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Create a Floral Thanksgiving Centerpiece to Impress the Whole Family

Let your Thanksgiving centerpiece be the least of your worries during the big day. With these simple tips and tricks, you'll be able to create the perfect flower arrangement every time!

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and the last thing you need to worry about is setting the perfect tablescape for your friends and family. Using these tips below, you will always have a foolproof how-to for arranging flowers for your perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece. Once your floral arrangement is created, make sure to style it with votives and pillar candles, in addition to other fall-inspired props such as gourds, pumpkins, and pinecones. Don't be afraid to use bowls or teacups to create interesting and unique centerpieces for your table.

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Materials: a vase (any shape or size), washi tape or Scotch tape, a variety of flowers, a florists foam block, scissors

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1. Cut down the foam block to desired size to fit the vase using a sharp knife or scissors. Place the block in a bowl of water, and allow it to soak for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not push down on it; let the foam absorb the water. Place it in the bottom of the vase.

2. Using clear or washi tape, make a grid across the opening of the vase. Cut the tape so you cannot see the edges when looking straight at the arrangement of flowers (not shown).

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3. Before you place cut flowers in water, cut their stems at an angle using sharp scissors under running water. An angle cut creates a larger area of the stem for water intake. This helps extend the life of your flowers.

4. Place flowers in each square of the taped grid, making sure the stems lock into the foam base. Put the longer stemmed flowers near the outside of the arrangement and the shorter stemmed flowers toward the center. Fill in the spaces with filler flowers throughout the arrangement.

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5. For the best composition of your Thanksgiving centerpiece, group the flowers in uneven numbers: 3, 5, 7, and so on.

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Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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