From now until the end of the year is a crafters dream. From Halloween through Thanksgiving and right into the holiday season, there are more reasons to decorate and create than any other time of the year. So let the creativity begin!
This ubiquitous Halloween candy was the inspiration for this floral centerpiece. It is made entirely out of carnations with a floral foam base. Since carnations come in so many beautiful colors, including orange and yellow, and are long lasting they were a natural choice for this project.
Remember to check back on a regular basis, because I will be sharing many ideas for decorating, gifting, and creating with flowers for all of the upcoming seasonal celebrations.
Posted: Sep 28, 2011 10:09:30 under Celebrations, Centerpieces, Decorations, Fall's Flowers, Holidays, Table setting, Uncategorized.
While many of us associate Thanksgiving with crisp cold air, berried branches, turning foliage, and chrysanthemums, not everyone has to go over the river and through the woods to get to grandmother’s house. Some just take a barefoot stroll along the beach, perhaps collecting a few shells along the way. If I were spending the holiday at my house in Florida here is how I would like my table to look.
Not only is it coastal inspired, but it is a cleaner, less cluttered and simpler look. This also matches our lifestyle down in Florida which is completely opposite from our hectic, fast-paced life in New York.
Use found objects as well as treasured keepsakes to create the look you want. Keeping the colors soft and using monochromatic single variety flowers will provide a sense of calm.
Write each guest’s name on a sand dollar and tuck a single cymbidium orchid behind it for a chic place setting.
Posted: Sep 28, 2011 10:09:41 under Celebrations, Decorations, Fall's Flowers, Holidays, How-To's, Table setting, Thanksgiving Ideas, Uncategorized.
The personal and the décor flowers should complement each other. I suggest having 3 different centerpieces in varying heights instead of having the same centerpiece on every table. It creates a much better rhythm and flow in the room. Various size tables are also nice if your venue can accommodate it. Here are three options that work with the look and feel of the bouquets I have featured so far.
I love this fresh flower wreath. Incorporating lots of texture with the pods, berries and kale, make it a feast for the eyes. I particularly like the use of the cut succulent, which is currently one of my current favorite “flowers” to work with this year. An amber glass cylinder and pillar candle in the center of the wreath adds a warm glow to match the warm glow in your hearts on this special day.
This pedestal is adorned with chandelier crystals, candles and has a very romantic feel to it. The green hanging amaranthus is a nice dramatic touch.
Metal Twig Tree
Branches are extremely popular for weddings and special events right now. In this case, I started with a metal twig tree originally designed to display ornaments. I added a few stem of fresh birch branches to give it some visual movement and a more natural fuller shape. The metal branches provide an excellent base for hanging votive candles on and the cymbidium orchids can be strung on the more delicate birch branches. When the lights are turned down and the candles are lit these trees add a magical touch to the room!
Posted: Sep 28, 2011 09:09:16 under Celebrations, Decorations, Fall's Flowers, Holidays, Party Ideas, Table setting, Uncategorized.
As I’ve said many times that having flowers in your home or office is just plain good for you. It’s such a simple thing to do and yet makes such a difference. Take advantage of the different floral varieties that are available each season. Dahlias will only be around for a little bit longer, so don’t miss out on them. They are so dramatic and visually interesting and come in an array of extraordinary colors. Don’t fuss – just fill a vessel with warm water, snip the ends of the stems, and drop them in.
Posted: Sep 28, 2011 09:09:50 under Decorations, Fall's Flowers, Uncategorized.
Thanksgiving is only a few days away and if you’re still looking for a centerpiece to make your table an elegant display of the season try using filberts and mums.
I prefer to use multiple smaller floral accents as opposed to one large centerpiece. Using smaller centerpieces will allow you to easily move the arrangements around the table when different courses are brought to the table. These arrangements couldn’t be easier to do!
I chose small square vases and tall cylinder vases. Another idea is to use unique containers or glassware you may have around your house.
- Fill the vases with filberts (hazel nuts)
- Once the vases are filled with filberts, fill the vessels with water.
- Top the arrangement off with a single mum – in this case a copper disbud.
I love the monochromatic look and the use of various textures.
Posted: Sep 27, 2011 10:09:34 under Centerpieces, Fall's Flowers, Holidays, How-To's, Party Ideas, Table setting, Thanksgiving Ideas, Uncategorized.
Tags: Centerpieces, filberts, mums, Table setting, Thanksgiving Ideas
The summer weather is here and that can only mean one thing; graduation time! Whether graduating kindergarten or college, it is a blissful, bittersweet celebration. This is their day to shine, and what is a better way to make the day even more memorable then giving them a one of a kind wrist corsage that will complement their personality and spirit.
Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your corsage!
- Flower buds are good choices when creating wrist corsages. Buds are beginning to bloom retain color and scent for a longer period of time
- Depending on what kind of look you’re going for, for a dramatic look, one large flower such as the Catteiya, is a classic type of orchid available in practically every color except true blue.
- The more colors in the corsage, the more lively the corsage will look.
- Durable flowers, besides the regular roses or carnations are orchids, calla lilies and daisies.
- Gerbera daisies and carnations are the least expensive, and come in a large variety of colors that make them perfect for any occasion.
Hope these tips help make the most of their (or your own) special day!
Posted: Jun 22, 2011 12:06:00 under Celebrations, Floral Gifts, How-To's, Roses, Uncategorized.
Tags: corsage, flowers, graduates, Graduations, Roses
The Kentucky Derby is a great reason to throw a fabulous party. Here are some tips to help you create the feeling of fun and excitement in the comfort of your own home!
Your centerpiece will represent “The Infield”, which is the flat grassy area inside of the track. The infield is famous for hosting a large Kentucky Derby party. All you need is a tray of wheat grass, which you can get at any florist or floral market. The wheat grass can be placed on a tray or platter and looks great as is. Placing small plastic horses around the rim of the grass would look so cute! Or surround the grass with red roses – after all, The Kentucky Derby is called The Run For The Roses!
Extravagant hats are a staple at the Derby. Create sweet little place cards using mini straw hats that you can find at arts and craft stores. Decorate with ribbons and small flowers. Attach a nametag to the brim and you’re all set.
The Kentucky Derby is part of The Triple Crown. A series of three races, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, that is run annually by a group of thoroughbred horses.
Give every guest at your party their own crown by folding the napkins in the traditional crown fold. Just follow these simple step-by-step directions:
- Lay the napkin face down in front of you.
- Fold the napkin in half diagonally.
- Orient the napkin so the open ends are pointing away from you.
- Fold the right-corner up so that the point rests directly on top of the middle-corner. The edge of this new flap should lie on the centerline of the napkin.
- Repeat step four on the other side, bringing the left-most corner up to meet the middle-corner, creating a diamond shape.
- Fold the bottom of the napkin up about 2/4’s of the way and press this fold down well.
- Fold the smaller triangle down so the point rests on the near edge of the napkin. Press.
- Curl the left and right sides of the napkin up so they meet in the middle and tuck one into the other.
- Stand it up and tug at it where needed to even it up and round it out. If your napkins are too limp then think of starch as napkin Viagra and make them good and stiff.
Petite floral arrangements made in silver julep cups would be perfect. Use fresh mint as the greenery and arrange with a few red roses. You can use these julep cup arrangements to decorate your table, either placing one at each guest’s place setting, or arranging them as centerpieces. At the end of the party give one to each guest as they leave and thank them for joining in the fun!
Posted: May 06, 2011 05:05:53 under Centerpieces, Decorations, Floral Gifts, Holidays, How-To's, Party Ideas, Uncategorized.
Mother’s Day is coming soon! To build excitement for Mom’s favorite holiday, we’ve come up with a fun way to get excited and celebrate Mom’s everywhere!
We’ve collaborated with nine fantastic blogging friends who have each submitted their nomination for The Best TV Mom! Click on over to the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Facebook page, click on the “asked” button in the upper right hand corner of the ”quesitons” tab, to vote for your favorite TV Mom as nominated by these blogs. Which mom do you think is the most iconic Mom ever to grace the television screen?
Here is a sneak peak of the nominated TV moms and which blog to thank for their nominations!
Posted: Apr 28, 2011 11:04:26 under Holidays, Mother's Day, Uncategorized.
Tags: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, blogs, Mom, Mother's Day, TV
This spring there have been many great new styles for florists to take and interpret into their décor. My favorite trend by far is the vibrant colors and rainbow collections popping up all over!
The best part about this trend is how easy it is to do-it-youself. Simply choose a bright and vibrant color, and incorporate as many different flowers as you can for an instant pop of color.
My prediction for the hottest color this spring… Orange!
Posted: Apr 04, 2011 05:04:30 under Centerpieces, Decorations, Floral Gifts, How-To's, Uncategorized.
Tags: colors, flowers, spring, trends
The month of September continues to fly by, but I wanted to take a moment and share one of the sweetest holidays I have ever heard of! Love Note Day falls annually on the fourth Friday in September and was created to encourage people to share their feelings for the ones they love with written words.
In honor of this holiday I wanted to share just a few of my favorite love notes:
If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for love’s sake only. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. - Franklin P. Jones
Love is a friendship set to music. – E. Joseph Cossman
Have a wonderful weekend!
Posted: Sep 23, 2010 03:09:32 under Floral Gifts, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized.