Birthday, Floral Occasions & Holidays

What to Get Your Sister for Her Birthday

May 17, 2018

You borrow each other’s clothes, spend your nights talking about boys, and sometimes get in the occasional fight — that’s right, we’re talking about your sister! Through thick and thin, she’s the one person who has had your back since day one.

With her birthday coming up, don’t you think it’s only right to get your sister something stylish, sensible, heartfelt, or maybe a nice mix of all three? We think so! Celebrate the day your best friend came into this world by getting her something that’s perfect for her lifestyle and personality.

Three girls holding and laughing loud on a rooftop party.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Everything You Need to Know About Corsages and Boutonnieres

May 15, 2018
A close up of pretty corsages on the writs of teenage girls at their prom.

It’s a good thing April showers bring May flowers, because with prom, graduation, and wedding season officially upon us, we’re going to need all the flowers we can get!

If this is your first time buying a corsage or boutonniere, or heck, the first time you’re hearing these words entirely, have no fear! Their names may sound a bit intimidating, but they’re somewhat of a right of passage to buy — so long as you know a few key things.

A close up of pretty corsages on the writs of teenage girls at their prom.

What’s a Corsage?

A corsage is a small bundle of flowers that women typically wear pinned to their tops or around their wrist at special occasions. From bridal parties to prom-goers, corsages hit their peak popularity around May and June.

History

Accessorizing with real flowers is anything but a new idea. Ancient Greeks believed that fragrant flowers would ward off evil spirits, hence why brides carried bouquets down the aisle or pinned flowers to themselves.

Derived from the French words “bouquet de corsage,” which translates to “bouquet of the bodice,” corsages were originally worn by French women to weddings and funerals. At the time, corsages were most often pinned to the top of their dresses.

As we made our way into the 21st Century and sleeveless and “spaghetti” strap dresses became popular, corsages made their way down from women’s chests and onto their wrists.

While corsages used to be a symbol of romantic love, they’ve become more of a fashion statement in recent years. Today, it’s not uncommon for parents to buy a corsage for their daughter, for friends to buy them for one another, and even for people to buy them for themselves.

man placing flowers on woman's wrist for prom

What’s a Boutonniere?

While a woman’s corsage typically contains several flowers and accessories, a man’s boutonniere is a more simplified version of that. Men are more likely to only wear a boutonniere if they have a date with a corsage, but it’s certainly not a requirement!

History

No one knows exactly how boutonnieres become so popular. Some believe pinning flowers to a man’s chest originated during the English civil war, as a way of identifying who was on which side. We, however, like to go with the more cheery theory, which just suggests it was a way of identifying which two people at a formal event were coupled up.

Cropped view of a teenage couple wearing formal attired, going to the prom or other special formal event. The mixed race young woman is pinning a boutonniere on her date's lapel.

Who Buys What?

Typically, a couple would buy each other’s accessories. This means a girl would buy her date’s boutonniere and a guy would buy his date’s corsage. When the big day arrives, the two exchange gifts.

The Dos and Don’ts of Buying Corsages and Boutonnieres

  • DO consider the color of your (or your date’s) outfit. Just like you would match a necklace to your outfit, you should make sure the color and texture of your flowers compliments what you’re wearing.
  • DON’T forget about the small details. Corsages and boutonnieres may be small, but they still deserve a lot of attention. While flowers make up the bulk of an arrangement, don’t forget to add ribbon, leaves, and rhinestones for an extra special touch.
  • DO ask your date’s opinion. If you’re buying an arrangement for someone else, ask what their favorite flowers are or if they’re sensitive to certain types of flowers.
  • DON’T throw them out at the end of the night. Like a full bouquet, corsages and boutonnieres can be preserved or used in craft projects.
  • DO experiment with fun ideas. Sure, corsages are typically placed around the girl’s wrist, but that doesn’t mean they have to be. Tiny blooms can be made into bracelets and even rings. Place flowers in your hair rather than on your wrist or opt for something a bit larger than a traditional corsage. Most importantly, just make it reflect your personality!
  • DON’T assume you need to match your flowers to your date’s. Corsages and boutonnieres should compliment each other, not necessarily match.
  • DO let your flowers speak for themselves. Because different flowers symbolize different things, flower choice matters.
    • Roses: Romantic love
    • Lilies: Friendship
    • Carnation: Young love
    • Orchids: Elegance
    • Daisies: Cheerfulness
How-To's

Flowers That Speak to the Heart

May 8, 2018

I love putting the right combination of flowers and container together to create a gift that speaks to a person’s heart. This time it spoke to my heart as well because I was creating a Mother’s Day gift for my granddaughter to give to her mom, my daughter-in-law Lina.

Lina and I both love objects with a story and history, and she has always admired my collection of Made in America hobnail milk glass from the Fenton® company!

I have given Lina a few pieces over the years, including this cachepot. It’s one of my favorite shapes and sizes. It looks stunning filled with fresh-cut flowers and just as fabulous when empty with an LED votive light inside. It gives the milk glass a pretty warm glow.

Once we chose the container, it was time to choose the flowers for our bouquet. Olivia knows what she likes and pink is her favorite color!

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Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Wine Tasting

May 7, 2018

A Unique Mother’s Day Activity to Wow Mom

Spring is here and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Have you started to think about how you can show mom just how much you love her and how special she is? Hosting a Mother’s Day wine tasting is a fun way to spend time with mom for you to enjoy the holiday together!

The planning and preparation can be as much fun as the event itself! Getting together with a few of your and moms friends to plan a Mother Daughter Wine Tasting party, makes for a great girls day and for a guaranteed good time. In addition to the mother/daughter ideas, a Mother’s Day wine tasting for the whole family (21 and older of course!), can be equally as fun!

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A rustic, natural Napa Valley-inspired wine tasting can make for the perfect setting to incorporate so many of the most popular trends: burlap, chalkboard, mason jars, monograms and Made in America.

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Floral Events & News

Royal Wedding Flower Predictions

May 5, 2018
Close-up photo from a bride holding her pink wedding bouquet

The wedding you’ve been dreaming about is almost here — no we’re not talking about your wedding, we’re talking about the royal wedding! In just a few weeks, Prince Harry will wed Meghan Markle and, quite literally, the eyes of the world will be on them.

If there’s one thing the royal family has become well versed with lately, it’s keeping every detail of a wedding secret. Not until the bride walks down the aisle will we all know what her dress looks like, how her hair is done, and, most importantly, what flowers she chose! That being said, there’s no reason why we can’t take a peek at her past flower preferences and share our predictions for what flowers she’ll choose.

Royal Flowers Throughout the Years

Before we talk about Meghan and Harry’s wedding, let’s take a minute to look back at all of the marvelous flowers that have come down the aisle before them.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Gifts Under $100, $50, $30, and $10

May 2, 2018

From scraped knees as a kid to high school breakups, your mom has been there for you every step of the way. So when Mother’s Day comes around, you know it’s the perfect opportunity to turn the tables and show mom how much you care about her. And what’s the best way to do that? By giving her something that she’ll cherish and remember for a lifetime.

And because mom is the beautiful angel that she is, odds are she doesn’t want you breaking the bank for her sake. That’s why we’ve put together a list of crafts, gifts, and experiences you can excite mom with this Mother’s Day, no matter what your budget is.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

What to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

May 2, 2018

When the pressure is on to get mom the perfect Mother’s Day gift, it can be hard to find something that seems good enough for the woman who gave you everything. But lucky for you, we’re here to take some of the pressure off of your shoulders. When it comes to mom, keep these three words in mind: thoughtful, personal, and beautiful.

All mom really wants this year is to know that she’s loved and appreciated. Make her feel like the luckiest mom in the world (and score some major brownie points) by getting her: Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Flower Cake for Mother’s Day

May 1, 2018

Cakes aren’t just for birthdays…especially when the cake is made entirely of fresh flowers! The Birthday Wishes Flower Cake™ is one of the most popular signature arrangements from 1-800 Flowers.com, but can easily be transformed for any holiday or special occasion, like Mother’s Day. While traditional cakes are presented, eaten and gone quickly, the flower cake becomes part of the festive décor and can be enjoyed for at least a week!

If you aren’t up for a DIY Mother’s Day project and don’t plan to make the cake from scratch (shortcuts are perfectly acceptable!) you can easily order the Birthday Flower Cake and have it delivered right to your door. Instead of using the candles that are included with the cake, simply switch them up for a fun, festive cake topper. I made this one with straws, string, assorted printed paper and tassels. However, there are so many cute ones out there, and they are relatively inexpensive and can be reused.  Continue Reading…

How-To's

Making It Personal for Mom: Continued

April 25, 2018

As easy as it looks to use a Sharpie® to give your mom’s gift that personal touch, it just might not be your thing!

Well here’s a super cute and super easy solution! I picked up multiples of this perfect little “mug with a message” at my favorite off-price lifestyle store. I immediately thought of so many mom friends that I wanted to surprise with a little something on their special day! Continue Reading…