Thanksgiving centerpiece tutorial

Yesterday afternoon I put together this floral arrangement for our Thanksgiving table.

I knew I wanted to try using artichokes (first time!) and had picked up the red alstrameria while at the market.  From there I headed over to my local florist to see what she had available.  Here’s what I came home with…


Lotus pods and Kangaroo Paw

Silver Brunia

Eucalyptus and feathers

I brought in some bittersweet from our yard.
I chose my antique ironstone piece for the container.
Please ignore the kitchen mess in the background…it was project central here yesterday!
The only tools & supplies I used were florist foam, shears and florist picks with wire. Oh- and a knife to cut the artichoke stems.
After soaking the foam in water, I started placing the eucalyptus branches around the perimeter of the bowl, allowing them to drape over the sides.
Since the artichokes were the largest item, I added them next.  I trimmed the stems, then inserted the florist picks into the base of the stem.
Two of the artichokes went in front, and the third I placed in the back.  I inserted them in on an angle so that the top of the artichoke was facing towards me, instead of standing straight up.
Next I put in the alstroemeria, placing them (mostly) upright and in the center of the arrangement.
The stems on the pods were very short, so I extended them by using the florist picks & wire. I used four lotus pods.
I love these silvery blue brunia…they have a wonderful texture and are a nice contrast to the other elements and colors.  And they are almost the same shade as my dining room curtains! 
I added little clippings of the kangaroo paw in front, and then a longer piece off-centered to give a little height. 
After placing both feathers off to the left side, the bittersweet went in last, tucked in around the bottom. After a little tweeking here and there…voila!  I wished I had a few more stems of the red alstroemeria to fill in some minor gaps.  But otherwise I was happy with the way it turned out.  It got put together fairly quickly…I had a 30 minute break in between piano lessons.  But with my daughter Michaela taking the photos, I was able to get it done!
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!  I’ll be back next week with Christmas decorating ideas.

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