No-Carve Blooming Pumpkin Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

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30 Minutes
I discovered a no-carve method to create a blooming pumpkin, that is easy and safe to assemble. This blooming pumpkin centerpiece has the appearance of a pumpkin vase, but saves time, preserving your pumpkin since you don't cut it.
Flowers and pumpkins are two of my favorite things and I love to combine the two for a seasonal centerpiece for a fall or Thanksgiving table.
Here’s the no-carve method and short cut: You add a piece of wet floral foam on top of your pumpkin, rather than it hollowing out to make a vase for your flowers. Cutting through the hard skin and flesh can be hazardous, so skipping this step saves time, prevents accidents, and extends the life of your pumpkin.
You can find wet foam and wet floral tape on the floral aisle at the craft store. I found a 2-pack of small round floral blocks at Dollar Tree or you can cut your floral brick with a knife to the size you need. Soak the floral foam until it’s fully saturated and use wet floral tape to secure the foam to your pumpkin. Choose a pumpkin that is flat on top or is without a stem to make for easier assembly.
I picked up some $4 mums at the grocery store to add to some garden blooms and foliage cut from the shrubs. . .hydrangeas, loropetalum with its burgundy-tinted foliage, and Kaleidoscope Abelia with blush pink-tinted tips.
Our weather in North Carolina is usually mild enough for dining outdoors or on the porch in November. It's been a warm fall for us and our leaves don't typically turn until mid-November, peaking right before Thanksgiving.
Your pumpkin floral centerpiece will last several days up to a week depending on the condition and varieties of flowers that you use. Mums, carnations and alstroemeria, available at most grocery stores, will last the longest. Store your pumpkin arrangement where it is cool, like a garage or porch and away from direct sunlight until you're ready to place it on your table. If you're assembling several days in advance, give your flowers a mist with a spray bottle of water several times a day to keep them hydrated. To protect your tabletop surface, place your pumpkin on a tray or platter.

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