The Rustic Holiday Tablescape DIY

Whether you are hosting a celebration or visiting as a guest this holiday season, make it beautiful with flowers. Let us help you find ideas for how to create the perfect holiday interior with our DIY Tablescape recommendations. This is the final of our four tablescapes we will be featuring this month, the Rustic Tablescape.

This is the final of our four tablescapes we will be featuring this month, the Rustic Tablescape.

To create this table, you will need:

  • A beautiful centerpiece
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Evergreen Branches
  • Willow Branches
  • Burlap fabric
  • White tulle fabric
  • Twine
  • Mini candy canes
  • Strands of mini white lights
  • Candles
  • Scissors

Bringing the snow and evergreens inside will make your house feel like a rustic cabin in the woods. We use tulle and burlap to emulate these textures and lights to create a dreamy landscape that will help your guests get into the winter spirit. If you are not setting your table this holiday, you can bring a host gifts that will fit with the decor.

To make the table runner, we took a long piece of burlap cut it and lined the sides with tulle.     Candles of different heights add drama and richness to the setting.

   

To make the table runner, we took a long piece of burlap, roughly 1.5′ wide and cut it to fit our table lengthwise. We lined the sides of the burlap with tulle and used twine scissors to create a scalloped look along the edges. We used a variety of candles to add drama and richness to the setting. Wrapping the candles in fresh evergreens helps make them pop off of the table. Down the center of the table, we placed a gorgeous centerpiece which uses a variety of fresh flowers mixed with evergreens, willow branches, and wood to compliment the tablescape perfectly.

Wrapping the candles in fresh evergreens helps make them pop off of the table.     Tulle lit from beneath with christmas lights drapes the serving table.

      

Using twine to tie the napkins, we placed a sprig of evergreens, a sprig of Baby’s Breath, and two mini candy canes. The evergreens add a touch of green, the Baby’s Breath compliment the tulle and add a feminine note, while the candy canes add a punch of color and whimsy.

Veldkamp’s Flowers & Gifts’ All White Centerpiece would be the perfect arrangement to accompany this rustic tablescape. Check out our selection of hand picked holiday flowers and gifts to find the perfect centerpiece for your table or a beautiful arrangement to present to the host.

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Also see our holiday video, which features this tablescape!

Plaid & Lace Tablescape DIY

Whether you are hosting a celebration or visiting as a guest this holiday season, make it beautiful with flowers. Let us help you find ideas for how to create the perfect holiday interior with our DIY Tablescape recommendations. This is the second of four tablescapes we will be featuring this month, the “Plaid and Lace” tablescape.

We use different textures to create a warm and comforting environment for guests.

To create this table, you will need:

  • Red roses from florist
  • Evergreen Branches from florist
  • Willow Branches from florist
  • Cranberries
  • Various mixed nuts
  • Cylinder vases
  • Plaid fabric
  • Lace, about 1.5” thick
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Brown textured ribbon
  • Candles
  • Double-stick hem tape
  • Scissors

Rich colors like red and brown are synonymous with winter and in this week’s tablescape we use different textures to create a warm and comforting environment for your guests this holiday season. If you are not setting your table this holiday, you can bring a host gifts that will fit with the decor.

To make the table runner, we used double-stick hem tape to attach lace trim to plaid fabric that we cut to 1.5’ wide.   We filled the vases with the cranberries and mixed nuts on different levels to add texture, height, and color.

To make the table runner, we used double-stick hem tape to attach to plaid fabric that we cut to 1.5’ wide.

We placed a single red rose and rosemary sprig at every table setting using the brown textured ribbon to bring the whole table together.     Cranberries from the grocery store were used to fill glass vases to bring freshness to the tablescape and for their vivid color. 

We filled the vases with the cranberries and mixed nuts on different levels to add texture, height, and color. We laid evergreen branches and willow branches along the center of the runner as a basis for the vases and candles.

While the rose is beautiful, the green of the stem and the rosemary really add charm with the ruby red chargers.     There are countless red flowers you could use for this tablescape, but only a rose has the traditional feel of this rustic inspired tablescape.

A beautiful red rose and rosemary sprig at every table setting using the brown textured ribbon is the finishing touch to bring the whole table together.

We recommend the Celebration of the Season Centerpiece as the perfect arrangement to accompany this table. Visit our selection of hand picked holiday flowers and gifts to find the perfect centerpiece for your table or a beautiful arrangement to present to the host.

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Look for a new table theme each week leading up to the last week of December and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board to enter the Pin to Win contest.

Also see our holiday video!

Winter Wonderland Tablescape DIY

Whether you are hosting a celebration or visiting as a guest this holiday season, make it beautiful with flowers. Let us help you find ideas for how to create the perfect holiday interior with our DIY Tablescape recommendations. This is the second of four tablescapes we will be featuring this month, the “Winter Wonderland” tablescape.

To create the snowy vases, we took coarse salt and mixed it with glitter.

To create this table, you will need:

  • Baby’s Breath
  • Willow Branches
  • Evergreen Branches
  • Juniper Branches
  • Coarse salt
  • Fine glitter
  • Cylinder vases
  • Cotton or fake snow
  • Pale blue fabric
  • Sheer white fabric
  • Navy ribbon
  • Candles
  • Scissors

Wintertime is filled with glittery snow and shimmering lights. We’ve made a tablescape that uses pale blue, silver, and navy blue combined with fresh flowers and greenery to create a winter wonderland that will impress your guests. If you are not setting your table this holiday, you can bring a host gifts that will fit with the decor.

We tied the napkins with navy ribbon to make them pop off of the white plates.     We filled several of the vases with the baby’s breath and several with the willow branches to add variety.

Layering the pale blue fabric and the sheer white fabric creates a glistening foundation for the tablescape. To create the snowy vases, we took coarse salt and mixed it with glitter. We filled several of them with the baby’s breath and several with the willow branches to add variety.

Down the center of the table we placed a juniper branch that we layered with fake snow and evergreen branches to add a focal point to the table. Adding the fresh branch created contrast to the whimsical feel of the snowy vases. We tied the napkins with navy ribbon to make them pop off of the white plates. Candles were the final piece to bring the whole table together.

Down the center of the table we placed a juniper branch that we layered with fake snow and evergreen branches to add a focal point to the table.     Layering the pale blue fabric and the sheer white fabric creates a glistening foundation for the tablescape.

We recommend the All White Centerpiece as the perfect arrangement to accompany this table. Visit our selection of hand picked holiday flowers and gifts to find the perfect centerpiece for your table or a beautiful arrangement to present to the host.

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Look for a new table theme each week leading up to the last week of December and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board to enter the Pin to Win contest.

Also see our holiday video!

Sugarplums and Gold Tablescape DIY

Whether you are hosting a celebration or visiting as a guest this holiday season, make it beautiful with flowers. Let us help you find ideas for how to create the perfect holiday interior with our DIY Tablescape recommendations. This is the first in a series of blog posts teaching you how to put together the perfect DIY holiday tablescapes. If you are not setting your table this holiday, you can bring a host gift that will fit with the decor. Our first tablescape is a vintage look with rose petals and willow branches.

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To create this table, you will need:

  • Pink Rose Petals
  • Willow Branches
  • Variety of Succulents
  • Pine cones
  • Burgundy cotton fabric
  • Gold ribbon, at least 2” wide
  • Gold curling ribbon
  • Candles
  • Double-sided hem tape
  • Scissors

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Bridging the gap from fall to winter, this time of year brings visions of plums and  burgundies, lush golds and glitter. This table perfectly brings together those colors to create a glamorous tablescape that will surely make your guests want to break out the sequin dresses and fancy jewelry.

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We made the table runner by cutting our burgundy fabric to fit our table (1’5” wide by 16” were our measurements) and using double-sided hem tape to attach the gold ribbon to the sides of the table runner, leaving about an inch and a half of the gold showing. This creates an elegant border and helps the burgundy pop off of the table.

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After that, we took our willow branches and placed them in the middle of the table runner. We scattered the pink rose petals throughout the branches and added as many curled gold ribbons as we could to really make the table shine.

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The succulents and pine cones were then placed in the center of the willow branches to  add some weight to the lightness of the branches and rose petals.

Candles add the final touch to bring the table to life.

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We recommend the Holiday Delight Bouquet as the perfect arrangement to accompany this table. Visit our selection of hand picked holiday flowers and gifts to find the perfect centerpiece for your table or a beautiful arrangement to present to the host.

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Look for a new table theme each week leading up to the last week of December and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board to enter the Pin to Win contest.

Also see our holiday video!

Selecting a Festive Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Many people consider Thanksgiving to be the time of year that signals the start of the holiday festivities. No matter which holiday you might celebrate, Thanksgiving is the one that kicks the preparations for it into high gear. Decorating for the holiday is made simple yet festive by using the right seasonal centerpiece for the tables in your home.

Since the dinner table is a primary focus during the Thanksgiving holiday, it makes sense to choose an appropriate centerpiece. The centerpiece provides warmth and adds to the high spirits of the holiday. Taking the time to choose the right one can mean the difference between a stunning table and one that is simply passable.

Using flowers, fruit or other fresh ingredients allows the centerpiece to be very seasonable. When placed in charming props, such as a wheelbarrow or cornucopias, a centerpiece will be almost as talked about as the food and beverages served.

Combining fresh flowers and candlelight enables the hostess to deliver a formal yet romantic air to the dinner table, making it perfect for small, intimate Thanksgiving celebrations as well as more formal, multiple course affairs.

For those end tables that just beg to be included in the Thanksgiving decorations, those that include props, such as a rustic wheelbarrow, make a charming addition to any home. With a rich play of fall foliage colors, such as oranges, reds, yellows and purples, centerpieces can bring the festive look to the living room, too.

Thanksgiving centerpieces that burst with freshness and seasonable festiveness make the perfect gift for any hostess. This thoughtful gift will continue to brighten the room long after the Thanksgiving turkey has been carved.

Thank a Veteran with a Patriotic Floral Bouquet

Veterans Day is an official holiday in the United States designated to honor, thank and remember all those who have served in the military, both present and past. Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed on November 11th each year and is the perfect time to celebrate, appreciate and thank all of those who have risked their lives to fight and defend our country.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th “Armistice Day” in 1919, saying: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

It wasn’t until 1954 that Congress changed the name of “Armistice Day” to “Veterans Day”. It has been known as Veterans Day ever since- a day to remember lives lost in the effort of obtaining freedom for all Americans. Veterans Day has always been a special time to thank, celebrate and remember all the men and women who have served in the armed forces in order to defend our country and our freedom. This Veterans Day, show the heroes in your life just how much you appreciate them with a patriotic floral arrangement from Veldkamp’s Flowers.

Those who are past or present members of the Navy will surely appreciate this “Anchors Away Bouquet” from Veldkamp’s Flowers. Red miniature carnations, yellow button spray chrysanthemums and white daisy spray chrysanthemums are accented with assorted greenery in this nautical themed arrangement.

This “Lotsa Love” bouquet is a great way to say thank you to anyone who has ever served in the armed forces. Featuring a star-shaped felt pick with the uplifting message “You’re The Best!”, this cheerful arrangement is hand-designed to put a smile on anyones face. Arriving with an adorable plush bear and a bag of delicious candy treats, it’s a great way to say thank you to all the men and women who have served for our freedom.

The Therapeutic Uses of Chrysanthemum Flowers

Chrysanthemums are the national flower of Japan and the flower of the month for November in the United States. These beautiful flowers are one of the easiest to grow and maintain plants and they are not only pretty to look at, they are also extremely therapeutic! Available in over 30 different species, both annuals and perennials, chrysanthemums can be planted and grown in almost any season and with their wide array of uses there’s almost no excuse to go plant some mums today!

Therapeutic Uses of Chrysanthemum Flowers

The chrysanthemum is a plant that originally got its name from the Greek words for “gold” and “flower.” The “gold” in the chrysanthemum came from the mystical healing powers this colorful flower possessed. Today people use chrysanthemums to make various forms of medicine.

In traditional medicine, chrysanthemum has been used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches, dizziness, and more. The flower has the ability to increase blood flow to the heart and has also been found to increase a person’s sensitivity to insulin.

Chrysanthemum tea is a popular drink used to heal the body. This therapeutic tea is a great aid to digestion, is helpful at relieving nausea, can clear up colds, and can lower fevers.

New research is showing that the flavonoid acacetin that is present in chrysanthemums may actually be able to fight prostate cancer- helping stop the cancer cells from growing.

With it’s many benefits, it seems silly not to go plant a field of chrysanthemums right now, but if you don’t have the time to build your own garden Veldkamp’s Flowers has you covered with a wide assortment of beautiful chrysanthemum arrangements.

This “Autumn Treasures” arrangement from Veldkamp’s Florist is a great choice to light up any room this November! Brilliant orange roses and orange mini carnations are accented with burgundy chrysanthemums and lush greens arranged to perfection in a classic clear glass vase to create a warm and dazzling way to decorate your home AND improve your health!

Finding Spooky Floral Arrangements for Halloween

halloween bouquetShow your Halloween spirit by decorating your home, or taking spooky Halloween floral arrangements to those Halloween parties as a gift for your host. Allow the creepy and frightening decorations to ward off evil spirits or keep the ghosts of departed away. Celtic Pagan Hallowmas traditions involved wearing costumes to trick the ghosts or evil spirits of the recently deceased people in the community.

Bad to the Bones Cupcake arrangement is a scull-shaped mass of white carnations, adorned by green moss, neatly nestled in a red cupcake container. Whether you send it to someone for fun, or add it to your holiday Halloween party décor, this little guy will scare up a bunch of laughs from all who see him.

Create that frightening witches scream that Is reminiscent of the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz with this Bewitching Halloween Flower Cake. The very bewitching witch is made of green poms, and she’s perched on a cake of orange carnations. Bewitch your house guests, or a special recipient with this unique, but dazzling cake shaped arrangement.

Boo-tiful Bats Halloween Bouquet is a whimsical arrangement of fall-colored flowers adorned with decorative bats flying over a decorative full moon. The ancient Celts or Gaels from whom we got the Halloween tradition in the first place, believed that bats would ward off the evil spirits and ghosts of recently deceased people. Bats offered protection, so you can protect your workplace, or protect loved ones – or even your own home from any evil spirits or ghosts who may come to trick-or-treat.

The Spooky Surprise Halloween Bouquet is the essence of fall with deep orange carnations and roses, all neatly arranged in a ceramic pumpkin, topped by a decorative ghost is sure to scare those evil spirits away. Set it at the front office to protect your co-workers, or at the entry to your house, where it will spook out anyone who come to trick-or-treat!

Capture the sense of a haunted garden graveyard anywhere with the Ghostly Gardens Halloween Bouquet. Each bouquet uses the freshest available flowers in autumn colors, arranged in a black glass vase, complete with sprigs of fall leaves and a ghost and creepy insect who hover over the RIP grave stone.

Send that special someone a happy and creepy Halloween with the Spooky Sweet Halloween Bouquet, a lush arrangement filled with the freshest orange and green flowers, creating a gorgeous mass above the black glass vase. A creepy, but adorable big black spider gives this gorgeous bouquet a spooky touch.

Three Fun Facts About the “Sweetest Day” Holiday

sweetest day bouquetThe Sweetest Day is a holiday which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed. The Sweetest Day is typically celebrated around the Great Lakes region and surrounding areas, as well as sections of the Northeast. The holiday is observed on the third Saturday in October.

Here are three fun facts you probably didn’t know about Sweetest Day!

1. Sweetest Day dates back all the way to October of 1921, when 12 confectioners got together and formed a committee. As the National Confectioners Committee, the group handed out over 20,000 boxes of chocolate to the poor, the sick and the indigent. This was the beginning of what would soon become Sweetest Day, a holiday celebrated all across the Northeast!

2. Over the years, jobs that require travel and an increase in populations spreading to other locations has caused a drastic increase in the amount of people who celebrate Sweetest Day. It’s popularity has grown to the point that Hallmark franchises have increased their Sweetest Day card selection from just 48 cards per store in 2000 to 142 cards per store in 2004. In 2008, Hallmark reported selling over 200 Sweetest Day cards across all of their franchises- acknowledging the widespread growth of the holiday.

3. Although Sweetest Day originated in Ohio and has been traditionally a holiday celebrated by those in the Northeast, recent studies show that the three states that purchase the most gifts to celebrate Sweetest Day are actually Texas, California and Florida! No Northeastern states at all make the list!

Regardless of where you live, Sweetest Day is a time of year to show appreciation and love for people in your life. Nothing says “I Love You” or “I Appreciate You” like a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts- the leader in online floral delivery in the Colorado area for decades.

This “You’re Special” bouquet from Veldkamp’s Flowers is a great selection for that special someone in your life this Sweetest Day. Eye-catching orange roses and Asiatic lilies are accented with burgundy chrysanthemums and lush greens to create an exceptional flower bouquet are arranged in an exquisite designer chestnut cut glass vase. A “special” way to celebrate Sweetest Day

In true Sweetest Day spirit, this “Godiva 19 Piece Assorted Chocolates” is the perfect way to honor the tradition of Sweetest Day while still showing the loved ones in your life how much you care. A box of chocolates was the first Sweetest Day gift and what started the holiday, making it an ideal gift for any special someone this October 19th.

The Secret to Flowers on National Boss’ Day

money treeNational Boss’ Day became a holiday in 1958, the year in which it was officially registered with the U.S.. Chamber of Commerce. The idea for the holiday was the brain child of an employee in the Deerfield, Illinois State Farm Insurance office. Patricia Bays Haroski was working under her father at the time, and what she saw as she watched him work, persuaded her that there ought to be a designated holiday on which to show bosses or other supervisors, that their employees appreciated them.

Inspired by watching her father, as he ran their State Farm office, she saw her father face almost constant set backs, challenges and difficulties, and he never lost sight of the fact that his role was to guide, inspire and motivate his employees despite all the seemingly insurmountable roadblocks he encountered.

Mrs. Haroski chose October 16th for the holiday because it also happened to be her father’s birthday. Today, the national observance is always on October 16th, and if that date falls on a weekend, the holiday is observed on the closest business day.

The idea of celebrating National Boss’ Day has spread beyond American soil. It is now celebrated in Australia, Great Britain and South Africa.

People typically show their appreciation by giving their boss token gifts and cards. Since people don’t want to get too personal in their gift giving, a plant is the perfect gift. It is suitable for a male or female boss, and it is something that will last and allow your boss to enjoy it long after National Boss’s Day – or the week during which it is observed.

If you believe in Feng Shui, then the Money Tree is the perfect plant to give to your boss. It is known by the botanical name Pachira acquatica. The braided trunk is supposed to be a symbol of good luck, and if you want to give your boss an offering that is believed to bring good luck, then this is the perfect gift. Because of its unusual appearance, people frequently make comments about it. This interesting good luck gift is something the whole office can talk about and enjoy.