Great New Year Decor Ideas!

Ring In The New Year With Style!

Whether you are planning an intimate dinner for a few close friends or going all out to ring in the New Year you?ll want to have party décor that will set the mood.  If you are looking for great New Year’s decor ideas, look no further. Two key elements for your New Year’s decor are candles and a bit of sparkle. I?ve included these key elements along with natural elements, such as, evergreens, birch branches, and pinecones to create a few sophisticated styles. It?s not too late to pull a few of these ideas together. Even though these styles look fabulous, they are all very easy to do. Not to mention you probably have most of the elements needed. Add a few fresh flowers and you?re all set!

Icicle Splendor

I absolutely love the way it looks when the bare tree branches of winter become covered with ice. You can easily create that same dramatic look in your home using birch branches and acrylic icicles. First, I filled the cylinder with a strand of clear lights and pinecones, before I inserted the branches, which gives this arrangement even more impact.

New Year?s Wishes

A nice touch for a New Year?s party is to have small cards and a pen set up near a tree. During the night, encourage your guests to write down their wish for the New Year on one of the cards and hang it on the tree. At midnight gather around the tree and make a toast to all of your hopes and wishes for the New Year that lies ahead.

Up next, a few last minute ideas including using chandelier crystals and how to get a lot of sparkle from a little bit of glitter! Think ?fire and ice?.

Orchid Care & Decorating Tips for Different Types of Orchids

Exotic Breeze Dendrobium Orchids from 1800flowers.com In the past few years we?ve seen the popularity of orchids, both potted and cut, skyrocket! It?s now one of the most popular flowers that we carry at 1-800 Flowers. Orchids are simple and pure with an air of sophistication and elegance.  And because of their long shelf life as a cut flower, they?re also a very good value.

 

The dendrobium and the cymbidium orchids are two of the more widely recognized varieties.  Growing in popularity are the Vandas and Mokaras.  Each has its own special qualities and can be displayed and enjoyed in so many different and exciting ways!

DENDROBIUM ORCHIDS

A symbol of wisdom and beauty, the dendrobium is native to Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. On the beautiful islands of Hawaii, they?re often used to make leis, which people wear as a symbol of love, friendship, celebration, honor?or as a way to greet visitors.

Making a floral lei from dendrobium orchids is extremely easy and is a wonderful and unexpected way to honor someone for a special achievement or just to let them know how special they are.  Watch my video to see just how easy it is to do.




CYMBIDIUM ORCHIDS

A symbol of strength and nobility.



VANDA ORCHIDS

The Vanda is considered to be the most highly evolved of all orchids and is very highly prized for its showy, fragrant, long-lasting and intensely colorful flowers.                                                 



MOKARA ORCHIDS

The Mokara orchid is a hybrid orchid, a cross between the Arachnis, Ascocentrum and Vanda families.  Like their parents, Mokara orchids come in a variety of vibrant colors.


 

 

How to Make Your Own Homemade Christmas Wreaths

One of my favorite traditions during the Holiday season is taking a day to decorate the house. While it may feel like a chore for some, I have always enjoyed putting a lot of creativity and effort into my décor this time of year.

Personalizing the front door wreath is one of my favorite ways to help set our home apart from others in the neighborhood. Years ago, people would put wreaths on their front door featuring different floral arrangements or crafts to identify their individual families and house?similar to the way we use house numbers today. Once I learned this, I couldn?t wait to create a few different Christmas wreaths for my friends and neighbors!

The wreaths shown below were inspired by each recipient?s hobby, but you could create one for just about anything?a new baby, a friend?s favorite movie or even a family?s heritage.

DIY Christmas Wreath for Knitters
Christmas Wreaths for Knitters

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Fall Reception Décor Ideas

The personal and the décor flowers should complement each other. I suggest having 3 different centerpieces in varying heights instead of having the same centerpiece on every table. It creates a much better rhythm and flow in the room. Various size tables are also nice if your venue can accommodate it. Here are three fall reception décor ideas that work with the look and feel of the bouquets I have featured so far.

Wreath Centerpiece
I love this fresh flower wreath. Incorporating lots of texture with the pods, berries and kale, make it a feast for the eyes. I particularly like the use of the cut succulent, which is currently one of my current favorite ?flowers? to work with this year. An amber glass cylinder and pillar candle in the center of the wreath adds a warm glow to match the warm glow in your hearts on this special day.

Iron Pedestal
This pedestal is adorned with chandelier crystals, candles and has a very romantic feel to it. The green hanging amaranthus is a nice dramatic touch.

Metal Twig Tree
Branches are extremely popular for weddings and special events right now. In this case, I started with a metal twig tree originally designed to display ornaments. I added a few stem of fresh birch branches to give it some visual movement and a more natural fuller shape. The metal branches provide an excellent base for hanging votive candles on and the cymbidium orchids can be strung on the more delicate birch branches. When the lights are turned down and the candles are lit these trees add a magical touch to the room!

How To Create A DIY Autumn Leaf Table Runner

Fall is here, Thanksgiving is slowly approaching… What is better than an inexpensive, easy and creative autumn leaf table runner to bring the outside beauty of fall, inside your home? Your friends and family will feel as if they are sitting right in your backyard.

Try it out yourself and remember, just have fun with it!

DIY Autumn Leaf Table Runner

Materials Needed:

  • Clear cellophane cut to the size of your table.
  • Fall leaves from outside, or preserved leaves from a craft store.
  • Scissor for any trimming needed.
  • Tack 2000 spray adhesive.
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface.

Create a DIY Autumn Leaf Table Runner in 7 Easy Steps:

  • Start with a piece of clear cellophane cut to size.
  • Gather leaves from outside or buy preserved leaves at a craft store.
  • Cut the leaves off of the branches and trim the stem from the bottom of the leaf. If the leaves are a little wrinkled you can iron them – it looks better if the leaves lay flat.
  • Cover your work surface with newspaper and place your piece of cellophane on top.
  • Have your leaves ready and spray half of the cellophane with Tack 2000 spray adhesive.
  • Simply place the leaves onto the cellophane one at a time, starting at the edge and overlapping the previously placed leaves.
  • Spray the other half of the cellophane with the adhesive and finish adding leaves.

Create A Festive Table Display With Filberts and Mums

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and if you?re still looking for a centerpiece to make your festive table display elegant this season, try using filberts and mums.

I prefer to use multiple smaller floral accents as opposed to one large centerpiece. Using smaller centerpieces will allow you to easily move the arrangements around the table when different courses are brought to the table. These arrangements couldn?t be easier to do!

I chose small square vases and tall cylinder vases. Another idea is to use unique containers or glassware you may have around your house.

Steps:

  • Fill the vases with filberts (hazel nuts)
  • Once the vases are filled with filberts, fill the vessels with water.
  • Top the arrangement off with a single mum – in this case a copper disbud.

I love the monochromatic look and the use of various textures.

Filberts & Mums

Create Festive Floral Place Settings

Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. You don?t necessarily need to add a place card, especially if your family is a ?first at the table gets their choice of seat? type of family! It is a nice touch though. Here are a few ideas to help you create festive floral place settings for your next holiday gathering.

Savory Succulent
This cut succulent looks good enough to eat. Luckily with all of the food you?ll be serving at dinner no one will be tempted to eat it.

Succulent on Plate

Krazy for Kale
This kale is grown to be enjoyed as a cut flower and really makes a statement when placed on a dinner plate. Use one of the leaves as a place card.

Kale Place Setting

The Colors of the Season
Wrap a few sprigs of colorful fall flora and fauna to bring the vibrant colors of the season onto your table. A few leaf shaped cards from craft store (or you can cut them out yourself) are the finishing touch.

Flora, Fauna and Grapes

Zen Style
Create a sense of peace this Thanksgiving with a Zen inspired holiday table. Keep the look clean and simple with minimal elements. Now let?s mediate on all we have to be thankful for!

Zen Table Setting

Thanksgiving at the Shore
Whether you?re having Thanksgiving at your home on the beach or you just wish you were there, create the mood with sand dollar place cards with a single orchid tucked in for a look that?s simple and elegant.

Sand Dollar Place Cards and Orchid

Picture Perfect Place Settings
Give each guest at your table their own floral arrangement with petite colored bottles holding a single flower. For a truly personal touch attach a special note to each bottle telling that person what you are thankful for about them. Add a copy of a photo of them on the front of the note instead of just writing their name. I particularly like the look of photos from the past. It adds a sweet nostalgic feeling that is perfect for Thanksgiving!

Floral Picture Place Setting

Have a Beach Inspired Thanksgiving!

While many of us associate Thanksgiving with crisp cold air, berried branches, turning foliage, and chrysanthemums, not everyone has to go over the river and through the woods to get to grandmother?s house. Some just take a barefoot stroll along the beach, perhaps collecting a few shells along the way. If I were spending the holiday at my house in Florida here is how I would like my table to look.

Beach Inspired Table Settings

Sand Dollar and Orchid Centerpiece

Not only is it coastal inspired, but it is a cleaner, less cluttered and simpler look. This also matches our lifestyle down in Florida which is completely opposite from our hectic, fast-paced life in New York.

Use found objects as well as treasured keepsakes to create the look you want. Keeping the colors soft and using monochromatic single variety flowers will provide a sense of calm.

White Roses in Sea Shell

Write each guest?s name on a sand dollar and tuck a single cymbidium orchid behind it for a chic place setting.

Personalized Sand Dollar and Orchid

Have a beach inspired Thanksgiving!

Sweet M&M Halloween Table Centerpiece

Halloween is a great opportunity to have some creative fun! Make it sweet and simple with this easy M&M Halloween Table Centerpiece craft.
The Crow Ate My M&M's
Here?s a quick centerpiece idea for your Halloween festivities?

I love the purple, lime green, orange and black combination for the holiday, so when I saw Halloween M&M?s in the store, I immediately bought a few bags. Just another reason to buy candy! I developed a nested vase for one of the products in my collection, The Sweet Heart Bouquet, and knew it was the perfect container for this M&M project.

You can make your own by putting a narrow vase or glass inside of another large glass container. Ideally, you would want both glasses to be the same height, but if not, the inside glass can be slightly shorter then the outer one. For the floral, I used shamrock spider mums and purple statice. Both flowers are hardy and will last about two weeks.

Would you believe it, right after I made my arrangement, a crow flew in the window and started eating my M&M?s! I named the crow Russell and told him he could stick around, so look out for him in future images!

If you are running low on time, check out a similar product here from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

Make Your Own Fall Wreath

Wreaths can be used in so many different ways to decorate your home and are very easy to make. Here are three options, in three different sizes, using three different bases. Which one are you going to create this Thanksgiving? Maybe you?ll do them all!

Grapevine Chair Wreath
Here?s an unexpected touch for your Thanksgiving table (or chair in this case).

Grapevine Chair Wreath

  • Start with a 5? grapevine wreath, which you can get at any craft store for under a dollar each.
  • Glue a base of autumn leaves, a bit of berries, and assorted foliage such as eucalyptus and magnolia leaves. I used a hot glue gun.
  • Attach a cymbidium orchid with a dab of floral adhesive.
  • Attach the finished wreath to the back of each chair with a beautiful ribbon that coordinates with table linens.

Magnolia Wreath
Magnolia wreaths have always been popular in the South. However, we northerners are being lured by the dark glossy beauty of the two-tone magnolia leaf (the back of each leaf is brown). Making a wreath using just the leaves with a simple ribbon creates a look that is fresh and sophisticated.

Magnolia Wreath

  • Start with a pre-made wire base or create your own using heavy-gauge wire.
  • Cut the magnolia leaves from the branch.
  • Wire small clusters of 3-4 leaves together.
  • Wire the individual bunches of leaves onto the wire wreath form, making sure to overlap them so that their stems don?t show.
  • Spray your wreath with artist?s fixative or hair spray, and hang it on a wall or door.

Fresh Sunflower Wreath
This wreath is made with a floral foam base and is designed entirely with fresh flowers and foliage. The focal flower is a sunflower, which is perfect this time of year with its chocolate brown center and golden yellow petals.

Fresh Sunflower Wreath

A fresh flower wreath makes a beautiful centerpiece with a pillar candle and hurricane lamp in the center. Follow these simple steps to create your own fresh flower wreath.

    • Thoroughly soak the wreath form.
      Rinse Wreath Form
    • Create the initial shape by inserting short stems of foliage into the foam.
    • Add the sunflowers even spaced around the wreath.
    • Fill in the wreath with the other flowers that you have chosen.
    • Fill in any gaps with oak leaves, raffia, and other assorted foliage such as salal leaves or pittisporum.