Category: ‘Christmas’

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Experience holiday peace, not stress

by Jennifer Sparks on November 28, 2018 at 8:26 am

We are embarking on a wonderful season of joy and festive celebration! But let’s face it, decking the halls and many other to-do’s in the month of December can also bring stress. According to a recent poll, 68 percent of people feel stress on a daily basis, and 32 percent experience stress daily. Add the busyness of the holidays — from shopping, to organizing the guest lists, to putting up the decorations, wrapping presents, etc., etc., etc. — our feelings of overwhelm are heightened, as we worry about how everything will get done.

It’s important in these hectic times to step back, breathe, and take small opportunities to have a moment of calm, so we can enjoy the holiday festivities, rather than stress over them. Easier said than done, I know! But science offers a surprisingly simple solution: FLOWERS.

New research from the University of North Florida shows that women who lived with flowers, even just for a few days, reported a significant reduction in their stress levels. Click here to hear the results straight from the researcher herself.

Could it really be that easy? You’d be surprised at how just having flowers in your environment can make a difference in how you and your family approach your day. Try one or more of these tips on how flowers can help you and your loved ones have a productive, and enjoyable,  holiday season:

Combat Day-to-Day Busyness and Overwhelm: Keeping flowers on the kitchen counter, bedside table, or even the bathroom – somewhere that you will see as you are coming and going – can help provide a reminder to take a mental break. Flowers have a calming effect. We can use it to our advantage during busy times. 

Support Stressed Out Friends: We can help our friends cope with daily stress too. An unexpected surprise gift of flowers for a friend can go a long way. It might be the best gift they receive this season!

Show Appreciation to the Busy Party Host: Especially now that we have scientific proof of their positive impact on our well being – I find flowers are a great way to show our appreciation to the host of a holiday party. For instance, send flowers to the house the day before so he or she can experience their calming effects during the preparations — or thank them after the party is over.

Minimize Family Dinner Friction: If you sense there might be some conflict at the family gathering, use the stress-relieving effects of flowers to “ease the tension” by having flowers right there on the dinner table. It’s worth a try, and might take the conversation in a more agreeable direction.

Help Prevent Loneliness: As wonderful as the holidays can be for most, for some it is a season of loneliness — missing deceased loved ones, not having family in town, or even estrangement from relatives.  This can be a stressful time, and flowers can be a real help to show a neighbor or friend that they are acknowledged and cared for.

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Celebrate Christmas with Kokedamas

by Lynne Tischler on December 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Every artist goes through phases. Picasso had his Blue Period, George Harrison embraced the sitar for a spell. My crew and I are in a kokedama phase. We have used them all summer long in outdoor parties and interior spaces. Our clients have been fascinated by them, and we think you will be, too.

If you haven’t heard of kokedamas, allow me to introduce you to this Japanese variant of bonsai. Translated, “kokedama” means “moss ball.” This free-form style of planting is created by encasing a plant’s root system in a mud ball, enveloping that in a layer of green moss, and then wrapping with string to hold it all together.

For the holidays, kokedamas can be displayed in a decorative bowl with ornaments, hung individually for a whimsical display, or in a grouping for an eclectic, suspended Christmas tree alternative. They can also be a unique gift for everyone on your list. Below are a few inspirations for contemporary kokedama Christmas décor.

For this design, a Cyclamen kokedama is nestled in a large orb balanced on a bubble bowl vase filled with ornaments.

Christmas Kokedama — Photo courtesy Lynne Tischler, AAF, CPFD, PFCI, with Keith Osborne and Jessie Thompson of Your Enchanted Florist in St. Paul, Minnesota. https://yourenchantedflorist.net/ Read More

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Festive Flowers and Plants for Christmas

by Brian Wheat on December 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

Festive Christmas Flowers and Plants— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. www.lafayetteflorist.comMany people in the United States celebrate Christmas day on December 25. It was declared a federal holiday in 1870. The day celebrates Jesus Christ’s birth and is often combined with many other customs and pre-Christian winter celebrations. We decorate our homes, spend time with family and friends, and do gift exchanges, we gather together for holiday feasts.

For many people, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Many of our favorite childhood memories are filled with the images of Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer, colorfully wrapped presents, Christmas carols, candy canes and the sugar plums dancing in our heads.

In my memories, there was always a constant — our home was filled with fragrant flowers and festive seasonal plants.  Read More

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Stylish Holiday Home Decorating Trends

by Suzie Kostick on November 23, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Photo courtesy of Flora Magazine; Designed by Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CFD, CF PFCI The turkey has been devoured, the last bite of dressing has been eaten and there is not an ounce of cranberry sauce to be found. So now what? Time to haul out the tinsel, hang the holly and untangle the hundreds of strands of twinkle lights, that’s what.

The holidays are here, and that means celebrations, gatherings and a ton of great decorating opportunities. The choices of where to find decorating inspiration and where to purchase this year’s hottest decorations are endless, but nothing beats your local professional florists for innovative ideas and beautiful accessories.

The looks for this holiday season seem to range from glitz and sparkles to natural and organic with each having several styles from which to select. Although each end of the spectrum has its appeal, styles that keep just a little tradition hidden in them seem to be the favorites.

If you like anything that sparkles and shines, you’ll love the mixed metallic look. Items that combine soft golds with aged silvers work well with many home decor styles.

Looking for a softer, warmer look? You’ll love the many selections in tones of rose gold and champagne that can be found in tree trimmings, ribbons, wreaths, candle holders and ornaments.  Read More

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Thanksgiving Cornucopia by Sandy Schroeck, AIFD, PFCIWhen we think of Thanksgiving, we tend to picture traditional fall colors of oranges, yellows and browns. And when we think of Christmas, we see red and green.

But with a little creativity, it is possible to celebrate both seasons with the same centerpiece. Here are two examples.

This trendy Thanksgiving cornucopia features statement flowers and plants. The tillandsia xerographica can become a keepsake later in home decor. Protea and leucadendron add a unique twist on traditional fall flowers. Roses and cushion mums combine with textural foliage, perfect for celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season.  Read More