The pumpkin is one of nature's biggest and boldest statements. There are many types of pumpkins, from the classic orange one to tasty, smaller "pie" varieties, red ones, white ones, pale blue ones and miniatures. They can be grouped with other beautiful natural materials such as gourds, squash, pine cones, Indian corn, autumn leaves, apples and oranges. Potted mums, kalanchoe, kale and ornamental peppers enhance a display as well.
You may not have room on the dining room table for a massive organic display, but you can make an impressive display on a mantle, sideboard table, coffee table or entryway. Use rustic accents such as crates or wicker baskets to add texture and vary the height of the display. Don't fuss over the arrangement, just group everything together and it will look lovely.
Don't neglect the kid's table. You may not use your best china on it, but make it pretty too. Consider using smaller pumpkins as containers to hold little pots of pepper plants or kale that the kids can take home. I even do a table for my pets, although I suspect they're much more interested in the turkey treat than the pumpkin centerpiece.
After you give thanks, share the leftover pumpkins and gourds with the squirrels. I figure it's better they eat pumpkin rather than dig up my newly-planted tulip bulbs.
Pumpkins and flowers in this segment are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.
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