Gifting Flowers: Back to School Edition

It’s that time again, back to school! Whether your student is starting kindergarten, high school, or college, the first day of school can be nerve wracking.  To ease the transition, consider gifting flowers to your student!  Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Consider the Colors

A great way to show school spirit is by gifting flowers to a student in their school’s colors.  Even tying a ribbon or balloon to a bouquet in spirited colors can brighten a student’s day, and reaffirm their confidence in starting a new school.  Personable colors will let your student know that you support their educational decisions and that you are with them all the way.

Gift Flowers with Meaning

Specific flowers all have very different meanings.  Consider these blooms when gifting to a new student.  Daffodils symbolize a new beginning, which is perfect for a student transferring to a new school or starting at as a freshman at a faraway university.  Green flowers such as hypericum berries, daisy poms, or green roses also symbolize new beginnings.  In a more general sense, just try giving a bright and colorful mixed bunch that will be sure to brighten their new dorm room and their day.

For centuries, flowers have been used to lift spirits and brighten days.  Don’t forget that Matlack Florist can wire out flower deliveries worldwide too! So no matter where your student is, you can be sure that they will be taken care of with us.

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How to Give Flowers to Anyone in Your Life

Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what kinds of flowers to give to every recipient.  It’s easier if you are close in age or very familiar with the person, but if you’re at a loss, here’s a list of ideas to celebrate everyone in your life.

Children Recipients

You’re never too young to start loving the gift of flowers, and here are a few extra ideas you should use next time you’re giving flowers to a young person.  Children love color, and there are plenty of ways to feature bright hues in a bouquet.  Gerber daisies come in all shades, ranging from yellow to pink to orange and more, and children respond well to them for their fun shape and hue.  Additionally, if you are giving a couple a gift for a newborn baby, consider gifting a single bloom to the older siblings as well, making them feel included in the celebration.  Children will also enjoy glitter, which can be applied to the flowers in a safe way, or additional colorful ribbons and bows.  Remember to keep the flowers youthful and fun!

Teens and Young Adults 

The time that teenagers are most likely first buying flowers on their own is for the school prom.  Help them out by coordinating colors with the dress and tux, and let them choose their favorite blooms to make the day even more special.  By allowing teenagers to be a part of the flower buying process, they experience a sense of adulthood and will continue to come back on their own to buy flowers in the future.  Young adults going to college or moving out of the house will enjoy a small houseplant (an easy one that’s hard to kill!) like a succulent or lucky bamboo, or a small bouquet coordinating with their room colors.  Still remember to keep the arrangement youthful, and avoid more traditional flowers like baby’s breath.  The bohemian trend is hot right now with young adults as well, starring wildflowers, huge blooms of peonies, and flower crowns.

New Homeowners

A fantastic gift for a new homeowner is a huge bouquet of flowers.  Fill their space with a fragrant aroma and beautiful blooms.  Daffodils are a symbol of new beginnings, and yellow roses are a great sign of friendship.  Both of these blooms will make the perfect gift for a person in a new house, making the space feel more like home.  Also consider gifting a plant like a fern or hanging basket that will last for time to come.  They’ll think of you every time they see the greenery, and appreciate your gift to help refresh their home.

Moms and Dads

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are essential days in the gifting community.  Of course moms and dads want to be remembered and appreciated, and flowers are a great way to celebrate them.  Even a small gift of a mixed floral bouquet will not go unnoticed, and the card message goes a long way too.  Parents might enjoy a small plant for the office as well as a small succulent garden that they can forget to water; parenting is a busy job!

Senior Citizens

Gifts to grandparents and senior citizens are always appreciated.  Flowers that have a fragrant aroma, like roses or lilies, are great for someone who might have weak eyesight but still enjoy the gift of a bouquet.  More traditional flowers, such as carnations or baby’s breath are also a wonderful idea, and colorful vases or baskets can brighten up a retirement room for someone who needs a little pick-me-up.

Of course it’s important to consider each recipient personally, and we hope that these ideas help you, because flowers are always a great gift for everyone in your life!

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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.


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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