The Thanksgiving holiday has really changed over the years, some people follow a more traditional thanksgiving with a full turkey dinner and mom's best china and glassware, while some keep it a more casual pot luck with finger foods on paper plates, as well as every possible situation in between. I feel as a designer the most important thing is that your Thanksgiving reflects your personal taste and style. That is why it kills me every year to have people call up for flowers and say "I just need something for the table."
It always feels like I follow up with a game of 20 questions, "How are you serving your food, are you doing a buffet or a sit down dinner? What color is your dishware/ room you are serving in? What size and shape is your table? Is there a lot of room or are you barely getting everyone's plate on the table? Do you have small children or pets running around- if not would some candlelight be a nice option for you?" and so on and so on...
That is why this year I have decided to cut to the chase and pre-ask a few of my most common questions, as well as give a little professional designer help to make to process of picking your flowers easier!
How are you serving your food, are you doing a buffet or a sit down dinner?
Don't think that you have to do a central long and low table arrangement if your guests are eating all over the house. Instead if you are doing a buffet use taller arrangement(s) to give dimension and interest to your table, this way there is more room on the table for food and your guests can enjoy the flowers better as they select their food.
What color is your dishware/ room you are serving in?
It kills me to see someone with a powder blue french- inspired dinning room with matching China and glassware ruin their whole look by putting a red, orange and yellow arrangement in the middle of the able because that is what we are told is "supposed to be" a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Fall can be done in many styles to accent any room, for pastel colored spaces try doing a more faded fall look with pale greens and white pumpkins, or for a brighter "non fall" dining space try doing more of a jewel toned fall look with deep blues, purples, acid greens,bight oranges and hot pinks. The flowers are an accessory to your space, they should accent a style you already have in the room and not "compete" with it.
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What size and shape is your table? Is there a lot of room or are you barely getting everyone's plate on the table?
Is your table round or square? Rectangle or Oval? Is there enough room for a large central piece or does it make more sense to do a few smaller pieces scattered between dishes of food? These answers dictate the size and shape of the floral arrangements that would fit your Thanksgiving table. If your table is round or square I suggest doing a square or cylinder vase in the center of the table, for longer tables depending on the amount of things already going on the table I would suggest either a larger/ longer central piece or a few smaller vases that can easily be moved to accommodate tighter spaces.
Do you have small children or pets running around- if not would some candlelight be a nice option for you?
Candlelight is always a beautiful look, whether you are using small votives, chunky pillar candles or candlesticks the warm glow of candlelight is unmistakable fall,so if you are able to use real candles on your table I say do it. But if you are nervous about possible knocking something over or starting small fire we have very realistic LED candles that will give you perfect piece of mind!