Colonial House Giveway + FTD

Any time we have an opportunity to collaborate with FTD on a celebration, we jump on it. But can you blame us? Their age-old flower delivery system is pretty much the bomb dot com, and  they always have the best holidays. In honor of our sweet Statesboro friends, I mean everyone is soo nice here (we really, truely LOVE y’all), we’ve gathered the ribbon, sharpened the shears, have someone handling the entries and have called every helper we know.

And the result? We’ll be handing out  1000 of the prettiest flowers you can ever wish for.

A few of our neighbors will receive a dozen roses on this day. This is so-great, if we do say so. FTD has a knack for creating the best holidays. And, Statesboro has the nicest people!  We’re so excited to participate for the very first time. Oh yeah, and, just because nominees receive the dozens doesn’t mean the fun ends. Because, my dears, the recipient is asked to take one and give away the others to 11 different people.

We’ve teamed up with FTD Good Neighbor Day and worked hard to bring you one of the coolest giveaways EVER.



TO ENTER: Head to Statesboro Herald and tell us about someone you know in Statesboro who is constantly inspiring others, or making everyone feel welcome. We want to know about someone who does nice things for people.

PRIZE: The lucky CH fan will receive a dozen wrapped roses. And, we’d love if they’d keep one and give the others to 11 different people.

DEADLINE: All entries must be received by September ?, at 11:59 pm EST.  The winners will be announced right here on Suite 1I on September 11, 2013.  We’re crossing our fingers for you! xoxo


We’d love civic group and business partners, so if you want to join in, let us know here:

Bow Ties Having A Moment


{boutonniere by Colonial House ; photography: Wendolyn Wells}

Okay, y’all. I am not going to lie! Isn’t it adorable how Patrick and his groomsmen kept it Southern-casual in suspenders and bow ties?

 It lends to the laid back, comfortable setting that is a perfect mirror of the relaxed, cheerful couple. Speaking of bow ties , these funky wardrobe pieces are making a come back. They’re having a moment, and I am thrilled.

 Gone are the days of the solid black bow tie paired with the gold-standard tux, and here are the days of bold-colored and fun-patterned pieces, designed to spruce up any drab ensemble.

Here’s one from Acorn in the Lake that is polka-dot-adorable.

acorn chain in lake bow tie

Southern LIving recently featured this so-so-south bowtie clad crew in their Real Weddings blog.

Groomsmen Attire
Okay, so yes definitely love. Love. LOVE. bow ties paired with seer sucker.
And, these gingham ones, below… I mean, whew!
But, you don’t have to be from the south, and you don’t really have to be a gentleman to rock one of bow ties.
They can work with any wedding style.


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{formal striped bow tie photo by Scott Andrew via Style Me Pretty; rustic striped bow tie photo by Ben Sassovia Elizabeth Anne Designs}

If you are going for the  “Southern Gentleman” style, there are specific fabrics, colors and patterns should be used. Seersucker is on the top of the list, closely followed by colorful madras. Cotton and linen trump silk, and colors tend to fall in the fresh pastel category (peach, pinks, pale blues, light yellows) but not always.

Here’s one, LIndsey Bierman found, that is spot on. The bold red color somehow makes the playful polka dots feel a bit mischievous, and crazy-handsome-southern.

Red Polka Dot Bow Tie

Here’s one last picture of Patrick and his bow tie clad groomsman:

{boutonniere by Colonial House via Wendolyn Wells}


So, what do YOU think about bow-ties in weddings? Did you wear one in a wedding?  We want to know!

Guys, if you’re having a little trouble tying the knot check out this great resource on how to tie a bow tie!  And, guess what girl, bow ties aren’t just for the boys. Yep.   Forage has an amazing new summer collection of bow ties just for the women.

Our Bow Tie Go To: RJ Pope & The Sir Shop

Plants and Flowers: Dorm-Suitable Flora

The Colonial House of Flowers has a plant sale through the month of September, that gives Georgia Southern Dorm Residents 20% off indoor plants with ID.  Students wanting to add a bit-o-leafy green to their dorms look no further!

The benefits of keeping a plant in your dorm are varied— from combating the pollution to providing a be-good feeling of having another form of life in your dorm besides a sleeping roommate to many more. Plants are a great, inexpensive dorm decoration.  They’re trending right now.

Finding a plant that is both hardy and aesthetically pleasing is easy. Leafy, non-flowering plants are ideal for most, as they tend to be more durable than plants with blossoms.

According to Tonia McElveen, the shop’s floral director. golden pothos, spider plant, bamboo and fern are all great for people with typical GSU schedules. They require watering once a week and can grow in low light. As the hardiest of plants, cacti and succulents require special mention. As native to barren deserts, they are certainly capable of surviving in a dorm room, providing that you water them every two or three weeks.

For people who want a bit more color besides green in their rooms, Ashley Usry a student who tends the shop recommends flowering plants. Though a little maintenance with regular care these flowers should last a long time. African violets, orchids, hydrangeas, and jade plants all add a bit of vibrant color to lonely windowsill or desk. Provided that you water them once a week and keep them in direct sunlight, they will not quickly wither away.

Christy Hulsey the resident terrarium enthusiast suggests mini-ecosystems in an enclosed glass container. “The add a pinch of magic – they way they take care of them selves and create a tiny world,” she says.  “I am also a huge fan of air plants,” she adds.
Air Plant Hippo Planter Room Decor, College Dorm Ornament. Easy. Perfection.Air Plant Hippo Planter Room Decor, College Dorm Ornament. Easy. Perfection.Pinned byColonial House of FlowersOntoCollege by Colonial House


With all of these options, it is a great idea add a plant or two to your dorm before the leaves begin to fall.

Welcome back to Statesboro, Georgia Southern. We’re so glad you are here. May your days be fun and rooms a tiny bit green this year.


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