Category: ‘Entertaining’

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Centerpiece Gift Ideas for Hanukkah

by Leanne Kesler on December 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

Hanukkah Centerpiece — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon As the year races to an end, we find ourselves trapped in a festive frenzy. Each day is filled with fun and frivolity. Just how much celebrating can a person do? As always, just a little bit more. This year is especially busy as the holidays, both religious and secular, collide.

Hanukkah begins on Saturday, December 24. Christmas follows on Sunday, December 25; Kwanzaa on December 26; and a week later, Saturday, December 31 is New Year’s Eve. Looking one day forward, we have the grand festivities of New Year’s Day. Time to take a deep breath and decide how to handle the dueling holidays.

With the diversity of cultures and beliefs in our world, the holidays truly do become a “melting pot” of traditions. Many expand their celebrations to include the jolly Santa, the elf on the shelf and gifting between friends and families. It can be hard to determine what to gift, to whom and when. Do they celebrate Hanukkah? Are they celebrating the Solstice, Kwanzaa, Three King’s Day or Chinese New Year? Do they celebrate Christmas? Oh, the gift-giving angst! Read More

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Easy-Peasy Thanksgiving Decorating

by Leanne Kesler on November 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

Thanksgiving Flowers — Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.comFiery-hued leaves, cinnamon spiced cider, cornstalks, snuggly sweaters, shiny rain boots and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! Did you know? There are Pumpkin Spice Cherrios. (Really!) This is the time of year to gather together with friends and family. With the shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures, there is nothing better than entertaining at home. Cozy evenings by the fire, casual dinners and fabulous feasts are in order. And, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Autumn entertaining always sounds great. Then, reality sets in. Is the house ready? When was the last time you dusted? Do you have the right hostess outfit? Can the guests wear shoes in the house? And, in today’s jargon, are you “Instagram” ready?

Take a deep breath. With these simple tips, you’ll be ready for Thanksgiving in no time. Read More

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Flowers for Halloween

by Stephen Rittner on October 25, 2016 at 2:52 am

Halloween Flowers - — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonThe ancient Celts called it Samhain. It was believed that the dead and fairy folk could cross over into our world at that time. It was very scary in a world that lacked modern scientific sophistication. Halloween’s origins were obviously much more somber than our current celebration of the holiday.

Today’s Halloween is a festive time, where adults join the young in enjoying trick or treating, ghosts, spiders, witches and things that go bump in the night. Flowers can play a major role in creating an atmosphere and shaping space. There are so many fun ways to celebrate Halloween with flowers.

You can never go wrong with a witch. Hydrangea and berries bubble up in this delightful witch’s caldron. What a great conversation piece for an entry area, bay window or living room. Read More

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In this fast-paced world we live in, we use our homes as a retreat from the hustle and bustle, and flowers help us create a sanctuary that reflects our unique personality. As we look ahead to 2017, four floral trends showcase a mix of colors, patterns, and textures that both calm and excite.

frenchconnection_michaelskaffThe “French Connection” is the first trend that demands our attention for 2017. Fall in love with France and the beauty that surrounds this culture by calling to mind the romance of cobblestone streets, country cottages, and the fabric of life that never goes out of style. This movement takes us away from bold, in-your face geometric patterns and inspires us with intimate micro-floral prints, rustic handmade ceramics and the charm that makes us fall in love with French style and cuisine — that certain “je ne sais quoi” we never can truly resist. The color palette of seductive red containing hints of chocolate and burnt orange; golden yellows; sage grey-greens; pale grey-blue; charcoal and soft muted pink. Working well within this trend we find luxurious fabrics, velvet ribbons, multi-petaled blooms, such as garden roses and peonies in combination with textural berries, such as raspberries, rose hips and viburnum. Aged metallic pedestal containers and distressed ceramic vases remind us of both the beauty found in the city of Paris as well as in the countryside. Traditional aesthetics are comforting. Read More

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Pavé Floral Designs Rock My World

by Shelby Shy on September 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Pave-IMG_9280-Photo-Courtesy-Shirley's-Flowers-&-GiftsPavé floral designs are pure perfection in my world right now. If you are not familiar with this type of floral design, you need to get familiar. If your style is clean, tailored, lush and sophisticated, then this design style is for you.

The term is borrowed from jewelry making, which refers to gem stones set closely together so that no metal is visible underneath.

In a pavé floral design, flower stems are cut short and are clustered tight together to create a dense and lush arrangement.

These type of arrangements are perfect for coffee tables at dinner parties. They are great conversation starters. Read More