Autumn Centerpieces to Complete Your Fall Feast

Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Fall is a season filled with notable holidays and gatherings. For every occasion there's a new reason to prepare a seasonal centerpiece for your table that captures the true beauty of autumn. Entertainers looking for fresh fall centerpiece ideas have found the bounty. We've brought together some of our favorite fall hues, from warm reds to bright oranges and yellows, and sprinkled in plenty of neutral pieces with subtle and daring elements too. You don't have to buy everything new, either. We've included ideas that mix home décor items you already have and blend them with autumn elements to create the fall centerpiece of your dreams. Our tabletop looks are crafted with plump pumpkins , crisp apples, and lush shrubbery. Everything you love about the fall season is now beautifully displayed across your table. Gather around and admire these artistic pieces that bring the true taste of fall to your event.

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Pretty Pumpkin Planter

White Pumpkin Planted with Succulents for Fall Centerpiece
Robbie Caponetto; Produced and Styled by Buffy Hargett Miller

Maybe they used to be novelties, but now white pumpkins have become so popular you can find them just about anywhere. They're a smart choice because they work with any color scheme and make a big statement without much effort. For this planter, we cut the stem and top off a large pumpkin with a low profile, removed the pulp, and filled it with dirt. Then we planted it with assorted succulents and softened the rim with a little moss. Go with inexpensive plants of varying heights and textures for arrangements that are easy but intriguing. A mini orange pumpkin brings a bright pop of color, while dried white bunny tails add height.

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Beautiful Budding Trio

Gourd Flower Vases for Fall Centerpiece
Robbie Caponetto; Produced and Styled by Buffy Hargett Miller

Choose a few squash or gourds in interesting shapes, all roughly the same size (we used two butternut and one
acorn squash). For a more eye-catching display, choose three or five gourds rather than an even number. Cut off the tops, and clean out the pulp. Here's the secret: Place a glass inside, and fill it with water to hold your flowers. Keeping water off the squash will help it last longer. Then fill these bud vases with seasonal flowers, foliage, and berries. For our arrangements, we used pepperberry for some softness; orange ranunculus, which looks like a rose but has a small scale that works better for these vases; and seeded eucalyptus as a trailer and filler. Group on a table or in a windowsill for captivating color.

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Floating Miniature Pumpkins

Pumpkin Votive Float
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

This rustic look is so visually striking. Take your best apple bobbing metal tin and fill it with water, fall leaves, and pumpkin candles.

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Modern Cornucopia

Modern Cornucopia Centerpiece for Fall and Thanksgiving
Robbie Caponetto; Produced and Styled by Buffy Hargett Miller

Instead of the traditional horn-shaped basket, choose a wooden dough bowl for the base, with felt beneath it and waterproof florist foil lining it. Use florist foam to make a flat surface on top of the foil. Add various fruits and vegetables: pumpkins, gourds, and squash along with persimmons, apples, Brussels sprouts, and small carrots. To anchor your arrangement, create a loose S shape with deep-pink spray roses in the center, and then asymmetrically balance fruits and veggies on either side of it. Fill in with mums, rose hips, bittersweet, and silver brunia. Place the stems of all the fresh flowers in filled water picks before inserting them into the florist foam.

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Bountiful Container

Pumpkin Flower Centerpiece with Pumpkin Top
Robbie Caponetto; Produced and Styled by Buffy Hargett Miller

Pick a pumpkin with an attractive stem. Cut off the top, and set it aside. Then clean out the pulp. Soak florist foam in water, and place it inside the pumpkin, leaving just a few inches between the top surface of the foam and the rim. Insert flowers, foliage, and berry stems directly into the foam, working all around the perimeter of your pumpkin. We chose a mix of
spray roses, spider mums, anemones, scabiosas, blue thistles, green chinaberries, bittersweet, and ferns. Use florist picks to reattach the top at an angle. After attaching the topper, fill in any empty spots with flowers and foliage, varying the depths for extra
interest.

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Festive Arranging

Festive Arranging
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Stylist: Buffy Hargett Miller

This festive look is not complete without your favorite seasonal flowers. It's a fairly easy centerpiece to create, all you need to do is cover a cylinder vase with birch sticks and add colorful flowers for the final touch.

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Decoupage Pumpkins

Decoupage Pumpkins
Laurey W. Glenn; Stylist: Buffy Hargett Miller

Grab a pumpkin, your favorite magazines, and get to work. This is a creative way to display rich fall colors that will instantly brighten your table.

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Neutral Ground

Neutral arrangement
Robbie Caponetto; Produced and styled by Kathleen Varner

Brown is pretty common in autumn, acknowledges floral designer and stylist Kathleen Varner. To make the ubiquitous hue feel special and interesting in her arrangement, she relied on a mix of textures. Smooth pears and pumpkins plus fluffy moss-covered sticks and bunny tail grass liven up the dried elements, like pinecones, corn husks, cinnamon sticks, and hydrangeas. A footed terra-cotta container underscores the casual nature of the centerpiece, which is designed to last for weeks. Plus, nothing in this styling needs water so it will last for a long time.

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Fall-Filled Centerpiece

Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

We adore this farm to table centerpiece idea. All you need to do is fill a tray with seasonal veggies such as kale, eggplants, and radishes. Then fill it up with your favorite succulents and scatter small pumpkins in the openings to complete your look.

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Fall Greenery

Fall Greenery
Laurey W. Glenn

Spruce up your fall display by creating a green-dominant piece. This look is completed with green apples and a variety of green cuttings.

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Pumpkin Party

Create a Pumpkin Planter
Jim Franco

If you don't want to carve faces in your pumpkin, you can just carve the inside and place your favorite flowers, twigs, and plants to make your centerpiece stand tall.

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Rustic Fall Display

Rustic Fall Display
Jennifer Davick

This unique idea plays with layers to add a visually-appealing tablescape. Take wood slabs and place candles, pumpkins, and even fall foliage on top.

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Pretty Pumpkins

Pretty Pumpkins
Helen Norman

This floral arrangement is oh-so appealing. Want a crafty new idea to display your fresh mums? Look no further, take the softest pumpkin, poke holes in it, and fill it with beautiful mums.

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Outdoor Centerpiece

Outdoor Centerpiece
Helen Norman

If you have an upcoming outdoor gathering, this is a gourd option. This exterior friendly piece is complete with gourds, succulents, and other leafy plants.

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Asymmetrical Elegance

Asymmetrical Elegance
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

If you want an elegant table-scape, this one takes the cake. The rich tones provide a dramatic appearance to your centerpiece.

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Monochrome Mums

Monochrome Mums
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

This no-hassle, simple centerpiece calls for mums and a monochrome vase. Fill up your table with as many mums as you desire.

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Fall Wreath with Dried Flowers and Herbs

Fall Wreath with Dried Flowers and Herbs
Laurey W. Glenn

A wreath that takes on the true essence of the fall season. Gather a variety of dried flowers and herbs, to have an eye-catching piece for your table.

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Succulent Pumpkin

Succulent Pumpkin
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

We can get behind this hip succulent trend. If you want to switch up your table setup, try placing succulents inside of the pumpkins.

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New Cornucopia

New Cornucopia
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

A cornucopia that is far from average. This redesigned piece is filled with bright colors and fun shapes.

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Golden Gourds

Golden Gourds
Hector Sanchez

Good as gold, this stylish arrangement is beautifully designed and something you can bring out year after year. Grab a bunch of wheat sheaves and tie it together with ribbon.

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White Pumpkin Topiary

Tabletop White Pumpkin Topiary
Laurey W. Glenn

This overflowing topiary is filled with greens that perfectly complement white pumpkins. It creates such a bountiful look, guests are sure to be impressed at the visually striking levels.

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Natural Inspirations

Natural Inspirations
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Even though fall means the lack of lush greens, that doesn't mean your centerpiece has to follow suit.

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Pile On The Pumpkins

Pile On The Pumpkins
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

If you need a last minute tablescape, gather pumpkins of different sizes and uniquely arrange them together for an enchanting look.

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Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Fall Harvest Centerpiece
Laurey W. Glenn

Rich purple and red hues complement the greens to complete this stand out piece.

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Crepe-Paper Pumpkins

Crepe-Paper Pumpkins
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez/Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Even though these faux crepe-paper pumpkins give the illusion of real pumpkins, they provide a much more sophisticated tone by being wrapped in copper wire. Plus, you can store these for years to come.

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Woodland Monochrome Centerpiece

Woodland Monochrome Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

This rustic piece belongs on your farmhouse table. The wood vase meshes wonderfully with the vibrant colors.

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Good as Gold

Golden arrangement
Robbie Caponetto; Produced and styled by Kathleen Varner

This year, skip the mums in seasonal displays, and instead rely on timely produce, such as pumpkins and squash. Floral designer and stylist Kathleen Varner recommends this styling to show off classic yellows and oranges. She filled an antique iron urn with a variety of gourds in different shapes and sizes and then tucked in sunflowers and bittersweet vines so the arrangement didn't seem too heavy. Add a monarch butterfly from your local crafts store for a whimsical final touch.

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Modern Twist Mums

Modern Twist Mums
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

The best way to spice up a flower arrangement is to change the vase that it's in. This creative look calls for green apples and your preference of mums.

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Make Pomanders

Make Pomanders
Photo: Ralph Anderson

This orange-filled centerpiece has a dual purpose, not only do they have stunning designs, they fill your house with the scents of fall.

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Sequin Style

Sequin Style
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez/Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

When in doubt add some sparkle to your pumpkin display, it's sure to be attention-grabbing.

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Dramatic Stack Centerpiece

Dramatic Stack Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Stack your pumpkins high and lace the layers with bold flowers to complete this imaginative look.

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In the Red

Red arrangement
Robbie Caponetto; Produced and styled by Kathleen Varner

For party-ready decor rooted in deep shades of purple and red, floral designer and stylist Kathleen Varner filled a brass urn with pomegranates, grapes, purple cabbages, and apples. She then added dahlias, zinnias, coneflowers, and foraged leaves for lightness and height. The unexpected star here is the purple onion, secured on top using a wooden pick. Don't feel compelled to follow this list of elements to a T, says Varner. As long as the items are in the same color family, the finished product will have this impressive effect.

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Fall Bounty-Inspired Table

Fall Bounty-Inspired Table
Helen Norman

Mix-up your centerpiece with a variety of fall elements. This centerpiece consists of crisp red apples, peak fall leaves, and branches.

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Pumpkin Serving Pieces

Pumpkin Serving Pieces
Photo by: Helen Norman

If you want to have a functional yet decorative piece on your table, try placing trays on top of large pumpkins for a standout look.

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Faux and Floral

Faux and Floral
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez/Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

All you have to do is grab flowers that complement your space and place them in a reusable faux pumpkin base. An easy display that matches any party theme.

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Unexpected Hues

Unexpected Hues
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Gather purple mums, eucalyptus, and dried hydrangea for a sophisticated centerpiece look.

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Fall Pumpkin Tableau

Fall Pumpkin Tableau
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

We love the fall variety look for our table. Use upside down glass cylinders and place pumpkins and pinecones inside for a delightful display. Then gather odd pumpkins and fall leaves to complete the look.

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Tack Pumpkins

Tack Pumpkins
Helen Norman

This look is anything but tacky. Decorate white pumpkins with warm-colored tacks for a rustic appearance.

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Rustic Centerpiece

Rustic Centerpiece
Photo: Helen Norman

It's time to get your pumpkins in a row and surround them with acorns, pinecones and anything woodsy.

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Warm and Natural Centerpiece

Warm and Natural Centerpiece
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Ribbons and twine complete this inviting centerpiece. Gather rich orange hued flowers and a bunch of golden wheat for this cozy style.

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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors
Peter Frank Edwards

We love the idea of a rustic outside table-scape. Complete this look with burlap pieces, warm flower arrangements, and neutral-toned pumpkins.

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Cute No-Carve Pumpkins

Cute No-Carve Pumpkins
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

This no-mess look has us swooning. Just add metallic tape or ribbons to your choice of pumpkins for a dazzling centerpiece.

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Moss Wreath

Moss Wreath
Pinterest/Matthew Mead

Wreaths surely aren't confined to the winter months. If you want an earthy look grab a moss wreath and place your preference of candles and pumpkins inside.

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Compact Centerpieces

Compact Centerpieces
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

This fall-inspired look requires rich autumn colored florals to make a simple centerpiece. Consider using shallow glass vases, wrapped with a festive gold or autumnal ribbon to help bring forth even more vibrancy from the flowers.

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Rustic Touches

Rustic Touches
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Stylist: Buffy Hargett Miller

If you prefer earthy-warm tones, decorate your table with pine cones and acorns for an inviting natural look. Here, we have glued our mini pine cones and acorns to moss covered spheres to create an organic, unique arrangement.

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Cozy Tablescape

Cozy Tablescape
Helen Norman

This warm centerpiece has us mesmerized; we love the vintage stacked books that provide a layered look across the table. Additionally, putting a small arrangement of a single flower and other small greenery adds a personalized touch that further accentuates the real centerpiece.

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Glorious Greens

Green floral arrangement
Robbie Caponetto; Produced and styled by Kathleen Varner

Although spring may be the season most associated with this lively hue, it hardly has a monopoly. Celebrate fall's wide range of greens with an assortment of pears, artichokes, variegated gourds, leafy kales, feathery moss, and a coneflower. Anchor the produce with sturdy wooden picks to avoid runaways. A vintage silver container elevates the centerpiece, and there's no need to polish it first, says floral designer and stylist Kathleen Varner. A little tarnish keeps it from feeling too fussy or precious. Place this smaller arrangement on a bookshelf, or set it on the coffee table for a burst of color.

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Earthy Centerpiece

Earthy Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Birch-wood creates a very natural yet elegant look. Fill a birch-like container with a mix of hydrangeas, roses, and cypress for a neutral masterpiece.

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Beautiful Bounty

Magnolia Leaves Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Katie Collins and Martha Sweezey

If you're trying to achieve an elegant monochrome style for your centerpiece look no further. You can use a silver champagne bucket or monochrome holders and fill them with magnolia branches, gray brunia berries, and boxwood clippings to create this eye-catching arrangement.

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Antique Refresh

White Peonies and Gold Fruit Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Our idea of being crafty is filling a tureen with white peonies, sage colored greens, and gold-dipped faux fruit for a tasteful look. Spread the look throughout the table by adding pieces of the gold-dipped faux fruit around the table.

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Cake Stand Candles

Cake Stand Candles
Pinterest/Pretty Providence

This centerpiece takes the cake for a picturesque design. Just place candles on a cake stand and fill in the open space with fall leaves, pumpkins, or twigs.

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Pumpkin Vase

Pumpkin Vase
Iain Bagwell

There's nothing prettier than an overflowing bouquet of flowers, just swap out a vase for a pumpkin. Just hollow out the inside of a pumpkin, add in some floral foam to act as a base and start arranging.

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Forage For Foliage

party on the porch food
Hector Manuel Sanchez

"Use natural materials to beautify your table by gathering leaves, berries, hydrangeas, and more from your backyard," Mary Hollis Huddleston of Mrs. Southern Social and Please Be Seated, the elevated event-rental company, said. "In the South, we're lucky that we still have plants blooming in the fall. I love combining these things with more seasonal items, like colorful autumn leaves."

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Let There Be Light

full fall table setting
Hector Manuel Sanchez

"Do you remember in the movie Clueless when Cher had to 'design a lighting concept' for her date with Christian? She was wrong about the guy but 100% right about lighting—it's the best way to create the perfect ambience," Mary Hollis Huddleston of Mrs. Southern Social and Please Be Seated, the elevated event-rental company, said. "Everyone looks better when the candles are glowing, and there's something about tall, elegant tapers that just makes a table so pretty."

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