Love & Flowers: Romantic Designs

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!

Happy New Year!

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

Merry Christmas from Themes & Flowers!

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. 

Rachel

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!

 

Polly

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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. 

 

Herb

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. 

 

Melinda

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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, The Places You Will Go!

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. 


In Primary Color

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!

 

Blue:

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·      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

 

 

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Yellow:

·      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

 

 

Red:

·      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


'Tis the Season!

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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!

"Nothing Too Flowery":Minimal and Non-Floral Centerpieces

 

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!

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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!


Bling, Glam and Glitz!

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. 


Eat, Drink & Be Merry! 5 Reasons to Suggest a Pub & Brewery Theme to Your Client

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. 


Take a Look at Some of our Pub & Brewery Events...

Organic Elegance

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! 

Twilight Terrariums

Our terrarium centerpieces add modern elegance to any corporate event. The glassware and lighting elements highlight the beautiful orchids suspended in the arrangement, creating an eye-catching focal point at each table. This look is perfect for a dimly lit venue or evening event.  

Ombré Hydrangeas

 

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. 

Sleek and Modern: Car Museum Event

We love creating sleek and modern spaces that make a poignant statement and enhance the features of the venue. The color scheme for this event was created to highlight the design of the vehicles on display in the museum. It is a great example of using minimal florals within a masculine space to create balance. The cool metal tones are the perfect mixture of classic and contemporary.  

Roaring 20s: Speak-Easy

Welcome to the Roaring 20s, where you can step into a world of pearls, feathers and fun. Our Speak-Easy events invite guests to celebrate like Gatsby! Whether you are looking for elegant white, or prefer a pop of red, we have you covered!

Hollywood Lights

We love the classic feel of this Hollywood event! It features some of our favorite props and decor, including our 9ft.-tall Oscar statues, Hollywood Marquee sign and old-Hollywood photo walls. The red rose centerpieces give an elegant touch.