Whether you cut your own Christmas Tree or visit one of the many tree lots in the Boston area, people often ask when is the best time to buy a Christmas Tree ? While many people often celebrate Thanksgiving with a Christmas Tree set up, the staff at Exotic Flowers does not recommend a fresh cut Christmas in any home before December 4th.
While all of our Christmas trees are freshly cut, a Christmas tree only has a short life span. The warmer your home is, the less durability your Christmas tree will have.
You will hear that Christmas trees need fire retardant and special tree food. These are all myths, Christmas trees need cool environments and a fresh cut. Many Boston apartments are just too hot and dry to put a Christmas tree up in November.
If you do love that fresh balsam fir tree smell, then Exotic Flowers can even deliver your Christmas tree
in the Boston area. Fraser fir and balsam fir remain our best selling Christmas trees.
This blog post was inspired my cousin Lisa Canale Trachtman
whose father Kenny brings my fondest memories of Christmas.
Did you ever decorate your home with Christmas garland for the holidays ? If not, now is the time to start your own tradition. Live evergreen garland can decorate banisters, light poles, mantles and doorways. Although garland can be artificial, the staff at Exotic Flowers firmly believes in fresh evergreen garland. We often say, 'real garland means real Christmas.'
Christmas garland can be ornate or simple. Some use simple long needled white pine roping. Some Bostonians look for mixed greenery which includes balsam fir, noble fir and berries. Some even add light strings to their garland. At Exotic Flowers in Boston, we offer all the ingredients for Christmas garland. We even install holiday garland in homes in Boston, Canton, Brookline and Beacon Hill.
Evergreen garland often comes in twenty and thirty foot rolls. Of course we can sell you any length your home requires. Fresh evergreen garland not only enhances the beauty of your home but also brings the scent of Christmas into your home.
Evergreen swags are another great option to decorate for Christmas. Swags are made from evergreen sprigs tied together. Swags in the Boston area are created with Balsam fir, Cedar, boxwood and a combination of berries and cones. Swags are often hung vertically with a bow added for color. You can hang a swag anywhere you would hang a wreath; of course the front door is most popular. The swag is often the most economical alternative to a wreath.
Another great idea for decorating the outside of your Boston home for Christmas are mixed evergreen planters. In place of pots filled with geraniums, the staff at Exotic Flowers will install mixed evergreen planters on your front steps. These planters often include balsam fir, fraser fir, cedar, pine cones and white birch. The best part of these planters is their durability. They often decorate the front steps of Boston area homes throughout the winter.
While In Europe, guests often bring flowers when visiting someone's home for dinner or an event. Guests in the United States, on the other hand often bring a bottle of wine.
Why the difference ? Well of course the cultural habits of both societies has evolved over hundreds of years. In Europe, wine is a staple in most homes and does not carry the intrinsic value we perceive in the United States. In the United States, quality flowers and bouquets are not as readily available.
Wine of course has many health benefits, but one bottle of wine is only good for 4-5 glasses. One beautiful cornucopia of flowers is good for 5-7 days and enlightens over 20 dinner guests.
"Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul." - The Koran
This Thanksgiving, lift the spirits of your friends and family. Exotic Flowers in Roslindale will be open until 1pm for all your hostess gift needs.
Of course, if you are stuck on getting wine. Exotic Flowers in Roslindale does have a liquor license and sells wine. We will be featuring our holiday wine picks, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Remember, we are the local Boston florist who yearns to serve all your needs.
Exotic Flowers in Boston presents the newest and hottest arrangements for Christmas in 2013. Exotic Flowers has partnered with FTD, Teleflora and the Society of American Florists to bring flower lovers in the Boston area some great gifts for Christmas. Reaction Guaranteed.
Designed with red roses, carnations, pinecones and evergreens, this dazzling flower arrangement can be delivered anywhere in the Boston area for $54.95. This Christmas arrangement arrives in a sparkling keepsake ornament vase by Teleflora and is designed in the Exotic Flowers design studio in Boston.
Want to send flowers in a gift ? This keepsake cookie jar is filled to the brim with red roses, carnations, fragrant evergreens and faux berries. Along with the adorable snowman, any Boston flower lover will cherish this flower arrangement. Not only can Exotic Flowers hand deliver this arrangement in the Boston area, but also available nationwide via Teleflora for only $64.95.
Thomas Kinkade floral arrangements by Teleflora are a huge floral tradition in Boston, Massachusetts and New England. Kinkade passed away recently and this stunning Christmas arrangement is sure to be Exotic Flowers in Boston's best selling holiday flower arrangement for 2013. Only $79.95, this Thomas Kinkade floral arrangement arrives with fragrant evergreens, miniature red roses, pine cones and a keepsake village inspired by the deceased artist. This Christmas tradition of flowers is available in all fifty states.
The perfect Christmas hostess gift, this exciting bouquet of red and white roses in a dazzling mirrored cube is guaranteed to make spirits brighter. Simple, stylish, affordable ¬- better order one for yourself as well.
The delightful holiday bouquet features red roses and white roses accented with assorted greenery.
Retailing for $64.95, this Christmas flower arrangement is not only available in Boston but throughout the United States. Start your own tradition.
Named after one of the three kings, Balthazar is back by popular demand in 2013. Weighing in at $200, this show stopping Christmas flower arrangement has been demanded by Boston flower lovers for years.
Ever since I was born, my father Sonny Canale has made homemade ravioli for special occasions like Thanksgiving. These giant ravioli are a tradition for our family. He makes both cheese and mouth watering spinach. These giant ravioli measure more than four inches each. Covered with my mother Marie's sauce, it is no surprise that more than thirty friends and relatives celebrate Thanksgiving at my parents' home.
Making homemade ravioli is no easy task. Each ravioli is made from scratch. From putting the eggs into a mound of flour and kneading the dough, ravioli making is a time honored tradition in our family. The children are always eager to help hand crank the pasta machine. Keep in mind the dough must be hand cranked to achieve ravioli greatness.
Making ravioli is not only about working together, but it is about sharing time and celebrating your own traditions. My father has been using the same hand crank machine for years. The treat for the kids always remains the pile of homemade noodles that are thrown into boiling water that night for a treat.
The making of ravioli can take more than three hours. Of course not only are the ravioli worth everyone's time, but the memories created here last a lifetime.
I come from a family of florists my mother Marie's parents were florists and Exotic Flowers
remains at the original A.Russo Florist and Son location on American Legion Hwy in Roslindale. My father Sonny has been a florist for more than sixty years. My uncle George and his family who come for Thanskgiving dinner have a greenhouse range and garden center in West Bridgewater
. My wife Suzie's family owned Back Wholesale Flowers in Boston for decades.
It is Thanksgiving. Start your own tradition.
Thanksgiving feasts can be decadent, simple, festive and joyous. All Thanksgiving meals should feature food, flowers and wine.
From Boston to Byfield or Roxbury to Rockland... Exotic Flowers Thanksgiving flowers are a tradition for families and restaurants in Boston.
Most purists suggest white wine for Thanksgiving dinner, but I am a red wine drinker and I am sharing my top five red wines for Thanksgiving.
- Simi Reserve Cabernet - full bodied with rich dark fruit. Ideal wine for a smaller intimate Thanksgiving dinner.
- 337 Cabernet - the best bang for the buck on the list. A thoroughly enjoyable Cabernet can plenish the masses for only $13 per bottle.
- Hitching Post Pinot Noir - made famous by the movie Sideways; this Pinot is full bodied and is ideal if you are going with a vibrant King Salmon for your dinner.
- Kendall Jackson Summation - smoother than Cabernet and richer than Merlot with a nice Zinfandel bite; this varietal is an all star at under $15 per bottle. Fun wine and highly recommended for a dinner party.
- Smith & Hook Cabernet; my new favorite Cab. Thanks my friends at The Capital Grille in Chestnut Hill
Five top notch red wines for Thanksgiving.
Of course don't forget the flowers. Flowers, food, wine, friends, family. Start your own tradition.
Every Saturday, the Society of American Florists (SAF) offers sales tips to floral industry professionals. This week, Katie Hendrick shares some holiday sales tips from Exotic Flowers in Boston.
Inexpensive Perks Keep Customers Merry
by Katie Hendrick
At Exotic Flowers in Boston, convenience and customer appreciation define the company's holiday marketing philosophy. We reached out to Rick Canale, owner of the 2008 Marketer of the Year-winning shop, for some tactics to get customers in the door and spending money, amidst all their other shopping activity.
Here are just a few of them:
- Sell Christmas trees and wreaths to generate in-store traffic
- Provide snacks – popcorn and candy canes – to keep tired shoppers in good spirits
- Offer complimentary containers of hand sanitizer (to keep cold and flu germs at bay). The Exotic Flowers version has "Red Sox World Series Champions" emblazoned on it.
- Send letters reminding customers of the previous year's holiday order with a personal letter. ("This gets great feedback," Canale said. "People appreciate reminders and they really love the personalization of the letter.")
- Hand deliver poinsettias to top 100 clients.
- Hand sign cards to top 200 clients.
- Accessorize a large table by placing a long, narrow centerpiece in the center of the table. Add a few small votice candles on each side of the arrangement for an added effect.
- Ask your the staff at Exotic Flowers to create a centerpiece in a treasured family vase or bowl, or in seasonal pieces such as a cornucopia or a utility vase surrounded by dry corn cobs.
- To create a lot of drama and variety, place a topiary at one end of the table leading to a cluster of small potted plants, then two smaller topiaries with candles leading to a tray of votive candles and flower petals, and so on...
- Ask the Exotic Flowers floral designers to use vegetables or fruits as accents in your floral arrangement.
- Garnish your serving trays with flowers and greens.
- Scatter colorful fall leaves, flowers and votive candles along the center of your dining table.
- Float flowers in crystal wine glasses.
- Place a single long-stem rose on each plate to welcome your guests to the table.
- Decorate small desserts with flowers or make an ice ring with flowers to chill champagne or wine.
- Ask the Exotic Flowers floral design team to design the arrangements for your buffet table on several different levels to keep the eye flowing all along the table.
- Place a garland of fruit, flowers and fall foliage over your front door.
These simple tips will not only enhance your meal, but create lasting memories of beauty amongst your family and guests.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and memories. Often times, we end up around the television for football. Leading up to the holiday, Exotic Flowers in Boston is proud to share its top five movies for the holidays.
Starting in reverse order:
5. - Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Because Thanksgiving is about memories, we could not let this Charlie Brown classic escape our top five.
4. Bed of Roses
Our top five movies had to have one that included a flower shop.
3. Scent of a Woman
I attended Boston College (A&S '93) at the same time as Chris O'Donnell; so this one had to make the top 5.
2. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
"Those aren't pillows!" .. need I say more ?
1. Home for the Holidays
This movie is a must see. The movie reminds us that every family has issues, but in the end we are lucky to have family.
During Veteran's Day we are reminded of our freedom and the many who have sacrificed their lives in defending that freedom. At Arlington National Cemetery
in Virginia, thousands of visitors show their respect for our veterans with flowers for their graves. Flowers at a gravesite not only show honor and respect but also show love for the one who has died.
Arlington National Cemetery even realizes the importance of having arranged flowers. They offer complimentary cemetery vases to insert your mixed flower bouquet into. Arlington National Cemetery is a visual masterpiece. Walking the grounds of the cemetery sends chills up your spine. Every American can say they have a loved one there, as these men and women have given us so much more than we could ever give them. Flowers at their gravesite is the least we can do.
Arlington National Cemetery even has a set of floral guidelines which exhibit how important they feel flowers are.
- Fresh cut flowers may be placed on gravesites at any time. Arlington National Cemetery provides portable cones for flowers that public may use. These cones can be found throughout the cemetery in centralized stone containers.
- Artificial flowers may be placed on gravesites from October 10 through April 15.
- The government does not assume any responsibility for damaged or missing flower arrangements.
- Planting of flowers, shrubs, etc. is prohibited.
- Potted plants are permitted during the period 7 days before and 7 days after Easter.
- Wreaths are permitted during the holiday season (from 1 Dec until mid-January).
- Floral items will be removed from the gravesites as soon as they become faded and unsightly.
- Prohibited decorations include: statues, vigil lights, flags, glass objects of any nature, and any type of commemorative items and are not permitted on gravesites—except for U.S. flags placed on the gravesites by government employees for Memorial Day.
- Floral items and other types of decorations are not to be secured to the headstone or marker.
- Flowers may be placed at the bottom of a column at the niche wall or in the Columbarium.
Every Christmas since 1992, Arlington National Cemetery has been the recipient of 5000 donated Christmas wreaths for the graves there.
Even if you cannot get to Arlington National Cemetery on Veteran's Day
. There are thousands of veterans' graves in the Boston area where you can leave a stem or two of flowers to show your respect.