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Thanksgiving tips from Anna Mara

Nov.21, 2013

The countdown is on for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the states. To help us get ready, we thought we would check in with our friend Anna Mara for advice on ordering flowers and setting a pretty table.

Hi there Anna,
It's so nice to be your neighbor in the Schoolhouse Electric building, and we are excited to share a table with you again this year at the Portland Bazaar! We are always picking up your beautiful arrangements for our special occasions, when we need to cheer people up, and sometimes, just because. We'd love to ask you a few questions about flowers for the holidays!

Name: Anna Jorgensen
Business name: Anna Mara Flowers
Address: 2181 NW Nicolai Street, Portland OR 97210
Contact info: 503.758.4986, anna@annamaraflowers.com

What is your first memory of flowers?
My first memory of flowers, that's a hard one because I feel like they have just always been there. But there is a very strong memory of when I was graduating pre-school and my mom picked some roses from our garden and made me a little bouquet, bright pink roses and the scent of those roses stuck with me forever. It felt so special.

How did you get into the floral business?
I've always loved working with flowers and so I got my first job working at the most beautiful little flower shop and nursery in the town where I grew up. It seemed like a dream and just so much fun, so I started by just helping to clean flowers just to be around them.

What are your go-to flowers for Fall?
During each season I am drawn more to color rather than particular flowers when making a bouquet, but I do love to include garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangea and hints of gorgeous seasonal foliage. During the fall, the bronze football mum is really striking.

How far in advance should a person order from a florist before a big flower holiday?
At our shop, the more notice the better, but usually a 3-7 day notice is really helpful. We always plan to stock up with the prettiest and freshest selection we can, just in case there are a few last minute needs!

What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Definitely setting the table and adding the flowers. The centerpiece and flowers on the table truly make it come together and make it feel like a really special occasion.

Describe the way you set your holiday table?
For our table, I like to keep it simple sticking to one color scheme. This year I'm really drawn to the classic white/cream with accents of yellow and gold. I always have a low lush arrangement, usually including hydrangea, garden roses, mums, ranunculus, herbs and fruit. I really love when I can add in something more unusual like date palm or a pincushion protea to add a little something unexpected. Then I like to style the table with extra candles and fruit and if there's room add a few smaller votive size arrangements, usually a single orchid bloom or ranunculus, to playfully dance the length of the table. I got some great tips for place setting from the lovely ladies at Commonwealth I'm excited to incorporate this year too!

What are you thankful for?
It is definitely a time for being grateful and I could not be more blessed to be surrounded and supported by loving family, friends and the best co-workers/neighbors a little flower shop could ask for. I hope everyone can fill their tables with a little flower love and decadence this year and truly celebrate these gifts.

What's new in the shop for the holiday season and/or are you cooking up anything special for the Portland Bazaar?
We are excited to introduce our "winter wonderland" styled terrariums this winter and lots of gorgeous hand made wreaths with a very special local ribbon. Check back soon and come see us at the Portland Bazaar to see what we've been up to!

Learn more about the Portland Bazaar here

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