Holidays, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day

Beyond Red Roses: A Valentine’s Day Guide for Selecting Something Unexpected

Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays of the year because it is all about love and happiness! It is a chance to show loved ones – or those we secretly admire – that we think they are special, and we reward them with gifts to show our appreciation.

On the surface, that sounds fantastic. We all spread love around and everyone gets presents, what could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot if you do not know what your Valentine’s expectations are and you underdeliver on an occasion that is practically set up on a tee for you to knock it out of the park.

Couples celebrating their first Valentine’s Day together without knowing the other partner’s expectations ahead of time could be headed for hurt feelings, or even disaster if they are not on the same page and the gift misses the mark.

For those who do not know a daisy from a daffodil, we’re here to help you find the perfect gift of flowers for Valentine’s Day that should exceed just about every expectation. Although you should definitely consider some chocolates and perhaps a plush animal just to be on the safe side!

Red Roses

Love’s Divine Bouquet by Payne’s Florist, Fort Worth, TX

Red roses are the quintessential gift for Valentine’s Day. If your Valentine is expecting flowers, this is likely what they have in mind. You cannot go wrong with a dozen (or two) long-stem roses, but you CAN be more creative than that!

A dozen roses show you care, but they also suggest that you did not put a great deal of thought into the gift and instead just went with the safe choice. For many, this is more than enough, but if you really want to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember, you need to consider additional options in order to watch your Valentine’s face light up after you exceed their expectations.

One of our favorite Valentine’s Day bouquets is Payne’s Love Divine Bouquet Featuring Long Stem Roses. This jaw-dropping design not only features the signature red roses but enhances them with vivid white roses to make it extra special.

Haute Pink Bouquet by Payne’s Florist, Fort Worth, TX

Another terrific option is our Payne’s Starry Eyed which perfectly pairs red roses with fragrant stargazer lilies to truly make it stand out from a crowd. For something completely different, why not surprise your valentine with Payne’s Haute Pink Bouquet? This wonderful bouquet bucks the trend of traditional Valentine’s Day flowers by putting a new spin on a classic traditional gift.

No matter which gift you give your Valentine, be sure to order as early as possible in order to choose from the best selection. Just like a great bakery or a terrific barbeque restaurant, the early bird gets the worm and the selections become limited the closer we get to the big day. Ordering early will also help you secure your preferred delivery date before they are full.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Payne’s Florist has you covered with an incredible selection of Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts. We offer same-day delivery in Fort Worth, TX, and surrounding areas for birthdays,  anniversariesnew babiesget well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (817) 294-8941 or shop online 24/7.

Christmas

Holiday Shopping in 2020

The good news is we have reached the end of 2020 – a year will forever be remembered by the unprecedented impact it had on our world. The reality is that the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in many changes throughout every aspect of our lives, from how we live and work to how we interact and shop.

The small-business owner, in many cases the heart and soul of a city or neighborhood, was hit particularly hard by the restrictions, mandatory closings and sudden rule changes that often left them scrambling to keep their lights on. Shoppers too were forced to adapt to new methods of procuring goods and services while trying to remain as safe as possible.

There are many lessons to be learned from 2020, but perhaps the most important is refocusing on serving each individual customer and offering them the safest and most efficient way of shopping. When corporations like Amazon allow people to shop for nearly anything they can dream of and have it delivered to their door in two days, it sets the bar high for rest of the retail industry.

But why wait that long?

Your friends at Payne’s Florist and Gifts can deliver your gift by hand – the same day your place your order!  Not only that, but you can order online any time you like from the safety and comfort of your own home. Christmas flowers, wreaths, plants, and centerpieces from Payne’s Florist and Gifts make outstanding holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Payne’s Fruits and Sweets Christmas Basket, Payne’s Florist and Gifts, Fort Worth, TX

For something extra special, our holiday baskets are the perfect choice for even the most difficult person to shop for, because they can be personalized to include anything you want. We have a selection of pre-made baskets available in store that include fresh fruit, gourmet snacks, holiday treats and more, or we can design a themed holiday package especially for you.

At Payne’s Florist and Gifts we take every precaution to keep our customers and our employees safe and healthy, so you can rest assured that our professional staff of drivers will safely delivery your gift to the recipient’s door. We even offer touchless delivery options if preferred. Our delivery times and dates are filling up fast, so please order early for the best selection.

If you prefer a more traditional Christmas shopping, you will love to see what we have in store for you at Payne’s Florist and Gifts!  Our holiday flowers and gifts are sure to put you in the holiday spirit this Christmas! Stop by and see with our incredible selection of holiday flowers and gifts. We offer same-day delivery in Fort Worth, TX, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (817) 294-8941 or shop online 24/7.

Christmas, Holidays

What is mistletoe and why do we kiss under it at Christmas?

Greenery and plants including holly, laurel, boxwood bushes, poinsettias, pine trees , wreaths, and mistletoe, play important roles in many of our holiday celebrations. Kissing under the mistletoe is one Christmastime’s most romantic – and most unusual – traditions.  But what is mistletoe and how did it become such a fabled part of Christmas while being mostly ignored the rest of the year?

Unlike most other holiday flowers, mistletoe isn’t exactly known for its beauty. In fact, the infamous yuletide plant is an invasive shrub that grows from the dung of birds and extracts nutrients from trees. While that may not be a glowing introduction to mistletoe, it does begin to explain why this plant has held people’s fascination for so long.

While it is true that mistletoe is semi-parasitic and could eventually kill its host plant, it is generally not considered a serious enough threat, in most cases, to warrant control measures. In fact, there is evidence that the plant could have benefits for birds as well as humans.

Several studies – including one from Billabong Creek in New South Wales, Australia and another from central Mexico have shown a significant drop in the populations of birds and other species in areas where scientists removed mistletoe from the ecosystem while populations increased or stayed the same in areas with mistletoe.

Those findings, along with other studies suggest that mistletoe is a keystone species that not only plays a critical role in its ecosystem but may also provide some promising health benefits to humans. Doctors at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are studying mistletoe’s effects on cancer patients as a way to relieve side effects of chemotherapy, and physicians in Europe are able to prescribe mistletoe to their patients.

How did it become a holiday tradition?

Long before the internet, neighbors and relatives frequently visited each other during the holidays for fellowship. Houses were kept tidy and decorated for the holidays in order to be ready for any guests or visitors, so the decorations needed to be hearty enough to last for several weeks. Although the origins of kissing under the mistletoe are unclear, it was likely chosen in part because it stays green all winter long without being rooted in soil.

Payne’s Rustic Holiday Wreath by Payne’s Florist, Fort Worth, TX

The earliest documented cases of kissing under the mistletoe date back to 16th century England where it was a very popular custom at the time, but it likely started even earlier. One Norse myth claims people began kissing under the plant as a peace offering after the god Balder was killed with a mistletoe arrow. Early European were so enamored with mistletoe plants that they became interwoven into myths, legends, and religious beliefs.

Literature is filled with examples of different uses that range anywhere from preventing fires to scaring away demons and protecting livestock from witchcraft. Throughout the ages, mistletoe was also commonly tied to fertility, which may be where the tradition started. Washington Irving wrote that men commonly gave women a kiss for each berry hanging on the mistletoe above them – plucking one off for each kiss.

Despite mistletoe’s continued popularity in Christmas carols, songs, and tales, the plant is not nearly as common as it used to be even though nearly everyone has heard of it. And, unlike the jolly old elf, there is nothing seasonal about mistletoe – it does not disappear when the season is over, it is simply forgotten about for several months each year until it makes its appearance in doorways across the world next year.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Payne’s Florist! Start your holiday shopping today with our incredible selection of holiday flowers and gifts. We offer same-day delivery in Fort Worth, TX, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (817) 294-8941 or shop online 24/7.

Holidays, Uncategorized

Cornucopias and Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Ready, or not – the holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving is just a week away! Thanksgiving is a special holiday for many reasons, but what makes it so unique is the fact that it is the one major holiday where the meal is the main event – which means all eyes are on the table!

Family Gatherings Centerpiece by Payne’s Florist & Gifts, Fort Worth, TX

Not only that, but It is also the holiday that will set the tone for the remainder of the holiday season. So why not make it beautiful with a cornucopia of your own, or some Thanksgiving flowers from Payne’s Florist?

According to lore, Thanksgiving began as the celebration of a bountiful harvest. It was – and still is – a time to reflect and give thanks through a meal shared with friends and loved ones.

One of the most iconic symbols of Thanksgiving is the cornucopia. Typically hollow and made out of wicker in the shape of a horn, it is often called the “horn of plenty.” Cornucopias represent an abundance of food and nourishment and serve as a visible reminder of the meaning of the holiday while also giving the table a finished, polished, look.

Classic Cornucopia by Payne’s Florist & Gifts, Fort Worth, TX

While cornucopias are most closely associated with Thanksgiving, their origin can be traced all the way back to Greek and Roman mythology. Cornucopias are even depicted on the state flags of Idaho and Wisconsin, as well as the coats of arms for Columbia, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

With food being the center of attention at Thanksgiving, the table itself an important part of the holiday as it often serves as the hub of the day’s activities. Long after the food is enjoyed and the dishes are put away, the cornucopia and other autumn-inspired centerpieces remain to serve as a reminder of the prosperity and good things in life for which we give thanks.

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas

Since Thursday is Thanksgiving, that means Black Friday is here as well to kick off the official start of the holiday shopping season. Wouldn’t it be nice if you already had your holiday shopping done before the calendar even turned to December?

Peace and Joy Bouquet by Payne’s Florist, Fort Worth, TX

You’re in luck because Payne’s Florist is your one-stop-shop for all your holiday needs. Of course, flowers make an outstanding gift for any occasion, but we also carry an incredible assortment of other holiday presents and gift ideas for everyone on your list.

Why not make things extra-easy for yourself this year and order your holiday flowers and gifts at the same time you place your Thanksgiving order? Let everyone else fight the traffic and the crowds while you enjoy the holiday season from the comfort of your own couch, knowing your shopping is already complete!

The holidays are here at last! Visit Payne’s Florist & Gifts for all your Thanksgiving flowers and centerpieces. We offer same-day delivery in Fort Worth, TX, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (817) 294-8941 or shop online 24/7.

Holidays

Where do our curious Halloween traditions come from?

We love to honor tradition by celebrating holidays, especially ones with seemingly absurd origins which bring about colorful characters like the Easter Bunny, Leprechauns, Cupid, and Father Time.

Halloween Glow by Payne’s Florist, Fort Worth, TX

We typically don’t delve too deep into why these particular characters show up, or how they got to be so popular in the first place, because it’s more fun just to go along with it than to question every little detail. But sometimes you just have to wonder why every October we let our kids dress up as pirates and princesses and take to the streets of the neighborhood searching for sugary treasure.

When left to the imagination, there aren’t many holidays that are more fun than Halloween. From carving pumpkins to trick-or-treating and haunted houses, Halloween has become a whimsical celebration of things that most people find scary or downright chilling any other time of the year.

Carving jack-o-lanterns is a tradition that began several hundred years ago in Ireland, but back in those days, they were carved from potatoes and turnips. It wasn’t until years later, after the Irish immigrated to the United States, that they discovered that pumpkins made for a much better medium due to their abundance in the new world, thus a new tradition was born.

Legend has it that the jack-o-lanterns were originally intended to frighten away the wandering soul of Stingy Jack, who was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity after tricking the devil and later finding out he wasn’t allowed into heaven or hell.

This also loosely explains why we dress up in costumes – to disguise ourselves from the souls wandering amongst us – including Stingy Jack!

Payne’s Hauntingly Pretty Pumpkin Bouquet

Or perhaps it doesn’t.

According to Lisa Morton, author of “Trick or Treat: A history of Halloween,” dressing up as a way to scare off evil spirits is a common misconception about the holiday. Morton contends that people didn’t start dressing up until much later – as in the 1800s.

By that time, Halloween was known for pranks which were becoming more and more elaborate and dangerous. So much so that towns and cities were thinking about canceling Halloween because many felt that the pranks were getting out of hand.

That led to a gradual push from families, communities and civic organizations to change the nature of the holidays from pranks to the “trick or treat” traditions we know today.

Sadly, Morton’s version of buying off kids with treats and costumes is probably a bit closer to reality than the warding off evil spirits angle, but as with most holiday traditions, you never really know for sure!

Don’t forget, the holidays are just around the corner! Visit Payne’s Florist & Gifts for all your Thanksgiving flowers and centerpieces. We offer same-day delivery in Fort Worth, TX, and surrounding areas for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (817) 294-8941 or shop online 24/7.

Holidays

Need a Reason to Celebrate in 2020? Sweetest Day Is the Best Holiday You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

Everyone deserves a break after surviving the first three quarters of 2020 and we cannot think of better way to celebrate than donning our fanciest mask and enjoying Sweetest Day on Saturday, October 17.

If you are unfamiliar with Sweetest Day, you’re missing out one on of the best reasons we can think of to celebrate right now. Unlike holidays such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day does not have a religious affiliation.

It actually stemmed from a clever candy company employee named Herbert Kingston who promoted a holiday called Candy Day as a chance to bring happiness to those in society who were often forgotten.

He enlisted the help of several friends, and together they distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee was assisted in the distribution of candy by some of the biggest movie stars of the day including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.

The idea began in Cleveland in 1922 and quickly spread through the Great Lakes areas and portions of the Upper Midwest. Newspapers and advertisements began referring to Candy Day as the “Sweetest Day of the Year.”

Payne’s Make A Wish

That fairytale, however, was completely untrue. Candy Day was in fact established for the sole purpose of selling more candy, and Kingston was actually an advertiser. But by the time that was discovered, Candy Day had already been proven to be a big hit!

The cities of Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo are among the biggest Sweetest Day celebrators according to Retail Confectioners International, a trade association comprised of chocolate and candy makers, some of its members report that Sweetest Day candy sales are bigger than those for Mother’s Day. 

Despite Sweetest Day’s questionable origins, the tradition stuck, and now Sweetest Day serves as a reminder to give back and take care of those who need extra attention.

it has truly become a reason to celebrate in several parts of the country who view it as similar to Valentine’s Day, although sometimes on a smaller scale without all the pageantry and romance involved.

Primarily a regional observance celebrated in the Great Lakes region and the Northeast, Sweetest Day is spreading to other areas of the country. People tend to take the Sweetest Day tradition with them when they move. Ohio is the top state for Sweetest Day sales, followed by Michigan and Illinois. Texas, California, and Florida are among the top 10 states in sales.

One reason why is that there seems to be less pressure tied to Sweetest Day, as it focuses on the actual thoughts behind the actions. It also occurs during the fall season, everyone’s favorite time of the year.

Now, the point of the day is to show friends, family and even strangers that you care by gifting them a note, a small treat, or any other act of kindness. We recommend flowers!

From Birthdays to Anniversaries to New Babies, Sympathy, and Get Well Soon flowers, Payne’s Florist & Gift has you covered. We offer same-day delivery to Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding areas as well as anywhere else in the US.

Holidays

Spilling the Big Secret About Grandparents Day – Sunday, September 13

Grandparents Day takes place on the first Sunday following Labor Day. This year, Grandparents Day falls on September 13. Although this holiday may not be as popular as Mother’s Day or even Father’s Day, it is still a nice chance to honor our grandparents. Unlike some holidays that can trace their origins back through centuries, Grandparents Day was first observed just over 40 years ago.

Sunny Cyclamen from Payne’s Florist & Gifts, Ft. Worth, TX

People often assume that Grandparents Day resulted from lobbying by greeting card companies, florists, and similar businesses, but this idea could not be further from the truth. Grandparents Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the connections between generations. Its origin was decidedly noncommercial, and the holiday has largely remained true to its roots since its inception. In fact, Grandparents Day barely even makes the top 10 list of most popular occasions for greeting card sales. It is outranked by Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and St. Patrick’s Day.

What started as letter to President Richard Nixon in 1969 by nine-year-old Russell Capper suggesting that a day be set aside in order to celebrate grandparents, eventually ended up with proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter on August 3, 1978 after Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after labor Day as “National Grandparent’s Day.” The first official celebration took place the following year.  

The Importance of Grandparents Day

This year – more than ever – should serve as a reminder that our grandparents are foundations of our family and they will not be around forever. Now is the time to cherish as many moments as we can with them and create lifelong memories. With age comes wisdom and our grandparents serve as some of our most important resources for family history and information -one of the many reasons to learn while we still have the chance.

What is the Big Secret about Grandparents Day?

Bright and Cheery by Payne’s Florist & Gifts, Ft. Worth, TX

One thing that sets Grandparents Day apart from most of the other holidays is the expectations that go along with it. There are no big lists or registries and grandparents certainly do not expect grandchildren to spend much money on a gift. In fact, if you ask most grandparents what they really want, their answer will simply be spending time with loved ones. The time you spend with them will be worth far more than money could ever buy. Many grandparents have a lot more ‘free time’ on their hands than we do and often spend more time alone, so even a short visit will likely make them happy. A bit of company will certainly brighten their day and you will cherish that time you spent.

It is not always easy for us to visit with our grandparents, especially this year with so many travel restrictions and quarantines that make travel difficult. Visiting them in person might not be possible right now but that does not mean we can’t take some time to connect with them and show them how much we care. Video chatting or calling on the phone and expressing love and gratitude will likely make their day. Sending a card or brightening their home with a beautiful floral arrangement is also a fantastic idea.

Your friends at Payne’s Florist & Gifts are here to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones on Grandparent’s Day. We have an incredible selection of unique hand-designed floral arrangements along with luscious plants and amazing gifts. We even offer same day delivery to Fort Worth, TX and surrounding areas – or anywhere else in the USA.

Holidays, July 4th

Why Did Yankee Doodle Call His Hat Macaroni?

Independence Day is one of the most cherished and time-honored holidays in the United States. This federal holiday is an annual celebration of American independence from the British Empire and is commonly associated with parades, picnics, carnivals, and concerts during the day – topped off with majestic fireworks displays after sunset. Of course, this year’s celebration may not be quite as robust as it has in the past and gatherings will be limited but the sentiment remains the same.

The firework shows are traditionally set to patriotic anthems including Yankee Doodle – a well-known American song that predates the American Revolution. We all know the tune, even if we don’t understand the lyrics. Why did Yankee Doodle go to town? Why did he call his hat “macaroni” after sticking a feather in it? And most importantly, how do such seemingly-nonsensical words play such a prominent role in our nation’s history?

Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on pony.
He stuck a feather in his cap
And called it Macaroni.

Before we find out why Yankee Doodle called his hat “macaroni,” we should probably back up and find out what the term “Yankee Doodle” means.

A Dozen Red Roses from Panye’s Florist & Gifts

The term “Yankee” itself has several interrelated meanings depending on the context, however, all of them refer to people from the United States. Outside of the U.S., the term is used to refer to any American – including Southerners. Within the United States, however, the term is a derisive one which refers to all Northerners – especially ones from the Union side of the American Civil War. Some people go a step further and only view New Englanders as true “Yankees.”

The first appearance of the term “doodle” can be traced back to the early 17th century and is thought to be derived from the Low Saxon word “dudel,” which means “playing music badly,” or “Dodel, meaning “simpleton” or “fool.”

What Does That Have to do with Macaroni?

Today when we think of macaroni, we typically start salivating for the nostalgically-delicious childhood meal made of noodles and a cheese-like substance eaten from a box, but the macaroni in this instance refers to a fashionable man from the mid-18th century who spoke and dressed in an outlandish and epicene manner.

But why macaroni? Because young upper-class British men returning from trips to Italy developed a taste for the pasta that was hardly known in England at the time and were said to belong to the Macaroni Club because of their insistence on referring to anything fashionable as “very macaroni.”

Purple Perfection by Payne’s Florist & Gifts

It’s all starting to come together now. When British surgeon Dr. Richard Shuckburgh penned the lyrics, he was mocking Yankees by insinuating that they were low-class simpletons who lacked masculinity – as if simply putting a feather in one’s cap would make him sophisticated and noble.

That sure doesn’t sound patriotic, but the Yankees soon turned the tables by embracing the song as an anthem of defiance. Americans subsequently went a step further by adding additional verses mocking the British and shortly thereafter, the song went from being an insult to a source of national pride.

That was more than 200 years ago, and the song still stands as one of our nation’s most beloved and patriotic tunes. In fact, President John F. Kennedy once bought a pony for his daughter Caroline – and called it Macaroni.

If you’re heading out to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, or plan on hosting a celebration of your own – don’t forget the flowers! Payne’s Florist & Gifts is here to help you celebrate with a bang with a beautiful bouquet of red, white, and blue flowers – perfect for the 4th of July. We also have a wide selection of hearty plants as well as custom gift baskets. Give us a call or stop in today to see what’s in store for you. If you find exactly what you’d like, we’ll make it for you! Have a safe and happy 4th from your friends at Payne’s.

Father's Day, Holidays

Dad Doesn’t Want Another Necktie

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21, and we’re here to help you find the perfect gift for dad. This year’s version may look a bit different than most since you can’t take dad out to the ballgame this time around and may not even be able to visit. But you can express your gratitude and love by sending him a delightful gift and a thoughtful greeting from your friends at Payne’s Florist & Gifts.

Of course, everyone loves to receive flowers – we all know that – but if they are not quite dad’s idea of the perfect Father’s Day gift, we still have many other wonderful options that he is sure to enjoy!

In fact, Payne’s Florist & Gifts has as incredible selection of amazing gifts that you will not find anywhere else and best of all, you can have it delivered today! One of our most popular gifts for dad is the Premium Gourmet Meat and Cheese Basket – this incredible basket comes jam-packed with three assorted salamis/sausages, three varieties of crackers, and five different cheeses, not to mention a delectable mustard and a delicious tapenade.

Dads come in all different varieties, but one thing they all have in common is they all love to eat! If your dad is no exception, treat him to a gourmet basket filled with his favorite treats, or a fruit basket if he wants to keep it healthy. For dessert, we also have an amazing assortment of delicious chocolates and candy to help celebrate his special day.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame Basket by Payne’s Florist & Gifts

If you would like to go with a more traditional gift, we offer a wide variety of long-lasting plants that are easy to care for and look beautiful in the home or the office. If flowers are more dad’s style, there are many handsome options that dad will love.

Sunflowers and tropical flowers like birds of paradise and anthuriums are popular choices for Father’s Day. For an extra rugged touch, consider a cactus garden a which not only adds a curious sophistication to any setting, but only need to be watered once or twice a month!

If dad doesn’t have a green thumb, we still like his chances with a hearty succulent garden or another easy-to-care-for plant like bamboo which look great and add a terrific focal point to any home or office.

No matter what dad’s style, we can help you make this year’s Father’s Day unforgettable with a gift that he is sure to love! We can even send his gift out of town so he can enjoy it regardless of where he is located. We offer same-day-delivery in Fort Worth, Texas or anywhere across the U.S. Give us a call today at 817-294-8941 or order online 24/7. Happy Father’s Day from your friends at Payne’s Florist & Gifts!

Holidays, Mother's Day, Uncategorized

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Early 2020 will forever be remembered for terrible pandemic that has touched nearly every part of the globe. It has forced businesses to close and most people to isolate themselves for the greater good. Because of that, days often run together and the lines on the calendar separating the dates tend to blur and run together. If you haven’t checked lately, you probably wouldn’t even realize that May is here already – and we couldn’t be happier, because April showers always bring May flowers – especially this year!

Payne’s Florist and Gifts, Ft. Worth, TX

May is the perfect time to celebrate with flowers – all month long! In fact, the very first day of the month is May Day – a celebration of spring that is traditionally celebrated by giving “May baskets” made up of flowers or sweets – or a combination of the two – that is usually left anonymously on the doorsteps of neighbors.

To many, this may seem like a strange way to celebrate a holiday, especially considering that the givers of May baskets would usually ring the doorbell and run away – leaving the recipient to open the door and find nothing but a basket of flowers!

In some communities, leaving a May basket at someone’s door was an excellent opportunity to express romantic interest because tradition called for the recipient to give chase and attempt to steal a kiss from the person who hung the basket. In other parts of the country, however, it was considered a disgrace if the flower giver was caught by the recipient.

May Day isn’t nearly as popular in this country as it was a century ago, and today the concept seems quaint and dated to many people in this era of text messages and Snapchat, but this throwback to simpler times is still an official holiday in 66 countries around the world. But with the current state of the world and social distancing protocols in place – this trend just might make a comeback!

While no longer as common in the United States, May Day celebrations still take place in some regions of the country. In Hawaii, May Day is known as Lei Day, which is a day to celebrate the culture of the island and Native Hawaiians.

Mother’s Day

Of course, the most obvious occasion for giving flowers during the month of May is Mother’s Day. This year we celebrate mom on Sunday, May 10.

Mother’s Day is one of the biggest days of the year when it comes to flowers, greeting cards, phone calls and (most years) restaurant reservations – and with good reason. It’s often hard to find appropriate ways to express gratitude to someone so important and dear to us as our mothers, but nearly everyone loves flowers!

For florists, Mother’s Day is one of our busiest times of the year, and also one of our favorites. Unlike many of the other holidays were certain colors or types of flowers tend to dominate, (like red roses on Valentine’s Day) Mother’s Day typically offers more freedom to design something special and truly unique – that mom is sure to love!

Here at Payne’s Florist, we’ve been planning for this special day since the end of Valentine’s Day, and we’re ready to help you find something perfect for your mom. This year’s celebration is going to look a bit different than in years past because the worldwide pandemic has limited the types of flowers available from our distributors, so we’re encouraging everyone to consider a “designer’s choice” open order. Not only will this allow you to receive the freshest flowers available, but it will also help to eliminate any disappointment when the finished product doesn’t quite match up with the picture online due to substitutions. The great news is that our designers LOVE to freedom to design something totally custom for you so that you can truly give your mom a one-of-a-kind gift this Mother’s Day. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

But that’s not all…

Between Mother’s Day, May Day, and flowers popping up everywhere we turn, May is truly the month of flowers, but there are many more ways to celebrate with flowers this month.

Memorial Day is just around the corner – this year it falls on Monday, May 25. Traditionally observed as a day to honor those who have died in military service, this holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer. If you are attending a picnic or observance on Memorial Day, flowers are always an appropriate way to show gratitude and appreciation.

May is also the time for graduations for many students across the country, as well an excellent chance for a gift to say “thanks” to all those teachers and educators who worked so hard throughout the year. Obviously those graduation parties will be scaled back or even virtual this time around, but flowers are still an excellent congratulatory gift that will be extra appreciated.

Whatever your reason, say it with flowers this May with the help of your friends at Payne’s Florist and Gifts. No matter the occasion, we’re still here to help you find the perfect gift. Rest assured, our entire team – from designers to delivery drivers – are exceeding CDC guidelines for sanitation and safety to give you peace of mind knowing that you safely reach out and deliver a beautiful message to those you love and miss. Give us a call or come in and see us for all your floral needs – and we hope your May is beautiful and bright!