There are few games associated with the holiday season, but Secret Santa - and its countless variations - is one of them. This group gift swap is usually carried off in a workplace setting or among friends and involves randomly-assigned gifters and giftees. The person giving the gift must keep their identity a secret from the recipient, and that's where the fun begins.
At Al's Florist, we love a good gift exchange, and for Secret Santa, we've got some delicious gift options. Read More about Secret Santa Gifts That Delight »
This November 28, celebrate Giving Tuesday. This global initiative to promote charitable giving across the world is now in its sixth year, and it's a cause near and dear to our hearts. Al's Florist is dedicated year round to supporting our local Boys & Girls Club, one of the most deserving programs in our community. Read More about Giving Back to the Boys & Girls Club »
Every hall deserves to be decked this year, including the ones at your office. While it may be tempting to set up a grand Christmas tree in your workplace entry, we at Al's Florist have a fresh idea for a tree that may be smaller in scale but is still high on impact. And no, we're not talking about Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. Read More about Brighten Up Your Office This Holiday »
Oh Thanksgiving. A time when we come together around the fire, bundled up from the chill outdoors. A time when we gather the falling leaves into huge piles for jumping, scarves around our necks. A time when we look ahead to the long, dark, frigid winter months, and give thanks around the table for the more cheerful seasons that have just passed.
Just kidding. We live in south Florida after all, and none of those scenarios are likely to happen -- at least not quite the way they do up north. We still have Thanksgiving though, and while we may be wearing flip flops and eating on the patio by the pool, it's still a holiday feast, and we're still going to eat too much of it. And for that, we need a holiday table, full of plates and settings, napkins and glasses, and centerpiece flowers from Al's Florist, of course. Read More about Light and Bright Centerpieces »
It's that time of year again, when we travel over hill and dale to a family member or friend's home to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. While we may be bringing something to contribute to the table already - pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, fruitcake - it's also customary to offer a host or hostess gift. At Al's Florist, it's our duty to remind you that, in the U.S. at least, flowers are one of the top traditional gifts in this respect. You'll want to offer them in a container, so there's nothing for the host to do other than to put them somewhere, admire their beauty and feel touched that you've thought of them. Read More about Keep Your Host Happy With Flowers »
There are plenty of ways to honor our veterans. We should know, we've been doing it in one form or another since 1919, when the celebration was known as 'Armistice Day.' The intent was to both honor our military and to commemorate the end of World War I, which took place on the same day in 1918. Eventually, we got around to calling it "Veterans Day," which put the emphasis right back on the people who served. Which is exactly what you should do, this Veterans Day, with the vets you know and love. At Al's Florist, we've got some ideas. Read More about Make a Veteran’s Day »
You may think of mums as that bushel of yellow flowers you put on your front stoop come Fall, but think again. Mums make a glorious appearance in arrangements that belong inside the home too. And then there's dahlias, everyone's favorite flower these days, and another seasonal bloom that, when added to a floral design, contributes a rich textural element and complexity. Decorating with mums and dahlias from Al's Florist & Gifts is easy this season, since we're offering designs that range from the romantic and moody to the upbeat and cheerful. Read More about Decorating with Mums and Dahlias »
Didn't think you could make Halloween any happier? Think again.
Consider this holiday the perfect opportunity to send some Halloween flowers to friends and family who enjoy a good scare (in this case, a scary good design). Al's Florist & Gifts' classic spooky decor and fresh, autumnal blooms blend well together, creating a unique Halloween decoration that can serve as a focal point for a party or dinner. Read More about Halloween Flowers & Scary Good Designs »
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 »