Throwing the Perfect Garden Party with Flowers

Garden parties are so popular right now.  From Victoria Beckham to the Queen of England, celebrities and the public alike are loving the chic look of wildflowers, natural greenery, and fun accent pieces adorning their parties.  Here are some tips and tricks to throw the perfect garden party with a floral theme.

Bigger is Better

The garden party style is all about the organic look and feel, as if the flowers were “just picked” and growing all around the space.  A fantastic way to complete this look is grouping fun greenery like cocculus, eucalyptus, and ruscus around tables and chairs.  For a more dramatic look, try draping greenery on a mantle or outside trellis, as well as welcome signs and fun photo spots.

Choose the Right Blooms

For the garden party vibe, choose flowers that would naturally grow in your area.  That “just picked” style can be achieved with hydrangea, ranunculus, daisies, or peonies.  The lighter, pastel blooms create an upscale and gentle look, perfect for an English garden themed party.  Flowers with a pleasant and fragrant aroma, such as lilies and roses, can quickly fill a room and brighten your guests mood instantaneously.

Adorn Yourself

Another fun way to add even more flowers to your garden party is to wear them! Of course corsages of sweetheart roses and wildflowers are popular, but think outside of the box.  Decorate a hat with big blooms like peonies, or try a daisy chain or flower crown.  Your guests will also love taking home such a fun, wearable floral accessory to keep the party going.

The most important part about throwing a garden party is of course the actual garden! Choose a venue with a beautiful outside view, a nature park, or your own backyard! All the added flowers will be sure to give your party that extra special flair, and Matlack Florist is always there to help you along the way.

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Plants for the Dorm Rooms and Small Spaces

It’s the beginning of August, and that means it’s almost time to go back to school.  For students transitioning into the start of their college career, an important part of the process is decorating the new dorm room.  Your style expresses personality, while staying creative in designing a homey look in a smaller space.  One of the best ways to add life and color into your small space is through the use of plants.  Here are a few options to get you started thinking about those all important dorm room decor decisions.

Succulent Gardens

Succulents are highly popular among young adults because they’re trendy, beautiful, and hard to kill.  Succulents take very little water, and can be forgotten for a period of time while still maintaining great color and shape.  These plants come in a variety of colors and sizes, and can be combined into a small garden box or left singular for an accent piece.  They thrive indoors and outdoors, and continue to grow exponentially after they’ve been planted.

Herbs

Starting a college career is hard, and the food should be the least of your worries!  Small herb gardens are the perfect way to carry a wide variety of flavors to your food, as well as a pleasant aroma throughout the space.  Herbs like rosemary, cilantro, and mint can grow very fast, and also stay contained in a smaller basket or container.

Hanging Baskets

A great way to add decor without cluttering up a small space is to try a hanging plant basket.  There are a wide variety of hanging plants that will grow well indoors such as ferns, philodendron, or ivy.  Additionally, try placing these hanging baskets in a trendy container like a macrame hanger or on a floating shelf.

Plants can be a great way to transform a small, mundane dorm room into a home away from home, full of color and life.  At Matlack Florist, we’re happy to help you choose the perfect plant to make the start of a new beginning in life a little easier.

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Bohemian Wildflower Trends for Floral Design

Wildflowers are a great way to celebrate the summer months.  They receive sunlight well and come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and fragrances.  Because of their ability to grow almost anywhere, the bohemian world has adopted the wildflower look for weddings, fashion, and everyday life.  Matlack Florist has a fun selection of these wild blooms to brighten your home and release your inner flower child.

Incorporate “Found” Containers

One of the best things about the bohemian wildflower trend is that you can store your flowers in almost anything for a “just picked” feeling.  Mason jars, watering cans, and pitchers all hold these blooms well to create a bohemian flair to your home.  Also, consider hanging the mason jars with twine or rope around your home for a more stylized approach.

Wear Your Flowers

The fashion world is loving the bohemian wildflower look this year, and so are we.  Try a flower crown filled with delphinium, peonies, poppies, and lavender to feature a colorful, fragrant, and fashionable statement piece.  Flower rings, bracelets, anklets, and purses filled with wildflower blooms can also heighten your bohemian look in a light and trendsetting way.

Accentuate Your Cooking

The trend of garnishing food and desserts with cut flowers isn’t new, but the wildflower style is coming back in a big way.  Decorating cakes is the biggest use of this trend, especially for weddings.  Wildflowers such as lavender, ranunculus, daisies, and peonies come in a wide variety of colors to match any bride’s color scheme. Additionally, look of wild organic greenery paired with the flowers pays homage to the flower child look, as well as giving the cake an elegant and colorful flair.  Another fun way to add a bohemian look to your cooking is adding in touches of berries or citrus alongside the wildflowers, which gives the plate a bountiful look.

With Matlack Florist, it’s easy to create the perfect bohemian look no matter what you’re designing.  We’re carrying a wide variety of wildflowers to accentuate your home, your style, and your everyday life all summer long, so stop by to see what’s new each week!

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4 Ways to Create the Perfect Floral Tablescape

Creating a fun mood for your party can be a huge planning process.  Fresh cut flowers help brighten a room and keep the atmosphere interesting.  Here are some bright ideas to enhance the ambiance at your next event.

Compliment the Colors of Your Dinnerware

Now, this doesn’t mean creating a completely matchy-matchy place setting.  In fact, colors pop more when they’re against complimenting or contrasting hues.  Sunny orange and yellow floral blooms appear more vibrant and playful when paired with blue or green dinnerware.  Moreover, try adding jewel toned flowers like dark purple stock or red roses against a plain white place setting to really make your china appear clean and pearlescent.  Additionally, if your table has a floral pattern on the napkins, dishes, or tablecloth, an all white arrangement of flowers will add to the tablescape instead of overpowering the floral pattern.

Adding in Aromas

A fun twist to a light meal such as a teatime or brunch is to place sprigs of either herbs or greens around the table to create a faint aroma that compliments the meal.  Lavender, rosemary, and citrus are all great examples of this, and are aesthetically pleasing for the look of the table as well.

Using Greens on the Table

Another fun use of greenery is taking large tropical leaves and using them underneath plates for an entertaining spin on a summer party.  Also, table runners made of large amounts of greenery can be a stunning way to complete a more affordable tablescape.  Even draping these greens completely off the table adds drama and class to an otherwise ordinary garland.

Think about the Season

In spring and summer, try using more vibrant hues, or even locally grown wildflowers for that “just picked” feeling.  You can even place a single stem on each guest’s plate to take home to make the tablescape even more personal.  Succulents are also a great way to bring feeling of sunny weather indoors.  In the fall, gourds and pumpkins strewn across a table creates the look of a bountiful harvest for a Thanksgiving meal.  During the winter holiday season, use wintergreens such as pine and cedar around the table for a seasonal scent as well as an elegant appearance.

We hope that this post inspires you to create your own tablescape with the help of Matlack Florist!

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Don’t Forget About Your Flower Girl!

Planning a wedding is no small task, and flowers are one of the most fun ways to express personal style on your special day.  Brides usually have an idea of what they’d like for their own bouquet as well as their bridesmaids, but what about the flower girl? There are a wide variety of popular floral accessories for your little helper that will brighten her day knowing that you thought of her.

Flower Baskets

One of the most traditional flower girl accessories is a small basket of flowers matching the floral theme of the bride.  This can be adorned with ribbons or greens, and can either contain a small arrangement of flowers or pretty petals to be strewn along the wedding aisle.  Matlack Florist knows that sometimes little flower girls can get very excited walking down the aisle, so we provide a foam based arrangement in our baskets.  This way, if the basket gets flipped upside down or thrown, the flowers stay in tact.

Pomanders

One of the wedding trends coming back in style is the pomander bouquet.  This contains a foam based arrangement of flowers in a sphere shape, attached with ribbons to hold.  These are a cute way to include an older flower girl who might not want to hold a basket.  Hydrangea, baby’s breath, or sweetheart roses are all fantastic options to make the most out of your pomander, and accent flowers from the bride’s bouquet can really make them pop.

 

Flower Crowns

In addition to our previous post highlighting these fun accessories, flower crowns can be a great way to showcase your flower girl without having something to hold down the aisle.  This option is neat way to care for a flower girl that is too young to hold a floral accessory in her hands, or one that is perhaps already holding the hand of a ring bearer or another bridesmaid.

 

Floral Wand

Another fun trend coming up from the past few seasons is the floral wand.  This consists of a single flower or a small bouquet on top of a long pole to be held.  The top of the wand can be accessorized with wiring, jewels, or ribbons, and the pole can coordinate with the wrapping of the bridal party’s bouquets to give a cohesive look.

 

 

No matter what you choose, your flower girl will be ecstatic that you thought of her on your big day.  Matlack Florist is proud to cater to a wide variety of different floral accessories for weddings, as well as every special event in your life.  Keep stopping in and seeing what else we have to offer for each new season!

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Adding Personal Touches to Your Flowers

The best part about giving flowers is picking out just the right arrangement for your special loved one.  Of course not everyone enjoys the same types of flowers; that’s why there are so many varieties!  Here’s a few helpful points to consider when choosing an extra personal touch to your floral gifts.

Think about Your Recipient 

When adding special items into your floral arrangement, its important to keep your specific recipient in mind, and not fall into the trap of giving something that you personally might like better than them.  If your loved one is younger, especially a child, consider adding glitter or extra ribbons to your gift.  Also, keep with trendy blooms like lilies and vibrant roses rather than something like baby’s breath or gladiolas, which have a more traditional vibe.

Flowers are well received by most everyone, but if your recipient has bad allergies, consider giving flowers that do not have a strong fragrance, such as sunflowers or daisies.  Perhaps only give them a small bunch of flowers and add on a box of chocolates on the side.

If you know the recipient well enough, think about their home decor.  You can ask to match the color of their walls and furniture with a complimenting vase, or contrasting flowers to make the arrangement pop.  If your loved one has a rustic theme to their home, consider a bouquet of sunflowers with a burlap wrapping.

 

Consider the Occasion

Different flowers are received better than others at certain occasions.  Specifically for sympathy, consider your loved one’s mood.  Some people prefer muted pastel colors for a somber event, while others enjoy bright colorful blooms to brighten their mood.  A handwritten card attached with your bouquet is a great way to show that you care and took the time to write out a message personally.

Birthdays are a different story, and they’re so fun to personalize.  Balloons are a great way to customize your order and add some extra pizzazz.  Additionally, chocolates and candies are a terrific substitute if you can’t see them for the cake.

Baby showers are also a popular time to give the gift of flowers.  Naturally, it is traditional to give pink or blue flowers, but its nice to consider additional gifts for the baby and mother as well.  Matlack Florist provides different options of baby themed vases, such as blocks or carriages, which can be used for decoration in the baby’s room as well.  A fun complement to flowers is to add on a small toy or stuffed animal into the bouquet for the baby.  Consider the colors used in the future nursery for your vases, or add in the baby’s birth month flower to the bouquet.

Personal Bridal Bouquets

A wedding is an exciting time to express personal style, and the bridal bouquet is no exception.  At Matlack Florist, we’ve added on rosaries, small lockets, jewelry, and many other trinkets onto handtied bouquets.  A bride can come in for a consultation and provide small items that have a special meaning to herself and her family.  This way, holding onto a special personalized bouquet on wedding day can mean even more to the bride.

 

Your loved one will be so impressed that you took the time to personalize their floral bouquet.  At Matlack Florist, we pride ourselves in giving each recipient exactly what they’re looking for, and helping you be a part of the process in choosing just the right gift.

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Mixing It Up with Your Mixed Bunch

Mixed bunches are one of the most popular ways to give flowers because of their diverse array of multicolored blooms, colorful wrapping and ribbons, and their affordable price.  Matlack Florist always has a selection of assorted mixed bunches to easily pick up on a whim for that “just because” kind of gift.

Receiving a mixed bunch is always fun because you can decide how best to display it.  Here’s a few options you might not have considered before.

Mixing It Up

Of course flowers look lovely in a vase, but have you ever tried displaying them in other containers found around your home? A pitcher provides a sustainable water source for your mixed bunch while adding some flair, just like in our “Totally Tulips” arrangement available in the springtime.  Other interesting containers around your home could be a watering can, teapot, or a coffee can.  Whatever you use, it’ll be sure to become a conversation starter for visiting guests.

Spreading the Love

If you don’t own a large vase to place all the stems from your mixed bunch into, consider placing smaller vases all around your home.  This way, no matter where you’re walking around, the lovely aroma and style of flowers will bring a smile to your face.  Try dropping a few flowers from your bunch into a small vase in the bathroom, one of the most forgotten rooms in the house.  Or, take multiple containers, fill them with blooms, and connect them together with wire, grasses, or branches for a stunning table runner.

Right now, Matlack Florist is featuring July 4th mixed bunches of red, white, and blue.  Pick one up today and decide for yourself how best to display our beautiful blooms!

 

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Gifting the Host: July 4th Edition


It’s that time of summer again: July 4th!  Time for parties, barbecues, and giving flowers!  Don’t forget to bring along some blooms for your host to show your appreciation for their hospitality. To get you thinking, here’s a few ideas that will be sure to spark fireworks for every type of event.

Going to an upscale cocktail party?

The Beautiful in Blue arrangement is a full and spectacular assortment of white lilies, hydrangea, daisies, and roses all in white and deep blues.  This arrangement is perfect for a more elegant get together where the theme of red, white, and blue is more subtle.

What about a graduation party?

The fun look of Blue Ice will catch the sun’s rays and your graduate’s eye with a blue iridescent container filled with roses, lilies, hydrangea, and seeded eucalyptus.  This youthful arrangement is perfect to give to a young adult and to keep with the patriotic theme of July 4th.

 

How about a backyard barbecue? 

You can never go wrong with a mixed bunch of flowers.  Right now, we’re stocked with red, white, and blue bouquets of roses, iris, delphinium, and daisies.  They’re even completed with red sparkles and blue paper.  Your host will love that you thought of them by gifting a holiday bunch of fresh flowers.

No matter where you’re going for July 4th, Matlack Florist has got you covered for all of your floral and gifting needs.  Stop on in and see what else we have in stock for each and every holiday throughout the year!

 

 

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Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Fresh-Cut Peony


Peonies have been called the “Queen of Spring”, and for good reason.  They’re big, beautiful, and come in a variety of pinks, reds, corals, and whites.  Peonies contain a fragrant aroma that can fill a room, get bigger and brighter with each day, and some even change color as they grow.  These blooms will beautify the day of any recipient, so here’s a few tips and tricks to make them as stunning as possible.

Don’t want your peonies to open right away?

One of the most unique features of the peony is its size.  It starts out as a small bud and keeps opening until the end of its lifespan.  However, if you’re looking to wait a few days until you want the blooms to open, here’s a few tips.  Wrap your peonies in paper loosely enough so they’re contained, but tight enough so that they won’t have much room to open.  Then, place them in the refrigerator in a dry spot.  The cold will delay the blooming process until you decide to take them out.  Don’t forget to keep any fruits and vegetables away from your flowers, as they contain a gas that will accelerate the wilting process in your peonies.

Need your peonies to open faster?

Cut your peonies at a slant at the end of the stems and place them in a vase of warm water.  Additionally, you can remove the foliage from the bottom to quicken the blooming process, as the leaves take more energy to bring the water up through the flower.

Finding ants in your peonies?

Peonies plucked straight from the garden often contain ants in the blooms.  A quick way to get rid of these insects is to place the bloom of the flower in a bowl of water for a few seconds.  If the ants persist, place a few drops of dish soap in the water and stir.  This will not harm the flower, but the ants should drop out.  Also, if you cut peonies when the buds are still tight, there is less of a chance for the ants to go inside of the flower, and the bud will still open in a vase.

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Don’t Forget About Dad!


Father’s Day is June 18!  We know that maybe a florist isn’t your first pick for dad’s gift, but allow us change your mind.  We have a great selection of gifts for your father, grandfather, husband, and everyone in between.

The Father’s Day Gourmet Basket

Everybody knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!  What dad wouldn’t love a basket chock full of snacks like chips and salsa, pretzels, coffee, chocolate, and more? We even have Phillies or Eagles apparel to add onto any basket for a personalized flair.  Best of all, everything is served in a bountiful drink cooler complete with a bottle opener attached to the side.  It’s the perfect gift for the dad that likes to get out with the boys and have a cold one.

Handmade Mugs

Speaking of drinks, we have a few more items that dad will love.  We’re proud to carry a line of Healing Touch Pottery that’ll be sure to warm your father’s heart as well as his coffee.  Each mug wears a card with the tagline “Father: the pillar in strength and protection that builds a child’s foundation like a cornerstone. He loves with gentleness, teaches with wisdom, and inspires with words of affirmation and affection.” Each mug has a different stone attached to the handle symbolizing various words of encouragement.  The mugs are Reiki charged and made from the highest quality quartz clay and glazes.

Leather Briefcases and Wallets

Vaan & Co. brings us their finest leather goods, and they’re all unique!  All of these items are upcycled, meaning that they made from discarded leather, stitched together to make something completely unique and extraordinary.  Each item is different from the next, giving your dad an exclusive, upscale look.  Whether he’s carrying his laptop, his money, or his children’s diapers, dad will sure to be in style and still masculine.

Make Dad feel special this year with something different from Matlack Florist.  We pride ourselves in catering gifts for every celebration, and Father’s Day is no different. Stop in to see what else Dad will love, and maybe pick up something for yourself as well!

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