How to Preserve Flowers with Wax

Create Your Own Wax Flowers

Wax Roses as Centerpiece Around a Candle on purple table clothJust when you thought your Valentine flowers were done here are two more tricks and tips to make the last few blooms more then just a memory. Waxing fresh flowers is a craft that dates back to the Victorian era. It’s quite easy and inexpensive to do. It just takes a little practice, because the most important part is getting the temperature just right for the types of flower that you are waxing. Almost any type of bloom can be waxed so go ahead and experiment.

Wax Flower Materials Needed:
* Fresh flowers
* Paraffin wax
* Double boiler
* Wax or Parchment Paper
* Empty vases or bottles for drying the flowers
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How to Make Back to School Flowers to Start Their School Year Off Right

mason jar with handpicked garden flowersBack to school flowers can help everyone start the new school year off on the right foot! According to research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. “Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.”

Here are some creative ideas that you and your child can put together the day before school starts. Your child might be a little nervous about the first day of school and spending time with you, putting a floral or plant gift together for the teacher will relax them and get them excited about giving their new teacher such a beautiful gift. Read more »

How to Make Flowers Last Longer

Make a Simple Floral Bouquet Last Up to Three Weeks

It has been scientifically proven that flowers make people feel good. According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

By following the simple flower care and handling tips that I have provided, you can get those good feelings to last longer! Read more »

Fall Wedding Flower Ideas, Trends & Themes

There are so many options for flowers and décor for fall weddings that it can be difficult deciding on one theme or direction. Here are just a few fall wedding flower ideas to help you with the perfect autumn combinations to delight and inspire.

Rich Hues and Lots of Texture
Bold Fall Wedding FlowersTap into what’s in season in the world of flora and fauna for bouquets and centerpieces that are unique and visually stunning. Read more »

Caring for Cut Flowers in Five Easy Steps

Care for Cut Flowers In Order to Keep Them Fresh 

Step One: Always use clean vases or containers. Bacteria in the water will shorten the life span of your flowers. Household bleach is an excellent cleaning agent for your floral containers.

Caring for Cut Flowers by Cutting Under Water

Step Two: Have your vase ready before working with the flowers. Fill the container about ¾ full with warm water and floral food (according to packet directions). Of course, I always have extra packets of floral food at my house, because I always have fresh flowers. If you buy flowers from a florist they will give you packets to use at home – why not ask for a few extra so that you have them on hand too. If you find yourself without a commercially prepared food click here for a version that you can make yourself. Read more »

Homemade Floral Food

How to Make Your Own Food For Flowers

There are 3 ingredients that are helpful when trying to keep your flowers fresh and long-lasting. They are:

  • Sugar – provides nutrition for flowers
  • Citric acid – acts as an acidifier and lowers the ph level of the water
  • Bleach – prevents bacteria growth in the vase

Here are a few do-it-yourself options that I have come across:

  • One part lemon lime soda (7-Up, Sprite) to 3 parts of water
  • Two tablespoons lemon juice, one tablespoon sugar, one quarter teaspoon bleach to one quart of water
  • Two tablespoons of white vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar to one quart of water

How To Create a Love Altar

Dog-able made out of flowers getting married

Did you ever want to tell someone just how much they mean to you and how much joy, comfort, and passion they have brought into your life? Sometimes it’s easier to show someone how much you love them than to try to put it into words. A love altar is a wonderful space for manifesting this desire, passion and adoration. Read more »

How To Host A Wine Tasting Party

Not too long ago, I was asked to put together an elegant wine tasting event. It was such a treat to design a party with the sole purpose of saying “Thank You” to some of our local 1-800-FLOWERS customers!

I quickly got to work, planning and designing. The results, I must say, were spectacular! The theme naturally took on the feeling of a relaxing, sunny afternoon in Napa Valley. Needless to say I was very happy that I was asked to host a wine tasting party.  Even on short notice, I was able to collect a number of unique pieces that could be repurposed to fit the theme perfectly. Most of the items used throughout the space were pieces I had collected on vacation, received as gifts, or picked up at yard sales.

Wine Tasting Grape Barrel

Many of the materials, like the soda crate and barrel, came from flea markets that I love to frequent throughout New England!

Wine Tasting Crate Platter

In addition to the props and fabrics, food was also used to tie in color and theme. Grapes, for example, made a great accent to the room décor by incorporating them into an arrangement.

Wine Tasting Floral Basket with Grapes

To enhance the vineyard feeling of the evening, I used wine corks as filler in the bottom of a clear vase. Simple, elegant and eco-friendly!

Wine Tasting Cork Filler

One of my favorite elements of the evening were the “wine corsages” that were created as decorative accents to some of our favorite bottles of wine.

Wine Tasting Wine Corsage

Along the same lines, ceramic baskets were used instead of ice buckets to chill the white wines. Flowers, like roses, carnations and hydrangeas, were arranged to decorate the wine baskets and make them more appealing.

Wine Tasting Wine Cooler Decor

The more fun you have with putting all the elements together, the better it will turn out. I had so much fun putting all the pieces together — I even hired a musician to play for the duration of the party to add warmth and ambiance to the room! Sometimes it’s the smallest detail that completes a party.

Floral Cupcake Party!

Cupcakes, Cupcakes, Cupcakes!

I had such a great time last Friday afternoon at Hotel Giraffe in New York City. I had the opportunity to participate in a “Cupcake Party” to celebrate the launch of the NEW! Cupcake in Bloom from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, as well as, the fresh baked and delicious edible cupcakes from Cheryl’s.

1-800-Flowers® Cupcake in Bloom
Cupcake in Bloom
Everything Cupcake! – Birthday
Edible Cupcakes

 

Sometime ago, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM asked me if I would help design a floral cupcake. The Birthday Flower Cake has been such a success for so many years that I knew it was time for the 2.0 version – so to speak. Now that it was time to unveil my cupcake creation, who better to have a cupcake coming out party with, then some of the most diehard cupcake lovers. These cupcake lovers share their passion (or should I say obsession) of cupcakes with us everyday through their blogs. Some of the guests included: Cupcakes Take The Cake, the one and only Milwaukee Cupcake Queen from No One Puts Cupcake in the Corner, Melissa Cohen from MetalSugar and Lisa Lillien from HungryGirl.

There are so many aspects of the “Cupcake Party” that I would love to share with you, so let’s start with the decorations…

We started off with a theme and the location. What’s better than a chic modern hotel, such as, Hotel Giraffe in New York City? At this event, I worked with a great stylist, Laraine D’Elia. We wanted to keep the look of the party as simple and sophisticated as the room, but of course we wanted to add a touch of sweetness! One of the focal points of the décor was the oversized floral cupcake that I created. Here are some photos of the oversized cupcakes, as well as, other shots of the day.

The View from Hotel Giraffe
Hotel Giraffe Terrace


A Chic Cupcake Party with Oversized Cupcakes
Cupcake Party with Oversized Cupcakes


Oversized Cupcake


Me with the Milwaukee Cupcake Queen
Me with Milwaukee Cupcake Queen


Rachel and Nichelle from Cupcakes Take The Cake with Elisabeth and Lindy from Cheryl & Co.
Rachel, Nichelle, Elisabeth, Lindy


Melissa from MetalSugar and her cupcake tattoo!
Melissa from MetalSugar
I’ll be sharing more details from the party soon. I will give you details on how to make this oversized cupcake and some other great ideas for your next Cupcake Party!

A Mother’s Day Gift Right in Your Backyard

SPOTTED NEW MOM: Dina from Momformation is dedicated to keeping parents informed on all things kids; from tips on parenting, to which shoes are best for your child. A great website for all Moms! Check out her blog.

I think Erin really hit the nail on the head with her choices for great Mother’s Day gifts that she as a new mom would like this year. My suggestion would be to give the lady what she wants – she deserves it! There are so many colorful and fragrant blooms in season right now, so you have lots of options and price points to choose from.

My top flower choices are:

Tulips
Lilies
Hyacinth
Lilac

You might even be lucky enough to have a lilac bush in your own backyard (or your neighbor’s or friend’s)! It probably has just started to bloom. Snip a few branches and put them in a simple container like this old blue Mason jar for a fresh and fragrant breath of spring!

And whether you are giving the new mom a full day of pampering or a gift certificate for a “mani/pedi” or a facial and massage, don’t forget to include a coupon for free babysitting services to be used during her treatments. Tie them around the vase or bouquet with pretty ribbons and you can’t go wrong! I sure don’t fall into the new mom category, but I’d love this gift myself – hint, hint, guys!!