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!

 

Preserving Your Flower Bouquets

Posted: July 15th, 2019
Preserving Your Flower Bouquets

Flowers are beautiful gift to give to your loved one, but what happens when they begin to wilt and become unsightly? Most people don’t know how to care for flowers once they have them which is the key reason why most bouquets end up dying on a dining room table until they are ultimately thrown away. Of course, the beautiful bouquet you received won’t last forever but, there are a few steps you can take to keep them fresher longer and looking their absolute best.

One of the most important things to remember when you receive a bouquet of flowers is to care for them. Yes, they are pretty, but they do require a bit of attention to maintain that beauty.Preserving Your Flower Bouquets

Most bouquets come with flower food, don’t neglect this small package.

If your bouquet came with flower food, read the instructions carefully and do as it says.

The next thing you should do when you receive a bouquet of flowers is to trim the ends.

By cutting the stems you allow the flower to soak up the maximum amount of water which will keep the flowers hydrated and healthy. It’s best to cut off about one inch and to cut them at an angle for maximum water intake.

It is also important to change the water frequently (every 2-3 days) to decrease the build-up of bacteria.

Lastly, you can refrigerate your flowers at night to maximize freshness. 

Refrigerating flowers at 34-36 degrees Fahrenheit helps to slow their metabolism rate and stop them from wilting.

With these simple tips, you can get the most out of your bouquets by extending their lifetime.

Remember to check Cole’s Flowers blog for different flower tips and tricks. Visit our shop to browse our wide selection of beautiful custom bouquets!

 

Plan your Patriotic Holiday Party

Posted: May 10th, 2019
Plan your Patriotic Holiday Party

With summer quickly approaching there are a few patriotic holidays coming up. If you are planning to host a Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, take your décor up a notch by adding beautiful floral arrangements.

Floral arrangements are a great way to accentuate your patriotic event. Flowers will also add a lovley fragrant scent to your party venue. Our arrangements also include beautiful balloons that will add decor and style to your party. planning a fouth of july party

When hosting a party, it is important to include the following aspects:

  • Décor– aside from flowers, you will need other party decorations to bring your party to life.
  • Venue/ space– A fourth of July party is the perfect opportunity to have fun and enjoy your backyard.
  • Activities– Interactive games like ring toss are a great way to get your guests to socialize and have fun.
  • Food/ drink– The best kind of foods for these types of events should be easy to eat/ finger foods. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob are great foods for a backyard barbecue. You can also save money by asking your guests to bring side dishes.

These kinds of holidays can be perfect for backyard get-togethers. A simple set up with casual and fun decorations can transform your party space.

Patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July mean a late night of watching fireworks. To entertain your guests while waiting for the sun to set, consider setting up game stations. Parties like this usually include a mix of adults and children. Fun activities like corn hole, jumbo Jenga, and lawn twister will be great interactive activities to entertain party guests of all ages.

If you are looking for floral arrangements for your party, visit Cole’s Flowers in Middlebury, Vermont. We are dedicated to exceeding all your floral needs. We have a range of red, white, and blue floral creations to celebrate, remember, or decorate. Visit our website to see a variety of patriotic themed arrangements.

 

 

 

Give a Warm Winter Welcome with Winter Flowers

Posted: January 15th, 2019
Elegance of Winter

Winter is notorious for cold weather conditions and Vermont is no exception. Fighting the cold weather can be tough but the little things can bring us great joy amid winter blues.

Despite the frigid temperatures, you can still find warmth with the various winter floral arrangements at Cole’s Flowers.

Crisp Winter Skies

Our Crisp Winter Skies bouquet is a gorgeous collection of blossoms as unique as the soft snowflakes that drift downward. White roses, white Casablanca lilies, and white wax flowers combined with blue delphinium create a wintery mix. The bright side is that you can stay warm as you enjoy this delightful display.

Fresh Floral ArrangementAura of Winter

Winter often feels peaceful and playful, calling us outdoors to build a snowman or take a ride down a white powdered hill. Capture the spirit of winter with our Aura of Winter arrangement, consisting of blue hydrangea, white oriental lilies, blush hypericum, and light pink roses. The soft colors show the true essence of winter’s sweet and gentle side.

Winter Floral ArrangementWinter’s Blush

Nothing compares to sitting near a crackling fireplace and sipping hot chocolate as you observe a winter wonderland just outside your window. Winter creates a soft beauty, much like our Winter’s Blush arrangement that groups together white hydrangea, pink snapdragons, and pink roses with peach and pink alstroemeria, magnolia leaves, and lotus pods.

Elegance of Winter

Embrace the frosty season of winter and welcome guests into your home with a grand, graceful bouquet placed in your entryway. Our Elegance of Winter bouquet combines white roses, lilies, tulips, and mini carnations with blue delphinium and hydrangeas creating one large arrangement.

Cole’s Flowers has a variety of winter arrangements available; contact us to place your order today.

Celebrating National Caregiver Appreciation Month

Posted: November 20th, 2018
Happiness Grows Floral Arrangement

At Cole’s Flowers, we believe that flowers are the perfect gift for your loved ones. It’s a beautiful way of showing them that you care and appreciate their presence in your life.

November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month, a time when we think of the people in our lives who have given their lives to care for someone in need.

It takes a special person to be a caregiver and we can’t think of a better way to show appreciation than with a Cole’s Flowers arrangement.

Check out our recommended arrangements:

Happiness Grows

It’s in the name. Happiness grows by way of bicolored circus roses, purple monte casino asters, orange tulips, and a whole lot more color. This arrangement will dazzle any special someone, and make for a beautiful centerpiece wherever, whenever. Click here to view this arrangement.

Have a Lovely Day

Here’s another one where the name says it all. This glass vase, consisting of sunny yellow lilies and bi-colored roses, is sure to keep any person smiling long after. It gets across a simple message: you deserve to have a lovely day! Click here to see this arrangement.

Out of the Woods

We love this arrangement for two reasons. First, it’s a beautiful display of color, with red gerberas, liatris, misty blue limonium, and other dazzling flowers—sure to display affection to any caregiver in question. And second, because it’s perfect for this time of the year, with an autumnal aesthetic that everyone loves. Order your ‘Out of the Woods’ arrangement here.

There’s nothing else that says ‘I appreciate you’ more than a customized flower arrangement. At Cole’s Flowers, we create arrangements that we know our clients will appreciate, either as the recipient or the sender.

Celebrating “Do Something Nice Day” with Fresh Flowers

Posted: October 2nd, 2018
Cole's Florist Colorfulness Bouquet

Some might say there’s a holiday for everything, but “National Do Something Nice Day” seems particularly poignant: a day dedicated to surprising a special someone, and showing them how much you care and think about them. Oh, and guess what? “National Do Something Nice Day” is right around this corner — it’s actually this Friday!

At Cole’s Flowers, we suggest sending a special assortment of fresh florals to a loved one.


Bright Before Your Eyes

This assortment certainly lives up to its name well. This assortment of red gerberas, orange roses and yellow lilies packs an explosion of color, and is a clear, visual representation of affection. Suprise: your love is bright before your eyes.

Three’s a Charm

We love ‘Three’s a Charm’ because it gets the message of love across so effortlessly — and what better flower to do that than with pink roses? This simple arrangement is sure to please all who receive, because like they say: three’s a charm!

Awe-Inspiring Autumn

Because even if it’s “Do Something Nice Day,” it’s also still autumn. Which means that anyone would be delighted by some fall colors. That’s where our Awe-Inspiring Autumn arrangement comes in: a dazzling performance of orange Asiatic lilies, yellow roses, blue delphinium, and more take the stage for this one.

Celebrate Today!

And last but not least, the arrangement that is the most straightforward: Celebrate Today! We’ve always loved this arrangement of purple iris, orange gerberas, hot pink spray roses, and much more because it can really work in any occasion. Whether it’s a birthday, a celebration, or “Do Something Nice Day,” Celebrate Today is here for you!

Try these floral arrangements on for size, and don’t forget that the holiday is this upcoming Friday. Come visit Cole’s Flowers today!

More Fresh Fall Arrangements to Consider

Posted: September 25th, 2018
Fresh Fall Floral Arrangement

Cole’s Flowers is a big fan of autumn, and to show our love for the season, we’ve created a diverse seasonal list of floral arrangements. We’ve already showcased several new fall arrangements in a previous blog but we have many more to feature.

Here are some more fall arrangements to consider from Cole’s Flowers so you can showcase the fall season at home.

Awe-Inspiring Autumn

To us, autumn is awe-inspiring. And what that means for our Awe-Inspiring Autumn arrangement, at least, are orange asiatic lilies, yellow roses, mini red carnations and more. The idea is to show off what it is we love about autumn with an explosion of crisp color. The classic urn vase also brings a fashionable style to the arrangement.

Vivid Amber

Our Vivid Amber arrangement is one of our favorites because of its simplicity: a few types of flowers—including eucalyptus, orange and red roses, and yellow lilies—in a ginger jar vase easily demonstrate the colors of fall in a clear and cohesive manner.

Hot & Spicy

Our Hot & Spicy arrangement brings bold statements of red and orange that turn up the heat on fall florals. With days still being somewhat warm, this arrangement gives off the energy of summer that typically lasts through the first week or so of fall. And with that comes peach gerberas, red charlotte roses, orange carnations, and more.

Romancing the Royal

We have to say: our Romancing the Royal is a different fall arrangement than most. You don’t normally see shades of purple and pink this time of the year, but they go so lovely with yellow gladiolus and roses. Who says you can’t have a little fun with color in the fall?

Another season, another great time to show your appreciation with flowers for a loved one or for your own home. Contact Cole’s Flowers in Middlebury to find out more about our fall arrangements!

Featuring Our Fall Arrangements

Posted: September 14th, 2018
Fresh Floral Arrangement

As sad as we are to see summer end, we are excited for fall to arrive. It is such a uniquely beautiful season in Vermont with stunning shades of yellow, orange, and red.

Don’t forget to greet the fall season with blooms of blessings using Cole’s Flowers fresh floral arrangements.

Here’s a first glance of what fall arrangements we have to offer:

Gourd-eous Blooms Basket

 Our Gourd-eous Blooms Basket arrangement features artificial gourds, bundles of wheat, dried lotus pods, and a host of seasonal flowers that bring in those colors we love this time of the year. Better yet, it comes in an oval wicker basket, which is exactly what you’d might expect to find at a pumpkin patch.

Fall Flower ArrangementsCrisp Autumn Morning Basket

 If the arrangement above is the first major fall arrangement to be featured, then this one is a close second. The Crisp Autumn Morning Basket is bursting with color, featuring yellow sunflowers, tulips, and dried mushrooms. It comes in a rectangular wicker basket, almost if it’s ready for an autumnal picnic.

Bonfire Nights Bouquet

 We love this fall floral arrangement because it’s a homage to the waning nights of summer, but also, a glimpse at the colors to come. The chrysanthemums are bronze and yellow; the spray roses are orange, and the daisy poms, butterscotch.

Fresh Floral ArrangementAutumn Adventure

 And what would this list about fall floral arrangements be without our Autumn Adventure? Orange Gerberas, Rust Leondis Roses, and bi-colored Flame Mini Callas make this tall rectangular vase piece a spectrum of autumnal palettes, one that is sure to make any gathering more memorable.

With fall around the corner, get ready to embrace the new season with our diverse collection of fall floral arrangements. For more information, contact us today!

Floral Arrangements Fitting for College Graduates

Posted: April 23rd, 2018
Cole's Flowers Arrangement

The month of May is right around the corner and that means college seniors are starting to prepare for graduation and proud parents are too! Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment that should be celebrated by students and the people that love them.

Consider gifting one of our Cole’s Flowers fresh floral arrangements that are fitting for accomplished college graduates.

Celebrate a Student’s Brilliance

What better way to celebrate a graduate than to get a flower arrangement that perfectly describes the attribute that so many graduates possess. The Brilliance Bouquet is a lovely collection of Coles Flowers Floral Arrangementcolorful flowers that are as bright as the recipient’s future. Add balloons, chocolates or a stuffed animal to bring this gift up to another level.

Get Your Graduate to Smile

After four years of rough classes and tough tests, your graduate will be sure to be smiling from ear to ear upon completion of their schooling, and you can celebrate that feeling with the Make ‘Em Smile Bouquet. This gorgeous arrangement combines pink carnations and green button poms to create a perfectly cheerful arrangement.

Embrace the Sweet Smell of Spring

Give your graduate the green light to post-graduation success with the wonderful Fresh Like Springtime Arrangement that presents a collection of green roses, carnations, dianthus, hypericum, and babies breath in an emerald green vase.

Fragrant Garden ArrangementGift a Simple Garden Arrangement
Be sure to show your graduate your pride in their accomplishment and also give them something to brighten their home with the Fragrant Garden Arrangement. This arrangement has something for everyone with pink and white alstroemeria, mini spray roses, lavender stock, yellow button poms and blue hyacinth all brought together by an unforgettably sweet scent.

There is nothing like seeing the smile on a graduate’s face when you present them with a gorgeous flower arrangement, and at Coles Flowers, we offer many lovely selections. Don’t delay, get your arrangement today. Contact us to place an order.

Celebrate National Earth Day with Fresh Floral Arrangements

Posted: April 18th, 2018
Floral Arrangement from Coles Flowers

People all around the world have celebrated Earth Day every April for decades. What started as a celebration at thousands of colleges and universities across America back in 1970 has grown to be a global celebration. The holiday has evolved quite but the mission remains the same: To protect the environment at all costs and to promote the idea that everyone should be playing a part in doing what’s best for the Earth on a daily basis.

If you’re taking part in Earth Day festivities on April 22, 2018, start by decorating your space with fresh floral arrangements from Cole’s Flowers.

Cole’s Flowers is a big believer in using the beauty of flowers to show people the importance of caring for the Earth and all that it creates. Take a look at a few of the floral arrangements that would be best to acknowledge Earth Day this year.

Bring Your Garden Views Inside

Nothing will make you appreciate the Earth quite like a trip to your garden. Between the flowers that are in full bloom and the birds that congregate inside of it, it’s impossible to spend time in a garden and not be thankful for what the Earth provides. Now, you can get that same feeling in your home with our PreviewBlissful Garden Flower BSunflower Floral Arrangement asket filled with blue hyacinth, yellow daffodils, hot pink garden roses, orange and yellow tulips, green hydrangea, and a bird’s nest to top it all off.

Consider Blooming Beams of Sunshine

While a basket filled with colorful flowers will no doubt remind you of the Earth’s beauty, there’s a much simpler arrangement that will also do the trick. Our Pot O’ Sunflowers Topiary Arrangement is designed to brighten up any room by celebrating both the sunflowers themselves and the lotus seed pods that emulate the brown spot located in the middle of the sunflowers.
Cole's Flowers Floral Arrangements
Brighten Up Your Morning with Florals
Mother Earth often looks the most beautiful first thing in the morning when the sun is coming up and showing its first signs of light. You can capture that feeling with the Quiet Dawn Bouquet that features soft pink gerberas and roses side by side with lilies. You’ll be reminded of the new life that’s popping up all around you constantly and remember not to take the gifts the Earth gives all of us for granted when you have this bouquet around.

Celebrate Earth Day this year with one of these fresh floral arrangements or with another Cole’s Flowers arrangement. Call us at 802-388-4003 to place an order.