Holiday Floral Scrapbook

By: Julia Trotter

Christmas

This holiday stems from the christian religion, and was originally started to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but with the change of time the holiday has evolved into a time for friends and family to get together around this time and exchange gifts.


This holiday is celebrated around the world with just a few different elements spread out across the globe. Common elements include christmas mass on the 24th of christmas, this day is known as christmas eve. Traditionally people come together in mass groups to go to church where they praise His name and celebrate the birth of their savior. Although, this is not required to celebrate christmas, a majority of people do this in their own way.


Because red and green are considered the "christmas colors," most arrangements incorporate these colors to make a standard floral arrangement seem festive for the holiday. Some flowers or plants that are traditionally thought of as christmas flowers are holly, poinsettias, and pine. Some arrangements can include candles to be used as the centerpiece for a table. The most common arrangements tend to use red roses, poinsettias, holly, red or peppermint carnations and even daisies.


Average pricing for arrangements for this holiday can range from 15 dollars to well over 200 dollars depending upon the size of the arrangement and the flowers and supplies used. Some arrangements can be shaped like small christmas trees, while others might be more standard and be placed in a vase. Christmas does not have one standard arrangement, but instead leaves much room for interpretation. Arrangements for this holiday tend to be more expensive than other holidays because arrangements are used for large parties and corporate events as well as small gatherings. This is one of the few holidays that coporate events are held for.

Valentines Day

The holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day. Today we center the holiday around cupid and use it as yet another excuse to exchange gifts with loved ones.


This holiday is celebrated world wide and is one of the major money making holidays of the year for many restaurants, shops, hotels, and florists.


Arrangements for this holiday tend to use pink and red flowers because people believe that these are the colors of love or colors that show passion. Arrangements for this holiday also include chocolates or other candies and small stuffed animals. Arrangements can range from 20 dollars to 200 dollars or more depending upon what flowers are used and how many of each are used in the arrangement. The most common flower for this holiday is the rose, but daisies and calla lilies make an appearance too. Purple is also a popular color, but is not used as much as red and pink are.

Fourth of July

This holiday is only celebrated in the US, as it is the celebration of our independence. But it is a very popular holiday for families and friends to get together and grill out.


Because the relaxed nature of this holiday, flower arrangements tend to be less expensive because people aren't as willing to spend as much money on arrangements for this holiday, probably because they have just spent a bunch of money for valentines day.


Colors for this holiday will be red white and blue, because they fit with the patriotic feel of the holiday. Popular flowers for this holiday are daisies, a few red roses but not as many because that makes the arrangement more expensive, carnations, lilies and chrysanthemums. For extra depth some arrangements might include delphinium. Some arrangements might include small american flags.

Easter

Yet another Christian Holiday. This one celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus after he has died on the cross. This holiday is usually celebrated with a family and or friend gathering and a meal shared with these people. For modern times the holiday includes the easter bunny and egg hunts.


Common colors for this holdiay are pastels and light colors. IE: spring time. Flowers for this holiday range from daisys, and roses to lilies and even chrysanthemums, carnations and tulips. Common accents for these types of arrangements include bunnies, eggs, and grass. This is because of the easter bunny and common decorations for such an event.


Arrangements can be priced anywhere from 30 dollars to over 150 dollars depending upon how big the arragment is and what types of flowers and decorations are used.


Ironically, nothing that this holiday is actually about is used to decorate the arrangments, but instead the arrangments center around a bunny and little kid's dreams.

Mother's Day

An American Holiday to celebrate mothers around the country and all that they have sacrificed for their families.


This holiday does not have a certain color scheme like some of the others, as it depends upon what kind of flowers and colors each individual mother likes and prefers. However, common flowers include roses, sunflowers, daisies, carnations and lilies.


Prices range from 10 dollars for a small arrangment to 70 dollars or more for large arrangments. This holiday does not have as much typically spent on flowers.


Some arrangements might include balloons or stuffed animals for the recipient to enjoy.

Thanksgiving

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of Thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. Today, the holiday is celebrated in the US for the most part, while there are some other places around the world that have their own version of Thanksgiving, like Brazil for example, the US is the only place in the world that actually celebrates what we call "Thanksgiving"


Typical colors for this holiday are orange and other fall colors like red, yellow, brown and some green. These colors could be used as flower colors, filler, the vase, or even accent pieces.


The most popular arrangements include sunflowers and roses, but there are usually only a few of those flowers in each arrangement and the rest of it is filled with less expensive flowers like different types of chrysanthemums. Some berries and foliage might also be worked into arrangements.


Prices vary from 20 dollars to well over 70 dollars once again depending upon size of arrangement and materials used.


Some arrangements might include pumpkins or cornucopias, which are typical decorations for this holiday. Some might even include pilgrims or be deigned to look like one.Some might include candles or leaves.