Decorate like a Pro This Holiday Season with Mancuso’s

Now that we’ve finished off all the turkey, it’s time to start decorating for the holidays. Whether you decorate like Clark Griswold or simply put up a tree and hang some stockings and call it good, a little planning and some careful attention to detail can go a long way in turning your home into a winter wonderland.

Choose with a theme

Before you begin decorating, the most important decision you’ll need to make is choosing a theme. You don’t have to be overly specific but focusing on one general theme will make your decorating easier and your outcome more cohesive.

When it comes to choosing a theme, it’s important to accentuate your home’s architectural features like fireplaces, windows, and staircases. Some people may choose to go all out and decorate everything in the house, but if you prefer to keep it simple, that’s okay too. Decorating even a few key focal points can make a very bold impression.

After you decide on a theme, the next step will be choosing a color palette. You don’t have to stick with the traditional red or green; you could opt instead for a more rustic look which is primarily white. Or, you could select a pink or blue theme – both of which can be very festive and original if they’re used consistently.

Whatever you choose, it’s wise to limit your base colors to one or two for optimal cohesiveness along with a complementary matching color. Gold, silver, white, and metallics, are all perfect for this task and will add an elegant holiday touch that draws all the elements together.

Start with the tree

When trying to decide where to start decorating once you’ve picked a theme, the best place to start is with the tree. When the professionals decorate trees, they start by taking a step back and looking for holes. It’s possible to manipulate some of the branches to fill in the holes as long as it still looks natural when you’re finished.

Mesh ribbon takes up space and can fill in holes or strategically cover any unsightly areas. When adding ornaments, begin with solid colors and space things evenly before adding specialty ornaments or other decor.

Once the tree is complete it should inspire confidence in the rest of the decor falling into place. If your family tradition is to wait until later in the season to put up the tree, you can always start somewhere else and save the tree for last – just be sure to save enough space for the tree and all the presents that will find their way underneath.

If you do have some special packages that can’t wait for Santa, you can wrap them with paper or other fabrics to match the theme of the tree and the room. Newspaper makes an excellent wrap if you’re going for a more nostalgic or rustic theme. Don’t forget to top them with ribbons or bows to complete the look.

Tend to the table

Decorating your table with a festive holiday tablescape allows your creativity and personality to run wild with unlimited possibilities. Don’t be afraid to use live greenery, lights, and metallic elements according to your theme when decorating your table.

Buffet and side tables are great multifunctional pieces that can be adorned to match your theme. Large glass urns and hurricane vases are excellent all-season focal points that can be filled with different items depending on the holiday. Experiment with fabrics as well – quality textiles can have a dramatic effect and add an elegant look and feel.

Now it’s time to shine

After the tree and table are complete, the next area you’ll want to decorate is your home’s entrance. Welcome guests into your home by transforming it into a warm and inviting space decked with festive decor.

Lighted garland is a terrific way to adorn a banister and it also works well in making mantels, cabinets, and shelves pop. For a special touch, you can use natural greenery inside your home. Fresh evergreen smells exactly like the holidays should smell while magnolia leaves and eucalyptus are also good alternatives.

No matter how you decide to approach holiday decorating, remember that the best results will come when you let your personality shine through. Decide what would make you cozy and warm and what feels natural to you, then decorate based on that feeling. Keep it simple by mixing texture and color while keeping in mind that you can always add depth with layers. To add the finishing touch, dim the regular room lighting and let your holiday lighting shine through.

Now comes the best part, making new memories with loved ones this holiday season in your beautiful home surrounded by spectacular holiday décor and feelings of warm tidings and cheer!

Make Mancuso’s your one-stop-shop for the holidays! From flowers to gifts and decor, we have everything you need to make this holiday season one to remember. Stop by for a visit or shop online here. If you don’t see what you’re looking for or just can’t decide, give us a call at (888) 426-6410 and speak to one of Santa’s helpers who will be happy to assist you! Happy Holidays from Mancuso’s Florist.

A Painless Guide to Prom Flowers

Prom season is upon us, and for many high school students across the country, prom may very well be their first experience buying flowers from a professional florist. That can be a daunting task for teenagers who may not know a lilac from a lily, but fortunately, we’re here to help!

Prom flowers typically consist of a corsage for the ladies and a boutonniere for the gentlemen. Traditionally, the colors and flowers used in the corsage and boutonniere were matched to the color of the prom dress; but like most rules, this one was made to be broken.

Modern corsages and boutonnieres are limited only by the imagination, and the flowers available to the florist. However, it’s important to keep in mind that prom night is centered about dancing, so the flowers should not only be beautiful but functional enough to withstand an entire evening of festivities.

Captivating Corsage by Mancuso’s Florist

How do I know what to choose?

Ideally, the corsage and boutonniere should be purchased together to ensure the colors and styles match, but this isn’t a necessity as long as the florist has enough information from one of the parties. Some prom-goers even bring their dress or a swatch of fabric with them to help the florist get a better idea of what to design.

The first decision when choosing a corsage is: what kind? You may think that all corsages are the same, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It used to be tradition for the gentleman to pin the corsage to his date’s dress prior to departing for the evening. But prom dresses have evolved to feature spaghetti straps or even no straps, making the ceremonial pinning no longer practical. Instead, many ladies opt for the wrist corsage that can be worn like a piece of jewelry.

Options aren’t limited to the wrist, however, as modern corsages can be worn in other places, such as around the waist or in the hair. It behooves the gentleman to find out which style his date prefers since she will be the one wearing it all evening.

The ladies have it easier when choosing a boutonniere because there are fewer decisions to make. Since boutonnieres are traditionally pinned to the lapel of the tuxedo or suit jacket, the main decision is the color and types of flowers. Since those two elements are usually dependent upon the style of the corsage, it’s usually just a matter of trusting the florist to know what works best.

Gerbera Daisy Boutonniere by Mancuso’s Florist

What kinds of flowers do I want?

There are many different options when it comes to choosing the flowers for your corsage. Roses and spray roses are always a popular choice and can usually be matched well to the dress. Many people opt for carnations which are available in nearly every color imaginable, and some people prefer more bold options like orchids, lilies, succulents, and even birds of paradise.

While some people know exactly what they want, there are plenty of others who don’t even know where to begin when it comes to choosing flowers – that’s where we’re happy to help. In fact, most customers find they end up with the best result by simply giving us their dress color and letting our designers do their thing. We have years of experience with prom flowers and stay on top of the latest styles and trends. Depending on the budget, we can add special features such as jeweled beads, feathers, and lace to truly make each corsage one-of-a-kind.

Prom night is often one of the most important and memorable nights of a young person’s life and the memories from that special night can last a lifetime. We like to think of prom flowers as the icing on the cake, and we’re excited to help create that perfect look to fit every style.

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching as well as wedding season and other special events, the spring and summer seasons are a busy time so we urge our customers to order their prom flowers as early as possible to ensure that their order is filled on time.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

Sant picking up glasses to seeOkay…okay…not quite yet. But, Labor Day has passed and summer is officially over, which means that every product in every store is consequently in the process of turning pumpkin-spiced, and Halloween costume shops are filling in vacant strip malls on every block in town.

It wasn’t long ago that every holiday enjoyed its own special time starting a week or two after the proceeding holiday. Now back-to-school sales seem to start well before summer break, and we’re lucky if we can make it to Thanksgiving before we hear Bing Crosby dreaming of the white stuff.

Now, we’re not suggesting you rush out this weekend to procure the perfect tree – there’ll be plenty of time for that later – but we are implying that you may want to start thinking ahead to the flurry of festivities that accompany the holiday season.

Office parties, kids’ parties, people to acknowledge, family members to remember…the list seems to multiply every year. But no matter how early stores start decking the halls, it’s easy to procrastinate and put off shopping until the last minute – when stores are crowded, lines are long, and shelves are picked over.

Why not start shopping now?

It’s never too early to begin thinking about holiday gift giving, and here at Mancuso’s Florist, we will make your shopping a breeze. Did you know you can order your holiday flowers as early as you’d like? You won’t even be billed until the flowers are delivered, and if you ordered from us in the past, we probably have your order on file so you can see just what you sent last time that the boss loved so much.

Let us save you valuable time and ease the Black Friday frustration by taking care of all your floral needs. Imagine being able to cross off part of your holiday shopping list before the leaves even turn colors and hit the ground! From large corporate parties to simple bud vases, we’re here to assist you with any size order. We even go beyond flowers with beautiful green plants, poinsettias, and holiday gift baskets – perfect for everyone on your list!

The holidays may not be here yet, but they’re right around the corner. Don’t let them sneak up on you this year; one phone call to your friends at Mancuso’s Flowers is all it takes!

The New “In” Colors for the New Year

PANTONE-Color-of-the-Year-2016-v5-1080x1920Pantone, the authority on color, has unveiled an official “color of the year” for each of the past 16 years.

This “color of the year” — often controversial and always talked about — has set trends in design for many different industries, from fashion to flowers, since 2000.

In 2016, however, Pantone couldn’t decide on a single color, so they chose two: Rose Quartz and Serenity. These ‘warm pink’ and ‘tranquil blue’ colors are a stark departure from the darker and more vibrant colors of the past few years, and that’s for a specific purpose.

While Pantone’s annual “color of the year” selection might not be an exact science, there is a great deal of thought and ideology that goes along with the symbolic color (or colors). Pantone says it selected these two particular colors to represent a sense of balance and peace, citing the fact we seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses.

According to Pantone, the combination of Serenity and Rose Quartz also challenges traditional perceptions of color association and coincides with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity. They noted that a new generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged has opened our eyes to different approaches of color usage.

Spring Oasis by Mancuso's Florist

Spring Oasis by Mancuso’s Florist

Pantone chose the pink and blue combination to shake up gender norms when it comes to design.

“In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a statement.

While the soft color combination may bring baby showers to mind for many, the colors are sure to pop up soon in other areas of fashion and home décor — like floral design — where the pastel colors and watercolor hues have rapidly grown in popularity.

Casablanca Lilies by Mancuso's Florist

Casablanca Lilies by Mancuso’s Florist

Pink and Blue – Not for You?

If you aren’t on board with Pantone’s color(s) of the year for 2016, never fear! You can still be on the cutting edge of fashion and design by simply choosing another source for your inspiration. For the past few years, paint giant Benjamin-Moore has selected their own colors unrelated to Pantone.

Their “color of the year” choice for 2016? “Simply White,” complete with the suggestion to “surrender to the complexity of white.”

Whether you buy into the Pantone selection, the Benjamin-Moore selection, or perhaps prefer your own personal “color of the year” choice, Mancuso’s Florist can help you find the perfect bouquet of flowers to help you start off the new year with a touch of beauty for your home or office! Give us a call at (586) 359-6200 or stop in to see what we have in store for 2016. Happy New Year from your friends at Mancuso’s!

“Pumpkin Spice” up your Autumn

iheartpumpkinIt all started with a simple beverage. Starbucks opened the floodgates in 2003 when they introduced their infamous pumpkin spice latte, now autumn will never be the same again.

Beginning sometime in August and continuing until the last of the New Year’s Eve partygoers calls it a night, we’re invaded annually by the taste bud-tingling delights and sweet fall aromas of ginger and nutmeg. The epidemic continues to grow larger and stronger with no slowdown in sight. Last year alone, 37% of American consumers reported purchasing a pumpkin-flavored product, accounting for $361 million in sales – an increase of nearly 80% from 2011.

Consumers won’t have to look far to satisfy their pumpkin spice fix this season either as the list of products containing the creamy orange obsession expands like a virus. If pumpkin spice coffee isn’t for you, never fear – you have a few other options. In fact, your entire day can now be filled with all things pumpkin spice.

pumpkinsucYou can start your day with some pumpkin spice English muffins…or bagels…or waffles, topped with some pumpkin spice Country Crock spread. After washing that down with some pumpkin spice milk and popping in a piece of pumpkin spice chewing gum, you’re ready to face the rest of the pumpkin spice world – but not before giving your dog some pumpkin spiced dog treats!

Lunch could include some pumpkin spice hummus along with some pumpkin spice Pringles on the side. Your afternoon snack options are nearly endless; Twinkies, Oreos, M&Ms – take your pick – you’ll find pumpkin spice flavor options for all of them.

What’s for dinner? How about some organic pumpkin spice chicken sausage? Yes, it really exists! If pasta is more your style, pumpkin spice noodles are available as well as gluten free pumpkin pasta sauce.

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Pretty Pumpkin bouquet by Mancuso’s Florist

What better way to end the day than with a big bowl of pumpkin spice ice cream or a pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen? Perhaps you would enjoy a nightcap from one of the craft beer industry’s most popular seasonal offerings – pumpkin beer. You could always build a cozy fall fire and roast some pumpkin spice marshmallows…where does it end?

How about spicing up your pumpkins in a fun way this fall with some succulents from Mancuso’s Florist? We’ll help you get in the pumpkin spice spirit with our adorable Pretty Pumpkin bouquet featuring big bold sunflowers in a special hand-painted ceramic pumpkin! We also offer a wide variety of beautiful fall-themed designs and centerpieces for your entire family to enjoy. Give us a call today or stop by the store to get yourself in the pumpkin spice spirit.

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY – JULY 4TH

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Have a fun and safe weekend as we celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 4. Here are a few activities happening in the area this weekend:

  • Fireworks – Birmingham/Beverly Hills Fireworks- Friday, July 3 @ dusk. Lincoln Hills Golf Course, 2666 W. 14 Mile, Beverly Hills; free.
  • Fireworks – Hazel Park Raceway Fireworks – Friday, July 3 @ 10:30 p.m., 1650 E. 10 Mile Road, Hazel Park; free admission and parking
  • Fireworks – Sylvan Lake Fireworks – Friday, July 3 @ 10 p.m., over Sylvan Lake at the Oakland County Boat Club, 2330 Ferndale St., Sylvan Lake
  • Celebration – Clawson Fourth of July Celebration -Saturday, July 4 @ dusk. Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave., Clawson
  • Fireworks – Huntington Woods Fireworks – Saturday, July 4 @ 10 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, July 5), Rackham Golf Course, 10100 W. 10 Mile Road, Huntington Woods
  • Regatta and Fireworks – Grosse Pointe Farms Regatta and Fireworks – Saturday, July 4 @ dusk. Pier Park, 350 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. The regatta takes place July 3-5. Live music, boat races, and plenty of fun activities for the entire family. A free concert from 7 until 9:45 p.m. on Saturday is capped by theusa-270x300fireworks display.

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