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How We Celebrate New Year's Eve If You Stay Home
Dec 29, 2021

How We Celebrate New Year's Eve If You Stay Home

Whether you're recovering from the holiday season's exhaustion or prefer to avoid venturing out on a cold night in uncertain times, New Year's Eve can be memorable in your own home with proper planning. It's safe, cozy, and festive without being overly so. Enter host mode and focus on winning details to distinguish this joyous holiday from another night spent in.

Virtual Parties

Virtual parties are a well-known way to socialize because they combine the benefits of connecting with friends and family despite geographical limitations with the convenience and comfort of being at home. When all of the necessary party elements are included, such as a thoughtful guest list, food, and entertainment, a pre-planned Zoom event can replicate the energy of an in-person party. Virtual parties are also gentler on the carpet and require less cleanup.

Plan The Event

Begin planning your New Year's Eve event in the same way you would a regular party. Send out custom snail mail or virtual invites, offer your guests drink recipes and food options ahead of time so they can match your offerings, and, of course, don't forget to address the dress code. If you enjoy dressing up, request a black tie. Make it a jammies night if you want to go full-on comfort mode. Create a theme, such as black and white.

Find Inspiration In Social Events

Get ideas from what's hot in social events right now. Champagne is always welcome on New Year's Eve, and it adds an unexpected element to the list of drinks that appeal to current tastes. Send cocktail recipes along with the invitation so you can sip glasses of the same beverage as the virtual guests on the screen.

Send party favors to your guests ahead of time to keep your decor consistent. Purchase our New Year's collection for a curated selection of gourmet delicacies and visually appealing centerpieces.

Create a Decor

 

We understand; we've spent so much time at home that crossing the state line becomes an event. Decorate for the holiday to make your home feel like a party venue. Arrange mason jar lights on a mantle, as a table centerpiece, or on a shelf. In each room, illuminate a collection of candles. Allow a slew of black and gold balloons to dangle from the ceiling. And, of course, a stunning flower arrangement, which always signals an elegant affair, is a must.

Includes Activities

Additional enjoyable party activities include games, movie marathons, dancing, and karaoke. Examine previous New Year's Eve celebrations and recreate the best moments. While playing your favorite song, serve a memorable midnight cocktail with a whimsical New Year's Eve accessory. Include a variety of entertainment with your virtual party mates to build excitement for the celebration.

Delicious Food

Because New Year's Eve falls at the end of a busy social month, preparing a lavish meal is not the best activity to include in the event's planning. What exactly is a complete solution? Order. Even better, have it delivered directly to your home, giving you more time to plan the pleasant details. Choose from a variety of delectable dishes, including lobster pie, caramelized onion triple cheese quiche, beef lasagna, and Italian sausages. Without any effort, the cake trays, chocolate towers, and fruit bouquets are just as stunning.

  Spend Outdoor

Set up your outdoor space with mood-enhancing lights and candles to create a warm and cozy outdoor oasis. As midnight approaches, wrap yourself in warm blankets and make your way to the outdoor party area, which is ideal for cracking open a bottle of champagne, making noise, and firing. Although the setting is different from New Year's Eve, it has the potential to be remembered as the main memory of a star show with natural light.

 



A New Year's Eve party at home, whether you're wearing your favorite slippers or the most comfortable slippers, could be the best way to start the new year.

 

Poinsettias Christmas Plant
Dec 15, 2021

Poinsettias Christmas Plant

The Poinsettia plant's bright red bracts have long been associated with Christmas; in fact, it's more commonly known as "The Christmas Plant" than by its botanical name, euphorbia pulcherrima. Most people recognize this plant because it is commonly used as a decorative accent during the holiday season, but they are unaware of its origins or how it came to be associated with Christmas. The following are some interesting facts about the plant that most people don't know about.

Poinsettias in the Wild

 

 

Poinsettias are native to Mexico's southernmost tip, and their name is derived from Joel Roberts Poinsett, a 19th century amateur botanist and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico. Poinsett first documented them in 1828 and brought some back to his South Carolina greenhouse. He gave one of the plants to a botanist friend, John Bertram, who began commercially propagating them as cut flowers. It wasn't until the next century, however, that they became known as a classic holiday fixture, and that was because Paul Ecke Jr. sent potted Poinsettia plants to Hollywood TV studios as seasonal gifts. They appeared on shows like Bob Hope's Christmas specials and The Tonight Show, and a tradition was born.

Poinsettias of Legend

 

 

According to a Mexican legend, a small girl was on her way to visit the baby Jesus and didn't have a gift to bring, so she grabbed a small handful of roadside weeds. When she knelt before him at the altar and held out her offering, the weeds bloomed into vibrant red flowers, and everyone in the room thought they'd witnessed a miracle.

Poinsettias Aren't Poisonous

 

 

Poinsettias, contrary to popular belief, are not poisonous. According to studies, an average-sized child or pet would have to consume more than 500 Poinsettia leaves to experience any negative effects such as nausea or vomiting. Another common misconception is that their bright red color is due to flowers; however, these are bracts, which are a type of leaf. Poinsettias are also available in white and pink.

Christmas traditions in the New House
Dec 07, 2021

Christmas traditions in the New House

If you have moved this year, now is the time to start new Christmas traditions for your family to enjoy for years to come. We have some suggestions to assist you produce some Christmas cheer this holiday season to help inspire you.

Decorate your house

This will be your first year decorating your new home, so go out and get a variety of excellent Christmas decorations that you can hang and display in your home year after year. Consider stockings, ornaments for your Christmas tree, lighting, and wreaths as decoration ideas.

 

Baking Christmas sweets

 

 

Baking Christmas sweets is a fun pastime that the whole family can participate in. Baking traditional holiday treats like gingerbread homes, mince pies, and plum puddings is a fun and delicious way to celebrate the holidays while keeping the kids entertained. These baked goods can be eaten by yourself or packaged into gift boxes to deliver to friends.

Christmas movies is a tradition

A Christmas movie marathon is a must-start tradition in your home. Invite your friends and family to watch a variety of Christmas movies with you. There are so many to choose from that you might need to hold more than one movie marathon before Christmas.
There's something for everyone, so everyone can squat on the couch and get into the Christmas spirit.

 

Create a Christmas cocktail

 

 

If you're over the age of 21 and enjoy being creative, why not create a different Christmas-themed cocktail for each day of December? Bring in the holiday season with a selection of delectable beverages such as gingerbread martinis, cosmopolitans, or espresso martinis with a Christmas twist.

 

Host your family for Christmas lunch

By hosting your family for Christmas lunch, you can create lasting memories of your first Christmas in your own home. The holiday season brings everyone together, so why not fill your home with as much Christmas cheer as possible as you celebrate with your family? Make the Christmas classics of roast turkey, ham, or chicken in your kitchen, or use your barbecue outside. Using Sophy Crown Flowers Christmas flower arrangements as a centerpiece will help to add color, scents, and personality to your dining table. Explore our selection of arrangements today to see how you can improve the atmosphere of your event.

 

While there are always a lot of moving parts that come with organizing a lunch or dinner for the entire family, this is a great way to ensure your home's first Christmas is memorable.

 

 

The Best Christmas Present For The Hostess
Dec 02, 2021

The Best Christmas Present For The Hostess

Organizing and executing a holiday party is a major undertaking. As a result, the host who generously invites a large group into their home should be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind gift. Consider one of the following beautiful and creative Christmas party gift ideas to show your gratitude and stand out from the crowd of typical bottles of wine and meat and cheese boxes.

 

Christmas Candle 

 

 

The perfect centerpiece is required for every Christmas party table. If you won't be able to attend the party, a festive centerpiece is ideal. With a beautiful centerpiece to adorn their table or mantle, let your host know you'll be there in spirit.

Floral arrangements an ideal gift

 

 

At any time of year, flower arrangements make an excellent hostess gift. You're sure to find just the right combination of flowers, greens, and decorations to suit your host's taste and sense of style with so many options and varieties of flowers, greens, and decorations. Don't be afraid to think outside the Christmas box and consider your host's panache.

Christmas plant

Poinsettia plants in white, red, or white and red are a traditional gift for a holiday party host. During the holiday season, they will bring smiles for several weeks. Alternatively, you could give your host a gift that will last a little longer. Gifts that keep on giving include dish gardens, succulents, bonsai plants, and orchids. Consider these hardy plants as a constant reminder of your gratitude and friendship.

Christmas Tree

Any arrangement of flowers and greenery is striking. A Christmas tree with blue delphiniums, white lilies, or pink carnations, on the other hand, is a refreshing change of pace. Traditional red, green, and gold colors will, of course, make an appearance.

Christmas Cakes

 

 

It's impossible to have too many desserts at a Christmas party. Holidaymakers are so focused on pleasing their guests that they often forget about their personal favorites. What host would not be happy to receive a coconut cake or a red velvet cake in the mail?

Flowers, plants, and other pleasures galore. There are so many creative gifts you can give to the host of a Christmas party. From the standard to the very out of the ordinary, look for a present that truly reflects the host's personality.

Connect With Your Loved Ones For Christmas
Nov 23, 2021

Connect With Your Loved Ones For Christmas

With the pandemic isolating us from our friends and family for the past two years, Christmas in 2021 should be a chance for us to rekindle our relationships. Sophy Crown Flowers is here to keep you connected this Christmas, no matter where you are.

 

 

Chat with your colleagues

Because most of us have worked from home throughout 2021, we cannot connect properly with our colleagues that we would otherwise see every day. To show your absolute appreciation for your team members, choose our Christmas floral arrangements to thank them for their hard work and continued support during this pandemic.

 

Christmas decoration

Some people may have relocated within the past year and will be celebrating their first Christmas in their new residence. You can help your loved ones create the feeling that this is a home where Christmas memories will be made for many years to come by sending decorations like wreaths or flower arrangements for them to display in their homes.

 

 

 Giving gifts

Christmas is a season of giving, and sending flowers to loved ones is a lovely way to let them know you're thinking of them this season. Because we have a variety of options for different budgets, our flower arrangements can be used as a Secret Santa gift. Explore our collection today if you want to brighten the day of your friends and family this Christmas.

 

WHAT TYPE OF PLANTS ATTRACTS THE BEES ?

WHAT TYPE OF PLANTS ATTRACTS THE BEES ?

Bees are nature's hardworking little workers, and we adore them. They're up and ready to pollinate as soon as spring arrives, keeping our ecosystem moving. Bees, on the other hand, cannot do their job, which is vital to our survival, without the right flowers and plants. Unfortunately, the bee population isn't what it once was, and our fuzzy little friends are in for some tough times. So, what can we do to assist? Of course, by learning about the flowers that bees enjoy!

We're here to show you some bee-friendly plants to brighten up your garden, whether you're a gardening expert or simply a nature lover (and help save our ecosystem).

WHAT'S THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES?

First and foremost, we must comprehend what attracts bees. You may believe that any flower will suffice, but this is not the case.

In short, scientists have discovered that flower colors can aid pollinators in finding nectar, so attractive petals are essential. A fun fact is that bees have a wider range of color vision than we do. It means that bees are drawn to certain colors, particularly darker hues like purple, violet, and blue.

That isn't all, though. Because bees come in a variety of sizes and shapes, some flower shapes are more appealing to them than others. Long-tongued bees, such as the garden bumblebee, love flowers with a funnel or tube shape, such as foxgloves and snapdragons. Bowl-shaped flowers, such as Poppies and Buttercups, are easy for bees to access and provide a plentiful supply of pollen.

So, keep these things in mind when looking for bee-friendly plants for your garden. Let's get started on the list!

WHAT FLOWERS DO BEES LIKE?

Flowers that produce nectar and pollen give bees a real buzz. Unfortunately, many of the shrubs and flowers sold in garden centers, no matter how lovely they appear, do not produce enough to assist our furry friends.

Instead, decorate your garden with these top ten bee-friendly plants:

LAVENDER

 

 

We're all familiar with this bright purple flower with a sweet scent. Lavender is a beautiful addition to any garden, and it also happens to be one of bees' favorite plants due to its high nectar content. When was the last time you saw a lavender plant without bees? You can also dry the leaves to make lavender bags or potpourri for your home as an added bonus.

CROCUS

 

 

The Crocus is a stunning flower that comes in a variety of colors including cream, violet, and orange. Its cup opens up to reveal a large yellow center, attracting all the bees, including the prestigious Queen bumblebee, to its nectar bar! It's a royal bloom, to be sure.

BLUEBELLS

 

 

Bluebells are an excellent pollinator plant for bees and other pollinating insects like butterflies. Their bright, eye-catching color draws them in, and the sweet nectar on offer serves as a tempting prize. When they bloom in the spring, they create a vibrant display in any garden.

COMFREY

 

 

Plant a Comfrey if you want to attract a variety of bees. This pollen powerhouse is a subtle flowering shrub with long thin leaves. As a result, both honeybees and bumblebees love it. This one is more suitable for a larger garden.

CATMINT

 

 

Catmint, a herb-like plant with micro purple petals that attracts our favorite buzzy friends, adds a splash of color with its micro purple petals. They're not only good for bees and other pollinators, but they're also great for cat owners.

ROSEMARY

 

 

Although rosemary is a herb rather than a flower, it is so popular with bees that it deserves to be mentioned. Rosemary is a herb that will not only liven up your dishes, but it will also liven up your garden with its appealing light fragrance and is easy to grow, even if you don't have a lot of space. Even better, the bees adore it!

ABELIA

 

 

When in bloom, the 'bee bush,' as it is affectionately known, is adorned with gentle white flowers that open up to welcome bumblebees and honeybees.

SNOWDROP

 

 

Snowdrops arrive with the first signs of spring, alongside the bees. It's no surprise that these humble little flowers are so popular, given their lovely white petals. They're also brimming with yellow pollen, which attracts hungry bees.

HONEYSUCKLE

 

 

Honeysuckle is a delightful garden plant with its unmistakable sweet scent. Long-tongued bees, such as the Carder bumblebee, love its tube-like flowers. What could be more appropriate than a name that includes the word "honey"?

SINGLE FLOWER DAHLIAS

 

 

We're all familiar with Dahlia's lovely double-bloomed varieties, but they're not great for pollinators. Dahlias with single flowers, on the other hand, are popular with bees and butterflies and are equally beautiful in the garden. Bishop of York, Annika, Twynings Candy, and Magenta Star are some lovely options to consider.

BEE FRIENDLY PLANTS BY SEASON

It's also important to consider seasonality when thinking about what flowers bees like. There are plenty of plants and flowers for bees throughout the year, whether it's spring, summer, or winter.

Because bees prefer variety, it's not a bad idea to include a variety of plants in your garden to attract our fuzzy little friends and others.

SPRING PLANTS FOR BEES

 

 

As the chill of winter dissipates, Spring ushers in a plethora of blooming flowers and plants. The ever popular Rhododendron, with its colorful and vibrant petals, is one of the more bee friendly plants. Another is the Forget-me-not, a perennial wildflower with lovely tiny blue petals that are ideal for luring bees in.

The Wood Aemon and Primrose plants, both fragrant, bloom at this time of year, providing a tasty source of nectar for bees everywhere.

Bluebell season runs from May to September, and these open flowers have a sweet, appealing scent that wildlife - and us - enjoy.

SUMMER BLOOMS FOR BEES

 

 

Mother nature is busy in the months of June and August, with many flowers in bloom, including stunning lavender fields. The sprouting white flower of the Hawthorn is another shrub that sees spring turn to summer. Solitary bees such as the Red Mason and Ashy mining bees, as well as birds, flock to this wildlife haven.

The distinctive foxglove and honeysuckle, which attract a variety of bees, are two other divine summer flowers.

Last but not least, there's the Phacelia flower. It is regarded as one of the most beneficial plants for bees. Although it blooms in the spring, this summer plant is exceptionally rich in nectar, making it a favorite of bees.

AUTUMN PLANTS FOR BEES

 

 

Autumn is a time when bees are more in search of food and shelter after the summertime boom of colony expansion. Unfortunately, as the seasons change, fewer flowers bloom, making it more difficult for them to find the pollen and nectar they require.

So, what are some autumn plants for bees that will benefit our fliers?

The lovely Abelia is also known as the ‘bee bush,' which gives you an idea of its popularity! Honeybees and bumblebees love it because of its sweet scent and abundance of small flowers.

The Cosmos is out of this world, just like its name suggests. This flying-saucer flower has a large open cup that attracts bees, making it a hive of activity. It blooms in June and continues to bloom well into late autumn, especially if you continue to deadhead it.

WINTER BLOOMS FOR BEES

 

 

Although both bees and flowers usually hibernate in the winter, there are a few plants that can keep the bees going until spring. Between December and February, the cheerful Ivy drops yellow flower droplets - yes, really! This provides a valuable nectar drink for queens and honeybees preparing to hibernate at a time when few other plants are in season.

The Winter Aconite, as its name suggests, is another winter flower that attracts honeybees, mining bees, and bumblebees with plenty of pollen.

Finally, the delightful Snowdrop is one of the best plants for bees in the winter. Although it blooms late into the spring, it's one of the few flowers that bumblebees and honeybees can eat during the winter.