Courtney and Mason’s Senior Prom with Baseball Rose Corsage and Boutonniere

July 17, 2014 1 Comment

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baseball rose corsage and boutonniere for senior promSenior Prom 2014.

Jana, a Sports Roses™ customer, shared prom photos of her son Mason and his date Courtney. Courtney plays softball and Mason plays baseball, so they wanted to add a special themed touch to their corsage and boutonniere. A local florist created a custom corsage and boutonniere using Baseball Roses.

Jana gave a very satisfied review about her Sports Roses™ purchase. “It was a lot of fun. The Baseball Roses were a hit with everyone that saw them. They made their prom flowers perfect.”

courtney and mason used baseball roses for their corsage and boutonniere for senior prom
mason is a baseball player who wore a baseball rose boutonniere at his senior prom

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Megan and Chris’ Baseball Wedding at Target Field

July 16, 2014 Leave a reply

megan and chris baseball wedding at target field with baseball roses

Megan and Chris are diehard baseball fans and wanted to make their wedding day special for their families.

Chris is from the Twin Cities and Megan is from Chicago. They waited to get married until the Twins played the Cubs at Target Field on June 9, 2012 during interleague play. It was the perfect game to unite both families.

baseball themed bridal bouquet with baseball roses and red and white live roses

Megan’s florist designed a bridal bouquet using red and white live flowers assembled into a round baseball design with red stitching. Long stem Baseball Rose accents were interspersed throughout the bridal bouquet.

Megan and Chris also used Baseball Roses in the boutonnieres for the groomsmen and in two centerpieces displayed in the Target Field suites for their reception.

The Baseball Roses “were the perfect flowers to give to our families, and to this day they are still on display at each of our parent’s houses,” Megan shared in her testimonial 2 years after their wedding.

baseball boutonnieres for wedding at target field

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Kasie and Clint’s Baseball-Themed Wedding

July 11, 2014 Leave a reply

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Kasie and Clint shared some photographs that showed how they used Baseball Roses™ in their recent baseball-themed wedding.

Since baseball is a big part of Clint’s life (he’s pitched professionally in the Atlanta Braves farm system), the couple wanted to incorporate America’s favorite pastime into their wedding ceremony.

In their search for wedding flowers, they found out about Baseball Roses™ and knew they had to incorporate some blooms with everlasting petals handmade from real baseball leather into their bridal bouquet and boutonnieres.

The couple chose Clint’s high school baseball field for their wedding venue. Although Clint is very familiar with collecting strikeouts on this field, he made sure to let Kasie hit a home run with their wedding planning.

Our favorite photo shows Clint in his windup pose pitching to Kasie as she prepares to swing her bridal bouquet bat.

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Kasie’s bridal bouquet was put together by their local florist. 4 long stem Baseball Roses™ were added into a bouquet with live red and white roses. Clint’s used a Baseball Rose™ Boutonniere prepared by the Sports Roses™ team.

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Sports Roses Adventure in the Steel City

October 9, 2013 Leave a reply

baseball roses at 2013 NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park

Sports Roses™ make their first appearance at PNC Park and Heinz Field

By Mark Ellingson, Sports Roses Founder & Creator

At the end of September, I had the opportunity to visit Pittsburgh, PA for the first time. A close friend of mine grew up there and has always been very proud to talk about her hometown. She offered to show me what makes the Burgh so special during my visit. I have a personal goal to visit all the major league ballparks and I find it a lot more meaningful when a native provides a local perspective during my sightseeing.

fans walk across the roberto clemente bridge to get to pnc park

The Steel City has a rich sports history filled with 5 World Series titles, 6 Super Bowl championships, and 3 Stanley Cups. The city has been transformed over the past 12 years with the addition of 3 new world-class sporting venues – PNC Park, Heinz Field, and Consol Energy Center. The aesthetic design of these facilities make it appear like the city was built around the ballparks. A strong loyal fan base is required to create this type of environment for sports and Pittsburgh fans are not shy to show their enthusiasm for their favorite teams.

I selected my travel date to Pittsburgh at the end of the baseball season when both the Pirates (also commonly referred to as the Bucs) and Steelers had a home game scheduled on the same day. The day consisted of a Sunday afternoon game for the Bucs on their final home game of the season and a Sunday Night Football game for the Steelers. I never imagined that 2013 would turn into such a special year for the Pirates, playing their best baseball in 21 years. The Bucs concluded their regular season with a winning record and a trip to the postseason for the first time since 1992. The added element of playoff contention made my experience at PNC Park even more exciting. The atmosphere around PNC Park was electric with a sold out crowd.

Pittsburgh Pirate fan looks out over PNC Park as fans raise the Jolly Rogers

I became inspired while watching the Bucs’ postseason run and started work on a new t-shirt design to commemorate the Baseball Rose’s first visit to PNC Park. The Baseball Rose™ Pirate T-Shirt depicts a pirate clenching a Baseball Rose™ in his mouth after raising the Jolly Roger and exclaiming he “Rose It”. If you weren’t aware, ‘Raise the Jolly Roger’ is a popular expression used by by Bucs fans to signify a game win and they accomplished that feat 94 times during the 2013 regular season. This is the first t-shirt design available for purchase that features the Baseball Rose™ on it. I limited the production to only 100 shirts and each one is individually numbered. There are still a few t-shirts left, which you can order here.

giving out baseball roses and pirate t-shirts at pnc park

For extra fun during the Baseball Rose’s first PNC Park visit, I created a dozen gift arrangements that included a Baseball Rose™ and a T-shirt and hid them around the ballpark. The locations were announced on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter using hashtag #PNCHideSeek in a PNC Hide & Seek game. A few of the winners even shared their treasure discovery on Twitter.

It was a beautiful sunny day in the 70’s, perfect baseball weather. Although the Pirates didn’t win that day against the Reds, the Pirates would go on to beat the Reds 3 times in a row to conclude the regular season and secure home field advantage for the 1 game NL Wild Card playoff game. I’ll share more on that Wild Card game in a moment.

After the Pirates game, my friend Dawn took me on a sight-seeing adventure to the scenic Point State Park before heading to Heinz Field. The park is located at the point where three rivers meet (Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers forming into the Ohio River) and offers a great view of Heinz Field across the Allegheny River. The centerpiece of the park is a beautiful fountain area that provides a great place to relax and take in a 360 degree view around the city.

visiting pittsburgh point state park with heinz field in background

A short walk across the Fort Duquesne Bridge took us to Heinz Field. Tailgating takes on a new experience here with party boats docked along the Allegheny River. I stopped at a grassy knoll to take some photos of a Steelers-themed Football Rose™ arrangement before entering the stadium.
This Steelers started their 2013 season winless through their first 4 games (I would be witness loss #3), but that didn’t stop fans from filling the stadium. It was fun to experience the game from a Pittsburgh fan’s perspective…Terrible Towel and all.

football roses at heinz field to watch the pittsburgh steelers and chicago bears during sunday night football

After I returned back home, the Pirates clinched a playoff spot in the 2013 Wild Card game. PNC Park would host it’s first playoff game ever. I reached out to a few new friends in Pittsburgh to help me bring Baseball Roses™ to this special event. Tiffany and John helped pass out a special commemorative pin to fans before the game.
giving out baseball roses at pnc park for the 2013 NL wild card game
We also gave fans an opportunity to win a Baseball Rose™ if they could answer Pirates trivia correctly. As we were passing out souvenirs, we ran into Sean “The Mayor” Casey and gave him a Baseball Rose. He loved it! It was a very special night for Pittsburgh. The Bucs would win their first playoff game in 21 years and move on to the NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Buctober would continue in Pittsburgh. I was very proud to see the Baseball Rose™ be a part of Pittsburgh history.

Good luck to the Bucs in the postseason!

How to Make a Patriotic Centerpiece with Baseball Roses

June 29, 2013 Leave a reply

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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

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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Baseball Themed Wedding Planning Tips

February 14, 2013 Leave a reply
Baseball Roses at baseball themed wedding.

Jennifer and Keith’s Baseball Wedding Album

The baseball field is booked for the ceremony and the reception, and the ideas are flowing!  The couple that lives for the game will say their “I do’s” on home plate.  How do you embed “baseball” in every aspect of this die-hard wedding, while keeping the lifetime moment?

Popular touches are invitations in the form of game tickets, and wedding programs indistinguishable from game programs.  The baseball’s color pattern, a warm white surface with bright red stitching, is likely to be the pattern on a variety of things from the wedding cake to the bride’s shoes.  Guests may be signing in on a jersey or a home plate, instead of a traditional guest book.

Photos in the dugouts, with the groomsmen on one team and the bridesmaids on the other, create great memories.  Don’t be surprised if, under the tux, the groomsmen are wearing team socks and Nikes or Adidas.

Baseball Roses at a baseball themed wedding.

Sara and Matt’s Baseball Wedding Album

What else can we do with a baseball wedding?  Baseball Roses, of course!  In the bride’s bouquet, as well as baseball boutonnieres for the groom and all the groomsmen, and baseball corsages for the bridesmaids.

Baseball Roses can be tucked in a variety of places around the cake, table décor and flower arrangements.  Some of the guests may want to use Baseball Roses for their own corsages and boutonnieres.  And if one or both of the lucky couple are softball fans as well, Softball Roses are also available.

Do order the Baseball Roses early to be sure all you need arrive in time.  It takes time to hand-craft each rose from the cover of a real baseball, and add the stem and greenery.

If you are a guest, have you thought of a fun baseball-themed gift?

  • Collect important game balls from the bride and groom and have them sewn into a circle, a wreath of a life in the game.  Include those softballs as well!
  • Baseball serving dishes, that is, dishes with the baseball color pattern, are sure to come in handy in the new household.
  • So will tickets to Opening Day, or to any major game.
  • Or give a non-baseball gift the couple needs, with baseball-patterned ribbon around the wrapping.  And a Baseball Rose tucked in to the bow.

Baseball weddings are a lot of fun!  Join in the spirit and use your creativity to help the bride and groom have the day of a lifetime.

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Have you been to a wedding with a different sort of theme?  What do you remember about it?

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Baseball Cards From Way Out In Left Field

January 28, 2013 Leave a reply

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Amelie Mancini’s artistic take on traditional baseball cards redefines the cards that baseball fans have been collecting for decades

Baseball Rose creator, Mark Ellingson, meets with Left Field Cards artist, Amelie Mancini, at her Brooklyn studio to learn the secrets behind her industry shaking creations.

By Mark Ellingson

In 1989, I was 10 years old. My daily after-school ritual comprised of watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Duck Tales, and Chip-n-Dale’s Rescue Rangers. It was around this time that I vividly remember my dad’s obsession with collecting baseball cards. We would make frequent visits to baseball card shops (which were everywhere at the time) and baseball card collector trade shows to find the cards he needed to finish his sets. He collected everything – Topps, Fleer, Score, Donruss, Bowman, and Upper Deck. This was a time when baseball card collecting was at its peak in America.

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1989 Upper Deck #1 – Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

One of my dad’s favorite baseball cards was a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr rookie card. According to his Beckett price guide, it was worth as much as $90. My dad was really proud of that card.

In the 1990’s, the bottom fell out of the baseball card industry and my dad’s collecting fever started to wane. He was now on to collecting VHS movies for our brand new Dolby Pro-Logic surround sound system. But he still kept all his cards stored away in a closet.

I’m always reminded of my dad’s baseball card collecting days whenever I see new packs for sale at the checkout counters in Wal-mart. I never was a big baseball card collector myself, but I loved watching baseball games with my dad.

In 2012, I saw a Facebook post by the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse (makers of custom-designed baseballs located in Manhattan) that announced a store event for an artist named Amelie Mancini. The picture on their post showed the most artistic looking baseball cards I had ever seen. I click on the link to Mancini’s Left Field Cards Facebook Page to find out more about them.

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Left Field Cards stood out from traditional baseball cards because they were sold in packs based on quirky themes – Bizarre Injuries, Marvelous Moustaches, and Edible All-Stars. They were illustrated with bright colors and vaguely resembled the players they were representing – they were fun, expressive, and creative. These were characteristics that were very foreign to me when I thought of baseball cards.

I decided to find out more about Left Field Cards and their creator Amelie Mancini. Mancini is french-born artist that came to the U.S. for her school studies in the mid-2000’s. She fell in love with the city and the friends she met and decided to make Brooklyn, NY her permanent residence. But she had never been to a baseball game or even understood the rules of the game until a 2007 visit to Shea Stadium. The Mets were playing the Phillies and lost, but she was bitten badly by the baseball bug. A fever swept over her that would change her life – her obsession with American’s Favorite Pastime spilled over into her career as an artist. In 2011, she started her own company called Left Field Cards.

Mancini’s work has found a niche in the previously unexplored space between baseball collectible and commercial art. – The Wall Street Journal

Left Field Cards studio tour led by artist Amelie Mancini

In October 2012, I stopped by the home of Left Field Cards to visit Amelie Mancini and find out more about her work and the story behind it. Mancini’s studio was located in a large old warehouse within a very religious orthodox Jewish neighborhood. I felt like I was visiting a completely different country with foreign customs I had never seen before (living in San Diego). The Marcy Houses (the projects where Jay-Z grew up in) were just across the street from Mancini’s studio. It was an area full of deep history and more history was about to be made with Hurricane Sandy arriving the next day.

I walked up the 6 flights of stairs and was greeted by Mancini’s smiling face. She gave me a tour of her studio. I quickly saw her eclectic sense of style in all the interesting furniture she had collected at local flea markets. Her studio alone was like walking into a different world full of exploration and adventure. During my visit, we talked about about each of our businesses. I told her the story of how Baseball Roses began and she showed me the creative process behind her work on Left Field Cards.

Mancini pulled out a box of old baseball cards that were the inspiration behind Left Field Cards. I asked her what was so special about these baseball cards that made her want to create her own.

“They’re just really cool! It’s a little bit like time-traveling. Every card offers you a snapshot of a player’s career, literally and figuratively. A rookie card is a promise of home runs to come, stolen bases, perfect games, great things to be accomplished. And a card of a player at the end of their career sums up everything they’ve ever done on the field, translated into those coded numbers. I also love the cards with the fun facts. And of course. I love the aesthetics of the old cards, reflecting their times through graphic design choices and moustaches, glasses, mullets, afros, tights pants…”

And what was so special about that first night going to Shea Stadium to watch the Mets and Phillies play that sparked her obsession for the game?

There wasn’t really one thing, it was the experience as a whole: the crowd, the foods, the uniforms, the obscure rules, the ballpark, the songs…

The Process

left field cards letterpress printing process

Each Left Field Card is carefully produced by hand on a Vandercook letterpress. Mancini starts out by sketching her design on paper and then carving the final drawing out of a linoleum block. Once she is happy with the design, Mancini prepares it for use on a Vandercook letterpress. Each sheet of cards is processed one by one and cut by hand. Finally, the cards are placed in a custom designed vellum pack and hand-sewn shut with red stitching. Mancini is involved with every step of the process.

Living in New York definitely has its advantages when it comes to anything baseball. Through networking connections Mancini has made at local events, Left Field Cards has been getting national attention by the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and LA Times. The articles have helped to create demand for her work. Mancini and I share some similar experiences with starting our own businesses from scratch. I asked her what the most challenging part was for starting and running Left Field Cards.

When you work for someone else, you stop thinking about work when you go home. Running your own business is a 24/7 preoccupation. I have to force myself to take a night off, go see a movie, go to the museum, and even then, my business is always on my mind. I’m constantly making decisions, weighing options, planning, and I had no idea how exhausting that would be when I started. But of course it’s also what makes it so rewarding and exciting!

I know exactly what Mancini means about never getting business off my mind and spending 16+ hours a day in the office. It is very hard to catch your breath when there are so many things that need to get done.

I’m really looking forward to doing business with Left Field Cards and the possibilies for working together to make both of our businesses more successful. Left Field Cards and Sports Roses both bring new and creative ideas to the sports gift industry. During my visit, I left behind a special Baseball Rose arrangement themed for Mancini’s beloved Mets. I also brought home a case of Left Field Cards to add to the Sports Roses online store. You can purchase Left Field Cards here.

A few more bits of information about Amelie Mancini. Some of her favorite players are R.A. Dickey (but she is very sad he is no longer a Met), Keith Hernandez, and Harvey Haddux (who threw the perfect game that wasn’t for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1959). Mancini says no to the DH, “they make catchers hit, so why not pitchers?”

Keep a close watch on Left Field Cards, Mancini has many more exciting projects in store for sports fans.


Mark Ellingson posing with Amelie Mancini of Left Field Cards

Baseball Rose creator, Mark Ellingson and Left Field Cards creator, Amelie Mancini


A New York Mets Baseball Rose Arrangement at Left Field Cards studio

I left behind some Baseball Roses arranged with NY Mets accessories to add to Mancini’s studio decor


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Sports Fan Holiday Gift Ideas

November 29, 2012 Leave a reply

Are you looking for holiday gift ideas for your resident sports fan?

Here are some of our favorites…

1. An HDTV. If there is one thing a sports fan loves almost as much seeing a game in person, it is seeing the game on a giant, crystal clear screen.  And this year, you might even be able to buy an HDTV without too big a hit to your pocketbook.   You can find quality LCD screens for as little as $300.

2. Sporting Equipment.  What’s your fan’s favorite sport?  Maybe it’s time for an upgrade in their equipment!  From shoes to tennis rackets to basketballs and more, giving the sports fan in your life some new, high-quality equipment is sure to go over well on Christmas morning.

3. Sports books and movies.  Sports fans love reading and watching about…well…sports!  Great sports books include The Boys of Summer, Friday Night Lights, and A River Runs Through it.  Or try the film classics Rudy, Field of Dreams, Moneyball, Rocky, Hoosiers, and Jerry Macguire.

4. Sports Roses. Sports roses are unique products available in 3 different sports styles.  Choose from Football Roses, Baseball Roses, or Softball Roses. They are handcrafted in the USA with careful attention to detail so outstanding quality is assured.  Your sports fan will have a long lasting memento to cherish.

5. Team merchandise. What’s your fan’s favorite player or team?  Try jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats…or for something more creative, go for pajama pants, socks, or even underwear.

What other great gift ideas do you have for the sports fans in your life?

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Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

November 27, 2012 Leave a reply

Every Thanksgiving has time honored traditions worth repeating. So respecting classic traditions and bringing new ones is sure to make your Thanksgiving that much more special.

 

So, what are our favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

 

1. Breaking the wishbone. Two people pull on the wishbone. The person who ends up with the bigger half after it breaks gets to make a wish.

 

2. Share what you’re thankful for around the Thanksgiving table.  Designate a time where each member of the family can share what they’re most grateful for. This allows everyone to connect on a deeper level…and isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

 

3. Bust out the board games and card games.  Taking time to enjoy the good company of family and friends is the focus of Thanksgiving. Board games and card games are wonderful Thanksgiving traditions.

 

4. Black Friday.  Many folks have a tradition of waking up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving to take advantage of incredible sales at retailers around town.  Bring a couple of family members, stop for breakfast afterward, and enjoy!

 

5. Thanksgiving football.  Of course, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without football.  After dinner, gather around the big screen to watch the big game.  If you’re particularly fanatic, try decorating with Football Roses to give your house that extra sporty flair.

 

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Black Friday Savings Tips

November 22, 2012 Leave a reply

It’s just around the corner…Black Friday!

Whether or not you wake up at the crack of dawn to take advantage of doorbuster deals, Black Friday is a unique day that allows you to find outstanding savings on all kinds of merchandise and holiday gifts.

To take full advantage, you just need to plan ahead.

Here’s how to do it right so that you reduce stress and get the best bargains…

1. Study the ads in your local Thanksgiving Day newspaper thoroughly. The local paper will be your best source for Black Friday savings with all the ads, coupons, and circulars you need to make your plan.  It will also serve as a guide when you are making your schedule for the day since certain stores offer discounts at different times of the day.

2. Watch for Early Bird Shopper Discounts. Certain stores offer discounts from 5am-11am, so know if you need to be up early to get the steeply discounted merchandise.  Hit the most important stores first.

3. Know Store Policies. Learning store return policies will help you decide where to buy. In the past, stores extended the number of return days to include holidays, but now many stores are cutting back, so be careful.  Some stores are strict about requiring receipts for returns and exchanges, so be sure to save receipts — even if you’re buying gifts.

4. Bring the Ads. Many stores offer a lowest price guarantee that means they are willing to match competitors!  Bring copies of ads and see what you can get.  Note that website ads are often NOT considered to be valid, since they’re so easily forged.

5. Avoid crowds with Night Owl Thanksgiving Discounts. The past couple of years, some stores have opted to stay open all night on Thanksgiving instead of opening early on Black Friday.  Watch the ads to see where you might be able to score some night owl Thanksgiving deals.

6. Shop Cyber Monday.  Want to avoid whole thing?  Shop cyber Monday.  You can often find deep discounts on online shopping sites the Monday after Black Friday.  Sports roses is participating in Cyber Monday this year, with $10 Sports Roses!  Get 33% off our standard long stem Baseball Roses, Football Roses, and Softball Roses.  Plus spend at least $25 and receive Free Economy Shipping!

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How to Plan the Perfect Homecoming Date

October 11, 2012 Leave a reply

Are you wondering how to plan the perfect homecoming date?
A blend of thoughtfulness, romance, and fun are sure to make homecoming an unforgettable night.

Originality makes a big difference in showing that you care about your significant other so your homecoming date is fun and enchanting.

Being original and thoughtful is simple. Here are some of our favorite tips and trips…

1. Give a small gift. Remember: a small, carefully selected gift is much better than a gaudy piece of bling with a huge price tag. Ask yourself: what does my date like to do? How do we spend time together? If your date is sporty, a Sports Rose might be a tasteful and unique choice that your date will be able to cherish for years to come.

2. Have a plan, but go with the flow. There are some things you absolutely need to plan in advance: what you’re going to wear, pictures, and restaurant reservations are critical. After you arrive at the dance, be flexible! Go with a group of your closest friends so the night will fun and comfortable, not awkward and annoying. Just remember it is your night, so enjoy it!

3. Make sure to ask your date how they are and give compliments. Conversation tells you what the other person is feeling and more importantly shows that you are interested in learning more about them. Compliments are always pleasant, but make sure you say what you mean. Also, make sure it is specific, so your date will know that you have really considered what you’re saying.

4. Know your date’s personality and make it a part of your evening. Some people like to dance and be the life of the party. Others prefer a more quiet, romantic evening. Make accommodations for your date’s preferences, and you’ll have a fantastic time.
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