourds or painting the pumpkins to coordinate with your Thanksgiving aesthetic.

Simple Centerpiece Idea for your Thanksgiving Aesthetic

Thanks so much for dropping by!

I hope you enjoy a wonderful Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving Day!

Next up on the Friendsgiving Table Decor Tour is my good friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style.

Jen has a GORGEOUS home so be sure to stop by and say hello for me! xo

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  4. Stacey!!! I love your mums and pumpkins!! I can’t believe that pumpkin from years past rotted so fast!! It did look gorgeous though!! So glad you shared that experience, so I can keep an eye on my pumpkin flower arrangement haha!!! So glad you were able to join us for this hop!!

    1. Thank you so much! Oh yes – I think because we were away it was worse than if I was home, but def keep an eye on it. It wrecked my wood table top! Thanks so much for hosting such a great blog hop! xoxo

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  6. I LOVE this idea, Stacy. I’ve always wanted to try it but never gotten around to it. Thank you for sharing. It looks beautiful and I’m definitely going to give it a try now. Pinned!

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  8. What a pretty centerpiece idea, Stacy! Love how the fresh pumpkins look with the mums. And ugh, ruining a table with rotten pumpkins is awful! I’m sorry that happened but thank you for sharing your lesson because that’s TOTALLY something I would do…

  9. Can you believe I am this many years old and have never hollowed out a pumpkin!! This looks so pretty!!

  10. What a beautiful and unique pumpkin centerpiece Stacy!! I love this idea! And seriously never would have known about protecting your table underneath them! But now that you say it – I was like ohhhh yea… ;)! Your table looks gorgeous my friend!!

  11. Stacy I have always wanted to try one of these! Yours are beautiful and your tutorial was just wonderful. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  13. This is such a great centerpiece idea, Stacy! Thanks for sharing your pumpkin “lessons learned” tip. I would have never even thought about that.

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