Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

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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

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Seven Tips for Surviving the Holidays

by Leanne Kesler on December 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonThe holidays are here. Isn’t it grand? Oh, how I love the sappy Christmas movies, traditional carols and ringing bells. The red and green makes my heart sing. Walking through the city, checking out the holiday window displays and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa as I watch people bustling about. Shopping, baking, gifting and merry making throughout the season. It’s all such fun with a little planning and self-care. It is easy to get overwhelmed. Stay in control with these seven tips, and you’ll not only survive — you’ll enjoy and have fun throughout the holiday season.

Practice the 30-minute rule. Cleaning house can take all day (or all week). Pare down to the necessities, and get it done in 30 minutes. Make the bed, shine up the bathroom and fluff the throw pillows. The goal is to spiff up the house, not to create a showroom.  Read More

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Greet Holiday Guests in Grand Style

by Lisa Greene on November 25, 2016 at 2:07 am

Holiday Front Door Decorations Holiday Greetings - Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCITis the season for holiday visitors. Welcome guests with an entry decorated with greens, berries and, of course, bows. A popular holiday greeting — urns. Here is how you can create holiday urns to give your front door a festive look.

Start with the right container — or two containers to flank your door. Choose heavy containers so they won’t blow over in the wind. If you already have containers with plants in it, just cut the plants down to the soil level with a pair of clippers. If the containers are new, you can add potting soil or floral foam. Before you add greens, water well. If using new soil, pack it firmly.  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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St. Patrick’s Day Flowers

by Stephen Rittner on March 14, 2016 at 9:21 am

StPatricksDay1-RittnerThe history behind this holiday is fascinating. St Patrick’s original name was Maewyn Succat, and he was most likely Scottish in origin. After being enslaved, he developed a strong sense of faith. He was undoubtedly a great teacher, and strong evangelist and used visual aids, such as the shamrock, to explain the trinity and promote Christianity in Ireland.

Many folks think of St Patrick’s Day as a day to celebrate being Irish and Irish Culture. While that is true, this holiday has gone far beyond that. Although it is celebrated throughout the world, St. Patrick’s Day in the United States has come to represent the best of our pluralistic American society. It has become a community-wide event where the Irish welcome everyone regardless of ethnicity and religion to join them in celebration. As the common phrase goes… “You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!”

St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful excuse for a party, and floral gifts and floral decorations enhance any celebration. With the traditional St. Patrick’s Day colors of green and white, there is a huge range of flower options for St. Patrick’s Day. Not only are there dyed green flowers, but there are also flowers with natural green hues, such as Fuji mums, ‘Green Trick’ dianthus and Athos Poms. Pair the greens with white from roses, tulips, carnations, miniature carnations, snapdragons or Fuji mums.

Going back to green flowers … one of my favorite green flowers is the Bells of Ireland. This amazing flower twists and turns. It is a must-have for St. Patrick’s Day.

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