I've been noticing an uptick in edible arrangements, and I'm digging it. No, not the wacky-looking, toothpick-skewered fruit creations you associate with the category, although there's certainly a time and place for that (a breakfast meeting at work, fine; your Thanksgiving table — not so much). I'm referring to centerpieces featuring brassicas, or cabbages, mustard plants, and other cruciferous vegetables.
You could say I'm on the "kale yeah" bandwagon. I just think there's something so practical about appreciating the beauty of brassicas. They're colorful, hearty, and can potentially be eaten post-bouquet. What's not to love?
For a little Turkey Day inspiration, we've rounded up a few of our favorite brassica arrangements leading the farm-to-tablescape movement. Check them out and then consider creating your own feast for the eyes.
Check out this three-tiered beauty (above) that Karen Bertelsen from The Art of Doing Stuff whipped up for Canadian Thanksgiving. It's totally elegant and rustic at the same time. Those brooding purple cabbage buds add the perfect hit of texture and color to her design, which was largely sourced from her garden, plus a few store-bought vegetables and trailing flowers for movement.
She stacked zinc pedestals for a base, but cleverly points out that you could use a cheaper galvanized tin cupcake stand, a bowl, or even a basket. The key, she says, is finding something with patina and staying away from glitzy, glittery vessels. Point taken.
See how it all came together: The All Vegetable Thanksgiving Centerpiece at The Art of Doing Stuff
The great thing about brassicas is they can be dark and moody or pretty and perky, depending on what you pair with them. Here, Erika Brechtel of The E List nailed a girly Moroccan souk vibe by putting kale and artichokes into an assortment of roses and proteas.
A shiny perforated vase worked in this case because the overall look was meant to be glamorous and exotic. With the right linens, this mix could be Friendsgiving material.
Get the tutorial: D.I.Y Vegetable Florals at The E List
Brassicas can fly solo, too, because they are so bold. That's a beautiful thing for all of you aspiring florists out there that like to keep things simple. For this easy arrangement, Ingrid Henningsson, the flower expert behind the Of Spring and Summer blog, cut 10 stems of ornamental cabbage to size and put them in a clear pickling jar. Brassica stems are super long and striking, so why not put those pretty fuchsia stalks on display? You don't really need much else to create visual impact.
See more: A Bunch for the Weekend - Ornamental Cabbage at Of Spring and Summer
The other day, I was at a work event when I saw this display from floral designer Takaya Sato of L'Atelier Rouge, a New York-based studio that specializes in weddings, parties, and more. She created this sophisticated seasonal display with purple kale, coral peonies, and some shapely small eggplants for good measure. The result is a striking, super artsy-looking arrangement that is definitely something you could recreate at home.
See more of Takaya's work at L'Atelier Rouge
And because she's kind of a brassica whisperer, let's look at one last Thanksgiving centerpiece from Karen of The Art of Doing Stuff. That girl definitely knows how to pull a table together, and the big brassica heads in this centerpiece look fantastic with the classic black-and-white scheme she chose for her dinnerware and napkins.
Check out the rest of the table's details: The Rustic Table at The Art of Doing Stuff