I like to arrange the flowers early, so I can enjoy their fragrance and beauty while I buzz about the kitchen, here’s a quicky on how I made my bouquets:
If there is time, I like to trim the stems of store bought flowers and give them a nice long drink, free of plastic and rubberbands, before arranging.
I don’t usually use oasis, but I was trying to replicate these bouquets I saw at a party last year, and knew I’d need that foundation in these shallow containers. I soak the oasis in water for as long as possible before piercing it with the flower stems.
To start things out, I used herbs and flowers to establish the shape and size I wanted. So, looking at the photo below, the deep red mums facing to the rear, the coral colored rose to the left, the orange and yellow mums facing forward and the sage sprig facing right established the approximate perimeter for this bouquet.
I was intrigued by a bouquet I saw on Eddie Ross and thought it would be fun to put some fruit into the mix, as he had. A wooden skewer, cut to the correct length was the perfect support for these petite golden pears.
Once I had my “frame” built, I began filling in the gaps with more flowers, hiding all of the oasis and creating a very full, complex appearance.
Sprigs of rosemary and some fallen leaves provided a neutral accent to all of the bright colored flowers.
Freesia and Stock always offer a fresh, peppery fragrance.
Like good friends, lilies and roses tend to open up, relax and release their lovely fragrance more and more each day.
Sage was my green of choice, especially since it’s such a traditional herb in the Thanksgiving menu.
Each guest will have a different view of these complex pots during dinner tomorrow evening.
Will you be visiting or hosting this Thanksgiving? For a great host or hostess gift, you could bring a garnish kit of herbs and citrus, and offer to garnish platters for your chef. For more details, click on gorgeous garnishes.
Happy Thanksgiving Splendid Readers, I am thankful for each and every one of you and for all of your visits and comments!