Monthly Archives: January 2011

Say it with flowers and say it with style

There’s an old joke going around that goes “Say it with flowers…give her a cactus!” We hope that you’ll never need to resort to that, but there are a hundred and one ways daFlores can help you say it with flowers in a more appropriate way.

daFlores.com - International Flower Delivery

daFlores.com - International Flower Delivery

First, ask yourself who the flowers are for. What do you want to say? We have several sections on our website that allow you to pick bouquets for thank-yous, appreciation, love, birthdays and “just because.” But, even without our guidelines, a little thought will put you in the right direction.

If you want to cheer someone up, send them bright colors. Yellows, reds and fiery oranges do the trick. It’s hard not to smile at sunflowers and gerbera daisies, both of which appeal to children, too. For something a bit more elegant, you might look into our tropical flowers collections. Birds or paradise and other delights await the person you’d like to see smile.

For a thank-you, consider the recipient. Your mom or other female relative might like our tender pink roses, lilies or carnations. For a gentleman, again, look to the tropicals, or send something more generic like a tasteful gift basket. DaFlores has quite a lovely selection!

You’ll want to avoid all connotations of affection if you’re sending flowers professionally. Yellow roses are a sign of appreciation, but orange might signify passion. Your boss might appreciate one of our elegant gift baskets with a bottle of wine or chocolates, instead.

For the love of your life, just about anything will do, but red roses are absolutely classic. Whether it’s that first blush of love or a long-lasting marriage, our offerings start with simple boxed roses to a mind-boggling set of 100 red roses.

Whatever you choose, daFlores takes grand care of you. We hand-pick our local florists to make sure you get superb service and the freshest flowers. Start at our website, daFlores.com and see if you can’t come with some creative, non-prickly ways to “Say it with flowers.”  To send flowers to Colombia or any other country in the Americas please visit daFlores.com

Add a lasting gift to your Valentine’s Day roses

Valentine’s Day roses from daFlores – in fact, any flowers we send on your behalf – are guaranteed to last for at least a week. With a bit of care and attention, they can last even longer. But what if you want your Valentine’s Day gift to last year-round?

Valentine's Day Roses

Valentine's Day Roses

Well, we still highly recommend our Valentine’s Day roses. They come in all sizes, from elegant stems presented in a vase to huge sprays of two dozen or more roses. But you can also add a personal gift to your selection to make it extra-special. Wine, chocolates and more are all available – but we have a couple of longer-lasting gifts, too.

One of our Valentine’s Day add-ons is a cute, sweet teddy bear. We have a few arrangements that already incorporate this cheerful character with his heart-shaped paws and big warm heart. But you can add this teddy bear to your Valentine’s Day bouquet with a simple click of your mouse.

Our quality teddy bear makes the gift of Valentine’s Day roses that much sweeter. Once the holiday is over and done with, he’ll be there in her home, reminding her of you year-round. Adding a teddy bear to your Valentine’s Day roses is a whimsical way to tell her of your love.

DaFlores offers a selection of add-ons for Valentine’s Day roses and all our flowers. We work with great, experienced florists to bring fresh flowers to the doorstep. But you can personalize the gift according to her tastes when you add a teddy bear to your Valentine’s Day roses. To send flowers to Bogota o any other city in the Americas please visit daFlores.com

And, whether you’re together all the time or spend sad times apart, she can hold the teddy bear close and think of you and your loving gift of Valentine’s Day roses.  With our romantic plush teddy bear, it can really be Valentine’s Day all year long.

Valentine’s Day for Kids

The high romance status of Valentine’s Day is a given, but we think that Valentine’s Day is for everyone. The holiday can also be a bit of fun for the kids, allowing them to express friendship with a cheerful card. Look in dollar stores and department stores and you’ll find plenty of  Valentine’s Day cards for your kids to send.

Valentine's Day for Kids

Valentine's Day for Kids

Some schools create a “mailbox” for holiday cards. Kids “mail” the cards with a name and school class and volunteers figure out what goes where and deliver the greetings. This is an especially fun activity for younger school kids. It can be combined with lessons in giving and friendship.

You can use Valentine’s Day as a way to teach appreciation, too. Consider spearheading a parents’ initiative to send teachers a Valentine’s Day bouquet. DaFlores can make the arrangements; just visit our website and pick your bouquet.

While we at daFlores have a wide selection of traditional and really quite gorgeous Valentine’s Day bouquets, this is one occasion where you might want to pick out a pink, yellow or white rose arrangement to send a message of friendship and appreciation. And, for the men, we have tasteful tropical arrangements or bottles of wine that are perfectly appropriate.

You could also arrange a Valentine’s Day party. Children love bright colors, so sunflowers and gerbera daisies would be great flowers for a decorative centerpiece. Introduce the kids to beauty and let them have fun with the holiday. There are so many things in life that are serious, it’s good to show that some of them, while they do have a serious side, don’t have to be the be-all and end-all of everything.

Use the party to do crafts, eat red foods (pizza springs to mind) and maybe play a game or two. Don’t forget the chocolates. You’ll find all the supplies you need on sale if you start looking now. Use Valentine’s Day to have a bit of fun and daFlores will do the rest with our beautiful Valentine’s Day bouquets, centerpieces, and gifts. To send flowers to Bogota or any other city in Latin America please visit daFlores.com

Loveland continues its long-standing tradition of remailing Valentine’s Day cards

Loveland, Colorado has a very special tradition. This year, 2011, marks the 65th anniversary of its Valentine’s Day card remailing program.

Loveland

Loveland

Each year, the city produces a special postal franking stamp with a poem and message. People send in their cards and, for a fee, get their card franked with the stamp and remailed from the “city of love.” It’s called the Sweetheart Stamp and it doesn’t matter where in the world you live; you can get your card re-mailed.

Volunteers and the postal service combine to provide this sweet and unusual service which was begun by postmaster Postmaster Elmer Ivers, Chamber of Commerce president Ted W. Thompson and his wife, Mabel, in 1947. The Thompsons now have a park named after them, complete with plaque.

This year’s stamp has a cowboy Cupid, aiming his little arrow of love. The city also sponsors a Miss Loveland Valentine program, where a high school senior is picked for the role. The organizers say that they see people sending in their cards, over and over again. You can buy the official Loveland card in the local area or online through the program’s website.

Stamping begins on February 2 and is done at the Chamber of Commerce. Participants are invited to send an addressed, stamped Valentine’s Day card in a larger envelope. The card is franked and then re-sent. It’s a community effort and accompanies several special dances and events in the city.

We at daFlores think this is a wonderful way to surprise your Valentine. It only takes a few minutes to arrange and shows that you’re willing to think ahead and come up with romantic delights. Then, of course, we suggest you take a look through our own Valentine’s Day section to see if any of our gorgeous, fresh arrangements might add an extra dimension to your special day!

Remember: All our flowers were still growing the morning they were arranged and are lovingly put together by experts. See if you can create your own, very special Loveland this Valentine’s Day!

Surprise her on Valentine’s Day – get married!

The City of Norwich, Connecticut has an intriguing offer: Register to get married on Valentine’s Day. The City Chambers is running its third annual mass wedding event this February 14. Couples have to register and get their $30 license in advance; the City provides a Justice of the Peace, backdrop flowers, and photographer.

If you want a no-muss, no-fuss festival for your wedding day and really want it to be Valentine’s Day, look around for special events like this. Valentine’s Day is one of the easiest days of the year to remember as your wedding anniversary and will save you tons of worry in reminders and hint-dropping.

You could even arrange something like this for your beloved, but be very, very sure that’s the kind of thing she would like. There’s nothing worse than to arrange to surprise your loved one with a Valentine’s Day wedding, only to find that she had something very different in mind!

Mass Valentine’s Day wedding events like this can be a full alternative to the type of wedding that takes months of planning, hair-pulling, family politics and stress. It’s not quite as bland as a walk-in civil wedding but saves you a lot of money and time. You can then save your money for a wonderful honeymoon or the household furniture you really want.

Once the ceremony is all squared up, you can go ahead and plan a wonderful reception in a favorite restaurant or even at home. DaFlores.com can provide gorgeous wedding bouquets and decorations and, of course, has a huge array of beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers.

DaFlores quality means that we use only florists who’ve been in business at least ten years and who have a proven track record of customer satisfaction. And, even on one of our busiest holidays, you can be sure that the Valentine’s Day flowers you receive were growing fresh that very morning.