As you think about decorating your home this season for the holidays, don’t forget about your home office! This space is where you spend much of your time, so re-invigorate and refresh your workspace with a beautiful floral or plant design. Adding fresh greenery is known to improve productivity and any amount of decorating will absolutely add holiday cheer to your home office this year. Take a look at the beautiful collection of holiday wreaths, plant designs and floral bouquets created by the artisans at Gordon Boswell Flowers just for you this season.
Thanksgiving is a time to stop and reflect on who and what you are most thankful for in life. At Gordon Boswell Flowers, we are most thankful for our incredible team without whom we could not create and deliver the most beautiful flowers to you and our community. Our growers and farmers, our dedicated sales staff, our artistic designers and our professional delivery drivers all work hard to make sure we deliver the highest quality with a smile. We are grateful for each and every member of our team.
This year, instead of letting the stress of creating the perfect Thanksgiving feast take you away from the true meaning of the holiday, try refreshing your meal with a twist on tradition. Invite guests to join you for an international-themed Thanksgiving meal. Go potluck or feature dishes from your favorite cultures. A Mediterranean buffet or Japanese theme can bring out the creativity in everyone. Or simply invite guests to join you for a dessert-only Thanksgiving (who’s not thankful for dessert?). Dress your table with traditional Thanksgiving linens, china and stemware, featuring a lovely centerpiece from the collection at Gordon Boswell Flowers for a simple way to tie your non-traditional feast to the nostalgia of the holiday.
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.
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.
In many ways, our Thanksgiving traditions are similar from family to family. It is said that nearly 90% of us will have turkey on the table, and in Fort Worth, nearly everyone will be glued to the set for the football games. Still, each family has their own special ways to celebrate, and each holiday table is a little different. Whatever your Thanksgiving style, Gordon Boswell Florist has the perfect florals for your gathering. From traditional to contemporary centerpieces, giving thanks never looked so beautiful.
This is a favorite time of the year for many people. With the weather cooling off, the landscape changing, and family and friends preparing for the holiday season – autumn is truly a special time. We love the vivid colors of fall – the reds, oranges, and golds are rich and luxurious and give off an inviting air. At Gordon Boswell, we have been decorating Fort Worth homes with the magic of Thanksgiving for nearly 100 years.
Thanksgiving 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.
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!
Thanksgiving 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.
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.