Centerpieces for Your Holiday Table

holiday tableThe holiday table is a place of great celebration, love, and laughter. For all of the traditions that we enjoy, it is the dinner that is most anticipated and most remembered. Many people pull out the box full of old decorations every year to decorate for this special holiday. But this year, the experts at Peoples Flowers suggest that you start a new tradition, and update your centerpieces to create a beautiful focal point for the Thanksgiving meal.

Striking contemporary fresh flower designs are our specialty. Our professional designers work with exquisite fall flowers such as gerberas, lilies, alstroemeria, and roses; ad well as eucalyptus, hypericum berries, and other natural elements. The warmth and comfort that exudes from these arrangements will bring all of that ambiance to your holiday table.
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Summer Decorating Ideas with Flowers

april21p3Whether inside the home or outside on the patio or balcony, summer is the perfect season to show off the beauty of nature by decorating with flowers. We’ve put together some summer decorating idea that use flowers.

Here are some great ways to use flowers around the home:

  • Use a tall vase and combine fresh fruit like apples or orange with flowers. You can do this by putting the fruit in the tall vase and then inserting a smaller vase within it that holds the water and flowers to create a unique look.summerp1
  • For al fresco dinner parties, create small bouquets wrapped with a cloth napkin or use little tin pails full of flowers at each place setting. Roses, dahlias, daisies, and hydrangea are nice choices for these arrangements.
  • Hang dried flowers in pitchers or containers from a wall or door to create an eye-catching decoration in a kitchen, nook, or dining area.
  • Put a flower arrangement on display by placing it under glass on a platform to create a formal look to the décor. You can also use lanterns to display flowers and wrap them in summer-themed ribbons like red check to reflect a picnic.
  • Place fresh cut flowers and fruit or greenery on a tiered stand to add color to a room, including using this as a centerpiece for a dining table or foyer table. This also can add a nice fragrance to a room.april21p5
  • Take berry branches or dried flowers and weave them into wreaths that can be placed on hooks or doorknobs. These mini wreathes can also be placed around candleholders for a beautiful touch on a patio table.
  • Take bunches of fresh flowers and place them in different types of containers for window sills, sideboards, dressers and tables in coordinating colors with a room or in a complementary color.
  • Float flowers in a bowl to create a unique party centerpiece.
  • Use interesting containers like wine bottles, bud vases, ceramic pitchers or anything else that offers a different look to display flowers. These can be already in your home or be found at yard sales and flea markets.
  • Use hanging baskets of flowers around a deck and patio to add interest and depth of perspective to your exterior décor.gerberap1

Our Summer Flower Collection

Whether you are looking for loose flowers to create your own summer décor for your home or event or you want to enjoy our floral design team’s extraordinary talent and hand-arranged flower designs, consider Peoples Flower Shops your go-to source. Our summer flower collection features bright blooms, tropical flowers, and flowering plants in all sizes, shapes, and varieties. You’ll be sure to find everything you need for the summer season with our stunning floral designs when you visit any of our Albuquerque flower shops or shop online.

Fourth of July Flower Ideas

memorialp1The Fourth of July is a truly wonderful celebration that reminds us all of our freedom as a country and as individuals. While flags and patriotic streamers often are the staple of all Fourth of July decorations, flowers can add a beautiful and natural touch to any Independence Day celebration.

Fourth of July Flower Arrangements

Whether an event is formal or casual, there is always a place for flowers at a Fourth of July event. Many florists have put together patriotic flower arrangements to enjoy, but you can also make your own or work with your local florist on a beautiful arrangement or patriotic centerpieces.

Typically, you will want to use red, white, and blue in your flower arrangements. Red and white flowers are easy to come by – whether you use roses, tulips, carnations, lilies or daisies. Blue flowers, however, may be hard to find.memorialp3

Sometimes, you can buy flowers that have been dyed blue but these do not tend to last very long. The flower arrangements do not necessarily have to contain blue flowers. Instead, consider using blue glass vases or blue ribbons to complement the red and white flowers and create your patriotic flower arrangements.

pretty2Another idea is to add some fun features to the Fourth of July flower arrangements like homemade or store-bought pinwheels in red, white, and blue.

Where to Use Flowers on the Fourth of July

There are many places to add flowers on the Fourth of July:

  • Centerpieces for party tables;
  • Flower baskets for patios, porches, and balconies in residential and commercial districts;
  • Wreaths for cemeteries to remember those who fought for our freedom; and
  • Parade floats.

Flower Care in Hot Times

It’s already starting to heat up, which means that you will need to take extra care with your flowers for the Fourth of July to ensure that they do not wilt before or during the big celebration. Be sure to keep the flowers in cool areas outside of the direct sunlight.freshp3

While they may end up getting exposed to sunlight during the event, at least they can stay fresh beforehand. You can also use misters or spray bottles during your event to spray the flowers with a light amount of water to help them cope with the warmer weather.

The Freshest Flowers in Albuquerque

freshp1Looking to send the freshest flowers in Albuquerque?  You’ve come to the right place – Peoples Flowers. Whether it’s for birthdays, Secretary’s Day, or Mother’s Day, we’ve got you covered!freshp2

Our commitment is to our customers, knowing that they want to get the most value for their money. This is something that we have been doing since 1944.

That’s why we focus on strict quality standards, including our Freshness Care System, which ensures that all the flowers that are purchased and delivered from Peoples Flowers makes the longest lasting impression possible.
Freshness is Our Focus

We pride ourselves on also offering one of the Southwest’s largest selections of beautiful, fresh-cut flowers and plants so you not only get a few fresh flowers, but you can choose from a wide array of your personal favorites – roses, tulips, orchids and more!

That’s because we work with local flower farmers and have developed relationships with those who share our high standard of excellence.

freshp3We are so confident of our ability to deliver fresh flowers and plants throughout Albuquerque and New Mexico that we offer a guarantee that says, whether you have purchased plants, flowers, or accessories, if you are dissatisfied, simply return it for replacement, exchange, or refund.

Keeping Flowers Fresher, Longer

To help you keep the flowers at their best, we also offer many tips on maintaining the freshness of our flowers and plants. Here are some great tips to keep in mind when you receive our flowers:

  • Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods provide sugars, balance ph and limit bacterial growth. It is important to follow the mixing directions on the food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Do not dilute with more water than is specified on the packet.freshp4
  • Check your arrangement daily to make sure it has plenty of clear fresh water. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or scissors that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into warm solution or deeply and firmly back into floral foam.
  • Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or near appliances. Heat from appliances or hot and cold drafts cause flowers to dehydrate.

Start Your New Eating Plan during National Nutrition Month

nutritionP4nutritionP3Everyone needs a little push toward a healthier lifestyle and January’s resolutions may already have been forgotten. However, here is another occasion that might be a place to start – March is National Nutrition Month, according to Eat Right Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Eating Right the Informed Way

With just a week left in the month, there is no time like right now to start making those small changes that can end up becoming a dramatic lifestyle shift toward eating right, sleeping more, exercising daily and balancing your life.

Now in its 40th year, this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” The focus this year is on showing people that eating right is not a regimented plan with only specific menus to choose from; it’s about personalizing good eating habits – the right foods and the right portion of that food.

nutritionP2This is so you can still eat what you personally like but do include enough fruits and vegetables to give your body the fuel it needs to achieve optimum health, energy, and happiness.

Making Better Choicies

And, eating right doesn’t mean going without; it just means balancing out all foods across the various categories and including more fresh fruit and vegetables while keeping carbs, good fats, and sodium on the menu but in much smaller quantities.

It is about making informed choices and switching out trips through the drive-thru and donuts at the coffee shop for a better meal or snack.

Our Bountiful Selection

At Peoples Flowers Shops, we are doing our part to help you eat better and deliver delicious, healthy gift basket selections to your friends, family, and colleagues. We are adding new selections as we find exceptional partners who can bring us the freshest fruit possible, including organic selections. Our gift baskets offer all types of fruit, artisanal cheese, gourmet foods, and, yes, even chocolate (within reason!).nutritionP1

After all, good eating does not mean doing without certain foods; it is simply about balancing out your selection and keeping portion sizes of certain foods to a minimum. A happy, healthy life is not about doing without it; it’s about balance and bountiful choices.

By offering a wider selection of fresh fruit baskets and those with a healthier selection, we are encouraging our customers to reach for what is often quite delicious. As the weather changes and warms up, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a juicy orange, apple, or grapes.

There is never the right moment to get started with small changes to your diet and lifestyle. Just start now with something small and keep it going until you remake your eating choices, your exercise regimen, and your sleep cycle. Just think how you will feel by next March when National Nutrition Month rolls around again and you weigh less, feel better, and smile more brightly!

Sending the Ultimate Thank You

TY2We often spend a lot of time stressing over the gift giving season — who to get what and such. You aren’t alone either as others all over are too looking for that gift that is just a perfect fit yet is not always easily found.

Though when you do find it, you know it and after that nothing is really better than the surprised expression a thoughtful gift leaves on a loved one’s face.

So what happens when you unwrap one such present? It is bound to happen at least once every year. That one present that tugs on your heart just a little harder than the others — the one that may just bring a tear to your eyes is one that finds its place a little closer to your heart than the others. So what do you do with that one special gift?TY1

The Importance of a Thank You

Big or small, any gift you get deserves a thank you. Whether you say it once, send a card, or write out a sentimental letter explaining how much you love it, when you get a gift it is important to say thank you. Now though we aren’t talking about just any gift — we are talking about that one very special gift and with these we believe that saying thank you is only the beginning.

The Thank You Gift

While you won’t find yourself moved to do this for every gift, but like we said there might be just the one. With that one gift, you should not only be openly expressive of your thanks but should also do a little more for the person at a later time.

Below we have prepared a list of thoughtful thank you ideas that are sure to delight:

  • Flowers: After all, we are a florist and with our great holiday sales going on, there isn’t a better time to give thanks with flowers. Take any one of our handpicked and designed bouquets or arrangements and you will surely pleasantly surprise anyone with your thank you.
  • Wine: There is just something about the holidays and wine that goes together. If you want to especially thank someone this holiday season, why not try wine or maybe even invite them to a tasting? Be sure that they actually like wine first of course.
  • Craft: A craft is an inexpensive and personal way to say thanks to anyone. Not to mention that the options for this choice are literally endless.
  • Gift Basket: A gift basket is also a generous way to say thank you for that special gift.
  • Handwritten Note: In the digital age of emails, texts, and posts, getting a handwritten card says you are truly thankful because you took the time to compose something on paper.TY3

Giving thanks this holiday season is one of the best gifs you can give to loved ones!

Season’s Greetings from Peoples Flowers

Christmas TrainChristmas CenterpieceThe Christmas lights are on and there is that unmistakable chill in the air. Winter is here and Christmas is just days away.

This holiday season, whether you are just starting or almost done with your Christmas shopping, we ask you remember this:  Nothing brings more cheer than a beautiful masterpiece in floral art from Albuquerque’s best florist.

At Peoples Flowers, we have the perfect selection of floral and living plant arrangements that make great gifts as well as accents to your holiday décor.

This blog post provides some ideas for decorating your house with Christmas floral cheer or gifting someone with a beautiful natural masterpiece from our shops.

A Holiday Gift Guide

At Peoples Flowers, we love the holiday season. It is a joyous time of year and we feel the need to help spread that joy.

When gift shopping, remember that, at Peoples Flowers, you will not only get an unbeatable price for the quality of flowers, but you will also receive the level of personal service that you, as a customer, deserve.

Check out some of the items in our holiday gift guide that includes flowers, trees, plants and even some tasty goodies:

  • Why not take a look at our festive Boxwood Tree? It is a small Christmas tree constructed from Boxwood and decorated with a variety of festive ornaments that vary from tree to tree. The Boxwood Tree is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the holidays and also works as a great decoration, too.Hanukkah3
  • Another great option is our Night before Christmas teacup arrangement. It consists of beautiful and fresh red roses and carnations elegantly placed inside of an ornate teacup that features a sleeping mouse in its design. The flowers will make a great first impression and the teacup a lasting one.
  • Planning a feast? Have a sweet tooth or know someone who does? The Cabernet Pear Tart is the perfect way to conclude a Christmas feast or quench the hunger of a sweet lover you know. The tart is filled with a luscious almond pastry cream and topped with fresh sliced pears that are drizzled in our very own and very unique Cabernet wine glaze.

The Perfect Holiday

Having the perfect holiday dinner and giving all the rights gifts isn’t always the easiest thing. At Peoples Flowers, we try and help to make the possible by offering the freshest and highest in quality flowers.

Hanukkah2Of course, we also offer a variety of unique styles of gifts and decorations from centerpieces to Christmas wreaths. As always, we do our best to bring our best in flowers, plants, and gift to you at a fair and meager price.

From all of us at Peoples Flowers, we wish each of you the very best Christmas and wishes for a Happy New Year!

Peoples Flowers Has Updated Our Blog & Facebook Page For The Holidays

Click On The Photo Above To Visit The Peoples Flowers Facebook Page!

As you can see we have been decorating for Christmas. We hope that you enjoy our blog and Facebook page and will come back and visit us often. If you enjoyed your visit, please let us know by clicking “Like” on our Facebook page!

Ward Off Thanksgiving Pounds with the Hobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Run

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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.