Floral Occasions & Holidays

Christmas Centerpieces: Dress Your Table With Wintry Magic

December 16, 2019
Christmas Centerpiece

It’s that magical time of year when families and friends gather to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Guests of all ages converge for the festivities, transporting gifts and exchanging hugs. No doubt, the joyous chatter will eclipse any sound coming from the holiday movie on television. Chaos aside, these are unforgettable moments when memories are chiseled into our minds to be treasured for many generations; they trigger memories of Christmases past and set ablaze a sense of wonder that only happens once a year.

Holiday Centerpieces that delight the senses

Arriving guests will notice a mélange of sights and sounds, but it’s the sense of smell that commands centerstage. Although aromas from the kitchen may be heavenly there is a breathtaking scent from the realm of nature that is unrivaled. Yet, in December with most activities restricted to indoors, engaging with nature requires more effort. The sun wraps itself in a cloak a little earlier each day and slips behind the curtain, taking its shafts of golden beams with it. In these light-deprived days, Mother Nature spends more time painting the night sky with stardust, but she does not neglect ripening her soul-caressing flowers for Christmas. She has adorned them with grandeur and explosive bursts of color, as evidenced by her magnificent crimson Christmas poinsettia. This is the ideal time of year to bring nature’s masterpieces indoors – in a resplendent Christmas centerpiece.

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Color Schemes To Use When Decorating With Flowers This Fall

September 7, 2019

Believe it or not, autumn is already here, and that means it’s time to start getting into the spirit of the season! In addition to spending time partaking in traditional fall activities like apple and pumpkin picking, a popular task on the to-do list of many is to spice up the home with fall decor. However, pumpkin scented candles, garland-like leaves and spooky lights aren’t the only items that can be used to share your love for the season with your home – flowers can be too! Below, we discuss some of the best fall colors & schemes to use when choosing flowers as your fall home decor of choice.

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Though autumn leaves are seen falling from the trees in various shades of yellows, reds, even the occasional browns, the best color to use when decorating for fall with flowers is orange. From light to dark and everything in between, you can’t go wrong with this color in a floral arrangement! Here are some top shades for 2017: Continue Reading…


Movies and Series to Stream This Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2019

Sometimes staying in and cuddling up with your Valentine to watch a movie, or binge watch a television series, makes for the most romantic holiday.  Whether you’re going out to eat first at a local restaurant, cooking dinner at home, or ordering in, leaving time to watch something you both enjoy (or one of you enjoy :), could help make the night (or day) even more awesome. So sit back and relax as we give you some hand-picked favorites for movies and series to watch this Valentine’s Day.

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Romantic Cinema at Home Tips:

  • Flowers and candles on the coffee table or end tables really help set the mood
  • Don’t forget to get both of your favorite snacks! Popcorn helps for theatre authenticity.
  • Prepare a little and make sure the couch area is ready for hours of comfort and cuddling.

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The Christmas (Lone) Star Shines Brightest in Dallas

November 21, 2017

If your dreams do not include a white Christmas, Dallas is the place for you to be this holiday season. For the brightest, most extraordinary Christmas you can imagine—from visits to Santa, to gigantic gingerbread houses, to star-studded lighting displays and more—Dallas is the place to find your holiday wishes coming true.

Alliance Française de Dallas – French-Style Christmas Market

Before you head out to enjoy all the breathtaking sights and sounds of the holidays, get your shopping done so you can relax and enjoy the season. Instead of running all over town, head on down to the fourth annual Marché de Noël, an outdoor French-style Christmas market based on the tradition of Strasbourg, France. Local artisans and businesses fill their booths with all kinds of holiday goods and invite you to enjoy a cultural, intellectual and artistic experience sans égal. This multicultural, family-oriented event happens for one day only, but that’s all you’ll need to finish your jolly gifting!

December 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Dallas International School. Free and open to the public (activity fees may apply).

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Capture the Magic this Holiday Season in Houston

November 21, 2017

It’s that magical time of year when Houston is transformed into a holiday light extravaganza! Take a break from baking and decorating, reschedule shopping and wrapping, and treat yourself to some Texas-sized holiday cheer in Houston. It’s the season when the Sugar Plum Fairy takes centerstage and dances to celestial music, and Elves and gingerbread villages almost seem real. The holiday tradition stirs up civic pride in Houstonians who are ready to be dazzled again with a sleigh full of events, sights and sounds. The City blends art and high tech with tradition to create a winter wonderland – but with a southern twist. Snow is a rarity this far south, but what Houston lacks in snow it makes up for in gestures of goodwill.

Create a Romantic Date Night

A timeless hallmark of the holiday season is a date night consisting of dinner, theater and a surprise Christmas bouquet. Begin your enchanted evening dining at Artista, located on the second floor of The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. A centerpiece in the heart of the Theater District, Artista sets the scene for a magical romantic evening with classic poinsettias and a towering Christmas tree. Floor to ceiling windows offer stunning views of downtown Houston’s glittering display of holiday lights. Savor your favorite wine, sample their trademark plantains chips and dips, and get ready to see her astonished reaction when a breathtaking bouquet of flowers is hand delivered.

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5 Home Decoration Ideas Using Flowers for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2017

A mother’s heart always welcomes hugs and kisses as her greatest gift, but on her special day why not show her how much you care with flowers? Fresh flowers bring new life and energy to any space; these 5 home decoration ideas will both wow mom and dress up her home at the same time.

Personalize Pots

While the flowers you buy may not last forever, why not put them in a pot or vase that she can use all year long to brighten her home with fresh blooms? Purchase several different pots, planters and vases of varying sizes. This will let Mom mix and match around the home later. It will also give you a chance to include a mother’s day plant that will have a little more staying power.

Now cover the exterior of the pots and vases with a layer of chalkboard paint, or black paint specially formulated to give you a flat, mat appearance. Decorate the pots, using either chalk for temporary messages that can be updated, or use paint markers in bright colors that will pop against the black background. You can coordinate the different pots together to create a fun display, or make each one different so Mom can use them throughout her home.

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas in Washington D.C.

February 3, 2017

Whether you live in Washington, D.C. or are just visiting, there are plenty of romantic things to do in the nations capital.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a foodie or sunset admirer or music lover, Washington, D.C., offers a bounty of idyllic dates on Valentine’s Day. We’ve rounded up just a few of the best things to do in D.C. on Valentine’s Day so that you can plan an unforgettable date for your special someone!

Be Dazzled By the Monuments

The most classic Washington, D.C., date, of course, is to take a slow evening spin around the National Mall’s famous monuments. Built in white marble, they glow from within, contrasting with the black, star-pricked sky above. And nothing is more romantic than sitting hand-in-hand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, admiring the view all the way to the U.S. Capitol. End the evening with a fireside nightcap at Quadrant in the Ritz-Carlton.

Another way to enjoy the monuments is by taking a romantic Potomac River cruise. Odyssey and Spirit of Washington both offer an evening of dining, dancing and live entertainment, all the while cruising past the most iconic sparkling views of our nation’s capital.

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Dallas

February 3, 2017

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re looking to celebrate your love in Dallas this year, you are in luck, because there is TONS to do! From gallery exhibits, to picturesque tea times, and even cabaret shows, the list of romantic things to do in Dallas this Valentine’s Day is so diverse that there is something perfect for every couple. “Dallas: Big things happen here” is one of the city’s taglines, so make big things happen this Valentine’s Day in proper Dallas fashion with these Dallas date ideas straight from a city local.

Take a Mexican Foodie Tour

Much of Texas has great Mexican food, and Dallas is no exception! Walking distance from the famous geometrical feat of architecture that is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, are three merged but separate Mexican restaurants in three very different styles. Start at the casual, outdoor Taqueria La Ventana with the famous Dallas invention that is the frozen margarita and a light appetizer from the selection of Mexican street foods. Once you’ve finished, take a right and enter the critically acclaimed Meso Maya led by chef Nico Sanchez for a specialty cocktail, like the avocado margarita, and your choice of the entrees that are absolutely to die for. Wrap things up at El Fenix, the third in the trio, with a traditional Mexican dessert from flan to tres leches. Walk off all that delicious food (and drinks) as you head towards the nearby Klyde Warren Park for a romantic stroll through a beautiful green space in the center of the city.

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas In and Around Atlanta

February 3, 2017

One of the best parts about metro-Atlanta is how neighborhood focused it is. Looking for ritz? Head to Buckhead. Want to enjoy a huge range of ethnic foods? Try Buford Highway. Looking for a hip neighborhood? Check out East Atlanta Village. Want more of a small-town vibe? Head to Decatur or Marietta. Then there’s the Virginia Highlands, midtown, downtown, leafy Grant Park, soul food on the west side, on and on the list goes.

The many different neighborhoods and their unique vibes also makes Atlanta a great place for romantic nights out on the town. Flowers, candle-lit dinners, strolls through the park, there are so many options. If anything, there are so many choices that it can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re going to dig into some of the best date options in Atlanta!

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Head To Brazil For A High Class Dinner

If you’re looking to really wow your date with a place that’s both chic and high-class, the Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse should be at the top of your list.  However, be prepared to spend big because class comes at a cost!

Brazilian steakhouses are basically like high-end all-you-can-eat buffets. When you sit down, you’re given a card that’s green on one side, red on the other. Green means “go.” Red means “no thanks.” Once you flip the card green, chefs will start showing up at your table with skewers of meat, and you’ll be able to pick and choose what you’d like including steak, lamb, pork, & chicken. If you’re vegetarian, check out the “Market Table”, which features a huge range of salads, cheeses, and other delicacies.

Can’t get a reservation at Fogo de Chão? Try another top-notch Brazilian steakhouses in Atlanta such as Chama Gaucha. If you’re on a tighter budget but still want to enjoy some Brazilian fare, consider Minas Grill or Porto Brasil Restaurant, both of which offer Brazilian food in more traditional buffet settings. Continue Reading…


Take Your Date Adventuring in Seattle This Valentine’s Day

February 3, 2017

Seattle winters often sport grey skies and a chilly drizzle just heavy enough to require a raincoat. Though tempting to just stay inside, cuddle up and watch Netflix, this Valentine’s Day bust out of your routine and find adventure with your favorite person. If your lover is a thrill seeker, try one of these adrenaline-inducing date night ideas. No yawning here!

Seattle Space Needle

Be a Seattle Tourist at Top Seattle Landmarks

Whether you’ve been to none or have seen ’em all, Seattle has a wide array of city landmarks that are super awesome! Who better to explore the city with than with your sweetie? Here’s a list of the top ones to check out, or check out again.  Continue Reading…