Gifting

The Guide To Business Gifting For The Holidays

December 4, 2016

The holidays should be a time of joy and celebration, but they can often come with stress and uncertainty when it comes to exchanging gifts at the office. It’s great to recognize the efforts of those who helped make your business a success over the past year, but where do you start? If you’re feeling generous and want to spread some cheer, here is a guide to business gifting for the holidays:

Before you can select a gift, you must first understand your company’s policy on gift giving. Staying within those parameters will help make your hunt for the perfect gift much easier. It’s also important to understand simple business etiquette when it comes to holiday gift giving. Avoid purchasing a gift that is too expensive and elaborate and not in line of your recipient’s interests, as your good intentions can be deemed inappropriate.

Gifts For Your Boss:

If you feel funny giving your boss a gift for the holidays–don’t worry–we’ve got you covered!

Holiday Gift Guide for Boss

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8 Popular Types of Christmas Greens

December 2, 2016

The holiday season is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge about certain holiday related topics. The first topic on our list is Christmas greens – how many different types can you name off? Check out a few different types below:

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Flower Inspired Baby Names

November 30, 2016

There are few things more exciting than choosing a name for your baby! However, we know that with all of the choices available, it can also come with feelings of anxiety at times. In addition to the endless possibilities that you might think up, it’s inevitable that friends and family members will also give their input–whether it’s welcome or not! But, keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to decide on a name! Whether you’re choosing a traditional family name with lots of meaning, or a unique name to set your child apart, there’s one rule of thumb when selecting a name for your little one–pick something you love!

List of Flower Baby Names for Girls & Boys

If you’re having a hard time settling on a name for your baby, look around for inspiration. Are you inspired by the beauty of a rose? Or perhaps the delicateness of daffodil is something that speaks to you. Flowers bring happiness and beauty into our lives, often having strong symbolic meanings behind their names. These sweet baby names inspired by flowers will be sure to be a perfect fit for your little blooming bundle of joy: Continue Reading…

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Top 11 Poinsettia Facts

November 28, 2016

Happy holiday season! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s pretty safe to say that everyone’s focus is on all of the fun holiday happenings that come with the end of the year – we know that’s what we’re thinking about! Between decorating, shopping and holiday parties alone, there are so many awesome things about the last few weeks of December.

But let’s go back to the decorating part for a moment – did you know that poinsettias are one of the most popular flowers associated with the Christmas season? Since you’ll probably see tons of poinsettia displays as you shop around town this month, get to know more about them by checking out these awesome poinsettia facts below.

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3 Simple Ways to Clean Your Glass Flower Vase

November 26, 2016

What’s the first thing you do after being handed a fresh bouquet of flowers? If you asked us the same question, we’d answer with, “put them in a vase!” Glass vases in particular are such a beautiful way to display bouquets of flowers, but after a while, we know that glass vases can get rather dirty.

3 Easy Ways to Clean a Glass Vase

If you have glass vases at home that could use some cleaning up, here are a few simple techniques that you can try:

1. Use Salt and Vinegar.

While you may think of salt and vinegar as something you keep in your kitchen cabinets for cooking, they can also double as a cleaning product! To create a solution that can clean your vase, take ½ tablespoon of salt, and then add white vinegar until the mixture becomes paste-like. Once you have the right consistency, rub the paste all over the vase, especially those areas that have built up residue from dirty water. After this has been done, let the paste work its magic for about 10 minutes, and then wipe it off – the result should be a sparkling clean vase! Continue Reading…

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Support Smile Farms on Giving Tuesday 2016

November 25, 2016

What is Giving Tuesday, you ask? Giving Tuesday is a day for you to get involved and give back in your community whether its volunteering at a food bank, donating clothing or money, hosting a fundraiser, or another awesome way to give back. In honor of Giving Tuesday, 20% of the proceeds in our special Giving Tuesday collection will go to Smile Farms, a non-profit organization that provides developmentally challenged adults with meaningful work opportunities at local farms, urban gardens, greenhouses and farm stands.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

9 Holiday Survival Tips

November 23, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…isn’t it? But in reality, all that running and shopping and wrapping and cooking can wear you down. We want you to enjoy this season and we’ve put together nine great ways to not only survive—but thrive—this holiday season!

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Top 5 Things to Bring Your Thanksgiving Dinner Host

November 22, 2016

One of the greatest days of the year is almost here – Thanksgiving! What plans do you have to celebrate this year? Will you be having friends and family over to your house, or will you be attending a dinner party? If your schedule includes heading over to someone elses home this Thanksgiving, you know the drill – you should never show up empty handed! That said, today, we wanted to share some of our favorite ways to give thanks to your Thanksgiving dinner host – here are a few things you can bring:

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  1. Flowers. Not only will your host enjoy looking at their flowers once the holiday is over, but they’ll also make for the perfect centerpiece for their Thanksgiving table! These Thanksgiving flowers are primarily made with orange, red and yellow flowers (perfect for the season), so any one is sure to add an additional festive feel to Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving Centerpiece- Fields of Europe
  2. Gifts for entertaining. Your Thanksgiving host is going to be doing a lot of entertaining, so how nice would it be for them to have some new accessories to use? For example, this wine tool kit will help with a lot of their beverage needs, and these fun personalized mason jars will give everyone something new to drink out of! (Speaking of wine kits and mason jars, beer and wine are always great gifts too)  Continue Reading…
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Thanksgiving Centerpieces and Table Decoration Ideas

November 21, 2016

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

Floral Wreath Centerpiece Close-Up

Wreaths are one of my favorite design styles for a more traditional centerpiece. Having the center of the wreath open provides endless opportunities for additional personalization. Here I used a beautiful amber Fenton glass vase as a candleholder. I think the amber glow is the perfect complement to the rich hues of the seasonal flowers in the wreath.

Recipe for Floral Wreath Centerpiece

When creating a fresh floral wreath I like to use flowers that air-dry nicely. Using flowers such as the varieties featured in this photo can extend the “life” of your centerpiece by weeks.

Succulent Wreath Centerpiece

Some varieties of hydrangeas dry better than others. The variety that dries the best and is featured in the wreath pictured above is known as an “antique hydrangea”. It is typically soft moss green with burgundy edging and works beautifully with all of the rich colors of autumn.

Fall Wreath Centerpiece Top-Down View

This wreath is all about the vibrant and saturated colors of the season. In order to create the perfect backdrop for this intensity I chose to keep everything else very neutral. A burlap table runner on a natural wood farm table and wooden chargers holding amber depression glass plates let this centerpiece take center stage!

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