Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th, and we here at The Enchanted Florist want to make sure you are well prepared! To help you express your love and gratitude, we have created a few bouquets as individual and unique as your special mom. These are just a starting point to creating the individual design that your mom will love!

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“Peony Perfection” is the quintessential May bouquet.  Designed with two highly seasonal varieties,  this lovely arrangement can’t be created year round and therefore would be the ultimate in decadence for your mom!

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The “Bountiful Bouquet” has a little bit of everything!  On trend, and loaded with coral charm peonies, cymbidium orchids and gloriosa lilies – this array of flowers will leave your mom breathless.

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“Feminine and Classic”, this soft pastel beauty with a pop of peach is abundant with lush phaeleonopsis orchids, roses, hydrangea and lisianthus blooms.  The flowers are fresh as if they have been just picked from the garden.

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“Bold and Modern”,  this fragrant and striking monofleur bouquet of sweet peas is perfect for any mom known for her sense of style and sophistication.

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“Thanks Mom!”  A delicate collection of tulips, orchids, hydrangea and a few roses are made whimsical by the addition of a curly willow loop.  To up its sweet factor and give mom a smile, you could even add a butterfly or two!

We hope these ideas can be the start of creating something unique for your mom!

Happy Mother’s day!

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What your flowers say about your Valentine!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and it’s time to order flowers!  This year instead of immediately falling back on a standard red rose arrangement, why not pick something as beautiful and unique as your special Valentine?  Show your Valentine how well you know them by sending an arrangement custom fit to their personality and style.

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For instance, if your love is edgy, modern, and sophisticated, then Succulents and Purple is sure to be a perfect choice.

 

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Pink Cymbidium Drama, is an excellent choice for anyone who has a flair for theatrics.  These two stems are emphasized by the bed of silver rocks they rest on and the artful wire sculpture that dances around them.  It is a perfect choice for either the office or box office.

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Send Fancy in Pink if your Valentine can be described as feminine and romantic.  The hot pink metallic vase and pink beaded wire are eye catching and contemporary additions to a classic color combination.

 

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Soft and Succulent, is an earthy arrangement well suited to those who want to enjoy a little peace and tranquility.  It is calming, thoughtful and lovely, just like your amour.

 

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Exotic Globe, featuring cymbidium orchids, in Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala, is an exceptional gift for a modern trendsetter.  If your Valentine is always up on the latest fashions, then you can’t go wrong with this exclusive design.

 

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Modern Red (Tall), is for the person who has traditional values but a contemporary eye for design.  It features a dozen or more red roses, and is accented by green cymbidium orchid blooms, and artful foliage.  The height of the vase makes it a perfect option for an entry or counter statement.

 

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Modern Red (Short), is designed for the person who loves red roses on Valentine’s Day, but likes a new modern approach when it comes to composition.  Here it is featured with pink Vanda Orchids, making it extra lovable.

 

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Garden Delights, is for that perfect someone who has a little bit of everything to offer.  Vibrant, intriguing, and fresh are just some of the adjectives that could be used to describe both this arrangement and its recipient!

 

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Simply Sweet, a small pave of tulips encircled by aspidistra ribbons is uncomplicated and unfettered. This is a great choice for the tulip lover and can be made in any size and in any lovely vessel.

 

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Everlasting Orchid Love, is featured here in both a short and tall design.  This is our longest lasting design that like your love, can stand the test of time.  If your Valentine is vibrant, romantic, and loves contemporary floral design then Everlasting Orchid Love is the clear choice!

No matter who your Valentine is, there is a custom way to express your love, and we hope we can make it easier to do so! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th is a day when we take time to celebrate being together and the traditions that keep our culture vibrant. We all look forward to traditions like spending all day cooking with friends and family, staying in pajamas to watch the Turkey Pardon and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or doing something to help those in need.

It’s a day not about wrapped presents – but gifts of time, gifts of food, and of course – gifts of flowers!

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In recent years, some of the staff at The Enchanted Florist have joined Keller Williams in their annual Thanksgiving Dinner Drop. Groups of volunteers meet to distribute full Thanksgiving dinners to less fortunate households.

For more information about this event, check out their Facebook page here.

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Thanksgiving is also a holiday about appreciating abundance, so when it comes to florals for the table, why not fill a traditional cornucopia with your fall favorites?

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For the contemporary traditionalist, a textural long and low arrangement complete with dried fruit, orchids, succulents, and feathers is sure to make a statement.

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When you’re the guest and you’re not sure what to bring, a small bunch of fall flowers is sure to be appreciated by any host or hostess! Just be sure that if they are not already in a vase, they are at least nicely arranged so that all is needed is a fresh cut before going into water. This is important, so that everything does not need to be put on hold while trying to arrange a posy – we wouldn’t want the turkey burning!

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Whether you stay home or travel across the country to be with loved ones,

we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Three Fabulous Fall Parties!

This fall The Enchanted Florist has been lucky enough to work with some fun clients in inspiring spaces!

First up, a rehearsal dinner was held at one of our favorite rustic and hip venues, Virtue Feed and Grain.  A long family- style table was used for this private event, and in order to make it feel abundant, we created several monotype arrangements (lotus pods and foliage) and combined them with mixed florals in Ball jars.

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To further unify this tablescape, we used the hurricane candles provided by Virtue, and linked everything with curly willow, bittersweet, ruscus, and rose petals.

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As a finishing touch, we tucked small bundles of mums and wheat into the willow and nestled them up to the vases.  Combined, all of these elements worked to enhance the provincial yet romantic look we wanted to achieve on this special occasion.

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This next party was for a group that rented out Society Fair for their soiree.  To make a statement from the moment of arrival, we tied two colors of pink ribbon to the patio fencing, announcing that, “Yes!” there is a party here tonight, and this outdoor space is part of it!

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Inside, we used colors already prominent in the market’s decor to enhance the impact of the focal florals.  This varied display of submerged flowers and floating candles was the centerpiece around which tasty snacks were presented.

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For the bar, a modern sculpture of silver curly willow and exotic purple phaeleonopsis orchids anchored the space.

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Perhaps our favorite touch, and one that was not done justice by the picture below, were the hanging carnation balls that floated above attendees heads!

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Our third party we wanted to highlight was an event hosted in our client’s home, and in order to help transform her space into a party environment, we imagined whimsical woodland-themed creations.

In a tall birch vase, a trio of birdies perch over the bar.

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For the center of the buffet, this green bird of paradise stands proud against a backdrop of pheasant feathers.

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And last, but not least, a happy bluebird made a charming cocktail companion.

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We hope this glimpse at a few of our fall parties will inspire you to try something new

on your Thanksgiving or holiday table this year!

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An Enchanted Halloween

Boo! Its time to get spooky, pull out those cob webs, and refrain from dusting anything off! Just kidding, but if you are planning a Halloween party, or just really like to get in the spirit, here are some creative floral ideas to help haunt your house! First, let’s get silly with “the callas have eyeballs” arrangement, a perfect “trick or treat” party accent!

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Now, get classy with a white floral “mumpkin.” This cutie is perfect for a coffee table or bar, and sure to be a great conversation starter among guests.

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Also elegant, yet creepy, this centerpiece of muted tones, including succulents, feathers, and bony fingers is haunted haute!

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Blood spattered roses can add some wicked romance to the hallowed evening.

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If you have a ghoulish date, a black rose wrapped in ribbons is a great way to court the dead . . . or living.

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Have an Enchanted Halloween!

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Happy Anniversary Honey! by Ashley

One of the signs of a happy marriage is when time flies.  This week, I am celebrating my two year anniversary with my wonderful husband Will, and it feels like just yesterday.

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By definition, an anniversary is “a date that is remembered or celebrated because a special or notable event occurred on that date.” So today, I would like to dedicate this blog to reminiscing about the flowers that made our wedding so unique and visually fantastic.gloriosabouquet

Sometimes, “more is more,” and the bouquets, constructed differently for each individual bridesmaid, certainly reflect this philosophy.

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Will, the Groom, is indeed a creative man, and took on the task of researching and designing the men’s boutonnieres.

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This arch, with full stems of purple vanda orchids, was the perfect frame for the most important words of the day.

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We went with two varieties of cocktail decor – the ever classic floating candle grouping, and an abstract aluminum wire sculpture. The sculptures were inspired by Will’s Paul Smart Ducati motorcycle, which had its own place of honor at our wedding, after all, marriage is about compromise:)

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Extremely lush, the colorful, voluminous table arrangements were made even more whimsical by the fastening of gloriosa lilies and orchids to curly willow branches.  Another lively detail was the use of brightly colored wire in the flutes of the trumpet vases.

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When all is said and done, it is the people who are there that add the true magic and love to the day.

I love my Enchanted Girls!

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Thank you forever and again to The Enchanted Florist, Kelley Cannon Events, Maggie Austin Cake, Lisa Boggs Photography, Main Event Catering, DC Rental, Oxon Hill Manor, Antje Wood, Tricia Suiduit and all of my friends and family who worked to make this one of the best days ever!

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73rd Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour Tomorrow!

       Every year The Twig  group organizes and opens to the public an impressive collection of historic homes in Alexandria.

The purpose of this tour is not just to satisfy the curiosity of nosy neighbors, but to raise funds for their organization which is dedicated to providing financial aid, volunteer service, and support to Alexandria Hospital.

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its best, The Twig asks local flowers shops if they will donate a floral centerpiece to
the charity. This year we have the pleasure of providing something really special
for a great client of ours less then a block away on South Fairfax Street!

 

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We went with a bold
sunflower and lemon yellow harvest look to compliment the homeowners Italian
heritage and taste and also echo the start of Fall!

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Wheat and lemons bring an organic feel to these nature inspired designs.

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As an unexpected detail, and a signature design element of our shop, each vase is wrapped in moss, giving an elegant but rustic feel to the formal dining room.

The 73rd annual tour looks to include a variety of different homes styles, and with
weather projected to be in the 80’s its going to be a great day for strolling the
streets of old town!

For more information, please visit The Twig or see info below.

Homes Tour

The 73rd Annual Historic Alexandria Homes
Tour will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
Saturday September 27, 2014.

This year’s tour includes:
• A home on the National Register of
Historic Places, lovingly restored;
• Homes first owned by freed slaves;
• A home first built in the 1700s and one in
which today’s owners still maintain
original features of the home;
• A home that was once a grocery and
another that was first a tannery;
• A very small home, built in the 1800s that
has been remodeled with impressive
creative use of space;
• Two homes whose owners are artists in
their own right, displaying their artwork
throughout their homes.

Tickets are $35 each if purchased in advance
and $40 on the day of the tour.
Tickets are now available during business
hours at the Twig Thrift Shop, 106 N.
Columbus Street and at the Ramsey House
Visitor Center on King Street, Old Town.
On the day of the tour, tickets will be
available at the Twig Thrift Shop, at the
Ramsey House Visitor Center, King Street,
and at the Elliott Garden, Old Presbyterian
Meeting House.

Each ticket holder may exchange his or her
ticket for one tour book and map beginning at
9:30 a.m. tour day (Sept 27). All tickets
benefit Alexandria Hospital and are nonrefundable.

This year’s Homes Tour is sponsored by:
Babs Beckwith, McEnearney Associates; Sue Goodhart, The Goodhart
Group; Long & Foster; McEnearney Associates; Victoria Sanchez, Victoria at
Home; and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty !

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Happening: Fashion Walk in Old Town!

Locals to Old Town know all about the trendy shops of

Alexandria’s Old Town Boutique District, but not everyone may know about the

fashion walk that is taking place this week on Thursday, September 18.

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That’s right, starting at 6:00pm, with cocktails, The Shoe Hive, Hysteria,

and Prince Street’s newest gem,

Sara Campbell will be presenting this seasons newest looks.

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Though technically not part of this event, how could we,

at The Enchanted Florist, not be excited to watch the spectacle from our prime

spot on the corner of 139 S. Fairfax and Prince!

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In fact, being that this week in September is one of our busiest,

I suspect any passerby may spy our team hard at work on Fall creations of our own!

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See you Thursday!

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Flowers for Teachers!

It’s that time of year…Back to School!!

Ahh, the kids are back in school, and what better way to show this year’s teachers

how appreciative you are than with a floral gift! 

 

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Try a ceramic cube with a ruby red or granny green apple

nestled among roses and foliage.

 

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For the art teacher, how about a colorful composition including

a small bundle of crayons!

 

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A mini orchid dressed with moss and twigs is sure to be appreciated even by the most rigid of professors.

 

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And for the Dean why not go all out with a magnificent bouquet in the school colors. This one is for the Clemson Fans!!

 

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 . . . or maybe opt for the ever tasteful white and green.

 

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Thank you to our Teachers, hope this school year is awesome!

 

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Trending: The Colors of Fall

One of the best things about flowers is that they are seasonal.  This means that the designs we create are constantly changing to reflect the varieties and colors of each new month.  This fall, Pantone has put together a palate that is fresh and sure to inspire some great arrangements!
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In the detail below, Aurora Red coxcomb, Misted Yellow sunflower, Cognac kiwi vine and Radiant Orchid dendrobiums make a bright fall composition.
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Using these colors for inspiration we can then take our designs one step further by adding in natural autumnal elements such as fall leaves, gilded lotus pods, and apples paired with wheat.
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For the autumn birthday, consider doing a twist on our website favorite, The Hot Brights, with a stylish burlap wrap.
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So, in the next couple of months when choosing flowers, let nature help guide your creativity, and we will all experience the freshness of each new moment in time!
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