Ordering Thanksgiving flowers are one of the most overlooked tasks for those hosting holiday celebrations. With all of the cooking, cleaning and preparing to think about, it’s no real shocker that it happens a lot. Often the chore is left to the last minute giving the illusion that other issues such as selecting your menus, linens and guest lists are more important.
Well they’re not.
If you’ve ever been in this situation, you know how disappointing the outcome is when you’re left with no other choice but to browse through the leftover section at Stop & Shop. There’s just nothing more depressing than a dead bunch of mums and dried up roses, especially when they’re supposed to be decorations for Thanksgiving Day table. So if you want to ensure a beautiful centerpiece for the festivities, here’s 3 tips that will help you get exactly what you wish for!
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- Order in Advance and by that I mean at least two weeks ahead of time.
You might think that phoning your florist this early is silly but actually, it gives them the opportunity to spend more time getting a better understanding of your likes and dislikes. If there is something unusual or rare in your bouquet that you are requesting, buyers will need that extra time to inform their wholesaler if it needs to be special ordered from somewhere else. Remember, the earlier you call, the higher the likelihood of obtaining what you really want for your floral presentation.
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- Let the florists do their work and you do yours.
Let’s face it-preparing a Thanksgiving Day feast is hard work! You’re pretty much hands on throughout the entire holiday so let the designers handle the heavy lifting when it comes to your floral creations. By nailing this issue as job#1, you’ll be able to breath a sigh of relief knowing someone else is doing the work and not you!
3. Coordination is the key.
Sometimes hosts are initially blocked when it comes to selecting their color palette of napkins, tablecloths and other dining accessories. By ordering your flowers first, you can set the theme early, allowing you to match everything else to the varieties and texture the florist plans on using. If you want to get a little “Martha Stewart”, you can even coordinate some of your menu to the blooms! After all, pumpkin pie goes great with orange lilies, mango callas and peach amaryllis!