Archive for the ‘How to Arrange Flowers’ Category

Getting Ready for the Holiday Photo Shoot!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

 

The time has come upon us!  Here at Calyx, we’re getting ready to shoot our Holiday catalog for you – in July!  While awfully confusing for those involved, the process is great fun and we can’t wait to share our new products with you.

We’re very busy bees buzzing around gathering vases, ordering flowers, and prepping the photo studio as a winter wonderland. Inside, the smell of pine and sugar cookies are in the air – outside the smell of BBQ and fresh cut grass.  We have some great products up our sleeves and we know, come holiday season,   you’ll be dashing through the snow to get your new catalog!

Stay tuned for pictures, Flower Lovers!

Beautiful Flowers!

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

 

Hi Flower Lovers! We wrapped up our Fall 2013 photo shoot and after the last shot was taken, we had some fun putting together beautiful arrangements to share with you, our blog followers.  Here at Calyx, we love flowers and any excuse to play with them is a real treat.

The bouquet shown above is simple yet ever so appealing. This beautiful bouquet is perfect for a guestroom or a bathroom.  The container is a French-style bath jar, easily found in a powder room or a home goods type retailer.  It’s always fun to find unconventional vases around the house that will make for for an eye-catching arrangement.

The bouquet shown below is a great example of how to display flowers in a charming and rustic way.  Leaving flowers out around the home in baskets is a wonderful way to embrace the summer and show off your inner country goddess.  We chose yellow roses and Telstar Iris but the sky is the limit for this fun display!  Using fresh wild flowers is another great option, this could also make a great housewarming gift for a summer move in!

 

The final bouquet shown below is a personal favorite.  The medley of bright colors paired with a simple brown wooden box is chic, fun, and charming.  This bouquet looks like it belongs on a dinner table outside in Nantucket, late Summer or early Fall.  When arranging flowers, the most important thing to remember is to have fun! There is no bad arrangement, pick your favorite flowers and find a creative and free form way to bring them together. Putting flowers together is a way for you to be the artist and display your creations to all those you love.  Take tips from us, get out in the garden, and put something beautiful and creative together for your dinner table!

 

Happy May Day!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

Although you might not stroll down the street wishing passerby’s a happy May Day, today is indeed a very interesting holiday! Beginning in pre-Christian eras, May 1st was acknowledged as the first day of Summer while Feburary 1st was the first day of Spring. In pagan tradition, the day was spent doing a dance around the May pole and crowning a ‘Queen of May’.  In Catholic tradition, May was observed as Mary’s month and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

While beginning in Europe, May Day was observed in the United States until around the time of the Cold War by leaving “May Baskets” on neighbors doorsteps.  May Baskets were baskets of flowers and treats which the neighbor would drop on another neighbors doorstep, trying to hide before they came to the door. If the recipient caught the May Basket giver, it was tradition to kiss!

Today it would seem highly unusual to chase after your neighbor with puckered lips after they dropped off a basket of flowers on your doorstep, but it’s always good to acknowledge holidays of yore.  A great and modern way to celebrate May Day is to drop off a bouquet on a friends doorstep – they’ll appreciate it and hopefully carryout the tradition! If not May Day, celebrate the real first month of Spring by filling your home with fresh flowers.

 

Wedding Flowers

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Planning a wedding can be stressful.  There is a lot to think about regarding decor, venue, wedding party, groom choice, the list goes on.  Our experience at Calyx Flowers has really shown us that once you figure out what type of floral motif you want on your big day, the rest falls into place easily.  That might sound silly and expected coming from a floral company, but flowers are found all over weddings – not just in centerpieces on the tables.  In the bride’s bouquet, the bridesmaids’ bouquets, the groom’s lapel, on the bride’s dress, in the bride’s hair, along the aisle, in a flower girl’s basket, on the alter, in the chuppa, on the cake, on the tables, during cocktail hour, hanging from tents and ceilings  on the back of chairs, and really, any place you can think.  Weddings really are floral events.

So, once you figure out what type of floral designs you’re interested in, the rest of the planning should be a piece of cake. Hydrangeas, Peonies, Roses, and Lily of the Valley are typically popular choices for Weddings – colors are generally soft, romantic, and feminine.  Calla Lilies also make for beautiful bouquets or centerpieces.  Some brides opt for something more dramatic, choosing a pallet of dark reds to accent the whites and creams found elsewhere in the decor.  Do you want your centerpieces to make a bold statement or softly cascade across the tables?  You want your wedding to be representative of you and your style, so think about what colors you gravitate towards in your daily life.  Do you wear red lipstick?  Maybe maroon or red hues peppered in your centerpieces, bridesmaid decor, and bridal bouquet would suit your fancy.  Do you wear a lot of black?  Black vases are a chic and classic wedding staple.  Are you more of a chapstick and jeans girl? If that’s the case, perhaps a rustic wedding with lavender and taupe tones would be right for you.  Did you grow up in polos and spend summers at the country club?  Navy blues with white Calla Lilies are an elegant choice for a tasteful upscale wedding.

The Calyx Flowers team took the time to put together a Pinterest board of wedding flowers that inspire us.  Although we find it’s best not to replicate someone else’s wedding, it’s certainly encouraged to find inspiration from other peoples beautiful and happy events. We invite you to take a look at the board and let us know what you think!  Weddings are joyous events, so no need to stress, start with the flowers and let the rest unfold.

http://pinterest.com/calyxflowers/wedding-flower-inspiration/

Are you ready to make a beautiful party arrangement?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

We know, parties and social engagements have a way of sneaking up on you no matter how much you’re planned out in advance. Not to worry. At Calyx Flowers we’ve designed the super simple but quite elegant Rose Bowl. With it, you can still come off looking like a true floral fashionista.

In our latest catalog we put the Rose Bowl right to good use in our Parisian Rose Bowl design. Here you have a bouquet of twelve luxury roses to arrange which will only take a matter of minutes. Trim the roses and voila…you’ve just created an impressive display of flowers. And what’s even better is that we’ve included a beautiful Parisian candle that burns with a delightful peach and cassis fragrance. You can light the candle right in the center of the rose bowl if you’re entertaining for the evening and would like a little ambiance. Or, if you like you could work the design into your food display by filling the center with your favorite candies or finger foods. Guests are sure to be intrigued by such an unusual display.

To show you how easy the Rose Bowl is to use we’ve created this visual step-by-step guide. We just know you’ll love your Rose Bowl just like we do.

Easy to Use Rose Bowl

Easy to Use Rose Bowl

Easy to Arrange: Bright Gerbera Daisies

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Want to arrange flowers in mere minutes? We’re excited to debut our Bright Gerbera Daisies featured in trendy, easy-to-arrange 12-bud ceramic vase. Not only is flower arranging super simple, we defy anyone to look at the finished bouquet without smiling. Check out our easy, step-by-step process and you too will be ready to create your very own floral showcase.

1...2...3 Look how easy it is to arrange!

1...2...3 Look how easy it is to arrange!

Not only can you create this cheerful creation in minutes but you’ll look like a pro. Gerbera Daisies are know for their bright colors and this bouquet is no exception. Modern in design and perfect for any occasion, Gerbs as we fondly call them are full of “flower fun”.