Tuesday, November 3, 2015

'Tis the Season to Decorate and Be Merry!

One of our favorite times of year will soon be upon us.  It's time to deck the halls and we are here to help!  Whether you have your own decorating supplies, or you need us to supply everything from scratch, the Flower Bar elves will make your home or office look spectacular!

We are available to do all general decorating needs (trees, garland, wreaths, swags), or to create fresh flowers and holiday greens for your home, office and holiday parties...and we're budget friendly too!

Below are a few images of holiday decor to inspire you.  Let us know your decorating style and we will make it happen. 

Flower Bar offers custom floral decor for holidays, weddings and special events! We also specialize in corporate accounts, home subscriptions, and DIY design workshops/parties. With over fifteen years experience in designing flowers, we enjoy creating something unique and different for every occasion.
Flower Bar has been recognized as a top florist in Atlanta by: Flower Magazine, Atlanta InTown Newspaper, AJC, MyFoxAtlanta, CitySearch, AccessAtlanta and more.

Do you have a creative idea for your special event or place of business? We would love to help make your design visions come true!  Email us at flowerbar@gmail.com, or call 404-431-0811.

Happy Holidays!!

Flower Bar
660 Irwin Street
Atlanta, GA 30312

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Judi + Morgan Wedding

In late September, Morgan and Judi got married at the beautiful Oakland Cemetery, set up near the visitor's center. It was a rainy day, but the rain did break, and the lighting was perfect for their beautiful wedding photos....all taken by the very talented Annie at Photo by Gannon.

Judi wanted petally pinks, salmon and oranges in her flowers.  Her friends gave her a collection of vessels to use for the tables, each of them different, which usually poses a bit of a challenge for the florist to make it all come together, but it came out beautiful.  Her friends' containers were coupled with various bottles that had sweet charms hanging from the necks.

Because of the rain, our table count suddenly went from 17 to about 9 tables, which was all they could fit in covered spaces away from the rain.  It made for an intimate gathering, and lots of flowers on the tables and throughout the historic visitor center building's ledges and railings.  Well, rain at your wedding is good luck, and from the looks of the photos, it did not put a damper on this event in any way!

I wish I had more photos to share with you, but here are a few more showing our Flower Bar designs, captured by Photo by Gannon.
Morgan and Judi sat at this table.  I love this vessel with the cherubs. These flowers include lisianthus, bittersweet, garden roses, peach stock, and butterfly bush.

The guests wined and dined at a long family style table, protected from the inclement weather.  The soft colors of flowers and candles gave a warm glow to the evening.

A collection of bottles with these wonderful charms were scattered throughout the tables, along with the borrowed vessels.  She also used charms with old fashioned time pieces and keys. Loved this idea!

Judi and Morgan were a wonderful couple with work with, and I so enjoyed meeting and discussing their vision.  Judi stared a pinterest board for her wedding, which is what I used for inspiration.  She was the second Bride that month to send me a thank you email first thing the next morning.  That is worth so much to me, and I'm so happy I could be a part of their special day.

Congratulations Judi and Morgan!!!!
Flower Bar is a full service florist in Atlanta, GA. We specialize in Weddings and Special events.  If you have an upcoming event you would like to discuss, please call us any time at 404-431-0811 or email flowerbar@gmail.com
660 Irwin Street
Atlanta, GA 30312

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

#FloristToTheStars "Mother's Day" movie

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Director of Photography, Chuck Minsky when he came in to visit my shop.  He admired our lighting and florals, and mentioned he was about to begin work on a new movie called "Mother's Day".  I said how Flower Bar is just beginning to get in on all the filming action going on in Atlanta, and he said he would pass along my info to their production team.

Mother's Day is directed by the great Garry Marshall, and stars three of my all time favorite leading ladies.....Julie Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson.  Plus, the annual Mother's Day holiday is the second largest business boom for florists.  What an opportunity!!!

Well, it turns out (as he had suspected, and warned me) that Teleflora had the contract for the movie, and therefor unless I was a Teleflora member I couldn't do set flowers.  I no longer belong to any national wire services, because I don't believe in them.  I once was a Teleflora member, but found they made more money off the orders they sent me than I did.  It saddened me to know that the big wire services are now in the movie business, but it does make sense.

Nonetheless, the Production Team was able to use Flower Bar to send flowers to the leading ladies' hotel rooms, to welcome them to Atlanta and brighten up their stays!  I was honored.

So here's what I came up with....I was trying to be different for the ladies, and send them something they don't see all the time.

Jennifer Aniston:
Jen was the first to arrive. I did jewel tones for her and used a collection of high end flowers, including hydrangea, pincushions, ranunculus, trick, zinnias and succulents.  Her arrangement also featured grapevine wood, and came in a 10" square glass vase lined with ti leaf. 

Kate Hudson:
Kate came to town next.  I made her a "sunset" colored arrangement with hydrangea, celosia, cymbidium orchids and more.  Hers also featured kiwi branch all curly and wild.  Also delivered in a 10" square glass vase, leaf lined.
Julia Roberts:
Julia came to production a couple of weeks later.  Her arrangement featured white queen protea, free spirit roses, traquilium, kiwi branch, rose hips and more, in a taller square glass vase with ti leaf.

Flower Bar is a full service florist, offering daily delivery, wedding and event services, and most recently film and tv production florals.
We have had the pleasure of delivering flowers to many high profile figures in the entertainment industry including: Tyler Perry, Tricky Stewart, Usher, R. Kelly, Julia Andrews, L.A. Reid, The Black Crowes, Cierra, and Wide Spread Panic, and Robert Downey Jr., just to name a few.
Flower Bar
660 Irwin Street
Atlanta, GA 30312

Little 5 Points Halloween Float!!!!!

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of fulfilling a life-long dream....to have a flower float in a parade!!  Flower Bar participated in the L5P Halloween Parade this year, and our theme was "Dia de Las Muertes Wedding" (Day of the dead wedding). 

The week leading up to the parade was actually unusually extra busy, so I didn't even get started on figuring out how to put the float together, until two days before.  We had large sugar skulls I had painted that stood on poles, a towering flower arrangement and 500 carnations to give away to parade watchers.  It was tons of fun!

The photo above shows our basic framing of the float, but it was the people who joined our procession that made the show! 
Here's a shot of Laura, Shane, Adrienne and Talia posing as we sat parked, waiting for the parade to start.
Here is a shot of the sugar skull bride and her bridesmaids.  All are wearing Flower Bar flower crowns, and I made Linda an extra flowery dress and skully bridal bouquet.
Mark and Valerie went all out on their costumes, and I love them for that!  They also work at one of my main wholesalers, and were most generous with the moral support and extra carnations to pass out to the crowd.

Laura and Shane joined us. They will be getting married soon for real.  Loved their outfits!

Marte and Tommy looked great, and were so fun to be with! Nice make up jobs!  Love it.

Little miss Talia walked with us and helped us pass out over 500 colorful carnations...and lollipops!  What a trooper.

And our littlest supporter, Mila, joined mom Amy in our procession.  She was a trooper too!

And then there was Rich, my night and shining amour, he drove the truck that toed the float...and stayed sober to do so...not so much for the rest of us :-)  Thanks Rich!

And off we go!  The parade begins....well, actually we were one of the last of 80 floats, but there were so many people lined up in the streets, I was happy to see they were still paying attention.  They cheered us on and yelled for their flowers.

Here are the bride and groom, on the float.  This was before we passed out all the flowers, and then pulled everything out of the arrangements on the float.  Good to know nothing went to waste.

Here's a shot from the back of the float.  You can never have enough signage, which reminds me to give a special thanks to my weekly accounts (also featured on the signage): The Albert, Cypress Street Pint and Plate, GRAIN, Goorin Bros Hat Company, The Westin Peachtree and WAX Atlanta.

And last but not least, the two photos above are my favorite.  They don't really show the actual "float" but they do show the work done on their costumes with all the flowers and color.
Thanks to everyone who participated.  I wish I had more photos, but they are starting to come in on social media. Please check out our Instagram and Facebook page for more pics!
Flower Bar is a full service florist serving the metro Atlanta area.  Walk-ins welcome, daily delivery, weddings, events and holidays.  We also have DIY workshop classes each month.  Flower Bar is located at Irwin Street Market, housed with some other fantastic businesses like O4W Pizza, Jake's Ice Cream and Doctah Mojo's Juice Bar....come visit us soon, we'd love to see you!
660 Irwin Street, Atlanta GA 30312
Ph. 404-431-0811

Monday, August 10, 2015

Team Building DIY Workshop with GUIDE, Inc.

I had the pleasure of spending this morning with a great group of people from Gwinnette United in Drug Education (GUIDE, Inc.).  GUIDE, Inc. is a Gwinnett County driven initiative for change in alcohol, tobacco and drugs, focusing primarily on youth substance abuse prevention.

They had a team-building DIY Workshop at Flower Bar, and we all had so much fun!  These lovely ladies worked well with, and around, each other, as I decided last minute to hold the class inside the shop-- we usually do it in the outdoor veranda room, but it was too hot!

It's always fun for me to do a "free style" class, because I get to see each personality come through in their creation.  Occasionally, I'll be bold enough to read a personality out loud, and I'm usually right. :-)  Today's group included "the exotic and unusual one who's not afraid to be different" and "the woman who could decorate her house at Target, but it would look like she shopped at Crate & Barrel" and "the big in generous and big in confidence personality, who is a great leader."

Here are a few more photos of this group creating their masterpieces...

and the final group shot:
Flower Bar offers DIY Workshops the first Friday of each month. 
**Excluding September- this workshop scheduled for LAST Friday in August**
Please visit our website or other links below for more information.
Phone: 404-431.0811

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Flower Crowns

Flower crowns have made a come back over the last year or so, and being a San Francisco born hippie child with flowers in my hair-- I couldn't be happier!

These pretties are all the rage for weddings, festivals and just because... well, just because you are fabulous!  We always have plenty to choose from, or call to special order something specific!

Here are a few examples:

Have a special request for a specific flower or color for your flower crown?  Just let us know!  We can make them as colorful and elaborate as you want. 

Flower Bar is a full service florist serving the metro Atlanta area.  Walk-ins welcome, daily delivery, weddings, events and holidays.  We also have DIY workshop classes each month.  Flower Bar is located at Irwin Street Market, housed with some other fantastic businesses like O4W Pizza, Jake's Ice Cream and Doctah Mojo's Juice Bar....come visit us soon, we'd love to see you!

660 Irwin Street, Atlanta GA 30312

Saturday, August 8, 2015

August DIY Workshop Recap

Last night was a ton of fun, and I want to thank all of our DIY Workshop participants for coming!  Our August DIY workshop was "freestyle".  Everyone got to pick which flowers they wanted to use, and it's always fascinating to me to see each individual's personality come out in their creations!  Here are a few photos from our event. 

Caveat-- I am the worst event photographer ever, every photo is somewhat blurry, but it's almost so ridiculous I had to post anyway...

My guests enjoyed some lite bites along with a few sips of champagne provided and whatever refreshments they brought themselves, which included some tasty looking sangria!  We used clear glass cube vases that were lined with ti leaf. After demonstrating a few tips on mechanics, it was then up to them how they wanted to complete their arrangements (with a little coaching here and there).

Everyone did something very different.  Take a look at each of their masterpieces!


Flower Bar offers DIY Floral Workshops at least once per month.  We will add events closer to the holidays as well, so you can make your own holiday centerpieces, Valentine's, Easter and Mother's Day bouquets.  Check our website at www.atlantaflowerbar.com for updated schedules.
RSVP required to participate.
660 Irwin Street, Atlanta GA 30312