Fresh Flower Rentals for your wedding day!

You said yes!  Congratulations!  Such an exciting time in your life – from choosing the venue, selecting your dress, and right up to planning the smallest details surrounding your dream day – it’s a whirlwind of activity, advice coming from all angles and yes, expenses!  Having taken the time to research what various venues charge, meal plans, accomodations and other various aspects of the wedding industry cost, it doesn’t always surprise my that there is little left in the budget for flowers.  That’s ok, one thing I tell all my couples, spend your  money on what is important to you!  That said, you want your day to be perfect right? You’ve put a good chunk of money towards a gorgeous venue, you look amazzzzinnggg in that dress, your color palette is the Pinterest board of your dreams? Let me help you complete that vision with the flowers of your dreams and save you, that’s right SAVE YOU MONEY, on your wedding day! 

Being the first florist in New Hampshire to partner with this genius team, I am beyond excited to introduce you all to Bloomerent!  All across Facebook, Twitter and many other social platforms, I see daily, couples looking to purchase everything from linens, to decorations and even dresses from other newlyweds in hopes of saving money.  How was I going to compete with all of the bulk floral companies offering online purchases for the DIY couple?  Then I found Bloomerent!  You can rent virtually every other element for your wedding day, why not flowers!!

What is this Bloomerent I am talking about? It’s pretty simple, Bloomerent is a marketplace to share your wedding or event flowers with another event in close proximity. In short, it allows couples to list, discover and book their florist and flowers directly on the website. Sharing your flowers helps you save money without sacrificing quality and helps reduce floral waste.  Since flowers have a shelf life of 3-14 days, depending on the flower, and are usually discarded after a 5-hour event, bloomerent allows me to match two events in close proximity and allow them to share their flowers and save money, just for going green. 

Why would you want to reuse someone else’s flowers besides the fact you are saving money? Won’t the flowers die by the time your wedding is over?  The short answer is no, they don’t! The long answer is that when your significant other buys you flowers, you don’t throw them away after a few hours, right? That’s because flowers last for days, sometimes weeks, depending on the flower and care. If a flower is wilted, we will replace it with a new stem. Bloomerent only partners  directly with the best florists in your area, so that you can rest assured knowing that your blooms will always be fresh and new for your event.

While I could go on and on about this new and fabulous opportunity I am a  part of, I’ll simply invite you to contact ​​me directlyand we can discuss all the benefits and I am happy to answer any of your questions so that you CAN have those flowers you wanted but possibly didn’t think you could afford!   

We can discuss whether you are an A Event – and want to call the shots for your flowers from start to finish and then share them earning cash back, or whether you are a B event  and like knowing that someone with a clear vision, from the type of flower down to the color, put everything together with a florist and all you have to do is say yes to getting them next and saving up to 60%! 

Flowers in the Work place – A must have!

Flowers and plants do much more than beautify an office environment – they are a workplace reward that actually provides benefits back to the company and are proven to mean the difference between mild and great business success!  

For businesses always looking to gain a competitive edge, the answer is quite simple – a happy, productive workforce!  Implementing  flowers and plants provides a sense of nature and research demonstrates that workers idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills are substantially improved! 

Shown here, double spiked stems of Phaleanopsis Orchids in an elegant container perfect for an entry or waiting room area.

While we already are aware of how natural surroundings affect people in different scenarios with regardes to psychological well-being, stress and health, it should be equally important to understand what features can improve performance at work and make employees more productive.  

Custom made Mobilane living wall panel

When we suffer the loss of a loved one, flowers bring us comfort.  While recovering from illness, flowers work to bring our spirits up and regain our health.  In the same way, employees entering into a workplace where they are greeted with a fresh bouquet of flowers, their sense of being in a “living space” greatly benefits their well being.  

A couple of  findings from a from an 8 month study at the Texas A&M University.  

  • Men who participated in the study generated 30% more ideas when working in an environment that included flowers and plants.
  • Females generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems in workplace environments that included flowers and plants.

Depending on available space and lighting conditions, there are many options available for the smart business that is looking to take a significant step towards happier and more productive employees.  The reception area is often the first place people visit when entering into an office – whether it be an employee or visitor, a gorgeous arrangement of fresh flowers will start the day with a smile.  

 Another great location to consider flowers and plant placement is in boardrooms.  With tension running high at times during meetings, de-stress with a collection of seasonal flowers on the table, reminding those attending of the simple things in life. 

 

 

 

Choosing the right florist for your office environment is key!  They should be willing to visit and assess your needs along with recommend various types of plants and flowers that fit your decor.  Additionally, tending to your plants and flowers should also be part of their services.  Regular watering, tending to browning leaves, even replacement if necessary, should all be a part of ensuring your beautiful surroundings continue to bring joy to your staff!

 

 

Time to “Think Spring”

Hurray for some warm weather in New Hampshire!  Can’t really complain I suppose, while we have had a few crazy storms, overall, this winter hasn’t been bad at all!  Especially since Mother Nature was kind to us florists this Valentines Day and gave us an opportunity to deliver all kinds of love!

I won’t lie… Valentine’s Day takes a toll on most florists!  Preparing weeks in advance, pre-ordering flowers, cutting and conditioning them and stocking our coolers – it’s a little hectic to say the least!  

For this florist, after weeks of dealing with the same products.. roses, stargazer lilies and carnations, just to name a few, I find that my creative juices take a bit of a hit!  Don’t get me wrong, I still love my job, and as I often say “I don’t feel like I work a day in my life”, I start to itch to work with something different!  Buckets washed, coolers cleaned, it was time to restock.  I have a wonderful local distributor and my salesman Fred, well, he is amazing!  As I wandered through their vast amount of product this week, he patiently waited, watched and a few times, changed up my order details in my efforts to select product that would rekindle that creative process.  He knows how important it is to me to deliver the best, the freshest and the most gorgeous flowers possible to my customers!  With Spring on it’s way, I was drawn to the selection of tulips in stock, particularly, the double variety – so pretty!  

More wandering and I spotted some decadent, hot pink Gerbera Daisies!  I grabbed a few other things then snatched up a buch of pink Veronica!  A recipe would come to me, of that I was sure, that would be perfect for a certain someone!  Within minutes of my departure, I got a call for a birthday order for a special gal who loved Daisies – after allowing everything to get a nice long drink in my coolers, I found myself slowly getting back into the groove!  The delivery this morning was met with a gasp from the birthday gal and left me glowing with the knowledge that my mojo was back!  

Enjoy the beatiful day everyone “think spring” and remember, always choose a local florist who will put the time and effort into creating an arrangement that is sure to brighten your loved ones day! 

Romance, Family Fun and February Awareness!

So while I typically blog about floral related things, as I sit here watching the snow blustering around out there, I thought I might share a little more infomation regarding Valentine’s Day with you as well as share some fun crafts that you can do with your kids this year!

First off, a little more information about the month of February!  Did you know that this month from Feb. 7th through the 14th is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week? I did a little research and came across a non-profit that started in Boston, MA called “Mended Little Hearts” – Founded when 4 heart surgery patients came together to discuss their experiences, they now have several chapters through the country and offer families and patients affected by CHDs the opportunity to share experiences and resources as members of a nationwide peer-to-peer support network. What a fabulous organization!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a mixed bag!  Some love it and some hate it!  Valentine’s Day!  Some people say “I show them I love them every day – why should we celebrate on February 14th?” There is a good amount of history out there in cyber space that shares the origins of the day and information about one Saint Valentine – here is a great article that I came across and keeps it pretty simple!

Now for the fun stuff!  Looking to get creative with your family this week!  Here is a  crafty way to keep busy!

DIY Valentine Suckers! (Think, leftover candycanes from Christmas!) 

 

Ingredients:
  • candy canes
  • parchment or wax paper
  • sucker sticks or decorative straws cut in half
  • white and milk chocolate chips
  • sprinkles
  • toothpick (optional)

 

Creating the Candy Cane Hearts:
1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees and arrange the candy canes on the baking sheet.
2. Bake for about 3 minutes.
3. Shape the candy canes together with fingers so that they stick to the sucker stick.
4. Let cool and set aside.
Decorating the Hearts:
1. Microwave the chips for about 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until melted.
2. Pour the melted chips inside the heart shape and decorate with sprinkles.
 
Enjoy, Stay Warm, Stay Safe and Share the love always! 

Jungle Love – Wild about flowers!

 When the talented team from Water’s Edge Salon and Spa first announced that they were doing a photo shoot in conjuction with one of the top schools in this area, I knew that I needed to be a part! A little about Water’s Edge, before i jump into my experience corroborating with them for the shoot – This group of gals is amazing! From my first visit to their facility, I knew I would be a long and loyal customer! Everything from the ambiance, their commitment to giving their customers an experience that far surpasses their expectations, and the knowlege they have regarding what they do and the products and services they provide, absolutely had me hooked! Add in Cucumber water that was to die for and the relationship was sealed!  In a nutshell, the Water’s Edge Team is just regular people with a lot of ambition and determination to provide the best care and service available in the beauty profession.

Now back to my story!  For months I thought about what I was going to use for the shoot… I consulted with my growers and distributors, bouncing ideas off them, only to change my mind again and again.  One of the tough things was that I was not going to be able to meet my model prior to the shoot, that’s right, I was going to meet her the day of and really hope that I nailed it!  Oh, I did aquire a peice of the, little bit of clothing,  that she was going to be wearing, to work with, so I had that at least!  Tropical, jungle, tropical – all kinds of exotic options filled my mind – headdresses, wearable flowers, the possibilities were endless!  Do I use orchids, anthuriums… I still wasn’t sure, all I did know was that it was going to be spectacular!  I didn’t lose sleep over it because after all, its flowers, all gorgeous in nature and as it always does, things tend to fall into place.

The morning of the shoot, I arrived at Pinkerton Academy’s cosmetology school – located on their campus in Derry, NH, giddy with excitement!  Again, I am working with an amazing team of teachers and designers and additionally, the students studying there, were going to see first hand what devoted artists could pull together!    

As I walked in with my pieces, eyes widened, smiles spread, and even some mouths dropped – mission accomplished, I set about to find the gal who would be decked out in floral finery!  Her makeup being applied by the talented Danielle White, her hair up in a bun, she was ready to go!  I gently slipped her head dress on, secured it and stood back to survey – it was perfect!!  

Did I mention snakes were involved?? 

Slipping into the changing station, I helped her get in to her next item of floral art and again, perfect fit!  The bandeaux consisted, like the head dress, of Mokara orchids, Cymbidium Orchids, exotic, yet not too much for her small frame – add in some strategically places blades of grass and voila, a masterpiece!

Extra flowers? Always!  These completed the look for another of the models, complimenting her face and body and gave her the wow factor as well!  

An amazing day, with amazing talent makes me want to roarrrrrr!!