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Andreana Bitsis

Bouquet of the Week: Happy Thanksgiving!

As part of our recurring Bouquet of the Week series, Garden Collage continues to present a weekly inspirational bouquet that incorporates intriguing new elements into the traditional practice of flower arranging. This week, Garden Collage Photo Editor Andreana Bitsis styles a bouquet to honor Thanksgiving. 

I look forward to Thanksgiving every year, not because of the delicious food or Black Friday shopping (for the record, I’ve never gone, not even once), but because of my family. They’re big, loud, and wacky and I love spending time with them all under one roof. My parents have hosted Thanksgiving since I can remember. Depending on who can travel to Massachusetts, there can be as many as twenty-five of us all at one monster table, which usually involves moving a lot of furniture and putting 3 big folding tables together.

My father is the self-designated Thanksgiving decorator. One Thanksgiving Eve he put a pause on cooking when he realized we didn’t have enough matching napkins to go with our tablecloths. Forty-five minutes later, he came back with new napkins, flower arrangements, and festive serving platters. I can safely say that I take after him.

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Andreana Bitsis

This year I wanted to provide a slightly more atypical bouquet than my father would have made as my own little contribution to the table. Once everyone sat down, I learned that nobody in my family knew what an amaryllis was, which, as one of my favorite flowers of all time, was both hilarious and devastating to hear.

Between the “big, pretty, orange things” and “those cute little yellow berries” my little festive floral creation was a hit, furthermore proving my theory that flowers make everything feel just a little more special…Until my mother noticed that my flowers were sitting in the water pitcher she had been looking for all morning. Whoops!

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