Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Let's Celebrate!

Join us in celebrating the most wonderful time of the year! Be inspired with FREE decor demonstrations all day long, exclusive discounts, festive food and beverages, and a complimentary gift for all.

In the spirit of giving, please bring in a non-perishable food item to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank. Cash donations will also be collected.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our five stores!


 11AM    Kid-Friendly Craft: Decorated Pine Cone

12PM    Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

1PM       Fall Topiary

2PM       Easy Christmas Centerpiece

3PM       Designer Bow-Making

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wickedly Easy Halloween Ideas

We've DUG UP (pun intended!) some great decor ideas from our designers.  Try these scary ideas to add a bit of boo to your All Hallow's Eve. . .

Search the web for 'printable Halloween labels'.  When you some that you like, print them out.  Meanwhile, make a good hot cup of tea, and make it strong.  Lay these printed sheets out in a narrow dish, pour the tea until covered, let the pages soak for 5-10 minutes until they take on an aged look.  Lay flat to dry.  Meanwhile, gather narrow bottles (early 1900s tonic and medicine bottles work great, and can be found for a few bucks each at most antique stores).  Using a spot of U-Glu (peel off glue dabs) affix each label to a bottle.  After the holiday, you can simply peel the label off without harming the bottle.  Fill the bottle with water and add one or two deep red roses, bright orange gerberas or the bloom of your choice

Using a funeral mache piece or plastic urn, fill it with Oasis or dried silk floral foam.  Cover this with a draping of Spanish Moss.  Create a tree by inserting dried branches from your own back yard, or with curley willow or birch branches.  Spin a few strands of fake spiderwebs through the branches, and then decorate as you wish.  Perhaps hang plastic spiders from the web, or prop a faux tombstone in front of the tree, or hang with little Halloween ornaments.  A great focal point for your buffet table!


At the local crafts or Halloween store, find the most hideous and realistic bugs possible.  'Trap' them inside clear vases for a quick easy yet scary look. 
Using a few cylinder vases in varying sizes, wrap the inside of the vase loosely with curley willow.  Spin faux spider web amongst the branches, then tuck one of the bugs or spiders up inside the web.  Flip the vase upside down to 'trap' the bug.

Whether you don't have the time or simply aren't in the mood for DIY projects, Cactus Flower can handle your Halloween decor for you!

There is no limit to what we can create for your frightful fete, whether it incorporates pumpkins, spiders, bats, or witches. Just call us with your vision and we'll bring it to life. Muahahaha!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

It's Wedding Season! Well, in Phoenix, Anyway

Do you know why most weddings traditionally took place in June? In days of yore, the seasons ruled activities. The winter months made it too cold for guests to travel, spring months were kept busy with planting of the crops and birthings, while fall was dedicated to harvest. That left the summer months, and of those, June traditionally had the most temperate weather.

In Arizona, our wedding season starts in October. . . and runs through the month of April. And why not? With our perfect weather, it's the best time for so many Arizona brides!

When planning a wedding, experts suggest meeting with your florist three months prior to the big day. . .but even if you've procrastinated, we can help. Our wedding concierge, Corrina Chavez, will be happy to meet with you at any one of our five Cactus Flower stores. With your thoughts and ideas, she will help make your wedding dreams come true. She can be reached at 480-358-5473 or by email. If you need inspiration, check out our gallery of work on our wedding website,

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Save the Date(s): Tinsel Training is Coming!

We've received several calls regarding this year's Tinsel Training classes. Through registration is not yet open, here is the schedule thus far:


Monday, 11/25  6PM

Tuesday, 11/26  6PM



Tuesday, 12/3  6PM

Wednesday, 12/4  6PM



Tuesday, 12/17  6PM

Wednesday, 12/18  6PM