The Flower Blog

Trick or Treat Hours are Happening at Gillespie Florists!

Posted by Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 03:43 PM

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Treat or Flower!

Actually, Treat and Flower! We are having our fourth year of Trick or Treat hours at Gillespie Florists! We are excited to see what everyone will dress up as! I'm going to share some of my favorite pictures from the last  couple of years!

 

wizard of oz dorothy at gillespie florists  As always we will be offering candy and free flowers to anyone coming in dressed up during our Treat or Treat hours!

We have some really cool displays that are perfect for taking pictures! We'll take pictures for you and will be happy to email you a copy of the picture!

 

 

 

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English Bulldog Pearl at Gillespie Florists

 

Trick or Treat Hours:

 

Monday Oct. 31st 4pm-7pm

 

Since you'll be in for Trick or Treating, why not pick up a few things? Take 20% off carry out items with code "18A".

 

 

Candy, Flowers, coupons! It's a trifecta of treats at Gillespie Florists this Monday, October 31st!

For Halloween, Pearl and I made a video that was supposed to be scary but ended up being very funny! Click below to watch the video!

Topics: Holidays, Videos, informational

See Your Bouquet Before Delivery at Gillespie Florists!

Posted by Wed, Oct 12, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

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Good Service is good business.
- Siebel Ad

Gillespie Florists does many things really well, one of them is customer service. We strive for everyone who walks through our door or gives us a call to have the best experience when working with us. Always looking for new ways to improve your experience with us, we've developed a new system for you to see your order before it goes out the door! "Impossible! You're joking" some may say. But here it is, a few FAQs on what we are doing to continue our tradition of bringing quality flowers and service to your door.

 

Bouquet-1.jpg1. What Exactly is this Photo Service?

Picture this (no pun intended): You've called Gillespie Florists, your go-to florist. The designers have artfully designed a lovely bouquet for that special someone. Ever wonder what the final product looks like before it's delivered? Now you will know! We want our customers to see the quality we are delivering before it's delivered! We have a procedure set in place to take a photo of your order before it is sent on delivery or picked up at our store.

2. How Does it Work?

1.When you call or visit Gillespie Florists and place your order we ask     if you would like a photo of the bouquet.
2. What method you would prefer to see the photo? Text or Email?
3. Once bouquet has been designed it is taken to the photography           station where a picture is taken and then sent to you per preferred     method of either text or email.
4. The bouquet is wrapped up and sent on back to our delivery area,       ready for delivery. If the order is for pickup, we send it to our 500       sq ft cooler!

 

sympathy.jpg3. Are There Restrictions for This Service?

As this is a service of Gillespie Florists, it does not extend to orders being sent out of town.
This is available for Indianapolis area deliveries provided by Gillespie Florists.

 

4. How Much Does this Cost? 

We offer our bouquet photo service free of charge! 

 

5. What if I Have Multiple Bouquets in my Order?

If you are placing an order going to different locations with different bouquets, we would take a photo of each arrangement and send separately. If there are multiple bouquets ordered going to the same location with the same card attached, we would take a group photo of your order. 

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Since implementing the Bouquet Photo Service in June 2015 we have received a lot of great feedback! Our customers enjoy seeing the final result and having the extra assurance their loved one is receiving a beautiful and artfully hand designed arrangement! Granted, it is one more step in the process at Gillespie Florists to complete an order but going the extra mile for our customers is what we do best and you can't put a price tag on that!

Have more questions? Please give us a call or send us an email at gillespieflorists@gmail.com!

 

SHOP GILLESPIE FLORISTS!

 

Topics: customer service, informational, quality, quality flowers, bouquet delivery

Meet Our Prom King & Queen for 2015!

Posted by Sat, May 23, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

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A few years ago, we at Gillespie Florists thought it would be fun to have a Prom King & Queen Contest and have been having it every year since! Prom goers only needed to post their picture on our Facebook Place Page or use #GFPROM2015 on Instagram or twitter wearing our flowers! We then asked our social media followers to "Like" their favorite picture or make a positive comment about it to determine the winner. We had several people enter but there can be only one winner! 

And the Winner is...

Hiedi Nguyen & Paul Sanders! 

Hiedi and Paul each get a $25.00 gift card to Gillespie Florists and Hiedi will be crowned with a tiara and flowers!

Gillespie Prom king and queen contest winners 2015

Hiedi wore a dendrobium corsage in this picture, similar to the one pictured below!

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As a Thank you, Our Runners ups will recieve a $10.00 gift card each and each girl will recieve a Sunshine bouquet! Just stop in the store, let us know you are a runner up!

Our Runner Ups are:

 

Sydney Judge & Justin Adams

Thomas Barram & Lydia Trapp

A Big Thank You to Everyone Who Entered The Contest! Until Next Year!

Topics: Seasonal, informational, prom

2015 Wedding Bouquet Trends: Modern Garden

Posted by Sat, Jan 17, 2015 @ 10:18 AM

describe the imageAs 2015 hits the ground running so do all the top wedding experts in flowers, cakes, dresses and more saturating the internet with latest trends for weddings. Of course we want to read up on all the latest celebrity weddings, which colors are the hot picks and which to avoid; and I could contribute a very long and informative list as well. But I won't! We'll break it down into four categories of theme tied in with color and florals. Simple, short and sweet. Just like me! 

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This striking bouquet above is an example of what you may find at a modern garden wedding.

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"Earthy", "textural", "natural", "vintage with a modern twist": these adjectives all fall under the description for a Modern Garden wedding. The colors will lend towards soft pastel earth tones; however bright and bold will also work beautifully in this category! Another description for this style floating around is "En Plein Air"; an open airy style wedding which ranges from shabby chic to down home country charm rustic. 

What kind of flowers will we see in a garden style wedding? Large beautiful garden roses, callas, hypericum berries, succulent, and all sorts interesting textures you will find in billy balls, waxflower, scabiosa pods, liatris and more! The key word for florals and decoration throughout the ceremony and reception is texture.  

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 If you are a member of the DIY revolution, love to incorporate shabby chic into your home, like creating crafty decor out of found objects and are prone to selecting patterns which shouldn't go together but do in the most interesting and eye-catching way, then this modern garden motif is definitely up your alley.

Expanding upon the color usage mentioned earlier this theme steps away from the glamour of silver and gold, introducing the more subtle metallic nature of copper. The rich and warm inviting hue is a perfect complement to "an afternoon of picking wildflowers" design and easy structure for centerpieces, accents, invitations, and beyond.

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 Since we're thinking about the open air, loose flowers, interesting artifacts and found containers, where does this leave the reception dining? Table settings are relaxed; creatively informal;, the menu is built from the growing trend in tasting and/or sampling stations; and the atmosphere is more of an ethereal rustic quality thanks to the twinkling scattered lights which are romantically reminiscent of stars.

The beauty of a modern garden wedding, and most wedding themes really, is it is all about your interpretation of them. Want to have an informal and intimate ceremony and reception with bold colors, salvaged wood with string art, glitter gold containers and a gourmet taco sample station? You can! It's your wedding day. Make it your masterpiece.

Need bridal bouquet ideas and inspiration? Visit our online collection here!

 

Click below to schedule a complimentary wedding consultation with us!

Contact our Wedding Specialist!

 

 



Topics: weddings, Seasonal, informational, trends

After Christmas Sale Through January 5th!

Posted by Sat, Dec 27, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

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Happy Holidays! 

Were the stockings hung by the chimney with care? Did you have a mountain of wrapping paper and boxes strewn everywhere?  It's after Christmas and time for the New Year so we are celebrating the year's end with discounts and deals on our items in the shop!

 

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Stock up on adorable and unique Christmas decorations for next year or something sweet for loved ones on their upcoming birthday and other special occasions! Stop by our shop today before all of our favorites are gone! 

Having a New Year's Eve celebration? Check out our special bouquets online, they will be a hit!

New Year's Bouquets

Like chocolate? Don't forget to pick up the amazing Moonstruck Chocolate from our shop!

Season's Greetings and Have a Happy New Year!

Topics: Seasonal, Sales, informational

Holiday and Christmas Bouquets at Gillespie Florists!

Posted by Sun, Dec 14, 2014 @ 06:43 AM

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Friends,We are knee deep in the most wonderful time of the year!
Are you having fun yet? Got your shopping done? Need to add more "holiday" to your home or send to someone who needs Christmas cheer? Our talented designers at Gillespie Florists have been working as hard as Santa's elves this year making joyful and merry bouquets to ring in the season. Have you seen what they have been up to? No? Take a moment, sip your spiced latte, and peruse a few of MANY of our floral creations for this holiday and Christmas season.

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Winter Glow

Beginning the list is the traditional and always elegant centerpiece "Winter Glow". This design withstands the test of time with rich red mini-carnations, real pinecones, a set of tapered candles, and the holiday inducing fragrance of fresh pines and evergreens. A superb option for holiday parties, Christmas feasts, or perhaps just to add a bit more "spirit" to your home!

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Silver Cardinal

Add a twist on traditional colors with this charming vased arrangement complete with keepsake silver cardinal ornament and burlap ribbon! This fashionably rustic piece can be placed just about anywhere to harbor in holiday cheer and brighten even the most "humbug" of office spaces! This thoughtful gift will be remembered through the years as the cardinal ornament adorns trees of Christmas future.

 

 

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Hot Cocoa Mug

The weather outside might be frightful but you can stay warm and cozy inside with this delightful Hot Cocoa Mug! The peppermint carnations, white cushion daisy mums, natural pinecones, berries, bright red mini-carnations, and fresh evergreens will treat your eyes with their festive colors! This merry mug from TeleFlora keeps on giving as you leisurely sip cocoa and watch Christmas movies with the family or have alittle "me" time with your hot beverage of choice.

 

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Sugar Plum Dreams

Visions of sugar plums will be dancing in your head with this stunning bouquet of carnations, hypericum berries, bupleureum, and natural pinecones. This contemporary design is completed with a modern cube vase and non-traditional colors to make your next get-together simply fabulous! 

 

 

 

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Heavenly Peace

What list of holiday flowers is complete without a divine arrangement which defines the spirit of the season.  Featuring a keepsake Holy Family figurine and artfully designed with red roses, white daisies, fresh cut pine, glitter leaves, natural pinecones, this arrangement is a lovely and warm-hearted reminder of Christmas celebration.

These are just a few of many marvelous arrangements and bouquets which our designers have created for this holiday season. To view more of our holiday collection, stop by our shop or find us online!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Shop Christmas Bouquets

Shop Winter Bouquets!

Topics: Seasonal, Sales, informational, trends

DIY Christmas Centerpiece Class

Posted by Sat, Nov 29, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

describe the imageLet the holiday cheer get into full gear! Our Thanksgiving feast is digesting so it's time in the Christmas season preparation we'll be investing! 

This year while you are perfectly aligning the stockings to be hung and checking all your to-do lists twice, be sure to pencil in some fun time for yourself, a friend, and bring home your very own DIY Christmas Centerpiece!  

ChristmasTraditionsYes, we had such fun with our "Giving Thanks" DIY Centerpiece class we decided to continue spreading the floral design cheer by offering two opportunities to get your DIY floral design on again, with Christmas! Please join us on one of the following dates:

Wednesday, December 10th

OR

Wednesday, December 17th

6-7:30pm

Don't wait too late to register for the opportunity to create your own Christmas centerpiece.  Seating is 12 students per class; call us today, they fill up quick!

Perhaps you need a ladies night with your best friend, or maybe alittle mother/daughter time (yep, we welcome kids to the class as long as they are under your supervision), or maybe, just maybe you want to break out of the normal date night and do something different! Guys, from my point of view, if my husband asked if I wanted to attend the class, I would be thrilled. We would have some great laughs while taking a chance to do something different!

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Did you miss out on the Thanksgiving class? Not quite sure you're ready to discover whether your green thumb is in working order or not? Don't worry! We have experienced designers on hand to help you! Not sure you know what you're doing? It's ok, neither do I.  Like I've mentioned before, I'm the florist's odd daughter. The one who makes designs with a keyboard and mouse. At some point however, if we want to grow we need to step out of the comfort zone and try new things.  I can see it now! The class in the design room with fresh cut pine and evergreen, rich in color carnations, and a design bowl just waiting to be filled with your creation.  There might even be holiday music in the background!  

Are you sold yet? Are you ready to design?Call 317-273-1100 to reserve your seat! Payment will be taken before class begins. Hope to see you there!

 

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Topics: Seasonal, Sales, informational, trends

Grand Holiday Sale at Gillespie Florists!

Posted by Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

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“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”      - Mary Anne Radmacher

It's the holidays! Time to bring on some good cheer and what better way to start than with a fantastic sale to deck out your halls for the most wonderful time of the year!

Starting November 24th and running through December 8th, we are pleased to be presenting you with the following discounts on most of our items! Plush, Webkinz, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, merchandise, and more! Stop by and see us soon before all these great items disappear!

 

Holiday Sale

 
60% off Plush
60% off Webkinz
60% off Fall
25% off Christmas
25% off of any other everyday gift items or merchandise
50% off *Select* Christmas merchandise
Sale does NOT include: Live plants, fresh cut flowers, or anything that needs serviced. (Such as adding bows to the sales items)
*Sales items are take out only
*All sales are final 
 

There you have it! 2 full weeks of holiday sale goodness to start the season off right!

Don't forget to check our website for winter bouquets and our Blue Mountain Christmas collection!

Shop Winter Bouquets!

Topics: Seasonal, Sales, informational

Awestruck for Moonstruck Chocolate at Gillespie Florists

Posted by Wed, Nov 12, 2014 @ 07:56 AM

describe the imageI'm a big fan of chocolate; Strike that, HUGE fan of chocolate! Who isn't?  Believe it or not there are people out there who aren't that sweet on the smooth, delicious, melt-in-your mouth-properties of chocolate. It is completely fine to be a naysayer as there are some delectable confections of which I'm not too keen but today, friends, we are talking about chocolate. Not just any, but a new line which recently appeared on my doorstep combined with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. What better way to receive sweets than with a delightful floral display?  Take a guess which item lasted longer in my house. Are you curious on the brand of tantalizing truffle? Did I have you at the word "chocolate"? Yes? Awesome. Let's explore the luxurious line of "mmmm" inducing Moonstruck Chocolate Co.

 

moonstruckThe brief backstory on this chocolatier of artisan creations is the company originated in Portland, Oregon. They had a dream of making something beyond delicious and took it to the next level with intricate detail and design to their hand-crafted chocolates. Taking the utmost care and pride in their product, they use the finest ingrediants to create a one-of-a-kind sensational experience for not only your taste-buds, but for your eyes as well. After unwrapping the cellophane which encased two mysterious boxes I knew I was in for something excellent.
For starters, let's take a look at the sophistication in the package design. Metallic gold, dark navy, clean, simple graphics and font; my brain clicked with appreciation the box by itself! 

 

moonstruckflowersAs the lid lifted from the box and the irresistable aroma hit and the battle of will versus want began. I didn't even have to taste these truffles to know they were going to be amazing; beyond amazing. A thin layer of metallic gold paper was all that stood between me and my tastebuds enjoying these edible works of art!  Finally, the paper was pulled back to reveal four delicate pieces of mouthwatering heaven. Ah, this was going to be tough choosing which one to sample first so I went to the description to narrow down my options from the dark chocolate collection: French Silk Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Liqueur Truffle, Extra-Bittersweet Truffle, and the suprising Ocumarian Truffle! Tough choices there! I decided to save the Raspberry Liqueur Truffle to share with my husband (yes, I actually shared..but just one!) and went for the French Silk Chocolate Mousse. One small bite and I was hooked, line and sinker. A perfect combination of silky smooth center surrounded by rich dark chocolate with just a hint of bite. How on earth was I going to extend the enjoyment of these bite-sized delicacies without inhaling them all at once! 

I tried desperately NOT to have another however my will was weak and two glorious bites later the Extra-Bittersweet Truffle disappeared. "I must save some for later, I must!" my brain encouraged. With the rich flavored ganache reverberating slight bitter tones on my tongue, I gently covered the remaining exquisitely decorated truffles; grabbed a stool and put the box in the back corner of the tallest cabinet while visions of sipping wine and nibbling on the extravagant Ocumarian Truffle danced in my mind.

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A few hours later, my husband came home and I reluctantly shared my newfound love of Moonstruck Chocolate. After sharing the Raspberry Liqueur Truffle he had a better understanding why his half was a bit smaller than mine. Yes, I love this guy very much...however the siren call of dark chocolate is difficult to ignore. 

Moral of the story is, Moonstruck Chocolate paired with a lovely bouquet is a wonderful surprise. Flowers make me feel special, loved, appreciated, adored, etc.; adding Moonstruck Chocolate to the equation? I was living in the lap of luxury; gazing at the beautiful blooms and enjoying decadent chocolates. It was a splendid experience I definitely recommend! 

 

 **Want to add a bit more luxury to your next bouquet? Just click one of our Moonstruck Chocolate options available with all of our bouquets online or ask one of our friendly CSR's when ordering over the phone!**

 

 

Topics: Sales, chocolate, informational, trends

DIY "Giving Thanks" Design Class at Gillespie Florists!

Posted by Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 07:32 AM

describe the imageDid someone say DIY? Yes, Yes I did because this is the age of DIY and at some point friends, you WILL hop on this trend if you haven't already! Not sure where to start? Need some guidance? There are bountiful amounts of classes around town ready to ignite your creative side with painting, drawing, making cards, etc. Do these classes work with living components? Step aside paint brushes, bounce back to your boxes, beads; we are getting three dimensional with live flowers, containers, and an instructor with decades of experience!

 

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"Giving Thanks" Floral Design Class on

Tuesday, November 18th, from 6-7pm 

Weds, 11/19, from 6-7pm! (CLASS NOW FULL)

at 9255 W 10th St, Indianapolis 46234

Now if you're anything like me, you're probably thinking, "I like flowers..that people give me, premade. I can't control-z or command-option-z out of this one!"  These are reasonable thoughts however this is the age of DOING and you will have the most experienced person, Patrick Gillespie, as your guide and instructor on your flagship journey into the world of floral design. I hear he is quite funny...or corny...but nevertheless, an hour exposure with this guy will have you designing flowers in no time whilst making jokes your family will be most certainly not appreciate therefore I would suggest you take your freshly made arrangement home and leave the jokes with us, we are used to it.

centerpiece copyImagine, if you will, setting the table for Thanksgiving: A bountiful aromatic feast fit for the most special occasions, cutlery shined to the nines, dishes daintily decorated, and amidst this glorious vision is your centerpiece, that you made, with your own hands! Friends and family ask "Where did you get the centerpiece, it's BEAUTIFUL!"  "Oh, I made it at Gillespie Florists; they gave me flowers and this, THIS is my creation!" It is a proud moment, isn't it, when you have a successful dinner party; build a bookshelf; gaze upon a perfectly mulched garden you worked on all spring; and now your latest venture into DIY, a fall floral centerpiece for you and the family to enjoy!

So how about it? Sound pretty good? One hour and $25 for our centerpiece materials including: design bowl, carnations, fall daisies, candle, filler! We will also have accessories available if you would like to add more to your creation!

CLASS SPACE IS FULL FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH

CALL US TODAY AT 317-273-1100 TO REGISTER FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18th!

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Topics: Seasonal, Sales, informational, trends