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Santa’s Helpers Have Been Working Hard

The trees are trimmed, the poinsettias are watered, the bows are tied neatly, we are ready for Christmas in a flowers shop!

You better believe Santa has a lot on his plate for 2017, and of course he has lots of help to get it all done! We had the pleasure of visiting some of out favorite local Pittsburgh businesses to bring the spirit of Christmas alive this year.

In classic Pittsburgh tradition, we prepared for light up night by decking the halls at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto located in Pittsburgh’s scenic Mt. Washington neighborhood. We started at the hostess station and worked our way throughout the restaurant.

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As guests ride the elevator up to the restaurant level, they experience the amazing scenic view of Pittsburgh’s downtown. Once they step off the elevator, they are greeted by Monterey Bay’s tastefully decorated Christmas tree. Trimmed with ornaments in hues of gold, champagne, ivory, copper, and brass, the tree coordinates with the rest of the restaurant’s decorations perfectly.

Monterey Bay Tree

Several fresh and artificial pine wreaths decorate the walls of Monterey Bay for an understated but festive look. Once the ambiance is set, the seats are filled, and the view of the city is in sight, you know you’re in for a treat. Be sure to visit this holiday season!

After Thanksgiving, we visited the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, and we brought the holiday cheer with us! The most notable of our decorations greets you as you enter the hotel lobby. Our big tree takes many  crew members to assemble and decorate, but when its all done it,  makes quite an impression!  (Sometimes, we have audience participants to help us with decorating and caroling!)

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This hotel is known for being a hub for business meetings, parties, gatherings, special events, and weddings. And for that reason, they need plenty of Christmas cheer for everyone. For guests enjoying lunch, dinner, or cocktails in their Runner Stone Mill House Restaurant, our silver tree brings a feeling of home to your “home away from home.” Marriott Restaurant Tree.jpg

If lounging is more your style, we’ve also added decorations to the shadow boxes that decorate the wall above the comfy lounge-style seating area.

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For banquets, Christmas parties, winter weddings, and special events, we decorate several  Christmas trees that may be moved and  used to decorate any number of  ballrooms and areas  throughout the hotel.

For added festive touches, you might see a little of this and a little of that in all the right places. For those who spend the holidays away from home, it can be hard to get in the spirit, but that’s not the case if you’re staying at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.

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We also brought the holiday to the offices of ProMinent Fluid Controls and Calgon Carbon Corporation.  We do our best to work  in the company’s colors each year.  As you can see, We Simply Love Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all……and hope you enjoy our team’s talents!

To see more of what we are up to this holiday season, and the rest of the year, check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!

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It’s Homecoming Time!

Wow! Time flies!
Homecoming dances are beginning this weekend. We are so excited!

Pictured above are some of our best selections for corsages & boutonnieres. Almost all are available in different colors.

Please call us with your order!
(Do not attempt to place your order online, we need to walk you through the process.)

Homecoming orders are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Paying Tribute to our Heroes

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the end of the Korean War – July 27, 1953.

Providing a wreath for the Memorial was a task we were honored to assist with.

Approximately 30 people gathered this morning for a brief commemoration ceremony at the North Shore Korean War Memorial marking the anniversary of the end of what many call “the forgotten war.”

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The Korean Conflict began in 1950 when 75,000 troops from North Korea invaded South Korea. The United States, along with a number of allies, including Russia, rushed to defend the people of South Korea. The mission of our brave servicemen  was “to protect and preserve freedom in Korea.”

In light of the recent aggressive actions of North Korea, we are reminded again that “freedom is hard earned, needs to be protected, and is not free.”

Korean War Memorial Sign

The Korean War Memorial, located on the North Shore between PNC Park and Heinz Field, near the river, was dedicated in 1999. It was built using 1.2 million dollars which was raised by volunteers with the Korean War Veterans of Western Pennsylvania.

Korean War Memorial Plaque

The Memorial is a beautiful tribute to our unsung heroes who fought to keep us and others safe and free.

What About the Men in Your Life? | Boutonnieres

A boutonniere is a flower that packs a punch! This often overlooked detail is the finishing touch for any groom or tuxedo wearer in general.   “Boutonniere”  comes from the french word for button hole, which is traditionally where the single flower or bud was worn.

Boutonnieres are a tradition that have lasted the test of time, and can still be seen today,  pinned to the left lapel of their wearers. Boutonnieres are an opportunity to tie into the flowers being worn or carried by a date or escort.

In the past, boutonnieres were worn more frequently,   but today are generally reserved for formal gatherings such as weddings, proms, homecomings, funerals, and formal ceremonies.  The flower itself was often a carnation and the most formal color was white; another classic choice was red.  Today, many colors and flowers are appropriate for use as boutonnieres and can be use to achieve many different looks.

Shown below are some of our favorite boutonnieres —   Parkway Florist Pittsburgh Boutonnieres Wedding Prom Homecoming.jpg

What is your favorite flower? Can we make something special for you?

Singing the Tune of June | National Rose Month

With today being the first day of June, we are happy to see that National Rose Month is finally here! Roses have been a long time favorite for many people, and thankfully we have a whole month dedicated to them.

Roses have a long and colorful history. The have been known to symbolize love, beauty, innocence, politics, and even war. This special month-long tribute is set aside for Americans to appreciate the beautiful rose, learn about its many varieties, and what it has to offer.

Part of the appeal when it comes to roses, is that they come in a wide array of colors that can be used in stunning combinations or enjoyed on their own. It does not matter if you are the type of person to only buy flowers once or twice a year, or every week for your dining table, anyone can enjoy roses.

Roses are a great choice when sending flowers for many reasons. Firstly, they are extremely popular, and are readily available (at market pricing) at most local flower shops. Secondly, roses are appropriate for any occasion. Roses are used to convey romance, friendship, appreciation, love, congratulations, and even sympathy. And lastly, roses are grown in a rainbow of beautiful natural colors. Varieties are available in red, maroon, orange, peach, coral, yellow, ivory, pink, lavender, blush, and more! No matter your style, contemporary, classic, simple, extravagant, traditional, or anywhere in between, roses can be arranged to fit your taste.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan declared that the rose would be the national floral emblem of the United States of America. In June, roses are so plentiful and abundant, that it makes the perfect month for National Rose month. Additionally, National Red Rose Day is June 12th.

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Today, there are well over 100 species of roses, mostly grown in the northern hemisphere in moderate weather regions.

Rose hips are sometimes eaten for their vitamin C content. They can also be pressed and filtered to make herbal tea, syrup, jams, jellies, and marmalade. Rose hips are also popular in skin care products.

So all month long, we will be celebrating the beauty of the rose, with many special offerings.

As you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or “just because” moments, consider sending roses – our national emblem.

 

Memorial Day 2017

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As Memorial Day nears again, we are reminded of one of our favorite Parkway Florist Traditions. On Monday May 29, 2017, you can find us at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies passing out complimentary roses to be placed at the graves of service members.

This is an honorable cause that we are glad to support each year. This year we have teamed up with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation and DVFlora to make this possible.

If you have the chance, or you have a loved one buried at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA, we would love to see you come out and support our cause. This cemetery spans 292 acres and is quite the sight to see.

We will be at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies starting at 9:30 AM on Monday May 29, 2017. Our van will be parked near the entrance to the cemetery with our Memorial Day Flowers Foundation Banner attached. We hope you will join us.

#FlowerOnEveryGrave

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Prom 2017

Every year around this time, we start getting requests for Prom flowers. High School proms are often that one special night a year for girls & guys alike to get dressed up, and have the time of their lives.

Free of care and stress about homework, sports, college applications, jobs, or anything else, this is the one night to have a blast and spend it with your special date or friend.

Of course this means that all are dressed to the nines. Hair, nails, and makeup are done, shoes, jewelry, and attire decided ahead of time. And flowers of course! Don’t forget the flowers.

One of our favorite trends for prom flowers is the hand tied bouquet. With prom being the more formal of school dances, everything is “fancier” including flowers. Hand tied bouquets allow for fun picture poses, they come with ease and comfort of use, and they provide flexibility of design and style.

Here are some of the amazing hand tied bouquet designs we have done so far this year:

For the guys, boutonnieres offer a fun pop of color, and a chance to match their date:

And for girls who prefer a classic wrist corsage, the choices are endless:

For ordering information please call us at the shop (412) 937-1100.  Advance ordering   for Prom flowers  is required!  (Generally a minimum of 5 days in advance of your Prom date).

Happy Prom Season!