Ten Simple Tips on Selecting a Wedding Florist

Selecting a floral event team or a florist that will carry your vision or theme throughout the day is next! Sounds easy, right?

Until you realize there are a trillion flowers available and even more tiny details that you could not have dreamed of within your lifetime! How do you spell “boutonniere” anyway? Continue reading

February 15 is National Gumdrop Day

What could be better to follow chocolates and flowers on the 14th than gumdrops on the 15th of February!

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Daily Quote:“Good conversation is always the best food for the soul”~Mexican Proverb

Here are today’s five thing to know about Gumdrop:

  1.  Gumdrops, a fruit or spice flavored sugar coated gelatin candy, usually conical in shape. Other shapes and flavors; Orange slices, Licorice Babies, and Spearmint Leaves.
  2. The most popular flavors are cherry, grape, orange, lemon, and spice flavors like clove, cinnamon, mint, and anise(licorice)
  3. It is said that Percy Trusdale invented the gumdrop in 1801.
  4. Originally, gumdrops were flavored with spices: orange(clove), yellow(allspice), red(cinnamon), green(spearmint), purple(anise), white(wintergreen or peppermint), and black(licorice)
  5. The NASA Apollo Command modules were nicknamed “Gumdrops” because of it’s conical shape.

Funny Quote:

“This Halloween, the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him.”

~Conan Obrien

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Flowers

Thank you for this post, I agree with this sentiment. As a floral designer and an avid lover of flowers, it makes me sad to hear people say that cut flowers are a waste of money and don’t last. But the feeling of happiness, joy and beauty they bring –cannot be summed up in a monetary value.

Shoba Narayan

I didn’t set out to link flowers to culture, but there they are.

A simple garland of flowers is a powerful cultural emblem.

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Dutch people stick tulips into vases. Brazilians arrange flowers on little pots that they hang all over white walls. Hawaiians make lei garlands out of flowers and wear them when they dance. Arabs dry flowers and powder them along with herbs for their bakhoor incense. Americans and Europeans arrange flowers elaborately in funky vases. And Indians string flowers so that they can hang that string across doorways or wear it braided into their hair. In one sense, flowers are the ultimate luxury, because they are ephemeral, beautiful and sometimes fragrant.
One of the arguments I have here in India has to do with fashion, luxury and culture. Indians of my generation pretty much wear western clothes and have adopted western ideas of beauty. We all wear lipstick…

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Diwali. The Festival of Lights

 diwali treatsHappy Diwali!

Yes, I said Happy Diwali and though it ends in a vowel, I am certain it is not an Italian holiday! While I consider myself cosmopolitan and somewhat worldly, it helps to have wonderful Indian-American neighbors that celebrate this holiday and gift the best and most fancy sweets I have tasted.

diwali candlesDiwali dubbed “The Festival of Lights”  is celebrated and falls sometime in the autumn months from mid October to mid November. In India, lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities are lit every year in honor of the celebration. While different sectors of religion and countries have their own reasons to celebrate, they can agree that the basic meaning of the festivities is the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and hope over despair. A five day festivity marks the feast on the third day that falls on Thursday, October 23, 2014 of this year.

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October 17 is National Pasta Day

According to Foodimentary, today is National Pasta Day! How many of you are willing to sacrifice the carbs to indulge in the celebration??? What is your favorite pasta? I have several, starting with a homemade fettucine and ending with the darling of pasta overload,the gnocchi. My mouth salivates as I write this introduction.

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Pasta:

  1. The average American consumes 20 lbs. of pasta annually. This makes it the 6th highest food per capita in the country.
  2. As of March 2012, the average price an American pays for pasta is $1.45 per pound! This makes it one of the most affordable meals.
  3. 24% of the global consumption of pasta is by Americans – the largest of any country in the world. Americans consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each year.
  4. The United States produces 4.4 billion pounds of pasta annually, making it the second largest pasta-producing nation.
  5. Pasta made its way to the New World through the English, who discovered it while touring Italy. Colonists brought to America the English practice of cooking noodles at least one half hour, then smothering them with cream sauce and cheese.

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