Floral Occasions & Holidays

All About Hanukkah

December 7, 2016

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is an eight-day religious holiday celebrated by people of the Jewish faith. Each year in mid-December, Jews all over the world celebrate the Festival of Lights which commemorates a Jewish victory over the Greeks 2000 years ago. In 165 BCE, when the Jews came to rededicate the Temple they had reclaimed, they found only one small flask of oil with which to light their Menorah, or lamp. This flask contained enough oil to last for just one day, yet the lamp burned for eight days, the same exact amount of time it takes to completely prepare the sacred oil for a new ceremony. This is considered the miracle of Hanukkah.

What is Hanukkah and how is it celebrated?

Hanukkah Traditions

The Menorah During the festival of Hanukkah, menorahs are lit for eight days to commemorate each night the original lamp burned. There are nine candles on the menorah, one for each night and one in the center, which is used to light the others. Each evening, families gather at nightfall to rekindle menorah flames, rededicate themselves to their faith, and to share in the festive meals. Blessings are sung as the candles are lit. Continue Reading…

Gifting

The Guide To Business Gifting For The Holidays

December 4, 2016

The holidays should be a time of joy and celebration, but they can often come with stress and uncertainty when it comes to exchanging gifts at the office. It’s great to recognize the efforts of those who helped make your business a success over the past year, but where do you start? If you’re feeling generous and want to spread some cheer, here is a guide to business gifting for the holidays:

Before you can select a gift, you must first understand your company’s policy on gift giving. Staying within those parameters will help make your hunt for the perfect gift much easier. It’s also important to understand simple business etiquette when it comes to holiday gift giving. Avoid purchasing a gift that is too expensive and elaborate and not in line of your recipient’s interests, as your good intentions can be deemed inappropriate.

Gifts For Your Boss:

If you feel funny giving your boss a gift for the holidays–don’t worry–we’ve got you covered!

Holiday Gift Guide for Boss

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Fun Flower Facts

8 Popular Types of Christmas Greens

December 2, 2016
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The holiday season is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge about certain holiday related topics. The first topic on our list is Christmas greens – how many different types can you name off? Check out a few different types below:

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Fun Flower Facts

Flower Inspired Baby Names

November 30, 2016
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There are few things more exciting than choosing a name for your baby! However, we know that with all of the choices available, it can also come with feelings of anxiety at times. In addition to the endless possibilities that you might think up, it’s inevitable that friends and family members will also give their input–whether it’s welcome or not! But, keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to decide on a name! Whether you’re choosing a traditional family name with lots of meaning, or a unique name to set your child apart, there’s one rule of thumb when selecting a name for your little one–pick something you love!

List of Flower Baby Names for Girls & Boys

If you’re having a hard time settling on a name for your baby, look around for inspiration. Are you inspired by the beauty of a rose? Or perhaps the delicateness of daffodil is something that speaks to you. Flowers bring happiness and beauty into our lives, often having strong symbolic meanings behind their names. These sweet baby names inspired by flowers will be sure to be a perfect fit for your little blooming bundle of joy: Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

Top 11 Poinsettia Facts

November 28, 2016

Happy holiday season! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s pretty safe to say that everyone’s focus is on all of the fun holiday happenings that come with the end of the year – we know that’s what we’re thinking about! Between decorating, shopping and holiday parties alone, there are so many awesome things about the last few weeks of December.

But let’s go back to the decorating part for a moment – did you know that poinsettias are one of the most popular flowers associated with the Christmas season? Since you’ll probably see tons of poinsettia displays as you shop around town this month, get to know more about them by checking out these awesome poinsettia facts below.

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Fun Flower Facts

3 Simple Ways to Clean Your Glass Flower Vase

November 26, 2016

What’s the first thing you do after being handed a fresh bouquet of flowers? If you asked us the same question, we’d answer with, “put them in a vase!” Glass vases in particular are such a beautiful way to display bouquets of flowers, but after a while, we know that glass vases can get rather dirty.

3 Easy Ways to Clean a Glass Vase

If you have glass vases at home that could use some cleaning up, here are a few simple techniques that you can try:

1. Use Salt and Vinegar.

While you may think of salt and vinegar as something you keep in your kitchen cabinets for cooking, they can also double as a cleaning product! To create a solution that can clean your vase, take ½ tablespoon of salt, and then add white vinegar until the mixture becomes paste-like. Once you have the right consistency, rub the paste all over the vase, especially those areas that have built up residue from dirty water. After this has been done, let the paste work its magic for about 10 minutes, and then wipe it off – the result should be a sparkling clean vase! Continue Reading…

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Support Smile Farms on Giving Tuesday 2016

November 25, 2016

What is Giving Tuesday, you ask? Giving Tuesday is a day for you to get involved and give back in your community whether its volunteering at a food bank, donating clothing or money, hosting a fundraiser, or another awesome way to give back. In honor of Giving Tuesday, 20% of the proceeds in our special Giving Tuesday collection will go to Smile Farms, a non-profit organization that provides developmentally challenged adults with meaningful work opportunities at local farms, urban gardens, greenhouses and farm stands.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

9 Holiday Survival Tips

November 23, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…isn’t it? But in reality, all that running and shopping and wrapping and cooking can wear you down. We want you to enjoy this season and we’ve put together nine great ways to not only survive—but thrive—this holiday season!

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