This contemporary fall centerpiece idea with white pumpkins was my solution to fall decorating this year. This is the perfect table decor, whether you are decorating for harvest, Thanksgiving or even Halloween (adaption ideas below).
I love the results, and I’m excited to share them with you today. This is actually the first time in a long time that I have decorated for the harvest season. I’ve had a hard time finding affordable options that fit our aesthetic and dining room set up. Our Thanksgiving wreath and thankfulness tree have really been our main autumn decor. Last year we made our DIY thankfulness luminaries, which actually were quite nice on the table.
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A couple years ago we did a remodel of our main living space. I still need to share with you the final results…marking that on my never ending to-do list. You get a sneak peek into the dining area today. One component of our design that has made decorating for the season is our two dining room tables. That’s right! Two tables. I’ll show you a picture and then explain our design choices.
This dining room set up has worked great for us. We have two big, sturdy tables made out of a bowling alley. That’s right! A bowling alley. My husband’s uncle was doing some demo in a bowling alley and found these extra lanes underneath the floors. He asked if we wanted one. Why, yes@ We will make two tables out of it. Can you see the remaining red dots? We know someone who does metal work, so he made us some great i-beam legs to support the tables.
We wanted a table that gives us the option to host a lot of people. However, when it comes to daily use, we wanted our family to fit comfortably close and not be spread out over a huge table. This is why we came up with the idea for two tables. We can push them together for larger crowds or leave them with a gap in the middle for easy access to both tables. A long bench accommodates the masses, especially if you have a bunch of kids in your home, which is definitely a part of our lives. The table, bench and fun yellow chairs match our casual style.
Now that you see our living space design, the only challenge is that decorating requires two of everything. I don’t love buying a bunch of stuff. Mason jars, therefore, have tended to work as vases. I’ve been a little perplexed as to how to decorate for the seasons.
We use our tables a lot! From dining to craft projects to homework. Therefore, I need table decorations that are well contained and easy to move. Last Christmas I made a bunch of paper trees and had them put down the center of the table. The problem with this was that anytime we had to use the whole table, I had to move all the little trees individually. Cute! Not super practical!
Contemporary Fall Centerpiece Idea with White Pumpkins
This Contemporary Fall Centerpiece Idea with White Pumpkins and a shallow wooden trough was my solution to the centerpiece that needs to be moved often. I did find a couple shallow wooden troughs on Etsy here and here, but we knew we could make our own.
I wanted to make mine a specific size to fit the tables, and we had the wood on hand. Once made, I added felt stickers that go on the bottom of the chairs to protect my table from the wood if the centerpiece was moved to the side at all. This trough can be filled with decorations during any holiday season.
Next, it was time to gather up pieces for inside the trough. I knew I wanted to do white pumpkins, and searched Pinterest for some more ideas. Check out my Harvest Pinterest Board to see some of my inspiration.
Items Needed to Make Contemporary Fall Centerpiece Idea with White Pumpkins
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- Shallow Wooden Trough
- Small White Pumpkins – found at Crate and Barrel, but you can buy real ones at your local grocery store
- Medium White Pumpkins – I bought real ones at Safeway.
- Acorns – I bought mine at Crate and Barrel. You could probably walk around the neighborhood and collect some with the kids if you are in the right area of the world.
- Dried Eucalyptus – I bought mine at Safeway, but you can also find it at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.
- Small Glass Vases – I had these on hand.
- Silk Hydrangea Flowers – I bought mine at Michael’s.
- Floral Tape
- Floral Stick
- Small Square Glass Votives – I bought mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond
- Small Cream Votive Candles
To make the hydrangeas fit my vases, I took a floral stick with wire and wrapped it around a small bunch of silk hydrangea flowers. I then cut them to size and wrapped them all in floral tape.
Adapting This Centerpiece Idea for Halloween:
Rather than adding the acorns, why not add some black spiders? Black feathers would be a great filler rather than the dried eucalyptus.