Funky Pumpkins, not just for Halloween!

What is the number one must-have for fall decorating? It’s the pumpkin of course! Everyone loves the jack-o’-lantern. Spooky, silly, or just plain cute, the carved Halloween pumpkin is a staple for the front porch in October.

But why stop there? Colorful gourds, squash, and pumpkins make excellent accents for Thanksgiving decorating too! After all, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for many things including a bountiful harvest. Fill a large wooden box or basket with colorful gourds and you have an instant fall centerpiece that’s casual, quick, and easy. For a more traditional look, try stuffing a cornucopia with a mix of gourds, small pumpkins, and squash. Looking for something a bit more formal? Stick with a simple grouping of all white. Choose ghost pumpkins, white jack gourds, and pale green, white or yellow squash. Simply scatter on a table runner, arrange in a decorative container or try placing the small pumpkin-like gourds atop candlesticks for an elegant accent.

squash 2Need place-card holders? Grab some mini pumpkins with a tall twisted stem, place one at each table setting and prop a name card atop the pumpkin leaning against the stem. It’s that easy.

If you have a little more time on your hands and are looking for a fun and creative DIY project check out Stacy’s video for step-by-step instructions on how to create an adorable pumpkin planter filled with succulents. What a great way to put a personal, one-of-a-kind centerpiece together for your family gathering or perhaps to give as a hostess gift!

There are so many choices for fall decorating including and beyond the traditional orange pumpkin. Unique pumpkins are shades of pink, green, and white. Colorful Turban squash and of course gourds with an endless variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from.

Bring the beauty of the outdoors in and celebrate with the fabulous colors of fall.