Monday, October 17, 2011

Flowers for Halloween? Yes indeed!

Though you may not think of Halloween as being a holiday you would typically order flowers for, there are lots of fun and festive arrangements for the occasion.  Whether you're a fan of spooky or silly, frightful or fun, fresh flowers can add an unexpected element to your Halloween decor.  Attending a costume party?  A floral arrangement makes an excellent gift for the host, and will be sure to bring a cackle or two.  Designing arrangements for Halloween is lots of fun, as it gives us a chance to really get creative and experiment with flowers and materials.  Here's a few ideas for Halloween flowers that we've been working on:

Pumpkin on a Stick is one of my favorite things to use for Halloween arrangements.  With it's deep dark stems and vibrant orange "pumpkins" (they are actually a type of ornamental eggplant), it's just so perfectly Halloween.  To highlight the Pumpkin on a Stick, I kept the arrangement simple with the rest of the flowers low.  That fuzzy green stuff is a variety of Dianthus, commonly called "Green Trick", and I love the bright green color and mossy texture that it provides.  The rich chocolate brown center of the de-petaled sunflower adds a nice contrast and brings out the color of the stems.

Here's a fun Halloween arrangement that makes a statement.  These vases are specially designed to be filled with anything from candy corn, to sea shells, to dollar fun is that?  To go along with the colors of the candy corn, we've used orange gerber daisies and bright yellow sunflowers, filled in with thistile, bronze button mums, and green hypericum berries, and accented with black curly willow, Japanese lanterns, and a couple of long winding stems of plumosa fern.  

Boo!  A friendly little ghost peeks out from behind a gravestone in this spooky arrangement.  The white ghost is accompanied by assorted fall mums, autumn leaves, and Japanese lanterns.  The arrangement is made in a black glass cube vase, which makes a great keepsake after Halloween is over.

This arrangement has it all:  a bat, and black cat with a witches hat, all in a ceramic pumpkin.  What more do you need for Halloween?  How about some beautiful orange roses, Japanese lanterns, and assorted fall poms.  Meow!

Looking for something that will carry through past Halloween?  In this simple arrangement, a large glass cylinder vase is filled with river rocks and orange glass marbles, and contains branches of Pumpkin on a Stick and curly willow.  A perfect mix of elegance and fun for Autumn!

I hope that these ideas have provided you with some inspiration for Halloween decor.  Happy Halloween!