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.

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.

Junk Food Basket by Topper's European Floral Design

Junk Food Basket by Topper’s European Floral Design

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?

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:

Gourmet Picnic Basket by Topper's European Floral Design

Gourmet Picnic Basket by Topper’s European Floral Design

That option is having a gift basket from Topper’s European Floral Design 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 Topper’s European Floral Design at 800-556-6610 is the only game plan you need!

So sit back, enjoy the game, and let your friends at Topper’s take care of the rest.

Let’s play some football!

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The New “In” Colors for the New Year

PANTONE-Color-of-the-Year-2016-v5-1080x1920Pantone, the authority on color, has unveiled an official “color of the year” for each of the past 16 years.

This “color of the year” — often controversial and always talked about — has set trends in design for many different industries, from fashion to flowers, since 2000.

In 2016, however, Pantone couldn’t decide on a single color, so they chose two: Rose Quartz and Serenity. These ‘warm pink’ and ‘tranquil blue’ colors are a stark departure from the darker and more vibrant colors of the past few years, and that’s for a specific purpose.

While Pantone’s annual “color of the year” selection might not be an exact science, there is a great deal of thought and ideology that goes along with the symbolic color (or colors). Pantone says it selected these two particular colors to represent a sense of balance and peace, citing the fact we seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses.

According to Pantone, the combination of Serenity and Rose Quartz also challenges traditional perceptions of color association and coincides with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity. They noted that a new generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged has opened our eyes to different approaches of color usage.

Monaco by Toppers European Floral Design

Monaco by Toppers European Floral Design

Pantone chose the pink and blue combination to shake up gender norms when it comes to design.

“In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a statement.

While the soft color combination may bring baby showers to mind for many, the colors are sure to pop up soon in other areas of fashion and home décor — like floral design — where the pastel colors and watercolor hues have rapidly grown in popularity.

Pink and Blue – Not for You?

If you aren’t on board with Pantone’s color(s) of the year for 2016, never fear! You can still be on the cutting edge of fashion and design by simply choosing another source for your inspiration. For the past few years, paint giant Benjamin-Moore has selected their own colors unrelated to Pantone.

Arctic by Topper's European Floral Design

Arctic by Topper’s European Floral Design

Their “color of the year” choice for 2016? “Simply White,” complete with the suggestion to “surrender to the complexity of white.”

Whether you buy into the Pantone selection, the Benjamin-Moore selection, or perhaps prefer your own personal “color of the year” choice, Topper’s European Floral Design can help you find the perfect bouquet of flowers to help you start off the new year with a touch of beauty for your home or office! Give us a call at (800) 556-6610 or stop in to see what we have in store for 2016. Happy New Year from your friends at Toppers!