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Arrangements in pastel shades and the softest yellows, peaches, warm pinks, creamy whites and subtle greens make us feel safe, snug and loved. Consider a nurturing floral arrangement for a new mother, a sick friend or a grieving loved one – anyone who would benefit from a caring, loving embrace. See five emotional color palettes and the flowers that bring them to life.
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|Trends for Celebrating the Holidays in Style with Flowers|
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The winter holiday season is the No. 1 floral-buying time of year. With that in mind, the Society of American Florists (SAF) has teamed with the host of Discovery Channel's Surprise by Design Rebecca Cole to showcase the floral trends that will give homes a festive feeling this holiday season.
“Because we're returning to our roots and hosting intimate celebrations at home, we'll see more traditional colors, and greenery, whose scents will bring us back to our childhood,” said Cole, who also is a contributor to the Today show.
The Traditional Meaning of Greenery
Great holiday arrangements begin with greenery. In ancient cultures, people believed that bringing foliage into the home during the season was lucky and guaranteed the return of vegetation in the spring. Even today, green remains a staple in holiday décor.
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According to Cole, “Whether it's a gift or for home décor, ‘colorful greenery' is a thoughtful and long-lasting way to send holiday cheer.”
It is well known that people remember receiving flowers. According to a recent study by SAF and The Michael Cohen Group, 92 percent of women remember the last time they received flowers. Because they are a time when memories are made, there is no better time than the holidays for sending a sentiment of caring.
“Sending flowers for the holidays is the gift of emotion,” Cole said. “The season has a way of conjuring up feelings of nostalgia. We think about grandma's house, the cozy fireplace, the great feast and good times with family and friends. Flowers and plants are the finishing touch that make the holidays complete.”
From wreaths to centerpieces, bulb plants and topiaries, Cole shares her best bets for holiday winners.
According to Cole, this year's designs will be all about simple elegance with a flair for fun. “If you don't have a white Christmas on the outside, bring it inside, with big bunches of anemones or other white flowers,” Cole said.
Cole has this advice for creating festive, colorful tables for dinner, brunch or even cocktail hour.
Ask your florist about Trends for Celebrating the Holidays in Style with Flowers.