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.