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Creative Flower Shops And Their Latest Christmas Floral Designs

I have to admit, probably my favorite part of this job is looking at all of the beautiful pictures of flower arrangements posted on our Facebook wall every day. I am always astounded at the creative and out-of-the-box methods florists use to create incredibly unique holiday arrangements every year. No two are ever alike! The way florists keep it fresh every year stems from their creative abilities. I love these beautiful holiday flowers, and I know you will too…

Silver Ball Christmas Flowers Cranberries & Popcorn With Lilies Festive Green & Yellow Holiday Arrangement

The three pictures above are all from the talented Tom of Crossroads Florist in Mahwah, NJ. Tom decorates the lobby of the same hotel every week, and it always looks outstanding! These three are the holiday designs he’s created this year, and we LOVE how creative and unique they are! Instead of going with the traditional red and green, Tom has chosen small details of the season to highlight. The white and silver for winter; the cranberry and popcorn as hints of Christmas tree garland traditions, and the green tree ornaments mixed with mesh and star-like orchids. Fabulous work, Crossroads!

Blue Christmas Tree

We can’t leave off this beautiful BLUE Christmas tree also shared with us by Tom at Crossroads Florist. Done for a large corporate lobby, this uniquely hued tree is sure to catch everyone’s attention! The blue used is so vibrant and vivid; we love it!

Calla Christmas Centerpieces With Red Ornaments

We love these festive, holiday centerpieces created by the talented designers at The Enchanted Florist in Asheville, NC. These designs feature the elegance of sleek, curved Calla lilies, mixed with the traditional Christmas cedar and a various of red ornaments. Janet, owner of The Enchanted Florist says, “Christmas Centerpiece doesn’t always have to be the same ole thing.” And she’s definitely right! These were for a corporate Christmas party in her city.

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December’s Favorite Arrangement

December Favorite Arrangement

Can you believe it’s the first of December already? The holiday season is in full force. With the big sales after Thanksgiving and everyone getting their Christmas shopping done early, it’s no wonder most people are taking time in early December to relax. What better way to de-stress than by ordering beautiful flowers for your home?

This December, our favorite flower arrangement is Winter Wishes. This non-traditional design is perfect for those wanting a little fun in their holiday decor. It features everyone’s favorite flowers, red Gerbera daisies along with shimmery silver ornaments that ring in the Christmas Spirit! With it’s bright red carnations and playful white snapdragons, this flower arrangement is perfect for all ages. Move over poinsettia, this fun holiday design is coming through!

Remember, always shop local when buying flowers. Flower Shop Network is here to help you connect to a real local florist.

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10 Easy Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

10 Easy Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier ever year. If you haven’t already got your tree up, here are a few easy tips to make your Christmas tree look extraordinary.

  • ‘Fluff’ all of the limbs on your tree. If your tree is fake, take the time to ungroup all of the branches on every limb, try to fill in every hole. Yes it takes time, but it will make your fake tree look fuller, and more real-to-life.
  • Extra ‘fluff’ the bottom limbs. Don’t let your tree just cut off at the bottom, pull branches down with limbs pointing slightly upward to make it look rounded and natural.
  • Inside out. Add shiny, ‘filler’ ornaments to the inside first to make it look more full.
  • Let ornaments hang. Do your best to let your ornaments hang naturally and not get caught up on limbs below. Even if you have to adjust the wire-branches around each ornament, it will look much better than if it was stuck on a branch. Also, the branches you adjust will fill in more holes.
  • Adjust ornaments with faces. If you have ornaments with faces, point them in a natural position. Example: little bird clip-ons – adjust the wire in the tree branches to have them sitting straight and looking in the direction you want.
  • Use garland in new ways. Garland doesn’t have to be the same old tinsel wrapped around the tree over and over again. Try using beads, ribbon, pearls, etc instead of traditional garland. Hang it in new ways, such as vertically down the tree, or weave it in-and-out in big loops. [Read more…]

Celebrating the Holidays At FSN

It’s no secret, Christmas is our favorite holiday here at Flower Shop Network. We can hardly wait to take down our Thanksgiving decor and trade it in for Christmas trees and holiday lights. It could be because we are spoiled with a delicious, catered lunch, or the dozens of presents (mostly ridiculously silly, gag gifts, but those are the best, hah!) under the 5 trees! So, here’s a little tour of what we’ve got going on this year:

Christmas Card From Kinley

Christmas isn’t complete without our annual Christmas card from Kinley!

Christmas Cards

Here are a few of the Christmas cards we’ve gotten at FSN! Thank you guys! [Read more…]

Give Flowers This Christmas — They Always Fit!

Have someone on your list who’s just impossible to buy for? Either they have EVERYTHING or are so PICKY it’s a hopeless mission finding anything they would like. Well here’s a little help…

Surprising With Christmas Flowers

Send Christmas Flowers From Your Local FloristThis year, don’t stress yourself over finding the perfect gift for them, send Christmas flowers. Nothing lifts the spirits like a beautiful bouquet of fresh blooms, which is exactly what we need in the later part of December. Add an element of surprise by sending flowers to your picky recipient’s office. (Especially great if the person you have in mind is a boss or co-worker!) They will be thrilled to be the envy of everyone at the water cooler.  Sending flowers to one’s work doesn’t always have to be done by the hubby or boyfriend, but it IS ALWAYS a great surprise!

Perfect Gift With The Holiday Hostess In Mind

If your recipient is as fast paced as you are during the holidays, give them a gift certificate from your local florist. This is an especially great gift for someone who hosts a lot of parties, or simply loves to decorate their home. They can use the certificate just before their big New Years party for a stunning, winter centerpiece.

Send Flowers All Year Long

If your picky someone-special’s gift budget is bigger than a bouquet of Christmas flowers, ask your florist about their year round flowers club. Many local florists have a special year round flowers program. This would be quite a special gift! (I know I’d love it!) Each month, your giftee will receive a new bouquet of fresh flowers (matching the appropriate season or holiday) to decorate their home. Who wouldn’t LOVE that?

So the next time you’re stressing over what to buy rich Aunt Sally or your picky big sister Karen for Christmas, think flowers — they ALWAYS fit.

This post is brought to you by local Charleston WV florists.
Not in Charleston? No worries, use Flower Shop Network’s handy directory of local florists to find a florist near you.

FSN’s Top 10 Best of Christmas

We’ve written tons of Christmas articles over the years, here at Flower Shop Network. This season, we are bringing you are top 10 favorites!

10. At Christmas, All Roads Lead Home — Don’t Forget To Bring Flowers!

Fun Christmas Flower ArrangementThis Christmas, take home a gorgeous flower arrangement, in a style everyone will love! Whether it’s for mom, the wife, girlfriend, family or friends — everyone is sure to love Seasonal Style. This is our hands-down favorite for this month! It’s unique colors and shiny Christmas ornaments make this a holiday flower arrangement you won’t soon forget!

Read more about bringing flowers home for Christmas.

9. Christmas Card Messages That’ll Have You Dancing Around The Tree

Ever feel like the right Christmas message is on the tip of your tongue but you can’t seem to get it on the enclosure card? Local florists have the holiday spirit wrapped up. After seeing hundreds of Christmas card messages over the years, they have a pretty good handle on how to send the right message along with beautiful Christmas flowers.

Continue reading for the best in Christmas Card Messages.

8. The Many Uses of Christmas Flowers: Gifts, Tips, Decorations & More!

Christmas Flower ArrangementRed poinsettias, ‘Casa Blanca’ lilies, and the scent of fresh Christmas greens are the basis for many Christmas decorations.  Sure flowers make great decorations, but what about sending flowers as Christmas gifts?  Flowers are a fantastically appropriate gift for Christmas and other religious holidays. You won’t have to worry if they are the right size, shape, or color.  You can rest assured they won’t already have one.  Whether you use flowers for decorations or as a gift, now is the time to explore the world of Christmas flowers. [Read more…]

Charlotte Florist Dazzles Christmas Parties With Fresh Flowers

Joel from Flowers PlusThis article was contributed by guest author, Joel Houston with the help of Micheal Mancinelli, from Flowers Plus in Charlotte NC. Charlotte is a very traditional city, and the wave of contemporary elegance is just starting to catch on. Flowers Plus is on the foreground of this movement, so Flower Shop Network invited them to share their holiday experiences with us.

This season brings lots of holiday parties, and flowers certainly play a very special role. At Flowers Plus, we couldn’t be more excited. This year, we have had the opportunity to showcase our design work, along with other top florists in Charlotte NC, at Holiday House 2010 which benefits local medical charities.

We were selected for the prominent position of the upstairs foyer, which featured a sixteen foot wide French doorway that leads to the main balcony, located on the front of the home. We chose to place the main Christmas tree for the family in this room.

The theme for this holiday event was “Dazzling“, and we dazzled with a Christmas tree completely decorated with fresh flowers. Everyone was talking about how beautiful and different it was to have the tree decorated with fresh flowers. It was all the rage!


Fresh Flower Christmas Tree Decorations

This year, one of the hottest Christmas colors we’ve seen is a vivid, apple green. To bring out this color, we used beautiful Dendrobium orchid sprays, with fragrant ‘Casa Blanca’ lilies, star-of-Bethlehem, hot-pink heather and blushing, ‘Porcelina’ roses. We also used these in a large, holiday floral arrangement at the top of the stairs to compliment the tree.

Fresh Flower Christmas Tree Matching Christmas Flower Arrangement

Holiday Flower Arrangement Matching The Fresh Flower Christmas Tree

The trend at Flowers Plus this year is refined elegance — bold, monochromatic flower arrangements that are very lush and full in contemporary containers. However, traditional Christmas floral designs with our special touch, are always available as well. We offer a wide variety of fresh flowers and evergreens. Flowers Plus LogoBold Amaryllis in white, red and crimson, fragrant paper whites, ‘Casa Blanca’ lilies, bells-of-Ireland, ‘Charlotte’ roses, star-of-Bethlehem, calla lilies and orchids are just a few of the many varieties we offer here at our Charlotte flower shop to make your holiday season special.

When using high-end products, it sets an elegant tone that so many look forward to this time of year, and it really just makes everyone feel special. Flowers are a luxury and allow each person to make a luxurious statement about themselves and their individual style.

Whether you’re in Charlotte, or as far away as Butte, Montana, elegant floral arrangements make the perfect accompaniment to your holiday decor.

Happy Holiday’s to everyone from the Staff at Flowers Plus.

If you’re a florist with a great story or neat idea you’d like to share, contact us at social@flowershopnetwork.com with your ideas, to find out how to become a guest writer for the Bloomin’ Blog.

FSN’s Bloomin’ Newsletter For December

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Christmas Is Here At Last

We couldn’t possibly have a newsletter in December without making it all about the holidays! Here, we have highlighted some of our favorite posts from this month. So keep reading for great Christmas ideas, tips and fun!

FSN’s Favorite Flower Arrangement For December

Fun Christmas Flower ArrangementAt Christmas, All Roads Lead Home — Don’t Forget To Bring Flowers! This Christmas, take home a gorgeous flower arrangement, in a style everyone will love! Whether it’s for mom, the wife, girlfriend, family or friends — everyone is sure to love Seasonal Style. This is our hands-down favorite for this month! It’s unique colors and shiny Christmas ornaments make this a holiday flower arrangement you won’t soon forget!

If you can’t make it home for Christmas, flowers make the perfect gift! Simply call up your hometown, local florist, or use Flower Shop Network’s handy local florist directory to find a local florist. They will create a spectacular design, (this one’s great, but pick your favorite!) and deliver it right on time to the one you love!

Glitz & Glam: This Ain’t Your Momma’s Christmas Decor

Are you tired of the traditional red and green we see every year at this time? You’re not alone. Many people are opting for a more quirky Christmas look. This year, opt for the Glitz & Glam Christmas!

Contemporary Christmas Tree Contemporary Christmas Wreath

For this outrageous look, channel your inner child and go wild and crazy when selecting your Christmas decorations and ornaments. Pick bright and playful contemporary colors like hot pink and electric blue. Use over-sized Christmas ornaments and trendy Christmas tree picks to take your look to the next level (literally).

See more Glitz & Glam Christmas Decor…

Point The Way To Christmas With Beautiful Poinsettias! [Read more…]

Glitz & Glam: This Ain’t Your Momma’s Christmas Decor

Are you tired of the traditional red and green we see every year at this time? You’re not alone. Many people are opting for a more quirky Christmas look. This year, opt for the Glitz & Glam Christmas!

For this outrageous look, channel your inner child and go wild and crazy when selecting your Christmas decorations and ornaments. Pick bright and playful contemporary colors like hot pink and electric blue. Use over-sized Christmas ornaments and trendy Christmas tree picks to take your look to the next level (literally).

Glitter, glitter, glitter! Everything on your Glitz & Glam Christmas tree should be sparkly and youthful. This is a great look for anyone who wants something more fun and contemporary this Christmas.

Glitz & Glam Contemporary Christmas Tree Decorations Glitz & Glam Christmas Tree

The Glitz & Glam Christmas is the perfect holiday theme for teens, college girls, or the gal who’s just young at heart. Go beyond the Christmas tree and decorate your house with all of the fun of the Glitz & Glam style. Have your florist create an amazing Christmas wreath with all of your favorite wild-child colors: hot pink, electric blue, neon green, etc.

Glitz & Glam Contemporary Christmas Wreath Contemporary Christmas Ornaments

Imagine the Glitz & Glam Christmas party: bright colors, playful lights, and the wildest Christmas decor you can think of~! Use over-sized, glittery ornaments and feathery boas for great mantel decor — don’t forget the colorful stockings!! If you are throwing a dinner party, have your florist create a fun, contemporary Christmas centerpiece that’s sure to set your glamorous mood.

So, if you’re looking to spice up your holidays, try gettin’ your bling on and decorating with Glitz & Glam style!

This post is brought to you by local Charlotte NC florists.
Not in Charlotte? No worries, use Flower Shop Network’s handy local florist directory to find a florist near you!

Flower Shop Network Is On The Road Again!

Unique Christmas Decoration from the AIFD Boston Symposium

Flower Shop Network is on the road again! This weekend, August 6-8th, we will be at the TSFA/CTPFA Convention in Franklin, TN. The Tennessee State Florists’ Association and Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association have came together to produce this fabulous show!

It will be the Tennessee State Florist’s Association’s 58th annual convention, and the Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association’s 35th annual Christmas show.

We expect to learn lots and get in the mood for Christmas! (Ahh!) As always, we will pass along all we learn to you, the florists!

We’d love to meet you! Let us know if you’re going to be there, post a comment below..