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)

Fashion Up Floral Wearables

Flowers and fashion have gone hand in hand since the beginning of time. Ladies with big bonnets of flowers to floral print patterns for dresses and blouses; flowers are a staple when it comes to fashion. During the 60’s, “Flower Power” was an iconic term used celebrate the use of flowers with fashion. No matter what Fashion Week runway you are watching, there will be inspiration coming from flowers.

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Breen’s Florist may not be designing your next prom dress in floral patterns, but we are here to accent it with floral accessories.

One of the most popular trends was made popular in the 50’s and 60’s with the floral headbands has come back into style. Celebrities are accenting their red carpet looks with subtle floral accents like headbands. It means stop and look at my face and not just my dress.

Photo: Breen’s Florist

Another interesting way to accent your dress without limiting your hand and arm movements is to bring your corsage down and wear it on your ankle. This new trend has been quite popular lately as girls have been wearing more bracelets but still want to show off flowers.

Even two guys from Portland, Oregon have gotten into Flowers & Fashion with an odd sort of trend that is actually catching on around the world. If women can put flowers in their hair, so can men. These two gents have captured a huge audience with their beard decorating.

Photo: The Gay Beards

As you can see, flowers play an important role in fashion and Breen’s Florist has you covered for all those needs. From headbands to ankle corsages to even decorating your boyfriend’s beard, let Breen’s Florist help you bring flowers into your fashion choices.

Blog by: Jenny Morgan (Buyer/Design Center Manager)

Wearable Flowers – Boutonnieres & Corsages for Prom

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Many things have changed through the years, but many traditions have not only survived, but thrived! Going to prom is still an important rite of passage for teenagers, an event that is anticipated for months and remembered for many years. Wearable flowers have also endured as a beautiful custom that is as much a part of the experience as the gowns, tuxes, and limos. And although we do have some different options with boutonnieres and corsages, the tradition of wearing beautiful flowers as an accompaniment to formal attire is still as popular as it ever was. When you are planning to attend your Houston area prom, look no further than Breen’s Florist for the most striking and unique wearable flowers.  Continue reading

Wristlets and Boutonnieres for Homecoming

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It is no secret that football is a pretty big deal in Texas. All across the Houston area, high schools and universities are planning their homecoming weekend around a big football game. This tradition is believed to have originated at a University of Missouri football game in 1911. The school had planned a celebration, inviting all their alumni back to campus. There were parades and picnics, and it all culminated in a rousing game. To this day, there are various customs depending on the school, and festivities range from parades and cookouts to senior nights and dances. No matter your reason for homecoming flowers, Breen’s Florist has the creations sure to make it more special. homecoming

Whether the recipient is the mom of the star football player, the head cheerleader or your date to the big dance – our corsages and wristlets are designed to help you to add that extra special homecoming touch. Designs can match your dress or your school colors – choose from our predesigned selections or let us know the perfect flowers for your occasion. And to keep the guys looking sharp as well, we are happy to provide matching boutonnieres for any corsage. Even though many dances are not as formal as they once were, there is still reason to celebrate – and flowers are appropriate any time. homecoming

Homecoming weekend gives us many opportunities to surprise someone with flowers – bouquets for the homecoming court, a corsage for your favorite teacher.  As many traditions as there are surrounding this special weekend, there are as many reasons to give flowers. Call Breen’s Florist for all your floral needs, and show your school spirit with beautiful style.

Perfect Flowers to Wear for Prom

shutterstock_50394988Before heading out to prom this spring, couples everywhere will be preparing to exchange wearable flowers known as corsages and boutonnieres. Although most people might be able to note that this tradition has been around for several generations, the question of where it came from is often unknown.

The history of giving a date a flower to wear on their person dates back several centuries, but the idea of wearing flowers dates back even longer. In ancient times it was common to wear flowers to ward off evil spirits or to show support for particular sports teams or players.

The idea of flowers helping to ward off bad spirits persisted and it became increasingly common for men to present their dates with a few flowers to protect her.

After a while the tradition morphed again. Men now gave arrangements to their date’s parents to show respect while giving the woman a few flowers out of the arrangement to wear on her dress. This gave rise to women wearing flowers on formal occasions.

As women’s fashion began to change and dresses that were either strapless or had spaghetti sleeves became more popular, the idea of attaching flowers to the dress became less practical. This has resulted in women wearing their flowers on their wrist.

For men, the ideas of flowers warding off bad spirits and disease helped lead to a tradition in the 19th century of men wearing flowers on their jackets to more formal events. These flowers have evolved into the standard boutonniere that men wear to proms, weddings, and other formal occasions.

At Breen’s Florist, we have seen many couples trying to find the right wearable flower for their date, and we are here to help.

Original corsage

We believe that original corsage designs can help women look and feel fantastic. One of our favorites is our black and white corsage that uses white roses with a black tip and a black ribbon with silver stripes. The corsage looks unique, formal, and beautiful.

Black and White Corsage

Black and White Corsage

Unique boutonnieres

Boutonnieres should traditionally match the gown of the female date, so consider looking for a unique boutonniere such as this one with pink alstroemeria blossoms. The gentle purple color with a yellow center will look fantastic with a purple gown.

Cherish Boutonniere

Cherish Boutonniere

Wearable flowers are a wonderful tradition for prom couples to participate in this upcoming spring. We love learning about the history of floral traditions such as this one and believe that they can help people appreciate the flowers even more. Trust Breen’s Florist for help when it comes to finding the perfect wearable flower.