Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! I am so excited to be part of the DIY Housewives! I am Annie, a 30 year old, mom of three and manager of chaos. When I’m not chasing after my kids or DIYing, you can find me running along Lake Michigan, inhaling coffee, or rewatching Gilmore Girls. Slowly but surely, my husband and I are DIYing our 1980s builder-grade home into our dream home all between diaper changes 😉 Anyhow enough about me, here’s my take on all things pumpkin. I am taking a “pass” on a full fall tour this year on account of the newborn in the house. And yes, I am 100% ok with using my child as an excuse 😉 Instead, I have embraced pumpkins as my go-to fall decor item and sprinkled them throughout the house.
Decorating for fall is one of my least favorite activities. I know that sounds silly but I am always so sad to see summer go. Some people relish the crisp fall days, whereas I could just keep on going to the pool all year round. Maybe I should move out of Wisconsin 😉 Anyhow, today I am going to show you a super easy fall tablescape perfect for busy moms involving only one fall decor item–pumpkins! And as a bonus, I threw in a little extra vignette with some blue and white pumpkins, because well, I hate orange. It is super easy and a great way to decorate for fall and it’s all out of reach of toddlers!
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This was such an easy tablescape–all it took was some inexpensive white pumpkins to make it seasonal. Earlier this week, I took the kids out to our local pumpkin patch and bought about 20 little white pumpkins. I used one for each place setting and then a few extra for the center of the table. I also purchased a couple large white pumpkins for the center of the table (these will probably go outside for Halloween.)
For the rest of the table, I used my favorite flatware and inexpensive gold chargers, alongside my Willow china that I picked up at the flea market on a basic white tablecloth and with some pumpkins. This is seriously the easiest tablescape because all I do to bring it season-to-season is alternate the centerpieces and the napkins, and occasionally the tablecloth. Everything else stays the same!
STYLING TIPS FOR A BLUE AND WHITE TABLESCAPE FOR FALL
- Employ classic gold chargers that you can use for every holiday–mine cost less than $2 a piece and I use them for every holiday!
- Use a basic white tablecloth so the star of the show is your tablesetting
- Have fun! In place of a traditional centerpiece, use several pumpkins which you can always use for outside too!
- Use fun gold flatware (this is the exact gold flatware set I have and it is a total dupe for the more expensive set here!)
- To make the pumpkin centerpiece interesting, layer them on top of one another at different angles and vary their sizes
- If you don’t have a full set of china, don’t worry! I used our daily white plates as a dinner plate and layered my Willow bowls on top of them.
For our mantel and bookcase, I simply bought a few artificial pumpkins from the dollar spot at Target (you can also find them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby), and painted them with my favorite gold acrylic paint. I also painted several small white and orange pumpkins blue and varying shades of gold using several different shades of acrylic paint. By layering in some fun metallic and blue and white pumpkins on our mantel and our bookshelves, it looks festive for fall plus it is out of reach of my two year old son, Jack who loves to turn anything into a ball 😉
See how I DIYed this faux bamboo gold mirror here–it only cost $12 to transform it
And I may have experimented a little bit with staging the pumpkins on some peel-and-stick wallpaper I am trying out as evidenced on Instagram 😉
See, blue and white can be autumnal too! If you love blue and white, make sure to check out some more of my most popular and recent posts! My how to paint wood trim is still one of my most popular posts, plus you can see how ugly the mantel looked before! We recently re-did my newborn daughter’s nursery in a french blue and white (you will be surprised how well blue can work for a baby girl!) And our guest bedroom got a mini-makeover too in the last month too!
Make sure to see all the other DIY Housewives’ Homes below and pin them! I know they have some amazing pumpkin-related DIYs! I always love seeing other bloggers’ seasonal ideas and this group of women is seriously impressive!