Peonies in all Their Glory

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Peonies in all their Glory!

Nothing screams romance like peonies. They have big ruffled petals that go on for days, they come in various color hues from soft pink to vibrant orange and only a few in blooms in your wedding bouquet will take it to the next level.

The sad thing is, unfortunately peonies are not available all year round which is probably the reason why we have such a soft spot in our hearts for them.

With peony season in full bloom from now until the beginning of July (depending on mother nature of course) we thought we would share how to use peonies in your wedding day from bouquets, to centerpiece and what to use as an alternative when they are not in season.

Peony Bouquets

Peonies do come at a cost due to the fact that they are not here  all year, and only grace us with their presence for a short period of time. Therefor adding one of two peonies into your bouquet will make it stand out.  While during the spring time pairing it with white anenomies, sweetpeas and ranuculus will scream romance.

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Peony Bouquet by A petal or two


Peonies used in table centerpieces can be simple or glamorous. You can choose to mix peonies with other flowers or you can keep it simple by only using them in bud vases up and down the table. When mixing  them with other flowers you don’t need a lot, just one or two big fluffy blooms will do the trick. If you choose to do a table scape keep it simple. You don’t need a fancy bud vases or containers as the bloom will do the talking.  Now throw in some candles and romance will be all around the room.

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Peony Centerpiece
Picture From
Peony Centerpiece


When Peonies are not in season what to do???

By winter peonies are near to impossible to come by and if you can find a florist to use them, the price can triple.  Ouch!!!  Be very weary of any florist that says they can get them in winter as they may look a little scary and can very small.  Not really worth the money.  So, we have a couple solutions for you in case your floral heart just needs them at your event!

Use Silk Peonies!

They come in variety of colours and when used in a bouquet or centerpiece with other flowers it is really hard to tell they are silk. Talk to your floral designer about the type of silks they are able to purchase.  It’s a great way to get the flower you’re looking for and if your florist will rent them you could save lots of money!


 Garden Roses!

Are an amazing alternative to peonies when they are not in season. They come in all types of colours and they have lots of fluffy petals and can open up really wide.   Keep in mind this is not a money saver option as garden roses can be just as expensive or even more than a peony but they smell amazing!



We hope this gave you a little more information about this beauty of a flower.  Check back next month as we chat about Christmas Parties!  I know I know it going to be July but crazy enough that’s when we start planning Christmas!!!


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Tulips Tulips Tulips!!

Spring Flower

Tulips Are Springs Most Valuable Flower!

They are here, there and everywhere. Our love for tulips is strong and when they are in season we smile and laugh all day long. YAY!!!

Tulips are a timeless choice to any spring event and we LOVE them. They are in season from February to June in Ontario depending on mother nature and how she is feeling of course!

They are a one of a kind flower that keeps growing in the vase. They bend gracefully, twist and turn going this way or that way and always towards the light. This however can be used to your advantage to create a “casual free style look”.

When working with tulips make sure to clean off all bottom leaves and wash any dirt off the stems. Place them in a vase, set on your dining room table and presto. For the next little while watch them do their dance.

They come in different forms, but our top three are the Double bloom, Fringe and Parrot Tulips!

Double bloom are big and fat and have a peony feel to them. The have dual layers of petals that reveal a big beautiful fat bloom that will melt your heart. We used them for a table display in one of our wedding shows below. Look how easy they make a table stand out with other spring flowers in the mix.  It so simple and the best part, they are budget friendly!

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Double Bloom Tulips                                                   Table Design By: a petal or two

Fringe tulips are long lasting and their edges look like a frayed pieces of satin fabric. They are an elegant and classic tulip that will never let you down.

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Fringe Tulips

Parrot is our FAVORITE they are a real show stopper. They have big fat heads that open up beautifully. The parrot tulips are a beautiful and one of a kind option for any spring bridal focal bloom. They can easily fit with any themed wedding from ethereal to vintage to eco chic and high class modern. They will make your guests go WOW!!

Tulips, Parrot Tulips
Parrot Tulips                                                     Bouquet Designed By: a petal or two

We hope you had the chance to learn a little more about one of our favorite Spring Flowers.  Don’t forget to check back in with us in April when we chat about how to set your perfect mothers day table.

As always if you want to chat or need some help give us shout and we can sit down and talk flowers over some delicious coffee!

Bye For Now,

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Top 3 Wedding Trends for 2016

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Top 3 Wedding Trends for 2016



OHHHH Spring is in the air and that means weddings are just a hop, skip and jump away.  We can smell the flowers starting to bloom under all the snow. This soon to be wonderful weather brings lots of questions to newly engaged brides like, what is trending for the 2016 wedding season?  Well, we searched high and low and found three of the top floral trends for 2016.  We are definitely inspired and we hope you get the same warm and fuzzy feeling we did and no, it is not the red wine talking!!

#1 Just Picked

This design started to become very popular in 2015 in the form of bouquets, and this year it is continuing into table centerpieces. Greens greens and more greens with large focal flowers and a big earthy feel from seasonal flowers.    The “just picked” look can be paired with any sort of décor item.  Even sequin linens.  Check out the Bridal Guide as they have some amazing ideas for sequins and wood accents with the “just picked” look.

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Photo Credit: McCormick Studios                                                    Photo Credit: Strokes Photography  

#2 Pastels. 

Pastels are going to be BIG this year especially in the Spring.  Using pale yellows or soft pinks with cream undertones will make the perfect romantic atmosphere for your guests.  If you thought about using metallic vases or candle sticks on the table to bring in a more vintage look you’re right on the mark.  This trend is not going away for 2016 and it makes for one beautiful table.

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#3 Rustic

Rustic is staying strong as one of the Top 3 Wedding Trends for 2016 as couples continue to love the relaxed atmosphere.   From hay bales for seating to arches covered in flowers to harvest tables with cascading lush green garlands to fresh herbs on each guest plate.  Rustic creates a relaxed magical feeling on your special day that will have you and all of your guest in awe.

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Couples are also starting to use lighting more often than none from chandeliers and Edison bulbs hanging over the head table to candelabras lighting up your guest’s tables. Now doesn’t that scream romance?????

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Do you have a wedding trend idea for either floral or décor for our blog? We would love to hear from you… or If you need help planning the perfect floral pallet for your special day you know who to call a petal or two……who else??



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