Bite-Sized Caramel Apple Pops

Fall is officially here, and we have a fun treat for your next wedding or party!  These individual, bite-sized pops are adorable, fun to make, and perfect for children!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Apples of your choice (shown here are Granny Smith apples)
  • One Container of store bought caramel dip
  • Lollipop sticks ( you can cut in halves to make more apple pops)
  • Melon Baller 1" (You can use different sizes)
  • Mini cupcake liners
  • Toppings of choice (nuts, not pictured)


First, prepare the apples by thoroughly wash them under water. Using the melon baller, scoop balls out of them.

Scoop as many "perfect" round balls as you can.

We were able to scoop 14 apple balls per apple

Push a lollipop stick into the middle of each ball.

Transfer the caramel into a ceramic or glass bowl. Heat the caramel in the microwave for 30 seconds, and mix well.

Once the caramel is softened and smooth, dip the apple pops one by one in a swirl motion. 

Place the dipped apple pops in the mini cupcake liners to serve.

If prepared ahead, placing them in the refrigerator is highly recommended. That way, you'll get the cool, crunch, crisp, sour apple taste against the salty and sweet caramel...mmMmmm!

Adding toppings is another great way to dress up the apple pops. We recommend using nuts such as almonds, peanuts or perhaps cereals. Either way, have some fun, be creative, and let us know how it turned out.

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Happy Friday!  It's been so hot here in Los Angeles, and that's why I'm so excited to share this little treat with you all.  These frozen flower ice cubes are a perfect way to brighten up your beverages. They are a great touch for baby or bridal showers, weddings, or simply a backyard BBQ. 

What you'll need:

Edible flowers

Ice cube molds (shown here larger silicone ice cube molds)

Distilled Water

Some helpful tips:

  • It's best to use bigger ice cube molds so the cubes will last longer in drinks.
  • Silicone ice cube trays make it easier to pop the ice cubes out without breaking them.
  • To achieve clearer ice cubes, start with distilled water. Boil the distilled water and let it cool completely.

There are a variety of edible flowers (to name a few: roses, pansies, nasturtiums, marigolds, violets and geraniums. These will be the best choices for these ice cubes.) And, they're available in the herb section at your local grocery store. Or, you can order them from online shops. I bought these from Whole Foods, but remember to call in advance to check availability so you don't waste a trip to the store.


Place the flowers in the tray. 

Fill each ice cube square with water about 1/3 of the way full.

Freeze until firm.  Remove the silicone tray from the freezer and pour a little more water on top, about another third of the way up. Gently push the flower down if it floats. Return to freezer until solid.

Repeat this process until cubes are completely full and frozen. Add a second layer of flowers during the third addition of water.

Once the cubes are completely frozen, store in freezer or dislodge them to use in your drinks. Because these are fresh flowers, they will infuse a slight floral taste, so do keep in mind when choosing the drinks. We recommend using them in non-alcoholic drinks such as lemonade, iced tea, and water.

Hope you enjoy this little treat.  And just a little plug for our new collection we just launched for the fall called Cloud-9.  Check it out when you get a chance!

DIY Orchid Centerpiece
Today, we're featuring on to make an elegant orchid centerpiece.  This piece is so versatile.  Not only can it be used as a centerpiece, but I personally love it at the bar or reception table.  It just immediately creates a sense of class and style to any setting.  Another great thing about these is that they last forever!  Literally weeks!  I personally love these on display at home because they last so long.
Here's what you'll need:
  • Vessel of your choice (shown here are spray painted gold, large sized ricotta pot) 
  • Orchid plant (Color and variety of your choice)
  • Wood chips
  • Moss (Shown here is Spanish moss)
Step 1: 
Spray paint your vessel(s) or pot(s) to the color of choice.
I sprayed these in a well ventilated area so the paint fumes don't linger. 
 Start with the pots facing down on the paper.
Using sweeping motion from left to right to spray.
Let them sit for 1-2hr to dry. For best results, let them dry overnight. 
Optional: Once the outside is dried, turn the vessel over and spray the inside using the same sweeping motion.
Step 2:

Fill the vessel or pot with a hand full of wood chips (1/4 of the way) to elevate the orchid plant. 


Step 3:

With one hand holding the orchid plant straight up, use the other hand to fill the surrounding of the plant's plastic pot with wood chips. This step will help to tightly secure the orchid plant inside the vessel or pot. 

Step 4:

Add the moss to hide the unattractive, exposing roots of the orchid plant.

Why add moss?

  • Gives a clean appearance by hiding the soil
  • Dresses up leggy plants and makes the container look “finished"
  • Retains moisture so you will not need to water your plants as often
  • Prevents weeds from germinating in the pot
  • Keeps soil from splashing out when watering plants


Step 5:

Spray the roots of the orchid plant with water and she's ready to be displayed!

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3 Simple Steps to make Air Plant/Succulent Favors

Want a unique approach to party favors that your guests will love?  These air plant / succulent planters are a great way for your guests to take home a piece of your wedding, and they DOUBLE as table decor!  What a great way to save money!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Vessel of your choice (shown here are small and medium sized ricotta pots. You may even use a simple shot glass)
  • Air plant or Succulent plant of your choice
  • Spray paint (shown here are Design Master’s Colortool Spray – Flat Black & Brilliant Gold)
  • Green Moss
  • Extra soil - available at any hardware store or backyard :)

 Succulent Favor Ingredients + Spray Paint

Air Plant Favor Ingredients

Step 1:

Spray paint your vessel(s) or pot(s) to the color of choice. Let them sit for 1-2hr to dry. For best results, let them dry overnight.  I sprayed these outside over newspaper - best to do this in a well ventilated area so the paint fumes don't linger.  Shown below are small and medium sized ricotta pots, sprayed painted to the colors of Flat Black and Brilliant Gold.


Step 2:

Transfer your succulent plants into vessel or pot. Use the extra soil to fill the pot and make sure the plant is tightly sitting inside the vessel or pot.

Air Plants don't need soil, so you can't just place it inside the pot.

Step 3:

For the succulents, use the green moss to cover the top soil, and as a decorative piece to hide the soil. The moss will give the piece a clean and fuller look. 

For the Air Plants, adding the green moss is optional; the piece looks great with or without the moss. If you decide to use the moss, there are various colors you can choose from. My personal favorite is the brown moss with the gold pot.


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Preserving Your Wedding Flowers

With the hectic pace at which most weddings progress you may not be thinking about how to preserve your flowers after the wedding. However, this is a very important thing that most brides find themselves wanting to do after their wedding. Here are some tips on preserving your wedding flowers.

One method that you can use to preserve your wedding flowers that you may not even realize is an option is microwaving them. It is important that this is done very carefully. You will need to take a small number of thin flowers and lay them between two pieces of paper towel. After heating the flowers for a minute or two you need to give them time to cool off. You may have to repeat this several times until the flowers have become completely dry. Another method you can use to preserve your wedding flowers is to apply silica gel to them. The gel works to remove the moisture from your flowers, which will allow you to preserve them. It should be put on the heads of the flowers, which should then be laid between two pieces of paper towels again and put in the microwave for anywhere from one to three minutes. After you remove them from the microwave they will take roughly a half an hour to cool off. After this has happened you can remove any gel that remains on the flowers by gently brushing it off.

If you would rather not put your wedding flowers in the microwave you also have the option to take an empty egg carton and pour a small amount of silica gel into each cup. You can then place one flower in each cup and apply more silica. The silica should not be applied directly to the petals but should surround them. You will need to apply an inch or two of silica on the top of each flower you want to preserve. Using this method it takes anywhere from three to seven days for the drying process to be completed.

An easier way to preserve your wedding flowers is to take all the leaves off the bottom of each stem. You will then want to bundle together your flowers in however many bunches you need to make to accommodate them all. When bundling them together the flowers should not be touching each other. The next step in this process is to hang them upside down. This must be done in a room that is dark and dry; a closet is often an ideal choice.

To be able to display your wedding flowers after preserving them your best option is to use the standard flower pressing technique. You can them frame the flowers so you can look at them every day.

Since preserving your wedding flowers is so important, you will want to choose one of these methods in order to get the job done. Preserving your wedding flowers is a great way to remember your big day. 

Little Known Facts About Orchids

Orchids are a popular flower for weddings and other occasions. However there are some facts about them that not everyone knows. Horticulturists tend to love Orchids and many consider them their favorite of all plants. They are grown all over the world and are unique compared to most other flowers.

Over 25,000 different species of Orchids can be found throughout the world. It is believed that the highest concentration of Orchids is in parts of the world considered tropical. One of the reasons horticulturists love Orchids so much is that they can hybridize them in an effort to create additional species of the flower that nature could never create.

The reason so many people prefer Orchids to other flowers is that Orchids most closely resemble symmetry that reminds people of their own faces. Just as people’s faces represent bilateral symmetry so do Orchids. This means that if one were to draw a line down the middle of any Orchid both sides would be each other’s mirror images.

Unlike other types of flowers Orchids get insects to pollinate the flowers. The reason for this is because of the shape and color the Orchids reproductive parts are. They attract insects due to their shape and color. Upon any insect showing an interest in an Orchid the insect ends up covered in pollen. The insect will then fly away from the Orchid in an attempt to find itself a mate.

Orchids have a history that other flowers do not. In 2007 Nature Journal reported the results of a study that stated a bee had been discovered that had pollen on its back that came directly from an ancient Orchid. The Orchid was determined to date anywhere from 10 to 15 million years. Scientists have reason to believe that Orchids were actually around over 15 million years ago. There has been research conducted that shows certain Orchid species existed as long as approximately 120 million years ago. This, of course, was long before the world was split into the continents that now make up the entire world. There are two Orchid species that grown thousands of miles away from each other. It is believed that these specific species of Orchids are related very closely. The working theory held by scientists is that these two species grew had an ancestor in common until the drifting of continents separated them.  

Flat leafed Orchids are also known as Vanilla Orchids. This is among the most widespread Orchid types. Latin horticulturists routinely cultivate this type of Orchid due to its charms and flavorful quality. Of all the orchid crop types, Vanilla Orchids are the sole species to be grown commercially.

It takes a lot of patience to grow Orchids in one’s yard as, upon planting them, it takes anywhere from five to seven years for germination to take place.

These interesting facts contribute to the fascination that people all over the world have about Orchids. They are widely loved and used by many. 

Hosting A Flower Themed Bridal Shower

Hosting a flower themed bridal shower gives you tons of possibilities when it comes to planning. You can incorporate the theme into almost every aspect of the shower. Since most weddings involve flowers anyway this is the perfect way to get the most use out of the chosen flower types.

Depending on how you are sending out the invitations for the bridal shower you can even incorporate flowers into this aspect. If you are willing and able to hand deliver the invitations to guests you can create a small bouquet for each invitation. Simply attach the invitation to the bouquet and you have a unique invitation that its recipients will always remember. To get even more creative you can send out small packages of seeds that each recipient will then be able to plant in their yard. These packages can be included in your invitations.

For affordable centerpieces for the bridal shower you can use paper flowers in lieu of real ones. They are easy to make using printed card stock and they can even be placed in vases to be displayed at the shower. You can use both solid colored paper stock and patterned paper stock to give the centerpieces more depth. Once you have cut the flowers out you can attach them to stems with florist’s wire. The final touch is to wrap a ribbon around each flower arrangement and place them in vases accordingly. You can even sprinkle flowers such as rose petals on the tables to further incorporate the flower theme into the shower.

If you are so inclined you can even bake cookies in the shape of flowers. You can design them to look like almost any type of flower using the appropriate food coloring. Silk flowers can be used to decorate sweets such as cakes and cupcakes.

To send the bridal shower guests home with a flower themed party favor you can purchase small favor boxes and decorate them with real or fake flowers. Using ribbons you can tie the flowers to the lid of the box. Another idea for party favors is to create honey pot favors. Take a plain white container and decorate it the same way as the favor boxes. Include a planted flower in each container and guests can replant it in their home garden.

For a party favor fit for a bridal shower you can design a corsage for each guest. The first step is to choose the type of flower you want to use in the corsages and gather together enough flowers to make them. Along with floral tape and wire, scissors and ribbon you can create the perfect party favor.

These are just a few of the ways you can incorporate a flower theme into any bridal shower. There are countless other options you could choose to add to the theme of the gathering. Flowers are always a great choice when celebrating an upcoming wedding in a fun and creative way.
Everything You Need to Know About Roses

Having knowledge of some of the most common flowers is valuable to anyone. One of the flowers that people cherish the most is the rose. It is a symbol of love and romance all over the world. There are many types of roses but the oldest type is “species” roses which have been in existence for 35 million years. They are also referred to as “nature’s roses” because all other varieties of roses come from this one.

Dating back to 14th century literature has been the Apothecary Rose. This type of rose earned its name for its use in medicine during medieval times. Among the Romans the most popular type of rose has been the Autumn Damask rose.

There are both old garden roses and modern roses in existence. Starting in 1800 roses were sent from China to Europe and combined with European roses to create the original red rose that has become such a symbol of love and romance. China tea roses introduced the world to the traditionally shaped rose that we know today. Modern roses are actually a combination of plants such as shrubs and grandifloras. 1867 is the first year in which the modern rose was introduced to the world. At that time it was referred to as “La France.”

Knowledge of roses must include knowledge of the garden, spray and standard roses and understanding the differences between them. Garden roses are mainly considered to be hybrids. They are the most widely grown type of roses. The majority of garden roses are grown so that the flowers can be used in bouquets and various types of décor. The rest of them are grown to be used as hedging and ground cover in public places.

Though Spray roses are most often thought of as simply being miniature roses there are more to them than that. The truth is that these roses are often used in flower arrangements in order to make larger arrangements more affordable. Centerpieces and bouquets often benefit from using spray roses to fill them out.

A standard rose is the term used for any rose growing on only one stem. These roses become rather tall when growing a garden. Since the stem of a standard rose can grow up to three feet tall it is important for the survival of the flowers that the stem can handle the weight of them. Often they need to be supported by something. However, most people tend to want to support them with a wooden stake. This is a bad idea because the wood can become rotted and cause the stem to crack. A better option for supporting standard roses is to use a support cane. A plastic stake inserted into the ground is the best way to support standard roses. Plastic stakes are likely to last for as long as the roses do.

This knowledge of roses can help you better learn how to choose the right type for your needs.
Preserving The Life Of Your Flowers

You want your floral arrangements to remain beautiful for as long as possible. There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your flowers. If you are keeping your flowers in a vase make sure that you put flower food in the water. You can get flower food from any florist or nursery. Flower food will only prolong the life of your flowers is you give them the proper amount. If you are using floral foam make sure the foam is soaked with water that has the flower food mixed in.

The ingredients in food flower are what help your flowers last longer. They are a flower friendly version of sugar, citric acid or something similar to cut down on the pH level in the flower food and a biocide that works to eliminate bacteria found in the food. A lot of the flower foods on the market today also have an agent in them that helps your flowers last longer in the water you fill the vase with.

Another effective way to help your flowers last longer is to keep them at cool temperatures, because most flowers do the best in cool weather. 65 degrees Fahrenheit to 72 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature to keep most flowers at. You should also avoid placing your flowers any place where they will get hit directly by sunlight. Some flowers thrive under fluorescent lighting, remaining healthy and retaining the flower’s color for longer. They should also be placed away from vents and even TVs in your home. Many people don’t realize that TVs give off heat that can dehydrate and wilt your flowers. Too much hot air is as damaging to flowers as too much cold air is.

If you have boxed flowers that you want to make last as long as possible. When you first bring them home store them in a cool part of your house if you will not be providing them with flower food right away. As you get ready to put them in a vase you will want to thoroughly wash the vase with some type of cleaning solution that fights off bacteria and then fill the vase with water and flower food. Any leaves on your flowers that would be exposed to the water when placed in a vase should be trimmed off first. Failure to do so makes it likely that bacteria will grow in the water and this will result in your flowers not absorbing all the water they need.

When you plant your flowers in a garden or pot make sure the soil stays moist. Watering your flowers too little is as bad as watering them too much. Either way they won’t last for as long as you would like them to.

Making your flowers last is not hard to do if you know what you are doing. Proper care should always be taken with flowers. 

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