How to Pin on a Boutonniere (and other tips for Homecoming Flowers)

August 21, 2013 Leave a reply

Think back to your high school prom. What was the most awkward part of the night? Sure there was some awkward conversation and crazy dancing, but, really, it was probably the pinning of the boutonniere. But don’t worry; we’ll save you the embarrassment this time around. Learn how to pin a boutonniere and try these other tips to make the homecoming flowers work for your teens.

How to Pin on a Boutonniere in 3 Easy Steps:

1)      Position the boutonniere. With the flower facing front, place the boutonniere just below the widest part of the lapel on your date’s left side (which is actually YOUR right).

2)      Pin from the back of the lapel. Holding the boutonniere against the lapel with your left hand and use your right hand to push the pin from the back of the lapel and through, then over the stem of the boutonniere and back through the lapel.

3)      Step back and admire your work! Take a step back and make sure it sticks. Admire how good he looks with that boutonniere.

To make sure all your homecoming flowers are a success, be sure to order early and coordinate them with your son or daughter’s date. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the flowers you choose! Roses are a classic look, but consider using something different. Orchids, hyacinths, delphinium, or even everlasting Sports Roses (with petals handmade from game ball materials) can make a stand-out boutonniere.

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How to Make a Patriotic Centerpiece with Baseball Roses

June 29, 2013 Leave a reply

how to make a patriotic baseball-themed centerpiece with baseball roses

Show off your American pride and love for America’s favorite pastime with a patriotic baseball-themed centerpiece

4th of July is the time of year we think of summer barbeques with family and friends as we celebrate our nation’s birthday. With less than a week away until Independence Day, many Americans are visiting stores to gather all their food and patriotic party supplies.

One key component for a party table display is a centerpiece arrangement themed for the occasion. Red, white, and blue are essential elements for a US holiday arrangement, but let’s not forget to include another mainstay of the American Summer…baseball.

terrance mann field of dreams movieThe one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray.
Terrance Man, Field of Dreams Movie Quote

For our baseball-themed patriotic display, we included everlasting Baseball Roses. Let’s show you how we put together our patriotic centerpiece with Baseball Roses.

Supplies
We visited our local Michael’s craft store to pick up the supplies needed for this project. Look around for discount coupons and sales. There are usually a lot of sales a few days before 4th of July to award last-minute shoppers.
baseball rose patriotic centerpiece supplies

  • Small Patriotic Tin – $2
  • 3 Baseball Roses – $18 ea. ($14.95 each when you buy 2 or more)
  • Red, White, Blue Silk Flower Bunch – $4 ea.
  • 4″x6″ Cotton US Flags – $1.50 ea
  • Miniature Patriotic Pinwheel Picks – $2
  • Green floral foam block – $2
  • Dried Spanish Moss – $3 (small bag)

Instructions

    • Step 1: Trim off excess material from the green foam block so that it will fit inside the patriotic tin. Don’t trim too much – you want a snug fit. The foam will compress when you push it into the tin.
    • Step 2: Insert red, white, and blue, silk flowers bunches into the foam. To distribute evenly, you can pull apart the individual stems before inserting. This also helps thin out the bunches to avoid overcrowding your arrangement.

baseball rose patriotic centerpiece step by step instructions

  • Step 3: Cut Baseball Rose stems so they will sit just above the silk flowers when inserted in the foam. Insert the Baseball Roses into the arrangement. When looking at the arrangement from above, there should be a triangle shape create between each Baseball Rose.
  • Step 4: Insert US flags on each side of arrangement.
  • Step 5: Insert patriotic pinwheels on each side of arrangement (between the US flags)
  • Step 6: Add spanish moss around the top edge of the patriotic tin to hide the green foam underneath

how to make a patriotic baseball-themed centerpiece with baseball roses

Your patriotic Baseball Rose centerpiece will bloom year round and can also be used for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Labor Day. Add in other accessories to theme your arrangement for your favorite team or sport. You can also create a similar arrangement with Softball Roses, Football Roses, or Basketball Roses available from Sports Roses.

What other ideas are you planning to do for your 4th of July party? Share them in the comments below

Great 4th of July Barbecue Decorations

June 26, 2013 Leave a reply

Nothing says summer like a 4th of July Barbecue. Burgers and brats, beers and sodas, friends and family… it’s just a great day all around! You’ve probably gotten the food taken care of and you’ve got guests coming, but you may or may not have thought about decorations. Take your 4th of July barbecue to the next level with these great decorating ideas:

1)    Edible centerpieces. Get a little extra healthy food in the mix by making edible centerpieces. Go simple with an arrangement of red, white and blue fruits on kabobs arranged in quart jars. Or a pile of these red, white and blue strawberries.

2)    Flowers, sparklers, and flags. Those three simple items can go a long way to create centerpieces, wreaths and more. Gather as many red, white and blue supplies as you can, and let the creativity flow!

3)    Bunting. Nothing says American like American flag bunting. Make your own with this great tye-dye craft idea.

When it comes to great 4th of July barbecue decorations you need to remember to keep it simple and fun. The holiday is all about family and friends, so keep them comfortable and your barbecue will be a success!

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Famous Sports Dads

June 5, 2013 Leave a reply

We all know that great athletes usually have a great dad who led him or her and helped him or her grow and learn, but did you stop to think that some of your favorite athletes are also really great dads? Check out these heartwarming stories of our favorite famous sports dads:

1)    Peyton Manning: The all-star quarterback for the Broncos is often known not only for his great throws, but also the friendly rivalry between his pro brother, Eli Manning. But did you know Peyton Manning is also the father of two-year-old twins? Marshall Williams and Mosley Thompson Manning were born in 2011, and you can tell Peyton is a good dad because he respects his wife’s wishes to keep the little ones out of the media limelight.

2)    Patrick Ewing: When it comes to the basketball star, you might think you’re seeing double. But the fact is that you are actually seeing Patrick Ewing Junior. Junior is also a pro baller, and even though his career isn’t as charmed as his father’s (he’s struggled with an MCL injury and getting back into the NBA has been tricky), his tenacity in the face of adversity reminds us of his great dad.

3)    Wayne Gretzky: Perhaps hockey’s most famous player ever, Wayne Gretzky is also a notable father. His son, Trevor Gretzky, opted not to follow in his famous dad’s footsteps—and Wayne was completely supportive. Now that’s a great famous sports dad!

What famous sports dads do you admire?

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Top 5 Ways Honor Your Sporty Dad for Father’s Day

June 2, 2013 Leave a reply

Are you running out of gift ideas for dad? With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s that time of the year again when you need to show how much you love your dad, but in ways that not many others can match.

So why not buy Sports Roses to honor him this coming Father’s Day?

Sports Roses are handcrafted artificial roses made from materials that will remind your dad of his favorite sport. Whether he likes baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, or softball, Sports Roses are specifically designed to appeal to his sporting passion and interests.

Here are the top 5 ways Sports Roses are perfect gifts for showing your dad that you honor him this coming Father’s Day:

  1. Sports Roses are unique gifts. Every man roots for their favorite sports team all too passionately, your dad included. He probably has sports memorabilia scattered all over the house reminding him of great moments from the past. You can help him celebrate his love for sports with a single stem or a bouquet of Sports Roses, specifically tailored to his interest. A Sports Rose is so unique, most of his friends won’t have one, so you know it will be a source of pride and joy this coming Father’s Day.Father's Day Football Rose Gift
  2. Sports Roses show how you recognize and honor his passion for sports. You may have run out of ideas of what to get dad for Father’s Day this year. It’s tempting to run to the mall to buy a last-minute generic gift, but that doesn’t show how you value his sports passion. Show him your love and care by giving him a special keepsake that he will treasure forever. Give Dad Sports Roses that symbolize his love for sports.
  3. Sports Roses are fully customizable and add a personal touch. Plenty of love and attention goes into the making of every handcrafted Sports Rose. The team at San Diego-based L.O.V.E.nterprises, proud makers of Sports Roses, are personally dedicated to creating the highest quality American-made products. You can be confident that same message will also show in your gift.
  4. Sports Roses are sports and care, all rolled into one. It’s very hard to think of fathers appreciating roses. Before the first Sports Roses sprouted, nobody would have thought that sports and roses could be fused together as one. But now after seven seasons of “growing” Sports Roses, there is no better way to show how much you care for your dad and his passion for sports.
  5. Sports Roses will last forever. What better way to express your love for your dad than by giving him roses that symbolize his sports passion and bloom forever? Since Sports Roses are made from the same materials used in making footballs, baseballs, and basketballs, you know these are made to stand the test of time.

Forget the common and uninspired gifts on generic store shelves this coming Father’s Day. Sports Roses will do so much more to convey the love, care, and appreciation that you have for your dad and his passion for sports.

Are you ready to learn more about how to order Sports Roses today? Click here to visit the Sports Roses online store

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Plan a Football Wedding

May 24, 2013 Leave a reply

Your wedding is your day and everything about it should reflect YOU. Many brides and grooms feel boxed in by traditional wedding ideas but modern weddings are much more creative than the ones you remember from your childhood. Case in point? A Football themed wedding.

Keep in mind choosing a theme doesn’t mean going overboard. Farm themed weddings don’t have cows as the best men and a football wedding doesn’t mean your groom gets to wear a dirty old Cowboys cap or that your bridesmaids have to wear Broncos orange and blue (though you can if you want!). It simply means including elements of your passion in the wedding mainstays, like the bride’s bouquet, the groom’s boutonniere, and centerpieces.

Take, for example, our men’s boutonniere. The dark, genuine football leather we use in our Football Roses is an excellent offset to other traditional flowers like roses or baby’s breath. This choice gives your groom the opportunity to showcase a part of himself and have something he loves on display at the wedding.

Other elements that can add football fun and flare to your big day:

  • Have guests sign a personalized jersey instead of a guestbook
  • Serve specialty hot dogs, nachos, beer and other stadium-inspired foods
  • Have a football themed photo booth for guests to play around in
  • Send guests home with their own mini football as a wedding favor
  • Incorporate your favorite teams’ colors into the floral designs and table décor
  • Get a football theme cake topper
  • Order a Heisman trophy style cake for the groom’s cake
  • Consider writing your own vows and compiling them with other people’s advice into an “Our Wedding Playbook”
  • Consider holding the ceremony or reception at a football related area
  • Use Football Roses generously in your decorations

Spend some time really thinking about what you love about football. Is it the spectacle? Is the rush of a touchdown? Is it the athleticism of the players? Whatever you love most about the game is what you to share with your friends and family on your special day.

If you know you want a football themed wedding but you aren’t sure where to start there are a few website and even specialized wedding planners that can take your event to the next level. Whatever you do, make your passion a part of your special day!

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Happy Mother’s Day to Sports Moms

May 17, 2013 Leave a reply

Today we celebrate someone special. The person who knows the ins and outs of the field better than the coach. The person who remembers team players’ birthdays and shows up with cookies. The one who is always up for one more round of catch. The one who never get tired of hearing about how you almost won the big game. The one who washes the uniforms, drives to the practices, and is always cheering the loudest. The one and only Sports Mom.

You know who you are and you know how much work it take to keep every athlete on the field, doing their best. And we want you to know that we know too.

So thank you.

Thank you for waking up early to make the protein-centered breakfast  she needed to help her power through that last race.

Thank you for stitching his jersey back together between halves.

Thank you for teaching him how to lose gracefully so that he is never embarrassed by his shortcomings.

Thank you for teaching her how to get back up, just one more time, because this next time could be the difference between success and failure.

Thank you for getting her to practice on time every.single.week.

Thank you for encouraging him through two-a-days. It isn’t pretty, but the results are amazing.

Thank you for teaching her that winning isn’t everything—and that losing isn’t either.

Thank you for giving him the confidence he needs to cut through the craziness of a cheering crowd and focus on that winning shot.

Thank you for giving her the willpower she needed to get stronger.

Thank you for being the heart and soul, the cheerleader and team nurse, the everything and anything for your athlete.

We are all better because of it.

They say that behind every good man is a good woman. Well, we say that behind every good athlete is a great mom.

We really can’t say it enough: Thank you. And Happy Mother’s Day.

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Making Memorial Day Special in Your Family

May 15, 2013 Leave a reply

Memorial Day doesn’t just have to be another humdrum holiday for your family.  Baseball Roses can be used to make your Memorial Day special.  Here’s how:

  1. Remember the Reason for the Day.  Honor those who have given their lives and service to protect this country.  Visit a gravesite and leave flowers for our deceased veterans.  If you know a fallen veteran who was a sports fan, Baseball Roses, Football Roses, and Softball Roses are a unique and special option you can use to celebrate that person’s life.

You can also donate money, goods, or services to the families of those who have been wounded or lost their lives in service to this great country.

  1. Have a Baseball-Themed Picnic.  Since baseball season and Memorial Day occur simultaneously, why not have a baseball-themed family picnic or reunion?  Baseball Roses can be used as centerpieces or be combined with other decorations to make a Memorial Day picnic even more memorable and special.
  1. Be Patriotic.  What’s more American than baseball?  Try one of our baseball boutonnieres.  For an added patriotic touch, add military- or patriotically-themed paraphernalia to the boutonniere.

These are just a few ways Baseball Roses can make your Memorial Day even more special and unforgettable.

 

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Create a Sports Rose Centerpiece

May 10, 2013 Leave a reply

Centerpieces are the finishing element of any good table setting and selecting the right one can bring the table together, making it a cozy gathering. Sports Roses work as great centerpieces for many events, adding a fun flare and great pop of color.

Check out our video tutorial for everything you need to know:

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3 Tips for Decorating with Sports Roses

May 8, 2013 Leave a reply

All right, sports fans, listen up!  If you’re looking for ways to spruce up your decorations and show your love of sports at the same time, we’re here to help.  Here are some unique ways you can decorate using Sports Roses:

  1. Use Sports Roses as Centerpieces.  Why use ordinary flowers as a centerpiece when you can show your individuality as a sports fan by using Sports Roses?  With petals made from the genuine leather covers of baseballs, footballs, softballs, and volleyballs, these arrangements will be great conversation pieces for any sports fan.
  1. Combine with Real Flowers.  If you want a combination of real flowers and our roses, buy individual long-stemmed football, softball, and baseball roses and have your local florist combine them with real flowers to make an arrangement that will be both gorgeous and one of a kind.
  1. Give Your Cake Accents.  You can use our roses in combinations with other sports-themed items to decorate a cake for that special sports fan in your life.  Let them know how special they are with a unique, out-of-this-world sports-themed cake.

Don’t continue using the “same-old, same-old” when decorating.  Show your love for sports and your individuality with distinctive decorations from Sports Roses.

 

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How to Honor Your Graduating Softball, Baseball, or Football Player

April 26, 2013 Leave a reply

Graduation time can bring up a lot of strong feelings for parents: pride, excitement, anxiety, joy, and many more. Like the narrator in Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! parents want to tell their children, “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off the Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Parents of young athletes often feel these emotions and even more. Many times graduation signals the end of a sports career. Not all high school athletes go on to play in college and not all college athletes will play after finishing their degrees. A lot of memories will never be made again. Passions will be redirected. A new phase will begin. So how can you honor all the hard work your student has done, both in the classroom and on the field or court? Try one of these great ideas:

1)      Scrapbook or video slideshow. Consider assembling a scrapbook of memorable moments in your child’s sports career. Or, if you have the materials or the budget to hire a videographer, put together a video slideshow that combines video and pictures.  Don’t forget to include moments from the pee-wee years all the way through varsity!

2)      Autograph boards. Take some time to get the team players, coaches, and other mentors to sign the matting around a team photo or an 8×10 piece of canvas that can later be framed. You might be tempted to make this poster size, but if you keep it small and simple it will be easy for your graduate to take with them as they move forward in their life.

3)      Shadowbox. A shadowbox is another great option for making memories portable and display-friendly.  Take a couple of Sports Roses that coordinate with your graduate’s favorite sports, some medals, a couple pictures, and other memorabilia and arrange it artfully in the glass-covered box. Not only will it be a beautiful item to display it will also keep those treasured memories free from dust and protected from corrosive sunlight.

4)      A memory bouquet. Another great option for female sports players is to buy a set of six or twelve Sports Roses and have their friends and coaches write words of advice and love on small ribbons that can be tied at the very base of the flower. Not only does it remind them of how far they’ve come, it makes a beautiful addition to any room.

How have you honored your sporty graduate?

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What to Get Your Sports Mom for Mother’s Day

April 19, 2013 Leave a reply

Mother's Day Baseball Rose Bouquet

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show your mom you care—especially when you take the time to move beyond the clichés and personalize it for the woman who does so much for you and your family.

When most of us think of Mother’s Day we think of breakfast in bed and flowers and chocolates. But very few of us think of the mess that is leftover after the kids make breakfast or if Mom really likes those flowers and candy in the first place. This is especially true if your mom is a sports mom.

Sports moms are a special kind of mom. They happily spend hours at practices and games. They cheer the loudest for you, even when you lose. They know you can achieve great things even when you aren’t so sure yourself. Try these ideas to show your sports mom how much her support means to you:

1)      A Sports Roses arrangement. Get her Sports Roses for her favorite sport, and then arrange it using ribbons of her favorite team’s colors or with their logo on the card.

2)      A great pair of sunglasses. Think about how much time your mom spends in the sun cheering you on. A great pair of sunglasses will go a long way to make her more comfortable, protect her eyes, and make her look great.

3)      A high-quality stadium chair. Do your research and spring for a great, portable stadium chair.  A sports mom will enjoy her time in the stands no matter what, but she’ll love the comfort of a cushioned chair that offers some real back support.

4)      Take-out coupons. What sports mom couldn’t use some help in the kitchen?  There are few things that are harder to accomplish than feeding your family healthy meals while on the go. Buy your sports mom some gift certificates to restaurants like Chipotle, Mad Greens, and the Whole Foods deli that will feed her and her crew a quick and healthy meal.

5)      Time. The number one thing every mother needs is time—and this is the thing they give away the most. Reciprocate  by giving your mom some time to hang out on the court or field with you and play her favorite game. Even if you’re a baseball or softball star, if your mom loves tennis get out the racquets and let her school you a few times.

What are you getting your sports mom for Mother’s Day?

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