If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, your decor may be the last thing on your mind. Or maybe you really want to create beautiful centerpieces but you aren't sure how? Have no fear friends, I'm here to share the step by step of how to create this colorful, textural, modern Thanksgiving Harvest Arrangement for your table. Using elements that can all be purchased at the grocery store will save you time, and veggies and fruits make great, inexpensive fillers for an arrangement!
Of all the holidays Thanksgiving is the perfect one to incorporate food into an arrangement (since it's all about food, duh). This arrangement includes sage, bay leaf, tomatoes, squash, artichokes, and even peppers, as well as chinese lanterns, and leucadendron. You can use any combination of greens, blooms, and veggies or fruits that you desire. Thyme would be a great addition, as it's used in lots of Thanksgiving dishes, and apples or pomegranates would be a nice touch too. I got these four bunches at my local grocery store floral department, and along with the veggies and herbs they made two arrangements.
Here's what you'll need besides your foliage, flowers, and veggies:
- Floral clippers or heavy kitchen shears.
- Bamboo skewers (you can usually find them at the grocery store for kebab making).
- You'll also need a few containers. I decided to keep it clean and fresh so the focus would stay on the flowers and used these two ceramic cubes. If you have it you can use floral wet foam, but in a pinch a small vase that sits inside your container will do.
Start by prepping your veggies. The easiest way to incorporate them into your arrangement is to attach them to bamboo skewers. Just push your skewer up through the bottom of your fruit or veggie. Some are harder to skewer, for example the squash, so be careful not to poke yourself.
Next prepare your flowers and foliage. Strip any of the extra greens off your floral stems, and any extra leaves off the bottom of your foliage. You want to remove any organic material that will be in the water to help prevent as much rot as possible. This helps keep your water fresh longer and prolongs the life of your arrangement.
First we'll start by making a "nest" out of our greens, in this case our bay leaf and sage. I like to make my arrangements asymmetrical and work with the natural shape of the greens.
Next come the leucadendron, the peppers, and the chinese lanterns. Here we start to see the arrangement take shape. I just love all the texture and colors.
The last step is to add in the fruits and veggies, and you're done. Now style up the rest of your table with a runner, and some candles. A bay leaf garland would make a nice additional touch (and of course all the herbs will smell amazing too). I hope you'll give this beautiful arrangement a try, and if you do I'd love to see what you guys create for your Thanksgiving table. Just tag your photos #handmakerofthings and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more floral DIY's.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!