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Easy Spring Floral Ideas

Posted by CR on Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Spring has sprung and you may be having people over soon, for any number of reasons. We wanted to give you some easy ways to spruce up your table cleverly and affordably.

 

Here are the Anchor Hocking floral products we used:


Bud Vases - Items #31268, #31257  


12” Kendl Twisted Square Vase - Item #99147  


Carafe - Item# 99119

Other Items Used:
Soho Barware
Reused Candle Jars  

*View our Home Decor Catalog  

 

Flowers:


We went to the local grocer and purchased a potted hyacinth plant, which contained 3 bulbs that had bloomed ($7.00) and a bouquet of mixed spring stems ($7.00).

 

Project 1
Bouquets for Ladies Tea

 

 

Take time to relax and catch up with close friends this spring. Invite over your closest friends, your siblings, your in-laws, whoever – and make them feel right welcomed and cherished with a personalized bouquet.

 

We wanted these bouquets to be multi-purpose so we grabbed our 1 Liter Carafes to hold the stems.

We also found some ribbon (reused from a potpourri bag) to hold name tags on to the vases. The name tags were cut out of brown paper bags (which were free from the grocer’s check-out).

To make the tags we first sketched out a tag shape (download a printable tag of your own here). We cut through both sides of the bag, giving us two tag shapes each. We did this so we could write little notes on the inside of the tag. Write their names on the outside and a cute note on the inside, hole punch and attach to the carafe.

Project 2
Rustic Charm  

We chose a collection of 4 bud vases in various heights. We picked out three rather tall stems from the bouquet and one that was shorter and fuller.

For the fuller stem we needed to remove some of the lower leaves and growth, but saved them for another small project.

By using an earthy color palette and not following standard floral arrangement rules, we create an interesting, minimal and rustic look. This would look great next to a tub full of sodas in glass bottles or a buffet table of desserts.

Project 3
Big Charm in Small Places  

If you have minimal counter space and you still want to add pops of nature to the display this idea is for you.

We have been saving used candle jars for just such an occasion. Remember those trimmings we saved from Project 2? Here’s where they’ll come in handy.   Using short stems of filler and leaves and rocks, create small vignettes in miniature jars. These will look perfect among food displays or next to beverage stations. Inter-mix them with candles for a romantic effect.  

Project 4
Lofty Sunnies  

Sunflowers can make a big impact with their height. Don’t worry though, if you don’t have a tall vase to put them in. We chose 3 pieces of tall and skinny beverageware, our Soho Collection. You could also use our 4” or 6” Kendl Tapered Vases.

We used what is called “cullet” from our factory, but you can pick up a similar looking product in the floral section. You could also use tiny seed beads from the craft isle.

First, we filled the glasses/vases with the filler/cullet.
Then, we pushed the sunflower stems down into the material. This makes a snug fit around the flower and holds it upright.
 

Align them down the center of a table or on a shelf for a modern touch and new sense of visual height.

Project 5
Ditch the Plastic  

We bought those hyacinths, remember? We decided we didn’t like that pot they were in, and we weren’t ready to plant them in the garden just yet. So, we temporarily transplanted them into pieces of beverageware that we’ve been collecting.

Maybe you have some collections of vintage glassware or some pieces that no longer have match. Use these pieces of glass to create an interesting display that kicks those hyacinths up a notch.

Display them while you have guests over and after the party you can plant them in the ground.

**Don’t forget, that once the flowers turn brown, you can dig up that bulb, store it in a brown paper bag and replant next year.

Project 6
Housewarming Gift  

Do you know someone who just settled into their new home?
Maybe a newlywed couple?

Instead of flowers, opt for kitchen gadgetry!

Whether they’ve registered for gifts or you know what they’re in need of, use a collection of items to create a lovely display.

Vase too tall? Purchase some fabric napkins in their favorite color(s), roll them up and use as a base for you gadget bouquet.

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Categorized under: Flower Power  Decorate  Trend  Tips  D.I.Y.  Floral  Entertain  Glass  Holidays  Home  Garden 



Pull Out All The Stops

Posted by CR on Monday, January 31st, 2011

No matter who you need a Valentine's day surprise for we've got you covered. Whether you need a unique twist for a son who doesn't take well to frills and pink hearts, or a gal pal who needs a pick me up we've scoured the web for fast and clever ideas!

Party tricks that will keep them talking all year!



Clockwise: 1 & 2 - Amy Atlas creates lovely presentations for a Valentine's Day get together, using serving dishes of all shapes and sizes to hold candies and showing off beautiful cocktails in glass beverageware. 3 - Mousse shots in 1.5 oz shot glasses. 4 - Delightful strawberry parfait in glass stemware. 5 - Jell-O displays in mini trifle bowls. 6 - Candy for guests in small glass jars.
 

Skip the water and opt for candies.


Take inspiration from Martha Stewart. Use large vases or trifle bowls or punch bowls to fill with conversation hearts or cinnamon candies as filler for floral arrangements.

Kid friendly ideas for Valentine's Day


From right to left: 1 - Milk in a cocktail glass with a cookie on the rim via Party Starters. 2. Adorable milk and cookies party using jars and cake plates for displays with giant colorful balloons from Creative Party Place. 3 - For the little guy or gal who doesn't care for the ruffle filled details of this holiday fill a cookie jar full of toys, in this case Lego pieces.

 

Don't waste time! Get these Valentine's Day looks started with Anchorware via the Anchor Online Store! www.anchoronline.com

THE BIG DEAL! When you spend $50 or more at the Anchor Online Store you can receive our Vienna Champagne Flute (4pc Set) for FREE.  Simply add the Vienna Champagne Flutes to your cart and continue shopping until you've reached $50 in merchandise!  Flute price will be immediately deducted from your total, no coupon code necessary.  Know someone who needs some bubbly?  Share the love and tell friends and family (also look for our advertisement on our Facebook page to share!)!

Do you have some great ideas on how to use Anchorware for Valentine's Day gifts? Let us know!

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Categorized under: Entertain  Decorate  Craft  Tips  D.I.Y.  Floral 



Halloween Party Tricks

Posted by CR on Monday, October 4th, 2010

We asked you delivered! We wanted to see how you put your Anchorware to use, and my goodness did we get some great responses! Charlotte of The Paper Cupcake shared with us her beautiful images from her Happy Halloween Printable Collection photoshoot.







Charlotte uses our Heritage Hill Jars to hold bulk candy and treats. She dresses them up with her custom labels and wraps! We're so proud that our jar can be the canvas for such creativity!



*Images Courtesy of The Paper Cupcake

See more of the photoshoot...

Do you want to throw a party like this? Here's how to get the look!

For The Paper Cupcake's creative work check out their Facebook page (which has an online store built right in)  

The Paper Cupcake also has an Etsy store!

 

Shop Anchor's Online Store!

Want specifics?
Get our Heritage Hill Jar just like Charlotte!



A big huge thank you goes out to The Paper Cupcake, for inspiring us and for supporting American made glassware!

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Categorized under: Decorate  Organize  Tips  D.I.Y.  Entertain  Heritage  Fall 



Put Our Pumpkin To Work!

Posted by CR on Thursday, September 30th, 2010

      

 

 

Do you have fall favorites? Fill us in!    

Categorized under: Decorate  Organize  D.I.Y.  Entertain  Holidays  Fall 



Planted with Love

Posted by CR on Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Wedding Trends with Anchorware

As we all know everyone loves to save a penny or two, especially when it comes to planning your big day. The good thing is – homemade decorations and gifts are a huge trend in the wedding industry right now. What better way to show your love to your guests than to create a gift together for them?


*Image Courtesy of MadeByMavis
(Premade terrariums on Etsy in Anchorware: Glass Stackables)

Other trends that are taking the industry by storm are earthy, natural and green (the color and the lifestyle). Using plant life in unusual ways can liven up a room at any time of year. By purchasing a few affordable things you can create a relaxing and serene venue for your big day. Creating terrariums and unique plantscapes using glassware you can tag your wedding as eco-friendly, cost-effective and right on trend.

 
 

*Images Courtesy of MadeByMavis; High Street Market: Apartment Therapy
(Anchorware: Fountainsquare Jar, Elegance Serveware, Large and Small Apothocary Jars)

What you’ll need to create a terrarium:
Potting soil
Spanish moss
Plants (succulents work great and you can neglect them)
Stones (these are optional but add some extra character – hobby stores will have a wide variety)

If crafting and planting just aren't your cup of tea, don't worry we've found some people who can help you, we've listed resources below.

 
   
*Images Courtesy of Anchor Hocking; WarmCountryMeadows
 

Terrariums come in all shapes and sizes, and you can put them in just about anything. We’ve found some great ways to use glass for terrariums and a couple of ingenious ways to carry the trend all the way through your day.

 
 

*Images Courtesy of Brides.com; Martha Stewart Weddings; ILOVED
(Using non-footed containers that are lower in height are great for decorating the bathroom or areas where decorations could get knocked over, tables with children can also benefit from such displays. Continue the moss and succulent trend by using them in bouquets and other bridal party accessories. This Etsy seller creates jewelry out of reindeer moss, glass, silver and copper, perfect for special guests or bridal party members.)

Terrarium resource:
Terrarium Man

Wedding resources:
TheKnot.com
MarthaStewart.com
Brides.com
ToastAndTables.blogspot.com
ProjectWedding.com

Etsy terrarium lifesavers:
MadeByMavis
WarmCountryMeadows

So go on - have some fun! Maybe even get the bridesmaids together and make cute or silly terrariums for the shower!


*Image Courtesy of Jennifer Perkins

Categorized under: D.I.Y.  Floral  Terrarium 



Tabletop Terrariums

Posted by CR on Monday, April 12th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

We've found our jars being used as terrariums! Will Kalif shows his readers how to create their own miniature landscapes. He has a special section where he focuses on using apothecary jars for smaller tabletop versions.

This is a pretty clever, affordable and space conscious idea.

We have a vast selection when it comes to storage jars. Whatever size space you have we certainly have the jar for you! Using our stackable jars would be a great way to grow several varieties and create a tower of terrariums.

You can easily transform any of our jars into your own terrarium creation using Will's helpful tips!


*Images Courtesy of Will Kalif

Thank you Will for all of your wonderful ideas and helpful advice!

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Craft  D.I.Y.  Stackables  Terrarium  Montana Jar 



Hot Cocoa Gift

Posted by AK on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Anchorware Everywhere
I was on the sunset.com site before Christmas looking up recipes for gifts that I could make for the family and I came across a bunch of cocoa recipe. The example photo they had for the peppermint stick cocoa was in a cracker jar. I actually ended up making about ten different cocoa mixes and a handful of cookie and bread mixes in anchor storage jars and passed them out to friends and family this year. I personalized them with ribbon and recipe cards detailing the directions.I even purchased holiday scrapbooking paper and cut circles and spray fixed them on to the lids to make them more festive.

 

 

Try this great hot cocoa recipe from sunset.com:

Layer the ingredients for homemade cocoa in a jar, add a ribbon and a tag, and you have a simple but stylish gift. This mix will fill a 1-quart jar (12 servings), but if your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio of ingredients constant. On the back of the tag, write: "Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Store remaining mix in airtight container."

Yield: Makes 1 quart mix or 12 servings hot cocoa

Ingredients
* 1 cup powdered milk
* 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

Preparation
Layer powdered milk, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, chocolate chips, and peppermint candy.
Nutritional Information

Calories:
172 (17% from fat)
Protein:
3.7g
Fat:
3.2g (sat 1.9)
Carbohydrate:
37g
Fiber:
2.6g
Sodium:
136mg
Cholesterol:
1mg

 

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  D.I.Y.  Cracker Jar 



Upsidedown Display

Posted by AK on Thursday, December 10th, 2009

photo by AK

I was grocery shopping around Christmas time at Kroger and saw this display they created. That's an anchor stacking glass storage container. I am always amazed to find anchor product being used in a variety of ways.

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  D.I.Y.  Stackables 



  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Homeworld Business creates excitement around Anchor Home Collections new line of Bamboo products in their June 2009 edition.

  • Anchor Hocking's Sigma Beverageware is given an Award of Excellence by HFN in April 2009.

  • Anchor Hocking is acknowledged for expanding beyond glassware by HFN in April 2009.

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