Wednesday, November 27, 2013

TUTORIAL: Heirloom Pumpkin Flower Centerpieces

A friend of mine is hosting Thanksgiving for the first time tomorrow.  She has gone ALL OUT and planned for months.  I offered to help her with the centerpieces for her big event and we had a great time making it happen last night.  Many of you have probably seen pumpkin centerpieces online but I thought I'd jot down the steps we took to make these come to life.

To make heirloom pumpkin centerpieces you will need:

-Heirloom pumpkins (hers are from Whole Foods)
-Flowers (we used 3 large hydrangea, about 8 roses and a small mixed bouquet to fill each pumpkin)
-Floral foam

Start by soaking your floral foam in water.  While it's soaking, hollow out your pumpkins.  (We learned last night that carving heirloom pumpkins is like attending a Crossfit workout.  What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.)

Stuff each pumpkin with floral foam.

Use the hydrangea as the anchor since it's the largest flower.  Cut to your desired height and insert into the foam.  (You may need to make a hole with a pen first and then insert the stems.)

Side note: That's my mom drinking her Chardonnay and enjoying the production.  She's not as in to the "crafting scene" as I am, but she' always willing to cheer me on...and got an arm workout carving one of the pumpkins. Go mom!

Next we inserted the roses in-between the hydrangea.  (My friend's mom who is a florist taught me this trick when I helped her with the flowers at my friend's wedding a few years ago and it is now my go-to.)

Then we filled in the sides with the mixed bouquets.

Both moms nervously looking on...

No need for nerves was all coming together!

Add a bow to cover any exposed floral foam....

And voila!  

I think it's safe to say my friend is going to ROCK hosting her first Thanksgiving.

I mean really...who even cares about turkey after seeing the atmosphere she created? :)

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy.

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