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. I thought about it for my October Harvest Workshop... then making giant pots of Beef & Butternut Chili took over my free time.
So, here we are at Thanksgiving as I prepare for my Thanksgiving Workshops this week. Part of the workshop includes my tips and suggestions for setting a Thanksgiving table - the perfect opportunity for making a floral pumpkin centerpiece.
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!