Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Baby Shower

Haley baby shower 010Spring…the warmth of the sun after a long winter, the chirping of fuzzy hatchlings, hints of color emerging from the newly softened earth.  While this week’s biting cold may not feel very Spring-like, we can look forward to the promise of new life all around us.  What better way to welcome the season than with a celebration of  babies?!

Pam created the pieces below for a joint baby shower this weekend.  The event was held in honor of two childhood friends preparing to welcome their new additions within months of each other!  The flowers were designed to match this adorable hand-knit giraffe each first time mommy-to-be received.


Haley baby shower 008Cluster of pussy willows tucked into a basket arrangement containing blue hydrangea, pink & orange lilies, purple stock, and green hypericum berries.

Haley baby shower 002  Pink & orange lilies, pink tulips, orange ranunculus, and stalks of pussy willows in a spray of lily grass.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Find the Newt! April’s New Hampshire Magazine on stands now!

NH Mag cover Apr11

Enjoy a challenge and looking to add a bit of Spring color to your front door?  Get the most recent copy of New Hampshire Magazine hot off the press!  We’re excited to announce that Ideas in Bloom is sponsoring the Find the Newt contest in the April publication.

Find the newt and this beautiful door piece could be yours!

Click Here to find the recently stocked newsstand nearest you

* See magazine for contest rules*


newtprizeNew Hampshire Magazine is the essential guide to living in the Granite State, each month joining readers in a quest for all the best the state has to offer. They present features on the most fascinating people, most entertaining places and most delicious cuisine and offer departments on everything from health to home to humor.  New Hampshire Magazine Online

Friday, March 18, 2011

Weekend Happening – Boston Flower & Garden Show


Looking to add a little color to your weekend?  Check out the Boston Flower & Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center. This year’s theme is "A Burst of Color: Celebrating the Container Garden."

Container gardening can spruce up any space, from the city roof deck to a mature country landscape.  We’ve been using them for years to add pops of color and vibrancy to our customers’ homes.  They are also a great (and green!) way to add a garden feel to a wedding ceremony or reception. 

Friday, March 18, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 19, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 20, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Adults                $20
Seniors (65+)     $17
Children 6-17      $10
Under 6             Free

Click here for more info

BostonFlowerGardenShowTulipsPhoto from the Boston Flower & Garden Show website

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Charm

Parades, festivals, shamrocks and lots of green.  Today is a day to celebrate all things Irish!  As it’s my first St. Patrick’s day as an O’Neil (a Condon O’Neil at that!), I thought it fitting to honor my roots on the blog today.

There is a certain charm associated with the Irish.  Visions of the romantic windswept countryside, the lighthearted merriment, the “luck of the Irish”… it’s alluring.  What better inspiration for a wedding?  Here’s a nod to the magnetism of the Emerald Isle.

StPattysDayBoardArrangement from Real Simple, Ring Pillow from Martha Stewart, Cake from The Sweetest Occasion, Chic Corners Invitation from Wedding Paper Divas, Clover Key Necklace from Imaginary Girl, Groomsmen Photo from Intimate Weddings, Pewter Cufflinks from Gifting Girls, Dress from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company


May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Celebrating Women Today and Everyday

Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day. It’s the 100th anniversary no less!  Observed since the early 1900's, this celebration is recognized worldwide.  Tradition has it that men honor their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts (not the reason for this post, by the way). In some countries IWD has a status much like Mother's Day where children give small presents to the women in their lives.

Now some of you may be saying to yourselves, “I thought I heard something about March being Women’s History Month, but this International Women’s Day thing is news to me.”  On the whole, our nation has been a bit slow to celebrate the accomplishments of women.  Taking a step forward 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week,” scheduled the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.  The celebration was mirrored around the country and soon Congress was encouraged to declare a national Women’s History Week. This became official in 1981 thanks to Rep. Barbara Mikulski and Sen. Orrin Hatch. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March, a resolution that has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

Some of you may also be saying to yourselves, “Do we really still need a whole month dedicated to women?”  Recent years have seen a shift in society's (and even women’s) perception of equality. Younger generations have seen women reaching new heights in business, equality in legislative rights, and visibility. It is too easy to forget the people who blazed the hard-won path that got us to this point and to recognize that there is still pioneering to be done.

The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month: Our History is Our Strength.  “Our shared history unites families, communities, and nations.  Although women’s history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors - social, religious, economic, and biological - have worked to create a unique sphere of women's history.” (National Women’s History Project)  The narratives of the individuals who have fought so hard and their achievements are the foundation of today’s successes. 

However heartening that message is, the unfortunate truth is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

There is good news to be had in the small business world.  There are now more than 10 million women owned businesses in the US today.  Even more encouraging is the fact that women owned businesses are growing at the twice the rate of all other new businesses.  (Thanks to the SBA Office of Advocacy for those fun facts)  The wedding industry creates great opportunity for such ventures.  We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with so many strong and determined ladies who are making a name for themselves out there.

So on this, the 8th of March, our small women owned business wishes all of those ladies out there a wonderful International Women’s Day!  Take a moment to recognize the women in your life and community and support their efforts, whatever they may be.



To learn more about Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, check out these sources: