Breen’s Florist – Mother’s Day

mother's dayAlthough some suspect that Mother’s Day was invented by the greeting card companies, it has a historical back-story which involves the Civil War, a woman in West Virginia and President Woodrow Wilson! As we plan to honor our moms on May 8th, let’s take a look at some of the fun facts surrounding this most special of days.

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  • In Greek mythology, spring festivals were celebrated to honor Rhea, who was considered to be the mother of many other gods.
  •  Romans held a three-day festival named Hilaria, which was dedicated to the mother goddess Cybele. There were parades, games, and masquerades; as well as offerings made at her temple.
  • In the 1600’s, Mothering Sunday took place on the 4th Sunday of Lent in England, and was originally meant to “call people home to Mother Church”. It involved prayers and children giving their moms flowers.
  • Before, during and after the Civil War, women were actively involved in organizing for social issues. Ann Jarvis established “Mother’s Work Days” and “Mother’s Friendship Days” to unite mothers of soldiers for reconciliation, as well as to fight for community causes.

mother's dayAnna Jarvis (daughter of Ann) wanted to carry out her mother’s dream of having a national day just for moms. Her efforts were rewarded when in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Anna was known to give out carnations, her mother’s favorite flower, on that day. Giving flowers is still one of the most beloved traditions that we have.

mother's dayAbout 25% of all flowers purchased throughout the year are purchased on this day, and the carnation has remained as the unofficial ambassador of the holiday. Roses, orchids, and other vibrant spring blooms are also popular choices, as they bring life and happiness to anyone who receives them. This Mothers’ Day, start your tradition and send Mom a gorgeous floral bouquet from Breen’s Florist. It is a custom she will cherish and look forward to all year long. Whether she lives in Houston or across the country – let us help you to honor Mom this May 8th.

The Best Way to Celebrate Administrative Professionals Week

administrative professionalsSince the WWII era, Administrative Professionals Day has been celebrated in America and around the world. This year the observance falls on April 27th and is the perfect time to show these irreplaceable employees that their hard work is truly appreciated. A recent online poll asked administrative professionals to identify additional responsibilities they carried that were not part of the normal job description. This led to a wide range of surprising answers – such as accounting, human resources director, and even concierge. Some even listed “miracle worker” as part of their answer; is there any wonder we rely so heavily on these colleagues?

Another surprising outcome of the survey was the fact that about two-thirds of company employees consider the administrative personnel to be even more important to the daily functionality of the business than the owner or boss. Certainly, these people have been given a great amount of responsibility – and for that, they should be shown the proper appreciation. This month, join Breen’s Florist in finding beautiful ways to honor them for their contributions.

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Every office environment is different. If you have a sleek, modern space, consider sending an elegant orchid. Or perhaps your company is comfortable and friendly, and a large bouquet of wildflowers would perfectly fit the décor. Succulent gardens are unique and innovative arrangements that any professional atmosphere will benefit from; these beautiful plants bring a calm and beautiful sense of nature to the space.

Over time, we have stopped viewing these skilled workers as mere secretaries and realize their skill in technology, multi-tasking, coordinating schedules and interfacing with our clients. Administrative professionals are an important part of our organizations and our Houston economy. Don’t let their talent and loyalty be overlooked this April. Call Breen’s Florist today and schedule your delivery.

Breen’s Florist – Easter Flowers

easter flowersEvery flower is unique and special, and each family’s Easter tradition has differences as well. Whether your Easter includes a religious observance, or you plan on spending the day hunting for Easter eggs, there is no question that everyone holds the holiday in a special place. It seems however we celebrate, and whatever our customs – flowers are always a meaningful part of it.

 

There are many flowers that have come to symbolize springtime, and by extension, the Easter holiday. The most commonly associated flower to Easter is the white lily; the magnificent blossom is thought to signify divinity and renewal, it is closely tied to the biblical Resurrection story. The crocus is known to be the first heralder of the new season, the adventurous blooms often poke up through snow and frost, seemingly impatient for the beginning of spring. The daffodil is also one of the first flowers that appears in the spring; its sunny demeanor and warm vibrant hue make it one of the most popular blooms to give and receive during the Easter season.

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Spring is all about the colors, and the Easter palettes range from pastels to vibrant. Whatever the hue, however, seasonal spring flowers are gorgeous, exciting, vivid and striking. Tulips may be one of the most recognizable flowers of spring, and don’t seem to feel truly at home during any other season. To celebrate all the beauty and hope of the season, accentuate your home décor with this extravagant bouquet of tulips. Whether to greet guests at the front door, or to grace your holiday table – this eye-catching display will impress all who see it.

 

Spring brings with it fresh outlooks and fresh dreams – make sure to decorate your world with fresh flowers as well. Breen’s Florist is your one stop shop for all your Easter and spring floral needs – as Houston’s premier florist, we look forward to providing you with floral arrangements and bouquets for every occasion.

Breen’s Florist – International Women’s Day

women's dayInternational Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. Set aside as a day to honor women around the world, the holiday is over a century old and is observed in over 30 countries. Since 1977, when the United Nations recognized the day, there has been a theme named every year. Themes have ranged from awareness of violence towards women, to women combating poverty in rural countries. In 2016, the movement will get behind “Make it Happen!”, a reference to achieving parity for all women.

 

Unfortunately, in some regions women are still fighting for basic freedoms and even safety. For countries in the West, the day is meant to stand in solidarity with those women, and champion change. In the United States, we also celebrate the contributions of the women who have played key roles in making our country great. From Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross; to Serena Williams, tennis champion; from abolitionist Harriet Tubman to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt – women are woven into the very fabric of our history and legacy.

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Every day, women across Houston and across the country continue to have significant impact on the lives of others. Whether influencing their own family or friends, making laws, curing disease or educating the next generation – women in this country enjoy a vast array of opportunity to make a difference. For the influential woman in your life, Breen’s has floral arrangements and bouquets that celebrate them – orchids represent refinement, alstromeria signify wealth and prosperity, and daffodils convey respect and esteem. What do you want to say?

 

For the perfect flowers, flowering plant or green plant to honor your special women, stop into Breen’s Florist today. March 8th, we honor women everywhere, and look forward to a day that all women can live free of fear or inequality

Valentine’s Day Flowers for All of the Women in Your Life

valentine's dayValentine’s Day is all about the romance – red roses and chocolates for your sweetheart – but there is much more to this special day.

 

Breen’s Florist has the bouquets and floral arrangements that will make your beloved swoon, but we also have gorgeous flowers for every other person in your life who deserves some love! This Valentine’s Day, call Breen’s and order stunning gifts for your mom, your friends and your daughters. We have something for everyone, because Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love of family and friends as well.

 

Mom or Grandma – or any woman of influence!

Moms are pretty special, that is for sure. Send her a beautiful arrangement to let her know that you appreciate all the years of devotion and sacrifice. But many of us had other women step in to help us grow – so whether a grandmother, an aunt or a very special lady, if she had an impact on your life, let her know you love her.

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Sister, best friend or favorite work colleague: Sisterhood, whether by blood or by friendship, is a very special thing. The laughter, the secrets, the camaraderie, the memories – all irreplaceable, and you wouldn’t trade them for the world. Tell all of your sisters and friends that you love having them in your life.

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Daughter or granddaughter : Even if she’s grown, your daughter is still your little girl. Send her a bouquet, here in Houston or across the miles and let her know that she is always close to your heart! For young daughters or granddaughters, how about a plush teddy who comes “bearing gifts” of chocolate?

 

Call Breen’s Florist today, and make sure to order early! We have the perfect bouquet, floral arrangement or gift to shower your loved one with hearts, flowers and chocolates this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Flowers at Breen’s Florist

valentine's day flowersWhen it comes to February 14th, romance should be extravagant. Breen’s Florist has a special Valentines collection that will overwhelm your special someone with love.

 

To really make a dramatic impression, how about turning Valentine’s Day into Valentine’s Week? With the holiday falling on a Sunday, you have the opportunity to send your flowers early, to stand out from the crowd and ensure the best selection! Send flowers and gifts throughout the week leading up to Valentine’s Day; or present them with a lavish bouquet at a Friday night dinner. In this way, your love is celebrated for more than just one day – as it should be!

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Each year, red roses comprise over 50% of the total flowers sent; making them the most sought after Valentine’s bloom. Avoid the rush and order today, then sit back and relax. This classic expression of love will be on its way, and you won’t have to worry about it at the last minute!

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If your sweetheart is unconventional or adventurous, Breen’s has elegant, exotic and exciting flowers that will communicate your feelings in a unique way. We absolutely love this creative design – at over 2 feet tall, this arrangement of pure white calla lilies, phaleos orchids and hydrangea will impress your love in a big way; not to mention let her know that she is truly one of a kind.

 

 

Breen’s is the premiere florist in Houston for good reason – our expert florists live and breathe flowers, and love to create the perfect floral arrangements and bouquets for every occasion. This Valentine’s Day, browse the website for inspiration, or give us a call. If you don’t see what you are envisioning, we’ll design something just for you. Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it – order your flowers today!

 

The Most Popular Valentine’s Day Flowers and What They Mean

flower meaningsTime certainly flies, and that colloquialism doesn’t only apply to the times when we’re having a good time. Before we know it, Valentine’s Day will be here. Our team of experienced Breen’s Florist floral designers want to make sure that you are able to get the most beautiful flowers of your choice for that special loved one in your life.

Dating back to the Victorian Era when the Language of Flowers began to evolve, different types of flowers have varying significance, as do their respective colors.

One flower is universally associated with Valentine’s Day. Florists all over the country sell more roses than any other flower for this romantic holiday. Red roses are the ultimate symbol of passion. We believe that our spectacular one-of-a-kind exclusive Twilight Signature Roses are the ideal flower to share with someone when you want to express your love.

Lilies are another popular variety of flower to give someone as a gift for Valentine’s Day. If you want to tell someone that you feel like they treat you like royalty, or that you think they’re regal, then give them a gift that’s Simply Stunning. Calla lilies are associated with regality and royalty, and this arrangement of callas that are nestled on a bed of hydrangeas is as elegant as it is special.

If you are going to ask someone to marry you, and you want to declare your passion for them on the grandest possible scale, then our Monet arrangement is as over-the-top as you can get. Red roses convey feelings of passionate love while stargazer lilies suggest ambitiousness.

When you want to go all out on Valentine’s Day and send the epitome of luxury and refinement, you want to choose orchids because those are two of the sentiments they express. They are also associated with beauty, love, luxury, strength, refinement and thoughtfulness. The gift of orchids suggests that you want to seduce the recipient.

Valentine’s Day is all about expressions of love and fondness. During the Victorian Era, people were reluctant to express passionate feelings verbally. This led to the creation of the Language of Flowers, which is just as relevant today as it was back then. Don’t put off thinking about your Valentine’s Day gifts. Let us help you choose a floral arrangement or customize one that will convey everything you hope to express through flowers.

Breen’s Florist Holiday Centerpieces 2015

holiday centerpiecesHave you started to prepare your indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces for the Texas-size holiday meals we’ll all be enjoying soon? As the holidays draw closer every day, it’s time to start preparing your meal and gathering spaces for the many guests you’ll be entertaining throughout the holiday season. We know how eager Texans and Houstonians, in particular, are when it comes to welcoming people into their homes. You can count on Breen’s Florist to help you choose or customize the ideal holiday centerpieces for all of your meal and entertainment areas.

 

We want to make things easier for you, so if you’re looking for inspiration regarding holiday centerpieces, you’re in luck. We’re going to showcase some of our favorites in this holiday blog. Feel free to use our ideas as you decorate the dining and gathering areas of your home for the holidays.

Bring a taste of snow and the feeling of a cold winter to your table, but with a twist. Our Snowflake Centerpiece gives your Houston home a taste of a winter up north. The centerpiece is designed around a glittering snowflake and an assortment of pure white and very light green flowers. We add texture and contrast with traditional Christmas greens.

 

If you’re the type of person who likes softer colors, or you want to buck tradition, we’ve got the perfect centerpiece for your holiday dining table. Our Holiday Spectacle arrangement is positively gorgeous. Your guests will ooh and aah when they see this unusual combination of pink, pale green and lavender-colored flowers, including orchids, roses and peonies, and chrysanthemums. We add shiny silver ornament balls and silver curly ribbon. This exquisitely elegant and unusual arrangement is sure to be the talk of your holiday table.

 

If you really want to be different, we’ve got a delightful centerpiece for you. Give your holiday table an infusion of tropical exoticism with our Orchid Festivities Centerpiece. This unusual arrangement uses Cymbidium orchids and a mesh decorative ornament accent. We’ve added some shiny green leaves and holiday greenery to make it a festive-looking holiday-inspired centerpiece.

 

Don’t wait to get your holiday centerpieces. Call us or come in to talk about choosing the best centerpieces for your holiday decorating scheme. You can also place your order online.

 

Breens Holiday Gift Guide

holiday gift guideBefore Thanksgiving Day is even over, many stores will open their doors early for their annual Black Friday sales. We’ve seen the madness on local and national newscasts. It’s hard to believe that consumers and retailers will go to such lengths to cash in on or make a sale. That’s not how we like to spend our Thanksgiving, and we doubt our customers enjoy that frenzy either. It takes all the joy out of everything that’s so wonderful about the holiday season.

 

The chaotic frenzy surrounding holiday gift shopping motivated us to create our annual Holiday Gift Guide. This year, we have four categories: Holiday Gift Baskets, Winter Florals, Hanukkah Flowers, and Holiday Centerpieces.

 

Holiday & Christmas Gift Baskets

 

Whether you’re shopping for one of those “impossible-to-please” people on your list, or want a gift that’s large and fancy enough for the whole office gang to share, we’ve got you covered. Our Dreaming of a White Christmas Ultimate Gourmet Basket. This deluxe gift basket is chock full of every type of gourmet treat you can imagine. It includes smoked salmon, nuts, cheese crackers, many varieties of chocolate, almonds, pistachios, caramel flavored popcorn, hot cocoa mix and a tin full of white and dark chocolate delicacies.

 

Winter Florals

 

Given the temperate climate in Houston, why not embrace that in your holiday decor, or when you give someone a holiday gift? We think that our Angelical Moments arrangement is an exquisite design for any space. Give it to someone as a host or hostess gift, or take it to someone who is confined to a hospital or nursing home. The combination of gorgeous orchids and pure white roses is a lovely contrast against the hypericum berries, shiny silver balls, and green ornaments.

 

Hanukkah Flowers

 

This year, Hanukkah begins on December 16 and continues until sundown on Christmas Eve, December 24. Hanukkah doesn’t share the same festive red and green that are considered standard Christmas colors. You can still capture the feeling of this special winter holiday in the traditional blue and white that are widely used for Hanukkah decor and for floral arrangements. We think our Dior Blue arrangement is a gorgeous combination of white flowers, including roses and hydrangeas.

 

Holiday Centerpieces

If you’re looking for an elegant gift that’s sure to knock a recipient’s socks off, look no further than our Orchids and Roses arrangement. This magnificent display comes in a small cube vase. As its name implies, we’ve combined exotic orchids and velvety red roses with green hypericum berries and decorative green ornaments.

 

Don’t let your holiday shopping experience dampen your mood this holiday season. Shopping is supposed to be fun and rewarding. Let our floral designers here at Breen’s Florist help you choose the perfect floral gifts for those hard-to-shop-for recipients on your list.

 

 

Incorporating the Cornucopia Into Your Thanksgiving Dinner Tablescape

cornucopiaThe cornucopia – – “horn of plenty,” a symbol of food, abundance, the harvest, and Thanksgiving. It dates back to the 5th century B.C., where according to Greek mythology, the horn belonged to Almathea, the goat who became Zeus’ foster mother after his mother, Rhea, sent him to live in a hidden cave on Mount Ida to keep him safe from his father, Cronus. Cronus, for whatever reason, was convinced that Zeus would try to overthrow him when he grew up. To prevent that, Cronus decided to do away with his son.

The infant Zeus lived in a cave with Almathea, the goat that nursed him and raised him as her own child. One day when the two were playing together, Zeus accidentally broke Almathea’s horn. That turned her into a unicorn.

When Zeus was old enough to realize what had happened to Almathea, he was overcome with remorse. He returned the horn to her. No one knew that the horn had acquired magical powers. Whenever the person in whose possession it was wished for something, the horn would be replenished until it overflowed.

Cornucopia – As a Symbol of Thanksgiving

The cornucopia that has become a symbol of Thanksgiving is also a symbol of prosperity. The link to prosperity is evident in the range of names that are used to describe the cornucopia.

  • Horn of Almathea
  • Food of Worship
  • Horn of Plenty
  • Harvest Cone

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In the context of food, the horn-shaped wicker basket that is a focal point of many Thanksgiving dinner tables is associated with abundance, prosperity, harvest time, and feasting. As the “horn of plenty,” it is filled with fruits, gourds, ornamental corn, nuts, flowers, and other decorative objects.

Our Fall Harvest Cornucopia has been redesigned for 2015. This year, it’s bigger and better than ever. We add sprigs of “harvest chic” dry wheat as an accent to an already stunning arrangement. We use burgundy-colored carnations, yellow daisy pompons, and red Asiatic lilies.

Thanksgiving falls on November 26 this year. Order your cornucopia from Breen’s Florist today. Bring a bit of history and tradition to your Texas-size Thanksgiving dinner table.