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 Secret to Flowers on National Boss’ Day

money treeNational Boss’ Day became a holiday in 1958, the year in which it was officially registered with the U.S.. Chamber of Commerce. The idea for the holiday was the brain child of an employee in the Deerfield, Illinois State Farm Insurance office. Patricia Bays Haroski was working under her father at the time, and what she saw as she watched him work, persuaded her that there ought to be a designated holiday on which to show bosses or other supervisors, that their employees appreciated them.

Inspired by watching her father, as he ran their State Farm office, she saw her father face almost constant set backs, challenges and difficulties, and he never lost sight of the fact that his role was to guide, inspire and motivate his employees despite all the seemingly insurmountable roadblocks he encountered.

Mrs. Haroski chose October 16th for the holiday because it also happened to be her father’s birthday. Today, the national observance is always on October 16th, and if that date falls on a weekend, the holiday is observed on the closest business day.

The idea of celebrating National Boss’ Day has spread beyond American soil. It is now celebrated in Australia, Great Britain and South Africa.

People typically show their appreciation by giving their boss token gifts and cards. Since people don’t want to get too personal in their gift giving, a plant is the perfect gift. It is suitable for a male or female boss, and it is something that will last and allow your boss to enjoy it long after National Boss’s Day – or the week during which it is observed.

If you believe in Feng Shui, then the Money Tree is the perfect plant to give to your boss. It is known by the botanical name Pachira acquatica. The braided trunk is supposed to be a symbol of good luck, and if you want to give your boss an offering that is believed to bring good luck, then this is the perfect gift. Because of its unusual appearance, people frequently make comments about it. This interesting good luck gift is something the whole office can talk about and enjoy.

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!

3 Types of Fall Flowers

fall flower arrangementFall typically conjures up images of traditional autumn colors, taken from pumpkins, squash, gourds, or the changing colors of leaves. Those colors translate into flowers, and you will find many different types of flowers to use for centerpieces, to place on end tables, console tables, or anywhere else where you’d like to bring that seasonal feeling into your home.

The Country Pumpkin Bouquet from your Denver Florist, Veldkamp’s, represents the essence of fall, by using a ceramic pumpkin in place of a vase, and filling it with Gerbera daisies in orange, golden-colored mums and pom poms, and burnt orange or brown daisies. The addition of greenery, yellow leaves and berries make this the perfect choice to grace your dining room table, to create a focal point on your living room coffee table, or on a console table at the entrance to your home.

Although people tend to think of mums when thinking about fall flowers, there are countless other possibilities that can add the harvest warmth to any area of your home. A tall vase filled with giant yellow sunflowers, or a small vase filled with yellow, brown, or orange daisies will look lovely on a small table in the kitchen.

Day-lilies are always abundant, and you may even still have orange day-lilies in bloom in your back or front yard. Golden colored yarrow is the perfect addition to a fall bouquet, or to use on its own, and the best part of choosing yarrow is that you can dry it and display it all season long.

If you’re looking for something more formal, don’t discount the possibility of using roses. There are spectacular roses in ivory, yellow, many shades of orange, or deep red that will create that harvest feeling, while maintaining the formal feeling that is associated with roses.

When choosing flowers for any occasion throughout autumn, embrace the colors of the season, and think about those lush, earthy, warm and inviting colors that you’ll see everywhere as the leaves on trees, shrubs, and other plants change color. Don’t be afraid to combine different colors and different kinds of flowers. The harvest is all about abundance, and you can use that in creating other beautiful arrangements to transform your house into a warm and inviting home.

3 Care Tips for Keeping Sunflowers

autumn sunflowersThe sunflower is a very impressive plant to grow and looks beautiful in any garden. Most people appreciate the beauty of the sunflower but few people know how to grow and care for them. Luckily, sunflower care is not very complicated at all. Here are some tips to help your sunflowers stay healthy.

Sunflowers are extremely sensitive to the amount of sunlight they obtain, hence their name. They are also sensitive to the amount of water they should receive on a daily basis. It is crucial that sunflowers get ample sunlight but do not get overwatered. They should be checked regularly to make sure they are in moist soil and should be planted in an area that gets a fair amount of sunlight on a daily basis.

Another important thing to check when trying to grow a beautiful sunflower is that the plant stays stable during its growth process. Sunflowers can grow several feet in height, so making sure they stay stable throughout the growing process is crucial to making sure the roots remain intact and that the sunflower does not topple over. Using ties and rope to stabilize the sunflower stem can help give the flower stability once it reaches a certain height.

If you are growing a field of sunflowers, it is important to space the flowers far enough apart that they do not compromise the integrity of the other flowers. When two or more sunflowers are planted near each other and they begin to grow into each other, it may be needed to prune some of the petals from one of the flowers, or even trim down an entire flower in order to not compromise the growth of the other flowers.

Veldkamp’s Flowers is the premier Denver flower delivery company and provides many beautiful sunflower arrangements! This “Autumn Sophistication” arrangement is a gorgeous sunflower arrangement perfect for fall!

The Secret to Sending Flowers on Grandparent’s Day

Lavender Dreams ArrangementEvery day is a great day to send someone you love a beautiful arrangement of flowers, but Grandparent’s Day is the one day of the year to show the grandparents in your life just how much you love them. With Veldkamps Flowers offering same-day hand delivery in Denver, Colorado and nationwide, flower delivery is as easy as finding the perfect arrangement online, entering in some information and then sending it on its way to that special someone! Floral arrangements are the perfect way to put a smile on your grandparents face this year!

Got a grandfather who loves trucks? This “’48 Ford Pickup” arrangement from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts is the perfect choice! This whimsical bouquet is arranged in a reusable keepsake ceramic replica of the classic 1948 Ford pickup. Yellow daisies, orange roses, red carnations and purple statice are mixed with oregonia inside the bed of the truck. This arrangement is sure to make any grandfather smile.

For those looking for the perfect arrangement for Grandma, look no further than this beautiful “Lavender Dreams” bouquet from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts. Lovely long stemmed roses, daisy poms, stock, alstroemeria and monte casino in shades of pink and purple are all hand delivered in an ornate purple glass vase to bring out the vibrant color of the flowers. This beautiful arrangement will make any grandmother feel special on Grandparent’s Day!

This “Be Happy” bouquet from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts is a good choice to send to any grandparent. Arranged in a happy face mug full of roses and daisies, this floral gift is sure to make any relative smile.

What Flowers to Send for Back to School?

apple of my eye flower arrangementBack to school flowers are a great idea for children, college age students, bus drivers, teachers, spouses and more! A simple floral arrangement from Veldkamp’s Flowers, the local Denver florist is an easy way to show the special people in your life that you are thinking about them. With such a wide selection these days, you can find the perfect arrangement for just about anyone! With all of Veldkamp’s flower arrangements, Denver flower delivery is an easy way to show your loved ones that you care.

This “Apple of My Eye” basket arrangement is a beautiful and unique gift for a child, spouse or teacher. Daisy poms, solidago and variegated pittosporum in a charming handled basket, accented with bright red apples is a beautiful arrangement for any family member to buy for their favorite teacher!

This “Festive Big Hug” bouquet arrangement is the perfect choice for a child going to school for the first time. In this arrangement, pink gerbera daisies are surrounded by yellow Peruvian Lilies, fuchsia mini carnations, purple statice and lush greens perfectly presented in a ceramic light green vase hugged by an adorable brown plush bear.

Your children and the staff at your children’s school aren’t the only people who would be delighted to see a beautiful floral arrangement this back to school season. After a hectic summer, sending a floral arrangement to your spouse is a great way to say “I love you and I appreciate all that you do.” This “Perfectly Pastel” is the perfect choice to surprise your spouse this back to school season.

Also remember that if your child is going off to college we also offer nationwide delivery!