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 had such a blast at the Beautiful Blooms by Jen, Fall Wreath Class! It was in conjunction with the Downtown Sylvania Association’s Downtown Delights.  We had 5 ladies and it was the perfect amount so we could all move around and design the wreath on an easel.

The class was taught by Manager, Colleen, since she is our silk specialist and Jen is about to have her baby.

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The first step of our fall wreath was to add draping raffia. 

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Then we added silk greenery throughout to our grapevine.

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Colleen demonstrates how to add the silk greenery to the grapevine wreath in our Fall Wreath Class. 

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Then we added gorgeous fall ribbon to the wreath. 

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I love watching everyone’s creativity!

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It’s so fun to see how everyone’s finished product turns out! 

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!

We are so excited for our annual Thanksgiving Centerpiece class on November 21st. It’s a gorgeous centerpiece of orange gerbera daisies, red carnations, bells of ireland, solidago and hypericum berries.

Your investment is $35 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 Thanksgiving celebration while you are there!

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 here!

Beautiful Blooms by Jen Thanksgiving Centerpiece Class.

Beautiful Blooms by Jen Thanksgiving Centerpiece Class.

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!

We are so excited to share our Fall Wreath Class with everyone!

Our class is in conjunction with Downtown Sylvania Association‘s Downtown Delights on November 9th. Our class is from 6-7 and Downtown Delights is 5-8 so you can make the event a super fun girls night out!  All of the Main Street shops and restaurants will be having specials, sales and some are hosting fun events!

Our permanent botanical fall wreath class will be at Beautiful Blooms by Jen from 6-7pm and the cost is $45. It includes all materials and instruction to make a super fun fall wreath, similar to the one pictured. We will even teach you how to switch out the ribbon to turn your wreath into a winter wreath!

Fall Wreath Class at Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Fall Wreath Class at Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Only 8 spaces are available so call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 to reserve your spot today! To check out our event on facebook, click here.

Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I always wanted to open my flower shop, but for those of you who don’t know, I taught floral design at high schools for 5 years before opening Beautiful Blooms by Jen. It was an honor to be asked to teach a floral design class to my friends from the Special Events Association of Northwest Ohio, SEANO yesterday.

“SEANO is a network of event professionals representing local businesses, attractions, educational institutions, non-profits, hotels and convention bureaus committed to event programming.”

The group had a social at The Cinnamon Stick where they were able to taste their croissants, quiche, pies and ice cream cocktails. After some networking we designed a floral design using all locally grown flowers from Barn Swallow Farms.

Jen teaching how to design to the SEANO class.

Jen sharing her placement of her first few flowers to the SEANO group. 

Check out those empty glasses from ice cream cocktails! They are the perfect pair with flowers!

Check out those empty glasses from ice cream cocktails! They are the perfect pair with flowers and pie!

Jen walking around to show the next placement of flowers in the floral design.

Jen walking around to show the next placement of flowers in the floral design.

Ladies from the group concentrating on their designs.

Ladies from the group concentrating on their designs.

More ladies of the group working hard on their floral designs.

More ladies of the group working hard on their floral designs.

We love to host classes of any kind. As the only Certified Florist in Northwest Ohio, Jen Linehan, CF, CFD is 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 hosted an Easter Centerpiece Class the Thursday before Easter because we had such a blast at our Christmas Class. This class was a smaller class, but the class participants commented how they enjoyed the smaller class more because there was more individual help.

Thank you to the Cinnamon Stick for hosting our class!

The centerpiece we made was in a white basket and included blue hydrangea, yellow lilies and bright colored carnations, mums and tulips. Plus we added some Easter eggs!

Jen with Beautiful Blooms by Jen shows a guest her professional techniques during the Easter centerpiece cla

Jen with Beautiful Blooms by Jen shows a guest her professional techniques during the Easter centerpiece class held at the Cinnamon Stick!

 

Two class participants work on their baskets featuring hydrangea, tulips, daisies, lilies, carnations, and assorted foliages.

Two class participants work on their baskets featuring hydrangea, tulips, daisies, lilies, carnations, and assorted foliages.

 

The attendees begin to complete their new holiday arrangements!

The attendees begin to complete their new holiday arrangements!


The finished product!

Mother and daugher night out was a success! What beautiful complete arrangements!

Mother and daughter night out was a success! What beautiful complete arrangements!

Completed centerpieces!

Completed centerpieces!

On Friday we had a private class for a group of new moms. They weren’t able to make it to our class on Thursday and asked if we could schedule a separate class. We love to host private events! The group brought in appetizers and wine since it was after hours and we had a blast!

Easter basket centerpiece class night 2!

Easter basket centerpiece class night 2!

Working on their florist skills!

Working on their florist skills!

Almost Done!

Almost Done!

Happy Customers head home with perfect easter centerpieces!

Happy customers head home with perfect Easter centerpieces!

Class Night One Location: The Cinnamon Stick

Class Night Two Location: Beautiful Blooms by Jen 

We love to host classes of any kind. As the only Certified Florist in Northwest Ohio, Jen Linehan, CF, CFD is 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 was so honored to be asked to teach the students at Whiteford Elementary about my profession as a florist on St. Patrick’s Day. I had around 20 students for three different sessions. Two groups were of the older students who were in 2nd to 5th grade, I believe. They learned to design a wrist corsage that they were able to wear home.

Daisy pomp corsage.

Daisy pomp corsage.

We started with the base of a green bow that we tied at the shop since bows are very complicated and not something I could teach in the 45 minute session.

Daisy pomp corsage.

Daisy pomp corsage.

Students were taught how to glue their flowers in, which is what the plastic piece is on their desk. It held the glue that they dipped their flowers into.

Daisy Pomp corsage.

Daisy Pomp corsage.

Daisy Pomp corsage.

Daisy Pomp corsage.

The younger students, Kindergaten-2nd grade made dirt pudding. I definitely chose an activity that was a little over their heads, but we still had a blast! Thank goodness for the two parent helpers and one teacher that helped. Since I have a two year old, it’s hard to know what older kids can handle!

The students helped mix up their pudding, smash their oreos and we made the different layers of soil. Then we added a worm on top!

Dirt Pudding Flower Pots

Dirt Pudding Flower Pots

Dirt Pudding Flower Pots

Dirt Pudding Flower Pots

Dirt Pudding Flower Pot

Dirt Pudding Flower Pot

Dirt Pudding Flower Pot

Dirt Pudding Flower Pot

It was really fun because the Kindergarten students were learning the parts of a flower and how flowers grow in class. So it was the perfect project!

I had so much fun and can’t wait to help again next year. Beautiful Blooms by Jen values education and Jen is the only Certified Florist in Northwest Ohio. If you’re interested in Jen teaching your organization, please call 419-517-8821.

Thanks to Cleveland Plant and Flower for donating the flowers we used to teach the older students!

Our first opportunity is for kids of all ages!  Stop in at Beautiful Blooms by Jen anytime between 3-5pm Monday December 19th, Tuesday December 20th, or Wednesday December 21st and design a pinecone centerpiece! It just takes as long as it takes each child to design. Typically around 20-30 minutes. Make one, or make a bunch! $5 per project includes all supplies. Perfect for grandparent and teacher gifts!

No reservations needed! Please stop in to have your child design a centerpiece.

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We are also hosting an Adult Holiday Centerpiece Class on December 22nd from 7pm-8:30pm at Chandler Cafe. We picked the 22nd so that flowers will be nice and fresh for Christmas or Hanukkah.

We are so excited to offer our holiday centerpiece adult class again this year. We love the design that we’ve chosen and hope you do too! The design consists of winter greenery, red roses, lotus pods, red ribbon and lily grass.

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The class price is $35 and includes all materials needed for you to make and bring home your own holiday arrangement! See picture above. Other rose and ribbon colors will be available as well.

Make it a girls night! Chandler Cafe will have a wine special for $4 and appetizers for sale. It’s also a great gift to give your mom or daughter and do an awesome activity together!

Class size is limited, so please call 419-517-8821 or email jen@beautifulbloomsbyjen.com to reserve your spot! All spots must be pre-paid to be saved.

Only a few spots are left!

Not available to make the class? You can order one that one of our floral artists can design for you. Please call 419-517-8821 or order online here.

If you’re looking for a floral design class, we typically teach them in our off season which is November-April. We love groups of girl friends, girl scouts, co-workers, birthday parties and more. We can accommodate groups of any size whether it is in our flower shop or another local shop nearby.

At Beautiful Blooms by Jen, we value education and the future of the industry. With a degree in Agriculture Education, I believe in continuous education. Because of that reason, Colleen, Sarah and I drove up to Mayesh Wholesale Florist in mid-October to attend a Michigan Floral Association Regional Meeting.

It was an awesome opportunity to get up to Detroit and see what was new at Mayesh. Many of our orders are made over the phone or through email so it’s great to see what is new and interesting in person. The wholesale house supply department basically looks like a grocery store and the rows of shelves are all filled with floral supplies like vases, baskets, ribbon, paint, etc. It’s a florist’s heaven! Plus we love our saleslady, Nora!

Mayesh also has multiple coolers that are filled with fresh flowers. There is an entire section for each variety of flowers, the greenery and a whole cooler just for tropicals like orchids!

Mayesh also fed us dinner which was fabulous! We also had the opportunity to chat with our favorite Mayesh employees which is great because the more you know your salespeople, the better they know you and what you love!

The meeting began and it was great to learn what the Michigan Floral Association is up to. I love how hard they are working to make sure that the future of the floral industry is amazing!

Then there was a fabulous presentation by Jerome Raska, from Blumz by JR Designs, called Everything is Coming Up Roses. Jerome and his partner, Robin, have premier flower shops in Detroit, Ferndale, and Ann Arbor and we have watched both of them present before and always learn so much!

We talked about fabulous flower crowns which are so in right now. 
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This was one of my favorite pieces that is a bridal bouquet! The textures are so fun and the armature it’s made from with the woven lily grass is why!

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Love this fun way to design a dozen roses!

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Can you say wow?! Love the vase! Love the Dahlias! Love the roses!

We can’t wait to go back to the shop and think outside the box when designing with roses. Thanks again to Michigan Floral Association, Mayesh Wholesale Florist and Jerome Raska!