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Create a stand-out centerpiece by using an out-of-the-ordinary pumpkin as your focal point. Here, a greenish gray pumpkin was et atop a cake plate and accented with two smaller pumpkins. The look is completed with a branch of bittersweet, twisted around the pumpkins and left to cascade across the table.
Scraping out the inside of the pumpkin to a thinner depth will make it easier to carve intricate designs like these. Use wood-carving tools to carve the desired designs into the pumpkin skin.
A pyramid of fall fruits and miniature squash plated on a birch-log pedestal is a simple but beautiful centerpiece.
Little gourds can do great things. Try creating these table weights from mini-gourds for festive functionality at an outdoor dinner party. Measure the tabletop and add enough yardage for a 6-inch drop plus a 1-inch hem. Hem with fusible tape and an iron. To make the corner flaps, notch a 5-inch square from each corner and hem using fusible tape. Add grommets with a kit from a crafts or fabrics store.
Flag your guests down for dinner with personalized place cards made from business-card-size paper pinned on a mini-pumpkin.
Remove the tops of Lumina pumpkins and hollow them out to make vases. Here, an assortment of cattails, leaves, seasonal berries, and orange tulips makes a memorable autumn display for a table centerpiece. Place watertight containers inside each vase to keep flowers fresh and prevent the pumpkin from getting soggy.
The white hue of a Lumina pumpkin works perfectly for a funny, skeletal-looking pumpkin face.
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Greet your guests at the door with a pumpkin house number sign. Stack small, medium, and large Cinderella pumpkins (removing the stems, except for the top one), and trace stenciled number outlines using a crafts knife. Then scrape the pumpkin skin out of the stenciled numbers, revealing the lighter pumpkin flesh underneath.
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