Posts Tagged ‘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?
    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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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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