This weekend being Mother’s Day, we couldn’t let it pass by without acknowledging the special ladies in our lives.
Mother’s Day is not just a day for Moms (though it is primarily that). It is a day to celebrate womanhood, to honor the influence of women in society. The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States. It became a national holiday in 1914. Traditionally, members of individual families offer gifts in remembrance of their mothers or maternal figures on this day.
Flowers are by far the most popular gift for Mother’s Day. A flower itself can be seen as a symbol of women. Beautiful, strong, yet delicate. Flowers are a beautiful gesture of love and appreciation. They are nature at its most sentimental. So maybe it’s not necessarily the flowers that she adores, but the sentiment of the person giving them to her.
When asked about Moms, one of our loyal fans said it best, “Moms: they are our back bone; they are executive chefs; they are our personal hairstylist; and cheerleading team. Moms are booboo kissers and personal doctors. Moms are the ones who keep the family in check…”
Women and especially Moms wear a lot of hats! So on May 12th, it’s hats off to our Moms. For everything they contribute every day, 24/7, all year long.
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The May Day tradition dates back to the pre-Christian era with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.
So it wasn’t too far of a stretch when in 1929 Hawaii officially made May 1st Lei Day.
Lei Day is a day to celebrate island culture with lei-making competitions, concerts, and the giving and receiving of lei among friends and family. With the advent of tourism, the Lei became a world-wide symbol of Hawaii. The Lei was actually introduced to the Hawaiian islands by Polynesian voyagers. Leis are constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, nuts, and even bone and teeth of animals. Traditionally, Hawaiians wore them to beautify themselves and distinguish themselves from others. Basically, the best kind of jewelry (and it smells good, too!) :)
Lei also symbolize the spirit of Aloha. The giving and receiving of lei is an act of welcoming, love, and family. In fact, in old Hawaii, lei were given to both visitors coming to the island and people leaving the island. It is said that people leaving the island on ships would throw their lei into the ocean and let it return to the island in hopes that they too would someday return.
There aren’t many rules when it comes to wearing lei. Anyone can wear them anytime, anywhere. However, be aware that a lei is considered a welcomed celebration of one person’s affection for another. Always accept a lei that is offered to you. It is properly worn draped over the shoulders, hanging both in the front and the back. It is also considered rude to remove the lei in front of the person who gave it to you, so be careful!
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Prom is over and done for most of us…thank goodness! Just kidding. But seriously, prom is an exciting time for the teens, and Prom season is going on right now. You might want to know what’s on the up and up this year for Prom.
There are a lot of trendy things going down this year. According to an article on http://www.aboutflowersblog.com/omg-top-5-prom-trends there are some pretty interesting things happening.
1.) Neon. Wearing neon to prom can be totally dramatic and electric. Flowers can be made to match! (Yes, there are flowers out there as bright as that dress of yours).
2.) White and Black. This is a pretty timeless style. And (here’s a BIG plus) it goes with everything
3.) Metallic. This is interesting. Metals can really punch up the look of a flower. Using silver or gold wiring can give a wristlet or boutonniere a cool, modern look.
4.) Tuxedos. For Girls. Jaw-dropping, I know! But who says girls HAVE to wear a dress? Even if your little lady chooses to wear a tux, a beautiful flower will give it a feminine touch.
5.) Princess. Adding jewels or rhinestones to the center of flowers is a really classy way to add some glam.
Now. Some non-floral prom trends to help put it all together.
And what else could we mean by non-floral but dresses? Dresses: Lace, high-low dresses, and Ombre dresses are all making the list, according to http://www.seventeen.com/parties/2013-prom-trends (click for pics)
Whatever dress you choose, remember that corsages and boutonnieres complete your look! Or for a bolder statement, go with a clutch bouquet. Visit our Prom page for a selection, or call our store for more information!
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Life is full of special occasions. For centuries, flowers have been used to express sentiments like love and sympathy.
It’s the same today. Flowers are a special way to say “I’m thinking about you.” or “I hope you get better soon!” or “Congratulations on your new baby boy!”
Why is this? Back in 2005, a study was done about the emotional impact that flowers have on people.
A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.
- Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
- Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
- Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.
“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.” (http://www.aboutflowers.com/images/stories/HealthBenefits/ep03104132.pdf)
So don’t just say it. Say it with flowers!
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Here are a few submissions that we have already. Remember: there are still a 2 days to submit your kids’ drawings! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Here’s a look at the competition
If you need more info on the event or on the Easter Egg Hunt, visit http://www.watanabefloral.com/events
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Most Holidays have really interesting histories behind the popular traditions of the present. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. It began to be celebrated in the early 17th century and commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Today, it is celebrated not only in Ireland but also in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
Now, I bet you don’t know a lot about Patrick himself. He was actually born in Britain and kidnapped at the age of 16 by Irish…well, kidnappers. He was enslaved. In his own confession, he said that it was revealed to him in a dream to flee to the coast and catch a ship back to Britain. Which he did. Later in his life, after studying to be a priest, he was called back to Ireland as a Bishop, this time to bring Christianity.
Symbols of St. Patrick. Shamrock. Green. Where do they come from?
The Shamrock is said to have been used by St. Patrick to teach the doctrine of the Holy Trinity to the people.
Green was actually not the original color used to celebrate the holiday. It was actually blue. But in order to more fully wear the Shamrock, people started using green.
So there you have it. St. Patrick’s day then and now in a nutshell.
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