Monthly Archives: November 2015

Fruit and Flowers- a Thanksgiving Tradition

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Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece. (As shown $79.)

When I think of Thanksgiving my mind goes to time with family and friends, a large elaborate meal, and of course…decorating the table!

In preparation for this time of year, I always stock the studio with earthy, natural elements that we can incorporate into our designs- wheat, millet, lotus pods, birch branches, cattails, etc. As I was perusing the aisles at my local wholesale showroom, I noticed a section of cornucopia baskets and they brought back memories of working at my mom’s floral business back in the 80’s and how these long horn shaped containers were a Thanksgiving staple. It got me thinking…why did we use those?!, what is the symbolism of a cornucopia?, and how could I create a modern version?

Of course I referenced Wikipedia and here is their explanation: “The cornucopia (from Latin cornu copiae) or horn of plenty is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts. In most of North America, the cornucopia has come to be associated with Thanksgiving and the harvest.”

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Cornucopia Centerpiece with succulents, fruit and unique blooms. (As shown $85,  scaled down version starting at $65.)

So here we go, Thanksgiving centerpiece offerings for this year incorporating nuts, fruit and gourds along with beautiful blooms. You can keep the tradition going with a cornucopia basket or opt for a more modern container such as a wooden box or a glass cylinder. Let us know your specifications- we would love to design something special for your holiday table!

Pears

A cylinder filled with pecans and designed in a stylized manner with mini callas, pincushion protea and pears. (As shown $75, scaled down version starting at $55.)

Wood_box

This wooden box design makes a great table centerpiece. Gourds, apples and blooms combine for a beautiful fall look. (As shown $65.)

Dramatic fall centerpiece

A tall dramatic design that will make a statement on the buffet or a foyer table. Gourds and pods fill the cylinder that is topped with fresh flowers. (As shown $165- not available in a scaled down version.)