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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

Decorating your Thanksgiving Table

Bright Autumn 2 Centerpiece

With the hustle and bustle of getting everything prepared for the big Thanksgiving feast, don’t forget about dressing that Thanksgiving table. Using your Thanksgiving floral table centerpiece as your base for colors, pull the mildest color out, a soft cream colored flower or pale yellow and use that as your guide for your table cloth. If the colors are really bold and deep in your table flower arrangement, generally there is always a milder accent color even if it is a softer orange. Keep your tablecloth a solid color, not a busy one that you may see at your local department stores sporting various cornucopia’s or pumpkins, squashes, turkeys etc. Those are always fun for a child table though!

Family style is always great for serving a Thanksgiving meal, but if you are anything like my family, there are just too many dishes and not enough table space. If you have adequate counter space, a food bar style with self-serve may work better. You can accent that as well with a couple vases of flowers set around – just keep them away from the piping hot foods or your flowers will not fare well. The small ornamental squashes make great little accents as well. Set them in groups of three with or without curled matching ribbons. However you decorate, as long as it is done with love, will add a beautiful touch to your holiday meal.

The Cornucopia

Autumnal Abundance Cornucopia

One of the more common symbols of Thanksgiving is the Cornucopia. The Cornucopia is also a strong symbol of a harvest festival. Mostly found now as wicker weaved horn shaped baskets, they are commonly used in Thanksgiving flower and fruit centerpieces for the holiday table.

The Cornucopia is also known as the “horn of plenty”. It originated from a curved goat’s horn filled with fruits and grains gifted to others. Story has it that in Greek legend, Amalthea – a goat, started it all by breaking off one of its horns and offering it up to the Greek God Zeus as a sign of reverence and Zeus showed his appreciation by creating the star constellation we know as the Capricorn.

Come the Thanksgiving season, you will find many tables adorned in various decorated flower Cornucopias. Is it tradition for your table or mantle to be dressed with a Cornucopia during the Thanksgiving Holiday? Brant Florist has a wide array of various Cornucopia flower decorations for your holiday tables or mantle. Here are just a few of them:

Giving Thanks Cornucopia
Bountiful Color™ Cornucopia
Harvest Home Cornucopia

Thanksgiving for those Abroad


Thanksgiving is just days away for those who reside in America as well as though who live abroad but still celebrate the traditional American Thanksgiving holiday. If you have loved ones who currently live abroad and can’t be home for Thanksgiving, Brant Florist can help you send your love across the world.

It is hard being away from home and living in a different country, especially when it comes to the holidays. A great way to close the miles between you and your abroad loved one is to send them a feel of Thanksgiving with a wonderful Thanksgiving fruit basket or a wonderful Thanksgiving flower arrangement.

Thanksgiving is about love, family gathering, and celebrating what all we are thankful for, traditionally the harvest of the season, which was shared with all. When you have a loved one not able to partake in such a loving holiday, you can bet they are missing home and family. Show that loved one, regardless of the miles that separate that they are not forgotten, that you are thankful for them being in your life, even if afar, and show them they are loved. A warm Thanksgiving fruit basket or Thanksgiving flower arrangement can give them that sense of belonging and lessening their longing to be with loved ones they miss.

When Miles Separate on Thanksgiving

Harvest Home Cornucopia

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving has been a holiday of great significance for more than a century, denoting a time when families and friends get together to enjoy great conversation, family traditions, and generally indulge in a lavish feast or family dinner. Add to the warmth of the season with gorgeous Thanksgiving flowers. You can decorate your hall table or dinning table with beautiful fall floral arrangements.

However, sometimes it isn’t always possible to gather with your friends. You may be displaced due to work or location makes it difficult to join the rest. On those unfortunate occasions, you can still make sure your presence is felt with a delivery of a beautiful Thanksgiving floral arrangement. The gift will be welcomed graciously and warmly. Though you may be many miles away, you will know a piece of your love is there and your family will too.