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2016 Golden Globe Flowers

Posted by Suzie Canale on Mon, Jan 11, 2016


Last Sunday night was the event of the year in California where glamorous stars walked the red carpet in the anticipation of seeing who would win a golden globe award!  According to reports, the ratings reached staggering heights and that was all due to the brilliant staging of props that was organized by the silver screen’s most talented artists.  The clothing, makeup and jewelry were all part of the sparkle adding to the excitement of the evening including the stunning flowers showcased by the best of the best florists in town.  On every table donned a fresh arrangement that was designed specifically to enhance the celebration for those attending and those viewing the ceremony from their own homes.  Characteristics such as color, texture, vase material and height constraints went into deciding just how to design Hollywood’s hottest event.  


photo credit: Nancy Kaye

Since the show aired, there has been an interesting report from those who both liked and disliked the floral displays placed around the room.  Do you prefer this wild collection of color or do you lean towards a more subdued mix of matching hues?


photo credit: Mark's Garden

Varieties of flowers that are included in this arrangement are yellow roses, purple hydrangea, green roses, blue hyacinth, taupe roses and Vanda orchids.  The vase is cylinder in shape with emerald glass set off by silver glitter.  Personally, I think the eclectic shades of bright jewel tones are interesting but may appear confusing to others.  The designer was no doubt going for a flashy splash, which I believe he successfully achieved!

all photos in this blog post are courtesy of Mark's Garden and Nancy Kaye

Tags: Event Florist, Celebrity Florist, Hollywood Florist, Golden Globes

The Flowers at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

Posted by Rick Canale on Mon, Jan 13, 2014

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When you fill a ballroom with star power like Amy Adams, Diane Keaton, Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Douglas you must use flowers that honor the stars. My two favorite flowers were chosen for the table centerpieces at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. An accent of cymbidium orchids lends its beauty to the show stopping bouquet of roses. Peach, yellow, and orange roses served as the centerpiece at the awards dinner. With all the black clothing and amber table setting this floral arrangement really popped off the table and illuminated the room.


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Miss Golden Girl 2014 is shown carrying a eye popping presentation bouquet of hydrangea and Movie Star roses. It is no coincidence that this LA florist uses the same lime green tissue paper that we use at Exotic Flowers in Boston to really make the flowers 'pop'.

Tags: Special Events Florist, Academy Awards, Movies, Event Florist, Celebrity Florist, Hollywood Florist

Florists in Philadelphia Celebrate 225th Birthday of U.S. Constitution

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Sep 21, 2012

225th Constitution Birthday Florists know that no party is complete without flowers. The United States Constitution turned 225 years old. Ask any Ron Paul fan and you know that the Constitution is the umbrella of our society, protecting every citizen within its words. On September 17th, 2012 dozens of florists collaborated on a once in a lifetime floral design to honor and celebrate the birthday of the document.

Kratt and Schaffer resized 600Philadelphia florists Bill Schaffer, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, and Kristine Kratt, AIFD, PFCI, have a reverence for history, inspired by their hometown. They spearheaded the idea of celebrating the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with an unforgettable floral display. Schaffer and Kratt rallied florists all over the world to help with the project. From 46 states, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom florists became 'the stars' of the monumental floral display. The florist volunteers created red, white and blue stars using botanicals and other fibers and shipped them to Schaffer and Kratt at Schaffer Designs in Philadelphia. These stars are designed to hang under a 12 foot by 16 foot umbrella shaped canopy on the lawn of the U.S. Constitution Center for one day only on September 17th, 2012. 

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The striking bouquet included eighty starts, suspended spheres of flowers and a perimeter of flowers surrounded the structure. Flowers included were carnations, hydrangeas, larkspur and carnations. Bravo to Delaware Valley Wholesale flowers for donating the flowers. Kudos to Smithers-Oasis and Floracraft for their donations of hard goods. Schaffer gave a conservative estimate of $20,000 of creative and material costs, which were donated by the floral industry's elite forward thinkers. 

To get a more detailed look at one of the stars, check out the star of Alice Waterous, AIFD, CF, PFCI, from Michigan. She made this star with seeds “to represent the seeds the Founding Fathers planted for our country to bloom,” she said. 

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Tags: Floral Design, U.S. Constitution, Philadelphia Florists, Event Florist

The Flowers for the PGA Deutsche Bank Championship

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Sep 07, 2012

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For the past ten years, Exotic Flowers in Boston has been creating hundreds of arrangements for the Deutsche Bank Golf Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. In 2012, the designers and staff at Exotic Flowers in Boston created, delivered and maintained more than four hundred plants and floral arrangements for this high profile PGA golf tournament featuring Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy. 
Please take a moment to view photos of flowers for the event from Labor Day weekend 2012.
FedEx Flowers
Prime sponsor FedEx always asks for florals in their signature colors of purple and orange.
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Extra refrigeration is a requirement at Exotic Flowers in Boston when creating and storing hundreds of fresh flower arrangements. Hardy flowers like sunflowers, roses and alstromeria are chosen to ensure longevity.
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More than three hundred mum plants were housed in our greenhouses in Roslindale to be decorated in sponsor chalets throughout TPC Boston.
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An impact arrangement for the clubhouse greets guests, golfers, celebrities and the media of TPC Boston in Norton, MA.
BMW Flowers
Sponsors like BMW choose a sleak and elegant look to match the classic lines of their vehicles.
If you would ever like to witness our staff in action, Exotic Flowers in Boston is open seven days a week and we're happy to share our show with you.

Tags: Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC Boston, Golf Florist, Exotic Flowers Employees, Event Florist

Does Floral Designer Preston Bailey Miss the Mark on His Colleague ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Mar 20, 2012

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There is no doubt that floral designer Preston Bailey is a genius at his craft. Bailey has created some of the most stunning floral arrangements and events for his clients. He has elevated his craft to an art. As a Boston florist, I have often sought out Bailey's work for inspiration. Talk about a walking and talking version of Pinterest. 

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I also read Preston Bailey's blog. Recently Bailey weighed in his opinion on how vendors should dress when working on an event. As a Boston florist who creates many weddings in New England, we work with many other vendors like photographers, bakers, party planners and musicians. Although our staff is uniformed for event set up, we often bear witness to some sloven colleagues as well. And while I am not upbraiding Bailey for judging his colleague's attire, I am questioning some other glaring view points in his blog post.

In his recent post, Bailey takes us into the audience of a recent wedding that he created and attended. Bailey observes a videographer whose attires upsets him. Bailey writes " I realized with horror that the videographer following her was wearing jeans and Ugg boots! I understand that some cultures are more casual than others, but Ugg boots at a formal wedding ? Come on.

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 The very worst part, though, is that when one of my colleagues said something to the videographer about her unprofessional attire, her reply was very rude and she used the F word. If this videographer is reading, you know who you are, and shame on you."

Bailey and his colleague’s heart are in the right place. Unfortunately we have witnessed a drastic culture change where decorum has been cast aside.

I do admire the videographer for telling his colleague where to go. I do not think it was Bailey's colleague’s place to offer any further disruption to the event.

Perhaps a well written note next time would be better received. Or coordinating a team effort before the wedding takes place. After all, if the bride was confident in the vendor, then Bailey should have made an effort to reach out to the vendor before hand. The bride chose Bailey and the videographer with reason. I feel it is unfortunate that Bailey does not mention the videographer's name here. If you can drop an 'F bomb' at a wedding, then can handle a bad blog post.

Tags: Preston Bailey, Event Florist, Party Planners, Weddings, Wedding Flowers

Exotic Flowers at the PGA Deutsche Bank Championship

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Aug 26, 2011

Deutsche Bank Championship Florist

 Since 2003, Exotic Flowers of Boston has been delivering hundreds of fresh flower arrangements to the PGA Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. The Deutsche Bank Championship features the top 100 PGA golfers as they compete for the FedEx Cup and its ten million dollar first prize. Defending champion Charley Hoffman looks to repeat as this year's champion. Hoffman will be competing against pros Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and many more.

The tournament is a week long affair of competition and fun. The event begins on Tuesday August 30th and ends Monday, Labor Day September 5, 2011. The tournament features premier sponsors like FedEx, Charles Schwab, The Wall Street Jouranal, Deutsche Bank and many others.

With so many high profile sponsors, clients and celebrities. Exotic Flowers, Boston's Premier Florist is honored to provide the floral arrangements for the week's events. Beginning on Monday, Exotic Flowers personnel heads to TPC in Norton, MA with plants and flowers for the week's events.

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Flower design work begins Saturday, August 27th and will continue throughout the week. Over three hundred floral arrangements and plants are delivered for the tournament. Veteran Exotic Flowers employee Mike Schaaf has overseen the event's logistics since the tournament's inception in 2003.

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Mike remains on site daily through the week's tournament to ensure that all flowers and plants remain at their freshest and most beautiful form. From replacing broken and wilted blooms to ensuring that each vase remains fresh, Mike will work into the evening ensuring that TPC and Deutsche Bank know why Exotic Flowers has earned our moniker as Boston's Premier Florist.

Tags: Deutsche Bank Championship, Golf Florist, Event Florist

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