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National Rose Month – White is Hope and New Beginnings

June 9, 2015

June is National Rose Month. There are so many colors, hybrids and  varieties that choosing the perfect bouquet can be overwhelming. Why not pay homage to days past with a classic cream and white arrangement? White and ivory flowers also happen to be on trend for the 2015 spring and summer season.

Traditionally, the white rose is a symbolized innocence and purity and was a fitting way to say farewell to a friend or to recognize a new beginning. In 14th century England, the white rose was the heraldic sign of The Duke of York who faced off with the Lancaster family, associated with the red rose. This is where the phrase War of the Roses stems from (pun fully intended).

Bask in the beauty of the simple white rose with no color to upstage it.

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King Kamehameha Day Floral Parade is a Thing of Beauty

June 1, 2015

Today is Kamehameha Day! This Hawaiian public holiday was first proclaimed by Kamehameha V, as a day to honor his grandfather. Kamehameha the Great first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii. During his rule, Hawaii was the center of the fur and pineapple trade.

Today the holiday is celebrated with elaborate events based on ancient Hawaiian culture – a floral parade is held each year using breathtaking native florals and plants. After the parade there is a lively block party with food and music and a lei draping ceremony over the famous statue of Kamehameha the Great.

Here are some beautiful photos marking the festive occasion and a few tropically inspired floral arrangement of ours that we think would look fantastic on a parade float!


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This luscious display makes a lovely lei – it’s the ultimate in orchid indulgence



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This deep purple orchid arrangement looks good enough to eat – it really is eye candy



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Do you have a favorite tropical flower?

10 Ways to Green Your Flowers

April 22, 2015

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In honor of Mother Earth’s favorite day, we’ve compiled a list of ways that you can go green when choosing flowers for any event, big or small. These are simple and effortless ideas that go a long way – and they can be implemented every day, not just in celebration of Earth Day. You can help the planet and farm workers in developing countries by planning ahead and using these techniques when selecting blooms.

1. Buy local flowers – Find out what is available to you within an easy driving radius of your home or office. You can cut down on carbon emissions by keeping your flower shipments close to home.

2. Go organic – Reduce the chemical impact on the planet by purchasing American-grown and  organic arrangements  for your next event. Because flowers are not eaten, there is no limit on the amount of toxic pesticides, fertilizers or artificial scents that importers can use.

3. Choose seasonal arrangements - Identify the flowers that are most available to your region during the spring, summer and fall months. For example, choosing tulips, ranunculus or peonies for your springtime wedding will avoid using exotic flowers that need to be shipped from far away. Check out this seasonal flower guide for spring from Green Wedding Shoes.

4. Look past traditional arrangements – Roses are lovely, but what about flowers that can be replanted? Succulents can be placed in gardens or planters and enjoyed for years to come. They are also drought-tolerant plants that don’t require a lot of water. If you live in an area where water preservation is a concern, succulents are also a great addition to any arrangement.

5. Go eco-friendly beyond your blooms – Look for companies that go green all the way. Many companies offer to pick up client’s containers after use to repurpose them, recycle the water that has not been absorbed by the flowers at the end of the day, and some even deliver flowers by bike!

6. Look for ways to give back – If you’re planning a wedding and you know that you’ll have a lot of flowers left over, consider companies like Rebloom or Bloomerent which offer a hassle-free way to recycle your wedding flowers after your big day. This will brighten up someone else’s event and your flowers will get major mileage at two events.

7. Less is more – Work with your florist to come up with unique and stunning arrangements that use less flowers all together. Planning a wedding? Ask your bridesmaids to carry a single calla lily instead of an enormous bouquet.

8. Avoid killer filler – Avoid buying arrangements that use florist’s foam or any other materials that cannot be recycled. If you want to bunch your flowers together for use in a bouquet, use twine, not plastic.

9. Petal power – Large events that require elegant and elaborate table settings often come with a grand arrangement and  petals scattered on the table to compliment the flowers. Instead of tossing the petals away at the end of the day, plan ahead and choose edible flowers that you can freeze dry and use for future use.

10. Turn your flowers into invitations or thank you notes – There are many companies that specialize in turning flowers into gorgeous invitations, scrapbooks, gift tags or thank you notes. Try Cast Paper Art for an earth friendly and innovative design.

Do you have any other earth friendly flower ideas? Let us know!

Valentine’s Day Ideas

January 31, 2015

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, LOVE is in the air.

From year to year, lovers often stress over how they can improve or top what they did last year. Well stress no more! We are here to help get your Valentine’s Day Ideas together.

1. Quiet Homemade Candlelit Dinner

Valentine’s day is honestly all about the effort. Cooking may not come so easy to most, but it isn’t as hard as it seems. Surprise your love one with a nice, homemade dinner.  Find a fantastic, easy to prepare recipe and wow their taste buds.  Decorate your table with a single long stem rose and enjoy a bottle of bubbly with your dinner.

A single long stem rose with a sparkling drink to go with it

2. A Night of Movies and Fun

Unless you live under a rock, everyone knows about 50 Shades of Grey is coming out in theaters February 13th. Most, who have read the book and even those who haven’t are interested in seeing what the hype is all about. Why not take some of the pressure off your back and get your night started with this sultry, seductive flick. If your not interested in dealing with the crowds at the move theater, you can always stay home and rent a movie. You can even surprise her with our rendition …10 Shades of Pink.

This beautiful collection of pink shades is bound to win her over.

This beautiful collection of pink shades is bound to win her over.

3. A Weekend Getaway

Planning a quick trip out of the city is always a great idea. You don’t have to go extremely far to escape all the noise, lights and daily issues. There are plenty of websites that offer great deals and ideas of places to go. It’s best to act now before someone else reads this and books their stay first.

4. A Relaxing Gift

With what may feel like the weight of the world on their shoulders, most people look forward to going home for a nice hot shower and a warm comfortable bed. This Valentine’s Day, Surroundings Flowers is helping with the relaxation process. We have created a romantic, soothing basket for him or her. The basket comes with a box of chocolates, a choice of wine or champagne, a small beautiful rose arrangement and a scented candle to set the calming aromatic mood. You can also order a bag of rose petals to add that extra flair to the mood. Remind your sweetheart that all the stress is worth it sometimes.

Complete your Valentine's Day with one of our beautiful gift baskets that have a little bit of everything.

Complete your Valentine’s Day with one of our beautiful gift baskets that have a little bit of everything.

Butterflies at Hotel Plaza Athenee!

September 3, 2014

This Spring birthday celebration at the Hotel Plaza Athenee was one of our favorites!

Purple butterflies “flew” around the room and colorful garden-style centerpieces graced the tables. Beautiful embroidered table linens and gold bengaline napkins with whimsical floral nosegays completed the tabletop decor.



Each centerpiece, handcrafted by our designers, incorporated the free flowing spirit of the butterflies flying over head. The use of green hydrangea, various pink roses, purple lisianthus and and light purple tulips created a garden in the middle of spring feeling. It was a true joy to be a part of this beautiful, whimsical event.

Story Time at Tappan Hill Mansion

January 28, 2014
The snow on Saturday didn’t stop this Tappan Hill Mansion party! The occasion was the christening for a beautiful little girl. We were thrilled to be a part of this creative, imaginative evening (we’ve also designed christening decor for the couple’s two older sons). The decor for each table was based a legend, story or book important to the family.


The drawbridge is up!
Scenes around the castle with all the Knights of the Round Table, and of course, Excalibur!


Peter in Never Never Land

Tinkerbelle, complete with fairy dust


The crocodile!






There she is on her balcony!



 The terrifying scene from the first Harry Potter when Valdemort drinks the blood of a unicorn.
Harry to the rescue!


The fence is freshly whitewashed!


Robin and his band of merry men in Sherwood forest


The Mad Hatter’s floral tea party

The beautiful escort card table provided a warm, candlelit welcome
and introduced the literary theme with some special books and characters.

Memorial for Marty Richards at Edison Ballroom

April 30, 2013
On April 8th, the benefit for the New York Center for Children at the Edison Ballroom was attended by over 500 guests. The Producer Circle event was a memorial to legendary producer Marty Richards. The NYCC is just one of many charities founded by Mr. Richards and his late wife, Mary Lea Johnson Richards. The event was hosted by Chita Rivera who entertained along with many Broadway stars. The beautiful evening was filled with with music and song! Surroundings stage decor included a background of flowering pear and a border of blue and white (colors of NYCC) flowers around the stage.
A quick look at just a portion of the star studded evening!Pictured: Rob Marshall, The Producer’s Circle, Sharon Wilkins, Chita Rivera, Timatha Kasten.  Victor Garber, Len Cariou and Dee Hoty and other Broadway stars performed. Check out Rob Rich’s photos of the events, from the red carpet arrivals to the evening’s entertainment at

February Bat Mitzvah

February 20, 2013
I love that the first spring flowering branches arrive at the coldest time of the year!
Looking at these photos you wouldn’t guess it was a frigid February day.
Shades of pink pop against the blues of the temple’s stained glass windows.
Pink quince branches created a graceful,delicate canopy
A selection of spring blooms-pale pink hyacinth, bright tulips
 Beautifully detailed table numbers completed the deisgns
The younger guests sat at long tables, lined with bright flowers
Thank you Nancy Adler for the beautiful photos!