The Lonely Bouquet Day 2013

Nothing to do, nowhere to be. A simple kind of free. Nothing to do, no one but me, and that’s all I nee. I’m perfectly lonely. ― John Mayer

Our blooms were perfectly lonely, indeed.  On June 30, 2013, the zinnia’s, coral peonies, daisies, seeded euc and every one of their budding friends were a simple kind of free.  As they spread throughout the Statesboro area tagged with only one mission: to make a stranger happy. Lucky clusters.

The adventure that this simple concept (to gather flowers to leave behind for an unexpected surprise) creates is precisely the kind of  joy we seek – the perfect mix of chance, suspense and delight.

Here’s how to join the (inter)National Lonely Bouquet Movement. It’s easy. And, it’s great!

First, print cards to be tagged on each of the leave-behinds. Here are examples of the “Take Me” cards to tag your bouquets before you say adeiu and farewell.

Then, gather your stems from the garden.

Paige making her FIRST BOUQUET (EVER!) for #thelonelybouquet

Next, strand the posies about town & countryside. Leaving your outcasted flowers friends in locations that create short term estrangement – because early adoption is great. Don’t you think?

Our favorite locations this were the bustling ones like The Market District, the court house, Gentilly Gardens and the GSU library.


 A Colonial House lonely bouquet looking for adoption. Statesboro, Georgia. June 2013.  Floral Designer: Tonia McElveen  The Lonely Bouquet Movement. Statesboro.  Floral Design: Paige Shearer  One of our Lonely Bouquets awaiting adoption. Statesboro, Georgia. Courthouse

And, that is it.

Though it doesn’t happen each time, it’s wonderful to find out where our flower friends went.

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The Lonely Bouquet Movement’s only goal is to brighten a stranger’s day through flower power – whether from your garden, local florist or yard. The movement started with one person, one bouquet, one tag and one wish. Emily (who founded the movement) documented every single bouquet she cast. Now, the energy spans the globe bringing smiles to the world one flower at a time.

The more enthusiasts the merrier. Come along. Join in with us!

Follow The Lonely Bouquet on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

And, see the Lonely Bouquet adventures of The Chapel Designers:

 Posh Floral Designs 

Exquisite Designs  

Alluring Blooms 

Floral Verde

Alicia Jayne Florals   

Stacy K Floral 

Celebration Florals

Soiree Floral

Urban Petals

Colonial House of Flowers

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Only The Lonely Bouquet

Wow! What a great week this has been here at Colonial House of Flowers.

We are so excited to announce our participation in the first International Lonely Bouquet Day! We are so thrilled to bring this fabulous movement to our lovely little Statesboro, Georgia. The Lonely Bouquet Day is a way to brighten someones day through the power of flowers. The concept is to make flower arrangements and leave them anonymously around town for someone else to find and keep. You attach a tag to the flowers that says “TAKE ME!” and a little explanation of The Lonely Bouquet.

Paige received the chance to make a bouquets (for the first time ever!!!).

Paige making her FIRST BOUQUET (EVER!) for #thelonelybouquet

And,  deliver them all around town for people to find! Of course, she was not satisfied with just leaving them so instead Paige got out of her work clothes and went incognito to be able to watch who discovered the bouquets and their reaction to the lovely surprise! Paige was even able to snap a few pictures of their reaction from across the way!

What a wonderful feeling it is to brighten a strangers day!

 Here is one of the reactions Paige was able to capture:

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 To view the rest of the photos Paige captured check them out HERE!

Also, make sure you check out The Lonely Bouquet Movements Facebook page and their official website and join the movement, we had such an awesome time taking part in this- and we hope you do too!

The Easy Guide To Put Flowers On Your Table

Set a Pretty Table

Photo Jennifer Davick

When it comes to decorating, you don’t have to spend a fortune on your table.  A few summer flower pots (only a few dollars) in a colander, vase or basket are simple, cheerful and perfect for outdoor gathering.

And, magnolia’s are another best bet. Love this tablescape from Between Naps On The Porch.

Magnolia = gorgeous scent, majestic, easy, classic and pretty with a few fresh cut stems.

Picnic Bench with Blue Table Cloth

And, here’s uncomplicated but refined in this Country Living outdoor fete. Vibrant colors  in the flowers enhance the lush lakeside setting. A simple cotton tablecloth and fresh clipped summer flowers dress up the food-laden picnic table with just a pinch of effort.

Our final suggestion: succulents!  Succulents always make quick, low care table arrangement. Push a few in a goblet, and viola!

Say “NO” to the Rose

roses by Colonial House of Flowers
roses, a photo by Colonial House of Flowers on Flickr.

Sure, your’e right: red roses are beautiful, traditional and crazy romantic. But at this time of year, they also tend to be of poor quality and overpriced. “You’ll be paying a lot and not getting the best flowers,” says Matt Phillips of the Colonial House of Flowers legacy. He grew up working in a premier family florist that was established by his parents in 1968.

“Instead, try sticking with flowers that tend to be in season, like as tulips or anenomes.”

If you can’t stand the idea of a Valentine’s Day sans fresh roses, look for roses with firm, hydrated heads.