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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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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A Tree For The Town Of Greece

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Over the last 15 years Rockcastle Florist has had the privilege of decorating the Christmas Tree for the Town of Greece, located in the Town Hall.  Working with town officials annually, we determined a theme based on holiday trends or local events.

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This year we opened the theme up for a community vote through a joint social media campaign with the Town of Greece.  Several themes were posted and Baubles & Bows was voted most popular!  Keeping this theme in mind we dressed the tree in glamour colors of turquoise, fuchsia, lime green, and purple. We added lime green mesh to add volume to the tall tree and the unique holiday colors all contributed to this whimsical tree theme.

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The 16′ Fraser Fur Tree was provided by Mountain Ash Tree Farm in Greece and the official lighting was Thursday December 5, accompanied by middle school choral groups and a visit from Santa Clause.

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Special thanks to our Marketing Director Pauleen Vacca for creating this social media campaign, Rockcastle Designer Robin Copey, Andrew Lang from the Town of Greece for working the ladder and trimming the tall spots, and Kathryn Firkins, also from the Town of Greece, for providing direction on this project.

Holiday Wreaths

Now that Thanksgiving is over it’s time to bust out the home with some holiday decor.  So dust off those bulbs, fluff up that garland, and don’t forget a special holiday wreath.

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When choosing a wreath for your home, the first option to consider is fresh vs. artificial.  You can’t beat the seasonal smell that a fresh wreath brings into the home, but artificial wreaths are a great investment to decorate your home from year to year.

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Decide where you would like to display your holiday wreaths.  Some popular locations include the front door of your home or above a fireplace mantel.  But consider wreath alternatives, like displaying over a large mirror in your entry way, hanging over your dining room table, or as a centerpiece with a large candle in the center.

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Don’t forget that wreaths make a great remembrance piece during the holidays.  Your local florist will have easels available for cemetary display.

Holiday Office Gifting

Tis’ the season to be sending some holiday cheer.  Whether you’re thanking clients, recognizing employees, or sending some love to your best vendors, your local florist has so many options for leaving a big impression on your recipient.  Here are some popular options we offer at Rockcastle Florist for your Office sending pleasure:

{1} Poinsettia Plants.  These beautiful plants are a staple of the holiday season, and make a perfect gift.  The poinsettia plant is a long lasting option, making it perfect for those who want to send Christmas wishes early this year.  Finished off with a beautiful holiday bow, these plants will bring a smile to whomever you are sending.

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{2} Gourmet & Fruit Baskets.  Food is always the safe option for gifting.  Who doesn’t love a basket of tasty treats?   You can choose from a basket of fresh fruit, gourmet items, or a combination of both.  Baskets can be customized to fit a variety of themes and budgets.

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{3} Centerpieces.  A perfect piece to send for the home.  Our centerpieces feature one to three taper candles and come in a variety of styles.  For a longer lasting piece, opt for the Woodland centerpiece.  It’s a beautiful assortment of greenery, berries, and apples.

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And don’t forget office decor and holiday parties!  Flowers are a great addition to adding that extra touch of holiday cheer.  Greet your clients and event attendees with a beautiful floral installation.  Silk pieces make a great look for the office all holiday season, and fresh floral are a perfect addition to your next holiday office event.