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Monday February 4th 2019

Avas Favorite Celebrity Power Couples

With Valentines Day right around the corner, we wanted to talk about some power couples that have inspired us to make grand romantic gestures. These couples have made a great impact on their various industries as well as our heart strings 

Beyonce & Jay – Z

Beyonce & Jay-Z have given us the blue print for fairy tale romances in the modern day. In 2012, Beyonce reportedly purchased a private Jet for J’s Fathers day gift. Jay has reportedly purchased an ISLAND for Beyonce for her 29th birthday. These two are crazy in love with each other and we’re blessed to have seen this romance blossom over the past 2 decades. 

Beyonce & Jay-Z

Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick

This is one of our favorite couples by far! SJP & Matthew Broderick has been married for over 20 years now. #Goals They married in secret in 1997 with only 100 wedding guests in a small venue on the lower east side. This couple regularly gives each other the best gift a couple can get. Regular date nights. It may not be as fancy sounding as other Celebs, but the gift of your presence, should always be a great present for your significant other. 

Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick

 Cardi B & Offset

This couple is new to scene,  but making a huge splash nonetheless and we love it! Recently Cardi B and the Migos rapper, Offset hit a tiny bump in their relationship, but Offset thought of a way back into her good graces. Offset spent $15k on a flower arrangement that he delivered to Cardi B. during her rolling load set. Reportedly it took 6 designers to put his “Take Me Back Cardi” arrangement using 2,000 stems of roses. Beautiful. 

Cardi B & Offset

 Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi

Here at Avas Flowers we absolutely love Ellen! She always has such pretty floral arrangements on her show set. #ShowtimeGoals. For Ellen’s 60th birthday, Portia came onto the show to present her wife with a gift she wouldn’t soon forget.  Portia donated to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Ellens name. The donation was so large that that the conservation center was able to create a permanent home on one of its campuses. This was such a thoughtful gift, we would be remise if we didn’t mention it. #LoveWins

Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi

Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell

This power couple has been bringing  joy and entertaining our families for the past 30 years! According to Goldie Hawn, they fell in love on set of a movie 34 years ago. Their most recent gift to us was their amazing Christmas card posted to Goldie Hawns account. #RelationshipPhotoGoals

Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell

Seth Rogen & Lauren Miller

If you’re like us then you heard that famous Seth Rogen laugh in your head as soon as you read his name. Seth has bought us so many classic comedies that we will forever hold dear to our hearts.  Movies like Superbad, Pineapple Express & The Neighbors, just to name a few. Recently he produced a different kind of movie that moved us in a different way. Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren created a Comedic Charity Show on Netflix called Hilarity For Charity. The proceeds from this show and charity are going towards finding new  treatments and hopefully a cure for Alzheimers.  This charity means so much to this couple because Seth’s Wifes Mother is afflicted with the disease. Not only is this an amazing gift to gift his wife & mother in law, but the world. 

Seth Rogen & Lauren Miller

Posted by Ava Rose in Special Events Flowers
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Thursday January 31st 2019

Favorite Flowers of 7 First Ladies in the White House

Flowers have been a part of White House history from the beginning, and a lot of work goes into the displays for all of the ceremonies and events. Many of the First Ladies played a huge role in decorating and arranging of these flowers. Ever wonder what type of flowers each First Lady liked best? Here are just a few.

Ellen Wilson - Roses

While previous first ladies did pay attention to the flowers and decor of the White House, Ellen Wilson was the first to pay attention to the east plot of land and designed the east garden, now known as the First Lady’s Garden. With help from landscaper Beatrix Farrand, she designed a lovely garden that included conifers, boxwoods, perennials and annuals, and a reflecting pool. Unfortunately, Mrs. Wilson passed away shortly after her garden was designed, and it wasn’t finished until a few years later. While it was hard for her to choose a specific flower she liked best, she did like roses.

Jacqueline Kennedy - Blue Cornflower, White Peony

The Kennedy’s put a lot of effort towards having the White House Grounds looking beautiful. After decades of having the First Lady’s Garden not being taken care of, Jacqueline Kennedy put together a plan to redesign it. Later, this garden was renamed the Jackie Kennedy Garden, after her hard work she put into replanting. Jackie also helped to update the Rose Garden, which the Kennedys wanted available for use for celebrations and ceremonies. Jackie’s two favorite flowers were the blue cornflower and the white peony, but she did not like gladiolus.

Lady Bird Johnson - Texas Bluebonnet, Lavender Bluebell

One of Mrs. Johnson’s biggest projects during her time as a First Lady was the planting of native wildflower species around Washington, DC. She also worked on the Highway Beautification Act, which promoted the planting of flowers and plants alongside roads. Later, she founded the National Wildflower Research Center in Texas. It is now known as the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. One of her favorite flowers was the lavender bluebell. She also liked the Texas bluebonnet flower.

Nancy Reagan - White Peonies

Nancy Reagan loved white peonies - and often had to be reminded by White House Chief Floral Designer Nancy Clarke that these flowers were only available in the spring. In fact, at the end of the Reagans’ time in the White House, Clarke gave a gift to Mrs. Reagan - a needlepointed pillow that read “Peonies bloom in May.” Mrs. Reagan spent a lot of time beautifying the White House, as it was in need of a redesign. This project wasn’t surprising, considering her interest in fashion and design. She knew exactly what she wanted, too - the white peonies that she kept around the White House had to be in pristine condition, with stamens still attached.

Rosalynn Carter - Narcissus

Rosalynn Carter enjoyed simple flower displays, with her favorite blooms being the narcissus and camellias. She enjoyed spending time working on flower arrangements. One of Mrs. Carter’s projects was to encourage the conservation of Monarch butterflies, which led to the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail creation several years later by Annette Wise. This trail is filled with many different types of flowers.

Laura Bush - Tulips

Laura Bush has a tough time choosing a favorite flower, but some of her favorites include tulips, magnolias, and roses. In fact, she even has a rose named after her: the Laura Bush Rose. It is an orange-pink color, perfect for adding a splash of color into any home. At the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Mrs. Bush loves walking along the Native Texas Park, which features several different species of wildflowers that are native to Texas.

Michelle Obama - Roses, Hydrangeas

Michelle Obama leans towards bright, colorful flowers. She likes roses and hydrangeas the best. A French element was introduced to the arrangements in the White House. Mrs. Obama spoke with her florist and gave her a vision, but also let her have some freedom in the displays. And Mrs. Obama was quite happy with the results. During one of Michelle Obama’s recent book tours, Barack Obama surprised her on stage with a bouquet of one of her favorite flowers - pink roses.

Posted by Avas Rose in Special Events Flowers
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Tuesday January 29th 2019

How America's Top 8 Festivals Celebrate Flowers

Flowers are incredibly important to our culture - we offer them as a sign of love, friendship, and sympathy. Each state even has its own flower. There are dozens of flower festivals across the country where we celebrate the beauty and importance of flowers. Here are just a few.

1. Portland Rose Festival - Portland, Oregon

The Portland Rose festival has been around since 1907 and has grown to be one of the biggest events in Portland each year. During the festival, they celebrate the rose’s beauty with the Grand Floral Parade - which is the second largest all-floral parade in the US. If you visit, you’ll see the Golden Rose Ski Classic ski race, fireworks, carnival rides, and even dragon boat races.

2. Philadelphia Flower Show - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Flower show is the largest indoor flower show in the world, with 250,000 attending each year. Each year has a different theme, and participants create extravagant floral and garden designs which are then submitted for judging. These beautiful displays are a perfect way to celebrate and appreciate nature.

3. National Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, DC

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is held to commemorate the gift of Japanese cherry trees from Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to Washington, D.C. in 1912. First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda (one of the Japanese ambassador’s wife) planted the tree together, and it still stands today. The Cherry Blossom Festival a daily sushi and sake celebration, kimono fashion shows, and more. They even hold classes to learn more about cherry blossoms. The three week long festival ends with a large parade.

4. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival - Skagit, Washington

Love tulips? Head over to Skagit Valley, Washington, for their tulip festival. Tulips have been growing in the Puget Sound area since the 1900s, with fields still growing today. There are a number of art shows, concerts, markets, and other activities during the Skagit Valley Tulip Fest, which runs through the entire month of April. The miles of tulips are best viewed on a driving tour or on a trolley ride.

5. North Carolina Azalea Festival - Wilmington, North Carolina

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is one of the largest flower festivals in the state. It is held in Wilmington, and attracts over 300,000 people during the three day festival. You can walk through the beautiful Airlie Gardens, which features not only flowers but a butterfly garden, mystery grave, and sculpture garden as well. The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles dress in antebellum outfits and act as hostesses and guides for the gardens. There is also a festival queen who is crowned the first day of the festival.

6. Epcot International Flower Festival - Bay Lake, Florida

Love Disney? Then the Epcot International Flower Festival is for you. You’ll see a variety of flowers, gardens, and topiaries, all themed around Disney characters. This festival is held at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and takes place from March until June, making it one of the longest flower festivals. There are several different flower and garden tours offered, including the Royal Tea Garden Tour and the Gardens of the World tour. You can visit a wide variety of exhibits, including the Bonsai collection, Bold Bromeliads, Festival Blooms, or Floating Mini-Gardens.

7. Rochester Lilac Festival - Rochester, New York

The Rochester Lilac Festival in Highland Park boasts over 1800 lilac bushes and more than 500 different varieties. The festival kicks off with a parade, and offers a number of different music and art events. There’s more than just lilacs, too - Highland Park has a pansy bed, a rhododendron/azalea garden, a tulip garden, and an arboretum. The festival ends with the Lilac 10k road race and a 5k family fun run.

8. California Poppy Festival - Lancaster, California

Poppies are California’s state flower, so it’s not surprising that they have a festival dedicated to the flower. Walk through parts - or all - of the eight miles of trails at the Anelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to view these gorgeous wildflowers. This state-protected reserve is kept all natural, meaning that California State Parks doesn’t water these poppies. It is also not allowed to take any poppies from the reserve. There are tons of activities at the California Poppy Festival. You can expect anything from petting zoos to motocross shows during this event.

Posted by Avas Rose in Special Events Flowers
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Tuesday January 22nd 2019

5 Flowers that Symbolize Love

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey" - Victor Hugo

Flowers speak a language all of their own. Some say “fresh start” while others are for luck; and there are some that speak the language of love, be it romantic love or the love shared between a parent and child.

Here are five flowers that signify love - pick your beloved’s favorite when choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day flowers.


Tulips

Tulips as a whole that represent the “perfect love,” and red tulips represent the truest love. There are many myths and traditions associated with tulips and love.

In Persian culture, young men offer red tulips when they are proposing marriage. Greek mythology tells the story of a girl named Tulip, who has caught the eye of the God of Autumn. She grows tired of his advances and asks the God of Virginity to transform her into a flower. She is changed into a Tulip, and thus in Greek mythology the flower becomes associated with seduction. Turkish lore tells of a couple named Farhad and Shirin; Shirin dies while digging a well, so Farhad throws himself off a cliff because he cannot bear to be without her. Red tulips start to grow around his spilt blood, making red tulips a symbol for passion.


Roses

No surprise here. Roses - especially red ones - are the ultimate symbol of romantic love. With their delicate petals and seductive scent, few can resist its lure.

Carnations

Sturdy like a lifelong relationship, a bouquet of carnations will instantly liven up a room. Be sure to choose the appropriate color to describe your one-of-a-kind romance.

White Carnations

For a relationship celebrating the purest of love, white carnations are the way to go. These beauties are also a symbol of good luck.

Dark Red Carnations

For fiery affection, dark red carnations are the symbol you are looking for. Why not combine white and red carnations for a message that screams passion and purity.

Pink Carnations

There are few things as strong and pure as a mother’s undying love - which is exactly what pink carnations represent! An age-old belief says claims that pink carnations first appeared on earth from the Virgin Mary’s tears.

Peonies

True love is long-lasting, like the peony. While this majestic flower may not be the first flower that comes to mind, peonies represent honor and a happy relationship. Peonies are also the traditional gift for the twelfth wedding anniversary.


Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum in general symbolize joy, a feeling you can’t help but feel when surrounded by your loved ones! For a symbol of love, opt for a red or white version of this bloom; red chrysanthemum symbolize love in general, while white chrysanthemum are symbols of loyalty and devotion.
Posted by Avas Rose in General
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Tuesday January 15th 2019

Flower Ideas for Superbowl Parties

With the big game coming up, flowers might be the last thing on your mind. But whether you’re going to someone else’s party or hosting your own, adding some flowers to your party decor can be a great way to show team spirit! Here are some ways you can use flowers at your superbowl party.

Team Spirit

One of the easiest ways to use flowers at your superbowl party is to get an arrangement with your team’s colors! Rooting for the Cowboys? A blue and white arrangement will let you show your pride. More of a Rams fan? Try some blue and yellow tulips. Or maybe neither team is your first pick, so you get two arrangements, one for each team. If you’re still feeling down about that Seahawks loss, you could do a small bouquet of blue-green orchids. Flower choices for this are endless, since you just need the right color. Some popular flowers you could use are amaryllis, roses, tulips, and carnations. It’s easy to find these is several different colors, which gives you lots of good options for your arrangement. For team colors that are harder to find - for example, black or green, think about how you can accessorize the arrangement. For example, if a team’s colors are green and white, use some heather as a green filler. If your team’s colors are black and orange, choose some begonias or chrysanthemums and tie a black ribbon around the vase.

Football Themed Arrangements

Maybe you don’t want to take sides so fast (we’ll ask you again at halftime). If so, choose a neutral arrangement with a football theme. This could include adding small football accessories in the bouquet. Some florists will even do this for you. Centerpiece sticks of helmets, jerseys, and footballs are great for this. If you have a small team flag, add that too!

Got an old football laying around? Cut open both ends of the football and remove the rubber liner from inside Take an appropriately sized glass vase and put it inside the football. Add your flowers and you’ve got some easy team spirit! You could decorate an old football helmet, too, by dressing it up with some flowers of your favorite team’s color. This makes a great centerpiece.

Yellow

Yellows of all shades are in this year, which is great since yellow is a classic flower color. In fashion, you can expect to see pops of yellow to make a look stand out as well as bold pieces, like coats and jackets.

Many people think of sunflowers when they think about yellow flowers. Sunflowers can really brighten up your home on those dark, wintery days. Daffodils, tulips, or yellow roses are another popular choice. And if this bold color doesn’t match your home very well, don’t worry. You could use goldenrods or yellow baby’s breath for filler, and then do a different color for the main attraction. And you don’t have to go bright and bold if you don’t want to - there are many flowers that have a softer yellow color. For example, you can find carnations and gerbera daisies that come in lighter yellow.

Turn it Into a Game

Who says flowers have to just be centerpieces? Turn it into a game by having guests bring a few flowers to represent their team’s colors, and put them in a vase. Have each person guess what the score will be, and whoever is closest gets to take home the bouquet. Have fun with it!

Thank Your Host

If you’re attending a party this year, bring your host some flowers to thank them for hosting. Choose the colors of their team for extra points. If you know the host’s favorite type of flower, you can’t go wrong choosing an arrangement that includes those. If you’ve hosted a party before, you know how much work it can be, so your gesture will be truly appreciated.

How to Decorate

There are many ways you can decorate your party space. For example, you could put each team’s flowers on different sides of the snack table. You could even split up the room using the flowers, with one team’s fans on one side, and one on the other. Setting the flowers near the TV is good, since that’s where the focus will be - but you won’t want to block anyone’s view, so make sure you check your placement from a few different angles.

Now, you’re ready to have a great superbowl party. Even if your favorite team doesn’t win, you’ll still have a lot of fun getting into the spirit of the game.

Posted by Avas Rose in Special Events Flowers
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Tuesday January 8th 2019

New York Fashion Show 2019: Flowers for 2019 Fashion Trends

The New York Fashion Show is coming up from the 8th to 16th of February. Many popular designers will be showing off their newest fashion trends that will be popular in the upcoming seasons. Here are some of the trends that we expect to see in 2019, and how you can incorporate them into your floral arrangements at home.

Layers and Frills

One of the big things in 2019 will be layers and frills. You might see these on the hems of shirts and dresses or even to accent the shoulders.

To bring this into your home decor, try choosing arrangements with flowers with lots of petals, like peonies, dahlias, chrysanthemums, or roses. To add even more texture, choose an arrangement with a variety of smaller, filler flowers. This will give the bouquet depth. If you’d like, you can think outside the box - literally. For example, add some tulle around your vase for some more frills.

Neutrals/earthy colors/creams

You can’t go wrong with neutral colors. In 2019, earthy cream tones are in. Expect to see things like off-white blazers and cappuccino colored sweaters.

There’s a lot of freedom here for what type of flower arrangement you could do. A sweet, cream-pink colored rose bouquet would be beautiful and will look good in any style home. Lillies are an excellent choice as well. If you don’t want to do all cream colors, you could do a combination of creams and either pinks, blues, or yellows. Add some green filler to stick to the earth tone theme. This would be a lovely centerpiece for a living room.

Yellow

Yellows of all shades are in this year, which is great since yellow is a classic flower color. In fashion, you can expect to see pops of yellow to make a look stand out as well as bold pieces, like coats and jackets.

Many people think of sunflowers when they think about yellow flowers. Sunflowers can really brighten up your home on those dark, wintery days. Daffodils, tulips, or yellow roses are another popular choice. And if this bold color doesn’t match your home very well, don’t worry. You could use goldenrods or yellow baby’s breath for filler, and then do a different color for the main attraction. And you don’t have to go bright and bold if you don’t want to - there are many flowers that have a softer yellow color. For example, you can find carnations and gerbera daisies that come in lighter yellow.

Polka Dots

Polka dots are in! This year, you’ll get to add some pattern to your wardrobe with a polka dot cardigan, polka dot dress, or even polka dot shoes.

This trend is a little bit harder to transfer over to flowers, but you can do it. One way to take inspiration is to look at some flowers that have more than one color. For example, bi-color alstroemerias have a little bit of a polka dot feel to them. Bi-color dendrobium orchids are a great choice too.

Another way to get inspired by polka dots is by thinking about the arrangement itself. For example, you could use two different colors of flowers. It’s up to you whether these flowers are the same kind or not. Your arrangement would be primarily one color of flower, but then you could add in pops of the other color - just like polka dots!

Menswear

Menswear has been common in past years, but expect to see a resurgence in 2019. Menswear inspired shoes, blouses, and jackets will be popular. For menswear inspired flower arrangements, be bold and go for some black and white tuxedo colors. If you can’t find a black flower - or you’re superstitious about their meanings, try a deep purple or maroon. Some good choices are dark colored dahlias or helleborus. Dark purple tulips or black velvet petunias look great along with a bright white lilium. These stark contrasts would look great in any home with a modern flair.

Tye Dye

Tye dye is back again for the spring and summer. As the days get warmer, expect to see tye dyed crop tops and swimwear.

For a tye dye themed bouquet, be colorful! Multicolored flowers are great for this. Orange-red marigolds, blanket flowers, heleniums, irises, or hibiscus are all beautiful flowers that have multicolored blooms. You can also create an arrangement of many different colors of flowers. For example, you could do a display of roses where each one is a different color. If you’re feeling extra bold, you can even buy specially dyed tye dye flowers.

Rainbow roses are one of the most popular types. We expect to see many more trends in 2019, but these are just a few to start thinking about. Which trend will you follow?

Posted by Avas Rose in Special Events Flowers
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Friday January 4th 2019

7 Things You Need to Know About Buying Valentines Flowers

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means busy season for florists. Whether it’s your first time or tenth time buying Valentine’s Day flowers, it can be hectic. But don’t worry - these tips will guide you along the way and help you have an easy and fun flower buying experience.

Personalize your Flowers

You know your significant other the best, so why just get them something plain when you can get them a custom bouquet? Even if you’ve never bought flowers before, you can create an arrangement that your date will love. There’s no reason to get red roses if your date’s favorite color is actually blue. Many florists offer add-ons as well, like chocolates or balloons. This is a great way to personalize your bouquet and make it stand out. Don’t forget to add a note to the flowers too, especially if you’re getting them delivered directly to your significant other.

Start Planning Early

Florists are very busy this time of year, and by February 13th, they’re packed with orders and are likely running out of some of the most popular flowers. By planning ahead, you not only miss the rush of others looking for the perfect bouquet, but you can take your time to get the best flowers. And if you’re busy, you could even order your flowers online. You can order ahead of time and they can be delivered to you - or your date - on Valentine’s Day.

Roses are Optional

While there is nothing wrong with getting the standard dozen roses, it’s more fun for you and more meaningful for your date to get something a little different. Tulips, ranunculus, and alstroemerias are popular flowers for Valentine’s Day as well. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box, especially if that fits the person you’re buying flowers for.

Be Careful about Flower Meanings

Some flowers, like bright daisies and sunflowers, signify friendship rather than love. If you’re a getting Valentine’s flowers for your significant other, you’ll want to stay away from these and get something more romantic. Generally, brighter, vibrant oranges and yellows signify friendship, whereas reds and pink indicate love. And on the other side of that, calla lilies and hydrangeas are popular in weddings, and you don’t want to give out the wrong idea.

Bring a Friend

If you’ve never bought flowers before, ask a friend if they can help you look. Even better if the friend knows your date, because they can help you choose something based off of your date’s personality. You can go to florists in person or you can browse online selections. Either way, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Whether it be about the meaning of a flower or how to take care of it, florists and flower enthusiasts will be happy to answer.

Plan when You will Give the Flowers

Taking a few minutes to think about the logistics of giving your date the flowers will save you trouble in the long run. It’s best to give them to significant other someplace where they will have a place to set them down and put them in a vase. In order for your flowers to last a long time, you’ll want to make sure they get into some water as soon as possible. If you’re not sure your date has a vase, you could even bring one with you in case.

Most of all, Enjoy the Process

It’s easy to get stressed out trying to find the perfect flowers for someone. By following these tips, you should be able to ease some of your stress and enjoy the process of buying flowers. It can be fun to think about what kinds of flowers might fit someone’s personality, or what sort of flower they might like.

Posted by Avas Rose in Valentines Day Flowers
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Tuesday December 25th 2018

Holiday in Bloom: Christmas Flowers and Plants Around the World

Cookies for Santa, caroling, building gingerbread houses... there are countless holiday traditions around the world. One that has withstood the test of time has to do with our favorite subject: flowers and plants! Many countries and regions have their own traditional Christmas flowers and plants, depending on history as well as availability in the region - which holiday plant is your favorite?

And if you’re the holiday hostess with the mostest and hosting all of the holiday shindigs, treat yourself to one (or all) of these ideas!

Evergreen

Ye olde Christmas tree! A staple in almost every home around the world (that can access it) during the holidays. These days, the tree doesn’t just represent Christmas, making it a social symbol rather than religious one; families have adopted it as a Hanukkah Bush or New Years Shrub.

Ivy

Holly and ivy are usually paired together, due to a belief stemming from the Pagans, which classifies holly as a male plant, and ivy its female partner. An old English tradition tells that depending on which plant (holly or ivy) were brought into the home first after Christmas, the ruling gender would be in charge of the household that year.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe as a sign of love and friendship dates all the way back to Norse mythology. Kissing under this plant is a tradition that first started in England, and spread its roots throughout the western world.

Poinsettia

Did you know the official plant of Christmas is native to Central America? An old Mexican legend tells the story of how poinsettias became associated with Christmas. According to the story, a poor Mexican girl named Pepita searched for the perfect gift to honor the baby Jesus. She had nothing of value to give so she picked some weeds and presented them at the altar. The weeds transformed into a stunning bouquet of red flowers. Those who witnessed this miracle began calling them the Flowers of the Holy Night, and thus - poinsettias became the official plant of Christmas.

Holly

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, the plant that represents the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at his crucifixion. In Scandinavia, the holly plant is also known as the “Christ thorn.” The use of holly during the holiday season pre-dates the Christian era; during ancient times Druids hung it on their windows to fend off evil spirits.

Jerusalem Cherries

Contrary to the name of this festive perennial, Jerusalem has nothing to do with this plant. Small in stature and resembling a miniature tree with its “cherries” acting as ornaments, this colorful shrub has won the homes of many in the USA. But fans beware: the cherries are in fact poisonous and inedible, just like real ornaments.

Christmas Rose

Sometimes known as the “snow rose” or “winter rose,” this flower blooms in Central Europe during the darkest times of winter. The tradition calls for planting the Christmas Rose near the door, with the idea of welcoming Jesus Christ into the home.

Christmas Pepper

Before poinsettias became the official Christmas plant in the Americas, it was the Christmas Pepper that dominated coffee tables everywhere. The pepper was a specific one: one that bore its ripest fruit in the winter, a pepper with a fiery kick.

Posted by Avas Rose in Christmas Flowers
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Monday December 24th 2018

Unique Gift Ideas for the Holiday Hostess

Tis the season for holiday parties and celebrations! In between all of the prep work, cooking, cleaning and entertaining - hosting can be almost as exhausting as it is rewarding. This holiday season, show your favorite host or hostess appreciation by surprising them with an extra special thank you.

And if you’re the holiday hostess with the mostest and hosting all of the holiday shindigs, treat yourself to one (or all) of these ideas!

Keep away from direct heat sources

There’s nothing like a crackling fireplace or highly heated home on a cold winter day - especially for your flowers. Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can be harmful to your fresh blooms, so be sure to keep your bouquet away from those open flames or radiators.

Freshen up their day with a bouquet of flowers

Because you can be more creative than a bottle of wine. Put a smile on their face with a surprise bouquet of holiday flowers, or if your hostess has a brown thumb, a Christmas cactus might be a safer choice.

Surprise them with a spa day

That special host/hostess deserves some rest and relaxation. Treat them to a day of unwinding in luxury, with a spa gift basket full of spa-tacular goodies - from candles to bath salts to body lotions - delivered straight to their doorstep.

A Day at the Movies

Why not surprise them with a pass to the movies, snacks included?! Alternatively, queue up a few of their holiday favorite movies and winter treats so they can kick back and relax on their favorite armchair.

Start (or end) their day on a sweet note

Does your recipient have a soft spot for home-baked chocolate chip cookies? Or perhaps decadent brownies are their favorite. Make a batch of their favorite dessert - they deserve it! If you’re unable to hand-deliver their treats, consider a gift basket filled with an assortment of their favorite sweet treats.

Clean house, Clean mind

The holiday season paired with party planning can only lead to one thing: a cluttered home and mind. Help the hostess get the cleaning off her plate by lending a helping hand. You can either gather round the family and do it yourself, or scope out one of the many local home cleaning services available.

Give them the Gift of Silence

The holiday season can be a hectic one. Even if the holiday prep is done and the party planning is over, there’s still the day-to-day responsibilities that stay. The best gift you can give your host/hostess is the chance to do absolutely nothing, except relax and appreciate life’s little moments. If they have children, why not volunteer to babysit? Take their partner out for a night so they can have the house to themselves and listen to whatever cheesy holiday tunes they want without judgement. If there’s a dog that always demands attention, take them for a day at the park - remove your recipient of all responsibilities for the day. They will be eternally grateful.

Posted by Avas Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Tuesday December 18th 2018

12 Days of Family Friendly Christmas Fun

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… twelve holiday-themed activities for me and my family! This holiday season, grab the entire family - the kids, grandkids, favorite family pets - and celebrate with festive fun that’ll make this Christmas one to remember. Here are twelve ideas - think of it as an activity advent calendar. Do one each day leading up to December 25 or all in one go - get celebrating!

Hunt for Holiday Lights

Jump in the car and explore the neighborhood for the hottest holiday lights and decorations! Pack a thermos of hot chocolate to keep cozy, and a playlist full of holiday tunes for the ride.

DIY Christmas Stockings

Stuffing the stockings is only half the fun, this year, let the entire family get in on the fun by planning a day of arts and crafts with DIY stockings.

Holiday Movie Night

How many Christmas movies can you watch in one night? Get your winter pajamas on, prep some popcorn, and pop in your favorites! Take it to the next level by inviting everyone to dress up like characters from their favorite movie or bringing movie-inspired snacks to the showing.

Gingerbread House Building

Have a sweet day of building cool cookie creations with your loved ones. Depending on how many houses are being built, you can invite each participant to decorate a different house on the block! Take it to the next level by making a front yard or garden with frosting (or real flowers if you’re feeling fancy).

Christmas Karaoke

Channel your inner Mariah Carey, grab the mic, and belt out your favorite holiday tunes with a Christmas karaoke session. Build your own collect, print out the lyrics, and let the good times roll!

Sweets for Santa

Satisfy Santa’s sweet tooth with a home-baked treat you made as a family. The adults can make the batter and take care of the oven-related tasks, while kids can help use cookie cutters for the shapes and the icing/sprinkles for decoration. Taste is important, but don’t forget presentation! Decorate Santa’s spread with seasonal cheer; wrap the table in tinsel, add some red sprinkle, or serve it alongside your favorite holiday flowers.

Family Volunteering

Open your arms and hearts this holiday season with a family volunteering experience. From soup kitchens to food collections and banks, there are ways for every member of the family to get involved.

Make your own Tree Ornaments

This year, don’t just decorate the tree with store-bought ornaments - make your own! Scour the web for your favorite kid-friendly Christmas ornament crafts, set up a crafting station and get to it.

Easter Egg Hunt on Christmas

Why should Easter get all the scavenger hunt fun? Set up a Christmas-themed search with a festive twist. Use mini stockings or tiny gift boxes and fill them with a festive treat. You can also make it a scavenger hunt, hiding hints on where the Christmas gifts are hidden - the choice is yours!

Christmas Around the World

Research Christmas traditions around the world, and make this year’s celebration a global one! Some American holiday traditions are even borrowed from other countries - such as poinsettias for Christmas.

Family Photo Shoot

This holiday season is one of the scrap books, and you’ve got the photos to prove it! Organize a family photo shoot with some festive decorations (and snacks, of course). Make some DIY Christmas photo booth props, or make it a themed photo shoot such as Ugly Sweater, Christmas characters, or general holiday cheer. Why not let the youngest members of the family join in on the fun too? Grab an inexpensive disposable camera and let them behind the lens for a few shots. Make this a Christmas tradition and see how their photography skills develop and grow over time!

Holiday Cards for All

Unleash your inner artists with a Christmas card crafting station! Use photos from the family photo shoot, or simply draw, write, add glitter to Christmas cards for friends and extended family! You can also create cards for charity organizations that share the love with those who might not have family to celebrate or exchange cards with.

Posted by Avas Rose in Holiday Flowers
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