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Baby Shower Party Animals

by Shelby Shy on October 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

Babies are such a joy! Decorating baby showers and sending baby shower gifts is so much fun. Florists can decorate any party, including baby showers. You know to turn to your local florist for centerpieces and hostess gifts, but florists also can create baby shower decorations and gifts such as storks for the front yard, ribbon wreaths, diaper baskets, diaper cakes and flower cakes. And of course, corsages for the new mom and grandmothers to wear to the party.

Elephant-FBOne of the hottest baby items we’re seeing today in the flower shop is animal grapevine baskets. The grapevine baskets come in an array of animals — dogs, frogs, bears, and cats. Fill the baskets with any plant you desire. Send them to new moms. They get excited about the plant being something they can keep and grow with their newborn babies.  Or use the grapevine baskets as cute baby shower party favors.

Next time you have a celebration coming up, talk to your local florist for gift suggestions and party decoration ideas.

 

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Mum’s the Word

by Brian Wheat on October 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

Mums-Thousands-FBChange of the seasons is one of my favorites of Mother Nature’s miracles. Fall, with all of its colorful foliage, cool crisp nights and shorter days lets us know winter is just down the road. As an avid gardener, it has a lot to offer in planting of mums and other beautiful fall flowers, plants and bulbs.

The wonderful and versatile chrysanthemum, aka mum, has been around since the 15th century. Cultivated in China as a flowering herb and used in Japan’s Festival of Happiness, it has been celebrated by many cultures. The name “chrysanthemum” is derived from the Greek works chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower). Native to Asia and Northeastern Europe, there are over 40 species, and there are thousands of horticultural varieties and cultivars. It’s the official flower of Chicago and Salinas, Calif.  This flower of the month of November was brought to the United States in 1798, by Colonel John Stevens from England as a part of an effort to grow attractions within Elysian Field in Hoboken, N.J.  Read More

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Grow Roots

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh on October 10, 2014 at 9:19 am

SAF_LLAF_GrowRoots_404X404Four years ago I co-founded The Camellia Network, a nonprofit organization set out to change the way youth transitioning out of foster care are viewed and supported.  What I’ve learned through that experience, and through raising my two eldest foster sons, is that what foster youth need more than anything is a community that cares about them. No matter what your personal passion, the advice I offer below is how to grow roots in your own community.

Ask people to tell their stories. Everyone has a story, full of both heartbreak and triumph, but we can’t see their story just by looking at them. Asking people to share allows you to find common ground even when all you see—externally—are differences.

Be real. We have been trained to broadcast our successes and hide our failures. But the truth is this: our failures humanize us, and they connect us to one another. Being truthful about both sides of your story will help you form more honest connections with those you love and admire.  Read More

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15 Fun Floral Ideas for Ring Bearers

by Sharon McGukin on October 8, 2014 at 11:38 am

Ring BearerThe No. 1 rule when it comes to ring bearers: When attaching a ring to the ring bearer’s pillow, always use fake rings — never the real ones. Many horrified guests have watched helplessly as the bride or groom’s carefully chosen ring has fallen to the floor and rolled down a heat vent. Now that we got that important housekeeping tip out of the way, let’s move on to some ideas for your wedding’s most fun little guy.

Cover a pillow shape

  • Cover a small pillow, like a tooth fairy pillow or one of the small message pillows that can hang on a doorknob, with green moss. Tie a ribbon around it as though you were tying a package with a small bow at the top center. Tie or glue a very small cluster of flowers and faux rings into the bow.
  • Make a small pillow from the same fabric as the bridesmaids’ dresses. Stitch a narrow strip of fabric or ribbon underneath the pillow for the child to insert their hand through to hold it. Monogram the center of the pillow and pin the faux rings there along with a single flower bloom.

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Girls halos- medium-fbA popular tradition for flower girls is to fill a small basket with petals that she can strew down the aisle before the bride. This is a beautiful part of the ceremony for a child old enough to confidently do so. However, if a flower girl is very young, this can be a confusing job and lead to tears or retreat once it’s time to descend the aisle. It can be intimidating for a little one to face all the adult guests watching from their seats. Instead, make the job easier — fill her small basket with flowers and just let her carry it.

  • If your bridal gown is being custom designed, consider using remnants of the gown material to cover a plain basket in layers of elegant material, coordinating the flower girl with the bride. Fill the adorned basket with either petals or flowers.
  • If you were once a flower girl and still have the heirloom basket, recycle it by having your flower girl carry it down the aisle in your wedding with petals or blooms.

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