Love – That’s What I’m Taco ‘Bout!!
There are at least three reasons coming up to celebrate love & tacos or just your love for tacos – Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo! And let’s not forget Taco Tuesday! So, I put my thinking cap on and came up with some very easy and very inexpensive ideas that can take any one of your parties from just another reason to get together with friends and loved ones for tacos and tequila shots, all the way up to the next level! Trust me!
OK I have officially moved on from pallet wood to birch as my go to obsession. Birch fits in so perfectly with my home décor style, bringing in natural texture and personality. Birch trees and birch bark are in themselves works of art with limitless uses and opportunities for combining with other elements to create even more beauty!I have several different size and shape birch vases and planters and have been dying to try burning a heart into as you would see on a real tree where someone romantically declared their love. Being a florist in February I am thinking love and romance 24/7 these days. And my daughter is just starting to plan her wedding which she envisions in a tent with lots of natural décor elements. So, if not now when? Continue Reading…
Learn how to make Santa’s hat out of strawberries and flowers!
Everyone loves Santa and everyone loves Santa’s hat! Put one on and it’s an instant party! Anyone can wear one – young or old, big or little, animal or human! Don’t believe me? Check out our truly original Santa Paws a-DOG-able and see for yourself!
I decided to have a little fun with Santa’s hat and make one entirely out of fresh flowers to complement the mini hats that we made out of fresh strawberries. These are great ideas that are so easy and will make you look like quite the “hostess with the mostess” at your holiday brunch for the girls! Include a little spiked peppermint hot chocolate and let the merriment begin!
Here are the basic step-by-step instructions for making one of 1-800-Flowers.com’s most cherished holiday arrangements, the Holiday Flower Tree (otherwise known as a tabletop tree-shaped arrangement). Once you master the basics, the sky’s the limit as far as creating unique, personalized trees in various sizes and containers.
What You Need
- Assorted Fresh Greens
- Fresh Flowers
- Floral Foam
- Waterproof Tape
- Green Sticks
- Utility Container
The only way that spending a little time with a bunch of friends, learning new skills, and creating your very own Holiday Flower Tree® could get any better would be if it benefited a good cause. And that’s exactly what happened when my sister-in-law, Kathy, opened her home and invited a few of her neighborhood girlfriends in to join in the fun.
Each guest made a contribution to Smile Farms at IGHL, an organization that is near and dear to my heart. 1800-Flowers.com graciously stepped up and donated all the materials needed for this workshop, which allowed us to make a nice holiday donation to Smile Farms on behalf of this group of friends. Continue Reading…
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.
Enjoy our guide to hosting your very own Flower design whether it’s as a class, workshop or an event. The DIY floral design workshop is great fun for everyone and your guests take their flower design creations back home!
I recently had the opportunity to go out into the “field” so to speak, and share a few of my favorite things – flowers and fun – with great friends, old and new!
The first event was of a corporate nature. My sister Peggy, asked if I would do a floral centerpiece workshop at her annual Customer Appreciation Night. She likes to have a little something extra and interactive for this event and the “Centerpiece Bar” worked out even better than we expected.
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
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!