Holiday Centerpieces

The holidays are all about family, love & food! Whether you are hosting a Christmas party or just having close family and friends over for a holiday dinner, the decor is important. We are giving you some ideas of how to incorporate food into fun holiday centerpieces.

{1} Cranberries: Cranberries are a big part of the whole holiday season! These little fruits are easy to incorporate into recipes as well as decor. A simple DIY centerpiece is to place a bunch of cranberries into a large clear vase, add water and then add whatever you like! We recommend adding floating candles or winter greenery to make this an especially festive piece.

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{2} Gingerbread Tree: Just like the gingerbread houses we all used to make growing up, these little creations are festive & impressive. Stack gingerbread cookie cutouts by putting frosting in the middle to help them stand up! Then sprinkle with powdered sugar to create a snowy look.

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{3} Candy Canes Galore: Candy canes are the classic Christmas treat, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your holiday home decor! Stick candy canes in your Christmas floral arrangements, or use them to create a festive vase!

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{4} Sugared Fruit: This is another easy DIY holiday centerpiece. Pick up some of your favorite fruit, make them “sugared,” and arrange them onto your favorite platter or bowl.

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{5} Oranges & Cloves: A classic look that doubles as a wonderful holiday home scent is oranges with cloves. You can easily make a centerpiece with these by arranging them on a cake plate or in a decorative bowl.  

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Winter Wedding Trends

White is always right for a winter wedding! Accent white flowers with shades of cream and winter greens like pine and silvery dusty miller, add frosted berries for seasonal tones.

Metallic designs are so popular in fashion, they are spilling over into weddings. Look for gilded succulents, berries and other textural components for a beautiful contemporary wedding look.

Continue the look with wedding decor items such as golden succulents for place card holders.

Bouquets designed with textural items and foliage provide a natural, organic vibe for winter weddings. Thistle, eucalyptus, berries, touches of babies breath or heather and succulents are perfect components for this look.

Plaid is perfect for a wintery wedding party. Carry it through from bouquet accents to boutonniere touches. Choose a plaid ribbon design to coordinate with wedding fashions with like bow ties, vests and flannel shirts! Spread soft plaid throws over chair backs to keep your guest warm and toasty. For a truly updated look accent the plaid designs with metallic, wire, ribbon or accent flowers.

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Designer Inspired Holiday Home Decor

This year, we have been inspired by some of our favorite designers when it comes to decorating our homes for the holiday season!

{1} Mackenzie Childs: Incorporating this country chic home designer into your holidays will take lots of black & white in the form of checkered prints.  Think ribbons and ornaments in this print.   We recommend a bright red for an accent color!

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{2} Betsy Johnson:  This holiday decor style is for the fun-loving decorators out there! To achieve a holiday home that Betsy herself would approve of, add lots of feathers! Put them in your centerpieces, or have them displayed on your Christmas tree! We also recommend bright & unique ornaments to tie this look all together.

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{3} Kate Spade: Where playful meets sophistication will be your home this holiday season. Make your mantle Kate Spade inspired by adding bright colors to your holiday garland, like hot print, teal, or lime, and accenting with metallics like ornaments or candle votives. Use these decorations to surround a cheeky, festive graphic quote that will have all your guests smiling.

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{4} Vera Wang: Elegant & simple decor is how we describe our Vera Wang Christmas. Lots of black & white decorations, with added in glamour, like a pearl garland.

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{5} Tommy Hilfiger: Go for a vintage, country theme with inspiration from Tommy. Imagine red plaid ribbons tied around the tree or balsam garland, and use antlers as accents when you can!

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Holiday Office Gifting

It’s about that time of year to plan your holiday gifts! This week, we have some great ideas that you can use for holiday office gifts!

{1} Centerpiece:  Give your clients, employees, or vendors the gift of holiday spirit with a beautiful centerpiece! There are many varieties to perfectly fit the likes of your recipient.

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{2} Homemade Goodies:  Homemade holiday goodies are a great way to show someone appreciation this time of year. Maybe you have a new recipe you want to try out, or a family secret that is looked forward to every year. Use holiday themed packages and tags for the gifting!

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{3} Gift Basket:  Another way to personalize your office gifts this season is with a gift basket. Try one full of cookies for that sweet-tooth someone, or a gourmet basket filled with fruit and cheese.

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{4} Mason Jar Gifts:  A twist on the gift basket alternatives, on a smaller DIY scale is a mason jar filled gift! Add some little treats, such as nice office supplies or materials for a mini at-home spa.

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{5} Poinsettia: A true Christmas classic is the poinsettia. They make a wonderful gift as they are a perfect decoration all season long!

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Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Designs

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Holiday Season where the focus is on food, family and friends. As we gather to celebrate our family traditions here are a few easy, on trend holiday centerpiece tips.

Metallic is very hot in fashion right now! As it influences home decor, you will see gold, silver and copper trickle into more accent pieces.  Spray natural or faux pumpkins, gourds and pine cones with Gold Medal finish by Design Master paint. Accent with gold berry sprays and votive candles to add holiday luster for your Thanksgiving table.

 

Monochromatic designs in orange are a bold way to celebrate the Holiday. Autumn shades are traditionally expressed in a combination of orange, gold and red tones. Designing with several shades of the same color provides a dynamic and fresh statement. Accent with kale, succulents and fresh orange produce for the perfect harvest table.

 

White is right …for the Holidays, when you provide the best setting. If you’re a fan of black and white, don’t be afraid of using your go to colors for the holiday. Arrange your favorite votive candles and small accent pieces with a few all white bouquets and touches of grey. A geometric or chevron table runner can really add to this show stopping and elegant table design.

 

Large single blooms such as sunflowers provide the perfect focal flower for  your Thanksgiving table. Arrange in small pots that offer dual use for place cards and favors for your guests to take home. Depending on your decor, you could dress these up in ceramic pots or small glass cubes for a more sophisticated look or keep it rustic chic in metal or clay.

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Talk About Emmy

Today we are going to learn a little more about one of our employees, Emmy! She is a creative person who loves to channel her inspiration and makes things by hand! Here are some more facts about her.

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{1} What is your floral industry background? My start came from answering an ad for a “crafty person” at a small flower shop! I’ve been hooked ever since.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist? 3 and a half months!

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle? The custom flower arrangement for CMAC for the musical group, Lady Antebellum.

{4} What is your favorite flower? Dataura and Jempson weed!

{5} What inspires you in this industry? Creating beauty through my very own ideas!

{6} Tell us a random fact about yourself: I am also a potter and jewelry designer.

Spooky Flowers

Just in time for Halloween, we want to share our ideas with you on how to make a spooky bouquet!

{1} Vintage Vase: Instead of your usual glass vase, use an old vintage bottle, preferably with an old label still on it! If not, you can also print out an old poison bottle graphic and still give it that vintage feel. Use this for your Halloween inspired flowers that are sure to wow your guests this season.

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{2} Dried Flowers: Use dried flowers and herbs to create an arrangement that will be beautiful yet eerie. Perfect Halloween decor!

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{3} Forensic Flowers: Here is a cool DIY idea for the Halloween lover – try “blood splatter” roses! Simply take white roses, and add drops of red paint or even nail polish to create a creepy Halloween bouquet.

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{4} Spooky Add Ons: A super easy way to a make an eerie Halloween bouquet is to take flowers in dark shades like deep oranges, purples and reds, and use some scary additives! Try artificial spider webs or branches to help achieve the perfect Halloween look.

 

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{5} Black Flowers: You may only see them on rare occasions, but black flowers do exist! This year, add black calla lilies  to your arrangement for a naturally spooky feel.

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Finger Lakes Destination Wedding Flowers

Whether the Finger Lakes are right in your back yard or you’re traveling to make this your destination wedding site, here are a few helpful, cost saving tips for beautiful flowers.

The Finger Lakes region offers picturesque landscapes, unique activities, WINE and much more. Utilize the beautiful surroundings that nature has to offer. The photo opportunities are endless.

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Lakeside ceremonies provide beautiful blue backdrops, however you may choose to feature a few decor items.

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An archway or draped decor rental item can easily be erected to enhance your ceremony site.

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Make the most of your “chosen spot”. Roam the vineyards for that perfect photo, but also consider accenting existing on site structures with floral decor.

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Re-purpose large arrangements from ceremony structures for an indoor mantle or table at the reception.

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Decorate with garlands of lush greenery, coordinate with large ferns for a rustic-chic setting. Dual-use items such as garlands can be placed as table runners for the reception site.

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“When in Rome….” let’s make the most of wine country. Themed accessories such as wine bottles, corks and barrels make great beginnings of beautiful floral designs.

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Accent with grapes, natural vine and LOTS OF CANDLES.

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If you like the trendy long farmhouse table, consider multiple mix and match floral designs. Alternate sizes (small bud vases with tall elevated designs) and styles to coordinate with candles.

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Transition cascading floral designs from the ceremony to reception. For a trendy look, place at the end of long tables as an end cap arrangement. Accent with paper table runners, like this amazing gold chevron design!

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A special thank you to all of our couples who inspired this Destination Wedding Blog, we love working with you!

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Modern Floral Design

Not all floral arrangements are the same. If you are looking for something unique or modern, try a high end floral design. Here are a few ways that these modern arrangements are different then your average bouquet of flowers.

{1} Different Vases: Instead of your average flower vase, try a modern design to really change up the look. 8bdb7361b66c16ec48cd8f756a9edfd1

{2} Manipulated Flowers: It may sound funny, but they look like no joke! Whether it is wire, or certain techniques of changing the stem shape of certain kinds of flowers, florists have ways of manipulating florals to create an extremely unique design.

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{3} Talk About Posture: Believe it or not, not all flowers need to be standing straight up. This high end floral design is a beautiful example of flowers being presented in a modern fashion.d6d39e2e9f080a03dd8f9e396821266d

{4} Unique Shape: Modern floral designs can be found in many interesting shapes and sizes. Using one of these as a gift or as decor for when you entertain is sure to “wow” everyone!
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{5} Added Texture: Florists can create amazing modern floral designs by adding texture. Whether it be different kinds of flowers in one arrangement or adding different materials to create a unique look, texturized floral pieces are always stunning.

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