Cornucopias and Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Ready, or not – the holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving is only a week away! Thanksgiving is a special holiday for many reasons, but what makes it so unique is the fact that it is the one major holiday where the meal is the main event – so all eyes are on the centerpiece!

Family Gathering Centerpiece by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

Not only that, but It is also the holiday that will set the tone for the remainder of the holiday season. So why not make it beautiful with a cornucopia of your own, or some Thanksgiving flowers from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop?

According to lore, Thanksgiving began as the celebration of a bountiful harvest. It was – and still is – a time to reflect and give thanks through a meal shared with friends and loved ones.

One of the most iconic symbols of Thanksgiving is the cornucopia. Typically hollow and made out of wicker in the shape of a horn, it is often called the “horn of plenty.” Cornucopias represent an abundance of food and nourishment and serve as a visible reminder of the meaning of the holiday while also giving the table a finished, polished, look.

Classic Cornucopia by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

While cornucopias are most closely associated with Thanksgiving, their origin can be traced all the way back to Greek and Roman mythology. Cornucopias are even depicted on the state flags of Idaho and Wisconsin, as well as the coats of arms for Columbia, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

With food being the center of attention at Thanksgiving, the table itself an important part of the holiday as it often serves as the hub of the day’s activities. Long after the food is enjoyed and the dishes are put away, the cornucopia and other autumn-inspired centerpieces remain to serve as a reminder of the prosperity and good things in life for which we give thanks.

It’s never too soon to start thinking about Christmas

Since Thursday is Thanksgiving, that means Black Friday is here as well to kick off the official start of the holiday shopping season. Wouldn’t it be nice this year if you already had your entire holiday shopping list completed and checked twice before the calendar even turned to December?

Alfa’s Shimmering White Bouquet by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

You’re in luck because Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop is your one-stop-shop for all your holiday needs. Of course, flowers always make an outstanding gift for any occasion, but we also carry an incredible assortment of other holiday presents and hard-to-find gifts for everyone on your list.

Save time and money this year by ordering your holiday flowers and gifts at the same time as you place your Thanksgiving order. Let everyone else fight the traffic and the masked crowds while you enjoy the holiday season from the comfort of your own couch, knowing your shopping is already complete!

The holidays are here at last! Visit Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop for all your Thanksgiving flowers and centerpieces. We offer same-day delivery in Milwaukee, WI, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (414) 475-7080 or shop online 24/7.

Where do our curious Halloween traditions come from?

We love to honor tradition by celebrating holidays, especially ones with seemingly absurd origins which bring about colorful characters like the Easter Bunny, Leprechauns, Cupid, and Father Time.

Spooky Sweet by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

We typically don’t delve too deep into why these particular characters show up, or how they got to be so popular in the first place, because it’s more fun just to go along with it than to question every little detail. But sometimes you just have to wonder why every October we let our kids dress up as pirates and princesses and take to the streets of the neighborhood searching for sugary treasure.

When left to the imagination, there aren’t many holidays that are more fun than Halloween. From carving pumpkins to trick-or-treating and haunted houses, Halloween has become a whimsical celebration of things that most people find scary or downright chilling any other time of the year.

Carving jack-o-lanterns is a tradition that began several hundred years ago in Ireland, but back in those days, they were carved from potatoes and turnips. It wasn’t until years later, after the Irish immigrated to the United States, that they discovered that pumpkins made for a much better medium due to their abundance in the new world, thus a new tradition was born.

Legend has it that the jack-o-lanterns were originally intended to frighten away the wandering soul of Stingy Jack, who was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity after tricking the devil and later finding out he wasn’t allowed into heaven or hell.

This also loosely explains why we dress up in costumes – to disguise ourselves from the souls wandering amongst us – including Stingy Jack!

Ghostly Gardens by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI.

Or perhaps it doesn’t.

According to Lisa Morton, author of “Trick or Treat: A history of Halloween,” dressing up as a way to scare off evil spirits is a common misconception about the holiday. Morton contends that people didn’t start dressing up until much later – as in the 1800s.

By that time, Halloween was known for pranks which were becoming more and more elaborate and dangerous. So much so that towns and cities were thinking about canceling Halloween because many felt that the pranks were getting out of hand.

That led to a gradual push from families, communities and civic organizations to change the nature of the holidays from pranks to the “trick or treat” traditions we know today.

Sadly, Morton’s version of buying off kids with treats and costumes is probably a bit closer to reality than the warding off evil spirits angle, but as with most holiday traditions, you never really know for sure!

Don’t forget, the holidays are just around the corner! Visit Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop for all you Thanksgiving flowers and centerpieces. We offer same-day delivery in Milwaukee, WI, and surrounding areas for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (414) 475-7080 or shop online 24/7.

Need a reason to celebrate in 2020? Sweetest Day is the best holiday you’ve (probably) never heard of

Everyone deserves a break after surviving the first three quarters of 2020 and we cannot think of better way to celebrate than donning our fanciest mask and enjoying Sweetest Day on Saturday, October 17.

If you are unfamiliar with Sweetest Day, you’re missing out one on of the best reasons we can think of to celebrate right now. Unlike holidays such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day does not have a religious affiliation.

It actually stemmed from a clever candy company employee named Herbert Kingston who promoted a holiday called Candy Day as a chance to bring happiness to those in society who were often forgotten.

He enlisted the help of several friends, and together they distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee was assisted in the distribution of candy by some of the biggest movie stars of the day including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.

The idea began in Cleveland in 1922 and quickly spread through the Great Lakes areas and portions of the Upper Midwest. Newspapers and advertisements began referring to Candy Day as the “Sweetest Day of the Year.”

Sweet Peep Bouquet by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

That fairytale, however, was completely untrue. Candy Day was in fact established for the sole purpose of selling more candy, and Kingston was actually an advertiser. But by the time that was discovered, Candy Day had already been proven to be a big hit!

The cities of Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo are among the biggest Sweetest Day celebrators according to Retail Confectioners International, a trade association comprised of chocolate and candy makers, some of its members report that Sweetest Day candy sales are bigger than those for Mother’s Day. 

Despite Sweetest Day’s questionable origins, the tradition stuck, and now Sweetest Day serves as a reminder to give back and take care of those who need extra attention.

it has truly become a reason to celebrate in several parts of the country who view it as similar to Valentine’s Day, although sometimes on a smaller scale without all the pageantry and romance involved.

Primarily a regional observance celebrated in the Great Lakes region and the Northeast, Sweetest Day is spreading to other areas of the country. People tend to take the Sweetest Day tradition with them when they move. Ohio is the top state for Sweetest Day sales, followed by Michigan and Illinois. Texas, California, and Florida are among the top 10 states in sales.

One reason why is that there seems to be less pressure tied to Sweetest Day, as it focuses on the actual thoughts behind the actions. It also occurs during the fall season, everyone’s favorite time of the year.

Now, the point of the day is to show friends, family and even strangers that you care by gifting them a note, a small treat, or any other act of kindness. We recommend flowers!

From Birthdays to Anniversaries to New Babies, Sympathy, and Get Well Soon flowers, Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop has you covered. We offer same-day delivery to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and surrounding areas as well as anywhere else in the US.

Your Container, Our Flowers with a Design that Reflects Imagination

Do you have a special container that would look even better filled with beautiful flowers? At Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, we love bringing your containers to life!

Next time you visit Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, bring in any container you’d like and we will fill it with flowers!

Perhaps you have a “one of a kind” container you found while cleaning your home, or maybe there is a special piece you have on display at your home or office that only gets used when you’re expecting company. Either way, our floral designers would be delighted to fill it with flowers – or better yet – set it up on a subscription plan where we fill the container every week or two to keep it looking fresh and beautiful all the time.

Tell us what you like, compact, modern, traditional, pave? Perhaps you would prefer different designs that change with the seasons or long lasting succulents. Whatever your taste, we will compliment it with beautiful flowers that you can look and see the combination of our talented designers and YOUR inspiration.

Keep this in mind next time you see these special containers or vases around your home. You may be very pleasantly surprised just what we can for you at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

A Flower Subscription is the Gift that Keeps Giving

Not only are floral subscriptions a fantastic way to keep your home or office looking fresh and beautiful all year, but they also make excellent gift ideas for a loved one or relative – especially ones who are hard to shop for. You set the terms and let us know how often you would like new flowers and we will take care of the rest.

To make the gift extra special, you can bring in a container you plan to give, and we will deliver your unique container with our incredible flowers – two great gifts in one!

Imagination takes over when the limits are removed and that is where our floral designers shine. Flowers by subscription or just a one-time creation – it’s more than just our flowers and your container, it’s the combination of it all that truly makes it special.

The floral designers at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop love creating customized designs to fit any kind of container you can imagine. Give us a call today at (414) 475-7080 or drop us a line here for more information about our floral subscription plans. If you’re still searching for that perfect container, we can certainly help! Don’t forget the holidays are just around the corner. We offer same-day delivery in Milwaukee, WI and surrounding areas or anywhere across the USA.

Spilling the Big Secret About Grandparents Day – Sunday, September 13

Grandparents Day takes place on the first Sunday following Labor Day. This year, Grandparents Day falls on September 13. This particular holiday is not nearly as popular as Mother’s Day or even Father’s Day, but it is still a nice chance to honor our grandparents. Unlike some holidays that can trace their origins back through centuries, Grandparents Day was first observed just over 40 years ago.

Sweet 16 by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

People often assume that Grandparents Day resulted from lobbying by greeting card companies, florists, and similar businesses, but this idea could not be further from the truth. Grandparents Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the connections between generations. Its origin was decidedly noncommercial, and the holiday has largely remained true to its roots since its inception. In fact, Grandparents Day barely even makes the top 10 list of most popular occasions for greeting card sales. It is outranked by Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and St. Patrick’s Day.

What started as letter to President Richard Nixon in 1969 by nine-year-old Russell Capper suggesting that a day be set aside in order to celebrate grandparents, eventually ended up with proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter on August 3, 1978 after Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after labor Day as “National Grandparent’s Day.” The first official celebration took place the following year.

 

The Importance of Grandparents Day

This year – more than ever – should serve as a reminder that our grandparents are foundations of our family and they will not be around forever. Now is the time to cherish as many moments as we can with them and create lifelong memories. With age comes wisdom and our grandparents have seen things and lived through things we could not even imagine in our modern world. Through all that living it is not surprising that they learned some things along the way and they also serve as some of our most important resources for family history and information. That is why we should take some time to listen while we still have the chance.

Sunny Day Pitcher of Daisies by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

What is the Big Secret about Grandparents Day?

One thing that sets Grandparents Day apart from most of the other holidays is the expectations that go along with it. There are no big lists or registries and grandparents certainly do not expect grandchildren to spend much money on a gift. In fact, if you ask most grandparents what they really want, their answer will simply be spending time with loved ones. The time you spend with them will be worth far more than money could ever buy. Many grandparents have a lot more ‘free time’ on their hands than we do and often spend more time alone, so even a short visit will likely make them happy. A bit of company will certainly brighten their day and you’ll cherish that time you spent.

It is not always easy for us to visit with our grandparents, especially this year with so many travel restrictions and quarantines that make travel difficult. Since visiting in person might not be practical this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t take some time to connect with them and show them how much we care. Technology has made keeping in touch easier than ever before. Video chatting through Skype or Zoom, or even just calling on the phone and expressing love and gratitude will likely make their day because they always want to hear from you. Sending a card or brightening their home with a beautiful floral arrangement is also a fantastic idea.

Your friends at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop are here to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones on Grandparent’s Day. We have an incredible selection of unique hand-designed floral arrangements along with luscious plants and amazing. We even offer same day delivery to Milwaukee, WI, and surrounding areas or anywhere else in the USA.

 

Selecting the Perfect Sympathy Flowers

When it comes to selecting a memorial gift to send for the funeral service, the specific types of flowers you choose can help convey your sentiments and send a meaningful message through the traditional language of flowers. Plants are also excellent choices because they provide a beautiful, long-lasting tribute to the lost loved one and also serve as a constant reminder of the love and affection you share to support the bereaved during the grieving process. Here are a few of the most popular funeral flowers and what they represent.

Lilies

Lilies are the flowers that are most commonly associated with funeral services because they symbolize innocence restored to the soul of the departed as well as the hope offered by the renewal process.

Roses

Your Light Shines
Your Light Shines by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

As one of the most iconic flowers, roses are a tasteful and beautiful part of an arrangement of funeral flowers. White roses evoke feelings of reverence, youthfulness, innocence, and humility while red roses convey respect, love, and courage. Other colors like pink signify appreciation, grace, love, and gentility while dark hues like crimson denote grief and sorrow. Yellow roses are often given by friends of the deceased as a way of symbolizing their strong ties. Including a single rose in a bouquet traditionally expresses everlasting love for the deceased.

Gladioli

Gladioli have a tall stem composed of multiple flowers that can measure up to four feet tall. Typically used in fan sprays, gladioli are classic and elegant in arrangements for traditional funeral services. The gladiolus embodies strength of character, sincerity, and moral integrity and are available in a range of color options from white to dark greens, oranges and reds. As a sympathy flower, gladioli is an excellent choice to send to the family because of its uplifting message during a time of loss.

Carnations

Carnations are long-lasting and fragrant, which makes them a popular choice for sympathy arrangements. Carnations are fragrant and hearty, making them ideal for services that last more than a few hours.Red carnations stand for admiration while pink carnations symbolize remembrance and white carnations denote innocence and pure love.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are another flower that is frequently included in arrangements for funeral services depending on what part of the world the deceased lived. In much of the United States, mums symbolize truth and are usually regarded as positive and cheerful, although New Orleans is a notable exception. In some European countries, chrysanthemums are symbolic of death and are only used for funerals or on graves. In China, Japan and Korea, white chrysanthemums are symbolic of lamentation and grief making them a wonderful choice when mourning with a family that has ties to Europe or Asia.

Orchids

Regal Orchids by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

Orchids plants express everlasting love. When giving an orchid plant as a gesture of sympathy, it is important to give consideration to color. Pink and white are traditional colors of sympathy. Varieties such as the phalaenopsis orchid and dendrobium orchids are varieties we suggest as appropriate plants to denote sympathy.

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are large seasonal spring plants that are a nice and appropriate gesture to give to a grieving family. It can be enjoyed indoors after the service and can later be replanted in their garden. This hardy plant that will grow in almost any moist soil and  will continue to bloom for many years.

Tulips

Tulips and daffodils are symbolic of renewal and fresh starts. They are an excellent choice to send as a sympathy gift to the family home of the departed because they are believed to bring encouragement and hope to a person who is grieving. Tulips represent grace and elegance. Yellow tulips represent cheerfulness while white tulips symbolize forgiveness. Purple tulips are reminiscent of nobility or royalty while red tulips represent perfect love.

No matter what message you are trying to convey with your sympathy flowers, Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop is here to help you select the perfect memorial gift for any occasion. Give us a call today at (414) 475-7080 to talk to one of our experienced floral designers and we will take care of the rest.

Why Did Yankee Doodle Call His Hat Macaroni?

Independence Day is one of the most cherished and time-honored holidays in the United States. This federal holiday is an annual celebration of American independence from the British Empire and is commonly associated with parades, picnics, carnivals, and concerts during the day – topped off with majestic fireworks displays after sunset. Of course, this year’s celebration may not be quite as robust as it has in the past and gatherings will be limited but the sentiment remains the same.

The firework shows are traditionally set to patriotic anthems including Yankee Doodle – a well-known American song that predates the American Revolution. We all know the tune, even if we don’t understand the lyrics. Why did Yankee Doodle go to town? Why did he call his hat “macaroni” after sticking a feather in it? And most importantly, how do such seemingly-nonsensical words play such a prominent role in our nation’s history?

“Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on pony.
He stuck a feather in his cap
And called it Macaroni.”

Before we find out why Yankee Doodle called his hat “macaroni,” we should probably back up and find out what the term “Yankee Doodle” means.

His Favorite Ford Pickup Truck by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

The term “Yankee” itself has several interrelated meanings depending on the context, however, all of them refer to people from the United States. Outside of the U.S., the term is used to refer to any American – including Southerners. Within the United States, however, the term is a derisive one which refers to all Northerners – especially ones from the Union side of the American Civil War. Some people go a step further and only view New Englanders as true “Yankees.”

The first appearance of the term “doodle” can be traced back to the early 17th century and is thought to be derived from the Low Saxon word “dudel,” which means “playing music badly,” or “Dodel, meaning “simpleton” or “fool.”

What Does That Have to do with Macaroni?

Today when we think of macaroni, we typically start salivating for the nostalgically-delicious childhood meal made of noodles and a cheese-like substance eaten from a box, but the macaroni in this instance refers to a fashionable man from the mid-18th century who spoke and dressed in an outlandish and epicene manner.

But why macaroni? Because young upper-class British men returning from trips to Italy developed a taste for the pasta that was hardly known in England at the time and were said to belong to the Macaroni Club because of their insistence on referring to anything fashionable as “very macaroni.”

’65 Ford Mustang Bouquet by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

It’s all starting to come together now. When British surgeon Dr. Richard Shuckburgh penned the lyrics, he was mocking Yankees by insinuating that they were low-class simpletons who lacked masculinity – as if simply putting a feather in one’s cap would make him sophisticated and noble.

That sure doesn’t sound patriotic, but the Yankees soon turned the tables by embracing the song as an anthem of defiance. Americans subsequently went a step further by adding additional verses mocking the British and shortly thereafter, the song went from being an insult to a source of national pride.

That was more than 200 years ago, and the song still stands as one of our nation’s most beloved and patriotic tunes. In fact, President John F. Kennedy once bought a pony for his daughter Caroline – and called it Macaroni.

If you’re heading out to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, or plan on hosting a celebration of your own – don’t forget the flowers! Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop is here to help you celebrate with a bang with a beautiful bouquet of red, white, and blue flowers – perfect for the 4th of July. Give us a call or stop in today to see what’s in store for you. If you find exactly what you’d like, we’ll make it for you! Have a safe and happy 4th from your friends at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop.

Dad Doesn’t Want Another Necktie

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21, and we’re here to help you find the perfect gift for dad. This year’s version may look a bit different than most since you can’t take dad out to the ballgame this time around and may not even be able to visit. But you can express your gratitude and love by sending him a delightful gift and a thoughtful greeting from your friends at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop.

Vintage Vacationer Bouquet by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

Of course, everyone loves to receive flowers – we all know that – but if they are not quite dad’s idea of the perfect Father’s Day gift, we still have many other wonderful options that he is sure to enjoy!

In fact, Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop has as incredible selection of amazing gifts that you will not find anywhere else and best of all, you can have it delivered today! One of our most popular gifts for dad is the Delicious Delights Basket – complete with apples, pears, dried cranberries, cheese, summer sausage and crackers in a wicker basket that he is sure to love!

Zen Artistry by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

Dads come in all different varieties, but one thing they all have in common is they all love to eat! If your dad is no exception, treat him to a gourmet basket filled with his favorite treats, or a fruit basket if he wants to keep it healthy. For dessert, we also have an amazing assortment of delicious chocolates and candy to help celebrate his special day.

If you would like to go with a more traditional gift, we offer a wide variety of long-lasting plants that are easy to care for and look beautiful in the home or the office. If flowers are more dad’s style, there are many handsome options that dad will love. Sunflowers and tropical flowers like birds of paradise and anthuriums are popular choices for Father’s Day. To make your gift extra special, you can have it designed inside a ’65 Ford Mustang keepsake container.

If dad doesn’t have a green thumb, we still like his chances with a hearty succulent garden or another easy-to-care-for plant like bamboo which look great and add a terrific focal point to any home or office.

No matter what dad’s style, we can help you make this year’s Father’s Day unforgettable with a gift that he is sure to love! We can even send his gift out of town so he can enjoy it no matter where he is located. We offer same-day-delivery across Milwaukee or anywhere in the U.S. Give us a call today at 414-475-7080 or order online 24/7. Happy Father’s Day from your friends at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop!

Our Favorite Flowers of Summertime

Summertime is back again which can only mean one thing – the sun is shining bright on some of the most beautiful flowers we have seen all year! Here are some of our favorites:

Lush and Lavender with Roses by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

Peonies: Because of their large, soft, silky, and romantic blooms, peonies make wonderful cut flowers. They can be found in a range of soft colors – and a few brighter ones – making them ideal for weddings, as well as for the home. In many ways they are better as cut flowers than roses, but the season is very short. Peony flowers are only available from late May and through June. But, in water they will last far longer than a rose.

Lavender: Cut lavender flowers to bring indoors for making beautiful arrangements. Lavender bouquets can use fresh or dried flowers or savor the best of both worlds by arranging fresh stems and letting them air dry in the vase. The secret to success with lavender bouquets is harvesting flowers at the right stage. Lavender is an easy-to-grow herb, and it is also an easily handled cut flower. Harvest it fresh and use it fresh or dried to create pretty lavender bouquets.

Dahlias: Dahlias are one of the best garden plants for growing to use as cut flowers. They have an outstanding vase life. There’s a huge amount of different types to choose from with flowers in various forms and a spectrum of colors. While all dahlias are good for cutting, some types are particularly so, with long stems and extra-large blooms that will dazzle in any indoor posy.

Upsy Daisy by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

Hydrangea: The beautiful flowers produced by this plant are what makes these so popular. Most put on a showy display from early spring all the way into fall. The large flowers come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. The name hydrangea comes from the Greek words “hydor” meaning water and “angos” meaning vessel. Which together roughly translate to “water barrel.” This is because of the fact that hydrangeas are notorious for needing lots of water and the cup shaped flowers.

Daisies: As cut flowers, daisies work well in homes that have a casual, country feel. The best daisies for cutting have long vase lives, colorful flower heads and sturdy stems. White daisies are also an excellent way to accent other cut flowers in a bouquet. They may be small blooms, but they make up for their diminutive size in group volume. Daisies make up almost 10% of the world’s flowering plants.

Lilies: Cut lilies add graceful color to indoor flower arrangements. Native to the Northern Hemisphere, lilies have been seen as a flower of significance for thousands of years because of the extensive symbolism that surrounds them. The lily represents femininity, love, purity, and a sense of transience.

Sunflowers: With brilliant yellow petals, also known as “rays,” sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance that has made them a crowd favorite, especially in the summer months. Sunflowers commonly symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity.

Be sure to check out Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop for all your summer favorites! Give us a call at (414) 475-7080 or order online 24/7. We offer same delivery across town or anywhere in the country. 

Can’t Be With Your Loved Ones? Say Hello With Flowers!

Looking back, it seems hard to believe that just over two months ago we were planning our summers, booking weddings, visiting relatives, and going about our lives the same way we do every spring. That feels like such a long time ago and the world as we knew it back then has been completely turned upside down by this devastating pandemic.

Happiness Bouquet from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

Since then, everyone of us has been forced into a new way of working, a new way of living, and a new way of interacting with even our most intimate friends and family members. Online meetings have replaced office conference rooms and shopping for goods and services are now handled through a computer screen. Certain aspects of life have become incredibly convenient, but those conveniences come with a cost as we isolate ourselves by staying home.

As we continue to make sacrifices and search for new ways to live and work, we find ourselves missing some of life’s most precious moments – senior proms, graduation parties, spending Mother’s Day with mom, and especially the comfort of being close to those we love.

Just Because

We send flowers for wide variety of special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, new babies, weddings, and even funerals. Each of those monumental life moments has their own category of flowers to choose from on our website and those are the most popular by far.

But there is another category alongside all the rest that is simply called Just Because. It certainly isn’t utilized as much as the others, but in times like these it couldn’t be more appropriate.

You’re Golden Bouquet by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

“Just Because” we cannot be together does not mean we need to stop celebrating, it simply means we need to find new reasons for joy and cheer. And finding new reasons to celebrate and be happy leads to better emotional health, less stress, and overall wellness.

Coincidentally, a study of behavioral research at Rutgers University found that flowers also triggers happy emotions and have long-term positive effects on moods for both the sender and the recipient. Every participant in that study expressed true or excited smiles when they received flowers which demonstrated extraordinary delight and gratitude.

Fairy Garden by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

The study participants also reported feeling less anxious, depressed, or agitated after receiving flowers which researchers identified as a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction – which lasted for several days after the flowers were delivered.

With the state of the world today, there are many things we cannot do, but one of the things we still can is making people happy with flowers. Now, more than ever, we really don’t need a reason for that other than “just because”!

Spread some much-needed joy and comfort to your friends and family members with the help from your friends at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop. We not only specialize in delivering happiness and joy, but we’re also taking extra precautions to make sure your flowers are delivered with the utmost care and safety including contactless same-day delivery on every order. Give us a call today at (414) 475-7080 or shop online 24/7.