This seasonal selection offers
something for every taste.
According to a post-Thanksgiving survey conducted last year by the
Society of American Florists (SAF), 76 percent of florists said that
sales of centerpieces remained the same or increased over Thanksgiving
2004, indicating that the dining-room table accommodates more than just
the bird. The five delicious designs shown on these pages cater to a
range of decorative tastes, from traditional pumpkin containers to
unconventional flowers for autumn. Let them be your inspiration for the
season of thanks.
Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD
Evoking a homespun feeling for the autumn season, this low arrangement
features materials that are grouped in sections. The materials—yarrow,
Hypericum, Dahlias, Chinese lanterns and thistles—are pavéd into foam
row by row, offering vibrant bursts of color in a quiltlike pattern.
MATERIALS: Ceramic Earth’nWare Dish Garden from Syndicate Sales;
Chinese lanterns (Physalis) from The Sun Valley Group; Dahlias,
Hypericum, yarrow and thistles from favorite suppliers.
Although tulips are available year-round, they typically are not a
top choice for Thanksgiving. The trick to using these nontraditional
flowers for autumn, however, is to choose a color that speaks to the
season. Here, a garden of orange-hued tulips emerges from a woodland
bed. Arranged into a floral-foam design ring, the spiky sweet-gum
fruit—both attached to and removed from the woody branches—and the
changing colors of the Hypericum berries create an autumn
atmosphere. The leaves from the sweet-gum branches are adhered
around the ring, with their stems attached for a natural look that
reflects the deconstructed edges that are popular in today’s
MATERIALS: Aquafoam® Designer Ring from Syndicate Sales;
tulips from The Sun Valley Group; Hypericum and sweet-gum branches
(Liquidambar) from favorite suppliers; Tack 2000 Floral Adhesive
from Design Master Color Tool.
HOW TO: Spray adhesive onto the top sides of the sweet-gum
leaves, and adhere the leaves to the outer perimeter of a
floral-foam ring, with the stems of the leaves resting on the
These arrangements offer a gardeny approach to Thanksgiving, with
assorted autumn-hued botanicals “planted” into floral-foam-filled
ceramic pumpkin containers. Wooden stands, attached to the bottoms of
the containers, upgrade the arrangements with a bit of Asian flair and
give them a slight lift. The small arrangement of Gerberas offers a
minimal complement to the fuller composition and could be sold in
multiples for placing down the length of a dining room table, along with
candles, perhaps, for a festive composite centerpiece.
MATERIALS: Pumpkin Planters from The John Henry Company; wood
stands from Oriental Trading Company; ‘Fairfield’ Asiatic lilies and
Chinese lanterns (Physalis) from The Sun Valley Group; Gerberas and
Hypericum from favorite suppliers; Cling® floral adhesive from Floral
Adhere florist’s clay to the wooden stand, and press the pumpkin
container onto the stand.
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