Flowers, Valentine's Day

7 Pro Tips From Your Local Florist for Longer Lasting Flowers

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means it’s time to start thinking about flowers! If you’ve ever received flowers, you know the feeling of excitement that comes with seeing a beautiful arrangement delivered to your home or office. But what if the joy of receiving flowers could last longer?

Most people know the basics for keeping flowers alive longer: changing the water, keeping it in a cool place, and not leaving them in direct sunlight. But here are a few pro tips from the experienced floral designers at William Paul Floral Design that will help make your flowers last as long as possible.

1. Choose a clear vase

One of the most obvious ways to make roses and other flowers last longer is by using a clear vase with a lot of water. Why clear? Because opaque vases make it much more difficult to monitor the water level – which almost always leads to under-watering and faster perishing flowers.

2. Condition your water (use flower food)

Casablanca Bouquet by William Paul Floral Design

Tap water is great for flowers, but nutrients are necessary if you want to extend their life. Flower food packets are just three ingredients mixed together to make a perfect environment for cut flowers. Bleach (bactericide) kills any bacteria or mold while sugar provides energy and water retention. Citric acid dissolves air bubbles and balances the pH level of the water.

To make more flower food at home, simply mix 1 teaspoon of sugar with 1 teaspoon of bleach and 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice with a quarter cup of warm water until fully dissolved.

3. Refresh them every day

Just a few minutes of care each day can have a substantial effect on the life of your flowers. Refreshing the water, trimming the stems, and adding new flower food, will prevent bacteria and keep your flowers looking their best.

Unlike many houseplants, it is nearly impossible to “over-water” your cut flowers (unless water is spilling over the top of the vase) so the bigger concern is not giving them enough. If you cannot give them a refresh every day then at least make sure they have plenty of water at all times.

4. Remove any leaves below the water line

If you’re looking for ways to make roses and other cut flowers last longer, this is a big one that often gets overlooked; cut off any leaves that are below the surface of the water, these will rot and cause bacteria growth which will shorten the life of your flowers.

5. Only touch the stems

Touching a flower is like touching fabric – it can be delicate and cause damage if you aren’t careful. It is important to avoid touching flowers except when removing them from their vase for trimming or fresh water. Touching these delicate pieces of art can easily cause damage and shorten the life of your flowers, so use stems as handles when you need to touch them instead of heads or petals.

6. Use pruning shears or your sharpest scissors

When cutting the stems, make sure to use a very sharp pair of scissors or knife if you do not have pruning shears available. Dull blades can crush the stems and damage them – which will also shorten their life span. Cutting the stems with a sharp implement not only ensures that you’ll get an even cut, but it also helps prevent them from getting crushed.

Cutting stems at least an inch from the bottom will allow otherwise clogged plants to reopen and absorb more water. Cutting them with a 45 degree angle creates larger openings near the base, which allows for greater absorption due to a larger exposed surface area.

7. Create a healthy environment

Your flowers’ environment plays a considerable role in how long they will last. Positioning your floral arrangement in a location where it won’t be exposed to direct sunlight will help prevent it from wilting prematurely.

Flowers have a special talent for retaining heat. If you’re trying to slow down the decay process, place your flowers in an area with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit–but don’t worry if they’re room-temperature. It is also important to keep your flowers away from any fruits or vegetables because they release ethylene gas as they ripen – which poisons cut flowers and expedites wilting and browning.

By following these seven simple steps, you can keep your fresh flowers looking vibrant for as long as possible. Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner on Monday, February 14.

Now is the perfect time to send flowers with the best flower delivery and beautiful blooms from your local florist. At William Paul Design we offer same day flower delivery for Valentine’s Day flowers as well as birthdays, anniversaries, get well soon wishes, sympathy, or just to make someone smile in: Austin, TX, Atlanta, GA, San Francisco, CA, Sacramento (Fair Oaks), CA, and surrounding areas.

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Ring in the new year with a new color – Very Peri is 2022 color of the year

After a year of indecision in 2021 when the Pantone Color Institute couldn’t pick between “Illuminating” (yellow) and “Ultra Gray” as Color of the Year, the “color experts” at the Pantone Color Institute returned to their customary selection of a lone color to represent 2022. Their choice? Very Peri (PANTONE 17-3938), a shade of blue with violet red undertones, not unlike what most people call periwinkle.

How did the color experts choose Very Peri for the 2022 Color of the Year? Pantone Color Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman explains:

“As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of PANTONE 17-3939 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family, encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time with its violet red undertone, encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions.”

Pantone chose bright and soothing colors last year to symbolize a renewed sense of hope and optimism following the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic that changed the world considerably in 2020.

This year’s selection of Very Peri builds on that sentiment by symbolizing carefree confidence and daring curiosity to help us embrace the altered landscape of new opportunities and possibilities.

Very Peri is a Sign of the Times

In these transformative times, Very Peri symbolizes the worldwide spirit of the moment and the transition that we are experiencing together. As emerging from a period of intense isolation, our standards and our notions are changing, and our digital and physical lives have merged in unexpected ways.

Seaside Roses from William Paul Floral Design in San Francisco, CA features 2022 Color of the Year, Very Peri.

In a world where trends are emerging from the digital to become reality, Very Peri has taken it one step further by fusing modern life with how color choices manifest themselves in our physical surroundings.

Very Peri is both playful and fresh, making it the perfect color to inject life into your home. It works best in a variety of materials with different textures or finishes like painted walls, furniture accents (like accent pillows) as well as when used for decoration on patterns in designs.

Very Peri, a warm and friendly blue hue with carefree confidence, emboldens uninhibited expression. Displaying dynamic presence in shades of shimmery metallics to high tech materials; it is an enthusiastic color that lends itself for unpredictable color harmonies when used on different surfaces like natural fibers or handcrafted items alike!

Very Peri in the Floral Industry

Very Peri is an intriguing color that we sometimes take for granted until we give it a second look. Natural examples of this color can be found almost everywhere, but some of our favorites we see everyday in the floral industry. Here are a few of our favorites:

Periwinkle

There are many fine examples of Very Peri in the floral industry, but the closest match would have to be periwinkles. Periwinkles are flowers that bloom in the spring. They are “periwinkle blue” (or Very Peri) with white stars on the petals and are often used for decorative purposes in floral arrangements. A periwinkle flower arrangement can make a home feel bright and happy, even if it is raining outside. For this reason periwinkles are popular flowers to include in any floral bouquet that you purchase from your local florist shop, online, or at a street market.

Delphinium

Delphinium flowers are beautiful and delicate, but they need something to attach themselves to in order to grow strong. They love sunny places with well-drained soil for at least half of the day time; however these tall plants do poorly under hot weather conditions or rainy days.

For best results you’ll probably want them near some shelter like an apartment complex’s rooftop garden area where there is always plenty happening (and also some shade).

Iris

The Iris is a flower that comes in many colors and has the ability to bring freshness into your home or garden. The flowers vary depending on their height, making them perfect for any type of arrangement you may want done with this beautiful plant!

Irises can grow from six inches all the way up to four feet tall which means there’s something available no matter how large or small an area needs updating right now.

Additionally these lovely plants come equipped not only one but two different types: blue irises tend toward being more acidic soil alkaline while pink counterparts prefer slightly less rigorous conditions

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are the most beloved of all shrubs for their beauty and versatility. They come in a wide range of colors, including blue-hued hydrangea varieties that can be used as accent plants or along side larger flowers such as roses; vibrant pink blooms during springtime when other plant life begins to take shape again after winter’s cold snap–hydrangeas make great fresh cut flower bouquets too!

Hydrangeas also perform well even without much care—they’re hardy enough not only at home but anywhere else you might find yourself growing them!

Hyacinths

Hyacinths are gorgeous flowers that have been admired by royal families throughout the ages. They’re also a must for gardens in palaces and parks, but today you can find them everywhere from your home garden to indoor pots! Their distinctive scent cannot be mistaken; it adds another layer of beautiful floral blossoming during springtime – which is when these amazing plants first start coming out layers on top of one another like an opened tabby cat waiting patiently at its feet before slowly lurching into full bloom with rich colors.

Do not miss out on the hottest new color trend for 2022: Very Peri! William Paul Design has many beautiful floral designs featuring this intriguing color. We offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, and our newest location in Austin, TX, and surrounding areas for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (415) 481-3024 or shop online 24/7.

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Cross Off Your Entire Holiday Wish List at William Paul Floral Design

December is here once again. That means the time is now to start planning your holiday shopping (if you haven’t already) in order to avoid picked-over store shelves and lengthily shipping delays closer to Christmas. 

Holiday shopping does not have to be difficult or stressful. In fact, holiday shopping can be a simple one-stop shopping experience if you know the best place to shop for holiday gifts in San Francisco, CA. 

William Paul Floral Design has all of your holiday gift ideas covered with an incredible variety of holiday flowers, centerpieces, and plants available now in-store, as well as countless other holiday gift ideas including candles, chocolates, ornaments, and more! 

Whether you’re holiday shopping for a loved one, friend, co-worker, or business associate, we have unique holiday gift ideas that everyone on your list is sure to love! 

5 Holiday Favorites from William Paul Design

Tannenbaum Basket by William Paul Floral Design, San Francisco, CA
  1. Poinsettias
    A lovely poinsettia plant is an excellent traditional holiday gift idea they will cherish all season long. No one can resist the cheerful beauty of a poinsettia plant. When you are looking for an excellent holiday gift, consider giving someone this long-lasting and easy to care for houseplant that will bring joy all year round! William Paul Floral Design offers different sizes in colors available including red berries or green leaves with envy inducing burgundy coloring.
  1. Holiday Centerpieces
    Another great holiday gift idea is William Paul Floral Design’s full selection of holiday centerpieces available in the store now! Holiday centerpiece ideas include traditional holiday flower arrangements, as well as delicious candy dishes filled with your favorite chocolates. Perfect for entertaining guests at home this holiday season!
  2. Wreaths
    A festive wreath adds a warm welcoming touch to your home or office during the holidays. William Paul Floral Design offers a variety of holiday wreaths in a wide range of styles, colors, and shapes to compliment everyone’s holiday style. We also have custom wreaths available that can include almost anything you’d like in the size of your choice!
  3. Fresh Flowers
    Fresh holiday flowers are not just for decorating, they also make outstanding holiday gifts that can be delivered directly to the recipient of your choice. We also offer custom floral arrangements that can be made with any color or style you choose; including poinsettias, wreaths, candles, bows, and pine cones. Additionally, floral bouquets are also perfect as hostess gifts or thank you gifts for holiday parties and gatherings.
  4. Candles, Ornaments, and other Holiday Décor
    Holiday gift and gourmet food baskets, plants, and candles make Christmas decorating a breeze and also make terrific holiday gifts for co-workers or collogues. We have many holiday scented options, as well as holiday themed votives and tealight holders that are perfect for holiday tabletop centerpieces or simply adding holiday cheer to any room in your home! We also have an incredible selection of beautiful Christmas décor, including handmade bows and pinecones, holiday ornaments, and holiday cards.

Stop In and See Us or Order Online

Rustic Holiday Wreath from William Paul Design

William Paul Floral Design is your one-stop holiday shopping destination this holiday season. Whether you’re looking to cross off an entire holiday wish list or just a few people on your list, we’ve got the perfect holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list at William Paul Floral Design!

There’s nothing better on this chilly winter day than to step into the warmth of William Paul Floral Design and get your holiday shopping done in one visit. Our beautiful flowers and decoration will brighten any room, our Christmas ornaments are sure to put some sparkle on your tree with their vibrant colors. We also carry a wide selection of unique gifts that would be perfect for anyone you might need an extra gift for this year!

Visit our Christmas showroom at 1418 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, or shop online 24/7 at williampaulfloristsf.com and let us take care of all those pesky errands so you can go back home with time left over to enjoy your family! Call us today at (415) 481-3024 to order Christmas gifts in San Francisco, CA or anywhere in the USA.

Flowers, Holidays

Let William Paul Floral Design help decorate your home for the holidays

The holiday season is a time for celebration and family. It’s the time of year where we deck the halls and decorate our homes and offices with holiday décor.

But finding time to decorate during the holiday rush can be difficult, and the longer you wait, the less options you have. Most people wait until after Thanksgiving to start thinking about holiday decorations, so your best bet is to have your designer booked before they start getting too busy.

That means right now is the best time to start planning your holiday decorating. If you’re looking for holiday decorating ideas or are in need of on-site florists that can help you get your home festive-ready before December 25th then William Paul Floral Design should be your first stop!

We offer services to any budget big or small and our floral designers are experts in helping customers find the perfect holiday decorations for their home or office.

Our design team will decorate your home

Everyone loves decorating for holidays but who has the time? It can be so much work and the end results often fall short of the glorious holiday displays we pictured in our minds before we untangled our first string of lights!

This year forget that frustration and spend more time enjoying the holidays by trusting your home or office holiday decorating to the experts at William Paul Floral Design?

Our professional floral designers love decorating for the holidays and will be happy to come to your home or place of business to assist you with decorating. We can even handle it all ourselves if you prefer, freeing up your time for other tasks.

Our experienced designers are filled with creative ideas that could turn your home or office into a winter wonderland or a simple cozy retreat. Christmas decorating ideas for your mantel, front door, mailbox, Christmas tree, and more will surely fill you with Christmas cheer.

What are the benefits of hiring our designers?

Hiring a local florist to assist you with designing Christmas decorations is an efficient way of getting into the spirit of the holidays without spending too much time on it yourself. And it never hurts to have a professional designer at your side while you decorate.

Whether you just need a few new ideas, or want us to decorate your entire home and trim the tree, our experienced professionals are waiting to turn up their creativity at full volume so they can fill every room in your house with cheerful holiday cheer this year!

  • Holiday decorating ideas customized to your tastes and holiday theme
  • No stress of trying to figure out what you need or where it all goes
  • Decorations to accentuate any existing holiday décor in your home
  • Holiday decorating ideas that will stun your family and friends
  • Holiday decorating done quickly while still looking amazing
  • Professionally designed fresh flowers that will leave your home or office looking festive and ready for the holiday season

Our experienced design staff is an incredible collection of talented professionals who create amazing floral designs for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well wishes, sympathy, and other special occasions. They specialize in working with your existing décor and style to help you create something wonderful.

Now is the perfect time to start – our calendar will fill up fast

However lavish or simple your holiday decorating may be, William Paul Floral Design will help you bring the beauty and the essence of the holiday to every corner of your home or office. From holiday flowers and plants

We certainly don’t want you to miss out on holiday cheer this year, so we’re urging you to schedule a holiday decorating appointment as soon as possible.

Now is the best time to schedule a consultation because the limited number of appointments will fill up fast. Call William Paul Floral Design today at (415) 481-3024 to schedule an appointment.

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Fall Flowers: Gifts for Thanksgiving and Other Celebrations

Fall is a wonderful time of year. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and cool, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Give thanks this season with fall flowers from Willian Paul Floral Design. Flowers can be given as gifts or used to create festive centerpieces for the Thanksgiving dinner table.

There is nothing more heartwarming than a bouquet of fresh flowers on the Thanksgiving table. We have a wonderful assortment of fall flowers that will make your Thanksgiving table look spectacular. From roses to poinsettias, we have something to please everyone on your list including bouquets with traditional autumn colors like oranges and browns, as well as brighter tones such as yellows and reds.

Creating fall-themed flower arrangements is one of our favorite parts about this season because there are so many possibilities thanks to all the different types of flowers available during this time – from chrysanthemums and marigolds to mums and poinsettias! When it comes down to it, we love everything about autumn – especially thanksgiving centerpieces decorated with beautiful fall flowers. And we just can’t get enough of these gorgeous leaves changing colors.

Thanksgiving flowers are a great way to celebrate the national holiday. They add color and life to your table, which is important during this social celebration. Whether you’re celebrating with family or hosting a mismatched meal for friends, there’s no better way than by using flowers from your local florist that fill the room with their beauty while also representing each person eating at this joyous occasion, and reminding us why we should all be thankful.

Make your Thanksgiving table shine with a floral centerpiece

Sunflower Centerpiece by William Paul Floral Design – San Francisco – Sacramento – Atlanta

For many people, the Thanksgiving meal is one of the most cherished traditions of the year. It’s a day when people gather around the table with their family and friends to enjoy delicious food, watch football games, and enjoy the fellowship while reflecting on what makes them grateful.

It’s no surprise then that people want to celebrate this special occasion with some extra flair and style! Floral centerpieces play an important role in providing color and beauty on tables during dining hours. The also look fantastic next to a beautifully roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and all our other favorites.

If you want to make your Thanksgiving table look extra-special this year, consider choosing a centerpiece from one of the many designs we have available in store or on our website. Our talented floral designers have created dozens of different thanksgiving centerpiece options – all beautifully crafted with fall colors and scents in mind – for any budget, size, or style preference. We also offer custom centerpiece design services so if there’s something special you’re looking for just let us know – we’ll create it for you!

Our fall garden floral bouquets are carefully crafted using only the highest quality flowers from around the world to ensure long-lasting beauty that will truly impress your guests or loved ones this holiday season without breaking the bank in order to do it. Our prices vary depending on what kind of design you choose – whether simple and rustic or ornate and glamorous – but we always make sure that our products remain affordable no matter what options customers choose when designing their arrangement. Visit our website or call us at 415-481-3024 to find more information.

Flowers make fantastic gifts – we even deliver!

There are many reasons why flowers make an excellent gifts, but one thing that sets a gift of flowers apart from everything else is that they are hand-delivered – by one of our employees – straight to someone’s doorstep or even their office while they’re working. We never rely on people we don’t know or third parties to help with deliveries. It is extremely important to us take care of your flowers every step of the way, from the moment we receive the order until we hand it to the recipient.

We put the highest value on customer satisfaction. In fact, we promise to make sure that your flowers arrive in perfect condition and on time for each and every order. We take pride in our commitment to delivering beautiful and high-quality flowers and we will do what it takes to make sure your order is the best it can be! Every order we receive is special and we take pride in ensuring that you are 100% satisfied with your purchase.

You can also send flowers as a thank-you note, or just as a way to show someone that you’re thinking of them! Flowers and autumn garden hanging baskets make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers – even your favorite delivery person!

We also offer a thanksgiving flower subscription service that allows you to schedule regular deliveries of flowers throughout the year. By scheduling regular deliveries you can make sure that a loved one’s home or office never lacks for beautiful, fresh flowers. We’ve made it easy and affordable, so don’t miss out on this special opportunity to give the gift that keeps giving!

It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas flowers

Ready or not, Thanksgiving inevitably turns into Black Friday, which means the commencement of the holiday shopping season! With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukah all coming up in November or December, now is the best time to order your holiday flowers.

We are always ready to help our customers check another name off their list with a beautiful gift of fresh flowers! Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or another holiday in the fall, our experienced designers will provide you with exactly what you need for a beautiful celebration.

At William Paul Floral Design, we are committed to providing our customers with the best selection of flowers and gifts at affordable prices. We offer same-day local delivery in San Francisco and Sacramento, CA as well as Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas or anywhere in the US. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, a get well gift, or simply to make someone smile – flowers make the perfect present! Order your holiday deliveries now for the best selection and choice of delivery dates which may fill up as we get closer to the holidays.

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Flowers From William Paul Floral Design Make Every Occasion Special

Flowers are fascinating. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike and each one stands alone as a magnificent work of art. But when you combine several flowers together in a bouquet, the magic truly comes alive with a dazzling array of colors, shapes, and scents that are just a bit different than anything ever created before. Its alluring display will catch your eye from across the room, inviting a closer look after eliciting your emotions.

Perhaps one of the reasons we are so drawn to the beauty of flowers is the emotional response they provoke. There is no feeling in the world quite like receiving a dozen red roses from someone you love. In that moment, no words are even necessary because the flowers say it all.

They help in other times too when we can’t find the right words to say. Sympathy flowers and plants serve as a perfect memorial that not only solidifies the love and devotion of family and friends, but also helps to provide a tranquil, peaceful setting for the remembrance of a beautiful life.

Laguna Beach by William Paul Floral Design – San Francisco, CA

For the living, flowers have a remarkable impact on our moods and emotions and their positive effect on our mental health as a whole is nothing short of incredible. One study conducted by Rutgers University determined that every single one of the 150 test participants expressed happiness upon receiving even a single flower. The reaction was universal among all age groups and included both men and women and confirmed the possibility that flowers may even affect brain chemistry.

Other studies have shown that in addition to making us happy, flowers are also proven to: help reduce stress and lower blood pressure, fuel creative and quick thinking, increase focus, trigger memory, make employees more productive, and even lower blood pressure!

When it comes to flowers, the act of giving can be more beneficial than receiving. A study by Texas A&M University concluded that “givers” were perceived as successful, caring, and emotionally intelligent people who not only possess the ability to express their own feelings, but also take the time and care to understand the feelings of others.

Further studies have also indicated that we can actually influence and change what others think of us in a significant way through the gifts we give. And perhaps no other gifts have the same ability to evoke such positive perceptions and feelings as flowers.

A World of Variety

With so many different colors, shapes, sizes, and varieties of flowers available from around the world, it’s hard to choose a favorite. Many of our most popular selections, like our gorgeous roses from Ecuador, are available year around. While others, such as our Dutch tulips are only available seasonally – which makes them even more special.

In many cases, the varieties of flowers change with the season, but in other instances the only seasonal difference is the color. Red and white roses and carnations are excellent selections for the holidays and Valentine’s Day while orange and yellow varieties of the same flowers help welcome in the autumn season and along with favorite Fall festivities such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.

While some of our special flowers are imported all the way from Colombia and Ecuador, a vast majority of the cut flowers available in our shop are from right here in the USA. In fact, the state of California with its warm climate throughout the year, produces about 75% of the flowers available domestically, while many of the rest are grown in Washington, Florida, and Hawaii.

Most Popular Types of Flowers

In addition to the versatile roses and carnations that are popular all year long, we have a few other favorites to mention that are some of our most popular selections. You can find all of these in more at our shop as we always have them fresh in-season.

Tulip

A sure sign of spring, tulips come from Holland and can be found in every color of the rainbow. The Royal Horticultural Association of Holland recognizes over 3,000 different varieties of tulips ranging in color from pure white to a dark red that almost appears black to the eye. Some varieties of tulips even have different shades or colors in the same bloom.

Sunflower

The unmistakable sunflower is a truly a beauty to behold. Its vibrant yellow petals provide a vivid backdrop for its remarkable face that is always striving to follow the sun. It symbolizes loyalty, but that’s probably not the reason why sunflowers are some of the most popular flowers available today. The appeal is more obvious – they’re sunny and bright and simply make you smile.

Daisy

Daisies are another flower with the power to make people happy. It’s no coincidence because they are the little cousins of the sunflower and share many similar features. The slender white petals of the daisies draw the eye to the yellow or orange center. Daisies start blooming in late spring and continue to bloom until early fall, making them summertime favorites.

Gerbera

Gerberas are a variety of daisy that is one of the most popular flowers for floral bouquets. They are prized for their huge brightly colored blossoms and sturdy stems and can be found in shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, white, and purple. Because their stems don’t dry out like other cut flowers, Gerberas have an outstanding vase life that can last 10 days.

Orchid

Orchids are another favorite that often gets overlooked – possibly because they look like flowers but are actually blooming plants. Orchids vary widely in their appearance, but many are fragrant and feature bold vivid colors. Some varieties of orchids have beautiful distinctive stripes or spots. The most popular types of orchids available in store are Phalaenopsis (or Moth) orchids and Dendrobium orchids.

William Paul Floral Design is Your Local San Francisco Florist

For over 100 years, local florists have provided their communities with flowers in order to make every occasion special. From the birth of new babies to weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, or even just because; small independent flower shops have been hand delivering wishes of hope and recovery along with recognition of some of life’s greatest accomplishments.

While many other industries have automated and streamlined, your local florist still does some things the old-fashioned way, like offering same-day delivery on every bouquet we design. We were in the delivery business long before Amazon – they’re catching up, but in most cases still can’t deliver your order as fast as we can. And they still haven’t figured out a way to deliver flowers without sticking them in a box.

No matter what the occasion, William Paul Floral Design is here to help you celebrate with a custom bouquet of flowers. Visit our shop located at 1418 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133. Order online at http://www.williampaulfloristsf.com or give us a call (the old-fashioned way) at (415) 481-3024 and our design team will be happy to select the perfect gift of flowers to fit any budget. For something extraordinary, consider an open “designer’s choice” bouquet. Simply tell us the price and we will design – and deliver – something beautiful.

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Don’t Forget Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 12

Pink Berry by William Paul is a featured bouquet from our Grandparents Day selection.

Grandparents Day is a national holiday or observance, celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year it takes place on Sunday September 12. Contrary to popular misconception, Grandparents Day was not invented by greeting card companies, florists, restaurants, or any other business interest.

Instead, the origin of Grandparents Day can be traced back to 1956 when a mother from West Virginia named Marian McQuade helped organize a community celebration for people over 80 years of age. In doing so, she realized how many elderly care facility residents had been forgotten by their families.

She envisioned a holiday that would not only bring attention to the elderly population but would also honor all grandparents by celebrating the connections between generations. Her work paid off and in 1973 West Virginia became the first state to set aside a special day to celebrate grandparents. Three years later – in 1978 – her efforts resulted in Grandparents Day becoming a national holiday celebrated in every state.

Simple Celebration

Unlike many other popular holidays that honor people on a larger scale with parties and large gatherings, most Grandparents Day celebrations are small and intimate and often take place in homes, hospitals, and care facilities with close family members.

In fact, McQuade went to great lengths to keep the holiday less commercial and truer to its roots by refusing all donations and royalties associated with her efforts. She also spurned overtures from Hallmark who predicted that Grandparents Day would become the sixth biggest holiday on the calendar each year for greeting card sales.

Despite that, many families celebrate grandparents by giving gifts. Some families embrace the spirit of the holiday and encourage grandparents to share stories and give gifts to their grandchildren, especially personal gifts that celebrate special family traditions.

In most cases, family get-togethers do not need to be expensive or elaborate. The important thing is choosing activities the grandparent enjoys while fostering intergenerational connection. Sharing a simple meal or spending time to visit is enough to please most grandparents. Engaging with them by playing board games, cards, and puzzles are fun ways to spend time together. Grandparents Day is also a fantastic time to look at old pictures or share some family stories.

It Truly is the Thought That Counts

Perhaps the biggest reason why Grandparents Day has escaped commercial exploitation is because of holiday burnout. If that is truly the case, grandparents still should not let the occasion go by unnoticed. Most of the younger generation will be happy to participate even if they don’t have to plan. It is important to remember that true reason for holiday is to give grandparents a chance to show their love for – and spend their time with – their grandchildren.

If you are not able to get together in person, Grandparents Day is a terrific chance for you to call them, text them, video chat with them, or perhaps even write them a good old-fashioned hand-written letter or have your children draw some pictures for them to include in a card. Of course, you could also send them a beautiful bouquet of flowers from William Paul Floral Design. We have options for everyone, and a simple surprise delivery is an easy, convenient, and personal way to make Grandparents Day special.

As a Yes We Can florist, William Paul Floral Design features same-day delivery in San Francisco, Fair Oaks (Sacramento), Atlanta, and surrounding areas for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well soon wishes, sympathy, or anything else. Visit our store, located at 1418 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 or shop online 24/7.

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Back to School time is the perfect opportunity to say thank you with flowers from William Paul Floral Design

It’s almost that time of year once again! Back-to-school sales are starting to pop up everywhere, and teachers are busy preparing for the start of school year unlike any we’ve experienced before.

Not sure what to order? Selecting Designer’s Choice from William Paul Floral Design is an ideal option for Back to School flowers because YOU pick the price!

With summer winding down, now is not only the perfect time to show your appreciation to those who have been taking care of your kids during the break, but also a fantastic opportunity to start the school year off right with a gift of flowers for the teachers, facility, coaches, and staff who will be enriching their lives during the next nine months.

To some, it may seem like the summer flew by too fast while others have been counting the days until the new school year begins. Regardless of how you feel about your kids going back to school, we hope your summer was filled with adventure and learning experiences that can’t be taught in schools.

If there are any nannies, babysitters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, camp counselors, clergy members or coaches who influenced your summer, flowers are always a perfect way to acknowledge and say thanks for their hard work and dedication.

Most of those people aren’t expecting gifts, so the gesture certainly isn’t necessary, but even a small token of your appreciation is a thoughtful way of showing gratitude that often means more to the recipient than the giver will ever realize.

Forget the apple

It’s 2021 – your teacher doesn’t want an apple unless it’s a phone or computer – so forget the fruit in favor of a beautiful bouquet of brightly-colored flowers instead. Flowers really are the perfect way to set the mood for the start of the school year while brightening up the classroom at the same time.

Teachers aren’t the only ones who enjoy flowers, however, so don’t forget bus drivers, teacher’s aides, facility members, crossing guards, and everyone else who makes the school a fun and inviting place to learn. Flowers are so wonderful at putting smiles on people’s faces, especially when they’re least expected. At William Paul Floral Design we specialize in helping you choose the perfect gift for everyone on your list – no matter how big or small of an impact they have on your children’s education.

If you have a friend or family member going away to college for the first time this fall, flowers are a fun and festive way to decorate dorm rooms and live plants are perfect picks if you’re looking for a longer-lasting gift. Most of the plants we carry are easy to care for and don’t require a lot of work, which is ideal for busy students who are always on the go.

As a Yes We Can florist, William Paul Floral Design features same-day delivery in San Francisco, Fair Oaks (Sacramento), Atlanta, and surrounding areas for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well soon wishes, sympathy, or anything else. Visit our store, located at 1418 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 or shop online 24/7.

Holidays

Celebrate the 4th of July Weekend with Flowers from William Paul Floral Design


The 4th of July is a summertime celebration filled with fireworks, parades, picnics, and a lot of patriotic pride. While our original Independence Day took place way back in 1776, the party didn’t really get started until a year later when the first official celebration took place in Philadelphia. That celebration included many of the same festivities we still observe today.

Camera Ready Boutonniere by William Paul Floral Design – San Francisco – Fair Oaks – Atlanta

If you want to celebrate July 4th in style, do it with flowers! Decorating for this holiday is as easy as red, white, and blue – but that certainly does not limit your options! At William Paul Floral Design we specialize in utilizing a variety of flowers in unique ways to really accentuate the spirit of the holiday.

One of our favorite parts of any holiday is the symbolism that goes along with some of the traditions. One example is the symbolic colors of the American flag. Red in the flag is said to symbolizes courage, bravery, and passion. White serves a different purpose at it represents purity and innocence, and blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice. Just like our nation’s flag, the colors of flowers are important and symbolic.

Roses, carnations, and gerbera daisies are some of the popular flowers traditionally used in Independence Day arrangements. Those flowers pair especially well with complementary white lilies, gladiolus, and mums. Blue delphinium is often used to round out the trio because it looks beautiful next to any shades of red and white. Even if arrangements do not stick to the traditional red, white, and blue designs, they can be accented with an American flag or some glittery firework accents for a festive finishing touch.

With a 3-day long Independence Day weekend coming up, now is the perfect time to honor a veteran, or decorate you yard for a 4th of July picnic. No matter how you choose to celebrate, William Paul Floral Design has the flowers and inspiration to help you create a one-of-a-kind Fourth of July bouquet that will truly commemorate and celebrate our nation’s most historic day. Same day delivery in San Francisco, Fair Oaks, CA, Atlanta, GA, or anywhere nationwide. Shop online 24/7 at williampaulfloristsf.com or call us at 415-481-3024.

Flowers

This Summer, Say it With Flowers

Flowers have a special way of bringing joy. So why wait for a special occasion to make someone smile? There is no need to wait for another birthday or anniversary to roll around in order to surprise someone with a gift of flowers. Some of life’s greatest gifts are the ones we least expect.

One great thing about flowers is that there doesn’t have to be any reason at all to give them to someone. And sometimes, flowers say things and help convey feelings for us when we can’t find the right words ourselves.

Something else is fantastic about flowers? Aside from the memorizing beauty and an instant ability to brighten someone’s day, their versatility and variety knows no bounds and makes them a perfect gift for almost any occasion – big or small.

Informal Flowers

At William Paul Design we specialize in welcoming new babies to the world, and comforting loved ones with offerings of sympathy. But you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to spread lots of joy with flowers. You can do that today every day with Flowers by the Bunch, which we will be offering all summer long.

In fact, Flowers by the Bunch have been one of our most popular selections for several years. Our loyal customers think of it as a fantastic bargain (we agree). But we like to think of it as a way for everyone to enjoy beautiful fresh flowers during times when you don’t need to pay extra for a professional designer to use a recipe of required flowers.

Flowers by the Bunch offers everyone a convenient grab-and-go option at a terrific price, making them an ideal option for more informal occasions without all the fanfare, or even for keeping them all to yourself. At prices this low for flowers this incredible? It’s hard to find many bargains like this left anymore.

Flowers can make everyday occasions ‘special’

The summer of 2021 is shaping up to be much different than last year as we emerge from isolation and resume gathering again together in groups. This means more weddings, more receptions, more parties, and more reasons to celebrate!

But, there’s no need to wait for a reason to send flowers, you don’t need one at all. This summer is the perfect time to reach out to old friends and loved ones, or even someone new. And flowers are a fun way to break the ice or rekindle an old memory by serving as a lasting visual reminder of time shared together.

As a Yes We Can Florist, William Paul Floral Design features same-day delivery to Atlanta, San Francisco, and Fair Oaks, CA and surrounding areas or anywhere in the US. Visit us at williampaulfloristsf.com to order online 24/7 or call (415) 481-3024 to speak directly with one of our agents who will be happy to assist you.