Sometimes it can be a bit confusing to figure out what to put on your dining room table that will last all through fall. While faux florals are always a great option, it’s nice to have an alternative. I love decorating with pumpkins because they last a long time. I usually stack a few on my dining room table mid-September, and they last all the way up to Thanksgiving. I love it because unlike real flowers, these don’t die. I can kind of set it and forget it! Which in my opinion is the best kind of decor. Today I’m sharing a simple fall centerpiece that anyone can create and enjoy.
First thing I do is grab an assorted amount of heirloom pumpkins and squash the moment they hit grocery stores. You can also find them at some of your farmers markets, but I grab a few every time I go out, and spread them around our house. I’ve learned that if you don’t get them early they become harder and harder to find as fall gets into full swing.
Say “hello” to our temporary dining room table! I’ll be back tomorrow to share all about how I acquired this table, and gave it a quick makeover. But in case you missed it, we sold our dining room table and you can read all about that HERE.
I started by placing this simple plaid runner down the center of the table. I found it in the $1 section at Target this fall, and loved the simple white and blue window pane pattern.
I also found these adorable white, faux gourd salt and pepper shakers that I knew I had to have. They are just the cutest little things, and perfect for any fall table.
Once my table runner was in place, I placed my largest orange pumpkin down first right in the center. Whenever I’m planning on stacking pumpkins, I search for a decent sized larger one for the bottom, but look for one that appears to be flattened a bit. That way it provides a good base for the pumpkin I’m placing on top.
Next I place a cinderella pumpkin on top. I make sure that it isn’t quite as large as my bottom pumpkin, so they look a bit more balanced in proportion when stacked.
I finish off my simple arrangement with a smaller gourd to the right, and a mini white pumpkin to the left. I sprinkle some mercury glass votives around for a tiny bit of sparkle, and to fill in the gaps between the pumpkins.
I placed a few more heirloom gourds on our buffet in our dining room to complete the look in our dining room for an effortless touch of fall. One that requires no maintenance and always looks fresh!
I’ll be back tomorrow to fill you in on this table, and why it’s not our permanent dining room table.
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