Spring Forward ~ Easter Entertaining

Spring has finally sprung, the birds are chirping and the sun is shining. With Easter long weekend fast approaching, your days may start to become hectic. At McEwan we’re here to help you with the details so that you can spend your time socializing at family gatherings, egg hunting with the children, or simply relaxing at home.

From egg baskets and chocolate treats, to lively decor and bright centrepieces, our team will have you catching spring fever in no time!

Here are some of our Easter must-haves. The hardest part will be keeping these gourmet treats hidden.

Fall Flora and Fauna

Seasonal temperatures have begun to slip….from what you ask? Our supposed warm winter? There are many things that you can be doing with your home gardens to make them beautiful into the fall!
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You have probably already removed all of the summer annuals that have begun to look quite shabby, but make sure to leave existing plants that are hearty and can last until the frost such as Ivy. To fill in the holes left by the annuals, add colourful kales, cabbages and grasses which are cold resistant and once frozen, still retain their beauty.
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For sculptural elements, think about adding birch poles, gourds and pumpkins in varying sizes. They create a focal point and visual interest in a planter and can help make entrance ways or walkways look grand.
You can have as much fun with flora and fauna in the fall as you do in spring and summer, think outside the box and get crafty!

From Bucket to Bouquet: A Trip to the Market

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz (not really), wonder where the flowers is?

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The prolonged winter has had an effect on more than just your vitamin D intake, just take a look at the gardens in your neighbourhood. By this time each spring McEwan Floral would be welcoming the local tulips (farmed outside of the greenhouses) and peonies into the shop. This year however, local floral and fawna are a little more difficult to come by.

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_DSC0491McEwan Floral’s manager, Rachel Sherlock is always in contact with her connections in the Terminal to stay on top of the best imported selection. Each week, Rachel heads to Hoffland in the west end to spend time with her rep, Nikki to keep tabs on the ever evolving variety of available stems. Much like the restaurants in The McEwan Group, McEwan Floral strives to source the highest quality, seasonal and unique flowers to brighten the homes, restaurants and hotels across the city.

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With notebook in hand full of the week’s worth of orders, Rachel scours the aisles in the fridges at Hoffland for inspiration. Almost always pulling from the largest and most statement impacting pieces Rachel’s vision trickles down to the most minute details. After working with Nikki for years, the two women are in constant contact throughout the week so that Nikki can pre-pull items that will be of interest Rachel and that will compliment McEwan Floral’s design style.

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At the end of the visit, the women load up the McEwan purple truck and Rachel heads back to the store in the Shops at Don Mills to begin building the masterpieces needed to fulfill her orders.

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Throughout the week there will be many more deliveries to keep up with the demand of the everyday shoppers at the store. From bouquets to cocktail arrangements, dinner party centerpieces, weddings and grand scale pieces at The Hazelton Hotel and The McEwan Group restaurants, even if the sun isn’t shining there is never a dull day in the McEwan Floral department.

Holidays at McEwan Floral

There are signs everywhere that the festive season is approaching full bloom – window displays in stores, mittens being dug out of storage boxes and of course, signs of snow. Everything is telling us to start checking strands of holiday lights for duds and to take stock of last year’s decorations. You can’t help but want to add something extra to your standard décor. A good, versatile place to start is with a floral arrangement.

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Making your own is a great way to add something fresh and personalized to your decorating repertoire. This year we are eager to share a little bit of advice in the hopes that we can help you create your own beautiful arrangement, instead of just buying one.

Floral trends to keep on eye out for the coming holidays this year include:

  • Arrangements with Magnolia branches instead of traditional pine elements with two toned brown and green leaves add a hint of warmth, while showcasing elements of the winter landscape. Fluffy white roses bring out the suggestion of snow.
  • “Forget using satin red ribbon this season, try using natural elements like burlap or twine for holiday bows.” – Rachel & Dianne of McEwan Floral
  • Wild rosehips are remnants of autumn and we love them on their own or speckled in a lush floral arrangement.
  • Vintage brass vessels adds that luminosity and warmth that is reflective of the holidays. Bring your old vases and vessels in to be filled for holiday cheer!
  • Hemlock branches are also very popular this year

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Arrangement Tips – Think of arranging flowers like you think of cooking…

  • Overpowering ingredients together in a recipe can cause a clash; use flavours and flowers that will enhance and flow with one another.
  • Pick a base, your green foliage. Pick a focal flower, the main flavor in your creation. Finally, pick supporting flowers that will compliment your focal flower & keep it simple.
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1.Magnolia 2.Wild Rosehips 3.Hemlock Branches 4.Amaryllis 5.Juniper

Here our favorites for the holidays that we are most anxious to share:

Amaryllis tones range from the deepest red to peachy pink. The velvety sheen of their petals can add a luxurious feel to arrangements.

The fragrance of Juniper is pungent, herbaceous, peppery, and pine-like. We love it in arrangements or in festive garlands.

Cedar is a traditional holiday pine. The foliage is a bright green and adds the smell and feel of the wintery weather.

We finish here with large sprinkles of inspiration.  If you are in doubt, stop by McEwan Floral and we will gladly help come up with some suggestions.

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