Use What You Have Fall Centerpiece

Happy Monday! This Monday, I am super excited to show you what you can do to create a beautiful fall centerpiece using what you have!  We don’t always have time and/or the desire to go out and buy flowers for a centerpiece. That doesn’t mean you can’t create a little beauty in your corner of the world. I’m sharing a fall centerpiece today that uses what you have.


Use What You have centerpiece



Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms!



Pam, Mary, Shirley and I always look forward to sharing our flower therapy with all of you, and with each other.



Monday Morning Blooms Fall



My plan for today’s floral arrangement was that I would go out and buy flowers, set up a table outside in the garden, really take my time with the flowers, and make it glorious!  But my plans changed. This past Monday, we had almost hurricane force winds in our part of Southern California, and two huge fires began. We live between these two fires, 20 minutes drive each way. We were so blessed to be totally safe,  90,000 people had to evacuate in our area.


Our gardens took a huge beating. Not only did the strong winds uproot trees, plants and bushes were shaken to their very core. Everything was covered with huge black ashes, as well as smaller grey ash. I put the beautiful outdoor setting on hold and we began working on cleaning up the mess and saving as much of our garden as we could. And I was grateful that our beach town is not in the fire zone. {by now, the fires are almost contained.}



fall garden with a pumpkin



I am also so grateful that most things in our garden are doing well.  We were able to tie two trees to two sides of a fence {!!} to keep them from snapping and/or flying away in the worst part of the storm. The winds have gone, and our garden has been mostly set to rights.



Our local farm stand is close by and I ran and picked up some local produce there and paired it with a few things I already had.  Because Monday Morning Blooms is my favorite, and I was going to make it happen, even if it wasn’t perfect or what I had planned on.


I made a use what you have fall centerpiece.




Use What You have centerpiece




For this centerpiece, I used what I had, and added some produce. It began with a few little white pumpkins, and these beautiful juicy plums our farm stand had.  I just added a few things from there.




Use What You have centerpiece





I don’t know about you, but we have been carefully having our children and little people over for dinner outside.  Social distancing in place, each little family sitting on one end of our very long outdoor table.



For this table setting,  I began with our Bronte Throws. There is something cozy and homey about a table layered with plaid wool, isn’t there?



fall table setting in garden


table set for thanksgiving



An antique French compote was the base for this centerpiece.  Beginning with a few branches of eucalyptus layered on the bottom, then three mini pumpkins nestled in the center.  Gorgeous wine colored grapes hang off one side, and a couple of large plums join the party.



Pears are in season right now, and the d’anjou pears are a stunning chartreuse color and a good complement to the deep wine colors.



centerpiece for fall


Use What You have centerpiece




A sunflower and a few little mums left over from last week’s living room bouquet proved to be the last touch this centerpiece needed.  Which proves that sometimes, you can use what you have and even a few flowers make everything lovely!



Use What You have centerpiece



I used one of our antique bread boards at each place setting.  The flax napkins are really towels, they have the prettiest sheaf of wheat embroidered on the front.




Use What You have centerpiece


Use What You have centerpiece



Late in the afternoon, the sun dappled over the garden and our table.








Each place setting has vintage brass and bakelite appetizer forks and knives, the burnt orange of the handles couldn’t be more perfect for this table.




xUse What You have centerpiece


Use What You have centerpiece





As the afternoon sun began to set, I served soup and salad.  The best of times, when my family’s laughter rings around our table.  I cherish these times in my heart, never more so than this year.



Thank you so much for joining me today. Please be sure to visit my girlfriends – they never cease to amaze and inspire me with their talents, generosity of spirit and kindness.













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fall flowers and pumpkins

MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

fall floral centerpiece feathers
PAM at Everyday Living

SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs

and me, LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse.




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