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  

*View our Home Decor Catalog  

 

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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Posted by HB on Friday, August 13th, 2010

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Your Home Floral Style

Posted by Bloomtastic Florists on Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Every home has a style, it’s very own personality that needs to be showcased!  Indulge your home’s persona  by tailoring the flower arrangements to suit.  Below are five home styles and the perfect arrangements for each.    

 

Americana Country  

(Image from Society of American Florists)

This style has become a phenomenon in it’s own right. Motifs include artifacts from the past - such as quilts, galvanized metal bowls and wooden crates. The result is comfort that is easy and inviting. Woven baskets or simple vases of mixed spring flowers (yarrow, wild roses, scabiosa, heather) fit perfectly on a coffee table or kitchen counter. Cut flowers, blooming plants, herbs, wreaths and swags with that farm-fresh look are a natural extension of this homespun décor with their fresh-picked-from-the-garden appeal.        

Casual Chic 

(Image from Society of American Florists)

Casual living lifestyles focus on the simple pleasures of life. The decor includes furniture of light pine, natural woods, bleached oak or a white-washed painted finish with fabrics of linen and cotton in neutral tones. Because these homes are designed for "stress busting," flowers provide nature's balancing formula. The right match might include flowering and green plants (like cyclamen, kalanchoe, pothos or ivy) casually grouped, or flowers (such as sunflowers, daisies, hydrangea, delphinium or tulips) placed in a clear glass vase, pitcher or piece of pottery.

 Traditional   

(Image from Society of American Florists)

This home has formal architecture with impressive front doors, foyers and individually decorated rooms. Design elements include classic furnishings and antiques with elegant fabrics of brocade, silk and tapestry. Traditional arrangements call for a mixture of flowers (roses, gladiola, iris, carnations, lilies or snapdragons, to name a few) and accents such as dried fruit and foliage. Crystal, brass, silver or porcelain containers are ideal for the classic floral centerpiece.

Modern

(Image from Society of American Florists)

Sleek and trendy, the modern home calls for clean lines, smooth surfaces and form. Elegant fabrics, colorful silks, gauze or leather accent steel, glass and other man-made materials. Bold, exotic flowers (anthuriums, heliconia, callas, orchids) with strong lines work well to complement this home's clean, open spaces. To complete the dramatic look, flowers are best displayed in glass vases, decorative pottery and metallic containers with pewter or stainless steel finishes.

 

Victorian

(Image from Society of American Florists)

Velvets, satins, chintz, lace and organza create a feeling of softness and romance in the Victorian home. Pastel colors or soft tone-on-tone prints are used to delight the senses. Fragrant flowers (roses, spray roses, peonies, lavender, gardenias, freesia) in pale peach, lavender, pink, yellow and cream conjure images of romance and sensuality. All of these delicious colors glow in lovely, romantic vases of clear glass, crystal and silver.

 

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Flower Power

Posted by CR on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Heather Waits, Owner
Bloomtastic Florists
 
 
Flower Design 101: What’s Your Personal Style?
 
When you call a professional florist, it sounds like they are talking a foreign language; high style, modern, tussie-mussie, roundy-moundy…what does that mean?!?!?! Use this guide to learn the different styles so you can order and even arrange your own flowers like a pro.
 
Basket Arrangement
 
Basket arrangements are traditional and casual, often even with a touch of country flair. Can be a low or tall arrangement, this style also makes for a nice centerpiece for the kitchen table.
 
Bud Vase Arrangement
 
Tall and thin, this arrangement is a great and inexpensive way to demonstrate your affection for someone, be it friendship or more. Simplistic in style, this arrangement can have just one flower or multiple.
 
Elegant and Sophisticated/Formal Arrangement
 
Grand and striking, this arrangement is tall and robust, flourishing with many flowers. Often used as a foyer centerpiece or for altar arrangements at a church.
 
Garden Style Arrangement
 
With their fresh picked from Grandma’s garden feel, this more traditional style is well suited for any flower lover and perfect for any style home. Lots of flowers and lush greenery is used for this style.
 
High-style/Contemporary
 
This artistic display is modern and sophisticated and incorporates the negative space in the design as well as the flowers. Typical arrangement is tall with few flowers, but often unique and uncommon.
 
Tussie-Mussie
 
This style has a historical past of being carried by brides during the Victorian era and is one of the modern day’s most popular styles. This compact gathering of flowers typically is not accompanied by any greenery and the stems are bound together. It can also be called a roundy-moundy design when styled more traditionally.
 
Modern

Low and compact, this arrangement has become the poster child for the 21st century flower arrangements. A tight gathering of flowers, usually without greenery, is placed into a low vase for a very clean and simple look.

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

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  • 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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