Creating a table centerpiece is not complicated. Craft a Thanksgiving centerpiece for $13 using grocery store stems and foraged branches.
Flowers always make me feel better and in this crazy world creating floral arrangements helps take my mind off the chaos. A beautiful floral arrangement centerpiece does not have to cost a fortune either. YOU can do this – no formal floral training required!
For my Friendsgiving centerpiece I want playful, whimsical and spontaneous—focusing on organic movement and fall’s natural colors.
Follow these tips and tricks to create your grocery store floral centerpiece!
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Gather Your Tools
Select a vessel for your Centerpiece
I chose a white ceramic compote wide enough to hold a low and wide medium-sized arrangement—perfect for the center of my table.
Here are a few options to chose from:
Create a centerpiece Color Palette
To create a centerpiece, decide on your color palette before heading to the store OR let the flowers dictate the palette as you shop. Keep in mind to select stems with a variety of shape and texture.
Arrangements consist of these elements:
- Foundation Blooms
- Statement Blooms
- Whimsy Blooms
I wanted to use florals that are readily available at most grocery stores across the country since it’s likely you do not have access to a floral wholesaler. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby they are the awesome at carrying great blooms. I just grabbed a variety of stems at the store up the street for $13.
My secret for keeping my floral arrangements from getting too costly is foraging and you know I talk about this a lot. You can just create a floral arrangement with grocery store blooms but if you enjoy foraging this helps reduce cost, adds seasonal/organic elements and can be fun.
NOTE: do not be tempted to trim florals from your neighbors Magnolia trees or rose bushes. Eek!
Start with the greenery layer
Begin your arrangement by placing your longest greenery branches into the floral wire netting or floral frog. This allows you to quickly set the shape for your arrangement, which will serve as a foundation for the rest of your greenery stems.
Add Foundation blooms
Foundation blooms are your baseline flowers for the arrangement; therefore, think of these as forming the supporting layer for the larger statement blooms, which come in later. In this arrangement I used some dried Hydrangeas and spray roses.
Introduce Statement blooms
Statement blooms are the stars of your arrangement. They are the most eye-catching flowers that you’ll notice in your final product. Here I used some burgundy colored chrysanthemums.
Finish with whimsy blooms
The final step is incorporating whimsy by adding some final color and movement to the arrangement, specifically around the edges.
Truly…you got this! I am by no stretch a professional florist; nor pretend to be. Just creating floral arrangements is relaxing.
Follow these steps and you can create some pretty amazing arrangements too. Just have fun and remember you are not looking for perfection, in fact, the more organic and whimsy it is the better.
Can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Tag me @amelialawrence_design with your arrangements to be featured on my Instagram stories.