Fall is a wonderful time of the year. The air is crisp, the kids are back to their school routines, farmers markets are abundant with fresh produce and we get to indulge in a few fun things that are particular to autumn.
My October Agenda started with hosting my lovely lady friends for Book Club and I am gearing up to host our extended family and friends for Thanksgiving this weekend. So I felt the urge to decorate a bit for Fall to welcome guests to our home. I was inspired by this blue green pumpkin actually called a Kabocha squash that I picked up at the Farmers Market and I decided to decorate around it. Gone are the traditional yellow, orange and black halloweenish decor which appealed to my little kids, and in with the soft subdued grey blue tones, muted yellows and whites. I love these tones and colours.
Kabocha squash, pumpkin’s sweeter cousin, is now more widely available. It is very sweet and has a fluffy, chestnut-texture that’s similar to a sweet potato crossed with a pumpkin. The bright orange insides contrast with the beautiful blue green skin. It’s loaded with beta carotene, iron, vitamins, and other good stuff, kabocha is also extremely good for you. So I do intend to cook it after using it for decor. Beautiful and delicious too!
FALL CENTRE PIECE
For my centrepiece, I pulled out my large glass bowl and started to layer my pumpkins and squash. Using acrylic paint from the dollar store, I painted a few orange pumpkins to transform them into grey, white, blue green and black to set my top layer. I then, added some berry eucalyptus to bring in a floral accent.
FALL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT
With the extra berry eucalyptus, I made a floral arrangement with 3 purple cabbage roses that one of the farmers grows here.
They make a stunning and impressive floral arrangement and a great conversation piece.
FALL DOOR WREATH
Finally, I pulled out a grapevine wreath and wired on some white and green foam squashes from Michaels, a burlap ribbon, some more eucalyptus and a few little acorns. I attached a sweet little white sign that says WELCOME MY LITTLE PRETTIES for a touch of whimsy, foreshadowing Halloween and to welcome my young adults home from University with their friends
I had a lot of fun putting the whole look together and I love the way it turned out! If you are looking for a bit of Thanksgiving inspiration, check out:
Our recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake with salted caramel sauce.
Our recipe for the Best-Ever Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Our Pinterest board for decor, place settings, games, colouring pages and recipe ideas.