Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall is Beautiful

After a lovely walk in the woods today, I was reminded how gorgeous and warm the colors of fall are.  We are happy to be sharing this beautiful arrangement today that demonstrates both these points -- beauty and warmth.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Harvest Party Postcard Design Contest

We are seeking someone interested in designing the postcard and poster for our Annual Harvest Party on Thursday, November 8th.  We are looking for entries to be submitted in an outline/description format by Friday, October 5th.  We will select a winner by Monday, October 8th and the final design needs to be finished and in PDF format by Friday, October 12th.

The benefits -- the winner can list their design credit in the corner of the postcard and poster.  And you get $50.  Plus you get to see your work all over Old Town.

Here are the details ---

Postcard/Poster Design Specifications:


What:  Helen Olivia Annual Harvest Party

When:  Thursday, November 8th from 7-9 p.m.

Where:  Helen Olivia Flowers

                128 N. Pitt Street

                Alexandria, VA 22314


Details:  Wine Tasting

                Holiday Tabletop and D├ęcor Showcase

                Live music and food

                No charge

Postcard Size:  5”x7” or 5”x5” – 4 color front and Black/white back

Poster Size:  11”x17” – 4 color front and blank back

Design Credit:  small and in corner

Fee: $50

Please include photos if possible – please contact us for .jpg format photos.  Please narrow down colors or feel you would like to see in the photos (we just have so many!)

Please submit your design ideas and outline by Friday, October 5th at 5 p.m. 

Winning entry will be selected by Monday, October 8th by 5 p.m.

Final design due by Friday, 12th at 9 a.m. to be sent to the printer in PDF format (additional options also available).  Printing will be a 5 day process. 
Thanks for your entry and interest and good luck!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Personal Vases

People often ask us here at Helen Olivia Flowers if they can bring in their own vases to be filled.  The answer is, "Yes!  We love it!"  Not only do personal vases inspire us because they tell us a little about the client but the size, color and shape of the vase can really guide the designer and challenge our creativity in a wonderful way.  Below is a vase one of our clients often brings in for her dinner parties.  It turned out so pretty today we just had to share.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Gorgeous Purples

We created this gorgeous design earlier this week at Helen Olivia Flowers and just wanted to share.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Beautiful day in Alexandria

It is a gorgeous day in Old Town Alexandria.  It feels like fall!!  We here at Helen Olivia Flowers are happy to say good bye to sweltering hot days and hello to the best weather of the year.  To get us all in the mood I'm posting some gorgeous bright, fall flower arrangements we created last year.  These are Circus roses and they are naturally that color.  They are accented by the striking Gloriosa lily.  It's a red/yellow tropical lily that grows inside out!  (P.S. it has no fragrance).  Order some for your friend or love today!  703-548-2848.

Friday, September 7, 2012

2013 Floral Workshop Catalogs are here!

The official 2013 Helen Olivia Floral Design Workshop catalogs have arrived.  Pick up your copy today or if you would like one mailed to you, send us your name and address to

Thursday, September 6, 2012

What you missed . . .

We had a wonderful Dried Fall Wreath floral design workshop at Helen Olivia last night.  It amazes me how creative everyone is.  Every wreath was so unique and I loved all the different takes on the fall theme.  It was hard to pick out my favorite so I'll just say here are a few examples.  Join us for a floral design workshop in 2013!  Just click on the schedule to the left.