Many times we read an obituary and at the end read ” in lieu of flowers” please donate to….”. Just for a moment, I would like you to pause and consider flowers. Floral tributes offer warmth and convey caring thoughts. Furthermore, “the bereavement process is a pivotal time when worry, anxiety, and many sad emotions are present,” Compelling research shows that the presence of flowers make a positive impact on people’s emotional well-being, Flowers are a critical part of the bereavement process.” Please send comfort with flowers and then make your donation.
An excerpt from SAF
Harvard Research: Flowers are the Perfect Pick-Me-Up to Boost Morning Moods
Research confirms that flowers might be the perfect pick-me-up for millions of Americans who do not consider themselves “morning people.” Participants of a behavioral study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed that they feel least positive in the early hours but reported being happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning.
“The morning blahs, it turns out, is a real phenomenon, with positive moods – happiness, friendliness and warmth, for example – manifesting much later in the day,” says lead researcher Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D. “Interestingly, when we placed a small bouquet of flowers into their morning routines, people perked up.”
Dr. Etcoff is referencing the fact that participants in the study responded to the flowers, which had been placed in rooms they frequented in the morning. Overall, the participants reported they liked to look at the blooms first thing in the morning, particularly in the kitchen. The final study results demonstrate that flowers impact people emotionally at home, causing them to feel less anxious and more compassionate. They even reported a boost of energy that lasted through their day.
“What I find interesting is that by starting the day in a more positive mood, you are likely to transfer those happier feelings to others – it’s what is called mood contagion,” says Etcoff. “And, the kitchen is the place where families tend to gather in the morning – imagine how big a difference a better morning mood can make.”
By Society of American Florists
- Welcome gifts for out-of-town guests and members of the bridal parties.
- Thank you gifts for those people who make the bride and groom’s day special.
- Rehearsal dinner and wedding brunch décor.
- Decorations for the wedding transportation.
- Floating arrangements for ponds or pools.
- Accessories for the bride’s hair, in some cases replacing the more traditional veil.
At the Ceremony
- Adorn the ceremony entrance with flower-filled urns that can later be moved to the reception.
- Use flowers and candlelight at different levels to give dimension to design.
- Use a single rose to mark the seats of both the groom’s and the bride’s mothers.
- Attach flower petals to a large ribbon for an elegant decoration piece.
At the Reception
- Garland the center of the head table with flowers, foliage and votive candles.
- Use the bridesmaids’ bouquets to create lavish buffet table decorations or to surround the cake.
- Have your florist create guest table centerpieces with 4-5 separate clusters of flowers so that each couple can take a part of the centerpiece home.
- Float large fragrant flowers, such as open roses or gardenias, in crystal containers with votive candles.
- Sprinkle rose petals on the cake table and walkways.
- Have the toss bouquet double as a cake top.
- Decorate goblets and cake knives with flowers.
- Use a cake plate with a mound of flowers on it as a centerpiece.
- Use roses to make a dome at the top of a glass bowl filled with pretty rocks, and place a wreath around the bowl to highlight it.
- Toss rose petals instead of rice as the bride and groom leave.
ESPECIALLY YOURS FLORIST located at 670 Washington st, S. Easton, has received an Award of Quality Achievement from BloomNet®, one of the floral industry’s leading wire service providers. The award, which is part of BloomNet’s Florist Quality Care Program, recognizes ESPECIALLY YOURS FLORIST for superior quality floral products and excellence in customer service.
“We are honored to be named by BloomNet as a florist that is totally committed to quality in everything we do,” said Rick & Frank, owners of ESPECIALLY YOURS FLORIST. “Providing the freshest and most beautiful hand designed floral arrangements…and making sure each and every customer is 100% satisfied…is our passion. Being recognized with this prestigious award underscores that passion.”
The BloomNet Florist Quality Care Program was developed with extensive input from florists throughout the country as well as through the expertise of a Quality Care Board consisting of highly successful florists representing more than 200 years of experience in the floral industry. The Program is monitored by florists and it includes stringent quality and performance standards that must be continually maintained in order to be considered for Award recognition.
Among the Program’s criteria are: using only the highest quality fresh flowers in all orders; employing well-trained and skilled design and sales personnel; providing the highest levels of service and responsiveness to customers; and always striving to assure that outgoing and incoming floral wire orders are fulfilled to the complete satisfaction of each customer and recipient.
“Perhaps nothing else can convey the kind of emotion and caring personal feelings that flowers can,” continued Rick & Frank. “Everyone at ESPECIALLY YOURS FLORIST considers it a privilege to serve our customers, to satisfy their floral needs with the finest arrangements, and work closely with them to help touch the hearts of special people in their lives. To be recognized by BloomNet as a local florist who does all of that exceptionally well is very rewarding.”
Prom season is here and at Especially Yours Florist all our corsages and boutonnieres are custom designed to match the dresses and tux’s. Please try to bring in a swatch of fabric so we can match up flowers and ribbons to set off the color and style of the dress. Feel free to spend a few moments with our designers so we can give you that special look! Here is an example of current trends in wristlets. Please visit us at www.especiallyyoursflorist.com to see more.
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Wins BloomNet® Award for Top Quality
ESPECIALLY YOURS FLORIST has received an Award of Quality Achievement from BloomNet®, one of the floral industry’s leading wire service providers. The award, which is part of BloomNet’s Florist Quality Care Program, recognizes ESPECIALLY YOURS FLORIST for superior quality floral products and excellence in customer service.
“We are honored to be named by BloomNet as a florist that is totally committed to quality in everything we do,” said Frank & Rick, owners of ESPECIALLY YOURS FLORIST. “Providing the freshest and most beautiful hand designed floral arrangements…and making sure each and every customer is 100% satisfied…is our passion. Being recognized with this prestigious award underscores that passion.”
The BloomNet Florist Quality Care Program was developed with extensive input from florists throughout the country as well as through the expertise of a Quality Care Board consisting of highly successful florists representing more than 200 years of experience in the floral
I would like to share this recent article from SAF (Society of American Florist) on the “power of flowers”.
Rutgers Research Reveals: Flower Givers Make the Best Impression
Scientific research proves that receiving flowers and being in the presence of flowers make people happy. But is it better to give than to receive?
Through a partnership, SAF and the American Floral Endowment commissioned a Rutgers University study in 2006, to determine how people perceive others based on the types of gifts they give. The results are groundbreaking, as flower givers rose to the top.
The research reveals that people who give flowers make the best impression compared to other gifts studied. They are considered more likable, friendly and emotionally intelligent. The floral gift-giver is regarded as highly caring, trustworthy, loving, successful, and as valuing achievement and beauty in life.
Promoting the Power of Giving Flowers
Through a strategic public relations campaign, SAF is alerting the media to the Power of Giving Flowers to keep flowers and florists top of mind among consumers. SAF launched the campaign in Spring 2008 to generate print and broadcast media coverage of the flower message.
Lead researcher Dr. Jeannette Haviland-Jones acts as spokesperson to explain the study’s findings. Inspirational author and executive coach MJ Ryan, who helped create the “Random Acts of Kindness” series and wrote books on gratitude and giving, presents the floral gift-giving advice through top 10 occasions and people-to-impress lists.
SAF is distributing broadcast packages to TV and radio stations nationwide, a press kit to national and local print media, targeted outreach to key media, and 24/7 coverage on SAF’s consumer Web site, www.aboutflowers.com. Combined, the PR tactics work together to infuse the floral message in the context of everyday news.
The Power of Giving media efforts are a direct result of the SAF Fund for Nationwide Public Relations, an industry-wide voluntary promotion effort designed to reach millions of consumers with positive floral messages
Mother’s Day is celebrated in the United States, on the second Sunday in May. The origin of Mother’s day dates back to 1870 when Julia Ward Howe issued a “Mothers Day Proclamation” as “a call for women to join in the support of disarmament”. In 1908, Anna Jarvis of West Virginia created the current Mother’s Day Holiday. This was a way to make her own mother’s dream, of making a celebration for all mothers, come true. Finally, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it an official national holiday. Mother’s Day, in the United States, is one of the biggest days for sales of “flowers and greeting cards”. In the past it has also been one of the highest attendance days for Church worshipers. Many people celebrate with carrying carnations or wearing corsages or boutonnières, pink if their mother is living and white if she is deceased.
Here at Especially Yours Florist we can help you Honor your mothers, grandmothers and “other special moms” in your life with many different arrangements, corsages, flowering plants and other gifts. Plan ahead and place your orders early!