The Tassel’s worth the Hassle: Give Flowers on Graduation

Go to sleepless nights slaving over schoolwork have now come to an end. No more cramming for projects and studying all night long for an exam. A collective sigh can now be heard from among those who will march to the stage for graduation.

Summer signals the conclusion of almost a yearlong studying. But more importantly, this is a time when students anticipate a new chapter in their lives. Every student looks forward to graduation day when he or she would be able to take a breather from all that schoolwork. With all the hard work put into making the grade, it’s about time that we reward their perseverance.

You can treat your graduate to a dinner in a posh restaurant, a spa treatment, a vacation out of town, a shopping spree or a new gadget. These are all wonderful things to do for someone who means so much to you and has made a lot of efforts in studying well.

But if you want to truly surprise them, send them flowers to show that you are celebrating with them on this special day. Pick flowers that complement their school colors. Or if your graduate has a favorite, ask your florist to arrange them for you. Look for a florist who can make things easier for you. It’s also better if you can order online.

If you think that flowers alone won’t do, throw in a basket of chocolates, balloons or a stuffed toy to make the celebration feel complete. After all, this day is all about making your graduate feel really special.

Flowers and Fashion: Recreate the Beauty of Runway Designs

Flowers flooded the runway in the 2011 Milan Fashion Week as D&G showcased its collection for Summer 2011.

Yes, flowers were everywhere. Quite literally. According to the D&G press release, the women’s collection is a ‘day in a garden’.

Go to philippineflowermart.comBlooms took over center stage as the models walked the runway. There were even live and artificial flowers at the edge of the catwalk that give off that garden feel. Floral prints on blouses, skirts, frocks and scarves gave the models and ultra feminine look, a must-achieve style for 2011.

But if you can’t afford pricey D&G at least for now, you can still recreate the look for less by going for real flowers. So get your antihistamines ready and be fashion forward with live flowers to don on your outfit.

In a tropical country like the Philippines, you simply can’t go wrong with flowers. Even if you’re freezing in cold weather, you can still have your flowers and wear them too.

A flower behind the ear would be the simplest way to do it. Tucked behind one ear and in front a curtain of flowing hair, a single flower can put the oomph to whatever outfit you’re wearing.

You can even weave them with ribbons or leaves to create a necklace or a bracelet. Put them on the handles of your bag, which is trés chic. Or you can attach it to the strap of a wedge sandal (as shown in the photo) for a flirty and feminine look. Go to

If you are a man and are hesitant to wear flowers, you can put it on as a boutonniere and no one will question your masculinity. Better yet, send them to a woman who likes wearing flowers.

There are so many ways that you can do with flowers. Flowers are not only good as gifts or as home decors, they can also be pretty embellishments in any outfit. Recreate runway designs in your own way by using flowers to adorn your garb.

Wedding Flowers for the Recessionista Bride

Getting married is serious business. There are so many preparations to make before you get to your ‘Happily Ever After’. While you don’t want to skimp on quality, you still have plenty of things to consider in order to have the wedding of your dreams.

One of the many things to keep in mind when you’re tying the knot is the kind flowers you’re going to use for the wedding. Flowers eat up a huge chunk off a wedding budget, so it’s essential for every bride-to-be to be discerning in the blooms she’ll use.

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Below are some ideas that you can use in making cheap (economical, not shoddy) but chic wedding flower arrangements.

The bouquet is perhaps the most important thing you should consider out of all the flower arrangements in your wedding. You’ll be carrying one when you walk down the aisle up to the minute you toss it in the air.

It’s important that a wedding bouquet has an element of style and simplicity in it. A bouquet of yellow calla lilies is stylish yet simple—it’s all you’ll ever need to draw everyone’s eyes on you. You can also opt for roses, carnations and gerberas. Before you do make the final selection, look for the flower color meanings to make sure you’re getting the right blooms for your bouquet. Bridesmaids’ bouquets, on the other hand, can be made with the same kind of flowers in your bouquet, but only lesser in number.

Floral table centerpieces need not be the same old wedding flower arrangement bunched up in a vase. Showcase your creativity by getting everyday flowers and submerging them in a clear glass or vase filled with water. This will give the illusion that the flowers are ‘floating’ while at the same time preserving the beauty of the blooms. Or you can simply fill a basket with fruits and intersperse select blooms. This instantly warms up the atmosphere with its cozy feel.

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Boutonnieres and corsages are usually seen at proms, but you can also use them to tastefully accessorize your entourage’s and guests’ attires. Start by picking the focal and accent flowers. The flowers should complement the overall theme of your wedding. Add a little bit of foliage and you’re all set.

Why spend a lot on something that you can save from? Wedding flowers don’t need to be very expensive in order to be special. When buying flowers, order only from a reputable florist. You don’t even need to leave your home, especially when you’re pressed for time in preparations. Simply look for flower shops online, and you can get the job done in half the time. Your flowers can also be delivered to you on the same day, and that’s minus the wedding preparation headache.

No-Fail Christmas Gift Ideas to Please Even the Snobbiest of People

Only a few days left before Christmas. And that means one thing: it’s high time once again for crazy last minute Christmas shopping.

This time of the year is the most maddening when it comes to buying gifts. Malls are tightly packed with hordes of eager shoppers who are hoping to score great bargains. Same thing goes for bazaars.

Go to philippineflowermart.comSo what’s a guy (or gal) to do when unique Christmas gift ideas are needed pronto?

The solution: Take your Christmas shopping to online stores.

Most online stores still accept orders from now until the week before Christmas, depending on the kind of gift you’re going to order. If you’re ordering from abroad, your gift might not be able to make it in time for the holidays. So your option here is to stick to crowded malls and bazaars. Unless, of course, you’re ordering flower bouquets and gift baskets which can be delivered even on the same day.

Still, there are plenty of options that you can choose from when buying online. Here are some Christmas gift ideas that are guaranteed to please even your supercilious co-worker or persnickety boss. Take note that prices of items range from average (for the budget conscious) to out of this world (for the big spender).

Men: latest laptop and phone models, shaving and manicure (yes, you read it right) sets, Swiss Army knife, espresso maker, perfume/cologne, cufflinks with storage boxes

Women: real jewelry, designer handbags, signature votive candle and scent diffuser set, bath and shower gel, organic makeup, trendy gadget case

Teens: Monsterhoodies, latest phone model, digital camera, customized pair of sneakers or rubber shoes, trendy laptop bag, CDs and DVDs

Little Boys and Girls: crazy hand tattoos for kids, fuzzy slippers, wall decals, personalized kids’ room signs, plush toys, craft supplies
Families: free hotel accommodations, attractions and theme park tickets, gourmet baskets, custom photo mosaic pictures, game system, home-made goodies

Most of the gift items mentioned is available in both online stores and in malls and bazaars. But if you are having a really hard time choosing, gift baskets are absolute pleasers. These can be ordered online as well, together with flowers, bottles of wines or chocolates. Check out what’s available now and place your orders before time runs out.

Easy-Does-It Steps in Making a Floral Christmas Topiary

Holiday season is here, and it’s time to ransack your house for old Christmas decorations to adorn your home. The challenge, it seems, is how to make every home more dashing each Christmas. If you’re tired of the same old décor that you put up every year, it’s time to channel your inner Marsha Stewart and create your own Christmas decoration.

In the last post, you’ve read about how to make an elegant Christmas centerpiece. Now, this post is all about making your very own Christmas topiary. By the way, topiary can be either a real tree or fake one that’s shaped into a different figure. In this case, we’re going to use flowers to make a Christmas tree.

It’s best to use existing fresh flowers you have at home. But if you don’t have them, you can order from your florist all the flowers you’ll need. To make it even easier for you, you can even go online to shop for blooms. Just make sure you’re dealing with a reputable online florist to get the best flowers and service.

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What you’ll need:

Cone-shaped floral foam

Floral foam base

Wooden dowel rod

Vase or flower pot

Small Christmas balls

White or red floral stems

  1. Create your topiary base. You can get any kind of vase or flower pot for this purpose. Cut the floral foam base to fit the inside bottom of the vase or pot.
  2. Insert the dowel into the center of the floral foam. Be careful not to push it all the way through. Place the other end of the rod into the floral foam base.
  3. Cut flower stems to about an inch or two below the blooms. Push the stems into the cone-shaped foam. Start at the bottom and work your way upwards. Red roses and carnations are perfect for Christmas topiary because of their festive colors. You may also use flowers of another color (white is a good option), but make sure the blooms are big enough. This way, you don’t have to put in a lot of flowers to fill in the floral foam.
  4. Randomly insert Christmas balls into the tree. Secure them in place with hot glue if needed.

Topiaries are nice accents to any home. You can place them on the table as a centerpiece or outside the house to welcome your guests. They’re also excellent gift ideas for the holidays.

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