Over 36 million people in the United States claim some Irish heritage, although tradition tells us that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! The holiday originated as the observance of the feast day of the Catholic patron saint but has since grown to include many traditions and symbols of the Emerald Isle as well. Here in Houston, our parade is a city-wide tradition that celebrates all things green and has fun and whimsical floats and attractions. Another Houston tradition is Breen’s Florist – and if you are looking for a way to decorate your home, or send a classic greeting to a Celtic friend, our floral designers have the ideas you need.
Did You Know? St. Patrick was not actually Irish. He was born in Great Britain and came to Ireland as a missionary. He is widely credited with establishing Christianity in the country.
Valentine’s Day is most often considered a day only for romance. However, after nearly 75 years creating beautiful florals for this special holiday, the expert designers at Breen’s Florist understand that the day entails so much more than just romantic love. In fact, Valentine’s Day affords us a unique opportunity to tell everyone in our life just how important they are to us. Each of us has many people that enhance our life in so many wonderful ways. This year, celebrate all of the love and affection with spectacular custom Valentine flowers and arrangements as amazing as they are.
You may be grown up, out of the house and raising a family of your own – but your mother is still your best girl. No one will ever adore, defend and look out for you like she will – so this February 14th, make sure she knows just how much you appreciate her. Continue reading
There is no day on the calendar more closely linked to sending beautiful flowers than February 14th. As we anticipate this special day, the designers at Breen’s Florist have created a collection of Valentine’s Day florals ranging from sweet to romantic, providing something for every couple celebrating together. So whether you are newly dating, or have been married for decades, we have the flowers that will convey your affection and love. Love is an adventure, and we know just how to decorate it!
Valentine’s Day can be a bit intimidating for those together only a short time, but there is no need for angst! Choose bright pink daisies, pastel tulips, or perhaps yellow roses – these flowers tell your special someone that they are important to you and that you wanted to buy them something beautiful, but they don’t carry the implications of red roses. Continue reading
Of all the Thanksgiving traditions, none is more anticipated than sitting down to dinner. Whether in the kitchen cooking or in the den watching football – the aromas wafting through the house are enough to make us all a little crazy waiting for the food to be ready! When you call your guests to the table this year, greet them with a spectacular new floral centerpiece from Breen’s Florist!
As with all of our favorite holidays, traditional Thanksgiving celebrations are filled with well-loved customs and special memories. Some traditions are historical, some cultural and some are specific to our own family – but each one is anticipated eagerly. As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday at Breen’s Florist, we are designing beautiful creations for the seasonal decor, centerpieces, and arrangements that will transform your home. While we are preparing for Thanksgiving in Houston, we thought you would like to learn about the origins of some of our favorite holiday traditions.
Now that we are deep into the fall season, the holidays are right around the corner. One of the most beloved aspects of all of the autumn festivities are the vivid hues and Halloween colors that will transform your home or office, When you are looking for a sophisticated and elegant way to celebrate the holidays of fall, the artistic designs at Breen’s Florist are the premium choice in Houston.
The richness of these red and orange roses is undeniable. Set off perfectly by the burnt orange pumpkin container, this arrangement is a quintessential autumn masterpiece. It is ideal for home or office, or to give as a gorgeous hostess gift. Plus, you can use the pumpkin for your home decor for many years to come.
Just because we have grown up doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Halloween. This beautiful and luxurious floral design showcases all of the amazing and unmistakable colors of the season – in fiery glory. Lilies, roses, and gerbera daisies are the perfect Halloween flowers for your Halloween table.
There is nothing quite like this time of year – these unique Halloween colors are everywhere! Whether you are looking to decorate your front entrance or your front office, these amazing bouquets and designs are the best available. Call Breen’s Florist to experience our new gorgeous fall collection.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding the genesis of Father’s Day – there are no fewer than five people in history who have claimed that the idea was theirs. The bill was bounced around in Congress for five decades before it was finally declared to be a national holiday – a full 40 years after we decided to honor Mom! Although it may have taken everyone a little longer to officially celebrate a father’s role in our lives, it caught on quickly. The holiday is celebrated in over 140 countries in a variety of ways.
In over half of those nations, including the United States, Father’s Day is observed on the third Sunday of June, This year, they day falls on June 19 – and here at Breen’s, we’d like to help you get started on finding a truly fun and unique gift for Dad, instead of running out at the last minute to buy a necktie! This year, give him something he will love. For instance, a gift basket of indulgent snacks all for him will make watching the game all the more pleasurable. If you are nice to him, he may even let you try some of these delicious items.
If Dad has an office and works hard, give him a gift that he will enjoy year round. He is sure to admire this succulent garden that is reminiscent of the hike through the Texas desert. This beautiful arrangement is masculine, sophisticated and long lasting – and we know he will love having it in his line of sight while he is working as a reminder of how much you love and appreciate him.
These are just two of the gifts available at Breen’s – we have much more! Surprise him with your creativity and thoughtfulness this year, with a personal gift from Breen’s Florist.
Although 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.
- 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.
Anna 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.
About 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.
Since 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.
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.
Every 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.
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.