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Our baby is due on Black Friday. This means that I could very well be in the hospital on Thanksgiving Day this year, although we really hope he comes early and we are able to have Thanksgiving at home as a family. My to-do list is about a mile long, cleaning and nesting, but I am still creating a menu for Thanksgiving day. We’re keeping it simple, but are still looking forward to spending the day together as a family, whether it is at home or in the hospital. I am so grateful for this family of mine and this day that we have to remember how lucky we are to have each other. Even with the craziness that sometimes comes with it. Like spills and stains!
I remember my uncle showing me how to make my crystal goblet make a ringing noise by running my finger around the rim of it at the Thanksgiving table when I was 12 years old. My cousin tried it on his glass and it broke, spilling cranberry juice all over the white tablecloth and ME! Luckily my aunt had a change of clothes for me to borrow while she washed mine. Ahh…Thanksgiving- a time for family gatherings, and all of the crazy entertainment that comes with it!
I use Windex® Original Glass Cleaner for windows, mirrors, my tile counters, my kitchen table, and stainless steel. Scrubbing Bubbles® Lemon Scent Bathroom Cleaner works great for the three bathrooms by tackling my shower door, fixtures, tubs, fiberglass, and porcelain surfaces (toilets). Then I turn to Pledge® Spray products for all of the wood furniture in our main living area. It cleans, polishes, and protects all at the same time. I especially like the orange scent that it leaves behind.
With the house smelling fresh and clean, it was time to add the fall touches that I had picked up earlier at the store.
I love arranging flowers in my home. Usually I’ll buy several types of stems, greenery, and blooms, but this time I found an inexpensive pre-arranged bouquet at the grocery store with all 0f the colors I was looking for! I simply took it apart, trimmed the stems, and added them to a wooden planter that I had.
I like the look of the horizontal arrangements. They are perfect for dining tables because they are short and don’t get in the way of conversation.
DIY Fall Floral Arrangement
1 large bouquet of mixed flowers (or individual bunches of greenery leaves, large blooms, medium blooms, small blooms, berries, and other fillers).
Wooden planter box
Liner for Box (most come with one)
Waterproof floral tape
Most planters will come with a plastic liner. You will need one if your planter is made out of wood so that the water doesn’t damage it. If you decide on a metal or plastic planter, a liner isn’t necessary.
Use your floral tape to mark out a grid over the top of the planter. Cut strips to match the length and width and lay them on top.
Begin with some leafy stems. I use these as a base around the corners of the arrangement. Instead of placing them standing straight up, lay them on an angle.
Add your focal point blooms (I used two sunflowers, one on each side so that no matter where you are sitting at the table you can see one). Trim a little off at a time from each stem until you reach the desired height.
Now add some medium blooms as a filler on each side of the focal bloom.