2010-11-05 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

Commentary By Danielle, Danielle’s Rockaway Florist

November is a month of togetherness and a time to show thanks for the good things we have in our lives. We gather with family to show appreciation and make new memories. I look forward to every Thanksgiving because I have the honor of decorating, while everyone also has the job of cooking!

Most importantly, my mind tends to turn to creative ideas for the table. No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the centerpiece, aside from the turkey that is. When thinking of what to bring to a hostess’ home when you’ve been invited as a guest for the holiday, try to design a centerpiece that will compliment their style and color scheme. Some stick with the more traditional shades of red, orange and yellow. Others incorporate burgundy, plum and gold tones. Either way, you can put a twist on it by spicing up the container or by incorporating different seasonal accents such as fresh fruit or seasonal gourds.

The cornucopia is one of the most popular arrangements sold here at the florist. This horn shaped basket was originally designed as a means to hold a harvest of vegetables and fruits, but now adorned with a variety of fresh flowers, wheat, and colorful leaves, a cornucopia centerpiece will make any table complete. The flowers appear as though they overflow and spill out onto the table so they are not tall enough to block the view of your guests from each other.

Small pumpkins can be used as place card holders. Your guests will love to be seated where these adorable miniatures direct them. You can also use a variety of oak leaves as accents around the plates or serving trays for a huge splash of color on your buffet. Add interest to a table setting by tying a small bunch of natural wheat or cat tails as a napkin holder. A simple raffia bow can be used to hold everything together. Your local florist will have a great variety of wire-edged patterned ribbons so your bows keep their shape. Imagine a dining room with no detail left unattended. Bunches of Indian corn tied to the back of your chairs will complete the look and give that special touch. This rustic accent will be very reminiscent of what we have learned a traditional Thanksgiving to be.

Why not try something different by choosing a variety of potted mums. You can use one large plant or several smaller ones lined down the center of the table. Your guests would each love to take one home!

Decorating for the season will help bring excitement that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Now is the time to prepare for those picture perfect memories that will last a lifetime. Wishing you all a happy and healthy start to the Holiday Season!

Visit us at www.DaniellesRockaway Florist.com, or write to us at 436 Beach 129th street with your gardening questions or tips.

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