Celebrating our Furry Friends

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National Puppy Day was instituted 10 years ago by animal rights advocates looking to shine a spotlight on several issues – overpopulation, puppy mills, and the plight of shelter animals. The main emphasis of the day is to both celebrate the joy that a new puppy brings to our lives; as well as to encourage people to adopt rescue or shelter dogs when looking for new furry friends. At Beneva Flowers, we have whimsical floral designs perfect to acknowledge the dog lover in your life or to thank the Sarasota shelter volunteer who tirelessly works on behalf of the animals. Order one of our adorable designs, or give us a call to create a custom arrangement for a very special puppy.  Continue reading

Women’s Day Celebrations Around the World

women's dayInternational Women’s Day is a worldwide observance of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. Recognized since in the early 1900’s, the initiative believes that no single institution, corporation, charity, or government is solely responsible for the movement. Instead, they believe that all like-minded people should stand shoulder-to-shoulder to fight for justice and equality for women, no matter where they live. International Women’s Day inspires unity, promotes reflection, supports advocacy and encourages action.

A  Worldwide Social Gathering: On March 8, men and women alike will be involved events that take place both locally and globally. The organizers of the celebration urge everyone to tell the world about their support by tagging social media posts with #BeBoldforChange. Continue reading

Are You Ready for Prom?

A vector illustration of teen in prom dress standing in front of a long limoIt’s that time once again; spring break is in the books and summer vacation is coming into sight, but who can think about summer when you’re busy planning your prom?

With so many choices to make for prom – from choosing the perfect dress to finding the right shoes, jewelry, and makeup – it’s not always easy to keep up with the latest styles and hottest trends that will have you looking incredible on this magical night.

But that’s not all!

Once the other tasks are completed and plans are made, you’re almost set for the big party, but don’t walk out the door and duck into the limo until you add the quintessential finishing touch – we’re talking about the flowers!

No prom dress is complete without a stunning corsage, and jacket lapels are way too plain without an eye-catching boutonniere. As they say, it’s all in the details!

What do I need, where do I find it?

With so many other important decisions to be made leading up to prom, the choices can sometimes be overwhelming and finding the right flowers to complement your dress or tux can leave your head spinning. Never fear! Like many of the other big decisions you make for prom night, choosing the perfect corsage or boutonniere is simply a matter of personal preference and should reflect your style and taste.

Fortunately, your friendly florists at Beneva Flowers are experts at customization and have a keen eye to help take your look from stunning to perfection with the perfect floral accents.

Custom Wristlet by Beneva Flowers

Custom Wristlet by Beneva Flowers

What are my options?

The choices are nearly endless when it comes to deciding which flowers are right for you, but we have plenty of experience and are happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. All we need to know are your colors and what kind of corsage you have in mind and we can take it from there.

Although it has become a popular trend to match the corsage with the boutonniere, it certainly isn’t necessary – besides, it’s your prom, do what you want! But if you do decide to color coordinate, or if you have some specific flowers in mind, feel free to bring your date in with you and pick them out together.

Don’t delay

It is often said that good things come to those who wait, but that isn’t always the case, especially when it comes to prom flowers. Since prom also falls during the height of wedding season and is near Mother’s Day, this is a very busy time of year in the floral industry.

Although the flowers may be the finishing touch to that perfect prom outfit, don’t wait until the last minute to pick out your flowers. Shopping early always provides you with a better selection and allows you more personal attention from our florists. We want you to look fabulous on your special night because it’s one you’ll never forget!

Invited to a “Super Party”? Don’t wait until the last second!

football for blogsThere’s a big game coming up in a couple of weeks, in case you haven’t heard.

Last year’s Super Bowl XLIX was the most-watched show in U.S. television history, hauling in a ridiculous 114.4 million viewers and shattering the previous record of 112.2 million.

The Super Bowl has indeed become much more of a tradition than just a football game. It’s become an annual celebration that non-football fans look forward to just as much as the diehard fans do, if only for the food and viral-worthy commercials.

Grand Gathering by Beneva Flowers

Grand Gathering by Beneva Flowers

If you’re not hosting a party for this year’s Super Bowl, chances are you’ve been invited to one.

Now, while some people choose to go all out with elaborate recipes and sophisticated side dishes, not everyone has the ability – or the time – to create their own culinary masterpiece.

One trap you want to avoid as a “Super Party” guest is waiting until the last minute!

Good food and drink are essential for any great Super Bowl party, yes, but stopping by the store at the last minute to purchase your party gift? Not so much!

This simple act of procrastination will leave you sifting through leftovers and hand-me-down dishes with no clear end in sight. Not the best way to make a “super” impression, right?

Snack Basket by Beneva Flowers

Snack Basket by Beneva Flowers

While cheering for the wrong team may earn you ribbings from fellow partygoers, the “showing-up-to-the-party-empty-handed” foul will most certainly draw the biggest penalty flag.

There is one option, however, that is much easier and a lot less stressful. One that will cut the time and hassle out of your busy Sunday and make you the MVP of your Super Bowl 50 party:

That option is having a gift basket from Beneva Flowers DELIVERED directly to the party!

Not only will your gift basket serve as a token of appreciation, but it’s a great way to say ‘thank you’ to the party host and makes a delicious statement that will be enjoyed and admired by everyone at the party.

Why bother with dirty dishes in the kitchen or the hair-pulling frustration of finding a last-minute gift at the grocery store? A simple phone call to Beneva Flowers at (941)308-5151 is the only game plan you need!

So sit back, enjoy the game, and let your friends at Beneva Flowers take care of the rest.

Let’s play some football!

Back to School Flowers & Gifts

schoolsunflowersAs summer winds down and kids across the state head back to school now is the perfect time to send flowers to your favorite teacher or student. Here are a few ideas to start the new school year off right:benevablog2

  • Upgrade the apple – Giving an apple to the teacher may win some brownie points for a few days, but just think how much goodwill an entire fruit basket will earn you!
  • Decorate the desk – Teachers have been busy preparing the classroom for the upcoming year. Help them add that perfecting finishing touch with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for their desk.
  • Plant an idea – Plants are known to reduce stress, increase concentration and enhance memory, what better place for that than in the classroom?
  • Inspire the dorm – It takes a lot of work to decorate a dorm room and make it look just right. Inspire some creative design decisions with a lovely bouquet of favorite flowers.
  • Don’t forget mom and dad – With students hanging out all at home all summer, mom and dad’s house was probably a busy place. Now that things have settled down, treat them to a gift basket to help them unwind.

No matter what the circumstance, Beneva Flowers can help with all of your back-to-school floral and gift needs. Study our website or give us a call and let us help you with your homework of finding the perfect gift for your favorite teacher or student.

Beneva Flowers Donates $10K to the V Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research

IMG_2439On May 10, Beneva Flowers proudly prev foundation2sented a donation of $10,000 for pediatric cancer research to ESPN Hall of Fame sportscaster Dick Vitale at the “Dick Vitale Telethon To Benefit The V Foundation” in Sarasota, Fla.

Established in 1986, Beneva Flowers has  grown to be a leader – not only in the floral industry, but also in the community – by giving back through our Helping Hands program. We are pleased to contribute a 5% donation from each order to a participating local charity, school, or non-profit organization specified by the customer.

“Our goal is to always give something back with every order placed,” said Art Conforti, owner of Beneva Flowers. “There are so many worthwhile causes and we wish we could help every one of them. Unfortunately that isn’t possible, so instead we take pride in doing a little bit every day through our Helping Hands program.”

Currently, there are over 120 organizations that are involved in the Helping Hands program, and Beneva Flowers is honored to be able to make a difference in the community all year long. HelpingHands_Facebook

Graduation Flowers

iStock_000033969902_resizeThe graduation season is here, and that means it’s time for the parties! Flowers not only make an excellent gift for the recent grad, but they also play a big role in making graduation parties beautiful and memorable.

Which flowers to choose depends on a few factors. Since graduation is a happy occasion, bright and cheerful flowers are always a safe bet. School colors are also a popular option and add a nice personal touch for the occasion.

Orchids – Orchids are a very popular choice for the recent grad, and an excellent way to express your congratulations. An orchid plant makes an excellent, long-lasting gift that can grow with the grad as he or she embarks on the next phase of their life.

Roses – Roses are always a safe bet and are appropriate for most occasions – graduation is no different. Their wide assortment of available colors makes it simple to send a vibrant bouquet for this festive occasion.

Carnations – Carnations are very versatile flowers that have a nice aroma and come in almost every color imaginable, making it simple to match with school colors.

Since graduation is a fun occasion and the school colors are already established, it is an excellent time to get creative with different flower combinations and perhaps utilize some of the less-common flowers in unique ways. Ask you florist what they have available in the colors you are looking for and they will be happy to make suggestions and recommendations based on your desired palette.

The Birds are Back!

orioles1It’s once again time to play ball! Major League Baseball’s Spring Training officially begins in Sarasota on Wednesday, March 4, when the 2014 American League East Division
Champion Baltimore Orioles host the Detroit Tigers in a 1:05 p.m. Grapefruit League matchup at Ed Smith Stadium.

For the fifth consecutive season, Beneva Flowers will be on hand to greet fans and give away tropical birds of paradise flowers to the first 1,000 female fans in attendance.

Come on out and cheer on the O’s with Beneva Flowers! Gates are scheduled to open at 10:50 a.m. for season ticket holders and 11:05 a.m. for ticketed fans. Make sure to arrive at the stadium early because the game is sold out and a large crowd is expected. The popular birds of paradise flowers will be given away on a first-come-first-serve basis to female fans only.

Ed Smith Stadium is located at 2700 12th Street (on the corner of 12th and Tuttle) in Sarasota.

Beneva Flowers: Baby Shower Beauty

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Sometimes things are just too good not to share and these baby shower flowers are a great example!

Beneva Flowers recently provided a wide array of arrangements in various sizes for a long time customer’s first grandchild. As you can see they will be having a girl. It meant so much to us that we got to be a part of such a pivotal event in their family’s history.

The arrangements featured various shades of pink. The containers ranged from little wire booties and a buggy filled with roses and baby’s breath to larger arrangements displaying peonies, roses and hydrangea in galvanized buckets. The cake table was embellished with by pink gerbera daisies, roses and astilbe.

Need more baby shower inspiration?

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Prom is Here

It is that time of year again and Beneva Flowers is excited to provide customizable boutonnieres and wristlet corsages.  Below you will find our feature items for Prom 2014. Don’t forget if you order using our FloralApp (keyword: Beneva) you will get 10% off of your order (coupon code: Beneva).

Our Wristlet Corsages:

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All of these can be upgraded to include our sugar pearls or dazzle crystal (pictured below) as well as various pins and rhinestones just give us a call at 941-308-5151.

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Our Boutonnieres:

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No matter which of these fabulous corsages or boutonnieres you pick your date is sure to love it. Beneva Flowers is here to help your night special, so feel free to call us with any questions 941-308-5151.