Originating in Cleveland in the early 1900's, Sweetest Day was in fact established to do something sweet - to pass out candy to orphans, shut-ins and the elderly. The movement was started by the candy companies, so many viewed their altruistic efforts as having an ulterior motive. Critics accused the candy executives of attempting to start a new holiday that would benefit their business. Still, many needy and down-and-out citizens did receive a sweet treat to cheer them up (it was estimated that 26,000 boxes of candy were passed out the first year). Despite the cynical feedback, Sweetest Day did maintain a following for more than a century now, especially in the Northeast and Midwest, but has grown to represent any act of kindness to someone who may be struggling.
Flowers have been proven to uplift spirits and make people happier - and therefore are an excellent choice for a Sweetest Day gift for someone you love. Al's Florist has the cheerful floral arrangements guaranteed to make them smile. Read More about Do Something Sweet on Sweetest Day
At Al's Florist, we love being a part of the Hollywood community. We have been privileged to be a part of your celebrations and your sadness, your triumphs and your promotions. We have sent birthday surprises, and Valentine's Day love notes. We have designed flowers to welcome new babies, and to say goodbye to loved ones. Through it all, we have gotten to know you, our customers, in a personal way.
One of our particularly fun interactions takes place on Halloween when we have a contest celebrating the feline, canine, and reptile members of the family. As we look forward to October and the Halloween season, we thought we might reminisce with some of our past pet costume contestants - as we look forward to this year's fun. Read More about Pet Costume Contestants Welcome the Season
If you love where you work and have a great boss, you may want to put October 16 on your calendar, National Boss's Day is set aside to let our supervisors, employers and bosses know that we appreciate all they do. While some do not have the luxury of having a great boss, you do - so let Al's Florist help you to let them know that you think they are amazing.
It all began in 1958, when Patricia Bays Haroski of Chicago petitioned the government to institute a day to enhance employee/employer relationships. In 1962, Illinois governor Otto Kerner signed a declaration making National Boss's Day official. If you have a boss that deserves some recognition, get together with your coworkers and plan a surprise for them. Read More about Boss’s Day Gifts & Flowers
They say that in Florida, we can only tell that fall has arrived because the green changes to a slightly different green. But we still love the spirit of the season, and many of us come from places which still generate memories of changing leaves, apple picking and hot cocoa. If you are looking for creative ways to spruce up your Hollywood home decor with autumn colors, Al's Florist has many beautiful options, from sophisticated to rustic. No matter your fall style, we've got what you are looking for.
Autumn colors reflect all of the deep burgundies and burnt oranges of fall foliage, but one of our favorite colors is rich gold. And one of our favorite fall floral arrangements features golden mokara orchids, with colors reminiscent of a glowing fall campfire. Named Orchid Embers, this arrangement will infuse your space with warmth and elegance and is sure to welcome fall in beautiful style. This floral design is perfect for home decor, or to send as an exotic gift. Read More about Autumn Colors for the Harvest Season
In the days before electricity and central heating, people moving into a new home would receive gifts of firewood from their family and friends. The firewood was meant to give them enough fuel to last through their first winter in order to keep them warm. As amenities and utilities modernized, "housewarming" gatherings evolved into opportunities for family and friends to congratulate their loved ones on their new home - or for current residents to make a new family feel welcome in their midst.
Al's Florist has floral arrangements, blooming baskets and green plants that are sure to warm the hearts of anyone who receives them. If someone you know is settling into a new place, make sure to send them flowers! Read More about Floral Arrangements for Housewarming Gifts
Homecoming is approaching, and schools across Hollywood are preparing for the big weekend of festivities. Whether you are returning to visit your school, or are a student heading off to the homecoming dance, you can trust Al's Florist for your flowers. We have been providing beautifully corsages, boutonnieres and unique wearable flowers for decades, and we look forward to making sure that you stand out on your big night!
Here are a few tips from the experts which we hope will ensure that homecoming is all that you hoped for. Read More about Corsages & Boutonnieres for the Homecoming Dance
The relationships which are created when a new baby enters the world are among the strongest in the world - the bond between grandparents and grandchildren are truly special. But did you know that most grandparents say that the role is not just important, but it is the single most fulfilling they have ever experienced? Grandparents also report improved relationships with their grown children when grandchildren enter the picture. It seems that building a strong legacy is one of the best things you can do for your family - and it is this dynamic that we celebrate on National Grandparents Day. Read More about Grandparents Day Gifts & Flowers
Sapphires and asters enjoy places of honor this month, as the gemstone and flower of September. This means that September birthday celebrations can be appropriately decorated with sapphire blue bouquets or arrangements of fall asters, both available from Al's Florist. What flowers will you choose to send to your loved ones this month? No matter your selection, you can be sure that they will be beautiful! Read More about Celebrate September Birthdays with Sapphires and Asters
If you're feeling a little more romantic than usual this month, there just might be a reason. August is National Romance Month, an opportunity to show your partner how much he or she means to you. Maybe you don't have a partner at the moment, but have your eye on a special someone. National Romance Month is a great excuse to make your feelings known with an expression of your true feelings. If romance isn't exactly your forte, you can turn to the floral experts at Al's Florist for ideas. Read More about Celebrate National Romance Month with Flowers