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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.

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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.

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William Paul’s Simple Guide to Sympathy Flowers

One of the many wonderful things about flowers is their fascinating ability to help us express our feelings at times in life when words are simply not enough.

We send a dozen red roses when saying “I love you” doesn’t seem strong enough. A heartfelt “thank you” goes a long way, but a handwritten thank you note attached to a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers does a much better job of conveying our appreciation.

This is especially true when we have to say, “I’m sorry.” Those words never seem like enough in any situation, especially when they are used to express feelings of sorrow instead of offering an apology. Fortunately, sympathy flowers from William Paul Floral Design can help in a big way when we cannot find the words ourselves.

Things to consider when selecting sympathy flowers

The experience of grief effects everyone in different ways, and every situation is unique. So, (with a few exceptions) there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to selecting appropriate sympathy flowers. But there are several factors that can help make the choice much easier.

  • Consider your relationship with the recipient(s). The size and type of flowers you choose to send for the funeral service is a visual display that plays an active role in the service for all in attendance. While most may never know who gave each individual gift, they will know that each display represents an important person, family, or group in the life being celebrated. The family will distribute the sympathy flowers after the service and will certainly acknowledge and appreciate every gift they receive.
  • Consider honoring the deceased in a special way, but do not worry too much about the details. Throughout history, different flowers have been considered symbolic of specific feelings such as honor, love, peace, and tranquility. But in modern times, most people will not even try reading deep enough to decipher the meanings behind each individual flower and will simply view the entire gift as a thoughtful, and beautiful gesture.
  • Consider the fate the sympathy gift after the service. In most circumstances the family of the deceased will distribute the gifts as they see fit to family members and friends. Sometimes, the family donates any extra flowers to local care centers or senior facilities so the flowers can later be enjoyed by others. If you wish to give a gift; a lush plant will not only look beautiful at the service but will also serve as a long-lasting memorial afterwards.

Let us take care of the details

The best advice for sympathy flowers is to give what you feel is appropriate without worrying too much about the details – because we’re here to take care of them for you. The experienced sympathy flower specialists at William Paul Floral Design will not only help you select an appropriate sympathy gift, but we will also confirm the delivery time with the venue prior to the service whether it takes place in Atlanta, San Francisco, Sacramento, or anywhere else in the USA.

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8 Great Spring Flowers From William Paul Floral Design

We’re just days away from March 20 – the first official day of spring! After a long, dark winter with plenty of grays and browns, it is time once again for some springtime color! While spring’s arrival signifies the season of rebirth and growth, a few seasonal floral superstars stand head and shoulders above the rest. Here are eight of our favorite spring-blooming flowers to brighten up your world while we celebrate the first day of spring.

Peony

Loved throughout the world for their extravagant blooms, Peonies are colossal flowers that have an elegant natural beauty and a delicate, unforgettable aroma. Peonies make perfect companions for other spring flowers such as iris, alliums and roses and are a popular choice for spring and summer wedding bouquets.

The peony’s distinctive feature is its large, eye-catching flowers that have 5 to 10 petals each. Depending on the variety, their color can vary from pristine white to “bubble-gum” pink, and also bright red and gorgeous shades of yellow.

Iris

Irises are one of our favorite springtime flowers because of their incredibly colorful blooms. The name Iris was adopted from Greek goddess of the rainbow to represent the spectrum of colors of the many different species.

Throughout history, the Iris has been a symbol of power and elegance for monarchs and royal families around the world. In fact, the renowned “Fleur de Lys” symbol is a graphic representation of the Iris bloom that was known for centuries as the symbol of French royalty. Irises are also common themes in many priceless paintings by artists like da Vinci, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, and of course, Georgia O’Keeffe.

Hyacinth

This bright and beautiful spring flower boasts a unique shape which adds the perfect floral touch to any springtime bouquet. Hyacinths are deeply fragrant flowers that are available in shades of white, blue, purple, red, and pink. The flowers grow in thick clusters on tall spikes that are filled with small, bell-shaped blooms.

Tulip

Tulips are another spring favorite with their rainbow of color options. Aside from their beauty in gardens and planters, tulips are one of the most popular types of cut flower. As one of the most popular and recognizable spring flowers, tulips are said to symbolize perfect love and can pull together a wedding, anniversary, or birthday bouquet. Tulips can make a perfect bouquet among other tulips of the same color or within a mix of other exquisite flowers.

Daffodil

With their cheerful bright yellow, orange, and white trumpet-shaped flowers, daffodils are a crowd favorite come springtime, especially since they are one of the first blooms to pop up each spring. Frequently seen growing in large clusters throughout most of the U.S., daffodils are one of the first signs that spring finally has arrived!

Lilac

Lilacs are among the most popular and most recognizable spring flowers. Their bushy elongated cluster of small blooms feature a sweet and strong fragrance and are available in in purple, blue, violet, pink, and white. The fragrance of lilacs is often used in perfumes and other aromatherapy products for its relaxation properties while the essential oil extracted from lilac plants are used to treat infections, fevers, skin problems, and stomach ailments. Lilac flowers are also edible and make beautiful garnishes on desserts and in drinks.

Gerbera Daisy

These large daisy variations are the fifth most popular flower in the world. The gerbera daisy symbolizes cheerfulness, which makes it a perfect addition to this bouquet. The flower’s yellow center adds a bright pop of color to give this bouquet the right amount of cheer. A staple in the cut flower world, gerbera daisies come in almost every color and have sturdy stems that will not hollow out like other cut flowers. They also have an exceptional vase life, usually lasting up to 10 days.

Calla Lily

The Calla Lily, which is neither a calla nor a lily, is another popular choice for spring floral bouquets. With a single petal that wraps to create a beautiful statement, these sleek, elegant blooms are both recognizable and unparalleled. But the colorful part most people think are petals is actually a leaf. The Calla Lily’s real flower is on a spike inside that leaf.

Spring flowers are the perfect way to welcome the spring sunshine as we shed our winter layers. Fresh floral bouquets from William Paul Design make unique and thoughtful gifts to celebrate a loved one or simply send a smile. We offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soonsympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (415) 481-3024 or shop online 24/7.

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Six Ways to Help Support Small and Local Businesses

Looking back, 2020 was a devastating year for small businesses. Many closed permanently, and most that survived were forced to downsize or racially alter their business model in order to keep operating. In many instances, customers stepped in a big way with innovative efforts to support their favorite local and small businesses. Here are six things you can do if you wish to help in 2021.

1) Follow and engage with the business on social media

Sweet Thing by William Paul Floral Design, San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta

One of the easiest and most effective ways to support a small business without spending a dime is by following them on social media. It is easy to engage with their posts and stories by commenting, sharing with a friend, or simply liking their posts.

Social media engagement is extremely important to a small business. If their content receives enough good engagement, algorithms begin pushing it to the feeds of other users with similar interests. This exposure helps a small business get noticed by people who may not know it even exists yet, which is a very powerful way of helping them grow.

2) Share your experiences with a small business by writing a review or offering a testimonial

People love sharing their experiences on social media but are much less likely to leave a review unless their experience was either outstanding or terrible. Unfortunately, many of those reviews come from extreme circumstances that fall outside the norm and do not necessarily reflect the overall reputation of the business or the views of their regular customers.

You can help by writing reviews and offering testimonials for the brands and small businesses you love. You can even go a step further and become an influencer by posting about them on social media to let your followers know about them. Good reviews will encourage new customers.

3) Buy a gift card to a local business

Another fantastic way to support small business is by purchasing gift cards. Their versatility makes them a great gift idea because the recipient can use them to order online or can choose to save them for a time when they feel comfortable enough to use them in person.

Gift cards also make wonderful gifts for the friends and loved ones when you cannot get together to celebrate. While many large gatherings have been put on hold for a later time, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are still taking place. Gift cards are easy to put in a card and mail anywhere in the country for the cost of a stamp.

4) Be understanding and patient

For local business reopening after the pandemic, the retail landscape looks completely different than it did before COVID-19. While some of the larger businesses were able to return to normal operations, many of the smaller shops have taken longer to adjust.

In most cases, small business owners rely on a number of constantly changing factors in order to make difficult business decisions. While they are doing what they feel is best to keep employees and customers safe, they are often forced to rely on trial and error until they discover what works best.

5) Sign up for their email list

Email lists are extremely valuable for small business owners because email is a direct line of communication to you. Many businesses offer exclusive discounts and sales through email and some even offer a special promotion just for signing up.

6) Make someone smile with flowers from William Paul Floral Design

At William Paul Floral Design, our expert floral designers are still working hard every day to arrange beautiful flowers and our delivery drivers are out every day of the week making same-day contactless deliveries. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, or even “just because,” now is the perfect time to send some love with the gift of flowers. We offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, or anywhere nationwide! Call us today at 415-481-3024 or shop online 24/7.

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Illuminating and Ultimate Grey are Colors of the Year for 2021

For 2021, two colors – Ultimate Grey and Illuminating – have been selected as the Pantone Color of the Year. This practical color combination that was chosen for its ability to help us feel optimistic and uplifted while reflecting what is taking place in our global culture and inviting us to embrace the value of our differences. This year’s selection provides a stark contrast from last year’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue, a reflective blue tone evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky.

As the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards, the color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences in order to select a new color each year. Pantone chose Illuminating as its 2021 Color of the Year first, only months later deciding to add a second hue, with the intention of them being seen and interpreted as a pair.

What difference do these color declarations make? Plenty, because they are the colors you can expect to see well-represented in 2021 across a wide range of products, from fashion to beauty to home décor and even floral design!

Hope and Optimism for the New Year

By choosing bright and soothing colors that take inspiration from natural elements, the biggest color trends of 2021 are taking a cue from this last tumultuous year and giving people a renewed sense of hope and optimism that many are looking for in the new year.

This year’s spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow shade filled with vivacity while Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation of composure, steadiness, and resilience.

Two colors are better than one

A marriage of strength and optimism, Ultimate Grey and Illuminating are two independent colors that come together to create an aspirational color pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic message of sunshine and strength.

But the two colors do not have to be used in equal proportions, as either color can take precedence in design with both synchronously representing stability, hope, and unity.

Sweet Sunlight Bouquet by William Paul Design, San Francisco, Fair Oaks, Atlanta

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained: “The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.”

Pantone puts a tremendous amount of thoughtful consideration into choosing their Color(s)of the Year. They arrive at their decision by pouring over trend analysis and combing the globe in search of new color influences. Their decision is ultimately based on several different factors, but the end result is typically a good indication of the state of global and political climate and the emotions that many people are feeling at the time – if that feeling can be described as a color.

This year’s selection is all about optimism and the hope that many people can use to start 2021 on the right note, but that does not mean it has to represent your year. A fresh new year means a fresh new start and now is the perfect time to begin writing your own story – and choosing your own color – that will define your world in 2021.

Do not miss out on the hottest new color trends for 2021: Illuminating and Ultimate Grey! William Paul Design has many beautiful floral designs featuring this intriguing color combo. We offer same-day delivery in San FranciscoSacramentoAtlanta, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soonsympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (415) 481-3024 or shop online 24/7.

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‘Tis the Season for the Holiday Magic of Sacramento’s Own Thomas Kinkade

Christmas is a holiday steeped in tradition. One of the most beloved is the holiday artwork of Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light. Kindade was born in Sacramento in 1958 and achieved success by mass marketing his work as printed reproductions of Christmas scenes, realistic, pastoral, and idyllic subjects.

Thomas Kinkade’s Hero’s Welcome Bouquet by William Paul Floral Design, Sacramento, San Francisco, Atlanta.

Kinkade passed away in 2012 after spending most of his life in northern California. He grew up in Placerville and attended the University of California, Berkeley in addition to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In the mid-1980s, Kinkade earned his living as a painter selling his original artwork in galleries throughout California.

His artwork lives on and is enjoyed by millions of people across the United States and throughout the world, especially during Christmas time. By his own estimation, one in every twenty American homes owned a copy of one of his paintings. Licensing with corporations like Teleflora have made it possible for his images to be used in incredibly detailed containers for holiday floral arrangements.

New for 2021 is Thomas Kinkade’s Hero’s Welcome Bouquet, a hand-painted, light-up Thomas Kinkade collectible set atop a magnificent bouquet of festive holiday flowers and fresh Christmas greens.

This arrangement from William Paul Design includes red roses, miniature red roses, white button spray chrysanthemums, seeded eucalyptus, noble fir, and flat cedar. Hand-delivered in Sacramento or anywhere in the USA with a Thomas Kinkade’s Hero’s Welcome Keepsake. We also feature an incredible selection of  holiday flowers and gifts. We offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soonsympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (415) 481-3024 or shop online 24/7.

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Need a reason to celebrate in 2020? Sweetest Day is the best holiday you’ve (probably) never heard of

Everyone deserves a break after surviving the first three quarters of 2020 and we cannot think of better way to celebrate than donning our fanciest mask and enjoying Sweetest Day on Saturday, October 17.

If you are unfamiliar with Sweetest Day, you’re missing out one on of the best reasons we can think of to celebrate right now. Unlike holidays such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day does not have a religious affiliation.

It actually stemmed from a clever candy company employee named Herbert Kingston who promoted a holiday called Candy Day as a chance to bring happiness to those in society who were often forgotten.

He enlisted the help of several friends, and together they distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee was assisted in the distribution of candy by some of the biggest movie stars of the day including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.

The idea began in Cleveland in 1922 and quickly spread through the Great Lakes areas and portions of the Upper Midwest. Newspapers and advertisements began referring to Candy Day as the “Sweetest Day of the Year.”

Sweetest Sunrise Bouquet by William Paul Floral Design, San Francisco

That fairytale, however, was completely untrue. Candy Day was in fact established for the sole purpose of selling more candy, and Kingston was actually an advertiser. But by the time that was discovered, Candy Day had already been proven to be a big hit!

The cities of Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo are among the biggest Sweetest Day celebrators according to Retail Confectioners International, a trade association comprised of chocolate and candy makers, some of its members report that Sweetest Day candy sales are bigger than those for Mother’s Day. 

Despite Sweetest Day’s questionable origins, the tradition stuck, and now Sweetest Day serves as a reminder to give back and take care of those who need extra attention.

it has truly become a reason to celebrate in several parts of the country who view it as similar to Valentine’s Day, although sometimes on a smaller scale without all the pageantry and romance involved.

Primarily a regional observance celebrated in the Great Lakes region and the Northeast, Sweetest Day is spreading to other areas of the country. People tend to take the Sweetest Day tradition with them when they move. Ohio is the top state for Sweetest Day sales, followed by Michigan and Illinois. Texas, California, and Florida are among the top 10 states in sales.

One reason why is that there seems to be less pressure tied to Sweetest Day, as it focuses on the actual thoughts behind the actions. It also occurs during the fall season, everyone’s favorite time of the year.

Now, the point of the day is to show friends, family and even strangers that you care by gifting them a note, a small treat, or any other act of kindness. We recommend flowers!

From Birthdays to Anniversaries to New Babies, Sympathy, and Get Well Soon flowers, William Paul Floral Design has you covered. We offer same-day delivery to San Francisco and surrounding areas as well as anywhere else in the US.

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Your Container, Our Flowers with a Design That Reflects Imagination

Do you have a special container that would look even better filled with beautiful flowers? At William Paul Design, we love bringing your containers to life.

Perhaps you have a “one of a kind” container you found while cleaning your home, or maybe there is a special piece you have on display at your home or office that only gets used when you’re expecting company. Either way, our floral designers would be delighted to fill it with flowers – or better yet – set it up on a subscription plan where we fill the container every week or two to keep it looking fresh and beautiful all the time.

Tell us what you like, compact, modern, traditional, pave? Perhaps you would prefer different designs that change with the seasons or long-lasting succulents. Whatever your taste, we will compliment it with beautiful flowers that you can look and see the combination of our talented designers and YOUR inspiration.

Keep this in mind next time you see these special containers or vases around your home. You may be very pleasantly surprised just what we can for you at William Paul Design in San Francisco, CA.

A Flower Subscription is the Gift that Keeps Giving

Not only are floral subscriptions a fantastic way to keep your home or office looking fresh and beautiful all year, but they also make excellent gift ideas for a loved one or relative – especially ones who are hard to shop for. You set the terms and let us know how often you would like new flowers and we will take care of the rest.

To make the gift extra special, you can bring in a container you plan to give, and we will deliver your unique container with our incredible flowers – two great gifts in one!

Imagination takes over when the limits are removed and that is where our floral designers shine. Flowers by subscription or just a one-time creation – it’s more than just our flowers and your container, it’s the combination of it all that truly makes it special.

The floral designers at William Paul Floral Design love creating customized designs to fit any kind of container you can imagine. Give us a call today at (415) 481-3024 or drop us a line below for more information about our floral subscription plans. If you are still searching for that perfect container, we can certainly help! Don’t forget the holidays are just around the corner. We offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, California and surrounding areas, or anywhere across the USA.