From the Experts: The Right Flowers for the Right Occasion

For everything, there is a season and for every occasion, there is a flower. But don’t let tradition dictate your floral choices. A dozen red roses might be the ultimate expression of romantic love, but if they’re your grandma’s absolute favorite, spoil her on her birthday with a red rose bouquet or mini bush to plant in her yard, and you’ll always be her favorite. While tradition does come into play for the more somber occasions, the thought that goes into your gift is even more meaningful.


A Heartfelt Thank You

At the 2011 Venice Film Festival, pop star Madonna was presented a vibrant hydrangea by a fan and subsequently uttered the famous gaffe heard around the gossip world: “I absolutely loathe hydrangeas.” Most of us aren’t as persnickety as madam Madge, especially when presented with a gift from an admirer, but it doesn’t hurt to know your recipient. For a sincere thank you, match the arrangement to the personality or style of the recipient. Express your thanks to a dinner party hostess in a palette that matches her decor or your appreciation to a local business with a bouquet that captures the spirit of their company.


Bouquet on Table


A Wedding Anniversary

Ahem, gentlemen, if you’re reading this, you’re off to a great start. Remembering is step one or else you can move right along to our I’m Sorry arrangements. Step two is presenting her with a bouquet worthy of everything she does as your partner in life. Arranged in a keepsake red glass, heart-shaped vase, the pink and red rose spray of the My Heart to Yours bouquet says it all. But if you have to send the bouquet to her place of work, opt for something a little less gushy so she can save the blushing for when she gets home.


Heart Vase Bouquet



A Message of Sympathy

First, let’s be clear on the difference between sympathy flowers and funeral flowers. Sympathy flowers are a personal expression to someone regarding the loss of a loved one and are usually sent to be used as a centerpiece during family gatherings. Funeral sprays and wreaths are a tribute to someone who has passed away for display at a funeral service. They are generally too large for home delivery and can be an upsetting reminder to a grieving family. By all means, consider an arrangement for the funeral service but for a personal expression of sympathy for the home, opt for a bouquet of lilies or a basket arrangement that brings warmth and comfort to the grieving family. The Rest in Peace Fruit & Flower Basket makes a thoughtful centerpiece. See our sympathy flower meaning guide for more ideas.


Rest in Peace Fruit & flower Basket


New Baby Arrival

You might not think of flowers for the arrival of a new baby but it’s such a memorable occasion in the parents’ life, it’s worth commemorating. While the traditional girl and boy colored arrangements are the obvious choice, think about Mom. A bright, colorful spray in a keepsake vase or colorful container will welcome mom home to a refreshing surprise.


Right flowers for the right occasions blue hydrangeas


No matter what the occasion, flowers have a way of bringing a smile to the recipient’s face. Match your pick to the personality of your recipient and you’ll create a lasting memory. And P.S., who doesn’t like hydrangeas? We think they’re perfect for any occasion!