I cooked up a mini turkey day feast over the weekend for my family, thankful that they were our November dinner guests, for they put up with food coming and going, photo shooting and note taking. They were patient and appreciative and I was most thankful to share Saturday evening with them.
While the turkey cooked, I experimented with Thanksgiving centerpieces,which we're going to replicate next week on the big day (which, very thankfully, will not be at our tiny beach house!).
Channeling inspiration from Camille's post on The Thanksgiving Table (and, really, all her posts on the holiday entertaining topic), I arranged this pumpkin flower vase, and here's how you can do it, too.
+ perfectly plump and relatively even (at the base) pumpkin
+ newspaper, knife/carving utensils and spoon
+ low bowl or round vase that will fit inside your pumpkin (one of these bowls worked great for me)
+ wet floral foam which you can pick up at your local craft store (not to be confused with dry floral foam (for dried flowers) that does not require water, obv.)
+ assortment of big, medium-sized and filler-sized flowers
Here's the step-by-step:
1. Spread out newspapers on your work surface.
3. Cut down floral foam and squeeze it to fit in your vessel. It's better if it's a hair to big. It will scrunch and mold as needed. And then set/push/really shove both down into the base of the pumpkin.
Do not fill vase with water at this point; I've found floral foam works best when dry. You can sprinkle some flower food over the foam and bowl, if you like.
As you would do with hand-tie bouquets, shift the pumpkin around constantly so you can see it from all angles.
5. Stand back, admire and then fill the bowl/vase carefully with water (a skinny watering can works well - it's kind of like watering your Christmas tree - it's not totally easy once the flowers are in but it's not impossible).
I also experimented with place card ideas; the tiny (business-card sized!) personalized thank you notes and envelopes pictured above are from the Martha Stewart line at your local Jo-Ann.
PS: I would be remiss not to acknowledge Veteran's Day today. I am so very grateful to so many who serve and have served, including one very important husband and father who just returned from a 6-month deployment. Welcome home, Lt. Yonkman. And thank you (to all three of you!).