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The Meaning Behind Your Autumn Centerpieces


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Thanksgiving is almost here! As we prepare our tables for an evening of feasting and reflecting with family, we’ll no doubt include some beautiful decorations. Orange flowers, yellow and red too; pumpkins and corn everywhere you look. No table would be complete without one of our many eye-catching autumn centerpieces that captures the spirit of the fall season.

But why do we use these symbols and colours to represent Thanksgiving? Because orange and yellow dominate when the leaves fall? Because pumpkins and corn, common harvest vegetables, are orange and yellow? Yes, but there’s more to it than that.

Last month we showed you what the popular colours of fall meant. This month we’re going to look at what orange flowers, yellow flowers and the symbols of Thanksgiving mean for this holiday. Along the way we’re also going to show you some of the many delightful autumn centerpieces Brant Florist currently offers.

Orange Flowers

Fiery and passionate like the sun, orange flowers are symbols of optimism, energy and fun. They give us a burning drive, creativity and adventurousness, perfect for embracing the hard work of the harvest. Orange flowers also give us warmth and closeness, like the gentle flames of the hearth in a comfortable home or the tender bonds of family.brant-florist-thanksgiving-bouquet

When you see your family this Thanksgiving, try to spend some time with each of them. Remember what they’ve contributed to your life, how they’ve helped you grow. Remember the people who inspire you, push you to burn away the lesser parts of yourself and be a better person. Each of us, whether we run or crawl, only reach our destination with the support of many; we all owe them our gratitude and thanks for being part of our lives, and they owe us the same. Dedicate one orange flower in your autumn centerpieces for every relative you have.

Yellow Flowers

Radiant like bulbs shining with light, yellow flowers symbolize intellect, insight and the spark-like “eureka!” moment of discovery. They represent success; the times in our lives when we’re full of pride and joy as we reflect on our labours and admire their fruit, like the end of a successful harvest. Yellow flowers also represent the happy bonds of friendship, persistent and brilliant, not so easily dimmed.

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It’s not just family we should be thankful for, but our peers and good friends as well. They’ve shared our joys and sorrows, our successes and failures, our downfalls and redemptions; and we’ve shared just as much with them. They’ve brightened our lives just by being there, not out of familial connection but simply because they wanted to, and we have done the same. When we needed it most, they helped us seize opportunities and achieve greatness. You may not end up having Thanksgiving dinner with them, but it would still be a good idea to take some time to thank your friends for being part of your life and letting you be part of theirs. For every yellow flower in your autumn centerpieces, remember a friend and wish them well.

Thanksgiving Symbols

The three Thanksgiving symbols you’re most likely to see in autumn centerpieces are corn, the pumpkin and the cornucopia. All three represent the aim of a harvest: to have plenty. Pumpkins, massive and bulging with more than enough to feed a family, and corn, with their numerous kernels per cob and seemingly endless yellow fields; both evoke a vast bounty. The cornucopia, also known as the Horn of Plenty, is traditionally a goat’s horn said to be filled with infinite abundance—more fruit, grains and vegetables than any family or community can eat.

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When you see autumn centerpieces containing a cornucopia, you should give thanks for your family’s own bounty—the feast you’re able to prepare and the loved ones you’re able to spend time with. We’ve all got so many things to be thankful for.

Combine the meanings of orange flowers, yellow flowers and Thanksgiving symbols and what common theme emerges? Community. The bonds we form with others, the shared toils and spoils and the happiness we derive from living together. As you gather around your autumn centerpieces and dig in with your loved ones, remember these values, for they hold as true for us as they did for the pilgrims, settlers and farmers whose harvest festivals led to our Thanksgiving.

But maybe you haven’t chosen your Thanksgiving decorations or autumn centerpieces yet. If that’s the case, Brant Florist has a wide selection of gorgeous centerpieces to crown your table, as well as floral experts who can help you choose the perfect flower decorations for the holiday.

What do you think about the meaning of Thanksgiving? What do these symbols mean to you?

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5 Easy Ways to celebrate the Fourth of July… Right in Your Backyard!

With Independence Day around the corner, we Americans are getting ready for the first long weekend of the summer! The July long weekend means so many wonderful things: warm and sunny weather, blossomed summer flowers, and celebrations to show our pride in USA and in being American!

We have a few ideas on how to show our American pride this long weekend as we celebrate the Fourth of July:

Backyard party

The Fourth of July falls right at the start of summer, which means great weather! This is the perfect opportunity to invite friends over for a backyard BBQ. Outdoor dinners are tons of fun for the whole family, and it doesn’t break the bank. Ask your guests to bring something to contribute and make it a potluck! There’s nothing better than being with friends and family on the long weekend.

Fourth of July arts and craftsFourth of July craft idea for kids

There are lots of easy and fun crafts you can make with the kids to celebrate the Fourth of July. Here’s one great idea: paint red horizontal lines on a piece of white paper or bristol board. Instead of the blue and white stars, have the kids make a blue handprint at the top left of the red lines to create personalized American flags!

Decorate for the Fourth of July

If you’re having people over or not for the Independence Day, show your patriotism by decorating your house and backyard with red, white and blue! Use red, white and blue paint and glitter to decorate mason jars. You can use these as holders for your cutlery or as vases for patriotic red, white and blue flowers to make Fourth of July themed centrepieces! Decorate your backyard or your house with string lights and hanging pots of summer flowers, red and blue table cloths and napkins.

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Explore

You don’t have to go far to discover the beauty of this country. In almost every town or city, there are hiking paths, bike trails and parks to walk around and enjoy the summer weather and nature. Do a quick search to find where you can explore in your town this long weekend. Many communities will also organize events to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Fireworks

Plenty of cities and towns offer free fireworks for the Fourth of July. Find out if your town is doing a fireworks display near you. You are also likely to see and hear your neighbours setting off red, white and blue fireworks this long weekend… grab a blanket to cozy up outside and enjoy the show!

Whatever you do to celebrate Independence Day this long weekend, we hope you enjoy it with lots of American pride, laughter and flowers!

Red, White and Blue flowers with American flags | Brant FloristVisit our special Fourth of July page for red, white and blue flower arrangements for your backyard party or to just decorate your house this long weekend.

You can also give us a call at 877-545-5535 or email us to place an order for easy delivery!

Learning the Zodiac

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and if you’re old enough, you likely remember learning the constellations using a little mnemonic that school teachers would require us to memorize. For learning classical history, it’s a must as many of the stories involving Greek and Roman gods require an understanding of the Zodiac.

A friend and I were sitting over coffee having the typical “old codger” discussions when something swung the conversation into the subject of the Zodiac. Perhaps someone had mentioned their horoscope. I don’t recall.

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Regardless, either he or I began this mnemonic and the other joined in and we recited it together. If you’re old enough, you might recall it as well.

In January, a goat (Capricorn), drinking from a stream (Aquarius) said, “Look, a fish (Pisces).”

A ram (Aries), and a bull (Taurus), carrying the twins (Gemini) said “There’s also a crab (Cancer).”

A lion (Leo) roared in agreement, which startled the young maiden (Virgo) so that she dropped and smashed her scales (Libra).

“That’s no crab – it’s a scorpion (Scorpio),” said the archer (Sagittarius).

If you’re looking for something to teach the grandkids this holiday season, you might try this!

Let me know how it goes.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

http://BrantFlorist.com

Harvest Flowers

Graceful Glow CenterpieceHi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and 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

Contemporary New Years Flowers

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The New Year is an opportunity to start new things, try new things and let go of some old that have kept one down. It is also a great time to set your own trends and a fun place to start is with your New Years Flowers. You can go with traditional flowers used to celebrate the holidays, or you can go off the beaten path and bring a entirely new look into your home just with flowers! Think contemporary flowers. This can be in a an exotic nature or colors of flower arrangements you would not necessarily combine such as purples with greens and orange tones together.

Traditional New Year Flowers are generally deep blues, whites, and even left over Christmas flowers. Why not try decorating with flowers such as orchids or Amaryllis? Both are gorgeous flowers and can add accents to your home that emit class, sophistication, and new beginnings!

Choose flowers that exude the holiday spirit. If you are sending New Year flowers to another, you may want to play it a little safer and stick to more traditional arrangements, but for your own home, bring in the New Year in a new light with a fresh look at flowers! Pick up on the upcoming color trends for the year. Have fun with them and do not limit yourself. There really is never a wrong flower for any occasion!