Honoring Mother’s Day

Celebrating mothers and motherhood in general has become a global observance that varies in day of recognition and tradition based on culture and geography.

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Here in the United States our beloved Mother’s Day celebration is reserved forever on the second Sunday of each May thanks to a Presidential proclamation by then President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. In his heartfelt efforts to articulate the importance of a day dedicated to Mom’s he stated, “it is a chance to publicly express our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” Here we are one hundred plus years later, a very different and diverse America, and we still get excited for the one day solely committed to Mom.

This excitement can also be found at all Houston area Breen’s Florist locations where designers have thoroughly enjoyed the task of creating custom designs for Mother’s Day 2018 for the past several weeks. Although the official flower of Mother’s Day is the carnation – specifically red and white – the design team has created a wide array of low and tall arrangements featuring many of the flowers that fall into the category of Mom’s favorite in lieu of carnation focused designs.

The Mother’s Day flowers you’ll choose from this year include Springtime crowd-pleasers like cymbidium orchids, fragrant roses, majestic delphinium, colorful hydrangea, stock, larkspur and so much more. And the designs are aptly named after the many positive attributes associated with being a beloved Mom. Names like “Runs Circles Around The Best,” “Helps Me Shine,” “The Multi-tasker,” “Enthusiastic and Fun,” “Multi-talented,” “My Supporter,” “Kind & Compassionate,” “Best Friend,” and “Unconditional Love” to name a few.

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We invite you to scan our many options on the website to find the arrangement that best fits your Mom. It’s perfectly okay if more than one says what you want to say since our Breen’s delivery team of drivers are happy to deliver more than one arrangement to any location!!!!

 

 

 

 

Go Green This St Patrick’s Day

Houston Florist delivers St Patrick's Day Flowers

As we approach St. Patrick’s Day our work, restaurant and school environments become increasingly greener (so to speak), in various shades of bright shamrock and deep emerald greens. Themed décor of leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, and all things Irish seem to appear as quickly as they disappear once the parades end and the green beer runs dry at your favorite local pub. While the sights and sounds of St. Patrick’s Day are always festive, we rarely hear anyone tout disappoint when the decorations come down since posters and cutouts of clovers, rainbows with gold pots and little green clad men are rarely impressive. “Our Patty’s Day décor is so gorgeous its Pinterest worthy,” said no one ever!

Luck of The Irish Bouquet Flowers in Houston, Texas

Here at Breen’s Florist we seemingly have the “luck of the Irish” for this occasion as many of our clients enjoy taking advantage of this week by choosing floral arrangements in different shades of green. This approach lends itself to an endless array of creative options for St. Patrick’s Day floral décor that can range from classy to whimsical, elegant to trendy, modern to sophisticated.

We recommend getting creative inspiration this time of year with green flowers like Shamrock Hydrangea, Bells of Ireland, Hypericum, Gladiolas, Lisianthus, Roses and Cymbidium Orchids to name a few. Give us a call at 713-227-3367 if you’d like to hear about even more green flower and accompanying green foliage ideas.

Green With Envy Flowers For St Patrick's Day in Houston, Texas

Yes, you can have St. Patrick’s Day décor in flowers that gives you many more options than the paper decoration that are not always appropriate for the overall look and feel you have established at your place of business. And when it comes to the sentiment of wishing someone a day filled with “the luck of the Irish” we can appreciate that thoughtful exchange because we feel lucky every day for our Breen’s clients.

Need Flowers For The New Year From Breen’s?

Before we know it, 2018 will be here and if you are planning on throwing a New Year’s Eve party this year, it’s time to finalize everything you need to make it a night to remember. While you may already know what type of music you want to play and the type of food you are going to serve, there is a lot more that goes into planning a New Year’s party than that. Get some valuable tips from the experts at Breen’s Florist in Houston when you continue reading below.

Popping Champagne

There is hardly ever a New Year’s Eve party that is thrown that doesn’t include a good amount of champagne being offered to guests. Placing bottles all over your space is sure to set the mood and convey that your party is about to ring in the new year right. Not only should you have enough glasses to serve your guests champagne at midnight, but the entire night should be full of bubbly.

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere

One of the best things about the new year is the hope that comes along with it. When a new year begins, it gives us the option to leave the previous year behind, allowing us to start anew. This is one of the main reasons you will see people dressed to the nines each year on December 31st. Everything from glitter to sequins is worn and displayed as people get excited about their sparkling future.

Take Advantage of the Date

One of the best things about throwing a New Year’s Eve party is your ability to use the date and only the date as inspiration. You can boast New Years signs and even table centerpieces and decorative glasses that show “2018!” Everywhere your guests look, they should be reminded that a brand new exciting year is just a few hours away.

Sparklers

This is one New Year’s party favor that not many people do not think to invest in, but we think there are few occasions during which sparklers are more appropriate. Pass out the sparklers about half an hour before the clock strikes 12. This way, when the ball finally drops, all of your guests can begin the year with a spark.

New Year’s Eve Floral Arrangements

If you are looking to find the perfect floral arrangements for your New Year’s Eve party, there is no better place to order yours from than Breen’s Florist in Houston. We have a number of New Year’s Eve floral arrangements for you to choose from or we can design a custom floral arrangement if you already know what sort of flowers you want for your event. Additionally, we would be happy to offer up our own suggestions for what your floral arrangements should look like if you tell us a little about what sort of vibes you are going for. Call us now and ask for assistance from our staff. It doesn’t matter whether you are throwing a small get together or a full-on celebration, you’re going to need the help of the flower experts at Breen’s if you want it to be a success.

Three Ways To Say You’re Sorry With Flowers

While we all try to do everything we can to treat those who we care about the right way all the time, the truth is, everyone makes mistakes. Every now and then you might say the wrong thing, forget about plans you had already made, or just do something without thinking. This can lead to a family member or friend becoming angry with you. When this happens, how can you work to get back on their good side? What can you do to prove that you care about them and that you never had any intention of upsetting them?

Saying you’re sorry for flowers is a great place to start. While simply saying you’re sorry may be a good place to start, making the effort to send flowers alongside your apology is the right way to go. Check out the flowers below that we would recommend including in your apology arrangement so that you can gain the forgiveness you are trying to obtain.

White Tulips

For the most part, tulips are associated with new beginnings because of the time of the year in which they bloom. These are extremely beautiful flowers, known to exude happiness. While there are many different colors that tulips are available in, we would suggest that you stick to white tulips. White tulips are elegant and classy and should be sufficient for expressing a sincere apology.

Blue Hyacinths

This flower is known to symbolize peace, which is exactly what you will be trying to achieve when you send an apology bouquet. Additionally, the rich blue hue is meant to represent truth, which is something that has to be present in a sincere apology. Not only that but these flowers are vibrant and unique, so the recipient will be beyond impressed by your choice.

White Orchids

Orchids are not only beautiful but extremely exotic. When you find the right orchid, it can last for a long period of time, which will only remind the person you are apologizing to that you are remorseful. The white color of the orchid is meant to express that your intentions are pure and that you are sincere as you can be in giving this gift.

Roses

This may seem like a no-brainer, but everyone loves receiving roses. While red roses are always a good choice, however, we would suggest that you send yellow roses instead. This color can express a meaningful apology regardless of what you are apologizing for. Whether you decide to purchase one dozen or two dozen roses, send whatever is necessary to get your point across.

Shop Apology Flowers at Breen’s Florist

Plain and simple, flowers are an extremely powerful tool when you are trying to convey a message to someone. This is even more true when it comes to saying you’re sorry about something you’ve done. While the suggestions above are just that, we would suggest that you choose flowers that are sure to convey how you truly feel about the person who is receiving the arrangement.

So You Want To Send Sympathy Flowers

When someone passes away, it’s often difficult to figure out how to show your sympathy in the best possible manner. Of course, sending flowers is the best way to express that you are sorry for a loss that people have experienced. However, there are plenty of questions that come mind when you are considering what type of flowers to send, as well as where to send them to. In this post, we will answer the most common questions we get regarding sympathy flowers and how you should send your condolences in the right way every time.

The Difference Between Sympathy Flowers and Funeral Flowers

When you send flowers directly to the funeral home, these are known as funeral flowers and they are most often displayed at the funeral service. These are most commonly large arrangements that are fairly formal and they serve as a tribute to the deceased person. These flowers do not have to be addressed to a particular person and instead are just sent to show your respect.

On the other hand, sympathy flowers are sent to the home of the deceased, or to the home of their kin. These flowers are meant to show your respect and support to those who are suffering the loss. These arrangements are often a bit smaller than those that would normally be sent to the funeral home. Additionally, you may want to consider sending a plant rather than a floral arrangement.

Should You Ever Send Flowers For The Casket?

Traditionally flowers that are used to adorn the casket is reserved for the closest family members. This is why we would suggest that you at least contact the family first and ask if they would mind if you purchase the casket flowers. If you do not want to bother the family during this trying time, however, we would suggest just sticking to the sympathy or funeral flowers instead.

When Is Too Late To Send Funeral Flowers

If you somehow missed the funeral announcement and just found out about the person’s passing, you may wonder if it is still appropriate to send them late. In our opinion, there is never a bad time to send flowers, especially when you are expressing sympathy. Flowers are not your only option, however. You can always send a gift basket or a plant in the place of a floral arrangement.

Inappropriate Flowers to Send

People often ask us if there are flowers that should not be sent in sympathy floral arrangements. For the most part, the larger the flower, the more appropriate it is to be included in a sympathy arrangement. Flowers like gladioli, lilies, and roses are the most common when it comes to funeral arrangements.

When You Don’t Know When The Service Is

If you don’t know when the service is going to take place, there is no need to worry. If you know the name of the funeral home and where it is located, your florist can likely help you to make sure the flowers arrive where they need to go. If not, simply give the funeral home a call to find out when the service is being held and then inform your florist of the details.

When You Don’t Know The Right Thing To Say

If you are planning on sending sympathy flowers or you need to in the future, you should contact Breen’s Florist in Houston today. We have been making beautiful floral arrangements that exude respect and grace in such a tough time. Pick out the right arrangement right now or call us today so that we can help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Birthstone Collection – Citrine (November)

Citrine, which comes from the French word “citron”, means lemon. While the Citrine birthstone is seen as a little darker than a lemon, its color is more of a honey color. This is why Breen’s Florist uses an array of yellow tones in our Citrine birthstone arrangement.

The yellow stardust roses we use in this arrangement are a true yellow while the alstromeria creates the honey coloring throughout the arrangement.

When looking at the healing properties of the Citrine stone, happiness, prosperity, and strength are all visible in our design. The brightness of the arrangement brings out the happiness; prosperity is seen within the roses as they were once considered the flower of luxury; and the accents like alstromeria are hearty and long lasting florals to empower the strength of the gemstone.

Besides being November’s birthstone, it is also the 13th anniversary gemstone. During the art deco period between the world wars, the Citrine was sought after and many were used in many of the large display pieces. Even Hollywood starlets like Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo wore citrines as a sign of society.

Nowadays, citrine is more common. In fact, it is so common that it is now a popular stone for budget-minded women. As shoppers are being drawn to what is “retro”, citrine is getting a resurgence of popularity.

At Breen’s Florist, we love that this stone goes hand in hand with the autumn season. It allows us to use copper-birch leaves as accents to bring the warmth of autumn to this month of birthdays. Don’t forget about new babies being born this month too. The citrine babies will be motivated, creative, and self-expressed. Let’s celebrate those qualities with our Citrine Birthstone arrangement.

The Citrine will only be available through November 30th. Order today for everyone you know who is having a birthday this month.

Tips For Sending Flowers To Someone Special Who Lives Far Away

Showing someone you care about just how much they mean to you can be difficult. This becomes even truer when the person you are trying to get your message to lives out of state. While flowers are always a great way to express your feelings, you probably want to ensure that you are picking the right flowers. Not only that, but you need to know that your delivery will show up on time and that is it delivered to the right place. In this post, we are going to let you in on the best-kept secrets when it comes to sending flowers to someone out of state.

Order in Advance

If you always want to make sure that your florist has enough time to make the arrangement you are going to send, you need to order it in advance. We would suggest that you place your order at least two days before you want your flowers to be delivered. This is especially true if you are ordering flowers for a holiday that is well-known as a flower-centric holiday. Most specifically, Mother’s day and Valentine’s day flowers should be ordered a week or two in advance just to be safe.

Find the Right Flower Shop

If you don’t have a flower shop in your area that you commonly place orders at, it’s time to find one that you can rely on. There are many things to consider when you are trying to find the best flower shop in Houston. However, the most important aspect of finding a florist is that you know they are reliable and able to provide beautiful work every single time. If you need to know more about which florist to trust in your area, we would suggest that you read reviews online and narrow down your choices.

Ask for Help if Needed

Not every person is a floral savant and therefore, we like it when people feel like they can trust us enough to ask for our opinion. Not only can you tell you what flowers we have in stock and how we can integrate them into a big beautiful arrangement for someone special. Additionally, if you want to make an adjustment to an existing floral arrangement that we already offer, we can do that for you as well.

Choose the Perfect Arrangement

When you are searching for the right arrangement to give to someone, there are many different factors you should take into consideration. For example, what is the person’s favorite color? Do you know their favorite flower? What time of year is it? And do they have any allergies?

If you want to pick out the right floral arrangement, just be sure to think more about the person who is going to receive them rather than what you would like.

Add Gifts if You Like

Additionally, if you really want to go all out, you can purchase additional gifts to arrive with your flowers. Whether you choose to send a simple stuffed animal or an elaborate gift basket, the extra thought will surely be noticed and appreciated by the recipient.

Check on Your Order

Be sure to check that the person you sent the floral arrangement to has received it if you don’t hear anything on the day they are supposed to be delivered. If you haven’t heard anything from the recipient by the night of the delivery day, you may want to call the flower shop just to double check on the status of your order.

Shop Breen’s Florist

If you are trying to find the right floral arrangement to a friend, family member, or someone else who is special to you, we would suggest that you start at Breen’s Florist. We have a large selection of beautiful floral arrangements for every occasion that you can choose from. Still, need more help from a floral professional? Contact our team at our Houston Flower Shop today and let us assist you in finding the perfect flowers for your recipient.

Homecoming Mum Traditions

Football mums are big part of the social scene for high school students to welcome back the school year. Usually worn to school the Friday before the school’s homecoming football game, this Texas tradition gets bigger each year because as always, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.”

Florists find themselves swamped with custom orders, but at Breen’s Florist, we love this time of year. Mums were once designed with fresh large mum flowers, but today’s football mums are created with silk flowers, streamers, ribbons, bows, lights, plush, and trinkets that celebrate the arrival of Football season for high schoolers.

These large creations are typically worn by girls while the boys wear a mini version designed on a garter for the upper arm. Both styles show school spirit with the school’s colors and may showcase trinkets based on various sports and activities. Texas high school seniors might choose silver and white or gold and white based on their school. Each football mum is specifically designed to each student with their name and date’s name for the school dance.

For those students who want to be a little more unique, quite often our designers will create mums that step away from school colors to embrace neon colors, black and white, and even animal prints. Specialty items like boas, feathers, and noise makers may be incorporated based on the individual.

In Texas, the bigger the better. Many students will try to out-design their friends or even create a homecoming mum party where everyone gets together to share in the design activities. Breen’s Florist has a complete supply of ribbons, lights, and everything you need to create your masterpiece at home. We pride ourselves on being the Homecoming Headquarters for your community.

With four locations in Houston, Breen’s is available for design tips, supplies, or even a location to have a homecoming design party.

Blog by: Jackie Wick (Floral Designer)

Flowers In Film :: Flowers on The Silver Screen

Welcome to our new monthly blog post discussing flowers in film. We hope you have as much fun with it as we will. Now, on with the show….

Dining room scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca.

It’s kind of funny how you never realize how many times you see flowers in a film and just not “see” them. I am new to the floral industry, and since I’ve started, I notice flowers everywhere. Flowers can be shown as part of the script or part of the scene itself.

Poppy fields in The Wizard Of Oz

Filmmakers have long shown flowers and floral arrangements in films. From the poppy fields of “The Wizard of Oz” to the now iconic “American Beauty” to movies that revolve around a florist like “I Hate Valentine’s Day”. The examples are endless.

Seen here, Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham fantasizing about Angela Hayes on a bed of red rose petals. Credit: © 1999 DreamWorks

Since I’ve started working in the floral industry, I’ve noticed more and more the actual flowers and arrangements throughout the history of movies. Did you know that during the mid-century, a good amount of arrangements were made with gladiolas, roses, and carnations? I didn’t either until I recently watched a lot of older movies that spanned the 30’s through the 60’s. The arrangements themselves were rather large too. I guess they really did say it with flowers!

Kim Novak starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Everywhere you look in movies and television, there are flowers around most scenes in one way, shape, or form. The next time you watch a film or a tv show, just look and see. Whether they are integral to the scene or just in the background, they’re there…sometimes lurking in the background, sometimes prominently featured. It’s pretty amazing just how much flowers play a part, just like actors.

Blog by: Elisabeth Stover (Dispatcher)

Peridot – August Birthstone Collection

Save 10% when ordering Breen’s Florist “Peridot” arrangement. Enter coupon code: PERIDOT

For the month of August, Breen’s Florist is celebrating with our birthstone collection arrangement, “Peridot.” Our arrangement features green antheriums, bells of Ireland, green cymbidium orchids, and other flowers to help accent the green that represents the peridot gemstone.

While the peridot gemstone is an inexpensive stone, it represents something much more valuable than money. The ancient Egyptians believed that the peridot harnessed the power of nature and was the gem of the sun. It is said that the stone brings protection, peace, and happiness. The accents of white roses represent a peacefulness within the arrangement, while the fun of the lime green orchids and antheriums bring a smile to those who celebrate their birthday this month.

The peridot gemstone is one of the few stones that have only one color: olive-green. The intensity of green depends on the amount of iron that is contained within the stone itself. Other flowers that might also be used to create a beautiful arrangement would be green hydrangea and succulents.

Breen’s Florist’s White Orchid and Succulent arrangement features the olive green colors from the peridot stone.

Married couples can also appreciate the peridot gemstone as it represents the 16th year of marriage. Perfect gift ideas may include 16 Lemonade roses, which have beautiful lime-green blooms.

Breen’s Florist will have the exclusive “Peridot” arrangement available throughout the month of August and remember, you can save 10% on the arrangement by using coupon code: PERIDOT.

If the tropical feel of this design is not up your alley, feel free to call one of our sales team to discuss creating a beautiful design featuring some of the other perfect flowers for this birthstone.

Blog by: Carol Shirley (Breen’s Florist Sales Team)