feature designs

visual feast

This seasonal selection offers something for every taste.

These centerpiece options, ranging from contemporary style to casual chic, are all deliverable designs ready for a Thanksgiving table.  

Whether the holiday gathering is a formal dinner, a casual buffet or a relaxed family meal, floral centerpieces and adornments add an aura of hospitality and welcome to any home. Offer your customers these beautiful options for their holiday tables.

guest designer

Ian Prosser, AIFD, AAF, PFCI, NDSF, is owner of Botanica International Design Studio in Tampa, Fla., and Botanica Boca Grande in Boca Grande, Fla. Mr. Prosser has more than 30 years of experience in the floral industry. He is an FTD Design Instructor and Education Team Member. His work on this photo feature was sponsored by FTD Group, Inc.

seasonal drape
Fresh, bronze-hued pears - chosen before they have ripened, for the longest life - are the focal point in this dramatic arrangement of long-lasting cinnamon-tinged blooms and permanent feathers. The pears are picked into the foam first, arranged in an almost circular formation that is slightly off-center. The foliage outline follows, then botanical placements and finally the feathers. This design would be stunning as a duo for a dining room or buffet.

Cymbidium orchids, Leucadendrons, Freesias and huckleberry from FTD Flower Exchange; urn and permanent pheasant feathers from Sullivans; Oasis® Floral Foam from Smithers-Oasis; wood picks from W.J. Cowee; pears and clove oil from local market. To contact these companies, see "Product Source Guide" on Page 145.


gorgeous gourds
A trio of butternut squash creates a harmonious collection that is quick to assemble and lovely to behold. The golden- and coral-colored florals complement the buttery color of the squash's skin. These colorful and casual designs also could be duplicated in multiples for placement down the center of a table.

Freesias, Gerberas, cockscomb (Celosia), Hypericum, croton leaves and steel grass from FTD Flower Exchange; Anchor Pins and Oasis® Floral Foam from Smithers-Oasis; butternut squash from local market. To contact these companies, see "Product Source Guide" on Page 145.





garden of delight
A harvest of floral and vegetable treats is assembled for a casual presentation perfect for a brunch or buffet table. A simple clay pot, lined with foil to be watertight, keeps the look gardeny. The potÕs covering of asparagus could be duplicated with any stiff-stalked produce, such as green onions or leeks. The pot-wrapping treatment can be done days ahead, but the vegetables should stay chilled in the cooler and be misted regularly.  

Freesias, carnations, kale and oregonia from FTD Flower Exchange; asparagus and artichoke from local market; Acacia Square tray from Eighteen Karat International Product Sourcing; permanent chestnuts from Sullivans; Oasis® Floral Foam and Oasis® Waterproof Tape from Smithers-Oasis; Cling® Floral Adhesive from Floral Specialties; clay pot from favorite supplier. To contact these companies, see "Product Source Guide" on Page 145.


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