Set Your Thanksgiving Table Abloom

As you’re planning your Thanksgiving table this year, Peoples Flower Shops is here with a small PSA: don’t forget the flowers!

You’ve likely pulled out the heritage linens and the nice china. Maybe you’ve even polished up your silverware and are prepping the turkey on an antique platter. We put so much time and attention into how our Thanksgiving table is going to look, given the bounty it will offer and the friends and family who will soon gather around it. A floral centerpiece at the heart of it is a way of bringing all of the elements that go into Thanksgiving together.

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Bright & Bold Fall Floral Designs

While our Albuquerque fall foliage may not be as prolific as other areas in the country, we still love the change of seasons. Cooler weather, fall festivals, and the anticipation of spending favorite holidays with family and friends are all on our minds. There is no need to wait until Thanksgiving to decorate your home with beautiful fall decor; in fact, it is easy to create a warm ambiance with a few fall floral designs drenched in seasonal colors.

Peoples Flowers has all of the ruby red, burnt orange, and golden yellow flowers you’ll need to brighten your home for the new season.  Continue reading

Make the Cornucopia the Centerpiece of Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

cornucopiaEvery household wants their table to look extra special on Thanksgiving Day. Gathering with special people is a tradition Americans have observed since that first celebratory feast that the colonists shared with the Wampanoag Indians in 1621. One of the most iconic fixtures on fall harvest tables, but especially on Thanksgiving dinner tables is the Cornucopia.

Background on the Cornucopia

The word comes from two Latin words: cornu, meaning horn, and copia, roughly translated as plenty. The horn of plenty is also a symbol of the harvest. It is connected with prosperity, abundance, and of course, the harvest. It is traditionally filled with fresh fruits, nuts, ornamental corn, gourds, and often with flowers.

The cornucopia is believed to date back to the 5th century B.C. According to the Greek myth that surrounds its origin, the horn originally belonged to a goat named Almathea. She served as Zeus’ foster mother. Zeus was the son of Cronus and Rhea. Even though his son was a mere infant, Cronus was convinced that his son would grow up to overthrow him. He was determined to prevent that from ever happening. Rhea, fearing for her son’s welfare, sent him to live in a cave on Mount Ida where Almathea cared for him.

One day when Zeus and Almathea were playing, Zeus accidentally broke her horn off. She turned into a unicorn. The horn acquired magical powers. When Zeus grew older, remorse for the accident consumed him. He returned the horn to Almathea. Whenever Almathea wished for something, it would appear in the horn.

Throughout history, artists have depicted the cornucopia in their artwork, even though it first appeared as a word in the English dictionary in the 1500s. Artists representations always show the horn of plenty in settings where people are eating, and it sits on a table where it overflows with fruit, nuts, flowers and other delicacies.

Don’tcornucopia miss out on your chance to have a cornucopia centerpiece on your Thanksgiving dinner table. Our Autumn Cornucopia is full of giant sunflowers, orange roses, different colored mums and daisies, sprigs of wheat and decorative cinnamon sticks.

Be sure to let People’s Flower Shops help you decorate your Thanksgiving table. Contact us about flowers for your holiday home, today.

 

Thanksgiving at Peoples Flowers

thanksgivingHundreds of millions of Americans observe Thanksgiving each year, and the event carries almost 400 years of traditions and celebration. You might get up at 4 AM to put a turkey in the oven, you’ll light the tapers of your autumn floral arrangement, and you’ll have leftovers that last for days. However, it’s easy to forget why we celebrate Thanksgiving, so here’s a quick history of the holiday and the traditions we observe today.

A Successful Harvest and the First Thanksgiving

Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving as a day to get together with family and eat as much turkey as we can, but the holiday has gone through some dramatic changes over the past several centuries. First observed in 1621 after the Pilgrims had their first successful harvest, Thanksgiving was a three-day celebration between the settlers and the Native Americans. Without help from the native people, the Pilgrims may not have survived past that first terrible winter in 1620.

Although families today feast on giant turkeys, no actual record exists of the Pilgrims eating turkey. One of the only concrete features of the first Thanksgiving menu is the deer brought by the Wampanoag, who were natives invited by the governor for the feast.

Historians believe the food served at the first Thanksgiving was probably prepared with spices commonly used by the Native Americans of the era. The event was attended by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag, and instead of bringing back turkey, the Pilgrim hunters probably brought back duck, lobster, and shellfish.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Today with Family

Millions of families celebrate a very traditional Thanksgiving with turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, but the simple act of getting together with loved ones or friends has become important to many people around the country. Some families eat out for Thanksgiving and let someone else do the cooking while some couples celebrate with close friends and cook a wide variety of dishes from Italian cuisine to Mexican food.

Although the Thanksgiving celebrations of today are quite different from what the Pilgrims celebrated so many centuries ago, the idea of giving thanks for family and friends and helping those in need remains a strong part of the holiday season. It’s a holiday everyone can celebrate whether they have a huge extended family or just a few close friends.

Don’t forget to order your Thanksgiving flowers early from Peoples Flowers. Take a beautiful floral centerpiece as a gift if you’re traveling, or decorate with flowers in beautiful autumn hues at your Thanksgiving dinner celebration.

 

Our Favorite Fall Flowers

fall flowersThe days of fall are a little shorter and a little cooler, and it’s the perfect time to start decorating your home with flowers. For autumn birthdays and fall holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are an endless number of beautiful flowers you can choose for your celebrations. Choose fall flowers from Peoples Flower Shops that bring to mind a forest filled with autumn leaves of orange, yellow, and red.

Concentrating on Color

The spring season is often filled with the soft pastels of the year’s first blooms and the summer features bright, happy flowers like sunflowers. As fall approaches, those colors turn bright and vibrant, and we celebrate with bright reds and oranges. Are you celebrating a child’s first year of kindergarten? Do you have a high school student beginning her senior year?

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Orange Burst

A bright arrangement of calla lilies, gerbera daisies, and chrysanthemums is the ideal symbol of the “back to school” spirit and the fall season. The arrangement is also an ideal part of your decorations for Halloween, as well as for Thanksgiving. Hold onto the warmth of summer with bright, happy flowers.

If you’d like to give someone an indoor plant for a fall gift, you’ll want to think about sending a vibrant croton plant to your friend, loved one, or co-worker. These plants come in the perfect fall colors with leaves in orange, red, and yellow.

Celebrating the Season’s Holidays

Spooky ghosts during Halloween and festive cornucopias and turkey for Thanksgiving are particularly festive when you add seasonal fall flowers to your parties. Are you inviting friends over for a weekend party to welcome the autumn? Give your guests a delicious fall fruit basket with apples, pears, and organic cheese all wrapped up in a trendy wicker basket. Fruit and food are yummy additions to your fall flowers and decorations.

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Autumn Rose Garden

Another beautiful way to celebrate is with roses, which are a perfect gift if your wedding anniversary is during the fall, or you have a dear friend or family member with a birthday in September, October, or November. Imagine a lush bowl of yellow roses arriving on your loved one’s doorstep on a birthday or for a fall holiday. There’s no better gift than roses for a loved one, particularly in yellow, orange, and red during the fall season.

Although the foliage and flowers of the outside world start to retire for the season, autumn is nevertheless a time of beautiful, vibrant flowers. Celebrate with fall flowers this year during your celebrations, parties, and holidays.

 

Using Chrysanthemums in your Floral Bouquets

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During the month of November, flower arrangements that contain the beautiful chrysanthemum bloom are particularly appropriate. This is the flower of the month, and the beautiful range of colors that these flowers have been cultivated for mean that everyone will appreciate a gift of these blooms.

The chrysanthemum has been popular around the world for thousands of years. During that time, it has come to mean many different things to different cultures. In Asia, for example, it is often associated with life and rebirth. Conversely, in Europe it is seen as a symbol of sympathy. For Americans in the United States, the flower lends itself strongly to sentiments of love, respect, happiness, and honor.

This range of emotions means that there are numerous different occasions when the flower would be appropriate. Couples enjoy giving them to each other for anniversaries, particularly the 13th wedding anniversary, when it is the traditional flower. Others might use them for birthday gifts, hostess gifts, and evthumbnailen sympathy gifts. Here are a few types of arrangements where the beauty of the chrysanthemum really stands out.

Fall themes

The fall always offers ample opportunities for giving flowers. From birthdays to Thanksgiving to wanting to just show someone how much they matter, combining some gorgeous chrysanthemums with flowers such as coffee berry, gerbera daisies, and lilies can create a heart-warming arrangement that is perfect for any fall occasion. These flowers will light up the room and will be appreciated by all.

Sympathy and funerals

When a family and their friends are preparing to say goodbye to a loved one, they often seek beautiful flowers that will reflect their love and admiration for the person. Chrysanthemums, with their soft beauty and rich symbolize of love, make for a wonderful addition to any bouquet for a funeral or to express sympathy.

For friends and family members looking to send the perfect arrangement to the funeral home or to the family of the departed, an arrangement that combines chrysanthemums with flowers such as carnations and larkspur will be most appropriate. The lovely colors and flowers along the with the sentiments and symbols behind them will be appreciated.

The family members and close friends looking to find the right flowers to decorate the funeral home, chrysanthemums can be a wonderful choice once again. Combining white chrysanthemums with white roses and similar blooms with create the appearance of elegance and love for the departed.

During the month of November, give someone a smile and show them how much they are loved, whether they are celebrating a holiday or in mourning. Regardless of the occasion, chrysanthemums are the perfect flower to communicate the message.

Autumn has Arrived and So Have Fall Flowers and Fall Gifts!

fallp4fallp3Autumn has officially begun and with it comes a change in the weather and new colors of flowers to enjoy! We are excited that fall flowers are now here within our Albuquerque flower shops as well as many fall plants and fall gifts to enjoy for any occasion or event as well as for upcoming fall weddings.

This blog post offers a little preview of what is to come in terms of our new fall flower arrangements, fall bouquets, fall centerpieces, and fall gifts.

We’ve added a few more pictures to this blog post because we are so excited to share some of the latest and greatest fall flower arrangements now available!

Fall Flower and Plant Arrangements

Our fall flower arrangements include all the favorite fall flowers in rich shades of orange, red, cinnamon, brown, yellow and green.

There is everything from sunflowers and gerbera daisies to autumn tinted roses and elegant orchids.summerp1

Also featured are some beautiful fall plant arrangements. The Fall Mum Plant is a bright orange and cheery addition to any home or office, including its seasonally decorated basket with plaid ribbon and pumpkin ornament.

Sunflowers, Safflower, Millett, Mums, and China Berry are in abundance in this beautiful Autumn floral.

Sunflowers, Safflower, Millett, Mums, and China Berry are in abundance in this beautiful Autumn floral.

Fall Signature Design Flower Arrangements

The Signature Design Collection consists of exclusive designs available only through Peoples Flower Shops and created by the Albuquerque florist’s design team. These include some amazing new designs created just for fall:

  • Autumn Bounty includes sunflowers, safflower, millett, mums, and China berry and arranged in a chic glass vase.
  • Autumn Jewels contains premium roses, hydrangea, and cymbidium orchids. This large arrangement is perfect to set on a large counter or a dining room table, and
  • Waves of Grain is a fall flower arrangement that features sunflowers, garden snapdragons, and beautiful millet.fallp1

Local Albuquerque Fall Flower Arrangements

A few of our special fall arrangements are made just for our Albuquerque customers and feature unique designs and extras to celebrate the season as well as special holidays like Halloween.

This includes the Teleflora Spooky Surprise Bouquet in a pumpkin vase replete with a spooky ghost ornament. Then there is the Teleflora Simply Sunny Bouquet chock full of sunflowers in a stunning painted vase covered in sunflowers.fallp2

Fall Gifts

Our fall gifts include new harvest gift baskets of fresh, seasonal fruit as well as artisanal cheeses, savory crackers, and sweet treats as well as new selections in all of our categories for men, women, and kids!

Be sure to shop online or at any of our store selections so you can enjoy the new fall selections. We already have some fall flowers, plants, and gifts on sale!