Still Shopping? It’s Not Too Late to Find the Perfect Gift at Coast to Coast

Joyful and Triumphant Centerpiece by Coast to Coast Flowers

Christmas is days away – that’s great news for many of us, but it also means that those who put off their Christmas shopping until the last minute are beginning to panic. Many online retailers can no longer guarantee delivery in time for Christmas and the mall is going to be a madhouse this weekend – who wants to deal with that?

Fortunately, there is a better option because your friends at Coast to Coast Flowers are here to help you cross the remaining names off your list. We’re full of terrific ideas if you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for and we have so many wonderful options to choose from that you’ll have no problem selecting the perfect gifts no matter who you’re shopping for.

Whether you prefer a timeless classic like a festive poinsettia plant or something with a bit more flair like a beautiful hand-designed holiday floral arrangement or Christmas centerpiece, you’re in good hands with Coast to Coast Flowers.

Candy Cane Bowl by Coast to Coast Flowers

It’s not too late to have your order hand-delivered by Christmas or you can always stop by and choose from our large selection of holiday flowers and plants. We also feature a fantastic variety of holiday gifts and décor that is sure to please anyone on your list! We’re also a great source for unique stocking stuffers and gifts for teachers, mail carriers, party hosts, co-workers, hair stylists, and more. Leave the last-minute shopping to the amateurs by trusting one of our professional designers to create the perfect one-of-a-kind gift. Give us a call today to check out what we have in store for you this holiday season!

Coast to Coast Flowers makes it easy to send flowers and other holiday gifts anywhere in the United States and Canada. Order online or by phone at (800) 515-2710. We will be open and delivering all weekend and also Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas from your friends at Coast to Coast Flowers!

Celebrate National Poinsettia Day with Coast to Coast

National Poinsettia Day is Wednesday, December 12 and Coast to Coast is here to help you celebrate the iconic red holiday plant that has become an unmistakable symbol of the season.

At first glance, it’s easy to admire the pretty Poinsettia and its bright crimson and green foliage but digging a little deeper into why the Poinsettia became such an important holiday symbol brings a much deeper appreciation for this phenomenal plant.

Poinsettia Garden Basket by Coast to Coast Flowers

According to a Mexican legend, a poor child who could not afford a gift for Christ on Christmas Eve was told that even the most humble gift, if given with love, would suffice in God’s eyes. The child carefully picked some weeds from the side of a road and brought them to church as an offering to make God happy. As soon as the child entered the church, the weeds bloomed into beautiful red and green flowers and the congregation was sure they had witnessed a Christmas miracle. From that day on, Poinsettias were known as ‘Flores de Noche Buena,’ or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night.’

In the United States, we typically associate the poinsettia with Christmas so dedicating December 12 as National Poinsettia Day seems like a natural fit – except the timing of the observance is merely a coincidence. In fact, the United States has observed this official day since the mid-1800s in honor of the passing of the first American ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, and the plant he introduced to the U.S.

In 1828, Poinsett discovered the plant with vivid red leaves by the side of a road in Mexico and sent some cuttings home to his residence in South Carolina. Initially, many botanists dismissed the Poinsettia as a weed, but Poinsett’s work with the plant caused it to eventually gain acceptance as a holiday plant.

The holiday season is always a special time in the floral industry, and the star of the show is, of course, the venerable Poinsettia plant. According to the US Department of Agriculture, Poinsettias are the highest selling potted flowering plant in America and account for nearly one-quarter of sales of all flowering potted plants throughout the entire year.

Here are some things you might not have known about the Poinsettia:

  • Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico and have been used in religious ceremonies and to decorate churches there for centuries as the red color is a symbol of purity.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Poinsettias are not poisonous to people or pets, although the plant has been known to cause stomach irritation and discomfort if ingested. The danger to pets and children comes from the choking hazard of the fibrous parts of the plant and not the toxicity.
  • Although every state in the U.S. grows Poinsettias commercially; for much of the past 100 years, the Ecke Ranch in California has grown over 70% of all Poinsettias purchased in the United States and accounted for about 50% of the Poinsettias sold worldwide.
  • The word Poinsettia is traditionally capitalized because it was named after a person.
    The Poinsettia had its own college football bowl game. The Poinsettia Bowl debuted in San Diego in 1952 and originally served as the military services championship game for four years before being resurrected from 2005 to 2016.
  • In the wild, Poinsettias have been known to grow over 12 feet tall.
  • Roughly three-quarters of all Poinsettias sold in the United States are red, but they also appear in white, pink, salmon, apricot, yellow and multi-colored marbled or speckled varieties. Overall, there are more than 100 known Poinsettia varieties with new ones appearing every year.

Coast to Coast is your one-stop-shop for the holidays! From Poinsettias to holiday flowers and gifts, we can help you deck the halls and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Stop by or give us a call today and be sure to check out the holiday section of our website here.

Decorate like a Pro This Holiday Season with Coast to Coast Flowers

Now that we’ve finished off all the turkey, it’s time to start decorating for the holidays. Whether you decorate like Clark Griswold or simply put up a tree and hang some stockings and call it good, a little planning and some careful attention to detail can go a long way in turning your home into a winter wonderland.

Choose with a theme

Spode Holiday Express by Coast to Coast Flowers

Before you begin decorating, the most important decision you’ll need to make is choosing a theme. You don’t have to be overly specific but focusing on one general theme will make your decorating easier and your outcome more cohesive.

When it comes to choosing a theme, it’s important to accentuate your home’s architectural features like fireplaces, windows, and staircases. Some people may choose to go all out and decorate everything in the house, but if you prefer to keep it simple, that’s okay too. Decorating even a few key focal points can make a very bold impression.

After you decide on a theme, the next step will be choosing a color palette. You don’t have to stick with the traditional red or green; you could opt instead for a more rustic look which is primarily white. Or, you could select a pink or blue theme – both of which can be very festive and original if they’re used consistently.

Whatever you choose, it’s wise to limit your base colors to one or two for optimal cohesiveness along with a complementary matching color. Gold, silver, white, and metallics, are all perfect for this task and will add an elegant holiday touch that draws all the elements together.

Start with the tree

When trying to decide where to start decorating once you’ve picked a theme, the best place to start is with the tree. When the professionals decorate trees, they start by taking a step back and looking for holes. It’s possible to manipulate some of the branches to fill in the holes as long as it still looks natural when you’re finished.

Mesh ribbon takes up space and can fill in holes or strategically cover any unsightly areas. When adding ornaments, begin with solid colors and space things evenly before adding specialty ornaments or other decor.

Once the tree is complete it should inspire confidence in the rest of the decor falling into place. If your family tradition is to wait until later in the season to put up the tree, you can always start somewhere else and save the tree for last – just be sure to save enough space for the tree and all the presents that will find their way underneath.

If you do have some special packages that can’t wait for Santa, you can wrap them with paper or other fabrics to match the theme of the tree and the room. Newspaper makes an excellent wrap if you’re going for a more nostalgic or rustic theme. Don’t forget to top them with ribbons or bows to complete the look.

Tend to the table

Decorating your table with a festive holiday tablescape allows your creativity and personality to run wild with unlimited possibilities. Don’t be afraid to use live greenery, lights, and metallic elements according to your theme when decorating your table.

Buffet and side tables are great multifunctional pieces that can be adorned to match your theme. Large glass urns and hurricane vases are excellent all-season focal points that can be filled with different items depending on the holiday. Experiment with fabrics as well – quality textiles can have a dramatic effect and add an elegant look and feel.

Now it’s time to shine

After the tree and table are complete, the next area you’ll want to decorate is your home’s entrance. Welcome guests into your home by transforming it into a warm and inviting space decked with festive decor.

Candy Cane Celebration by Coast to Coast Flowers

Lighted garland is a terrific way to adorn a banister and it also works well in making mantels, cabinets, and shelves pop. For a special touch, you can use natural greenery inside your home. Fresh evergreen smells exactly like the holidays should smell while magnolia leaves and eucalyptus are also good alternatives.

No matter how you decide to approach holiday decorating, remember that the best results will come when you let your personality shine through. Decide what would make you cozy and warm and what feels natural to you, then decorate based on that feeling. Keep it simple by mixing texture and color while keeping in mind that you can always add depth with layers. To add the finishing touch, dim the regular room lighting and let your holiday lighting shine through.

Now comes the best part, making new memories with loved ones this holiday season in your beautiful home surrounded by spectacular holiday décor and feelings of warm tidings and cheer!

Make Coast to Coast your one-stop-shop for the holidays! From flowers to gifts and decor, we have everything you need to make this holiday season one to remember. Be sure to check out our extensive holiday collection here. If you don’t see what you’re looking for or just can’t decide, give us a call at (800) 515-2710 and speak to one of Santa’s helpers who will be happy to assist you! Happy Holidays from Coast to Coast Flowers.

Flowers Are the Best Way to Beat the Holiday Blues

Funny and cute little girl with Santa hat holding a big poinsettiaThe holidays are upon us, but this season of good tidings and merry wishes can also be the source of stress for many people. From shopping and decorating to making travel plans and remembering loved ones no longer with us, it isn’t hard for even the jolliest elf to get a touch of the holiday blues.

Not surprisingly, sending flowers is a perfect way to spread some holiday cheer to others who are feeling less than joyful. Studies have proven time and again that sending flowers not only provides cheer and happiness to the recipient, but also provide an emotional boost to the sender as well.

In fact, studies by Rutgers University found that flowers are a “powerful positive emotion inducer,” and they provide a Duchene or true smile when presented to recipients. The studies also found a variety of other immediate and long-term emotional health benefits from flowers including: “Emotional reactions, mood, social behaviors and even memory.”

Your one-stop holiday shop

Here at Coast to Coast Florist, we’re busy preparing for the holiday rush, but we’re never too busy to help you pick out the perfect gift for that special someone. Whether you’re shopping for a Christmas or Hanukkah gift, or just want to send a special treat to let someone know you care and that you’re thinking about them, we have the perfect gift ideas for every occasion.

Hawaiian Holiday by Coast to Coast Flowers

Hawaiian Holiday by Coast to Coast Flowers

Remember to get your orders in early to avoid the rush. Not only will you get the best value and widest selection earlier in the season, but you’ll also be able to cross one more thing off your list and reduce your own stress levels a bit. Leave the last-minute shopping to the amateurs by trusting one of our professional designers to create the perfect one-of-a-kind gift.

Not sure exactly what you’re looking for? No worries, we here to help you spread your holiday cheer! The possibilities are practically endless this time of year and we have an incredible variety to choose from. Whether you prefer a timeless classic like a festive poinsettia plant or something with a bit more flair like a beautiful hand-designed holiday floral arrangement, you’re in good hands at Coast to Coast Florist.

But that’s not all!

In addition to our incredible selection of fresh flowers and plants, we also feature a fantastic variety of holiday gifts and décor that is sure to please anyone on your list! Give us a call today to check out what we have in store for you this holiday season!

Ready, Set…Shop!

Autumn Harvest Cornucopia by Coast to Coast Florists

Autumn Harvest Cornucopia by Coast to Coast Florists

Every year it seems as though the holiday shopping season starts earlier than the last. With the elections this time around to take up some of the attention – and more importantly, the good TV commercial spots, it was practically the middle of November until the full-fledged barrage of ‘all-things-holidays’ really got a foothold.

Now with Thanksgiving just a few days away, we’re staring straight into the biggest shopping weekend of the year! That’s right, as soon as the fork hits the plate after that last bite of pumpkin pie; it’s time to shop until you drop!

Some people love lining up in front of their favorite big box stores on Black Friday hoping to score the best bargains of the season, but those hard-core shopping tactics aren’t for everyone. Most people prefer a more leisurely pace while others want absolutely nothing to do with the entire ordeal and prefer to do all of their holiday shopping in their PJs from the comfort of their own couch.

Whichever method you prefer, now’s your chance to start that shopping that you always promise yourself you won’t put off until the last minute. So where to start? Right here at Coast to Coast Florist!

Thanksgiving

Time is running out fast, but it’s not too late to get those last-minute flowers for Thanksgiving. Are you hosting a big dinner for family and friends? If so, a beautiful fall-themed centerpiece is the perfect finishing touch for your table. If you were lucky enough to get invited to a dinner where someone else is doing the cooking, flowers make a terrific gift for the busy who will surely appreciate the gesture. Give us a call or stop in and let us help you find something truly special for this festive holiday.

Blooming Poinsettia Basket by Coast to Coast Florist

Blooming Poinsettia Basket by Coast to Coast Florist

Christmas

The key to successful Christmas shopping is finishing early. Imagine how many people you can cross off your list by ordering your Christmas flowers at the same time as your Thanksgiving flowers! You can reduce a great deal of stress with one phone call and have nearly all your shopping done before you even hear your first Christmas song on the radio!

Party Time

When formulating a plan for your holiday shopping list, you’ll, of course, want to include the usual friends and family members, but don’t forget about the other festivities and gatherings that usually take place before the end of the year. Office parties, classroom parties, sports banquets, church services and other social events all have a habit of popping up this time of year and they usually require some sort of gift. Fortunately, flowers are always appropriate and we can help you out here too. Give us a call and let us know what you need. From centerpieces and table dressings to gifts for the host or floral décor for any room, we have you covered and we’re here to help!

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Coast to Coast Florist!

Last Minute Shopping Solutions – Don’t Just Point, Click and Hope

lastminuteshoppersOnline shopping has forever changed the way we buy Christmas presents. It’s no longer necessary to fight for a parking spot at the mall or spend countless hours standing in crowded checkout lines. Today’s shopping experience requires little more effort than pulling out your phone or opening up your laptop from the comfort of your couch.

Online ordering is a wonderful concept for many people, except it comes with one big drawback: Orders must be shipped. This often cuts several shopping days off the end of the season – not good for the legions of “last minute” shoppers and procrastinators among us.

Relying on timely shipping from other parts of the country can be nerve-racking so close to Christmas, but fortunately you still have an excellent option to eliminate the frustration of not knowing if your gift will be delivered on time.

The answer is your local florist! Coast to Coast Florist offers same-day delivery and an unconditional guarantee that your beautiful gift will be hand delivered to the recipients, giving them plenty of time to enjoy them before Christmas day.

Know Your Source

In addition to being quick and easy, online shopping is safe as long as you know and trust the people you’re shopping with. Unfortunately, you have to be careful to make sure you’re shopping in the right place. Some enticing “deals” could potentially take you to unknown sites that may not be where you’re intending to go. Just remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true…it probably is. Be sure to check your URL and make sure it says coasttocoastflorist.com and you’ll know you’re in the right place.

Need A Quick Gift?

Did you get a gift you weren’t expecting and need to quickly return the favor? We can get you off the hook with some beautiful fresh flowers or a lovely gift basket – and deliver it. Best of all – one size fits all!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Cinnamon Centerpiece by Coast to Coast Flowers

Cinnamon Centerpiece by Coast to Coast Flowers

The holiday season is well underway, but do you have all of your shopping done yet? Remember, the number of shopping days left is quickly diminishing – Christmas is only two weeks away!

Holiday shopping can be delightful when you have lots of time and you’re full of holiday cheer. But after weeks of long lines and heavy traffic, it’s hard not to turn into Ebenezer Scrooge or the Grinch! Fortunately, your friends at Coast to Coast are here to help you cross everyone off your list and save your yuletide joy.

Flowers make the perfect gift no matter the occasion, especially during the holidays when people decorate their homes and invite friends and family over to share the spirit of the season. Whether you’re decorating your own space or looking for the right gift to give to someone else, here are some ideas that you’re sure to love:

Poinsettia Plant by Coast to Coast

Poinsettia Plant by Coast to Coast

Poinsettias
When people think of Christmas decorations, they think of poinsettias. The plants are so popular, in fact, that they accounted for nearly one quarter (23 percent) of all flowering potted plants sold last year, according to a recent USDA Floriculture Statistics report.

The poinsettia is native to Mexico, but it is commercially grown in every state in the United States. It is a common misconception that poinsettias are toxic to humans and animals. But the reality is, these beautiful holiday plants are normally safe as long as they are not ingested in large quantities, and their extremely bitter taste usually prevents more than a nibble from a curious child or pet.

Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers can set the tone for the whole season. They are very popular during the holidays, especially in brightly-colored centerpieces used to decorate the table. Red and white flowers are obvious choices for many holiday designs, but special touches such as holly, berries, pine cones and evergreen sprigs add seasonal style and flair to traditional bouquets.

Whether you’re looking for a mix of elegant and classic or bold and beautiful, the artesian designers at Coast to Coast will be happy to create the perfect piece to help you make this holiday season extra special.

Candles

In addition to flowers and plants, candles are also popular gifts during the holiday season. They come in a wide variety of colors and scents, and they can fill your home with luxurious ambiance and nostalgia-inducing aromas.

When it comes to candles, the options available are nearly endless. While most people choose candles based on fragrance, size, and color, not all candles are created equal. Many specialty candles feature long-lasting soy or even wood wicks that crackle like a warm fireplace when they’re lit. Some battery-powered, artificial candles are so lifelike that they’re nearly indistinguishable from the real thing – even under close inspection.

Let Coast to Coast Flowers help you deck the halls and make your holiday season merry and bright. Give us a call at 888-888-5459 and let us help you find the perfect gift!