This year, Nov. 28 is Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah. Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or both, flowers can highlight the day. When choosing your centerpiece for your family celebration, think about the natural colors, textures and forms that inspire you this season. When your family arrives for your gathering, impress them with the natural beauty and fragrance flowers bring to the table.

Fall Flowers — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

For Hanukkah, if you’re seeking traditional colors, ask your florist to design flowers in blues and whites. This vertical arrangement would make a lovely display in your foyer welcoming guests. Your florist can design a complementary centerpiece for your dinner table.

Hanukkah Flowers - Blumz by JRDesigns in metro Detroit

If you are making plans for a Thanksgiving dinner, embellish your table with flowers. While we think of Thanksgiving as a modern celebration, the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians also enjoyed harvesting feasts. As far back as 5 B.C., cornucopias, known as “horns of plenty,” decorated feasting tables as symbols of appreciation for food abundance and fertility. Today we use autumn foliage, fruits and vegetables to represent the beauty and bounty of our own family garden. Ask your florist to include pods and cones, fruits and veggies, or grains and foliages to add texture and form to your holiday décor.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

If you like strong visual impact, ask your florist to add feathers, black flat cane and metal topiary forms to your sunflower arrangement.

Feather Topiary — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

Or, perhaps you would like a textural mix of pods and cones added to a blend of fall flowers.

Fall Flowers — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

If you love the bright vibrancy of yellow flowers, you might enjoy simple vases of loosely arranged stems for your table.

Gerbera Daisies — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

For a different look, consider choosing a centerpiece that is muted in color and rich in texture. Think of using flowers in an unusual placement. Cornucopias can also be used upright and hung as an unusual design for the wall or door.

Cornucopia — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

The colorful foliages outdoors in the autumn woods and fields are often inspirational. We can use those same bold colors for our decoration to create traditions that our family will remember.

Fall Foliage — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

If you love color, ask your florist to incorporate fruits and flowers that replicate your favorite fall colors in a centerpiece for your family table. This adds the fragrance and beauty of natural elements to your celebration.

Fall Centerpiece  — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

Mother Nature pulls out all her best colors to decorate the earth for her autumn season. For most families, the holiday table takes center stage of their loved ones gathering. Make sure your family and friends feel like special guests in your home as they gather around your table highlighted by an impressive centerpiece. Keep in mind that fall isn’t just dressed in orange and yellow.

Fall Foliage — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

With nature as your inspiration, choose colors that complement the interior of your home. In addition to orange and yellow, pink and purple, red and gold, or burgundy and green, are among the color combinations that can be found in nature, during his season.

Fall Floral Designs — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

Ask your florist to customize your centerpiece colors to your personal decor. You can also utilize twigs and branches as the dramatic line of your design to create visual tension. It is important to choose floral materials and colors that represent things you love.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece — Photo by Sharon McGukin AAF, AIFD, PFCI

What flowers and colors will you have for your family’s celebration?