NetFlorist: Changing Lives One Cake at a Time

On Wednesday afternoon, the 9th of November, NetFlorist hosted a very special birthday party at The Sands in Sandton. This party was not to celebrate NetFlorist’s birthday, but rather the birthday of all the children at The Johannesburg Children’s Home.

JHB Childrens Home

NetFlorist and The JCH’s relationship started on none other than Mandela Day this year, bringing even more meaning to what bloomed into the most extraordinary bond. On Mandela Day 2016, NetFlorist set out to make 670 sandwiches in their 67 minutes. These sandwiches were then dropped off at various children’s homes, 200 of which were delivered to The JCH. Meeting Annette Brokensha, the Managing Director of the Home, resulted in the creation of a connection that neither organisation wanted to let go of and Mandela, the man who taught the world how to give, would have encouraged for more to be done.

During the holiday season, one custom that is shared across many religious and cultural traditions ranging from Christmas to Chanukkah, is the act of giving to others.

The phrase that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” is heard and quoted a lot during this time of year. Although holiday gift giving has often become associated with shopping aggravations, long queues (if you don’t use NetFlorist) and an empty wallet or purse, everyone can surely agree that giving truly is a gift.

With this in mind, NetFlorist asked for the Home’s birthday list, and since August 2016 every child at Johannesburg Children’s Home has received a personalised gift on their birthday delivered by one of NetFlorist’s dedicated drivers. This gift is not a typical hamper that you would find on www.netflorist.co.za among the thousands listed there, but rather a package filled with stationery, deodorant, socks, books, crayons, toys, an item of clothing and sometimes a special something that that child would specifically love.

You know that feeling of anticipation you get when your recipient is opening their present? If you’ve ever felt that, then you know it’s true: it really is better to give than to receive.

Many can agree that one of the most important parts of your birthday is the cake. Obviously opening presents is a highlight too, but there’s just nothing like the blushing red cheeks on a child’s face as their friends sing happy birthday tunelessly, the wishes that fly through the air when they blow out their candles, the loud and excitable screeches when that knife gets to the bottom of the first slice, and of course the arguments over who gets a candle!

Celebrations jhb

Unfortunately, most of the children at Johannesburg Children’s Home have never experienced this feeling. They have never had their birthdays celebrated. They have never received gifts. And they have never had the privilege of blowing out the candles on a birthday cake made especially for them. These are all these things that we take for granted, knowing that our loved ones will always ensure that each birthday is one to remember forever.

Just like a birthday boy or girl give their candles to only their closest of friends, the guests at NetFlorist’s event were all chosen to be the inner circle of these children. Everyone was given the opportunity to sponsor a birthday cake from NetFlorist’s Bakery for each child at JCH to receive on their special day, along with their gift. They have also been given the option to go along to deliver the cake and sing Happy Birthday to their chosen child! Although taking photos of or with the children is not permitted, it is guaranteed that this will be a moment that will be documented in the giver’s heart forever.

24 cakes were sponsored at the event, and many generous party-goers still need to sign up and have also offered to distribute the list, ensuring that every single child will receive a birthday cake on their special day.

Thank you to everyone who attended our top trending #LifeChangingParty and for helping NetFlorist to continue changing lives, one birthday cake at a time.

 

Spook-tacular Halloween Gifts from NetFlorist

As you are most probably aware, Halloween 2016 is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for spooky costumes, haunted houses, and trick-or-treaters knocking at the door. With all the Halloween hype, there is also the exciting aspect of Halloween gifts. Who says Halloween treats need to be for the kids only? Us older folk also want in on the action, which is why NetFlorist is her to take care of all your Halloween gifting needs!

halloween-gifts

Bakery goodies for Halloween

Halloween is all about the sweet stuff, right? Well we suggest you check out some of our yummy baked goodies and chocolate gifts. Why not surprise a loved one with a delicious and spooky Halloween cake? It can be enjoyed by all, and can even be personalised for the occasion! Our Halloween cookie tins and cupcake bouquets are also perfect gifts for Halloween, and will really fit into the festivities.

Halloween Flowers

Who says flowers don’t go with Halloween? When you see what we have to offer, you will realise that they make for perfect Halloween gift ideas. We have a selection of orange flowers for Halloween, in a variety of awesome arrangements. If you are going to a Halloween party, why not bring an orange Halloween bouquet along and set the tone for an awesome night? The floral arrangements are both beautiful and haunting!

Trick or Treat?

Whether you choose trick or treat, gifts or flowers, or black or orange, we can guarantee that your Halloween will be made extra spook-tacular with our awesome Halloween gifts. We are more than just an online florist, so simply log on, choose the gift of your choice and we can have it delivered to the lucky recipient in time for the big night!

Halloween is coming soon, so be prepared!

Smooches,

The NetFlorist Bunch

Celebrating Heritage Day with NetFlorist

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Heritage Day, otherwise known as ‘Braai Day’, is one of South Africa’s most awesome public holidays. Not only because it’s an opportunity to get together with friends and family and have a good ol’ braai, but also because it is a day on which South Africans get to celebrate their culture and diversity, thereby unifying us as South Africans.

Just as with any other occasion, we have the perfect Heritage Day gifts here at NetFlorist, with which to spoil friends and family. Read on for some awesome Heritage Day gift ideas:

All about the Braai:

Due to the fact that National Heritage Day revolves around braai’ing, it’s only fitting that you spoil those around you with Braai gifts! We have you covered with some really great gift hampers which are all about the braai. Examples include this Le Creuset Mixed Braai Bucket which includes a Le Creuset basting brush, this Mini Braai Kit with Beers, and of course, our popular personalised Castle Six Packs. With gifts like these, there’s no excuse not to have a braai!

Something Sweet:

There’s nothing like some sweet surprises to get one into the spirit of Heritage Day! NetFlorist’s amazing online bakery knows exactly how to create Heritage Day themed bakery goods, so those sweet toothed individuals will be in seventh heaven when receiving bakery gifts this Braai Day. Examples include our Rugby Ball Dipped Strawberries, sunflower cupcakes, and decadent Green and Gold Stripey Doughnuts!

Floral Magic:

What would any occasion be without flowers or plants from NetFlorist? Spoil family and friends with something they can display with pride! We have potted plants, succulents, and of course the classic bouquets. You can never go wrong with enchanting floral gifts!

Make Heritage Day Special:

No matter what you decide to do this Heritage Day, NetFlorist is here to make it extra special. Whilst you are braai’ing with friends and family, remember to acknowledge the true meaning of this day and most importantly, remember how lucky you are to be a South African.

Tulips – Fun facts and caring tips

Taking care of your cut tulips and plants

Tulips are known for their beauty, popularity and being a favourite all year long. Today there are over 3000 varieties of cultivated tulips and a whopping 75 wild tulip species! Every year Holland grows and exports billions of tulips around the world. In this post, we are going to share some fun facts, and tell you how to care for your tulips, as fresh cut flowers and potted plants.

Fun Facts:

  • Few know this, but in South Africa, Tulips are actually winter flowers. They are rare in the warmer months of the year, when they are grown in cold rooms.
  • Worldwide they are the third most popular flower, only beaten by Roses and Chrysanthemum.
  • They are the only cut flowers that grow in water!
  • Tulips feel the drop in temperature at night and close their petals.
  • The tulip’s petals are edible! Depending on the colour, they range from being sweet to tasting a bit bland. PS. If you want to try this, the pink, white and peach petals are the sweetest, and the red and yellow the most flavourful.
  • About 90% of South Africa’s tulips are exported.
  • Tulip bulbs multiply when dormant.
  • Tulips are one of few flowers that have pores along the stem that absorb water!

Tried and tested myths that actually work:

  • If your tulip’s head flops to the side, simply pinch it through the neck with a needle or pin. The head will lift up soon after that and you might get an extra day or two of its beauty.
  • Or, you can drop a coin in the water. The reaction from the water and the copper has the tulip lifting its head up again.

Taking care of your cut Tulips:

  • First off, always buy tulips while they are still in bud. By the time you get home, they might have already opened, especially in the South African weather!
  • The first thing to do with your cut tulips is to cut down the bottom of the stems as its pores have closed. When you cut the stems, you open the pores again for the stems to absorb the water.
  • Once placed in a vase, only add about 5cm of water. Only top water up once a day. Don’t over water it, as it absorbs the water faster, causing the head to flop sooner.
  • Fresh tulips don’t need plant food – it simply needs fresh water to stay alive.
  • Fresh tulips are better on their own in a bouquet, as they only have a five-day life expectancy.
  • REMEMBER: Tulips thrive in a cool environment as they are fragile.
Tulips in vases

Spoil someone special with a beautiful tulip flowering plant or bouquet from NetFlorist.

 

Caring for your Tulip Plants:

  • Tulip plants are grown in cold rooms in South Africa.
  • Keep the plants away from heat as it causes faster development.
  • Only water your plant twice a week. If you want, you can put water in a drip tray and place your tulip pot in there so it can absorb the water as needed.
  • Once the colour of the tulip flower starts showing, the life expectancy of the tulip plant is around a week to a week and a half.
  • Once the flower dies, you can cut it down and take the bulb out of the soil. Place it in a dry and dark place, or plant in a dry area in the garden.
  • The bulbs multiply in the ground in their dormant state.
  • In the late summer you can plant your bulbs again for them to bloom during the winter season.
Tulips potted plants and bouquets available.

NetFlorist has the most amazing range of potted plants and flowering plants, like these beauties: Tulip flowers.

Tulips are beautiful flowers and although they don’t have an exceptionally long life span, they are beauties you want in your home and office! NetFlorist has tulips that come in just about every shade of colour and we know that these amazing flowers are an awesome gift for just about any and every occasion.

SA Marriage week – Focusing on the wellbeing of your marriage

GIFTS TO SPOIL YOur BETTER HALF THIS MARRIAGE WEEK

One of the most beautiful quotes about marriage is something we came across in the book turned movie, The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks: “Marriage is [about] becoming a team. You’re going to spend the rest of your life learning about each other, and every now and then, things blow up. But the beauty of marriage is that if you picked the right person and you both love each other, you’ll always figure out a way to get through it”.

Since we’re at the start of SA Marriage week, which will be 1 – 7 September 2016, we decided to join in on the theme of “Do something, give something”. This is not just in terms of buying gifts for your significant other, this is also about the smaller things in life, such as making a sandwich and sharing it while sitting on the couch and watching a movie. With this in mind, we thought of a few ideas in which you can incorporate romantic gifts from NetFlorist to show your better half how much they mean to you.

Love and marriage

A happy marriage is about spending quality time together.

  1. Show your romantic side when you buy a dozen blood red roses and hide them from her all around the house. Start off with a little note at the door, leading her to the first rose and take her through the house until she finds the last rose which will be in your hand, as you smile like a silly loon!
  2. Escape the everyday life by packing a picnic basket filled with snacks and bubbly and take your significant other away to a beautiful place where you can enjoy the treats and each other’s company. In the end, that is what love and marriage is about – spending quality time together.
  3. The key to a successful marriage is doing things for one another. If you know that your significant other has had a rough day, fill up a bath with bath oil, a fizz ball and have a glass of wine handy for when she comes home. Little gestures like this can go a long way!
  4. Celebrating your six-month anniversary? Order a box of six doughnuts to celebrate the half dozen months together and make a toast to the next six months in a happy marriage.
  5. In married life, one sometimes has to stop amidst the hustle and bustle and make time for each other. Buy a couple’s moonlight spa voucher and enjoy the night getting a few treatments, dinner and just enjoying each other’s company.
  6. SA Marriage Week is about creating harmony in the home, and this includes sharing. Why not kick back and relax in the comfort of your love nest, and share a delcious dinner, complete with snacks and wine? We have a wide variety of snack and booze hampers for you to set the mood and give you a real chance to reflect.

All in all, we want you to make sure that you use this week to reflect on your marriage, focusing on its wellbeing and creating harmony in the home. A successful marriage takes work, which is why doing small things for each other really goes a long way. No matter what you decide to do during SA Marriage Week, NetFlorist is here to help you make it beneficial!

Happy marriages is about the small things in life

SA Marriage week – Celebrate your love with presents