With origins dating back to the sixteenth century, lace reemerged as a fashion trend in 2014, and not only is the trend still hanging on, it looks to be gaining momentum in 2016. Once regarded as a textile for the affluent, lace is now accessible to all in a multitude of patterns and presentations.  Look for lace in all facets of fashion, from head to toe, pony tail to pumps.

Lace is often associated with the bridal market, with this year’s brides choosing a variety of lace in their gowns and accessories. Bridal gown trends range from old-fashioned, high-necked designs to more contemporary dresses with lingerie inspiration. For brides wanting to add just a touch of the trend, they will find many options in headpieces, sashes, jewelry and shoes.

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As a full-service florist, Lilium has customers covered for everyday occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, but we also excel in florals for special events. Corporate luncheons and dinners, holiday parties, conferences, and fundraisers are all more festive with the addition of beautiful flowers.

Sometimes a client will have a specific theme that they would like for us to incorporate. We love to get creative with themes in our floral designs. Often, there is a color pallet that will direct us in our flower and vase selections. With an inventory of hundreds of vases, and a vast selection of seasonal florals, we can create a stunning impression, whether it be rustic, contemporary, romantic, whimsical, traditional, seasonal or classically elegant.

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Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. At Lilium, we are in love with the beautiful Corazon rose, and we think it is a perfect way to say, “I love you” this Valentine’s Day.

The Corazon (Spanish for “heart”) is a beautiful, true red rose with qualities that make it unique and highly desirable. The award-winning Corazon rose, from Rio Roses, is grown in Ecuador, where the climate produces superior bloom sizes and quality. They have more petals than any other red rose, and the blooms open fully, similar to a garden rose. Additionally, all of the blooms open at a consistent rate, so you will not have some buds remaining closed while others open.

Each Corazon bloom continues to open for four to five days. When fully open, it measures almost five inches across. Blooms this size need a strong support system, and Corazon roses measure up with their long sturdy stems and strong necks. With roses of lesser quality, the blooms bend and droop in a matter of days, but Corazon roses will hold their shape for up to two weeks.

To show our customers how beautiful and long-lasting these roses are, we created a display in our shop. Customers can see the progression from bud to full bloom, and appreciate the lasting beauty of these spectacular roses. Here are our Corazons on day 1 and again on day 7:

We are so crazy about the Corazon rose, we entered Rio Roses’ “How Do You Say Corazon?” video contest and won first place! Take a look at our winning entry on Rio Roses’ How Do You Say Corazon? You Tube post.

One of our most popular Valentine’s Day selections is a dozen (or two or three) Corazon roses arranged in a vase, with their lush, dark green foliage providing the perfect setting for the rich red blooms. We also love to use them in combination with other seasonal favorites in our fresh arrangements.

Corazon silver bowl

Look for Corazon rose arrangements on our 2018 Valentine’s Day menu. We know you will fall in love with them too.

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New York arrangement from the 2018 Valentine’s Day menu
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He popped the question, and you responded with an enthusiastic, “Yes!” The whirlwind of wedding planning is underway. We know it can be overwhelming, and we are here to help.

Once your date is set and a venue secured, contact Lilium to set up your complimentary bridal consultation. It is important that the date and venue are set, as the season and location will impact the selection of flowers available and the overall design of your wedding florals. Allow 30-45 minutes for your consultation with our experienced wedding coordinator. She will take a few moments to get to know you, to get a sense of your personality and style, before delving into the details.

Have lots of ideas? Bring them! Bring photos, notes and inspiration. Have no ideas? That’s okay too! We can make suggestions that will spark your creativity. If you know the following, you are well on your way:

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Some call it “paying it forward.” Others refer to it as performing “random acts of kindness.” Whatever term you use, the act is manifested when you feel so blessed that you want someone else to get that same feeling. When your heart is overflowing, you want to share the love. As we wrap up a season focused on being thankful, and turn our thoughts toward the joy of the Christmas season, it seems a fitting time to exercise a bit of goodwill toward others.

Often, the feel-good stories don’t get much attention. The deed is done quietly, unassumingly, with no desire for recognition. Have you had someone in front of you at a drive-through window pay for your order? Or had your restaurant check paid by another diner? There is no way to return the favor, you just accept it graciously. Hopefully, it inspires you to repeat the gesture for another lucky recipient, or to come up with your own unique way to bless someone.

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In October, Lilium owners Ron and Lisa Pritchett, along with head designer, Taylor Pritchett, traveled to Miami, FL to accept the 2015 Retail Florist of the Year award. Lisa accepted the honor before an audience of 800 attendees at the Wholesale Florist & Florist Supply Association (WF&FSA) annual conference.

In an annual contest sponsored by WF&FSA and Florists’ Review magazine, Lilium, nominated by Miami grower Equiflor Corporation, was selected from hundreds of nominees from across the US and Canada.

Nominees were judged for:

  • Visual merchandising/Store Design and Image
  • Advertising, Marketing and Promotions
  • Weddings and Events
  • Flower variety and quality
  • Customer Service
  • Employee benefits and training
  • Business Achievement
  • Floral industry and community involvement
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Lisa Pritchett accepts the award and speaks to conference attendees.

Thank you to all of our loyal customers for your continued support. While we were extremely honored to receive this recognition, we promise not to rest on our laurels. Lilium will continue to strive to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations with innovation, creative inspiration and top-notch customer service.

If you’d like to know more about Lilium’s story, please read the article that appeared the June issue of Florists’ Review magazine.

For generations, newly engaged couples turned the calendar to June for scheduling their big day. Today, however, with more couples seeking outdoor venues, autumn has risen to the top as the busiest wedding season in Texas. The summer heat at last gives way to cooler days, and nature puts on a show, with colors and textures unique to the season.

Fall provides a pallet of rich and vibrant hues in every shade of orange, red, gold, green, berry and brown. Several flower varieties are only available in the late summer/early fall months, so take advantage of these limited-time options. Some of our favorites include showy dahlias, cosmos, cornflowers and scabiosa.

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