Bring autumn into your home with these festive pumpkin ideas!
Did you know October 26th is National Pumpkin Day?! Nothing is as quintessentially fall as the pumpkin. From baking to crafts, Halloween to Thanksgiving, when isn’t a pumpkin a perfect addition? They come in all different sizes, varieties, and colors but nothing is as memorable as that vivid orange. This year celebrate National Pumpkin Day by grabbing your gourds and having some fun.
This blog is part of a series. Click here for part 2: 2 More Ways to Celebrate National Pumpkin Day
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
The first step to any project is to collect the supplies. Well, this time, picking up supplies can be half the fun! Head out to a nearby pumpkin patch to find your perfect match! Since these are outdoors, they’re the perfect activity during COVID. Kids will have a blast PLUS many places also offer goodies like apple cider, turnovers, and cookies. YUM!
Prepare Pumpkin Delicacies
It’s pumpkin spice season in your local coffee shop, but rather than just enjoying it in your drink, grab the pumpkins you picked up earlier and head into the kitchen! Pumpkins are versatile (and DELICIOUS) in the kitchen. I am a sucker for a slice of warm pumpkin bread. Most people associate pumpkin pie with Thanksgiving (or is that just my family?), but trust me, everyone will be thanking you for this sweet treat all season long.
Want to get your kids involved? Roasting fresh pumpkins seeds is a great activity for any kid who likes to get a bit messy! Follow the printable recipe below to get started. If you manage not to eat them all in one sitting, store your homemade seeds in these airtight canisters.
Pumpkin-fy Your Home
Pumpkins and gourds are a great way to decorate your home for autumn. We’ve all seen pumpkins sitting out on the front stoop, but what else can you do with them? There are so many different options depending on how over-the-top you like to make your seasonal decorating. To start, try spicing (pumpkin spice-ing… get it?) up your mudroom or entryway by placing larger pumpkins on or next to a bench or table. Next place smaller gourds and felted decorative pumpkins around your home – try adding them to wall shelves or fill a fruit bowl to create a table centerpiece.
Rolling carts are great tools for seasonal decorating. The multiple tiers allow you to create a stylish masterpiece that everyone will be talking about (over zoom). Then simply roll it into a corner or wherever it looks best. The best part? This structure is versatile for every holiday and season, and when not causing a decorative splash, wheel it into a craft room or kitchen for extra storage!
If you still have some holes, try complementing your pumpkins with colorful mums! Woven baskets and metal tubs add extra class to your flowers without any re-planting work needed. Simply slip the whole pot in!
Now are you ready for National Pumpkin Day?
Chelsea McCulley is the Digital Asset Manager at mDesign
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