Style Tip: Uncage Your Creativity


[photography: bella jay photography wedding rental: colonial house of flowers]

These days, wedding birdcages are everything but boring. By simply adding ribbon, candles, flowers, signs or even a little chalk you can make a boring birdcage into a whimsical style building element. If you’re from the south Georgia area you likely recognize this bird cage – as part of our rental lot it’s been a touch in many of our favorite couple’s nuptials over the years.

Here are some birdcage ideas:

So, back to the bird cage at the very tip top. Do you recognize it? Was it a part of your event? Tell us how you used it. Better, share your pictures with us. Yes! We’d love to see:

more birdcage inspiration: 

How To Decorate Bird Cages

How To Use Bird Cages In Your Wedding

6 Great Uses for Birdcages


Happy National Cheesecake Day!

Eli\'s® Candy Cookie Sampler Cheesecake

It’s National Cheesecake Day! How about The Eli’s Cheesecake Company Candy Cookie Sampler Cheesecake? Looks pretty good!

Check out Colonial House’s super-yum cheesecakes available for world-wide delivery:

And, while were celebrating good desserts, who has a good cheesecake recipe?

We have a board going

Praline-Crusted Cheesecake Recipe
Let us know if you have more… really, we’d looovvve to hear.

Here’s a recipe for mini-strawberry cheesecake treats that really like.


12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tbs of sugar 1 cup heavy cream
1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
12 oz fresh strawberries, sliced
8 glass jars

1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
2. Set the mixer speed to low and slowly add heavy cream. Increase speed to high and beat for 2-3 minutes until thick.
3. Press graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of each jar. Spoon cheesecake batter over graham cracker layer and garish with fresh sliced strawberries.
4. Served chilled.

Colonial House of Flowers

Sustainable Bath Salt

we’re excited to let you know that we have this new bath salt line in the shop.  it’s a perfect goody for basket deliveries. what do you think?

for every jar purchased (just like the soap), hand in hand donates a bar of soap to help save a child’s life.  buy a jar, give a bar.

it’s super simple.

the bath salts are ethically hand-harvested from ancient salt deposits in the andes mountains of south america and mixed with all-natural essential oils that are safe – paraben-free & petrochemical-free. and, that’s really important especially when someone has just undergone something like chemotherapy.

we feel good about sending this in our get-well-so-soon baskets.

did we mention that the packaging is beyond GORGEOUS. it perfectly compliments our flowers, edibles, plants and baskets.

the TRIPLE milled shea butter soap is sure to be soothing to the skin and senses, gentle on our environment, and a beautiful compliment to your home.

we *heart* it!


  • sold at Anthropologie stores nationwide, Colonial House locally
  • if you’re into artistic packaging, oh joy! and Emma Block did the magic, more info here.

{photo by Hand in Hand}



Today we have great-and-super-awesome fortune to attend a  multi-day bridal flower workshop given by HitomiGilliam with Barry Cowart and A Floral Affair.
Are you familiar with Hitomi’s work? All we can say is: WOW. Like, totally. If you are unfamiliar, looking her up is worth the effort because Hitomi is absolutely fabulous.

Tonia McElveen, a senior floral designer, is traveling to Hilton Head to represent the Colonial House.

We’re so proud. 

Last week while in NYC, I had the pleasure of conversation with Laura  Iarocci of Faith Flowers. “You’re going to love visiting with Hitomi. She’s a dear friend. She is practical… knows a lot about mechanics. And, she is interested in encouraging the love of flowers in children… for future generations to carry-on this art,” she said.

We are eager to experience what Laura is referencing, to learn, to grow at this conference.

Have fun, Tonia. Give it all you’ve got! So, so, so very proud of you.



photo via sprout