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November 09, 2016

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | Roses, Mums & Broom Cob in a Pumpkin "Vase"

I love traditional Thanksgiving - everything.  Traditional colors, a traditional menu, flowers, table setting, etc.  I'm not sure if creating a floral centerpiece in a pumpkin would be traditional in the eyes of generations past, but in the Martha Stewart era of holidays, it surely seems like a classic.

It has been about 6 years since I created a floral centerpiece in a pumpkin... I am not sure if I thought it was too over done, or if I hadn't had the occasion to do it.  Or maybe I got lazy and didn't want to go to the trouble of carving out the pumpkin.  This year, I've been itching to do it.  I thought about if for Halloween, then Emma's costume took priority in the project department. 

Get all of the table setting details, here >

I started by selecting my flowers and colors - getting a feel for what the colors will look like with the table setting, in the room.

I chose these apricot roses with burnt orange and deep red mums.  I needed something that would drape downward in the arrangement, so I selected the wheat-looking stems. 

As you can see (and you might remember), we received a large collection of Spode Woodland china that I always use during the Fall and Winter holidays.  I have admired them for years and am so glad to have them - and I still LOVE them every year when I get them out.

I will use this glass vase set inside the pumpkin to make the arrangement in, so I cut the top to be sure it would fit into my opening.

I cut the opening, then scooped out the insides with an ice cream scoop.

I put the vase in with a square of oasis foam, then filled it with water.

I started by putting in the best roses, trying to achieve the shape.

And then, because flowers look best in groups of the same, I bunched 2-3 flowers next to each of those roses.  I like to use different sizes of roses in these groups to add interest - and it looks more natural.

Then, I started plugging in groupings of mums in the same fashion. 

It is starting to take shape.  At this point, I realized it was a little 'tight,' so I pulled the bottom roses out by an inch or so, so it didn't look so much like a ball of flowers on a pumpkin.

To soften the entire arrangement and to add some drape, I placed the broom cob around the collar.

Done!  You can see the groupings of flowers look more appealing than if it were homogeneously arranged - it would look polk-a-dotted!

To keep it fresh, keep it in the refrigerator (or in the garage, if your garage is really cold like mine!).

Here it is on the table!

Shop  the Hemstitch Linens featured on this table here >

Hemstitch Napkins (4 for $28), Runner ($28) & Placemats (2 for $16) available in my store, here >

This tray is one of my favorite essentials.  I use it all of the time for serving drinks, appetizers or as  centerpiece.  Find the Handled Service Tray, here >

 Get all of the table setting details in this post, here >

This collection is all about creating a timeless, season-less house that always feels like Home.  I will continue to focus on essentials for Family Dinners and help you make them happen gracefully.  This collection will include a new line of Block Print Linens with Pillow Covers, Table Linens, Napkins and Tea Towels.  I've also included the ever classic Hemstitch Table Linens that will mix and match for any season or occasion.  There is nothing more classic than Framed Fern Botanicals, with a new French Cream mat board option, as well as a new Gold Leaf Frame.  This time of year always puts me in a baking mood for breakfast and after school snacks.  I have some new recipes that have become favorites of ours over the summer. 


Block Print Pillow Covers, $28-38

Striped Tea Towel, set of 2, $14

Block Print Table Runner + Hemstitch White Runner + Natural Placemats + Block Print Napkins

I love the mix and match, layers of this comfy, cozy table.  It just seems so warm, comfortable and inviting to me.

Block Print Napkins & Runners
White Hemstitch Runner

The entire collection of mix and match hemstitch table linens.  (100% cotton)

This is the new French Cream Mats.  It has a richer color and a slightly soft textured finish.

Whenever I'm in "homemaker" mode, I always turn to baking breads - Pumpkin Bread, Banana Bread, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, and sometimes Homemade Bread.  For afternoon snacks, there is nothing better than a warm slice of Lemon Butter Cake with glaze.  
For a really beautiful looking bread or cake, I love using these pans with the squared corners.  When used with the parchment paper as a liner, the breads lift out of the pan perfectly without sticking and make cleanup easy.  It also makes the loafs easy for giving to friends, neighbors or teachers.  With the parchment liner, I put them right in a cello bag with a ribbon and tag.  
I have 3 of each pan size so I can make multiple loaves at a time so we have plenty for giving or the freezer.

Camel Wrap, $16
I consider wraps an essential part of my wardrobe.  A fresh, soft wrap is a staple that I constantly pair with everything - white oxford shirt, puffer vests, blouse and flats, and dresses.  It is always the extra something luxurious and soft that completes my outfit.
30" x 70" 
100% acrylic

Moss Green Wrap, $16

Copper Wrap, $16

Our Wedding Invitation was printed on cream paper and very subtle and classic on the front.  The back had these same whimsical stripes on the back of each piece.  I loved this little surprise detail that made our invitations feel charming and unique.  I've taken this same idea to these tags - simple and classic on the front with a little surprise on the back.  
These simple tags can turn anything to an elegant gift - homemade cookies, banana bread, bottle of wine or candle.
2" x 3" Tags with Hole
Printed on Cardstock
Set of 10
Front printed with a small wreath, the back printed in stripes.

Happy Shopping : )


  1. Thank you, Jennifer for this beautiful centerpiece. I will try it. Your Holiday Table is lovely.

  2. This is really beautiful. I know this is an older post, but do you realize your easy-to-pin strip says "DYI" not "DIY". Just thought you might want to know.

  3. Anonymous8:30 AM

    So glad to see your setting. I have a collection of turkey plates,Including the Spode ones, that I always use during the Fall,etc. So happy to see someone else doing that too. Love your centerpiece and will try it this year.

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    1. BEAUTY BEYOND BELIEF WOW. G.R.Chiranjeevi. february 18 2014 at 2.25 PM

  5. Absolutely Gorgeous!


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