Decorating this Christmas

Christmas is less than two weeshutterstock_235167862ks away. In many homes, the tree is already up and decorated. You may have lights on the outside of your house, or even an elaborate light display.

This is the time of year when people have drop-in guests, or even occasions where invited guests come over. Now that you’ve taken care of the familiar holiday decorating symbols, you may be wondering about, or thinking about the other things you can do to decorate your home to really make the holiday spirit come to life in your home.

For those who spend long hours at the work place, adding some Christmas cheer in the form of holiday-inspired plant and flower arrangements will brighten the environment and boosts the spirit of everyone who works in the area, walks by, or comes to see you.

Flowering plants, floral arrangements, table centerpieces and other festive plants can really light up your home with the bright, cheerful, warm and inviting spirit of Christmas.

Holiday Poinsettias

Holiday Poinsettias

Poinsettias

If you want a lovely flowering plant that will last through the holidays – and beyond, a poinsettia is an excellent choice. Bright red bracts are often mistaken for flowers, but the actual flowers are buds where polle n is visible. The beauty of a poinsettia is being able to enjoy the plant for its deep red (or other color) bracts that contrast festively against the lush dark green leaves. Seeing the tiny pollen specks gradually enlarge as the flowers open is even more delightful.

You can choose a large, lush, Poinsettia in a basket – which is ideal for the office, or the delightfully whimsical Snowbird Poinsettia Garden, featuring mini poinsettias, nestled in an attractive metal container with 2 ivy plants, accents of branch sprigs, a festive candy-cane like bow, and three small snowbirds.

"Let it Snow Plant Arrangement"

“Let it Snow Plant Arrangement”

Other Holiday Plants

The “Let it Snow” plant combo is the perfect host or hostess gift, accent for just about anywhere in your home, and the perfect way to bring some Christmas spirit to places of your home that may not otherwise have it. A miniature white poinsettia and pine tree are planted together in this delightful combination, featuring festive accents of sticks of cinnamon, berries and a lovely holiday-inspired bow. The planter is even more delightful because of the decorative snowman in a snow-covered pine cone hat.

If you want a flower arrangement that exudes winter and holiday cheer, then choose the Frosted Wonderland arrangement. This delightfully fragrant bouquet combines pure white stock and hydrangeas. Holiday evergreen branches, decorative twigs and gold-dusted pine cones complete this flower arrangement that comes in a cube-shaped vase.

When you want the perfect Christmas flowers and plants, you can always count on Nanz & Kraft Florists.

 

Decorating this Hanukkah

shutterstock_167364551Hanukkah is quickly approaching, which means that it is time to bring out the festive decorations and get the home read for the big celebrations. Many families will get together with other members of the family as well as friends to enjoy wonderful dinners and entertaining parties to celebrate this wonderful winter holiday.

Using flowers around the home can help to complement the rest of your Hanukkah decor while also adding a bit of life and light to the inside of your home. Here are some easy ways to help the home feel even more festive and ready for the celebrations by using flowers.

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With dinner as an important part of many Hanukkah celebrations, selecting a table centerpiece can be a critical part of adding to the decorations. Consider combining the traditional Hanukkah colors of blue and white along with a winter wonderland theme and select a centerpiece that includes a variety of gorgeous white flowers with some white candles. Utilizing candles in your centerpieces is a wonderful way to compliment the central tradition of the menorah. The candles can be carefully lit during the meal to help contribute to the ambiance and even create a more formal atmosphere.

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Adding vase arrangements around the house that use the traditional blue and white color scheme, can help bring smiles to people’s faces no matter where they go in the home. White lilies and roses can look particularly spectacular. These arrangements can be added to the entranceway of the home as well as tables, shelves, and mantelsthroughout the house.

White roses for gifts

Giving guests a small token gift after a celebratory dinner can be a wonderful way to share goodwill for the holiday season. White  can be particularly spectacular for this type of gift. White roses have traditional association with friendship, respect, and hope for the future, which all are great messages to send to friends and families after a Hanukkah celebration. Keep a bouquet of white roses near the main door and give one to people as they prepare to leave.

With Hanukkah quickly approaching, it’s time to get into the spirit of celebration. Decorations help lift everyone’s spirits and flowers are a beautiful way to add life and vibrancy indoors. Keep these tips in mind and you are sure to wow your guests with your holiday decor! 

Always the Perfect Gift

We’ve all been there, that exciting mocentral-square-14112684122-1ment just before opening the gift you’ve been dreaming about from your spouse, significant other, or good friend. Did they remember all the ideas you gave them? Did they pick up on all of those subtle hints you’ve been dropping for months? Holding back your excitement you unwrap the box slowly and… “Wow, it’s really… um… unique. Thanks…” Do they know you at all?

Every year more and more people are a victim of that less-than-perfect holiday gift. Everyone knows what it’s like to open that bizarre gift. This holiday season you have the chance to change all of that and bring thoughtful joy to someone’s holiday with flowers. No more unexcited responses, flowers truly are the perfect gift.

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Any of our holiday themed centerpieces would make the perfect gift! Our Hanukkah Centerpiece is a gorgeous arrangement of blue delphinium, white lilies, dendrobium orchids and roses that is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!

Give us your story. What’s the weirdest gift you’ve received? How did you react? Did you pretend to love it or give them a more honest response? Watch our video and share your weirdest gift ever received to be entered in our special holiday sweepstakes for your chance to win a $100 gift card from Nanz & Kraft. Make this year special by giving the perfect gift this holiday season.

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Decorating with Flowers this Thanksgiving

shutterstock_223853083Thanksgiving ushers in the start of the holiday season. With it comes a relaxing four-day holiday weekend that begins with a veritable feast of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and other traditional favorites. Overflowing with all the abundance of autumn,Thanksgiving affords us the opportunity to express gratitude for all of the blessings in our lives.

Whether you’re attending a Thanksgiving Day gathering or hosting one at your own home this year, flowers are the ideal centerpiece and home accent. From the living room to the Thanksgiving Day dinner table, autumn flowers can help create the perfect mood. Consider one or more of these flower types as a gift for your host or for your own Thanksgiving decorations this season:

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Sunflowers can shine brightly in the late summer months, but they are also the epitome of Thanksgiving abundance as the fall season gains momentum. As an accent bouquet or centerpiece, a bouquet of sunflowers will bring warmth and fall cheer to any dinner table or Thanksgiving home decor. A Warm Wishes Centerpiece, a Harvest Moon  or a Falling Leaves Centerpiece offer a variety of choices to warm up the mood at your Thanksgiving Day gathering.

Autumn Daisies and Asters

The abundant petals of daisies and asters exude the the blessings of autumn and are perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving. Bright fall colors like orange, red, rust, gold and yellow can help light up your home decor as well as the dinner table during your Thanksgiving gathering. A Gerber Daisies Bubble Bowl offers radiant orange charm, and the Sunny Spirits bouquet is overflowing with yellow and gold daisies plus other autumn accents.

Fall Holiday Chrysanthemums

Bright chrysanthemums (some times called “mums”) are another autumn favorite. With more intricate and varied petals than asters and daisies, the mum will light up any room or centerpiece bouquet. An all-mum bouquet is delightful, but it’s also a great accent flower for just about any autumn arrangement. The Prize Pumpkin bouquet features gorgeous chrysanthemums, button mums, Asiatic lilies, spray roses and solidago in rich autumn colors artistically arranged in a keepsake hand-painted pumpkin vase.

Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to reflect on our lives as we spend time with family and friends. Many of us celebrate and give thanks over an abundant meal shared with those we love. To help set the perfect tone and backdrop for your holiday memories, consider these Thanksgiving flower ideas.

Wintertime Weddings: Enchant Your Guests with Flowers

thumbnail Nothing seems to hold more magic than a wintertime wedding. The softly falling snow, glittering frost, hot cocoa, lights twinkling all over town, the spirit of giving, and the pristine quiet of the winter night all come together to make wintertime wedding ceremonies somehow dreamlike. Those planning winter weddings should take advantage of the season’s natural sparkle and romance by decorating the ceremony and reception with enchanting winter floral arrangements. At Nanz & Kraft Florists, we love nothing more than creating the most beautiful, elegant or whimsical winter floral arrangements for our clients’ inspired wintertime weddings.

Floral arrangements designed specially for wintertime weddings generally fall into one of two categories: winter wonderland or seasonal. The first, winter wonderland floral arrangements feature snowy white bouquets, pearl or jewel embellishments, and frosty white laces or ribbons. The idea is to blanket the ceremony in sparkling white like moonlit snow with the bride’s gown as the primary centerpiece. This decor scheme also usually incorporates crystal and silver accents into the bouquets, table settings, and other decorations.

Ceremonies and receptions decorated with seasonal floral arrangements typically feature white bouquets accented with festive blooms in deep romantic colors, evergreens, pine cones, and other greenery. A pure white bouquet beautifully offsets the red of seasonal blooms like amaryllis. These seasonally inspired floral arrangements create an inviting ceremony with an atmosphere akin to sitting beside a fireplace. Add a warm glow to your tables’ floral centerpieces with the addition of candlelight to your wintertime wedding. In addition to this decor scheme’s cheerful appearance, seasonal colors and dthumbnail-2ecorations will blend seamlessly with the rest of the wedding’s seasonal surroundings, making it feel as if everyone is celebrating your wedding day.

If you have selected non-seasonal colors for your wintertime wedding, floral arrangements featuring your colors will work just as well as all red and white bouquets. Whatever theme or color palette you choose for your wedding day, our expert wedding consultants at Nanz & Kraft Florists will be happy to help you select and arrange the best flowers for your wintertime wedding.

 

Floral Arrangements Featuring Chrysanthemums

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November is the month of the chrysanthemum, which means that this is the perfect time of year to give the gift of these beautiful and versatile flowers. Chrysanthemums have been popular around the world for thousands of years and have come to take on a number of meanings in various cultures. In Europe, for example, the flower is typically used to denote sympathy, while Asian cultures often see the bloom as a symbol of life and rebirth. The varied meanings around the world make this flower particularly special and unique. It has been carefully cultivated over the years to produce numerous vibrant colors, so there is a chrysanthemum that is perfect for every occasion.

Anniversaries

The chrysanthemum is considered the traditional gift for a couple’s 13th wedding anniversary. Red chrysanthemums in particular are strongly associated with romantic love, but all chrysanthemum colors can symbolize happiness and love, which are the perfect messages to send on an anniversary.

Celebrating Fall

Fall is a wonderful time of year to celebrate with flowers ‘just because’. As people find themselves spending an increasing amount of time indoors, the beauty of flowers can help light up the room and make everything seem just a little bit brighter. The gorgeous fall colors that are so popular during this time of year make it even more appealing to find some flowers to bring inside. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, finding an arrangement that can also work as a decoration or centerpiece is fantastic. Use chrysanthemums and their associations with happiness and longevity to bring some light indoors. Pairing the beautiful flowers with other popular fall blooms such as sunflowers will make the arrangement even more memorable.

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Perhaps borrowing a bit from the European use of chrysanthemums as an expression of sympathy, these flowers also make good additions to funeral and sympathy arrangements. The white chrysanthemum send the sentiment of love and devotion, which is the perfect message to send to a departed loved one and the grieving family. Pairing the chrysanthemum with other white flowers, such as carnations, can help form a beautiful arrangement that will perfectly communicate the sorrow and love that is felt by all.

November is the perfect month for giving the gift of a chrysanthemum. Those looking for the right occasion or arrangement should consider one of the above examples and appreciate all that this gorgeous flower has to offer.

Flower Gift Giving on Veteran’s Day, All You Need to Know

thumbnailThe United States has a federal holiday that honors veterans who served in any branch of the Armed Forces. The Veterans Day holiday is observed on November 11th for one simple reason: Fighting in World War I ended at exactly the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918. Although the fighting didn’t stop until 11:00 on the morning of November 11th, 1918, the armistice agreement was signed six hours earlier- at 5:00 a.m.

Veteran’s Day is day on which Americans show their respect for soldiers, whether they are alive or not. Patriotic flower arrangements are the perfect gift to pay tribute to veterans or remember those who are no longer here.

No one believed there could be a worse war or one that would kill more people and last for as many years as the Great War, or World War I, did. On May 13, 1938, Congress passed legislation that made November 11th Armistice Day, and from then on, it would be observed as an official federal holiday.

The holiday that is now recognized as Veteran’s Day was known as Armistice Day until 1954. After World War II and the Korean War, President Eisenhower believed that by changing the holiday’s name to Veteran’s Day, the name would symbolize a new intent: to honor everyone who served in the Armed Forces to protect the country.

One of the most emotionally charged and visually moving symbols of World War I is the red poppy. The flower was made famous through a poem written in 1915 by Canadian Army physician and Lieutenant Colonel, John McCrae, M.D. who saw the war’s devastation first hand. The poem, entitled “In Flanders Fields” was something he scribbled as he saw the long rows of white crosses at the graves of fallen soldiers. That vision of white was broken up by red poppies that grew between the graves in that field.thumbnail-1

Our Love, Memory, and Honor wreath with vibrant reds and blues and our Star Spangled Roses are gorgeous ways to celebrate this Veteran’s Day.

Whether you celebrate with poppies or any red, white and blue , flowers are a wonderful way to honor the patriots who have touched your life.

Halloween Pet Costume Contest

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CELEBRATE YOUR PET’S CUTENESS!

Enter our Pet Costume Photo Contest by October 30th for a chance to win a fantastic gift basket.

 HOW TO ENTER ONLINE:

1. Follow our link and click the button to like our Facebook page: http://woobox.com/rj3mfm
You must like our page before you can enter your pet or vote for your favorite costume.

2. Upload a photo of your pet dressed in their Halloween costume.

It’s fast and easy! Just enter your e-mail address (so we can contact you if you win), and upload your picture!

3. Get your friends and family to vote on your photo!

After uploading your pet’s picture, you will be prompted to share your entry. This is the quickest way to get votes. But remember, likes and votes are not the same! Liking shares the picture, but voting counts! So make sure to click the VOTE box on your pet’s picture. (The number of votes is hidden to encourage competition.)

4. The pet with the most votes wins the Grand Prize! We will also award a second prize to the runner up.
The winner will be announced on October 31st.

GOOD LUCK! 

Who To Give Flowers to On Sweetest Day

Sweetest Day is quickly approaching on the third Saturday of October, which this year is on October 18. For nearly 100 years people have sought to find the perfect gift for their special someone, whether it was a lifelong best friend or a romantic partner. There are few better gifts for showing affection and appreciation than flowers. Flowers can light up a room and a person’s face. Finding the perfect arrangement does not have to be a struggle, either. Use these suggestions to start brainstorming ideas that would fit best for that special person in life.

Potted plants

Fresh cut flowers are a fantastic idea, but there are many benefits to going with a potted plant as well. The long lasting nature of a living plant can help add to the symbolism of the gift, speaking to the lasting nature of the important relationship. A number of colorful and beautiful arrangements using a number of different plants can be developed as well. Since Sweetest Day occurs during the fall, many people might enjoy going with fall colors and themes, by including oranges, yellows, reds and greens, but classic potted plants such as a peace lily and similar popular options can also work very well. Mums are also a much- loved, popular option that would be appreciated by most people. Mums come in a wide range of colors, from yellows to reds to purple, making it easy to find a color that will work well for a particular loved one. Whether a potted plant is purchased small to grace a desk at work or large enough to decorate the corner of the living room, they can be a wonderful way to light up the room and add a bit of color year round.

Flowers associated with love

There are several plants that are traditionally associated with love, including orchids, stargazer lilies, and roses. These stunning options all offer unique appearances and rich colors that are sure to delight any recipient. Buyers have a number of different options when it comes to buying these flowers. For example, roses can be given as a single rose, or in a bouquet of a dozen. Roses also can be paired when other gifts, such as chocolate. The flowers can also be purchased as a part of a larger arrangement.

Those looking for the perfect gift for Sweetest Day do not have to stress. By reviewing these suggestions for the perfect flower arrangement, they surely will find an option that will suit their special someone. Prepare for the upcoming holiday and let that particular person know just how much they matter.

Ideas for Flowers to Send this Bosses Day

National Boss’s Day comes around every October 16 in the U.S. It’s a day set aside for employees to show gratitude to bosses they feel have been fair and enjoyable to work for throughout the year. The day serves to help strengthen the bond between employee and employer. “National Boss’s Day” was first established in 1962 and has grown in popularity ever since.

Do you have the type of boss that most workers long to have? National Boss’s Day is the perfect time to let them know how much you appreciate their exemplary skills as “commander in chief,” and flowers can be the perfect expression of gratitude. Consider these flower gift ideas for National Boss’s Day this year:

Autumn Blooms

By mid-October, autumn is really kicking into gear, so an autumn arrangement can be the perfect way to mark the occasion. Flowers that convey autumn include sunflowers, daisies, asters, and just about any bloom in shades of yellow, gold, orange, rust and autumn-reds. A Fresh Fall Bundle brings together long-lasting autumn blooms your boss can enjoy in the office. Artistry of Autumn offers gorgeous premium flowers in fall colors, including lilies, gerbers, safflower, safari sunset leucadendron, solidago, cattails, wheat, and autumn leaves.

Add Some Greenery

For a more “masculine” effect and to help bring good feng shui to the office, green plants can be the perfect addition. What boss wouldn’t love a Money Tree? The Money Tree plant is a symbol of new beginnings and can bring luck and good fortune. It has a braided trunk and long leaves, and it actually does well under fluorescent lights. The Peace Lily promotes harmony and is easy to maintain if your boss has less-than a green thumb. The Croton Plant delights with big, colorful leaves of green, orange, yellow, and a bit of red.

Dazzle them With Orchids

An orchid brings an exotic and impactful energy to any space. The orchid conveys strength, wisdom and integrity. A Daydreamer arrangement blends birds of paradise flowers with oncidium orchids for a tasteful and undeniably beautiful effect.

The Magestic Lily

Few flowers make an impact like the big, regal lily. Enchanting Stargazer Lilies are bursting with whites, pinks and reds, and will always make a bold statement. A European Budvase combines lilies with other accent flowers for a more understated presentation.

If you love your job or at least appreciate your boss, National Boss’s Day is the perfect time to let them know it. Sending flowers always conveys thoughtfulness, and these are just a few ideas to help you pick the perfect gift for National Boss’s Day this year.