Count down the weeks until Christmas by lighting the candle of the Advent Wreath.
The Advent Wreath has four candles that are lit beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. There are 3 purple candles. and a single pink candle. The first week candle lit is purple for hope. The second candle is also purple for peace. The third candle is pink for Joy. The fourth Candle is purple for love.
I chose to decorate this Advent Wreath with Christmas lights. I began wrapping the Christmas tree lights throughout the wreath. I like to use LED lights. These lights do not get hot, plus use very little energy.
I made the bows with ribbon that is sheer, wired, and has glitter. This allows the lights to shimmer through the ribbon. Place the bows on the wreath in the order of the candles. I placed these bows between the candles, they may also be placed in front of the candle.
I placed the decorated Christmas wreath in the center of a table. Place the Advent wreath form in the center of the Christmas Wreath. Place a candle in each of the candle holders on the Advent Wreath form. Align the candles to bows of the same color. Many people may replace the candles on Christmas Day with all white candles to celebrate.
A small toothpick holder filled with small blooms and fall leaves splash color at each place setting!
When Thanksgiving is a small gathering, be bold with a miniature arrangement for each guest! I used cut glass toothpick holders filled with small blossoms of red miniature carnations, yellow daisy pom-poms, boxwood greenery and fall leaves.
I began by filing each holder with water treated with floral preservative. Take a small branch of boxwood greenery and remove the leaves that will be below the water line. This branch will help stabilize the flower blooms. In this arrangement I began with yellow daisy blooms. Cut a small tight bud of daisy pom-pom about 2.5 times the height of the toothpick holder. Place this bloom in the center of the container. Place a bud of red miniature carnation to the left and shorter than the daisy pom-pom. Place a larger yellow daisy bloom shorter than the red bud to the right of the red carnation bud. Place a large bloom of yellow daisy pom-pom to the left and resting on the edge of the toothpick holder. Place a large bloom of the red miniature carnation to the right front side of the toothpick holder. Place other red miniature carnation blooms to the back of the toothpick holder behind the yellow daisy pom-pom. Complete the arrangement by placing fall leaves within the blooms, only a few will be needed.
These small arrangements can be made the day before they are needed. It is best to store them in a cool area (about 40-50 degrees). Do not put them in a refrigerator with fresh fruits or vegetables. When ready, place an arrangement by each place setting.
Bright Fall Colors and Candles Highlights The Simmer of Cut Glass
The secret to this arrangement -The arrangement is created in a liner that fits inside the cut glass bowl. Placing the arrangement in a liner protects a fragile container. This procedure allows the arrangement to be removed from the container. This makes it easier to add water to the arrangements without jeopardizing the container.
Choose a liner that will fit securely in the desired container. Cut a piece of floral foam to fit the liner. Secure the floral foam to the liner with the waterproof floral tape. Fill the liner with water. Place the liner inside the desired container.
Using the floral wrap tape, secure 2 wood picks the the bottom of each candle. Place the candles toward the edge of the floral foam. Add greenery and fall leaves to cover the floral foam and the edges of the liner.
Place the focal flowers near the candles, in this arrangement I used Gerbera Daisies. I used red miniature carnations as secondary blooms. I added yellow daisy pom-poms to blend with the Gerbera daisies. I then added green button pom-poms close to the floral foam to add depth. Notice how the blooms are long enough to extend over the rim of the cut glass container, concealing the liner.
Change the arrangement by removing the candles and placing the arrangement in a different container.
At Thanksgiving, sometimes there’s not enough room on the table for flowers.
It seems like every Thanksgiving Dinner has more and more food. The table is about to explode! There usually is a small table to the side that has a pitcher of tea, extra glasses, and occasionally a basket of bread. This is the perfect place for an arrangement of flowers, fruit and wheat.
For this arrangement, I chose to use wheat and grapes with fall flowers and leaves. Start this arrangement by cutting floral foam to fit the copper pitcher. Soak the foam, place it the pitcher and fill the pitcher with water. Choose one cluster of green grapes. Attach the wood pick to the end of the stem of the grape cluster. Wrap the wire around the stem to secure the grape stem. Place the wood pick in the floral foam near the pour spout of the pitcher. Choose a cluster of red grapes. Attach another wood pick to this stem of grapes. Wrap the wire around the stem to secure this grape stem. Place the wood pick in the floral foam to the back and right of the first cluster of grapes.
For this arrangement, I chose to use boxwood as the greenery. Place fall leaves and greenery close to the top of the pitcher covering the floral foam. I used Gerbera Daisies as the focal flowers. Place a daisy close to the clusters of grapes. Place a second daisy to the left and taller than the first daisy. Place the third daisy in the center of the pitcher and taller than the first two daisies. I used variegated orange miniature carnations to accent the center of the Gerbera Daisies. I then filled in with bronze pom-poms. To add height to the arrangement, I placed tall pieces of wheat behind the tallest blooms. I added smaller stems of wheat throughout the arrangement for balance.