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5 Jaw-Dropping Holiday Centerpieces

Add a beautiful and festive touch to your home for the holidays with a stunning floral centerpiece. Whether you are looking for sparkle and glam or natural and earthy, your local florist can make your vision come to life. Find inspiration from some of our favorite holiday centerpieces!

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Holiday Party Decorating Ideas

Getting together with friends and family is tradition for many during the holiday season. With the holidays quickly approaching, now is the time to start preparing for your holiday party! Keep reading to learn the latest decorating trends and tips this holiday season. From D.I.Y. custom card holders to show-stopping centerpieces, these festive decor items will wow your guests!

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Holiday Flowers 2015

The holidays are just around the corner, which means holiday flowers! Going to a holiday party and need a hostess gift? Throwing a dinner and need some table decor? Here are some great arrangements for your holiday occasion!

A Floral Christmas Gift
Give the gift of beautiful blooms this Christmas! Surprise someone with a cheerful arrangement of red carnations, berries, pinecones, and shiny baubles for their holiday table!

Hanukkah Cheer
Going to a Hannukkah celebration? A floral centerpiece can be the finishing touch to any party!

Simple Card Messages
Writer’s block? No worries! Here are some message ideas to pair with your arrangement!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday full of happiness and cheer!

Have a Merry Christmas packed-full of loving memories!

May this Hanukkah celebration bring you peace and joy!

Head to your local florist and get a beautiful floral gift today!

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?

5 Best Reasons To Send Flowers in December

A Beautiful SightDecember is a great month for holidays, and anytime there’s a reason to celebrate, there’s a reason to buy flowers! So look below for all the great opportunities you’ll have this month to visit your local florist.

  #1. Hanukkah – December 16th – 24th

Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah is the first of this month’s holiday goodness, and it lasts a whopping eight days! That’s eight opportunities to bring the gift of flowers to those you love and cherish. And for personalized gifts, there’s no better place in town than your local flower shop!

#2. Winter Solstice – December 21st

Silver BellsOooh … “The Longest Night”. Sounds ominous, but in reality it merely reflects the change of the seasons. This night is not only the beginning of winter, but it is also the turning point where the hours of darkness stop growing longer and begin their drop back toward the longer days of spring and summer.

#3. Christmas – December 25th

Merry Christmas! This is easily the most celebrated holiday in the US, and it is the perfect time to buy flowers. You can give flowers as gifts, use them to decorate your home for the season or just buy a magnificent arrangement to set in the middle of your feast table. However you use them, the best flowers can be found with your local florist.

#4. Kwanzaa – December 26th – January 1st

Let it SnowJoyous Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is seven days of colorful decorations and time spent with family and community. It involves the sharing of food, ritual and performance, and is the perfect time to buy flowers. They go beautifully with the colorful decorations of the holiday, and they will make any Kwanzaa feast one to remember!

#5. New Year’s Eve – December 31st

This is the party night of the year, and no party is complete with some floral decoration. But flowers also make excellent personal decoration. A gentleman with a flower in his lapel or a lady with a crown of beautiful blooms will stand out at any New Year’s Eve bash!

What are your favorite reasons to send flowers this month?
Let us know in the comments!

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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Loving Local

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!

January Newsletter: Winter Wonderland

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The holidays are behind us, and a new year has begun!

January is traditionally a month for reflection, a time to think about the past year and all the things we can do to make the coming year better. The natural world has grown silent. Birds have migrated. Animals have gone into hibernation. And Mother Nature herself seems to be holding her breath as she faces a clean slate on which to build for the coming spring.

Snow blankets the ground and wind greets us with an icy chill, but even now, amidst all the starkness and cold, flowers still find a way to bloom. Some of the most beautiful florals thrive at this time of year bringing true meaning to the phrase “winter wonderland”.

As you sit cozy at home, warm coffee cup in hand  and looking out the window at the frozen landscape, don’t hesitate to make bold plans for the future. After all, you are not the hibernating bear. You are the winter flower, a bloom which finds a way to thrive even as the rest of the world is falling asleep.


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Flower Spotlight: Carnations

This month we are spotlighting the carnation!

Carnation Origins

The carnation is a beautiful flower most likely native to the Mediterranean region. I say “most likely” because it has been so widely cultivated over the last 2,000 years that no one knows for sure the full range of this flower’s natural origins. Still, if you were to try growing your own carnations, you’d need well drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil and full sun. Certainly in keeping with a Mediterranean climate.

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Best reasons to Send Flowers in January!

Gray and blue don’t have to color this wintery month. We have some great reasons to send exciting flowers in January so not only can you help celebrate a special occasion, you can feel great about brightening someone else’s day… and your own!

1. Chinese New Year – Jan. 31st – Also referred to as the Lunar New Year, this traditional Chinese holiday is marked by bright red decor, big feasts, offerings to the spirits, and cleaning house to make way for good luck in the new year. Help someone near and dear to you celebrate good fortune and happiness with a bright Asian-inspired bouquet! Send flowers for their reunion dinner or as a wish for good luck in the coming year.

2. January Birthdays – You gotta love nature for creating flowers that are designed to bloom even in the gloomy cold seasons. So if there is a birthday to celebrate this month, January’s birth flower, the carnation, is ready to thrill and delight. Carnations are symbolic of love, fascination and distinction.

3. Beat The Winter Blues – Even if you don’t have a full blown case of seasonal affective disorder, long grey winters have a way of bringing everyone down. After the December holidays and marching right into the coldest days of the year in many climates, January is an especially hard month for sunny dispositions. Battle the winter blues by sending some bright flowers!

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Facebook Friday: December 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:

 

Memorial arrangement from The Petal Patch, Ltd. of McFarland, WI

The Petal Patch, Ltd. of McFarland, WI

A magnificent arrangement from Fancy Flowers in Hialeah, FL

Fancy Flowers in Hialeah, FL

Lovely arrangement from Sassy Floral and Design in Saint Anthony, ID

Sassy Floral and Design in Saint Anthony, ID

Creative holiday design from Tom Kenison AIFD of Crossroads Florist in Mahwah, NJ

Crossroads Florist, Mahwah, NJ

A gorgeous arrangement from Flowrama Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN

Flowerama Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN

Bouquet for a winter wedding by Monday Morniing Flower and Balloon Co. in Princeton, NJ

Monday Morning, Princeton, NJ

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Instagram Inspiration Jan 14 2014

Instagram Inspirations

Digital color filters and retro frames might not be needed to show off the beauty of these arrangements but it certainly doesn’t hurt. We selected our favorites from Instagram this week and we are loving the variety of styles!

We present 3 stellar florists who are great at fusing their own brand of creativity into their work.

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FSN Christmas Celebration!

Today we enjoyed a wonderful lunch together for our annual Flower Shop Network Christmas Party. The food was great, the company was better and the homemade desserts were to die for! To keep things interesting, we also held an Ugly Sweater Contest. I’ve never seen so many people wearing working lights! Take a moment to peruse through this photo tour of the FSN festivities and Happy Holidays!

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FLOWER CARE TIP Do not use scissors to cut your flowers because they can crush the stems and prevent water absorption.
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FSN’s Pinterest Picks Really feeling the purple this week when we searched through Pinterest for some great inspiration from talented florists. Take a closer look and you’ll see all those carefully crafted details that make these pieces so lovely and ready to deliver smiles!

January is Houseplant Appreciation Month! Houseplants are wonderful additions to your home. They add color, life and a touch of nature everyday. They give off oxygen that helps purify your home and they ask for so little care in return. This is the month to give them a little extra love and attention. Now that the holidays have passed, find a moment to check in with your plants and give them some TLC.

Suggest an Article: Car Wrapping Not too long ago, we asked our member florists to submit any ideas they had to use in future blog posts. We intentionally didn’t specify what kind of ideas we were looking for, and as a result, we received suggestions encompassing all aspects of the business. This will be the first in a series of articles wherein I take those tips and present them to you!

Valentine’s Day: It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Love! Valentine’s Day may be more than a month away, but that’s all the more reason to start planning your big day immediately! When it comes to love, you can never prepare too early. After all, “He who hesitates is lost.” By getting an early start, you’re guaranteed to have everything you need to make your significant other’s day magnificent!

Help make Flower Shop Network‘s monthly newsletter even better! Got questions? Have an idea for a story? With your help, we can make the FSN newsletter just what you want and need. You can drop us a note in the comment section on the blog or email us at social@flowershopnetwork.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

10 Fun and Touching Christmas Card Messages

Christmas flowers are the BEST flowers! Who wouldn’t love to receive a gorgeous bouquet from a loved one? What host/hostess wouldn’t want to be given a beautiful centerpiece or handcrafted wreath? The question isn’t whether or not to give flowers this holiday season, but rather what you should put on that blank card when you do?

We’re here to help!  Just look below for 10 fun and/or touching Christmas card messages.

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Christmas Card Messages

1. Hold this over your head, and we can pretend it’s mistletoe!

2. Christmas blessings to you and yours this holiday season.

3. Here’s a gift guaranteed to fit, and it won’t just hang in your closet like that sweater you got from Aunt Myrtle.

4. For my personal Christmas miracle.

5. How about we get a head start on making next year’s Naughty List?

6. Wishing you all the best this Christmas Day.

7. Hoping your day is filled with love and laughter.

8. Here’s a heaping helping of Holiday Cheer.

9. Thank you for all you do. Merry Christmas!

10. Sending you love and joy this holiday season.

Christmas is just around the corner. We know you have a lot to do before the big day, but don’t forget to order your flowers. They are the best decoration money can buy!

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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FLOWER CARE TIP Immediately remove dead or wilting leaves and stems from fresh flower arrangements.      More Flower Care Tips

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Enjoying a Thanksgiving Potluck with FSN! Flower Shop Network is going to be closed on Thanksgiving Day, so the FSN family chose to get together this Thursday for food and fellowship. We decided to go potluck style this year, and let me tell you, some of these folks can cook! Most of the food in these shots is homemade and it was all delicious. Enjoy the images, but let me tell you, the reality was fantastic!

Turn Holiday Frazzle Into Holi-dazzle! In the last few years Christmas style has changed dramatically. We’ve moved away from the traditional green and red to something completely unique. You now see Christmas trees in every color, holiday decorations in all sorts of styles, and so much more non-traditional decor than ever before.

Happy Kwanzaa! Make your Kwanzaa celebration beautiful and memorable this year with a special flower arrangement in the traditional Kwanzaa colors of red, green and black. Kwanzaa celebrations last 7 days; observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.

Help make Flower Shop Network‘s monthly newsletter even better! Got questions? Have an idea for a story? With your help, we can make the FSN newsletter just what you want and need. You can drop us a note in the comment section on the blog or email us at social@flowershopnetwork.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!