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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

Bright Seasonal Flowers for Your Summer Parties

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It’s summer in Houston, and things are getting hot! We love this special time of year when things seem to slow down just a bit, and the longer days give us the opportunity to get together more often with family and friends. As you plan your summer get-togethers,  don’t forget the flowers! Seasonal flowers add vivid color and style to your dinner table and are a beautiful choice for party decor. Whether you like casual picnics or prefer sophisticated gourmet meals with your friends, we have a floral bouquet perfect for the occasion. So what is your summer style? Breen’s Florist would love to help you achieve it.  Continue reading

Patriotic Tributes for Memorial Day

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

There are few days of the calendar year that carry more significance than Memorial Day.  And although many see the holiday as a day off for barbecues and get-togethers, taking the time to honor the sacrifices of brave patriots who have gone before us is a great way to begin the day. Whether to adorn a grave site – or to send a floral arrangement to a family still mourning a loss – you can rely on the experts at Breen’s Florist to design and deliver Memorial Day flowers and patriotic tributes which properly recognize and honor them.  Continue reading

Inspired Mother’s Day Ideas for Your Mom

mother's day ideasEvery mom is special, with her own unique personality. And although every mother has her own gifts, talents, interests, and passions,  each mom has the power to make her family’s life richer and more beautiful. This Mother’s Day, Breen’s Florist would like to help you to find just the right way to honor your mom – from local outings to beautiful flowers! To find the best Mother’s Day gifts, start with your mother herself. What makes her happy?
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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

Time To Appreciate Teachers & Nurses

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May gives us the opportunity to appreciate teachers and recognize nurses. Why are these two professions so worthy of our accolades? Because both are committed to positively influencing the world – they invest time, concern, talent and love into everyone they come in contact with. This is why Breen’s Florist is proud to help you to honor these special people on their special days – May 9 is National Teachers Day, and May 6 is National Nurses Day.

Did You Know? There are approximately 3.1 million nurses and about the same number of teachers in the United States. But we think that none are quite so amazing as our local Houston area professionals!

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“When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life – or a life will touch yours.” – Unknown

Nurses are angels with stethoscopes, caregivers with nerves of steel. They are a powerful combination of empathy and practicality, expertise and comfort. Anyone who has spent time in a hospital knows that it is the nurses who make the difference. This May 6, send a beautiful floral design to the nurse – or nurses – who touched your life. Although we sometimes only spend a few days or weeks together, the imprint on our hearts is permanent. appreciate teachers

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” -Henry Brooks Adams

Teachers are at once scientists and authors, mathematicians and counselors. They guide and mentor, encourage and inspire, and have almost unbelievable patience and commitment. If you wish to give credit to your favorite teacher past or present, share a photo or story to social media on March 9th, and don’t forget the hashtag #ThankATeacher. In this way, you’ll be joining with people all over the country looking to acknowledge the important work of our educators. Of course, they would also love a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a delicious basket of gourmet treats. After all, who doesn’t love to be recognized for the work they do? appreciate teachersThere are so many people in our lives every day who quietly work to make a difference. We are thrilled to have the chance to help you in honoring them today and every day. Breen’s Florist is your local hometown source for the very best appreciation gifts and flowers!

Exquisite Easter Floral Designs

Easter Floral Designs

The legendary impressionist artist Claude Monet once said, “I must have flowers, always and always!” The indisputable master was continually inspired by the sheer beauty of nature, and we understand his passion. After all, the floral designers at Breen’s Florist find the same muse in the beautiful spring flowers we work with. We are excited to unveil our gorgeous and unique Easter floral designs which showcase spectacular flowers and innovative designs. Your Easter decor has never been so inspired!  Continue reading