As you can see from the photo above, not all pumpkins are jack-o-lanterns. Your fall decorating will benefit from the use of many different styles of these giant gourds. BTW, did you know that a pumpkin is a member of the same family as gourds, squash and other types of melons? Yes, folks, I do try and make this blog educational as well as pretty! One easy tip, you can use the same pumpkins for both Halloween and fall decorating by simply turning them around! I do this every year with a group of clay pumpkins I place on my front porch…funny face out until Oct 31st and then I simply swivel them around to show their backside–easy, peasy. Let’s take a look at some other ways you can display pumpkins until it is time to bring out the santas and snowmen.
Love all the autumnal colors and textures in this room setting by Target (via centsationalstyleblog) and what a great way to eliminate the black hole an unused fireplace creates. Not a jack-o-lantern in sight!
Many homes are decorated in a color scheme that is not suited for the colors we most often associate with the season–orange, gold, russet red, brown. For those who still like the idea of showcasing pumpkins throughout the fall season, velvet pumpkins in alternative colors is a great idea. The taupe, ivory and black shades of these pumpkins feature actual stems that create an authentic look to your fall display but the shop offers collections in jewel tones, coastal colors, even purple–something for everyone.
Turn your pumpkins into beautiful vases for blooming plants like mums. To protect the surface underneath and prevent the pumpkin from getting soft, place the flowers in a vase or even a water glass or line the pumpkin with foil and use florist’s foam to keep your flowers hydrated. Better yet, hot glue some real or faux flowers to pumpkins for a beautiful centerpiece.
This beautiful collection of blown glass pumpkins and gourds decorate the dining table in this southern California home year round, never seeming out of season.
There you have it, plenty of ideas that make it possible to enjoy pumpkins even after all the ghosts and goblins have been put away for another year.