Few moments are more exciting than moving into a new home. Every empty room marks a fresh start and promise of new adventures. So it’s only natural that everyone christens their first night in a new house with a housewarming party! Whether you were the friend helping out on move-in day, are the new, next-door neighbor, or a long-time family member, these are a few gifts that will land you the title of ‘best guest ever.’
Looking for something delicate, durable, and delightful to decorate your home with this season? Don’t be too quick to overlook carnations — one of the oldest and historically rich flowers around today. If you’re in the market for flowers, here are just a few of the many reasons why you should choose carnations.
Remember your first wedding anniversary? Odds are, it was celebrated with flowers, champagne, a nice dinner, and countless other romantic gestures. But as the years passed and your family grew, there’s no shame in admitting that your anniversary is one of the things that started to get pushed aside. But that’s why we’re here — to put a spark back into your anniversary! Whether it’s your 5th anniversary or your 50th, every year that you and your significant other spend together is worth celebrating. So here is a list of unusual (and actually fun) date ideas that won’t leave you and your partner sitting through dinner and a movie for your sixth anniversary in a row.
For those of you who garden, you’re well aware that an annual flower bed (though very beautiful) can be a lot of work. You have to fertilize the soil, plant the seeds, nurture the flowers, only to pull them out once Old Man Winter comes knocking on your door. Then, you start the process all over again when the temperature begins to rise. That’s why even avid gardeners and plant enthusiasts have found a fondness for perennials.
What are Perennials and Why do we Love Them?
Contrary to popular belief, a perennial isn’t the name of a flower, but rather a term used to describe a broad range of flowers and plants that live for more than two years. Every homeowner wants a beautiful garden in front of their home, but busy schedules prevent most people from having the time to care for one. Perennials’ low maintenance and annual blooms have made them a popular choice for homes across the country.
Some of our Favorites
With a black-eyed susan, you get the best of both worlds. This plant has become incredibly popular over the years because while it closely resembles a sunflower, it requires almost none of the maintenance.
For centuries, roses have been the most well known and beloved flower in America. In fact, they’re so popular that in 1986, roses were named the official flower and floral emblem of the United States. So it seems only fair that we dedicate one day a year to celebrating them, and all that they represent. In honor of National Red Rose Day on June 12th, let’s take a look at a few facts about red roses and their vibrant history.
The History of Love and Roses
Red roses started to be associated with love and romance after they became the most popular wedding flower in the 1800s. But the connection between love and red roses dates back far earlier than the 19th century. Greek mythology tells us that the word “rose” is derived from the name Eros — a Greek deity who had the power to make people fall in love. The story goes that after Eros struck someone with his love potion, a rose bush would grow in their place. (Does the story of Eros sound familiar? That’s because today, he’s known as Cupid!) There were also stories of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, frequently traveling with Eros. Wherever the two went, white rose shrubs would appear. That was, until Aphrodite’s lover, Adonis, was wounded and turned all of the white roses around him red.
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
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.
There’s only one thing on any young adult’s mind after they buy a ticket to the latest music festival — “what will I wear?” Over the years, music festivals have become just as much about the fashion as they are the music. And while festivals have been responsible for bringing back numerous fashion styles (thank you Coachella for bringing back boho-chic!), no trend has been more popular than flower inspired outfits.
Let’s kickoff music festival season with 11 ways you can incorporate flowers into your favorite festival looks.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days in a couple’s life. And while that’s certainly true, it’s also a big day for their parents. Your wedding is the final piece to the puzzle, signifying that you’re not their little baby anymore — heck, you may soon have your own little babies. But that’s why the father-daughter and mother son dances have become so popular over the years. In those few minutes, you have the opportunity to tell your mom and dad, “thanks for everything you’ve done.” But in order to set the scene for the perfect moment, you need to have the perfect music. If you’re getting ready to head down the aisle, as well as the dance floor, here are a few songs that will make for an unforgettable father-daughter and mother-son dance.
For the Father-Daughter Dance
By: Bob Carlisle
Remember when your dad would tuck you into bed and kiss you goodnight? You might not have realized it at the time, but you were probably kissing him goodnight too — but with butterfly kisses. If you give someone a butterfly kiss, it means your eyelashes brush up against their cheeks. Bob Carlisle’s famous song may have popularized the term, but it’s something fathers spanning decades remember experiencing.
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
By: James Taylor
How Sweet It Is, by James Taylor proved that a father-daughter dance doesn’t necessarily have to be slow and sappy for it to still be beautiful. This is a great choice for brides looking to ditch the traditional slow dance in favor of a more upbeat dance number. After all, this is a celebration! Continue Reading…
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is observed each year on the final Monday of May. The history of Memorial Day goes all the way back to the Civil War. The purpose of the day was to remember the fallen Union soldiers. Southern women and school children decorated Confederate graves with flowers during and after the war; however, each region designated a different date for Memorial Day.
By the 20th century, Memorial Day was extended to honor all American soldiers that have died at war. The tradition of decorating the graves of soldiers who have died for our country continues today. All around the United States, floral arrangements are used as decorations for Memorial Day. Many families preserve the history of Memorial Day by having personal celebrations to recognize the soldiers that have given their lives for their country’s principles. Continue Reading…
Whether they’re big or small, scented or unscented, cut or uncut, flowers always seem to have the ability to make us happy. But there are some flowers that are a little extra joyful — the ones that instantly put a smile on your face. If you’re having one of those off days (you know, the ones where you just miss the bus or spill your coffee before you even get to work) or you know of a friend going through a tough time, here are some of our favorite flowers that are sure to give anyone who receives them a serious pick-me-up.
Nothing says, “have a sunny day” quite like a bouquet of sunflowers, after all — it’s right there in the name. Not only do sunflowers embody pure joy, they also teach us to thrive and turn towards the light, even in the darkest of times.