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‘Homespun Holiday’ selected as winning entry in our name-the-Christmas-arrangement contest

It was like a Christmas present in need of a bow.

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We had developed a new arrangement for this holiday season.

It would come in a red mason jar and include red carnations, white alstroemeria, hypericum, tips of Douglas fir and white pine, pinecones, and shiny red stick-ins.

The only ingredient missing was a name.

But that has been taken care of, too, thanks to more than 450 entries in our online name-the-arrangement contest.

The winning entry: Homespun Holiday

Three people submitted the winning name, and as their prize they will receive one of the arrangements in early December when it becomes available to the public. The winners are Lori Heisey of Columbia; Katharine Hoch of Hummelstown; and Diana Myers of York.

“We received many thoughtful suggestions, but as soon as we saw ‘Homespun Holiday’ we knew it was the one,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s. “Thanks to our winners and to everyone else who submitted names. We can’t wait to introduce the Homespun Holiday arrangement.”

5 ways for children to celebrate National Grandparents Day

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Marian McQuade was an expert in grandparenting. A West Virginia mother of 15, she had 43 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

If McQuade’s name doesn’t ring a bill, her work no doubt will. She was the founder of National Grandparents Day, which President Jimmy Carter signed into law in 1978.

National Grandparents Day is held on the first Sunday after Labor Day (Sept. 13 in 2015; Sept. 11 in 2016; Sept. 10 in 2017). September was chosen to signify the autumn years of life, according to Legacy Project.

To help celebrate the holiday, the Royer’s Kids Club offers five activities that children can do for or with their grandparents:

  1. Send flowers: OK, this is an obvious one, but our founder, Hannah “Mom” Royer, was a doting grandmother and much loved by her grandchildren, as was her husband, Lester.
  2. Make a card: Draw a pretty picture and write a note to tell your grandparents how much they mean to you.
  3. Interview them: Grandma and grandpa have seen and experienced a lot of things in their lives. This handy interview form can help get you started. Listen closely to their answers because you can learn a lot.
  4. Trace your family tree: Here’s a family tree chart that will make it easy to identify the people in your family by generation.
  5. Read a book together: The kids club is a big believer in the power of reading. Here’s a terrific reading list to get you started.

Of course, there is an endless list of things that grandchildren and grandparents can do together.

What are some of your favorites?

 

 

Head of the class: photos from our back-to-school kids club event

Judging from these beautiful, smiling faces at Royer’s Kids Club’s back-to-school event on Aug. 22, these children are rested and ready for a challenging and rewarding new school year.

Thanks to all of the participants. We wish you the very best and encourage you to use every day as an opportunity to learn something new.

Meanwhile, we hope you’ll set aside time on Oct. 31 for our fifth and final kids club event of 2015. It’ll be Halloween, so be sure to wear your costume as we celebrate the holiday. It’s also the kick off our 10th annual “Bouquets for Books” children’s book drive to benefit area public libraries.

We look forward to seeing you then!

 

Royer’s food drive collects nearly 2,500 pounds for area food banks

From left, Brad Peterson, director of communications and marketing, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Jackie Dahms, manager of Royer's in West York; and Greg Royer, president and CEO, Royer's.

From left, Brad Peterson, director of communications and marketing, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; and Royer’s Jackie Dahms, manager of West York, which collected the most pounds of any Royer’s store; and Greg Royer, president and CEO.

Royer’s annual food drive collected 2,467 pounds of non-perishable items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

From June 20-27, “Royer’s Stems Hunger” asked customers to drop off donations at any of our stores. In return, donors received a free carnation for each food item, up to a maximum of six carnations per family per visit.

Also contributing was Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, which participated in the food drive for the second year in a row. Drayer’s corporate office in Hummelstown and outpatient centers in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Colonial Park, Enola, Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg collected 307 pounds.

In its five-year history, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected nearly five tons of food.

Outdoor weddings, weather and having a Plan B

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On this particular September wedding day, the misty weather presented some logistical challenges for the bride and groom.

The ceremony that had been planned for a beautiful garden had to be moved indoors on short notice. A ballroom had to be transformed into a beautiful garden setting, complete with an arch and flower-festooned aisle.

As they say, into every life some rain must fall. And it was a good reminder that weather is one variable that no one controls, no matter how good of a wedding planner he or she is.

If you want an outdoor wedding, it’s best to have a Plan B just in case. We all know how variable the weather can be in Pennsylvania, after all.

A number of years ago, the Farmers’ Almanac solicited submissions for its “Worst Wedding Weather Contest.” After Texas and Florida, Pennsylvania tied Ohio and Indiana for the most submissions.

Couples from those states “have experienced the soggiest, snowiest, windiest, most hurricane-hampered and hail-ridden wedding weather,” according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

In fact, a Philadelphia-area couple won the contest’s grand prize (a warm-weather cruise) with a tale of how a record snowfall interrupted their wedding plans.

Many factors to consider

So what should you consider when it comes to creating that Plan B for your outdoor wedding? There are many factors, none more important than the safety and well-being of the wedding couple and their guests.

An article from about.com wedding expert Nina Callaway offers “10 tips for the perfect outdoor wedding.”

Of course, we’re pretty protective of the flowers, too.

We were on hand for that misty September wedding mentioned above. Being a perishable product, flowers require a tender touch. While do-it-yourself can be tempting when it comes to flowers (and other aspects of a wedding), it’s also comforting when a professional is on hand, in good weather and bad.

A florist will ensure that your flowers look their beautiful best. Unlike the weather, this is an aspect of your wedding that you can control.

Thanks for voting Royer’s to ‘best of’ lists

Royer’s received the honors, but it’s you, our valued customers, who deserve the applause.

Thanks to you, we continue to be recognized on multiple “best of” lists compiled by area media outlets.

“We’re thrilled when we are voted the best in the communities we serve, but we’ve always stopped short of asking for someone to vote for us,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO. “We’d rather win on our everyday activities, which makes it truly an honor that our customers recognize us in these ways.”

Among this year’s honors:
Best of Lebanon Valley
“Best of Lebanon Valley”/Lebanon Daily News
Royer’s was named the top florist for the fifth year in a row.

“Best of Harrisburg”/Susquehanna Style
In its June issue, the magazine named Royer’s “best florist.”

“Best of York”/York Sunday News
This year’s survey received more than 16,000 ballots, including 5,800 in the florist category. Said the newspaper: “Looking for the perfect centerpiece for your next event oracustom arrangement for your upcoming wedding? Look no further than these favorite York-area florists. Family-owned Royer’s Flowers & Gifts is the first place winner for its wide selection and dedication to meeting customers’ needs.”

Sixth-grader Kaitlynn Balmer-Brown wins Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest

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Kaitlynn Balmer-Brown has been dancing since age 3, studying jazz, tap and ballet. She also expresses herself through art, drawing graffiti-like designs on paper.

“She was good in art class,” said her stepmother, Emily Brown.

And she was plenty good enough to win the Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest.

The Lower Paxton Township sixth-grader’s drawing of a flower and balloons graces the electronic card that Royer’s Kids Club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. For Kaitlynn’s effort, she will receive a flower delivery on her next birthday.

The Royer’s Kids Club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Royer’s store or online at www.royers.com/kidsclub.

We’ve developed a new Christmas arrangement, and you can name it

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Santa needs a helper.

Royer’s has developed a new arrangement for the holiday season, but we need help naming it.

This is where you come in, by entering our name-the-Christmas-arrangement contest. A lucky winner will receive one of the arrangements that he or she has named.

The arrangement, in a red mason jar, will include red carnations, white alstroemeria, hypericum, tips of Douglas fir and white pine, pinecones, and shiny red stick-ins.

To enter the contest, visit royers.com/contest.

The deadline to enter is Aug. 15; limit one entry daily per email address.

Candace visits Cornwall Manor

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Candace Oliver, a designer at Royer’s flagship store in Lebanon, said she enjoys making people laugh and smile and loves teaching.

She delivered on each of those counts with her June 22 visit to Cornwall Manor, an active senior living community in Lebanon County. Candace presented a flower-arranging class to Cornwall Manor residents.

“I love doing stuff like that,” Candace said. “Love it, love it, love it.”

She showed the residents how to tape a vase, creating a grid that keeps flowers standing up. Step by step, she guided them in adding greens, selecting flowers and completing their arrangements.

A Lebanon resident since age 7, Candace graduated from Lebanon High School in 1998. In November, she will celebrate her fourth anniversary with Royer’s.

Meanwhile, Cornwall Manor is celebrating her visit.

Stacia Layser, Cornwall Manor’s public relations, development and volunteer coordinator, wrote in an email to Candace:

“Your attention to detail, energy and compassion were what made this a great event for our residents. Many of them are still talking about how much fun they had and the beautiful arrangements they made.”

 

Royer’s Kids Club celebrates start of new school year with free event Aug. 22

 

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Before they go back to school, they can go back to the Royer’s Kids Club.

We’ll celebrate the start of a new school year with a free kids club event Aug. 22 in each of our 16 stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement adorned with a “back-to-school” stick-in. Participants also will receive a free balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.