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Sneak Peek:
Fresh Flower Jewelry Inspiration

July 27, 2016
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Eloise, on our Public Relations team at 1-800-Flowers.com, recently saw a tweet from Rodarte featuring Kirstin Dunst wearing a pair of fresh orchid earrings, thought it was a really cool idea, and asked if I would do a post about fresh flower jewelry. I also thought it was very cool, so I immediately started brainstorming with a few of the floral designers on staff. I asked a friend of mine who has been making her own jewelry for the last few years to add her skills to the mix… and the results of this collaboration are simply amazing!

We shot everything on location last week, and I can’t wait to share it all with you. It was one of those photoshoots where everything just falls into place—which means I have hundreds of images to go through and so many ideas and how-to’s to share with you that I am going to break it down into multiple posts! In the meantime, here is a sneak peek behind the scenes!

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Entertainment

The Art of the Picnic

June 1, 2016

Packing up a picnic basket for a leisurely lunch in a local park, or putting together a delicious mix of cheeses and some crusty bread with your favorite wine to enjoy at an outdoor concert are some of the true joys of summer. Here are a few tips that will guarantee that your picnic is as pretty and enjoyable as it can be!

French Country Picnic Sunflowers and Wine

Start by choosing your picnic basket or whatever container you will use to pack everything in. I have a collection of both old and new baskets that I have picked up through the years. Using a real basket sets the mood right from the start.

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Holiday Decorations

It’s Dad’s Turn to be
the Guest of Honor

May 25, 2016

Celebrate Dad with a Father’s Day Beer Tasting

We received such great feedback on our Wine Tasting for Mom event that I thought, why not plan something similar for Dad? This time we’re going with a beer tasting event in dad’s honor!

Thanks to an increasing appreciation for quality beer production, there are new breweries popping up all over the country. There’s a good chance that there’s one right in your neighborhood or close by. If possible, hosting your Father’s Day event right at the brewery can add a unique feel and make it more fun for everyone. Leaving the beer to the experts gives you more time to focus on the decorations and the fun details that make Dad feel loved and honored for all he does!

I reached out to Gretchen Schmidhausier, a friend of my sister, who recently fulfilled a lifelong dream and opened a microbrewery in her hometown of Neptune City, New Jersey, on the Jersey Shore. The Little Dog Brewing Company was named after Gretchen’s dog Quincy, a basenji, who is also the face of the brand!

Current Beers- What's On Draft?

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Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Wine Tasting

May 1, 2016
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A Unique Mother’s Day Activity to Wow Mom

Spring is here and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Have you started to think about how you can show mom just how much you love her and how special she is? Hosting a Mother’s Day wine tasting is a fun way to spend time with mom for you to enjoy the holiday together!

The planning and preparation can be as much fun as the event itself! Getting together with a few of your and moms friends to plan a Mother Daughter Wine Tasting party, makes for a great girls day and for a guaranteed good time. In addition to the mother/daughter ideas, a Mother’s Day wine tasting for the whole family (21 and older of course!), can be equally as fun!

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A rustic, natural Napa Valley-inspired wine tasting can make for the perfect setting to incorporate so many of the most popular trends: burlap, chalkboard, mason jars, monograms and Made in America.

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How-To's

How to Make a Kentucky Derby Hat With Flowers

April 25, 2016

If deep inside you there is a Southern belle just waiting to shine, then the Kentucky Derby is your chance to set her free with a standout statement hat! Even if you can’t make it to Churchill Downs, there are Kentucky Derby parties happening all across the country. If you don’t already have plans, then having the opportunity to strut your stuff like a lady is as good a reason as any to throw your own Derby party.

Kentucky Derby Flower Hat

You can have lots of fun creating your own unique hat with a little creativity and very little money. In doing a little research I learned that a wide brim is key. Not only will it keep the sun off your pretty face, but it adds so much drama, so I say the bigger the brim the better! Adorning your hat with flowers, feathers, lace or ribbon completes the look and is said to bring luck to gamblers at the race. In keeping with the Derby theme–also known as the Run for the Roses–I chose red roses as the centerpiece for my adornment, with a little bit of black tulle, and finished it off with a daisy crown around the brim. After all, a girl wants to look good coming and going! Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations, How-To's, Mother's Day

DIY Mother’s Day Craft: How to Make a Floral Hot Air Balloon for Mom

April 23, 2016

Pink and Orange Hot Air Balloon Place SettingMom does so much for the family throughout the year: No matter how long her to-do list is, you know you can always count on her for anything. Because she means so much, let her sit back and enjoy herself on Mother’s Day, and show her how appreciated she is. Treating your mom to a nice brunch is the best way to make her feel like a queen bee: Since you’ve already taken care of everything, Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger. To make her day even more special, pick a fun and truly original theme for your luncheon: hot air balloons!

This beautiful hot air balloon arrangement adds a whimsical take-me-away touch to any Mother’s Day table setting. As soon as she sits down, Mom will feel like she’s floating among the clouds without a care in the world! This Mother’s Day craft is really simple to make, so you can make a big, loving statement with minimal effort. Here’s how to make a floral hot air balloon for Mom on Mother’s Day! Continue Reading…

How-To's

How to Make a DIY Asparagus Vase for Tulips

April 14, 2016

I’m always looking for new unique ways to arrange flowers in a vase and if you remember my Thanksgiving Centerpieces, you know that incorporating fruits and veggies is one fun way to do it! This asparagus vase is super easy to make but looks a lot more impressive, and it gives your guests one of those, “I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!” moments. With just a regular beverage glass or glass cylinder vase, a rubber band, ribbon, asparagus and a bouquet of fresh tulips, you can make this DIY asparagus vase in under 5 minutes!

 

Flower Care & Handling

Tulip Care Tips

April 4, 2016

In honor of tulip season and tulips being one of my favorite flowers, I wanted to share some tips and tricks to help you care for your cut tulips! Check out my videos below for how to straighten bent tulips or for an easy way to arrange tulips in a vase using a grid:

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How-To's

How to Make a Flower Crown

April 4, 2016

Floral crowns seem to be blossoming everywhere you turn these days… and with good reason!  They’re delightfully charming, they’re romantic, and they can be worn anywhere from a wedding to a birthday celebration to a music festival. They’re also surprisingly easy to make. There are just a few basic steps to creating your own amazing flower crown!

Two Flower Crowns- Completed

I’m going to show you how to “wire and tape” using a single floral variety (in this case white waxflower) that can be worn on its own.

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And how easy it is to take it up a notch simply by gluing in your choice of additional flora (and even “fauna”)! You can also do a combination of wiring and gluing. Wire the larger flowers and glue the smaller ones. So let’s get started! Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Prepare A Traditional Irish Breakfast

March 10, 2016

Top O’ The Mornin’ To Ya!

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to start the day than with a plate of hot homemade Irish soda bread scones, a cup of Irish tea, and an Irish Eyes cocktail? Add some unique Irish inspired floral decor and you’re ready for the perfect Irish breakfast!

“Green Tea” Roses & Irish Soda Bread Scones

In this case, the tea is a bouquet of fresh “green tea” roses, to go along perfectly with the Irish breakfast tea of your choice! Match your tea and the tea cup of green roses, with Irish Soda Bread scones (recipe below), and you have the perfect start for your Irish breakfast!
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