Category Archives: Special Occasions

Market Blooms: Valentines Day Edition

Oh, that’s right.  How could we not acknowledge Valentines Day – one of the biggest holidays that involves flowers!  We have to let you in on a little secret.  We’re not a big fan of this holiday.  It’s become a holiday for lovers where sometimes we go overboard measuring our self worth by the amount of gifts we receive or don’t receive.  Even worse the gifts we receive is a measurement of how much our significant others love us.  Ick!  But let’s leave this topic for a whole other blog.

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We can’t rule out showing our thoughts, love, and kindness towards one another though.  It’s the perfect day for it (just don’t go measuring yourself).  So how can one show their thoughtfulness towards another person for this Valentines Day?  In today’s Market Blooms series, we want to help you make a stem of flowers go a long way, literally.

Inspired by the V-day gram** and the April Fools prank*, we thought, hey, why not make another person’s day a bit brighter!  Go ahead, we’ll wait for you to finish rolling your eyes.  :).  Look, you get to make your thoughtfulness go viral.

Identify who makes a difference in your day, your work, or your life.  To this person, pass along a stem of flowers with a note attached.  The message should just show them that somewhere, at some point, you appreciate their existence.  When you leave the note on their desk, don’t get caught.

This idea could work well in your workplace, school, or heck, if you can’t do it secretly, then pass it along to a stranger.  Make them smile.

For this project, you’ll need:

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  • 1 Stem of flower (we chose a hardy one, the carnations), from your local market.
  • Ribbons, any color, or skip it completely.
  • A tag – or simply cut them out from a piece of paper.  Don’t skip this item.  You’ll need to write a message.
  • A pen (not shown).

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When you write your note, it should be thoughtful, but generic enough that the next person could continue to pass it along.  So don’t forget to include, “pass it along” in that message.  Give them a chance to pay it forward.  Above, we wrote it on the other side of the tag.

Keep the rest of the bouquet for yourself or make plenty more of these to pass along.  We hope you like it!

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How are you planning to share your thoughtfulness?


* Long before we broke out into design, we meddled in what was the corporate world where everyone had a computer, used a mouse to move their pointers, and typed on keyboards.  Do people still do these things?  Every April Fools day we pull a prank.  Simply place a sticky note underneath a computer mouse.  This causes it to “malfunction” (not really), the sensor can’t sense anything (it works perfectly well with a roller mouse).  By the time the person figures it out, they’ll find the sticky note that instructs them to pass it along to the next person, without getting caught.  Yes, it’s a chain prank.

** Back in high school, the International Club that we were a part of runs a fundraiser called the Valentines Day Gram.  Students buy carnations for a buck and get it sent to their significant other, their crushes, or their group of friends.  We can imagine how sweet it is to receive one.  Somewhere, at some point, someone is thinking of us.  Isn’t that special?

EDIT: Today Style This Shindig turns 1!  We’re super excited to share this with you.

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Happy Shindig 2014

Happy new year! Did you have a good celebration? Are you recovering well? You know, getting the rest you need to feel pumped for the new year? Well hopefully you answered, yes, yes, and yes.

Stars, party blower, Style This Shindig

The beginning of the year is a hopeful time of year. Because we tend to make a decision to improve something or other with ourselves. At the very least we have intentions, if not an entire strategy, to edit aspects of our lives that we don’t like. If you’re one of those without a thing to improve or to change, well lucky you! Could we hang around you? Seriously!

For the rest of us, whatever your plans or intentions are, you have our backing 100%. Before you go a little wild with your new year resolutions, here’s something to think about: A Ted Talk by David Steindl-Rast.  He talks about the secret to being happy.  That’s gratefulness.  It’s an inspiring talk that got us thinking about all the things we have already.  While we focus on changing the things we don’t like about ourselves, let’s look back at all the things that we’re super pleased with.

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Being grateful for family, for another birthday, for another anniversary, for deepened relationships, and for good health (hence another birthday and another anniversary) is what makes us happy.  These are all the reasons to celebrate, don’t you think? It’s really about showing how grateful and pleased we are with life.  Right?!

Here at Style This Shindig, we strive to embrace  all that we have in life, all the people we love, and all the stories we create in the moments that we’ve been given.  We’re all about visually capturing and retelling stories.  It’s why we LOVE to style events and help you style yours!

Gold rimmed champagne glass, Style This Shindig

Whether you’re retelling a special story, standing up for a just cause, celebrating a special moment (a born day, a wedding, a union, a still-in-love-with-each-other-day), or simply being present, let us be your cheerleader.  You know, help you celebrate, in style!

On this blog, this year, you’ll find wedding decor how-to’s, event styling ideas, kid’s party ideas, floral how-to’s (of course!) and a whole lot more.  We hope you’ll find the thoughts, tips, and ideas helpful as you plan your next event.  Can’t visit the blog often?  Sign up for email and you’ll get the info delivered to your inbox.

Happy New Year Banner (Meri Meri), Style This Shindig

Won’t you come along for this ride, this adventure?  Let’s look ahead into the party future together!  It’d be more fun!

Tell us, what events or parties are you planning this year?


P.S. If reading blog articles isn’t your style and you still want doses of inspiration, find us on Instagram.  It’s an intimate space.  We tweet.  We pin.  You’re awesome!

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Styling: Roaring 20s Inspired

Have you seen the 2013 version of the Great Gatsby?  We’ve finally watched it when it came out on DVD.  That’s when we drooled over the set, the flowers, the mansions, and the costume designs.  The movie served eye candy that we couldn’t get enough of and we didn’t try to say no.  It captured all the feelings we had about the roaring 20s.

When we think of that era, some of the things that come to mind are wealth, extravagance, and over indulgence.  Leveraging these inspiration, we designed and styled a set.  When inspiration hits, everything just flows smoothly.

Styling and Blooms: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn PhotographyWe love the details here.  The side table is our interpretation of Art Deco design.  The hourglass represents waiting, waiting for the past to align with the present.  Will that ever happen?

Styling and Blooms: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornThe dark and rich blooms represent depth and complexity.  Something we feel when we think of Daisy Buchanan and her love triangle.  Can you picture this as a wedding bouquet?

Styling and Blooms: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

All of this wouldn’t be possible without help.

Together with Sitha Vorn, our Style This Shindig team, and Lowell’s United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), we had a chance to capture this inspiration.

Styling and floral design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Sitha Vorn is our talented photographer who has a keen sense of style.  She always captures the vision we’re looking for.  It’s no wonder we love working with her.

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UTEC has a special home.  We’re so pleased we get to utilize their function space because it’s housed in a LEED certified building.  They are currently ramping up their facilities rental program as part of their social enterprise efforts, which support youth programming.  All of their events are staffed by youth participating in our culinary and building trades programs.  Anyone interested in more information should email Keelyn Sebeny at

When you think of the Roaring 20s, what comes to mind?


Prop styling and floral design: Style This Shindig

Makeup, hair, photography: Sitha Vorn

Location: United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)

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