Category: ‘Thanksgiving’

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Top Trending Palettes for Thanksgiving

by Leanne Kesler on November 16, 2015 at 7:02 am

Thanksgiving-Table---Leanne-and-David-Kesler,-Floral-Design-Institute,-IncThe seasons have changed, and it is time to decorate for autumn and Thanksgiving. How do I begin? For me, it is a hands-on, tactile process.  I open the cupboard and pull out all the linens and lay them out. I gather autumn leaves, pods and cones and start playing. A walk through the woods or through the city park will bring inspiration … crimson, orange and golden leaves fallen to the ground … vibrant purple kale and gorgeous green gourds beckon and tease … pumpkins in the traditional orange plus white, peach, coral and green are mounded at the farmers market. There is such a plethora of color in the transitional season of autumn, it is hard to narrow the focus and choose a favorite color scheme.

Autumn 2015 brings an eclectic collection of color palettes to choose from. Each celebrates the season in a unique and beautiful way. Your professional florist has sourced the most fabulous flowers to enhance your home and Thanksgiving table. Flowers, pods, cones, berries and leaves with so many textures and colors. What goes with what? Mix and match — you get to decide. Read More

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Simplify Thanksgiving with the 4 Fs

by Leanne Kesler on November 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

fallleavesAcross the country, the temperature has plummeted. Colorful leaves litter the ground, and the sound of Christmas carols fill the stores. STOP! Don’t fast forward to December quite yet. Let’s keep the focus on cinnamon spice, apple cider, candlelight, knitted scarves and cozy visits with family and friends. It truly is best to prepare and enjoy one holiday at a time. November brings us Thanksgiving — the perfect holiday to gather together and celebrate the abundant blessings in our lives.

With the busy frenzy of life, preparing for Thanksgiving can seem daunting. It’s not. The perfect holiday takes just four things. Yes, just four. Narrowed down, that makes it super easy to fit into your schedule. What, you ask are the four things? Pour yourself a cup of hot cider, sit down and I’ll share my tips for a successful Thanksgiving holiday. It’s ok, I’ll wait — go get yourself a cup of hot cider.

Thanksgiving requirements, listed in order of importance:

  1. Family. Surround yourself with “your people” and everything else will fall into place. With technology, geography does not have to limit your options. Set a place for grandma and include her in the festivities via Skype. Children grown up and moved across the country are just as close as the iPhone. Gathering family from various time zones can add a bit of fun to the day. One tip for the “world-wide bunch,” be sure to designate the time zone you will be using as you schedule your virtual guests.
  2. Friends. Expand your family with special friends. Thanksgiving dinner can easily accommodate more guests. Not sure if you should invite someone? Do it. They’ll be grateful for the invitation, and you’ll be happy you did. Promise. In fact, one more person (or two or three or more) can change the family dynamics and reduce the emotional drama of “family.” Yes, we all have a dreaded and difficult loved one. Change the attention to the new guest, and experience the wonder of a happy holiday.
  3. Flowers. What is the main difference between eating and dining? It’s the flowers. Anytime you add the beautiful touch of flowers, everything becomes more special. Even the simplest meal can become a feast. For the centerpiece, the iconic cornucopia can be done in a traditional or contemporary style. Which one will match your personal style the best?
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    A place setting with each person’s name will make guests feel extra special. Mini flowerpots make beautiful festive place settings. Have a couple extra on hand to recognize last minute guests. You can easily add their name to the flowerpots with a felt tip marker. My personal favorites are the metallic pens in gold and silver.Mum-Placecards-FDI-KeslerIf you are the invited guest, bring flowers to the hostess as a thank-you gift. That will ensure you’ll be invited back again. Something tall and simple with a little creative flair — your florist can create the perfect design. Read More
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5 Tips for a Successful Thanksgiving

by Leanne Kesler on November 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

Thanksgiving Triad — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Does the question make you cringe? Are you concerned your house won’t get cleaned and that you will spend your life in the kitchen? Banish those thoughts, and follow my advice for successful holiday entertaining.

  • Invite lots of people, the more the merrier. With a house full of friends, no one will even notice if you cleaned or not. In today’s world, it’s easy to let people know you’re ready to party. You can call, text, e-mail, snail mail or send a fun digital invitation.
  • Fill your home with flowers. When there are flowers in the house, everything seems new, fresh and festive. This year, I am especially fond of della Robbia, a style characterized by fruit displayed in floral designs. Remember to place a little vase of flowers in the bathroom. This sweet touch will be a delightful surprise!

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Chic Thanksgiving Centerpieces

by Shelby Shy on November 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

Succulents — Photo Courtesy Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., Rogers, Ark. www.shirleysflowersinc.com

When you think of Thanksgiving what comes to mind? Turkey, sweet potatoes, cream corn? If you’re reading this, you know a Thanksgiving table doesn’t just include food — you have to have flowers, too. Here are four ideas for chic Thanksgiving centerpieces.

Succulents are fun and trendy. They add a completely new twist to any table. Here, we added a modern theme to our Thanksgiving feast with brightly colored plates and a long row of succulents clustered down the middle of the table.

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Elegant Thanksgiving Tabletops

by Jeanne Benedict on November 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

There is an elegance to the Thanksgiving holiday thatThanksgiving Decorations warms our hearts, reminds us to be kinder to one another, and celebrates the beauty of fall. We often take our cues from nature when thinking about our Thanksgiving tabletops, mixing autumn botanicals with flowers in vibrant harvest hues.

This year, highlight the elegance of the holiday by talking to your local florist about creating Thanksgiving arrangements that combine seasonal classics, such as wheat stems and acorns, with white florals like roses and calla lilies to add sophistication and style to the tabletops in every room of your home.

Wheat Stems and Calla Lilies for the Foyer

Give your family and friends a festive welcome by going grand in the entryway or on a fireplace mantle by showcasing a tall centerpiece of wheat stems interspersed with long-stemmed white flowers such as calla lilies or gladiolas. Since this is a table or surface that is primarily for display, surround the vase with nuts in their shells and white pumpkins. Read More