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!!!!

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Flowers for Your Easter Sunday

Flowers are the perfect option for Easter.

Whether you’re hoping to brighten someone’s day, celebrate your faith or give your loved one a gift that won’t rot their teeth, flowers are the perfect answer for Easter. Not only is Easter a fantastic holiday that is celebrated throughout the Christian faith, it also marks the beginning of spring. And, what better way to celebrate spring than with beautiful flowers? If you’re looking for the perfect flowers to commemorate Easter and welcome in the spring, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of some of the best flowers for Easter Sunday.

Easter Lily

You can’t mention Easter flowers without talking about the Easter lily. In mythology, it is said that Easter lilies first grew where the blood of Christ fell to the ground as he was hanging on the cross. These lilies were also said to have grown on Jesus’s tomb. These stunning white lilies symbolize purity, hope and love, which make them perfect for both Easter and spring.

Tulip

While tulips are annuals in some climates, in other climates, they are perennials. Perennial tulips are some of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, and when they rise up from the ground, it’s almost as if they are rising from the dead. This is one of the more obvious reasons why tulips are an ideal flower for Easter, and they also symbolize belief, passion and love, which makes them even more important for that special day.

Easter Cactus

The Easter Cactus sprouts beautiful, red blossoms that appear just around Easter time in the Northern Hemisphere. The sheer fact that Easter cactus blossoms in the spring makes it easy to understand why these flowers are perfect for Easter, but they also are a symbol of resurrection and rebirth.

Daisy

There are many legends and myths that tie daisies to Easter. In one, daisies originally sprang from the ground from the tears of the Virgin Mary, when she wept as Jesus was crucified. Another legend tying daisies to Jesus says that the wise men who followed the North Start to find Jesus were able to find the right stable because the daisies growing around it resembled the star they followed to get there. They are also perfect for both Easter and spring because they symbolize innocence, purity, loyalty and gentleness.

Daffodil

Like many of the flowers we’ve talked about, the legend of the origin of daffodils is also rooted in Easter. The legend says that Jesus was comforted by the first daffodil, which appeared in the garden of Gethsemane right before he was taken away for crucifixion. Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings, which is the epitome of both Easter and the spring season.

Hyacinth

Hyacinths are the perfect spring flower. They bloom early in the spring, and they come in a variety of beautiful colors associated with Easter, including white, pink, yellow and many different shades of purple. Hyacinths symbolize play and sport, and what’s the first thing most of us do in those initial warm, sunny days of spring? We get outside and play!

Let us help you celebrate Easter and welcome in the spring with the perfect flowers!

At Breen’s Florist, we’re proud to say that, when you want buy flowers in Pasadena, there’s no better flower shop to turn to. We have flowers for every occasion, and when you shop our Spring Collection, we’re confident that you’ll find the perfect arrangements to help you celebrate Easter and welcome in the spring. Best of all, when you sign up for our reward system, you get one point for every dollar you spend! Shop our Easter flowers today!

Why and How to Incorporate More Flowers into Your Life Part 2

From boosting your mood to relieving stress, there are many benefits to being around flowers more often.

Most people think flowers are just nice to look at and smell, but they don’t realize just how powerful flowers can be in so many aspects of their lives. Whether you’re hoping to become more productive at work, improve your relationships, get a better night’s sleep or just improve your mood, having more flowers around can help. Buying fresh flowers to display is certainly one great way to enjoy the benefits, but there are lots of creative ways to incorporate more flowers in your day-to-day life. Check out Part 1 of this series to learn about a couple of great ways to incorporate more flowers into your life, and keep reading to learn more helpful tips!

Plant your own flower garden.

Not all flowers have to be bought from a florist! If you love enjoying flowers at home, one of the best ways to ensure that you constantly have plenty of flowers around is by planting a garden. Not only will you benefit from the fruits of your labor — which are the flowers themselves when they blossom and come to life — but the act of gardening in itself has a plethora of benefits that will make you feel better on both a mental and physical level.

Sneak flowers into your beauty routine.

Whether you’re trying to fight the signs of aging or make your skin-tone more even, you have more options than just what’s available in the skin care aisle of the store or your local Sephora. In fact, essential oils derived from many different kinds of flowers have powerful, all-natural properties that can enhance your beauty routine like never before. For example, rosehip oil will help to reverse damage to the skin and even out the tone, lavender helps to keep the blemishes at bay and rose oil has anti-aging properties. As a general rule of thumb, always make sure that you are buying food-grade essential oils, and you never want to use more than a few drops at a time. Also, be sure to do your research as to learn the best methods of enjoying the specific essential oils you choose.

Use flowers to freshen up your hairstyle.

When most people think of wearing flowers in their hair, they imagine the flower crowns beloved by hippies and brides. But, you don’t need to be a flower child to rock this look, and it doesn’t have to be as dramatic as a full flower crown either. In fact, just a small flower tucked behind the ear or clipped into a ponytail can make a big difference. Not only will it add a new level of beauty to your look, but it will also make you smell amazing!

Start your day with flower in your tea.

Not all tea has to be Earl Grey or English Breakfast. There are so many incredible floral teas out there that any tea-lover should try. One of our favorites is chrysanthemum tea. The flower in this tea actually blossoms as it steeps in the hot water, and it’s been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to calm anxiety and reduce inflammation. Some other floral teas you won’t want to miss include jasmine, hibiscus, lavender, orange blossom, rose and chamomile.

Buy the fresh flowers you love in Houston today!

There are so many wonderful ways to incorporate more flowers into your day-to-day life, and these are just a few of them. But, nothing beats having fresh flowers around, and that’s where we come in. At Breen’s Florist, we offer a huge selection of beautiful bouquets to choose from. Shop with us online today!

Why and How to Incorporate More Flowers into Your Life

There are so many reasons to start enjoying more flowers in your day-to-day life.

To most people, flowers are beautiful and nice to look at, but that’s about as far as it goes. But, did you know that there are actually benefits to having more flowers into your life? That’s right, there are more reasons than you might think to include more flowers in your life.

Why incorporate more flowers into your life?

  • They’ll make you happy – Want a quick way to boost your mood? Go out and buy yourself some flowers! Through aromatherapy, simply being around flowers can be an almost-instant mood booster.
  • They’ll make you more productive – Did you know that having flowers and other plants in your workplace can make you more productive? Studies have shown that the presence of flowers increases concentration and productivity.
  • They’ll help to relieve your stress – Life isn’t always sunshine and daisies, but with flowers around, it’s easier to cope with the stress of everyday life. Flowers help to promote calmness in the short term. A study conducted by Kansas State University in 2008 found that patients in hospitals with flowers in their rooms felt less anxious than patients without flowers.
  • They’ll help you sleep better – Most of us, at some point or another, have had trouble getting to sleep at night, but if it feels like you never get a full night’s sleep, try adding more flowers into your life. Some flowers — lavender, gardenias and jasmine, just to name a few — can help to soothe you so that you can get to sleep at night.
  • They’ll help to reduce conflict in your relationships – Flowers are not a replacement for therapy, but you’d be surprised at what a difference just having flowers around can make in your relationship. Why? Because flowers help to promote compassion and thoughtfulness, and both of those things are valuable in any relationship.

The fact of the matter is that there are so many benefits to being around flowers more, and these are just a few of them. But, how do you incorporate more flowers into your life to enjoy the many benefits? Keep reading to find out!

How to make flowers a bigger part of your life.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to wait for someone to deliver flowers to your door in order to enjoy them. In fact, flower delivery is just of the many things that can help you enjoy more flowers in your day-to-day life. Here are a few more things you can do to incorporate more flowers into your life:

Decorate with dried flowers.

Who says flowers have to be fresh in order to be enjoyable? While dried flowers may not smell or look quite like they once did, they have a unique charm of their own that you’re sure to love. When you buy or receive a bouquet of flowers, and they start looking a little worse for the wear, the last thing you want to do is throw them away. Instead, keep them and dry them so that you can decorate your home with them.

Use flowers for an all-natural sleep aid.

As we mentioned, aromatherapy with some flowers can help to promote better sleep quality. Although there are many flowers that can aid in sleep and relaxation, none compare to lavender. If you’re having a hard time sleeping at night, dry some lavender and put the dried petals on your side table or even under your pillow!

Want to learn about more ways to incorporate flowers into your life? If so, stay tuned for our next blog. In the meantime, if you’re ready to start enjoying the many benefits of having more flowers around, take advantage of flower delivery in Spring from Breen’s Florist today!

The Right Flowers To Buy For Each Birthday Month

You know your friends and family members pretty well but when it comes to their birthday, it can often be difficult to pick out a gift that they are sure to love. When it comes to sending someone flowers on their birthday, it’s always a good idea. The question then becomes, however, what flowers should you send? With so many choices we’re here to help.

Did you know that each month has a specific flower that is associated with it? The special significance behind each of these flowers is meant to symbolize what each birth month means about the person who was born in it, much like astrological signs. Learn more about each birth month flower below.

January – Carnations

Carnations are known to represent many different things. Some of these meanings include but are not limited to beauty, pride, admiration, and gratitude. Additionally, this flower is also thought to convey divine love and fascination. If any of these words describe someone you know with a January birthday, or even the way you feel about them, this is a good choice when you are trying to decide which flowers to include in an arrangement for someone special.

February – Iris

This flower has often been associated with marriage after it lasts for 25 years. However, the deeper meaning behind this bloom is that of faith, valor, and wisdom. You may also find that many people think of this flower as conveying friendship, hope, and passion. We would suggest you go with the purple version as it will mirror the person’s birthstone.

March – Daffodil

This flower is known to symbolize new beginnings. Just as the flower begins to poke through the ground at the end of each winter, giving the hope that spring is on its way, those who have a birthday in March are thought to be similar. Just as these flowers do, people who were born during this month are meant to be their own kind of good omen.

April – Daisies

Known to be one of the purest flowers you can purchase, those who are born in April have the privilege of being able to claim the daisy as their birth month flower. Exuding joy and playfulness,, daisies give a very childlike feeling to those who receive them. If you have a friend who is having an April birthday but has the attitude of someone who will be forever young, daisies are a perfect choice.

May – Lilies

Those who are born in May are thought to have a purity of heart, honor, and majesty. This flower has been associated with sweetness and humility since it was thought by the ancient Greeks to have sprouted from the milk of Hera, queen of the Gods. This being said, if you know someone who exudes the essence of the lily and who also has a May birthday, be sure to have a bouquet of lilies delivered to them on their special day.

June – Roses

The rose makes people think of many different things. Some of the first words that come to mind are love, passion, beauty, and even perfection. While there are plenty of historical anecdotes that include the rose, you surely will put a smile on someone’s face when you choose to send them a bouquet of these gorgeous flowers in honor of their birthday.

July – Delphinium

Many people are not familiar with the Delphinium flower, but with delicate petals that stack on top of one another in a dolphin shape, it’s honestly a shame. This unique flower is known to symbolize an open heart and ardent attachment, which is perfect for those who celebrate Cancer birthdays. Show them that you care with a floral arrangement of Delphinium that will surely reflect their refreshing and distinctive personality and beauty.

August – Gladiola

Did you know that the August birth flower is known to represent unyielding strength and moral integrity? Derived from the word “sword” in Latin, Gladiola are romantic and threatening all at the same time. This flower is also thought to be a symbol of infatuation, making it the perfect choice for a birthday bouquet for someone special.

September – Aster

A lush texture and bright inviting hues make this wildflower a lovely addition to any bouquet. Known as the talisman of love, this elegant flower is perfect for someone who is celebrating a September birthday as it is the perfect combination of fall and summer vibes.

October – Marigold

Marigolds are an extremely common flower to see in the month of October; So it’s no wonder it’s the October birth month flower. This bold and brilliant flower signifies affection and exudes grace. These flowers are not only a lovely birthday flower but a great way to welcome in the autumn season.

November – Chrysanthemum

This flower is a symbol of the sun, known to signify optimism and happiness, both things that come along each year on someone’s birthday. If you want to make sure that the year ahead is going to be a positive one for the person celebrating another year, why not start it with a beautiful arrangement of Chrysanthemums?

December – Poinsettia

When December rolls around each year, poinsettias seem to be everywhere you look. This makes them the perfect flower for those who are celebrating a December birthday. On the other hand, if you think the person receiving the flowers doesn’t want to be reminded that their special day is overshadowed by the holidays, you may want to go the opposite direction and purchase roses or another flower that is less holiday-centric.

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We hope that this flower guide has been helpful to you and will continue to be as birthdays come in the years ahead. Just by putting a bit more thought into the flowers you choose, you can be sure to express how much you truly care about the birthday boy or girl and how much you want them to have a wonderful birthday. Shop Breen’s Florist in Houston right now. You can also find more information about individual birthday month flowers in our other blog posts.

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.

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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.

Tips For Sending Flowers To Someone Special Who Lives Far Away

Showing someone you care about just how much they mean to you can be difficult. This becomes even truer when the person you are trying to get your message to lives out of state. While flowers are always a great way to express your feelings, you probably want to ensure that you are picking the right flowers. Not only that, but you need to know that your delivery will show up on time and that is it delivered to the right place. In this post, we are going to let you in on the best-kept secrets when it comes to sending flowers to someone out of state.

Order in Advance

If you always want to make sure that your florist has enough time to make the arrangement you are going to send, you need to order it in advance. We would suggest that you place your order at least two days before you want your flowers to be delivered. This is especially true if you are ordering flowers for a holiday that is well-known as a flower-centric holiday. Most specifically, Mother’s day and Valentine’s day flowers should be ordered a week or two in advance just to be safe.

Find the Right Flower Shop

If you don’t have a flower shop in your area that you commonly place orders at, it’s time to find one that you can rely on. There are many things to consider when you are trying to find the best flower shop in Houston. However, the most important aspect of finding a florist is that you know they are reliable and able to provide beautiful work every single time. If you need to know more about which florist to trust in your area, we would suggest that you read reviews online and narrow down your choices.

Ask for Help if Needed

Not every person is a floral savant and therefore, we like it when people feel like they can trust us enough to ask for our opinion. Not only can you tell you what flowers we have in stock and how we can integrate them into a big beautiful arrangement for someone special. Additionally, if you want to make an adjustment to an existing floral arrangement that we already offer, we can do that for you as well.

Choose the Perfect Arrangement

When you are searching for the right arrangement to give to someone, there are many different factors you should take into consideration. For example, what is the person’s favorite color? Do you know their favorite flower? What time of year is it? And do they have any allergies?

If you want to pick out the right floral arrangement, just be sure to think more about the person who is going to receive them rather than what you would like.

Add Gifts if You Like

Additionally, if you really want to go all out, you can purchase additional gifts to arrive with your flowers. Whether you choose to send a simple stuffed animal or an elaborate gift basket, the extra thought will surely be noticed and appreciated by the recipient.

Check on Your Order

Be sure to check that the person you sent the floral arrangement to has received it if you don’t hear anything on the day they are supposed to be delivered. If you haven’t heard anything from the recipient by the night of the delivery day, you may want to call the flower shop just to double check on the status of your order.

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If you are trying to find the right floral arrangement to a friend, family member, or someone else who is special to you, we would suggest that you start at Breen’s Florist. We have a large selection of beautiful floral arrangements for every occasion that you can choose from. Still, need more help from a floral professional? Contact our team at our Houston Flower Shop today and let us assist you in finding the perfect flowers for your recipient.