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Add a Touch of Christmas Cheer

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Are you the type of person that eagerly embraces the lead up to Christmas or prefer to bury your head in the sand blocking all the hype out till a couple of days before?

Regardless how you feel about it all, the fact is Christmas is fast approaching. I look forward to the catch up with family and friends and taking the time to thank those that are important to my business.

Gift giving is a big part of the festivities and we stock a large range of Christmas products to make your gifts look amazing.

Check out or Christmas category in our online shop for specific Xmas stock. There is more arriving every week. We have loads of products in store that can be themed for Christmas without actually screaming Christmas!



How to Thank Your VIP Customers

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Want to thank your loyal customers, important suppliers and trusted staff this Christmas but not crafty or creative or know where to start?  You probably have a big list of things to do before Christmas.  I know I do! We have the solution…..

We offer a prestige gift wrapping service so you can thank your very important customers without worry or hassle. Our service ranges from gift wrapped bottles of wine to large hamper baskets.  You select the gift and we’ll make it look amazing.

Alternatively, gourmet gift hampers are also available where we supply everything. Direct delivery can be arranged.

Contact us today for more information.




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The nation will pause for a minute at the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month and remember those that gave their life for our freedom.  Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day are two important days in Australia to stop and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many.  We live in a wonderful country free to live our lives and I for one will be eternally grateful.

People attending ceremonies around the country typically use wreaths, often adorned with poppies, to show respect. All the supplies to make your wreath are available from us.

To all men and women in the Armed Forces – Thank you for your service to our country.



Turn Heads at the Races

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On the eve of the race that stops a nation our display at our local bank has been stopping customers in their tracks! The bank might be one of the BIG banks but the local branch supports local business and invites their business customers to showcase their business in the branch. Never one to pass up an opportunity our display has literally turned heads! Tess is the creative master highlighting numerous possible uses for our products. It has been so popular, we have been requested to leave the display in branch longer than the usual term so more customers can enjoy. Tess has selected only products from our store and created a “story” of earthy floral headwear – four different designs to suit different styles. You often see fashion and fascinators at racing events that stand out from the crowd. You can source your supplies from us to make a show stopper!

Turn Heads this Spring Racing Season

Dress to Impress this Racing Season

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The winter racing season is in full swing with eyes on the spring race carnivals only just around the corner.  Winter in the tropics is more trans-seasonal due to the climate.  We simply don’t get those cold winter days when wearing heavy faux fur, felt and leather is a comfortable option.  Dress designers and milliners are very clever at incorporating a winter feel into an outfit but making it practical for the climate.


Tess made a display for the local Show recently and drew upon a winter colour palette for her designs.  It was a must that our display incorporated florals but Tess very cleverly mixed greens – olive, hunter and lime with and browns – bronze, chocolate and gold to create a stand-out mannequin. She then followed the colour palette through her floral couture head pieces.  Millinery is meant to turn heads and these two designs did exactly that!


Spring racing season brings with it an energy of light and pops of spring colours. Creativity can be unleased with an abundance of colour filling the fashion runways. Its a busy time for milliners creating bespoke one of a kind pieces for their customers.  They are often given a photo or fabric square and off they go sourcing all the materials to pull the total look together.


We help lots of milliners with their supplies – sinamay, decorative wire, bling, flowers, Designmaster paint are all very popular during racing season. Pop into www.cairnsfloralsupplies.com.au and we will help you find the supplies you need for your fascinator for the next racing carnival.


Innovating for a Sustainable Future in Floristry

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There are several companies producing innovative products for the floral industry that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable. I recently wrote an article for the Australian Flower Industry Magazine on this topic.  Floral foam is a low cost and convenient product but is not the most environmentally friendly product.  There are ways to avoid or minimise its use. Some suggestions to consider:-

  • Make more bunches and bouquets and less box arrangements.
  • There are alternative products on the market that can hydrate bouquets/bunches without using floral foam in a wet pack wrapped in cello. One such product is Arrive Alive which we sell.  Its biodegradeable and made from recycled products.
  • When selecting flowers from a wholesaler or florist take a market-style approach and wrap them yourself in a bouquet in environmentally friendly paper.

There are so many other ways people are innovating for a sustainable future in floristry.  What are you doing? Generations to come will thank us for our efforts.


Has your high school formal become a big production?

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A rite of passage for senior secondary students through to adulthood usually entails a celebration with their fellow students.  For generations, the high school formal has been the highlight of the senior students’ calendar.  Planning commences months if not years ahead to ensure that their “moment” is perfect.  In Australia, it has become quite a production and certain industries take the formal and graduation seasons very seriously.

Trends change over time but, as someone working in the floral industry, its great to see that it is still popular to wear a buttonhole for the boys and a corsage for the girls.  I might be a little biased but I feel they complete the outfit! It is very sweet watching a nervous young lad presenting his partner with a corsage to wear.

Creating corsages and buttonholes are fiddly.  Co-ordinating the flowers, ribbon and any adornments is vital to ensuring a totally co-ordinated look with the colour and style of the dress and suit.

Florists are not the only business to be busy during high school formal and graduation seasons.  For months prior, businesses such as suit hire, dress shops, hair dressers, make up artists, tanning and beauty salons and shoe stores are all required to pull the complete outfit together. Arriving in style in a highly polished vehicle is so important to the impression the student wishes to leave.  Photographers snap the red carpet arrivals when all the time, effort, and energy put into the “look” is captured.

Cairns Floral Supplies creates silk corsages and buttonholes by custom order. Contact us today to book yours.



Julia-Rose to Share Her Knowledge at Floral Workshops in Cairns

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Multi-awarding winning floral designer, Julia-Rose returns to Cairns on Sunday 16 July to conduct floral design workshops. Cairns Floral Supplies will be a creative hive of activity when Julia-Rose works her magic showing people how to design offset bouquets, lush flower crowns and create an amazing design using Bolsa Flora.

Her love affair with the tropical north has Julia-Rose returning for a fourth time to share her knowledge.  The workshops are open to all abilities.  You can be a floral enthusiast and never touched a flower before, do floral arranging as a hobby, work in an associated industry or be a qualified florist with many years experience.  All attendees will learn new skills or improve their floristry skills.  People who attend find it a challenge to design in a different way to how they might have been taught. Everyone takes home their gorgeous creations after sharing experiences and being inspired by each other.

For more information or to book the workshops, click on the link below:


A Rose for June

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Synonymous with the month of June is the rose flower.  The rose is quite possibly the most well known and loved flower.  A rose can be used for almost any occasion – arrangements, bouquets, bunches, etc. There is such a wide variety of types, colours, scented, unscented giving it  universal appeal.  The various colours have individual meanings leading a customer purchasing a rose to give more thought into the significance of their purchase.  The structure of a rose is fascinating with its strong thorny stems producing a bloom of soft delicate petals. Home gardeners can have success in growing rose bushes and admiring the blooms they produce.  These rewards are not just for the professional rose farmer.

Next time you are purchasing flowers or a plant, remember there is so much more to a rose than its natural beauty.

Check out our range of silk roses available at Cairns Floral Supplies. https://cairnsfloralsupplies.com.au/products/#category/silks-roses/page-01



New Silk Flowers and Berries in the Flower Stands

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There are several things that get us excited but unpacking new stock is up high on the list.  We’ve recently had some shipments of silks arrive in the store with some new flowers and berries just hitting the flower stands.  Roses are always popular with customers looking for them is sizes from buds to full bloom and a fully range of colours.  The popularity of blue flowers can be a tricky one to find quality silks but we have two shades of blue roses just arrive with 3 flowers on a stem – 2 flowers and 1 bud. Also in that range of roses we have lavender and mauve which are perfect shades for winter and autumn.


Fresh hypericum berries are gorgeous in floral arrangements and wedding bouquets.  We now have silks hypericum berries in clusters of pink, red and green.  They are just gorgeous and have already proved popular.


Beautiful flowers like dahlia and gladiolus are seasonal flowers and we now have them in stock – perfect for floral arrangements.


Click on this link to view our full range of silk flowers and greenery    https://cairnsfloralsupplies.com.au/products/