Peonies Coming Soon!!!

Is there anything more richly glamorous or lushly romantic than the overflowing blossoms of peonies? Although our plant and flower emporium in New York City is abounding with endless options, peonies are the spring flower that our designers always swoon over. With peony season right around the corner, we wanted to give our beloved friends and clients the inside scoop on the flower that sets all of our hearts at Starbright aflutter.  

The gradation of shades for peonies and their incredible petals are stunning.

Adored throughout New York City as one of the most romantic flowers (inspired, perhaps by their ubiquitous presence in the NYC-based Gossip Girl tv show), peonies are also one of the longest-used flowers in Eastern cultures. Known as the “flowers of riches and honor” in China, the bloom has been crowned the “King of Flowers” in Japan, and it is easy to see why. Their unique and stunning beauty can leave anyone breathless, in bunches or as a single, perfect bloom.

Indeed, the history of peonies is as rich and varied as their blossoms. There are many wonderful myths about peonies and the origin of the flower. One of our favorites is that there was once a beautiful nymph named Paeonia, who Apollo flirted with. When Paeonia realized that Aphrodite was watching them, she flushed and Aphrodite turned her into a peony, imbuing the flower with bashfulness. Why Aphrodite turned Paeonia into a flower, we aren’t sure — but we are thrilled to have peonies as one of our most cherished blooms in New York City!

Peonies make dazzling bouquets and are sure to delight the even the most discerning.

Peonies have long been associated with health and prosperity, so long, in fact, that water would be infused with the petals of peonies and drunk in the Middle Ages. Today, the petals are added to salads or beverages to add an unexpected, delightful floral essence. In England, children used to wear the root of the peony around their necks to ward off pain from teething. Peony seeds used to be swallowed to fend off nightmares, and while we hope it helped, we would imagine that a garden filled with peonies would do that, as well!

The generous bloom can range in size anywhere from 2 – 10 inches. While we must admit that we adore peonies when they are on the larger end of the spectrum, there is something particularly enchanting about the smaller peonies and how they infuse a bouquet with their precious intricacy.

The bright fuchsia in a peony is magical.

Peonies are like no other flower to be found anywhere in New York City. The depth and variation of their hues alone are enough to make Starbright’s designers wax poetic all season long. Traditional peonies range in color from the purest white to soft pinks, charming rose-colored and decadent reds. Today, we’re seeing an expansion of color offerings, including the endlessly fascinating coral, rich purples, deep mahogany and happy yellows. While we love all of the tints of colors that peonies come in, there is something so classically beautiful about peonies in pink that will always take our breath away.

Pink peonies are always among our favorites, though all of the colors are gorgeous!

We are thrilled to announce that with the start of peony season, there will be a new and dynamic section of the Starbright website that will be catering specifically to your peony whims. Of course, we’ll keep you updated on these exciting developments and hope that as peonies begin to bloom, so will your adoration of these truly incredible flowers.

Starbright Floral Design is a full-service florist located in Midtown NYC that has been brightening New York City for over two decades with flowers, plants and more.

It is our distinct pleasure to be of service to you in creating stunning floral compositions that will make you smile.

We are delighted to be able to carefully deliver each creation through our fleet of dedicated floral concierges in Manhattan, all of New York City and beyond.

In NYC, where anything is possible, we offer same-day delivery for our friends and clients to ensure that when want to send your wishes with flowers, orchids, plants and so much more, we are there to answer the call.

We invite you to visit us online or in our store, which you will find is bursting with flowers and delight in being of service to you. We would be thrilled to make your floral dreams come true!

Warm regards from all of us at Starbright, “The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps”.

Flowers, Festivals and Celebrations – It is what we do!

Starbright Floral Design

140 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

Starbright’s Wonderful Secret: Designer’s Choice

Everyone at Starbright adores whipping up a beautiful bouquet of blooms for our dear friends and clients in New York City — but we realized that we’ve been keeping quite the florist secret from you for far too long.

Styled as our Designer’s Choice, this is a section on Starbright’s website that we earnestly entreat you to explore. Composed of only seven options, it might seem sparse compared to our other offerings, yet this is a page that abounds with floral possibilities.

Let Starbright’s florists wow you with a Designer’s Choice composition for your love.

Designer’s Choice has perhaps the most exclusive flowers in New York City. Each bouquet is crafted for only you. That means that there won’t be another creation like it to be found anywhere in Manhattan! We promise that the flowers we bring together for each composition will be unique, gorgeous and alluring…

Any occasion that you have to send your sentiments with flowers is a great reason to choose Designer’s Choice. From romantic entreats to sending a guy flowers, Designer’s Choice gives you the freedom of knowing your bouquet will be stunning and Starbright’s designers the leeway to craft something bespoke just for you.

Celebrate the arrival of a precious bundle of joy with a Designer’s Choice composition!

We hear from our clients that they love using Designer’s Choice to send flowers with the arrival of a new baby, and of course, our modern renditions of flowers through Designer’s Choice are break taking.

We love when our clients choose the Starbright Designer’s Choice flower option. It allows our incredibly talented designers the opportunity to weave together flowers that are at the peak of freshness and that perfectly complement each other. This also means that these floral symphonies will be uniquely their own. It is a chance for the Starbright team to really shine — and for you to get the very best value for flowers in New York City.

Starbright’s bouquets through Designer’s Choice For a Guy means your man will get something wonderfully curated.

Moreover, while we delight in creating selections from our traditional menu, those compositions tend to be very similar in appearance time after time. And while those compositions have their own advantages, Designer’s Choice promises to give you an exclusive bouquet, dreamed up in the imagination of one of our brilliant designers and allowing their fancy to take flight — bringing you the most sumptuous creation possible.

Starbright takes great pride in being one of the most coveted florists in New York City. It’s true that our unrelenting dedication to customer service and exceeding expectations are ingredients to that success, but it is also the ingenuity of our florists that gives Starbright that j’ne sais pas that brings our clients back to us time and time again, turning them into lifelong friends.

Starbright’s Modern rendition of bouquets through Designer’s Choice are captivating.

Designer’s Choice is the culmination of our drive to bring you the best and brightest floral bouquets, each and every time. We realize that it can feel like a bit of a leap of faith, to ask us to use our imagination, our creativity and to create something out of nothing. But we can assure you that creating floral masterpieces is not only what we do, it’s what we thrive at doing.

In fact, MINI of Manhattan just named Starbright a top flower shop in Manhattan! We are honored with this recognition and know that we are only featured in this way because of Starbright’s incredible designers who make floral dreams into a reality.

So the next time you need to send your sentiments in flowers, or if you want to treat yourself to a decadent floral indulgence in New York City, give Designer’s Choice a whirl. We’ll bet that you’ll love it!

Starbright Floral Design is a full-service florist located in Midtown NYC that has been brightening New York City for over two decades with flowers, plants and more.

It is our distinct pleasure to be of service to you in creating stunning floral compositions that will make you smile.

We are delighted to be able to carefully deliver each creation through our fleet of dedicated floral concierges in Manhattan, all of New York City and beyond.

In NYC, where anything is possible, we offer same-day delivery for our friends and clients to ensure that when want to send your wishes with flowers, orchids, plants and so much more, we are there to answer the call.

We invite you to visit us online or in our store, which you will find is bursting with flowers and delight in being of service to you. We would be thrilled to make your floral dreams come true!

Warm regards from all of us at Starbright, “The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps”.

Flowers, Festivals and Celebrations – It is what we do!

Starbright Floral Design

140 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

Boho Chic Makes a Debut at Starbright!

The effortless elegance of boho chic in New York City is a silhouette that the brilliant designers at Starbright wanted to translate into flowers. Combining flowers and fashion may seem incongruous, but at Starbright, we would advocate that perhaps there is no finer pairing in NYC.

Fashion is, after all, the deconstruction and reconstruction around ideas of style that will fit the human form. Flowers and their many variations from roses to amaryllis, to tulips and orchids and so many more, find themselves placed with other beautiful varieties to form stunning compositions over and over again, in countless ways.

Being inspired by the grace of the effervescent fashion of New York City, everyone at Starbright is excited to unveil our newest addition to the Starbright website: Boho Chic where we cultivate an appreciation for the effortless and subtle beauty of nature.

One of the first ways we did that was by creating Starbright’s own Regal Profusion. With florals dancing in decadent fuchsia, this is a bouquet that will enliven every space and brighten any decor. Filled with rich calla lilies, tulips, orchids and Starbright’s carefully curated stock flowers, our Regal Profusion marries the whimsy of boho chic with the decadence of easy glamour in one vase.

Starbright’s Regal Profusion is decadence in a vase.
Starbright’s Regal Profusion is decadence in a vase.

Not to be outdone by fuchsia, Starbright’s artisanal designers dreamed another dream in creating our own Bohemian Rhapsody for New York City. Composed of lush roses and languid calla lilies, this nosegay is one that is sure to delight the most discerning in Manhattan. Starbright’s designers made sure to evoke the flowing splendor that defines boho chic and is so adored in NYC by combining the vibrant hues of royalty, including violet, magenta and merlot into one magnificent creation.

A Bohemian Rhapsody in NYC is a gorgeous reminder of the loveliness in the world.
A Bohemian Rhapsody in NYC is a gorgeous reminder of the loveliness in the world.

But what — you may be asking — is any boho chic tribute in NYC if it does not elicit the English charm that has always weaved its way into the coveted style of boho chic throughout the world? But fear not, brave reader! At Starbright, we cherish the fantastical juxtapositions that our neighbors across the pond from New York City revel in creating, out of flowers and more. We chose to honor that delightful mischievousness in flowers in our English Charm bouquet, where we brought dense roses and spritely dahlias together in a single vase to utterly bewitch everyone in New York City.

English Charm is a riot of floral beauties.
English Charm is a riot of floral beauties.

At Starbright, we hope to awaken the senses to the giddy happiness that is conjured by our Boho Chic collection, where we strive to bring a profusion of our favorite flowers together for your enjoyment and perusal. In the end, it is beauty in the eye of the beholder that each composition seeks to lure into an incredible story of enchantment, and we welcome you to do that by discovering our newly curated Boho Chic section.

If these bouquets have tickled your fancy or inspired you with an idea of your own making, everyone at Starbright in NYC is standing by to bring your wishes alive through flowers. We can’t wait to make all your floral dreams come true!

Starbright Floral Design is a full-service florist located in Midtown NYC that has been brightening New York City for over two decades with flowers, plants and more.

It is our distinct pleasure to be of service to you in creating stunning floral compositions that will make you smile.

We are delighted to be able to carefully deliver each creation through our fleet of dedicated floral concierges in Manhattan, all of New York City and beyond.

In NYC, where anything is possible, we offer same-day delivery for our friends and clients to ensure that when want to send your wishes with flowers, orchids, plants and so much more, we are there to answer the call.

We invite you to visit us online or in our store, which you will find is bursting with flowers and delight in being of service to you. We would be thrilled to make your floral dreams come true!

Warm regards from all of us at Starbright, “The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps”.

Flowers, Festivals and Celebrations – It is what we do!

Starbright Floral Design

140 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

Bidding Adieu to Valentine’s…for now!

You’ll forgive us, dear reader (we hope!) if we linger on the holiday of love for just a bit longer…

We admit, at Starbright there’s nothing like the language of love expressed through perfectly curated blooms and Valentine’s Day is one of our most favorite times of year in New York City. The love! The passion! The artful ways lovers choose to celebrate their special union. At Starbright, our hearts are set aflutter just reminiscing about all the wonderful touches our romantic Romeos — and Juliets — added to their bouquets to express their adoration this year in New York City.

InStyle

InStyle magazine was on-hand at Starbright’s NYC flower and plant emporium for this year’s Valentine’s Day to chat with some of the gentlemen who came to pay us a call. Terming them “hot guys” — and who are we to argue — InStyle captured the bouquets these intrepid New Yorkers had crafted for their love, along with the story on why those particular flowers were chosen. Ranging from decadent red roses to intricate wildflowers and lilies, there was a huge variety of flowers that these New York men chose, but no matter the request, Starbright was ready to fulfill their floral dreams.

InStyle said, "Alex (24) who gets flowers for his lady once a week got a large bouquet of red roses for Valentine's Day. He says getting flowers for her is a fresh display of his love for her." -- photo by egozdes@gmail.com
InStyle said, “Alex (24) who gets flowers for his lady once a week got a large bouquet of red roses for Valentine’s Day. He says getting flowers for her is a fresh display of his love for her.” — photo by egozdes@gmail.com

Starbright had some bashful and some proud gentlemen having beautiful bouquets crafted for their loves in NYC, all doubtlessly tickled to be identified as a “hot guy” by the discerning and distinguished InStyle “hot guy” judge. Of course, Starbright was only too happy to provide the background in New York City for the sweet interviews and hope to see these gentlemen callers again soon.

CBS

At Starbright, we were thrilled to see that CBS was airing information on how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to flowers. It can sometimes be confusing to figure out how to make the biggest statement with flowers in New York City, but with this segment airing all over the country, everyone at Starbright is hopeful that the viewers were able to capitalize on the tricks and tips that CBS offered to get the best bouquet of flowers possible, while staying in budget.

Starbright's Be Still My Heart bouquet is composed of lush roses and lilies that would make anyone swoon.
Starbright’s Be Still My Heart bouquet is composed of lush roses and lilies that would make anyone swoon.

In prior years, Starbright has been honored to be visited by CBS to talk about flowers for Valentine’s Day in NYC. It is one of Starbright’s great delights to help our New York City friends and clients convey their sentiments through flowers and we strive to always surpass expectations. Talking with news outlets like CBS helps Starbright spread our message of how wonderfully flowers can convey every sentiment, no matter how big or small a budget might be.

Starbright's Breathtaking Beauty is three dozen long stemmed roses; there's nothing more romantic.
Starbright’s Breathtaking Beauty is three dozen long stemmed roses; there’s nothing more romantic.

Although it is great regret that we say adieu to Valentine’s Day 2017, it does mean that the calendar is filled with upcoming holidays and celebrations all throughout New York City. Everyone at Starbright is ready to beflower all of Manhattan. With St. Patty’s Day on the horizon and the delicious color of Greenery being selected by Pantone for color of the year, Starbright’s brilliant designers are already dreaming of the masterpieces they can create. If we didn’t see you for Valentine’s Day, we missed you and do hope that you’ll stop by soon!

The Language of Love

Showering your love with flowers in New York City is a tradition that stretches back through time. Flowers can express loyalty, devotion, love, adoration and so much more, which makes Valentine’s Day one of the holidays that everyone at Starbright looks forward to with great joy. A day filled with flowers is Starbright’s kind of celebration, and we relish our small part in bringing lovers together in NYC as they enjoy this wonderful day.

So how to best tell your love with flowers, “I adore thee,”? Everyone at Starbright always makes sure to suggest the following, before venturing toward other flowers: if your amour has a favorite flower, go with that! There is nothing more romantic than showing your love that you listen to him or her throughout the year and know precious details about them. So whether it’s pansies or tulips, sunflowers or succulents, everyone at Starbright is ready to make your love’s dream in flowers come true.

Romance is in the tiny details of life.
Romance is in the tiny details of life.

But fear not, brave Valentine! If you haven’t yet learned the flower that sets your love’s heart aflutter in Manhattan, the brilliant Starbright artisan florists can make some flowery magic for you. After over two decades in New York City, we have developed a few suggestions on what flowers perfectly convey the language of love on Valentine’s Day.

“A rose by another other name would smell as sweet,” Juliet murmured in regard to her star-crossed love, Romeo — and she’s right! The name of the rose does not create the splendor of the scent, but it does evoke for everyone in New York City a classic beauty that always delights. There’s no better time of year for Starbright’s Love and Devotion bouquet of two dozen red roses. Richly colored and at the height of ripeness, these two dozen roses are a decadent Valentine’s Day treat for your sweetheart.

Starbright’s Love and Devotion bouquet make a stunning statement.
Starbright’s Love and Devotion bouquet make a stunning statement.

If roses are red and violets are blue, we’d bet that orchids will delight you, too! Starbright’s NYC Orchid Passion marries the vibrancy of fresh orchids with the soft allure of beautiful hydrangea, coupled with darts of pure tulip glory. This gorgeous composition created by Starbright’s floral artists in Manhattan is an excellent choice for a discerning special somebody who is looking for some variety in their blooms. Available for local delivery in New York City, Starbright’s NYC Orchid Passion may end up becoming yours!

Orchids made a bold statement of adoration.
Orchids made a bold statement of adoration.

Luscious white flowers are another exquisite choice for your Valentine. The snowy pearlescence of Starbright’s miniature, languid calla lilies look lovely in their crystal vase. Nestled on a throne of glassy pebbles, Starbright’s Blanco Calla Tango combines these features into an enchanted floral composition that is sure to thrill your Valentine.

Starbright's Blaco Calla Tango will send your love over the moon!
Starbright’s Blaco Calla Tango will send your love over the moon!

As fun as flowers are, everyone at Starbright knows that the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is letting your Valentine know just how much you adore them. So whether through flowers or poems written on napkins in coffee shops in NYC, we hope you and your Valentine have a fabulous time…being together. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Starbright!

Starbright Floral Design is a full-service florist located in Midtown NYC that has been brightening New York City for over two decades with flowers, plants and more.

It is our distinct pleasure to be of service to you in creating stunning floral compositions that will make you smile.

We are delighted to be able to carefully deliver each creation through our fleet of dedicated floral concierges in Manhattan, all of New York City and beyond.

In NYC, where anything is possible, we offer same-day delivery for our friends and clients to ensure that when want to send your wishes with flowers, orchids, plants and so much more, we are there to answer the call.

We invite you to visit us online or in our store, which you will find is bursting with flowers and delight in being of service to you. We would be thrilled to make your floral dreams come true!

Warm regards from all of us at Starbright, “The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps”.

Flowers, Festivals and Celebrations – It is what we do!

Starbright Floral Design

140 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

The Allure of Amaryllis

What is sometimes forgotten because of Amaryllis’ beauty, is the lore behind one of Starbright’s treasured flowers. Greek legend tells us that Amaryllis was once a beautiful, though bashful, nymph. And though she didn’t live in New York City, she was familiar to all of us as she fell deeply in love. Amaryllis loved Alteo, a shepherd who had Hercules’ strength and Apollo’s fetching facade (rumor has it that he was quite foxy).

Gorgeous Amaryllis has a wonderful Greek legend to go along with its beauty.
Gorgeous Amaryllis has a wonderful Greek legend to go along with its beauty.

Amaryllis longed to give Alteo the one thing he desired most: a flower that had never existed in the world before. But not knowing how to do this, Amaryllis sought guidance from the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle told Amaryllis to go to Alteo’s door each night and to pierce her heart with a golden arrow upon every visit. Alteo finally opened the door after 30 nights to behold Amaryllis and the flowers that the blood of her heart created; a singular kind of flower never seen before.

Crimson Amaryllis was said to have sprung from the love of a nymph.
Crimson Amaryllis was said to have sprung from the love of a nymph.

Today, there are easier ways to entice your own true love in New York City! As unique as golden arrows piercing hearts sounds, there’s no need to follow Amaryllis’s dramatic endeavors in Manhattan. Instead, consider sending some Amaryllis to that special person you love in NYC and woo them by sharing this tale.

It’s true that everyone at Starbright adores everything that we have in our overflowing NYC flower and plant emporium. And while each florist has their own favorite flower, there’s nothing that we all love more than a good story to go with a beautiful bloom.

Amaryllis is a fantastic choice to send to someone you love.
Amaryllis is a fantastic choice to send to someone you love.

Amaryllis is one such flower that is beloved in New York City and beyond, and it’s easy to see why. With stunning petals that come in a variety of vivid hues, including purples, pinks, whites and crimson reds, Amaryllis stands out in every floral composition anywhere in Manhattan.

Amaryllis comes from the Greek work “amarysso” which translates into “to sparkle” and everyone at Starbright is delighted to do our part to spread these flowers far and wide in New York City to dazzle the City. Amaryllis flowers have become known beyond New York City to symbolize pride, determination and lustrous beauty; combined with its rich coloring, it’s no surprise that it has become a seasonal favorite.

Amaryllis is a great choice for the holidays and beyond.
Amaryllis is a great choice for the holidays and beyond.

Starbright Floral Design is a full-service florist located in Midtown NYC that has been brightening New York City for over two decades with flowers, plants and more.

It is our distinct pleasure to be of service to you in creating stunning floral compositions that will make you smile.

We are delighted to be able to carefully deliver each creation through our fleet of dedicated floral concierges in Manhattan, all of New York City and beyond.

In NYC, where anything is possible, we offer same-day delivery for our friends and clients to ensure that when want to send your wishes with flowers, orchids, plants and so much more, we are there to answer the call.

We invite you to visit us online or in our store, which you will find is bursting with flowers and delight in being of service to you. We would be thrilled to make your floral dreams come true!

Warm regards from all of us at Starbright, “The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps”.

Flowers, Festivals and Celebrations – It is what we do!

Starbright Floral Design

140 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

Roses, Roses, Roses: June’s Birth Flower

Roses in NYC are as plentiful as NYC birthdays.  Every year millions of roses are gifted in NYC for any number of occasions.  In June, the appropriate floral gift is the rose as it is June’s birth flower.  Rich in popularity as a symbol of love and romance it hasn’t always been so.   In fact, the rose was first looked upon as a symbol of war.  A civil war that raged on from 1455-1487 between the House of York and the House of Lancaster.   The House of York adopted a white rose, the House of Lancaster was represented by a red rose. The war has been dubbed “The War of the Roses”.  The winner of this war, Tudor Henry VII (The Tudors), merged his Lancastrian rose with the rose of his York bride and thus the creation of the Tudor Rose, the Rose of England.

Roses
Roses, Roses, Roses in NYC

In later years the rose evolved into a form of language creating a secret means of communication between lovers.   In the mid 18th century the wife of the British ambassador in Constantinople described this language in her letters.  Largely due to the publication of her letters after her death, we have the code necessary to decipher the intricate language of roses.  For example if you want to ask your love interest “will you love me?”, send an open white rose.    Want to ask  “Don’t you love me any more?” , send an open yellow rose.      Want to say “I respect and look up to you” then send a bouquet of white roses.   Red roses signify  “forever I Love You”.  However a bouquet of red and white roses state “Together we are one and united”.  Want to declare your attraction to someone but don’t want to go as far as declaring your undying love, then purple roses are the way to go.  Colors alone aren’t enough to deliver the complex messages of love.  In combination with the colors, the number and degree of bloom of the roses have also been assigned meaning.  A dozen roses says  “Be Mine”.   Thirteen roses tells someone we’ll be friends forever.  Three dozen roses expresses “I’m head over heels in love!”.  Six dozen roses or more says “my love for you is limitless”.  In addition to its Victorian assigned message, this last one says “I’m a Starbright Gold club member”!!!.

Regardless of its diverse assigned meanings, the one constant is the rose’s undeniable beauty.  The recipient of a beautiful arrangement of roses is always appreciative.

This scribe is brought to you by Starbright Floral Design.  We are a full-service florist located in Midtown NYC..  We deliver inspired floral compositions throughout Manhattan, all of New York City and everywhere beyond.   You may CLICK HERE to visit our e-portal where  you may place an order for designer-inspired flower vases and arrangements, our orchids, plants and so much more.  We offer  same-day delivery to most parts of the United States.

We will be honored to be of service to you now and for a long time to come… Warm regards from all of us at Starbright, “The Official Florist of the City That  Never Sleeps”.

Flowers, Festivals and Celebrations – It is what we do!

Starbright Floral Design

140 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

800.520.8999

www.starbrightnyc.com

 

Starbright Prepares For 21st Valentine’s Day in NYC!

We’re up to our noses in flowers!

Flower Power
Emilio in the cooler at Starbright Floral Design

 

There’s no shortage of Romance in NYC this week! With Valentine’s Day 2015 just around the corner, New York City is abuzz with a Valentine’s Day glow that can just give you goose-bumps. The romance is so heavy in the air it’s practically steaming, just like the vapors of the Nuts’4’Nuts cart. Strolling through New York City you can almost hear St.Valentine himself, banging on the lid of a taxi as he crosses 6th avenue, yelling “I’m walking here!” as he scopes out another love-lorn hopeful with his old buddy Cupid. Whether you’ve got a special someone, several special someones, or several special cats there’s only good things about February 14th. There’s no end of things to do in the city – you can take in a Broadway show, go eat a romantically-lit dinner from anywhere in the world or see some hot jazz in a cool club.

If you’re in the mood to cheer on another couple’s real life love-story head over to Times Square. Nine happy couples will be getting married there this Saturday in front of the Times Square Valentine Heart Design winner, “Heartbeat,” by Brooklyn-based outfit Stereotank. This interactive beating-heart drum reacts to sound and movement and it’s pretty impressive (check it out on Bustler here).

Here at Starbright Floral Design, we’re pretty obsessed with Valentine’s Day too. It’s a great time in the shop; the floral coolers are full, most of the staff is smiling on-site and energy levels are high. To kick off the season right, the Starbright designers each created custom heart-shaped arrangements for our V-Day 2015 Heart Collection. These unique arrangements all represent the personalized style of our design team and pack a whole bunch of extra love. We’re also excited to be creating arrangements from the “helpfully” romantic Valentine’s Day Flowers Collection.

 

Every Valentine’s day serves up it’s own set of unique challenges. Last year, despite a foot of snow, Starbright was able to send out over 2,000 orders for Valentine’s Day. So how did we manage?

Getting Ready For Valentine’s Day

 

It all starts in the back. After unpacking, washing and shelving A LOT of vases, the guys begin adding greens for storage.

 

Greening Vases
Greening Vases

Vases aren’t the only thing getting prepared. Antonio works on planting orchids for clients looking for something that will looking for a lasting gift. Orchids are great for brightening up apartments or office spaces and they are pretty easy to take care of – here’s some tips for taking care of an orchid plant.

Orchid Preperation
Antonio preps an orchid for planting.

We have a couple first-timers at Starbright this Valentine’s Day. Emilia, one of Starbright’s designers, is excited for the days ahead.

Valentine's Day Smiles
Nothing to worry about here – Emilia is ready for the big day!

Byron checks some details in Starbright’s large catalogue of styles.

Byron
Byron checks an order at the front desk

Did we mention that Byron made the arrangements for the front table?

Lord Byron's Flowers
Pretty, huh?

To make sure you get the most from your Valentine’s Day flowers, check out this post for taking care of cut flowers.

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!

Starbright Logo

 

 

Looking for flowers in New York City? Visit our Event Gallery for inspiration. Or see our daily selection at Starbrightnyc.com.

 

NYC Valentine’s Day Flowers & Gifts: A New Yorker’s Survival Guide

Roses, chocolates, gourmet baskets and mixed flower arrangements by Starbright in NYC and throughout the world will clearly deliver the desired message to a loved one on Valentine’s Day.   Flowers in concert with Godiva or Baci chocolate is a safe bet.  Even better, for the person who believes “one day is not enough to display my love for you”, is a blooming orchid plant guaranteed to excite for weeks to come.  For the person who believes “one day is not enough and I missed my chance to declare my love by jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch”, is a standing order of flowers to be delivered weekly or monthly (contact us for more details).

Tips on what not to do; the no-nos of valentine’s day gift giving.  Do not send a gift containing a thinly veiled message of “you’re fat”.  Examples of these are edible arrangements, gym membership or gift certificate to diet centers. Do not send a gift of flowers that travel in a box across the country.  Imagine how you would look and feel after a long airplane ride followed by a holdover in a warehouse, followed by handling by a freight operator working a double shift on a holiday somewhere.  The same holds true for those flowers.  Instead of delivering a smile and message of love, they deliver a lesson in mortality.  The number one no-no for Valentine’s day is to forget about it all together.  Avoid this tragic mistake by ordering your gifts from Starbright early and painlessly.

This public service memo is brought to you by Starbright Floral Design, voted “The Best Florist of New York City”.  Along the way we try to find and write about the fun side of flowers.  Starbright delivers flowers all over the world for the endless romantics everywhere.

Starbright Floral Design is the “Official Florist of Romance” and most of the time we deliver flowers, love, passion and hope everywhere in Manhattan and worldwide.  Sometimes we deliver yellow carnations.

Give us a call, visit our website or pop on in!  We would love to meet you….

Passionately yours,

The Official Florist

Starbright Floral Design

Located in the heart of New York City’s Historic Flower District

150 West 28th Street, Studio 201.

T. 800.520. 8999

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Marriage Equality: (More) Cause for Celebration!

I know exactly what I want my wedding flowers to look like.  Considering that I have met with and executed the flowers for at least a hundred brides during my career as a floral designer, I’ve definitely had the opportunity to formulate my own ideas about my big day.  It was only until a couple of weeks ago that the fantasy was granted the chance to become a reality.  The New York State Assembly voted to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples, thus allowing the dreams of countless loving couples to finally come true.   No, I haven’t recently become engaged.  I will still have to be content with making other people’s boutonnières and centerpieces.  However, now my pool of potential brides and grooms will include a lot more grooms and grooms and brides and brides!  Talk about a reason to celebrate!

Many times I am asked what the differences are between a same-sex wedding and the standard wedding we have been accustomed to.  Truthfully, there isn’t a difference.  Of course, if two men are getting married, it is likely I will not need to make a bridal bouquet.  Other than that, the differences are hard to find.  The emotions, politics, logistics, and ultimately the flowers are practically the same.  Color schemes are agonized over, seating charts are adjusted and the merits of orchids and roses are debated by couples no matter their gender or sexual orientation.

It’s important as a wedding vendor to keep compassion and equanimity in mind when dealing with gay and lesbian couples.  This new marriage equality should inspire equal treatment and consideration across the board.  Most couples will be looking forward to meeting and speaking with a vendor who is as excited about the big day as the couple themselves.  Florists would be wise to be inspired by the joy and new sense of validation and empowerment that their same-sex couples will exhibit while planning their wedding ceremony and reception.  What a beautiful gift our care and enthusiasm will be for these formally disenfranchised pairs.

Of course I am totally biased on this subject.  Growing up, I would have never thought that gay marriage would be a reality.  That certainly never stopped me from contemplating what color peonies I would match with purple Dutch hydrangea for my centerpieces.  I’ve also been blessed with a loving boyfriend who I know wouldn’t judge me for wanting to hold a bridal bouquet if we were to ever get married one day.  (Do you know how many bridal bouquets I’ve made???!!!  I get to have one of my own!!!)  I’m lucky that I’ll never have to risk meeting with a vendor who would try to talk me out of what I want and what I’ve dreamed about for my wedding day.  I hope and pray that the same will be true for all the other gay and lesbian couples who wish to celebrate their union with their friends and families.  Best wishes, Mazel Tov and congratulations to us all.

This scribe is brought to you by Tom Sebenius.  Tom is Starbright Floral Design’s Creative Director and has a part of the Starbright team for most of the modern history of our company. Tom has made countless brides happy and has created some truly magical Starbright moments.  Tom is our most published contributor to floral industry publications and probably the most reviewed floral stylist on all the major online review sites.  We consistently earn five-star reviews on the likes of Citysearch mainly through Tom’s insistence on quality and attention to detail.  A proud member of our team and  a true artist.  Everyone  at Starbright is thrilled that we will one day witness Tom’s ceremony and cannot wait to see  what his creativity brings out on THAT special day! Stay tuned….

Starbright Floral Design is located in the heart of New York City’s historic flower district in a second floor loft at 150 West 28th Street.  Our services include local, national and worldwide flower delivery as well as consultation and execution of social and corporate events.  To learn more about us and the type of work that we do, please visit our website at www.starflor.com.  You may also go directly to our online portal for ordering gifts at www.starbrightnyc.com or to our Event Gallery to see thousands of photographs from our recent work. You may also call us at 1.800.520.8999.  We are always thrilled to hear from you and to be of service in every way possible….

Our warmest regards,

The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps

Starbright Floral Design