Fall is, by far, my favorite season. Every year I struggle to wait until September 1 to start putting out my fall decor. This year I made it until the last weekend of August and then I caved, much to the chagrin of my husband. There was a lot of eye-rolling and heavy sighing coming from his spot on the couch. He just doesn’t understand, poor guy.
A timeless fall centerpiece
Anyway, my love for fall is very closely rivaled by my love of vintage serving ware, especially silver and ironstone pieces. One of my favorite ways to decorate for any season, but especially fall, is to combine my two loves. The easiest and most impactful ways to do this, I’ve found, is to display a fall inspired centerpiece using one of my beloved vintage pieces in the middle of a table.
For instance, on my coffee table in the living room I have a fall floral bouquet in an antique silver pitcher and on my dining table I have an arrangement of pumpkins and flowers in a vintage silver bowl. Both centerpieces were easy and inexpensive to put together but they make a huge impact in the room.
Several weeks ago, while thrifting (my favorite thing to do), I came across a gorgeous white ironstone soup tureen with delicate blue detail on the edge. The only problem was that it was missing its lid. Normally, I wouldn’t buy a piece that wasn’t complete, but I’m a sucker for blue and white and all things ironstone so I went ahead and snapped it up. When I got home, I already knew exactly what I would do with it: make a fall centerpiece for my kitchen table! I just adore how it turned out!
Today, I want to show you how I made it and hopefully inspire you to try your hand at making a beautiful fall centerpiece for you home using just a few supplies!
- Container of your choice: tureen, bowl, bucket, wide vase, whatever you love and want to display.
- Half-ball floral foam
- A few bunches of coordinating faux flowers and/or pumpkins/gourds. Be sure to choose a combination of foliage (greens), flowers (some larger, some smaller), and a few small pumpkins or gourds.
- First, fit your half-ball foam into your container. I had to cut mine down a bit to make sure it fit in my tureen. The easiest way to do this is by using a serrated knife, like a bread knife. It slides through like butter (do not tell my husband I used our bread knife on a craft project!).
- Unravel your floral bunches so that you can use each stem separately. If they won’t unravel, just take a pair of scissors and snip them off as far down as you can, leaving yourself a good 2-3 inches of “stem” to work with.
- Start with your green stems and begin arranging them around the base of the foam.
- Next add your small pumpkins and gourds in the center of the arrangement. Don’t push them down all the way, you want to leave about a half inch of clearance between the bottom of the pumpkin and the top of the foam (you don’t want them to get lost amongst the flowers). At this point I know you’re thinking, Well, that’s just a hot mess right there. I know. Just hang with me.
- Now take your larger flowers and start placing them sporadically around the pumpkins and throughout the rest of the arrangement (the above photo shows my flowers before I cut them into individual stems). You want them to be evenly distributed.
- Then take your smaller flowers and start filling in the gaps. If you need to add more foliage, now’s the time to do this as well. You want to make sure you fill in those gaps with an even amount of greenery and small flowers so that you don’t see any of the foam.
- That’s it! Place your new arrangement on a runner or, in my case, a couple of burlap and linen doily thingys I found a Michaels. You did it!
Wasn’t that easy? The great thing about this type of arrangement is that you really can’t mess it up. If you don’t like the way one element looks, take it out and start over. Just keep working with it until you like what you see and then display your creation proudly!
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Rebekah Dempsey is the Creative Director, Stylist and Editor of A Blissful Nest. A site about everything for the home from stylish entertaining to fresh interiors. She has been in the interior design field for 10 years and currently venturing into designing custom made items for the home to help other mommies live a stylish and blissful life.