Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Refined Take on Pumpkin Decor


Love these sophisticated and shiny pumpkins from Real Simple!  With Halloween just around the corner, bright orange jack-o'-lanterns can be found on almost every doorstep, but that vibrant color might not fit into every event’s palette.  A few quick coats of metallic paint and you have some glam gourds.   Integrate them into your centerpieces, line them on a mantle for a stunning display, or group a few at an entrance to greet your guests.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Upcoming Event


It may be a balmy 70 degrees in Boston today, but it’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays.  I can hear your collective groans, but let’s glance at the calendar,  Thanksgiving is a mere month away!

What better way to usher in the holiday shopping season than to break free of that turkey coma at the end of the holiday weekend and join us at the annual Bedford Village Inn Holiday Shopping Stroll?  Browse through an impressive assembly of vendors, gaze at the BVI’s always spectacular holiday decor, and top off your afternoon with a relaxing glass of spirits in their cozy Tavern. 

Hooked you yet?  Good, we will see you there!

Stayed tuned for the launch of our 2010 Holiday line of decor!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Seasonal Cut of the Day


Purple artichokes!  Not our usual seasonal bloom, but a great botanical to integrate into an autumn arrangement.  The fall season revolves around the concept of the harvest and what better way to showcase the bountiful fruits of the earth than to use them as an accent in our floral work?  These beauties were nestled in a bright fall mix with yellow sunflowers and rich red roses.  They are also stunning grouped in a low centerpiece and I have seen them carried in bouquets by adventurous brides for a very organic/vintage look!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Scarecrow Alley 2010

Those of you who drive through the “down town” section of our sleepy little town have noticed that the scarecrows have begun to congregate on the common again.  The Recreation Department and Friends of the Library sponsor the annual Scarecrow Alley contest and there are some really great entries going up. 

Our Garden Lady of last year was a bit traditional and we decided to go out of the box for this year’s creation.  You can visit our “Garden of Earthly Frights” until October 30th. Once again we used live plant material in our constructions.  The little “frights” are all live potted plants and our Wicked Witch sports a head of shocking blue hair that is actually live ivy.  This is always one of the most fun community projects of the year!


Remember to vote in all three categories (family, business, organization) at the Town Hall, the Library, or Dodge’s Store.

Here’s hoping for a repeat!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It’s Here!!!

The new website is here!  Check it out!

website homepage

A big thanks to Emily Ryan for all of her hard work!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Nan & Jim Married 10.16.10


We had the pleasure of providing the floral decor for Nan and Jim’s wedding day in Boston. Nan carried a bouquet of mango calla lilies and burgundy hypericum berries tied with a satin ribbon to match.  Her maid of honor held a slightly smaller bouquet of callas and the super cute flower girl had a small posy to match her new aunt’s bridal bouquet.  Jim and his best man sported simple calla boutonnieres with berry accents and a black satin ribbon wrap.  Following the early afternoon ceremony at St. Brigid’s Parish in South Boston, guests were treated to a boat cruise around Boston harbor while the Cityside Suites at the State Room were readied for their reception.


Nan and Jim have a great sense of style and took a fresh and modern approach to the classic fall look.  The celebration began with a cocktail hour where guests enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres and drinks as well as a stunning view of the dusky skyline.  The room featured both low tables with seating and high-tops.  Each low table featured spiraled vibrant orange mokara orchids atop polished river stones and a dusting of bloom scatter on the tabletop.  The high-tops glowed with a trio of votives surrounded by the colorful orchid blooms.


As the cocktail hour came to a close, a partition wall gave way to the waiting dining room.  Guests enjoyed a tasty meal as well as the stunning view of the glowing Boston skyline from 33 floors up.

Nan and Jim wanted to infuse a touch of rustic elegance into their dining design so we integrated natural branches into five tall arrangements held aloft in tall clear cylinders weighted by a bed of river stones.  Each arrangement was surrounded by orange orchid blooms and flickering votives.

The remaining five dining tables featured a trio of clear glass cylinders of graduating height filled with the orange mokara orchids.  River stones once again served as a base and blooms and votives completed the tablescape.

I was lucky enough to attend the event as a guest and the entire evening was such a beautiful celebration of this couple.  It was such a pleasure to add to the already stunning ambiance of the State Room’s accommodations.

Congratulations again to the happy couple!

PS Apologies for the lighting and resolution of some of these photos.  Time for a new camera :)  If you’d like to see close-up of any of these images, visit our Facebook page.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Shari & Eli Married 10.10.10

10.10.10 Bride It was a beautiful morning for a wedding!  Shari and Eli tied the knot at historic Gore Place in Waltham, MA.  The former estate of Governor Christopher Gore, this Federal period historic house is owned and operated by the Gore Place Society, a nonprofit members organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Gore Place.

Shari had a very specific bouquet in mind for her special day – large sunflowers and orange roses with purple accents.  We took that color scheme and expanded upon it for the reception arrangements.  These pieces adorned the buffet tables, bar, and escort card table.

Shari and Eli love games, so they had created their own fun centerpieces out of the bits from some of their favorite board games.  The escort cards were made from game pieces as well.  Very creative!

I got to mill around the grounds a bit while waiting for the caterers to set up and captured quite a few photos.  Enjoy…

(To be fair, the arrangement photos were taken before delivery)

10.10.10 Bridal Bouquet10.10.10 Lrg Arrangment 10.10.10 Med Arrangement 10.10.10 Sm Arragement 10.10.10 Sm Arranegment 210.10.10 Groom10.10.10 Gore House 10.10.10 Carriage House 10.10.10 Ceremony Site

And the first look!

10.10.10 First Look 

Congratulations to Shari and Eli!

Friday, October 8, 2010

A BIG Thank You to Our Fans!



We are thrilled to announce that YOUR votes propelled Ideas in Bloom into the top 25 blogs named winners of the 2010 Guru Awards!


Thank you, thank, thank you for your support!  The winners were chosen based on votes from the Weddzilla community of Nearlyweds, wedding professionals from across the United States, and our wonderful fans.  This blog is a lot of fun to write and it’s so great to know that you all enjoy it too!

We have posted links to all of the winning blogs in a new section of our right-hand sidebar.  Check them out!


Click Here to view the full press release.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Boutonniere 101

The busiest wedding weekend of the year is upon us (10-10-2010), so I thought it fitting to provide a refresher on the proper way to pin a boutonniere.


Step One: Hold the stem of the boutonniere, the front facing you, on the left lapel. It should sit about 4 inches below the top of the shoulder. Tilt on a slight angle to the right and take a step back to access the placement.

Step Two: Coming in from the outside of the body, use the pin to pierce the fabric from under the lapel beside the boutonniere stem.

Step Three: Move the pin over the top of the stem and pierce through the opposite side of the lapel. Pull tightly to secure the boutonniere. Ideally the pin should be placed so that any exposed section is camouflaged by foliage.

Step Four: In the event that the boutonniere is a bit heavy or the recipient is…lets say “particularly active,” a second pin can be used to secure it. We always provide two!

Image courtesy of Aurora Photography

Sneak Peek!

garden of frights



Sneak peek of our scarecrow for New Boston’s Scarecrow Alley 2010!  We’ve dubbed it “The Garden of Frights.”  Here’s a few of the creatures in our “garden.”  More photos to come once it’s up!


How are you decorating for Halloween?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Seasonal Decor That Lasts

Happy October!  There is no denying it now, it’s Fall.  Time for apple picking, leaf peeping… and redecorating.  Looking for less expensive ways to be festive?  Silks are a great way to spruce up your home without breaking the bank.  A one-time investment can provide years of enjoyment.  Call us for your own custom adornment today!

IMG_4056Rustic wreath for a loyal customer


Unique container arrangement perfect for the hearth or foyer