Friday, October 21, 2011

Centerpiece for Thanksgiving Table

*  Note of explanation......MIA for sometime now......please, accept apologies

I am linking this post over to Tablescapes Thursday for Susan's blog party.  Between Naps on the Porch is always so entertaining to read and the parties are fantastic.  Feel free to click on her button on the right hand side of this and be carried away to the party.  You will have fun, I promise!!!


With the excitement of a cooler season approaching, I begin to think of the beautiful Fall colors and textures.  Our summer here in north Texas was so hot that I had no energy to be creative......just surviving temperaturtes of over 105 degrees was about all I could do each day.  This summer was truly one setting all records for heat and no rainfall.  It is not a summer to be repeated ever again, hopefully!

After seeing pumpkins decorated with living flowers, I decided to duplicate the idea with faux pumpkins and silk flowers.




The Styrofoam pumpkins were purchased at Michael's Crafts and the silk flowers came from Dollar General. 



After snipping the flowers from the stems and cutting off the plastic attachment down to the silk petals, I glued the flowers to the pumpkin with Beacon's 3-in1 advanced craft glue.  I am sure that hot glue would work equally as well.





Pumpkins in three different sizes were purchased and three different flowers were added for interest.  Since my dining room is painted in "cranberry", I had to chose colors to tie in with my decor.



I found the berry stems that tied in all three colors of the flowers and pumpkins.


This is how the three decorated pumpkins look grouped together on my dining table.






I elevated two of the pumpkins to add height, using a pink milk glass compote and a handmade wooden bowl.



Liking the final results of the floral pumpkins, I placed two cranberry velvet runners on the table and added two votive beaded
pumpkins.  The light from the votive candles add a glimmer of light from the beads. 





I know that it is several weeks until we celebrate Thanksgiving, but I wanted to be "ahead" of the date so I can spend more time planning my meals during the time that our children and grandsons will be here.  Having done all of this prepation will allow me to relax during the precious visit of my loved ones and enjoy the moments.

My original inspiration came from an entry on Pinterest......the live flowers covering the real pumpkins.  Isn't it wonderful how one little image can spark our imaginations!  I suppose that is why the old saying....."two heads are better than one"  is still true today......
(giggle).



Thanks for stopping by as I always appreciate your visits and your comments!

21 comments:

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Phyllis! Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my tablescape! You are sooooo kind!! I absolutely adore what you have done with these pumpkins!! LOVE the flowers!! By elevating a couple of them, you have created a dynamic tablescape! I am now your newest follower; and I invite you to follow me, too! (I see you are in North Texas...so am I!) God bless you!!

Jo's This and That said...

Great Job! I love what you did!They look so beautiful! You will be able to make that burlap runner!Thanks for sharing,Joann

Jo's This and That said...

Love your pumpkins! You did a great job! You will be able to make a burlap runner.Thanks for visiting my blog.I love the Cat Willis.I had one for 19 year just like him,I miss her.Thanks for sharing,Joann

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love the pumpkins and the grouping you did looks wonderful! You did a gorgeous autumn vignette. Marty is having a cloche fall party for TT the 1st. of Nov. and yours are beautiful to just add to cloches. Thasnk you for your lovely visit and for your generous comments. Have a nice week. FABBY

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Phyllis... Aren't your pumpkins just yummy! So happy and cheery. Love them... and you're right... I'd never have thought about adding sunflowers to the tops.... As soon as I saw it, I said to myself "why haven't I ever thought of that"?

Have a wonderful day...

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Designs By Pinky said...

This is wonderful that you will be ahead of the game for Thanksgiving! Love how you did the pumpkins. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog too!!!! XO, Pinky

The Tablescaper said...

Cute pumpkins. Great idea to get a step ahead on Thanksgiving. It can be so busy!

- The Tablescaper

xinex said...

This is just beautiful, Phylllis. I love all the warm colors....Christine

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This will be perfect for your table! Great idea!

Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I love these pumpkins! I'm going to keep this idea in mind for next year. Would you believe that I already have my Thanksgiving (and Christmas!) centerpieces planned? Yes, I'm that obsessive!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Phyllis, you're definitely ahead of the game with your Thanksgiving centerpiece! I love it when inspiration hits; I never know what will spark it. Pinterest is certainly an amazing resource!

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Entertaining Women said...

Thanks for sharing the idea to cover pumpkins with blossoms...live or faux. You have a great head start for that special Thanksgiving visit that lies just a few weeks away. Cherry Kay

Tanya@takesix said...

Phyllis, your pumpkins are lovely. Your table will be so vibrant with fall color for Thanksgiving! Thanks for visiting, and have a Happy Halloween!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your pumpkins are Gorgeous!!!
You did a great job putting them all together.. I love the flowers on them so sweet.
XXOO Diane

Sweetladyelaine said...

Your pumpkins are wonderful! You did a great job making them. Very clever!
Blessings My Friend,

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty your blooming pumpkins are! I especially love the pink and orange combination.

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Now aren't you just the most clever and creative! I love the extra special floral touch!

Elaine said...

Wow!!! What an explosion of color! Your pumpkins are gorgeous!

BluBabesCreate said...

This is nice because the flowers actually last! Come see a Jack the Ripper tablescape.

Barbara said...

What a beautiful centerpiece this will make! I just love Thanksgiving.

BluBabesCreate said...

Phyllis! Thanks so much! That compliment was THE BEST! You should see what we have planned for November!