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5 Reasons to Send Flowers February ’17

Valentine’s day isn’t the only reason to send flowers in February! Surprise them with flowers on a day that may seem ordinary. Celebrate all month long with these unique reasons to send!

National Wear Red Day- February 3rd

Is there a special woman in your life who has or is battling heart disease? National Wear Red Day is a day meant to raise awareness for heart disease in women. Send her a beautiful bouquet filled with red flowers. You could even have a boutineer or corsage made to wear to celebrate! [Read more…]

Flowers and the Colors of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is coming, and celebrations will be ramping up soon. But the festivities are not merely restricted to New Orleans. People celebrate Mardi Gras with family and friends all over the country. If you’re looking for tips to see you through this Mardi Gras season, let me show you the perfect decoration for any Mardi Gras themed get-together. That’s right, I’m talking about flowers!

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The Colors of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras decoration is all about the colors. Look at any picture of Mardi Gras floats and you’ll quickly see the theme. But why those colors? In 1872, the Krewe of Rex was founded. The organization was created to put on a spectacle for visiting Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia and to entice tourists to visit a post-civil war New Orleans.

The krewe designed elaborate floats and quickly became a fixture in the Mardi Gras parade. An individual is chosen annually to represent the krewe as their Rex (the latin word for king) as the self proclaimed “King of Carnival”. The first reigning Rex chose the colors and assigned them meanings. Many of its traditions, not just the colors, were adapted by other krewes and are a traditional part of the Mardi Gras celebration to this day.

The colors and their meanings are as follows:

  1. Purple – Justice
  2. Gold – Power
  3. Green – Faith

A Floral Tradition

Flowers are a long-standing tradition in Mardi Gras decoration. Almost every float has some variation of floral accent. And for those who can’t make it to New Orleans this year, flowers mark one of the easiest and most attractive ways to decorate for your party. The colors of Mardi Gras could not have been more perfectly chosen. Purples, greens and golds are prevalent in the floral world, and some of the most popular flowers come in those hues.

So don’t let Mardi Gras pass unremarked, contact your local florist and get ready for a PARTY!

4Florists: Mardi Gras Promotions (Just in Time for Valentine’s Day)

You don’t have to live in New Orleans to celebrate Fat Tuesday.  Officially, Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 12th, but you should start your promotions by at least the 4th, if not sooner. I know what you’re thinking… “but but but.. that’s VALENTINES DAY. I can’t be bothered with Mardi Gras.” While that’s true, I’ll show you some quick and easy promotions you can do that won’t get in the way of your Valentines Day marketing plan. Because this holiday occurs so close to the biggest floral holiday of the year, take advantage of this time to spread the word about your flower shop!

"Mardi Gras" Flower ArrangementFind Your Target

You know your community better than anyone else. What groups can you promote Mardi Gras flowers and gifts to and be the most effective? If you live in an area where the holiday is widely observed, this will be easy, but if not, you might need your marketing thinking cap for this one. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Coffee Shops
  • Collegiate hangouts
  • Hotels
  • Casinos
  • Anywhere!

What They Want/Need & How To Make It Work For You

Contact all of the above businesses in your area, and anyone else you think might want a little more ‘fun’ with their [Read more…]

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! — Let the Good Times Roll!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Don your most elaborate and colorful costumes; gather your beads and doublooms— it’s Mardi Gras time! As they say, laissez les bons temps rouler — Let the Good Times Roll!

Mardi Gras Flower CostumesMardi Gras Facts:

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.

Mardi Gras 2012 is February 21st.

Typical Mardi Gras celebrations include parades, dancing, food, and drinking.

Mardi Gras began in New Orleans on February 24, 1857 with the first parade.

Mardi Gras is the anything goes holiday. The original purpose was to eat rich, fattier foods before the ritual fasting of Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the world by those with French or Catholic heritage.

The largest Mardi Gras festival is in New Orleans, USA.

Mardi Gras traditions date back to medieval France.

Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold.

The Capitaine is the man who leads the Mardi Gras precession.

The traditional Mardi Gras song is La Danse de Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras begins 47 days before Easter.

In the Mardi Gras colors, purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold represents power.

A famous traditional Mardi Gras food is the Kings Cake. Before eating, a plastic baby is inserted in each King Cake. The person who finds the baby is deemed the “King” or “Queen” and will bring the King Cake to the next King Cake party. They are decorated in traditional Mardi Gras colors and styles.

But, I live no where near New Orleans, why should I celebrate Mardi Gras?

Easy Tips For Celebrating Mardi Gras

  • Mardi Gras Home Decor – A little festivity never hurt anyone! Add some fun to your life with a glitzy Mardi Gras flower arrangement from your local florist.
  • Mardi Gras Parties – Have a Mardi Gras themed party! You and your friends can get together and enjoy a delicious King’s Cake and other yummy food. Don’t forget to decorate your own feathery masks and don as many beads as your necks can handle!
  • Mardi Gras Decorations For Business’ – If you own or manage a business, especially a restaurant or pub, Mardi Gras decorations are an easy way to add a little festivity and fun. Advertise Fat Tuesday specials, and ask your local florist to create a show-stopping arrangement that’s sure to sweep your customers off their feet.

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