Thanksgiving Sophistication . . .
Perfect Thanksgiving with a formal centerpiece!!
Complete the ambience of a formal setting with a floral centerpiece. This design compliments the formal occasion with candles and a cut glass container. I used yellow Gerbera daisies, red miniature carnations, yellow pom-poms, green button pom-poms, boxwood, and Fall leaves. I placed wooden picks at the bottoms of the candles and placed them directly in the wet foam.
I used a liner with wet foam inside the cut glass container. I try to preserve the special containers by using liners. This allows the arrangement to be removed from the container without damage. This also allow the arrangement to be transformed to another backdrop.
Artificial “Fire” . . .
When it’s too warm to lite the fire, create “Artificial Fire”!!
It’s Christmas and all the stockings are hung on the mantel, but the weather is too warm to lite a fire. Complete the picture by creating a “fire” by adding plants with red blooms to the logs in the fireplace. Make the “fire” come alive by first placing Christmas tree lights under the logs.
I began by adding small pieces of firewood at the base of the fireplace. It also helps to have a small firebox. Undo a bundle of Red Christmas lights and spread the lights between the firewood. I placed small pieces of firewood across the bottom firewood, creating a small platform over the lights.
I placed small pots of plants in the firewood, adding more firewood as I added more plants. For this display, I used small plants of red begonias. I have also used small plants of red poinsettias. Place the plants at angles so the blooms are facing the front of the fireplace. I added a few pine cones as accents.
I also fixed a small basket of pine cones to set on the hearth. This is a great arrangement to complete the fireplace setting.
To protect the fireplace, I usually remove the plants from the fireplace before watering.
Small Can Be Huge . . .
Small bright flowers can draw attention to the smallest spaces!!
I love the bright colors of Fall. My family is large and the center of the table is full. A centerpiece does not always have room! Small arrangements can decorate in a surprising way! Add candles to the table in matching bright Fall colors.
These are small arrangements I made for Thanksgiving Dinners. The design above became a dinner place card. I used red miniature carnations and orange alstromeria with Fall leaves and wheat. I worked the piece of wheat to hold the Thanksgiving enclosure card with the name of guest’s seat. A shot glass was used as a vase for this arrangement. The design to the left, is made in a cut glass toothpick holder. It is filled with red miniature carnations, yellow daisy pom-poms, and Fall leaves. These were both places at the left top of the dinner plate.
Horn of Plenty . . .
A symbol of abundance and nourishment used for decoration at Thanksgiving.
The cornucopia, horn of plenty, was a hallow goat’s horn used in the Roman and Greek mythology. It is a symbol of fertility, fortune, and abundance, especially at harvest. Earliest known use was in 1508. A goat’s horn was placed in the center of the table and overflowed with fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Large baskets were woven in the shape of the goat’s horn and used in the fields for harvesting. Smaller baskets were woven to used as decorations on the table to celebrate the harvest. These baskets were filled with fruits, vegetables, and nuts. In modern times, flowers fill the cornucopia.
In this arrangement, I placed a liner filled with wet foam into the horn of plenty. I placed Spanish moss around the liner for concealment. I made the arrangements of roses, miniature carnations, and assorted pom-poms in the wet foam. I put pieces of fruit and grapes on wooden picks and added wheat. This design decorated the buffet table for a large Thanksgiving gathering.