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Flower Holidays, Occasions & Parties - Administrative Professionals Week Flowers

Administrative Professionals WeekA simple "Thank You" can go a long way to motivate employees and build loyalty. Administrative Professionals Week (APW) offers an ideal opportunity to show appreciation - and formally reinforce the value of an employee's contributions. The Society of American Florists offers this simple guide to help smart managers put the benefits of proper office etiquette to work during APW and year-round.

  • Use APW to find out what motivates your staff. Conduct a formal or informal survey asking support staffers what kinds of incentives they value most. This will show your commitment and give you hints on what forms of appreciation they would enjoy during APW.
  • Be open and direct. If you're not sure whether the members of your support staff want to be recognized during APW, just ask them.
  • Include everyone on your team. Make APW a time to thank all of your support staff - from secretaries to assistants to junior managers - for their contributions.
  • Make "thank yous" personal. Whether you're buying a gift or making lunch reservations, think about the individual. For example, if you're ordering flowers, ask your florist to create an arrangement that fits the recipient's personality. Is that person traditional? Outdoorsy? Dramatic?
  • Be specific. Tell the members of your support staff exactly what they did that you appreciate.
  • Treat APW like a New Year's resolution. Resolve to practice better office etiquette year-round to build your team's confidence and cohesion. Whether it's celebrated with a gift, flowers, or a group luncheon, APW is an opportunity to formally acknowledge the members of your support staff for their contributions throughout the year and wipe the slate clean of any forgotten thank yous.
 
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Flower Holidays, Occasions & Parties - Mother's Day Flowers

The Society of American Florists asked some of the country's top florists and floral designers to describe what's in style for flowers this Mother’s Day, from popular flowers and color combinations to trendy flower design styles and flower delivery advice. Here is a compilation of their Mother’s Day flower trends and ordering tips.

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    Mother’s Day Flower Colors

    Pink is the traditional favorite for Mother’s Day flowers. Other colors to wow Mom on Mother’s Day include:

    • Monochromatic (flowers in the same color)
    • Blush pink, antique ivory and cream tonesHot Pink and Orange Mother's Day Flowers
    • Hot pink and berry tones combined with shades of red

    Bold, vibrant and exciting color combinations also wow Mom:

      • Hot pink and orange
      • Citron and purple
      • Shades of orange hues - tangerine to peach
      • Purple accented with bright green
      • Purple and lime green and magenta
      • Pink, coral and turquoise together 

       

       
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      Flower Holidays, Occasions & Parties - Prom Flowers
      • Which Prom Flower Fits Your Personality? Take our Quiz!It is important to remember that prom season is also peak wedding season and often falls on Mother's Day weekend. Therefore, popular flowers such as sweetheart roses, white roses and certain orchids used to create decorative body flowers are in high demand.
      • Ordering at least two weeks in advance so that your florist has time to order the necessary quantities should ensure that you get what you really want.
      • Tell your florist what your budget is and ask him or her for ideas. An inexpensive flower used in a lovely corsage style can be just as beautiful as a more expensive bloom. Alstroemeria and lilies are a good choices, as are mini carnations. But your florist will know what the best value is.

       

       

       

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      Hydrangea = Perseverance

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