Grace Your Tables With Thanksgiving Centerpieces

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, it’s time to start dressing that table – and we don’t mean with food. Among the heritage linens and heirloom china, another classic bit of decor awaits its moment in the spotlight: a floral centerpiece.

Whether you go grand and lavish or sweet and simple, your Thanksgiving table’s centerpiece reflects the mood you want to set. Flowers put at the heart of a table are meant to be looked at, remarked over and enjoyed for the rest of the meal. They have to be of a scale that conversation can easily happen over them; visually arresting but not too distracting. In short, centerpieces are major players in our experience of Thanksgiving.

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Graceful Gifts for the Host

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

Your answer may fall somewhere between “not remotely” and “absolutely,” and if so, you wouldn’t be alone. There is so much planning, preparing and execution to be done if you’re hosting Turkey Day in your home that it’s tough to feel completely prepared. But what if you’ve been graciously invited into someone else’s home for the big day? If that’s the case, we here at Gordon Boswell Flowers encourage you to remember one of your most important duties as a Thanksgiving guest: the host gift.

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Fall’s Delightful Dahlias

Oh, dahlias. Is there a more delightful (and more on trend) flower? We at Gordon Boswell know the field is crowded with candidates, but we humbly submit our dazzlers for your consideration. And by “consideration,” we mean your floral decor for Fall. Fort Worth is teeming with pumpkin patches, festivals and friendly farms celebrating the season, and we know you’re prepping your home for it, too. So do yourself a favor and add the richly complex dahlia to your decorating scheme.

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Transform Your Decor with Creative Fall Designs

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This time of year has inspired artists and writers for centuries – the changing landscape, brilliant colors, and cooler temperatures seem to act as a type of muse for beautiful creations of all kinds. The floral designers at Gordon Boswell Florist are no different, and we are excited to present some of our seasonal designs which reflect the changing season and all of the beauty that entails. Whether you are looking to change the decor in your Fort Worth home, or you want to send a colorful floral bouquet to someone you love, you will appreciate these creative floral designs which exude the essence of autumn.  Continue reading

Seasonal Autumn Floral Arrangements

autumn floral arrangementsFall is upon us, and with it all of the vivid colors of the season. From foliage to flowers, nature shows off just a little bit more this time of year. The autumn floral arrangements from Gordon Boswell Florist shine with all of the warmth and comfort of this time of year. Whether you are looking for a contemporary design or a classic bouquet, you’ll find everything you need in our online fall collection.

Sunset Artistry, shown below, expresses the bright beauty of yellows and oranges, offering callas, roses, daisies and hydrangea. What is your autumn style? Continue reading

Game Day Festivities and Decor

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It’s October, and that means sports, sports, sports! With the World Series gearing up, football season in swing and basketball and hockey beginning at the end of the month, we will have ample opportunity to get together with family and friends to celebrate all the excitement. And at Gordon Boswell Florist, we have what you need to bring the game day decor to a whole new level!
game dayCan we hear three cheers for the Texas Rangers? There is nothing better for a sports fan than to see their team heading for the big dance, and we can’t wait to watch the Rangers dominate. If you are headed to a party to watch post-season games with family and friends, how about bringing one of our Big Hit arrangements? This design celebrates America’s pastime with bright flowers in an oversized ceramic baseball mug that can be used year-round. It will look awesome in the middle of the buffet table, or even on your favorite sports fan’s desk! Here’s another great tip – just give us a call and tell us you want a custom Texas Rangers bouquet, and we’ll take care of the red, white and blue design. Let’s show our team spirit at all of our parties – it’s going to be a great post-season!

Of course, football season is underway, and the cherished tradition of watching the weekly Cowboys game with friends and family is one we anticipate every year. How about bringing a blue delphinium bouquet to your hostess, all wrapped up in a shining silver bow? Show your team spirit this season – decorate the party with beautiful team colors! And as the Mavericks begin their season, the same floral arrangement can adorn the place!

Flowers aren’t just for birthdays and anniversaries – they bring every occasion to life with vibrant color. Don’t show up empty-handed to the party – stop by Gordon Boswell Florist in Fort Worth and cheer for the home team in style this year – Go Dallas!

Seasonal Fall Flowers Have Arrived

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Fall is upon us, and we are looking forward to the change of season! Although we may still have a few weeks before we can expect the maple leaves to start turning, our thoughts nonetheless turn to harvest festivals, pumpkin picking and cooler days! Decorating for autumn is also top of mind for many who anticipate the next few months of holidays and can’t wait to get started. Gordon Boswell has the seasonal fall flowers that are perfect for warm and inviting home decor.

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Autumn bouquets and floral designs showcase yellows, reds, and oranges, with unique details from nature. Orange gerberas, yellow daisies, and yellow lilies create the focal point for the Fall Happiness arrangement and are accented by hypernicum, safflower, and cattails for a fresh-picked look from the meadow. Cattails also adorn our Rustic Beauty display, which relies on bright sunflowers, orange roses, and orange lilies for its autumnal ambiance. Both will grace any space with the warm hospitality of the fall season.

 

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The deep richness of fall colors is beautifully displayed in our Warm Nights bouquet, which features the dramatic reds of autumn, combining red lilies and cockscomb with roses, yarrow and alstromeria. THhis creation is guaranteed to spice up any room!

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As you bid a last goodbye to summer and look forward to all the fun of the upcoming months, seasonal fall flowers have the ability to festively transform your home . The designers at Gordon Boswell have infused all the beauty of the autumn season into floral creations that will welcome the season in gorgeous style.

The Cornucopia “Horn of Plenty” – A Must Have Addition to Your Thanksgiving Table

cornucopiaThanksgiving typically conjures up mental images of harvests, feasting, abundance, and sharing that bounty with loved ones. When it comes to Thanksgiving celebrations in Texas, you can bet your cowboy hat that the meal and everything that goes with it will be Texas-sized because that’s just how things are done around here. One of the most familiar symbols of Thanksgiving and the harvest is the cornucopia basket which is also known as the “horn of plenty.”

How the Cornucopia Became a Thanksgiving Symbol

The term comes from two Latin words: cornu, meaning horn, and copiae, which translates as abundance, plenty, or copious.

The object itself dates back to the 5th century B.C. According to the Greek mythological legend, Zeus’ father, Cronus, was convinced that his baby son would grow up to overthrow him. Cronus was determined to hatch a plan to get rid of Zeus.

Rhea, Zeus’ loving mother who was aware of this, was determined to protect her son. She sent him away to live in a cave on Mount Ida where he’d be cared for by Almathea. As is typical of Greek mythology, there are multiple versions of traditional myths. Almathea was a goat who nursed Zeus while he was separated from his mother. While Almathea and Zeus were playing, he accidentally broke her horn. She was transformed into a unicorn. At some point, Zeus remorsefully returned the horn to Almathea, but the horn had acquired magical powers. The horn was continuously filled with newly harvested fruits and flowers.

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How the Cornucopia is Used Today

The cornucopia that is an important fixture on many Thanksgiving dinner tables is a wicker basket that is shaped like a horn. It is filled with fruits of the harvest.

As a symbol of prosperity, it is commonly called the “horn of plenty. Other names include the horn of Almathea, the harvest cone, and the food of worship. In the context of food, it symbolizes abundance, prosperity, feasting, and harvest time.

Our Fall Harvest Cornucopia is a gorgeous symbol of the harvest and the season. We fill it with giant sunflowers, velvety red roses, butterscotch-colored chrysanthemums, burgundy carnations, orange mini carnations, and vibrant orange Asiatic lilies. We add accents of preserved oak leaves.

Add a beautiful cornucopia arrangement to your Texas size Thanksgiving table. Don’t wait to order yours from Gordon Boswell Flowers today!

 

Adorn Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table With Floral Centerpieces

thanksgivingThanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 26. This all-American holiday is steeped in history and tradition. It all began in Plymouth, England in 1620. A group of 102 religious separatists boarded the Mayflower and set sail for the New World. If these people thought their lives in England were difficult, they were in for a rude awakening once they landed on the eastern tip of Cape Cod.

After spending a month on Cape Cod, the settlers boarded the ship and sailed across Massachusetts Bay, dropping their anchor for the last time at Plymouth Rock. With winter on the horizon, most of the would-be Colonists stayed on the ship out of sheer necessity. They didn’t have enough food, and in their malnourished state, they were more likely to develop nutritional deficiencies such as scurvy. They were also plagued by contagious diseases.

When spring arrived, the original 102 voyagers were reduced to half that number. Thanks to a chance meeting with an Abenaki Indian, the colonists were introduced to Squanto, an English-speaking member of the Pawtuxet tribe. He taught them how to fish, how to grow corn and other crops, and how to hunt and forage for edible plants in the wild.

By the fall of 1621, the newly established settlers were harvesting a bountiful harvest. The success of their planting prompted the colony Governor, William Bradford, to decide to organize a celebratory feast. He invited Squanto as an honored guest, along with members of the Wampanoag Indian tribe and their chief. Historical relics at the Plimoth Plantation site, suggest that this was the country’s very first Thanksgiving dinner celebration.

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Seasonal Splendor

Before you gather in Fort Worth with your beloved family and closest friends, take the time to infuse your home with the colors and smells of Autumn. We may not have a traditional New England type of fall, but we can certainly do the best we can to recreate that in our Texas homes.

Our Country Harvest Centerpiece will bring the warmth of a fall harvest to your Thanksgiving dinner table. We use lilies, Gerbera daisies, mums and preserved oak leaves. We tie the whole arrangement together with a fall-colored plaid bow.

For something more unusual, grace your table with our Seasonal Splendor arrangement. This non-traditional assortment includes orchids, roses, daisies, mums, hydrangeas and succulents.

Don’t wait to order your Thanksgiving flowers. Gordon Boswell will help you choose or customize table centerpieces or any other floral decor for the rest of your home.

 

Dahlias: The Flower of Hidden Messages

dahliasThe Latin influence is huge in Texas. We see it everywhere in the delicious Tex-Mex food that everyone around here loves. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Dahlias are just as big here. We think it’s fitting that we talk about a flower whose ideal is “bigger is better,” an adage that every Texan understands. Our team of Gordon Boswell floral designers love to come up with flower arrangements.

 

Early Dahlia History

The Dahlia is the national flower of Mexico. These flowers are indigenous to areas in the Guatemalan and Mexican mountains. The Aztecs handled introducing Dahlias to the world. When the Spanish conquistadors came to the New World, they spent most of their time fighting, as they tried to conquer the Aztec Indians. When they weren’t attempting to overpower Indians, they devoted their time to learning about and discovering native plants.

 

That didn’t help the conquistadors introduce these spectacular flowers to Europe any earlier. Dahlias didn’t appear in Europe for 200 years. They did bring seeds, some roots, and a few plants back to Spain. The Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid propagated plants that the conquistadors brought back.

 

 

By 1789, Dahlias arrived in Europe. The earliest mention of Dahlias in America come from the writings of American garden writers who described these beauties and the range of varieties that are available. In the 1870s, a new type of Dahlia, the cactus dahlia was introduced. According to F.F. Rockwell, in 1927, Dahlias ranked #1 as the most popular bulb planted anywhere in the United States.

 

Symbolism and Meaning of Dahlias

 

Dahlias are considered spicy flowers. They come in pink, yellow, orange, red, purple and white. If you send someone dahlias, you could be sending them a warning message, or telling them you have a premonition of betrayal. If you know someone who is going away – either for business or pleasure, a gift of dahlias suggests travel. When you want a situation to change, send dahlias, because they’ll convey that message.

 

During the Victorian Era, the language of flowers provided men and women with a way to share secret messages. That language is still apt today. The messages may no longer be secret, but the idea of delivering a message to someone with flowers is always appropriate, romantic and sentimental.

 

According to the all-important Language of Flowers, dahlias suggest elegance. They are also seen as a sign of eternal commitment, so they are very appropriate as a gift for someone in honor of their love for one another, and their marriage.

 

We can’t think of a more romantic flower arrangement than Sweet Thoughts. We envision this bouquet with a unique twist. We’d add dahlias to the roses and wax flowers. The accents of bear grass make this display look as sophisticated as it is elegant.