We had such a fun time at Element 112 for our Blooms and Brews Thanksgiving Centerpiece design class on November 20th. The ladies did a wonderful job designing their centerpiece in a wood box!

We began our Thanksgiving Centerpieces by adding pittosporum, a beautiful greenery to cover our floral foam and create and elongated centerpiece.

After we added greenery to the base of our arrangement, to cover our oasis, we added sunflowers.

The view from the other end of the table. Everyone added their orange carnations after their sunflowers.

Then we learned how to wire silk leaves and add them to fill in our holes.

Adding mums to tie everything together and fill in the last of our holes.

Everyone did such a great job and everyone had a great time. Of course, our burgers were delicious from Element 112 and Bubbles was the hit drink of the night! If you haven’t tried it, we definitely recommend it. Tastes more like champagne than beer!

If you’re interested in a centerpiece class, we already have our holiday centerpiece class planned. It is the same format as the one above, but a holiday centerpiece with winter greenery. For more info or to sign up, click here.

We also had a Turkey Succulent Kid’s Class the day before Thanksgiving at Beautiful Blooms by Jen. We remembered to take a few pictures and they turned out so cute!

The first step was to add the feathers to the terra cotta pots.

After designing the turkey’s face, the kids planted a succulent inside.

These girls were so creative!

These turkey succulents turned out so cute!

We have many other kid’s classes coming up in December. We have our free Red Bird Painting class during the Red Bird Art Walk from 5-7pm on December 7th. Please register here so we have enough supplies.

There are also two classes on December 15th. These also need to be pre-registered for. Kids can come to the store between 9-11am and design 2 reindeer pinecones for $5 or a red mason jar centerpiece for $15. These are perfect gifts for parents, teachers and grandparents!

We love teaching classes at Beautiful Blooms by Jen! As the only certified florist in Northwest Ohio, Jen also has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and a Masters in Career Technical Education. If you’re interested in Jen teaching your group, please call the shop at 419-517-8821.

 

 

We’re so excited to be offering two different adult Thanksgiving Centerpiece classes as well as a kid’s class Thanksgiving Week!

On November 20th at Beautiful Blooms by Jen, we will be hosting a Modern Cornucopia Centerpiece class from 5:30-7:30. This class will be $65 and you design a centerpiece full of gourds, vegetables, fruits and flowers. Please click here to sign up and save your spot.

Modern Cornucopia Thanksgiving Centerpiece Class

Modern Cornucopia Thanksgiving Centerpiece Class

Also on November 20th, at Element 112, we will have a traditional centerpiece class for $50. This class also includes one of their gourmet burgers and a beer and will be from 5:30-7:30! Please register here.

Traditional Thanksgiving Centerpiece Class

This is a picture from our class from last year. This year will be a different design in fall colors. 

Then, on November 21st, the day before Thanksgiving, we will host a kid’s class. Kid’s will create a turkey from a clay pot and plant a succulent inside. Registration is required so we have enough supplies, but you can stop in anytime between 1 and 4 for your children to make their design. This class fee is $15.

Thanksgiving Turkey Kid's Class

This cute picture is from a previous year, but idea is similar, with the pot flipped the other way so a succulent can be planted. 

Questions, please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821.

We had such a great time at our Blooms and Brews Floral Design class on Friday! We hosted our class at Element 112, during the First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Sylvania. The theme this month was Red, White and Brew and so we wanted to pair with Element so they could provide the burgers, beer and Beautiful Blooms by Jen provided the blooms!

We decided to teach how to design a “just picked” arrangement in a mason jar using many locally grown flowers so that our students would feel comfortable picking flowers out of their garden and filling their mason jar again.

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

The ladies arrived and we had cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 where we ordered our burgers and beers and mingled.

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

These burgers were so good! Element 112 has a Tuesday night Burger and Beer special you definitely need to check out! Colleen and I recommend the Bubbles beer!

After we enjoyed our burgers, Colleen and I passed out the tools, mason jars, and buckets of flowers. We began our arrangements by adding greenery like a grid. Then we added our larger flowers and finished with our fun textures. It was so fun watching everyone design their arrangements and seeing how they all turned out.

Each bucket had the same flowers, but the sunflowers were either traditional yellow, or a new white sunflower that we just discovered in the last few weeks! With everyone receiving the same instruction, it is so fun to see everyone’s creativity shine through!

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

We began our floral design class, by adding honey bracelet to our mason jars.

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

Mary debating which flower she should add to her arrangement next!

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

Two sisters starting their design.

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

Aren’t these white sunflowers awesome?! Locally grown in Grand Rapids, OH!

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

Jaymie concentrating on the placement of her flowers.

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

I love how serious everyone looks!

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

Mom and daughter finished design!

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

What a fun girls night out for this group of friends!

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

Our design class was the perfect girls night for this group of friends!

Blooms & Brews- Floral Design class using local and seasonal flowers

What a fun night out for this daughter and mom!

We love to host classes of any kind. One of the Beautiful Blooms by Jen talented designers will teach the class, and all classes include all tools and supplies needed to make a gorgeous arrangement. We can also custom design a class to fit into your budget. Most classes are in the $35-75 range. Please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 to schedule your class! They are perfect for holiday parties with employees and girls nights out!

The next Beautiful Blooms by Jen floral design class is in the works! It will take place in conjunction with the Red Bird Art Walk on August 3rd. Stay tuned!

We were so excited to offer this super fun wine and design floral design class for the first time right after Mother’s Day where Mom’s and daughters could come as an awesome Mother’s Day gift and make a super fun night out for ladies!  We chose Element 112 because they have fantastic food, drinks and their room, the Periodic Table is a room we’ve used before when delivering flowers for showers, parties and even a small wedding. It was the perfect setting!

The groups of ladies arrived at Element 112, in downtown Sylvania, for cocktail hour! They were served wine and beer and appetizers that were all included in their price of the class. Billie Jo, from Beauty by Billie Jo, was also on hand to help the ladies pick out the perfect lip stick color by LimeLight!  Then once everyone had the perfect lip, they were able to get their picture taken by the Toledo Goof Booth, by Love is Greater Photography!  Then to finish up cocktail hour, they were treated to desserts from So Sweet Pastries!

Colleen, from BBBJen, Billie Jo, from Beauty by Billie Jo, Jen from BBBJen and Stacey from Toledo Goof Booth

Then the designing began!  Beautiful Blooms by Jen’s Certified Florist, Jen Linehan instructed the ladies on how to create a pedestal centerpiece in whites, ivories and blushes and we finished them off with draping greenery and a succulent!  It was discussed that this would also be a super fun class for a bride and bridesmaids to come do and design the wedding centerpieces together!

All prepped and ready to go for class!

Cocktail hour while everyone admired their buckets of gorgeous flowers!

Beer and wine were included in the price of this design class. 

After enjoying appetizers from Element 112 and dessert from So Sweet Pastries, we prepared to begin our floral designs. 

We added our hydrangea first, and then our snapdragons. 

What a great Mother’s Day gift!

The last thing we added to our designs was the greenery to fill in any holes we had and to add a romantic element. 

The silver dollar eucalyptus was a hit!

This design class was also a super fun night out for girlfriends!

And Moms, daughters and Coworkers all together!

Love how much fun everyone had!

The finished project!

Check out more pictures from the Toledo Goof Booth!

We love to host classes of any kind. One of the Beautiful Blooms by Jen talented designers will teach the class, and all classes include all tools and supplies needed to make a gorgeous arrangement. We can also custom design a class to fit into your budget. Most classes are in the $35-75 range. Please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 to schedule your class! They are perfect for holiday parties with employees and girls nights out!

The next Beautiful Blooms by Jen floral design class is July 7th from 5:30-8pm at Element 112. It is in conjunction with the First Friday Red Bird Art Walk that has the theme Red, White and Brew for July. We are hosting Blooms and Brews! Click here for more details!

 

We had so much fun hosting Colleen’s daughter Madeline’s Daisy troop.  The girls had so much fun creating ice cream sundaes out of flowers! We started out with an ice cream bowl and the girls learned about floral mechanics like creating a design in floral foam which is our water source. Then we added pink carnations, sprinkles and a cherry on top!

Floral sundaes with a cherry on top!  Aren’t they adorable?!

…They loved helping each other….just like good little scouts.

They couldn’t believe they had a glitter red handmade cherry to put on top!…

…Lots of future floral artist in this bunch.

…Daisy troop 12300, we loved having you in as Daisies and can’t wait to teach you more fun things about flowers as Brownies!

We love hosting Girl Scouts of all ages attaining different levels of badges. Call us to coordinate a time to bring your troop over to the shop to work towards their badge. We can help accommodate your budget. Typically classes are under $15 per child. We work with the troop leader to schedule a time that works best with your troop meeting! We are able to travel to your meeting location, but we prefer to host you at our store.  Our spring tends to fill up fast in between our wedding schedule so we advise planning a few months in advance.

We also love to host classes of any kind. As the only Certified Florists in Northwest Ohio, Jen Linehan, CF, CFD or one of our other talented designers will be your class instructor and all classes include all tools and supplies needed to make a gorgeous arrangement. We can custom design a class to fit into your budget. Most classes are in the $35-125 range. Please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 to schedule your class!

I was so honored to be invited to visit You First by Grant Services this last week by one of my former Floral Design and Greenhouse Students, Tamnika. She is now the Community and Integration Manager there.

“You First by Grant Services LP, an agency certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disibilities, offers a variety of services to individuals living in Lucas and Fulton Counties.  Services include recreational activities, personal care, vocational opportunities and transportation. You First by Grant Services was founded in 2013 by CEO John Grant and his partners, Shawna Grant, Paul Grant, Charolotte Grant, Eric Bickford and Marie Bickford. The purpose of You First by Grant Services is to work alongside the individual and their support team and assist each individual with achieving his / her desired goals.”- http://www.yfbgs.com/

Your First by Grant Services offers adult day support, vocational rehabilitation, non-medical transportation and homemaker/personal care. I was invited to visit because one of their focuses is building job skills. I was asked to share how I began in the floral industry and a bit about what I do on a daily basis. Vans brought over the interested individuals to hear me speak.  I spoke at the location on Airport Highway and everyone was so welcoming. Multiple individuals shook my hand and welcomed me and one even wanted to play me a song on the piano!

Jen Linehan, Certified Florist

Jen Linehan, Certified Florist, teaching the adults at You First by Grant Services about floral design.

Jen Linehan, teaching at You First

Jen, Linehan, CF, teaching adults at You First about the career of floral design.

Jen Linehan, CF, teaching floral design

Jen Linehan, CF teaching floral design to the adults at You First by Grant Services.

You First by Grant Services Group

The whole group with instructor, Jen Linehan, CF, after the floral design presentation.

I had such a wonderful time sharing my love of floral design with this sweet group! Thanks so much to Tamnika for inviting me to come! If anyone else is interested in sharing about the job they love, Tamnika is looking for more people to speak. Please let me know and I’d be happy to connect you.

 

The Beautiful Blooms by Jen Christmas centerpiece class was fabulous!  We had so many different interpretations of our centerpiece and we love it when people get creative!

This floral design class was packed as we headed into holidays, especially since this arrangement was sure to knock their stockings off!

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• Sarah explained to everyone the different techniques to making a full and lasting arrangement.

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• Traci and Ana always have fun at our classes!  The are a creative dynamic duo!

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•These ladies were hard at work making sure their pieces turned out perfectly… and they did!

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• The winter greens make the arrangements so full, long-lasting and fragrant. Nothing beats fresh pine!

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• The arrangement had a little  more traditional look with greens, red flowers, plaid ribbon and a candle.  They were a beautiful addition to everyone’s tables!

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• These girlfriends had so much fun and look how beautiful the centerpieces turned out!

Thank you to The Cinnamon Stick for allowing us to use this space as well as indulge in coffee, pies, and other treats!

We love to host classes of any kind. As the only Certified Florists in Northwest Ohio, Jen Linehan, CF, CFD or one of our other talented designers will be your class instructor and all classes include all tools and supplies needed to make a gorgeous arrangement. We can custom design a class to fit into your budget. Most classes are in the $35-50 range. Please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 to schedule your class!

I cannot believe that January 2018 marks the beginning of year number 7 for full retail, Beautiful Blooms by Jen!  After three years of working out of my house, we got the keys on December 31st and while I was finishing up Amanda Caig’s New Years Eve wedding, my family moved all of our things from where we were working out of Bumble, and into 5646 Summit Street. It was just a block over.

First Wedding at the New Building. Photo by Sarah J Photography.

Last wedding before we had our very own retail space! Photo by Sarah J Photography.

It seemed so large when we bought it! I only had one employee at the time and I was still working full time as a floral design teacher at the Natural Science Technology Center for Toledo Public Schools. As soon as school was out each day, I would zip over to the shop and continue to help Meghan, my manager in painting, cleaning, whatever needed to be done. We opened our doors immediately, despite the building being a mess because we already had customers needing flowers. Meghan would just design in whatever room wasn’t being worked on as we had new floors installed, lights installed, etc. We were so fortunate to have understanding customers! Check out below to see some photos of our early shop.

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That year we had 77 weddings and I couldn’t believe how fast our day to day deliveries and business grew! By that spring we had hired more employees and I was able to retire from teaching. It was a total dream come true since I had wanted to open my own flower shop since I was a sophomore in high school. Teaching wasn’t ever the plan, but was a way to pay the bills to afford a shop.

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Seven years later, I have an amazing team of 6 employees, am able to take a relaxing maternity leave because I totally trust them. Colleen and Sarah have worked for BBBJ for over 5 years and Hailley for over 3! That is incredible considering that we have only been open for 7! I was honored with the title of 2017 Certified Florist of the Year, Hailley became a Certified Florist and we have won the Knot Best of Weddings for 10 years and Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards 10 times!

As I sit reminiscing today about everything we’ve accomplished in such a short time, I can’t help to think I couldn’t have done it without such an amazing team of employees, past and present, awesome customers who let us be creative every day and a supportive Downtown Sylvania.
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We have exciting things planned for 2018! Can’t wait to share them with you!

For this blog I (Sarah) will be guest writing while Jen takes maternity leave to spend time with sweet Jaxon and his big brother Cooper.

Just recently we hosted our Thanksgiving Centerpiece design class at The Cinnamon Stick since we can’t fit 20 plus people in our small little flower shop. I have floated around and help to assist in design classes for the past couple of years, but for this last class Jen and Colleen gave me the opportunity to teach my first one! When I say “gave me” the opportunity, it was more like “spring it on me 15 minutes before the class started”. Anxiety alert, especially when this was my first time teaching and in front of so many people. If I may toot my own horn, I am happy to say it ended up going great!

Check out the pictures below to see what everyone created!

For all of our classes we give basic guidelines and tips, then everyone is able to use their own creative flair to create a custom centerpiece.

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-Sarah Carver, one of our floral designers, helping to lead the class.

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The first stem was to begin by greening in. 

 

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Then we added each flower, one by one. 

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Check out the gorgeous finished product!

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More finished products. I love how they all turn out just a little different!

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This table all looked the exact same!

We have a Christmas class coming up on December 21st, which is at full capacity. However, we did add another class for the 22nd with 9 more spots available. If you are interested give us a call at the flower shop, (419)-517-8821 and we can get you signed up.

We love to host classes of any kind. As the only Certified Florists in Northwest Ohio, Jen Linehan, CF, CFD or one of our other talented designeres will be your class instructor and all classes include all tools and supplies needed to make a gorgeous arrangement. We can custom design a class to fit into your budget. Most classes are in the $35-50 range. Please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 to schedule your class!

We are so excited for our annual Holiday Centerpiece classes on December 21st and 22nd. Due to the demand last year, we have decided to have two classes this year! These classes are the perfect Christmas gifts to grab a couple friends and come together, or moms and daughters, etc.

The Thursday night class will be hosted at the Cinnamon Stick at 3535 N. Holland Sylvania Rd. Toledo, OH 43615.  Your investment is $40 and includes all instruction, materials and tools for the design. Coffee, tea, and assorted sweets from Cinnamon Stick are also included. Extra treats and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. You can also pick up a pie for your holiday celebration while you are there!

The Thursday night class will be at 6:30pm on 12/21 and is our Family Celebration Arrangement. It’s a traditional arrangement of winter greenery and red that will last and last!

Family Celebration winter design class by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Family Celebration winter design class by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

The Friday class is at 5:30pm on 12/22 and is our Golden Lights arrangement. It is an elegant arrangement in a gold container with gold candles and berries and all white flowers. This class will take place at Beautiful Blooms by Jen and will include holiday treats! Please feel free to bring a bottle of wine or drink of choice.

Golden Lights Holiday Design class by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Golden Lights Holiday Design class by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

 

Space is limited. Please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 to reserve your space.  Don’t want to make your own? You can order one designed by one of our fabulous florists by clicking the links above.

We love to host classes of any kind. One of the Beautiful Blooms by Jen talented designers will teach the class, and all classes include all tools and supplies needed to make a gorgeous arrangement. We can custom design a class to fit into your budget. Most classes are in the $35-50 range. Please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 to schedule your class! They are perfect for holiday parties with employees and girls nights out!