Celebrate International Women’s Day Locally

international women's dayInternational Women’s Day, celebrated on March the 8th, has rallied women from all over the world for over 100 years. The movement began in the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc nations as women sought equal rights and social justice, but the idea quickly spread across Europe. With activities and celebrations in nearly 100 countries and events planned in nearly every U.S. state, it is an initiative that continues to pick up steam. The organizers of this year’s events have promoted the day’s activities to revolve around a theme, and a social media campaign – #BeBoldForChange.
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New Year’s Bouquets and Flowers

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What does the New Year represent to you? To some, there is nostalgia looking back at the previous months. To others, the excitement of a blank slate stretched out before them is invigorating and inspiring. At Peoples Flowers, we appreciate that you have included us in so many of this year’s important occasions and poignant moments, and we look forward to many more special moments.

New Year’s bouquets are a great way to tell the people in your life that you are looking forward to a great year. White flowers are often used in floral arrangements at this time of the year because the color white represents new beginnings and fresh starts. White lilies, hydrangea, roses, and mums provide a snow-inspired landscape, while silver embellishments and seasonal details deliver the celebration. Whether to be given as a hostess gift or to decorate your own party, these flowers will create a beautiful ambiance.

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Statistics tell us that only 12% of New Year’s resolutions are kept. But the team at Peoples Flowers has the perfect way for you to be successful, by making resolutions that we help you to keep.

Resolve to Never Miss a Day:
  Resolve to show your loved ones how appreciated they are all year long – then give us all the important dates and occasions. We will keep track for you, and send you a reminder email when it is time to send flowers. You will never miss a special occasion, and your family and friends will be thrilled to receive such beautiful gifts.  You may want to browse our site for other opportunities to stay in touch, such as sending Free E-Cards.

Resolve to Make A Difference: Our Helping Hands initiative was put in place to continuously give back to our community. With every order you make, you can choose to have Peoples Flowers make a donation to one of our charities. If you are sending flowers locally in Albuquerque or worldwide, the simple act of ordering from Peoples Flowers ensures that you are making a small difference in the world. And we think that is awesome. Read more here.

Everyone here at Peoples Flowers wishes you a happy, safe and prosperous new year, and we look forward to providing all of your floral needs for every special occasion.

 

Decorations for the Fourth of July

4th of JulyIndependence Day in the United States falls on July fourth, marking the day in 1776 when the nation adopted the Declaration of Independence which officially proclaimed the country’s independence from Great Britain. Today celebrants across the United States celebrate the Fourth of July with baseball games, concerts, parades, carnivals, fireworks, speeches, camping trips, picnics, and barbecues. No matter the type of celebration, Independence Day parties always incorporate the United States’ flag colors and theme, featuring stars and stripes and red, white, and blue. The following are three fun ways to use these colors and themes at your Fourth of July party.

Festive Fun – If young children will attend your party, you can recruit them to help with the decorations by setting up a fun and safe Fourth of July craft station stocked with all the supplies they will need to make tissue paper sparklers, pin wheels, construction paper wind socks, and even to decorate their own place mats. Be sure to provide plenty of glitter so their decorations sparkle throughout the day as much as the fireworks everyone will enjoy after dark.

Decorations – In addition to the hand made decorations your younger guests will provide, create a patriotic atmosphere in your home and backyard using crepe paper streamers, gatherings of helium balloons, and by edging tables with swag banners. Add a sophisticated element of decor with patriotic floral arrangements of red and white roses or carnations and with blue floral accents. If your soiree will extend past dark, string twinkle lights around your patio and provide guests with sparklers to light up the night.

Food – Obviously, no Fourth of July party is complete with good food to eat and great drinks to cool guests on a hot summer day. Incorporate your food into the party’s decor by serving patriotic treats. Layer whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries for patriotic parfaits. You can even serve a patriotic pizza by using a rectangular baking dish, pepperoni for the stripes, and black olives for the stars. For dessert, serve cupcakes frosted red, white, and blue.

Whether you plan to throw a block party or host a small picnic with your closest friends and family, our expert florists at Peoples Flower Shops can help you select the best floral arrangements to complement your patriotic party decor. We wish you a safe, fun, and happy Independence Day!

 

Flowers for the New Year

shutterstock_229555180 It is almost time to ring in the New Year, which means that people everywhere are getting ready to decorate their houses in preparation for the holiday. This celebration is often greeted by festive parties and lots of loud noisemakers, but plenty of people also elect to stay home for a quiet night, welcoming the start of the next year with just a few close loved ones. No matter what type of celebration a person might have in mind, finding the right fresh flowers from People’s Flowers can make the night even more magical. Here are a few ideas to get started with the decorations.

White roses

White roses are a particularly appropriate flower for those looking to bring in the New Year. The bloom often symbolizes fresh starts and new beginnings, which is precisely the sentiment that many feel on New Year’s Day. White roses also offer elegance and beauty, making them a fantastic addition to any table or entranceway. They are also an excellent gift for a hostess for those who will be attending a New Year’s party at another home.

White orchids

New Year’s gives people the chance to begin again and set out on a new path. In this spirit of life, consider decorating with a stunning living flower, like a white orchid. Unlike cut flowers, the orchid will still be able to offer its elegance and beauty long after the celebrations have ended, helping the owners to remember their resolutions and what they hoped to accomplish during the year. For the actual celebration, the plant will include a gorgeous white color, which will match perfectly with the most common colors of New Year’s.

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A stunning vase for the entrance

Look for a gorgeous arrangement to greet guests as soon as they walk into the house or apartment. Using the traditional whites and pale colors associated with New Year’s, find an arrangement that incorporates flowers such as white hydrangea, larkspur, and similar white blooms. The eye-catching colors will perfectly match the rest of the decor while adding beauty and style to the entire space.

New Year’s is quickly approaching, which means that now is the time to find the perfect arrangements to decorate the home. Live flowers offer beauty and warmth and contribute to any celebration. The above flower ideas can help transform any home into a wonderful place of renewal.

 

Elegant Holiday Weddings

If you are looking to save a little moneshutterstock_77685085y and want to get married in the winter, a holiday wedding is an excellent choice. Over Christmas and New Year’s, venues are decked out in their holiday finery. You can have an elegant wedding with less expensive if you get married during this time of year. Here are some tips to help.

Utilize Existing Decor

Find out how the venue you are using will be decorated, and try to Wedding-Bouquet-Overview-120718123522work with it in your own planning. This will help you save money, and often venues are decorated with the help of decorating professionals, giving you an elegant look to your wedding. You can add a few floral arrangements that bring your unique tastes into the picture, and have a festive, beautiful wedding with minimal effort.

Tell People Early

If you still have time, tell people early about your wedding date. Remember, this time of year is busy for people for a variety of reasons. The sooner you tell them your date, the more of a chance you will have of having the people you care about attend.

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Because your venue may already be decorated, your bouquet is going to become the focal point of your floral purchases. Choose from one of four popular styles: Cascading, contemporary,  or hand-tied. Red, white and blue are popular colors for holiday bouquets as well. Keep in mind that you will want to match your bouquet colors to the colors the venue will be decorated with, so ask ahead before you order your flowers.

The holiday season, with its twinkling lights and happy feelings, is an excellent time to consider a wedding. Make plans for your holiday wedding now, and enjoy starting life together at one of the most festive times of year.

 

How to Decorate for Chanukah

shutterstock_167364551Chanukah decorations are meant to be lavish – after all, you’re creating a festival atmosphere for your family and friends. During this holiday, use flowers throughout your home to spice up your traditional decor. Let People’s Flower Shops show you which flowers work best for the Festival of Lights, and how you can use them throughout your Chanukah decor!

On Your Mantel

There are several ways to go about decorating your mantelpiece. You can let flowers take center stage, or you can use them as accents around your menorah. If you want to create a dazzling display with flowers, look for tall flowers like gladioli or larkspur. Both gladioli and larkspur are available in white, and larkspur is one of few flowers that comes naturally in blue, so you’ll be able to make a festive floral display in the traditional Chanukah colors!

Even if you’re planning to place your menorah on the mantel, you can still use flowers as a decorative accent. Use two silver-painted bud bowls filled with white or dyed-blue carnations to flank the menorah, or create a wreath of evergreen boughs and small blue and white flowers to ring the base of your menorah.

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There are few better ways to make your traditional Chanukah treats look even more delicious than a gorgeous floral centerpiece. One of the best options is white . A simple basket of these beauties will look stunning against a blue tablecloth. If you’d like to add some color to your arrangement, ask us about dyed blue roses, or mix in pale blue hydrangea to offset the snowy white flowers in your centerpiece.

Accenting the Coffee Table

Another great place to add some floral delight is your coffee table. You can use any of the flowers we’ve mentioned – gladioli, delphinium, carnations, roses and hydrangea – or you can take things in a completely different direction. For instance, imagine how amazing this “Lirios Blancos” bouquet will look with dreidels and other traditional Chanukah decorations scattered around its base.

These are only a few examples of the ways you can use flowers to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Use blue and white flowers to make wreaths or place a custom bouquet on your hall table to welcome your guests. When it comes to floral Chanukah decorations, the options are limitless. People’s Flower Shops is happy to help you explore them all!

 

Seasonal Flowers That Go Well With Veteran’s Day

shutterstock_199599788No flower is as widely associated with Veterans Day as the red poppy. In 1915, three years before the of World War I, Dr. John McCrae, a Canadian army surgeon and Lieutenant Colonel wrote a poem describing the pain he felt of seeing long rows of white stone crosses covering a large field. The only contrast to those stark white grave markers were red poppies growing in the field. The poem entitled “In Flanders Fields,” was published in Punch magazine in December of 1915.

On November 11, 1918, all fighting stopped at 11:00 A.M. Six hours earlier, an armistice agreement was signed, and at 11:00, hostilities stopped. The armistice may have marked the official moment when the war ended, but even though combat stopped, the Treaty of Versailles, which was signed on June 28, 1919 made the armistice official.

The first celebration of Armistice Day after the war ended took place on November 11, 1919. From then until 1954, November 11th was an official observance of the agreement that ended World War I. Known as the Great War, World War I was also described as the war to end all wars. No one who lived at that time could imagine another war that would leave as many dead soldiers as World War I.

In 1954, after the end of World War II and the Korean War, President Eisenhower decided to change the name of the federal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. He believed there should be an annual holiday that celebrated, honored, and showed respect to all who ever fought in any American war.

Throughout the country, communities have their own Veterans Day celebrations or observances. Parades are one of the most popular and common ways that communities show their support to veterans.

For families who lost a loved one in any war, it may be a time to visit their beloved’s grave. It is a time when flowers, wreathes, or other patriotic symbols are placed on or beside veterans’ graves. The president largealways places a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The soldier was buried in there on November 11, 1921.

Poppies aren’t readily available, but flowers are still an important symbol of love and appreciation. Patriotic flower arrangements combine the colors of the American flag. The Sacred Duty Spray is a beautiful arrangement that is supported by an easel. It is a beautiful way to pay respects to a deceased veteran by having the easel guard and protect the grace.

The Patriotic Salute combines red, white and blue flowers in an elegant arrangement that is sure to warm your special veteran’s heart. A simple arrangement of red flowers is a lovely and thoughtful way to show your appreciation.

Special Holiday Happenings in Albuquerque

turkeyday3November is a special month in Albuquerque full of fun and festive events for the whole family. We are an avid supporter of local community events and Albuquerque organizations that put these events because they are a great way to bring our community together.

Here are a few of the great events this month in Albuquerque:

Native American Heritage Month

The entire month of November as well as December are dedicated to celebrating the heritage, culture, and life of Native Americans. This includes the Native American Dancing and Pueblo Feast Days. These include dances, cultural exhibitions, and delicious food. It is a respectful time to celebrate culture and heritage.

The holidays are a wonderful time to visit the neighboring pueblos since many of them hold feast day celebrations over the course of the two months. It is a great way to better understand the culture and beliefs of Native Americans, a major part of our Albuquerque.turkeyday2

32nd Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale

Admission is free to this great event that helps you find some unique gifts for the holiday season. Held from November 23 through November 24, this is a tradition that has been going on for 32 years in the area. Here you will find artists and art lovers who converge to enjoy fine arts, crafts, wine, food and many fun activities.

There will be over 80 of New Mexico’s finest artists at three locations in the historic village of Placitas., including the Anaszi Fields Winery, the Presbyterian Church, and Placitas Elementary School.

Hobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Run

On November 28th, you can either run or walk this great event before you hit the Thanksgiving table and settle into football games, parades, movies or even shopping. This is a great event for the entire family. It starts at 9am at the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center. There are three races to choose from: 10K, 5K, and Kids 5K. The last day to register is November 27th and you can do so at the organizer’s website.turkeyday