Elegant Thanksgiving Tabletops

There is an elegance to the Thanksgiving holiday that Thanksgiving Decorations warms our hearts, reminds us to be kinder to one another, and celebrates the beauty of fall. We often take our cues from nature when thinking about our Thanksgiving tabletops, mixing autumn botanicals with flowers in vibrant harvest hues.

This year, highlight the elegance of the holiday by talking to your local florist about creating Thanksgiving arrangements that combine seasonal classics, such as wheat stems and acorns, with white florals like roses and calla lilies to add sophistication and style to the tabletops in every room of your home.
Wheat Stems and Calla Lilies for the Foyer

Give your family and friends a festive welcome by going grand in the entryway or on a fireplace mantle by showcasing a tall centerpiece of wheat stems interspersed with long-stemmed white flowers such as calla lilies or gladiolas. Since this is a table or surface that is primarily for display, surround the vase with nuts in their shells and white pumpkins.

Pumpkins and Roses for the Dinner Table

For the dinner table, ask for a low arrangement so guests can easily chat across the table with an unobstructed view of each other. Given that the table will be abundant with food, consider a container that is a space-saver, such as a slender wooden wine box artistically filled with white roses and miniature pumpkins. Add a sense of whimsy to the arrangement with longer stems of mini calla lilies and pheasant feathers.

Round out the table design by placing an autumn leaf topped with a white rose on each guest’s plate. You can personalize each place-setting by writing each person’s name on the leaf using a gold metallic pen.

Thanksgiving Decorations

Look around your home and think about how you can echo the theme of your main holiday flower arrangements in other places, such as the living room coffee table or even white flowers in a miniature white pumpkin to freshen up the powder room.

Surround your guests and you in floral beauty and harvest bounty this Thanksgiving for a memorable holiday.

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Halloween Party Checklist

Are you getting ready for a Halloween party?  If you are, you’ve probably got the basics covered—costume, decorations, music—but what about food?  If you’ve never thrown a party with snacks and other food, here’s a quick checklist for you.

•    Halloween paper plates, napkins, and plastic forks, spoons, and knives.
•    A Halloween tablecloth for your table.
•    A punch bowl for your blood-red Halloween punch.
•    A few Halloween-themed platters and other serving dishes.
•    Some candy and/or treat bags for your guests.
•    Halloween-themed disposable cups.
•    Healthy finger foods.  Remember, not everyone can enjoy sugary sweets, so be sure you’ve got something healthy on hand.
•    Desserts!  Cupcakes are especially popular, as are cookies and other little bite-sized foods.

With this checklist, all that’s left for you to worry about are your decorations.  If you want a spooky centerpiece, we can help.  We’ve got great Halloween flowers in Houston, TX

Back Up your Apology with Actions


You’ve done something wrong, but you understand you’ve hurt someone and you’re ready to apologize. Great! However, sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” just isn’t enough. While you might be completely sincere and truly want to make amends, words don’t always do it. If you feel like this is one of those times, back up your apology with actions. This will help stress your contriteness and convince the hurt party that you truly do feel sorry.

What type of actions should you take? There are several. The first action is obviously showing up in person to give your apology. While this might not always be possible (a long-distance phone fight with a sibling, for example, may have to be settled over the phone), the best way of saying your sorry is to do it in person. Don’t send email, a text, or call unless it’s the only way you can get the person to listen to you. Otherwise, it may seem insincere. This is especially true with email and texting since it’s very hard to convey emotion through these media.

Showing up with a gift or two is another good way of backing up your apology. Chocolates, flowers, a stuffed animal or two…all of these are good, smart ways of saying you’re sorry. If it was a serious fight between spouses or long-term partners, jewelry may even be appropriate. The more personal the gift, the better. Just don’t buy something cheap looking.

Finally, you can say you’re sorry with dinner. A fancy restaurant is a good plan, but you can also cook dinner as an apology. Tickets to an event you both enjoy might also be a good option for an apology date. Again, make it personal and make it sincere. Otherwise, you might find yourself in more trouble than you started in!

How to Make Someone’s Day

We feel good when we make someone else feel good. Making someone’s day can also make our day, but how exactly do we go about doing this? There are a number of ways you can make someone’s day.

One simple way is to be kind. Believe it or not, simply being nice to someone is a rarity some days. Saying good morning to someone, smiling at them, or giving them a hand when they need it is often enough to turn someone’s day around. A kind word is all it takes sometimes.

Volunteering to take on a task can be another way to make someone’s day. Sometimes, a single person in a company is given a large task. If you have the time, offering to help with the task can really make a person’s day. Even taking a small task off of their plate can be enough to relieve a lot of stress.

Another way to make someone’s day is to let them know that you appreciate something they’ve done for you. Give them a gift, send them flowers, or take them out to lunch. Even a simple “thank you” may be enough, although if they did a large favor for you, you should think about showing your appreciation with a gesture of some sort. Letting someone know that you really do recognize and appreciate their help can really make their day.

Want to really make someone’s day? While the things above are sure to do it, there’s one way to really show someone that they mean a lot to you. Show them you’re thinking of them by doing something nice for no reason. Nothing makes someone’s day more than having a bright bouquet of flowers delivered to their doorstep or office with a card that says something like, “just thinking of you.” Bring coffee to your co-workers. Surprise your significant other with lunch. All of these things are great ways to make someone’s day. All you have to do is be kind and you are sure to make someone’s day.

Christmas Events in Houston Updated

Christmas is almost here, but there’s still plenty of time to get out and engage in some of the great holiday events in Houston. Here are just a few of them.

One Christmas tradition is seeing the Nutcracker ballet. While some people prefer to watch the ballet on TV, there really is nothing like seeing it performed live. The ballet will be performed by Houston Ballet this holiday season, and one shouldn’t miss it. Another show you may want to take in is a live performance of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ popular tale of Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas.

Another thing you don’t want to miss is ice skating outside at Discovery Green. While some places have indoor skating areas during the Christmas season, skating outdoors is much more fun. If you like indoor skating, though, you can always visit the Ice Galleria Skating Rink.

If you enjoy seeing holiday displays, go driving around Houston. Load the family up in the car, pack some snacks, and crank up the Christmas carols on the radio. There are many great festival displays in the area. If you want to do a little walking, you might want to take the Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour. While you will have to walk in the cold instead of riding in the warm car, it’s certainly worth it. The tour features some of Houston’s oldest buildings decorated in the traditional 19th century holiday décor, plus there’s live music and Santa!

The Moody Gardens in nearby Galveston also provides a great place to look at holiday decorations. The entire garden is light up with different festive scenes. After taking the tour, you can relax at the Garden Restaurant and enjoy their Festival of Lights buffet.

The events listed above will be going on all month, but there are some events with specific days and times:

The Express Children’s Theatre production of Frosty the Snowman: December 22.

A.D. Player’s production of The Littlest Angel: every Wed. through Sun. until Dec. 23.

Alley Theatre’s The Santaland Diaries: every weekday except Monday until Dec. 31.

A Christmas Story party and feast with Peter Billingsley at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Dec. 21 at 7:30.

Another Location!

Wildflower Florist has a big announcement! We have recently acquired The Flower Corner, a flower shop located in the Houston Medical Center. As part of the Wildflower family, The Flower Corner will offer everything you’ve come to expect from Wildflower: an amazing selection of great flowers, friendly service, and a dedication to delivering the best flower arrangements possible.

The Flower Corner has been serving the flower needs of the Houston Medical Center for 20 years. The center is the largest medical center in the world and offers patient care, translational research, and basic science research. The center contains 49 different institutions, including 13 hospitals, two specialty treatment centers, two medical schools, four nursing schools, a dentistry school, a pharmacy school, and a public health school. The center takes up more space than downtown Dallas! Recent additions include the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute, the Baylor Clinic, and the Cancer Prevention Center.

With more than five million annual patient visits, there is a high demand for flowers at the Houston Medical Center. Wildflower is excited to be able to meet this demand through The Flower Corner. Because of the history attached to the name, The Flower Corner will still be called The Flower Corner. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring the joy of flowers to everyone at the Houston Medical Center.

See our online selection of flowers at .www.FlowerCornerHouston.com

Buying Holiday Gifts Online

Some people like to get out and shop. They enjoy walking through the mall and browsing through various stores. To them, the shopping experience is a part of the holidays, and they wouldn’t skip it for anything. Others, however, have decided the hustle and bustle of the holidays just isn’t for them, and they’ve started buying their holiday gifts online.

It’s not difficult to buy holiday gifts online. All you need is an internet connect and a credit or debit card. Actually, you don’t even need plastic—you can use your checking account to purchase items from many online businesses.

There are many advantages to shopping online, but many people want to know about the bottom line: is shopping online a better deal than braving the cold and the crowds? After all, you do have to pay for shipping. The good news is that online stores rarely charge more for items than their physical counterparts. In fact, online stores are often cheaper. The reason for this is that they don’t have as much overhead or operating expenses. They don’t have to pay to have their inventory transported from warehouses to stores, for example. They don’t have to employ as many people, and they don’t have to pay utility expenses for all of their physical stores. This means they can charge less per item and still make a profit.

What about shipping costs? Well, yes, you do have to pay for shipping in some cases. However, many stores have specials where they offer free shipping if you purchase a specific amount of products. Amazon, for example, gives free shipping on orders over $25. If you plan on purchasing a lot of gifts from the same store, check their shipping costs first. Just like shopping in physical stores, it never hurts to shop around to see who has the best deals. Also remember that shopping online early will save you on costs—if you want until the last minute, you will have to pay for the expensive express shipping or risk not having your gifts in time for the holidays.

So is it cheaper to shop online? The answer is that is often depends. Sometimes, you can find the same deals in stores, and sometimes you can’t. Shipping is sometimes a factor, but then again, when shopping in physical stores, you have to consider gas costs and taxes (many online purchases aren’t taxed, but some are). Some people don’t mind paying a bit extra to avoid the crowds during the holiday season. If you do a little comparison shopping, order early so you don’t have to pay for expedited shipping, and are comfortable using the internet to make purchases, buying your holiday gifts online can be a great way to do your shopping.

Hanukkah Activities for the Entire Family

Hanukkah begins soon, and if your kids are anything like most, they’re very excited for the eight days of the holiday. Hanukkah presents several different opportunities for families to spend some quality time together. Here are a few activities that the entire family can participate in.

The main focus of Hanukkah is on the menorah and the traditions it represents. During Hanukkah, one candle is lit each night during the eight days. Children can get involved by learning the prayers recited over the menorah each day. With help, children can also light a candle. If your kids enjoy arts and crafts, they can create their own menorah out of sculpting clay and make homemade candles out of beeswax or by using candle-making kits. Of course, children should always be supervised when lighting candles.

If you like cooking traditional Hanukkah foods like latkes and donuts, get the entire family involved. While cooking with oil is not an activity for children, they can help prepare the batter, cut out cookies, and decorate desserts.

Kids might also want to make their own Hanukkah cards to give out to their friends and relatives. This is a great way for kids to use their imaginations and art skills, and family members will treasure these created cards so much more than store-bought ones.

Finally, take the time to tell traditional Hanukkah stories, listen to music, and generally get into the spirit of the Festival of Lights. You might even want to go out and enjoy the holiday light displays, many of which are secular and not religious. There are many holidays happening around this time of year, and there’s nothing that says you can’t enjoy a little of what they all have to offer with your family while you celebrate Hanukkah.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Flowers


Turkey? Check! Cranberries? Yep. Pumpkin Pie? Ready to serve with whipped cream. So what’s left? Oh no! There are no Thanksgiving flowers to put on the table! If you need some last minute thanksgiving flowers, it’s not too late. While you probably don’t want to wait until the day before to go turkey shopping, if you forget your flowers, you might still be able to pick some up.

If you’re shopping for last minute Thanksgiving flowers, there are a few things to be aware of. First of all, your florist, no matter how good they are, may be out of your first choice. Popular arrangements tend to sell out quickly. Cornucopias and large arrangements may already be gone. However, this doesn’t mean your dinner is ruined. Many florists also have a number of smaller arrangements that they can make for Thanksgiving.

Even if your florist is out of some of their advertised arrangements, that doesn’t have to put a damper on your plans. Any good, creative florist can take what flowers they have in stock and create something completely beautiful and amazing. Just tell your florist what you’re looking for, and he or she will work magic. There are many different flowers that work for Thanksgiving, after all. Sunflowers, orange and dark red roses, yellow and orange gerberas, orange lilies, and many other flowers will fit nicely with your Thanksgiving décor. Greenery, acorns, pinecones, and even some gourds and pumpkins can be added if you feel like your arrangement needs a bit of fleshing out. Throw in a few candles, and you’re done!

It’s always advisable to order your Thanksgiving flowers in advance, of course, but even if you don’t, it’s OK. Just be sure to pick them up as soon as possible so you’ve got some options. As always, we have a great selection of Thanksgiving flowers. Browse them now on our website and place your order soon!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas


Thanksgiving is almost here, but it’s not too late to put together an amazing centerpiece for your table. While many people think of the turkey as the centerpiece, that’s only during the meal. What goes on your table before the turkey is brought out? That’s where your Thanksgiving centerpiece takes center stage.

There are several different types of centerpieces used for Thanksgiving. The traditional cornucopia is one of them. This “horn of plenty” is usually filled with fruits, but it can be filled with gorgeous fall flowers, too. This is one of the larger Thanksgiving centerpieces, so it’s sure to get plenty of attention. Of course, you’re going to have to move it off the table when it’s time to eat.

If you’d rather have flowers as a centerpiece, you have many different choices. One popular choice is a large floral arrangement with tapers. You can light the candles before, during, or after dinner. The flowers are generally ones in traditional Autumn colors like dark red, yellow, and orange, and often greenery or even nuts are added to the arrangement to fill it out. Again, these large arrangements may have to be moved when it’s turkey time.

There are some smaller fall arrangements that you can use for centerpieces. These arrangements may not have to be moved for dinner, which is one of the reasons many people like them. They may not be as attention grabbing, but that’s OK. Many are simple bouquets in nice vases. You can accent these smaller arrangements with candles, small pumpkins, or even little turkeys or pilgrims.

All of these types of Thanksgiving centerpieces are rather traditional. If you want something a bit different, get creative. If you have children, get them involved. Help them make turkeys out of pine cones by using feathers and construction paper. This helps get your family involved in the holiday, and you can use these little turkeys with just about any floral centerpiece.