Category: ‘Christmas’

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Sure-to-Please Christmas Gift Ideas

by Shelby Shy on December 19, 2015 at 8:26 am

White Centerpiece —Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.Create happiness for yourself and others this holiday season with festive gifts from your neighborhood florist. The bells have been ringing and jingling in our flower shop and I’m excited to show you the top Christmas décor and gift ideas we have been seeing.

My favorite thing to do this year for Christmas décor is hanging floral installations!  In this seating area, we created an armature out of birch branches and hung silver dusted pinecones, icicle ornaments and fresh white calla lilies from it. It’s a perfect way to make a real statement at your next gathering. Read More

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Holiday Memories and Poinsettias

by Brian Wheat on December 15, 2015 at 7:56 am

IMG_0717As the holidays approach we start thinking of decorating, not only the outside of our homes, but the interior as well. The tradition of reds and greens, accented with gold and silver, bring back fond memories of Christmases past and the excitement of making new ones. Growing up in Central Illinois on a farm, we always had a seven-foot fresh-cut fragrant pine with big multi-colored bulbs. We adorned our tree with lots of handmade ornaments, a few store bought glass ones, popcorn strings, colorful paper chains, and tinsel — lots of shiny silver tinsel. My Mom would hang a nice fresh wreath on the front door, and garland on the stair banister. And there were always red poinsettias.

On the red and white checkered tablecloth that covered the kitchen table, there was always a welcoming treat of mixed nuts in the shell — walnuts, almonds, hazelnut and Brazil nuts — in a festive bowl, accompanied with an old-school steel nutcracker to wrestle them open. Peppermint candy canes and old-fashioned mixed hard candy were a daily holiday treat. The smells of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and cherry cobbler wafted throughout the old farm house. It was almost like a Norman Rockwell scene waiting to be painted. I remember those days fondly, as a child, with my four brothers and sisters anticipating the arrival of Santa.

Okay, enough childhood memories of the sixties and my Mom’s red poinsettias. Fast forward 50-plus years, to my poinsettias of today: New shades, styles and textures of Christmases to come. Read More

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Mix and Match for Christmas

by Carol Caggiano on December 10, 2015 at 7:51 am

Caggiano photo 4_Christmas blogChristmas is fast approaching and if you are like me you are beginning to think of entertaining family, neighbors and friends. The time comes when the tree is up and the house looks great, ready for one guest or twenty, and to make it perfect fresh flowers are the finishing touch. With multiple things going on I like to make my décor a little convertible so that I don’t have to change everything for each gathering.

Picking a theme is usually a good way to start, and color is a huge part of the decision. Red and green is, of course, traditional but for the more contemporary home almost any color story can work. Adding colors that coordinate with your home’s décor can make your decorating sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing. Metallics such as gold, silver, copper or bronze should also be considered and can add a wonderful dimension to whatever your color palette. Read More

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Colors of Christmas

by Leanne Kesler on December 1, 2015 at 7:30 am

Cozy Cabin-Christmas — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonWhat color is your Christmas?  The traditional red and green is no longer a requirement. Today’s Christmas comes in a rainbow of colors.  Discerning decorators want a Christmas palette that reflects their personality.  Think about your Christmas fantasy.  Go ahead, close your eyes and visualize the perfect Christmas day.  Now, pick the palette that reflects your vision.

Is your day filled with family and friends of all ages?  Are you a Christmas purist?  Do you sing Jingle Bells as you dash through the snow?  Have you already stocked up on candy canes and chocolate kisses in bright red foil wrapping?  You may want to stay true to the traditional red and green.

Personalize your Christmas 2015 with natural touches.  Antler sheds, pinecones, lichen covered branches and birch bark look great with the vibrant red of ilex berries and shiny glass cardinals. Read More

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Christmas Color Trends 2014

by Leanne Kesler on December 11, 2014 at 8:02 am

The color palettes for Christmas are absolutely gorgeous this year.

Leading the way, the complementary hues of classic red and green with a bit of updated tweaking on the traditional hues. The purest red is paired with a variety of greens that crosses the color wheel from yellow green to blue green. Flowers can be traditional roses and carnations or something a little different and unexpected like orchids, amaryllis and anthurium.

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From there, the trending colors can vary according to the age, wealth and geographical region. In the Pacific Northwest, the natural colors of the woodlands are a favorite. For the mature flower lover looking for an elegant and sophisticated look, champagne colors are fabulous. The strongest new influence on Christmas colors for 2014 is the movie, “Frozen.” As with everything else this year, Elsa and Anna have focused the world on the Crystal Sparkle palette. Read More