Cornucopias offer sales opportunities
not just for Thanksgiving but throughout autumn.
A multitude of woven cornucopia baskets offers a wealth of
possibilities for dressing up customers’ homes for fall or
Thanksgiving. Not only can these iconic containers hold all
manner of ingredients—from fresh flowers and produce to potted
plants—they easily can be adapted from tabletop to wall
applications. Consider these three options to offer this holiday
When one thinks of the traditional cornucopia, an image such
as this immediately comes to mind, a basket burgeoning with
fall fruits and vegetables as a clear symbol of the harvest
season. This is a great way to take advantage of your
store’s abundant produce section, incorporating your choice
of ingredients, and to offer a lovely table centerpiece.
Place a block of floral foam in the square opening of the
cornucopia basket, in the plastic liner. Insert wood picks
into assorted fruits and vegetables, such as mushrooms,
apples, limes and half-ears of corn. Pick the fruits and
vegetables into the floral foam, and drape clusters of
grapes among the group.
MATERIALS: 12” Twiggy
Vine Cornucopia from FTD Group, Inc.; OasisÆ Floral Foam
from Smithers-Oasis; wood picks from W.J. Cowee; fruits and
vegetables from produce department.
A pleasing mound of roses, miniature sunflowers and spray
chrysanthemums will inject a sunny autumn aura into any home
or celebration. The lighter hues, which pair nicely with
pastel bands on this woven cornucopia, remain
fall-appropriate in this orange palette, which is accented
by Hypericum berries and seeded Eucalyptus leaves.
HOW TO: Cut a square of floral foam to fit the
plastic tray in the cornucopia. Soak the floral foam in
fresh-flower-food solution and secure it into the plastic
tray. Arrange the flowers into the floral foam.
MATERIALS: Autumn Cornucopia with Tray from The John
Henry Company; Oasis Floral Foam from Smithers-Oasis; roses,
miniature sunflowers, spray chrysanthemums, Hypericum and
seeded Eucalyptus leaves from favorite suppliers.
This twist on the traditional cornucopia turns the basket on
its end to create a striking wall adornment and a fun
addition to your department’s dish-garden offerings. An
ornamental pepper plant spices up this collection of
variegated foliages. And since it features potted plants,
this cornucopia is a long-lasting option for fall and
HOW TO: Insert the plastic pot-shaped liner into the
cornucopia, and fill it partially with potting soil. Plant
the foliage plants into the container, with spiky Dracaena
marginata as a focal point. Wire dried quince slices to wood
picks, and insert the picks into the soil as accents.
MATERIALS: Cornucopia Basket from burton + BURTON;
dried quince slices from Knud Nielsen Company; wood picks
from W.J. Cowee; assorted plants and potting soil from
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