When I was writing The Thanksgiving Game Plan it was in the back of my mind that it might be someone’s first time hosting. (My first time was when I was in college.) I know that I went to a lot of trouble to make a nice meal, and I also wanted my table to look nice, I wanted it to be special. I knew that budget was going to be a factor when it came to table decor, so I wanted to give some cheap and easy ideas to make your table look beautiful.
My mom used to work in a flower shop and is a genius when it comes to arranging flowers. I am terrible at it. She always has the most beautiful arrangements all over her house. My mom was in town last week and I issued her a challenge. $40 bucks, 3 arrangements, using containers that I already had around the house. It took her about 20 minutes to do all 3, and I am happy to say that I think that she did an amazing job.
We went to the grocery store and picked out a few different kinds of flowers and picked up a bag of cranberries. Then we shopped my house and found some cute containers.
We took this bunch of flowers and split it up into 3 separate arrangements.
She opened the package and grouped the flowers by color.
She started by stripping the stems of extra leaves.
See how much nicer the stem looks? It will look much cleaner and fit better in the vase.
Then she trims the bottom and cuts it on an angle.
You can group these closer together or separate them and spread them out on the table.
Arrangement #2 -Tulips and cranberries.
Fill the containers with water and add cranberries. Clean off the stems of the tulips.
Add the tulips to the containers. If you have extra cranberries, you can add them to some smaller jars and add some tea lights.
Arangement #3 – I don’t know what kids of flowers these are. Mums (?), coffee beans, and I’m not sure about the lacy ones.
And there you have it – 3 arrangements. $40 bucks.
Simple. Beautiful. And perfect for the Thanksgiving table.