Thus far this season, I’ve consumed half a bottle of pumpkin spice hand soap, one jar of Williams Sonoma pumpkin butter, [if you haven’t tried this, you need to immediately, as it is superior to every other pumpkin butter that exists], one pan of chocolate pumpkin bars, one case of PumpKing beer, and one thousand pumpkin spiced lattes. Like Charlie Brown and every other white girl in America, when the clock strikes October 1st, I become obsessed with the great and almighty pumpkin.
Here is my brood taking the ubiquitous fall pumpkin patch pictures in celebration of our pumpkin-worship:
I used to go to the pumpkin patch every year before I was married and had kids for the cider and the gourds; I mean, who can resist a teeny tiny pumpkin? Now that I have kids, the pumpkin patch tradition is even more adorable and claustrophobia-inducing. I’ve already got Aiden hooked, as he climbs over the other overdressed children propped up on pumpkins by their Nikon-toting, sweaty parents, scouring the field for the perfect pumpkins and filling our cart to the brim with more than can fit into a two-bedroom condo.
But aside from eating pumpkin-flavored everything and getting pumpkin-infused caffeine dripped straight into my veins, I like to use these gourds as fall decor around the house. I love to decorate for the seasons, but I never saw the point of decorating for Halloween specifically, because you have to take it all down after a month and re-decorate for Thanksgiving. So come the end of September, I use pumpkins to decorate for the entire autumn season.
Typically, I like a collection of pumpkins in varying sizes and colors by the hearth. I prefer softer shades, like grey, white, and soft amber as opposed to just the traditional bright orange for this.
I like a subtle touch to my mantle, so I usually do a trio of small white pumpkins, which blends in nicely with my regular decor in shades of black, gold, white, and grey.
Aiden loves to decorate pumpkins, but carving them renders them nasty after like a week, so I like to let his creative juices go crazy by painting the pumpkins and relying on stickers to give them that Jack-o-lantern feel.
And no fall table is complete without a collection of small gourds as a centerpiece. I prefer a vessel that is low and skinny so that you still have room for table settings and can see people’s faces during dinner.
And just because I have no yard doesn’t mean that I can’t decorate outside too! I can’t get enough of fall mums, so I use my summer planter boxes as year-round decoration.