Unique Flower Requests

A customer came in to our Murrieta store location looking to get something special for her friend’s birthday.   She didn’t want just one of those standard birthday bouquets but something different, something that would express to her friend how special she was to her.  In fact, through marriage, they will become relatives, which is another exciting blog for another time.

We decided to make a wreath of flowers for her to wear on her head like a crown.  The birthday girl was celebrating her special day at a salon and getting pampered all day, it was the perfect thing that she could wear and enjoy her entire experience.  Her face lit up as she opened the box and proceeded to put the flower wreath on.  You could see her inner goddess come out.

Murrieta VIP Florist and Lake Elsinore VIP Florist love doing special request bouquets for you.    It is our pleasure to create for you something that will convey the perfect message.

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Flower_wreaths make perfect gifts for the birthday girl.

 

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How to Pick a Florist

Like all other professions, florists are not created equal.  Most shops have refrigerated already made up bouquets that you can pick up anytime.  But have you tried to go in and ask for fresh cut bouquet or have a bouquet created on the spot only to be told that you have to pick from what is already done?   There are those that go above and beyond to help you and get you what you need when you need it.  These steps can assist you in the process.  Or if you are in the Murrieta or Lake Elsinore areas of California looking for a florist or just a fresh bouquet, give us a call and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.

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The Society of American Florists recommends these tips to help you select the perfect florist for you:

  • The Right Fit: Look for a floral shop that offers the product mix, level of service and design style that fit your needs.
  • Personal Attention: Choose a florist who will get to know you, keep track of your floral preferences and send reminders of upcoming special occasions.
  • Excellent Service: Look for convenient hours, easy-access location and a satisfaction-guarantee.
  • Helpful Suggestions: Good florists ask questions about what you’re looking for, offer expert advice and suggest floral gifts to match any sentiment, occasion, personality or home decor.
  • Creative Flair: Look for artistry in the florist’s arrangements, design and presentation.
  • Selection and Variety: From the familiar carnation to exotic tropicals, a great shop carries a complete menu of flowers and plants to choose from.
  • Top Quality Product: The finest florists in the field carry quality product, provide floral food with each purchase and offer instructions for proper care to ensure maximum enjoyment.
  • Professional Affiliation: Florists who belong to professional groups are committed to being the best in their field. Look for affiliation with national wire services (FTD, Teleflora), national trade associations like the Society of American Florists, state and local trade associations, and local community and civic organizations.
  • Word of mouth is often the best resource when looking for a florist. An outstanding florist will have a good reputation in your community.
  • If you use a telephone book or directory assistance to find a florist, look for one with a local address.
  • If you choose a national service with a toll-free number, pick an established organization with a strong reputation for providing great service.

SAF’s Florist Directory helps consumers find local professional florists. The Directory is searchable by name, city and state and ZIP code.

Get more Vitamin F (flowers)

With 2016  upon us,  did you  make a long list of resolutions that may or may not last in the new year.  Research results are showing that more Vitamin F or “flowers” can help us attain some of our basic needs and goals.    Here are 3 flower descriptions to ring  in the New Year with “new beginnings”, “motivation”, and “prosperity.”  Call Murrieta V.I.P. Florist or Lake Elsinore V.I.P. florist and we’ll be happy to create these inspirations for you.

         1. New Beginnings: Welcomes change with open arms and mind

Key Color: Stimulate joy, enthusiasm and excitement with a simple arrangement featuring the color orange. Complement it with white — the color of purity and freshness — and green, characterizing new opportunity and growth.

Vase Style: A square, ceramic vase brings an earthy energy, proclaiming that while the sky’s the limit, it’s good to keep your feet firmly rooted on the ground.

In the Home: Put the spirit of new horizons on display on a mantle or coffee table, where it will instill faith, creativity and endless possibility.

Suggested Flower Options: Gerbera, carnations, Asiatic lilies, spray roses, alstroemeria

         2. Inspiration and Motivation: Infuses the soul with rejuvenating energy

Key Color: Red epitomizes motivation, fame, courage and power. Design an up-shooting spray that also includes sensuous, rich orange and fuchsia, which suggest enthusiasm and exuberance.

Vase Style: A tall mirrored or shiny metal container of any kind will stoke inspiration. Mirrors boost positive energies and bring good luck, which will circulate through all endeavors.

In the Home: The home office is an ideal place to inject motivational energy — or the power of now. Anyone will feel encouraged to reach for the stars and live life to the fullest.

Suggested Flower Options: Roses, callas, Asiatic lilies, snapdragons, hypericum

       3. Prosperity: Stimulates action and indicates success and richness

Key Color: Let red or deep purple dominate this abundant arrangement, intimating accomplishment and wealth. Accent with shades of gold, the preeminent color for good health and fortune.

Vase Style: Select a metallic, perhaps golden container, representing a pot of gold.

In the Home: Give your home a boost by placing this inspirational bouquet where you welcome guests or potential buyers.

Suggested Flower Options: Lilies, roses, lisianthus, snapdragons

www.murrietavipflorist.com  and www.lakeelsinorevipflorist.com 

The New Year is Quite Old

Came across this interesting history of the New Year on the History.com website.  Thought I’d share. It is interesting how things change and flow over the centuries and mold in to the traditions we have today.  As you contemplate the new year and what resolutions you may or may not be making, keep in mind that there are those things that never get old, never go out of style and are always things to strive for each  year:  peace, honesty, integrity, love and friendship.

The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year. They marked the occasion with a massive religious festival called Akitu (derived from the Sumerian word for barley, which was cut in the spring) that involved a different ritual on each of its 11 days. In addition to the new year, Atiku celebrated the mythical victory of the Babylonian sky god Marduk over the evil sea goddess Tiamat and served an important political purpose: It was during this time that a new king was crowned or that the current ruler’s divine mandate was symbolically renewed.

Throughout antiquity, civilizations around the world developed increasingly sophisticated calendars, typically pinning the first day of the year to an agricultural or astronomical event. In Egypt, for instance, the year began with the annual flooding of the Nile, which coincided with the rising of the star Sirius. The first day of the Chinese new year, meanwhile, occurred with the second new moon after the winter solstice.

The early Roman calendar consisted of 10 months and 304 days, with each new year beginning at the vernal equinox; according to tradition, it was created by Romulus, the founder of Rome, in the eighth century B.C. A later king, Numa Pompilius, is credited with adding the months of Januarius and Februarius. Over the centuries, the calendar fell out of sync with the sun, and in 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar decided to solve the problem by consulting with the most prominent astronomers and mathematicians of his time. He introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today.

As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties. In medieval Europe, Christian leaders temporarily replaced January 1 as the first of the year with days carrying more religious significance, such as December 25 (the anniversary of Jesus’ birth) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation); Pope Gregory XIII reestablished January 1 as New Year’s Day in 1582.

In many countries, New Year’s celebrations begin on the evening of December 31—New Year’s Eve—and continue into the early hours of January 1. Revelers often enjoy meals and snacks thought to bestow good luck for the coming year. In Spain and several other Spanish-speaking countries, people bolt down a dozen grapes-symbolizing their hopes for the months ahead-right before midnight. In many parts of the world, traditional New Year’s dishes feature legumes, which are thought to resemble coins and herald future financial success; examples include lentils in Italy and black-eyed peas in the southern United States. Because pigs represent progress and prosperity in some cultures, pork appears on the New Year’s Eve table in Cuba, Austria, Hungary, Portugal and other countries. Ring-shaped cakes and pastries, a sign that the year has come full circle, round out the feast in the Netherlands, Mexico, Greece and elsewhere. In Sweden and Norway, meanwhile, rice pudding with an almond hidden inside is served on New Year’s Eve; it is said that whoever finds the nut can expect 12 months of good fortune.

Other customs that are common worldwide include watching fireworks and singing songs to welcome the new year, including the ever-popular “Auld Lang Syne” in many English-speaking countries. The practice of making resolutions for the new year is thought to have first caught on among the ancient Babylonians, who made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot. (They would reportedly vow to pay off debts and return borrowed farm equipment.)

In the United States, the most iconic New Year’s tradition is the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. Millions of people around the world watch the event, which has taken place almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball itself has ballooned from a 700-pound iron-and-wood orb to a brightly patterned sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing in at nearly 12,000 pounds. Various towns and cities across America have developed their own versions of the Times Square ritual, organizing public drops of items ranging from pickles (Dillsburg, Pennsylvania) to possums (Tallapoosa, Georgia) at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

The Origin of Mistletoe

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“Oh ho the mistletoe, hung where you can see. Somebody waits for you, kiss her once for me.”

Burl Ives sung those words in “Holly Jolly Christmas” and we sing them right along with him. But what is mistletoe and why do we gather under in hopes of getting a holiday kiss from someone special?

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant which perches on a tree branch and absorbs nutrients from the trunk – hardly one of the most romantic forms of life. But it has been inspiring people to go under it for generations. Mistletoe has a large mythological background across many cultures.

The Greeks believed that Aeneas, the famous ancestor of the Romans carried a sprig of mistletoe in the form of the legendary golden bough. In Eddic tradition, mistletoe was the only thing able to kill the god Baldur, since it had not sworn an oath to leave him alone. Amongst other pre-Christian cultures, mistletoe was believed to carry the male essence, and by extension, romance, fertility, and vitality.

Its use as decoration stems from the fact that it was believed to protect homes from fire and lightning. It was commonly hung at Christmas time only to remain there all year until being replaced by another sprig next Christmas.

The process by which mistletoe became associated with kissing is part of a legend.   As the legend goes, Balder was killed by an evil spirit with an arrow made of mistletoe. Saddened by her son’s death, Frigga wept tears of white berries, which brought Balder back to life. Frigga was so overjoyed that she blessed the plant and promised a kiss to all who passed beneath it.

Whatever the origin, don’t forgot to hang some mistletoe this season, for a chance to steal a kiss from that special someone.

Flowers are a perfect way to say ‘thank you’ this holiday season

Being the host for Thanksgiving dinner is no small undertaking – it takes a lot of thought and preparation. Whether you are going to be a guest or if you will be having guests, flowers are always a great way to say ‘thank you.”   Thank you for having us over to your special feast, or ‘thank you’ for making the time to travel to our home and celebrate with us.

Bringing a nice bouquet of fresh cut sunflowers, for example, to your host will add a special touch to any coffee table or buffet table.   A fall color arrangement will be the perfect centerpiece next to the turkey platter. You could also hand out a single flower to your guests as they leave as a memory of the special time together.

It is also a nice gesture, if you have out of town family staying nearby, you can brighten their room by having a festive bouquet delivered to them to add a touch of home to their surroundings.

The best time to order for a holiday of course is as soon as possible. But if you do want to wait you can order up to Nov 24th to pick up on the 25th so you have it for Thanksgiving which is on the 26th.  If sending to a hotel, order it for delivery on the day your guests are to arrive and make sure you get the name of the person at the hotel that you let know when the flowers will be arriving for your guests.  Also get a confirmation call when they are placed in the room, as hotels are busy this time of year.

A Thanksgiving Thought:

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use
them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.- W.T. Purkise

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