Floral Occasions & Holidays

What To Do With Your Christmas Tree After The Holidays

December 27, 2016

Every year, millions of Christmas trees around the world fill homes with joy and happiness. But at the end of this celebratory season, when pine needles are shedding and twinkling lights are dimming, you might be wondering what you should do with your tree. You can take down the tinsel, but don’t drag it to the curb! Instead, let your Christmas memories live on through one of these creative tree uses:christmas-tree

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Floral Events & News

Pantone Color Of The Year 2017

December 23, 2016

It’s the moment we’ve been patiently waiting for–Pantone chose their color of the year for 2017! Can you guess what it is? We’ll give you a hint: It’s a color that represents the environment and specifically signifies a fresh beginning, nature and a healthier lifestyle. If you guessed “Greenery,” you’re right–and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

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According to The Pantone Color Institute, this refreshing and revitalizing color was selected to evoke the feeling of the first days of spring, when the great outdoors becomes restored and renewed. This color represents a sense of freshness, which will be reflected in trends that are minimalistic and simplistic in 2017.

The yellow-green hue that makes up “Greenery,” is here to remind us to take a deep breath and strive for inner peace, while stressing the importance of taking a break from our daily routines to replenish ourselves. We can’t think of a better way to achieve that level of re-invigoration than by incorporating some of these calming products into our lives: Continue Reading…

DIY Flower Crafts

Make the Holidays Sparkle with DIY Glitter Vases

December 21, 2016

We all know that one of the best parts about the holiday season is decorating! From Christmas trees to holiday lights to menorahs and more, there are SO many ways to make your home festive and welcoming. Of course decorating with holiday flowers is our absolute favorite! I love to add a bit of sparkle during the holidays (especially New Years), and these glitter vases are super easy (and fun!) to make! Friendly advice: try not to throw the glitter everywhere or you’ll spend months cleaning it up . I have taken one for the team and tell you this based on personal experience (you’re welcome).

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Christmas & Holidays

DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

December 19, 2016

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!
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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!
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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Winter Holidays Celebrated Around The World

December 15, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing! While the stores are packed with seasonal shoppers looking for the perfect gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, let’s not forget about the many other holidays celebrated around this religious time of year. Since we live in a multicultural society, It’s important to learn about different cultures and their traditions–after all, who doesn’t love more reasons to celebrate? Here are some other religious winter holidays celebrated all around the world:

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Christmas & Holidays, Holiday Decorations

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree & Decoration Ideas

December 13, 2016

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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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Office Christmas Decoration Ideas

December 13, 2016

‘Tis the season to get festive! And since so many of us spend a lot of time in our offices around the holidays, why not put a little Christmas cheer into your cubicle?! Decorating the office for the holidays is a great way to put a smile on your coworker’s faces, lighten the mood and help spread a little joy to everyone around. If you’re feeling merry this month, here are some ways to add some winter wonder to the workplace:

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Fun Flower Facts

How Flowers Were Once Used To Deliver Messages

December 9, 2016

The Meaning of Victorian Flower MessagesToday, most people use flowers as gifts for special occasions such as birthdays, graduations, weddings, baby showers, and promotions. However, flowers weren’t always used as such – back in the 19th century, Victorians used to present one another with gifts as a way to deliver secret messages.

Floriography

Floriography is the term people use to describe Victorian flower language (if you need something to compare it to in the modern world, you can think of their use of flowers to be similar to the way we use emojis). Overtime floriography became so popular and widespread thanks to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, wife of the English ambassador to Turkey, and between the years 1827 and 1923, you could find at least 98 different flower dictionaries across the United States.

Flower Messages During the Victorian Era

Flowers were primarily used to deliver messages that were so secret or unconventional at the time that they couldn’t be spoken aloud. And although not all books and dictionaries agreed on the same meanings, people during this time period were generally able to understand the messages being sent based on factors such as the way flowers were presented and the condition of the flowers. Here are some examples: Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

All About Hanukkah

December 7, 2016

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is an eight-day religious holiday celebrated by people of the Jewish faith. Each year in mid-December, Jews all over the world celebrate the Festival of Lights which commemorates a Jewish victory over the Greeks 2000 years ago. In 165 BCE, when the Jews came to rededicate the Temple they had reclaimed, they found only one small flask of oil with which to light their Menorah, or lamp. This flask contained enough oil to last for just one day, yet the lamp burned for eight days, the same exact amount of time it takes to completely prepare the sacred oil for a new ceremony. This is considered the miracle of Hanukkah.

What is Hanukkah and how is it celebrated?

Hanukkah Traditions

The Menorah During the festival of Hanukkah, menorahs are lit for eight days to commemorate each night the original lamp burned. There are nine candles on the menorah, one for each night and one in the center, which is used to light the others. Each evening, families gather at nightfall to rekindle menorah flames, rededicate themselves to their faith, and to share in the festive meals. Blessings are sung as the candles are lit. Continue Reading…