Mother’s Day 2020 Gift Ideas

Posted: May 1st, 2020
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With Mother’s Day 2020 just around the corner, now is the time to work on a last-minute gift. This day is all about making your mother feel special. Although this year may be difficult due to the current circumstances, it is more important than ever to remain true to classic traditions. 

Here are a few ways to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day:

Options For People Who Live With Their Mom

Make Her Breakfast

Who doesn’t like to wake up to breakfast in bed? This is a classic and easy way to get her day started on a high note. 

 

Spend Time With Her

Of course, you spend time with your mom, but do you learn new things about her every time? Use this time to talk and get to know your mom. This may sound silly, but there are probably a lot of interesting things you don’t even know about her! Ask her about her favorite song, or what she was like at your age, (Here are more fun questions to ask your mom). She will appreciate you taking the time to get to know her more than just being your mother. 

 

Long-Distance Gift Ideas 

For many people across the world, they will not be able to physically spend time with their mother. Although it may be a challenge, this doesn’t mean that the day will be any less special! 

 

Send Her Flowers 

A brightly colored bouquet is the perfect thing to brighten up your mother’s day. Flowers have been scientifically proven to give people feelings of happiness. Be sure to send her a beautiful bouquet of her favorite flowers. With custom bouquet designs available, you can create a one-of-a-kind arrangement just for your mom. 

 

Connect Through Video Messages 

It may be easier to send your mom a quick “Happy Mother’s Day” text, but make it more personal by talking face to face! Send your mother an invite to video chat with you. This is an excellent time to catch up and get the chance to see each other- even if it is through your phone screen. 

 

No matter what you give your mom this Mother’s Day, make sure it is something that comes from the heart. 

Coles Flowers in Middlebury has been providing high quality floral and gift items for over forty years. Our locally-owned and operated business is dedicated to providing exceptional service. Browse our Mother’s Day Bouquets available for no-contact delivery and curbside pickup! 

Staying Connected With Family & Friends

Posted: April 16th, 2020
Staying Connected With Family & Friends

With changes happening around the world every day, it is important to remain close to our loved ones. While many people are unable to spend time with friends and family physically, there are still many ways to connect despite being far away.

Here are a few ways to stay connected with the ones you love: 

Catch Up With Video Calls 

Thanks to modern technology, it is still possible to see friends and family, even if you are not physically with them. Try to call those who you cannot be around at least once a week to check-in and see how they are doing. This is great for those that live alone and don’t have much contact with others.

Host A Movie Night

It is possible to watch a movie with friends and family even if they can’t be there with you. Using the Netflix Chrome extension, you will be able to sync your movie playing times with others to watch a movie at the same time. There is even a comment section to allow you to chat and comment on the film as you watch. 

Create A Book Club 

Reading is an excellent escape from reality that allows your creative mind to grow and also helps with memory retention. Now is a great time to indulge in a good read. Whether you choose a brand new book or one of your old favorites- include your friends and family! This is a great way to stay connected and give you something to talk about during your calls. You can host group discussions via video calls and see what everyone’s opinion was on the chapters you read.

Dance Party 

This is another way to stay connected and also workout. Dancing helps get your heart rate up and release endorphins, which can help relieve stress. Consider hosting a dance party with your friends and family via video calls. You can use Pandora’s music service to play songs. 

In addition to dancing with your friends and family via video calls, you can also try dancing outside with your neighbors! Many communities across the nation are taking to the streets to stay connected with those around them. Try connecting with your neighbors via email to host a dance party. Use a stereo to ensure everyone on your block can hear and join in with the party. 

Send Flowers

 Staying Connected With Family & Friends

Sending flowers to friends and family is a great way to show them that you care. Receiving flowers from someone who loves you can help boost your overall mood. According to The Emotional Impact of Flowers Study, conducted by Rutgers University, people reported that they felt less depressed after receiving an unexpected floral delivery. This positive feeling also lasted up to three days. This is a great way to lift the spirit of those struggling to cope with isolation while social distancing. 

Coles Flowers in Middlebury, VT has a variety of floral arrangements and gift baskets to give to friends and family. With bright floral arrangements like the Garden Pink Arrangement and the Pink Floral Fantasy Basket,  you can bring joy to those who mean the most to you during these tough times. 

Coles Flowers provides no-contact delivery and curbside pickup to ensure the safety of our customers. 

Browse our Any Occasion arrangements to find the perfect choice, then place your order online or call Cole’s Flowers at 802-388-4003 to order your floral arrangement today! 

Can’t find the right arrangement? Use our Custom Design option to create your own personalized arrangement. You can also add balloons, chocolates, and stuffed animals to make the most of the arrangement! 

Health Boosting Benefits from Plants

Posted: March 12th, 2020
Health Boosting Benefits from Plants

Aside from offering a visually appealing aesthetic, plants have many health benefits to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In today’s world, it is essential to do all you can to remain as healthy as possible.

 

Here are a few ways that owning plants can improve your quality of life:

 

Improve Air Quality

When we breathe, we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon monoxide. Plants absorb carbon monoxide and convert it to oxygen, which is released through the process, photosynthesis. Having plants in your home and work will help create a better breathing environment with fresh air.

Reduce the Chances of Illnesses

Health Boosting Benefits from Plants

Through a process called transpiration, plants provide moisture in the atmosphere. This creates humidity. Although most people don’t enjoy humid environments, it can be very beneficial when fighting illnesses. Humid air can kill up to 85 percent of the flu particles in the air. Humidity also helps relieve congestion and improve airflow in your lungs.

Improve Mental Health

These days, most people work in a building without much natural light or access to nature. This can be harmful to one’s mental health. With the benefits of improving the air and reducing the chances of illness, this can be remarkable for mental health. It has also been noted that people are more productive in environments with plants. According to sciencedaily, researchers found that when plants were added to a workplace, productivity increased by 15 percent.

With these benefits in mind, it would be helpful to add a plant to your bedroom, common areas in your home, and work desk.

If you are having difficulty finding the right plant, check out this blog for a few tips.

If you are interested in adding a new plant to your home, consider Coles Flowers in Middlebury, VT. Cole’s Flowers provides professional service and high-quality floral items. Browse our extensive selection of plants today!

Planning Your Valentine’s Day Romance

Posted: January 14th, 2020

With Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away, it is not too soon to start looking into floral gifts for your special someone. Instead of rushing to the grocery store to find a generic bouquet, do something different this year by preordering your Valentine’s Day bouquet. Making your flower plans in advance will save a great deal of time and stress!  classic-dozen-roses2.425

There are a variety of options to choose from to celebrate the one you love: 

Love is Eternal

Our Love is Eternal bouquet is one of our more mellow Valentine’s Day arrangements. The bouquet uses ivory roses, pink and white stargazer lilies, and white anemones to create a sweet look. This particular arrangement also has bells of Ireland, snapdragons, hydrangeas, and peach hypericum. Overall, this bouquet is the sweetest!

Embraceable You

The Embraceable You arrangement is in the same family as the Our Love is Eternal bouquet but pops more with even more color. This particular bouquet uses shades of pink to make its statement, featuring hot pink hydrangeas, light pink lilies, hot pink roses, pink tulips, pink gerbera daisies, and more! Pink shades wrap all throughout this gift and are perfect for an arrangement named for a warm hug.

Charismatic Crimson

The Charismatic Crimson arrangement takes a page from the Embraceable You bouquet, but instead uses vibrant shades of red instead of pink, to say “I Love You.” This statement features roses, gerberas, carnations, spray roses, and alstroemeria to create a bold and vivid statement. This is an excellent piece for romantic gestures – after all, red is the color of love.

Red Roses and Wispy White Accent Flowers

Speaking of red roses, you can never go wrong with a traditional Valentine’s Day bouquet. Our team can create a custom arrangement of red roses, dressed up with accenting white waxflowers, silver eucalyptus, and leather leaf. This statement piece bouquet is sure to make an impression they won’t soon forget!

After ordering your Valentine’s Day bouquet from Coles Flowers, try planning a romantic night to share with your significant other. 

Here are a few tips for planning the evening:

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  • Instead of going out to a busy restaurant, spend the night inside. 
  • Create a romantic vibe in your home by using candles, scattering rose petals and playing soft music. 
  • If you feel confident in your cooking skills, prepare a meal, and incorporate some of their favorite foods. There are a variety of options for preparing a romantic meal, but if you really want to take it up a notch, consider incorporating a few 
  • If you’d rather skip the meal prep, use a private catering service instead
  • You can set the dinner table with a romantic centerpiece bouquet and taper candles. 
  • After dinner, nestle up with your loved one and watch a romantic film, or you can head out for a nightcap and dessert! 

With these simple tips, you can plan the perfect night of romance for your loved one this Valentine’s Day! 

Be sure to browse our full Valentine’s Day selection to find the perfect choice, then place your order online or call Cole’s Flowers at 802-388-4003 to order your floral arrangement today! 

 

Flowers for Flu Sufferers

Posted: January 6th, 2020
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Winter in full swing, and so is flu season. You may notice your friends, coworkers, and family begin to get sick during this time. While not all of us are nurses and doctors who can help them with their recovery, there are still ways to help them feel better, like the gift of get-well flowers.

 When you’re down with the flu, knowing that friends and loved one’s care can help you rest more easily and help you get back to your normal life again.

Flowers can go a really long way for someone who isn’t feeling well. Flowers and ornamental plants have been found to increase levels of positive energy. They can provide a nice mood booster for people who are sick because – let’s be honest – most of us aren’t happy when we’re sick.

We usually feel as unhappy as we look and don’t want to be bothered with anything. Receiving flowers from a close friend or family member can bring a smile to their face because it’s not only a nice gift but it means that someone is thinking about them as well.

If you know of someone close to you who has gotten the flu and you’d like to send them a gift to let them know you’re thinking about them and hope they feel better soon, Cole’s Flowers in Middlebury, VT can help.

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Coles Flowers offers a variety of get-well bouquets that will help put a smile on the face of a loved one or friend who isn’t feeling their best.

Shop our online store and place an order today or give us a call at 802-388-4003 to place an order.

Choosing the Right Bouquet for Your Party

Posted: November 4th, 2019
Choosing the Right Bouquet for Your Party

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time to host a variety of parties and celebrations. Flowers are the perfect addition to accessorize your table setting, but with so many options it can be difficult to land on a specific bouquet. Your flower choice should always enhance the theme of your setting by accentuating your decor.

Here is a simple guide you can pull out each time you plan a dinner gathering, cocktail party, or celebration event:

Be Mindful of Size

Remember that flowers or plants that are too tall should not be used for dinner party centerpieces. They will obstruct the view of your guests and get in the way of natural socializing during dinner. Tall flowers and plants can be used for walk-around type gatherings, where your guests are less likely to sit down the entire evening. Or placed on a countertop or credenza, this way they will not be in your guest’s way but will still be visible.

Small bouquets of multiple varieties or striking single flowers, work well on dinner tables. There is enough of a floral decor to be noticed and admired by your guests, but not enough to be distracting.

Focus on Subtle Scents

Highly scented flowers may be particularly overwhelming during a social gathering or cocktail party where many women and men will wear their own fragrances; the floral fragrance of flowers can be overpowering and may irritate those with allergies.

Consult with your florist to find out which flowers have more subtle scents and would, Choosing the Right Bouquet for Your Party therefore, be more appropriate for a social gathering.

Consider the colors in your decor

If your party decor is minimalist or natural; flowers can be used to add that splash of color every design craves. If you are throwing a more fabulous and colorful event; white flowers can be stunning and elegant. When you contrast the colors of your flowers with the colors of your decor, you create a powerful and stylish, look where no aspect of your design goes unnoticed.

Don’t overwhelm yourself, Plan ahead

Before visiting your florist, choose a few flower color choices, and do your best to stick with them. You can get easily overwhelmed in a florist shop by all the beauty and choices of flowers and plants and end up choosing too many colors and too many varieties.

If you are looking for holiday-themed bouquets this season, be sure to take a look through our list of holiday bouquets to find the perfect flower arrangement to coincide with your celebrations! Cole’s Flowers in Middlebury, Vermont is dedicated to exceeding all your floral needs. Contact us today to learn more, or to order a custom bouquet!

 

Halloween Bouquets to Decorate Your Home

Posted: October 22nd, 2019
Halloween Bouquets to Decorate Your Home

With a little over a week until Halloween, now is the perfect time to place your orders for Halloween bouquets! When you think about Halloween decorations, flowers may not immediately come to mind, but the bouquets we offer here at Cole’s Flowers this fall season can add a scream of fresh colors to your Halloween décor. They are also a beautiful way to decorate your home this Fall.

Here are a few floral arrangements, perfect for this spooky holiday: 

The Hocus Pocus bouquet is a perfect blend of lavender, black, and green. This unique bouquet is the perfect accessory to bewitch your neighbors with. If you are a fan of the 90s film, starring Bette Midler, you will notice the similarities in color scheme. Our Hocus Pocus bouquet is sure to put a spell on you!

If you prefer to have a few pumpkins in the arrangement to keep it traditional, fear not: we have a few great options. First is the Pumpkin Gathering Autumn Arrangement, which has yellow and orange blooms and a few miniature pumpkins. For a taller accent check out our Toasted Pumpkin Fall Flowers. This arrangement has myrtle, brown seed eucalyptus, curly willow tips, yellow roses, snapdragons, orange gerberas and more, plus decorative aluminum wire, preserved leaves and mini pumpkins.

For something a little lighter in color, check out our Musical Harvest Fall Florals. This bouquet is perfect for decorating your home for the fall season or bringing a bit of extra color to your Halloween décor with yellow sunflowers, daisy and cushion poms, fall leaves and stems of wheat.

Perfect for a centerpiece at a spooky Halloween dinner party is our Setting Sun Floral Design. This bouquet features the bright oranges and yellows of the season with eucalyptus, yellow mums, orange and lilies along with orange roses.

For a bit of pink color that’ll compliment the oranges and reds of the holiday nicely, try ourHalloween Bouquets to Decorate Your Home Dynamic Colors Bouquet. This arrangement features orange and yellow roses, peach snapdragons and green Kermit button poms all in a classic cube vase.

Trust Coles Flowers for all your floral needs this holiday season! Take a look at all of our Halloween arrangements to get a better look and select your favorite arrangement. Place your order online or call us at 802-388-4003 to learn more or to order by phone!

 

Celebrating Sweetest Day with Your Love

Posted: October 4th, 2019
Celebrating Sweetest Day with Your Love

This American holiday, Sweetest Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in October each year and is coming up fast – this year celebrated on Oct. 19th.

Sweetest Day dates back to 1922 when Herbert Birch Kingston, a candymaker in Cleveland, Ohio, decided to distribute candy and small gifts to orphans, people confined to their homes and others, according to a history posted by Hallmark. Kingston’s goal was to bring happiness to people who often feel forgotten, and in the decades since, the idea of spreading Sweetest Day cheer has spanned from family members to significant others and from coworkers to acquaintances.

A great way to spread some love and friendship this Sweetest Day is with a floral or candy gift from Coles Flowers.

Pump Up the Purple Carnation Bouquet

Placed in a classic urn vase, these eye-catching purple flowers will be the talk of the office when you surprise your sweetheart with this bouquet on Sweetest Day. The bold colors will proudly announce your feelings of love and affection and keep them smiling all week.Celebrating Sweetest Day with Your Love

Floral Exuberance Arrangement

Full of warm-colored blossoms, this arrangement is a perfect celebration and representation of the October and autumn season. This beautiful assortment includes orange gerberas, fuchsia stock, dark orange alstroemeria and orange spray roses. Fill friends and family alike full of cheer on Sweetest Day with this arrangement.

Robust Roses and Spray Roses Arrangement

Roses will forever be the ultimate symbol of love, and our Sweetest Day selection would be incomplete without this rosy arrangement. Orange and yellow roses and miniature spray roses create a blissful, attractive bouquet in amber shades. Use the upcoming holiday to brighten up someone’s home and life with this gorgeous arrangement.

Chocolate Lovers’ Basket Gift Basket

 Embrace the “sweet” in Sweetest Day with this chocolate lovers’ basket, full of delicious chocolates perfect for satisfying any sweet tooth. Include balloons or stuffed animals to really put your gift over the top. This basket is perfect for friends, family, loved ones or to put out in the office for anyone who may be forgotten, truly embracing the original tradition of Sweetest Day.

Visit Coles Flowers,  full range of bouquets and gifts or ask about custom-designed gift options online now, or call us today at 802-388-4003 to place your order.

 

 

 

 

Best Flowers For Fall Weddings

Posted: September 24th, 2019
Fall Wedding Flowers

Fall is an extremely popular season for weddings. The weather is just right-not too hot, not too cold, and the beautiful Autumn leaves create the perfect backdrop for a Fall wedding. When it comes to flowers there are many different options to choose from.

Here are a few flower options perfect for a Fall wedding:

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are the most traditional go-to fall flower, and are often referred to as the “Queen of Fall Flowers.” Chrysanthemums bloom in a wide array of colors, which is great news for brides, because there are lots of color options making it easy to match your mums to your wedding’s theme and décor.

DaisiesFall Wedding Flowers

While daisies may seem like they are primarily a summer flower, because they often thought of as yellow, these flowers also bloom in rich, fall colors, such as purples and reds. In dark tones, these flowers are big and beautiful, and will help draw out any other fall colors present in your theme.

Aster

If you’re looking to paint a to-die-for romantic setting at your fall wedding, consider going with purple aster flowers. The deep purple color on these tiny wild-looking flowers will give your wedding an intimate and regal feel. Purple aster is associated with love and patience, two things that are key to a successful marriage.

Snow DropsFall Wedding Flowers

For a unique winter-white bouquet, perfect for a fall wedding easing into the winter season, many couples choose to go with snowdrop flowers. These flowers have petals that turn towards the ground. They are thought to symbolize hope, purity and rebirth.

Weddings are about celebrating you and your spouse and it’s important to choose flowers that are an expression of your love for one another. Let Coles Flowers help you choose the right fall flowers for your wedding! Contact us today to find your perfect wedding bouquet!

 

 

 

American Business Women’s Day

Posted: September 17th, 2019
American Business Women's Day

She manages the day-to-day operations of your office, finds coverage for you when you are sick, keeps procedures running smoothly, and takes the heat when problems arise: She’s your boss, and she deserve plenty of  appreciation for her hard work and dedication.

American Business Women’s Day is observed on September 22nd. The mission is to help female business women grow and gain more opportunities in their field. This is a great reason to gift your female boss a beautiful bouquet of flowers!

At Cole’s Flowers, we have some truly standout arrangements for your standout lady-bosses this American Business Women’s Day.

Savannah Style Floral Arrangement

Make a statement of true appreciation for your supervisor with this fresh flower arrangement full of bright, colorful flowers. Brighten up your workplace with these shades of yellow, pink, green and peach. She will surely love looking at this arrangement all week!

Flor-Elaborate Bouquet

Help your boss channel a spring-like feel this fall with this vibrant assortment of flowers. Yellow lilies dominate this bouquet full of green “Fuji” spider mums, fuchsia miniature spray roses and purple stock. When your supervisor is working late again, she will appreciate this bright pop of color against the dark office.

Bright Before Your Eyes Flower Arrangement

“Memorable” describes this arrangement well. Show you care with red gerberas, orange roses and yellow lilies. This unique arrangement will make your employer feel truly special and important this American Business Women’s Day.

Perk Me Up BouquetAmerican Business Women's Day

A smaller bouquet, this petite option is still bursting with life and is the perfect way to give some quick recognition to multiple bosses and management staff. Give each higher-up a Perk Me Up Bouquet to express your gratitude for their hard work and watch them fill up with joy over this little beauty.

Our list of floral arrangements for  National Boss Day is the perfect selection to choose from to gift your female boss! Learn more or place your order by calling Cole’s Flowers at 802-388-4003 today.