Posts Tagged ‘Dinner Party’

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iStock-482724248_Kostick Now that the Halloween pumpkins are put away and the mounds of candy are all but gone our thoughts turn to the last of the fall holidays — Thanksgiving. This almost forgotten holiday seems hidden beneath the throes of Christmas decorations, images of Santa and his reindeer and the non-stop sounds of “Deck the Halls” and “White Christmas” that blare through our car radios.

What’s wrong with taking a pause to give this season its rightful place in the holiday lineup? Why not slow our pace and take time to smell the turkey?

No doubt Thanksgiving is the official kick-off to the much larger celebrated Christmas, but without it, we’d miss the awkward yet memorable time spent with our families, football games, parades, Black Friday and pre-Black Friday sales and the food!

For those of us who host the Thanksgiving festivities, we are left to plan the menus, clean the house, prepare the fixings and decorate the house for this all too short season. That my friends is where your professional local florist comes in.

iStock-485780400_KostickSince first impressions are important, you’ll want to make sure your front door welcomes your guests with a display of autumn favorites such as mum plants, gourds and pumpkins, branches, vines and berries.

Because this season is pretty short, all these items can be found in fresh varieties that will brighten up your stoop until the first frost.

If you’d rather have something to display year after year, faux items that look as good if not better than the real thing can be found at your local florist as well.

Not sure where to start? Just ask anyone at the flower shop for ideas and they’ll happily point you in the right direction.  Read More

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Halloween inspires some fun floral arrangements and décor. Here are a few of my favorite Halloween floral designs this year:

Witch’s legs, a Halloween wine glass and purple flowers make this arrangement perfect for a wine lover.Halloween Flowers - Photo by Mandy Stansberry Photography, Floral design by Lenzee Bilke of Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma

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Loving the ‘Greenery’ Trend

by Carol Caggiano on June 28, 2017 at 10:32 am

A lush hand-tied bouquet of sword fern, maiden hair fern, dusty miller, silver brunia and astrandia was accented with white eskimo roses and white sweet peas was created for the bride to carry while the guest tables were a glow with candles entwined with hand made garlands of ferns, ruscus, lemon leaf and touches of dusty miller for color and texture.Each year, creative people wait for Pantone to announce its “color of the year.” For 2017, the color is “Greenery,” a lovely shade of fresh leaf green. At first, I thought the name greenery unimaginative, kind of boring, but I soon realized that for this year, the name not only depicts a color but also a state of mind.

As technology occupies more and more of our time and space, and the world talks of robots that can pretty much take the place of humans, we find ourselves being drawn more and more toward things that are natural, part of a world that is not manufactured or controlled by electronics. But we take it even further to appreciating simple forms, such as leaves and vines. We have always loved flowers and still do, but now the simple motif of a fern leaf brings us joy and comfort, energizing us at the same time.

We see this translated in design on many levels, such as fashion and home interiors. Fern prints are in demand and “Greenery” painted furniture and home accessories are popping up everywhere. I saw the most gorgeous pair of “Greenery” shoes with all kinds of jewelry to coordinate.  Read More

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This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday. No matter how the leprechauns are celebrating — from a low-key corned beef and cabbage family dinner at home to a shamrockin’ party — floral gifts and decorations add to the merriment.

Start the countdown to St. Patrick’s Day by treating yourself to flowers on your office desk. They’ll keep your spirits up through the workweek until the Friday night festivities.

St. Patrick's Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

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Top Flower Factor Blog Posts of 2016

by Jenny Scala on January 1, 2017 at 3:56 am

What a year! We had a blast showing the country how good it feels to give and receive flowers through “Petal It Forward.” We showed how flowers are a small, yet powerful gesture for recognizing achievements. We celebrated exciting wedding and event party trends, a long romantic Valentine’s Day weekend and even Super Bowl Sunday. Thank you to our contributors for sharing their expertise. And a great big thanks to YOU for reading and sharing our ideas on all things floral.

And now, please enjoy this trip down memory lane as we look back at the top Flower Factor posts of 2016:

Flowers Create Connection: In response to new data reaffirming the science behind flowers’ ability to improve moods and lessen anxiety, the Society of American Florists and florists nationwide hit the streets on October 19 in 234 cities in all 50 states to hand out tens of thousands of flower bouquets to busy commuters. This “Petal It Forward” effort was meant to not only brighten the day of those receiving the bouquets, but recipients were also given a second bouquet to share with someone who needed a lift.

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