Friday, April 7, 2017

Prom Flowers 101


The minutia that accompanies an average prom is mind-boggling.  There's the clothes, the shoes, the accessories, how to wear your hair, what color of nail polish...the list goes on and on.  And somewhere on that list is one of the most confusing of all things prom-related: selecting the corsage and boutonniere!


Here are some clues to help make ordering prom flowers a breeze:

* This year's buzzwords are 'co-ordinate' and 'compliment'.  Gone is the dreaded 'matchy-matchy' where a beautiful unusual color can cause extreme angst when trying to find anything that matches. One prom-goer found a spectacular ethereal dress in a minty-celery-ish green. Instead of fruitlessly searching for anything to match this unusual color perfectly, she instead opted for pink roses, off white ribbon and a bit of lavender waxflower.  Vintage perfection!

*Order early! To avoid disappointment, order in advance.  Some proms are so large and/or some weekends have so many proms that our locations can hit maximum circumstances, where we are actually unable to accept any more orders.  People who order ahead of time are at a distinct advantage to those who wait until the last minute!

*Some gals are like regimented sergeants and give their dates a long list of do's and don'ts for the corsage.  Others leave it totally to chance. If you know her dress color, we can help put together the perfect corsage by co-ordinating the flowers and ribbon.  Even if you don't know what she's wearing, we can create a beautiful corsage that is certain to please.  White roses and white, gold or irridescent ribbon blend beautifully with any outfit to make it look as if you've put a lot of thought into it!

*Arrange the pick up on the day of the dance.  Do not store flowers in the fridge!.  A refrigerator normally has lower temperatures (@37 degrees to a flower cooler's optimum 43 degrees) and higher humidity than a flower cooler.  Most importantly, refrigerators often contain raw fruits and vegetable that emit methane gas which can hasten the flower blooming wide open.

*Do not leave wearable flowers inside a warm vehicle.  If you're running errands, take it into every store with you, or make the corsage pick-up the last stop. Keeping flowers at a nice moderate temperature (65-75) until the dance will help keep them fresh.  


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Easter is April 16th


Everyone knows when most holidays fall-- Valentine's day is February 14th, Saint Patrick's Day is March 17th.  Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May.  Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, Father's Day, the third Sunday in June.  Independence day is, of course, July 4th.  Labor Day, the first Monday in September.  Halloween, October 31st.  Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday in November, and Christmas is always on the 25th of December.

But what the heck is it about Easter?  It never seems to fall on the same day twice, and it can come as early as March 22 and as late as April 25th. This year it falls on April 16th.  But how is the date settled upon every year?  Actually it is based on the lunar calendar. . . Easter will always fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (first day of spring).  Um, it seems easier to buy a calendar to find out what day it falls on!

As always, our designers have put together a fun array of Easter gifts. No matter which day Easter falls on, it's a sure bet Cactus Flower Florists will have a great selection of gifts available. From corsages for mom or grandma to wear to Sunday services, to beautiful potted Easter lilies, for centerpieces for the holiday dinner table, to fun baskets for kids and everything in between, we've got you covered!


You can also join us for a Centerpiece class is you'd like expert instruction on making a custom arrangement. Class will be held April 13th at 5:30pm in our Scottsdale or Glendale location. Sign up here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Prom Trends 2017

It's not quite 'anything goes' for prom this year, but there are so many trendy styles and such a wide rainbow of colors that it seems as if there's truly a look for everyone.

First, the colors--blue is THE color for prom, with all shades from barely-there powder blue to a rich, dark navy blue and everything in between.  Color marketer Pantone offers up three hot versions of blue this year. 'Island Paradise' is a Miami Vice 1980s aqua, 'Niagara' is a darker blue-green aqua-ish shade and 'Lapis' is a beautiful blend between royal and navy blues.

White and black are perennial favorites for both guys and gals, and the nude look (skin tone dress with strategic heavy beading) may be a bit shocking to grandma, but it's been seen on runways and awards shows everywhere this season.  Other hot, hot, hot colors include 'Primrose' (bright mustardy-lemony yellow), 'Pale Dogwood' (a pretty blushy pinky-peachy shade), 'Hazelnut' (a nice everyday tan color), 'Flame' (a bright, clean orange), 'Pink Yarrow' (hot pink leaning toward watermelon) and 'Kale' (deep woodsy green). Floral prints are big for both sexes.  For the gents, it is a tone-on-tone print.  For the gals, the brighter, bigger and bolder the print, the better!

Dress styles seem to go one of three directions.  The two-piece crop top is the dress of the season.  Mermaid style (form fitting) dresses are very popular, and the big poofy princess style (close fitting bodice with a large, layered skirt) has made a comeback.  But then again, did it ever really go away?

For the guys, slim cut tuxes are seen everywhere.  Think 1960s beatnik, updated.  Jackets are trim, hip length, and pants are straight leg and tight.  Black and dark blue are popular this year, as are the aforementioned tone-on-tone, but large checks and plaids for the brave and bold are gaining in popularity.

No matter the clothes, don't forget the flowers!  Since the 1930s, promwear has been accented with corsages and boutonnieres.  Whether you'd like something sweet and demure or over-the-top glitz and glamour, CactusFlower Florists is here to help.




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Valentine's Day Messaging



Look at you go!  You thought ahead, figured out which arrangement you wanted to send to your significant other, got all the information together for the delivery. . . you've called or stopped by your local Cactus Flower and placed your order. I mean, you're scooting along at a steady speed. . . and then we ask, "What would you like to say on the card message?"  Skreeeech!  

Oh, the looks we get from this one simple question:  dumbfoundment, fear, agony, anxiety, queasiness, deer-in-the-headlights, confusion.  While some of these expressions have made us laugh out loud, we feel it's only fair to help you out a little bit.  Here are some of the best tried and true card messages we've heard over the years:


SENDING A FEW DAYS AHEAD OF TIME:
"I love you so much, I couldn't wait for Valentine's day."
or
"Couldn't wait for another day to say I love you."


ROMANCE:
"You take my breath away, today and every day."


TOGETHER A LONG TIME:
"Cupid's aim is still pretty good."


ACROSS THE MILES/OUT OF TOWN
"Sending all my love your way."


SENDING ONE DOZEN ROSES:
"I usually tell you that I love you a couple times a day.  Today, I'll make it a dozen!"


SENDING THREE DOZEN ROSES OR EXTRA LARGE MIXED BOUQUET:
"If actions speak louder than words, this is my way of shouting."

SENDING AN UNUSUAL NUMBER OF ROSES:
"One rose for every year I've loved you."*
*Disclaimer: it is up to you to know how many years you've been together.  If you send 7 and you've been together 9, well...You'll have to explain either which two years you didn't love her, or how you weren't really paying attention to how long you've been together....


FUN:
"With you, it's Valentine's Day is
365 days a year!"

"8-3-1.  8 letters.  3 words. 1 meaning."  (If they can't figure this one out, it's 'I love you'.)

TO MAKE HER SWOON:
Just quote one or two romantic lines from 'your' song.  The longer you've been together, the better this works, because she'll be impressed that you actually remembered!


Roses, Roses Everywhere!

When you 'say it with flowers' you really do communicate what you mean when it comes to roses.  In Victorian times, every flower had special meaning.  Irises signified valor and wisdom, snapdragons were for graciousness, callas meant beauty, orchids signified refinement, and so on.  While most of the secret language of flowers has faded away into obscurity, various colors of roses still hold their meanings much as they did over 100 years ago.

RED                 love
LIGHT PINK    grace and joy
DARK PINK    appreciation
YELLOW         friendship
WHITE             loyalty
PEACH            respect
LAVENDER    enchantment
ORANGE         fascination and desire

Colors mixed together have meanings as well.  Red and white together signifies unity. White and yellow together means 'peace and harmony'.  Yellow and red together indicates a celebration.

The number of roses given also have significance
1        love at first sight
6        infatuation
9        together forever
11        bad luck (is supposed to signify he sent you 11 and gave the best one to another!)
12        be mine
13        friends forever
18        sincerity
24        I'm yours
36        madly in love
48        genuine love
60        love has no boundaries
 
√Źn an online poll, most women prefer red roses for Valentine's Day, followed by pink, lavender, white and yellow.  So whether you are a traditionalist and opt for the red, or you love the big, bright colorful varied mixes, or you create your own bouquet based on the significances listed above (such as, 24 red and orange roses mixed together would say, "I love you, I desire you and I'm yours".  What woman wouldn't be wowed by that?) CactusFlowers can help pull off a Valentine's Day that will make a hero out of you.