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Floral Numbers

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Our silk floral numbers are now available for sale or hire. Each one is custom made to order with LED battery operated lights. Its the perfect addition to the cake table or present table to celebrate a milestone birthday. Numbers available are 18, 21, 30, 40, 50, 60 but chat to us about creating other numbers. Numbers measure approx 22cm. The floral numbers can be made to your preferred colours.

Link to order or hire online https://cairnsfloralsupplies.com.au/product-category/arrangements/

Floral Foam – Analysis of the Three Brands on the Market

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All floral foam is NOT created equal! The most notable brand in the industry is Oasis Floral Foam. Many people will call any brand of floral foam “Oasis” just because that’s the only brand they know. As our society moves towards more environmental awareness, there is a lot of negative feeling towards the use of floral foam in the industry as the product comes with a MSDS (materials safety data sheet).

Oasis Floral Foam has been in the industry for many years and most florists are familiar with its water retention and gripping ability. There is no doubt that it is a high quality product but with its brand reputation it is also at the top end of the floral foam market with regards to price. Regular Oasis foam is produced in Malaysia.

Premium Floral Foam is a relative newcomer to the Australian market. This foam is made in China (as are many other brands) and anecdotal evidence suggests that it has superior water retention. Florists have commented that it works as well as the Oasis brand. The Premium brand is considerably cheaper than the Oasis brand.

Oasis Maxlife Biodegradable Floral Foam is Oasis’ latest offering with enhanced foam formulation designed for modern landfills. It attracts microbes that break the foam down into methane, CO2 and organic matter. Oasis state that the  foam will biodegrade 100% within 576 days. This is a massive improvement to have a floral foam on the market that is biodegradable but 576 days is a long time, hence there is still a lot of room for improvement. Some florists have found this foam to be a little crumbly and are careful when they choose to use it preferring to avoid it when designing with thick, hard stems. This foam is produced in Korea and is the dearest of all three brands being analysed in this article.

 

Polls on your preferred floral foam are currently running on Cairns Floral Supplies’ Instagram and Facebook pages. Cast your vote here https://business.facebook.com/CairnsFloralSupplies/posts/1368801136592526?notif_id=1557997242129213&notif_t=scheduled_post_published&ref=notif&business_id=633194676819846

 

 

How to Win Mum Over this Mother’s Day

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When looking for ideas for Mother’s Day gifts we usually turn to Google for ideas. A quick search and you’ll find the traditional gift of flowers still topping lists in popularity. Here are some tips to make sure you choose the best floral gift for Mum.

Floral arrangements change with the season’s trends and this Mother’s Day you are likely to find bouquets wrapped in hessian, arrangements in containers like gold ceramic and aluminium pots, interesting vase containers and hat boxes. Most floral arrangements are designed to Mum’s favourite colours but if she doesn’t have a favourite, then you can’t go past the pinks and purples tones.

Emerging in popularity are green plants for the home or office.

Ordering flowers from a local florist will ensure the full value of your order is put into the arrangement rather than reduced due to a commission taken by an order gather. Be carefully when googling and take an extra moment to ensure you are buying from a real local florist. Its also great for the local economy!

 

Silk Arrangements Made Especially for You

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Creating custom arrangements is a personalised service that we provide meaning the arrangement is a one-off creation. We will consult with you to fully understand the brief and budget and create the design to your needs.

Our custom silk arrangements include:

  • Basket Arrangements
  • Box Arrangements
  • Car Bow, Bows for sod turning ceremonies and Bows for building openings
  • Casket Spray
  • Graveside and Tombstone Arrangements
  • Ceramic Arrangements
  • Corsage and buttonhole
  • Gift Wrapping Service
  • Glass Vase Arrangements
  • Wreath Arrangements
  • ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day Wreaths
  • Christmas Wreaths
  • Centrepieces for functions, e.g. wedding anniversary, business milestone

Call  (07) 40521 868 to discuss your needs.

Custom Silk Arrangements

Getting Crafty at our Workshops

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We run various fun workshops showing you how to use our products to make stunning designs. Our workshops are hosted in store with limited numbers and cater to all abilities. Some of our popular workshops have been –

  • Christmas Wreath
  • Christmas themed workshops
  • Easter Bunny Wreath
  • Silk Flower Fascinators
  • Silk Orchid Plant Arrangement
  • Terrarium and Succulent Arrangement

We are always coming up with new ideas for Workshops!

Our customers also request workshops which we encourage as its great to know what our customers are interested in creating. We make sure the Workshops are fun providing step-by-step guidance and you will leave with your bespoke handmade creation.

We are about to release our series of Workshops leading up to Christmas. There will be Christmas decorations for the home or office and gifts for a loved one or love yourself and keep it and make another for a loved one. Our Workshop page is constantly being updated.

Christmas Workshops coming soon……..

Workshops

Product Range Expansion – Millinery Supplies

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Many of our floral supply products are used by various industries and the millinery industry is no exception. In fact, we have expanded our range of millinery supplies due to demand. Want to wear flowers in your hair? Fascinators, flower crowns and flowers on combs complete the look for a special event. We now stock good quality plastic combs, metal combs, alice headbands, wire headbands and the very popular double halo headbands. Other millinery supplies include decorative wire, brim wire, quality sinamay, specially formulated paint, ribbon, bling, flower stamens, silk flowers and leaves. Therefore our customers now have lots of options available to them.

There are many occasions to wear flowers in your hair, e.g. weddings, formals, portrait sittings, hen’s nights, baby showers, horse racing events, etc. Fashionistas embrace all the horse racing events and there is a big demand for creating fascinators to match the rest of the outfit. Whether you are a professional milliner (and there are many in our region) or enjoy being creative we have lots of supplies that will help you make the perfect fascinator that will turn heads.

Shop our range here https://cairnsfloralsupplies.com.au/product-category/millinery/

 

No Maintenance Silk Hire Arrangements for Businesses

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We have a range of silk arrangements available for hire by businesses. The arrangements have been created exclusively by us and will be changed monthly with a new design. Delivery of the arrangements to your business is free (Cairns area). Our arrangements require no maintenance, no water therefore you have no mess. By using silk flowers there is no scent meaning they are allergy free. We want the hire service to be easy and convenient for our customers so there are no lock-in contracts and with pricing commencing at $35 per month they are an affordable alternative.

We have three collections – Australiana Collection (tropical and native silk arrangements), Plantation Collection (fresh crisp white and green silk arrangements) and Contemporary Collection (modern design silk arrangements). All collections are available in three sizes – small, medium and large – Small (accent for reception, boardroom table, placed next to register and smaller office areas); Medium (suitable for private meeting offices, side tables and meeting rooms); Large (perfect for corporate reception areas and places with plenty of room to stand on their own!).

Our quality everlasting silk floral designs have been skillfully arranged using superior flowers and greenery.

Call us today 07 40521868 to book your service.

 

Do “Pantone” colours really matter in the floral industry?

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Short answer is YES! Dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Just like every year before it, this colour will be popular for the whole year. Every season usually sparks a particular colour pallet to match the weather but the “colour of the year” usually transcends seasonal changes and is in-style throughout.

Every December, Pantone releases the colour for the following year along with a meaning or explanation. The floral industry along with many other industries look to this colour as an indication as to what will be fashionable the following year.

We are now in June and Ultra Violet flowers are still seen in lots of floral arrangements, bouquets for weddings and in decorations at events. This is expected to continue for the rest of the year. Certain types of flowers might be seasonal but you can always find something flowering in the deep purple tone of Ultra Violet. Mixing Ultra Violet flowers with all the different shades of purple is a dreamy combination.

 

 

 

What’s trending for weddings in 2018?

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Wedding season can be different in other areas of Australia but for Queensland, peak season usually runs from April to October. Of course, that doesn’t stop people from wanting to get married all year round. With the recent passing of the same sex marriage law we will definitely see same sex unions in 2018. As the wedding season approaches and wedding expos are popping up, what will be on trend in 2018? We’ve compiled a list of the top 7 trends.

  • Brides and suppliers in the wedding industry look to Pantone’s Colour of the Year for inspiration. This year the colour is “ultra violet” and you will see a return in popularity of all shades of purple but in particular dark purple. This colour could be used in invitations, bridesmaid dresses, on the cake and the flowers.
  • Wedding florals are not just bouquets carried by the bride and her maids but are being extended to the main man’s buttonhole, worn in the hair, lining the aisle, adorning arbours, in cars, complimenting the cake, at the reception, hung from the ceiling, in centrepieces on the tables, and the list goes on. Flowers express emotions and whether you use them sparingly or go all-out with over-the-top arrangements they play an important role at a wedding.
  • Wild bouquets that look thrown together actually require a lot of technical work which is best done by a qualified florist to achieve this look.
  • Decorating with balloons, especially combining them with flowers and greenery look very effective. The balloon industry have really embraced organic styling and the results are quite amazing.
  • Mobile bars decked out in restored caravans, VW’s and old Bedford trucks are a novel way to keep the guests hydrated.
  • Flower walls provide the perfect backdrop for taking photos.  They can be made from greenery or flowers or a combination of both and the possibilities are endless.  Flower walls that compliment the rest of the wedding styling add another element to weddings in 2018.
  • Cakes are being adorned with flowers and foliage, either fresh or sugar flowers. Metallic and gold detail are taking over from the naked cake or drip cake from last year.

 

Credit Image: Sample Wild Bouquet www.herworld.com

There is still time to find the perfect Valentine….

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There is still time to find the perfect Valentine and when you do you will be searching for the gift that says exactly how you feel for your partner.  Valentine’s Day came from dark origins however in modern society it is a day to express the love and admiration one has for another. The mystery of a receiving a gift from a secret Valentine is oh so exciting for the giver and the receiver. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner but if you are single there is still time to find your perfect match. There are many functions on Valentine’s Day that bring singles together to meet with the hope of creating a spark that carries through to a “forever after” story.

The floral industry plays a big part in the emotions of Valentine’s Day.  Who doesn’t love being showered with flowers! Whether its a single stem rose or a luscious over-sized bouquet your local florist will be able to help you send the message your want to your loved one.  There are many alternatives to a red rose for those that prefer something else.  Beautiful blooms can be arranged  using a wide variety of flowers and can be paired with bears, chocolates and fruit baskets. My big tip this Valentine’s Day is to deal direct with your local florist. This is the only way you can be sure that you will be getting 100% of the dollar value you paid.

Wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine’s Day and buy some flowers for your loved-one.