Pumpkins are popping up everywhere! I find these autumn gourds to be as versatile as Mason jars when it comes to the seemingly infinite DIY possibilities! From Halloween right through Thanksgiving you can use pumpkins for seasonal recipes and truly original decorating. You can carve them, paint them, stencil, and découpage them! You can even make your own “pumpkin” entirely out of fresh flowers, creating a beautiful statement piece for a dinner party or any autumn celebration or get-together!
Last year, 1-800-Flowers.com introduced this gorgeous ceramic pumpkin container with a removable lid. It was such a hit that we’ve brought it back again this year. I love the naturalness of the color, and the matte finish gives it a sophisticated look that works throughout the entire fall season. It’s a keepsake container that you’ll look forward to using every year in many different ways, filling it with candy, plants or flowers. Even if you don’t have this exact pumpkin container to reuse, these tips below can help spark ideas for any similar container to decorate for fall.
Look how easy it is to set a festive table! Pick up a bouquet of orange roses, cut the stems short, fill the pumpkin with water and drop the flowers in! Make sure you change the water every other day to ensure the flowers have a fresh supply for a longer life.
Using a bright floral table runner with mere touches of orange lets the pumpkin and roses really pop!
Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. While you don’t necessarily need to add a place card, it is a nice touch to create a more formal sit down meal for you and your guests. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices going.
Savory Succulent Table Setting
Succulents are on trend right now in gardens, home décor and even for weddings. You can enjoy these luscious plants either potted succulents or as fresh cuts. The plant is so easy to care for and the cut version lasts for weeks!
As we head further into Fall, the colors of the season are reaching their peak. Rich reds, yellows and oranges add beauty to the landscape. Also at their peak are gorgeous golden sunflowers. Their brilliant shades, large blooms and sturdy stems make them the perfect choice for a wide array of floral crafts.
Whether you’re looking to create an elegant tablescape for an upcoming dinner party, the perfect gift to kick off the school year or just looking to add some seasonal décor to your home, here are some of my favorite sunflower DIY projects that are both fun and easy to make. Continue Reading…
The personal and the décor flowers should complement each other. I suggest having 3 different centerpieces in varying heights instead of having the same centerpiece on every table. It creates a much better rhythm and flow in the room. Various size tables are also nice if your venue can accommodate it. Here are three fall reception décor ideas that work with the look and feel of the bouquets I have featured so far.
I love this fresh flower wreath. Incorporating lots of texture with the pods, berries and kale, make it a feast for the eyes. I particularly like the use of the cut succulent, which is currently one of my current favorite “flowers” to work with this year. An amber glass cylinder and pillar candle in the center of the wreath adds a warm glow to match the warm glow in your hearts on this special day.
This pedestal is adorned with chandelier crystals, candles and has a very romantic feel to it. The green hanging amaranthus is a nice dramatic touch.
Metal Twig Tree
Branches are extremely popular for weddings and special events right now. In this case, I started with a metal twig tree originally designed to display ornaments. I added a few stem of fresh birch branches to give it some visual movement and a more natural fuller shape. The metal branches provide an excellent base for hanging votive candles on and the cymbidium orchids can be strung on the more delicate birch branches. When the lights are turned down and the candles are lit these trees add a magical touch to the room!
Fall is here, Thanksgiving is slowly approaching… What is better than an inexpensive, easy and creative autumn leaf table runner to bring the outside beauty of fall, inside your home? Your friends and family will feel as if they are sitting right in your backyard.
Try it out yourself and remember, just have fun with it!
- Clear cellophane cut to the size of your table.
- Fall leaves from outside, or preserved leaves from a craft store.
- Scissor for any trimming needed.
- Tack 2000 spray adhesive.
- Newspaper to cover your work surface.
Create a DIY Autumn Leaf Table Runner in 7 Easy Steps:
- Start with a piece of clear cellophane cut to size.
- Gather leaves from outside or buy preserved leaves at a craft store.
- Cut the leaves off of the branches and trim the stem from the bottom of the leaf. If the leaves are a little wrinkled you can iron them – it looks better if the leaves lay flat.
- Cover your work surface with newspaper and place your piece of cellophane on top.
- Have your leaves ready and spray half of the cellophane with Tack 2000 spray adhesive.
- Simply place the leaves onto the cellophane one at a time, starting at the edge and overlapping the previously placed leaves.
- Spray the other half of the cellophane with the adhesive and finish adding leaves.
Thanksgiving is only a few days away and if you’re still looking for a centerpiece to make your festive table display elegant this season, try using filberts and mums.
I prefer to use multiple smaller floral accents as opposed to one large centerpiece. Using smaller centerpieces will allow you to easily move the arrangements around the table when different courses are brought to the table. These arrangements couldn’t be easier to do!
I chose small square vases and tall cylinder vases. Another idea is to use unique containers or glassware you may have around your house.
- Fill the vases with filberts (hazel nuts)
- Once the vases are filled with filberts, fill the vessels with water.
- Top the arrangement off with a single mum – in this case a copper disbud.
I love the monochromatic look and the use of various textures.
Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. You don’t necessarily need to add a place card, especially if your family is a “first at the table gets their choice of seat” type of family! It is a nice touch though. Here are a few ideas to help you create festive floral place settings for your next holiday gathering.
This cut succulent looks good enough to eat. Luckily with all of the food you’ll be serving at dinner no one will be tempted to eat it.
Krazy for Kale
This kale is grown to be enjoyed as a cut flower and really makes a statement when placed on a dinner plate. Use one of the leaves as a place card.
The Colors of the Season
Wrap a few sprigs of colorful fall flora and fauna to bring the vibrant colors of the season onto your table. A few leaf shaped cards from craft store (or you can cut them out yourself) are the finishing touch.
Create a sense of peace this Thanksgiving with a Zen inspired holiday table. Keep the look clean and simple with minimal elements. Now let’s mediate on all we have to be thankful for!
Thanksgiving at the Shore
Whether you’re having Thanksgiving at your home on the beach or you just wish you were there, create the mood with sand dollar place cards with a single orchid tucked in for a look that’s simple and elegant.
Picture Perfect Place Settings
Give each guest at your table their own floral arrangement with petite colored bottles holding a single flower. For a truly personal touch attach a special note to each bottle telling that person what you are thankful for about them. Add a copy of a photo of them on the front of the note instead of just writing their name. I particularly like the look of photos from the past. It adds a sweet nostalgic feeling that is perfect for Thanksgiving!
While many of us associate Thanksgiving with crisp cold air, berried branches, turning foliage, and chrysanthemums, not everyone has to go over the river and through the woods to get to grandmother’s house. Some just take a barefoot stroll along the beach, perhaps collecting a few shells along the way. If I were spending the holiday at my house in Florida here is how I would like my table to look.
Beach Inspired Table Settings
Not only is it coastal inspired, but it is a cleaner, less cluttered and simpler look. This also matches our lifestyle down in Florida which is completely opposite from our hectic, fast-paced life in New York.
Use found objects as well as treasured keepsakes to create the look you want. Keeping the colors soft and using monochromatic single variety flowers will provide a sense of calm.
Write each guest’s name on a sand dollar and tuck a single cymbidium orchid behind it for a chic place setting.
Have a beach inspired Thanksgiving!
Wreaths can be used in so many different ways to decorate your home and are very easy to make. Here are three options, in three different sizes, using three different bases. Which one are you going to create this Thanksgiving? Maybe you’ll do them all!
Grapevine Chair Wreath
Here’s an unexpected touch for your Thanksgiving table (or chair in this case).
- Start with a 5” grapevine wreath, which you can get at any craft store for under a dollar each.
- Glue a base of autumn leaves, a bit of berries, and assorted foliage such as eucalyptus and magnolia leaves. I used a hot glue gun.
- Attach a cymbidium orchid with a dab of floral adhesive.
- Attach the finished wreath to the back of each chair with a beautiful ribbon that coordinates with table linens.
Magnolia wreaths have always been popular in the South. However, we northerners are being lured by the dark glossy beauty of the two-tone magnolia leaf (the back of each leaf is brown). Making a wreath using just the leaves with a simple ribbon creates a look that is fresh and sophisticated.
- Start with a pre-made wire base or create your own using heavy-gauge wire.
- Cut the magnolia leaves from the branch.
- Wire small clusters of 3-4 leaves together.
- Wire the individual bunches of leaves onto the wire wreath form, making sure to overlap them so that their stems don’t show.
- Spray your wreath with artist’s fixative or hair spray, and hang it on a wall or door.
Fresh Sunflower Wreath
This wreath is made with a floral foam base and is designed entirely with fresh flowers and foliage. The focal flower is a sunflower, which is perfect this time of year with its chocolate brown center and golden yellow petals.
A fresh flower wreath makes a beautiful centerpiece with a pillar candle and hurricane lamp in the center. Follow these simple steps to create your own fresh flower wreath.
- Thoroughly soak the wreath form.
- Create the initial shape by inserting short stems of foliage into the foam.
- Add the sunflowers even spaced around the wreath.
- Fill in the wreath with the other flowers that you have chosen.
- Fill in any gaps with oak leaves, raffia, and other assorted foliage such as salal leaves or pittisporum.