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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Top 5 Reasons to Order Early for Valentine’s Day

January 17, 2018

We know that every year you SAY you’re going to plan Valentine’s Day early (or maybe you’re a really honest person), but it rarely ever happens. So this year, make it your New Years resolution to get your gifting out of the way and you can get back to the game! Who wants to spend football Sunday worrying about which flowers to buy, anyway? If you need a little extra motivation, here are 5 reasons you should order your Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts ASAP:

 Get The Best Deals

Just like Black Friday has the best deals for Christmas a few weeks in advance, you can also find the best deals on Valentine’s Day flowers & gifts if you plan ahead. According to the Society of American Florists (SAF), 44% of florists provided early-order incentives last year, which means there are plenty of reasons not to wait till the last minute. You can save up to 40% on our Valentine’s collection here! Continue Reading…

Birthday, Floral Occasions & Holidays

7 Funny & Inspiring Birthday Quotes to Share with Someone Special

January 12, 2018
mother and daughter reading card message

Creating a whimsical and awe-inspiring birthday message, especially for someone special, can be challenging! When ‘happy birthday’ or ‘best wishes’ just isn’t going to cut it, fill a birthday card with words of wisdom from some of the greatest leaders, poets and movie stars of all time. With wit, humor and candidness, these celebrity birthday quotes are sure to generate laughs, and inspire the birthday boy or girl for the year to come!mother and daughter reading card message Continue Reading…

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Birthday Card Message Ideas

January 4, 2018

Picking out a birthday card for someone is the easy part – the messages are already in there, so you just have to find one that you like. It’s when it comes time to write your own message inside that people often struggle!

Although birthdays come once each year, giving us many opportunities to write something special to our friends, family members and loved ones, we know that most people want their message for this year to be better than the last – that’s where it gets tricky. Lucky for you, today we’re here to help. Below are some of our favorite birthday messages that you can reference as you write your next card – enjoy!

happy birthday card message

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas

December 23, 2017

Your house is probably already overflowing with the sights (i.e. decorations) and sounds (a la Jingle Bells on loop) of Christmas, but what about the smells? Surprisingly enough, scent is the sense most closely related to memory, far more than sight, touch, or sound. So don’t deny your nose the simple joys of Christmas this season and prepare to make memories your family will remember for years to come.

Christmas Cookies, Candy Canes & Greenery

Add real greenery to your decor.

Especially if you don’t have a real tree in your home, you’re probably in need of some serious earthly scents. A traditional Christmas centerpiece will do a lot more than just look beautiful on your dinner table, it will fill the room with the sweet smells of fir and cedar.

More times than not, you’ll find a wreath hanging on someone’s front door during the holidays. While we’ll never deny the beauty of a wreath at your entryway, there are a surprising number of places homeowners have yet to take advantage of when it comes to decorating with wreaths. From your bedroom window to a lamp skirt, wreaths can be incorporated into virtually every room of your house. And when your wreath is made with real fir and pine, you get to enjoy its scent just as much as its visual appeal! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Popular Light Shows and Displays Around the Country

December 22, 2017

It was in 1882 that Edward H. Johnson, a friend and business partner of Thomas Edison, hung the first ever string of lights on his Christmas tree. With only a handful of homeowners having access to electricity, people traveled far and wide to see this 80 bulb string of red, white, and blue lights.

Fast forward to today and we’re all still just as captivated by Christmas lights — though we think it’s safe to say that light displays have become a bit grander than they were in the late 1800s. From California to New York (even going so far north as Alaska), holiday light shows have taken the country by storm.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Flock a Christmas Tree

December 20, 2017
flocked christmas tree

If ornaments and twinkle lights just aren’t enough to give your Christmas tree that “wow factor,” it may be time to try something new, like flocking. Flocking your tree will give it that snow-kissed look that only real trees in the forest have been able to attain, until now. So throw on some Christmas music, make hot chocolate, and get your crafting clothes on because it’s time to transform your home into a true winter wonderland.

flock a christmas tree

What is Flocking?

If you want to get technical, flocking is the process of creating texture by attaching tiny fibers to a material. But when talking about Christmas trees, flocking means to give it that natural, snow-covered look by applying a white, powdery mixture to the branches. We love flocking a Christmas tree because it gives it more dimension and mimics the look of a tree sitting in the forest. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

The Topsy Turvey Origins of Upside Down Christmas Trees

December 15, 2017
upside-down-christmas-tree

With it rumored that the first Christmas was celebrated nearly 2,000 years ago in 336 A.D., it’s no surprise that Christmas traditions have changed quite a bit throughout the years. But if there’s one thing that’s stood the test of time, it’s the Christmas tree. Sure, the way we decorate them has changed a bit and there were those few years when everyone had a metallic tree (which I think we’re all still trying to forget about), but Christmas trees have, for the most part, always remained the same — until now.

upside down christmas trees

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Different Uses for Christmas Wreaths

December 14, 2017

Lush evergreen wreaths are one of the most versatile decorations you can use to bring some traditional warmth into your home at Christmastime. And when you opt for a beautiful faux arrangement—like our Plaid Holiday Wreath, which is decorated with festive pine cones and vibrant red berries—you have a truly original ornament that you can use in countless ways for many years to come. Here are just a few of the many different uses for a Christmas wreath!

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

The Most Popular Christmas Flowers to Decorate With

December 4, 2017

Holiday Flower TreeFlowers are Mother Nature’s very own decorative ornaments, so it’s no surprise that they’ve become a staple of Christmas décor all over the world! There are so many festive blossoms to choose from, it’s impossible to stick with just one when you’re adorning your home for the holidays. Read up on the most popular Christmas flowers and how you can merry-fy your home with them this season.

Poinsettias

Poinsettia PlantWith its long, velvety red leaves, the poinsettia is the definitive Christmas bloom. But did you know that it’s actually a tropical plant? Read our blog post on the history of poinsettias to find out how they became associated with Christmastime, and use our poinsettia decorating ideas to spread the Christmas spirit! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Christmas Traditions from the Past

November 27, 2017

It seems like just yesterday we were putting our Christmas trees outside and packing up decorations, eagerly waiting for Christmas to return in another 364 days. But alas — the time has finally come to break out the gingerbread and hang your stockings once again!

With the Christmas season finally here, many of us have just a few things on the brain: family, shopping, and our favorite annual traditions. While some Christmas pastimes have survived for centuries (like our beloved Christmas trees) others have changed or been completely lost over the years (who else remembers Christmas pageants?). So with only a few weeks until the big day, we’re revisiting the days of Christmas past.

Sending a newsletter.

Before Facebook, distant families and friends kept in touch via the family Christmas newsletter. Though we’ve mostly gotten rid of the newsletter, we still, thankfully, continue to send Christmas cards.

Dad dressing up as Santa.

Shh — Make sure the kids are out of the room for this one, or at least away from the screen! Before mall Santas we’re a thing, fathers across the country took it upon themselves to dress up as ol’ Kris Kringle and spread the holiday cheer. While the tradition isn’t as popular as it used to be, it did give way to one of the best Christmas songs — I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.

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