Thanksgiving flower arrangements for the table
Arranging flowers for the table is one of the jobs I particularly enjoy when throwing a dinner party or family gathering. But let's face it, there is so much to do for Thanksgiving that this pleasurable task can easily get away from you.
Here are my tricks for easy, beautiful Thanksgiving flowers:
1. Put your arrangements together on Tuesday.
In fact, set the entire table on Tuesday. For starters these tasks will get you in the mood for Thanksgiving and then no matter how far behind you get or how many people show up early, your table is done and you are ready.
2. Use green glass mason jars for your vases.
If you have been following my posts, you know I've enjoyed my blue mason jars for table arrangements this past year. But blue really doesn't put me in the mood for Thanksgiving. These green mason jars are perfect for a Fall arrangement.
3. Use rustic frog lids
or mason jar frog lid inserts to arrange your flowers.
These frogs make flower arranging a snap.
4. Select some fall colored flowers:
Some of my favorites include:
- Orange or gold lilies
- Green, white and purple button or spider mums
- Green or red coffee berry flowers
- Brown or rust colored roses such as Leonides or Ruhamba
- Gerbera daisies
- Eucalyptus leaves
- Rosemary sprigs
Tip: Complementary colors look great in flower arrangements. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite each other in the color wheel. Examples are purple and yellow or violet and green.
5. Fill the mason jars with water and screw on the frog lids.
6. Start with your focal flower.
I chose lilies as my focal flower. Remove the leaves that will be under the water line and trim the flowers so that they are 8 -12 " tall. You want the flowers low enough so that people can see over them at the table. Arrange them in the mason jars, using the frog lids to keep each flower in position.
7. Add your remaining flowers.
8. And your foliage.
9. Trim the stamens.
If you are using lilies, don't forget to trim the stamens as they will stain anything they touch. Lilies continue to bloom daily so make sure you trim the stamens from the new blooms each day.
11. Another idea:
Here are the flower arrangements I made for last year's Thanksgiving using stemless wine glasses as vases, ti leaf, coffee berry flowers and green, white and brown roses.