Booh! Let’s Party!!!

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So, here we are in the final days of October, also known as Halloween Week also known as the day everyone asks “What are you going to be for Halloween?” or “Are you going to a party?” week. For a florist, this is the day we ask ourselves: How can we make beautiful flowers look scary? This holiday allows us to stretch our imagination and come up with some of the coolest creations you could ever come up with gorgeous flowers. With the help of googly eyes, tiny pumpkins, curly willows and a can of black flower paint we can turn an unassuming innocent pretty arrangement into a halloween masterpiece.

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You may be decorating your home with floating ghosts, spider webs, dangling skeletons and scary faced lanterns for your halloween party. But who said that you can’t class it up with a few flowers centerpieces. It’s true that halloween parties are not the kind of parties you plan to have flowers, and we are not saying you should, but there are ways to make your party different than the rest while maintaining the fun.  Imagine how the Addams Family would throw a dinner party. We all know that they are the epitome of class (in a spooky way). What would their decore look like? How would they set their table? What would their centerpieces look like?

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This the time to have fun with your imagination and step away from the “normal” of life, so why should you limit yourself to what is the “normal” for halloween parties?

So go for it, get creative, think outside of the box, call your florist! We’re armed with all kinds of fun goodies to add the BOO! in some BOOtiful flowers and the Spook in some Spooktacular arrangements.

 

 

Happy Halloween Y’all! Mwahahahaha!

 

Five Ways to Transform Your Home

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With all that goes on in our world, the chaos of traffic, the hustle and bustle of the city, the stress of work, it is important to have our little sanctuary that will help us decompress. Usually our home is that place; therefore it is important that we make our home a peaceful one. There are a few steps we can take to make sure that our home is a place that help us relax, calm down and destress.

First step is to make sure that we check the stressors at the door. You shouldn’t take the mess of the outside world inside. Work stays at work, that person that cut you off while driving is left on the road anything that makes your shoulders tense up gets left outside the door. you can pick it right up on your way out if you want, but why would you want to?

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Second step is to make your home the peaceful place it should be. There are several ways you can do that. and all those ways will feed all your senses. What you see should be calming and pleasant. One way to do that it by choosing colors that promote serenity. Usual soft pastel colors help us become calmer. we can choose softer wall colors or choose furniture painting and other decor in colors that soothe us. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have bold bright colors at home, because you can and you should if those are colors you like. But have at least one room that you can go that will help you relax.

Now, we understand that we don’t all live in mansions and get to have a room for the sole purpose of relaxation. But we can all create a nook for our calming activities. It could be a reading nook where you can lose yourself in the story of your book, or a music nook to listen your music in or your crocheting nook if that’s what you are into. It doesn’t have to be a large space, the only requirement for this area is that it make you feel relaxed. it should be clutter free with only items that are conducive to your peace of mind. A disorganized, cluttered and unclean home will surely bring unwanted stress.

HW0_417678Sense of smell is very important too. Some essential oils, scented candles and air fresheners help in decluttering our mind. Make sure you have your favorite scent available. Usually the softer natural scents live lavender and chamomile are the ones that happy messages to our brain.

Natural items also help to center us and bring us a sense of calm. Fresh flowers, living plants, shells, pine cones and other items made with natural material truly help to ground us and fire up those happy feeling and memories in us. Place them strategically throughout your house or living space for optimal benefit. Places like near the entrance for you to see as soon as you walk in, in your living or family room, kitchen or dining room where you spend most of your time, your bedroom and definitely your favorite nook are the perfect places to place them.

For more and for the source of this blog read this Huffington Post Article go here

Staging Tips to Sell Your House Faster

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They say “preparation is the key to success”. Well, they are right, whoever “they” are. In our business, being proactive and preparing for any and all possible events is key to our success in serving our customers. Another industry that requires an equal measure of preparedness is the real estate industry. We are both in the business of selling dreams and satisfying emotional expectations. There are similarities in the way flowers make us feel and how a good home make us feel.

HW0_345632Flowers have a role in the real estate business. In fact they has a role in all businesses but is has a very positive role in helping realtors sell a house. As experienced florist of 27 years, we know the power of a clean and well designed piece of art with flowers. We understand the power of color, texture and light coordination and balance. We understand what it take to catch a potential customer’s attention and delight their recipient. A realtor also understand that a well put together home or space has a potential of being sold faster than one that is disorganized and chaotic. Which is why it is important to stage a home that is up for sale.

A good designer knows that choosing the right vase, basket, lomey dish, ceramic pot and any container for the flowers is the first step in making a masterpiece. It has to be attractive enough to inspire the design of the flowers that will be arranged in it. To a realtor, the first step is to make sure that there is curb appeal to the home s/he is selling. Just like a scraped, broken, chipped or simply unattractive container would destroy the effect the flowers should give, a home with unkempt driveway or yard, or chipping paint or dented doors will render the house unattractive enough to not want to see what’s inside. Well maybe you’d want to see out of morbid curiosity. We all want to see the inside of a home that could pass for the Addam’s Family’s home but would we want to buy it? I think not.PHW_372732

A flowers designer will also have to go through all the flowers available and pick and choose the freshest and the prettiest flowers, discarding the ones that are old or damaged. Same applies to a home seller. There is no point in holding on to the broken, unnecessary, useless and old (not antique). Let it go. This will be helpful in the near future, too. When it’s time to move there won’t be any unnecessary items to pack. It’s just extra work to pack to then unpack and then deem useless and have to discard. Unless it is that chipped frame your daughter made you with that macaroni glued all around it, it’s not worth keeping. This will eliminate clutter.

Once the right flowers are chosen, the designer will go through the process of cleaning it, removing the extra foliage, dirt and imperfection to be able to create a clean arrangement showcasing the beauty of each bloom. Same concept applies when selling a home. Now that you’ve purged yourself of all the unneeded items, it’s time to clean your home. Either hire a cleaning company to scrub every square inch of the home and a painter to splash some fresh paint on the walls or make an event out of it by doing it yourself. It need to be done. Just like our customers don’t want to buy unpolished flowers, home buyers won’t be able to see themselves living in the house if their first impression is how dirty it is. So get to scrubadubdub-ing.HW0_34687

An experienced artist of flowers knows the power and effects of light on flowers. S/he would know how some flowers respond to light, like how sunflowers and gerbera daisies will turn their beautiful faces towards the sun or how the colors of some flowers would look under various lights. Lighting is equally powerful to the look of a home. Keeping the windows clean and the blinds open to let natural light while arranging the furniture to compliment it will give a home a glow and present it in a positive “light”.

Knowing colors is one of the most important tools a flower designer could have. Understanding which colors complement and compliment each other will help a designer in creating the most appealing arrangement. Sometimes flower arrangements look better when they are muted or have very few colors in them and at times they look best when they have a burst of every color in the rainbow. This is also true for the look of a home. Some homes will look attractive with just a few colors with a whole lot of whites and at times they can benefit from an array of colors. It’s all about the lighting in the house and it’s personality.HW0_417668

Flowers evoke many emotions for the designer, the customer and ultimately the recipient. They are a visual delight, they feel wonderful to the touch and smell divine. Their colors, the way they are arranged and the message that comes along with them communicate many sentiments. Similarly, the look and feel of a house has the power of conjuring many emotions in a person. staging a home that is for sale to speak to and appeal to a buyer’s senses is important. Playing soft music, setting the temperature in the house to a comfortable setting, burning some light scented candles or introducing the scent of home goods will help the buyer feel like this house can be his/her new home or bring back good memories of their childhood.

And most importantly make sure to include floral elements to your home staging. Either a vase arrangement at the foyer or in the living room or kitchen or restroom.  A tall lush green plant in the corner of the dining or family room, or a blooming orchid plant in the bedrooms will help the home give it a welcoming feel. As we mentioned, flowers evoke many positive emotions. And when you want to sell a home you want to make sure that positivity comes with it. Especially when you are taking pictures for your website or social media site. You can up your game by making sure that there are some flower arrangements in the background. “Look at this state of the art, chef’s kitchen” and low-key show an elegant orchid plant perched by the sink. Yes, flowers can help you sell a house!

And for more home staging suggestions go here.

Food, Drinks, Entertainment and Decor For A 4th of July Celebration

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When planning a party or any kind of celebration, there are four elements that are a must: Food, Drinks Entertainment and Decor. And for the 4th of July celebration, when we get to celebrate the birthday of our country, it is important we do it with lots of pizzazz. It’s the country’s big day after all, so it’s a given that the theme is red, white and blue. Here are some of our fun ideas that can help you plan your celebration.

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BBQ is the go to. It’s hot out, you want to soak up some vitamin D, you have the day off so it’s a perfect excuse to grill al fresco. Plus it a very easy and stress free way to feed your guests that will show up with their friends and their friend’s friends and their cousins, so a lot of people. But you might want your food to follow in the patriotic theme so there are fun of ideas to help you. You can incorporate fruits and vegetables and deserts for the reds whites and blue elements. You can make some fruit salad with strawberries blueberries watermelons and bananas and throw in some mint leaves because yum. if you are baking a cake the you can decorate it and use blueberries and bananas for the stars in the American Flags and white icing and strawberries arranged in lines for the stripes. You can also make red velvet cupcakes with white buttercream icing and plop a blueberry (or three) on top. For a healthier options you can make individual frappes in clear cups and layer with ripe strawberries or raspberries yogurt and of course blueberries. We’ve decided that blueberries should be the fruit of the day!

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It’s hot outside so you will need to hydrate. Now, what you choose to hydrate with will depend on your age and choice of beverage. Fourth of July is usually a family holiday, so there most probably will be small children, teenagers and adults of a legal drinking age present, it’s, therefore, important that they can all enjoy themselves, responsibly. Here are some cool ideas you can use to incorporate the theme of the day into your drinks. Since it’s july and undoubtedly hot out it’s important you have ice. Ice doesn’t have to be boring cubes of just H2O. You can get creative. Cut cubes of watermelon and freeze them. YES! They  are juicy watery fruit so they are perfect for freezing and they will add flavor to your drink whether it is just water or otherwise AND they will not water down your drink (if you are not drinking water of course). you can make smoothies for the younger crowd. We suggest you blend the different color fruits separately and layer them so they can show the distinct color in the glass you pour them in. If you are serving the fruity deliciousness to an adult then you can pour in some adult liquor stick in an umbrella and tiny American flag, dip your feet in the kiddie pool sit back and enjoy. If you are mixing some cocktails then here are some drinks that will add color to your drinks: the blue Gatorade which is hydrating, refreshing, delicious, and blue, Hawaiian Punch for your red, and Pina Colada mix for your whites.

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Entertainment

Well it’s a party after all, your guest have to enjoy themselves and a great way to do it is to plan games. you can buy red white and blue balloons to stay in them and play water balloons or balloon pop. Or play American history trivia, pictionary or charades (you’ve got to keep the kids brain working in the summer wink wink). Capture the flag with American flags is another good one. Baseball is after all THE American pastime, so you can’t go wrong there. Bocce is another game that is getting some serious popularity these days and a perfect outdoors game for all ages. All these are games that both the younger and older crowds can play and really enjoy.

Decor

We’ve touched on some things already, like little flags for your drink and the patriotic color balloons. But there are so many different ways you can liven up your place to really add some fun to your party. Of course flowers are number one. You can contact a knowledgeable florist and they will guide you through what would look great. And by “they” we mean “we”. There aren’t very many blue flowers and a  plethora of red and white ones. But there are many ways to incorporate the color while adding spark to an arrangement that would make them perfect for a party. Blue vases, blue ribbons or bows, stared confetti centerpieces and many more and be arranged together to give your party the oomph it deserves. You may think, “why would I get flowers to put outside to bake in the sun”, and you would be right to think it but remember your guests are not only outdoors. They will be congregating in your living room and your kitchen and will use your bathroom. Flowers will help you spread the festive decor you have outdoors merge seamlessly indoors and do it with class. And you get to enjoy the flowers long after the party is over, the last of the guest has been shoved out and  there aren’t’ any more hot dogs left. So Bonus!

We hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend celebrating the country’s birthday! Have fun and stay safe!

Flowers In History

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Like everything, flowers have a history and a story. A rich, colorful and fun one, well some were sad but we had fun learning about them. And as a florist we thought we should know the background of the flowers we work with, don’t you think? And we hope you enjoy them.

PHW_372732We get some customer that will call us and ask that we don’t use carnations in their arrangements. But did you know that the ancient Greeks used carnations in their ceremonial crowns and that the name is said to derive from the word incarnacyon (incarnation), meaning they were the incarnation of a god. That puts carnation on a different level doesn’t it? Chrysanthemums are another flower that some people consider “lowly and cheap”, we think they are beautiful (just the way a mother loves all her children equally) and we were tickled to learn that Japanese emperors sat on chrysanthemum thrones. AND they dropped the petals on the bottom of wine glasses because they believed they aided in sustaining a long and healthy life. The disdain for daisies rivals that of mums to some people but to the ancient  Egyptians and people of Crete, daisies were a symbol of beauty as they decorated their hair and ceramics with them. And in the 60 and 70s flower power era and more recently in the world of Coachella, daisies have raised in status as the symbol of freedom, free spirit and peace. And of course they were used to decorate the hairs of many.HW0_541835

Lilies have a loooooong history too. The Greeks used them to make a crown for brides as a symbol of purity. Even in Christianity in both the Old and New Testament, lilies were a symbol of chastity and virtue. Which explains why many brides think of lilies today for their wedding. Looks like their long history followed them to the present. And you may think that scattering rose petals to create a romantic ambiance was a modern tradition. You’d be wrong if you did because Cleopatra (of the ancient Egypt) used to scatter rose petals before Mark Anthony’s (of the ancient romans) feet. Pretty cool right?

Did you know that poinsettias became the traditional plant for the Christmas season because Mexican legends say that they resemble the flower of bethlehem and churches were decorated with the plant. And they got their name from the US Ambassador to mexico Dr Joel Roberts-Poinsett in the late 20s. The origin of sunflowers is said to be in Central and South America and are reported to have been worshiped by the natives of the Inca Empire in Peru. Actually the priestesses wore large disks made of gold that resembled sunflowers.

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Another sweet story behind a flower is the one behind violets. We all know about the love Napoleon had for Josephine so this little story is so sweet it might give you cavities. So here is the shortened version of the story: Josephine wore violets on the day of their wedding and every anniversary he sent her a bouquet of violets. In 1814 when he was exiled to the Island of St Helena he asked to visit his beloved Josephine’s tomb first. And when he died it was discovered that he had violets that he picked from her grave in a locket that he wore around his neck. Sweet right? Just don’t think about what Napoleon did and think of only this story.

There are many more stories about many other flowers but we thought these were the loveliest ones. So remember that next time you send a bouquet of flowers that each flower has a history and a story.

 

Workplace Essentials: Computers, Post-It Notes, Binder Clips….Flowers?

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As we sit at our desk, our fingers flying over the keyboard, replying emails, updating our calendars, checking off to-do lists, pivoting tables and all that good stuff that pays our bills and make us feel like we contributed something to the success of the team we work with and company we work for, we forget that our workspace could be less stuffy and more warm and personal. The in and out boxes for our files, the pen holder, the cabby with the clippers, staples thumbtacks and other office supply compartments shouldn’t be the one things on our desk. Yes, we are there to work, but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have something beautiful to look at between our expense reports and the weekly team progress meetings or during that teleconference.

Think about it, you spend an average of 8 hours of your awake time in a day at work (mostly working). Shouldn’t this be a pleasant place to be? There are enough stressors at work without adding the sterile “strictly work and no fun” atmosphere to it. This is why we suggest you bring in some of our favorite workplace essentials that liven your day a little and are scientifically proven to relax you.

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  • Keep pictures of your loved ones (even your pet) at your desk. This will help to center you, keep you motivated and remind you that your fight with that copy machine just a few minutes ago was so that you and your family (including fido) have what they need and deserve.
  • Keep your life affirmations at eye level. That quote or message from someone special, or your mantra that keeps you positive, energized and at peace should be where you can easily locate. so that you can easily access it when unpleasant events occur during your work day.
  • Keep simple knickknacks that put a smile on your face on your desk. Mementos that remind you of a happy moment or something funny that will make you giggle will help in giving you a break from routine and/or when having a mental block. This doesn’t mean you should clutter your desk with personal “feel happy” paraphernalia. Just simple pieces strategically placed, is all.
  • Keep a small bouquet of flowers in bright beautiful colors at the corner of your desk, away from all the papers and away from high traffic area so you don’t accidentally spill some sugary water all over your project. And if you call the right florist they will know what would be perfect for your desk….like these. Whether flowers sent from your loved one, friend or a thank you token from that lovely old you helped carry her boxes up three flight of stair when the elevator was out of service, or some that you bought for yourself (yes, you can do that!), flowers will undoubtedly put a big ol’smile on your face even if your day has been filled with deadline and spreadsheet that froze every time you filtered.

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  • Keep a small living plant in the corner. Keeping something live will make you feel alive. It gives you a reason to take a moment to stop and water your little plant once in awhile, giving you another purpose to be in the office other than filing and crunching numbers. It’ll bring out the nurturing side in you while you try your best not to kill the poor plant (or the lucky plant depending how green your thumb is).

So, yes, flowers are essential to our work place. Nothing says “welcome to our offices” to your clients like a beautiful elaborate arrangement of flowers expertly designed by our talented designers and placed strategically on your reception desk. It says “this is a place where we value our employees and you our client and want you to feel at home just like we do”. AND Administrative Professionals week is coming up in just a few weeks. Start thinking about what to gift your admin and show your appreciation.

How to start Spring with a BANG!

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

So, let’s start it with a bang, or a “boing”!

With spring’s arrival comes the arrival of the most beautiful flowers, sunshine and smiles, lighter clothing, birds and butterflies, and the need to clean up and reorganize one’s property and self. Yes, spring is all about rebirth. And we want to embrace it.

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Of course, being a flower shop, we are beyond excited about the beautiful flowers we are able to get during this season. And ONLY this season. And trust us we make the best of it. We get excited about the daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lilacs, peonies and anemones we will be able to add to our arrangements and make it extra springy. This is the season we look forward to all year-long. Other than the summer, fall and winter flowers, of course (we love them all).

Spring cleaning is important. As the sun shines in and fresh crisp aromatic winds blow, we open our windows let the happy sun and warm air bath our homes. Take out your brooms, mops, swiffers, vacuum cleaners, carpet fresheners, dusters, microfiber cloth, disinfectants and washing fluids (go with the natural organic kind if at all  possible, we don’t want you to breath in chemical fumes), scrubbing brushes, Mr Cleans, rubber gloves (clean home doesn’t need to mean rough hands), wood polishes, face masks and a tooth-brush (because we all know there is nothing that can clean small spaces and corners like a toothbrush, just don’t use it to brush your teeth after). Whew! And get to cleaning EVERYTHING. Yes, you could hire someone to come and do it for you while you sip on your green juice at yours local smoothie bar. But we promise you, there is something therapeutic and cathartic about getting on all four and scrubbing that corner in your bathroom that you keep ignoring. And when you are done cleaning, bask in the  glory that comes from that feeling of accomplishment.

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Store all the bulky winter sweaters, coats, scarves, gloves, socks, hats and boots in bins and put them away to never be seen again, till next year. Change your comforter with brighter colored and lighter ones, unpack all your flowery, flowy and flirty dresses, skirts, blouses, lighter suits and colorful shirts, lighter socks and shoes and hang them in your freshly cleaned closet, drawers and shoes rack. Make sure that they are well-organized and placed in a way it make it easy for you to pick them and wear them. Make sure that those clothes that you know you won’t ever wear are placed in a bag to donate. If you have some emotional attachment to some of them and can’t give them away, you can either dig deep down inside for strength from knowledge that someone else will benefit from those pants from 1995 or fold them properly and store them (with those items you intend to give to your daughter or son in the future) somewhere dry and away from high traffic areas. Arrange your jewelry, cosmetics and accessories properly so they are easily accessible. This will help you know exactly what you have and  enable you to actually wear/use them. When you can’t see them you won’t wear/use them and they will be forgotten in the back of that drawer for years till one day you find them and castigate yourself for spending so much on them to never be seen in them or worse end up buying the same thing again. It’s a terrible feeling and a waste of money. We want to help you not feel terrible.

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Take care of the look of your yard/garden or the potted plants on your balcony or on your shelf. Re-pot what needs re-potting, weed all the pesky little weeds and make them look clean and preeeeeeety for when they bloom (that should be very soon). Be sure to get yourself a beautiful flower arrangement from your trusted local florist, and put themon your dining room table and/or coffee table and/or foyer table. You will be amazed how much more beautiful they will look in your fresh and clean home. Beautiful flowers will make your home more warm and welcoming and less cold and clinical.

Now you are ready! The weight you feel from the gloom of winter and the house in disarray is behind you. you are ready to fly and float through the warmer months like the butterfly that you are!

Food, Drinks And Decor For A St. Patrick’s Day Party

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It’s upon us! What is? St Patty’s Day!!!! In just one week we will be elbow deep in green beer, pots of gold, leprechaun and green beads. And will love every bit of it. Some may  be in bars, restaurants and lounges partaking in the festivities. And some others will be throwing parties pf their own in their homes. We, heroes that we are, come to assist the party throwers with some fun St. Patrick’s Day themed food, drinks and decor ideas. You, my lovelies lads and lasses, are welcome!

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Ok, the theme is green, and we really don’t associate a lot of green food with party food, because you don’t normally eat a bowl of salad at a happening party…you just don’t. So what do we do? We get creative.

  • First we’ll start with a simple party food classic: Chips and dip. You may have noticed all the fancy chips in the supermarkets all in various colors, get the green ones (we promise they are delicious) and for dip, obviously, some guacamoleeeee.
  • Next up, some deviled eggs. Yes, yes, we know, nothing green there, BUT you can make it green. Two ways you can you can use blue (because yolk is yellow and blue and yellow make green) or green food dye when you are mixing your yolk OR if you want the healthier option include some puree spinach or some chlorella powder with the yolk. Yup, healthy and yummy.
  • Of Course, we can’t forget the corn beef and cabbage. You would ask how can that be party food? And we would say: You MAKE it a party food by arranging in small bites. How? Take small Romaine lettuce leaves and spoon some cabbage and some corn beef  bites onto them. Romaine leaves make perfect edible spoons.
  • Potatoes are another Irish staple that you can incorporate. Small yummy potato pancakes or boxty are perfect to soak up all that St Patty’s Day drinks you will be drinking. Click here for more food ideas and recipes.

Drinks

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No party is a party without delicious drinks. And St. Patrick’s day party is THE party that dictates there should be plenty of drinks that of the green variety. Such fun!

  • Beer! Duh, right? Well there are many options. First of you MUST have Guinness. You can’t not have Guinness. It’s the law. Green beer? Well of course! Arm yourself with light colored beer and some food coloring (the ones from the deviled eggs). You’ll just a small drop and BAM you have some green beer.
  • Stock up on Irish whiskey like Jamieson or Midleton or Pady. If you are going to have some adult drinks, you better have some whiskey.
  • Appletinis! They are delicious, they are green, they are perfect party drinks. “Nuff said.
  • Chocolate martinis are another great options. No they are not green but you can make them with Baileys Irish Cream and stay with the Irish theme. And they are yummy so it’s a win win.

Decor

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This is where you get to make sure that everyone that walks through your doors KNOWS that this party is a St. Patrick’s Day party. You can be as classy or as ostentatious as you want to be, or both, it’s you party you do what you want.

  • Flowers. We would be doing a disservice to you and to ourselves if we didn’t suggest flowers. They are after all the ultimate decorating tool. If you want to class up the joint with some items that take away from the leprechaun hats you are passing around your guests, we recommend a beautifully arranged bouquet of flowers. We can even make it all green with green hydrangeas, spider mums, athos, cymbidium orchids, carnations, trick dianthus, cremones, bluperums, cremones, hanging amaranthus, bells of ireland and beautiful fragrant seeded and baby eucalyptus to tie it all together. And then you can throw in some yellow flowers for the gold (in the pot) with yellow lilies, button mums, roses, tulips and snapdragons. Of course to have that pot of gold you have to have the rainbow and you can have a bouquet of an array of colors arranged elegantly to guide your guest to the prize.
  • Make sure you stock up on green beads to drape around your guests neck, leprechaun hats for their heads, and Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Balls wrapped in gold foil for the gold element of the holiday. Make sure you have green paper plates, cups, utensils to tie in the theme, some three-leaf clover confetti and some St patty’s Day themed props on a stick to you for that photo booth you’ll have (we want to see your pictures). And the best part is that all this can be used as party favors the guest can take home with them as a reminder of the awesome host and party thrower you are. You are so welcome! And right now, we so want to come to your party!

Now that you are armed with all the best suggestions for a fun party we want to say, drink responsibly, make sure your Uber and Lyft app is on your phone (DO NOT DRIVE) and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Holiday Parties For Work and Home

 

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‘Tis the season to be merry and jolly. ‘Tis a season of giving and receiving and eating an abundance of ginger cookies and drinking an unnatural amount of eggnogs with or without spirits (wink-wink). ‘Tis the season of many many holiday parties, be it thrown by coworkers, at work, by family members or friends. Fun times! But it can also be overwhelming trying to attend all  those parties while trying not to offend your hosts. It could be also be overwhelming when you are in charge of your company’s holiday party or throwing one in your home. We’re here to help.

 

Party at home

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Christmas Sleigh

What kind of party are you throwing? A dinner party? A cocktail party? A potluck? What’s the theme? Do you have your christmas tree, poinsettias, garlands, mistletoe, wreath for your door, hanging stockings for your Christmas parties? Or your menorah, dreidel, and the Star of David for your Hanukkah party? Whatever you’re celebrating make sure you set the atmosphere first. People will enjoy a party that “happening” not snoozing. If you are planning a dinner party then have some soft holiday music in the background. Make sure that your table setting reflects the joy of the season. Centerpieces with winter evergreens and beautiful flowers and candles, pinecones and ornaments. You can use ornamental balls as place settings by writing your guest’s names on them and setting them on the plates. The possibilities are endless.

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Silver and Gold Centerpiece

If you are throwing a cocktail party make sure that every room the guests will be in, oozes the festive season. Distribute small flower arrangement with holiday colors throughout the house make sure the trimmings and ornaments and overall theme of the party is well distributed in all the areas of your home when you know guests will be in, even the powder room. Have some upbeat yet appropriate music (depending on who your quests are).

 

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Fruit and Gourmet Basket

Party for the workplace

This season is a reasons to have fun with and celebrate your coworkers. It’s the season for evergreen wreaths on your walls and doors, poinsettias in every hallway, conference room and receptionist desks, garlands on your windows and railings, cinnamon-ey and ginger-ey baked goods in your kitchens, personalized holiday decor in each employees cubicle to celebrate their holiday. Workplace holiday parties shouldn’t feel like an obligation to the employees, it should be something they look forward to and enjoy while they network if they choose to. The season calls for some warmth, goodwill, peace, hope, joy, harmony and prosperity. All great things to wish mankind and great qualities to have in a workplace. Let your party reflect that.

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Bells Of The Season

Whether your party is a formal one in a banquet hall with catered 5 course meal, live entertainment, and bottomless flow of wine and champagne and elaborate centerpieces gracing each guest table or a conference room turned party room with that cool guy from the cubicle at the end DJing and home baked cookies and pies or anything in between, it should reflect the joy of the season. It only takes small small special touches to achieve.

Bottomline don’t let the stress and the hustle and bustle of the season steal the joy from it. Enjoy yourself whether you are attending the party or throwing it. And find a great florist to help your shoulder some of the stress of the preparation.

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Pregame Your Thanksgiving: Part Two

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Fall Fantasia

Last week we talked about your pre plan for Thanksgiving. By now you know exactly what you want for your Thanksgiving celebration, the food you want to serve, how you want your house to look (the flowers, the table setting), how many guests you’ll have, and you are feeling confident that you have it all planned out. We’re proud of you.

This week is when you tighten up your list of all the things you need. Especially if (from your trial last week) you know what key ingredients you need for your special dish, or thought you had but didn’t, you know what works and what doesn’t and what needs to be changes. So now you have your final list and your opportunity to get most of what you need ready so that you’re not overwhelmed on cooking day.

If you are a “make everything from scratch” kind of person then this is your week to prepare all the time consuming items that you absolutely must have. You can make you pie crust, vegetable soups, cranberry sauce and gravy over the weekend and freeze it. Actually anything you can make ahead and you know will be good by Thanksgiving, make it and freeze it or store it. Buy all your ingredients except for the items that will go bad or won’t taste as fresh if not consumed soon like your green or fruit salads.

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Graceful Glow

This week is also the best time for you to clean your house. Not that we are saying that you belong on an episode of Hoarders, but you are inviting guests to eat in your home. There is nothing as appetizing as eating in home where everything is disorganized or even dirty. Casts a shadow of doubt in the cleanliness of the food you are serving. So take your time to make sure the duts are off the shelves, the bathrooms are sparkling, and your kitchen is spotless. Make sure that pretty much all the rooms you know your guest will be in looks fresh and clean. This doesn’t mean that you have to redecorate and throw some fresh paint on your walls; just spruce up. Make sure to get some scented candles to burn on the morning of Thanksgiving so you can give your home that welcoming smell and mask some unsavory scents that come from cooking, we all know that some dishes taste fantastic but do not smell appetizing while cooking.

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Fine Fall Roses

Make sure that the centerpiece you ordered is coming from a reputable florist. You don’t want to get to the big day and have a gaping hole on your dining room table where there should be colorful flowers. And if you’ve done your homework last week, and called a good flower shop (you know, like us) you will not have any doubts that you will have a gorgeous arrangement of fall flowers and colors to display and put an exclamation point on your whole table setting. Plus if you burn one of your dishes, you at least have beautiful flowers your guest can look at. Again, You’re Welcome!

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