4 Beautiful Ideas for Cheap Flower Delivery in Sydney under $45

Our research and design team are always looking for new ways to offer what our name promotes – flowers for everyone. To meet the demand from our customers looking for cheap flower delivery Sydney wide, our team have come up with a new range of fresh little flower posies under $45.

In fact, some of these sweet little numbers are also available for budget conscious shoppers in Melbourne and Perth.

When you are looking for cheap flower delivery options, these little bunches of blooms are just the thing to send without breaking the budget. Plus if you were thinking, ‘I’d love to send ‘so and so’ a bunch of flowers with a little ‘something’ personal, these low priced posies can be teamed with a little extra gift from our online store. Just add  a a bottle of wine, ECOYA candle or box of (mmm-mmmmm) chocolate truffles, and you are still well under the $70-&75 price range.

Hoorah! Four Fresh Ideas for Cheap Flower Delivery Sydney Wide (& Beyond)

Check out our four favourite designs below. Some are exclusive offers for fabulously cheap flower delivery in Sydney, while others are also available in Melbourne and Perth. These pretty little posies can all be ordered online, or feel free to give us a call toll free on 1800 66 66 46 (we deliver Monday to Saturday).

1. Mixed Rose Flower Posy

Cheap Flower Delivery Sydney Wide with our Bright Mixed Rose Posy

 

Our best selling flower bouquet ever! This bright posy of mixed roses delivered in a hessian wrap features hot pink, yellow and orange blooms with red hypericum berries and greenery. It’s only $44.95 – BUT if you join our Flowers Fan Club at checkout it’s only $40.45! Bargain!

This little lady is available for delivery in Melbourne and Perth as well.


Want to start saving on your flower deliveries? Sign up now to our Flowers Fan Club.


2. The Beach Vibes Posy

Cheap Flower Delivery Sydney Wide with our Bright Beach Vibe Posy

This cheery number features miniature sunflowers and bright purple Singapore orchids in a rustic hessian wrap. It’s awesome value at only $39.95, but if you sign up to our Flowers Fan Club at checkout you get it for $35.95! Wheeeeeeeeeee! Available for delivery in the Sydney metropolitan region.


3. Sweet White Posy

Cheap Flower Delivery Sydney Wide with our All White Cottage Garden Posy

 

This all-white flower bouquet has a cottage-garden theme going on, with creamy white gerberas and dainty spray roses mixed with silver and green foliage. Wrapped in a rustic hessian wrap and our signature ribbon, this darling posy is only $39.95 (Flowers Fan Club member price $35.95).

Ps. This one is for flower delivery in Sydney only.


4. Rustic Native Posy

Rustic Native Flower Bouquet Delivered

Not everyone loves roses and ‘pretty-pretty’ cottage-style flowers. This bold bouquet of fresh, seasonal native flowers and foliage is not only great value at $39.95, but it is wonderfully long lasting too. As a Flowers Fan Club member this sassy little native posy is only $35.95! Plus it’s available for delivery in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Add a bottle of Australian wine and voila – the best of both worlds for $65. Sweet.


Want to see more? Take a look at our complete range of great value flowers online. We deliver cheap flower delivery  Sydney wide as well as in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. Alternatively give us a call on 1800 66 66 46 or email the Flowers for Everyone Customer Service Team for a custom bouquet quote at sales@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Are you a Rainbow Roses Person?

Rainbow roses are one of our most popular selling flowers. So much so, we have dedicated an entire page on our website to these multi coloured beauties. And deservedly so.

Inspired by Willy Wonka and magical unicorns, these super fun and super bright rainbow roses are the bomb.

Dyed in a myriad of candy colours including blue, pink, purple and yellow, rainbow roses are perfect for people who have a cheeky disposition and a twinkle in their eye.

Rainbow Roses

They can be a little polarising amongst rose fans though. Some folks are purists, who believe a rose should remain as nature intended. And we TOTALLY get that.

BUT THERE IS A PLACE FOR RAINBOW ROSES IN THE WORLD.

Personality Profile: Rainbow Roses

Rainbow roses are for people who love to dream big dreams. Who laugh out loud at themselves, and don’t take life too seriously.

Rainbow roses are for people who love colour, and lots of it. They like to believe magic exists in the world.

Rainbow roses are for people who walk a little on the wild side. Don’t conform to set boundaries and social expectations. Are like a ray of sunshine when they enter a room.

ARE YOU A RAINBOW ROSE PERSON?

Rainbow Roses

Flowers for Everyone organise rainbow roses delivered throughout the Sydney Metro region. Our range includes 10, 20 and 30 stem bouquets, as well as long stem rainbow roses in our signature rose presentation boxes (exclusive to Flowers for Everyone). Of course we can also customise an order based on your needs and budget! Give us a call toll free on 1800 66 66 46 or email the team at sales@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Rainbow Roses Australia

Want to send rainbow roses outside the Sydney metro? Our consultants can check availability in the area you wish to deliver to, provide a quote, and even place an order on your behalf via our affiliate florist network. Give us a call on 1800 66 66 46 or email sales@flowersforeveryone.com.au!

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Live from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Flowers for Everyone Senior Florist Extroadinaire Jeff Smith live from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Flowers for Everyone’s Senior Florist Jeff Smith is one lucky man and the envy of many of our florist crew at the moment, jetting off to London for a stint at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here is a little bit about the wonderful Jeff, his experience of the Show, and a few snaps to tantalise any flower lovers tastebuds!

Chelsea Flower Show

About Jeff Smith

Number of years working as a florist: Over 16 years

How would you describe your style?: Structured 

Is this your first time to the Chelsea Flower Show?: Yes…. it’s every florist’s dream (the biggest flower display!). 

Why did you decide to go to the Show?: I’m on a study tour with 11 students from Sydney TAFE (Jeff is a teacher there). The class got to assist Joseph Massie on his large display.

Check out the ‘before and after’ pics below:

 

What was your personal highlight/experience at the show?: Working with the amazing Joseph Massie (UK top designer). Also seeing plant material we don’t get to see in Australia. 

How many days would you recommend for visiting the show?: One day, but a full day. (Tickets are about £100 each)

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Here are some more pictorial highlights from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Enjoy!   

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Chelsea Flower Show 9

 

 

Chelsea Flower ShowChelsea Flower Show 3Win a Copy of ‘A Year in Flowers’ Book by UK stylist and florist to the royal family, Shane Connolly (RRP $80). Enter our survey now to go into the draw.

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Eggs-quisite Easter Ideas Inspired by Flowers

Check out these gorgeous Easter ideas for the sewing fans, cooks and crafters out there. Enjoy and Happy Easter from the Flowers for Everyone crew!

LINEN BUNNY

easter bunny

Learn how to make this super cute linen bunny decoration with a flower tail here.

MINIATURE EGG VASES

easter decoration

Learn how to make this amazing miniature egg vase for Easter here.

DECOUPAGE EASTER POTS

Easter Pots

Learn how to make these decoupage Easter pots here.

CARROT &  HOMMUS EASTER POTS

easter parties

Do you have any great craft or recipe Easter ideas to share? Post them to our blog in the comments box below!

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Fun Mother’s Day Recipes for Kids (and Dads)!

Flowers and breakfast in bed are the two main staples when it comes to organising the Best Mother’s Day Ever. We’ve got your flowers covered, so read on for some fun and yum recipes that kids will get a kick out of preparing, and dads a blast out of cleaning up. An all round win-win we’d say!

Pancakes

One Cup Blueberry Pancakes

In the words of Jamie Oliver,  “These are the simplest pancakes to make with kids. You don’t even need scales to weigh out the ingredients – all you need is a cup or a mug.”

Ingredients (makes 8, serves 4)One cup blueberry pancakes for Mother's Day

  • 1 large free range egg
  • 1 cup of self raising flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • sea salt

Optional:

  • 200 g blueberries
  • olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons natural yoghurt

Method

  1. To make the batter, crack the egg into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the flour, milk and a tiny pinch of sea salt.
  3. Whisk everything together until you have a lovely, smooth batter.
  4. Fold through the blueberries, if using.
  5. Put a large frying pan on a medium heat and after a minute or so, add ½ tablespoon of oil.
  6. Carefully tilt the pan to spread the oil out evenly.
  7. Add a few ladles of batter to the pan, leaving enough space between each one so they have room to spread out slightly – each ladleful will make one pancake, and you’ll need to cook them in batches.
  8. Cook the pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes, or until little bubbles appear on the surface and the bases are golden, then use a fish slice to carefully flip them over.
  9. When the pancakes are golden on both sides, use a fish slice to transfer the pancakes to a plate.
  10. Repeat steps 5 to 9 with the remaining batter, adding ½ tablespoon of oil to the pan between batches, if needed.
  11. Serve the pancakes straight away, topped with a dollop of natural yoghurt, and some extra berries, if you like. 

For other equally fun looking pancake recipes for kids to make mum, check out these cool ideas below!

Mint chocolate chip pancakes for Mother's Day

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Very American, but rather delicous looking! According to www.buzzfeed.com, you could just use a pancake mix, add some food coloring, and mint extract if you want. I’d say that would be the easiest bet with kids. Alternatively for a more challenging version you could use this recipe. (2) Can someone please give these a go and report back how they went?!?

Pancakes with Faces – Have the kids decorate pancakes using Jamie Oliver’s recipe above, with fruit in colours, shapes & expressions that resemble your family members! (2)

Pancakes with Faces

Waffles 

Waffle & Yoghurt Parfait

Donkey in Shrek loved parfaits, so why wouldn’t mum? This recipe is SUPER easy for kidlets to make for a sweet and delicious Mother’s Day brekkie.

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)Waffle & Yoghurt Parfait for Mother's Day

  • 2 of your favorite shop-bought waffles                                 
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

Method

  1. Dice toasted waffles into bite size pieces.
  2. Mix the yogurt with the vanilla.
  3. Layer the yogurt, berries, and waffles pieces in a large glass. 

Chocolate Brownie Waffles

You will need a waffle maker to produce this rather naughty Mother’s Day breakfast!

Chocolate brownie waffles for Mother's Day

According to www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com, you can just buy a brownie mix and put that in the waffle maker, or you can make them from scratch with this recipe. If the strawberry syrup seems too complicated for the kids to make, just serve with cream or ice-cream and fresh strawberries. Mmmmm, mmmmmmm.

French Toast (and other Bread-Based Brekkies)

French Toast Kebabs

Kids can have fun threading the pieces of french toast and fruit onto kebabs. Simples! Check out the recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart below: (2)

Ingredients (makes 4 serves)French Toast Kebabs

  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf (one-pound) unsliced dense white bread (such as pullman), crusts removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven to warm. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, salt, and vanilla. Stir in bread.
  • In a large saute pan set over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Place half of the bread mixture in pan; cook, turning occasionally with a spatula, until browned on all sides. To keep warm, transfer to the oven. Cook remaining bread in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter as before.
  • Thread bread cubes onto skewers alternating with blueberries, raspberries, and banana slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, if desired.

Heart Shaped Eggs with Toast

Heart Shaped Eggs with Toast

Another Martha Stewart gem – heart shaped eggs. If you have a heart-shaped cookie cutter at home you’re in the game. Check out the recipe here. (3)

Muffins

Mother’s Day Rhubarb & Ginger Muffins

We’ve offered one savoury option, surely that’s plenty?!?! At least this doozie of a muffin recipe from Jamie Oliver doesn’t look as sickly sweet, as say, the chocolate brownie waffles!

Ingredients (makes 12)Mother's Day Rhubarb & Ginger Muffins

  • 350 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 325 g brown sugar
  • ½ lemon
  • 250 ml milk
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 pieces stem ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 100 g butter, plus 1 tablespoon extra, melted
  • 300 g rhubarb, finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 and line a muffin tray with muffin cases. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl place the flour, baking powder, salt and 225g of the brown sugar. Mix, then make a well in the centre. 
  3. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into the milk and set aside for a couple of minutes. Place the orange zest, half the stem ginger, the egg, 100g of melted butter and the milk mixture into the bowl and beat thoroughly. Fold in the chopped rhubarb. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases, filling each one to the top. 
  4. In a small bowl place the remaining 100g of brown sugar, the extra tablespoon of melted butter and the rest of the stem ginger. Mix until it looks like a crumble topping, then sprinkle over the muffins. 
  5. Bake for 25 minutes so the sugar turns golden and crispy and the muffins are cooked through. Serve warm with custard or crème fraîche for a lovely pudding.

Disclaimer: Apologies in advance to all mums currently on the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation challenge!

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References

1. http://www.jamieoliver.com/

2. http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/fun-foods-to-make-with-kids-for-mothers-day

3. http://www.marthastewart.com/

Floral Inspired Easter Decorations

Easter is just around the corner and presents the perfect opportunity for a weekend of ‘crafting’. Create Easter-themed decorations to spruce your abode, entertain over the holidays, or as an activity to amuse your kids, with our eggs-ellent ideas and inspirations below!

Pretty Pastel Decorated Easter Eggs    Gorgeous Decorated Easter Eggs

DECORATING EGGS – THE BASICS

One. Prepare the Egg

To boil or not to boil? You can decorate hard boiled eggs, however if you’d prefer your craft project to not have an ‘eggs-piry’ date so to speak, we recommend draining their yolk and scrambling that part for breakfast!

Note: If decorating eggs with small children, hard boiled is probably a safer option. Less breakage, that sort of thing. For a rather useful guide to dying eggs with little kids, check out these tips on UK blog ‘No Twiddle Twaddle’.

Two. Choose your Design Purpose.

Place your decorated Easter eggs in rustic terracotta pots and baskets, mossy bird nests, egg cartons or simple egg cups to make cute table centrepieces for a party.

Eggs for Easter Easter Nest   Decorated Easter Eggs in Carton

Or string them together to create a sweet garland for hanging along a feature wall.

Suspending decorated eggs from a tree branch to create an ‘Easter Tree’ looks adorable too. So many options for a lazy Sunday afternoon session…

Easter Eggs    Easter

Three. Choose your Design ‘Look’

Hand died, hand painted, spray painted, decoupaged, tied…. We have created a beautiful mood board on Pinterest with all sorts of floral inspired Easter decorations.

Easter egg ideaas

How to Dye Hard Boiled Eggs

What You Need

Hard-boiled eggs
Paper towel or newspaper
Bowl or cup deep enough to completely submerge an egg
Tongs, egg dipper, or slotted spoon
1/2 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Liquid food coloring (about 20 drops per color)

Method
  • Start with cool hard-boiled eggs.
  • Protect your surface by covering with a sheet of newspaper or paper towel.
  • Fill container with the mixture of water, vinegar, and food coloring.
  • Place egg on spoon and dunk, turning occasionally so both sides get color. Keep in liquid for up to 5 minutes, leave in longer for a darker hue.
  • Carefully remove the egg and set aside to dry, voila!

Hand Died Eggs    Dyed Eggs

How to Prepare ‘Blown’ Eggs
  • Wash and dry a raw egg.
  • Insert a long needle into the large end of the egg to make a small hole. Twist the needle as you push it into the eggshell as far as you can while still grasping it.
  • Use the needle to make a slightly larger hole in the small end.
  • Push the needle into the center of the egg and move it around to break the yolk.
  • Hold the egg over a bowl with the small end down.
  • Place your lips over the hole at the large end of the egg and blow firmly until all the egg comes out the hole at the small end.
  • Rinse out the egg by running a thin stream of water into the larger hole.
  • Blow out the water the same way that you blew out the egg.
  • To dry the eggshell, prop it up in a dish drainer with the large end facing down.

Easter eggs & flowers

Excited? Here are some handy websites for further ideas and instructions on decorating Easter eggs:

http://www.brit.co/40-easter-eggs/

Now get cracking!

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Eat, Drink, Love

Following on from last week’s post, ‘Top Seven Most Romantic Dates’, we thought it useful to provide all the love birds out there with some hot tips for Valentine’s Day cocktails and candlelit dinner recipes. Read on for our simple, summery, saucy, and in-season ‘tit bits’ of delectable romantic delights!

Summertime Apperitif

Raspberry and Vodka Cocktail

Homemade Raspberry Lemonade with Vodka & Sparkling Wine

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup of water
¾ cup raspberries; pureed and pushed through a fine mesh sieve; plus more whole berries for garnish if desired
1 cup fresh lemon juice
4-6 cups cold water (this will vary depending on your taste)

Directions

1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool.
2. Measure 3/4 of fresh raspberries and puree them in your blender or food processor.
3. Push the raspberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds from the pulp.
4. Once the simple syrup has cooled, combine the raspberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher.
5. Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your taste, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve your perfect sweet/tart balance.

Splash a nip of vodka into a high ball glass and add the raspberry lemonade. Top with sparkling wine and decorate with fresh raspberries threaded on a toothpick. Fun, striped straws can be bought from many delis, gift and ‘kitchen-y’ shops.

Raspberry Lemonade recipe courtesy of My Baking Addition.

A Simple Glass of Sparkling

If homemade lemonade is not feasible, you can’t go wrong with a quality glass of sparkling wine garnished with a strawberry cut out in the shape of a love heart…

Sparkling Wine for Valentine's

Hors d’oeuvre

Cherry & Brie Tartlets

Now this is not a My Kitchen Rules competition, so you don’t have to make your puff pastry from scratch!

Cherry and Brie Tartlets

Ingredients

1 pkg (450g) puff pastry
115g triple cream Brie, cubed
1-2 cups cherries, pitted
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200C. Cut each piece of pastry into sixteen 5cm squares. Fit into tartlet or mini muffin pans. Top each with a piece of Brie, a couple cherry halves, and about 1/4 tsp chili sauce.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden and the filling is bubbly. Let cool slightly, but serve warm. 

Makes 32 pieces (plenty for leftovers the next day, or simply reduce the ingredients)

*Photo courtesy of the Ontario Tender Fruit Producers and Babble.com

Entree

Scallop & Raspberry Salad

Carry the raspberry theme through to the entree, with this light and fresh grilled scallop salad that is quick and super easy to make.

Scallop Raspberry Salad

Ingredients

1 bag spring mix salad
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 mango, cut in slivers
1 hass avocado, cut in slices
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
450g scallops
olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions

Prepare salad by adding spring mix salad to a large bowl. Top with raspberries, mango, avocado and red onion.

Preheat a large skillet / heavy based pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Salt and pepper scallops and add to hot pan. Brown on each side and place on top of salad.

Make the dressing by adding the honey, red wine vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice to a mixing bowl. Mix well to combine. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve (you could also combine this with the main course pizza below and serve together).

Recipe and image courtesy of babble.com

Main

Heart-Shaped Pizza

Love Heart Pizza

Okay, this original heart shaped pizza is a US recipe and calls for hand-made pizza dough. I love home-made dough but that’s a lot of kneading when we’re in the middle of a heat wave. Plus not everyone has time. Feel free to google simple pizza dough recipes if you want to be a purist, or just buy fresh pizza bases and cut in the shape of a heart. Add your tomato paste or jar of pizza sauce, onions, herbs, and whatever toppings take your fancy. Place in a moderate 180C oven and cook until the mozzarella cheese (or boccocini or parmesan) goes brown. Voila!

Dessert

Tropical Daiquiri Ice-Blocks

Tropical daquiri ice-blocks

Ingredients

Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light – Strawberry Daiquiri
Pineapple juice (or your favorite tropical flavour – guava or mango would all be good)

Directions

Add equal parts of daiquiri and fruit juice to a bowl and stir to combine.
Pour into popsicle mold and add popsicle stick.
Place in freezer until fully frozen.

Petit Fours and Night Cap

There are no steadfast rules here. If you are time poor or not capable of eating so many courses you could just skip the ice-blocks and head straight to the petit fours and creamy night cap cocktail.

Bailey’s Cool Raspberry

Bailey's Valentine Cocktails

Ingredients

60ml Baileys Original Irish Cream
8-9 raspberries
Crushed ice

Directions

Place 4-5 raspberries at the bottom of a rocks glass and lightly muddle them.
Top with crushed ice.
Add Baileys Irish Cream.
Garnish with three speared raspberries.

Recipe courtesy of Blisstree, photo courtesy of Bailey’s.

Chocolate Dipped or Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Heart shaped chocolate dipped strawberries for valentines day      cheesecake stuffed strawberries

Ingredients

300g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped (or white or milk chocolate)
500g strawberries, washed, dried

Cheesecake Mixture

170g cream cheese beaten till fluffy
Stir in 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 1 1/2 tablespoons sifted icing sugar

Directions

Place dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water) and stir occasionally with a metal spoon until chocolate melts.

For heart shaped chocolate dipped strawberries, cut a triangle from the top of the strawberry to create a ‘love heart’ shape, dip that end into the chocolate (using a toothpick is a good idea), then pipe cream on top (optional).

Alternatively, slice the bottom tip off a strawberry (preferably medium to large size) so it stands upright on a plate and hollow the centre of the strawberry using a small sharp knife. Pipe cheesecake mixture inside (if you don’t have a piping bag, place mixture inside a zip lock bag and snip one end). Dip the tips in chocolate (optional). Can be served immediately or chilled, covered in the fridge, for up to two hours.

Heart shaped strawberry recipe courtesy of Taste.com / Cheesecake stuffed strawberry recipe courtesy of Food.com

We would love to receive your feedback on the recipes in the comments box below… Eat Drink Love, From the Flowers for Everyone florist crew.

Top Seven Most Romantic Dates

“The honey’s sweet, and so are you. Thou art my love and I am thine; I drew thee to my Valentine: The lot was cast and then I drew, And Fortune said it shou’d be you” Gammer Gurton’s Garland (1784)

Top Seven Most Romantic Date Ideas

With our florist shops gearing up for Valentine’s Day, the female contingent at Flowers for Everyone got talking ‘backstage’ (as we do) about what their most romantic date would be. Read on for a florist’s perspective, in no particular order, on the perfect date.

1. The Humble Movie

Well to be more precise, a Gold Class movie. Including dinner and wine. And preferably a chick flick or romcom. And to top off the date? Pre-arrange with the cinema waitstaff for a bouquet of roses to be delivered with dessert.

Old Screen Cassanova Rudolph Valentino

2. Home Sweet Home

Keep it simple. Nothing says I love you more than a home cooked meal (and the house cleaned and the dishes done!). Concentrate on the small details, such as scattering rose petals up the footpath or hallway, lighting scented candles and/or incense, playing romantic music, placing fresh flowers on the table, and if the night goes well, throwing in a bonus massage… Now if you are not a master chef, remember it’s the thought that counts. Tip: ‘Tuna Surprise’ goes down well with an excellent quality glass of sparkling.

3.  Dinner and a Show

Investigate what acts are playing in town. A dimly lit bar with cool jazz and blues tunes or soulful folk and acoustics, accompanied by a balloon glass of red wine and a cheese plate, is most deserving of a big high five (at the very least, wink!) And for added sass – organise an arrangement of red roses to be delivered to her home (or ‘your home’) in the afternoon so they are waiting on the doorstep when you arrive back from the date. It’s all in the element of surprise. Just saying!

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck

4. Candlelit Dinner

This could be on a picnic rug, in your lounge room, a hotel room, in a restaurant, on a park bench. The key element here is candlelight. It might seem cliche, but a candlelit dinner is a sure fire way to wow your date. For added flourish, send a bouquet of red roses to your date at work with a note about where and when to meet for the evening.  If at home or in a hotel room, time her arrival with your ‘special song’ playing in the background. Hearts will melt.

5. Fish and Chips on the Beach

Like I said, this list is in no particular order. Holding your girl’s hand and walking her down to the beach with takeaway fish and chips and a bottle of champers in hand cannot be looked down upon. Of course this will only work if you live near the beach. Otherwise a lake? Or a park? Just don’t forget to whip out the red rose from your man bag once you’ve poured the sparkling. Bringing along beautiful champagne glasses is a great way to show the thought you’ve put in too… A box of chocolates afterwards is a nice touch as well!

Katherine and Humphrey

6. Sports Car & B&B

Have a bit of spare cash? Arrange with your date’s boss in advance for them to leave work early / get the following day off. Hire a convertible (or the like), turn up to their work with a red rose, order them to turn off their computer, and head to a romantic B&B. Does it come with a spa? Pre-arrange to have rose petals scattered around the bath and an ice bucket of bubbly waiting on arrival. Enough said.

7. Propose. Or if Married, Renew your Vows

Okay. This is the big kahuna of romantic dates. In the words of Beyonce, if you like her you than you had better put a ring on it. What better day than surprising your love on Valentine’s Day with an engagement ring (using one of the date tips above!). And if already betrothed, why not get in touch with a marriage celebrant to renew your vows privately, or with close friends and family let in on the secret? There may be no wedding dress involved, but you can always arrange for a bouquet of flowers for her to hold!

Humphrey Bogart Knows the Language of Love...
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The Feng Shui of Flowers

If RSVP, seek.com.au, gym memberships and Deepak Chopra did not work for you in 2016, maybe it’s time to invest in flowers for the home using age-old feng shui traditions. The ancient Chinese art of feng shui seeks to balance energies (chi) within your space to promote happiness, health and good fortune. Through the use of objects, colours and formations with special symbolism, it is expected you will be able to attract positive outcomes in your life.

To New Beginnings…

With the new year comes new beginnings. And whether you are hoping to attract love or better your career, finances, health or self in 2014, the colours, aesthetic beauty and ‘aliveness’ of flowers will draw powerful chi energy into a home. According to expert Rodika Tchi, when it comes to the feng shui of flowers, attention is often paid to colors, numbers, as well as the symbolism of specific flowers. Below is a description of the most popular flower symbols in feng shui…

Love and Peonies

Peonies in the home   Peonies in mason jars   Peonies in rustic white jug

Available during the summer months, the sensual peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love and romance. To attract long-lasting love into your life, consider placing pink peonies in the home. Experts caution however, that peonies should be kept in the living room to promote attraction and romantic love, as peonies in the bedroom symbolize carnal lust (particularly red peonies). It is even rumoured that an image of a flowering peony in an older couple’s bedroom should be avoided to prevent affairs with younger women.

Career and Orchids

Purple vanda orchids in vaseOrchid in bud vase  White singapore orchids

If you are hoping to drive your career to new levels of success in 2014, it is recommended to display a vase of orchids (preferably purple) in the living room to bring luck and harmony to the whole household. Not only might you receive that promotion you’ve been after, but your teenage son may suddenly start getting straight A’s. Not a bad investment while beautifying your house in the process. Live in share accommodation? Consider joint investing in a communal ‘orchid kitty’ to bring harmony and career success to all your flatmates equally! Alternatively, narcissus (otherwise commonly known as daffodils, paperwhites and jonquils), are used as a feng shui ‘career cure’ to encourage proper rewards and recognition for hard work.

Jonquils in pots  Daffodils on windowsill  Simple jonquils in little glass vase

Wealth and Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums in vase   Chrysanthemums in miniature vase   Chrysanthemum head in black bud vase

In addition to a bunch of jonquils or paperwhites on your coffee table to benefit career and finances, display a vase of chrysanthemums in your home to encourage prosperity and success, ease and balance. It is believed these fluffy, long-lasting blooms represent bountiful harvests, joy and a long and successful life.

Health and the Lotus

Lotus in vase        Close up of a lotus

The lotus represents ultimate perfection. A beautiful flower rising from muddy waters, symbolising the ability of enlightened souls to rise above worldly concerns. Every part of the lotus plant, from roots to petals, has medicinal properties, further contributing to its feng shui ‘potency’ for creating a healthy and harmonious self.

To further infuse the energy of new beginnings and ‘freshness’ to your personal space, also consider placing cut branches of  blossoming flowers in a vase, such as cherry, apple, dogwood, or peach. Plus it’s a gorgeous look!

Blossom in vase  Simple blossom in vase  Elegant blossom in tall vase

‘Alive’ flowers offer more powerful ‘chi’ energy than artificial silk flowers or images of flowers, however not all these symbolic blooms, such as the lotus, are available year round. Depending on what you are trying to attract into your life in 2014, consider placing a beautiful picture of your selected feng shui flower in the home, then when in season, display a vase of these symbolic flowers beneath your image to achieve maximum, positive ‘chi’ effect.

Whether you believe in the possible outcomes of feng shui practices or not, at the very least you will be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of fresh flowers breathing life into your living space. References

http://easytogrowblog.com/improve-the-chi-of-your-home-how-flowers-affect-feng-shui/
http://fengshui.about.com/od/fengshuicures/qt/feng-shui-flowers.htm
http://redlotusletter.com/feng-shui-flowers/