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Valentine’s Day - Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonThe origins of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to both ancient Roman and ancient Christian traditions. The holiday is associated with the Roman Lupercalia (a fertility festival) and to Christian Saint(s) who had romantic legends associated with that name.

Valentine’s Day is most often perceived as a celebration between lovers sending each other tokens of affection. While men buy mostly for romantic reasons, women use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to show they care to mothers, friends, children, as well as their sweethearts. Women even treat themselves on Valentine’s Day.

Flowers, hearts and cupids are traditional symbols of love and affection. While the heart is an essential part of our circulatory system, it has long been associated with our emotions and has become symbolic of love and romance. Cupid, known through mythology as the god of love and desire, has come down to us as a chubby little cherub who likes to shoot arrows that inflame desire. Your florist can incorporate hearts and cupids into your Valentine’s Day gifts.   Read More

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Top Flower Factor Blog Posts of 2016

by Jenny Scala on January 1, 2017 at 3:56 am

What a year! We had a blast showing the country how good it feels to give and receive flowers through “Petal It Forward.” We showed how flowers are a small, yet powerful gesture for recognizing achievements. We celebrated exciting wedding and event party trends, a long romantic Valentine’s Day weekend and even Super Bowl Sunday. Thank you to our contributors for sharing their expertise. And a great big thanks to YOU for reading and sharing our ideas on all things floral.

And now, please enjoy this trip down memory lane as we look back at the top Flower Factor posts of 2016:

Flowers Create Connection: In response to new data reaffirming the science behind flowers’ ability to improve moods and lessen anxiety, the Society of American Florists and florists nationwide hit the streets on October 19 in 234 cities in all 50 states to hand out tens of thousands of flower bouquets to busy commuters. This “Petal It Forward” effort was meant to not only brighten the day of those receiving the bouquets, but recipients were also given a second bouquet to share with someone who needed a lift.

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Homecoming Couple - — Floral design by Joyce Mason-Monheim, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, AzMFWith autumn comes football, bonfires and homecoming. These traditions have been passed down for years. The presentation of the Homecoming royalty with a king and queen, the hometown parades and of course the dances have all withstood the test of time. So with all of this tradition, how do you choose flowers that make your total look epic?

It’s all about fashion and applying the newest trends to those traditions. Fashion drives the colors, the themes and the accessories of homecoming and prom. The fall chill may be in the air, but no keeping warm with the trendy style of shorter cocktail dresses. These dresses have unique shoulders with cutouts, asymmetrical lines and the retro halter style necklines. Now apply sequins, layers of lace or tulle, and you can add fun and creativity with floral adornments.

These homecoming party dresses might be a two-piece midriff style, show textural embellishments or be the traditional long formal gown. They are available in wide varieties of floral prints, sheer fabrics, lace and illusion in just about any color palette that complements your taste. Created especially for you in colors that complement you best, from reds and blues to pastel shades of pink and lavender, and of course the traditional black. Read More

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Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend

by Shelby Shy on February 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Red roses, chrsanthemums, hypericum berries This year Valentine’s Day is on Sunday, but why not make it a full on Valentine’s Weekend!

Whether you plan to celebrate at home, at a hotel, or out at a restaurant, you should always incorporate flowers. A delivery of flowers creates a “wow” factor that is not soon forgotten!

Home sweet home is always a place to celebrate your love.  Express your passion and send her a lovely mix of red and burgundy flowers.  Here is a cluster of burgundy dianthus, red hypericum berries, red roses and seeded eucalyptus.

White roses, hydrangea, calla liliesGet her out and about to a restaurant to make her feel special!  Make her feel one of a kind too by arranging for an elegant bouquet of all white flowers to be delivered to the table (since everyone else will be receiving pink and red flowers). This beautiful bouquet consists of white calla lilies, hydrangeas and roses.

Red rosesIf you’ve reserved a luxurious hotel room, go all out and have long-stemmed roses waiting. The more the merrier. Some lucky lady is receiving this 100-stem rose bouquet!

Whatever your fancy, your florist can help you enhance a romantic weekend with a floral surprise sure to knock her socks off. Plan ahead (translation: Call NOW!) and they will take care of all the details so you can be “Cupid Extraordinaire!”

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Photo Courtesy: Manda Renee Photography

Photo Courtesy: Manda Renee Photography

Prom dresses this year continue to trend away from the traditional big multi-layered full ball gown and toward the form fitting, lace and jewel encrusted fantasy numbers seen on fashion runways.

Mermaid silhouettes are joined with fun and flirty two-piece separates that let teens express themselves by mixing and matching. No more having to worry if someone else will wear the same dress.

Cap sleeves, one shoulder and high necklines have made a showing this year. This has provided a bit of variety to the typical sleeveless/strapless evening look.

Rompers, both long and short, and one-piece pantsuits have also brought a new style to the prom scene. Not only do they diversify the look, but also they are a great option for prom attendees that are not fond of dresses. Read More