Happy Monday friends! This week I am in New York City with my family. I absolutely LOVE New York City and have visited it many times, but for my children, it will be their first time. We are really looking forward to enjoying the lovely city in autumn, as well as a Broadway show, some pizza slices, the Chelsea flower district, and walks in the many parks. For today's post, I wanted to share with you a shallow thanksgiving centerpiece with pumpkins and gourds that I did last year for a magazine (prior to starting the blog). Often times on a Thanksgiving table there is little room for anything other than food; however, if you make a low/small centerpiece like this, you can beautify your table with food as well as flowers.
Flowers: persimmon, hydrangea, garden tea rose, nigella pods, Japanese privet berries (or other seasonal berries), Sandersonia, assorted mini pumpkins and gourds.
Place mini pumpkins and squash tightly in your vase, and then add water until 2/3 full. In this design, the Sandersonia and Nigella pods will act as our fillers, and should be added first. Begin with the Sandersonia, placing each stem naturally resting among the pumpkins and squash inside the vase.
Add the Nigella pods throughout the centerpiece until you have achieved a natural balance with the Sandersonia.
Begin by trimming your branches of persimmon until the stems are approximately 4-5 inches in length, and then place them securely in the centerpiece. Ensure that the stems are long enough so that the top-heavy fruit does not topple.
For additional texture, I added the privet berries, which have an amazing color (turning from green to red to blue) in the autumn. Casually place them in and amongst your persimmons - filling in empty space without overwhelming. If you are unable to find them in your location (I happen to have one in my yard), they can be replaced with seasonal berries that you find attractive and natural within the arrangement.
Finally, add in your flowers, tea roses and autumn vintage-colored hydrangeas. There is no specific method, and the flowers may be added in the manner that is most pleasing to your eye. After you have finished, examine the centerpiece from all sides, and fill in any sparse areas with the remaining Sandersonia and Nigella pods as desired.
Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao