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Easy Spring Floral Ideas

Posted by CR on Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Spring has sprung and you may be having people over soon, for any number of reasons. We wanted to give you some easy ways to spruce up your table cleverly and affordably.

 

Here are the Anchor Hocking floral products we used:


Bud Vases - Items #31268, #31257  


12” Kendl Twisted Square Vase - Item #99147  


Carafe - Item# 99119

Other Items Used:
Soho Barware
Reused Candle Jars  

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Flowers:


We went to the local grocer and purchased a potted hyacinth plant, which contained 3 bulbs that had bloomed ($7.00) and a bouquet of mixed spring stems ($7.00).

 

Project 1
Bouquets for Ladies Tea

 

 

Take time to relax and catch up with close friends this spring. Invite over your closest friends, your siblings, your in-laws, whoever – and make them feel right welcomed and cherished with a personalized bouquet.

 

We wanted these bouquets to be multi-purpose so we grabbed our 1 Liter Carafes to hold the stems.

We also found some ribbon (reused from a potpourri bag) to hold name tags on to the vases. The name tags were cut out of brown paper bags (which were free from the grocer’s check-out).

To make the tags we first sketched out a tag shape (download a printable tag of your own here). We cut through both sides of the bag, giving us two tag shapes each. We did this so we could write little notes on the inside of the tag. Write their names on the outside and a cute note on the inside, hole punch and attach to the carafe.

Project 2
Rustic Charm  

We chose a collection of 4 bud vases in various heights. We picked out three rather tall stems from the bouquet and one that was shorter and fuller.

For the fuller stem we needed to remove some of the lower leaves and growth, but saved them for another small project.

By using an earthy color palette and not following standard floral arrangement rules, we create an interesting, minimal and rustic look. This would look great next to a tub full of sodas in glass bottles or a buffet table of desserts.

Project 3
Big Charm in Small Places  

If you have minimal counter space and you still want to add pops of nature to the display this idea is for you.

We have been saving used candle jars for just such an occasion. Remember those trimmings we saved from Project 2? Here’s where they’ll come in handy.   Using short stems of filler and leaves and rocks, create small vignettes in miniature jars. These will look perfect among food displays or next to beverage stations. Inter-mix them with candles for a romantic effect.  

Project 4
Lofty Sunnies  

Sunflowers can make a big impact with their height. Don’t worry though, if you don’t have a tall vase to put them in. We chose 3 pieces of tall and skinny beverageware, our Soho Collection. You could also use our 4” or 6” Kendl Tapered Vases.

We used what is called “cullet” from our factory, but you can pick up a similar looking product in the floral section. You could also use tiny seed beads from the craft isle.

First, we filled the glasses/vases with the filler/cullet.
Then, we pushed the sunflower stems down into the material. This makes a snug fit around the flower and holds it upright.
 

Align them down the center of a table or on a shelf for a modern touch and new sense of visual height.

Project 5
Ditch the Plastic  

We bought those hyacinths, remember? We decided we didn’t like that pot they were in, and we weren’t ready to plant them in the garden just yet. So, we temporarily transplanted them into pieces of beverageware that we’ve been collecting.

Maybe you have some collections of vintage glassware or some pieces that no longer have match. Use these pieces of glass to create an interesting display that kicks those hyacinths up a notch.

Display them while you have guests over and after the party you can plant them in the ground.

**Don’t forget, that once the flowers turn brown, you can dig up that bulb, store it in a brown paper bag and replant next year.

Project 6
Housewarming Gift  

Do you know someone who just settled into their new home?
Maybe a newlywed couple?

Instead of flowers, opt for kitchen gadgetry!

Whether they’ve registered for gifts or you know what they’re in need of, use a collection of items to create a lovely display.

Vase too tall? Purchase some fabric napkins in their favorite color(s), roll them up and use as a base for you gadget bouquet.

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Categorized under: Flower Power  Decorate  Trend  Tips  D.I.Y.  Floral  Entertain  Glass  Holidays  Home  Garden 



Get the Trends

Posted by CR on Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Here at Anchor Hocking we have a team of designers who develop new products. Part of their process involves creating trend reports based on their global research of products, fashion, architecture and art.

We wanted to share a sampling of their 2011 Trend Reporting that was compiled during the Fall of 2010.

We hope it inspires you and helps you push the boundaries of your own home decor, party designs or craft projects!

 

 

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Categorized under: Trend  Tips  Trends  Design  Graphics 



Pull Out All The Stops

Posted by CR on Monday, January 31st, 2011

No matter who you need a Valentine's day surprise for we've got you covered. Whether you need a unique twist for a son who doesn't take well to frills and pink hearts, or a gal pal who needs a pick me up we've scoured the web for fast and clever ideas!

Party tricks that will keep them talking all year!



Clockwise: 1 & 2 - Amy Atlas creates lovely presentations for a Valentine's Day get together, using serving dishes of all shapes and sizes to hold candies and showing off beautiful cocktails in glass beverageware. 3 - Mousse shots in 1.5 oz shot glasses. 4 - Delightful strawberry parfait in glass stemware. 5 - Jell-O displays in mini trifle bowls. 6 - Candy for guests in small glass jars.
 

Skip the water and opt for candies.


Take inspiration from Martha Stewart. Use large vases or trifle bowls or punch bowls to fill with conversation hearts or cinnamon candies as filler for floral arrangements.

Kid friendly ideas for Valentine's Day


From right to left: 1 - Milk in a cocktail glass with a cookie on the rim via Party Starters. 2. Adorable milk and cookies party using jars and cake plates for displays with giant colorful balloons from Creative Party Place. 3 - For the little guy or gal who doesn't care for the ruffle filled details of this holiday fill a cookie jar full of toys, in this case Lego pieces.

 

Don't waste time! Get these Valentine's Day looks started with Anchorware via the Anchor Online Store! www.anchoronline.com

THE BIG DEAL! When you spend $50 or more at the Anchor Online Store you can receive our Vienna Champagne Flute (4pc Set) for FREE.  Simply add the Vienna Champagne Flutes to your cart and continue shopping until you've reached $50 in merchandise!  Flute price will be immediately deducted from your total, no coupon code necessary.  Know someone who needs some bubbly?  Share the love and tell friends and family (also look for our advertisement on our Facebook page to share!)!

Do you have some great ideas on how to use Anchorware for Valentine's Day gifts? Let us know!

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Categorized under: Entertain  Decorate  Craft  Tips  D.I.Y.  Floral 



On Trend: Beyond Plaid

Posted by CR on Friday, January 7th, 2011

At Anchor Hocking, our product development group is constantly studying trends, where they were, where they are and where they'll be next.

We wanted to share a rather fun and energetic trend that has taken over. This trend has many offshoots, but begins with plaid.

Whether looking at shower themes, tee shirt designs, table linens or accessories, we can't help but notice a variety of items that have a lumberjack feel to them. Mixtures of country, outdoor themes, plaid and masculine products have made their way into every crack and crevasee of the design world.

(From Top Left to Right) 1. Upcycled Plaid Coffee Sleeve 2. Plaid Infinity Scarf 3. Lumberjack Plaid Flower Pin 4. Lumberjack screenprint tee 5. Lumberjack & Jill Themed couples wedding shower 6. Plaid Chicken Doorstopper 7. Plaid Personalized Canning Lables 8. Canning Jar Graphic Shower Invites 9. Mini Baked Beans in Hermetic Canning Jars

You can also quickly add some plaid, country and manly flair to your home or kitchen with Anchor.

 

(From Top Left to Right) 1. Manchester Rocks (Plaid Pattern) 2. Manchester Tea (Plaid Pattern) 3. Rustic Rooster Chalk Board (Plaid Scarf Included) 4. Cracker Jar Set (Vintage Appeal with Threaded Cap) 5. Beer Wagon Mug (20oz Shown) 6. Heremes Jar (Canning Inspired Closure)

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Categorized under: Trend  Drink  Organize  Decorate  Tips 



Halloween Party Tricks

Posted by CR on Monday, October 4th, 2010

We asked you delivered! We wanted to see how you put your Anchorware to use, and my goodness did we get some great responses! Charlotte of The Paper Cupcake shared with us her beautiful images from her Happy Halloween Printable Collection photoshoot.







Charlotte uses our Heritage Hill Jars to hold bulk candy and treats. She dresses them up with her custom labels and wraps! We're so proud that our jar can be the canvas for such creativity!



*Images Courtesy of The Paper Cupcake

See more of the photoshoot...

Do you want to throw a party like this? Here's how to get the look!

For The Paper Cupcake's creative work check out their Facebook page (which has an online store built right in)  

The Paper Cupcake also has an Etsy store!

 

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A big huge thank you goes out to The Paper Cupcake, for inspiring us and for supporting American made glassware!

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Categorized under: Decorate  Organize  Tips  D.I.Y.  Entertain  Heritage  Fall 



Plantlife in Anchorware

Posted by CR on Monday, March 29th, 2010

Everyone loves to spruce up their office.

An easy way to do this is bringing in a small plant or two. We've found that Anchor employees have some pretty innovative planter solutions. They love using Anchor glass because of its natural and eco-friendly qualities. Even more so, they love using things in new and different ways to create conversation and spur ideas.

Using two of our Contemporary Bowls for a planter. You could do this and put small decorative items between the small and large bowl, like rocks, buttons, scrabble pieces or vintage trinkets.

Two of our measuring cups used as planters. Perfect use for someone who has acquired a measuring cup but rarely cooks!

Retro Anchorware gets put to good use around the office, this one sprouting new life.
*Images Courtesy of CR

Come back soon - I'm sure we'll post more ideas for planting in Anchorware!

Categorized under: Decorate  Tips  Floral 



Apothecary Appeal

Posted by CR on Friday, March 26th, 2010

After reading "Solving Bathroom Storage Woes", NR shared with me that she uses Anchorware for bathroom storage too! Her approach is very classic and feminine with our small and large Apothecary Jars.

What's great about using these jars in the bathroom is that they turn cotton balls and hair ties into pretty little displays!

*Images Courtesy of NR

NR says, "I have my daughter's hair ties and my q-tips and cotton balls in Apothocary Jars.  I have nails and screws in our Emma Jars with metal lids (at home). At work, I put pens in the Coincidence Tea, tea bags in a Montana Jar, and flower with rocks in a little Stackable Glass."

After hearing this I barged into her office to take a mini photoshoot of all her Anchorware.

*Images Courtesy of CR

 

Categorized under: Organize  Tips  Apothecary Jar  Montana Jar 



Versatile Entertaining

Posted by HB on Friday, February 26th, 2010

Anchor Hocking has many products that are beautiful, yet versatile. Did you know that most of our Cake Dome Sets can be used as a Punch Bowl, or how about a salad bowl? These multi-function items save space in your cabinets and look beautiful on the table.

Trifle Bowls are multi use too! Try these great ideas; trifles, salads, centerpieces bowl, or add a candle and some marbles and you have a gorgeous centerpiece that you can change by the season or give as a gift.

Punch Bowls aren't just for punch any more. With the entertaining craze, we're all having large parties. Use your Anchor Hocking Punch bowl for tossed salads, potato salads and party snacks.

Storage Jars come out of the kitchen! Your Anchor Hocking storage jars are great in every room of the home.

  • Sewing rooms-buttons, ribbons, thread
  • Garage-nails, nuts & bolts
  • Laundry room-detergent, softener sheets, pocket change
  • Bedroom-jewelry, potpourri or change
  • Bathroom-cotton balls, soaps or bath salts

Categorized under: Entertain  Tips  Montana Jar 



2010 Trend Colors

Posted by CR on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

We like to stay up to date on trends and thought it would be fun to share with your our forcasts for 2010 Home Color Trends. Below is a small blurb from our color forcast for 2010 which we compiled in late Summer 2009.

Turquoise. Copper. Grass. Lilac. Storm. Neutrals.

The up and coming colors for 2010 are inspired by bold and recognizable hues from nature. Turquoise as the primary color, will be seen in varying hues often paired with the secondary color, copper.

All of these trend colors can easily be matched with warm earthy neutral tones.

As for color palettes, this year monochromatic and simple complimentary schemes are stealing the show. Copper is borderline red/orange so it can compliment both blues and  greens. Turquoise and storm would also make a great monochromatic duo.

   

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  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Homeworld Business creates excitement around Anchor Home Collections new line of Bamboo products in their June 2009 edition.

  • Anchor Hocking's Sigma Beverageware is given an Award of Excellence by HFN in April 2009.

  • Anchor Hocking is acknowledged for expanding beyond glassware by HFN in April 2009.

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