Founded by Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade in the 1970s, Grandparents Day was created as a means of honoring grandparents while giving grandparents the opportunity to show love to their children’s children. Of course, children also become aware of the amazing strength, wisdom and knowledge their grandparents’ generation can offer, which is another benefit to celebrating Grandparents Day. This year on the 2nd Sunday in September, Ah Sam Florist recommends bringing one of our beautiful arrangements to your favorite grandparents while you create memories that will last for generations.
Are you hosting 4th of July this year, or going to someone else’s cookout/barbecue/potluck/dinner? In either case, add some flowers to your shopping list. You can’t compete with the fireworks, but you can create a table or an atmosphere that offers some excitement and dresses things up just a little bit. We like to keep it casual on the 4th, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appeal to Ah Sam Florist to hook you up with some inspired summer flowers!
-Clarence Budington Kelland, American writer (1881-1964), about his father
Fathers teach us so many things in life, whether the lessons are deliberate or we simply watch and learn. The floral designers at Ah Sam Florist know that dads who set strong examples for their children should be celebrated. This year, Father’s Day falls on June 17th and is a great chance to thank your dad for the impact he’s made in your life. Send a card, take him to lunch, or gift him with a special item that reflects everything he is to you.
Memorial Day is a time to honor and acknowledge the brave sacrifice so many of our men and women made in service to country. To that end, we come together at parades and ceremonies to remember their courage. We also think of the three-day weekend as a time to celebrate the arrival of summer, which is just around the corner. This is a time when friends and family are together, often outdoors, enjoying potlucks, barbecues and—if we’re lucky—the pool. Ah Sam Flowers recognizes that the flowers we exchange or use to decorate with at this time have a couple of different functions; they must speak to the poignancy of the occasion at hand, but also capture the festive, social spirit.
They say Mother’s Day is like the Superbowl of Flowers, and Ah Sam Florist would agree. It seems everyone is dying to get their hands on—and give—the most beautiful and meaningful bouquet of blossoms that ever was. Mother’s Day arrives in one of the best seasons for flowers; spring’s bounty is bright, bold, feminine, romantic and enticing. It’s not hard to find something gorgeous to offer your mom. The only question is how you’ll narrow it down to just one floral gift.
Earth Day is orbiting back around again on April 22, and we here at Ah Sam Flowers are stocked with some of our planet’s finest, most dazzling fruits in the form of flowers and plants. This year, get involved in our community by attending a recycling drive, planting, environmental fair or clean-up. Afterwards, have a meal that makes liberal use of the garden and go ahead and eat al fresco; celebrating the Earth and promoting conscious living on it is an important aspect of this day. While you gather with friends and family, top your dining table with a centerpiece that reflects just how beautiful nature can be.
Desktops can look a little dull after a long winter. They need some brightening up, a nice spring clean and a new plant or flower, if you ask us at Ah Sam Florist. And that’s why we’re here campaigning on behalf of desktops everywhere, just ahead of Administrative Professionals Day (April 25) and at the very moment when we predict most workplaces could use a refresh.
There’s just something about baskets—getting them, delivering them to someone else, designing flowers inside of them, as we here at Ah Sam Florist do. They tap into a long tradition of carrying food or supplies, of bearing precious items, and they remind us that at one point, basket-making was the work of skilled artisans. These humble containers are emblematic of Easter, and they also symbolize comfort and plenty. To us, filling them with flowers is a natural fit.
Valentine’s Day comes with its own kind of pressure: the pressure to give flowers and then the pressure to give the right kind. While it’s true you can’t go wrong with a vase of long-stemmed red roses, they can often seem a little rote and obligatory. Offering a custom piece is the antidote to that feeling, both on your part and on the part of the recipient. Here at Ah Sam Florist we love having the opportunity to work with you in creating a gorgeous original design that will really enthrall your special someone.
Yes, Valentine’s Day is upon us, and it’s time to do a little forward-thinking. Specifically, about what you’re going to give that special someone, or someones, or even yourself. Three weeks is the perfect amount of lead time to figure out who’s getting what – will it be a sweet bouquet for your daughter? A crimson blooming plant for your mom? A vase of stemmy red roses for sweetheart? We here at Ah Sam Flowers have it all, and we’ve got plenty of ideas for you, too. Interested in a custom design? Tune in to next week’s blog, when we’ll be featuring Designer’s Choice.