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October 2012

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Frightfully Fun Halloween Party Decorations

October 23, 2012

Two outdoor Jack O Lantern pumpkin candles from 1800flowers!Halloween is all about the creepy atmosphere, but you don’t have to turn your house into a full-blown haunted mansion to show your guests a hair-raising good time. Picking out a few key Halloween decorations will turn your party into a spookfest. Just think tactically! Here are a few hassle-free Halloween party decorations that will have your friends screeching with delight from the minute they knock on your door.

Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Glittered Halloween WreathGive your guests a little Halloween party preview by welcoming them to your home with mood-setting outdoor decorations. Line your walkway with fall mums on each side, and wrap them with spooky string lights. Place a Halloween lantern and a few mini pumpkins between each mum to complete your grand entryway.

At your doorstep, have a candlelit Jack-o-lantern and a Bewitching Halloween Plantcrafty little witch—like this Bewitching Halloween Plant—awaiting your partygoers with a plate of chocolate, trick-or-treat style. Once your friends have picked up their sweet treat and are ready to ring your doorbell, shock them by hanging a Glittered Halloween Wreath on your front door. With such a chilling reception, your guests will be ready for some Hallow’s Eve revelry! Continue Reading…


Sweet M&M Halloween Table Centerpiece

October 21, 2012

Halloween is a great opportunity to have some creative fun! Make it sweet and simple with this easy M&M Halloween Table Centerpiece craft.
The Crow Ate My M&M's
Here’s a quick centerpiece idea for your Halloween festivities…

I love the purple, lime green, orange and black combination for the holiday, so when I saw Halloween M&M’s in the store, I immediately bought a few bags. Just another reason to buy candy! I developed a nested vase for one of the products in my collection, The Sweet Heart Bouquet, and knew it was the perfect container for this M&M project.

You can make your own by putting a narrow vase or glass inside of another large glass container. Ideally, you would want both glasses to be the same height, but if not, the inside glass can be slightly shorter then the outer one. For the floral, I used shamrock spider mums and purple statice. Both flowers are hardy and will last about two weeks.

Would you believe it, right after I made my arrangement, a crow flew in the window and started eating my M&M’s! I named the crow Russell and told him he could stick around, so look out for him in future images!

If you are running low on time, check out a similar product here from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Ideas for Mother-in-Law Gifts for Mother-in-Law Day

October 17, 2012

gift-ideas-for-mother-in-law-dayIt’s time to show your mother-in-law some love: Mother-in-Law Day is on October 28, 2012!

Mother-in-Law Day falls on the fourth Sunday of October and provides an opportunity to thank your spouse’s mom with a special present.  After all, your one and only wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for her! Not sure what she’d like? There are lots of great mother-in-law gifts to choose from. Here are five gift ideas for every type of momma!

For the Mother-in-Law Who Loves to Cooksend red and white wine in a tote bag!

If your sweetie’s mom loves to cook up a good homemade meal, give her something delicious to wash it down with.  This Red Wine Pairing in Burgundy Wine Tote is the perfect complement to her scrumptious food. You can pick her favorite one-two combo of flavors: Choose from three pairings of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and zinfandel. Continue Reading…

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It’s All About Filberts & Mums

October 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and if you’re still looking for a centerpiece to make your table an elegant display of the season try using filberts and mums.

I prefer to use multiple smaller floral accents as opposed to one large centerpiece. Using smaller centerpieces will allow you to easily move the arrangements around the table when different courses are brought to the table. These arrangements couldn’t be easier to do!

I chose small square vases and tall cylinder vases. Another idea is to use unique containers or glassware you may have around your house. Continue Reading…

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Make Your Thanksgiving a Shore Thing!

October 16, 2012

Beach Themed Decor

While many of us associate Thanksgiving with crisp cold air, berried branches, turning foliage, and chrysanthemums, not everyone has to go over the river and through the woods to get to grandmother’s house. Some just take a barefoot stroll along the beach, perhaps collecting a few shells along the way. If I were spending the holiday at my house in Florida here is how I would like my table to look.

Orchid Sand dollar Place Setting Continue Reading…

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Creative & Inexpensive Tabletop Ideas

October 16, 2012

How to Decorate for Thanksgiving

I’ll be sharing lots of ideas and inspiration with you from now until Christmas on how to decorate your tabletops for everything from lunch with the girls to family holiday dinners. I look at the surface of the table as a blank canvas providing limitless opportunities for my creative expression.

Let’s start with…

Mad for Plaid

Plaid is a hot trend right now. One easy way to bring a fashion statement to your table is with a piece of plaid fabric either used alone or layered over a solid tablecloth that you use all year. Continue Reading…

Fall Decor, How-To's

Make Your Own Fall Wreath

October 15, 2012

Wreaths can be used in so many different ways to decorate your home and are very easy to make. Here are three options, in three different sizes, using three different bases. Which one are you going to create this Thanksgiving? Maybe you’ll do them all!

Grapevine Chair Wreath
Here’s an unexpected touch for your Thanksgiving table (or chair in this case).

Grapevine Chair Wreath

  • Start with a 5” grapevine wreath, which you can get at any craft store for under a dollar each.
  • Glue a base of autumn leaves, a bit of berries, and assorted foliage such as eucalyptus and magnolia leaves. I used a hot glue gun.
  • Attach a cymbidium orchid with a dab of floral adhesive.
  • Attach the finished wreath to the back of each chair with a beautiful ribbon that coordinates with table linens.

Magnolia Wreath
Magnolia wreaths have always been popular in the South. However, we northerners are being lured by the dark glossy beauty of the two-tone magnolia leaf (the back of each leaf is brown). Making a wreath using just the leaves with a simple ribbon creates a look that is fresh and sophisticated.

Magnolia Wreath

  • Start with a pre-made wire base or create your own using heavy-gauge wire.
  • Cut the magnolia leaves from the branch.
  • Wire small clusters of 3-4 leaves together.
  • Wire the individual bunches of leaves onto the wire wreath form, making sure to overlap them so that their stems don’t show.
  • Spray your wreath with artist’s fixative or hair spray, and hang it on a wall or door.

Fresh Sunflower Wreath
This wreath is made with a floral foam base and is designed entirely with fresh flowers and foliage. The focal flower is a sunflower, which is perfect this time of year with its chocolate brown center and golden yellow petals.

Fresh Sunflower Wreath

A fresh flower wreath makes a beautiful centerpiece with a pillar candle and hurricane lamp in the center. Follow these simple steps to create your own fresh flower wreath.

    • Thoroughly soak the wreath form.
      Rinse Wreath Form
    • Create the initial shape by inserting short stems of foliage into the foam.
    • Add the sunflowers even spaced around the wreath.
    • Fill in the wreath with the other flowers that you have chosen.
    • Fill in any gaps with oak leaves, raffia, and other assorted foliage such as salal leaves or pittisporum.



Make a Fun Candy Corn Inspired Centerpiece

October 12, 2012

From now until the end of the year is a crafters dream. From Halloween through Thanksgiving and right into the holiday season, there are more reasons to decorate and create than any other time of the year. Make a fun candy corn inspired centerpiece and let the creativity begin!

Candy Corn

This ubiquitous Halloween candy was the inspiration for this floral centerpiece. It is made entirely out of carnations with a floral foam base. Since carnations come in so many beautiful colors, including orange and yellow, and are long lasting they were a natural choice for this project.

Candy Corn Centerpiece

Remember to check back on a regular basis, because I will be sharing many ideas for decorating, gifting, and creating with flowers for all of the upcoming seasonal celebrations.


Make Delicious Apple Centerpieces For Any Occasion!

October 11, 2012

Big Apple Centerpieces

I was recently asked by a New York bride and groom to incorporate apples into the place card display at their Manhattan reception. They had many guests coming in from out of town and wanted to visually welcome them to the Big Apple.

You can easily make delicious apple centerpieces for any occasion! I filled varying size glass cylinders with small lady apples and used large deep red apples as votive candleholders. The look was clean, modern and had that person touch they were looking to include in their special day!

Apples in cyllanders


Vintage Halloween Centerpiece

October 5, 2012

Vintage Halloween Pumpkin

Give your table a vintage makeover with this vintage Halloween centerpiece.  This original papier-mâché pumpkin from the 1950’s is my favorite Halloween decoration. My mother-in-law gave it to me a few years ago. She finds the best stuff and knows my style to a tee!

With a few cuttings from your fall garden – here I used dahlias and asclepias – this old pumpkin becomes the happiest jack in town! While not vintage, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM offers a great alternative.

Vintage Halloween Centerpiece