December 2014 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 57

Floral Crowns: Past, Present & Future

Floral Crowns for Weddings

Floral Crowns have been popular since the time of the Ancient Greeks. Read more about the history of floral wreaths we wear. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz

Everywhere we look, we are seeing fresh floral crowns on models in magazines and on runways.  They are not a new idea! Now we’re seeing not just flower girls and brides wearing floral crowns, but all types of people for all types of occasions!

The halo of fresh flowers has been a popular accessory for hundreds of years.  Ancient Greeks wore crowns at special occasions in honor of their gods.  During Medieval times, floral crowns fell out of fashion since many pagan religions used them during their rituals.

Our own indigenous Cheyenne people worn crowns made of willow, cottonwood or sage during ceremonies and rituals.

And, in December, Nordic cultures still celebrate St. Lucia Day where a young girl wears a crown made of leaves and candles in a procession of light.

St. Lucia Day – December 13th

In Sweden, The Lucia Day, is venerated on December 13 in a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray Lucia. Wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head, she walks at the head of a procession of women, each holding a candle.
St. Lucia Christmas card.

The Nordic observation of St. Lucia is first attested in the Middle Ages, and continued after the Protestant Reformation in the 1520s and 1530s. The modern celebration is only about 200 years old. The pre-Christian holiday of Yule, or jól, was the most important holiday in Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Originally the observance of the winter solstice. The Yule season was a time for feasting, drinking, gift-giving, and gatherings, but also the season of awareness and fear of the forces of the dark. (Source: Wikipedia.com).

Floral Crowns

These days, the flowers in floral crowns are big and bold. Go big for full impact of the flowers. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz

Wedding Floral Crowns

Wedding Party with Flower Girl Wearing a floral head wreath.

Flower girls have been privileged in recent past years to be adorned with fresh flowers. Now, brides are showing interest, too with large floral wreath designs. Flowers by Flower Duet.

Queen Victoria made the orange blossom floral crown popular (along with the white gown) for weddings when she wore one for her nuptials to Prince Albert in 1840; however, there are many cultures around the world whose wedding attire includes fresh floral head wreaths.

Ancient Polynesians, traditional Ukrainians and the Chinese all wore floral crowns for wedding ceremonies to symbolize fertility.

Floral wreath floral crown for weddings by Flower Duet.

One of our lovely bride’s receives a lovely kiss from her flower girl who’s wearing a floral crown and carrying a little posy. Flowers by Flower Duet.

 Floral Crowns & Personal Flowers for Parties & Events

Floral Fascinator

Casey shows a guest at the South Coast Botanic Garden’s 53rd Annual Meeting and Foundation Dinner how to make a floral fascinator. Photo by Kristina Lee Photography

For the past few months, we created floral crowns and personal flowers as a party event feature. For a Foundation Dinner at the South Coast Botanic Garden, we showed guests how to create their own floral fascinator and for a little girl’s birthday party in Pacific Palisades at the Bel Air Bay Club, we created custom floral head wreaths using fresh flowers on-the-spot for little girls and grown-up women alike! That party will be featured in an upcoming blog post on karaspartyideas.com.

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NEW! Wedding Series Classes Offered by Flower Duet Features Floral Crowns and Hair Flowers

We are excited to announce a Wednesday evening Wedding Floral Design Class Series t0 be offered throughout 2015.

Three times next year, we’ll offer a monthly series of three classes. You can sign up for one class or a whole series. These will concentrate on three areas of wedding flowers: bouquets, centerpieces and personal flowers – which will include corsages, hair wreaths/floral crowns and boutonnieres.

This class series is geared toward those who want to increase their awareness of wedding flowers and work with tricky wedding techniques. It can be useful for casual flower arrangers who want to round out their floral skills.

Floral crowns for all by Flower Duet

Anyone can wear a floral crown now! It’s in style, it’s hip and it’s not just for weddings! Flowers by Flower Duet. Self portrait by Kit Wertz

 Think Pink for your Holiday Decorations!

Pink Metallic Wreath

This mini pink glitter wreath is my inspiration for a pink holiday! Ornament from Michael’s. Photo by Kit Wertz.

When you are wondering how to mix up your holiday decoration colors this year and want to shy away from traditional red and green and metallics, why not go for pink?

Pink Christmas Tree

Pink-themed Christmas tree. Ornaments by Roger’s Gardens. Photo by Kit Wertz.

It’s fun, it’s cool to throw some Design Master Glitter spray on to give it some jazz and there are a plethora of pink flowers and pink metallic ornaments to choose from this holiday season. Here are a few ideas for you to use pink in your holiday floral and tree decorating for 2014.

Pink Sea Horse Ornament

Pink sequined sea horse for a pink holiday! Ornament by World Market. Photo by Kit Wertz

Pink flowers are readily available this time of year for a pink floral holiday. Here are a few ideas for how to use pink in your holiday designs.

Pink Peonies in December

Pink Peonies are not only around in June. We bought some last week just like these. Flower Duet Flowers.

Pink tulips for Christmas

Pink tulips can make a delicate statement in a black or silver vase for the holidays. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz

Pink Poinsettias.

Pink variegated poinsettias are a great option to lighten the mood during the dark days of winter. Photo by Flower Duet.

Green lantern ornament.

Pink cherry blossoms are featured on this Japanese lantern ornament from Roger’s Gardens. Perfect for a florist’s Christmas tree. Photo by Kit Wertz

pink roses

Pink roses would look extra festive with glitter spray from Design Master. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

Flower Snowman How-To Craft Idea

flowerduetsnowman_lg We created Do-It-Yourself Floral Snowman instructions for any crafter from young to old. Children as young as four, with an assistant helper, can easily make this arrangement and proudly display it as a centerpiece. If you live in a place which is snow challenged like we are in Los Angeles, it would be a perfect winter touch to the holiday celebrations this month.

Order one today and let us know if you have any questions or please share your creation with us. We would love to see the snowman from around the world. It’s an easy PDF download from our shopping site.

Shop for our FLOWER SNOWMAN INSTRUCTIONS.

 

2014 Gift Ideas for the Floral Enthusiast

Each year we lust over luscious floral gifts for the flower lover. Whether you are a gardener or floral designer, it’s fun to shop for and receive gifts that are floral related. From soaps to softy fluffy throws. Here are a few ideas for that special someone on your list!

Floral Magazines

flower magazineflower magazine

Don’t forget about our favorite magazines for flower enthusiasts like you!

Right now, flower magazine is running a 2-for-1 special on subscriptions!

 

 

 

bloomin newsThe Bloomin’ News

Kit writes for our local floral trade magazine, The Bloomin’ News.

You can get a subscription mailed to your house!

Each issue features a design article by Kit and many other features on our local Los Angeles Flower District!

 

Flower-Themed Gifts

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Luxury Throw in Floral Design

Luxury floral throw at Bed, Bath and Beyond!

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Reindeer Moss Wreath.

Reindeer Moss Wreath from shopterrain.com


Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Hammered copper pots

Hammered copper pots from shopterrain.com.

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Air Plants Book

Air Plants Book

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Plant the Packaging Flower Soy Candles

Plant the Package Soy Flower Candles from uncommongoods.com.

Gift Guide for Flower Lovers: DVD from Flower Duet.

Hand-Tied Bouquet DVD from flowerduet.com

 

Flower Books

art-flowersArt Flowers: Contemporary Floral Designs and Installations

The floral designs in this book may be too large for your coffee table, but the book will fit nicely into your collection. Author Olivier Dupon has beautifully compiled images from 38 world renowned designers and created this amazing look at floral design as a true art.  Give this as a gift to any flower enthusiast and you may receive regular floral installations for your own home.

 

 

floral-illustrataFlora IllustrataGreat Works from the Luesther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden

Beyond the eye-catching botanical illustration of seed packets, which always catch my attention, Flora Illustrata is an extraordinary thoughtfully edited collection of the over 1 million botanical and horticultural works found at the above mentioned destination. From the twelfth century to today a treasury of insight to the world of plants and flowers and how they have been a studied, needed and admired entity to our lives and the generations who have come before us.

More Gift Ideas

Find more ideas on our Pinterest Board. We create a gift list each year to give you some more ideas for flower lovers.  Don’t forget, Flower Duet also offers Gift Certificates!

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