We’re back today with the final installment of our Friendsgiving series, a collaboration with Gimme Some Oven and Because It’s Awesome. We’ve covered setting a no-fuss tabletop with personality and serving delicious libations. Time to tackle that centerpiece. Take it away, Tobe!
Let’s be honest. Florals can be intimidating. But they don’t have to be hard! Using Scott’s grocery store flower arranging tips from last year as a reference, I found a way to make them my own by keeping things monochromatic and incorporating fresh produce.
Here’s how to get a similar organic look for your Friendsgiving flowers:
1. Select a grocery-store arrangement with colors you respond to (I love rich jewel tones) and pick up an extra bunch of greenery if you can. Eucalyptus looks great with most any flower and smells fantastic to boot, so that’s usually my go-to. Remember that you won’t have to use everything in the arrangement. In fact, I recommend sticking to around three different types of blooms. So if there are some stems that make it into secondary arrangements (say, for your entry or powder room), all the better!
2. Select your produce. Have fun with this! I used artichokes and kale leaves for their fullness and texture (and because they were readily available at my local grocery store), but there are no rules for what you can and can’t do. Kumquats, grapes, green pears, cuties and herbs are all great options. Tip: Keep it seasonal to lower cost.
3. After choosing a simple, round glass vase, I started with a nest of greenery. You don’t need a lot of this, and it doesn’t have to be symmetrical. In fact, if you are going for a more organic, wild look, it’s best to have at least one long stem in there. I used eucalyptus and kale for my foundation.
4. Layer in your largest flowers and work your way to smaller blooms. I took Scott’s advice and clustered the types of flowers for a more sophisticated look. (A monochromatic color scheme helps keep it chic, too.) If you’re incorporating large produce, place those early as well. You may end up shifting things a bit once you get more in the arrangement and start to see where your gaps are.
5. Finish things off with a few more sprigs of greenery where you see fit. You want a little bit of this interspersed with your flowers to add interest throughout.
Photography by Jane Kortright.
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