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Your Christmas Guide To Evergreens

The holidays are coming up fast and it’s time to put up your last-minute decorations! We put together a quick guide on how you can incorporate these three evergreens into your holiday decor.

If you are looking for the smells and textures of Christmas, then look no further than the three popular holiday greens: Fir, Pine, and Cedar.

Fir

Firs are very fragrant and shiny evergreens with dark green needles. Two popular firs are the Douglas Fir, which has beautiful soft needles, and the Pacific Silver Fir, which have a silvery-white color under its needles.

Pine

Pines are known for their bright green color and long needles. The Princess Pine is popular due to its soft texture. The shore pine has long needles and small pine cones that add to the overall rustic look.

Cedar

The Port Orford Cedar is the most popular of cedars and it is recognized by its long stems and lacy tips. It is also one of the most long-lasting greens. It maintains its vitality and color for many weeks.

If you are looking to incorporate these wonderful evergreens in your holiday decor, head to your local florist for a beautiful holiday design!

5 Romantic Christmas Card Messages

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Buying flowers for Christmas is always the right choice. It’s a personalized gift (You did buy them at your local florist … didn’t you?) that injects a bit of happiness into anyone’s day. The challenge with any floral gift lies in the card. What are you going to say? Here are five options to help give you the right words.

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5 Heartfelt Card Messages

  1. Because you are the joy and good tidings in my life. Merry Christmas!
  2. ‘Tis the season for romance. Merry Christmas!
  3. Our first Merry Christmas. Here’s to many more in the future!
  4. Even when it’s cold outside you keep my heart warm. Merry Christmas!
  5. I wouldn’t want to snuggle by the fire with anyone else. Merry Christmas!

Did you enjoy these Christmas card messages? Find a variety of card messages for any occasion here!

Have some ideas of your own? Write them in the comments below or put them on our Facebook page.

Give the Gift of Flowers!

Christmas is just a few short weeks away. Have you found gifts for everyone on your list? Your local florist has exactly what you need, even for that family member you struggle to please.

This holiday, give the gift of flowers!

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Flowers Are For Everybody

What gift do you buy the person who has everything? It’s a question that plagues us all during the Christmas season, but the answer is easier than you think. It’s flowers, of course!

A magnificent floral arrangement has its own style, so you never have to wonder if it will suit the person you’re giving them to. They are also a source of happiness for anyone who receives them, and that’s always a win in the gift-giving department. And do you think it’s possible to have too many of them beautifying the home? Of course not! If they already have beautiful flowers, that’s okay. They’d love more!

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Loving Local

Of course, the best place to buy those flowers is through your local florist. These men and women work hard to provide you with something gorgeous designed to take your breath away and that anyone on your list would be thrilled to receive. And the best part? You can speak to them face-to-face so you know you’re getting exactly what you ask for!

Christmas is the largest gift giving holiday in the world. Shouldn’t you be giving flowers?

Here Comes The Holiday Season!

Thanksgiving has finally arrived, but there’s still plenty of holiday fun to come. Now it’s time to turn your eyes toward Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day and how you’ll decorate your home for the next round!

As this is one of the most celebrated times of year, orders for flowers have already begun pouring in. Isn’t it time you added yours to the list?

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Holiday Florals

Flowers are hands down the best way to express yourself during the holidays. Local florists create amazing designs and some will even come into your home and decorate for you to ensure your home looks how you’ve always dreamed.

Looking for some winter-themed decoration? Flowers and living plants fresh from your local florist can make it come alive and make every room look like a winter wonderland.

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Your local florist is ready to make all your decorating dreams come true. All it takes is a phone call or walk-in to get the ball rolling. And even if budget is an issue, you’re sure to find something breathtakingly beautiful at a price you can afford.

And although buying local is wonderful because it supports your local community, that’s not the only or even necessarily best reason to do it. Your local florist is a talented flower artist. She will listen to what you want and how you want it done, and then she will make sure that happens! You can buy flowers anywhere, but when you buy local you’re buying the best.

Head down to your local flower shop or give them a call and schedule your holiday flowers today!

December Newsletter: Merry and Bright

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November was a month dedicated to giving thanks, but the focus in December is purely on giving. It is a month for being generous, helping those in need and seeing the joy on loved ones’ faces as they receive gifts. Each of the holidays in December extol family, community and love. That’s why this is the favorite time of year for so many.

As you decorate for your holiday bash, or even if you’re attending someone else’s, don’t forget the flowers. From centerpieces to wreaths, flowers are a time-honored tradition!

We hope that you and yours experience the warmth of each other’s love this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!


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Decorate, Don’t Procrastinate!

Now that Thanksgiving is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead to Christmas!

Don’t Wait When Preparing for Christmas

No holiday is more important when it comes to early planning than Christmas Day. It has been estimated that over 95% of the US population celebrates Christmas. That means for every outside vendor you need to use in planning your Christmas party, you are competing with everyone in town for their business! It’s important to get started early and make sure you get your name on the list. There is no time or space for lollygagging. When it comes to your Christmas celebration, you want it done right!

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Best reasons to Send Flowers in December!

There are so many reasons that flowers make a perfect gift. Through color, texture, shape and fragrance, your local florist can help you discover a genuine way to reach out to those important people in your life. So without delay, here are the best reasons to send flowers this December.

1. December Birthdays – This reason tops our list because those friends and family who have birthdays during the month of the December always have to compete with so many other festivities. A birthday should be the unique celebration of just one person. Make the day truly about your loved one by sending beautiful birthday blooms on their special day.

2.Winter Solstice – December 21st – In the Northern Hemisphere, this day is often referred to as the “longest night.” Each year, as the world spins, there comes a point where the lengthening of winter days reaches its apex and this has long been celebrated as the Winter Solstice. While sometimes the winter blues can get us down, you can brighten someone’s day with a cheery wintery mix of beautiful flowers. Smiles are sure to lighten up any dark day.

3. Christmas – December 25th – Flowers are a fantastic way to decorate for Christmas and make a wonderful gift for the entire household. Whether sending deep red roses with bright green stems, a fragrant holiday wreath or a breath-taking centerpiece that ties the dinner table together, you can show your warmest love from afar and be a presence in the home of those you hold near and dear.

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Facebook Friday: November Favorites

We provide a Friday recap of all the wonderful posts and pictures from active florists on our Facebook Page. It’s been so much fun seeing all the completely different designs every day. We hope you enjoy these favorites and continue through to see more from each Friday this month:

Bride with White Bouquet 

Hobby Hill Florist, Sebring, FL

Bridal bouquet from A New Beginning Florist in Moore, OK

A New Beginning, Moore, OK

Gorgeous casket spray by Tammi Cribbs of Oran's Flower Shop in Kingston, TN

Oran’s Flower Shop, Kingston, TN

Amazing arrangement from Tom Kenisdon AIFD of Crossroads Florist in Mahwah, NJ

Crossroads Florist, Mahwah, NJ

Excellent centerpiece by Inspirations Floral Studio in Lock Haven, PA

Inspirations, Lock Haven, PA

Red and Yellow Bride's Bouquet by Monday Morning Flowers

Monday Morning, Princeton, NJ

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FSN Member Wins SAF’s Surprise Flowers VaseOff! Challenge!

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Congratulations to Walter Fedyshyn of Phillip’s Flowers and Gifts in Chicago, IL for winning the SAF’s Surprise Flowers VaseOff! Challenge!

The VaseOff! Challenge

The VaseOff! Challenge is a competition put together to increase consumer awareness of the expertise of local florists and which showcases their ability to design specifically for an individual. Walter Fedyshyn was paired with a Chicago-based blogger named Melissa Williams who writes about DIY projects, design, home decor, travel and much more! He read her blog and perused her social media pages to learn as much as he could about her, and then created a design with those bits of knowledge in mind!

The resulting design beat out the other three competitors for first place! Good job, Walter!

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3 Hot Holiday Florals!

The holidays are here and there’s no better way to celebrate than decorating your home with floral goodness. It doesn’t matter which holiday you’re celebrating, your local florist has everything needed to make something unique and beautiful. Here are three hot holiday florals to make your season bright!

Floral Centerpieces

One of the hot floral items any holiday season is floral centerpieces! These make the perfect decorations for placing on dinner tables, end tables or fireplace mantles. They make a great gift for the host or hostess of a holiday party, or they can be used to decorate those bare surfaces in your own home. If you are looking to spruce up your holiday decorations, floral centerpieces are the way to go!

Wreaths

What one item says, “Happy Holidays” more than a natural wreath? And when you buy from your local florist, you know the end result will be both creative and gorgeous. These round, holiday symbols can be hung on your door, on your wall or even along your front porch. And talk about gifts! Wreaths, like centerpieces, make excellent gifts for the host or hostess of any holiday party.

Floral Swags

In case you aren’t sure, this is a string of flowers and greenery that can be draped along the mantles of fireplaces, strung along the wall and even hung around your mailbox! These are the perfect complement to any holiday decor and can be designed by your florist to match the color scheme of your home. No holiday decorating job is complete without a few floral swags.

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Decorate, Don’t Procrastinate!

Now that Thanksgiving is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead to Christmas!

Don’t Wait When Preparing for Christmas

No holiday is more important when it comes to early planning than Christmas Day. It has been estimated that over 95% of the US population celebrates Christmas. That means for every outside vendor you need to use in planning your Christmas party, you are competing with everyone in town for their business! It’s important to get started early and make sure you get your name on the list. There is no time or space for lollygagging. When it comes to your Christmas celebration, you want it done right!

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As impressive as this service is, it’s also very time consuming. It often takes multiple employees to do a single home, and the decoration can take hours. That means that florists will only have so many time-slots open for this sort of thing, and if you don’t schedule yours RIGHT NOW, you may not get in at all! And believe me, you want to have this done. If impressing your friends and family matters, this how you do it.

Christmas Flowers, Wreaths and Poinsettias

Flowers, wreaths and poinsettias are always in high demand around Christmas! After all, wouldn’t you like gorgeous poinsettias lining the walk to your front door, placed majestically on your front porch or stoop, beautifully crafted wreaths adorning your doorways,  as well as magnificent floral arrangements and centerpieces sprinkled around your house? Of course you would! And that means you need to contact your local florist immediately!

Waiting until the last possible moment to place your order is never a good idea. The end result could be vastly limited options or possibly no options at all! Nobody wants that. Early orders make things easier for both you and your florist. The resulting lee time gives your florist the opportunity to schedule your purchase while you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll have everything you need and want to make your Christmas celebration a huge success!

Don’t be left in the cold this holiday season, contact your local florist today!

Turn Holiday Frazzle Into Holi-dazzle!

Send Holidazzle with flowers from your local florist

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  • 3. Match Your Style. Choose a tree and ornaments in styles and colors to match that of your already-existing home decor. For instance, a shabby-chic home might choose all-natural and vintage ornaments and tree styles.
  • 4. Memory Lane. Collect ornaments for important life occasions, vacations, and for any other special memories. Each year at Christmas, your family can revisit these memories while putting up the tree.
  • 5. Christmas Critters. Choose clip-on doves or owls, wooden squirrels, and other little critters to add some friendly faces to your tree.
  • 6. Going Overboard. If you simply cannot cram one more ornament onto your tree, use them throughout your home as easy Christmas decor.
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Send Holidazzle with flowers from your local florist

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Incredible Flower Shop at Trigs Floral & Home

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The photo above is the inside of Trig’s Floral & Home in Minocqua, WI. You could walk around this store for days and still not see everything worth seeing! Here you can find the best in holiday gifts and decor, why would you need to go anywhere else?? This florist is a one-stop-shop for the season!

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