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Bunny Flowers & Carrot Decorations for Easter

How adorable is this floral bunny peeking out from a tote full of Easter eggs?! It’s so easy to make and would be a wonderful surprise for your little ones on Easter morning.

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Easter Table Decorations to Egg-cite Your Guests

One of my favorite parts of hosting a holiday gathering is the opportunity to get the creative juices flowing and putting the hours clicking through Pinterest to good use! If a sit down meal is involved then think of the tabletop surface as your palette. A good place to start in creating the theme that you will be building upon would be the invitation. Fine Stationery has so many fabulous options to choose from including the Easter Egg Topiary version that I went with.


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Burlap Bunny Wreath

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Burlap continues to be a very popular material for home décor and crafting. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and there seems to be an endless number of ways to use it. Case in point – this Easter themed wreath was inexpensive and easy to make. And with a few simple changes this one wreath base can be updated throughout the year to celebrate the season, a holiday, or any special occasion.

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Prepare A Traditional Irish Breakfast

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!
Irish Breakfast Green Roses in Tea Cup

Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Raisins Scone Recipe:

Here’s a traditional Irish soda bread scone recipe with raisins that you might want to try. Let me know how they turn out!
Irish Soda Bread Scone Recipe
Ingredients:
1 lb. flour
¼ pint of buttermilk
1-cup raisins
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 oz of Irish butter

Directions:
Sift the flour, baking soda and powder into a bowl. Rub in butter. Add in the sugar and raisins. Stir with a wooden spoon. Make a well in the mix and work in the buttermilk. Turn on to a floured board and knead briefly. With a wooden rolling pin, roll out the mixture till it is one inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, or an upside-down plastic tumbler, to cut out the scones from the dough. Glaze with a beaten egg. Bake in a hot oven (425°F) for 15 minutes.

Tricolo(u)r – The National Flag of Ireland

Irish Flag Made of Green, White & Orange Flowers
I’m embarrassed to admit that I never knew the meaning and lasting relevance of the Irish flag. I’ve held it high on many occasions without even knowing what the three colors represented. In case there are any others of you like me, let me take this opportunity to share my newfound knowledge, as well as my floral tribute to this piece of Irish hope and pride.

The three equal stripes illustrate the Irish political landscape, as accurately today as in 1848, the year the Irish flag was first unfurled.

  • Orange — Standing for Irish Protestants
  • Green — Signifying Irish Catholics and the Republican Cause
  • White — Representing the Hope for Peace Between Them


The Wearing of Green!


Irish Baily Bouts
Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century. Keep the tradition alive by having green carnations available for your guests to pin on when they arrive at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Fill an interesting and appropriately themed container, such as the old Bailey’s tin that I used here, with green carnations that are cut short and ready to be adorned with a ribbon or pinned on a lapel. The carnations I’ve used are a natural green variety called Prado. It is one of my favorite flowers, because of its beautiful pale green color and its availability year round.

If you really want to impress your special Irish lad or lass, look into their eyes as you pin on their carnation and say the Gaelic phrase, “Tá tú go h-álainn” (you’re beautiful).

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling!

This cocktail is called Irish Eyes and is similar to the vodka based White Russian. Crème de menthe adds just a hint of mint and gives the finished drink its light green color. A few of these and you’ll be singing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and no one will care what key it is in!
Irish Eyes

Irish Eyes Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:
* 1 oz Irish Whisky
* ¼ oz crème de menthe
* 2 oz cream
Preparation:
* Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.

* Shake well.
* Pour into glass
* Enjoy and may the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

BloomNet Winter Fresh Forum 2015

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I recently had the pleasure of attending the BloomNet Winter Fresh Forum at the Napco Headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. BloomNet is an international floral wire service provider offering quality products and diverse services to a select network of professional retail florists.

In our ever-changing world it is important to have an organization for florists and floral designers that allows us to “embrace our floristness”. Additionally, BloomNet provides venues and opportunities to share ideas, learn new skills, meet and hear from industry leaders, and stay up-to-date on the latest floral and gifting trends.
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Chinese New Year 2015

The Year of the Sheep

The Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the New Moon. This year it falls on February 19th. It is “The Year of the Sheep”! For ways to celebrate, turn to traditional Chinese customs, foods, and colors for inspiration. Don’t be afraid to have some fun with it and use your imagination.

Decorations

floral-decor-chinese-new-yearRed is an important color not only because of its intoxicating vibrancy, but also because of its rich meaning in Chinese culture and history. It is said that red is the color of the soul of the nation. The color red signifies reunion, health, happiness, harmony, peace and prosperity. So guess what color palette I would suggest for your Chinese New Year’s celebration? That’s right – red!

Flowers are an important part of the Chinese culture, and New Year’s is the biggest day in the Chinese flower market. Flowers are said to bring good luck and are given when visiting family for the traditional New Year’s Eve feast. Pick up decorative takeout containers from a party supply store and fill with flowers in shades of reds, golds, and oranges. These sweet, petite arrangements can also be given as gifts to your guests when the party is over.
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Valentine Match Game

Let’s have some Valentine’s fun. Can you match the bouquet to the intended recipient?

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What Is Her Rose Style?

Here are a few more “rosey” ideas for Valentine gifts that speak from the heart. Nothing is more romantic than a gift that says that you know who they are and what they’re about.

If she reminds you of Taylor Swift (lucky you), a romantic gesture like this fresh rose heart would hit the right chord.

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A Rose is a Rose… Or Is It?

The rose has been a symbol of love for thousands of years. And even though giving roses to someone to express your love is an age-old tradition it has never lost its power to touch the heart of the recipient. But does it always have to be given in the same age-old traditional way – a dozen red roses in a bouquet or in a vase? Do they always have to be red or a dozen? And can you or should you give roses to a guy?

I posed these questions to some of my co-workers at 1-800-Flowers.com and found their answers both surprising and delightful! I hope sharing a few of them with you will inspire you to be creative in how you tell someone that you love them with roses this Valentine’s Day. If you aren’t up for a DIY, share your ideas with your local florist. Florists are talented artisans and will be more than happy to create a one of a kind expression of your love.

carly-rose-shirtCarly, who is a Fine Arts major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, works part-time in our photo studio. She said that she actually has given roses to her boyfriend in the past – she left the bouquet on the hood of his car for a sweet unexpected surprise! This time she was ready to kick it up a notch!

DIY Heart Top Made of Roses

Carly’s heart tube top was created with the petals of a dozen fresh red roses and glued right onto her red shirt! Of course this arrangement of roses won’t last for a week but then again it doesn’t have to! Another option is using fake petals should you wish to go that route.
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Setting the Mood with Food, Flowers, and Candles

Set The Mood on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about love and expressing your feelings, so I prefer to keep the event itself low key and comfortable. At the same time the mood should be sensual, encouraging contact and communication. There are a few key elements that definitely help you to create this vibe: flowers, candles, and food that can be eaten (and fed to each other) with your fingers!

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