Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Designs

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Holiday Season where the focus is on food, family and friends. As we gather to celebrate our family traditions here are a few easy, on trend holiday centerpiece tips.

Metallic is very hot in fashion right now! As it influences home decor, you will see gold, silver and copper trickle into more accent pieces.  Spray natural or faux pumpkins, gourds and pine cones with Gold Medal finish by Design Master paint. Accent with gold berry sprays and votive candles to add holiday luster for your Thanksgiving table.


Monochromatic designs in orange are a bold way to celebrate the Holiday. Autumn shades are traditionally expressed in a combination of orange, gold and red tones. Designing with several shades of the same color provides a dynamic and fresh statement. Accent with kale, succulents and fresh orange produce for the perfect harvest table.


White is right …for the Holidays, when you provide the best setting. If you’re a fan of black and white, don’t be afraid of using your go to colors for the holiday. Arrange your favorite votive candles and small accent pieces with a few all white bouquets and touches of grey. A geometric or chevron table runner can really add to this show stopping and elegant table design.


Large single blooms such as sunflowers provide the perfect focal flower for  your Thanksgiving table. Arrange in small pots that offer dual use for place cards and favors for your guests to take home. Depending on your decor, you could dress these up in ceramic pots or small glass cubes for a more sophisticated look or keep it rustic chic in metal or clay.

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Prom Flower Tips

My former teen was constantly telling me that too “matchy, matchy” was a fashion no no.  And of course there are a million other “rules” that we’ve heard to follow with fashion.  But don’t let your prom look be limited by these conventions.  When ordering prom flowers, choose ribbons that will match or compliment dress colors.  The flowers can be similar or completely contrasting depending on your taste.  Prom is your time to shine, so try to break the mold and pick something to make your look stand out.  Here are some tips on how to:

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{1} Subtle Coordinating Colors.  Make a slight change in color from your dress to your flowers.  And with ombre a huge trend this prom season, you will definitely be in vogue.  Some examples include:

  • Light pink flowers with a hot pink dress.
  • Purple flowers with a lavender dress.

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{2} Strong Contrasting Colors.  Make a bold statement with with a contrasting body floral.  Keep in mind that flowers are just an accessory, so the contrast will be a fabulous accent and not a fashion faux pas.  Try some of these combinations:

  • Orange flowers with a purple dress.
  • Yellow flowers with an orange dress.
  • Red flowers with a white dress.
  • Hot pink flowers with a lime green dress.Z Corsage 6

{3} Expect The Unexpected.  Monochromic design is very modern, and can also be the perfect choice for someone not wanting to stay far outside the box.  Here are some pairings that will look fabulous:

  • Red flowers with a red dress.
  • Purple flowers with a peacock teal dress.Animal Print Corsage Edit

{4} Going Vintage Or Retro.  Ribbons will make the difference in going this route.  Try out some of these unique ribbon styles for a signature look:

  • Lace
  • Polka dot
  • Stripes
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{5} Bling It Up.  Prom is all about the bling, and there are many specialty items available to add glitz and glamour.  Try adding these to add a little something extra to your corsage or boutonniere:

  • Rhinestones
  • Feathers
  • Keepsake braceletsNatural Bout

{5} Nature Lover.  Consider botanical designs accented with rustic elements.  Try some of these add ons to achieve a natural look:

  • Burlap ribbon
  • Feathers
  • Vine