Sunday, November 1, 2009

Thanksgiving Flowers

Have you noticed? It's November already and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Along with travel plans or menu planning, you no doubt have a hundred other things to think about besides flowers. Let's see if I can answer some of the most common questions that I receive at Bloomers.

Why do I need flowers on my Thanksgiving table? Flowers add a note of luxury to any event, no matter how large or small your gathering. Flowers convey to your guests that you cared enough to make this event extra special.

Which flowers are appropriate for my Thanksgiving table? Your particular style will come into play here. Casual? Formal? Country? Victorian? This time of year allows for so many great floral choices! Mums, fall-toned roses and calla lilies, berries of all colors and types, hydrangea, sunflowers, ornamental kale- all would make great additions to your table decorations. You could tailor the colors to your dishes and linens, or let the centerpiece stand alone as a focal point.

How large should my Thanksgiving centerpiece be? Some things to consider: Will your centerpiece be on the main table or perhaps on a sideboard? How large is your table? How many people will be seated at it? Size matters. Too small and it will be lost; too large and your guests won't be able to chat.

This large basket is great for an outdoor gathering where it can have pride of place.

How early should I order Thanksgiving flowers? Your florist will be busy at least a week before Thanksgiving, not just for centerpieces, but with holiday events in general. Be kind! Call as far in advance as possible, to assure we can order just the right flowers for you. Having your centerpiece arrive a few days ahead will help you plan your table layout, as well as allow the flowers to 'settle in" and look just perfect on the big day!

How long can I expect my Thanksgiving flowers to last?
As with any flower arrangement, lifespan depends on many things, such as freshness of flowers when purchased, conditions in your home, and varieties of flowers used. Some are just naturally longer lasting than others. But in general, you can expect at least 5-7 days for most centerpieces from a quality florist. That's longer than your turkey leftovers will last!

Are candles in my centerpiece a must?
Not at all! A traditional Horn of Plenty centerpiece is always appropriate, as are simple wreaths, perhaps filled with small gourds. Candles do add a certain something, and if you don't have room for a true centerpiece, consider making your candlesticks the star of the show, worked with flowers, like this pretty pair.

Why not make a Bloomers floral creation part of your holiday this year? Remember we can also send flowers anywhere!

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