Create an easy and long-lasting floral arrangement with these time-saving shortcuts and tips, using harvest elements as a centerpiece for a Thanksgiving or fall table.
Happy Monday! I’m joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.
You can find my friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
Our theme for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms was ‘harvest’. I pulled out my Harvest Pumpkin Turkey Salad Plates that are new this year from Williams-Sonoma and currently on sale. They coordinate with my Harvest Pumpkin Salad and Wreath Dinner Plates, which you can find at my Autumn Table with my DIY Blooming Pumpkin the Easy Way.
For a centerpiece for the table, I used a galvanized caddy, filled with a combination of autumn colored blooms from the grocery store . . . mums, alstroemeria and roses.
To complete the centerpiece, I added a few pumpkins, tucking them in to fill the empty spaces between the blooms. Here are the easy steps and tips to create a floral centerpiece using a caddy or long box.
I used mason jars inside the caddy to hold the flowers. Ball Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars are just the right height (3.75 inches) for the caddy.
Plastic grocery store bags seem to multiply overnight despite using reusable shopping bags and returning them to the store to recycle. I used the bags to help space the jars evenly in the caddy and to keep them from shifting once they’re filled with water and flowers. Using individual jars instead of wet floral foam makes it easy to replace individual flowers in the arrangement as they fade.
Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:
🍂 Cut your flower stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and remove any leaves below the water line.
🍂 Always add the floral preservative packets to your vase water that come with your flowers from the store. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
🍂 Check your water level to top it off if necessary. Some flowers like hydrangeas are heavy drinkers.
🍂 If you’re using cut hydrangeas, use the alum-dipping method to keep them from wilting.
🍂 Change your vase water every other day if possible.
🍂 Keep your flower arrangement away from heat (like vents blowing) or direct sunlight.
🍂 To make your arrangement in advance, choose flowers with a long vase-life like mums, carnations and alstroemeria in particular, which is available in a variety of colors.
Once the flowers were arranged, I added some mini pumpkins. . . white, tiger-striped and orange. Pack the plastic bags (or use newspaper) in tightly so they can support the weight of the pumpkins in the arrangement.
To complete the centerpiece on the table, I added more pumpkins down the length of the table flanking the centerpiece.
Harvest Pumpkin Turkey Salad Plates were inspired by Dutch still-life paintings.
The glazed porcelain is decorated a proud tom turkey, acorns, leaves and chrysanthemums set against a black background.
Nuts were sprinkled down the length of the table, to pair with the nuts on the plates while ears of Indian corn lend a harvest note.
A Ralph Lauren Harvest Plaid tablecloth provides a foundation for the table. . .
With mini turkey tureens at each place setting, joining ribbon tied-napkins and hammered copper flatware to add a warm texture.
Galvanized Caddy / HomeGoods
Turkey Tureens / World Market, several years ago, used here
Harvest Pumpkin Turkey Salad Plates, Wreath Plates / Williams-Sonoma
Burnished copper chargers / Hobby Lobby, several years ago
Wood chargers / World Market, last year
Flatware / Cambridge Silversmiths Jessamine Copper, Amazon
Stemware / Mikasa French Countryside
Ralph Lauren Harvest Plaid Tablecloth / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their harvest of blooms this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Our friend Shirley at Housepitality Designs is taking a break. We look forward to her return when she joins us next month to kick off the holiday season with a special giveaway, Monday, December 2nd, you don’t want to miss!