Clip some Fall flowers for your Thanksgiving centerpiece
Nothing speaks to the holiday season more than the colors of fall. You only need to walk outside into the garden to notice shades of red, orange, yellow & brown.
An easy and stunning way to start your Thanksgiving table is by bringing these colors of the garden inside. You should easily find a few nearby and can create an eye-catching centrepiece.
Chrysanthemums – One of the most popular fall garden flowers, they come in shades of red, orange, yellow, peach, white and pink. Found in zones 4 through to 9 and in a variety of sizes making it easy to pick one to suit a vase you already have on hand, and the other flowers you are looking to pair them with.
Pansies – Growing in almost every Zone this cheerful bloom will bring the holiday spirit to your Thanksgiving gathering. Pansies are also edible and can be used to add color to your thanksgiving salads, drinks & cakes. Available in such a wide variety of colors and patterns, it will not be difficult to pick some that match your Thanksgiving décor. Cut the stems off just above the first set of leaves and pop them in your vase alongside the other flowers and greenery.
Celosias – One of the showiest flowers you’ll find in the garden during Fall, the celosia must be the feature of your flower arrangement centrepiece. You’ll only need two or three as their height and strikingness make them stand out. They are also a great option to add to a bouquet if you’re looking for something to gift.
Black-eyed Susan – Illuminating flower gardens and fields, these cherry-colored flowers bloom for weeks with minimal care. Their lemon-yellow color will add vibrancy to your centrepiece arrangement. Widely available due to their ability to thrive in most zones, these should be a staple in any fall arrangement.
Top Tip: Place them abundantly in a low vase for an eye-catching centre piece and an unforgettable thanksgiving table setting.
Create some mood lighting with Decorative Solar Lights
Every Thanksgiving table setting needs some mood lighting! Here are some Decorative Solar Lights which can be used inside for Thanksgiving and then taken outside to illuminate the garden throughout the remainder of the year.
Solar Jar Light - Emitting a stunning warm white tone from the fairy light cluster set within the jar, this light is a showstopper for your setting. Place three to four Solar Jars along the length of the center of the table. They’ll illuminate your beautiful fall flowers and any other decorative features. If you’re looking to create more of a focal point you can place multiple crackle jars together as a cluster for a brighter more enhanced display.
Solar Party Lights - These lights that will never go out of style! Hoselink’s Solar Party Lights are perfect for so many occasions and are available in both warm and cool white hues. Hang them above a window, around a stairwell or over a dining table. You can even hang them against a fence lighting up your driveway for a stunning display when guests are entering and leaving.
Solar Garden Globe – Hoselink’s Solar Garden Globe Lights are already one of the most versatile decorative lights as they can be staked into the ground or hung as pendants. The Solar Garden Globes can be positioned in a cluster or in a more spaced-out formation, offering lighting for visibility along a path as well as ambience around an entertaining area. If you are hanging the globes as pendants, hang them at different heights using twine for an eye-catching display.
Top Tip: As these lights are solar, just place them outside to charge a couple of days prior to bringing them in to decorate. The best thing is that these Solar Lights can be used for years to come in your outdoor garden space or entertaining area.
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Use Herbs from your garden to add flavor to your Thanksgiving turkey
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme pair well with turkey. They can be used in a variety of ways whether it’s stuffing them into the cavity of the turkey or blending them with butter and rubbing it over the turkey.
Rosemary – Rosemary elicits aromas of the holiday season, gathering around a fire and sharing a meal at the dining table with our loved ones. With strong flavours and aromas, a little goes a long way. It is best stripped off the stem, finely chopped and cooked. You can mix it with your seasoning to go over the top of the turkey or with your stuffing mixture.
Thyme – Thyme is best added to the turkey stuffing and benefits from some cooking time. Thyme stems are woody, so strip the leaves off and add to your stuffing mixture before spooning into the Turkey and cooking.
Sage – An absolute favourite, especially mixed with butter. It’s a tender herb however it still needs to be stripped from the stem. Mix with room temperature butter and spread between the skin & flesh of the bird.
Parsley – There are two types of parsley, flat leaf & curly leaf. Curly parsley has a more pronounced flavor. It is best served fresh so strip the leaves off the stem and finely chop. Add the leaves at the last minute either sprinkled on top or around the edge of the dish for some fresh flavor and bright color to your dish.
Preserve your Thanksgiving centerpiece to enjoy for months to come
Drying your flowers will preserve the beauty of gorgeous flowers that come from your garden and memories of your thanksgiving celebration for months to come. It also allows you achieve a different décor look.
Here are the 6 steps to successfully air drying your flowers:
- Strip excess foliage from flowers.
- Cut stems to the desired length leaving at least 6 inches.
- Use a rubber band or twine to tie the stems together
- Hang them upside down in a dark, dry, well-ventilated area. Keeping the flowers out of direct sunlight will help them retain their color.
- Allow them to dry for approximately 2 to 3 weeks.
- Once dried, take down the flowers and spray with unscented hairspray for protection.
Thanksgiving beverages infused from the garden
Lastly, it’s not Thanksgiving without a beverage. It’s easy to make them extra special with a couple of simple ingredients you can pull right from your garden.
Here’s a recipe from one of our favourite cooks, Tieghan Gerard of Half-Baked Harvest.
Not only does it include simple ingredients from the garden, but it also has the beautiful colors of fall to match your Thanksgiving décor.
Harvest Apple Ginger Spritz
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 inch fresh ginger
- 6 fresh sage leaves, plus more for serving
- 8 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces orange liquor
- 1 1/2 cups high quality apple juice or apple cider
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4-6 cans (12 ounces) sparkling water
- orange zest and apple slices, for serving
- In a small pot, bring 1/2 cup water, the honey, and ginger, to a boil over high heat. Boil 5 minutes, add the sage, then remove from the heat. Let cool. Remove the sage and ginger, if desired.
- In a large pitcher, combine the sage, ginger syrup mix, vodka, orange liquor, apple juice, and lemon juice. Chill until ready to serve.
- Add the sparkling water just before serving. Garnish each drink with an apple slice and orange zest, if desired.