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2012 Wedding Flowers and Style Trends

by Jeanne Benedict on January 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Last year’s nuptial news is tough to top with the excitement of Prince William and Kate’s Royal Wedding. Wedding flowers andRoyal Wedding of William and Catherine Duke & Duchess of Cambridge trends are certainly reminiscent of the UK big day, but with some interesting designer twists inspired by Kate’s dress and Beatrice’s fascinator (the Dr. Seuss type hat perched atop the head of Sarah Ferguson’s daughter).

Flower trends, as always, are ever-changing based on the creativity that individual florists bring to each design. However, this year’s brides may seem partial to a “gathered” flower style, which could appear easy to arrange, but really requires professional floral design skills, so the bouquet gives the bride a polished look as opposed to holding a “thrown together” bunch of blooms. To find you your own local floral design expert, check out the National Florist Directory. Read More

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Five Themes for Christmas Table Décor

by Jeanne Benedict on December 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

Picking a theme for holidays and parties is one of the most enjoyable aspects of entertaining for me. I’ll start with a color or an object that I want to use in my design and build it up from there, and one of the easiest ways to do that is with the place setting. In this 4-minute video, I show five beautiful and easy place setting ideas for your holiday table.

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Once you’ve got something in mind, take your place setting items to your local florist and he or she is going to be able to create expertly arranged flowers that are going to take your holiday event to the next level.

For more holiday inspiration, please visit these blog posts:

What are your favorite table decorating ideas you’ve seen this holiday season?

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Elegant Thanksgiving Tabletops

by Jeanne Benedict on November 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

There is an elegance to the Thanksgiving holiday thatThanksgiving Decorations warms our hearts, reminds us to be kinder to one another, and celebrates the beauty of fall. We often take our cues from nature when thinking about our Thanksgiving tabletops, mixing autumn botanicals with flowers in vibrant harvest hues.

This year, highlight the elegance of the holiday by talking to your local florist about creating Thanksgiving arrangements that combine seasonal classics, such as wheat stems and acorns, with white florals like roses and calla lilies to add sophistication and style to the tabletops in every room of your home.

Wheat Stems and Calla Lilies for the Foyer

Give your family and friends a festive welcome by going grand in the entryway or on a fireplace mantle by showcasing a tall centerpiece of wheat stems interspersed with long-stemmed white flowers such as calla lilies or gladiolas. Since this is a table or surface that is primarily for display, surround the vase with nuts in their shells and white pumpkins. Read More

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Flowers on Fright Night

by Jeanne Benedict on October 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

Oh, Halloween! It’s creeping up on us with gruesome visions of how we’d look as zombies or pirates, and dreams of nightmarish themes that will top last year’s Monster Mash.

Breathe life into your Halloween party by accenting the grim and gory décor with flowers. Surround a tombstone with a bed of roses or carnations or brighten up the mundane macabre of witch and vampire garb with striking orange floral arrangements that will pop amidst a sea of black costumes.

Bright green and purple are also great colors to add a ghouly atmosphere. There are lots of flowers in these color schemes to choose from:

For oranges, try roses, gerbera daisies, calla lilies, Asiatic lilies, dahlias. Read More

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Show Your School Spirit with Flowers

by Jeanne Benedict on September 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

There’s a spirit in the air come September that is somewhat infectious. It can be felt by kindergarteners as well as longtime graduates. Some call it “Homecoming,” others know it as “Back to School,” and all feel that familiar “School Spirit,” which ushers in the fall season.

First Day Back to School Flower Head Wreaths

At my children’s school, which spans pre-school to 8th grade, there is a welcoming custom on the first day of school that is absolutely precious. The cheerleaders line up at the main gate dressed in their uniforms and wearing floral head wreaths with school color ribbons dangling down their back. They shout cheers and perform routines as the kids enter, welcoming them back to school in a super fun way. Read More