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.

 

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.

Window Shopping for Mom Has Never Been More Fun!

Are you still searching for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Now is the perfect time to get out for some fresh air and window shop like never before at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop!

All week long we will be featuring special items and Mother’s Day products in our windows at 7001 W. North Ave. (at the corner of 70th and W. North) in Milwaukee.

It’s just like shopping online with a much larger screen – but without having to wait days for delivery! In addition to flowers and plants, we have tons of giftware, outdoor metal art, boutique items and so much more!

We’re constantly changing the displays so every day will be a brand new experience! We invite you to come back often and check out all the new items, or perhaps discover something that you’ve never noticed before.

Our doors may be closed, but our windows are wide open and we can’t wait for you to see what’s inside!

Goodbye April Showers – Hello May Flowers!

Early 2020 will forever be remembered for terrible pandemic that has touched nearly every part of the globe. It has forced businesses to close and most people to isolate themselves for the greater good. Because of that, days often run together and the lines on the calendar separating the dates tend to blur and run together. If you haven’t checked lately, you probably wouldn’t even realize that May is here already – and we couldn’t be happier, because April showers always bring May flowers – especially this year!

In order to get the most bang for your buck this Mother’s Day, consider a “designer’s choice” arrangement and leave the rest up to us. We promise you’ll be happy with the result!

May is the perfect time to celebrate with flowers – all month long! In fact, the very first day of the month is May Day – a celebration of spring that is traditionally celebrated by giving “May baskets” made up of flowers or sweets – or a combination of the two – that is usually left anonymously on the doorsteps of neighbors.

To many, this may seem like a strange way to celebrate a holiday, especially considering that the givers of May baskets would usually ring the doorbell and run away – leaving the recipient to open the door and find nothing but a basket of flowers!

In some communities, leaving a May basket at someone’s door was an excellent opportunity to express romantic interest because tradition called for the recipient to give chase and attempt to steal a kiss from the person who hung the basket. In other parts of the country, however, it was considered a disgrace if the flower giver was caught by the recipient.

May Day isn’t nearly as popular in this country as it was a century ago, and today the concept seems quaint and dated to many people in this era of text messages and Snapchat, but this throwback to simpler times is still an official holiday in 66 countries around the world. But with the current state of the world and social distancing protocols in place – this trend just might make a comeback!

While no longer as common in the United States, May Day celebrations still take place in some regions of the country. In Hawaii, May Day is known as Lei Day, which is a day to celebrate the culture of the island and Native Hawaiians.

 

Mother’s Day

Of course, the most obvious occasion for giving flowers during the month of May is Mother’s Day. This year we celebrate mom on Sunday, May 10.

Mother’s Day is one of the biggest days of the year when it comes to flowers, greeting cards, phone calls and (most years) restaurant reservations – and with good reason. It’s often hard to find appropriate ways to express gratitude to someone so important and dear to us as our mothers, but nearly everyone loves flowers!

For florists, Mother’s Day is one of our busiest times of the year, and also one of our favorites. Unlike many of the other holidays were certain colors or types of flowers tend to dominate, (like red roses on Valentine’s Day) Mother’s Day typically offers more freedom to design something special and truly unique – that mom is sure to love!

Here at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, we’ve been planning for this special day since the end of Valentine’s Day, and we’re ready to help you find something perfect for your mom. This year’s celebration is going to look a bit different than in years past because the worldwide pandemic has limited the types of flowers available from our distributors, so we’re encouraging everyone to consider a “designer’s choice” open order. Not only will this allow you to receive the freshest flowers available, but it will also help to eliminate any disappointment when the finished product doesn’t quite match up with the picture online due to substitutions. The great news is that our designers LOVE to freedom to design something totally custom for you so that you can truly give your mom a one-of-a-kind gift this Mother’s Day. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

But that’s not all…

Between Mother’s Day, May Day, and flowers popping up everywhere we turn, May is truly the month of flowers, but there are many more ways to celebrate with flowers this month.

Memorial Day is just around the corner – this year it falls on Monday, May 25. Traditionally observed as a day to honor those who have died in military service, this holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer. If you are attending a picnic or observance on Memorial Day, flowers are always an appropriate way to show gratitude and appreciation.

May is also the time for graduations for many students across the country, as well an excellent chance for a gift to say “thanks” to all those teachers and educators who worked so hard throughout the year. Obviously those graduation parties will be scaled back or even virtual this time around, but flowers are still an excellent congratulatory gift that will be extra appreciated.

Whatever your reason, say it with flowers this May with the help of your friends at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop. No matter the occasion, we’re still here to help you find the perfect gift. Rest assured, our entire team – from designers to delivery drivers – are exceeding CDC guidelines for sanitation and safety to give you peace of mind knowing that you safely reach out and deliver a beautiful message to those you love and miss. Give us a call or come in and see us for all your floral needs – and we hope your May is beautiful and bright!

A note to our customers regarding COVID-19

We are closely monitoring all recommendations made by the CDC, as these are updated daily. Below are the adjustments we have made to ensure the well-being of our customers as well as our employees.

  • Our retail location at 7001 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213 will continue operating at normal hours (8:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m Monday, Wednesday, and Friday / 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday / 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday / closed Sunday) until further notice. We have taken extra precautions to protect the health and safety of our staff and our customers with increased cleaning and sanitation schedules and will additionally offer curbside pickup for customers who choose not to go inside the store. Our website is open and operating and ready to take your orders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are also providing FREE DELIVERY for on all orders until the end of the month!
  • To adhere to social distancing guidelines, our delivery team will leave gifts at the front door and follow up with an immediate phone call to notify the recipient. Please call us at (414) 475-7080 if you have a specific delivery request.
  • Some of our floral creations may require substitution if necessary. We hope you understand we are extremely limited with varieties due to supply chain limitations. We hope you will trust us to make the very best modifications as needed. Flowers are a gift of nature as no two are exactly alike. We will always do our best to follow the guidelines but keep in mind modifications will be necessary and considered as needed. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to attempt to exceed your expectations. Even during these difficult times.
  • Our goal at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop is to convey thoughts through the beauty of fresh cut flowers and to “say it with flowers” at a time when it has never been more meaningful.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop and other local businesses. We wish health and safety to you and all of your loved ones as we all come together to forge ahead. We are here for you and will keep you updated should any changes occur.

Looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift? Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop Has Your Answer!

Alfa’s Winter Glow

It’s beginning to a lot like Christmas here at Alfa Flower and Wedding Shop. We’re working hard to prepare for the holiday rush, but we’re never too busy to help you pick out the perfect gift for someone special on your list. Whether you’re shopping for a Christmas or Hanukkah gift, or just want to send a special treat, we have the perfect gift ideas for every occasion.

Hopefully, by now, you’ve crossed several names off your list, but chances are you still have at least one or two of those hard-to-buy-for people left. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, never fear – because we here to help you spread your holiday cheer! The possibilities are practically endless this time of year and we have an incredible variety to choose from. Whether you prefer a timeless classic like a festive poinsettia plant or something with a bit more flair like a beautiful hand-designed holiday floral arrangement, you’re in good hands at Alfa.

Alfa’s Fruit and Poinsettia Basket

Be sure to get your orders in early this year to avoid the rush. Not only will you get the best value and widest selection by not waiting until the last minute, but you’ll also be able to cross one more thing off your list and reduce your own stress levels a bit. In fact, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to have a beautiful gift hand-delivered by Alfa, we’re just a phone call away – or you can order online 24-hours a day. Are you sending the gift out of town? No problem! We can take care of that for you with the help of our network of associates located across the country.

In addition to our incredible selection of fresh flowers and plants, we also feature a fantastic variety of holiday gifts and decor that is sure to please anyone on your list! We’re also a great source for unique stocking stuffers and gifts for teachers, mail carriers, party hosts, co-workers, hair stylists, and more.

Leave the last-minute shopping to the amateurs this holiday season by trusting one of our professional designers to create the perfect one-of-a-kind gift. Give us a call today at (414) 475-7080 to check out what we have in store for you this holiday season!

Chrysanthemums: The Ultimate Fall Flower

We often associate certain flowers with certain times of the year. Red roses, for example, are an iconic symbol of Valentine’s Day, and spring never really arrives until the tulips start popping up. Poinsettias usher in the holiday season while sunflowers remind us of lazy late-summer days.

Burst of Autumn from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop features the wonderful Viking spray chrysanthemums

But when it comes to fall, chrysanthemums are the star of the season! With their brilliant colors and long-lasting nature, mums can brighten up any front porch or indoor space. Many people, however, do not realize the deep symbolism behind this favorite autumn icon.

In Chinese culture, this flowering herb symbolizes a life of ease and longevity. Together with the plum blossom, the orchid, and bamboo, chrysanthemums are renowned as one of the “Four Gentlemen” in Chinese and Eastern Asian art and are depicted in traditional ink and wash painting

The earliest illustrations of mums show them to be daisy-like flowers that are small and yellow in color. Today’s chrysanthemums can be quite showy and would probably not be recognized by ancient growers. Modern chrysanthemums can be daisy-like or decorative, like pompons or buttons. In addition to the traditional yellow color, mums can now also be found in a variety of whites, purples, and reds.

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop’s Enchanted Harvest Bouquet features Viking spray chrysanthemums in an enchanted harvest pumpkin.

Around the 8th century A.D., the chrysanthemum appeared in Japan and was so admired that it was adopted as the crest and official seal of the emperor. The western world was not introduced to the mum until the 17th century and it first appeared in American horticulture in 1798 when Colonel John Stevens imported a variety called ‘Dark Purple’ from England.

Just as the season they represent, chrysanthemums are known for being hardy and strong while also presenting an unmistakable sense of beauty and intrigue. Consider including some mums when selecting flowers for Halloween.

Did You Know???

  • Despite their strong presence in the fall, chrysanthemums are tropical flowers that were originally grown in the Eurasian region.
  • In the Victorian language of flowers, yellow chrysanthemums are a gentle way to decline amorous advances and white mums encourage the recipient to tell the truth or to be honest.
  • The chrysanthemum is November’s birth flower. If you are born in November, the mum is symbolic of your soul’s many layers.
  • In Eastern meditative traditions, the chrysanthemum is used as a focus tool to activate the heart chakra.
  • Germans have white chrysanthemums in their homes on Christmas Eve as a symbol of Christ.
  • The name, chrysanthemum, is adapted from the Greek word, “chryos” which means gold (the original color) and “athos” meaning flower.
  • Some species of chrysanthemum flowers are boiled to make tea in parts of Asia. Likewise, a rice wine in Korea called gukhwaju is flavored with chrysanthemum flowers.
  • The chrysanthemum was recognized as the official flower of the city of Chicago by Mayor Richard J Daley in 1966.

Flowers are the perfect way to make someone’s day a little brighter and fall is the perfect time to share some beautiful chrysanthemums with someone special! Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop can help you find the perfect gift for any occasion, whether it’s school-related, a birthday or anniversary, or just something out of the blue. Order online 24 hours a day or give us a call at (414) 475-7080 and we’ll take care of the rest.

Summertime’s Sensational Sunflowers

Sunflowers are admired in floral arrangements for their warm and inviting beauty and are known to symbolize loyalty, adoration, and longevity. They are used in the floral industry to express feelings of happiness and energy, but the wondrous sunflower is so much more than just a pretty flower.

While admired for their simplistic beauty, sunflowers are also some of the world’s most versatile agricultural crops. In addition to the large daisy-like petals that add excitement and intrigue to fresh-cut floral arrangements, they are an excellent source of food and edible oil. Along with its nutritional seeds, sunflowers are commonly used for industrial applications such as biofuel and livestock feed.

Here are some fun facts that will make you take a second look the next time you see a sunflower:

  • Sunflowers are primarily native to North America and were a common crop among Native Americans who not only used the ground seeds for food but also the flower for textile dyes and the stalks for kindling.
  • Sunflowers are rugged flowers that are tolerant of both high and low temperatures making them easy to grow.
  • Belle of the Ball Bridal Bouquet by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

    Sunflowers can grow up to 16 feet in height and some varieties can produce over 2,000 seeds per flower.

  • Among their many industrial applications, sunflowers are used to extract toxins from contaminated soil and were used to aid in the cleanup from the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters.
  • There are over 70 different varieties of sunflowers in a wide range of sizes with petal colors ranging from vibrant yellow to deep oranges and browns.
  • Sunflowers are among the fastest growing plants and can reach maturity and heights of 8 to 12 feet in 90-100 days.
  • Sunflowers are often associated with renowned Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh who depicted the flowers in two series of still life paintings. One of those paintings was purchased for $53.9 million in 1987.

Be sure to take a closer look the next time you see one of these magnificently versatile flowers and consider including some of these cheerful favorites the next time you send flowers. Click here to check out some of Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop’s designs featuring the sensational sunflower.