Secret Santa, the group gift swap so popular in the West, is a relatively new tradition. It began in the U.S. after a 20th century philanthropist set the standard, distributing $100 bills in the Kansas City streets. In reality, the idea has been around for a long time, imported from Scandinavia, where gift givers adopted the custom of knocking on their neighbors' doors, leaving a gift and vanishing before they could be identified.
For all of Secret Santa's fun, the randomly-assigned giftee scenario can be a challenge when picking out a gift. Fortunately, we at Toblers Flowers can help. Read More about A Delicious Secret Santa Gift »
Giving Tuesday, which falls this year on November 28, is the perfect antidote to the spending we've done on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sure, it too will have us reaching into our wallets, but to benefit the causes and programs nearest and dearest to our hearts.
This global initiative to promote charitable giving across the world is something that we at Toblers Flowers can really get behind. After all, we're in the business of helping people give, and we've got a year-round program that does just that. Read More about Joyful Giving Through Flowers »
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and the hap-happiest season of all . . . for flowers and plants!
At Toblers Flowers, we're thrilled to be working with the red, white and green holiday palette again. There's nothing quite like introducing the season's spirit into our homes through cheerful floral designs popping with bright blooms and fun accents like cinnamon sticks and pine cones. But there's another place that deserves a good dose of holiday cheer: the office. Read More about Decorate Your Office for the Holiday »
You may think that at Thanksgiving, it's the food that does the talking. There's your centerpiece dish - turkey, ham, barbecue ribs (no judgment here) - and then there are the satellite items everyone contributes: your aunt's delicious yams, your sister's perfect pecan pie. There's no question that food is a host's top consideration on Thanksgiving, but Toblers Flowers would like to issue this gentle PSA: it's all about the flowers.
Holiday centerpieces are bigger and better than ever, available in a range of seasonally-appropriate hues, full of texture but done with a modern twist. Look for interesting elements - feathers, grasses - and shapes to make a striking appearance this year. Read More about Statement Centerpieces for Thanksgiving »
In the U.S. and elsewhere, it's long been the custom to give a host gift to someone who is having you in their home. Even in these post-Emily Post days, this is a tradition we at Toblers Flowers would like to see continue, especially on Thanksgiving, when so many of us are traveling over hill and dale to break bread with friends and family. This year, while you're putting together your stuffing or green bean casserole contribution, remember the flowers, too. Read More about Bring a Bouquet for the Host »
Veterans Day is November 11, and our Kansas City community is busy planning the parades, parties and observances that will honor our U.S. military vets and their service to country. While we enjoy coming together to acknowledge our cherished heroes publicly, there's nothing like reaching out to a veteran personally to extend your gratitude. A phone call, a home-cooked meal and even a flower gift is in order. And if our favorite patriots live far from us, or can't make it out to one of the many events in town, flowers become an even more important gesture.
Since the majority of our veterans are male, we at Toblers Flowers have our eye on a couple of arrangements that will appeal to both men and women. These fetching flowers are well-suited to the occasion at hand. Read More about Fetching Flowers for Veterans Day »
There's so much ground to cover in Fall when it comes to decoration, from creating a general Autumnal look in your space to capturing the spirit of Halloween to anticipating Thanksgiving's decor demands. In the midst of all this, there's one flower that can rise to the occasion, and it's not just because it's Fall's most recognizable. Mums shine this Fall because they're durable, full of variety and come in all the harvest hues. And before you think of the golden flowering plant you see in pots at doorsteps, allow us at Tobler's Flowers to show you otherwise. Read More about Mums Shine This Fall »
Long after the trick-or-treaters have retreated from your doorstep, your Halloween home decor and designs can stay up. With a little clever planning, you can spread the Halloween spirit throughout your home through flowers you won't have to worry about taking down later. Given the season's warm harvest hues and rustic, textural touches, the common elements we decorate with for Halloween - spiders and ghosts aside - really lend themselves to staying in place beyond the holiday.
Toblers Flowers offers several decorative options this Halloween that all have staying power. Read More about Halloween Home Decor and Designs »
In the early 1900's, a young man by the name of Herbert Kingston had an idea. He worked in a candy company in Cleveland, and thought that giving away chocolates to the poor, orphaned and elderly would go a long way to telling those people that they mattered and were not forgotten. His idea inspired the company executives, who agreed to giving away over 25,000 boxes of chocolate, resulting in the first Sweetest Day. Within 5 years, the day had become a regional celebration, and had spread as far as New York State, who made it an official holiday.
Through the years, the observance has evolved into a day which encourages acts of kindness for those who need a smile. Tobler's Flowers has the flowers, chocolates and gifts perfect to spread happiness throughout Kansas City this October 21. Read More about Sweetest Day – A Century of Sweet Gestures »
One of the things we love most about fall is all the diversity in nature - in the colors, the textures, the flowers and the leaves. When creating fall floral designs, our experts are inspired by all of the beauty around us. Whether designing a classic centerpiece, or a whimsical, fantastical arrangement - we love the warmth and inviting ambiance evidenced through autumn elements. What can we design for you? Read More about Unique & Beautiful Fall Floral Designs »