Hard to believe that it’s already October! For us Canadians, that means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner (like, next weekend – yikes! Better order my turkey!). I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year because we will host it in our home, and our little girl will enjoy it so much more than last year (when she was just a few months old). We have so much to be thankful for! When 1-800-Flowers.com approached me to use their flowers in an autumnal tablescape, I thought it would be the perfect trial run for our big dinner next weekend. And it just so happens that October coincides with the fall Year of Feasting event! The stars really aligned.
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For those of you joining me here at Flourish & Knot for the first time: welcome! The Year of Feasting blog hop is one of my all-time favourite blogging events, where a group of Canadian bloggers each create seasonal tablescapes and set-ups, and then actually host the meal. This Thanksgiving one required a little bit of blogger magic (hard to host Thanksgiving ten days early!), but my husband and I did in fact enjoy the food I photographed! We indulged in some Quebec cheeses, delicious charcuterie, fresh baguette, ripe local strawberries (soooo yummy!), and a nice bottle of Riesling (our favourite white wine).
We’ve had such gorgeous weather lately that I decided it would be lovely to eat outside once more. I set a vibrant table for us with vintage linens, navy-blue-and-white china (our wedding china), and bright orange accents. My favourite part of creating our tablescape was putting together a gorgeous, autumnal floral centrepiece, with flowers provided by 1-800-Flowers.com. I firmly believe that simple floral arranging is for everyone, if you just learn a few tips and tricks. Let me show you how to get the look I created.
Thanksgiving Centerpiece DIY – How to Arrange a Centrepiece
Begin by taking stock of the flowers and greenery you have to work with. Carefully deconstruct the bouquet and group things together. The bouquet provided to me by 1-800-Flowers.com was based on the Fields of Europe for Fall bouquet.
- 4 stems yellow chrysanthemums
- 5 stems solidago
- 5 stalks of wheat
- 6 coral-orange roses
- 3 stems orange lilies
- leatherleaf fern and salal leaf
The roses in particular were stunning, and the wheat stalks were absolutely perfect for an autumnal arrangement. They also add some unexpected spiky texture to the arrangement, which makes it much more interesting.
I began my arrangement by creating a tape grid on my bowl compote, and filling it with clean water (to which I added some flower food). I then created my basic shape with the solidago and ferns. I worked in the directions of a compass, as I wanted the centrepiece to be beautiful viewed from every angle.
The next step was to fill out the base of greenery with some salal and more ferns, and add three stems of mums. I kept those stems intact (rather than separating the individual flowers), to provide a cage-like framework for the rest of my flowers to sit in.
I added my roses, spreading them out through the arrangement, and creating some visual lines with them (kind of like connect-the-dots in flowers!).
I then added the lilies, pulling off one or two petals that had been damaged during delivery. I simply re-placed a few roses to hide the missing petals. Such a great trick! I finished it off with a few more mums and the stalks of wheat.
I had a lot of fun setting my al fresco Thanksgiving table (even though this weekend’s dinner will definitely be taking place outside… there is a nip in the air!), and combined my collected blue-and-white vintage linens with our goooorgeous wedding china (it’s a Ralph Lauren pattern and I cannot get enough of it), and brought in autumnal touches of bright orange for fun. Of course, no blogger can set a fall table without mini pumpkins, right? 😉
Say what you like about our collective mini pumpkin obsession, but I love them. So sweet and cute! Oh and I was so happy to discover four matching navy blue candles in my stash! I’ll be bringing those babies out again this weekend. I love how dramatic they look in the brass candlesticks.
Thank you again to 1-800-Flowers.com for providing me with the flowers for this post. I really enjoyed creating my centrepiece with them, and would highly recommend the service they provide. The flowers were really beautiful, and the roses only just wilted (and I made that centrepiece 11 days ago!). I always get people asking me how to take a bouquet they’ve received and turn it into a more personalized arrangement. Well, this is just one possibility! I have plenty more ideas over on my floral arrangements page.
There are seven other gorgeous Thanksgiving tables for you to check out in this edition of the Year of Feasting! Be sure to stop by and get some inspiration for this weekend (or November, for my American readers).