I had the inspiration to forage a Harvest table for Thanksgiving and thought – why not bring the kids along and hit the farmers market for some seasonal fare? I knew they’d love helping me hunt for produce and other Fall foliage…
Saturday morning I got up early and readied the table – throwing down a craft paper table runner, a couple of vases, and a Heath bowl in the center. I then woke the kids, prayed to the farmers market gods we’d score some good finds, and off we went to the market.
Once there, the kids ran around helping me look for things to place on the table. Oranges? Meh. Mushrooms? Not so much. Purple artichokes? Yes, please! We made off with a slew of good pickings, from squash to walnuts, pomegranates to persimmons. I figured whatever we didn’t use, we’d eat anyways, so why not buy a bunch?
From there we hit the flower stand and waded through buckets of Indian summer California blooms to find some seasonal fall gems with purpley, reddish, orange, and golden yellow hues. Collecting our bounty, we headed back to the house.
I put the kids in front of the TV for a few minutes (not gonna lie!) while I filled the vases, starting with an easy base of greens, a smattering of burgundy, and some purple highlights. I even ended up adding some tree clippings from my backyard for a bit more fall color.
The great thing about a harvest bouquet is that it’s supposed to be rustic, so you can really just throw things together. I made sure to use green floral foam inside the vases – it makes the arranging much easier and helps give the bouquets a little more body and fullness.
I called the kids in and let them place our farmers market finds in and around the bowl, adding some items from my kitchen like bosc pears and a few leftover gourds from Halloween. A few strategically placed greens around the produce added a more styled and intentional look.
After setting the table, I put out some colored pencils so the kids could draw hand turkeys. Such a simple idea, but they really enjoyed it. It’s something we’ll do on Thanksgiving for sure!
What do you have planned for harvest season and Thanksgiving? Any fun activities with the kiddos?