The Flower Blog

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!

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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!

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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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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!

 

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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!

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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!**

 

 

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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.

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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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Trick-or-Treat! More than Candy at Gillespie Florists!

Posted by Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

describe the imageAll Hallow's Eve is upon us! What better way to celebrate Halloween than to decorate with spooky stuff, eat candy, and create scary fun bouquets?That's how we roll at Gillespie Florists. Another way we enjoy Halloween is to dress up in costume! Know what else we love? Trick-or-Treaters! And because we enjoy costumes, candy, Trick-or-Treaters and more, we have a special treat for you! 

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Are your little Trick or Treaters anxious to get the Halloween ball rolling?  Did they hop off the bus in costume and you've got a few errands to run?  Bring everyone over to our shop for a few treats of our own as we host a few Trick or Treat hours in our sixth year and running...

Treat or Flower!

Except it's Treat AND Flower! We send off our costumed Trick-or-Treaters in style with candy AND a free flower! Is there a more fabulous way to start the evening than with a fresh flower to go along with the impending harvest of sweet treats?

 

 


Trick or TreatersStill not sure it sounds like fun? Let me convince you with some pictures of a few of our visitors during All Hallow's Eve past! 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!

 

Trick or Treat Hours

Friday Oct. 31st 4p-7p


Trick or TreatStorewide Sale!

We are all about the treats here so why not pick up a few things since we are having a storewide sale!!!

Candles, Webkinz, Silks, Comfort Throws, Angels, giftware...everything 40% OFF! 

**This is for Take Out Only and on items already in stock. This sale excludes: Serviced Product, fresh flowers, and plants. Sales items cannot be delivered. Restrictions may apply. All sales are final**

 

Hmm...costumes, candy, flowers, storewide sale...sounds like a great way to start Halloween!  Be sure to add our shop to your trick or treat route: We will be there with flowers and candy at the ready and excited to show off our own creative costuming as well! 

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Halloween Bouquets, Fall Florals, and More!

Posted by Sat, Oct 25, 2014 @ 03:11 PM

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It's that time of year, friends! The most spooktacular event of October is eerily hovering in the distance. We've been waiting on pins and needles to sift through our cobweb captured boxes full of ghoulish decorations, terrifying costumes, and put our brewing schemes for horrific fun into action.

 

halloween 01October has always been my favorite month for the long awaited occasion of decking out the porch to beckon trick-or-treaters to come hither so I throw candy and marvel at creative costuming and adorable characters. But don't let the kids have all the fun! As adults we hold parties, make our own costumes, and swipe the hard-earned candy from our kids. Come on, if you're a parent, you're a candy-swiper. Admit it; it's for the children and you're helping the dentist protect little teeth from the candied indulgence of Halloween.   

 

Short for  'All Hallows Eve' it initiates the three day celebration of Allhallowtide which is dedicated to remembering the dead. The traditional theme is using humor and ridicule to confront the power of death. Jack-o'-lanterns, costume parties, trick-or-treating, haunted houses are a few of the many ways we pay tribute to the day. We enjoy taking part of this good-spirited fun at Gillespie Florists with designing spooky fun arrangements. I thought I'd highlight a few of them today in hopes one of these will be sent my direction. Just kidding! Recently I received the most gorgeous, spilling-over-the-top, amazing arrangement along with a new line of candy we are carrying! Ok, enough candy talk! Let's see what our designers have up their mummified sleeves this year! The Eerie Spider bouquet  pictured above is a prime example of a few Halloween treats we will be exploring!

 

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We do have some terrifying pieces to explore but will be leading in with something a bit more traditional with The Pumpkin Patch Deluxe! This arrangement celebrates the fall season with vibrant yellow sunflowers, burnt orange fall daisies, curling willow, wheat, and pumpkin accents in a ceramic container. It is a perfect centerpiece for a table overflowing with caramel apples, warm apple cider, pumpkin bread, apple crisp, turkey pumpkin chili...you get the picture! The beauty of this piece is not only having the fall season sprouting out of a pumpkin but also the longevity of the flowers used. It's a win-win! 

 

 

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Continuing on with the pumpkin theme I will keep a pumpkin-shaped container and raise you with a keepsake steampunk light up Frankenstein's Monster head. The shocking orange fall daisies, poppy purple statice, and a smashing variety of greens bring this arrangement to life! Add in the steampunk flavor (who doesn't love springs, gears, and metals shaped into a monster?) and this piece is good to go in the family friendly fun category!

 

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Call me biast, that's okay, I can handle it; I am loving the keepsake steampunk accents on our Halloween treats this year! Let's consider for a moment you may not have the real estate on the main table for an arrangement but still want to celebrate the spirit of the occasion on a smaller scale. The Haunted Skull is perfectly sized for a desk, nightstand, side table; pretty much anywhere!  The simplicity of the gerbera daisy with limonium in a poison bottle complements the light up steampunk skull. The tile ties everything together to complete the spooky display.

 

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Speaking of displays, the last design on this snapshot of our Halloween and Fall collection is the sleek and sophisticated Autumn Elements. Colors of the season spike upwards out of a modern red rectangle vase. Belles of Ireland, carnations and gerberas mixed with fall leaves, pheasant feathers, and greenery create a stunning piece which will command attention where ever it is placed! 

 

 

 

Gillespie Florists carries such a spectacular assortment of Halloween and fall bouquets it was truly difficult to narrow down to a select few to highlight! If any of these have picqued your interest or invaded your brain come stop by our shop or check out our website for seasonal treats! (No tricks, we promise!) 

Click here for Halloween Bouquets!

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Mother's Day 2014 Specials!

Posted by Tue, May 06, 2014 @ 11:50 AM

describe the imageAlright kids! Mother's Day is coming up faster than a mom wiping the excess chocolate from her kids' outstretched hands as they are reaching for the freshly cleaned couch cushions for this weekends company!  In other words, the day dedicated to honoring moms everywhere is less than a week away...are you ready?  Got your gift or are you going to wait to the last minute and bribe your own kids into making a pretty card so you are off the hook? Oh my where on earth do these preposterous ideas come from? Of course you are ready! ...But if you're not, might I suggest checking out our Mother's Day Specials? We've got quite a few but if none of these catch your fancy, then be sure to stop by or shop online for a plethera of mom inspired bouquets!

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 What's not to love on a spring night? Warm nights, fireflies dancing, freshly mown lawn, and the aromas of spring floating around the neighborhood.  Southern Evening encapsulates the mood with golden alstroemeria lilies, dark pink daisies, red mini-carnations, berries, and fresh greenery!

mdblog 04Another delightful arrangement dedicated to the arrival of the warmer seasons is heralded by the bold Song of Summer!

The red cube vase radiates warmth with beaming yellow solidago, graceful pale blue delphinium, pussy willow, vibrant carnations, lush variegated pittosporum and an adorable little blue bird that sits in a sparkling nest made of red wire! A perfect reminder of a warm summer day!

mdblog 02Of course, what is the promise of summer without the brilliant and bold sunflower?

Sapphire Shower is brimming with vibrant yellow sunflowers, delphinium as blue as sapphire, bright alstromeria lilies, yellow solidego, green hypericum berry, purple statice and soft green carnations! I would love to walk into my kitchen and see this sitting atop my island so I could enjoy it as I'm preparing dinner or sipping coffee before leaving for work in the morning.

mdblog 06Such a lovely collection of bouquets for Mother's Day it is difficult to choose just one! However for the sake of my husband I will narrow it down to this one (hint, hint ;) ).

Mother of Spring is graceful and elegant with soft pink carnations, delicate lavender larkspur, vibrant purple statice, feathery lavender fuji chrysanthemums, and intricate waxflower!  Surrounded by the beauty of this arrangement is a gorgeous, sparkling keepsake glitter angel...perhaps as a permanent reminder for the kids that mom is indeed an angel, even when she insists on the rooms getting cleaned and chores done before bedtime. Yes, I think a glittery angel will do the trick...no more complaints for sure!

Once again, these are a few of our many marvelous bouquets designed especially for Mother's Day to celebrate the ladies in our lives we look up to, admire, and love.

Short on time to stop by our shop? Just click below to view our full collection!

 

Shop Mother's Day Bouquets!

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Valentine's Day Take-Out Specials 2014!

Posted by Thu, Feb 13, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

describe the imageTomorrow is the big day! Have you ordered something for your sweetheart yet? No? Don't worry, it's not too late! Stop by our shop and see what we have available. We have plenty of beautiful flowers for you to peruse; our cooler is packed full of gorgeous bouquets, loose stem flowers, sunshine bouquets and our shelves have countless cute things to attach to your selection.

 

We have many great take-out specials for our walk-in customers so stop on by and have a fantastic Valentine's Day!

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Dozen Wrapped Roses $29.95

Dozen Wrapped Roses with Baby's Breath $34.95

Sunshine Bouquets $3.95

Dozen Wrapped Carnations with bb $16.95

Gerbera Stems $3.00

Tulips $9.95 a bunch (while supplies last)

European Style Wrapped Bouquet  Starting at $11.95

South Bend Chocolates $12.95 & up

Hydrangea fresh cut stems $3.95

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