Monday, December 7, 2015

OK! It's that time!!! 
Lights, beautiful garlands, wreaths, trees...hot chocolate!!!!
Reds-Greens-Gold-Silver & Blue!
As we all know..it's the most wonderful time of the year!
In the flower shop, we all get so excited
 to see the newest addition to the Thomas Kinkade Christmas village.
This years piece is "Country Christmas Homecoming" 
Since 2001,
Teleflora and Thomas Kinkade
 have been delighting our Christmas displays with this ever growing collectible village.
It has been a pleasure to offer these pieces of art from the "Painter of Light"
Fortunately, Teleflora has also given us the privilege to offer other
Thomas Kinkade products all year long.
Here at Tropical Interiors, we offer teapots, tea cups, vases,
and beautiful plant pots.
All with an amazing Thomas Kinkade painting on it!

I didn't know much about this wonderful artist.
He was really a wonderful man with good intentions for all his paintings.
Thank you to his website https://thomaskinkade.com/artist/biography/,
I can share his feelings

"Thom’s dearest wish had always been that his artwork 
would be a messenger of hope and inspiration to others – a message to slow down, appreciate the little details in life, 
and to look for beauty in the world around us. 
As millions of collectors around the world sit back and enjoy his artwork in their homes, there is no doubt that Thomas Kinkade
 had indeed achieved his goal of Sharing the Light™."

So, if you decide to delight your home with this years collection
or other Beautiful collectibles from this amazing artist. 
You now know his intentions ,
and you can really enjoy what he meant for each piece made! 

"In the often hurried and complex world we live in, 
the images that Thomas Kinkade painted offer a place of refuge –
 a place where the transient things of life give way to the things that matter most."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Well...Countdown is 9 Days Away!!
The season is upon us! 
But, in this industry, we need to focus on one Holiday at a time. 
I know there is a lot of controversy out there about marketing Christmas, before Thanksgiving.
 Although we do need to market Christmas in November, we, as florists,
 need to continue our focus on the Thanksgiving table.  
After all, Thanksgiving is going to come, no matter what!
It's up to us to re-direct the public back to Thanksgiving traditions...ie: The Centerpiece..
Years ago, EVERYONE had a floral centerpiece on their table! 
Nowadays people are looking for a Christmas wreath to give as a Hostess Gift! 
Lets get back to Tradition! 
Nothing completes the Thanksgiving table like a glowing candled floral centerpiece!
What's beautiful about the floral selections out there, 
is that, many come with a re-usable keepsake. 
Like this years Teleflora Bounty of Beauty.  
The re-circulation of the glazed pottery is classic tradition! 
This bowl could be used to serve your Christmas dinner side, of mashed potatoes,
 it can be re-made into a candled Christmas Centerpiece, 
or use it as a Holiday candy bowl! 
Meanwhile, it was the PERFECT! glowing centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table!
So, while you are searching for that perfect hostess gift for the hostess of your Thanksgiving Dinner,
remember to keep that glowing tradition!
A centerpiece is ALWAYS the perfect fit!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Now that Halloween is over, it's time for the sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, turkey and cranberries! Did I mention that I LOVE the holiday food??? Oh! It is the BEST time of the year...and, most fattening.....
But, now, is the time to start thinking about where Thanksgiving will be this year, how many people will you have over, what will you serve, and, what will I theme my table with? 
With Pinterest, the ideas and selections are at your fingertips! I LOVE Pinterest. From recipes, to table settings... the ideas just flow in front of you.  
I think one of the first things you need to think about is where will you eat? 
In the dining room? Will you have a "kids" table? 
Will you have a buffet? Or sit down? 
I am fortunate enough to have a dining room, so, I always prefer to have a buffet.
This way, the table can stay decorated while we eat. 
I set a "kids" table in the kitchen, then set the dining room table with my tablescape. 
I do decorate the "kids" table, just not as elaborate as the main table. 
I try to keep it "Kid" friendly while I keep it festive.
I usually set my buffet along my kitchen counters so my family can form a line to eat 
and all the condiments don't clog up the tablescape. 
I LOVE the fall warm colors... they just make the season. 
I always seem to lean towards the oranges, rather than the golds.  The golds are pretty, 
I just always end up with orange... I don't know why..
Maybe this year I will experiment with a different theme..
I am seeing a lot of chalkboard items, from table runners to place settings..
Maybe I will test some of that this year...

Well, we still have time to decide how the setting will go....but, as you know, the day will be here before we know it!
At least we can get the wheels turning.. we have a little time!
BUT,
Just Remember...
Christmas is only 7 Saturdays away!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Two MORE Days!!!  Halloween is almost here!! Have you carved your pumpkin yet?? There are sooo many different ways to make your pumpkin unique.
Remember the days of the basic "Jack-o-Lantern"? The triangle eyes with the toothless smile?
The "Jack-o-Lantern" has come a long ways! From Minions, to Pokemon....the choices are endless...
                                                                              
I wanted to learn about how these orange fruits became so popular... so I of course pulled up my Google and started searching! 
This is what I learned, so, I send a thank you! to the History Channel: 
http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/jack-olantern-history

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Well....It's almost Halloween!!!!  What a fun time of year! Ghosts...Goblins... spppoooky!!!! Most people think, white type of flowers could you send for Halloween? Well... there are MANY types of creepy arrangements that can be made for this scary time of year. There is always the ever faithful jack-o-lantern. But if you want to get creative, we can always put a black spider in your vase. Or top off your bouquet with some sticky spider webs! Maybe some black bats? Or a skull centerpiece? Whatever you can come up with, a florist can make it! Did I mention, I LOVE what I do? I love the challenge my customers give me. I enjoy being creative!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

With Fall moving in on us, it's going to be Christmas before we know it.  Nothing says Christmas more than the amazing smell of Christmas pine in a flower shop! But, before I jump too far ahead of things, I wanted to discuss the trends that always seem to recycle.  It seems that the deep dark stoneware has made a comeback!  I'm happy to see it return.  Last fall we saw the stoneware make it's first peek back into popularity.... I guess I just never lost my love for it...So, as we head into the season of pumpkin latte, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, pumpkin EVERYTHING! We seem to see this lovely pottery return. The fresh flowers just compliment the stoneware.  I love the rich warm fall colors. Beautiful orange and golden leaves....Ahhh!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Petal It Forward was conceived by the Society of American Florists to share the power of flowers, as documented in research by Rutgers University that demonstrated flowers create delight, increase life satisfaction and make people happy. SAF recently surveyed 2,500 U.S. residents and found 88 percent of Americans report that giving flowers makes them feel happy, while 80 percent reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy.
We are taking "pay it forward" and making it our own with our‪#‎petalitforward‬ campaign! On Oct. 7th, we will randomly present 2 flower bouquets to people throughout Bradenton. Recipients will be asked to #petalitforward by giving one of their bouquets to someone in their life or even a stranger!
Well... We were sooo! Happy to watch the smiles on the faces of the recipients from   #petalitforward!  We LOVE what we do!  Flowers always bring a smile to just about anyone's face. 




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hello! Today is #petalitforward!  We will be out & about visiting several places today to hand out TWO bouquets to several people. One for them to keep, one for them to "Petal Forward". Flowers are such a wonderful happy gift! We will update you as to how it goes. Keep an eye on our social networks!

Monday, October 5, 2015


Welcome! Thank you for visiting our blog spot today. As most of you know, (or maybe not) We are a FULL service Flower Shop located in Bradenton Florida. We are owned by two brothers. Steve & Michael Ricker.

Florida Implants since 1960, Steve & Mike grew up in the Bradenton/Palmetto area. In 1975, Mike, after having been employed by Tropical Interiors Greenhouse & Plant Rental, he Partnered with his brother Steve and took the opportunity to purchase the store, They then, converted it to a full service florist. Renaming it,  Tropical Interiors Florist Inc.

Formally located in the Desoto Mall, they decided to move to the busy intersection, of routes 41 & 70. Also known to the locals as 14th street & 53rd Avenue West.

Now being in such a populated and growing area of Bradenton, Tropical Interiors Florist has become a Landmark of the ever growing town of Bradenton Florida.

We have a beautiful 3500 sq ft showroom, with lots of unique gift items and silk flowers. Daily deliveries of Fresh flowers and green plants.

Along with Steve and Mike designing. We have a great staff that is friendly, knowledgeable and experienced. Our driver Charlie,formally a manatee county EMS, has been with us since 2001. He's an expert with directions and knows our area from one end to another! Vonnita is our longest employed designer. She is a spectacular! designer. She has been with us for 20 Years this year.
Jean is our Wedding Consultant and full time designer. She's been with us for a little over a year. Having been a designer for 20+ years. She works close with all our brides to assure every little detail is taken care of. And, now we have Jessica..(This is me!) I am an experienced designer of 29 years and have owned two shops in the Northeast. I came on board for social media and marketing assistance.

We love being in the BEAUTIFUL sunshine state of Florida! We are close to some of the most beautiful Gulf coast lines. (which makes for gorgeous weddings!)

Now, as we head into the Fall season, I hope you will follow our Blog so we can share our Florist experiences thru the Holidays! The Floral industry is such a fun place to be and we invite you to share and learn with us!