Assemble your pumpkins, tape, and paint first. You'll need a day or two to allow the pumpkins to dry, ideally, so plan ahead if you can.
To make sure no paint gets on your pumpkin stem, wrap painter's tape around the stem tightly to keep it clean.
Make sure each pumpkin is thoroughly covered with paint. Let the pumpkins dry, ideally, for two days.
It's amazing what a little shiny, black paint can do.
Keep things natural and let the fabric fold over on each other. Scatter the pumpkins along the folds.
For ambiance, add ribbon-wrapped candles to the arrangement. To wrap the candles, simply cut segments of ribbon to fit around the votives, plus an inch. Use a piece of double-stick tape to secure the ribbon.
For a little horror to the gold and black scene, add spiders scattered around the scene. For a surprise, add a spider on the side of each plate or fork.
When setting each place, keep things simple with white dishes. Place a pumpkin at each place, using a small piece of parchment to protect the plate, if the enamel is a bit tacky.
The gold pumpkin can also double as a place card if you set a small card with the guest's name on top!