Thanksgiving embraces the gathering of family and friends for a bountiful feast. Whether your harvest celebration is an elegant or rustic event, there are so many things to remember when it comes to pulling off your Thanksgiving table (or two). Tablecloths to unfurl, napkins to fold, making sure you have enough seats for everyone at the main table and devising a smaller one for the kids along, not to mention the food prep itself.
But an item we add to the table in the rich shades of the season before filling it with food is here at Ah Sam Flowers.
We all know there are many time-honored traditions on Thanksgiving. There may be many ways to while away the hours during the day, but there is no denying it – the main event is dinner. The sheer excitement of finally sitting down to eat after smelling aromas wafting through the house all day is palpable. When you call your guests to the table this year, make sure it is absolutely beautiful – with a new twist on your Thanksgiving centerpieces.
The holiday season is a time steeped in both cultural tradition and family customs. Whether your family gathers around the TV to watch the Macy’s Day parade, or you spend your time outside for the annual flag football game – the importance of getting together and spending quality time is really what matters. One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions is, of course, the meal. In fact, the luxurious spread pf favorite foods is often the highlight of the entire day. At Ah Sam Florist, we love knowing that our designs and arrangements are being used to make your holiday table festive.
With only days to go, it’s time to make sure all the details are taken care of. From the menu, to the guests to the décor, preparing for the Thanksgiving meal is as much a tradition as the meal itself. Most think of the classic cornucopia as reminiscent of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 – in reality, it has a much longer legacy. Dating back to 5 B.C., the cornucopia is even mentioned in ancient mythology. In Greek legend, the “horn of plenty” was an endless source of food or drink for its owner; you simply asked the cornucopia for your favorite item and it was provided.
It is surmised that the cornucopia found it’s place at the Thanksgiving table because of it’s usage in European harvest festivities. When the Pilgrim’s held their own feast to celebrate the abundant harvest, the cornucopia was a traditional item for the table. In modern times, the horn shaped basket is usually overflowing with gourds, seasonal fruits and vegetables, reminiscent of the overflowing horn of plenty in mythology. Because of it’s association with constant provision, to this day the basket is considered a symbol of both abundance and prosperity.
Ah Sam has a traditional cornucopia for your holiday centerpiece, but with a floral twist. Seasonal autumn blooms spilling from basket to table makes a stunning visual representation of the blessings of the season. Asters, mums, lilies and fall foliage will grace your table with all the colors and beauty of Thanksgiving. If you are looking for holiday décor from classic to modern, the floral experts at Ah Sam are here to help you create the perfect arrangement. Bouquets, centerpieces or hostess gifts – come into our San Mateo location to discuss beautiful ways to decorate your holidays.
There were only 102 passengers on board the Mayflower in 1620. A small band of people looking for freedom of religious expression, prosperity and land ownership packed onto the ships with high hopes of a new life. It took 66 dangerous days to cross from England, and they dropped anchor in Cape Cod. One month later, the ship crossed Massachusetts Bay and the settlers planned to stay, to establish their new village at Plymouth.
The first winter was harsh; and only half of the original voyagers made it until spring, ravaged by exposure and disease. Most settlers actually stayed on the ship through the winter; when they came ashore, they were greeted by an Abenaki Indian, who quite surprisingly, spoke English. He returned the next day with Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe. Squanto was instrumental in teaching the Pilgrims how to grow corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in local waters, and identify poisonous plants.
When the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest was successful, Governor William Bradford was inspired to hold a feast to celebrate. Among the guests were their new Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. The party lasted 3 days, and although they likely didn’t call it Thanksgiving. November of 1621 marks the first time the holiday was observed.
All these years later, we still celebrate to give thanks for the “harvest” in our lives – whether it be our families, friends, jobs or homes. Although the menus have changed – the first meal was rumored to include seal and lobster – the scene is often the same. People gather around their tables to be together, to express appreciation and to celebrate the good things in life. Many traditions remain as well – the colors, the cornucopia – and the food!
As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, welcome your guests with an autumn wreath and a seasonal centerpiece for the harvest table. Ah Sam Florist offers stylish designs for the perfect arrangement, decor and hostess gifts for a holiday with family, friends and more.