The Rustic Holiday Tablescape DIY

Whether you are hosting a celebration or visiting as a guest this holiday season, make it beautiful with flowers. Let us help you find ideas for how to create the perfect holiday interior with our DIY Tablescape recommendations. This is the final of our four tablescapes we will be featuring this month, the Rustic Tablescape.

This is the final of our four tablescapes we will be featuring this month, the Rustic Tablescape.

To create this table, you will need:

  • A beautiful centerpiece
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Evergreen Branches
  • Willow Branches
  • Burlap fabric
  • White tulle fabric
  • Twine
  • Mini candy canes
  • Strands of mini white lights
  • Candles
  • Scissors

Bringing the snow and evergreens inside will make your house feel like a rustic cabin in the woods. We use tulle and burlap to emulate these textures and lights to create a dreamy landscape that will help your guests get into the winter spirit. If you are not setting your table this holiday, you can bring a host gifts that will fit with the decor.

To make the table runner, we took a long piece of burlap cut it and lined the sides with tulle.     Candles of different heights add drama and richness to the setting.

   

To make the table runner, we took a long piece of burlap, roughly 1.5′ wide and cut it to fit our table lengthwise. We lined the sides of the burlap with tulle and used twine scissors to create a scalloped look along the edges. We used a variety of candles to add drama and richness to the setting. Wrapping the candles in fresh evergreens helps make them pop off of the table. Down the center of the table, we placed a gorgeous centerpiece which uses a variety of fresh flowers mixed with evergreens, willow branches, and wood to compliment the tablescape perfectly.

Wrapping the candles in fresh evergreens helps make them pop off of the table.     Tulle lit from beneath with christmas lights drapes the serving table.

      

Using twine to tie the napkins, we placed a sprig of evergreens, a sprig of Baby’s Breath, and two mini candy canes. The evergreens add a touch of green, the Baby’s Breath compliment the tulle and add a feminine note, while the candy canes add a punch of color and whimsy.

Veldkamp’s Flowers & Gifts’ All White Centerpiece would be the perfect arrangement to accompany this rustic tablescape. Check out our selection of hand picked holiday flowers and gifts to find the perfect centerpiece for your table or a beautiful arrangement to present to the host.

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Don’t forget to enter our Pin to Win Holiday Contest and follow us on Pinterest.

Also see our holiday video, which features this tablescape!

Plaid & Lace Tablescape DIY

Whether you are hosting a celebration or visiting as a guest this holiday season, make it beautiful with flowers. Let us help you find ideas for how to create the perfect holiday interior with our DIY Tablescape recommendations. This is the second of four tablescapes we will be featuring this month, the “Plaid and Lace” tablescape.

We use different textures to create a warm and comforting environment for guests.

To create this table, you will need:

  • Red roses from florist
  • Evergreen Branches from florist
  • Willow Branches from florist
  • Cranberries
  • Various mixed nuts
  • Cylinder vases
  • Plaid fabric
  • Lace, about 1.5” thick
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Brown textured ribbon
  • Candles
  • Double-stick hem tape
  • Scissors

Rich colors like red and brown are synonymous with winter and in this week’s tablescape we use different textures to create a warm and comforting environment for your guests this holiday season. If you are not setting your table this holiday, you can bring a host gifts that will fit with the decor.

To make the table runner, we used double-stick hem tape to attach lace trim to plaid fabric that we cut to 1.5’ wide.   We filled the vases with the cranberries and mixed nuts on different levels to add texture, height, and color.

To make the table runner, we used double-stick hem tape to attach to plaid fabric that we cut to 1.5’ wide.

We placed a single red rose and rosemary sprig at every table setting using the brown textured ribbon to bring the whole table together.     Cranberries from the grocery store were used to fill glass vases to bring freshness to the tablescape and for their vivid color. 

We filled the vases with the cranberries and mixed nuts on different levels to add texture, height, and color. We laid evergreen branches and willow branches along the center of the runner as a basis for the vases and candles.

While the rose is beautiful, the green of the stem and the rosemary really add charm with the ruby red chargers.     There are countless red flowers you could use for this tablescape, but only a rose has the traditional feel of this rustic inspired tablescape.

A beautiful red rose and rosemary sprig at every table setting using the brown textured ribbon is the finishing touch to bring the whole table together.

We recommend the Celebration of the Season Centerpiece as the perfect arrangement to accompany this table. Visit our selection of hand picked holiday flowers and gifts to find the perfect centerpiece for your table or a beautiful arrangement to present to the host.

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Look for a new table theme each week leading up to the last week of December and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board to enter the Pin to Win contest.

Also see our holiday video!

Sugarplums and Gold Tablescape DIY

Whether you are hosting a celebration or visiting as a guest this holiday season, make it beautiful with flowers. Let us help you find ideas for how to create the perfect holiday interior with our DIY Tablescape recommendations. This is the first in a series of blog posts teaching you how to put together the perfect DIY holiday tablescapes. If you are not setting your table this holiday, you can bring a host gift that will fit with the decor. Our first tablescape is a vintage look with rose petals and willow branches.

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To create this table, you will need:

  • Pink Rose Petals
  • Willow Branches
  • Variety of Succulents
  • Pine cones
  • Burgundy cotton fabric
  • Gold ribbon, at least 2” wide
  • Gold curling ribbon
  • Candles
  • Double-sided hem tape
  • Scissors

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Bridging the gap from fall to winter, this time of year brings visions of plums and  burgundies, lush golds and glitter. This table perfectly brings together those colors to create a glamorous tablescape that will surely make your guests want to break out the sequin dresses and fancy jewelry.

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We made the table runner by cutting our burgundy fabric to fit our table (1’5” wide by 16” were our measurements) and using double-sided hem tape to attach the gold ribbon to the sides of the table runner, leaving about an inch and a half of the gold showing. This creates an elegant border and helps the burgundy pop off of the table.

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After that, we took our willow branches and placed them in the middle of the table runner. We scattered the pink rose petals throughout the branches and added as many curled gold ribbons as we could to really make the table shine.

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The succulents and pine cones were then placed in the center of the willow branches to  add some weight to the lightness of the branches and rose petals.

Candles add the final touch to bring the table to life.

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We recommend the Holiday Delight Bouquet as the perfect arrangement to accompany this table. Visit our selection of hand picked holiday flowers and gifts to find the perfect centerpiece for your table or a beautiful arrangement to present to the host.

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Look for a new table theme each week leading up to the last week of December and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board to enter the Pin to Win contest.

Also see our holiday video!

Three Fun Facts About the “Sweetest Day” Holiday

sweetest day bouquetThe Sweetest Day is a holiday which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed. The Sweetest Day is typically celebrated around the Great Lakes region and surrounding areas, as well as sections of the Northeast. The holiday is observed on the third Saturday in October.

Here are three fun facts you probably didn’t know about Sweetest Day!

1. Sweetest Day dates back all the way to October of 1921, when 12 confectioners got together and formed a committee. As the National Confectioners Committee, the group handed out over 20,000 boxes of chocolate to the poor, the sick and the indigent. This was the beginning of what would soon become Sweetest Day, a holiday celebrated all across the Northeast!

2. Over the years, jobs that require travel and an increase in populations spreading to other locations has caused a drastic increase in the amount of people who celebrate Sweetest Day. It’s popularity has grown to the point that Hallmark franchises have increased their Sweetest Day card selection from just 48 cards per store in 2000 to 142 cards per store in 2004. In 2008, Hallmark reported selling over 200 Sweetest Day cards across all of their franchises- acknowledging the widespread growth of the holiday.

3. Although Sweetest Day originated in Ohio and has been traditionally a holiday celebrated by those in the Northeast, recent studies show that the three states that purchase the most gifts to celebrate Sweetest Day are actually Texas, California and Florida! No Northeastern states at all make the list!

Regardless of where you live, Sweetest Day is a time of year to show appreciation and love for people in your life. Nothing says “I Love You” or “I Appreciate You” like a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts- the leader in online floral delivery in the Colorado area for decades.

This “You’re Special” bouquet from Veldkamp’s Flowers is a great selection for that special someone in your life this Sweetest Day. Eye-catching orange roses and Asiatic lilies are accented with burgundy chrysanthemums and lush greens to create an exceptional flower bouquet are arranged in an exquisite designer chestnut cut glass vase. A “special” way to celebrate Sweetest Day

In true Sweetest Day spirit, this “Godiva 19 Piece Assorted Chocolates” is the perfect way to honor the tradition of Sweetest Day while still showing the loved ones in your life how much you care. A box of chocolates was the first Sweetest Day gift and what started the holiday, making it an ideal gift for any special someone this October 19th.

The Pet Costume Contest Extravaganza!

pet costume contestDid you know that annually there is an average of $6 billion spent on Halloween-related purchases? Nearly $300 million of this is spent solely on pet costumes. That was last year, this year American consumers are projected to spend over $370 million on pet costumes. That’s a $70 million increase over last year and 40% more than 2010.

This means we will have far more dogs dressed as tacos, princesses, leprechauns and more cats dressed as spiders, frogs and dragons. Last year’s top sellers were hot dogs, demons and pumpkins.

We love this. We love the Halloween spirit and the hilarious, cute costumes that people dress their pets up in. So in honor of our furry friends we put together a contest for your own benefit! A pet costume contest to be exact. If you want to enter, here’s how you do it, and here’s how you can win!

If you want to compete in our pet costume contest head over to our site and enter a photo of your pet in their best costume, get friends to rate your photo and whomever ends up with the best rated photo will win a free bouquet!

The contest is over on the 31st so hurry up and get your photos posted and get to voting!

If you’re wanting to join but hard-pressed for ideas, this may give you a bit of inspiration!

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Flowers

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If you were to make a list of the most important ingredients for a wedding – minus the intangibles like love and patience – you’d get to flowers real fast. They’re not as critical as say, a bride or groom or the rings, but they’re heads and shoulders over some of the other trappings like candles, programs or string quartets.

Flowers can play a significant role, from the bride’s bouquet to smaller bouquets for bridesmaids to the groom’s boutonnieres to corsages for grandparents. Arrangements of flowers can be placed all around the church or hall, and the flower girl can sprinkle petals as the bride approaches. Even a small-scale wedding can be enhanced with fresh and colorful flowers.

Here’s a quick run-down of useful floral-related wedding options:

  • Real is better. Silk flowers are available, but there’s nothing that matches the look and feel of actual flowers.
  • You don’t have to splurge. Your wedding planner or floral specialist should give you several choices, not just colors or styles but possible costs for different budgets.
  • Colors abound. Any florist can find white flowers, from white roses to white carnations. But excellent florists can find combinations that match or complement the other colors at your event.
  • One size doesn’t fit all. Veldkamp’s Flowers in Denver, Colorado offers many options even where bouquets are concerned. There are hand-tied ones that include the stems and are an excellent choice for garden weddings, or nosegay bouquets, which are round, aromatic clusters of flowers and a trendy choice.

Send A Labor Day Message With Flowers

floral embrace flower arrangementOh no! Labor Day is Almost here. And you know what that means, summer is almost over. For most people it does, unofficially at least, mark the end of it all. The end of the balmy, sunny days, picnics and long weekends in the great outdoors, lazy days fishing and camping, cookouts, vacations, lightning bugs and flowers. On the other hand it also means the end of mosquitos, hot sweltering days and exorbitant air-conditioning bills. So either way you look at, Labor Day is a great excuse for celebration.Labor Day is always observed on the 1st Monday in September, which is on the 2nd this year. It all started in Oregon in 1887 and became a national holiday in 1894. It’s origins are a bit murky, but the day has a fascinating history involving unions, riots, Anarchists and Communists. That’s how they partied back in the day. But these days it’s a day of family reunions and barbecues.

A great way to send off the summer is with flowers. If you’re planning a get together, flower arrangements should be a part of your decor, almost a necessity for centerpieces. They’re beautiful, affordable, can be hand delivered right to your door nationwide from a well-known florist like Veldkamp’s Flowers & Gifts, and nothing adds that summery accent like flowers.

And, if you find you can’t make it to someone’s festivities, what better way to say you’re thinking of them and wish you were there than sending them a beautiful bouquet?

So wish Summer a fond farewell, enjoy some lovely flowers, and don’t feel too bad. It’ll be back next year.

The Dogs Days of Summer

Summer is a special time of year. The weather is perfect (or too hot, and even too hot means it’s a good time to jump in the pool or, if lucky, the ocean). With the kids out of school, it’s a time for family get togethers and a time to spend time with our friends.

Doggie Paddle Bouquet.Summer celebrations are important to all of us. Cookouts, pool parties, and family reunions all take place this time of year as people appreciate the gorgeous weather, longer days, and extra free time. The dog days of summer are a time to relax and to celebrate.

If you have a celebration or party planned then, of course, you need party decor. Or perhaps you are going to a party and are looking for a unique addition to bring with you to the beach, to the pool, or to the back yard. A bouquet of flowers is great as a party gift – and as an apology for when you find yourself with too many parties to go to and have to skip one. To be truly unique,you can order the Doggie Paddle bouquet. It’s white carnations and yellow poms – no, not that kind of pom, but it does have a dog in it. Just imagine the sand beneath the little guy’s paws.

So, if you’re heading for a summer beach party, consider bringing or sending this unique bouquet, especially if the party thrower happens to love dogs.

 

 

Gather Friends and Family to Celebrate July 4th

Unless your green thumb has been diligently tending to beds of red, white, and blue patriot floral favorites, you’re going to need a festive centerpiece to complement your 4th of July entertainment area. You could head to the store and snag the scrappy buds left behind by other last-minute decorative-minded hosts.

But here’s a much better idea.

zoom_CheerstotheRedWhiteBlueLarge130524124316Relax and enjoy the holiday weekend with your friends and family cooking out, catching up, watching fireworks, and leave the 4th of July floral bouquets in the hands of a local florist. A professional florist near you can design the patriotic themed bouquets customized to your preferences that will delight you and guests, while showing our respect and gratitude for those who serve our country.

After the festivities, you could present your bouquet to a veteran, military wife, or visit a local memorial to leave your token for passersby, allowing them to embrace the patriotic spirit of our most beloved national holiday.