This winter, deck out your front door with a gorgeous winter greens planter that really celebrates the season using natural evergreen boughs, branches and holiday accents! Not only will you feel the Christmas spirit every time you get home (not to mention have that wonderful evergreen aroma) but your family and holiday guests will as well. Our easy guide to creating a winter planter of your own will soon have you singing fa-la-la-la-la and stocking up on fir boughs and pinecones.
Gather all your greenery and branches together for your design. There are so many great choices for a winter planter, make sure to mix it up with at least three or more kinds of greenery, to really get different textures in your design and create interest. Some of our favourite winter greens include: Carolina sapphire, juniper, noble fir, hemlock, white pine, Oregonia, cedar, douglas fir and silver fir. We also love to use eucalyptus (there are a number of different varieties and they all look amazing!), magnolia, skimmia, and ilex berries (so colourful) in our designs as natural accents.
1. Prepping the Pot
Fill your pot with potting soil, it’s a great base for anchoring your greens and branches in place! (PRO-TIP: You can also re-use a finished planter from last season. To prepare a used pot from last season, simply sheer the tops of the old plants off from their roots and clean the top of the soil. The roots in the soil are a perfect anchor to hold your greens in place.)
2. Branching Out
Start with the tallest branches/poles in the centre of your planter. We suggest that your final greens arrangement should be double the height and double the width of your pot. (So, if your pot is 16″ tall and 12″ wide, your arrangement is 32″ tall and 24″ wide.) For branches, try cornus, birch poles, alpine huck, or anything you can collect from the wild. You can also use faux berries or pinecones on picks in the centre.
3. Create a Collar
Next, create a collar using greens around the rim of the pot, to define the overall width of the arrangement. Jason uses silver fir boughs here, turning them over to showcase the pale white needles which fit in beautifully with the theme of this winter planter.
4. Fill in the Greens
Finally, add in the greenery tight against these poles/branches to secure them in place. Fill up the centre of your design with greens that stagger in height, decreasing as you get farther from the centre. Bright green douglas fir, long-needled white pine, juniper and seed pod eucalyptus branches create interesting textures and varied shades of green!
5. Add the Bling
Accents are a great way to add interest. Faux berries, glitzy ornaments or natural seedpods. A few shiny baubles create reflections and immediately bring the Christmas spirit to an arrangement! You can also use natural accents you’ve collected like pinecones or woodcuts. We carry a large assortment of different accents for every style!
Even though these winter planter arrangements are not living, they need to be watered once a week, with cold water, to help keep the greens fresh. In climates where freezing is normal, once the arrangement is frozen, you can leave it. In climates where it doesn’t freeze often, you will need to water more often.
For more inspiration in creating your own winter planters, take a look at our free Planter Templates collection, where you can download and print instructions and blueprints to use!
Make this special occasion all about food and friends.
Hosting Friendsgiving should be all about food and friends, not stress. We’re sharing our best Friendsgiving ideas, easy tips, quick recipes, and freebies that’ll help you host with ease.
Host the Ultimate Friendsgiving
Food and friends—there’s so much to be thankful for! Celebrate your friends with the ultimate holiday gathering. If you haven’t heard of Friendsgiving, we’re here with the ultimate what-to-know guide. There aren’t any Friendsgiving rules—just gather your pals and enjoy a meal together. We’re sharing tested tips for hosting the big meal with ease. Plus, we’ve got you covered with fast and free printables!
Go Big Batch
Plan out your Friendsgiving drinks a few days before the party. There’s no need to whip up single-serve cocktails for every guest—a big batch of punch is sure to get the party started. Plus, we’re obsessed with how fun the garnishes are in this gorgeous punch bowl setup.
Make an Edible Centerpiece
Skip a fancy centerpiece for Friendsgiving and create an edible showstopper instead. To make, simply pile cheese and crackers on a cake stand. Arrange fresh grapes around the bottom and you’re ready to start snacking.
Try Turkey Breast
Juicy BBQ turkey breast is one of our favorite Friendsgiving recipes. It’s easier to cook than the whole bird and doesn’t require any carving—simply slice and serve at dinnertime.
Perhaps the world’s biggest sporting event gets underway this month, with the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 48 teams have their sights set on soccer’s biggest prize, with the group stage scheduled to begin on Sunday, November 20, when Qatar takes on Ecuador in the traditional opening match featuring the host country.
They’ve pronounced it “kuh-TAR” and “KA-tar” and “cutter.” The Brits occasionally go for “kuh-TAAH.” Some Americans have done their homework and still somehow settled on “cut-tar.” The accepted pronunciation “would sound like saying: Kuh-TAR.” The English word closest to the native pronunciation might actually be “guitar.”
To continue, the World Cup is being played in the middle of the club season due to the weather in Qatar, forcing leagues around the world to go into a midseason break while some of their best players descend on Qatar for the World Cup.
Here is a look at the schedule thru December 2, along with television information for each match.
Schedule and TV Information
Sunday, November 20
Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador, 11:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Monday, November 21
Group B: England vs Iran, 8:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands, 11:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group B: United States vs Wales, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Tuesday, November 22
Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia, 5:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia, 8:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group C: Mexico vs Poland, 11:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group D: France vs Australia, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Wednesday, November 23
Group F: Morocco vs Croatia, 5:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group E: Germany vs Japan, 8:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica, 11:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group F: Belgium vs Canada, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Thursday, November 24
Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon, 5:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea, 8:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group H: Portugal vs Ghana, 11:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group G: Brazil vs Serbia, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Friday, November 25
Group B: Wales vs Iran, 5:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group A: Qatar vs Senegal, 8:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador, 11:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group B: England vs United States, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Saturday, November 26
Group D: Tunisia vs Australia, 5:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia, 8:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group D: France vs Denmark, 11:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group C: Argentina vs Mexico, 2:00 p.m. ET, FS1
Sunday, November 27
Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica, 5:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group F: Belgium vs Morocco, 8:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group F: Croatia vs Canada, 11:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group E: Spain vs Germany, 2:00 p.m. ET, FS1
Monday, November 28
Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia, 5:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group H: South Korea vs Ghana, 8:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group G: Brazil vs Switzerland, 11:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Tuesday, November 29
Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal, 10:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar, 10:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group B: Iran vs United States, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Group B: Wales vs England, 2:00 p.m. ET, FS1
Wednesday, November 30
Group D: Tunisia vs France, 10:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group D: Australia vs Denmark, 10:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group C: Poland vs Argentina, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico, 2:00 p.m. ET, FS1
Thursday, December 1
Group F: Croatia vs Belgium, 10:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group F: Canada vs Morocco, 10:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group E: Japan vs Spain, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Group E: Costa Rica vs Germany, 2:00 p.m. ET, FS1
Friday, December 2
Group H: South Korea vs Portugal, 10:00 a.m. ET, FOX
Group H: Ghana vs Uruguay, 10:00 a.m. ET, FS1
Group G: Serbia vs Switzerland, 2:00 p.m. ET, FS1
Group G: Cameroon vs Brazil, 2:00 p.m. ET, FOX
This year’s World Cup has no shortage of storylines. On the pitch, this is the last World Cup for Lionel Messi, who has been underwhelming at times this year for Paris Saint-Germain. There is the return of Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac event during the 2021 Euros while playing for Denmark. Canada, who qualified for their first World Cup since 1986 by winning CONCACAF, features defender Alphonso Davies, who can impact the game anywhere on the field.
Even though it goes against the meaning of the holiday, Thanksgiving can be stressful. Amid the bustle of preparing the Thanksgiving menu, decorating the house, and cleaning before guests arrive, it can be difficult to take a moment to breathe and reflect on just what the holiday is about. Sometimes we need a little inspiration to show our gratitude for all of our blessings, and these Thanksgiving quotes will help you do just that.
Most of these sayings will help you express your love and appreciation for all the good things in your life: family, friends, colleagues, health. While others are more on the funny side because making someone laugh is often the best way to show them how much you value you them and the time they are spending with you on November 24.
Wishing you all the best.
Follow the link below to view over 70 more wonderful quotes of the season.