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Give Thanks with Flowers

Flowers not only make for amazing decoration, they are also a fantastic way to say thank you. And what else is Thanksgiving Day for if not the giving of thanks to those who’ve helped make our lives better throughout the year? This year, give thanks with the beauty of flowers!

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A Variety of Styles

There are floral arrangement possibilities beyond the traditional bouquet, though there’s nothing wrong with an elegant collection of breathtaking flowers gathered in a vase. After all, it became a tradition for a reason. But that’s not all you’ll find when you walk into your corner flower shop. You’ll see a world of creativity and wonder that has been designed and created by your own local flower artists.

Keeping It Local

Local florists mean face-to-face interaction and the opportunity to buy exactly what you want. This personal touch gives you the freedom to personalize your arrangement, affording you the opportunity to truly be specific to the person you choose. And you’ll never find the same quality, care and attention you’ll get at the corner flower shop.

Another great reason to use a local florist? It keeps money in the local economy and helps to ensure they’ll be there the next time you need them!

This Thanksgiving Day, if you want to say thank you in the most beautiful way possible, you want to say thank you with flowers.

The Key To A Floral Thanksgiving

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With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, it’s time to think about how you want your home to look as your family sits down for the Thanksgiving feast. Do you want them to be surrounded by gorgeous fall colors and decorative foliage? Do you want an impressive centerpiece for your table? How about a fall-themed wreath for the door?

All of this and so much more is available when you shop at your local florist!

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Surround Yourself with Floral Beauty

Florists offer everything you need to make your home a decorative testament to fall. They have flowers and foliage in reds, oranges, yellows and browns that will help your home reflect the theme of the season and the holiday. From beautiful centerpieces worthy of any spread to amazing accent pieces, you can get any or all of it exactly when you need it.

There’s no end to the beauty you can have on display, and all it takes is a visit to your local flower shop!

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Don’t Forget the Gift

And if you aren’t holding the feast at your own home, your local florist still has you covered with the perfect host/hostess gift. Who wouldn’t love a gorgeous fall wreath or accent arrangement? They can do most any size wreath you like within reason, and if the theme is less than traditional, they can do them in any color as well.

When you want the best decoration for your Thanksgiving Day feast, contact your local florist!

 

Make It A Floral Thanksgiving, Canada!

If you’re in Canada or have family there, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It falls on the second Monday in October, and this year that means October 13th, mere days away! Are you looking for the perfect decoration for your feast or maybe for a gift for your host/hostess? Look no further than flowers!

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The Perfect Gift

When you arrive at Thanksgiving dinner, you have to bring a gift. But what do you give? Flowers are always the right answer. When you give the gift of flowers, you are giving your hostess a beautiful decoration that she can use immediately. And the options are limitless!

Your local florist can make anything you like in whatever color you want it, given enough time. Think a wreath would be your best option? You can get almost any size you might need in a multitude of styles. Are you just looking for a holiday-themed arrangement that will fit into any Thanksgiving decor? Your local florist can put together something impressive. Don’t be the one who comes to Thanksgiving dinner empty handed, bring flowers!

Decoration Worthy of the Day

Thanksgiving is, at its core, a harvest festival. And what better way to celebrate the harvest than a bouquet of natural beauty? Flowers can be put in an exquisite arrangement for the center of your table or used as accent pieces for any room in your home. They are the perfect decoration because they can be customized in any way you see fit!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It’s full of food, fun, friends, family … and flowers!

10 Funny and Heartwarming Thanksgiving Card Messages

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

That’s right, this is the week we’ve all been waiting for. We get to gather together with family and friends, enjoy some quality fellowship and of course eat lots of scrumptious goodies! Since the holiday is later this week, I know you’ve already contacted your local florist and gotten your order in for those Thanksgiving arrangements, right? Right?

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Hmm … you’re lack of response is disturbing. Well, no worries. If you haven’t, there’s still time. Just click here to enter your zip code, find your local florist and start ordering! And since you’re going to need to add a card to that order, I thought I might offer up 10 funny and heartwarming Thanksgiving card messages.

Thanksgiving Card Messages

  1. Here’s hoping you have a better day than the turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!
  2. Forever thankful for your love and friendship.
  3. I love you more than cranberry sauce!
  4. You have my thanks every day, but today you also get flowers!
  5. You’re sweeter than my Aunt Myrtle’s pumpkin pie!
  6. Grateful to have you in my life this Thanksgiving Day.
  7. Your stomach may be full, but here’s a feast for your eyes!
  8. You’ve been cooking all week, but don’t be confused. This flower is not for baking.
  9. A heartfelt “Thank You” to you and yours this Thanksgiving Day.
  10. A little fall beauty to add to your bountiful feast.

Can you think of some funny or heartwarming card messages? Add them to the comments below! Have an amazing Thanksgiving!!

Spice Up Dinner; Add A Dash of Fall Flowers!

Thanksgiving Cornucopia - Holiday DecorThere’s something about November that makes us think about delicious food.. oh yah! Thanksgiving! The pecan pie, turkey, dressing, cranberries, casseroles.. it’s all so good and brings families so close together. Most of us have at least one favorite memory of Thanksgiving with the family. Maybe it’s the first time you didn’t have to sit at the ‘kids table’ or the unbeatable taste of your great aunt’s pumpkin pie?

This Thanksgiving, create new special memories for your family in your own home. Of course, the food has to be delectable, but great fall decor has a way of making lasting impressions.

Add A Dash of Fall Flowers

Imagine your Thanksgiving table adorned with a lush fall cornucopia filled with cheery sunflowers, feathers, mums and tiny gourds. Your local florist can also create arrangements inside pumpkins and other fall veggies. Imagine your families’ faces as they enter the fall wonderland you’ve created. Create garland from colorful, fall leaves to string up over your mantel. There are so many fall options for decorations. Call your local florist today to get started on your Thanksgiving extravaganza!

Thanksgiving Flowers – A Style For Everyone

An easy way to take your Thanksgiving decor to the next level is by incorporating harvest-themed flowers. The colors, fragrances, and beauty of the flowers can make any buffet table look like it was composed by Ms. Martha Stewart herself. Let’s take a look at the different styles available; try to imagine each of these on your holiday table.

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The Cornucopia – Holiday Decor

How gorgeous is this beautiful cornucopia design above? Wouldn’t you love it adorning your holiday buffet table, or even as a centerpiece? It’s rustic fall leaves mixed with deep red flowers and orange mums are enough to dazzle any Thanksgiving guest.

The cornucopia (or horn of plenty) has an incredibly interesting history itself, dating back long before our current Thanksgiving holiday. The word ‘cornucopia’ actually dates back to the 5th century BC. It derives from two Latin words: “cornu,” meaning horn (as in the name of that one-horned creature, the “unicorn”) and “copia,” meaning plenty (a relative of such words as “copious” and “copy”). Read all about the history of the cornucopia (horn of plenty).

More Examples of Cornucopias:

 "Nature's Bounty" Cornucopia  "Harvest Horn of Plenty" Cornucopia  Bountiful Cornucopia

 


Thanksgiving Centerpiece

The Thanksgiving Centerpiece

You cannot go wrong with a beautifully designed centerpiece featuring flowers in all the colors of fall. A true feast is just not complete without the adornment of a beautiful, fall-colored centerpiece. [Read more...]

FSN’s Favorite Flower Arrangement For November

Thanksgiving Day Cornucopia

Thanksgiving Day Cornucopia

There’s no way to pick a November favorite without picking this gorgeous Thanksgiving cornucopia filled with fresh fall flowers, feathers and wheat. FSN’s Earth’s Abundance arrangement is the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece to complete your festive feast this year.

Just imagine this beauty sitting in the center of your Thanksgiving dinner buffet table. As family members pass by filling their plates with holiday yummies, they won’t be able to take their eyes off of it’s radiant fall flowers. This arrangement instantly creates the classic Thanksgiving Day atmosphere.

Contact your local florist today and order the Earth’s Abundance cornucopia to complete your Thanksgiving decorations.

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Decorate Your Thanksgiving With A Plentiful Cornucopia

Cornucopias are awesome. They are unique, beautiful and bountiful. They are traditional representations of Thanksgiving. What’s not to love?

Did you know that the cornucopia is rich in history and is as much as strong symbol of Greek mythology as it is a representation of the American Thanksgiving? Yeah. I didn’t either until I began to search for ideas online that my local florist could use. I’m not super crafty so I figured I’d rely on the experts for this one. That aside, here’s a brief history of cornucopias.

A Brief History of Cornucopias: (told you)

The cornucopia’s history can be traced as far back as the fifth century B.C. Obviously that’s a bit longer than the early days of the American colonies. Though the mythology varies after centuries of retelling, Greek legend has it that the first cornucopia belonged to Amalthea. If you ever wondered who nursed Zeus as a baby, it was the nymph Amalthea. She used a goat’s horn that had broken off and filled it with her breast milk so that Zeus could suckle.

One legend states that Amalthea was a goat herself and the horn was hers broken off by Zeus as they were playing together. He felt bad and gave it back to her,now retrofitted with supernatural powers. The power, as all of the legends concur, had the ability to fill itself with whatever the owner wished. It became a symbol of plenty and that’s how it earned many of its nicknames.


See? The story is really quite interesting. I wonder how many of the pilgrims knew the legend and used cornucopias for this reason (their representation of plenty, abundance). As they were religious pilgrims under the Christian religion, I doubt they modeled their celebration after Greek mythology but it’s an interesting speculation nonetheless. What do you think?

This Thanksgiving, why not decorate your table with a plentiful cornucopia surrounded by fresh flowers. Not only will the fragrance smell as good as dinner, but it will also be a festive decoration that will be a surefire conversation starter.

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Express Your Gratitude with Fall Flowers

Flowers And Thanksgiving – A Natural Pairing

Colorful Thanksgiving FlowersThanksgiving Day is the perfect time to brighten the season with fall flowers. The colors alone are enough to bring a smile to a loved one’s face or bring warmth to a cold November day with shades of red, gold, orange, brown and plum.

Flowers communicate in ways that other decorations can’t. They say that the day is blessed and the guests or recipients are valued. When you add the natural beauty and aroma of a fall flower arrangement to the aromas associated with Thanksgiving—roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie—you can really make someone’s day.

At the very first Thanksgiving in December 1621, the Pilgrims thanked God for their bountiful harvest of crops and expressed gratitude to the Native Indians for their help in surviving their first year in America. Their feasting tables were laden with duck, turkey, venison, fish, clams, lobster, berries, watercress, dried fruit and plums.

Not only did the Pilgrims get to eat from their bounty, but their harvest also decorated their tables. Wheat stalks, pumpkins, squash, berries, plums, corn and sunflowers arrayed their tables like a kaleidoscope of autumn colors. The hearty flowers that grew back then no doubt were tucked into the bounty to bring splashes of color and beauty.

Flowers as a Hostess Gift

Fall Centerpiece With CandlesAs a guest at a Thanksgiving Day gathering, this day is a wonderful opportunity to express gratitude to your host, whether your parents, grandparents, aunt or friend. It is always impressive when guests are thoughtful enough to bring a hostess gift; like a bottle of wine, baked goods or gourmet coffee.

But when you arrive with a beautiful fall flower arrangement of mums, gerbera daisies and berries, that takes the cake. An arrangement can be as simple or as lavish as you want. You can choose several stems of fall flowers tucked in a decorative vase or a lavishly-wrapped flower bouquet; either will be well-received. Pairing seasonal fruits such as oranges, apples and pears with flowers makes an appealing combination. You not only show your appreciation for being part of the celebration when you bring a flower arrangement, but it is also a tangible expression of your gratitude for all to see.

Flowers to Enjoy Indoors and Outdoors

Potted chrysanthemums are a fall favorite for making your home come alive for the holidays. You can use them as an indoor decoration during the holidays; at an entryway, on a mantel or stairwell, then plant them outdoors to enjoy year-round. Potted mums, ornamental cabbage and curly twigs tied with raffia make festive decorations at doorways, mailboxes and on porches. Golden sunflowers and fall leaves make an inviting door wreath to welcome family and friends.

Bountiful Cornucopia You can also send these kinds of versatile flowers to loved ones you can’t be with at Thanksgiving. It’s a very thoughtful way to show appreciation to those you love. Flowers in bloom, whether indoors or outdoors, remind us of those special to us and shared memories with them.

Flowers provide that perfect, finishing touch as a centerpiece to a Thanksgiving table. Florists do so many creative arrangements with miniature pumpkins, gourds, flowers, grains, curly willow and calico (aka Indian) corn.

For a symbolic twist, flowers can be arranged in a cornucopia or “horn of plenty”, a horn shaped container which symbolizes the the meaning of Thanksgiving. It represents the overflowing abundance of the Earth’s harvest. Cornucopias are especially beautiful as Thanksgiving centerpieces with flowers, leaves and berries flowing from them.

Many times, holidays can be difficult for families who have lost a loved one. A flower centerpiece can be an especially beautiful reminder of those loved ones. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for families and friends to reminisce about times past, especially the funny memories to brighten the mood.

Flowers as Decorations

Contemporary Thanksgiving FlowersJust as important as the family feasting and prayers of thanksgiving is decorating for the season. Wreaths with fresh and dried flowers evoking the warmth of autumn and a spirit of gratitude for daily blessings are the decor of traditional choice.

In keeping with the Thanksgiving tradition, you can use fresh flowers, nuts, leaves and candles (in fragrances like Mom’s Apple Pie, Cinnamon Cider, and Candy Corn) to decorate fireplace mantels and entryways. Small places like guest bathrooms and kitchen windowsills are just right for miniature flower arrangements and a single votive candle. Don’t underestimate the impact a small vase of flowers will make in a bedroom, bathroom or a coffee table to make guests feel at home and welcome.

Whether you are an American celebrating on November 26th or a Canadian celebrating on October 12th, Thanksgiving Day is a holiday anticipated year after year. It’s a time to get together with family and friends, eat homemade comfort food, root for your favorite football team, take a long nap and relax from the everyday routine.

This holiday, in particular, reminds us of all the ways we are blessed and to give thanks for those blessings. It prompts us to say “thank you” to parents, siblings, grandparents and those who have been an influence in our lives.

There is no better time to express our gratitude to those we love (and who love us!) than Thanksgiving. Flowers are a simple and heartfelt way to do this, but their impact will last a lifetime.  Your local florist can help you express your gratitude this Thanksgiving with a custom designed flower arrangement.

Arriving With The Perfect Hostess Gift For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Unity Floral Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Unity Floral Centerpiece

Every year I’m invited to an elaborate Thanksgiving party, and must greet the occasion with an air of Southern hospitality. Many people have heard the common rule, “Never arrive to a party empty-handed.” It’s one of those understood rules of etiquette that can be a bit hard to carry out in a unique way for yearly occasions such as Thanksgiving gatherings. However, I recently learned of a very fun and festive gift for the hostess.

Jamie and I were recently discussing our upcoming plans for Thanksgiving. Though I think my presence is gift enough, I still wanted to find a great gift for the ladies in my family that are hosting our Thanksgiving dinner this year. Jamie is wise in the ways of the world and suggested a unique fall floral centerpiece. We brainstormed for a bit about all of the ingredients in a gift like this such as miniature pumpkins, colorful foliage, fall flowers, berries and more. When we put all of these things together, I knew that I just had to share this great gift idea.

Nature's Bounty Cornucopia

Nature's Bounty Cornucopia

Imagine how beautiful a carved pumpkin with flowers brimming over the top would look next to the turkey. Want something a little smaller? Try surrounding pillar candles with a wreath of fall flowers. These very traditional Thanksgiving centerpieces are tried-and-true gifts. For the real traditionalist, a cornucopia filled with fall flowers and festive fruits is a great way to liven up the table.

If you don’t feel up to the task of creating your own fall centerpiece but are still interested in sending flowers to your host, contact your local florist whose creative fall centerpieces will soon become the life of the party!