Flowers express sympathy during a time of loss.
One of the first actions of the family during a funeral is viewing the flowers. A death is a very emotional period. The funeral is a time to gather family and friends to remember the deceased. Funeral customs vary, but flowers are usually included in most ceremonies. Flowers express in a tangible way an expression of sympathy.
Funeral customs in my area have changed since we closed the shop in 1992. Now, obituaries are no longer published daily. Notice is not forthcoming. Viewing times and the funeral ceremony are held in the same day. There is no longer a multiple day gathering. In my opinion, funerals are usually smaller.
Funeral flowers are an expression to remind the family of the impact of the loss. Flowers remind the family the sender is there to reach out to if needed. Many times, the sender is out of town and wants to remembered. Flowers are a way to comfort during a time of loss.
There are many options for funeral flowers. I selected to share the standing funeral spray. I created this spray for close friends at the death of their Mother.
This spray stands about 6 feet tall. It is on an easel with a foam filled funeral cage. The background of greenery is Jade and Leatherleaf. I began the outline of the spray using pink snapdragons. The center of the spray is filled with Stargazer Lilies, dark pink Roses, pink Alstromeria, and white cushion pom-poms. A dark pink bow highlights the dark pink roses.
Flowers are important during a funeral. They bring color and life to a funeral. The color and aromas of the flowers remind of the life still surround death. It expresses the presence of the sender of the bouquet. Flowers soften the funeral.
Create an Advent Wreath where the candles never burn down!!!
I love Advent Wreaths, but was scared to use them in my home because of the flame on the candle. I witnessed an Advent Wreath go up in flames at Church one year. I have been looking for a safer way to bring an Advent Wreath into my home. Then, I remembered mechanical candles.
You Will Need:
Metal Advent Wreath Form
3 Mechanical Candles Tinted Purple
1 Mechanical Candle Tinted Pink
Greenery Wreath to Fit Over Wreath Form
Bows in Purple and Pink
Mechanical candles, used in Weddings, have wax inserts inside a metal tube. As the wax burns, a spring-loaded insert keeps the wick at the top of the candle. The tube never loses the height. The wax inserts burn for about 2 hours, depending on the size of the insert
Place the greenery wreath over the Advent Wreath form. Make sure the candle holders are not covered with greenery. Insert the tinted mechanical candles into the candle holders. Be sure the rubber ring is at the base of the candle. You can adjust the candle holder by adjusting the metal tabs of the candle holder. Decorate the Advent Wreath with bows of purple and pink. On this wreath, I placed the bows between the candles.
Remember, DO NOT LEAVE BURNING CANDLES UNATTENDED! Enjoy!!
A cornucopia filled with fresh flowers, fruits, and wheat decorate the buffet table for Thanksgiving!!!
The Holidays are the favorite time to decorate with fresh flowers and fruits. Although this looks gorgeous, it can shorten the life of the fresh flowers. Fruits and produce create Ethylene gas, this curtails the life of fresh cut flowers. There are ways to create a beautiful arrangement with both ingredients.
First, never refrigerate flowers and fruits or produce in the same unit. Cold temperatures slow down the production of ethylene gas, it does not eliminate them. Second, do not let the fruit come into contact with the water source of the arrangement. This arrangement was created using wire and wooden picks on the fruit, then inserting the wooden picks in the floral foam.
You Will Need:
Fresh Cut Fall Flowers
Pieces of Fruit
Plastic Plant Saucer
Floral Wet Foam
Floral Waterproof Tape
#22 Florist Wire
Cornucopias are very tricky to use in arrangements. To create the illusions of spilling out of the horn, there has to be balance to prevent the arrangement from falling over! Prepare the cornucopia by cutting a piece of floral foam to fit the plastic plant saucer that fits the bottom of the opening to the cornucopia. The floral foam could rise about 3-4” above the top of the saucer. Totally saturate the floral foam and secure to the saucer with the waterproof floral tape. Place the saucer in the bottom of the cornucopia and secure to the cornucopia with waterproof floral tape.
I then prepared the fruit. Place a wooden wired pick to the end of stem of grapes. Wrap the wire tightly around the wood pick. Set aside. Take a piece of #22 florist wire and insert through the center of the fruit. Pull the ends of the wire to one side of the fruit and tighten the ends close to the side of the fruit. Place a wooden pick against the ends of the wire and the end of the wooden pick close to the edge of the fruit. In this arrangement, I used an apple and an orange. Set aside.
I place Spanish Moss around the saucer and spill out onto the table. I use this as a bed for the grapes to rest in to protect against bruising. Place the wooden pick wired to the grapes in the floral foam, resting on the edge of the plant saucer. I then place a heavy stem of flowers, in this arrangement a rose, at the back of the floral foam leaning toward the back of the cornucopia. This will balance the arrangement. This arrangement fills one side with the cornucopia and one side with the arrangement. I added height with the flowers. Others may choose to make the arrangement even with the top of the cornucopia and extend out longer with the flowers. After completing the arrangement, add the pieces of fruit by inserting the wood pick into the floral foam. Complete the arrangement by accenting with pieces of wheat. Enjoy!!
Place personalized place cards in small arrangements on the Thanksgiving Table!
Small vases for each setting is filled with assorted flowers and Fall decorations. Place enclosure card with guest’s name at their place setting
You Will Need:
Small Blooms of Mixed Fall Flowers
I fixed these small Place Setting Arrangements using shot glasses. Another option, for a vase, is a toothpick holder. To hold the enclosure card in the arrangement, I used pieces of wheat.
This place setting is a mixture of orange alstromeria and red miniature carnations. Because of the thickness of the wheat, I choose a fuller vase. Place the alstromeria close to the rim of the vase. Place stems of red miniature carnations at rising heights in the alstromeria. Place the end of two pieces of wheat in each vase. The piece of wheat at the back of the vase needs to be taller than the wheat in the front.
Add Fall leaves at the front of the vase, near the rim, and tall leaves at the back of the vase. Complete the setting by nesting the enclosure card, with the guest’s name, in the ends of the wheat.
Sippy Cups are great decorations for your Halloween Party Table!
Sippy cups have great graphics for kids. Remove the lids and fill with flowers that match the feeling of the cup. Mix and match on the party table.
You Will Need:
Assorted Mixed Flowers
Floral Wet Foam
These three cups caught my eye! Decorating for a Halloween Party can be very colorful. A child’s sippy cup is a great choice to add character to an arrangement. Because they are small, multiple arrangements can be used and are economical.
The Monster Cup is filled with orange altromeria blooms. Add green glittered ting-ting to balance the color of the container and add height to the arrangement.
The Día de Muertos Cup is arranged using the bright assorted colors of the celebration! Prepare the cup by placing a stick of wet foam in the opening of the cup. Because we are using a small amount of wet foam, keep the blossoms small. I used red miniature carnations, and stems of pom-poms. Select pom-poms that have long branches for the blooms. I only needed a few branches from a stem to get the color needed. I used the rest of the stems in other arrangements.
The Jack-O-Lantern container is a traditional fall arrangement! Prepare the container by filling with wet foam. I used red miniature carnations, orange alstromeria, yellow cushion and green button pom-poms. Add fall leaves to add definition.