9 months ago

Pumpkin Flower Arrangements

It has been embarrassingly long since my last post, friends.

It’s all due to good news though: a new job!

After almost six months of sending out applications, meeting for coffees (and watching a lot of reality TV), I finally landed the job I really wanted here in Portland as a sports reporter for a regional network.

Much of my job is dedicated to covering the NBA; with games four to five times a week, it hasn’t left time for much else, so I have been a little remiss about posting.  As Thanksgiving looms at the end of the week, and I do a little reflecting, I realize I am incredibly grateful to have a job that I really enjoy, in a city where I have amazing loved ones.

I’ve also realized how much I enjoyed writing and sharing different projects here on Haute Homebody, so here’s to getting back on the wagon!

No one has time to come up with elaborate tablescapes with cooking and cleaning before the loved ones come into town, and these pumpkin floral arrangements are a super simple and quick DIY to spruce up the Thanksgiving table.

My inspiration for this project came after seeing an Instagram post from the San Francisco Farmer’s Market.  They had these bright, colorful floral arrangements in pumpkins of every size and shape.

I have literally no floral arranging skills, but thanks to my new friends in the florist section of New Seasons, these beauties came to life in under an hour.  I have no shame in asking for help.  So after zeroing in on Gerber daisies and spray roses, they were able to recommend a few other elements that really took the arrangements to the next level (including super cool orange Celosia that I had never heard of or seen in my life).Pumpkin Floral Arrangement with roses

Pumpkin Flower Arrangements

What you need:

  • small pumpkins
  • assorted flowers
  • mini yogurt containers or votive holders 
  • knife and spoon (I used the carver/ scoop from a Halloween kit)
  • bleach (optional)

Pumpkin Floral Arrangement prep

Make it! 

  • First up, hollow out the pumpkin.  Mark where you’re going to carve by drawing a circle on the pumpkin using a container of your choice.  I made it just slightly bigger than the yogurt container I used.
  • Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin, following your circle.Pumpkin Floral Arrangement Step 2
  • Scoop out the flesh and discard
  • OPTIONAL STEP:  Living in the NW, our pumpkins go bad SO fast; I decided to spritz the inside with a water- bleach mix in a spray bottle ( 1 gallon of water to 1 tsp of bleach) and let it air dry.  I think it definitely kept it a few more days.
  • Fill your container with water and place inside the pumpkin.Pumpkin Floral Arrangement Step 4
  • Trim your flowers and place inside the water- filled container.

Pumpkin Floral Arrangement Thanksgiving centerpiece

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