I feel like the last few months have just flown by. I have been so frantic with moving that I have hardly had time to let it sink in that Thanksgiving is next week! I love this holiday, as you can’t go wrong when getting together with family and friends to eat an excessive amount of food in a beautiful setting. This week I will be focusing on some of my favorite aspects of this traditional holiday and sharing what I like to bring to the table. I am starting with floral arrangements. The often forgotten about addition, as food can understandably take precedence. Since I did my fall tablescape shoot (seen here) I have been making a lot of rustic arrangements and have rounded up a few of my other favorite styles.
Adding rustic touches to any fall arrangement really brings out the character of the season. The florals don’t have to be so polished and can take a more organic approach when being placed in a vase. I like stacking the florals at different heights and adding tall pieces of eucalyptus that hang a bit. Additionally the vase you select makes a big difference. My favorite rustic vase is this large jug that is the perfect fall color to offset punchy oranges and reds. I have also talked about these birch vases extensively, but they instantly elevate any arrangement and I use them for all seasons.
Another approach I like to take is very different from above. Instead of adding bright florals with an array of color, keep the palette super neutral. This can still be super festive by adding white pumpkins, cranberries or leaves. I think this look is so sophisticated and can work in a variety of settings. Adding wood accents like a long cutting board or wood box offset the light colors and bring in that seasonal texture without being too dark.
Similarly to rustic arrangements, adding texture gives the florals a really nice contrast. Fall has so many options for adding a bit of texture. Try using small pinecones, different twigs and berries or cat tails and different heights. You can place your arrangement in a carved out pumpkin ( I did this last year and it was a big hit) or a simple wood box. Both of these make the entire arrangement look much different than if they were placed in a simple glass vase. Another way to add texture is by placing the completed arrangement on a rustic wood cake stand or platter.
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