Holiday Plant Designs

Now that the holidays are approaching, we turn our attention to how we will decorate our homes for this lovely season. Along with adding your family’s traditional favorites to your living room, try including live fresh foliage, greenery, plants and flowers in the form of wreaths, garlands or holiday plants this year. The fresh beauty accenting your holiday decor will add even more inviting warmth to your home. The floral designers at Ah Sam Florist have created a gorgeous collection of wreaths, plants and other foliage to help you decorate your home for the holidays this year. Continue reading

Thanking Our Team For Their Many Efforts

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to stop and reflect on everyone and everything for which we’re thankful. Every year at Thanksgiving, we remember all of the people we are most thankful for. Here at Ah Sam Florist, we are so thankful for our dedicated team of growers, farmers, delivery drivers,  sales staff and of course, our fabulous designers. Without every one of these people doing their job so well, we would not be able to bring you the quality that we do. On Thanksgiving and all throughout the year, we are thankful for our dedicated team of hard-working professionals. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Flowers For Everyone At The Table

As you begin to prepare your Thanksgiving table this season be sure to include elements of thankfulness to help you and your guests focus on what’s important. One great idea is to have guests write what they’re thankful for on fall leaf cut-outs. Display by attaching to a Curly Willow tree alongside the table. Choose colorful fall leaves that compliment your tables decor. The floral expert at Ah Sam Florist also have some delightful centerpieces in our fall collection for you to choose from this season.

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Thanksgiving Centerpieces That Wow

Thanksgiving embraces the gathering of family and friends for a bountiful feast. Whether your harvest celebration is an elegant or rustic event, there are so many things to remember when it comes to pulling off your Thanksgiving table (or two). Tablecloths to unfurl, napkins to fold, making sure you have enough seats for everyone at the main table and devising a smaller one for the kids along, not to mention the food prep itself.

But an item we add to the table in the rich shades of the season before filling it with food is here at Ah Sam Flowers.

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Unique Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

We all know there are many time-honored traditions on Thanksgiving. There may be many ways to while away the hours during the day, but there is no denying it – the main event is dinner. The sheer excitement of finally sitting down to eat after smelling aromas wafting through the house all day is palpable. When you call your guests to the table this year, make sure it is absolutely beautiful – with a new twist on your Thanksgiving centerpieces.
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Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

The holiday season is a time steeped in both cultural tradition and family customs. Whether your family gathers around the TV to watch the Macy’s Day parade, or you spend your time outside for the annual flag football game – the importance of getting together and spending quality time is really what matters. One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions is, of course, the meal. In fact, the luxurious spread pf favorite foods is often the highlight of the entire day. At Ah Sam Florist, we love knowing that our designs and arrangements are being used to make your holiday table festive.
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Thanksgiving Cornucopias

cornucopiaWith only days to go, it’s time to make sure all the details are taken care of. From the menu, to the guests to the décor, preparing for the Thanksgiving meal is as much a tradition as the meal itself. Most think of the classic cornucopia as reminiscent of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 – in reality, it has a much longer legacy. Dating back to 5 B.C., the cornucopia is even mentioned in ancient mythology. In Greek legend, the “horn of plenty” was an endless source of food or drink for its owner; you simply asked the cornucopia for your favorite item and it was provided.

It is surmised that the cornucopia found it’s place at the Thanksgiving table because of it’s usage in European harvest festivities. When the Pilgrim’s held their own feast to celebrate the abundant harvest, the cornucopia was a traditional item for the table. In modern times, the horn shaped basket is usually overflowing with gourds, seasonal fruits and vegetables, reminiscent of the overflowing horn of plenty in mythology. Because of it’s association with constant provision, to this day the basket is considered a symbol of both abundance and prosperity.


Ah Sam has a traditional cornucopia for your holiday centerpiece, but with a floral twist. Seasonal autumn blooms spilling from basket to table makes a stunning visual representation of the blessings of the season. Asters, mums, lilies and fall foliage will grace your table with all the colors and beauty of Thanksgiving. If you are looking for holiday décor from classic to modern, the floral experts at Ah Sam are here to help you create the perfect arrangement. Bouquets, centerpieces or hostess gifts – come into our San Mateo location to discuss beautiful ways to decorate your holidays.


The History of Thanksgiving

thanksgivingThere were only 102 passengers on board the Mayflower in 1620. A small band of people looking for freedom of religious expression, prosperity and land ownership packed onto the ships with high hopes of a new life. It took 66 dangerous days to cross from England, and they dropped anchor in Cape Cod. One month later, the ship crossed Massachusetts Bay and the settlers planned to stay, to establish their new village at Plymouth.

The first winter was harsh; and only half of the original voyagers made it until spring, ravaged by exposure and disease. Most settlers actually stayed on the ship through the winter; when they came ashore, they were greeted by an Abenaki Indian, who quite surprisingly, spoke English. He returned the next day with Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe. Squanto was instrumental in teaching the Pilgrims how to grow corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in local waters, and identify poisonous plants.


When the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest was successful, Governor William Bradford  was inspired to hold a feast to celebrate. Among the guests were their new Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. The party lasted 3 days, and although they likely didn’t call it Thanksgiving. November of 1621 marks the first time the holiday was observed.

All these years later, we still celebrate to give thanks for the “harvest” in our lives – whether it be our families, friends, jobs or homes. Although the menus have changed – the first meal was rumored to include seal and lobster – the scene is often the same. People gather around their tables to be together, to express appreciation and to celebrate the good things in life. Many traditions remain as well – the colors, the cornucopia – and the food!

As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, welcome your guests with an autumn wreath and a seasonal centerpiece for the harvest table.  Ah Sam Florist offers stylish designs for the perfect arrangement, decor and hostess gifts for a holiday with family, friends and more.