Category: ‘Fleurtations’

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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.

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

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There are lots of occasions over the holiday season when you feel obligated to bring a gift — whether it’s for the host of a holiday party or the person who’s opening their home to you for a meal or a stay. You know you are supposed to bring a gift and that you should, and so you do. And while it’s a nice gesture, you might be leaving love on the table. Giving gifts from the ‘shoulds’ is giving from obligation — and obligation creates ho-hum results at best, and stress and self-doubt at worst. Do yourself and your hosts a favor this holiday season and dare to give from love. How a gift is received and the impact it has is all about the come from.

You want them to feel special — to know that you appreciate them, and to stop for a moment during their busy hosting activities to really let the LOVE sink in. You have that kind of power. Especially when you tap into the love power of flowers. The secret is all in asking yourself the right question. Watch this video I taped for you where I share my secrets for gifting love to the people who are loving enough to invite you into their homes and I reveal the secret love question.

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How do you thank hosts for opening their home to you?

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Hot Holiday Décor

by Kelli Ellis on December 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

Homes have gone neutral with lots of linens, taupes and grays, and therefore, Christmas decor is wide-open as far as creating a festive new look. Here I’ll show you four trendy looks for Christmas in this 2-1/2-minute video.

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Quick and Easy Holiday Décor with Flowers

by Kelli Ellis on November 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

HolidayThe trick to making Thanksgiving and Christmas home décor look thoughtful, cohesive and well planned is color. Period. No matter what you add to the room, there must be a main color to unify it to the room. To the eye, upon seeing the festive décor, the unified color will assimilate it automatically with the existing décor.

It’s easy to choose flowers and containers in colors matching your home décor. For example, if you have a burgundy and beige dining room and you want to add a spice of Thanksgiving to your table in a tasteful way, you must add burgundy. Simply ask your florist to incorporate a touch of burgundy in the centerpiece in the container, flowers or foliage. Read More

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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