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Prom Trends 2014

by Leanne Kesler on April 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Corsage — Shawn Michael Foley/DesignLab

Today’s young women are savvy, sophisticated and connected, and they’re sharing photos of fabulous prom flowers on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. (These are certainly not “your mother’s” prom corsages!) Here is a compilation of the top trends for prom flowers in 2014 that I’m seeing:Boutonniere — Shawn Michael Foley/DesignLab

The Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

What a grand hue to accent a variety of gown colors. It looks great with everything from aqua to pink to soft butter yellow as well as the classic black. Shown here, the gorgeous phalaenopsis orchid works equally as well in a corsage or a boutonniere.

 

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Recognizing Hard Work and Dedication

by Lisa Greene on April 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

Spring Floral Arrangement - Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCIA perfect opportunity to show gratitude toward your staff is during Administrative Professionals Week (APW), held annually during the last full week in April, and  Administrative Professionals Day held the Wednesday of that week. This year, APW is April 20-26. It is one of the largest workplace observances, outside of employee birthdays and major holidays, according to the International Association of Administrative Professionals. There are lots of ways to say thank you and recognize accomplishments and contributions. One way is to send flowers or plants.

Vertical Floral Arrangement - Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI

 

Research from Texas A&M University reveals that people whose workplace environments include flowers and plants demonstrate more creativity and generate better ideas. The researchers credit the benefits to the boost in moods that flowers and plants inspire. Whenever a floral delivery is made to an office, the recipient feels special and they enjoy a little time in the spotlight.  Read More

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Celebrating Easter with Forsythia

by Shelby Shy on April 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

A popular trend this spring for décor is flowering branches. One of my favorites is the forsythia with its bright yellow flowers. Here are a few ways to use forsythia branches to welcome family and friends to your home this Easter and celebrate the spring season.

Forsythia  - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.

Welcome guests with a wreath in spring colors. Here a few branches of forsythia artfully circle a curly willow wreath decorated with happy pops of pink spray roses, succulents, kale and yellow craspedia.

 Spring Wreath - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.-NEW

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Making Seniors Smile

by Carol Caggiano on April 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

Nurturing-CroppedSome of my most treasured memories are of my grandparents. I was fortunate to have them nearby sharing so many great adventures over the years. Now I am a grandparent myself and still remember those days like they were yesterday. Am I really a “senior?” Who would have ever thought that would happen? We definitely see things differently when we are personally involved.

Lately I have had the opportunity to help some other seniors who are having difficulty.  One has serious health issues and another is struggling with her own mother who has dementia. Often just being a good listener is a big help, but I have found another way I can contribute, and that is to bring flowers. No matter how many times I visit, I still get such a thrill out of seeing faces literally light up when a bouquet of flowers comes into view. A big genuine smile is such a welcome sight from someone you know is having a hard time.

I know for sure that having flowers in my house makes me feel good. The reason for their magic? I do not know, but when there are not flowers on the table, the house just doesn’t feel the same. Although research gives us a hint: Rutgers University released the results of a behavioral study, which proved senior citizens who had flowers in their living spaces were happier, more social, and had better recent memory than those who did not have flowers. How wonderful is that? It’s a privilege to grow older but not without cost. Failing health, memory loss and reduced social interaction can all contribute to severe depression. When someone is depressed, nothing else works right, but if a lovely bouquet of flowers can bring joy and happiness, then that is surely easy “medicine” to prescribe. Read More

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Succulent Garden Corsage - Emily Gorg and Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFARemember how special you felt the last time you wore a corsage? Maybe it was for prom or homecoming, a wedding, or maybe you wear them every year on Easter and Mother’s Day, or to celebrate your birthday. Wearing flowers have long been part of human history dating back to ancient civilizations in Greece, Egypt, Africa and South America. Flowers were worn to denote prominence, allegiances and ward of spirits. Nowadays, flowers are worn as fabulous accessories to express yourself and celebrate special occasions as well as the everyday.

With spring being the time of year when we’re thinking about new fashions and styles, Easter and Mother’sArdith-Fascinator-Pink-CROPPED Day, and prom and weddings, here are a few ways to add personal flowers to your wardrobe this season:

 

Kate Middleton and the Royals brought fascinators to the forefront of fashion. Consider a flirty pink fascinator for a bridal shower or prom.

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