It's the first week of spring and we love that everything is in bloom. To welcome in this new season, we wanted to give you a sneak peek into our trip to the market. Polly has been visiting this market for over 25 years and has built great relationships with all of our vendors. We are always so inspired by all the color and textures!
What is not to love about a "Bollywood" theme? This recent event had it all: indoor and outdoor settings, a photo op, a variety of centerpiece groupings and plenty of lanterns and lights, not to mention all of the beautiful, bright colors!
Here are 5 reasons you should plan a "Bollywood" event!
1. Experience a different culture! Many people go to parties and events to enjoy themselves outside their normal routine. It is an opportunity to celebrate and break the monotony of the day-to-day. What better way to do that than to provide a sense of escape into a different cultural experience!?
2. Bright, Bold & Beautiful! There is no denying the array of colors in these photos. There were pops of color everywhere you turned! This is simply a treat for your guests. It provides a cheery atmosphere and a beautiful aesthetic! The bright colors also pairs well with the gold that is seen throughout the designs. We were also able to use multiple LED color lights to add to the vibrancy of the event! When you're planning a Bollywood event, you can dream in color!
3. Interactive! One of our favorite features of the night was the outdoor vignette. It invited guests to take photos together during the cocktail reception and created the perfect interactive element to the event.
4. Over-the Top! This type of theme moves away from simple designs and allows for elaborate pieces that create quite the spectacle! Take a look at our tall dinner centerpieces placed on 4ft pilsner glasses. Case and point!
5. Let There Be Light! one of the distinct features of a Bollywood event is the lighting! Our designs include various gold lanterns and votive along with multiple colors of LED lights to highlight the vibrancy of the theme!
Masquerade events are a great balance of playful and elegant. They give us, as designers, fun elements to incorporate (masks, feathers and unique vases) and offer guests interactive photo-ready props.
Below is our most recent masquerade event. The color scheme moves away from traditional greens and purples of Mardi Gras and opts for a bold red velvet paired with gold and black. Take a look!
Welcome to February and all of it's Valentine glory! We wanted to share with you some of our centerpieces that move away from a simple modern look and gravitate toward a fuller, elegant aesthetic. Many people associate flowers with love and romance and, while our business is specifically for corporate events, we appreciate floral designs with a certain romantic flare to them. There are certain flowers and hues that create a romantic feel; shades of pink, purple and burgundy with full white hydrangeas and beautiful roses. Some of our designs include important lighting elements that help bring a feminine touch to our designs. Take a look at some of our romantic designs below!
Did you know that we love to participate in special corporate event activities and that we are happy to put on flower demos for your clients? We have participated in spouse luncheons that feature a flower design demonstration for guests. We love to include interactive elements to our work. It is a way for us to share what we love!
At Themes & Flowers, we appreciate creative elements of versatility. When we look at the shelves in our warehouses and see our votives, vases and containers, we do no not pigeonhole them into a particular look or theme. Instead, we imagine how they can add an industrial or glamorous or rustic element to a vision. We don't rely on how they were used in previous events, but how they can add something fresh and unique for each client. As you can see in the above photos, we love using the same vase to bring structure and flare to a wide array of themes, from nautical to graffiti!
One of the themes that has gained popularity is the "industrial" look. We love this trend and enjoy using a mixture of wire, metal and stone elements to add an industrial vibe to any given theme (and also add some great texture to the design).
To the left are three different examples of our designs using a test tube/ wire vase. We want to share with you the versatility of our pieces and hopefully provide some inspiration for your next corporate event!
It was initially used for an event that wanted hints of scientific elements in the centerpieces in order to pay tribute to the guest speaker who was a scientist. We paired the vase with small science beakers in different shapes and sizes to play off of the test tubes in the center.
During the holiday season we helped to design a modern look with orange hues and metallic accents. In this case, the test tube centers added height to the grouping and helped play up the metallic elements. Unlike the science theme, that used a mixture of colored florals and had a wildflower feel, this event focused on one color with a poignant contemporary vibe.
The most recent event that we used this industrial vase for was an "Industrial Nautical" event. It was an awesome fusion of oceanic elements with stone and metal accents. We thoroughly enjoyed designing for this unique twist on two familiar themes. The addition of wire, metal and stone to the sand and shells really brought this vision to life!
Take a look at some photos that showcase these different themes. We hope you are inspired to take these industrial elements and put your own twist on them for your clients!
We hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday vacations and time with family. As we jumpstart 2017, we can't help but to feel thankful for all of the creativity and opportunity that 2016 brought to Themes & Flowers! We wanted to share some of our favorite events from last year and reflect on all the work that went into seeing each vision come to fruition. Thank you for allowing us to take part in creating beautiful spaces for your clients! We hope that 2017 will bring just as much opportunity for new vision and creativity!
Here are some of the highlights of our favorite events from 2016!
Top 10 Favorite Events from 2016:
1. Sleek and Silver Modern Event at the Peterson Car Museum
2. Burgundy Florals in Golden Urn Containers
3. Country Chic Sunflower Arrangements in Turquoise Vases
4. Red Graffiti Theme with Industrial Accents
5. Creative "Revival" Theme with Large Stage Props
6. Spanish Theme with Unique Blue and White Vases
7. Blue and Orange Farmer's Market Event with Veggie and Flower Carts
8. Large Carnation Pool Float Arrangements
9. Modern Yellow Mixed Arrangements on Rodeo Drive
10. Sunset Orange with Metallic Accents
There is always a little more sparkle at Themes & Flowers during the holiday season. We are welcomed into our work day by the scent of fresh pine and the site of beautiful red and green hues. There is something so cheerful about our work and it is only enhanced by the holidays!
This week, we wanted to wish all of you a "Merry Christmas" and share some of our favorite Christmas traditions and memories with all of you! We hope that your holiday season is filled with special quality time with the ones that you love.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition? My favorite tradition of the Christmas season is celebrating advent. The four Sundays before Christmas, my family gets together to have a meal, read the Christmas story and do a craft with my kids (although, most of the time, all the adults are just as invested into their own craft creations! ). I love that we can get together throughout the Christmas season instead of just one day. Each member of my family takes a turn planning an advent week. I always enjoy seeing what each person planned. We have collected handmade ornaments and crafts over the years that hold such special memories.
What is the best Christmas gift that you've ever given to someone? Christmas Day 2011 was a very special one. I had so much excitement and anticipation about the gifts that I had brought for my family. As the gifts were nearly done being opened, I sat nervously with 3 Christmas cards in my hand. I gave one card to my Opa and Oma (Herb and Polly), one to my Aunt Kina and Uncle Mario, and one to My Aunt Mel. I told them all to open the cards at the same time. Inside the card was a copy of my ultrasound photo. I was expecting my first baby! Everyone burst into tears, squealed with excitement and gave me hugs. It was a very special moment for me!
What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Well, I love my advent calendar. Now that our children are out of the house , Herb and I like to treat ourselves, so we put See's candies in our calendar to open in the days before Christmas. I also really love our "Nicolaus" tradition on December 6th. It's a German tradition where you brush your shoes clean and leave them out by the door. The next morning you find little goodies in them! I always think that it's a fun tradition!
What is the most interesting gift that you ever received for Christmas? The craziest gift that I ever received was an expensive white fox fur coat. Every year, Herb and I would go to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to watch a concert. He gave me the coat so that I could wear it to a concert that year. For anyone that knows me, they know that my style is much more practical. The coat didn't exactly scream "Polly" or match my personality, but I was all fancy and decked out for the show! I still have the coat to this day.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition? In our home, we decorate with a lot of beautiful candles. Some of our candle holders are over 100 years old and are very special heirlooms from Germany. For many years now, I've been the "candler-lighter". Every year, I quietly get up from the dining room table while the rest of the family finishes their meals. I light all of the candles before everyone comes into the living room to sing songs, read the Christmas story and open the gifts under the tree.
What is the best gift that you've ever given someone for Christmas? The best gift that I ever gave was the first Christmas gift I ever gave my wife, Polly. We were not married at the time, not really dating officially either. In fact, we were thousands of miles apart. When I stayed in Berlin, I had dated a few ladies but, when I returned to the U.S. in the fall, I decided I would send a gift to one of them, Polly. I sent her a gold ring with a pearl in it. Little did I know, Polly had also decided to send me and my family a gift. She made a beautiful hand-made Christmas tree for our home and shipped it all the way to the states. It was meant to be! We were both thinking of each other for Christmas.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition? I always enjoy watching the performances from the little ones in the family. As kids, I was always performing at Christmas with my three sisters and as the years have gone by, it is no nice to see the next generations carry on the traditions. We have always recited Bible verses or sang a Christmas song or reenacted the nativity scene. It's great! Then we all join in together and try and sing.
I love all of the things that make Christmas Eve warm and cozy. I love picking out our cups to have hot tea. I love that all of the lit candles. It's just nice to be with family and enjoy all the festivities of the night.
What is the best gift that you've ever received for Christmas? When I was in grade school, we had a fundraiser where we had to sell wrapping paper. One of the prizes for the top-seller was a scooter. I was so determined to sell the most wrapping paper so that I could win it! When we had the school assembly, I was announced as the 3rd place winner in the entire school, but was crushed when the 2nd place winner chose the scooter as their prize. I was so sad and disappointed. On Christmas, I was given an awesome purple Mongoose scooter! I was so excited and surprised. The scooter has stayed in the family over the years, my nieces and nephews have all loved it!
We hope that all of you enjoy the holiday season!
The idea of travel is highly romanticized and exciting. This is part of the reason travel is often featured in films. Whether it be to outer space, another country or a long road trip, we are drawn to the idea of visiting new places! We are fortunate enough to be a part of events that include huge spectacles of transportation, from exotic cars and helicopters to the United States Endeavour. Take a look at some of the beautiful events below!
When we design for corporate events such as these, we try to keep the florals sleek so that the arrangements can enhance, rather than distract from, the enormous spectacle that serves as the backdrop. The modern floral designs add to the angular and mechanical features of the event.
One of the things that we love most about our creative process is the variety of colors that we can include in our work. Of all the colors in the spectrum, the primary colors are in high demand and some of our favorite too! Blue, Yellow and Red are vibrant colors that lend themselves to a variety of aesthetics. Take a look at some of our favorite reasons to use primary colors at your corporate events!
· Calming and relaxing tones
· Used for sleek, modern and masculine designs when paired with silver
· Great for Nautical themes near the ocean
· Perfect for sophisticated gala events
· A must for Patriotic events and venues
· Warm, bright and vibrant tones
· Used for elegant organic designs, especially when paired with succulents
· A versatile color that pairs well with other colors
· Perfect for outdoor events at sunset and country chic themes
· Bold, classic and elegant
· Used for glamorous events,
· Great for Hollywood themes
· Pairs well with black and white to create a sleek and classy aesthetic
· Perfect pop of colo
It is the most wonderful time of the year and, often times, the most chaotic! There are last minute holiday parties to plan, end-of-year reports to review, cookies to bake, gifts to buy and family to visit! At Themes & Flowers, we look forward to bringing holiday cheer to your corporate spaces and events. We have a vast inventory of holiday decor including Christmas trees and wreaths. We pride ourselves on creating full and professional looks during this bright and festive season. Whether you are looking for a traditional red and green color palette or non-traditional colors like purple and lime green, we have you covered! Take a look at the variety of looks that we have to offer!
3 Reasons Musical Decor Rocks!
1. Music sparks discussion! One of the ways that people get to know your personality is by asking what kind of music you like to listen to! When your event centerpieces are centered around a music theme, there is an automatic point of discussion introduced to your guests. It is socially engaging!
2. Music provides variety! One of the things that we enjoyed about this particular event was how unique each centerpiece was. It was unified in theme, but individualized by each table. It invited the guests to mingle and visit each other as they viewed the different centerpieces! It represented a variety of different music tastes and preferences, satisfying the Hip Hop lover and Rock enthusiast alike!
3. Music makes a party! People involved in event planning often talk about "the vibe" of the event. Music plays such a huge part in any social gathering. It creates a festive and fun-loving mood for guests and promotes celebration!
Music is universal. It is an art that bonds people together and is an integral part of celebration. We were recently asked to create centerpieces that represented different types of music genres. We definitely enjoyed the creative process which each one of these pieces! From Hip Hop to Country, Classical to Reggae, we were so inspired to make something unique that the client would love and guests would enjoy! Each of us at Themes and Flowers had a favorite look and we were very interested to see which centerpieces guests liked best. Take a look at the different arrangements that we created and let us know which one is your favorite!
At Themes & Flowers, we love working with an array of flowers but, from time to time, we are asked to design non-floral centerpieces. This request is often for a specific type of event or client and we enjoy the challenge! It allows us to use a variety materials and play with different elements such as lighting. Check out some of the reasons that a client opts for a non-floral or minimal floral centerpiece below!
4 Reasons to Choose Non-Floral:
1. Using non-floral (or minimal floral) designs is often a strategy used to create a modern or minimalist look for an event. It creates a sleek and stunning aesthetic that is sure to impress!
2. Non-floral designs gives an opportunity for centerpieces to have an interactive element. This is very true of our various decade themes (70s, 80s etc). Whether it be sunglasses or slinky's, this type of centerpieces incorporates a lot of fun for guests!
3. During certain times of the year, flowers become high in demand. When Valentine's Day or Mother's Day is right around the corner, the cost of flowers increases dramatically. Using a non-floral or minimal floral arrangement during those seasons can be much more cost-effective for clients who are very budget-conscious.
4. There are many events in which the guests are primarily male. In these cases, clients often request that the centerpieces and decor reflect a more masculine aesthetic. Using minimal greens or creating a non-floral look, is a great way to meet those requests!
As we head into the holiday season, everything starts to get a little more sparkly and glamorous. Christmas lights and New Year bling are everywhere, bringing a type of holiday magic that is undeniable! When companies hold corporate events during the winter, they are often looking for that same type of glimmering sentiment, opting for shiny silver containers, LED lighting and beautiful beaded features in their decor.
2. LED Lighting: Many of our containers stand alone in terms of sparkle, but the addition of LED lighting adds that extra twinkle for a glamorous event. It gives light (in a variety of colors- white, blue red...) the ability to bounce off of any gems, crystal, beads used in the decor elements.
Our Favorite "Bling" Elements for a Glamorous Corporate Event:
1. Beaded Crystal Towers and Columns: Our small beaded table-top centerpieces are a great way to add glamor without the cost of florals. They add elements of lighting as well as creating a great focal point for guests.(see photo above). We also have very large beaded columns with an adjustable height from 8 to 12 feet! They are truly a beautiful spectacle to behold at any event. (see photo below)
3. Vases: Mirrors and Metallics, Size and Shine! Often times the containers and vases used in a glamorous event are key! When paired with an elegant floral, unique vases are important. We recommend to use a mirrored silver to allow the lighting in the venue more opportunity for reflection, a sleek black vase for a classic look, or a metallic vase to add another element of shine.
4. Classic Florals: There are certain florals that have a classic, glamorous element to them- red roses, tall calla lilies, white hydrangeas. When looking for glamorous decor, we recommend a purposeful floral choice that is simple and elegant.
As we head into cooler weather, we often see a change in theme preferences for corporate events. Our Pub & Brewery arrangements are perfect for October. They invite guests to celebrate with friends, co-workers and colleagues in a cool environment! It's time to "Eat, Drink & Be Merry!"
Here are 5 reasons to Suggest a Pub & Brewery Theme to Your Client:
1. This theme is great for a client with predominantly male attendees (although ladies can enjoy a good beer too). It has a minimal amount of florals which creates a very masculine aesthetic.
2. Pub & Brewery themes have the potential for interactive elements. Many people go to bars or pubs to be social, play pool or enjoy a game of darts. These are wonderful features to have for your clients.
3. Variations! Like so many of our themes, Pub & Brewery can be catered to your clients' specific taste. Do you want to create a British Pub? Irish Pub? Would you like beer mug centerpieces for a sports theme? We can tweak these creative ideas to fit specific requests!
4. This theme incorporates all the warm colors of fall with it's natural elements of wheat, wood, and grains. The color scheme is inviting and comforting and perfect for the season!
5. Cheers! This theme invites guests to celebrate and relax. It brings a warmth and happiness to any corporate event.
This look combines cool hues of blue and silver, elements of wood and tin, and colorful florals to create a balanced look. The floral selection and choice of containers create a organic feel, similar to a wildflower arrangement. We love the versatility of the centerpieces. They can be used for a farmer's market theme, a country chic event, wine tasting themes and more!
These long hydrangea groupings were so much fun to put together! The center arrangement features beautiful blue hydrangeas, surrounded by purple and then white, creating an ombré affect across the table. The arrangements are elegant and romantic but, paired with the cool lighting, sleek furniture and mirror table tops, the event exuded a modern vibe.