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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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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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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Prom Color Crash Course

It’s hard not to get caught up in the drama of prom season, and the last thing you want to be worrying about is how well your flowers match your dress.  At Matlack Florist, we’ve composed a list of the top prom colors for 2017 and how to compliment them best with your floral accessories.

 

White or Nude

If you’re attending the prom in classic white or nude, you don’t have to settle for just white flowers! This blank palette is a fun way to add pops of any color.  Try complimenting your flowers with your jewelry in tones of silver or gold, or adding bling jeweled accents to brighten up your bouquet.  A fun trend emerging again this season is the organic, flowy abundance of varying foliage to add a textured look.  For example, dusty miller is a fun type of green that has a grey, velvety tone that compliments any white dress.  Try this look with any white or nude dress and the only thing you’ll have to worry about being pale is your date when they see you all dolled up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastels

A big trend in color that we’re seeing this year for prom dresses is blush pink, baby blue, and lavender.  What a lot of prom-goers do not realize is when you match your dress color as closely as you can with your flowers, the blooms tend to blend in with the background of your dress.  This can be improved by choosing different tones of colors.  For example, a lavender dress looks spectacular with deep tones of plum, magenta, and violet.  This way, the flowers pop against the pastel tones of the dress.  Another way to enhance your pastel dress color is to mix a wide array of pastel colors in your bouquet.  Pale pinks, whites, yellows, purples, and greens create a watercolor rainbow, perfect for a flawless prom look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blues

Blue is one of those colors that doesn’t match as well with different tones, unlike pinks which can compliment light baby pink, to hot pink, and mauve with ease.  Additionally, there are not a huge selection of truly blue flowers, so choices are limited in that aspect.  Contrary to what you can find on the internet, blue roses or calla lilies do not actually grow naturally, and are spray painted or dyed.  To better your floral look with a blue dress, you have a few options.  Succulents and air plants have become trendy again this season, and can be wired into any prom bouquet for a blue tint.  Blue hydrangeas are almost always available and can add a sizeable blue base to add in complimenting colors.  Also, think about using flowers that aren’t in blue, but compliment the tone.  For example, yellows, pinks, or oranges can really give a blue dress a punch of fun color.

 

Black

Traditionally, black dresses are paired with either white or red flowers, but it’s time to think outside the box!  Black provides the perfect backdrop to showcase bright jewel tones like canary yellows, cobalt blues, and hot pinks.  Try pairing your flowers with metal wiring, jewels, or beading.  A black dress will make these accents pop without taking away or distracting like it would in a more colorful dress.  One flower that does have a tone of black is the Anemone.  The black center provides that dark hue without overpowering the rest of the bouquet.  This dark tone also shows in privet berry, which is a dark navy blue and can be used as a complimenting filler with a black dress.

Whatever blooms you choose, be sure to remember that flowers are meant to compliment, not necessarily match completely.  The use of multiple hues and colors provides a beautiful and unique look that will take your prom night look to the next level.  If you still have color complimenting questions, feel free to ask us what might look best with your color dress.  You’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for here to complete the perfect prom style!

 

 

 

New Autumn Arrivals

Autumn is just around the corner, and at Matlack Florist, we like to celebrate a little early.  We have just received a beautiful array of fall outdoor plants in our nursery this week!

Hardy MumsOne of our most popular outdoor blooming plants in the fall is the hardy mum.  Right now, we are carrying varieties in bright autumn colors like maroon, crimson, and orange, as well as year-round hues such as bright yellow and white.  These plants will bloom late from now to late into autumn, and take in mostly sun.  Be sure to water mums regularly and never let them wilt, and they will add bright pops of color to your fall beds.

oriental peppersAnother plant to add to your autumn outdoor display is the ornamental pepper.  While not edible, these small tropical looking bushes add bursts of fiery color to any garden.  They require full sunlight and regular watering.  Right now, we are displaying the traditional red and purple variety, as well as a variegated leaf pepper and a smaller lime green shade.

The superbells we are carrying at the moment in the shade of “Lemon Slice” are a fun way to add in small blooms of bright color among your beds.  They will bloom into the fall and require full sun.  What a great way tsuperbellso transition your garden from bright and summery to the new fall hues.

Be sure to keep checking in for new varieties of outdoor plants arriving each week!

Update: Battle of the Blooms™ Fourth of July

Last week, we asked our designers to each create a Fourth-of-July-themed floral design for our first ever Battle of the Blooms™. Then we asked you to vote for your favorite design for a chance to win one of the arrangements.  Our designers created some truly beautiful patriotic floral pieces, you voted, and a winner was chosen!

4th of July FB Drawing - Martha's Design

The most popular floral arrangement, pictured here, was created by designer, Martha!  Her arrangement included blue hydrangea, white stock, and a cluster of red roses, accented with a touch of silver sparkle, red midollino sticks, and the finishing touch for the Fourth of July, Old Glory!

Battle of the Blooms July 4th Winner

Congratulations to our winner, Lauren, and a BIG THANK YOU to all who were involved! We were so excited by the amount of enthusiasm from everyone who participated in this event, from the designers here at the shop to everyone who voted for their favorites! We were even more excited when the winner announced to us that she would be donating her prize arrangement to the Westtown East Goshen Police Department!  What a wonderful act of generosity and a great way to celebrate everything that our nation stands for!

We’ve decided to keep the fun going, so keep your eye out for another chance to win The Battle of the Blooms™. (Hint: The next round of designs are sure to be Boo-tiful!)

Matlack Florist’s Battle of the Blooms™: Fourth of July Edition

It’s that time of year again!  Patriotic parades, backyard barbecues, flashy fireworks…it’s time to celebrate America!  To kick off the holiday week, we asked our designers to each create an arrangement that embodies the ‘Spirit of America,’ and we are giving you the chance to WIN one of the arrangements for your own Fourth of July celebration!

All you have to do to win one of these beautiful blooming arrangements is vote for your favorite on our Facebook page! To cast your vote, simply LIKE our Facebook page and then LIKE the picture of your favorite arrangement. For a bonus entry, tell us why you like the arrangement you voted for in the comments!

Read on to see what our talented designers created, as well as their inspiration for each design.  You can click on any picture below and you’ll be redirected to the picture on Facebook where you can place your vote!

4th of July FB Drawing - Christine's Design
Design by Christine: “My favorite part of July 4th is welcoming people into my home for a day of fun, food, and fireworks. This design is the perfect conversation piece to start talking to new friends while enjoying the holiday.”

4th of July FB Drawing - Colleen's Design
Design by Colleen: “When I think of the 4th of July, I think of camping, sparklers and fireworks. I wanted to bring natural elements into my design and topped it off with glittery accents that emulate the fireworks we set off!”

4th of July FB Drawing - Ivon's Design
Design by Ivon: “I love celebrating the 4th of July with my family. I designed my arrangement around what I would like to see on our buffet table surrounded by all the wonderful food and tasty treats!”

4th of July FB Drawing - Martha's Design
Design by Martha: “What better way to show your American pride than with a patriotic arrangement of red, white and blue blooms…finished off with Old Glory*.” *Made in America

The winner will be chosen by random draw from all participants who voted for the most liked arrangement. The winner will be announced on Friday, July 1st on Facebook. Only one (1) entry per person is permitted.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL… AND HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Graduation Day, Better with a Bouquet

By Christine W.

The beginning of June marks the extra special event of graduation in the lives of many young individuals. Whether it’s a Master’s degree or the end of a middle school era, at Matlack Florist, we love to celebrate milestones accordingly. Flowers are a great way to observe the commemorative event, and there are many different options to cheer on your graduate.

Presentation flowerpresentations are popular for graduates, and they can be done in countless different varieties.  One of our favorites ways to present graduation flowers is to arrange them in the graduate’s school colors with a matching bow, and the photos will look great with all of the coordinated colors.

Presentation bouquets come in all price ranges and have a great deal of customization options for color options. Come in and ask what we have in your graduate’s school colors.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one graduation present, consider our money corsage. They’re a fun way to incorporate a gift of money and  wear during the commencement, not to mention being the envy of all their fellow graduates.  The bills can be folded into shapes like origami and wired into the corsage so they can easilyIMG_3202 be taken out.  Additionally, the corsage can also be done in the graduate’s school colors with matching flowers.

This money corsage pictured on the left was made at Matlack Florist for a Lehigh University graduate in her school’s colors.

Decorating the graduation cap has been a long standing tradition amocapng graduates, and at Matlack Florist we have a trendy solution if you’re having trouble finding the perfect cap decoration.  Adorning the cap with a floral hair wreath is both modern and glamorous, and completely unique.  They can be attached to the cap easily and taken off, and can be made out of fresh blooms or silk flowers.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 graduates! At Matlack Florist we hope to continue celebrating with you all year long.

 

 

 

Birth Month Flower

Everybody knows about birthstones, but did you know that each month is represented by a specific flower as well?  It is said that the characteristics of each birth month flower may be inherited by anyone born in that month.  The tradition of giving flowers as gifts goes back as far as the Romans, and it was during the Victorian era in England that the language of flowers was introduced, giving meanings to flowers.  This enabled people to convey messages to those they loved through the gift of flowers. Read on to learn about your own Birth Month Flower!

January Birth Flower

February Birth Flower

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