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giving thanks

Modern centerpiece ideas for a traditional holiday.

Though a giant cornucopia overflowing with vegetables, fruits and grains may be one of the most traditional designs for Thanksgiving centerpieces, mixing things up a bit can add interest to a table or home and make for designs that truly will be the center of attention.

Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD.

long and low
Though from a distance this design may appear to be one of the more traditional in this collection, closer inspection reveals something far more contemporary. Each compact collection of materials stays mostly within the scope of the container, and the segregation of the materials focuses attention on each individual product. This style of arrangement is a great way to highlight unique materials.

MATERIALS: basket from Flowers Inc. Balloons / Burton & Burton; Berzelia, Bouvardia, Hypericum foliage and berries, Sedum, billy buttons (Craspedia), lotus pods (Nelumbo) and cockscomb from California cut flower growers.


eye-catching and exotic
A high-contrast color story of blooms stands out against the bleached rye color of the basket. Matching groupings of rye on each end of the basket elongate the designs’ shape while the black-purple artichokes and fern curls, along with the brown sunflower centers, lend a dark background, making the billy buttons, cockscomb, and Vanda orchids appear even more vibrant than normal. A perfect combination of traditional favorites and unusual additions, this creation is sure to be an attention getter.

MATERIALS: basket from Harvest of Barnstable; dried rye from Knud Nielsen Company; fern curls, cockscomb, billy buttons (Craspedia), artichokes, sunflower centers, Vanda orchids and salal leaves from California cut flower growers.


flexible and fun

A collection of gathering baskets can make for an informal but fun centerpiece. Easy to create and versatile, they can be arranged differently depending on the shape of the table, or they can be spread throughout the house. The baskets, woven of ropes of different colors and accented with shiny metal, are perfectly offset by the selections of mums, Hypericum, cockscomb and bell balls.

MATERIALS: 4-inch Berry Pails from Eighteen Karat; Florentine Bell Balls from Knud Nielsen Company; mums, Hypericum and cockscomb from California cut flower growers.

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