We enlisted The Bouqs' Eric Buterbaugh for a step-by-step guide to ensure that everyone can make a fresh-flower, fall-centric centerpiece this Thanksgiving.
The finished product: a beautiful, fall-inspired bouquet.
From adorning the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in decadent bouquets to dreaming up floral arrangements for the likes of Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, and Salma Hayek, Eric Buterbaugh is LA’s go-to florist. Buterbaugh also serves as chief floral designer of LA-based floral delivery service, The Bouqs, which sources beautiful cut-to-order blooms from an eco-friendly farm on an active volcano in South America and ships them straight to your door.
With Thanksgiving only two weeks away, we paid a visit to Buterbaugh’s studio, where he gave us step-by-step instructions on how to create two stunning floral centerpieces for a Thanksgiving tablescape using vibrant orange roses from The Bouqs.
Let’s get started!
Buterbaugh tells us the key step in creating a floral arrangement is the prep work. For this arrangement, Buterbaugh uses a round vase filled with agonis leaves. Then, using tape, he creates a grid over the opening to give the flowers something to grip onto.
Next, use magnolia leaves to create a shape for the arrangement.
Add in a few hypericome berries and alstroemeria flowers.
Cut the bottom of the orange roses (starting at $40) at an angle and trim away the leaves that will be submerged in the water. This will keep the water clean and help the arrangement last longer.
Then, begin carefully placing the roses in the arrangement.
Although there is no specific number of roses you need to use, Buterbaugh advises keeping it minimal. “For me, less is more,” he says. “It’s more powerful.”
For this arrangement, Buterbaugh opted for a gold vase. “The gold thing is really in right now,” he says. “If you can find some of these gold, brass [vases] it works, but you can also spray paint some vases gold.” Start by prepping the vase. Here, Buterbaugh uses colorful wires to give the flowers something to hold onto, but cookie cutters will work, too. Finish by creating a grid with tape across the opening of the vase.
Start creating the shape of the arrangement using solidaster.
Again, ensure you cut the orange roses at an angle and trim any leaves that will be submerged in water. Then, begin filling the arrangement with the roses.
Finish with a few pieces of orange thistle.
Tips For a Longer-Lasting Arrangement
To ensure your arrangements lasts five to six days, follow Buterbaugh’s tips, below.
1. As soon as you get the flowers, cut the ends at a slant and let them hydrate in water. Once they’ve drawn water all the way up, store them in a cooler until you’re ready to create the floral arrangement.
2. Change the floral arrangement’s water every day.
3. Make sure the arrangements aren’t near a heater, which will shorten their lifespan.
4. Place the arrangements away from a window. The harsh sunlight will cause the flowers to die quicker.