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Bridal Bouquet … in a Clutch

by J. Robbin Yelverton on July 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Clutch Bouquet — Photo Courtesy Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro DetroitLike a Broadway show or fashion, bridal bouquet styles sometime end a run of popularity and then are “rediscovered” and enjoy a revival. Such is the case of the clutch bouquet.

A true clutch is an elongated bouquet that is carried on the arm, like you would an infant, or carried to the side clutched in the hand with the tip of the bouquet downward. Its name “clutch” implies that it is a gathering of casually arranged stems clutched or bound together with ribbon, twine or some other binding material.

However, in the world of Pinterest, and other social media platforms, the term “clutch bouquet” is being used to describe everything from a true clutch to what is more accurately called a nosegay or round hand-tied bouquet. These definitions are incorrect and could lead to a disappointed bride on her big day. On the other hand, the clutch bouquet can also, at times, be called a presentation, pageant, or arm bouquet.

The clutch bouquet is a casual, informal yet graceful bouquet that typically has a lot of movement as the materials are not tightly controlled. It is perfect for an afternoon ceremony, an outdoor garden setting or an intimate gathering of a friends and family. Read More

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Photo Courtesy Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro DetroitThis year, Administrative Professionals Week falls April 24-30, with Administrative Professionals Day on April 27.

Contrary to popular belief, Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretaries Day, was not started by the floral or gift card industries. In fact, its roots began during World War II. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers. The association’s name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998. As the organization’s scope and name changed, so has the holiday’s name.

With the ever-changing role of the administrative assistant, the stereotypical female secretary in a typing pool is no longer even remotely accurate. The role of the “admin” encompasses anyone whose job is to provide support, office administration, administrative assistance, paper and electronic filing, supply procurement, communications, technical support and so much more. Men and women fill these positions.

So when deciding what is appropriate as a gift in recognition of the contributions made by your admin, don’t make the mistake of slipping into a gender pit fall.

Flowers are an appropriate and appreciated thank-you gift — for men and women. Research from Texas A&M University reveals that flowers and plants naturally lift moods, boost workplace productivity, and enhance creative thinking — all beneficial to any company or organization. Read More

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Weddings With a Golden Touch

by J. Robbin Yelverton on February 22, 2016 at 8:46 am

Wedding Reception — Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro DetroitThe start of 2016 brings weddings that are golden. No, really, GOLDEN! The warm luster of gold is haute in wedding decor, and brides can’t seem to get enough of it. Whether low gold mercury glass bowls of florals or dramatic raised centerpieces on gold pedestals, the golden touch is everywhere.

Along with the gold rush has come a renewed interest in natural garden inspired designs. More prominently used foliage and texture are breathing life into the floral designs. The use of a variety of novelty foliage, herbs, berries and grasses add a lushness to the designs that has been missing in the all-floral arrangements we have been seeing.

Non-matching centerpieces using an assortment of vintage containers ties into the retro/vintage trend that we have been experiencing recently. It will remain strong simply because it is elegant and romantic. Lush, organic and free-form designs are on the upswing breaking the monotony of the compact mounds of previous years and this trend is showing up nationwide. Read More

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Old Rituals and New Beginnings

by J. Robbin Yelverton on December 25, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Celebrations are used to mark significant dates and occasions and New Year’s Eve is certainly no new face to the party!  In fact, the celebration of Winter Solstice and the beginning of the New Year is one of the oldest. For most Westerners, that day of celebration has evolved and moved from the original December 21 to the beginning of the Gregorian calendar, January 1st. Other cultures celebrate the New Year on various dates, however, with all the diversity, there are some underlying themes.  The New Year is seen as a time to set things straight, wash the slate, out with the old and in with the new, and reflection and renewal.

In recognition of the many symbols and rituals used to usher in the New Year, this arrangement has been carefully and thoughtfully created. A golden long and narrow rectangular container serves as the base of the design to represent the prosperity of the New Year. Evergreen foliage, often used to symbolize everlasting life and to ward off evil creates a lush bed. Candles are used by many cultures to not only symbolize life and the driving away of darkness, but the smoke from the flame represents for many the prayers and thoughts rising.

The garland of cranberries twined with red string or yarn, a symbol of peace to certain American Indians, has also been used for its healing properties. The beautiful deep red of the cranberries is further enhanced by the use of a fresh pomegranate, which has been opened to show its seeds.  The pomegranate is a powerful symbol of prosperity and for many cultures represents knowledge, learning and wisdom.  In Greek mythology, the seeds of the pomegranate are part of the mythology of the changing of the seasons from winter to spring.

A cluster of grapes is present to bring to mind the Spanish practice of placing twelve grapes in a glass of wine or champagne, which is then used to toast your guests at midnight.  As the wine is drunk the grapes are eaten one at a time with each representing a month of the New Year. A wish is made for each grape as it is eaten.  White roses, a symbol of purity and honesty lend their elegant beauty. Stems of wheat are added as a symbol of love and charity as well as guard against conceit. A flourish of ivy to the right invokes the Celtic symbolism of connections and friendships because of its propensity to interweave in growth.

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Want a dramatic backdrop at your wedding? Want it to look like magic? Suspend the décor! Whether you are simply suspending lanterns over a table or suspending shelves loaded with lanterns, candles, and flowers, the effect is lovely.

Check out this suspended mandap. A 10’x10′ cedar frame was suspended 9′ above the stage using two-inch rope. Then 160 nine-foot marigold garlands were hung three inches apart all the way around it to create this beautiful ceremonial structure. Suspending this type of decor is best left to professionals who have experience doing so.

Mandap — Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro Detroit

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