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Beautify Your Home with Thanksgiving Flowers

November 9, 2013

Thanksgiving is November 28th, which is not that far away. If you’re hosting the turkey dinner, you probably have loved ones coming to your home from near and far. You want to impress them with your home and especially the dinner table. One of the best ways to do this is by using Thanksgiving flowers arrangements.

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Choosing the Colors for an Arrangement

A Thanksgiving arrangement can come in any colors you would like, but most people usually choose browns, oranges, yellows, and reds. These are the classic colors of Thanksgiving, and most homes hosting dinners will have these colors in their décor.

Types of Flowers for Thanksgiving

There are many types of flowers available during this season, but the most popular ones are:

  • Antique Hydrangea
  • Bittersweet
  • Safari Sunset
  • Roses
  • Asiatic Lilies
  • Wheat
  • Solidago
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Also, adding in fruit and other adornments will make your arrangement  interesting and unique.  Try some of these:

  • Pomegranates
  • Apples
  • Acorns
  • Feathers
  • Mini pumpkins
  • Branches

Where to Put the Arrangement

While the best place to put an arrangement is in the center of the table, that doesn’t have to be where you put it. Many people will place a beautiful Thanksgiving arrangement on a table that is across from or next to the front door. This is a good way to invite guests into a home. It welcomes them and it’s a great conversation starter.

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  • You can place it on the island in your kitchen. As you’re cooking, it’s nice to remember why you are doing this for your loved ones by looking at the beautiful arrangement in front of you.
  • Place it on the coffee table in your living room. As people sit around your living room, they will notice the beauty of the arrangement, which will then prime them to see the beautiful décor throughout your home.
  • Some people place their bouquets on the fireplace mantel. In colder areas, the fireplace will be lit and the flowers are the perfect touch to the vibrant flames.
  • If you have a banquet table in your dining room, you can place it on that table. That way people can admire it as they are eating.
  • If you have guests staying overnight, you may want to put a small arrangement in your guest room. The beauty and fragrance will comfort them giving them a good night’s rest after eating all of that turkey, stuffing and other fixings.

Buying an Arrangement as a Gift

Many people purchase flowers as a gift for someone hosting the dinner. This is a great way to show how much you appreciate the person cooking and providing you with such a good meal.

How Far in Advance Should You Order a Thanksgiving Arrangement?

Thanksgiving is a popular time of year for florists. It’s important to contact your florist at least two weeks before Thanksgiving to give her an idea of what you’re seeking in an arrangement. That way you give her enough time to order the flowers you want.

If you don’t have any special requests, you can call about a week before the big day. Your florist will prepare your arrangement for the day you would like it delivered, and make sure you receive it in plenty of time for when you want your house ready to welcome guests.

It’s Time to Start Thinking About Your Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It’s a time to get together with friends and family and really think about what’s important in life. As you are decorating your home and preparing the menu, consider ing a beautiful floral arrangement to add to the beauty of the holiday. As soon as you see it and hear all of the compliments about it, you’ll wish you had ordered one every other year you’ve hosted Thanksgiving dinner.

Halloween Flower Arrangments for Fun and Fright

October 28, 2013

Create Creepy Halloween Arrangements with Flowers

Halloween is a fun time of year. There are ghosts, goblins, witches, and more everywhere you turn. Why not bring that fun into your home with Halloween floral arrangements? They are easy to make, especially with the help of a passionate florist!  The following are some ideas you may want to use.

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Icky Spider Roses

Cream roses placed in a black vase with little plastic spiders stuck all over them will definitely do the “trick”  You may even want to tie a string to one of the spiders and have it hang off one of the flowers. If you’re able to find black snakes, they can cause quite a fright when stuck in between the roses.

 

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Dusty Cobweb Roses of Death

Arrange red roses, carnations, and other deep red flowers in a dark colored vase. Drape cobweb cotton material across them to make it seem as though they’ve been sitting there for years.

 

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Spooky Dark Flowery Bouquet

A popular flower centerpiece for Halloween is one that has deep dark red, burgundy, and green flowers and leaves. Large flowers are better

because they give off a more dramatic look. Add an antique looking vase to the bouquet and you have the perfect Halloween floral bouquet.

 

 

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A carved pumpkin with a glass vase placed inside is perfect for a centerpiece. After the pumpkin is hallowed out add the vase and place deep red and purple flowers inside of it. This look mixes the fall harvest with the eeriness of Halloween.

Bonus tip: You can get a great Halloween look by asking for flowers sprayed with glitter. It’s even more dramatic when you pair it with black flowers.

How to Creatively Show Your Love on Anniversaries

July 26, 2013
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Summer is the time for weddings so that means time for anniversaries too!  For wedding anniversaries, couples are most likely stop and reflect how far they’ve come since they exchanged their vows. If you’re about to celebrate one of these hallmarks, consider showing your love and appreciation with some creative flair.

Anniversary Traditions

For hundreds of years, couples have celebrated their anniversaries in many ways. Traditions have come up that seem to stick across generations. Some of these traditions are giving a gift with a certain quality to it. For example, many couples give paper for their first anniversary, cotton for their second, and leather for their third.

For the most special anniversaries, couples have given wood for the 5th, tin or aluminum for the 10th, and crystal for the 15th. But they aren’t just giving their loving spouse a 2×4, a tin can, or a crystal necklace, they are becoming more creative with it. Many of them are incorporating the traditional gift in flower arrangements.

How to be Creative with Floral Arrangements

For a 5th anniversary, in which you want to incorporate wood, you may want to consider what the flowers will be placed in. Some couples choose a wood vase, which has a plastic inlay to keep the water inside of it. Other couples choose to place a branch, a piece of bark, or carved wooden object in the arrangement. A florist can create an impressive floral arrangement with wood. If you can’t think of anything spectacular, don’t be shy to ask about it. Many times, florists know exactly what you want to do.

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For a 10th anniversary, tin and aluminum are what you want to include in a floral arrangement. Just as you did with the wood, you can place flowers in a tin or aluminum vase with a plastic inlay. You could also choose a vase made of glass, but has metal accents. Vintage tins are super popular right now and galvanized market buckets have summery feel!

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For a 15th anniversary, crystal is customary, and it’s of course, the easiest to incorporate into a floral arrangement. You can be super traditional and have a dozen red roses designed in a crystal vase. How about bringing  in your own crystal vase that you received as a wedding gift and have your florist recreate your wedding flowers or colors.  Tiny vintage crystal vase with the cutest little arrangements make a beautiful display.

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What About the Flowers?

When creating an arrangement, you may wonder what would be the best flowers to go along with the traditional gift. Think of colors as you decide. For instance, for a 5th anniversary, soft yellows, pinks, and whites go well with the wood color. For the 10th anniversary tin/aluminum, darker, more striking colors would go well with it such as red roses, sunflowers or purple lizianthus. Finally, for the 15th anniversary, premium flowers such as roses, orchids and peonies are perfect.

Design a Creative Floral Arrangement Today

With this information, you can now design a floral arrangement you’ll love to give to your spouse of 5, 10, or 15 years. It’s even possible to order flowers online. Denver florist Amore Fiori would be happy to accommodate customers across the nation.

Send your sweetie the very best this anniversary with wedding anniversary flower from Denver florist,  Amore Fiori.  We know she’ll be impressed with your creativity, and captivated by the love you’ve shown in such a thoughtful gift.

Summer Wedding Trends 2013

May 27, 2013

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Summer is approaching and love is in the air. This season is one of the most popular times of year to have a wedding. Each year, weddings change. There are certain wedding trends that come up every year that are unique from the years before it. In 2013, the summer wedding trends are just as exceptional. To help you come up with the wedding of your dreams, here are the latest wedding trends of this year.

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It’s not all about soft colors for this summer. Brides want bright, hot colors. They are choosing hot pinks, greens, and blues. The bridesmaid dresses are shocking in color, and the bouquets that will go with them will be just as provocative.

Soft, Relaxing Music

While many people think of the traditional wedding music during the ceremony and reception, brides are starting to look towards other types. This summer you’ll hear wedding music that is much more laid back. Think of the music you’d hear during a cocktail hour at a party.

Creative Themes

Brides are choosing new, interesting themes for their weddings this summer. They may choose a garden, carnival, or mountain theme. While some brides will only use a few decorations, others will use as many as they can to bring out the theme they have chosen as much as possible. The new themes are also making a landfall in Denver. Since many people love to ski in the state, they are choosing the mountain theme. Some love camping, so they are bringing some camping aspects into their wedding. It’s your wedding, so you can do whatever you want to do with it.

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Fruity Centerpieces

Flowers have always been the popular choice for centerpieces, but brides are adding something more to them with fruit. Some are throwing in some oranges, while others are bringing in the tropical theme by adding in pineapples.

What Will You Do?

Now that you know what brides are doing this summer for their wedding, what will you do? You have so many options when it comes to a wedding in the summer that you can create anything you can think of. If you need help, just think about what you and your fiancé love about life. Take aspects of the things you both love and bring them together into your wedding.

Featured Designer – Marcy Kennedy with Sweet Pea Designs

November 11, 2012

With our holiday open house approaching on November 16th, 2012, I would like to introduce Marcy Kennedy with Sweet Pea Designs.  Marcy not only is a floral designer at Amore Fiori, but she also creates beautiful unique jewelry in her spare time- which is not a lot since she has two little ones – who are her other “Sweet Peas”.

Here is Marcy in her own words:

“I am an artist in many ways. I have been a floral designer for 16 years and enjoy being creative. I love many mediums of art, but most of all I love the creativeness of mixed media and found art, whether it’s in my jewelry design or other pieces I make. I frequent flea markets, antique stores, thrift stores, etc. anywhere that has items with character, age, and a story. I wish sometimes the items I find could talk and tell me their story.

“Sweet Pea” my 51 Chevy pickup, was my inspiration not only for my business name, but is a daily inspiration for me. She is a great example of an item I wish could talk. When I drive her I am transported back to childhood summers spent at my grandparents’ house in the midwest. Whether I was painting in their ceramic shop or rummaging for treasures in their attic, I knew I wanted to create.

I hope when you see my creations you are inspired by the past and that you are in your own way inspired to create.”

We are excited to feature Sweet Pea’s jewelry and holiday ornaments at our open house.  Here’s a peek!

 See more designs at www.spjewelry.etsy.com

Meet the Designer – Katie Carrera

October 14, 2012

Now that we have pretty much wrapped up wedding season for 2012, I want to take a moment to introduce  Katie.   Although all of the staff at Amore Fiori play a part in the weddings we create, Katie was the leader this season and designed beautiful weddings from rustic vintage to crystal elegance.

Here is Katie in her own words:

“Growing up in Denver I always knew I would never have a typical office job. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I began my love of flowers. I do remember the first time I saw the lovely Audrey Hepburn in her classic role as Eliza Dolittle in the film “My Fair Lady”, I wanted to emulate her and become a lady in a flower shop…..so I did. I pursued my dream.

I have shared my experience and passion for floral design with the people of Denver for more than ten years.  The three things in life that bring me the most joy are flowers, music and dogs! If they are in the same place at the same time you can bet this girl will be beaming from ear to ear.

I really don’t predict my life changing directions away from the floral industry. I work very hard to always stay current  on new trends and techniques as to create unique and spectacular designs for our clients.”

Here are a few of Katie’s designs from last season!

                                                 Texture and attention to the details set her designs apart!

And in our client’s words:

“I wanted to make my bouquets a surprise and I was breath taken when they arrived! It was exactly what I wanted and it made the decor and wedding party whole. Thank you so much Amore Fiori and Katie C for the wonderful flowers and mostly for making the decor choices easy and perfect for my wedding day.”   Bride 7/21/12

More than just a pretty vase

October 12, 2012

Flowers: More than Just a Pretty Vase

Flowers serve many functions. They are a source of nectar bees use to make honey. Flowers are used to create to wonderful leis that welcome any visitor to the Hawaiian Islands. Delicate blooms represent the new life of spring and the fresh fragrance of the outdoors. Whether it is the wildflowers of Colorado or the blooms for the Roses parade, flowers surround us and serve many functions.

 

Aromatherapy    

I can’t tell you how many times guests will walk    into the store and say “Ahhhhhhh- it smells so good in here”.  When you walk into a flower shop and observe the variety of colors and  shapes, it is easy to forget that flowers are more than just a product of their own. They are a source of aroma for many other products: candles, perfumes, body wash and incense. Natural remedies for common ailments find flowers at the center of their inspiration. Aromatherapy helps to soothe, relax and boost the immune system.  Try a few stems of lavender to calm the mind or a jasmine plant to reduce stress.

Sentiment

A more common function of flowers is to express any number of sentiments. A husband who finds himself in the “dog house” may use flowers to say, “I’m sorry.” At a funeral,  flowers express condolences. At a wedding,  they provide an atmosphere of celebration. Flowers are also an expression of admiration after a performance by dancers or actors in theatre.  Not to mention, certain flowers have certain meanings.  For instance-  if you want to say “I love you”,  a single RED rose will do the trick.

Aesthetics 

The roses in Pasadena, the columbines in the Rockies, the hibiscus in Hawaii and the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. draw the attention of nature lovers and tourists alike with their unique beauty. It is as though nature has decorated for the occasion. Flowers have also long been a primary component used to decorate for weddings, representing delicate beauty. Brides choose to carry floral bouquets down the aisle that is often a blanket of petals.

Nature indoors

Floral arrangements bring the beauty, life and fresh scent of nature indoors. It is only natural that flowers draw our attention; they were created to do so.  On a cold and dreary day, flowers fill a room with sunshine and smiles.

If you need a natural remedy for stress that doubles as a centerpiece, buy yourself flowers. If you want to communicate something too intense for words, give flowers. If you want to make someone’s day, have flowers delivered to their school, home or office.  They will love the surprise!

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