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How to Make Your Own Harvest Centrepiece

With Thanksgiving and similar harvest-themed festivities coming to many parts of the world this month, one of the best-selling and most popular requests we receive is for a harvest-themed centrepiece for the table. Often, of course, people want to purchase the flowers and attempt the bouquet themselves. In the spirit of holiday giving, let me explain how it’s done. You can thank me later. 🙂

First, the flowers. You’ll want anything with fall colours. Some flowers are traditional for this, including sunflowers, orange mums, bronze cremons, orange tulips, red hypericum, and so forth. Color is more important that species here, so go with dark green backdrops and muted pastels in red, gold, brown, orange, and so forth. Accents should be with very dark colors (dark, woody browns are a good choice) and frosty whites rather than bright colors. Leaves such as oak, eucalyptus, and similar are also popular accents, as are well-proportioned pine cones. Use your creativity.

Start with a good dish or vase to either complement the colors or of glass to show off the colors in the stems. Shape to be short and broad or tall and fluffy. You’ll need some fishing line or thin wire to tie some of this together. You can use foam, candles, and other items to create a base if your dish is wide. Whether tall or short, begin with a base of flora that comes from your background and light accent options. Your leaves and eucalyptus, for example, are a good start here.

From there, continue building the base upwards and add accents to create splashes or groups of color. Your goal should be to create a semi-natural pattern of color mixes without going overboard with the accents or the base. Remember that just because you have something to add in doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be added. Build gradually rather than in chunks.

It’s rare that someone makes an ugly centerpiece if they’re starting with items that have the right color combinations. You’re not likely to make it look bad, so don’t be afraid to experiment and play around with the arrangement. Even professionals often step back and say “hmm.. maybe less of that” and make changes after they’ve completed their work.

Try your hand at it and let me know how it goes.

Until next time,
Ken Bolt

http://BrantFlorist.com

Thanksgiving Flowers – An Inspired Addition to Your Home

Family Gathering Centerpiece

Family Gathering Centerpiece

Why send Thanksgiving flowers? Thanksgiving is a holiday with a long history in North America. It is often associated with the Pilgrims of Massachusetts, but some claim the first Thanksgiving actually held on this continent took place in 1578 in Newfoundland, when English explorer Martin Frobisher held a ceremony to give thanks for having survived his failed attempt at finding a northern passage to the Orient. After this first celebration, other variations on Thanksgiving occurred in locales across North America. Some were occasions for giving thanks, while others owed their origins to the harvest festivals that were common in Europe at the time. By the late 1800s, Thanksgiving was enshrined as a national holiday in both Canada and the United States.

Golden Glow

Golden Glow

For most people food is the primary focus of this holiday. In fact, the imagery of Thanksgiving is filled with nature’s bounty – gourds and squash, turkey and cranberries. Those images often translate to your home’s decor in the form of centerpieces and other decorative accents. Small gourds and pumpkins are often used to adorn the table. Parents of young children may also add a special craft made at school. Acorns and leaves are also common ornaments. But flowers are often overlooked as decorative elements for the harvest table. Flowers are associated closely with other holidays – think of the lily at Easter or the poinsettia at Christmas – but the notion of Thanksgiving flowers is not as commonplace.

The vivid palette of colours that emerges in fall is ideal for a floral arrangement gift. And there is no need to limit yourself to a centerpiece. Flower arrangements outside and in the common areas of your home add a welcoming touch that your guests will certainly appreciate on any day of the year.

Teleflora's Country Pumpkin

Teleflora’s Country Pumpkin

Thanksgiving flowers, or fresh fall flowers, come in many varieties and colors, providing almost limitless options for arrangements. The combination of deep autumn reds, oranges and yellows can be found in traditional Thanksgiving flowers, like chrysanthemums, sunflowers and gerberas. Other Thanksgiving flowers include carnations, solidago, monte casino and marigolds. But you are not restricted to Thanksgiving flowers only. Roses and lilies are also available in fall colors and add a touch of classic beauty to any arrangement. And don’t forget to accent your Thanksgiving flowers with other holiday touches – wheat, acorns, oak leaves, small gourds, corn cobs or even a pumpkin vase.

When choosing Thanksgiving flowers, keep these other tips in mind:

  • You should use a round centerpiece for a round table and a long centerpiece for a rectangular table.
  • Add candles to your centerpiece to soften the mood.
  • If you have a large table, use a few small arrangements to complement the main centerpiece.
  • Colorful fall leaves can also complement the main centerpiece. Select leaves in a variety of colors and shapes. Oak and maple have a distinct appearance often associated with the season.
  • Many florists offer stunning wreaths made of Thanksgiving flowers and other fall accents for delivery. A wreath on your door provides a warm welcome to your home.

And, instead of the usual bottle of wine, try Thanksgiving flowers or baskets as a hostess gift. Whether it consists of a bouquet in a traditional vase, a glass hurricane and candle, or a cascading cornucopia, a beautiful arrangement in fall colors will be received with great thanks.

Brant Florist Serves Up Thanksgiving Flowers

Family Gathering Centerpiece

Family Gathering Centerpiece

Plans for an oven roasted turkey and all the delicious fixings are likely in place at your household as Thanksgiving is just days away, Monday October 8th this year. As you finalize your celebration needs, we have you covered when it comes to gorgeous, hand designed Thanksgiving flower arrangements, autumn centerpieces and bouquets.

Fabulous Fall Bouquet by FTD

Fabulous Fall Bouquet by FTD

When family and friends gather to enjoy your fabulous Thanksgiving feast, remember there is something extra special when you decide to add beautiful Thanksgiving flowers to the table. This season we are creating flower arrangements in all the glorious rich tones of fall.

Here Comes The Sun Flowers by Teleflora

Here Comes The Sun Flowers by Teleflora

Stunning shades of orange, vibrant yellow, deep crimson and plum are all striking choices for fall flower decorating. We are using roses, eye-catching sunflowers, gerbera daisies, lilies, pretty alstroemeria, pompom mums and more to create arrangements fit for any Thanksgiving table and as gifts for family, friends and work associates.

 

Floral Gourmet Basket

Floral Gourmet Basket

Thanksgiving gift baskets are super popular during this festive holiday. Our ‘flowers to keep and gifts to eat’ baskets are a great way to give a gift of flowers and tasty treats all in one. And if you will be a guest this Thanksgiving weekend may we suggest you have us deliver an arrangement in advance of arriving to dinner. This is sure to surprise and please the hostess! Or, pick up one of our fresh fall bouquet bunches or a hardy potted mum plant at the shop and bring the gift with you.

Ginger Spice Fall Roses Vased

Ginger Spice Fall Roses Vased

Whatever you may have in mind, call or drop into the shop to get a taste of what we’re serving up in Thanksgiving flowers this fall! As always, we offer same day delivery in Canada and the USA and next day delivery to most international destinations. And, only until October 6th we’re offering 20% off all website orders over $60.00 for delivery up to October 31st. Contact us for complete details.

Express Gratitude Beautifully with Thanksgiving Flowers

Fabulous Fall Bouquet by FTD

Fabulous Fall Bouquet by FTD

With Thanksgiving falling on Thursday, you’ve likely heard of more than one friend talk of their plans to be with family for the November 24th holiday. Besides filling your own belly with turkey and all of the trimmings, how will you express gratitude to those that are near and dear to you on Thanksgiving Day? Each one of us has our own special way of expressing gratitude. If you are travelling to Mom’s this Thanksgiving, you know she’ll express her love of family by preparing a magnificent meal seasoned with care. As a guest attending a Thanksgiving gathering, you may choose to express your appreciation with a thoughtful gift of Thanksgiving flowers!

Are Thanksgiving flowers really an appropriate gift to share with loved ones on Thanksgiving Day? Absolutely! If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a gift of flowers, you know the feeling of joy that immediately overcomes you as you accept the beautiful, often fragrant gift. On the flipside, when you choose to give flowers you feel pride and excitement for a gift so thoughtfully chosen. Hands down, flowers bring smiles to our faces and make us feel happy.

For an extra special touch, pre-plan and send Thanksgiving flowers in advance of the dinner you plan to attend. On Thanksgiving Day you’ll be greeted with an enormous hug from the host and the flowers will look fabulous on the dinner table for all to enjoy.

Another fun way to express your gratitude on Thanksgiving Day is to separate a Thanksgiving bouquet and offer each guest a single stem with a small note that identifies what you most appreciation about them. Can you imagine how this simple and inexpensive gesture will impact each guest? Get ready for a whole lot of hugs!

When you can’t be there is person, send Thanksgiving table centerpiece or fabulous fall bouquet as a lovely way to remind those far away that you cherish and think of them always. Whether you choose to send a fall inspired bouquet arranged in a traditional cornucopia or a Thanksgiving arrangement complete with tapered candles or an arrangement that is designed with a more modern vibe, your gift of flowers is sure to make an impression.

The most popular flowers colors associated with Thanksgiving are richly hued and include shades from the spectrum of burnt orange to vibrant yellow with hits of deep crimson, rich purple or even hot pink to make the fall arrangements really pop. Mums, roses, gerbera daisies and lilies are some of the favorite fall flowers that we use to create stunning Thanksgiving arrangements. Our Freshly Fall arrangement is a popular and beautiful Thanksgiving choice.

Whether you will be hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner, plan to travel to be with family and friends or will be thinking of them from hundreds of miles away, it only takes a few thoughtful moments to order an exceptional Thanksgiving centerpiece, arrangement, potted plant or lovely Thanksgiving gourmet gift basket to share with those you love. Not only will the flowers or gift basket be appreciated, it is your thoughtful act of kindness that will be forever remembered. May your hearts be filled with warmth and love on Thanksgiving Day.