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  • KABOOM, IT'S INDEPENDENCE DAY!

    Colorful Flag

    Show your patriotic spirit this 4th of July and send firecracker treats and red, white and blue floral arrangements from Westchester Flower Shop.

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    Like flowers, the colors of the American flag are symbolic. The red in the flag symbolizes courage, while red flowers symbolize bravery and passion. White signifies purity and innocence on both the flag and in floral arrangements; while blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice on the flag, and exude peace and calm in bloom.

    You may be looking for a way to honor a veteran, or wanting to jazz up a picnic table. You probably know that the Declaration of Independence was signed in July of 1776. But did you know that there were no celebrations that year? The first official 4th of July celebration took place a year later, on July 4th, 1777. The holiday wasn’t called Independence Day until 1791, and the first official July 4th White House celebration didn’t take place until 1801, when Thomas Jefferson hosted a holiday party.

    Most familiar on the Fourth of July are the noisy and colorful fireworks that begin filling the air as soon as the sky darkens. But that’s not all there is to July 4th celebrations—the daylight hours are also often filled with outdoor activities and festivities, family get togethers and plenty of food and fun. Florists have a brisk time creating patriotic centerpieces, picnic-ready bouquets and filling gift baskets full of goodies that are perfect for Independence Day celebrations. Each year since, the day has been celebrated in a variety of ways, from 13 gun solutes, to parades, to historical readings combine with fireworks. Centerpieces, flower arrangements, celebratory bouquets and gift baskets are all familiar territory for the expert florists.

  • Mother's Special Day

    Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. Here in the U.S. it is celebrated May 13, 2018.Time to start thinking of what beautiful floral arrangement to give mom for all she’s done for you.

    Classic, smart, sophisticated: If these words describe your mom to a T, then the rose is for her. The rose can also mean different things depending on which color bloom you choose. For instance, yellow roses represent friendship, while pink roses mean "appreciation and admiration."

    Much like roses, tulips come in different colors, each with its own meaning. Purple tulips represent royalty, and pink tulips mean "caring."

    If your mom is high-energy, a joy to be around, a major source of inspiration for you, then grab her a bouquet of lilies. Stargazer lilies are perfect for ambitious moms, day lilies represent enthusiasm, Casablanca lilies mean "celebration" and calla lilies are the go-to for regal mamas.

     

    Peonies may not be one of the most common flowers for Mother's Day (they're more popular for weddings), but they sure are beautiful. The Society of American Florists says peonies represent healing, but Teleflora explains that they also signify honor and richness.

    Imaginative, quirky, funny, trendsetter: If any of these words describe your mom, then her floral equivalent is the orchid. Technically, the orchid means "delicate beauty" — you're probably the best judge of whether your mom would be thrilled or pissed by that comparison.

    We see these flowers everywhere, but did you have any idea this is what they're called? These are alstroemerias, and they're perfect for moms who are poised, refined, passionate and love surprises. Alstroemeria means "aspiring."

    Last but not least, the carnation: the flower that symbolizes love, which explains that pink carnations in particular mean "a mother's undying, eternal love."

  • EASTER TIME

    Easter, which is also known as Easter Sunday, is one of the oldest Christian holidays. Flowers are typically used for decorating homes and churches or they are given as a gift. These flowers are generally as varied as dyed Easter eggs, and are just as colorful. Popular Easter flowers are pastel in color and have some significant meaning that is associated with the Easter holiday. Common flowers include lilies, daffodils, tulips and hydrangeas.

    Lilies

    When it comes to Easter, lilies are often some of the first flowers that come to mind. There are many different types of lilies that can be given as gifts or used in Easter bouquets. They come in various sizes and colors such as yellow, pink, orange and even speckled. The most popular lily for this type of year is the Easter lily, which is also known as the Bermuda lily. This flower symbolizes virtue, hope and innocence and is frequently included in Easter bouquets and arrangements. The petals of the Easter lily are white and are often referred to as the “white robed apostles of hope.” The Easter lily made its way to the United States in the early 20th century when a World War I soldier brought bulbs back with him in his suitcase.

    Daffodils

    Daffodils are a spring blooming flower that is commonly associated with Easter and Easter bouquets. They originate from Portugal and Spain and stand for spring, rebirth and eternal life. Daffodils are easily recognizable by their color and shape. The most easy to identify daffodils are various shades of yellow, although white daffodils are also fairly common in some areas. They have six petals that have a trumpet like shape that extends from the center of them. The trumpet may be the same, or a different color than the petals. For example, certain types of daffodils may have white petals, but a yellow trumpet.

    Tulips

    Tulips are a teacup shaped flower that originates from Persia and Turkey, where they were often worn in turbans. They are beautiful flower to give someone for Easter. Europeans named the flower tulip after the word turban because of the similarities between the appearance of the flower and turbans. The flower then became increasingly popular in the Netherlands during the 17th century. This popularity was the start of what was known as “tulipomania.” Tulips have several meanings. The meanings that are most closely associated with Easter are that they represent the rebirth of spring and the perfect love. Further meaning for the flower depends on the color. White flowers for example, are a sign of worthiness and forgiveness. On the other hand, yellow tulips symbolize cheerful thoughts while red tulips mean true love. At Easter, tulips can be given as a potted plant or included with other flowers in a floral arrangement.

    Hydrangeas

    Hydrangeas are a type of plant that has large spherical shaped flower heads that bloom in the spring months. They come in a variety of different pastel colors, such as pink, yellow, blue and lavender, and are an ideal flower for Easter. White hydrangeas in particular, are also a popular flower for Easter floral arrangements. These flowers symbolize gratefulness for someone’s understanding or they may also mean that something is sincerely heartfelt. The name of these flowers comes from the Greek words for water and jug. Hydrangeas originate from southern and eastern Asia, although they are also quite common in both North and South America. They are also often associated with the Southern United States.

     

  • MR. BOKAY’S ROMANTIC WEEKEND CHECKLIST

     

     

    We’re officially in the love month and that means Valentine’s day is right around the corner. if your tired of the same old date night routine here are my suggestions for an entire weekend of romance.

    Whether you want to stay cozy by the fire or take a mini getaway, here are a few checklists to help make sure you’re weekend of love goes smoothly - so you can focus on what’s really important:

    If you want a sweet and sizzling stay at home:

     

    Before the date prep:

     

    1.Go out and get hot chocolate ingredients (scroll down for my recipie!)

     

     

    2.Buy some new pjs (bonus points if they have hearts on them!)

     

     

    3.Order our breathtaking rose arrangement and get them delivered!

     

     

    At home:

     

    1.Put the kids to sleep

     

    1. Light some candles

     

    1. Play some soft background music

     

    1. Make some hot chocolate

     

    1. Sit next to the fireplace in your new pjs!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you want a romantic rendezvous

    Before the date prep:

     

     

    1. Make some hot chocolate and put into two canteens (scroll down for my recipie!)

     

    1. Order and pickup some award-winning roses

     

    1. Call one of Westchester’s many indoor ice skating rinks and ask about reservations

     

     

    At the date:

     

     

    1. Take your s.o. to the ice skating rink

     

    1. Take a break from the ice to have some warm hot chocolate

     

    1. Give your s.o. those beautiful flowers

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you want a romantic rendezvous

     

     

    Before the date prep:

     

     

    1. Make some hot chocolate and put into two canteens (scroll down for my recipie!)

     

     

    1. Order and pickup some award-winning roses

     

     

    1. Call one of Westchester’s many indoor ice skating rinks and ask about reservations

     

     

    At the date:

     

     

    1. Take your s.o. to the ice skating rink

     

    1. Take a break from the ice to have some warm hot chocolate

     

    1. Give your s.o. those beautiful flowers

     

  • Mr. Bokay's Valentine Bundles

    Valentine's Date Bundles

    Excited to celebrate this Valentine's Day, but not sure where to start? I've decided to play Cupid this year and put together these romantic bundles to help guide the way:

     

     

     

    For the wholesome homebodies:

     

    1.Grab a bottle of you & yours' favorite bottle of wine

     

    2.Order a pizza from one of Westchester's savory Italian restaurants

     

    3.Because you aren't paying for travel expenses I recommend one of our lavish premium arrangements, such as the My Passionate Love Rose Bouquet

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For the complete-each-other couples:

     

    1.Go out for a romantic dinner in Westcheste

    2.I recommend a dozen roses in hand, it will be perfect (for this, just call the shop at (800) 350-7251, give them the pick-up time, and they'll have them ready when you arrive!)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For the fathers to their daughters:

     

    1.Grab one of our in-house special chocolate assortments

     

    2.Write them a letter telling them how proud you are of them!

     

    3.I recommend a bouquet of lilies for your special girl (for this, just call the shop at (800) 350-7251, give them the pick-up time, and they'll have them ready when you arrive!)

     

     

  • MR. BOKAY’S HOT COCOA AND WHIPPED CREAM RECIPE

     

    Looking for something sweet to make your s.o this Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re staying in our going out, this recipe is going to sweeten up the day:

     

    Shopping list for hot cocoa

    • Cocoa powder (3 tablespoons)
    • Whole milk (3 cups)
    • Semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)
    • Granulated sugar (3 tablespoons)

    Shopping list for whipped cream

    • Heavy cream (1 cup)
    • Powdered sugar (2 tablespoon)
    • Vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)
    • Heart shaped sprinkles

     

    Whipped cream instructions: PREPARE FIRST

    1. Pour Heavy whipping cream into a small/medium sized bowl
    2. Add powdered sugar
    3. Add just one tap of vanilla extract
    4. Whip until stiff peaks form
    5. Leave out or put in fridge while you make hot cocoa

    Hot cocoa instructions:

    1. Bring ¾ cup water to a simmer in medium saucepan over medium-heat
    2. Whisk in the cocoa powder, until there are no chocolate lumps
    3. Add milk, bring to simmer again
    4. Whisk in chocolate chips and sugar until consistency is smooth and blended

    Cook time:  About 5 minutes

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    1. Pour into a mug
    2. Add a gracious amount of homemade whipped cream
    3. Top with heart-shaped sprinkles

    Enjoy!

    P.S. - For a little extra love:

    - Before pouring the hot cocoa, coat the rim of the mug with red and pink sprinkles!

    Cook time:  About 5 minutes

     

  • Take this Quiz and Find Out Which Flowers to Buy on Valentine’s Day!

    Which drink would they prefer?

    A) Latte

    B) Tea

    C) Cold-pressed Juice

     

    How would you describe them?

    A) Confident

    B) Sweet

    C) Exciting

     

    What is a word to describe their dream date?

    A) Luxurious

    B) Homemade

    C) Adventurous

     

    What is their idea of exercise?

    A) Shopping

    B) Yoga

    C) Gym

     

    THE RESULTS ARE IN!

    If you got mostly A’s...

    You got Romantic Rose! Loving to be treated like the queen they are, I recommend indulging your loved one with our Enchanted Beauty Bouquet!

    If you got mostly B’s...

    You got Lovely Lily! Preferring to stay at home with homemade dinner by the fire, I recommend adoring your loved one with our Valentine's Bundle! 

     

    If you got mostly C’s...

    You got Luscious Lavender! I recommend our unique Loving Lavender arrangement, because just like this beauty, your s.o. is like no one else..

    If these are on the right track and you want to consider all your options, visit our Valentine's Day Specials page, and be sure to keep checking in with our blog for our top V-Day tips!

  • V IS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

  • FAMILY THANKSGIVING TIME

    Thanksgiving was first established as an American holiday by President Lincoln in 1863. At that point, and for many years thereafter, the turkey feast itself was considered decoration enough for most holiday tables. Some hosts like to consider their delectable turkey as the centerpiece of their holiday table. Unfortunately, the table looks quite barren once the big bird goes quickly from beautiful to bones at a large family gathering. Make the holiday festive with a  inspired Thanksgiving bouquets, centerpieces, decor and more to brighten your table. Between perfecting your turkey and pies, don't forget the rest of the holiday table. Wow guests with a rustic Thanksgiving table.Whether you are setting a fancy, fun, or frill-free table, we've got you covered.

    A great look for the center of your table is a floral arrangement in a basket.

    A more modern look for your table can be seen in picture below.

    Adding sunflowers is always festive and bright to a bouquet.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • HALLOWEEN SPOOKY NIGHT

    Send a Halloween flower bouquet to scare up a little fun this year. Autumn leaves, orange fall flowers and black vases make the perfect Halloween decoration on the spookiest night of the year.

     This witchy dog arrangement will have everyone howling with delight. It is handcrafted from fresh white carnations and colorful, dried oak leaves. This petal pooch creation comes complete with a black witch's hat, making it a fun git for your Halloween table.


    Smile and say BOO! This Halloween, send ghostly greetings to a favorite friend with a mix of bright blossoms, autumn leaves and more, topped with a wiggly eyed white ghost. You're sure to make a great impression.

    Send a Halloween wreath with a scarecrow, fall leaves and gourds to decorate your front door and welcome all the trick or treaters.
    A pumpkin with fall flowers is a great Halloween gift, an addition to your table or to put by you trick or treat candy bowl!

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