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Card Messages August 2016

It’s always nice to have a thoughtful message going hand in hand with an arrangement of stunning blooms. Below are card message ideas to inspire the act of giving and the writer in you!

International Friendship Day

“A true friend is the greatest of all blessings. I’m so thankful for you.”

“Thank you for your friendship throughout the years. I couldn’t imagine going through life without you.”

“Your friendship is a special gift, generously given, happily accepted, and deeply appreciated!”

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Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day

Secretaries, assistants, receptionists, and other administrative positions serve as the backbone of companies and businesses around the world. Don’t forget to recognize these outstanding employees next week for Administrative Professionals Day.

Over time this holiday has become one of the largest workplace celebrations. This year the holiday falls on Wednesday, April 27. Have some fun in the office celebrating with these creative ideas!

  • Office party
    Everyone loves to take a break from their normal routine for a casual office party. Have lunch catered in from your staff’s favorite restaurant and spend time bonding with your co-workers. You could even plan team bonding games like truth and a lie, use what you have, or watch where you step. Playing games is a great way to liven up the party and get people involved.
  • Compliment board
    Before your administrative staff arrives to work, tape a poster board on the wall next to their desk. At the top of the poster board write, “We Appreciate You.” Throughout the day your employees can stop by and list the reasons they appreciate your administrative professionals hard work. This is a great way to keep your staff smiling and happy the entire day!
  • Flowers, of course!
    Flowers are the most common gift for Administrative Professionals Day. They make the perfect present because they can be displayed and admired for several days. Choose the recipients favorite flowers and colors and make sure to have them delivered early.

Watch this hilarious throwback video and see how Ellen Degeneres celebrated Administrative Professionals Day!

Remember, keep all of your plans a secret and start planning early! Order a beautiful bouquet for Administrative Professionals Day today!

5 Fun and Appreciative Labor Day Card Messages

This year Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1st. (Well, the Monday part you probably already knew …) And on this day celebrating contributions made by the nations workers to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country, flowers make a fitting tribute. If you’re buying for friend’s or loved ones, you’ll want to put a little something special on the card. Let us help you out with the card messages below.

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5 Labor Day Card Messages

  1. Let these flowers make your day of fun and relaxation even brighter.
  2. I know I don’t always say it, but thank you for working so hard for our family.
  3. The greatest machine ever made can be rendered inoperable through the loss of a single cog. What you do matters.
  4. Party like it’s your last paid holiday until Thanksgiving because … well, it is.
  5. It’s a backyard BBQ, family around the picnic table and the last great hurrah of Summer. Have a great Labor Day.

But don’t think you’re only allowed to buy flowers for others. You’re a worker in this country too. Don’t hesitate to buy some for yourself as well. Remember, like Labor Day, flowers are for everyone!

Express Your Gratitude with Flowers this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an especially important time of year for the families of those men and women who died in military service. It is a time when the entire nation honors its fallen heroes, and that deceased family member gets some of the recognition he or she so richly deserves. What better gift can you offer these proud families who exist on this day in a state of mourning and pride than gorgeous flowers?

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Flowers for Memorial Day

Flowers have traditionally been laid at the graveside of deceased loved ones, and Memorial Day is no different. Many of those whose loved ones have died in service to this country choose to visit their graves on this last Monday in May to honor the ones they lost and leave a lovely floral bouquet. This gives the survivors an opportunity to remember the deceased as well as leave behind a living symbol of their loved one’s vibrant and beautiful life.

Flowers are also acceptable as gifts in memoriam to the surviving family of a deceased service man or woman. It makes the perfect offering to honor the memory of the one they lost.

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The Shop Around the Corner

When you buy flowers this Memorial Day, don’t forget that shop around the corner. Your local florist will have everything you need on-hand, and they can prepare something truly special for this important day. They are also there if you need to make any last minute purchases, and even those put together in a rush will be gorgeous and fresh.

So take a moment to remember those who fell in battle this Memorial Day, and give flowers purchased from your local florist!

Celebrating Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2011

When we think November, giving thanks usually comes to mind. Sure, there’s Thanksgiving… but there is a holiday before then that deserves more ‘thanks’ than we can ever give — Veterans Day. (November 11, 2011)

Veterans Day is the official day set aside to thank and remember all of our selfless, heroic veterans for the sacrifices they made in their lives to protect our freedom. Unlike Memorial Day, where we remember our lost heros, Veteran’s Day is for us to thank and celebrate ALL veterans, living or dead, wartime and peacetime.

How To Celebrate Veterans Day

  • Attend a Veteran’s Day program, concert or parade.
  • Wear a red, white and blue corsage or boutonniere.
  • Take a moment of silence at noon, on November 11, to honorably remember those who served and died.
  • Place red flowers, such as roses or carnations, or a red, white and blue bouquet at your local military memorials and monuments.
  • Contribute to a Veteran’s Day ceremony in your community.
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Use Lucky Flowers To Decorate For Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year DecorationThe Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year’s Eve is known as chú xī (除夕). It literally means “Year-pass Eve,” and is also a festive time just like the New Years Eve we have in the States. This Year, Chinese New Year starts on February 10rd in the US. 2013 is the year of the snake according to the Chinese Zodiac.

If you are throwing a Chinese New Year party, or simply celebrating at home with family, don’t forget the flowers! I know what you’re thinking… flowers for Chinese New Year? Well, yes. Flowers are actually very popular Chinese New Year decorations.

First of all, most florists don’t carry a specific Chinese New Year flower arrangements, however any florist will be happy to make a great custom flower arrangement or centerpiece for your celebration. Simply contact your local florist and explain to them you are wanting flowers for Chinese New Year. Here are a few suggestions for your florist:

Chinese New Year Colors:

Red – an emblem of joy, and this color also symbolizes virtue, truth and sincerity. It is thought to scare away evil spirits and bad fortune.

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian. Nian would come on the first day of New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. One year, people noticed that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the color red. Hence, every time when the Chinese New Year rolled around, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors.

Gold – gold is another favorite color of the Chinese New Year. Gold symbolizes fortune and prosperity, perfect symbols for a new year.

Chinese New Year Flowers:

Stress to your florist the use of reds, such as a red container or red flowers. (A golden pot would also make a good container) There are also flowers associated with Chinese New Year, but some might not be available from your local florists. Here are a few flower suggestions that should be available and their meanings:

Narcissus (daffodil) – means prosperity
Chrysanthemum – means longevity
Bamboo – means luck
Sunflower – means ‘to have a good year.’
Mandarin Oranges – fortune

Plum blossoms are also a favorite, but may be hard to find. In some places in China, plum trees are purchased much like Christmas trees for the Chinese New Year celebration.

If you are giving your Chinese New Year flowers as a gift, use the traditional red envelope as their enclosure card. The red envelopes are given out during Chinese New Year and almost always contain money of an even number. (Odd numbers are associated with cash giving during funerals.) The number 8 is considered lucky and most of the red envelopes given in the US contain $8.

You might also write a traditional Chinese New Year greeting on your envelope:

The first translates to “Happy New Year” and the second is “Congratulations and be Prosperous”

So remember, if you’re looking for great floral Chinese New Year decorations, contact your florist and custom order something special! Search Flower Shop Network’s florist directory to find a real local florist near you! If you aren’t sure how to custom order a Chinese New Year flower arrangement, send them a link to this article!

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6. Express Gratitude with Fall Flowers

Beautiful Fall FlowersThanksgiving Day is the perfect time to brighten the season with fall flowers. The colors alone are enough to bring a smile to a loved one’s face or bring warmth to a cold November day with shades of red, gold, orange, brown and plum. Flowers communicate in ways that other decorations can’t. They say that the day is blessed and the guests or recipients are valued.When you add the natural beauty and aroma of a fall flower arrangement to the aromas associated with Thanksgiving…

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5. All About The Cornucopia – The Horn of Plenty

lush-cornucopia-arrayThe cornucopia is a time-honored symbol of abundance, long associated with Thanksgiving. However, it was symbolic well before this holiday existed. The word ‘cornucopia’ actually dates back to the 5th century BC. It derives from two Latin words: “cornu,” meaning horn (as in the name of that one-horned creature, the “unicorn”) and “copia,” meaning plenty (a relative of such words as “copious” and “copy”). Thus, “cornucopia” literally means horn of plenty

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4. Thanksgiving Card Snippets

18) (Funny) Hoping these will sway your answer to the most important question of the day–Do I have to wear one of those funny pilgrim hats to dinner?

19) Wishing you warm and heartfelt blessings this holiday season.

20) May the turkey be plump and your tummy full. Or is it the other way around? Happy Thanksgiving!

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3. Say Hello To Falls Abundant Beauty

Gratitude With Fall FlowersNeed a gift for a Thanksgiving celebration? Throwing a festive fall party but need something to liven up the decorations? This fall flowers centerpiece is for you. Fall flowers add cheer faster than Uncle Bob’s silly jokes, so fall in love with the Abundant Beauty centerpiece this year. Don’t be surprised if your other decorations get jealous. Candle wreaths are very popular but the “Abundant Beauty” centerpiece adds a great deal to the traditional idea…

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2. Fresh Flower Decorating Tips For Fall

There are a lot of ways to decorate a home for fall. For starters, you’re going to need plenty of fresh flowers. Dried and preserved will work, of course, but there is something sensuous and inviting about fresh flowers. They just start the season off right. Besides, as the leaves begin to fall and the colors burst then fade, you’re going to like having the fresh flowers around as you welcome winter weather into your home.

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1. The Perfect Hostess Gift For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving CenterpieceEvery year I’m invited to an elaborate Thanksgiving party, and must greet the occasion with an air of Southern hospitality. Many people have heard the common rule, “Never arrive to a party empty-handed.” It’s one of those understood rules of etiquette that can be a bit hard to carry out in a unique way for yearly occasions such as Thanksgiving gatherings. However, I recently learned of a very fun and festive gift for the hostess.

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