DIY Thanksgiving & Christmas Centerpiece

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If you are anything like me you probably plan on decorating for Christmas the minute your Thanksgiving guests leave. If this is the case – you probably do not want to spend money of flowers in colors that are only really good for Thanksgiving themed decorations. To solve this dilemma I bring you the perfect seasonally neutral arrangement. This centerpiece is perfect for Thanksgiving but will also blend perfectly with your Christmas decorations once Thanksgiving is over! Watch the video for the simple steps to achieve this beautiful centerpiece!

Behind me you can see some of my beautiful milk collection all of which will be available to rent soon!

You will need:

-Flowers, I used hydrangeas, burgundy lilies, passion fruits, greenery, and burgundy daisy type flowers.

-Oasis

-Large vase

As you can see I mess around with the placement of my flowers and greenery a lot! Do not feel like you have to get it right the first time. Mess around with the flowers until the arrangement is how you want it! I opted for an asymmetrical look this time, Imperfection was my goal!

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A classical Thanksgiving table scape

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When it comes to style, I would not classify myself as totally traditional. I like to keep things classy and timeless, but spice things up at the same time. I try and translate these ideas into my decorating style and philosophy. My last Thanksgiving table scape was less conventional because I steered away from the standard warm fall colors like orange and red. However, sometimes, upholding tradition is beautiful. The classic tradition can remind us of our childhood and other warm feelings of familiarity and comfort. From the colors to the plates this table is very traditional and completely emulates the warmth and happiness of the fall season. It did not cost much to assemble because much of the arrangement was found in my backyard and I made the place settings from brown grocery bags! Read more for a tutorial on this flower arrangement. I hope you are as inspired as I am! I am selling these center pieces, if you live anywhere from Camarillo, Ca to Goleta and are interested email me for a quote at mercedezblush@gmail.com!

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A Thanksgiving Table Scape

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I love love LOVE setting tables. It is one of my favorite hobbies! I love the challenge of creating something aesthetically pleasing and functional (well, sometimes functional). I created this table scape which I absolutely love and I only wish the photos could capture the magic that is my dining room right now! The stacking, layering, and combination of rustic and glam is so much fun; it is simple, yet complex. Instead of classic name tags, I made mini pumpkin pies with my guests’ initials on top. I plan on testing out a few other table scape ideas, including traditional and modern! How will you decorate your Thanksgiving table? Read more for details on this look!

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Flower arranging for beginners: Spruce up your market bunch of flowers!

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I must admit something. I loathe market bouquets. These are the pre-made bunches of flowers found at grocery stores. I always preach that everyone needs to keep flowers in their homes, but I would almost rather go flowerless than to have these in and around my house. They are usually a combination of flowers and colors that are painfully generic and the way they are all bunched together is so boring. These flowers do not make me happy nor give me the amount of joy and inspiration a fat bunch of peonies or roses do! 

 However, these bouquets do exist, are often gifted, because let’s just admit, they’re convenient because they are made at the store!

 I decided it was the shape of the bouquet itself that gave these poor flowers no hope, I was right! If you are in a pinch and need flowers, receive them as a thoughtful gift or just like them, there is still hope for these sad sad flowers. I will admit, they are born again and receive a new sense of life when tweaked ever so slightly. Follow these simple steps and you will have something beautiful in no time! 

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Mother’s day flower arrangement

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Mothers day flowers are so expensive and lets face it usually super cheesy. Hot pink roses over flowing with fern like greenery and babies breath are so….1980’s and I am just not willing to spend 20+ bucks for something like that. What people do not realize is throwing together an arrangement is so easy, and cheap PLUS its far more heartfelt.

I made 3 arrangements with flowers all bought from Trader Joes, these little lovelies cost me a total of 20 dollars and that made me three arrangements! So spare yourselves this year, run over to Trader Joes buy a couple flowers that spark your fancy and there you have it! Enjoy xoxo

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