The trick to doing a "tablescape" aka something slightly more prolific and undone than just a centerpiece, or bouquet, is to create a sense of organized, minimalist abundance. There are a few rules that will help you turn anything into a gorgeous display. It's formulaic, like making a good salad, or doing a signature makeup lewk. The trick is not to let the abundant possibilities overwhelm you, to take some risks, and to remember these tips.


The ultimate floral arrangements all have one thing in common, they build onto multiple levels. Inside of a single height, they wrap upwards towards the sky, then tumble decadently down. Not being restricted by height or width, but hugging the curves of the flowers. There are a lot of ways to make levels. Here I used the easiest of the two. I used only recycled jars here, so I made sure to use a collection that was all different heights, and to cut the flowers to rest snuggle against the brim. This gives the other flowers something to play around. You'll see I started with three large bouquets, then added smaller ones and additional flowers to fill in space between them. The best thing about flowers is it's so easy to adjust. If you don't like how something is going, you can always take it apart and start again. It's so easy! Just mess around until you find something you like. Flower arranging is fun.

The second way to create layers is to use furniture. Here I used one of our acrylic end tables to give it super height, but you can use books, boxes, or even counters, fireplaces, mantles. This is one area that can imbue serious visual interest and really take the whole thing to the next level.


I really didn't want to do a traditional "thanksgiving" bouquet, so I used the pumpkins as a highlight, and instead went for this cream, pink, and yellow palette because those flowers were the cheapest, and had the most density, for the cheapest price. Flowers are as unpredictable as the weather. I try not to go in with more than one specific, seasonal item in mind (in this case, the pumpkins) and then I work with what's available. In order to further give that whole bountiful thing an exotic twist, I decided to use pomegranates (a powerful symbol in Judaism) and a single, gorgeous gourd in honor of my favorite McSweeney's.  Be careful with whites and creams, you don't want to look too bridal, but I think the pops of color and the grasses keep it from looking like I hijacked a wedding.

Beyond fruit, I like pulling branches, grasses, and other unexpected foliage to fill out bouquets. I love the way the grass fans give both heigh and texture to the otherwise very boring roses and daisies and mums.

It's also an unexpected pairing of high low, something I'm currently very into in the flower world. I love seeing sweet, childlike flowers paired with sexy, bold, glossy things. Mixing the same flower but in different colors can look a little chintzy, whereas finding something else to unify (for example, all of the flowers I pick have abundant petals, and thick, textured greenery) can provide the extra oomph to take something into wowland.


If you look at the pictures you'll see how the three main bouquets evolved... until they got to be too big. I ended up pairing them down and actually removing things to get the final look. I put those blossoms in a separate dish for me (these were a present.) Don't feel obligated to use everything for this piece, just because you bought it. I only spent $25 on all of these flowers  and extras ($5 for the roses, $5 x 2 for the Daisies, $4 x 2 for the mums, $2 for the pumpkins, $1 for the gourd, $1 for the poms.) I think the reason the flowers turned out so good is that I had so much fun making them. Try not to overthink. Just have fun and something amazing will come out of it.

The best/worst part is that after a week they'll be gone.