If you like flowers on the table for a special dinner, you know that it’s necessary to keep the arrangement low.

Otherwise, guests can’t see each other across the table.

Tall arrangements belong on a buffet or side table.

You can finds scores of Thanksgiving centerpieces online (check out these on Pinterest).

But for the time-pressed or craft-challenged, this arrangement from Ocean Spray (photo #1) couldn’t be easier.

The centerpiece uses elegant white ranunculus in a bowl of cranberries.

Yellow ranunculus or other white blooms like roses (photo #2) work just as well.

THANKSGIVING CENTERPIECE

Materials

  • 1 clear glass vase, pitcher or bowl
  • 1 or 2 12-ounce bags of fresh cranberries (depending on size of vase)
  • 1 bouquet of fresh flowers
  • Water
  • ¼ teaspoon of bleach per quart of vase water*
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    Preparation

    1. PLACE the cranberries in the vase with enough water to fill the vase 3/4 full.

    2. USING a sharp knife or scissors, trim 1/4″ off the ends of the flowers, cutting at a 45° angle. Add the cut flowers to the vase, arranging as needed.

    2. REPLACE the water as needed, and discard the berries when they become soft. Snip the ends of the flowers 1/4 inch each day, as you change the water in the vase.

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    *Instead of changing the water daily, you can add bleach to the water to keep bacteria (along with their aroma and cloudiness) from growing.

     

    Floral Cranberry Centerpiece Ocean Spray
    [1] Easy, peasy: two ingredients, plus a vase and water (photo courtesy Ocean Spray).

    Floral Cranberry Centerpiece
    [2] A variation with white roses, from Xmaslet | Tumblr.

     

      


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