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!

The Eight Days of Hanukkah

Hanukkah1The story of Hanukkah goes that the Maccabees had returned to the temple from victory. When they arrived and were to light the Menorah, they found that there was only enough oil for a single day. And, with the preparation of the oil to take a whole week, they knew that they would soon be without the light.

 

However, the story goes onto say that the oil lasted for not one day but eight days, giving them enough time to produce more oil for the Menorah. This event became known as the miracle of the Menorah. From this miracle came the celebration of Hanukkah.

 

A Holiday, a Festival – It’s Hanukkah

 

Today and for many hundreds of years now, we have celebrated Hanukkah over the course of eight days in remembrance of the miracle at the Menorah. Because of these events, Hanukkah has also become known as the festival of lights during which candles are constantly burning to signify the eight day burning of the oil in the story.

However, there is much more to Hanukkah than just the story that it commemorates.

 

Hanukkah, as a holiday, festival, or both, is a time of togetherness for family and friends. It is a time of festivities amongst brothers and a time of celebration. Whether for the Maccabees’ victory, thankfulness, or the sake of tradition, Hanukkah is a time to celebrate.

 

Tradition and Modernism

 

There are many traditions in Hanukkah from the potlucks of some very yummy fried foods to the spinning of the Dreidel. There are also many modern twists on the holiday. Many families get each other gifts — one for each day of the holiday is a common practice.Hanukkah3

 

While some may believe this modern tradition is merely a spinoff of the Christmas holiday, there is actually a bit more to it. Each day, the oil burned in the miracle of the menorah was a gift to the Maccabees.

The gifts given on Hanukkah essentially represent each day and as a gift that the Menorah continued to burn on.

 

The Gift of Peoples Flowers

 

At Peoples Flowers, we offer a very unique alternative to the usual holiday gift – that is the gift of flowers or gift baskets. Hanukkah2

We are a floral boutique that specializes in handcrafting beautiful floral designs that make the perfect gift for Hanukkah.

Please feel free to visit or contact us at Peoples Flowers and let us help you in choosing the perfect gift this holiday season.

 

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

fresh1You’ve heard the saying that if it is probably seems too good to be true, then it probably is – well, that seems to apply to so much today when it comes to working with a product or service-based company.fresh2

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!

10 Things You Didn’t Expect to Find in a Flower Shop

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Find gorgeous gifts of all kinds at Peoples.

When you step into a Peoples store, you are surrounded by the delights of fresh flowers, bouquets, and custom arrangements. But that’s not all you’ll find. From dainty ceramic blue birds to stained glass to fountains of green ivy, Peoples is the answer to all your gift and decor desires.

1. Candles
Enjoy the warm glow of scented candles when you shop for Bridgewater Candles at Peoples. We carry any array of soothing, spicy, and floral-scented candles in colors to match your mood and decor. With their universal appeal, candles make gift shopping easy.

2. Garden decor
Peoples Flower Shops is a celebration of all things floral. That means our stores also carry decor for your own garden or for giving as gifts. For example, a bronzed metal sun will truly light up your yard no matter the weather.

3. Silk flowers
Silk flowers aren’t just for hobby and craft stores. Peoples carries a colorful selection of high-quality silk flowers for long-lasting, low-maintenance decorating. These are the perfect solution for people with allergies or anyone who needs a durable alternative to real flowers.

4. Ceramics
Peoples stocks colorful ceramic items, whether it’s a whimsical bluebird or a unique vase to hold your flowers. You are sure to find something irresistible.

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We carry decor for inside and outside.

5. Interior decorations
When you’re looking for a way to personalize your home, come get some fresh ideas at Peoples. From ornate plant stands to tall decorative vases, we have interior decor items that will tickle your fancy. Browse our stores to discover a delightful selection to beautify the home.

6. Unusual Gifts
When you want to add some oomph to your gift-giving plans, stop by Peoples. Pick out a bouquet and then add even more flair with a beautiful bird gift box or adorable stuffed animal. We have gifts to fit every personality.

7. Edibles
Chocolates and flowers go hand-in-hand when it comes to classic gift ideas. Peoples has partnered with local candy maker Buffet’s for a selection of outstanding chocolates. We don’t just cater to sweet tooths. Order gifts packages ranging from lobsters to steaks to hot sauce collections to college survival kits through our website.

8. Stained glass
You probably didn’t expect to find a stunning stained glass peacock in a flower shop, but it’s one of many unusual gifts and decor items we have at Peoples.

9. House plants
Healthy house plants add life and fun to any home. Peoples always carries a wide variety of plants that can thrive inside. Choose from gorgeous greenery or flowering plants that bring cheer to any room. Check out our tips for keeping your flowering plants happy and blooming for a long time.

10. Gift baskets
Albuquerque relies on Peoples Flower Shops for bouquets, but we’re also a top resource for gift baskets of all kinds. From personal “thank-yous” to business gifts, we have a the perfect basket to get your message across. Got a golfing dad? Try our Only Fore Dad Golf Tray.  Got a special lady in mind? Check out our Mandarin Spa BasketCome into our stores to customize a one-of-a-kind gift basket.

How to Have a Fantastic Father’s Day

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The Maine Tails gift package will make dad say, “Wow!”

You made it through Mother’s Day with the flying colors of a fabulous bouquet, now it’s time to turn your mind to Father’s Day, coming up on Sunday, June 17. Did you know the origin of the official Father’s Day traces all the way back to 1910? It’s a day designed to recognize fathers everywhere for their love and hard work.

Father’s Day fun in Albuquerque
There’s no shortage of events and activities around Albuquerque for Father’s Day weekend. Chances are your dad is into cars. Let him check out all the hot rides at both the Sagebrush Auto Show on Coors Blvd. and the Mopar Muscle Club Annual Mopar Fest in Rio Rancho.

Saturday June 16, Albuquerque is throwing itself a huge party for the 100th anniversary of statehood with the Centennial Summerfest. This massive free concert takes place on Route 66 with a special performance by Los Lobos followed by fireworks. There’s no better way to kick off your Father’s Day celebration!

Kids of all ages will get a kick out of taking dad to the Father’s Day Fiesta on that Sunday at the Albuquerque Zoo. There’s a free park-and-ride at the Aquarium and the special festivities are included with regular admission. Shake your tail feathers to some Latin music and visit with the lions, tigers and elephants.

Maybe your dad is the active type. In that case, check out the JCC Father’s Day 5K. Dads get to run free when their sons or daughters participate. You can take the course as fast or as leisurely as you like. Either way, you’ll get to spend some quality time with your father.

Peoples golf basket

Give dad a golf gift basket.

Be a gift-giving superstar
Skip the ties and grilling aprons this Father’s Day. Peoples Flowers will help you get creative with a gift your dad will really find thrilling. We know lots of dads like to spend time on the links. Get him ready for a day at the golf course with the Only “Fore” Dad Golf Tray. It’s full of golf balls, tees and enough snacks to get him through all 18 holes.

If your dad is the grill master type, then give him the gift of gourmet surf-and-turf with Peoples Flowers’ Maine Tails & Filet Mignon package. It includes four Maine lobster tails and four 6-ounce filets. That’s enough to share with the family. For more edible ideas, consider the Maine Lobster Gram Seafood Bake for a rare treat in land-locked New Mexico or Maryland Crab Cakes for a taste of the coast.

Still not quite sure what to get dad? No problem. Drop by any of Peoples Flowers’ locations in the Albuquerque metro area. We’ve got convenient shops Downtown, in Nob Hill, the Northeast Heights and Far North on Montgomery. Let our professionals help you pick out the perfect gift. Even if your dad lives far away, we can arrange a delivery that will brighten his Father’s Day. Visit PeoplesFlowers.com or call us at 505-884-1600 or 800-727-1600.

4 Fun Ways to Surprise Your Mom on Mother’s Day

Dazzler bouquet

The Dazzler bouquet will be sure to impress.

The second Sunday in May is a very special day. This year, on May 13, families around the world will celebrate Mother’s Day. This is the time to let your mom know how much you love and appreciate her. The most popular way to share your affection is with a bouquet of flowers and a gift of chocolates.

Peoples Flower Shops in Albuquerque has been making Mother’s Day extra special for decades with lovingly-designed bouquets and gift options ranging from ceramic collectibles to memory boxes to yard art and bath and body sets. Peoples also has some suggestions for Mother’s Day surprises to go along with those beautiful floral arrangements. We’ll help you make this Mother’s Day unforgettable.

1. Create a personalized photo album. Chances are there are boxes of family photos stashed away in your mother’s attic, in a closet, or on her computer. Give her a hand with getting them in order and create a unique Mother’s Day surprise at the same time. Go through the photos, pick out the most memorable and fun moments, and compile them into a photo album. Take some new photos to bring it up to date with recent pictures of the kids, grandkids, other family members and pets.

You can put together an album with supplies from the craft store or use an online service to print a professional-looking hardback photo book. Either way, you’ll brighten your mother’s Sunday with a delightful stroll down Memory Lane.

2. Deliver the bouquet in person. If you don’t live in the same town as your mother, think about taking the time for a road trip to visit her on Mother’s Day. She’s probably expecting to receive flowers, but imagine her surprise when her children arrive to deliver them in person.

3. Write a letter. Nowadays, we live in a world full of emails and text messages. Handwritten letters are a rarity. Mother’s Day is a great occasion to get out your pen and put down on paper what your mother means to you. Choose nice stationary and deliver it along with a bouquet of flowers. This makes a classic statement that shows you really took the time to create a personal gift. A letter from the heart will become a keepsake your mother can return to again and again.

4. Give the gift of time. Mothers are busy people. Sometimes, the greatest gift might be more peace and quiet and a little less work. Allow Mom to “take a day off” from her normal routine. Agree that everyone will share the chores and meal preparation for an entire day and let mom have free time to do whatever she wants.

Make Her Day Amazing
You’re not alone when it comes to picking out a great Mother’s Day gift. Stop by any Peoples Flowers location in Albuquerque. We have shops in Downtown, Nob Hill, the Northeast Heights and Far North on Montgomery. Our creative design professionals will help you craft a bouquet, find the perfect gift, and choose premium chocolates that are sure to please. Sunday, May 13 is an extra special day for your mom, but remember to tell her how much you love and appreciate her all year long!

Plants and food gift basket

Give mom a gift basket from Peoples Flowers.