Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

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Your Top 12 Favorite Posts of 2013

by Jenny Scala on December 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Most end-of-the year countdowns take a look back at the top 10. Well, you are in for a real treat because here we’re listing the 12 most popular Flower Factor posts of 2013. Enjoy!

1. VaseOff! Challenge: Surprise Flowers, Just BecauseWe asked four contestants to design and deliver a custom arrangement to highlight the one-of-a-kind taste and style of a popular blogger in their area based on their blogs and Pinterest pages. Boy, were you intrigued by florists matching flowers to personalities, making this post our most visited in 2013. Flower enthusiasts, bloggers, and florists voted here for the design best matching its recipient. “Lemonesque” won.


2. 5 Tips for a Successful ThanksgivingHosting Thanksgiving can be stressful, and we shared easy strategies for joyous holiday entertaining.

Thanksgiving Triad — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

3. VaseOff! Challenge: Mother’s Day FlowersThis post resulted in us bringing a moment of happiness through flowers to hundreds of sick children and their families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa. The flowers were a thank-you gift for helping us rally votes for the Mother’s Day VaseOff! Challenge, when we asked florist contestants to create arrangements designed to celebrate and pamper the busy on-the-go mom. The winning arrangement was “Mother Nature.”

Mother Nature by Rowena Johnson

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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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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.

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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Quick and Easy Holiday Décor with Flowers

by Kelli Ellis on November 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

HolidayThe trick to making Thanksgiving and Christmas home décor look thoughtful, cohesive and well planned is color. Period. No matter what you add to the room, there must be a main color to unify it to the room. To the eye, upon seeing the festive décor, the unified color will assimilate it automatically with the existing décor.

It’s easy to choose flowers and containers in colors matching your home décor. For example, if you have a burgundy and beige dining room and you want to add a spice of Thanksgiving to your table in a tasteful way, you must add burgundy. Simply ask your florist to incorporate a touch of burgundy in the centerpiece in the container, flowers or foliage. Read More