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.