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Entertainment, Julie's Blog

Let’s Mingle!

January 7, 2020

I have been a loyal reader of Mingle Magazine for a long time.  Being a floral lifestyle blogger for 1-800 Flowers.com and a passionate party planner, it’s pages speak to my soul. I save all the past issues and look through them for inspiration. Each time I find something new that I hadn’t noticed before or I’m seeing differently based on a project that I am working on or an event I am planning.

Mingle is a publication that features creative ideas for unique gatherings from selected reader submissions.  Well, I submitted photos and ideas from my daughter Casey’s wedding and guess what – my story was accepted!  It’s is in the 2020 winter issue, available now on the Mingle website and select retailers..

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Entertainment, Julie's Blog

Creative Workshops: Part 1

December 19, 2019

Exciting things are happening at 1-800 Flowers.com and I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to share all the exciting news with you!  I have been working with the team at 1-800 Flowers Corporate and the crew at the 1-800 Flowers retail store in Carle Place to put together a calendar of Creative Workshops.  We have done of number of floral and plant DIY classes over the last few months in Carle Place to much success.

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Christmas & Holidays, Holiday Decorations

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree & Decoration Ideas

December 8, 2019

I love Christmas! And I love decorating Christmas trees. The main tree in my home tends to be pretty traditional, changing only slightly from year to year, with new ornaments added here and there. So what I want to talk about is the beauty and versatility of fresh tabletop Christmas trees. These beautiful arrangements are usually handcrafted by your local florist and make great gifts. As a matter of fact, the Holiday Flower Tree® has been a best seller since it was first introduced by 1-800-Flowers over 15 years ago!!

If you have a little time and want to get creative, these trees are pretty easy to make. The basic instructions are the same for whatever size tree you want. The smaller the tree, the faster and easier it will be to construct, of course. Petite trees are so sweet and can be tucked into so many unexpected spots. Larger trees, on the other hand, allow you to create a completely custom look based on your choice of container, decorations and color scheme.

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Christmas & Holidays

DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

December 7, 2019

Learn how to make Santa’s hat out of strawberries and flowers!

Everyone knows Santa’s iconic red and white hat! Put one on for instant holiday spirit.
santa-hat-treats
I decided to have a little fun and make one entirely out of fresh flowers. Not only are they creative, but they’re so easy to make and will make you look like the “hostess with the mostess” at your next holiday get-together!
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Fall Decor

Festive Fall & Thanksgiving Table Settings

November 19, 2019

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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Holiday Decorations

Thanksgiving Centerpieces and Table Decoration Ideas

November 1, 2019

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

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Holiday Decorations

Dia de los Muertos:
DIY Flower Sugar Skull

October 29, 2019

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed.  Originally an Aztec harvest celebration, the Catholic influence of the Spanish conquistadors combined it with the traditions of All Souls’ and All Saints Day, and the celebration now starts the day after Halloween and runs for 2 days (11/1 & 11/2).

There are so many beautiful traditions associated with Dia de los Muertos – the colors, music, sentiment, and a few iconic symbols such as the Sugar Skull!  Whether you’re going big or small this year, here are a few ideas for ways that you can personalize and bring this celebration of loved ones’ past into your Dia de los Muertos.

The most iconic symbol of Dia de los Muertos is the Sugar Skull.  Mexicans choose to celebrate the lives of their dearly beloved and the skull symbolizes death but in a positive way.  Living in a country abundant in sugar production, they began to create beautiful clay molded sugar skulls that were decorated with flowers and colorful icing that represented departed souls.

Here’s an easy way to go from Halloween to Day of the Dead and keep the party going!

flower sugar skull arranged with halloween chocolate covered strawberries

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Halloween, Holiday Decorations

Candy Corn

October 20, 2019

Candy Corn Flower Arrangement

Let’s keep the iconic-Halloween-symbol-3D-floral-design thing going! This time, it’s all about the candy corn. Does anyone actually eat candy corn, or is it just for crafts and decor projects? Whatever people do with candy corn, they do a lot of it; according to the National Confectioners Association, approximately 25 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually! That’s a lot of kernels… so plug in those glue guns and get crafty! Here are a few decor ideas and a few candy-inspired beverages for young and old ghouls and goblins!

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Wedding, Wedding Flowers

Best Fall Wedding Flower Ideas, Trends & Themes

September 1, 2019

There are so many options for flowers and décor for fall weddings that it can be difficult deciding on one theme or direction. Here are just a few fall wedding flowers and ideas to help you with the perfect autumn combinations to delight and inspire.

Fall Wedding Flowers – Rich Hues & Texture

Tap into what’s in season in the world of flora and fauna for bouquets and centerpieces that are unique and visually stunning.
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