Friday, December 30, 2011

Walkin in a Winter Wonderland

What a wonderful holiday season it has been, and it's not even close to being over! With New Years a few days away and Valentines around the corner, things don't slow down here for quite a little while. Which also means we have an amazing number of gorgeous pictures to show you!
From stunning centerpieces for intimate holiday dinners to fun cocktail table greens as the year comes to a close I believe we can truly say we've done it all. Or at least that if you can dream it, we can do it!
This month was filled with parties at The Club at Carlton Woods, home parties, weddings, and corporate events. It's easy to say the red, green and white arrangements were in abundance this month.
This time of year we are also lucky to have beautiful mixed Christmas greens and beautiful seasonal flowers like amaryllis. We want to thank all our loyal customers, welcome all the new and celebrate with you the rest of what has been a fabulous year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Carlton Woods Advisory Board dinner

 Each year the Club at Carlton Woods holds a fabulous dinner for the advisory board at The Fazio. This year we created a beautiful table scape with elevated arrangements. A mixture of Christmas greenery filled the room with a beautiful fresh aroma while a mix of auburn, red and copper blooms added interest and texture to each centerpiece.
 We also added soft twinkling lights and glittered birch branched as a bridge between each piece. On the table top each vase was surrounded by a wreath of greens and roses accents by ornaments. With candle light in pedestal glasses and roses on each napkin the table was set to perfection.
We want to take a second to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We are so grateful for all our loyal customers. We love celebrating the holidays with you.

From all of us at The Blooming Idea, Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Carlton Woods Holiday Party

 Every year the Carlton Woods holds a fabulous holiday party. They pull out all the stops and decorate to the 9's!
 Each part of the club has a different color scheme. The main dining rooms use rich red, gold, and amber colors to accent the beautiful decor. By using natural lotus pods and decorative metal containers the arrangements add a beautiful rustic feel to the decor.
 The ladies locker room is always a beautiful centerpiece. This year the colors were turquoise, plum and lime green. The fun combination was truly eye catching and lent it self to over the top contemporary style!
 With our larger than life glassware, and draping dyed dendrobium orchids, lime green spider mums, lavender roses and accents of aluminium wire and peacock feathers you couldn't help but be blown away. The designs were fabulously larger than life!
And what is a party with out a grand entrance show stopper? The chandelier in the main entrance was dripping with ribbons and champagne glasses with a  beautiful garland around the top. Then in the Bears Den to accents the buffet table there was a fabulous ice sculpture with gorgeous arrangements of a mix of rich red roses and beautiful red gladiolas with evergreen accents..

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kathleen O'Ryan Fine Art Photography

We love working with other event vendors and seeing their craft. Especially photographers. No matter how many pictures we take, we can never seem to capture the true beauty of the arrangements we create, but low and behold, the professionals always do.
These are some shots from Kathleen O'Ryan Fine Art Photography of a bah mitzvah celebration that she sent over to share with us.
It's amazing how well all the colors show up in these gorgeous pictures! Thank you Kathleen for sending these over for us to enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Touch of Winter

Ashelynn Manor is one of our favorite Magnolia reception sites. With the beautiful outdoor gazebo and the large reception hall you can accommodate all your guests in a beautiful and natural outdoor setting.
This beautiful bride played up the season with maintaining a soft color pallet. With the use of white pumpkins she played up the season but kept her colors soft and very bridal.
The centerpieces had gorgeous texture with a variety of blooms and mixed greens. The combination of aromatic titanic roses, blue thistle, white freesia and red hypericum berries created a gorgeous centerpiece with lots of visual interest and fun textures.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Our 9th Annual Holiday Open House

Each year we celebrate our anniversary with a fabulous holiday party. We also host a food drive and encourage all guests who join us to bring a little something to donate to the food bank. But most of all it's a fabulous opportunity to completely deck out the shop with all our fabulous holiday decor.

From lush garlands to unique centerpieces, we've got all you need to dress up your home.
We even created a few fall pieces for centerpiece inspiration!
Make sure to order your holiday centerpieces for your family get together early this year!
As we get older it seems that the giving part of the holidays is sometimes more fulfilling than being the recipient. What better way to say your thinking about someone than with a beautiful bouquet of holiday flowers!
We had a fabulous time and want to thank all those who came to celebrate with us.
We are looking forward to another fabulous year.
Happy Holidays from all of us at The Blooming Idea!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Red is all the Rage

The fall colors are on parade this month and red is often at center stage! These beautiful wedding showcase different styles and designs that just simply scream fall!
Bouquets with texture and visual interest are always more fun to photograph and create depth and impact in bridal portraits.
One of our favorite detail pieces for receptions is having something on the doors. These wreaths were beautiful with gorgeous color and amazing texture and movement. The nice thing is that once all your guests are inside, they can be moved to the inside of the doors just by switching the hook around!
Ashelynn Manor's chapel is such a beautiful, yet simple setting for a wedding ceremony. With dark floor and soft beige walls it truly is a great backdrop for any color scheme, especially the rich tones of fall.
It's our favorite time of year and we absolutely love to see all the gorgeous pictures with such vibrant colors. Our theory about color? Don't be afraid to do what you want. It's your wedding and if bold is what you want, then go big and bold and we promise you wont regret it!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lavender Vanilla

The fall always brings with it delicious fragrances. It seems to be the time of year where as you shop for the holidays you are greeted by warm and inviting aromas. Most include cinnamon, clove and pumpkins spices. But one of my favorite combinations, year round are mixtures of fresh herbs with vanilla.
Here are a few of our October weddings where lavenders and rich plums took center stage.
One of my favorite tall arrangements is done by gathering beautiful gladiolas together in one or two vibrant colors and arranging them in a tall slender vase. This in turn creates an incredible wow factor with a pop of color up high; while also making the ballroom seem more intimate.
Bridal bouquets are such a personal item and we strive to create each bouquet to match the style and personality of the blushing bride who will be holding it.
Using various heights in your centerpieces will visually force your guests to stop and appreciate the decor of the ballroom ten times more than if all the decor was one height throughout the room. Giving you more of a "wow" feeling as you and your guests enter.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Amber Romance...{part 2}

... Now on to the reception. The newlywed's reception was held at The Carlton Woods Creekside Fazio club house. To dress up the entry walkway we continued the theme of iron with shepherd hooks and lanterns. (right before the guests began arriving we also laid down a heavy layer of rose petals along both sides of the walkway). On the doors we hung the couples initials which were made from autumn colored cushion mums and hung from chocolate satin ribbon. The letters were moved to the inside of the doors after the Bride and Groom made their entrance to be enjoyed throughout the reception.

Sometimes the pictures speak for themselves. It was a truly stunning night. We decorated the entire clubhouse with rich autumn tones, gorgeous flowers and candlelight.
It was a slightly breezy nigh tand kept the covered patio at a perfect temperature to enjoy all the festivities.
We had 3 different styles for the table arrangements for the reception. One grand arrangement in a traditional style filled with bells of ireland, mocara orchids, two toned orange roses, red roses, lilies, antique green hydrangea and red alstromeria atop a glass vase accented with an amber underwater light and swirling curly willow. The bride and grooms table was a slightly larger version of the grand arrangements with all the bridesmaids bouquets gathered at the base to create a beautiful tablescape.
The other two styles were a low cube arrangement with a mixture of red alstromeria, two toned rises, mocara orchids and hypericum berries. The third style was slightly more contemporary with two toned roses at differing heights swirled in a clear glass vase accented by an amber underwater light and swirling curly willow to add movement and texture.
To add a little something to the cocktail tables throughout the reception we used antiqued copper goblets with beautiful dahlias and roses. While the coffee tables for the soft seating areas were decorated with a platform of coordinating flowers holding a beautiful lantern.
We are always looking for ways for you to enjoy all the flowers from your special day throughout the entire night. To decorate the indoor fireplace we moved the altar arrangements from the ceremony and to decorate a few of the buffet stations we used the pew arrangements. In our opinion it's always nice to use as many pieces all night as possible.

All these beautiful arrangements set the tone for a fabulously romantic evening for a beautiful couple.

*Some of the pictures used in this post are courtesy of K. Wallace Photography*

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Amber Romance... {part 1}

Rich amber tones are always inviting while at the same time stirring memories of holiday traditions, warmth, friendship and in this case... love.
This stunning wedding was a beautiful event with an even more beautiful bride. Her bouquet was a textural mix of rich autumn colors with vibrant two toned roses, mocara and cymbidium orchids, mango calla lilies and chocolate hypericum berries, wrapped in an ivory satin with her own broach attached to the stem.

Their ceremony was held at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in the Robb Chapel. Instead of using pew decor that was attached to the pews, we used these beautiful iron scroll pew markers with lush arrangements atop each one; creating a higher vantage point towards the altar area, and a beautiful addition of rich color in the chapel that coordinated perfectly with the two altar arrangements.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this beautiful autumn wedding...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Catching up!

*Also as a reminder, don't forget that THIS THURSDAY the 17th we are celebrating our 9th anniversary with our annual Holiday Showcase and food drive at the shop from 5-8 p.m. Remember we are offering 40% off holiday silk arrangements! We will also be serving a wide array of goodies, wine and cheese, so come by and celebrate with us!*

October is always such a busy month that it often takes us a little while to play catch up with all the pictures we want to showcase! But here are a few more that we couldn't let slip by. October was a beautiful month with mild weather and gorgeous color. That also made for a fabulous time to have bridal portraits taken. Here are a few of the fun and funky portrait bouquets from last month.
We also had a party at The Marriott with over 70 tables! The arrangements for the reception after the golf tournament were beautiful with giant antique green hydrangea, two tone high and magic roses, draping seeded eucalyptus and brown hypericum berries. Later we also added some bear grass and yellow oncidium orchids to change the arrangements up just a bit for another luncheon held the next day.
And of course there are always weddings in October. This beautiful ceremony at The Club at Carlton Woods was kept simple with peaches and creams, soft draping greens and just the right touch of traditional elegance with a soft curved arch.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Come Celebrate...

...our 9th annual Holiday Showcase & Food Drive!

Thursday November 17th 2010
5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Come see our newly decorated shop, enjoy wine, h'ordeuvres & beautiful holiday arrangements! And just because we love to see you, we are also offering 40% off all silk holiday decor! We are also hosting a food drive and we will be accepting any non perishable items to donate to the local food bank. So come, take a night off to enjoy some amazing food, donate to a good cause, admire some incredible holiday decor and enjoy great company at The Blooming Idea.

8008 Ashlane Way ste. 110
The Woodlands, TX 77382
Next to the YMCA in Sterling Ridge

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rock and Roll All Night

The theme for this years annual Member/ Guest Gala at The Club at Carlton Woods was taken from the amazing decor at The House of Blues in Houston.
With rust, gold and navy silk draped from floor to ceiling you couldn't help but feel like you were where the party was going to be! Our flowers popped off the fabric colors creating beautiful focal pieces that truly took center stage for this amazing night.
With submerged cymbidium orchids, beautiful two toned orange roses, vibrant rusty lilies and textural hydrangea the arrangements were astounding.
Each room had a slightly different theme, allowing us to show off some of our fabulous rental glassware and showcase different designs, while maintaining all the same color scheme throughout the club to tie everything together in a cohesive and exciting way!