This time of year a lot of us leave a little extra time after dinner to go around the table and declare the things we're (berry) thankful for in our lives - #sorrynotsorry. Whether it's something big or small (pumpkin pie always makes our list), it's a good time to reflect on the good things. So we set the table, fill it with a literal feast and with forks poised, we reflect. It's an activity that makes us feel (almost) as good as that first bite of pie!
This ilex berry arrangement comes conveniently (and practically!) paired with a perfectly Thanksgiving-y pitcher - another thing to be thankful for to add to your list! We hope you find it a happy spot in your home but, let's face it, it probably won't be on your table or buffet because they'll hopefully be too packed with mashed potatoes, stuffing and sweet potato casserole (a girl can dream, right?)
Find your workspace, gather the materials listed above and unwrap the contents of your shipment. We like to save the paper the ilex comes wrapped in. It will help to catch any trimmings or stray berries (ilex love to drop berries!) and will make clean up a snap. Next, fill the vase we included in the box approximately 3/4 of the way with cool tap water. Don't forget to add the flower food!
We recommend finding your sharpest scissors, knife, or, if you're especially prepared, garden shears you can for this task. Ilex stems are tough and woody - the sharper your cutting tool the less elbow grease you'll need. Save that hard work for your turkey, and for impressing your in-laws!
Next, get arranging! We'll keep it short and sweet - we know you probably have some cooking (or eating!) to do. Our one and only pro tip? Add a little interest to this minimalist arrangement by staggering the heights of the stems. Create a valley with your shape by keeping the stems at the center shorter than the stems on the side. Bonus points! Keep one side a little higher than the next - this will add what we call "gesture" to your vase and keep all your guests' eyes moving through it and onto the pie!
And in case you hit any unexpected lulls in conversation during your turkey dinner, here are a few fun and conversationally neutral facts to help pick the banter back up: Ilex, also called winterberry is a cousin of holly and is also known as "black alder," "false alder," and "fever berry." Bird watchers rejoice! It is a favored food for many species of birds. If you're looking to attract more fowl to your garden, these shrubs are the perfect, colorful bait.