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Wedding centerpiece by Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago

Whether your vision is classic or contemporary, creative and affordable lighting options can add vitality and ambiance to your event and give even a modest centerpiece depth and vibrancy.   LED lighting (light emitting diode) is more widely available than ever before and in many forms and colors.  In many cases brides and event designers are opting to replace traditional candles with equally affordable eco-friendly LED or combining LED with traditional or soy candles.   

Our featured design (right) by Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago, illustrates the combined use of both LEDs and traditional floating disk candles.  One of the clear advantages of using this technique is the dynamic feel and movement of flickering candlelight in combination with the warmth and color of the LED.  In this example, blue LED lights are masked beneath a soft cloud of white chiffon.  This somewhat traditional wedding centerpiece is brought to life by incorporating elements which by themselves might appear one dimensional but together result in a dynamic multi faceted presentation. 

These long lasting, affordable and compact reusable lights open avenues of creativity that were once limited to applications that allowed for large short lived battery packs and a limited range of colors.  Today the applications are nearly limitless and can inject an added dimension into your event that guests will surely enjoy. (www.flowerswithfeeling.com)

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 by Jeff Warden: Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago

Organic Certified FlowersIn an increasingly eco-conscious society, special events are following suit by going green.  In contrast to many overtly themed events, green theme events can be somewhat more subtle but no less engaging for partygoers.  Green events are more about creating a socially conscious undertone, a common thread that begins with the invitations and ends with the parting favor.  Read Sara Snow’s post “After the Green Wedding” for an excellent example.  One increasingly popular component to Chicago area “green events” is organic or transitional organic Veriflora certified floral products. 

Most associate “organic’ with food products, but many flower farms are transitioning to crop production practices that build soil fertility and control pests without the use of dangerous farm chemicals.  The approach, however, extends beyond the field including improved working conditions, storage, packaging and transportation techniques. 

The QAI Certification Program is designed to certify every step of the organic chain: from the land on which the product is grown; to the producers growing the product; to the post-harvest facilities preparing the product; to the processing and handling facilities transforming the product. This includes the use of sustainable farming techniques that rely on natural systems of production, pest management, and weed and fungal control, such as: cover cropping, composting, beneficial insect release, crop rotation, and prohibited use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It also prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals commonly found in industrial pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The purpose of organic agriculture is to enrich the soil, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and maintain environmental quality.

Flowers With Feeling, Inc. offers the finest floral products sourced from growers that are committed to the highest social and environmental standards. Our certified floral selections are grown and harvested using practices that aim to improve the quality of farm working conditions, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and enhance environmental quality for future generations.

Ask your Flowers With Feeling representative for more information about “green event” ideas and product availability or visit us on the web at www.flowerswithfeeling.com

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Chicago Special Events: Going Green (https://flowerswithfeeling.wordpress.com/2007/03/29/chicago-special-events-going-green/)

Green Events Chicago: Soy Candles  (https://flowerswithfeeling.wordpress.com/2007/08/06/green-events-chicago-soy-candles/)

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Flowers with Feeling, Inc. is proud to have been selected to provide floral services for the 90th Annual Lions Clubs International Convention 2007 held at various locations throughout Chicago.  Since 1917, Lions Clubs International has fulfilled the needs of communities in need throughout the world.  For more information about Lions Clubs International visit www.lionsclubs.org.

Flowers With Feeling has provided floral and plant rental services to many of Chicago’s best known conventions groups since 1986.  Lions Clubs International Convention brought together 18,000 members for a week of meetings and events at locations throughout the city including McCormick Place, United Center, Sheraton Chicago Hotel, Oakbrook Bath and Tennis Club and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.  Floral decor requirements ranged from casual to formal for groups of 70 to more than 1800 and incorporated a wide range of design styles, color pallettes and floral selections.  For more information about Flowers With Feeling convention services or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.flowerswithfeeling.com or call 312-829-1141.

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Shedd AquariumThe John G. Shedd Aquarium Chicago is an extraordinarily unique venue which offers an engaging and inspirational atmosphere for private corporate and social events.  Dimly lit galleries feature rare and exotic aquatic species give the Shedd Aquarium a certain charm and character unlike any other Chicago special event venue.  The Caribbean Reef ,centrally located in the Grand Rotunda on the main floor, boasts a 360 degree view of an under-water reef community.  Typically the hub of many special events at the Shedd Aquarium, several galleries radiate from this center point and offer additional seating for larger events.  Each gallery presents a one of a kind dining experience enhanced by surrounding exhibits.   Buffet style service is common and allows guests to stroll and mingle among the exhibits.  The uniqueness and charm of this Chicago venue makes large scale events feel quaint and personal.  The aquarium can accommodate up to 1200 guests for a reception and 550 guests for a seated dinner in the Caribbean Reef Rotunda and adjoining galleries.In addition to the Grand Rotunda and surrounding galleries, the Shedd Aquarium offers the unique opportunity to hold your event on its outdoor terrace which offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s lakefront, Grant Park and Navy Pier.  For more information on the John G. Shedd Aquarium visit www.sheddaquarium.orgFor floral and event decor ideas, photos, videos and more visit www.flowerswithfeeling.com or call 312-829-1141 to schedule a free consultation. Whether planning a simple event, wedding, bar mitzvah or grand gala, or simply sending an arrangement (shop online) to someone special, Flowers With Feeling will strive to exceed expectations…Chicago’s full service florist since 1986.

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114_1494crpbrnd.jpgIf you recently planned a wedding, bar/ bat mitzvah, gala or corporate event you have probably googled for ideas a time or two.  The internet age has made special event trend spotting and trend setting a fast paced fluid process.  What was once the trend of the year has become the trend of the moment.  Corporate party goers are looking for fresh engaging environments that transport them or envelope them with a feeling.  Party throwers, planners and florists like Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago are faced with the challenge of keeping a watchful eye on the moving target that is the ‘latest thing’.

Social and corporate event clients alike are embracing the latest ‘latest thing’ , environmentally conscious flowers and decor.  This thing called green, however, is here to stay.  While the use of recycled paper invitations, e-vites, vintage wedding dresses versus new and recycled glass centerpiece containers are well known green options, flower growers from around the world are now establishing stringent guidelines and implementing practices that are both environmentally and socially responsible under the Veriflora certification.   Organically grown flowers are currently available from many local growers and farmers markets and are expected to be more widely available later this year.

Typically, theme events like bar-bat mitzvahs rely heavily on visual cues to invoke emotion and to convey the given theme concept.  When it comes to green events, less is more.  A recent example of a subtle eco-conscious bar mitzvah designed by Flowers With Feeling, Inc. in association with Chicago party planner Joyce Feuer, utilized reusable recycled glass vases, recycled paper invitations and featured pruned cherry blossom branch centerpieces,  reusable glass votives wrapped in green Magnolia leaves, river rocks and other locally grown replenishable natural elements (Location: Sofitel Chicago Water Tower).

Events of all types can incorporate this principal without compromising the overall vision.  Ask your florist or party planner about green decorating options.  For more information about green products and ideas for your next meeting or event contact Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago (312-829-1141). 

Related Articles:

Green Events Chicago: Organic Flowers(https://flowerswithfeeling.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/chicago-green-events-organic-flowers/)

Green Events Chicago: Soy Candles (https://flowerswithfeeling.wordpress.com/2007/08/06/green-events-chicago-soy-candles/)


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