Holiday Decorations

More Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

November 21, 2017

You might have noticed that I am obsessed with succulents – planted and used as cut flowers!  I can’t get enough!!  They are so visually beautiful and extremely hardy at the same time.  You don’t get the combination very often!  Another thing I am obsessed with – white pumpkins.  So here is my perfect fall table setting…

Succulent Centerpiece in White PumpkinI kept it simple with a green and white palette and bare wood table.  Vintage egg cups, each holding a single succulent, give a nice balance to the table. Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

November 21, 2017

Here are some of my favorite last minute ideas for decorating and entertaining this autumn season. Whether your hosting the big event on Thanksgiving Day or just having a few friends over during the long holiday weekend these ideas are really easy and add that extra touch that your get-togethers always have!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Pumpkin and SucculentsI have a few season specific decorative pieces that I reuse every year like this gorgeous ceramic pumpkin. You can get one from 1-800 Flowers.com with a beautiful fresh Thanksgiving flower arrangement for yourself or a friend. I filled my pumpkin with flowers, grasses, peppers, and succulents in a farm fresh palette. Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

10 Reasons Why We’re Thankful for Flowers

November 17, 2017

Aside from your friends and family (because we know they’re number one and two on your list!) what are you thankful for? Did flowers make the cut?

Because their colorful blooms can be found in shops, on tables, and in sprawling fields, it can be easy to take flowers for granted. But with Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, we can’t help but think about the many reasons why we’re so thankful to live in a world full of flowers.

field of tulip flowers

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Holiday Decorations

Thanksgiving Centerpieces and Table Decoration Ideas

November 14, 2017

Pear Table Place Setting

Think of your tabletop as a blank canvas on which you will create your “tablescape” art. You choose your mediums as any artist would—your surface, linens, flowers and candles. The layering of colors and textures, adding personal touches, all play a part in the delight and ambiance that a beautifully designed table brings to a special occasion. Go as big or as simple as you want! This is your masterpiece, and should represent you and tell the story that you want told.

Let’s start with simple! Here are a few easy, creative and inexpensive ideas that I hope will provide some inspiration to get you started on your tablescape art.

Fresh Flower Wreath Centerpiece

Floral Wreath Centerpiece Close-Up

Wreaths are one of my favorite design styles for a more traditional centerpiece. Having the center of the wreath open provides endless opportunities for additional personalization. Here I used a beautiful amber Fenton glass vase as a candleholder. I think the amber glow is the perfect complement to the rich hues of the seasonal flowers in the wreath.

Recipe for Floral Wreath Centerpiece

When creating a fresh floral wreath I like to use flowers that air-dry nicely. Using flowers such as the varieties featured in this photo can extend the “life” of your centerpiece by weeks.

Succulent Wreath Centerpiece

Some varieties of hydrangeas dry better than others. The variety that dries the best and is featured in the wreath pictured above is known as an “antique hydrangea”. It is typically soft moss green with burgundy edging and works beautifully with all of the rich colors of autumn.

Fall Wreath Centerpiece Top-Down View

This wreath is all about the vibrant and saturated colors of the season. In order to create the perfect backdrop for this intensity I chose to keep everything else very neutral. A burlap table runner on a natural wood farm table and wooden chargers holding amber depression glass plates let this centerpiece take center stage!

How to Make your Flower Wreath Centerpiece:

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Floral Events & News

Top Veterans Day Parades and Celebrations Around the Country

November 10, 2017

It was nearly a century ago that Armistice Day celebrations welcomed U.S. troops home after their service in World War I. After World War II, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day, in an effort to include veterans of all branches and service. As we approach Veterans Day once again, we’re reminded of the sacrifice thousands of brave men and women have made for our country.

Show your support this year by attending one of the dozens (dare we say hundreds) of Veterans Day celebrations and parades thrown around the country. While we couldn’t fit them all on here, below are our top picks for the most popular and inspiring events to date.

marines standing at attention veterans day

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

What Is Singles’ Day?

November 7, 2017

History of Singles’ Day

Singles’ Day began at Nanjing University in China. It was initially called “Bachelor’s Day” since it started out with only young men celebrating the occasion, however, it is now celebrated by both genders. The holiday is celebrated on November 11th (11/11) because of the four single “ones,” and the Chinese name of the holiday, “Guanggun Jie,” appropriately translates to “bare sticks holiday.” The occasion started in the 1990s and has been spread throughout China and beyond. It was created to help stop the negative connotation surrounding the idea of being single, especially in universities. The holiday is celebrated with fun, uplifting activities to enjoy the fun of being single!

How to Celebrate Singles’ Day

A Night on the Town Dancing and Singing Karaoke

What better way is there to meet new people and enjoy your single life more than singing your heart out and dancing the night away? We couldn’t think of any either, which is why Singles’ Day often involves parties and karaoke!

Singing Karaoke for Singles Day

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Local Florist Corner

Petal Talk Chats With Anthony Swick

November 6, 2017

In order to learn about the creative minds behind our handcrafted arrangements, we interviewed Anthony Swick who is featured in our Local Artisan Collection. From the daily life as a florist to some of the inspiration behind his arrangements, Anthony talks about his favorite holidays, arrangements, his family & more!

Amber Waves

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?
I was in high school and had a part time job as a shop helper in eves in a Mall Florist- many years ago. My
job was keeping things clean and taking care of roses… I’ll never forget having to clean and de-thorn SO many roses at Valentine’s Day, but I smiled with every stick in my finger. While going through college and growing on my own, I then would buy roses for a little Florist and one visit got me in back making my own, that how the passion got in me. I love the opportunity to create and share such wonderful things and now as an educator and working within the industry, it has made my passion even stronger knowing that I can help someone else find their passion and they can bloom.

What are your favorite flowers?
Calla! No question. This has always been my most favorite as to its masculine and feminine qualities. The ways you can design with it and the pure look makes me thrilled to challenge any design with a calla! Our logo at my stores! Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

All About Chrysanthemums (Mums)

November 3, 2017

Long after most other flowers have called it quits, chrysanthemums are perennials that persevere long throughout the fall — which is of little surprise, seeing as how these flowers have fought to survive for thousands of years. It was 15th century BC that chrysanthemums were first discovered growing in their native land of China. But back then, you wouldn’t find these plants adorning walls or sitting atop tables. Originally, they were solely used as a medicinal herb. Over the years, they gained more and more popularity as a gift-giving flower, rather than a medicine.

In the 18th century, chrysanthemums made their first voyage from China to Europe, with small towns and river communities instantly falling in love with them. It wasn’t until the late 1700s that chrysanthemums made their way into the United States after Colonel John Stevens imported a rather rare variety of “Dark Purple” chrysanthemums from Europe.

purple orange yellow chrysanthemum flowers

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Fall Decor

Festive Fall & Thanksgiving Table Settings

November 1, 2017

Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. While you don’t necessarily need to add a place card, it is a nice touch to create a more formal sit down meal for you and your guests. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices going.

Savory Succulent Table Setting

Succulents are on trend right now in gardens, home décor and even for weddings. You can enjoy these luscious plants either potted succulents or as fresh cuts. The plant is so easy to care for and the cut version lasts for weeks!
Elegant name cards for fall table settings with succulents!

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Birthday, Floral Occasions & Holidays, Gifting

November Birthday Gift Ideas for Him and Her

November 1, 2017

The crunch of freshly fallen leaves under your boots. The scent of warm apple pie wafting from the kitchen. The crisp, invigorating air tingling at your fingertips. What could be better than a gorgeous autumn day? Celebrating November birthdays, of course!

Now that November is here, it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones who were born this month. And with nature showing off her true golden colors, you can find inspiration for fall birthday gifts everywhere you turn. When you’re looking for your autumn birthday gifts, think warm, rustic, simple, and colorful. To help you with your search, we’ve gathered a list of his-and-her November birthday gift ideas that your beloved will simply fall head over heels for!

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