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Farm Fresh Flower Arrangements

February 9, 2018

When you send someone flowers,  you instantly make their day, no doubt about it! Flowers have an almost magical quality about them that just makes people feel good. And it couldn’t be easier to show someone how much you care: order online or by phone, pick up a bouquet at your local florist or market, pick a few stems from your own garden–any way you do it leads to a smile!

Bae BouquetOf course, with so many options, it can get a little confusing sometimes. For example, at 1-800 Flowers.com there are 2 distinct floral categories. There are flower arrangements designed & delivered from a local florist in the town where the recipient lives and there are fresh-cut flowers picked on our premier partner farms, right here in the United States and around the world, that are cared for and inspected to make sure they meet our 100% Smile Guarantee®, and shipped fresh to ensure lasting beauty and enjoyment. Continue Reading…

How-To's

Naturally Romantic Flower Arrangements with Wood Burned Planters

February 6, 2018

OK I have officially moved on from pallet wood to birch as my go to obsession.  Birch fits in so perfectly with my home décor style, bringing in natural texture and personality.  Birch trees and birch bark are in themselves works of art with limitless uses and opportunities for combining with other elements to create even more beauty!I have several different size and shape birch vases and planters and have been dying to try burning a heart into as you would see on a real tree where someone romantically declared their love.  Being a florist in February I am thinking love and romance 24/7 these days.  And my daughter is just starting to plan her wedding which she envisions in a tent with lots of natural décor elements.  So, if not now when? Continue Reading…

How-To's

Beautiful DIY Winter Centerpieces

January 18, 2018

Instead of bemoaning the cold winter with all of the icy and bare branches, why not just celebrate the beauty of the season!

winter branch arrangement centerpiece

I think it’s magical when the bare tree branches become covered with ice during winter.  You can easily create that same dramatic look in your home using birch branches and acrylic icicles.  I filled the cylinder with a strand of clear lights and pinecones before inserting the branches, which gives this arrangement a more dramatic impact. Continue Reading…

How-To's

A Gift of Flowers That’s a Flower Present?!

January 9, 2018

Giving someone flowers as a gift is a wonderful thing to do.  Giving flowers that look exactly like a gift is not only wonderful but also a very creative and fun thing to do!  And it’s so easy!!

flower present arrangement

Start with a piece of floral foam cut to your desired size.  Thoroughly soak the foam before placing on a tray.  It is important to let the foam drain after soaking to eliminate excess water.  Place in a low disk or tray. Continue Reading…

Entertainment

“Feathering the Nest” for a Baby Shower

January 5, 2018

One of my favorite themes for a baby shower is “feathering the nest,” which is really the whole point of having a baby shower.  I actually threw my daughter-in-law Lina a “bird’s nest” themed shower when she was pregnant with my beautiful granddaughter Olivia Grace!  It was a no brainer because Lina already had a thing for birds!  There are so many ways that you can incorporate this theme into your gathering from the invitations, to the décor, and even the food.  Here are just a few decor ideas using flowers, nests, eggs, and bird cages that you might want to try too!

purple hydrangea in a purple mason jar

We knew that Lina was having a girl, and since purple is her favorite color I started simple with purple hydrangea in purple mason jars. Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

A Welcoming Holiday Centerpiece

December 1, 2017

Here’s a traditional holiday arrangement that has its roots in the south, in Colonial Williamsburg.  The pineapple has long been an iconic symbol of hospitality, welcome, and friendship starting in the Carib and spreading to Europe before coming to Colonial North America.  While the pineapple is a key element in a traditional Colonial Williamsburg style arrangement there are others that are just as important to create the right look.  Here’s a list of just a few that you might want to choose from:

  • Magnolia leaves
  • Assorted evergreens
  • Apples
  • Oranges (especially decorated with cloves)
  • Roses
  • Ribbons
  • Burlap

pineapple holiday centerpiece

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Christmas & Holidays

DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

November 29, 2017

Learn how to make Santa’s hat out of strawberries and flowers!

Everyone loves Santa and everyone loves Santa’s hat! Put one on and it’s an instant party! Anyone can wear one – young or old, big or little, animal or human! Don’t believe me? Check out our truly original Santa Paws a-DOG-able and see for yourself!
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I decided to have a little fun with Santa’s hat and make one entirely out of fresh flowers to complement the mini hats that we made out of fresh strawberries. These are great ideas that are so easy and will make you look like quite the “hostess with the mostess” at your holiday brunch for the girls! Include a little spiked peppermint hot chocolate and let the merriment begin!
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Holiday Decorations

More Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

November 21, 2017

You might have noticed that I am obsessed with succulents – planted and used as cut flowers!  I can’t get enough!!  They are so visually beautiful and extremely hardy at the same time.  You don’t get the combination very often!  Another thing I am obsessed with – white pumpkins.  So here is my perfect fall table setting…

Succulent Centerpiece in White PumpkinI kept it simple with a green and white palette and bare wood table.  Vintage egg cups, each holding a single succulent, give a nice balance to the table. Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

November 21, 2017

Here are some of my favorite last minute ideas for decorating and entertaining this autumn season. Whether your hosting the big event on Thanksgiving Day or just having a few friends over during the long holiday weekend these ideas are really easy and add that extra touch that your get-togethers always have!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Pumpkin and SucculentsI have a few season specific decorative pieces that I reuse every year like this gorgeous ceramic pumpkin. You can get one from 1-800 Flowers.com with a beautiful fresh Thanksgiving flower arrangement for yourself or a friend. I filled my pumpkin with flowers, grasses, peppers, and succulents in a farm fresh palette. Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Thanksgiving Centerpieces and Table Decoration Ideas

November 14, 2017

Pear Table Place Setting

Think of your tabletop as a blank canvas on which you will create your “tablescape” art. You choose your mediums as any artist would—your surface, linens, flowers and candles. The layering of colors and textures, adding personal touches, all play a part in the delight and ambiance that a beautifully designed table brings to a special occasion. Go as big or as simple as you want! This is your masterpiece, and should represent you and tell the story that you want told.

Let’s start with simple! Here are a few easy, creative and inexpensive ideas that I hope will provide some inspiration to get you started on your tablescape art.

Fresh Flower Wreath Centerpiece

Floral Wreath Centerpiece Close-Up

Wreaths are one of my favorite design styles for a more traditional centerpiece. Having the center of the wreath open provides endless opportunities for additional personalization. Here I used a beautiful amber Fenton glass vase as a candleholder. I think the amber glow is the perfect complement to the rich hues of the seasonal flowers in the wreath.

Recipe for Floral Wreath Centerpiece

When creating a fresh floral wreath I like to use flowers that air-dry nicely. Using flowers such as the varieties featured in this photo can extend the “life” of your centerpiece by weeks.

Succulent Wreath Centerpiece

Some varieties of hydrangeas dry better than others. The variety that dries the best and is featured in the wreath pictured above is known as an “antique hydrangea”. It is typically soft moss green with burgundy edging and works beautifully with all of the rich colors of autumn.

Fall Wreath Centerpiece Top-Down View

This wreath is all about the vibrant and saturated colors of the season. In order to create the perfect backdrop for this intensity I chose to keep everything else very neutral. A burlap table runner on a natural wood farm table and wooden chargers holding amber depression glass plates let this centerpiece take center stage!

How to Make your Flower Wreath Centerpiece:

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