Pro Tips From Your Local Florist: 7 Steps for Longer Lasting Flowers

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means it’s time to start thinking about flowers! If you’ve ever received flowers, you know the feeling of excitement that comes with seeing a beautiful arrangement delivered to your home or office. But what if the joy of receiving flowers could last longer?

Most people know the basics for keeping flowers alive longer: changing the water, keeping it in a cool place, and not leaving them in direct sunlight. But there are a few tips from the floral designers at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop in Milwaukee, WI that will help make make your flowers last as long as possible.

1. Choose a clear vase

One of the most obvious ways to make roses and other flowers last longer is by using a clear vase with a lot of water. Why clear? Because opaque vases make it much more difficult to monitor the water level – which almost always leads to under-watering and faster perishing flowers.

2. Condition your water (use flower food)

Luxe Roses & Hydrangea from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop – Milwaukee, WI

Tap water is great for flowers, but nutrients are necessary if you want to extend their life. Flower food packets are just three ingredients mixed together to make a perfect environment for cut flowers. Bleach (bactericide) kills any bacteria or mold while sugar provides energy and water retention. Citric acid dissolves air bubbles and balances the pH level of the water.

To make more flower food at home, simply mix 1 teaspoon of sugar with 1 teaspoon of bleach and 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice with a quarter cup of warm water until fully dissolved.

3. Refresh them every day

Just a few minutes of care each day can have a substantial effect on the life of your flowers. Refreshing the water, trimming the stems, and adding new flower food, will prevent bacteria and keep your flowers looking their best.

Unlike many houseplants, it is nearly impossible to “over-water” your cut flowers (unless water is spilling over the top of the vase) so the bigger concern is not giving them enough. If you cannot give them a refresh every day then at least make sure they have plenty of water at all times.

4. Remove any leaves below the water line

If you’re looking for ways to make roses and other cut flowers last longer, this is a big one that often gets overlooked; cut off any leaves that are below the surface of the water, these will rot and cause bacteria growth which will shorten the life of your flowers.

5. Only touch the stems

Touching a flower is like touching fabric – it can be delicate and cause damage if you aren’t careful. It is important to avoid touching flowers except when removing them from their vase for trimming or fresh water. Touching these delicate pieces of art can easily cause damage and shorten the life of your flowers, so use stems as handles when you need to touch them instead of heads or petals.

6. Use pruning shears or your sharpest scissors

When cutting the stems, make sure to use a very sharp pair of scissors or knife if you do not have pruning shears available. Dull blades can crush the stems and damage them – which will also shorten their life span. Cutting the stems with a sharp implement not only ensures that you’ll get an even cut, but it also helps prevent them from getting crushed.

Cutting stems at least an inch from the bottom will allow otherwise clogged plants to reopen and absorb more water. Cutting them with a 45 degree angle creates larger openings near base, which allows for greater absorption due to a larger exposed surface area. It also

7. Create a healthy environment

Your flowers’ environment plays a considerable role in how long they will last. Positioning your floral arrangement in a location where it won’t be exposed to direct sunlight will help prevent it from wilting prematurely.

Flowers have a special talent for retaining heat. If you’re trying to slow down the decay process, place your flowers in an area with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit–but don’t worry if they’re room-temperature. It is also important to keep your flowers away from any fruits or vegetables because they release ethylene gas as as they ripen – which poisons cut flowers and expedites wilting and browning.

By following these seven simple steps, you can keep your fresh flowers looking vibrant for as long as possible. Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner on Monday, February 14.

Now is the perfect time to send flowers with the best flower delivery and beautiful blooms from your local florist. At Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, we offer same day flower delivery for Valentine’s Day flowers as well as birthdays, anniversaries, get well soon wishes, sympathy, or just to make someone smile in Milwaukee, WI and surrounding areas.

Cross Off Your Entire Holiday Wish List at Alfa Flowers – In-Store or Online!

December is here once again. That means the time is now to start planning your holiday shopping (if you haven’t already) in order to avoid picked-over store shelves and lengthily shipping delays closer to Christmas. 

Holiday shopping does not have to be difficult or stressful. In fact, holiday shopping can be a simple one-stop shopping experience if you know the best place to shop for holiday gifts in Milwaukee, WI. 

Alfa Flower Shop has all of your holiday gift ideas covered with an incredible variety of holiday flowers, centerpieces, and plants available now in-store, as well as countless other holiday gift ideas including candles, chocolates, ornaments, and more! 

Whether you’re holiday shopping for a loved one, friend, co-worker, or business associate, we have unique holiday gift ideas that everyone on your list is sure to love! 

5 Fabulous Holiday Favorites from Alfa Flower Shop

  1. Poinsettias
    A lovely poinsettia plant is an excellent traditional holiday gift idea they will cherish all season long. No one can resist the cheerful beauty of a poinsettia plant. When you are looking for an excellent holiday gift, consider giving someone this long-lasting and easy to care for houseplant that will bring joy all year round! Alfa Flower Shop offers different sizes in colors available including red berries or green leaves with envy inducing burgundy coloring.
  1. Holiday Centerpieces
    A great holiday gift idea is Alfa Flower Shop’s full selection of holiday centerpieces available in the store now! Holiday centerpiece ideas include traditional holiday flower arrangements, as well as delicious candy dishes filled with your favorite chocolates. Perfect for entertaining guests at home this holiday season!
  2. Wreaths
    A festive wreath adds a warm welcoming touch to your home or office during the holidays. Alfa Flower Shop offers a variety of holiday wreaths in a wide range of styles, colors, and shapes to compliment everyone’s holiday style. We also have custom wreaths available that can include almost anything you’d like in the size of your choice!
  3. Fresh Flowers
    Fresh holiday flowers are not just for decorating, they also make outstanding holiday gifts that can be delivered directly to the recipient of your choice. We also offer custom floral arrangements that can be made with any color or style you choose; including poinsettias, wreaths, candles, bows & pinecones. Additionally, floral bouquets are also perfect as hostess gifts or thank you gifts for holiday parties and gatherings.
  4. Candles, Ornaments, and other Holiday Décor
    Holiday baskets and candles make Christmas decorating a breeze and also make terrific holiday gifts for co-workers or collogues. We have many holiday scented options, as well as holiday themed votives and tealight holders that are perfect for holiday tabletop centerpieces or simply adding holiday cheer to any room in your home! We also have an incredible selection of beautiful Christmas décor, including handmade bows and pinecones, holiday ornaments, and holiday cards.

Stop in and see us or Order Online

Alfa Flower Shop is your one-stop holiday shopping destination this holiday season. Whether you’re looking to cross off an entire holiday wish list or just a few people on your list, we’ve got the perfect holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list at Alfa Flower Shop!

There’s nothing better on this chilly winter day than to step into the warmth of Alfa Flower Shop and get your holiday shopping done in one visit. Our beautiful flowers and decoration will brighten any room, our Christmas ornaments are sure to put some sparkle on your tree with their vibrant colors. We also carry a wide selection of unique gifts that would be perfect for anyone you might need an extra gift for this year!

Visit our Christmas showroom at 7001 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213, or shop online 24/7 at alfaflowershop.com and let us take care of all those pesky errands so you can go back home with time left over to enjoy your family! Call us today at (414) 475-7080 to order Christmas gifts anywhere in Milwaukee, or the USA.

Let Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop help decorate your home for the holidays

The holiday season is a time for celebration and family. It’s the time of year where we deck the halls and decorate our homes and offices with holiday décor.

But finding time to decorate during the holiday rush can be difficult, and the longer you wait, the less options you have. Most people wait until after Thanksgiving to start thinking about holiday decorations, so your best bet is to have your designer booked before they start getting too busy.

That means right now is the best time to start planning your holiday decorating. If you’re looking for holiday decorating ideas or are in need of on-site florists that can help you get your home festive-ready before December 25th then Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop should be your first stop!

We offer services to any budget big or small and our floral designers are experts in helping customers find the perfect holiday decorations for their home or office.

Our design team will decorate your home

Everyone loves decorating for holidays but who has the time? It can be so much work and the end results often fall short of the glorious holiday displays we pictured in our minds before we untangled our first string of lights!

This year forget that frustration and spend more time enjoying the holidays by trusting your home or office holiday decorating to the experts at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop?

Our professional floral designers love decorating for the holidays and will be happy to come to your home or place of business to assist you with decorating. We can even handle it all ourselves if you prefer, freeing up your time for other tasks.

Our experienced designers are filled with creative ideas that could turn your home or office into a winter wonderland or a simple cozy retreat. Christmas decorating ideas for your mantel, front door, mailbox, Christmas tree, and more will surely fill you with Christmas cheer.

What are the benefits of hiring our designers?

Hiring a local florist to assist you with designing Christmas decorations is an efficient way of getting into the spirit of the holidays without spending too much time on it yourself. And it never hurts to have a professional designer at your side while you decorate.

Whether you just need a few new ideas, or want us to decorate your entire home and trim the tree, our experienced professionals are waiting to turn up their creativity at full volume so they can fill every room in your house with cheerful holiday cheer this year!

  • Holiday decorating ideas customized to your tastes and holiday theme
  • No stress of trying to figure out what you need or where it all goes
  • Decorations to accentuate any existing holiday décor in your home
  • Holiday decorating ideas that will stun your family and friends
  • Holiday decorating done quickly while still looking amazing
  • Professionally designed fresh flowers that will leave your home or office looking festive and ready for the holiday season

Our experienced design staff is an incredible collection of talented professionals who create amazing floral designs for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well wishes, sympathy, weddings, and other special occasions. They specialize in working with your existing décor and style to help you create something wonderful.

Now is the perfect time to start – our calendar will fill up fast

However lavish or simple your holiday decorating may be, Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop will help you bring the beauty and the essence of the holiday to every corner of your home or office. From holiday flowers and plants.

We certainly don’t want you to miss out on holiday cheer this year, so we’re urging you to schedule a holiday decorating appointment as soon as possible.

Now is the best time to schedule a consultation because the limited number of appointments will fill up fast. Call Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop in Milwaukee, WI today at (414) 475-7080 to schedule an appointment.

Fall Flowers: Gifts for Thanksgiving and Other Celebrations

Fall is a wonderful time of year. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and cool, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Give thanks this season with fall flowers from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop. Flowers can be given as gifts or used to create festive centerpieces for the Thanksgiving dinner table.

There is nothing more heartwarming than a bouquet of fresh flowers on the Thanksgiving table. We have a wonderful assortment of fall flowers that will make your Thanksgiving table look spectacular. From roses to poinsettias, we have something to please everyone on your list including bouquets with traditional autumn colors like oranges and browns, as well as brighter tones such as yellows and reds.

Creating fall-themed flower arrangements is one of our favorite parts about this season because there are so many possibilities thanks to all the different types of flowers available during this time – from chrysanthemums and marigolds to mums and poinsettias! When it comes down to it, we love everything about autumn – especially thanksgiving centerpieces decorated with beautiful fall flowers. And we just can’t get enough of these gorgeous leaves changing colors.

Thanksgiving flowers are a great way to celebrate the national holiday. They add color and life to your table, which is important during this social celebration. Whether you’re celebrating with family or hosting a mismatched meal for friends, there’s no better way than by using flowers from your local florist that fill the room with their beauty while also representing each person eating at this joyous occasion, and reminding us why we should all be thankful.

Make your Thanksgiving table shine with a floral centerpiece

Autumn Copper Centerpiece from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

For many people, the Thanksgiving meal is one of the most cherished traditions of the year. It’s a day when people gather around the table with their family and friends to enjoy delicious food, watch football games, and enjoy the fellowship while reflecting on what makes them grateful.

It’s no surprise then that people want to celebrate this special occasion with some extra flair and style! Floral centerpieces play an important role in providing color and beauty on tables during dining hours. The also look fantastic next to a beautifully roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and all our other favorites.

If you want to make your Thanksgiving table look extra-special this year, consider choosing a centerpiece from one of the many designs we have available in store or on our website. Our talented floral designers have created dozens of different thanksgiving centerpiece options – all beautifully crafted with fall colors and scents in mind – for any budget, size, or style preference. We also offer custom centerpiece design services so if there’s something special you’re looking for just let us know – we’ll create it for you!

Our fall garden floral bouquets are carefully crafted using only the highest quality flowers from around the world to ensure long-lasting beauty that will truly impress your guests or loved ones this holiday season without breaking the bank in order to do it. Our prices vary depending on what kind of design you choose – whether simple and rustic or ornate and glamorous – but we always make sure that our products remain affordable no matter what options customers choose when designing their arrangement. Visit our website or call us at 414-475-7080 to find more information.

Flowers make fantastic gifts – we even deliver!

There are many reasons why flowers make an excellent gifts, but one thing that sets a gift of flowers apart from everything else is that they are hand-delivered – by one of our employees – straight to someone’s doorstep or even their office while they’re working. We never rely on people we don’t know or third parties to help with deliveries. It is extremely important to us take care of your flowers every step of the way, from the moment we receive the order until we hand it to the recipient.

We put the highest value on customer satisfaction. In fact, we promise to make sure that your flowers arrive in perfect condition and on time for each and every order. We take pride in our commitment to delivering beautiful and high-quality flowers and we will do what it takes to make sure your order is the best it can be! Every order we receive is special and we take pride in ensuring that you are 100% satisfied with your purchase.

You can also send flowers as a thank-you note, or just as a way to show someone that you’re thinking of them! Flowers and autumn garden hanging baskets make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers – even your favorite delivery person!

We also offer a thanksgiving flower subscription service that allows you to schedule regular deliveries of flowers throughout the year. By scheduling regular deliveries you can make sure that a loved one’s home or office never lacks for beautiful, fresh flowers. We’ve made it easy and affordable, so don’t miss out on this special opportunity to give the gift that keeps giving!

It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas flowers

Ready or not, Thanksgiving inevitably turns into Black Friday, which means the commencement of the holiday shopping season! With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukah all coming up in November or December, now is the best time to order your holiday flowers.

We are always ready to help our customers check another name off their list with a beautiful gift of fresh flowers! Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or another holiday in the fall, our experienced designers will provide you with exactly what you need for a beautiful celebration.

At Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, we are committed to providing our customers with the best selection of flowers and gifts at affordable prices. We offer same-day local delivery in Milwaukee, WI and surrounding areas or anywhere in the US. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, a get well gift, or even just to make someone smile – flowers make the perfect present! Order your holiday deliveries now for the best selection and choice of delivery dates which may fill up as we get closer to the holidays.

Don’t Forget Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 12

Grandparents Day is a national holiday or observance, celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year it takes place on Sunday September 12.  Contrary to popular misconception, Grandparents Day was not invented by greeting card companies, florists, restaurants, or any other business interest.

Instead, the origin of Grandparents Day can be traced back to 1956 when a mother from West Virginia named Marian McQuade helped organize a community celebration for people over 80 years of age. In doing so, she realized how many elderly care facility residents had been forgotten by their families.  

Fresh and Fabulous Bouquet from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop is a perfect gift for Grandparents Day

She envisioned a holiday that would not only bring attention to the elderly population but would also honor all grandparents by celebrating the connections between generations. Her work paid off and in 1973 West Virginia became the first state to set aside a special day to celebrate grandparents. Three years later – in 1978 – her efforts resulted in Grandparents Day becoming a national holiday celebrated in every state.

Simple Celebration

Unlike many other popular holidays that honor people on a larger scale with parties and large gatherings, most Grandparents Day celebrations are small and intimate and often take place in homes, hospitals, and care facilities with close family members.

In fact, McQuade went to great lengths to keep the holiday less commercial and truer to its roots by refusing all donations and royalties associated with her efforts. She also spurned overtures from Hallmark who predicted that Grandparents Day would become the sixth biggest holiday on the calendar each year for greeting card sales.

Despite that, many families celebrate grandparents by giving gifts. Some families embrace the spirit of the holiday and encourage grandparents to share stories and give gifts to their grandchildren, especially personal gifts that celebrate special family traditions.

In most cases, family get-togethers do not need to be expensive or elaborate. The important thing is choosing activities the grandparent enjoys while fostering intergenerational connection. Sharing a simple meal or spending time to visit is enough to please most grandparents. Engaging with them by playing board games, cards, and puzzles are fun ways to spend time together. Grandparents Day is also a fantastic time to look at old pictures or share some family stories.

It’s the Thought That Counts the Most

Perhaps the biggest reason why Grandparents Day has escaped commercial exploitation is because of holiday burnout. If that is truly the case, grandparents still should not let the occasion go by unnoticed. Most of the younger generation will be happy to participate even if they don’t have to plan. It is important to remember that true reason for holiday is to give grandparents a chance to show their love for – and spend their time with – their grandchildren.

If you are not able to get together in person, Grandparents Day is a terrific chance for you to call them, text them, video chat with them, or perhaps even write them a good old-fashioned hand-written letter or have your children draw some pictures for them to include in a card. Of course, you could also send them a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop. We have options for everyone, and a simple surprise delivery is an easy, convenient, and personal way to make a grandparent’s Grandparents Day special.

As a Yes We Can florist, Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop features same-day delivery in Milwaukee, WI and surrounding areas for Grandparents Day, as well as birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well soon wishes, sympathy, weddings, or even just because. Visit our store, located at 7001 W North Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53213, or shop online 24/7.

Celebrate the 4th of July Weekend with Flowers from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

The 4th of July is a summertime celebration filled with fireworks, parades, picnics, and a lot of patriotic pride. While our original Independence Day took place way back in 1776, the party didn’t really get started until a year later when the first official celebration took place in Philadelphia. That celebration included many of the same festivities we still observe today.

Colorful Tribute Bouquet by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

If you want to celebrate July 4th in style, do it with flowers! Decorating for this holiday is as easy as red, white, and blue – but that certainly does not limit your options! At Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop we specialize in utilizing a variety of flowers in unique ways to really accentuate the spirit of the holiday.

One of our favorite parts of any holiday is the symbolism that goes along with some of the traditions. One example is the symbolic colors of the American flag. Red in the flag is said to symbolizes courage, bravery, and passion. White serves a different purpose at it represents purity and innocence, and blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice. Just like our nation’s flag, the colors of flowers are important and symbolic.

Roses, carnations, and gerbera daisies are some of the popular flowers traditionally used in Independence Day arrangements. Those flowers pair especially well with complementary white lilies, gladiolus, and mums. Blue delphinium is often used to round out the trio because it looks beautiful next to any shades of red and white. Even if arrangements do not stick to the traditional red, white, and blue designs, they can be accented with an American flag or some glittery firework accents for a festive finishing touch.

With a 3-day long Independence Day weekend coming up, now is the perfect time to honor a veteran, or decorate you yard for a 4th of July picnic. No matter how you choose to celebrate, Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop has the flowers and inspiration to help you create a one-of-a-kind Fourth of July bouquet that will truly commemorate and celebrate our nation’s most historic day. Same day delivery in Milwaukee, WI, or anywhere nationwide. Shop online 24/7 at alfaflowershop.com or call us at 414-475-7080.

This Mother’s Day, trust the designers at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop to create a one-of-a-kind gift she will never forget

Click to order a Designers’ Choice bouquet from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop in Milwaukee, WI

Mother’s Day is less than a week away, but the good news is you still have time to find the perfect gift for mom and have it hand-delivered to her door in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9. Even better news is that you won’t have to travel far to find a gift that is so unique and special that we can guarantee she has never seen anything like it before. All it takes is the click of a button and a little faith the experienced floral design team at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop.

Ordering flowers online with the national retail companies can often be a frustrating experience. First you see a beautiful image of a perfect bouquet of flowers with a “special” price that seems too good to be true. The further along you get in the ordering process, the more fees, and charges you manage to rack up until you finally end up paying nearly as much in mysterious service and convenience fee as you did for the flowers!

Several days later your gift to mom will arrive in a box that will be left on her doorstep with the rest of the packages. Please don’t do that to mom (or yourself) this year when there are better, fresher, and more cost-effective options right here in town.

Why choose designers’ choice?

If you want the most bang for you buck when ordering flowers, a “designers’ choice” bouquet is almost always the best option, no matter where you shop. Without having to replicate an image from the website, our designers are free to create something totally unique with the freshest flowers we have available in the shop.

You also won’t be disappointed by unrealistic expectations! No matter how delicious the dish, the food you receive at a restaurant will never look exactly like the picture on the menu. But that is what you ordered, so expectations have been set and that is what you expect the waiter to bring. If your food arrives looking less-than-camera-ready, you might be disappointed before even taking a bite.

We certainly don’t ever want you to be disappointed with your flowers, and we definitely don’t want to disappoint mom this Mother’s Day with an ordinary gift that looks like all the rest. Make this year one she will never forget with Mother’s Day flowers from your friends at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop. Same-day delivery is available in Milwaukee, WI and surrounding areas, or anywhere in the USA for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well wishes, thank you, sympathy, or even just because!

Beyond Red Roses: A Valentine’s Day Guide for Selecting Something Unexpected

Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays of the year because it is all about love and happiness! It is a chance to show loved ones – or those we secretly admire – that we think they are special, and we reward them with gifts to show our appreciation.

On the surface, that sounds fantastic. We all spread love around and everyone gets presents, what could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot if you do not know what your Valentine’s expectations are and you underdeliver on an occasion that is practically set up on a tee for you to knock it out of the park.

Couples celebrating their first Valentine’s Day together without knowing the other partner’s expectations ahead of time could be headed for hurt feelings, or even disaster if they are not on the same page and the gift misses the mark.

For those who do not know a daisy from a daffodil, we’re here to help you find the perfect gift of flowers for Valentine’s Day that should exceed just about every expectation. Although you should definitely consider some chocolates and perhaps a plush animal just to be on the safe side!

Red Roses

Luxe Roses and Hydrangea Flowers by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

Red roses are the quintessential gift for Valentine’s Day. If your Valentine is expecting flowers, this is likely what they have in mind. You cannot go wrong with a dozen (or two) long-stem roses, but you CAN be more creative than that!

A dozen roses show you care, but they also suggest that you did not put a great deal of thought into the gift and instead just went with the safe choice. For many, this is more than enough, but if you really want to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember, you need to consider additional options in order to watch your Valentine’s face light up after you exceed their expectations.

One of our favorite Valentine’s Day bouquets is Alfa’s Be My Love Bouquet with Red Roses. This jaw-dropping design not only features the signature red roses but enhances them with lovely carnations, chrysanthemums, and Asiatic lilies to make it extra special.

Be My Love Bouquet by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop, Milwaukee, WI

Another terrific option is Alfa’s Dance with Me Bouquet which perfectly pairs red roses with a variety of lovely red and pink carnations to truly make it stand out from a crowd. For something completely different, why not surprise your valentine with our Luxe Roses and Hydrangea Flowers? This stunning bouquet bucks the trend of traditional Valentine’s Day flowers by putting a new spin on a classic traditional gift.

No matter which gift you give your Valentine, be sure to order as early as possible in order to choose from the best selection. Just like a great bakery or a terrific barbeque restaurant, the early bird gets the worm and the selections become limited the closer we get to the big day. Ordering early will also help you secure your preferred delivery date before they are full.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop has you covered with an incredible selection of Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts. 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.

Holiday Shopping in 2020

The good news is we have nearly reached the end of 2020 – a year will forever be remembered by the unprecedented impact it had on our world. The reality is that the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in many changes throughout every aspect of our lives, from how we live and work to how we interact and shop.

The small-business owner, in many cases the heart and soul of a city or neighborhood, was hit particularly hard by the restrictions, mandatory closings and sudden rule changes that often left them scrambling to keep their lights on. Shoppers too were forced to adapt to new methods of procuring goods and services while trying to remain as safe as possible.

There are many lessons to be learned from 2020, but perhaps the most important is refocusing on serving each individual customer and offering them the safest and most efficient way of shopping. When corporations like Amazon allow people to shop for nearly anything they can dream of and have it delivered to their door in two days, it sets the bar high for rest of the retail industry.

But why wait that long?

Your friends at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop can deliver your gift by hand – the same day your place your order!  Not only that, but you can order online any time you like from the safety and comfort of your own home. Christmas flowers, wreaths, boxwood trees, plants, and centerpieces from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop make outstanding holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

The Ultimate Christmas Basket by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

For something extra special, our holiday baskets are the perfect choice for even the most difficult person to shop for, because they can be personalized to include anything you want. We have a selection of pre-made baskets available in store that include fresh fruit, gourmet snacks, holiday treats and more, or we can design a themed holiday package especially for you.

At Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop we take every precaution to keep our customers and our employees safe and healthy, so you can rest assured that our professional staff of drivers will safely delivery your gift to the recipient’s door. We even offer touchless delivery options if preferred. Our delivery times and dates are filling up fast, so please order early for the best selection.

If you prefer a more traditional Christmas shopping, you will love to see what we have in store for you at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop!  Our holiday flowers and gifts are sure to put you in the holiday spirit this Christmas! Stop by and see with our incredible selection of holiday flowersgifts, 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.

What is mistletoe and why do we kiss under it at Christmas?

Greenery and plants including holly, laurel, boxwood bushes, poinsettias, pine trees and mistletoe, play important roles in many of our holiday celebrations. Kissing under the mistletoe is one Christmastime’s most romantic – and most unusual – traditions.  But what is mistletoe and how did it become such a fabled part of Christmas while being mostly ignored the rest of the year?

Unlike most other holiday flowers, mistletoe isn’t exactly known for its beauty. In fact, the infamous yuletide plant is an invasive shrub that grows from the dung of birds and extracts nutrients from trees. While that may not be a glowing introduction to mistletoe, it does begin to explain why this plant has held people’s fascination for so long.

While it is true that mistletoe is semi-parasitic and could eventually kill its host plant, it is generally not considered a serious enough threat, in most cases, to warrant control measures. In fact, there is evidence that the plant could have benefits for birds as well as humans.

Several studies – including one from Billabong Creek in New South Wales, Australia and another from central Mexico have shown a significant drop in the populations of birds and other species in areas where scientists removed mistletoe from the ecosystem while populations increased or stayed the same in areas with mistletoe.

Those findings, along with other studies suggest that mistletoe is a keystone species that not only plays a critical role in its ecosystem but may also provide some promising health benefits to humans. Doctors at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are studying mistletoe’s effects on cancer patients as a way to relieve side effects of chemotherapy, and physicians in Europe are able to prescribe mistletoe to their patients.

How did it become a holiday tradition?

Long before the internet, neighbors and relatives frequently visited each other during the holidays for fellowship. Houses were kept tidy and decorated for the holidays in order to be ready for any guests or visitors, so the decorations needed to be hearty enough to last for several weeks. Although the origins of kissing under the mistletoe are unclear, it was likely chosen in part because it stays green all winter long without being rooted in soil.

The earliest documented cases of kissing under the mistletoe date back to 16th century England where it was a very popular custom at the time, but it likely started even earlier. One Norse myth claims people began kissing under the plant as a peace offering after the god Balder was killed with a mistletoe arrow. Early European were so enamored with mistletoe plants that they became interwoven into myths, legends, and religious beliefs.

Literature is filled with examples of different uses that range anywhere from preventing fires to scaring away demons and protecting livestock from witchcraft. Throughout the ages, mistletoe was also commonly tied to fertility, which may be where the tradition started. Washington Irving wrote that men commonly gave women a kiss for each berry hanging on the mistletoe above them – plucking one off for each kiss.

Despite mistletoe’s continued popularity in Christmas carols, songs, and tales, the plant is not nearly as common as it used to be even though nearly everyone has heard of it. And, unlike the jolly old elf, there is nothing seasonal about mistletoe – it does not disappear when the season is over, it is simply forgotten about for several months each year until it makes its appearance in doorways across the world next year.

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