Autumn Centerpiece Ideas For Outdoor Table Décor

Outdoor Autumn Table Decor
outdoor centerpiece
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Outdoor decorating for an autumn theme? Perhaps, it’s time to change your outdoor table décor to match the season. Get started now so your décor will be ready for all the autumn festivities, dinners, and parties you have planned. Your autumn centerpiece ideas can encompass these events and all those in between.

Think Pumpkins for Decorating a Fall Table

While pumpkins have always been included as a basic part of your autumn theme, interesting DIY options for them have gained popularity. Loads of ideas for painting and decorating them for autumn centerpiece use are available online, using faux pumpkins and the real thing too.

Everyone’s getting in on the fun with many department stores advertising lighted and ceramic pumpkins for those who don’t have the time or inclination for DIY. Small, white pumpkins are often included in displays.

Pumpkins may be stacked, painted, or carved in a polka dot pattern and that is just the beginning. Some have found ways to hang them. Include multi-colored Indian corn and other winter squash cultivars, of which the pumpkin is just one.

Outdoor Fall Centerpiece Ideas

Mums are another fall tradition for decorating, but many people these days are using the ever popular succulent plant in seasonal displays. Do your research and look around, you might find a Crassula that blooms in fall. Some are using pumpkins as planters for succulents and as vases for cut flowers.

Colorful fruit other than pumpkins is an attractive addition to your table decorations. Red or green apples provide shiny color and citrus fruits can give your centerpiece a different flair. Orange and yellow coordinate with many autumn items. Add fragrance with a potted rosemary or lavender.

Remember to include things you already have into your outdoor autumn centerpiece, like mason jars and colorful leaves from your trees outside. If you have fall flowers blooming in the outdoor beds, include some of those. Make your outdoor table unique. Use succulents from your collection. Many become more colorful as temperatures cool.

Outdoor centerpieces need not be limited to the dining table. Locate them on any table with the right conditions and lighting. If you’re happy with your centerpiece creation, put together a matching wreath for an outdoor wall or door. 

Becca Badgett

Becca Badgett was a regular contributor to Gardening Know How for ten years. Co-author of the book How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden, Becca specializes in succulent and cactus gardening.