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!

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!

Holiday shopping is coming! Get it done with Peoples’ Mobile App

iPhone app

Floralapp on iPhone

It’s late September. That means we’re right around the corner from a whole slew of holidays. Halloween is first up. After that, we get Thanksgiving. Before you know it, it will be time for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. You probably haven’t started thinking about your holiday shopping list yet. Before you spend too much time fretting about the perfect gifts, download People’s mobile application and take all the worry out of the hectic holiday shopping times.

Get the App
Connecting with Peoples Flower Shops on your smartphone or tablet is as easy as pumpkin pie. It’s available for both iPhone and Android devices. Visit the app store for your mobile device and search for “Floralapp.” Download the app and start it up. Enter the keyword “PEOPLES” to get connected to Peoples Flowers. Alternately, just go to this page and follow the links.

You will be given the opportunity to create a profile or log in to an existing profile. This profile helps make ordering fast and easy. That’s especially smart when you’re running short on time right before a birthday or holiday and need a last-minute gift.

App Features
Great, you’ve got the app. What can you do with it? Browse bouquets, search for gifts and view specials. Check out the categories for quick access to gifts and flowers that are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. There’s even a section for business gifts, so you can get timely and appropriate thank-yous out to your clients or employees. You can even order corsages and other wearable flowers right through the app. Keep that in mind if you have fall or winter wedding plans.

Large photos make it easy to see what you’re shopping for and find the perfect gift. Keep an eye on the coupon and special offers section for the latest deals. Add a custom touch by choosing balloons, stuffed animals or chocolates for your order. You will have the opportunity to include a personalized message for the recipient.

Floralapp

Peoples’ app is available for both iPhone and Android.

Your Holiday Helper
Peoples’ mobile app is like having a shopping elf on your side. You can avoid slogging through mall parking lots or getting lost in an unending maze of online stores. Just fire up your mobile app and take care of all your personal or business gift needs. Whether you’re looking for a romantic bouquet of roses or a playful gourmet food basket, we’ve got you covered. It’s also great for procrastinators who find the holidays are sneaking up on them faster than expected.

Convenient Ordering
Peoples Flowers Shops has been in business since 1944. We offer the same outstanding customer service that we always have, but we have consistently added the latest technologies to make buying bouquets and gifts easy for our customers. Come into our stores, visit our website, or order on your mobile phone. No matter which way you order, you will still get the finest flowers and gifts in New Mexico.

Albuquerque (and Peoples Flowers) Loves the State Fair

Treats at the fair

Enjoy treats at the New Mexico State Fair.

There are certain signs that fall has truly arrived in New Mexico. The smell of green chiles roasting fills the air, wildflowers show off of their last round of blooms, and the New Mexico State Fair welcomes families to an extravaganza of rides, horse shows and fun foods.

Don’t Miss these Floral Events
Everyone knows there are plenty of hair-rising rides, deep-fried treats and livestock shows during the fair, but don’t forget to take a peak beyond these and find some of the fun and unusual exhibits on display. Every day at the fair is a little bit different!

Peoples Flowers customers are fans of all things floral. The fair features a whole host of floriculture competitions sponsored by local garden clubs. Shows range from cactus exhibits to floral design competitions. Annuals and perennials both get their time in the spotlight. You will see everything from snapdragons to sage to decorative grasses.

Don’t miss the floral design shows. You’ll see some creative arrangements that will give you ideas for new favorite flowers. Find something you like? Take note and stop by Peoples Flowers. Our experienced design professionals can track down flowers and create customized arrangements that let you bring your fair experience home or share it as a gift for someone special.

There’s a special exhibit coming up on Friday, September 21 featuring roses, dahlias and oriental designs. This is a great place to find inspiration and fall in love with new flowers. Check your state fair map and schedule to find all the floral shows to explore. There are even youth divisions, so come out and support New Mexico’s future gardeners and florists.

Spirit of Fall bouquet

Bring home the Spirit of Fall.

Special Shows for 2012
When you’re done exploring the floral delights of the state fair, venture out to check out some of the unusual performances this year. Birdman of Las Vegas shows off trained exotic birds in a high-flying show that will please kids just as much as parents. Mapapa African Acrobats will wow the audience with their flexibility and skill. You definitely won’t want to miss Page’s White Tiger Show. Watching these beautiful big cats perform is a rare treat for New Mexico.

Bring the Celebration Home
If you’ve ever walked the state fair midway at night, you’ve seen the explosion of bright colors shining from the rides. Light bulbs blink and and there’s a sense of excitement. Capture that feeling in your own home with a bouquet from Peoples Flowers. Looking for an easy way to share the fair fun of fall? Order a Spirit of Fall bouquet for delivery to your favorite person.

The 2012 New Mexico State Fair has just started. Remember, parking is free this year. Take the family and have a blast!

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

gifts at Peoples

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.

metal sun

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.

Peoples’ Tips for Cut Flowers that Last Longer

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Keep your flowers fresh with clean water.

When you receive flowers, you want this gorgeous gift to last for as long as possible. There are a few simple steps you can take to keep your flowers looking vibrant and fresh for days to come.

It Starts with the Source
Fresh flowers will last longer once they are in your home and office than flowers that have been sitting around for many days. That’s why Peoples Flowers has a commitment to providing only the freshest and healthiest blooms so you can enjoy your bouquet for a long time.

Follow the Care Instructions
Your flowers are usually delivered with a set of simple care instructions. If a packet of flower food is included, open it and pour it into the vase. Mix well with water before placing your flowers inside. The packet may have specific instructions for the ratio of water to the amount of flower food. You will want to take care not to over-dilute it.

Just what is flower food? It’s usually a combination of ingredients designed to extend the life your flowers and prevent bacteria from growing in the vase. It can provide nutrients that keep your bouquet healthy over time and acidifiers that keep the water clean. Think of it as fuel for your cut flowers!

Place the Vase
The location of an arrangement can have a big impact on its longevity. If you place it near a heater in the winter, it will be prone to drying out quickly. Find a temperate spot like the middle of the dining room table or atop a mantle when you’re not building fires. You might also want to avoid placing the vase in direct sunlight or in the path of a draft. When you take care in placing your flowers, you can enjoy their beauty without dehydrating them.

sunflowers in vase

For a long-lasting bouquet, get the freshest flowers possible.

Trim to Extend Time
Trimming an inch or two off the stems of the flowers can help the blooms pull in more water and last longer. This is especially true if the ends have gotten dried out. Use sharp scissors or a sharp knife to achieve a nice, clean cut without crushing the stems. Keep an eye out for broken or drooping stems and remove them so they don’t visually detract from the rest of the bouquet.

Change the Water
Start with a clean vase if you’re providing your own. Wash it out well with dish soap and rinse thoroughly before placing the flowers in. If the water gets murky or the water level is low, then it’s time to refresh the water supply in your vase. If you have a clear vase, this is easy to see. If you have an opaque vase, you’ll want to remind yourself to check it. A daily refresher can be a big boost to extending the life of your bouquet.

Talk to Peoples
Different flowers have different cut life spans. If you’re looking for a recommendation, then call Peoples or drop by any of our locations for expert advice on choosing long-lasting blooms. We’ll be happy to customize an arrangement to meet your tastes and your time-frame.

You May Never Dial 1-800 for Flowers Again

Dazzler bouquet

Peoples delivers fresh, stunning arrangements.

Our airwaves and online visits are filled with ads for flowers. Photos of lush bouquets emanating from large vases implore you to call 1-800 to order now for delivery. Ordering from a huge 1-800 company is a lot like fast food. The commercials look appetizing, but the actual product can be very different.

The 1-800 Way
What happens when you call a big 1-800 flower company? You are connected to an order taker who is part of a massive call center somewhere far away. That person’s only interest is selling you the biggest bouquet possible, price-wise. He isn’t thinking about what flowers are in season or what would be a good fit for your gift recipient. It’s about taking orders and moving on. Some companies even ship flowers in boxes with the vase packed separately so that recipient has to put her own bouquet together. That takes some of the fun out of receiving flowers.

Peoples Flowers’ Way
It doesn’t have to be like this. There is a better way. Call 505-884-1600 to talk to Peoples Flower Shops. We’re a local, family-owned business and we know flowers. Our floral professionals can suggest beautiful seasonal arrangements, track down hard-to-find flowers, and customize bouquets to meet your needs and budget. Plus, local business means local delivery. Your flowers will arrive fresh, unbruised and beautiful.

Hidden Costs for Low Prices
Big 1-800 companies often pull in customers with extremely low advertised prices. That can be tempting, but look out for extra costs hidden in high service and delivery fees. Big delivery prices means less of your money goes to the actual flowers. Your dollar goes much further with Peoples. Our prices are competitive and we don’t surprise our customers with unreasonable extra fees.

Peoples in Nob Hill

Visit any of our Albuquerque shops for personal service.

Customer Service Makes the Difference
This is a story about customer service. We don’t have a warehouse-sized call center, but we do have a dedicated staff who is knowledgeable, friendly, and dedicated to delivering gorgeous fresh flowers. With a large 1-800 company, what you think you’ve ordered is not always what is delivered. With Peoples, our design professionals and delivery team will make sure the bouquet is gorgeous and arrives in lovely shape, ready to wow the recipient.

With Peoples, you have a point of contact to walk with you through the ordering process, answer any questions, fill you in on flower availability, and provide any follow-up you might need. Some big flower companies will substitute flowers, which can be an unwelcome surprise. With Peoples, we know what’s available and how to keep the blooms looking their best from our stores to your door. So go ahead and pick up the phone with confidence. Peoples Flower Shops is just a ring away at 505-884-1600.

For the Love of Silk (Flowers) + Peoples’ Silk Sale

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Silk flowers are bright and lovely.

Ah, silk. It’s a symbol of luxury and strength. Silk flowers embody the beauty of the material and their real-life inspirations. Many modern artificial flowers are sometimes made of materials other than silk. You may find a combination of cotton, polyester or silk. The appeal of these flowers is obvious. It’s a way to capture the glory of nature in a durable and long-lasting form.

Why Silk?
Silk flowers have a long history. Once enjoyed by royalty, they are now available to all. Silk flowers are prized for their long-lasting beauty and artful design. Many mimic real flowers such as roses or orchids, but they maintain their color and loveliness for the long term. Silk flowers are lightweight and don’t require maintenance other than an occasional dusting.

Silk flowers travel well and hold their petals. They aren’t subject to wilt and are resistant to fading. One of the big bonuses of silk flowers is that they are suitable for people with allergies. You can still enjoy the beauty and natural form of flowers without all the sneezing. Pet owners with cats or dogs that can’t leave real flowers alone can use silk as an alternative and still enjoy the color and form of flowers in their homes. Silk flowers are available year-round, so you can find your favorite flower even if it’s out of season.

Silk Flowers for Weddings

Silk flowers

Silk flowers are a durable choice for weddings.

Silk flowers can be a wise choice for extreme weather weddings where you may be concerned about real flowers wilting in the hot sun or freezing in the cold. You can easily mix silk arrangements with real flowers. Use the silk for the outdoor reception or for decorating the entry to the celebration and the real flowers for the inside ceremony.

Silk flowers can give creative brides an opportunity to play with different floral arrangements ahead of the ceremony without worrying about damaging delicate flowers. There are some advantages to using silk flowers in the bride’s bouquet. They can withstand handling and still look crisp for the ceremony. One lucky bridesmaid will get a bouquet that still looks great after the traditional bouquet toss during the celebration.

Silk bouquets can be kept after the ceremony and re-used for other events, around your house, or as reminders of your special day. Save them for your anniversary celebration every year or give them out as take-home gifts for wedding attendees.

Sizzlin’ Summer Silk Sale
Peoples Flower Shops’ Sizzlin’ Summer Silk Sale is going on right now through August 11. Take 50 percent off any silk arrangement in our stores. Take 10 percent off all candles, sachets, oils and chocolate. We have four convenient locations around Albuquerque in Nob Hill, Downtown, the Northeast Heights and Far North on Montgomery. Stop in and browse our colorful selection of silk to brighten your home, decorate for a special event or give as a thoughtful gift.