Posts Tagged ‘Hanukkah’

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Centerpiece Gift Ideas for Hanukkah

by Leanne Kesler on December 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

Hanukkah Centerpiece — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon As the year races to an end, we find ourselves trapped in a festive frenzy. Each day is filled with fun and frivolity. Just how much celebrating can a person do? As always, just a little bit more. This year is especially busy as the holidays, both religious and secular, collide.

Hanukkah begins on Saturday, December 24. Christmas follows on Sunday, December 25; Kwanzaa on December 26; and a week later, Saturday, December 31 is New Year’s Eve. Looking one day forward, we have the grand festivities of New Year’s Day. Time to take a deep breath and decide how to handle the dueling holidays.

With the diversity of cultures and beliefs in our world, the holidays truly do become a “melting pot” of traditions. Many expand their celebrations to include the jolly Santa, the elf on the shelf and gifting between friends and families. It can be hard to determine what to gift, to whom and when. Do they celebrate Hanukkah? Are they celebrating the Solstice, Kwanzaa, Three King’s Day or Chinese New Year? Do they celebrate Christmas? Oh, the gift-giving angst! Read More

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Centerpieces Enrich Family Gatherings

by Sharon McGukin on November 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm

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

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