How To Set Your Thanksgiving Table

As we approach Thanksgiving, Breen’s Florist is asking ourselves, what does a modern Thanksgiving look like?

We cherish this holiday maybe more than any other. The way it captures our collective gratitude and makes an event out of it. The way it relies on family and friends gathered together, eating home-cooked food and sharing stories. These are the aspects of the holiday that will never change, even as so many of us are putting a modern spin on how it’s done overall.

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How To Make A Stylish Fall Tablescape

There’s no better way to get excited for Fall than by immersing yourself in a project that captures its spirit. And what better project than the design of your Fall table? Whether you’re doing some autumn entertaining, updating the decor of your dining room for the season or looking ahead to how you’ll style Thanksgiving, creating a beautiful seasonal tablescape starts with the centerpiece. Read on to find Breen’s top tips for tablescaping.

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All Of Autumn’s Glorious Textures In A Vase

Fall texture–is there anything better?

We’re talking layered, spicy scents and nubby, cozy blankets. A wreath abundant with autumn leaves, branches and pine cones, a mantel laden with candles. Breen’s Florist knows that Fall decorating is about enticing the senses, filling your home with things that not only please the eye, but that appeal to smell and touch. It’s the latter that we’re focusing on today, and in the form of a rich, organic-feeling floral design.

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Spooky and Spectacular Floral Designs For Halloween

Halloween here at Breen’s Florist, and we hope you don’t scare easily because we’ve got some delightfully frightful designs in the shop. Care to craft a bewitching table this year? Looking to beguile that special someone? Want to give the little pretties a little something fun? Then come a little closer and take a peek, we dare you.

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A Garden-Inspired Gift For Bosses Day

Put this on the company calendar: October 16 is Bosses Day, an occasion to honor those who mentor, inspire and otherwise guide us at work. Our fearless leaders are often undersung, so National Bosses Day is a unique opportunity to ensure that they know just how appreciated they are. In fact, it was an appreciative employee who first proposed the occasion in 1958, paving the way for a pleasant workplace celebration that we here at Breen’s Florist have just the thing for.

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Fall For It

Fall flowers in Houston Texas

Breen’s Florist – Changing Seasons

It’s 95 degrees outside, humidity snuggles in at approximately 50% and we are just a few days away from … you guessed it …FALL!

In as much as fall is a welcomed and beloved seasonal change synonymous with football, leaves changing color and lower temperatures; in Houston and surrounding areas this season is more of an idea, or, a suggestion. Heck, it’s an outright fantasy most days! In fact, it will still be hot, sticky and sweaty well into the next weeks (and maybe months) while much of the nation settles into this wonderful the-colors-are-a-changing time of year.   

So what’s a fall-lover to do if Houston is your home? Here at Breen’s Florist we have very good news for you – not so good for your overworked home and auto air conditioners per se – but good for you.

It's fall in Houston and time to send flowers

Breen’s Florist – Autumn Day

Since the season is perhaps most cherished for the leaves changing into their autumn best, we have many ways to bring fall foliage and flowers directly into your homes, offices and social events. Best of all, Breen’s Fall Collection designs are replete in the coloration and textures that only fall can claim. You and your recipients will instantly fall in love (pun intended) with the warm and earthy color palettes of rust, red, cinnamon, pumpkin, gold, cranberry and chocolate brown that are highlighted in our arrangements;  Fall Brights, Warm Amber, Changing Seasons, Wild About Autumn, Fall Crock and Amber Lights, to name a few. Breen’s is already receiving bi-weekly shipments of the most gorgeous leaves, branches and fall flower varieties that sooth the soul and spark a re-energized creativity in us all. 

If you long for cooler temps and changing colors outside like most, then we suggest keeping the AC on for now and treating yourself and loved ones immediately to one of our many stunning fall inspired arrangements. After all, you don’t have to travel up north to experience the powerful connection to Mother Nature this time of year when it can be simply be delivered to your own front door. Call Breen’s today and let the fall begin!   

 

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.