Finish the picture perfect Thanksgiving with a formal centerpiece!!
Complete the ambience of a formal setting with a floral centerpiece. This design complements the formal occasion with candles and a cut glass container. I used a liner with wet foam inside the cut glass container. I try to preserve special containers by using liners. This allows the arrangement to be removed from the container without damaging the special container. This also allows the arrangement to be transformed to another backdrop.
I began the arrangement by placing wooden picks at the bottoms of the candles and placed them directly in the wet foam. I used yellow Gerbera daisies, red miniature carnations, yellow pom-poms, green button pom-poms, boxwood, and Fall leaves.
Choosing fresh flowers can last through two seasons!
Create an arrangement, in a liner, that can be switched to a different container that changes the holiday. This is the same arrangement in a different setting. The effect can change by changing the background.
This fall arrangement is mixed carnations and chrysanthemums. I selected carnations and pom-poms because they last so long and are available in so many varieties! This arrangement has red carnations, orange and light green mini-carnations. The pom-poms are yellow cushions. The greenery I used was boxwood.
The pumpkin is the same. The Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween, and turn it around for Thanksgiving. Replace fall leaves for the black and orange accessories. Replace birds and squirrels for the witches. Add pine cones, berries, and fall leaves for ghosts.
Decorate for Halloween and easily change the setting, the day after, for Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, is the best time to start Holiday Decorating!
Skulls can bring bright flowers to dark places!!
Embellish the food and drinks stations with fall flowers to draw attention to the areas. Halloween can be filled with dark spaces! It’s really not Halloween unless it’s dark!! Brighten the dark spaces with the bright colors of fall flowers. These are examples of decorating with skulls.
In the first example, the skull is used as a backdrop to draw attention to the smaller eyeball containers. This is a fun project, but tricky! I used a Dremel tool to cut a hole at the top of the eyeball. I also used a PVC coupling as a stand for the eyeball. For these eyeballs, I used a 1 ½” coupling
Before you cut a hole, create feet for the eyeball with hot glue. Determine where you want the pupil to rest. Carefully, place dots of hot glue on the bottom of the eyeball to create stability. Quickly, immerse the eyeball in water to cool the hot glue. Use a marker to mark where to place the opening for the flowers.
Place the eyeball in the PVC coupling with the mark at the top. Carefully, create a hole, only about ½”. Remember, the rotary tool moves very fast.
To fix arrangement, I did a small grouping of blooms and secured them with floral wrap tape. Fill the eyeball with water. Cut the stems to fit in the eyeball, with the floral tape just below the opening. Place in the water filled eye!
In the second example, I filled the opening of a skull filled with wet foam. The arrangement was made using miniature roses, miniature carnations, and pom-poms. I hid the wet foam by placing miniature rose blooms in the eye sockets!
Brighten your Halloween gathering by using fresh flowers!
Kick off the Holidays with Halloween!!!
Many decorate lavishly for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but what about Halloween!! Don’t forget flowers when decorating for a “Spooky” event! Dark areas can be decorated with splashes of colorful flower arrangements. Draw attention to areas of special interest – food, drink, and games. Small arrangements can be as striking as an enormous arrangement.
These small playful arrangements are scattered around the food table. Some of these small designs were found in the ice chest of drinks. Other small compositions were seen on the table of “Horrors”, just sitting there to calm some down! Halloween settings can be filled with bright colors of Fall.
Baby’s Breath is glorious small clusters of white blooms!!
The genius of Gypsophila is known by many names. Baby’s Breath is the popular name. Florists usually call it Gyp. There are many varieties of Gyp. The strains vary by bloom size, size of the clusters, and longevity of the blooms. Baby’s Breath blooms are one of the easiest flowers to dry.
Gyp can be used as filler flowers or used alone for centerpieces. These flowers are very versatile. Baby’s Breath can be made into wreaths- used as a hairpiece or to decorate a door! Garlands can be made of only Baby’s Breath or add highlights to green garlands and wreaths.
Baby’s Breath is also popular for weddings. It is symbolic of everlasting love and of innocence. Gyp is added to the bouquets of the Bride, Bridesmaids, and made into halos for the flower girls.
Baby’s Breath is very useful and inexpensive. A little hint of Baby’s Breath can be the finishing touch to a design.