I am still tweeking the table scape elements, but I have completed a centerpiece I am pretty excited about. The hardest thing about making this floral arrangment was finding a store that still had good sized pumpkins on hand!
I bought two bunches of mixed chrysanthemums and a block of green florist's foam. I used a bowl to trace a circle around the top of the pumpkin, cut out the top and scooped out the seeds. I placed a well moistened piece of florist's foam in a shallow bowl and put it inside the pumpkin.
You will need to cut your flower stems pretty short for this, and looking at it, I think I could have gone even shorter. I started with the taller things in the center of the arrangement and worked my way outward. It is best if the outer row of flowers kind of hangs down over the edge of the pumpkin, hiding the other stems and the cut opening. Add greenery to further bring the floral elements down the sides of the pumpkin. When done, add more water to the dish and be sure to keep it well moistened.
I got out to a shopping mall on the weekend, with the mission in mind to find a new Thanksgiving tablescape. I went to Williams Sonoma, where I found two white porcelain pheasants, for $49 each. I loved how they would have looked with simple greenery, and chunky candlesticks with white pillar candles. Couldn't bring myself to spend $100.
Went to Pottery Barn, where I found three amazing tall pillar candlesticks of varying heights. $79, $49, and $39. Loved that look and still am thinking about it for a mantle display. It could transition from fall to Christmas easily. Bottom line: could not bring myself to spend $167.
So, I came home, started browsing Pinterest for ideas, and found this one for making a floral arrangemenet in a hollowed out pumpkin. Flowers: $11.98. Florist's foam: $3.17. Pumpkin: $4.67.