Happy Thanksgiving! Today I thought I'd share an easy flower arrangement I made for Thanksgiving using a pumpkin as a vase. To start I bought a sugar pumpkin and some zinnias at the grocery store. To hold the water I used a half pint jelly jar that I already had, but any glass or plastic jar smaller than the pumpkin would work. I traced the rim of the jar onto the pumpkin and using a knife cut out the opening. After scooping out the seeds (and saving them for toasting) I inserted the jar into the pumpkin. To finish it off I added some water to the jar and then arranged the zinnias for a simple and festive arrangement.
Tammy's only guidance about the cake design was that she wanted to use the Willow Tree Promise Cake Topper since she collects Willow Tree figures to commemorate important events in her life. Using the cake topper as inspiration I made fondant roses to match the base of the topper and paired them with ribbon wrapped around the base of each layer.
This was my first time using ribbon on a cake and I found that even though the ribbon was double-sided, grease from the icing was bleeding through the ribbon. I removed the ribbon and started again by ironing freezer paper onto the back of a new piece of ribbon before putting it on the cake. The freezer paper provided a barrier that seemed to work well and kept the ribbon looking fresh and pretty.
I feel lucky that I had a small part in Tammy and Drue's special day and I wish them all the best as they embark on married life together.