Welcome to our new site

ABPS FlowersWelcome to our new site. We have cleaned up the page to make it easier for you to find what you need. We have also added a new blog for our designers to share news and updates about the store. We also changed how you order flowers, we are now using SquareUp to take your online orders.

Holiday Wreath

Spruce Up the Front Door for Christmas

Holiday Wreath The Christmas tree is often the center of your holiday party, and when it’s not, your dinner table and the amazing food you’ve prepared is.  But before your guests see your tree, your table centerpiece, the stockings you’ve hung with care, they see your front door.  One way to make a great impression is to put a beautiful holiday wreath on your front door.

You have several options for this wreath.  If you’ve already got one, you can reuse it.  However, wreaths tend to start to look their age after going in and out of storage for several years.  You may want to spruce it up a little by gluing or otherwise adding a few new elements.  You can add pine cones, silk flowers, feathers, small birds, and just about anything else that relates to the holiday season.

If, on the other hand, you don’t have a wreath or want a new one, you have two options: buy one or make one yourself.  Buying one is the easiest option, and you’ll find some amazing wreaths out there.  If you’re more into making a wreath, you’ll need to find a basic wreath to start with.  Then add whatever decorations you want to it.

You may not even want a wreath on your front door.  You could put a large red bow on your door, for example, or hang sturdy ornaments on it.  No matter what you do, adding decoration to your front door is a great way of welcoming your guests.

Need some help with your wreath?  We have a great Christmas Wreath available at Always Bouquets and Pleasant Surprises.


Thanksgiving Decorating

Thanksgiving-decoration-smallHave you done any decorating for Thanksgiving?  If you’re hosting the dinner, you might want to put up a few decorations.  Fortunately, decorating for Thanksgiving doesn’t involve a lot of stuff, unlike Christmas or Halloween.  You can get away with just a few table decorations and a bouquet of lovely fall flowers.  Here are some decorations you might want to use for Thanksgiving:

  • A centerpiece for your table: the Thanksgiving meal is the center of the holiday, so you want your table to look great.  A centerpiece can come in many forms and may involve pumpkins, gourds, candles, fall flowers, a ceramic turkey, or pilgrims.  Find something that fits nicely on your table so it doesn’t crowd out the food.  You may even want to put your centerpiece on the dessert table or side table if you need more room.
  • Thanksgiving linens:  a tablecloth and napkins are necessary for a nice meal, so you might as well make them decorative.  You can get ones in a solid fall color (orange, red, brown) or pick something with turkeys or other Thanksgiving-related images.  Napkin rings are another nice accessory, as are placemats.
  • Decorative dishes:  you can use decorative platters and bowls for your Thanksgiving meal or platters that match your tablecloth.  Even dishes with a fall color pattern on them can be useful.

These are just a few decorations that can make your Thanksgiving table gorgeous.  You can do more if you want, including adding a fall wreath to your front door or finding some other fall items to place around your home.  Get creative, and make your Thanksgiving decorations something special for your guests to enjoy.

Don’t forget your Thanksgiving flowers at Always Bouquets and Pleasant Surprises.


Care for your Flowers

sun-flowerYou received a beautiful flower arrangement, now how do I care for them? Most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive.

Follow these simple suggestions to get the most out of your floral purchase!

Hydration is the key when it comes to flower longevity and bacteria is the enemy.  As your flowers age, bacteria accumulates at the cut end of the stem and blocks the uptake of water into the flower.  As the flow of water slows, the flower starts to dry and wilt and die.  Here’s what you can do to help:

Cool your flowers:  Cooler temperatures slow the growth of bacteria and the related breakdown of plant tissues.

Re-cut stems regularly:  Re-cut your stems (take about 1/2 inch off) right before you put them in water – this ensures that there aren’t any air bubbles in the stem tissue that could block water uptake.  Re-cutting stems also exposes clean tissue – uncluttered by bacteria.

Change vase water often:  Flowers don’t want to drink bacteria-water.  Lift your stems out of the vase, change the water (add flower food to the new water if available) and recut your flower stems just before putting them back into water.  Do this every other day and you can double the life of your flowers.

Flowers in foam:  Some arrangements are assembled in floral foam where recutting stems isn’t feasible.  Make sure your stems are seated firmly in the foam (heavier flowers like hydrangeas sometimes wiggle loose) and simply add water daily.

Order your flowers 24/7 at Always Bouquets and Pleasant Surprises.


Halloween Party Checklist

autumn-black-dark-decoration-smallAre you getting ready for a Halloween party?  If you are, you’ve probably got the basics covered—costume, decorations, music—but what about food?  If you’ve never thrown a party with snacks and other food, here’s a quick checklist for you.

  • Halloween paper plates, napkins, and plastic forks, spoons, and knives.
  • A Halloween tablecloth for your table.
  • A punch bowl for your blood-red Halloween punch.
  • A few Halloween-themed platters and other serving dishes.
  • Some candy and/or treat bags for your guests.
  • Halloween-themed disposable cups.
  • Healthy finger foods.  Remember, not everyone can enjoy sugary sweets, so be sure you’ve got something healthy on hand.
  • Desserts!  Cupcakes are especially popular, as are cookies and other little bite-sized foods.

Fun Halloween Facts

  • The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  • Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
  • Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.

With this checklist, all that’s left for you to worry about are your decorations.  If you want a spooky centerpiece, we can help.  We’ve got great Halloween flowers at Always Bouquets and Pleasant Surprises.


Fall Flower Colors Make a Great Decorating Palette

leaves-fall-colors-rainbowNow that summer has officially ended and fall is here, it’s time to change up your décor a bit.  The fun fall colors and flowers can make quite an impression.  Fall colors are pretty easy to guess: red, yellow, brown, and orange, of course.  The colors of falling leaves abound during the autumn months!  Because these colors are usually very strong, you do need to be careful not to overdo it.  Too much can make a room look dark, so if the walls and flooring of your room already make it darker than you’d like, only use a few autumn-colored items for accent.

Where can you add fall colors?  Here are some ideas:

  • Tablecloth, table runner, place mats, and napkin rings
  • Candles
  • Gourds
  • Pumpkins, especially small ones
  • Pine cones
  • Scarecrows
  • Throw pillows
  • Blankets and wraps to put on your sofa
  • Leaves, branches, and twigs Autumn wreaths using many of the above items

You’ll also want to take a look as some fall flowers when working on your new décor.  They’re beautiful, and since some people tend to think of flowers as spring and summer décor, your guests may not expect to see bright blooms on your table in the autumn.  There are a number of different flowers that bloom in the fall.  Here are some you might want to add to your décor:

  • Orange roses
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Marigold
  • Sunflowers
  • Carnations

We can help add some flowers to your new décor!  We have some amazing Autumn flowers at Always Bouquets and Pleasant Surprises.

The incredible mood power of flowers.

Flower Heads

Everyone knows that flowers make people happy and enhance people’s moods, but the mood power of flowers may be even greater than we realize. Science has proven time and again that flowers play a powerful role in our lives, but their positive effect on our mental health is nothing short of incredible.
Studies show that besides making us happy, they are also proven to:

  • Fuel creativity and quick thinking
  • Help with stress reduction
  • Increase focus
  • Feed compassion
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Trigger memory
  • Boost energy levels

Studies have also shown that a person can actually influence and change what others think of them in a significant way through the gifts they give, and perhaps no other gifts have the ability to evoke such positive feelings and perceptions as flowers.

Find the right mood
When a person sends flowers – or purchases them for their own enjoyment – the types they choose may play a significant role in enhancing a particular mood. Warm color flowers in reds, yellows and oranges boost

Flowers With Book energy and stimulate the brain, making people more alert and creative. On the other end of the spectrum, cool color flowers and plants in greens and blues tend to create a more soothing effect by slowing the production of stress hormones to aid in relaxation.

No matter what the occasion, flowers are indeed the perfect gift of happiness and positive vibes – they are a potent mood elevator and a natural source of pleasure. Call Always Bouquets and Pleasant Surprises today or visit our Web Store and let us help you experience for yourself – the incredible mood power of flowers.

Red Roses

Meanings of the rose

red rose small“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” William Shakespeare

So you want to send a special someone roses whether it be for Valentine’s Day or to say “Thank You” or “I’d like to see this go somewhere”,  but you’re not quite sure whether you should send pink, white, yellow, red, or lavender!  There are so many colors to choose from, and we won’t even begin to get into the different species of roses.  Here we have the meaning behind the colors of the most popular roses:

  • Red-The most obvious of all…the red rose stands for love…it’s sultry, bold and romantic.
  • Pink-You’re always safe sending pink roses if you’re in a new relationship.  It implies that love is just around the corner.  A delicate pink rose is a symbol of admiration.
  • White-A heavenly white rose is the perfect sentiment for a friend.  It also implies a new beginning, innocence and purity.   It is often used in tribute arrangements as well.
  • Yellow-Spunky, fun, happy are all words that come to mind when you see a yellow rose.  Yellow roses are sure to brighten anyone’s day!
  • Lavender-Love at first sight, this color also conveys longing, desire and passion!

A single rose says a lot and a lot more distinctly. Find out it what it says in different colors.

  • A single red  says: “I love you”
  • A single pink  says: “I like you”
  • A single white  says: “My feelings are pure”
  • A single yellow  says: “You bring joy to my life” “Let’s be friends”
  • A single lavender  says: “I am enchanted by you”

Twenty-five red roses are traditionally used to say “Congratulations”. However, now that you have some idea of color symbolism in roses you may creatively substitute another color to further enliven the message.

Whatever you have to say call Always Bouquets and Pleasant Surprises today or visit our Web Store and let us help you say it.

Color Pencils

Back to school flowers and gifts

Art Brushes to paint flowersAfter this week’s weather we all know summer is gone. Kids across St. Louis are back at school, and now is the perfect time to send flowers to your favorite teacher or student. Here are a few ideas to start the new school year off right:

  • Upgrade the apple – Giving an apple to the teacher may win some brownie points for a few days, but just think how much goodwill an entire fruit basket will earn you!
  • Decorate the desk – Teachers have been busy preparing the classroom for the upcoming year. Help them add that perfecting finishing touch with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for their desk.
  • Plant an idea – Plants are known to reduce stress, increase concentration and enhance memory, what better place for that than in the classroom?Color Pencils to draw flowers

No matter what the circumstance, Always Bouquets and Pleasant Surprises
can help with all of your back-to-school floral and gift needs. Study our Web Store or give us a call and let us help you with your homework of finding the perfect gift for your favorite teacher or student.