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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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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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Golden Themed Graduation Decor Ideas

May 19, 2019

Graduation Decorations That Go for the Gold

Graduation truly is a time to sparkle and shine—and using gold in your party décor will also put you right on trend. Gold is everywhere these days and in many different ways: foil, leaf, glitter, tassel, etc. Here are a few easy ways to make your graduation the one that outshines the rest!

Duct tape, you’ve come a long way! One of the simplest ways to customize and add some pizzazz to your centerpieces is to wrap a piece of gold duct tape around the vase and write a message on the tape. This gold duct tape is actually dry-erase as well—what could be easier! Continue Reading…

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Holiday Flower Tree™ DIY FUNdraiser

December 13, 2018

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.Female Friends with DIY Holiday Flower Tree Creations
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…

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Flower Design, Friends & Fun

December 1, 2018
flower design class

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!

floral design

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.

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Rosé All Day Party Game

July 30, 2018

If you feel, like I do, that no party is complete without a game or two, here’s a fun idea for your next wine – themed party: a Rosé party game!

Save the corks from the wine you drink, or ask friends and family to save theirs for you to collect. Fill a pretty bowl or any clear container with the corks and have your guests guess how many corks are in the container. Remember to count them as you put them in the bowl.

And the perfect prize for the winner? A bottle of wine of course!

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“Feathering the Nest” for a Baby Shower

April 17, 2018

One of my favorite themes for a baby shower is “feathering the nest,” which is really the whole point of having a baby shower.  I actually threw my daughter-in-law Lina a “birds nest” themed shower when she was pregnant with my beautiful granddaughter Olivia Grace!  It was a no brainer because Lina already had a thing for birds!  There are so many ways that you can incorporate this theme into your gathering from the invitations, to the décor, and even the food.  Here are just a few decor ideas using flowers, nests, eggs, and bird cages that you might want to try too!

purple hydrangea in a purple mason jar

We knew that Lina was having a girl, and since purple is her favorite color I started simple with purple hydrangea in purple mason jars. Continue Reading…

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Coastal Chic Color Palette

July 7, 2017

Coastal Inspiration- Summer Entertaining

Beach Inspired Decor for a Summer Soiree

Keep your floral varieties classic, such as roses and orchids, and use just one variety per arrangement and mass it out for maximum impact.

Coastal Flowers- Roses in a Conch Shell

To design in a large shell simply place a piece of saturated floral foam in the opening of the shell, cut the floral stems short and insert into the floral foam until the entire opening is filled with flowers. Continue Reading…

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French Country Floral Decor

June 1, 2017

Flowers for Summer Entertaining

Are you planning a summer celebration or simple get together? Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, picnic in the park, or pool party, flowers can make it an event to remember. Here are some examples of my favorite summer styles and themes from French Country to Coastal Living and Poolside Cabana with a little American Farmer’s Market and Tropical Paradise thrown in for good measure!

Add a Touch of French Country Décor to your Table

French Country Floral Centerpiece

The French Country style of decorating, with its warm and casual feel, will easily fool your guests into thinking that they’re dining al fresco in the fields of Provence. The easiest way to create this look is to use rustic, Old World style containers brimming with fresh cut flowers. The most iconic French flowers that I would recommend using are sunflowers and, if available, fresh lavender. French Country style incorporates the full spectrum of the color wheel: sunny yellow and soft gold, fiery red and burnt rust, bright grass green and dark hunter green, cobalt blue soft ocean tones—all of these shades are found in this wonderful decorating style.

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