I’m obsessed with pumpkin stacks…and stacks…and stacks…
That shouldn’t surprise you because I’ve confessed once (or twice) that I have Pumpkin Fever. The photo above is a stack of pumpkins that I’ve placed on my fireplace hearth. A good use of a hearth when it’s 90+ degrees outside and you want to remind yourself that it’s autumn! We’re continuing to have a heat wave in our neck of the woods and even though it is no longer over 100+ degrees, it’s still hot and doesn’t feel like fall.
Okay, back to that pumpkin stack above…if you read my post, 42 Types of Pumpkins, you’d know the top pumpkin is a White Ghost pumpkin, the middle pumpkin is a Jarrahdale pumpkin and the bottom pumpkin is a Cinderella pumpkin. I got 2 of them at the pumpkin patch and one at the grocery store. You don’t have to go to a pumpkin patch these days to get great pumpkins; your neighborhood grocery store is a good option.
Here’s the “toot sweet” Tip of the Day: if you are displaying fresh pumpkins, put them on something that can be easily cleaned. I put these on a large silver tray. I learned this the hard way one year: I put a bunch on the floor and didn’t check on them. One day I got up and noticed there was pumpkin slime oozing all over the floor! The good news is that it was a tile floor. The bad news is it was a bear to clean up – stinky, sticky, moldy in addition to being slimy! Yuck!
At least if you put your pumpkins on a surface that can be easily cleaned, you can carry your mushy pumpkin to the trash and dump it in and then wash off your platter, plate, bowl or whatever in the sink or dishwasher. I’m just sayin’….
Back to pumpkin stacks…and stacks…and stacks… here are more from my travels out-and-about:
These Jack-Be-Little pumpkins (on the candlesticks) and Rock Star pumpkin are on the opposite side of my fireplace hearth. I just tied pretty Halloween ribbon on the candlesticks and the Rock Star pumpkin’s stem to jazz them up.
Here’s a close-up of the Jack-Be-Little pumpkins – so cute!
Okay – here’s a confession: this is the pumpkin stack by my front door that rotted into disintegration 2 years ago. Pre-disintegration, this pumpkin stack (front top to bottom) is a Lil’ Pumpkemon pumpkin, Lumina pumkin and some other pumpkin that I think is also a Cinderella pumpkin (or maybe not).
This pumpkin stack was on my dining room table last year. Hidden in the wadded-up decorative throw is a silver tray; wouldn’t want rotted pumpkin on that beautiful throw! From top to bottom the pumpkins are Baby Boo, Jarrahdale and Fairytale.
These are new this year – pretty, sparkly mini faux pumpkins stacked inside glass pedestal jars. I tied each jar with a pretty Halloween ribbon and displayed them on a table runner placed on a free-standing cabinet in my kitchen dining area. This took all of 10 minutes to throw together!
These are Pie pumpkins displayed on a cabinet in my living room. They are called Pie pumpkins because these are the ones used to make pumpkin pie. I stacked one on a tarnished silver pedestal that I bought in a second-hand store (another tip: tarnished silver photographs well – less reflection), I stacked one on a white ceramic urn and the last one is stacked inside a glass pedestal cloche.
Here’s a close-up of one of the Pie pumpkins stacked on the white urn plus another photography tip/trick: the backdrop is a piece of black chalkboard foam core board from the craft store. I was trying to isolate these pumpkins from the rest of the Halloween display on this cabinet and it was still too busy. So, I placed this black chalkboard foam core board behind it. Since the foam core board is only 2 feet x 3 feet, it wasn’t big enough to place behind the entire display. You’ll see what I mean when I share my Halloween decorating post (coming soon!).
These are Wee-Be-Little pumpkins stacked inside another tarnished tray at my house. That’s it for the pumpkin stacks in-and-about my house!
This is a very large faux pumpkin stack put together as a photography backdrop at Bates Nut Farm in San Diego County. So cute!
This is my family making their own pumpkin stack on top of a Big Mac pumpkin at Bates Nut Farm. From left to right: my great-niece Princess Sweetie Pie, Tiffany (her mom and my niece), Gail (my sister and Tiffany’s mom and the Princesses P’s grandmother) and in the front on the right squinting against the sun – Princess P (also my great-niece).
This is Princess P stacking herself on a Big Mac pumpkin at Bates Nut Farm.
And, here she is again, stacking herself on a Big Mac pumpkin again, albeit a different kind of “stacking”…
These are randomly stacked (as opposed to piled) White Ghost pumpkins at Bates Nut Farm. A beautiful pile of Howden pumpkins is behind them.
Another display of White Ghost pumpkins and Lumina pumpkins stacked at Bates Nut Farm.
And a scarecrow stacked on a Big Mac pumpkin at Bates Nut Farm.
And squash stacked on a Fairytale pumpkin at Bates Nut Farm. Moving on…
This is a pumpkin stack on the porch of a cute retail shop in the adorable mountain town of Wynola in San Diego County. This one has a Fairytale pumpkin in the stack (third down from the top) as opposed to a Cinderella pumpkin. The one in the bottom right of this photo is also a Fairytale pumpkin.
Another view of this same pumpkin stack. Now you can see the large Fairytale pumpkin on the bottom of the right pumpkin stack.
And this leaning pumpkin stack, at the same adorable country store, is a great example of the difference between a Fairytale pumpkin and a Cinderella pumpkin. It’s the color! Cinderella pumpkins are bright orange and Fairytale pumpkins are peach-tones. The large one on the bottom is a soft creamy peach and the second one down from the top is a stronger peachy orange. A beautiful stack of pumpkins, even though it looks like it may topple over any minute!
Do you have pumpkin fever? Here are a few more posts to help you make it through this harrowing season: