Flowers Commemorate Our Nation’s Independence

Sunflowers and Red, White & Blue For The Fourth!
On the Fourth of July we take time to celebrate the founding of our nation with fireworks, outdoor adventures and parties with friends and family. Peoples Flower Shops’ collection of summer flowers and patriotic designs creates the perfect backdrop to make the holiday even more memorable.
The long weekend is an opportunity for people to relax, be thankful and spend valuable time with loved ones.  Sending a bright bouquet or themed design is a perfect way to bridge the miles for loved ones who are far away.
Here are a few of our favorite arrangements that our customers also adore at this time of year.
July is Sunflower Month. No other flower quite captures the essence of summer as these gorgeous, vivid blooms.  Our Summer Spirit bouquet is a new addition to our collection. This simple design can brighten up a summer party or make any day feel special.
Summer Spirit

Summer Spirit

Of course, nothing says, “Happy Fourth,” like a themed red, white and blue design.  Red roses, carnations and white daises comprise our Freedom Bouquet cube. An American Flag tops it off with patriotic flair.
Freedom Bouquet

Freedom Bouquet

Whether your Fourth of July plans call for a grand celebration or a casual day by the pool, a bouquet designed by the experts at Peoples Flower shops is certain to make Independence Day feel like an occasion to remember!

Reasonably Priced, High-Quality Flowers? Yes, it is Possible and True!

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With all the ads online that pop up telling us we have won the latest and greatest phone or video game system, it is kind of a wonder why anyone could ever fall for such a ruse.

And, when it seems like there is a real deal on a product or service, we jump at the chance because the economy has us in a grip where we have less money than ever before to spend.

So, instead of thinking it through many of us may have bought cheap items only to realize that you get what you pay for and that it was too good to be true.

Flowers are Expensive

One area that many of you may have cut back in is buying fresh flowers. And, when you see ones advertised for cheap, you wonder if they are the real deal. 

As a flower shop, this has come to our attention because we have seen many second rate florists are advertising online specials for elegant bouquets with starting prices in the range of only $19.95. This is a prime example of if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is because, as it turns out, they are not elegant bouquets at all.fresh4

These are bare minimum bouquets that are small and certainly not fresh. Sometimes, it even turns out to be a scam. Some consumers have complained that these companies have even been known to deliver the flowers a few days late or not at all.

fresh3If the flowers arrive late, not only will your loved one be disappointed, but it also could be likely that the flowers are not going to be fresh.

Then, these flowers often show up in boxes that take away any of the special or elegant feel rather than coming hand-delivered as if they have just been picked and arranged.

There are many florists out there like this, but luckily there are also just as many quality, family-owned florists out there as well. At Peoples Flowers, you can always expect our bouquets and floral arrangements to be fresh and of the highest quality.

Don’t be fooled by scammers making promises they can’t keep because if it’s too good to be true, it probably is! Instead, choose a local florist who provides exceptional value as well as the freshest flowers possible!

Ward Off Thanksgiving Pounds with the Hobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Run

Hobbler Gobbler logo

Run for fun at the Hobbler Gobbler.

What are you doing on Thanksgiving morning? How about stretching your legs a bit before you indulge in the traditional turkey feast? The Hobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Day Run takes place on November 22. You can take it as fast or as slow as you like. Choose between the 10K run, 5K walk, or the kids’ K, a fun run geared for children.

The Hobbler Gobbler is a great way to get in some exercise before all those Turkey Day calories come calling. Even better, a portion of the proceeds go to RunFit, an after school running program for kids. If you register in advance, prices start as low as $20. The 10K starts at 9 in the morning and the Kids’ K starts at 10:15. That gives you plenty of time to enjoy the fall weather and still be home for the afternoon football game and feasting. Peoples Flowers is a big supporter of fitness for everyone and we encourage our customers to get out and get active.

Make Thanksgiving Even More Special
It’s a lovely time of year in New Mexico. Here at Peoples, we’re working with fall colors and flowers and turning them into beautiful bouquets for your home, or to give as memorable gifts. Step up your Thanksgiving decor with one of our autumn- themed arrangements. Check out the exuberant vertical stems of Fall Wonder or the overflowing oranges and yellows of our Harvest Basket. The Autumn Home Centerpiece will welcome your Thanksgiving guests to your table with the rich shades of fall with candles for an added glow.

Autumn Home Centerpiece

Enjoy an Autumn Home Centerpiece.

Thanksgiving Decorations
Decorating for Thanksgiving is a great way to salute the colors of fall before you break out the strings of holiday lights or go searching for the perfect pine tree.

When choosing decorations, look to classic shades of warm oranges, deep reds, and rich browns. All you have to do is look outside at the falling leaves for inspiration. Pass on hanging up paper turkeys on your wall and instead think about grouping natural forms like squash and colorful dried leaves together to evoke the feel of harvest time.

Come into any Peoples Flowers location around Albuquerque for a custom Thanksgiving bouquet designed to match your decor. We also make it easy to send flowers as a hostess gift or as way to contribute to a family Thanksgiving gathering if you can’t be attendance yourself. As the holiday approaches, Peoples Flowers wants to say a big “Thank you” to our customers. Happy Thanksgiving!

Veterans Day 2012: Salute Those Who Have Served

Veterans Day 2012 poster

Veterans Day 2012 poster

Veterans Day is on Sunday, November 11, but the federal holiday will also be observed on Monday November 12 this year. This is a time set aside to recognize some of our country’s true heroes: the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Peoples Flower Shops salutes these brave Americans and encourages everyone to participate in events to honor our veterans.

A Look Back at Veterans Day
The history of Veterans Day traces back to 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the holiday of Armistice Day to mark the 1-year anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I. Hostilities were halted on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That’s why so many Veterans Day ceremonies are held at 11 in the morning. In the 1940’s, Armistice Day changed to encompass honoring all veterans and Veterans Day as we know it was born.

Veteran’s Day Events Around Albuquerque
Albuquerque will honor veterans on Sunday, November 11 at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial at 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE. The annual Veterans Day parade begins at 9 in the morning, starting from USS Bullhead Memorial Park. There will be music at 10, followed by a ceremony at 11. This year’s ceremony will focus on World War II veterans.

Weekend Activities
The National Park Service is recognizing Veterans Day weekend by offering fee-free days from November 10-12. For New Mexico residents, that means beautiful sites like Bandalier National Monument, Petroglyph National Monument, and White Sands will be free to visit all weekend long.

Thank a Veteran
If you have a family member who has served, Veterans Day is a great time to reconnect. Give him or her a call, arrange for a lunch, or take a moment to send a letter saying,”Thank you.” This can be a great time to involve your children in understanding and recognizing the service and hard work of the military. Take them to the Veterans Day parade or help them make a drawing for or send a card to a family member in the service.

Operation Appreciation is another way to share your encouragement and make a personal connection with active-duty military members and their families. Download the information packet to get started. Put together a gift package to send to overseas military personnel. Organizations like Any Solider and Operation Gratitude can help you connect with active duty members of the military to show your appreciation for their hard work.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for people who want to give back to the veteran community. Check with local veterans organizations in your area or connect with the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service division. Please join Peoples Flowers in saluting our veterans this Veterans Day weekend.

Election Day is Almost Here: Get out and vote!

Vote buttonTuesday, November 6 is a big day for our country. Together, we will decided who gets to be president for the next four years. There are countless local races at stake as well as community bonds and issues. Peoples Flower Shops encourages its customers and the community to get out and vote. Let your voice be heard. Every vote really does make a difference.

Vote Early
You still have a little bit of time to vote early. Early voting in Albuquerque runs through November 3. That means one more Saturday for early voting if you’re too busy during the week. This is smart if you know you’ll have a hard time getting away from work on Tuesday to vote or if you’re concerned about long lines. If you’re voting by absentee ballot, then be sure turn it in before 7 pm on November 6.

Voting on Election Day in Albuquerque
In some past elections, Albuquerque voters have been assigned a particular location to vote in. This year, it’s wide open. You can visit any voting center to cast your vote. Bernalillo County has a total of 69 voting centers, so one is bound to be near you. Take a moment to check out the voting center locations and find a convenient spot near your home or work. You have a 12-hour stretch to get your vote in. Polls are open from 7 am. to 7 pm. Visit the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office voting page for the latest information.

There are several issues on the ballot for the Albuquerque area. Get informed through the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico information guide. The League is nonpartisan, so it’s a good resource no matter what your political affiliation is. Pick up a hard copy or read it online and you will be well prepared to make an informed decision on Election Day.

Decorate for an Election Night Watch Party
It’s election night. You’ve already voted. The polls are closed. It’s time to watch the results roll in throughout the evening. Are you hosting an election watch party? Spruce up your home for the occasion. For a classic look, hang red, white, and blue crepe paper streamers or bunting from the ceiling. It’s easy to find plates in patriotic colors. This can also be a great opportunity to use up the leftover supplies from your Fourth of July party. Creative snacks can be one of the best parts of an election night party. If you like baking, then make cookies or cupcakes and decorate them with red, white, and blue icing.

Stop by Peoples Flowers for a selection of bouquets in all-American colors. Our professional designers can create a show-stopping centerpiece or smaller arrangements to bring a pop of patriotic color to your decor. Election Day is a momentous day for our country. Be proud of our heritage that allows us to have a say in how our government is run. Get out and vote!

Find Halloween Family Fun Around Albuquerque

Halloween decor

Halloween is near! (Credit: Sarah Ackerman)

Halloween is almost here. The little ghosts and goblins are sorting out their costumes and dreaming of a day full of sweet treats and spooky adventures. Peoples Flowers has your ticket to find top Halloween family activities in Albuquerque.

Zoo Boo: Albuquerque’s Top Trick-or-Treating Alternative
Halloween is on a Wednesday this year. If you don’t want to take your little ones out on a school night, you can still celebrate the holiday with a visit to Zoo Boo on Saturday, October 27 at the Biopark Zoo. Explore haunted habitats, join in the costume parade, and take part in costume contests for visitors 12 and under. Up to four children get in free with a paid adult admission of $10.

Haunted Maze
Looking for a real Halloween adventure for the whole family? The Maize Maze at the Rio Grande Community Farm is open until November 1. As we get closer to Halloween, this amazing maze will transform into the Haunted Maze! You can visit on October 26th through the 28th and on the 30th. Watch out around the corners, you never know what you might find. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 3 to 12, and free for 2 and under.

Trick or Treat So Others May Eat
The weather in Albuquerque at the end of October can be a little tricky sometimes. If it’s too cold or wet to go out, consider an indoor event. Trick or Treat So Others May Eat takes place from 6 to 8 on Halloween night at Coronado Center. Even better, it’s for a good cause. There are pumpkin decorating activities, but store-to-store trick-or-treating is the big attraction. Bring canned food to exchange for a starter bag. The food goes to Joy Junction Homeless Shelter and you get a safe, warm place to take your kids for Halloween.

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Sweet Halloween treats from Peoples.

Halloween Safety Tips
Peoples Flowers loves Halloween just as much as our customers. We want you to have a fun and safe night. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Wear safe costumes. If you plan to walk a trick-or-treating route, make sure your kids are in costumes that don’t restrict their movement or vision. Stay away from candles and wear fire-resistant costumes.

2. Lights on! When you have young ones out trick-or-treating at night, always keep a flashlight handy. You’ll want to carry one for sure, but your little ones can, too. Add some reflective strips to costumes so they light up and give both motorists and you visual feedback as to where the kids are.

3. Travel in groups. Safety in numbers. This can be extra fun if you get other parents and kids together.

4. Check the treats before you eat. Treat tampering is extremely rare, but it doesn’t hurt to look over the candy your kids have gathered for any obvious signs of problems.

Peoples Halloween Decor
Are you planning to stay in for Halloween? Peoples Flowers can help you decorate for the occasion with fun and spooky flowers and decor. We can put together dramatic arrangements in orange and black or help you find the perfect scary piece to sit on the table for your Halloween party.

Celebrate Mother-in-Law Day with Gifts and Flowers from Peoples

Dazzler bouquet

A bouquet is a classic gift.

We’ve all heard mother-in-law jokes, but there’s at least one very big reason to be grateful for your mother-in-law. If it weren’t for her, you wouldn’t have your lovely spouse in your life. That alone is a great reason to celebrate Mother-In-Law Day on Sunday, October 28.

Guess what? The majority of mothers-in-law actually get along just fine with their daughters-in-law. A survey by ThirdAge last year checked in with 1,868 mothers-in-law and 2,000 daughters-in-law about what they think of each other. The survey found more than 60 percent of of mothers-in-laws consider their son’s wife to be a friend, the right woman for their son, or like a daughter.

We already have a Mother’s Day, so why do we have a day for mothers-in-law, too? Mothers-in-law often get overlooked by their daughters-in-law and sons-in-law on Mother’s Day. Mothers-in-law are often there to watch the kids when you need them. They can be a great source of wisdom. They may be the one person in the world who knows your spouse as well or better than you do. So let’s raise a cheer for mothers-in-law and celebrate them on October 28.

Show your Appreciation
If you haven’t celebrated Mother-In-Law day before, now is a great time to start with making it an annual family tradition. Since Mother-In-Law day isn’t as widely known as Mother’s Day, you’ll likely be giving your mother-in-law an unexpected and delightful surprise when you give her flowers or a gift. If you already have a good relationship, it will make your bond even better. If you’ve maybe had a few rocky places along the way, it will help smooth things over for the future.

Flowers are a classic gift. It’s hard to go wrong with any bouquet, but it’s especially sweet if you take the time to select flowers that are meaningful for her. If you’re not sure where to start, try to sneak in a word with your father-in-law. Your spouse may also remember if she has a favorite flower. Use this as the centerpiece for a beautiful bouquet.

Kiwi spa basket

The kiwi spa basket.

Give your Mother-in-Law a Spa Day
After all those times your mother-in-law saved the day by watching the grand-kids, why not express your appreciation with a spa basket? These specialty gift baskets from Peoples come in several different flavors. Choose from Kiwi Melon, Orchid Sensation, or Fresh Fruit. Even better, our Fresh Fruit and Spa basket is organic! It comes with apples, oranges, pears, and organic green tea. Rosemary mint hand wash, soap, and moisturizing cream round out the spa side.

Order for Anywhere
Still looking for gift inspiration? Come on into any of Peoples Flowers locations to see our fresh, seasonal flowers and explore our collection of fun and unique gifts in the store. Does your mother-in-law live somewhere else? No problem. Peoples Flowers can deliver almost anywhere in the United States. Check out our selection of online gift and bouquet ideas for women.

Celebrate Boss’s Day with a Special Delivery from Peoples

Croton

Give your boss a striking plant for Boss’s Day.

Administrative Professionals Day on the third Thursday of April often gets a lot of attention. Did you know there’s also a special day set aside for honoring employers? That day is Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Boss’s Day is officially celebrated on October 16 every year, but if that happens to fall on a weekend, then it automatically moves to the closest working day. That’s not an issue this year, since the 16th is a Tuesday.

Now is the time to plan how to honor your employer. Since bouquets are traditional on Administrative Professionals Day, why not return the favor for Boss’s Day? Peoples Flowers has bouquets and gifts that will make your boss smile.

Why we have Boss’s Day

Boss’s Day has been around since 1958. It was first officially recognized in Illinois in 1962 and has since spread around the country and even internationally. It’s a way to thank employers for the good work they do year-round. It’s also a great way to honor fairness and strong leadership skills. If you have a boss you really like, then take advantage of this special day to say “thank you.”

Bouquets for your Boss
Peoples knows every employer is different. Browse our website or talk to us about a custom arrangement made to fit the personality of your boss. Does he like to take vacations in Hawaii? Remind him of good times with the Hawaiian Bliss bouquet. Do you have a boss who is fun-loving? The Just Happy arrangement says it all. Is she passionate about purples? Then a Luscious Lavender bouquet will make her day.

For a fun twist, come into any of Peoples Flower Shops’ convenient Albuquerque locations and bring a copy of your business logo. We can put together a special bouquet to match your company’s colors. This would make a great centerpiece for a surprise party or celebratory lunch on Boss’s Day.

Luscious Lavender

This is a memorable bouquet for Boss’s Day.

If you want something longer-lasting than a flower arrangement, then check out People’s extensive selection of green plants. These are a great way to brighten up the office environment year-round. For a real wow factor, look to a Croton plant. These stunning plants are easy to care for and have shades of yellow, orange, and red tucked in with the green. It will look great on a desk or in the corner of your boss’s office.

Gifts for Bosses
Your boss might have a sweet tooth or a penchant for stockpiling fresh fruit in the lunch lounge. We have gift baskets full of edibles that will delight your boss’s taste buds. From steaks and seafood to chocolates and cookies, we’ve got you covered. Browse our bright ideas for woman and gentlemen online or check out our wide selection of creative and unexpected gifts in our stores. A good boss makes going to work every day fun and meaningful. Take a moment on October 16 to say, “Thank you!”

Albuquerque and Peoples Flowers Celebrate Balloon Fiesta 2012

Balloon over Albuquerque

A balloon floats over Albuquerque. (Credit: gardener41)

If you live in Albuquerque, you may wake up early in the morning to strange sounds coming from outside. There may be a whoosh and a roar. Run to your porch and look up. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot one of the hundreds of balloons that have come to town to celebrate the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. They often float out across the city, sometimes landing in fields and sometimes in neighborhoods.

Known as the world’s most photographed event, Balloon Fiesta is a massive celebration of magnificent and colorful flying machines. They float gracefully through the Albuquerque sky, touch down near the cold waters of the Rio Grande, and light up the fields of Balloon Fiesta Park at night as anchored canopies glow in the dark.

Enjoying the Fiesta
The 2012 Balloon Fiesta starts on Saturday, October 6 and runs through October 14. Mass ascensions of hundreds of balloons at a time rise up in the early morning. Evening hours host balloon glows when anchored balloons light up brightly at night, but don’t lift off. There are plenty of food concessions featuring New Mexico specialties like breakfast burritos and green chile cheeseburgers.

Fiesta is all about the excitement of the balloons and the fun food, but there’s much more going on. The America’s Challenge long-distance gas balloon race launches on opening day on Saturday, October 6. These racing balloons look much different from the big balloons we’re used to seeing. There is a car show on Sunday, October 7 and chainsaw carving competitions. Keep an eye out for fireworks and special shapes days when the Fiesta’s most unusual participants inflate to show off their unique looks.

Spirit of Fall

You will see these same colors on balloons at the Fiesta.

Capture the Fiesta Spirit at Peoples
What is most striking about the Balloon Fiesta is the sheer visual experience of seeing the balloons rise up into the morning sky with their bright colors and unusual shapes. What does it remind us of? A bouquet of flowers, of course! Stop into Peoples Flowers after your visit to the Fiesta and take home your favorite shades and hues from the day with a custom bouquet.

Share the exuberance of the festival with Spirit of Fall, an autumn-themed bouquet featuring daisies and roses in vivid oranges, reds, and yellows. Of course, you can also get literal about celebrating Balloon Fiesta and pick out your very own balloon bouquet. We have all sorts of colors available as well as messages for birthdays, births, and other celebrations.

Many Albuquerque residents host friends and relatives that have come in for this special event. Why not welcome them with a fresh bouquet that reflects the spirit of the Fiesta? Visit Peoples online at peoplesflowers.com or stop into any of our convenient Albuquerque shops. We get a kick out of sharing our love for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Happy ballooning!

Peoples’ Guide to Fall Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Fall bride's bouquet

Revel in fall colors for your wedding.

June may have a reputation as the top month for weddings, but the fall overall is giving it a run for its money. According to The Knot’s 2011 wedding statistics, September was last year’s most popular month to get married. That trend has continued in 2012 with plenty of couples choosing autumn weddings for the pleasant weather and elegant seasonal color palette.

Colors of Autumn
Dramatic. Rich. Warm. These words describe the colors of fall. Reds, yellows, oranges, dark greens and golds mimic the look of the changing leaves outside. Take your wedding design inspiration from the images and feel of autumn. You can choose a single color as your statement hue, or mix together your favorite warm shades. One of the beautiful things about a fall theme is that autumn colors work so well together, complimenting each other in any arrangement.

Top Fall Flowers
Choosing seasonal flowers for your wedding means they will be fresh and last through the ceremony and celebration. They are also more affordable than bringing in out-of-season flowers. Plus, you have plenty of autumn blooms to choose from. Some of the most popular fall wedding flowers are dahlias and roses. The color varieties for each of these gives you many options to work with. Roses are a great addition to a traditional wedding while the round blooms of dahlias add a real flair to any nuptial design. A dahlia bride’s bouquet can be a real stunner, with rich shades of petals to choose from.

Are you looking for something more unusual that will really stand out? Think about hydrangeas. These clustered flowers are also available in a variety of hues. Hydrangeas go great with weddings that have a Victorian theme, but they can also be gathered into very modern and unexpected arrangements.

Fall centerpiece

A dazzling autumn centerpiece.

Seasonal centerpieces
Think outside the vase when it comes to autumn wedding centerpieces. You have the rich colors of fall at your fingertips, so choose a vessel that stands up to the dramatic hues of the flowers you’ve chosen. Here are some ideas for creative vase substitutes. Hollow out winter squash to hold flowers. Pumpkins are an option, but there are squash that range from shades of white to dark green. Use golden or copper-colored containers to reflect flowers onto shiny surfaces. Place candles within a circle of autumn flowers. This is your chance to be really creative with the look of your wedding.

Fall Wedding Specialists
Whatever direction you want to take your fall wedding in, Peoples Flower Shops’ wedding specialists can help make your autumn dreams come true. Set up free consultation by calling 505-884-1600 or using our convenient online form to request an appointment. Peoples will assign a specialist to work with you from design through delivery and we offer 24/7 wedding support for last minutes requests and changes. Looking for inspiration? Browse some of Peoples’ fall bouquets to get an idea of the colors and flowers that are fresh and available at this time of year.