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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?

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

Ways to help say Thanks…

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The holiday seasons are always a great time to reach out to those you want to thanks for being a part of your life. For some people, picking the right words can be hard. The easiest way is by simply saying “Thank you!” but for those who want to say more, consider using a relevant quote in your card when you send flowers for Thanksgiving or any time of the year. Here are a few quotes to get you started. Although some are geared towards the Thanksgiving holiday, some could be used for any occasion.

“Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.” Kahlil Gibran

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” – Edward Sandford Martin

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. ~Robert Caspar Lintner

Forever on Thanksgiving Day, The heart will find the pathway home.~Wilbur D. Nesbit

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. ~Cicero

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. — Albert Schweitzer

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.– Marcel Proust

No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. — Alfred North Whitehead

Thanksgiving is about family and giving thanks….

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Thanksgiving is all about family and giving thanks. Thanks for all the blessings and love one has in their life no matter how big or little. It is a great time to show that thanks to those you love. Not everyone can gather with all their loved ones on Thanksgiving Day. Married couples often find splitting holidays between parents – one year to the wife’s side and next to the husband sides. With split families, this can even become more of a challenge. No matter who’s home it is you are sharing Thanksgiving with, you can let the others know just how much you care for them as well by sending them a Thanksgiving flower arrangement with a sentimental card attached. This is a great way of making a presence in their home on this holiday even though it may not be your physical being.

It is impossible to be everywhere at once. And for those who try to make the rounds, you know how you feel at the end of the day or even weekend – exhausted and generally 20 pounds heavier! No, flowers may not be the same as you being there in person, but is the next best thing. And just think, you will not be trying to work off the holiday throughout the next year just to start all over again. 

Decorating your Thanksgiving Table

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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.