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

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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:


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!!

Beach Themed Wedding Ideas

If you are interested in having a coastal themed wedding, here are a few beach themed wedding ideas that can help you. You can go tropical and colorful or coastal and serene. Here I took the serene path and worked primarily with blues and greens.

Find a floral designer and/or event planner that can be a true partner throughout the process. Talk about your vision and your budget. Show them as many pictures as you can of things that you like. One way for you to make your décor unique and economical is for you to source and buy most of the hard goods (vases, candles, etc.) for the floral designer to use.


Tabletop Beach Decor

Linens can add a real customized feeling to the whole look. If the reception site doesn?t have the choices that you are looking for then I recommend visiting a local large fabric store. That?s where I found this perfect seaside stripe cotton material that I had a friend sew into a table runner.

Next stop was a large discount home goods store that has many options for vases, candles, etc. The retail prices in this type of store are unbelievably low (usually below typical wholesale pricing). The total cost of the 5 containers used for my tablescape is under $20!! I chose green cymbidium orchids for the oversized shell bowls and bear grass for the smaller green containers.

Green Cymbidium Orchids in a Shell Vase

If you prefer to go with more of a Cape Cod/Nantucket coastal vibe then use Nantucket style baskets filled with hydrangea. Lots of candles and randomly placed shells complete the look.

Green Hydrangeas in a Nantucket style basket


For the bridal bouquet I went with white peonies and green cymbidium orchids. Peonies are perfect wedding flowers – they?re lush, romantic, and fragrant. Unfortunately, they have a relatively short growing season so I always try to use them when I can.

The bridesmaid?s bouquets couldn?t be simpler or more beautiful. A few stems of blue/green hydrangea tied with a ribbon and you?re set to go!

Hydrangea Bridal Bouquets

Check back for the details on the Wedding Day Daisies – a fun and modern look for that special day. If you are in NY ? look out for me on the PIX Morning News. I will be talking about wedding day flowers! Can?t wait.

Make The Most Of Your Graduate’s Corsage

Tips on Choosing Your Grads Corsage!

The summer weather is here and that can only mean one thing; graduation time! Whether graduating kindergarten or college, it is a blissful, bittersweet celebration. This is their day to shine, and what is a better way to make the day even more memorable then giving them a one of a kind wrist corsage that will complement their personality and spirit. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your graduate’s corsage!

  • Flower buds are good choices when creating wrist corsages. Buds are beginning to bloom retain color and scent for a longer period of time
  • Depending on what kind of look you?re going for, for a dramatic look, one large flower such as the Catteiya, is a classic type of orchid available in practically every color except true blue.
  • The more colors in the corsage, the more lively the corsage will look.
  • Durable flowers, besides the regular roses or carnations are orchids, calla lilies and daisies.
  • Gerbera daisies and carnations are the least expensive, and come in a large variety of colors that make them perfect for any occasion.

Hope these tips help make the most of their (or your own) special day!

Our Pet Loving Mom: Wendy from Paw Luxury


I?m so excited to share with you one last mom! Wendy from Paw Luxury is a Pet Loving Mom!

How cute is this super creative floral arrangement? Phil, one of the talented designers at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, has been revisiting a design style – ?the poodle? – that was very popular in the florist world back in the day. I talked to Phil about Wendy?s blog and asked him to create a unique doggie design with an updated style in her honor.

Playing on the trend of carrying your doggie in your handbag, Phil used the tote from 1-800 FLOWERS.COM Handbag of Blooms bouquet as his base. He then fashioned a sweet little doggie from fresh carnations and nestled him in bed of fresh cut blooms. I think this is absolutely charming and I hope you do too!

Doggie Floral Basket

Q&A with Wendy from Paw Luxury

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

My mother has taught me the importance of perseverance and faith. Being a single parent of 5 children she taught how not to give up on my faith in Christ in the midst of adversity and to overcome obstacles with courage when life?s roadblocks get in the way.

What?s one lesson you hope to pass on to you children?

Everyday as parents we leave out fingerprints on our kids. When I do become a parent I want my children to have a positive example of healthy and godly marriage and friendships. I want to teach them how to nurture healthy marriage, relationships and friendships through unconditional love, respect and admiration. There is definitely power in the tongue and it is important to speak words of affirmation by choosing words that encourage not discourage. Also, that marriage is about love and commitment, ?till death do us part,? and perseveres in the hard times.

What?s your favorite Mother?s Day memory?

Since I am not a parent yet (only to a dog), my most memorable Mother?s Day memory has to be when I was 13. My siblings and I decided to make my hardworking mom breakfast in bed and had worked a few days on a song we had written about our appreciation for being the best mom ever. Til this day my mom talks about what that meant to her, giving love back is what Mother?s Day is all about.

Check out Wendy?s Paw Luxury Blog or her eco-friendly, organic, natural dog products made in the USA at Pawlux.com! Follow her on twitter @PawLuxury to see why Wendy is today?s Doggie Loving Mom!

Wendy,Our Doggie Loving Mom!

Wendy, Paw Luxury – Pet Loving Mom

Simple Ways To Say I Love You

Show Your Love And Appreciation To Your Special Someone

As summer comes to a close and we look towards the holiday rush, it is easy to get engulfed in the everyday ?routine.? There are many simple ways to say I love you to your loved one. This September do not forget to take time to show your appreciation to the one you love in Celebration of Pleasure Your Mate Month!

According to Chase?s Calendar of Events, Pleasure Your Mate Month is the perfect time to think about the one you love most and what they mean to you. Remember to celebrate them on a regular basis to find new ways to bring happiness together.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to show your love and appreciation to your special someone:

Picture Perfect Place Settings
For simple ways to say I love you, set the mood with a beautiful, simple table setting. For an easy floral arrangement, place a single rose in a petite colored bottle for a splash of elegance and color. For a truly personal touch attach a special note to each bottle telling that person what you appreciate most about them. Add a copy of a photo of you children or even a pet to enhance this truly sentimental gesture.

Elegant Rose Place Setting With Photo Attached

Oysters on the Half Shell
How?s this for a romantic way to serve oysters?! Simply fill a tray with crushed ice and line the sides with red roses ? the flower of love and passion. Cut the stems very short and place them right into the crushed ice and lay the oysters over the ?bed? of ice. A beautiful way to serve these delicious appetizers!

Romantic Rose Oyster Tray

Chocolate Strawberries and Champagne
Enjoy strawberries dipped in rich dark chocolate with a light bubbly glass of champagne ? this is a sweet and sensual way to end the night.

Campagne and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Fresh Floral Wedding Table Centerpieces

There?s a reason for the saying ?Fresh as a Daisy.” Check out these great fresh floral wedding table centerpieces featureing the gerbera daisy with its wide selection of bold colors and its long green architectural stem adds a modern funky vibe as well. Gerbera daisies look best when used sparingly with no additional foliage both as a bouquet and in an arrangement. I?ve used a vibrant striped ribbon as a band on the stems for this bouquet – perfect for the bride or bridesmaids.

Daisy Bouquet

I love decorating a tabletop with multiples – vases, candles, etc. The look works great on either a round or an oblong table. Choose a modern shape glass vase like the unique fish bowl shaped one I used here. Two or more work best for an oblong table. You can get a nice dramatic look by lining up candles and floral arrangements right down the center of the table. Don?t the orange slice candles look fabulous! And in this case, the oranges were a personal shout out to the groom?s home state of Florida.

Daisys in a Vase

To make these candle arrangements, start with varying size glass cylinder vases. Place a pillar candle in the center. Fill the remaining area in the vase with orange slices and add water. Leave at least the top quarter of the pillar candle exposed for burning.

Orange Sliced Candle