The Hotel Experience Awards

A photo op with the award winners and presenters
Catching up with great friends at the Westin Times Square table...

On Monday night the 1st of February the top hotels in New York City were honored for their achievements in travel, tourism and service to all those who visit our great city.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly received a lifetime achievement award.  New York City is now “Officially the Safest Big City” in America (and probably the world)!

Hotel honors were given for everything from the Best Overall Hotel Experience , The Concierge Desk of the Year, and even the Most Family Friendly Hotel in all of New York (both big and small).  Yes, we have hotels in all sizes in New York!

Starbright was honored to be a sponsor of the Hotel Experience Awards this year and for every year since their inception (the better part of a decade).  The awards evening was held at Cipriani’s Wall Street and there were well over 500 in attendance.  Many have called this event “The Oscars of the Hospitality Industry” and I for one attending last night agree.   It was a fun night, a night of making new friends and catching up with old ones.

Floral decor was provided by our very own Creative Team at Starbright.  We presented a short cylinder vase with a ti leaf wrapped on the inside (so that the water and the stems were not visible).  Each centerpiece had twenty stems of balm dendrobium orchids and about ten stems of vanda orchids (in lavender).

To top off the evening?  It was my personal honor to be selected to give the award to The Most Family Friendly Hotel in the over 500 room category.  The Marriott Marquis won this category and it was a dream come true when my close personal friend George Ntim (Director of Guest Relations) received the award on behalf of the property.

The complete press release and better photos of the event will be on this scribe soon… But for now – enjoy!

You can always find Starbright Floral Design at www.starflor.com.  We are known as “The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps”.  Starbright offers the highest quality blooms imaginable and compositions of flowers that come from all five continents.  Gift-giving deliveries can be made anywhere in New York City (in most cases within an hour) and beyond Manhattan pretty much anywhere.  In addition, we have decorated for some of the most amazing events that have ever taken place  in all of New York’s venues… To learn a bit more about the work that we do, give us a call or visit our website!

Click on THIS LINK to learn more about IN NEW YORK and all the great work they do.  We love ’em!

Nic – “The Official Florist”

Orchids from Holland are in Season!

Look at all these amazing colors that Cymbidium Orchids come in!

It is January and that means that orchids from Holland are back in season!  They are available in an amazing array of colors!  Selecting the colors you like is probably the hardest part!

Orchids make great gifts, modern stylish and striking floral compositions… They are also used for corsages, bridal bouquets, etc.  Give  us a call at 800.520.8999 or visit our website at http://www.starflor.com.  Ideas galore!

May the year that just started, be the best ever for everyone!

The Official Florist

The USS New York (LPD 21) is Comming!

USS-NYOn the 5th of November we are proudly involved in the making of history at New York Harbor.

The USS New York is coming to town and is being commissioned on the West Side of Manhattan.  The newest ship of the United States Navy has its bow stern made of over seven tons of steel from the World Trade Center.  For all of us at Starbright Floral Design it is a very special moment.  We will see the the ship rise and sail the waters of the world from what once was.

This is a special time for all of us At Starbright.  On the 12th of September in 2001 we were at the Red Cross Relief Center in Lower Manhattan and we helped provide comfort to all the volunteers who worked at Ground Zero from the very first day.  Our work there ended during the December holiday season when we decorated all of the areas that were affected.  Together with the Port Authority we did everything we possibly could to bring seasonal spirit and joy early on.

We witnessed the steel leaving the site knowing that it was going far away and never to be seen again.  Now almost a decade  later,  the memory has come full circle and we are all very proud of what has become now of what was then.  Starbright Floral Design has been designated an official “Friend” of the USS New York Commissioning Committee and we will be providing the decor (balloons, flowers) for the festivities that will be taking place at the top floor of Seven World Trade on the 5th of November.

There are many interesting, fun and historical events that are taking place over a ten day period in New York City.  We highly recommend that you join the fun and be a part of this history making event.

To learn more about the USS New York and the calendar of events surrounding the commissioning of the ship, please visit the website at www.ussny.org.  It is really interesting.

To order great flowers, or to learn more about Starbright Floral Design, well we have a website too! www.starflor.com

The Voting is Closing Soon!

Amber/Orange two-toned miniature calla lillies.  They are dancing in glass and light.
Amber/Orange two-toned miniature calla lillies. They are dancing in glass and light.

As many of you know, we have been honored to be in the running for the Best of Citysearch and we are being selected in the category of Best Florist in New York City.  To us this would be such an honor!  To everyone that we work with, to all our clients that have helped to put us on the map, we would are so grateful!

If we have had the chance to work together in the past, if you like us, if you feel that we deserve to stand a chance to win, please follow this link and give us your vote of confidence.  To vote for us and/or to post a comment, click here:

http://newyork.citysearch.com/bestof/nominees/2009/florist

Thank you for your trust, your confidence and all the wonderful years that you have given us the opportunity to be of service!

With our warmest regards,

The Entire Starbright Team

Don’t forget to visit our website at www.starflor.com!

A Favor & A Reward….

A tight nosegay of yellow gerbera daisies presented in a geometric vase.  Catalog item SQ043, by Starbright Floral Design
A tight nosegay of yellow gerbera daisies presented in a geometric vase. Catalog item SQ043, by Starbright Floral Design

Over the years we have had many opportunities to meet many of our clients and to be of service in many different ways.  For all that we have been able to do and for all that you have helped us accomplish, we will always be grateful.  Thank you for helping top put Starbright Floral Design on the map as one of the premier florists in New York City and for making us your “go to florist” for all your floral and gift giving requests… We have always  said that if there is something that is an issue that has come up with our service, we want to know about it so that we  can make it right for you – no matter what it takes.  If you are pleased with our service we want you to tell the whole world about us!

So here is the favor.. for those of you who know us, for everyone that has ever experienced the Starbright Standard:  We have been nominated by Citysearch as a contender in the Best of Citysearch poll to be voted The Best Florist in New York City.  This is quite an honor!  An even greater honor is to know how many of our friends and clients are supporting us with their votes on Citysearch right now.

If you would like to vote for us and if you truly believe that we deserve to be called the Best Florist in New York City in 2009, then please go to this link:

http://newyork.citysearch.com/bestof/nominees/2009/florist and vote for us.  If you would like to share some thoughts and comments about your experiences with us, we would all be very grateful!

And now the reward!  You will not see this posted anywhere else! THIS IS AN OFFER THAT IS EXCLUSIVELY POSTED FOR THOSE WHO READ OUR BLOG… Give us a call at any time in the month of September and mention that you have read this blog entry – we will in turn give you a 50% discount, that is right – half price, for any floral request that you may have to deliver flowers anywhere in Manhattan.  Yes, mention that you have read our blog and get your flowers HALF PRICE in September!

We are very grateful for all that we get to do together.  Thank you from all of us at Starbright Floral Design…. (www.starflor.com)

Phaleonopsis Orchids – they are amazing!

Triple stem, white, phaleonopsis orchd presented in a black ceramic bowl with willow branches, bamboo, raffia and sheets of green moss.
Triple stem, white, phaleonopsis orchd presented in a black ceramic bowl with willow branches, bamboo, raffia and sheets of green moss.

We just received a shipment from one of our greenhouses of the most amazing purple and white orchids. They truly look spectacular and they are going to last for a very long time. Give us a call – they would be limited to pickup and New York City delivery. 800 520 8999 or click the Contact Us link on the website (www.starflor.com)