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Tuesday April 22nd 2014

Turning Flower Into Tea

Have you ever watched a butterfly or hummingbird sip nectar from a flower? You, too, can enjoy sipping flower juice by drinking floral teas. Classic black, green, and white teas are made from the leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis and contain caffeine. Herbal teas or tisanes, on the other hand, are made from a wide variety of plant materials and spices and do not contain caffeine or actual tea leaves from the tea plant. In addition to having unique flavors, herbal teas are often packed with health benefits. Many herb leaves are commonly used to make popular teas, but today, I would like to present some of the most popular teas made from flowers.

Image via Flickr by Drew Maust

Posted by Ava Rose in Edible Flowers
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Monday April 21st 2014

5 Totally Unique Wedding Locations

There are so many unique, unconventional wedding venues these days, offering couples the opportunity to truly host a memorable event for their guests. From barns to vineyards to art galleries, Northern California boasts some of the most extraordinary and beautiful locations to host a wedding.

Posted by Jubilee Lau in Wedding Tips
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Wednesday April 16th 2014

Personalized Wedding Gifts For The Happy Couple

As wedding season starts to pick up speed, my appointment book begins to fill up with the names of grooms- and brides-to-be who want me to help them plan their weddings. In the course of my work, I've seen my share of blenders, popcorn poppers, and bath towels arranged on the gift table at a wedding reception. I always admire a guest who comes up with a terrific, personalized gift. In my opinion, a personalized present comes with an extra element of thoughtfulness from the giver. If you are planning to attend an upcoming wedding, here are a few personalized wedding gift ideas to consider.

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Anniversary Flowers
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Tuesday April 15th 2014

6 Popular Flowers for Easter

Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner, and along with Easter comes the blooming of many beautiful spring flowers; maybe that why so many spring flowers are associated with Easter; however, some flowers are considered Easter flowers for deeper reasons. In my family, flowers were always a big part of the Easter celebration and I have always automatically associated the holiday with flowers. I never stopped to think about why certain flowers are always given and used for Easter-have you? Here are six popular flowers for Easter and some interesting history behind them.

1. Easter Lily

The quintessential Easter flower is of course the Easter lily. I remember bringing my grandmother a pot or bouquet of Easter lilies every Easter. Why is the Easter lily such a popular Easter flower? It does not naturally bloom at Easter time, after all. It turns out this flower is full of religious symbolism and there are many religious myths about it. The Easter lily bulb is said to represent Christ's tomb, while the flower emerging from it represents Christ's arising from the dead. The flower is symbolic of love, hope, and purity. There is a myth that lilies grew where drops of Christ's blood fell as he hung on the cross.

Image via Flickr by Joe deSousa

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Monday April 7th 2014

13 Color Themes For A Spring Wedding

Today, a bride has countless choices when it comes to a color theme for her spring wedding. For instance, if she is partial to blue, she has at least a dozen shades of blue that she can incorporate into her wedding ceremony and reception. In the course of my event planning work, I've seen brides come up with some lovely color themes for their weddings. I thought I would use this week's blog to highlight some of the most popular colors for spring weddings. Enjoy!

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Wedding Tips
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Monday April 7th 2014

11 Unexpected Uses for Flowers

Flowers are more than just pretty faces. They have been used for centuries as sources of food, drink, medicines, and more; today, using flowers for these purposes is making a comeback. You may be surprised at some of the other practical ways that flowers can be used. I personally love making flower teas, crafts, and salads; I encourage you to try adding flowers to your diet and crafts as well.

Tea

Flowers have been used to make teas for centuries. Chamomile, jasmine, and bee balm flowers are just a few flowers that are used to make teas. Flowers, leaves, and roots from a variety of other plants can be used to make tea as well. These beverages often have health benefits in addition to being tasty drinks. I especially enjoy blooming teas, which are as beautiful as they are flavorful.

Image via Flickr by MsSaraKelly

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Wednesday March 19th 2014

Tips and Tricks for Flower Photography

Have you ever seen a flower so beautiful that you couldn't bear to see it die? Make the beauty of flowers last with flower photography. One summer, I actually received a bouquet of sunflowers and roses instead of making one for someone else. It was stunning, and I was so happy that I thought to photograph it; just looking at the pictures of it still brings a smile to my face and evokes fond memories of the happiness I felt when receiving it. I encourage you to try your hand at flower photography - you will be able to enjoy your flowers at any time of year this way, and you may even find a new hobby! Here are a few simple flower photography tips for the novice flower photographer.

Image via Flickr by Taras Kalapun

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Tuesday March 18th 2014

Knowing These 7 Secrets Will Make Your Spring Wedding Look Amazing

I enjoy planning all types of events, but I'll admit that I absolutely love a beautiful spring wedding. Many of my clients opt for an outdoor ceremony, either in a blooming garden or beneath a gathering of lovely trees. A warm, fresh breeze makes a wedding ceremony all the more pleasant for family and friends. Of course, hosting a wedding in the springtime can be somewhat tricky: A spring day may start out sunny and tranquil and end up in a burst of pouring rain. Trust me, there's nothing worse than a sobbing bride in a soaked wedding gown. So I thought I would share some secrets that can help you to avoid both big and little disasters on your spring wedding day. Enjoy!

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Wedding Tips
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Monday March 10th 2014

How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Style

Gathering with friends on St. Patrick's Day is a great way to welcome spring. I love all of the possibilities that come with planning a St. Patrick's Day party. Irish-themed music, food and drink combine to make for an enjoyable celebration. In my blog this week, I want to share some ideas with you on how to go about celebrating St. Patrick's Day in style!

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas & Tips
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Thursday March 6th 2014

Ever Wonder Why Flowers Make You Happy?

Image via Flickr by Frederic BISSON

People have been giving flowers for thousands of years - there is written evidence that ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Chinese civilizations all used flowers to communicate feelings, meanings, and ideas. Famous botanist and horticulturist Luther Burbank once said, "Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul." Burbank was ahead of his time; scientists have proven that Burbank was right in several studies. Of course, you and I have known that flowers make you happy for a long time - but did you ever wonder why?

A famous study conducted by researchers at Rutgers University found that flowers have both an immediate and long-term effect on mood - but why and how? One reason is probably due to color. The effect that color has on mood has been known for a long time. Flowers affect mood in different ways. Pinks, peaches, and warm colors tend to provide a feeling of nurturing and are great for people who are sick or grieving, while reds and oranges are known to be colors of passion and sensuality, for example. Blues and purples promote relaxation and tranquility, while bright, contrasting colors signal celebration. I love being surrounded by flowers at work and at home; I know from personal experience that they diffuse my stress as well as that of my co-workers.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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