An easy, white pumpkin and magnolia centerpiece for Fall to add a touch of rustic elegance to your holiday table! Perfect for everyday decor or your next dinner party and easy enough that anyone can do!
A table centerpiece is an instant way to dress up the table and add some holiday flair. Large vases of flowers (whether real or faux) are gorgeous, but they aren’t actually practical if you plan to host a dinner.
For a meal, it’s important that your centerpiece is:
- Low to the table and
- Not fragrant
The fragrant part pertains to aromas that don’t mix well with food, like eucalyptus, for example. While a Fall favorite of mine, the scent just doesn’t pair well with meals!
I loved the everyday centerpiece that I made this year, but it didn’t follow the number 1 rule above because it was too tall! Recently, I saw a gorgeous, elegant centerpiece made by Randi Garrett and decided to put my own spin on to make it fit my decorating style.
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I already own magnolia leaves and flower branches from Christmas projects and love the idea of extending their use into the Fall season. And white baby boo pumpkins are something that I stock up on in September and keep until Thanksgiving so I already had those on hand as well!
- Start with a low bowl. I used a dough bowl that is 5.5″ tall x 13″ wide at the outside. You could even make your own paper mache bowl to use!
- Add plastic bags to the bottom of the bowl as filler followed by a crumpled brown paper bag for extra height
- Add your white pumpkins placing the largest one in the center and working down toward the smallest pumpkins. I used 6 of the larger white pumpkins and 3 small for my bowl.
- Layer in some magnolia leaves around the outside edges
- Poke magnolia stems cut from a single branch into the larger openings
- Add some berries to fill in any gaps
- Finish with a few stems of dried wheat
Easy 5 Minute Fall Magnolia Centerpiece
Mine is an antique dough bowl, but this one would be beautiful! And you wouldn’t need the filler
Additional Tips & Tidbits
– Keep the arrangement low enough so that you can see and talk to others across the table
– You can use other greenery like faux eucalyptus, Japanese Maple, or ivy
– Adding the dried wheat gives it a bit more of a rustic feel but you can leave it out for more elegance
– Faux pumpkins are an option too, whether realistic-looking or velvet
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