Food & Flowers

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Elegant Traditions

When planning a dinner party, or a holiday dinner, or a romantic dinner at home, first thing you think about is, of course, the menu then the theme and how to put it all together harmoniously. The way we set our tables is what ties it all together and set the mood we want. It would be a simple relaxed dinner with paper plates and cups and disposable cutlery (because we just don’t have the time, the desire or the energy to do the dishes) or it could be so formal with countless fancy spoons, forks, knives, glasses and what-not in every shape and size it would make Emily Post weep tears of joy and Carson (from Downton Abbey) do a jig.

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Autumn Expressions

You play the music that will compliment the gastronomic treat and the occasion. We wouldn’t suggest you playing Black Sabbath at an ear-piercing volume during a candlelight romantic dinner…unless, of course, you prefer not to converse with your guest/s and have your face in your Osso Buco and stuff your face with baby potatoes and Black Sabbath just does it for you, then go for it. We recommend you choose softer music whether holiday themed or not (depending on the occasion), that will allow those at the table to converse and enjoy their meal and the atmosphere without the threat of pierced eardrums and a possible headache.

Find the right table dressing and ornaments that fits the reason of the special dinner. Pine cones and ornamental balls for Christmas, Pumpkins and decorative fruit for Thanksgiving, Crystals and floating candles for a romantic date night are perfect. However, nothing will come close to a perfectly designed and placed flower arrangement.

Flowers are definitely the exclamation point that will finish the look. Whether a round and low centerpiece or an oblong one perched in the middle of the table, or small pieces nestled between serving plates and bowls, or standing tall and proud at your buffet table, will help you set the mood for your occasion. Just remember you don’t choose flowers that overpower your food. If it is sitting at your table you want to be able to smell the food you’re eating not the Stargazers in front of you. So if your must have heavily scented flowers choose them for the buffet table or for another part of your home rather than on your dinner table.

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Crimson Cornucopia

Since this is Thanksgiving season, you probably are already planning your menu and your decor. If you are planning a large dinner with friends and family and their friends you are probably a going over minute details to make the day memorable and enjoyable. Here is how we can help: we the have flowers part covered. If you have a buffet table with all the food and the dining room table just for eating then we suggest a lovely centerpieces for the table, low enough for people to look over it but sizable enough for it to make a statement. Plan a taller one to put on your buffet table. If you have the food on the table your will be sitting at, then we suggest multiple smaller pieces you can place sporadically to bring some color to your table. Don’t forget to add some rearrangements around the house. Perhaps in your kitchen where you and your family will prepare the food and in the living room where your guest will sit and wait for the food to come out. Perhaps in the powder room (natural air freshener anyone?) and if you have a spacious foyer then add one to welcome your guests with.

Halloween In DC

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Spooky Sweet

Whether you are going out with your friends and family in a coordinated Halloween costume as one of the Ghost Busters (including slimer), or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo is the coolest!), or as the apple from the Fruit of The Loom quartet, or if you have chosen a costume only select few will understand like the Doppler Effect, Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory chose, we know you are planing to have a ton of fun. Our city offers many opportunities to show off your master creation with many events and parties.

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Witch’s Brew

The spooky tours at Lafayette Square Park, the 90 minutes evening walks to find the spirits of our forefathers haunting the street of our city (creeepyyy) and the tours around some of the haunted bars in the city, with enough time to enjoy a drink at each location (ahem ahem), are some our favorite tours. You can also spend your evening at the National Zoo decked out in your spookiest, wildest, funest, coolest and funnies costumes and enjoy some of the most entertaining performances by palm readers, fire eaters, illusionist and more. The National Zoo will also hold an event where you can take the young ones for trick-or-treating (there are of forty treat stations!), and visit some of the most Halloween appropriate animals at the zoo, like the bats, owls, spiders and other creepy crawlies (shiver).

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Wicked Bouquet

This is the time of the year that our usually calm and sober city, with mostly conservatively dressed young professionals breaks out into their colorful, creative, and outlandish costume and we love it. Being in the business of using our creativity, we love watching what others come up with. It’s a ton of fun. It is also a lot of fun coming up with spooky flower arrangements. Remember that, when decorating your home for the haunted house party you are hosting this year, there are a lot of creative ways you can incorporate flowers in your spooky imagination. Pop into your local florist and check out what they are doing. And if you do not possess that creative bone you need to recreate what they are doing, just have them do it and take it home.

Be safe, have fun, and pace yourself with the candy. BOO!

Romance In The Fall

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Fall Brights

Weather is changing, colors are changing, and our wardrobe choice is changing. We are holding on to our loved ones a little tighter both because we heart them and because we could use the heat. Some autumn days can be so cold that we need to snuggle up to keep warm. And for that reason we shall call autumn the snuggle season.

There are many opportunities that the fall offers to indulge on some snuggle time while enjoying our wonderful city. D.C. offers so many places you can enjoys while admiring the breath taking changing colors of the leaves. There are numerous parks you can take a lovely stroll in and take in the scenery. Roosevelt Island, The National Arboretum, Rock Creek Park, and The National Mall are some of the parks we like where you can enjoy nature and people watch and walk the trails hand in hand.

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Bejeweled Beauty

Many restaurants and cafes still have outdoor sitting available, and our city is blessed with establishments with out-door sitting, take advantage and park your cabooses at the tables and enjoy a hot beverage and share a tasty meal together. The cooler air will, again, give you a reason and an opportunity to sit close to each other.

Some fall days are nippier than other. On those days you can plan your romantic dates indoors. You can snag a couple of tickets to the Kennedy Center to one of the fantastic performances they have lined up this season. Evita anyone? A dinner and a movie date would also be perfect in the cooler evenings. A hot meal in the tummy and a rom-com on the silver screen is a cure to any rainy, windy, chilly day.

All we are saying is that, if you were looking for an excuse to cozy up to your honey without being too obvious, then the cool autumn air is providing you with one. Grab it with both hands (ha! pun!). While at it, grab yourself some out of this world arrangement of the all the colors of a pot of jewels (see two blogs down) and set up an even romantic-er mood by presenting them to her.

 

 

Autumn and Jewels

Fall 2September is here,  that means fall is just around the corner. Yes the warm sunny long days of summer are behind us. Pretty light summer dresses replaced with warmer sweaters and cardigans, strappy sandals replaced with booties, long promenades licking an ice cream cone replaced with indulging in a hot beverage in a corner of a book store. Yes, the lighter feel of summer is mingling with the coolness of autumn, but we can’t help but feel the romance that comes with the heady air of fall.

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When we think of romance we thing flowers, jewelry and of course chocolates. And florist just love mixing the first two (while savoring the third). With fall comes the gorgeous changing colors of trees leaves, the out worldly colors of sunsets and the overall theme of what people wear, and not surprisingly the color of the flowers match the environment. They come in all true colors of precious stones. Amethyst, ruby, emerald, garnet, topaz, sapphire, amber and more are all represented in the flowers we florists use and in the accessories we choose be it in the vases they arrange them in or the finishing touches we add. The colors on the flowers are deep and rich.  Almost like they are in competition with the boldness and the hotness of the ones from the summer. The reds are almost blood-red, the greens so deep like a thick forest, the oranges look almost like someone has flambeed them like the sugar on a creme brulee, the blues are that of the deepest parts of the ocean. And put together they look like a delicate decadent necklace made of all the beautiful precious jewels of the same colors. They take your breath away.

We all know that we might have to sell our first born and sell a kidney to collect all the jewels we love, but a florist can provide all the luxurious sparkles that fall colors offer without breaking the banks and keep your kidney attached to you. We are that florist.

Fantasy Football VS Fashion Week: How To Survive The Two Worlds

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Last week you buried your faces into your cell-phone, tablets, laptops and desktops obsessing over who to draft, who’s to start, who to bench, and kept checking on updates every 3.5 minutes to see how you are faring against your FF opponents. It is the regular season football after all and your significant other surely understands the importance. Then you discover she has found solace in shopping for…well, a whole new wardrobe only to find that fashion week starts this week in DC and she must find a cute outfit to wear to the shows that will tell her what is in style this coming season. Now you have a household split in the sports and fashion world. How do you co-exist and make sure that at the end of the season you won’t end up living out of her shoe box both because you have thoroughly neglected her and because she has decided to buy just about every piece on the runway?

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Gentlemen err…or shall we say team managers, you will need to romance her right off her Italian leather boots. Make sure that on those days your players are not playing, you shower her with as much attention you usually reserve for when you are studying a running back’s stats. this doesn’t mean that you have to spend a ton of money to prove to her that she is #1 in you heart, you can keep it simple like a foot rub (she’ll need one after having squeezed her feet in those boots trying to break them in), or run her a bubble bath (this way you have some time to yourself to bathe your eyes with television glare), send her some “I’m always thinking of you” flowers and chocolates at work (major brownie points for this one), and show some interest in her current obsession, which will most likely be D.C. fashion week. She will love to know what kinds of cloth you like seeing her in.

And ladies, although it is in fact a fact that retail therapy is a cure-all kind of therapy and that you simply must own that blouse in every color, and buy shoes to match (obviously), remember that your honey is in pain watching his player, who was projected to have 21 points is now stuck at 3 and the game is 2 minutes away from ending. He wants to win, no, he needs to win, much like he needed to win your heart. We know that you need to know what the hot colors and trends of the season are, we won’t allow you to spend the rest of the year looking like a goof. However, try showing some interest in his sports obsession, ask questions, try to understand how this whole game works or even join a fantasy football league of your own and ask him to help you draft your team or chose the player that looks the cutest and has the best looking jersey. Who knows, you might end up doing better than he does. Give him a shoulder massage to melt those knots he’s named Victor Cruz. Get him a tasty snack to nibble on while he pulls his hair out.

All we’re saying is that you won’t need to have a home divided. You can mesh your two worlds together and come out with cute strappy heels  and a belt to match and a happy team manager who’s honey didn’t nag him into a coma.

 

Romance is in the Fall Air

Fall-DCWhile some people have summer flings or spring romances, the fall can be a very romantic time, too.  Romance is in the fall air now, so it’s time to take advantage of it.  There are a number of romantic things you can do in the cool fall.

•    Watch the leaves change.  You can drive through some very scenic areas near Washington, D.C. and check out the gorgeous fall foliage.  If you don’t mind the chilly weather, you can also go for a walk or a jog through one of the many parks in the city and see the changing leaves up close and personal.

•    Light your fireplace, if you have one.  Nothing is more romantic than cuddling by the fire, even if you’re just watching TV.

•    Go to one of the great theater or musical events in the area.

•    Go holiday shopping together.  Even though many guys might groan at this, it can be a lot of fun if you approach it with a positive attitude.  Plus, the earlier you start, the less stress you’ll have in December!

•    Go see one of the new movies coming out.  November and early December are full of blockbusters that you and your special someone might enjoy!

Remember, no romantic date is complete without beautiful flowers!  Let us deliver gorgeous fall flowers to any location in Washington, D.C.!

This Fall’s Hottest Color

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If you want to be in on the latest trends, you’ve got to keep up with the color of the season.  For Fall 2013, many fashion designers have decided that color is burgundy.  This color lets you add a rich tone to many different outfits since it works very well with gray, black, white, and navy.  A burgundy jacket, tie, shirt, or even a pair of burgundy pants can give your outfit that touch of color and boldness it needs to really pop.

Most people assume burgundy is simply one color, but many designers break it down into a spectrum of hues ranging from the dark merlot to a fairly pale pink.  Most people tend to think of burgundy as more on the darker side, though, and stick to colors like merlot and sherry.

You can use burgundy to do more than just add some color to your outfit, though.  Many people love to use the color as a part of their home décor.  You’ll find many different items done in burgundy, including sheets, throw pillows, rugs, picture frames, candles, and much more.  Even some furniture comes in burgundy.

Of course, there are also some flowers that could be considered burgundy.  If you love this trendy color, let us help you with your décor—order a bouquet of beautiful flowers in Washington, D.C., today.

Fall Celebrations in Washington, D.C.

capitol_fallLooking for something fun and happy to do in Washington, D.C., this fall?  There’s a lot going on, as always, but the fall is a great time to check out some of the different events and sights in the capitol.  Here are just a few things you can do.

You can see some amazing fall foliage in the area, so if you love the outdoors, now’s the time to go hiking, biking, or running.  Some of the best places to go include the U.S. National Arboretum, Shenandoah National Park, and the Rock Creek Park.  If you’re going to one of the parks like Shenandoah, which is out of the main metro area, you might want to take a picnic and make a day out of it.  Since it’s a bit cooler now, be sure to take a jacket with you.

Don’t like the crisp fall weather?  Stay indoors by checking out some of DC’s museums and theaters.  There are a lot of really neat exhibits.  The National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery, one of the oldest in the country, are all great options.

If theater is more your thing, you’ll find some amazing shows at The Kennedy Center, the Signature Theatre, and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Finally, don’t forget football!  the Washington Redskins will be starting their season soon at FedEx Field!

Flowers make everyone happy, too, so bring some happiness to your home with our great fall flowers in Washington, D.C.

Happy Things to Do this Fall in DC


Looking for something fun and happy to do in Washington, DC, this fall?  There’s a lot going on, as always, but the fall and early winter (which is rapidly approaching) is a great time to check out some special events and sights in the capital.  Here are just a few things you can do.

There’s still some great fall foliage to check out, so if you love the outdoors, now’s the time to go hiking, biking, or running.  Some of the best places to go include the U.S. National Arboretum, Shenandoah National Park, and the Rock Creek Park.  If you’re going to one of the parks like Shenandoah, which is out of the main metro area, you might want to take a picnic and make a day out of it.  Since it’s a bit cooler now, be sure to take a jacket with you.

Don’t like the crisp fall weather?  Stay indoors by checking out some of DC’s museums and theaters.  There are a lot of really neat exhibits.  The National Gallery of Art features “Shock of the News,” an exhibit all about media and how we get information.  The Corcoran Gallery, one of the oldest in the country, will be showcasing Richard Diebenkorn, while the Hirshhorn Museum will show the works of Ai Weiwei.

If theater is more your thing, you’ll find some amazing shows at The Kennedy Center (such as War Horse, which runs through November 11), while Signature Theatre and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company are doing more modern works.

FotoWeekDC runs November 9 through the 18th.  This festival is all about photography and photojournalism.  It’s celebrated throughout the city with displays, lectures, seminars, and other events.

Finally, if sports are your idea of fun, the Washington Redskins season is underway, so check out their home games at FedEx Field!

Flowers make everyone happy, too, so bring some happiness to your home with our great fall flowers in Washington, DC.

Fall Decorating Fun

Now that fall is properly here, it’s time to do a little fall decorating.  But while some people find that a bit of a chore (and usually don’t bother doing it), others see decorating as a fun time that can involve the entire family.  Here are a few fun things you can do to decorate for the fall.

Changing up your throw pillows, quilt, and blankets isn’t necessarily fun, but you could always make new pillows and a new quilt every year.  After a few years, you’d have a lot of extras.  What to do with them?  Give them to your children (they will appreciate having something you made) or donate them to a local shelter.

After you put a new tablecloth, placemats, or table runner on your table, you need something to eat on it!  While you might not think of food as decoration, it can be.  If you have a lovely display stand with a cover (such as a glass bell cover), you can bake a pecan pie or some tasty cookies in fall shapes and display it on the table.  Of course, people will eat it, but then you get to bake more!

If you’re the outdoors type, you may be going for a lot of walks or hikes now that the weather has cooled down.  Take this time to pick up any interesting leaves, branches, and other things you see.  You can use these items to make a centerpiece or a wreath for your front door.  Your kids can also help—send them out on scavenger hunts for different materials.

These are just a few different ideas to make fall decorating fun.  Don’t want to make something?  We can deliver fall flowers to you in Washington, DC, to use for a centerpiece!