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17/12/2014  |  We Wish You A Merry Christmas....and a Happy New Year!

Shropshire Petals will be closed for Christmas as the team will be off enjoying the festivities!

Last order date: 12:00 midday Friday 19th December

SP reopens 9am Monday 5th January.

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All orders placed over the Christmas period will be despatched on Monday 5th January. We will be checking up on our Shropshire Petals Facebook page so just pop over a question if you have one as we will not have access to our email system until Monday 5th January.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us in the petal shed x x   


16/12/2014  |  Follow the bride #1

We’re very excited here at SP to have another bride-to-be in the petal shed!

Huge congratultions to Katie and Graham on their recent engagement. We will be following our lovely bride right up until the big day finding out all about what goes into planning the perfect wedding day.

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The Bride 

Hi Katie, can you tell our lovely readers a bit about yourself and your role at SP?

Hello my dears, I’m Katie Plant, General Manager for SP and sadly I’ll be losing my very apt surname for the job at the end of next year... but I certainly couldn’t be happier about it!

As we’re getting very close to Christmas (yey!) what are your 3 favourite, and 3 least favourite things about the festive season?

Mulled Cider, Frosty Days, Family & Friends

No least favourites so instead here’s my top 3 Christmas songs…1. It’s the most wonderful time of the year 2. Carol of the bells 3. I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

Who’s the lucky groom?!

Graham Fowles… Graham and I met 5 years ago at the Rugby & Hockey Club, I’m a hockey girl, he’s a Rugby lad, need we say more. Graham is a Firefighter in the RAF so I’m certainly expecting to be carried over the threashold once we’re married!

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The Groom 

So I know everyone’s dying to know, how did Graham propose?

Well last year I bought Graham 30 presents for his 30th Birthday and apparently I couldn’t top that so Graham wanted to make his Birthday perfect and proposed! But as always when you plan a particular date you can’t always expect it to run smoothly… I was flued up to the max so lying on the sofa with Bramble & Robinson ( our dog & cat) feeling sorry for myself, the house was a bomb site as we’re renovating our new house which we moved into a few months ago so it couldn’t have been in more chaos. Despite this, Graham made a lovely tea (quite an achievement with no oven) and with a carpet covered in dust, he got down on one knee and proposed. To most this would be chaos, to me it was perfect!

Unlike most brides, Katie’s very lucky and has two engagement rings! Tell us about your rings please.

So Graham planned everything a while ago when he was in Afghan so bought my ‘proposal’ ring off Amazon and got it shipped out for him to keep safe. Mum had said to us a long time ago if I wanted my Granny’s ring so of course when we rang to tell her (with Dad sniggering next to her as of course Graham asked his permission and Mum didn’t know!) we asked if it was ok to have Granny’s ring. Granny got married in 1924 and it’s beautiful, yes I’m very lucky!

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Katie's Granny's sparkly ring 

Have you set a date for the big day?

5th December 2015… ‘Married in December’s cheer, love shines brighter from year to year’

Working in the wedding industry for nearly 6 Years, you must have a pretty good idea of your perfect wedding day. Have you made any plans yet?

Yes we’ve set the date, church and venue are booked, photographer booked, my dress sorted, bridesmaids dresses sorted, colours sorted (top secret), this wedding malarkey is easy (I’ll eat my words later). Now I’ve just got the next 11 months to make make make! This will certainly be a hand made wedding. Next job is to tell the Bridesmaids as I know they are dying to know, I’ve got them a bauble each for Christmas with a little note attached to ask them, they’ll find out on Christmas day.

Now, the most important question; have you thought about confetti?!

Is it really bad if I say that’s the only thing I’m struggling on… I can’t decide. Plenty of time though to have a good old play with the SP Pick & Mix of course.

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Congratulations Graham and Katie! 

How are you and Graham enjoying all of the preperations?

Well we’ve done all the major things to do for now so we’re just going to sit back this month and enjoy December and have a wonderful Christmas, after all, it’s the the most wonderful time of the year…

Have a very merry Christmas everyone! 

Love as always, Katie - SP x x 


12/12/2014  |  Rose pulls the Christmas cracker

The newest member of the SP team, Rose, gives us the goss about how she spends her Christmas...

Meet Rose

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Jo, Rose and Katie in their Christmas jumpers with Bramble the dog! 

· What do you love about the run up to Christmas?  Have you been busy?

I love listening to all the Christmas songs on the radio (as early as possible please), it really puts you in the mood! This year my boyfriend and i are making lot of our presents, so we have been spending our evenings in the shed creating all sorts of Christmassy goods.

· How will you be spending your Christmas?

I'm having Christmas dinner with my family on Christmas eve and spending Christmas day with my boyfriend's family. Boxing day brings both families together for the traditional Boxing day clay pigeon shoot.

· Any Christmas traditions?

I love going to midnight mass in my local church on Christmas eve. It’s always so beautifully decorate and makes a great tradition, singing our hearts out to all the carols after a couple of mulled wines!

· What’s the story behind your Christmas jumper?

I am sadly lacking a Christmas jumper so this is my poor attempt to create one!! However there is definitely one on my Christmas list.

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Rose's home made Christmas jumper! 

· Favourite Christmas food?

It’s got to be my Grandma’s chocolate roulade. Though not technically Christmassy, I can’t stand Christmas pudding so she makes it for me and my little sister to have instead.

· What’s your favourite Christmas film & why?

 Not really a Christmas film but I love watching all the Disney films on around Christmas when I’m stuffed full of food and just want to relax in front of the fire.

· What’s your favourite of the SP Christmas collection & Why?

I really like the Wheat Wreaths, perfect to hang on your door and something a little bit different to the norm. I had a go at making one of these for the first time earlier this week, it was great fun and I was quite proud of it for a first attempt!

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Christmas wheat wreath 

· What is your favourite Christmas song?

An impossible question.... There are far too many! But Wonderful Christmastime does evoke happy memories of my cousins and I dancing round the tree when we were little, so it might have to be that one.

Love as always, Rose - SP x x 


9/12/2014  |  Petals For A Winter Wedding

Christmas is a few weeks away and all of  the lovely brides and grooms-to-be who are planning winter weddings will be sorting out the final special touches.

Have you thought about your confetti? There are so many different confetti mixes to choose from for a winter wedding so we've chosen a few of our favourites.

Our first winter wedding confetti mix is a pretty frosty mix.

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A frosty winter mix 

We've added some pale blue 'Duck Egg' hydrangea petals to our very popular 'Winters Morn' delphinium confetti mix. A frosty mix! Perfect for a vintage themed winter wedding.

Next up is December's mix of the month which is made up of classic Christmas colours!

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Mix of the month for December 

This festive mix is perfect for a Christmas wedding with 'Lady in red' rose petals, green 'Envy' hydrangea petals and cream 'Icing Sugar' Delphinium petals.  

'Lady in red' rose petals and 'Icing Sugar' delphinium petals also look great scattered on a table. add some glitzy gold baubles to make it extra Christmasy! 

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Christmas  petals and baubles

Royal blue is a popular choice for winter weddings and the final choice is a firm favourite among our lovely customers.

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Something Blue 

Royal blue 'Bluebird' cornflower petals and cream 'Icing Sugar' delphinium petals make up 'Something Blue'.

Don't forget to make an eye catching and simple centrepiece using a small tree and some Christmas confetti baubles.

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Confetti baubles 

Sprinkle some small and large petals, we've used 'Purple Rain', on the table around the tree to add an extra wow factor! 

We love seeing your fab confetti shots so don't forget to send them in!

Love as always, SP x x 


5/12/2014  |  And The Winner is.....

Thank you to all of you for sending in your gorgeous confetti photos. We've received some lovely photos which has made choosing a winner even harder!

We've teamed up with Ansteys Cheese to give away a yummy cheese hamper - just in time for the festive season! The hamper includes vintage Lincolnshire Poacher, Wensleydale with cranberries, Cropwell Bishop Shropshire Blue, Chaser, Oaksmoked Old Worcester and some Carrs table water biscuits. With such a great selection of cheeses there's something for everyone!

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The Prize! 

Rose, the newest member of the SP team, has had the difficult task of choosing the winner and runners up.

A huge congratulations to Mr and Mrs Snodgrass who sent in a collage of beautiful confetti photos!

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The winning photo

In second place is this lovely black and white confetti shot sent in by Alex and Kieran.

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2nd place 

This amazing confetti photo sent in by Kevin and Sophie is in third place.

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3rd place 

Congratulations to you all! Here's a collage of a few more of our favourite confetti shots.... 

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The Runners up 

Thank you again to all of you for sending in your beautiful confetti photos.

We will be launching our next competition soon so keep sending in your lovely photos. Send us your pics on the Shropshire Petals website or upload them to the Shropshire Petals Facebook page.

Love as always, SP x x  


2/12/2014  |  A festive mix for December

December is here which means the Christmas countdown is well underway! 

The mix of the month for December is a festive mix of 'Lady in Red' rose petals, 'Envy' hydrangea petals and 'Icing Sugar' delphinium petals. 

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A festive mix for December

We're full of Christmas spirit here at SP so we're giving away a Christmas star with every order of the mix of the month!

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A Christmas gift 

We have a limited number of stars, so don't miss out! 

Love as always, SP x x 


28/11/2014  |  Thank you!

Today's blog is simply a massive THANK YOU to all of you who voted for Shropshire Petals in The British Wedding Awards in association with Wedding Ideas Magazine.

We're so excited to have been announced as finalists and it means so much to us that you all took the time to vote!

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We had a great time last year and we can't wait to attend the awards in January, and hopefully come back with an award!

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The SP team at the awards last year 

We will all be putting on our glad rags for the event....I think we scrub up pretty well!

Thank you again lovely petal fans!

Love as always, SP x x 


25/11/2014  |  Christmas Wheat Sheaf

Can you believe that it's only a month until Christmas?! Which means that Christmas preperations are well underway.

Dawn has been very busy and has made this beautiful Christmas Wheat Sheaf as a decoration for her table on Christmas day.

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Dawn with her Christmas Wheat Sheaf

It's so beautiful that we thought we'd show you how she did it!

First things first you need the materials to make the decoration.

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Wheat Sheaf and selection of dried flowers

Dawn used the Medium Natural Wheat Sheaf , some thistle heads, cream rose heads and an assortment of her own dried flowers including demosa, helie, nigela pod and some fresh holly to make it extra Christmasy! 

If you want some coloured wheat in your Christmas wheat sheaf then why not choose the natural and green or natural and silver Christmas wheat sheaf to customise?

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The cream rose heads and thistle heads are sold in packs of 10 so you'll be able to make more than one Christmas wheat sheaf!

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Cream rose heads and thistle heads 

Attach some green wire to the stems of the heads using some tape. This makes them long enough to slot securely into the wheat sheaf. If you're using any other dried flower heads or you want to add some length this is the perfect way!

Slot the dried flowers into the wheat sheaf and finish off with a Christmasy ribbon and a spritz of glitter to add some sparkle! 

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Ta dah! 

We think it makes the perfect decoration for the festive period or as a Christmas gift for a loved one.

Love as always, SP x x


21/11/2014  |  Winter Weddings

The frosty mornings are upon us and Christmas music is playing in the shops....winter has begun and the countdown to Christmas is officially on!

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Favourite Christmas moments 

This countdown isn't just for Christmas though, it's for all of the lovely brides and grooms-to-be who are counting down the days until their magical winter wedding! 

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If you're looking for inspiration for your winter wedding look no further than the Shropshire Petals Pinterest page!

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Winter Weddings Pinterest board 

With a board dedicated to winter weddings there's some inspiration for every wedding over the next couple of months. 

Why not hang a natural and silver  Christmad wreath on the door of your venue to welcome your guests and create a winter wonderland table by hanging confetti baubles on a snowy tree and scattering petals on the table! 

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Happy planning and don't forget the confetti to create a magical confetti moment!  

Love as always, SP x x 


18/11/2014  |  Shropshire Petals first award!

We're all grinning from ear to ear in the petal shed today! Want to know why?! We've won our first award!

SP were announced as the winner of the award for excellence in customer service, sponsored by Feefo, at The Good Web Guide awards last night.

Jess and Jim headed down to London to attend the awards ceremony and were pleased as punch when Shropshire Petals were announced as the winner!

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The Good Web Guide award!

Thank you all so much for your continued support. We have the best customers!

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Woohoo! 

 Shropshire Petals have been nominated for an award in The British Wedding Awards in association with Wedding Ideas Magazine and it would mean the world to us if you could vote for us! We're in the 'Best Special Touches' category and would love to win our second award!

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Cast your vote now! 

There are some lovely categories that you can cast your vote in, or skip ahead to vote for Shropshire Petals. Thank you!

Love as always, SP x x 


14/11/2014  |  A bit about Ansteys Cheese

As i'm sure you all know, for our current confetti photo competition we've teamed up with Ansteys to give away a yummy cheese hamper! So we thought that you might like to know a bit more about Ansteys.

Ansteys are suppliers of traditional farmhouse cheeses, situated south of the city of Worcester beneath the beautiful Malvern Hills. We at Ansteys are passionate about great food and cheese is at the centre of our life! We started cheesemaking here over 28 years ago, originally using the milk from our own pedigree Friesian cows

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Ansteys Cheese 

Artisan cheeses are still made in the dairy using the rich milk from the Severn valley and being the third generation of farmers here at Broomhall Farm we understand and care about our countryside. We know that properly made and cared for food gives the ultimate flavours and taste.

We now source the finest cheeses, primarily form Britains' great makers, but also from the continent and further afield. Our knowledgable and experienced team love, live and understand these products.

We love cheese!

The winner of the photo competition will win a delicious cheese hamper!

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The prize! 

This wonderful cheese hamper contains Vintage Lincolnshire Poacher, Wensleydale with cranberries, Cropwell Bishop Shropshire Blue, Chaser, Oaksmoked Old Worcester and some Carrs table water biscuits. With such a great selection of cheeses there's something for everyone! See all of the cheese on offer on the Ansteys website.

Find out how you can win this wonderful prize by looking on the competitions page or the SP Facebook page.  

Good luck to everyone who's entered! There's still time to send us your pics if you haven't entered yet!

Love as always, SP x x


11/11/2014  |  Emma's perfect confetti moment

Emma's next on the list to let you know all about her ideal confetti moment...

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Using the petal mixer Emma chose a mix of Duck egg Blue, Icing Sugar and Lady Grey

Why have you chosen this mix of petals?

I love blue and grey, adding these to a neutral colour such as Icing Sugar will make the colour stand out perfectly in photos. I chose the Duck egg Blue hydrangea petals to add a hint of texture to make a real ‘wow’ factor confetti moment.

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Emma's perfect confetti mix 

Do you think your confetti mix is seasonal or could brides choose this mix all year round?

The mix I have chosen isn’t necessarily seasonal, as it would suit a vintage or blue themed wedding, however I think it would work perfectly for a snowy winter themed wedding.

If you could choose anywhere in the world to have your confetti moment, where would it be and why?? (think outside the box!)

On top of a snowy mountain and I would have my snowboard strapped to my feet to get back down again! Imagine the confetti shot, it would be truly magical – guests showering us with our chosen confetti as we head off back down a mountain! (You did say think outside the box!)

Which Shropshire Petals products would you use to create your perfect confetti shot? 

If I were to have my confetti moment as above, I would need something practical, so I would choose the Shropshire Box. This can all be transported in the box and made up before the ceremony and the cones make it easy for guests to throw – especially as they would probably be wearing gloves!

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Emma would pick the Shropshire Box 

Do you have any tips for brides to be who are hoping to create the perfect confetti shot?

I went to a wedding a few weeks ago and luckily they had enough confetti for two photos as guests didn’t throw it high enough the first time, so make sure the photographer properly briefs guests on how to throw confetti to ensure your confetti shot is perfect.

Love as always, Emma - SP x x 


7/11/2014  |  The British Wedding Awards 2015

We're over the moon at Shropshire Petals to have been nominated for The British Wedding Awards 2015, in association with Wedding Ideas magazine, in the 'Special Touches' category.

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We made it into the final five in the 'Special Touches' category last year and headed to London for the awards ceremony. Unfortunately we missed out on the prize last year so are so pleased to have been nominated again this year.

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The team all dressed up for the 2014 awards 

It would mean the world to all of us here at Shropshire Petals if you could head to The British Weddings Awards official website and vote for us. We all had a brilliant night at the awards last year and would love to come back with the prize this year, but we need your votes!

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The beautiful British Wedding Awards 2015 website 

Thank you so much everyone and we will keep you updated!

Love as always, SP x x 


3/11/2014  |  A Wintry mix for November!

This lovely wintry mix for Novemeber conjures images of frosty winter mornings! 

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A frosty mix for November

The petals that make up the mix of the month for November are 'Midnight Blue' and 'Lady Grey' delphinium petals with 'Daisy Daisy' hydrangea petals.

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The perfect mix for a winter wedding. Buy this beautiful mix with our Shropshire Box for £42.50!

Love as always, SP x x 


31/10/2014  |  Happy Halloween!

This afternoon, the SP team have been getting into the spirit of Halloween and carved some spooky pumpkins!

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Pumpkin carving 

Here are our beautiful creations..... 

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The end result! 

Archie and Will got into the spirit of Halloween too and carved a huge pumpkin!

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Love as always, SP x x 


28/10/2014  |  Jo's perfect confetti moment

Jo's up next to give you the goss about her perfect confetti moment!

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Using the petal mixer on The SP website i chose a mix of 'Icing Sugar', 'Candyfloss', 'Lady Grey' and 'Promise'.

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Jo's confetti mix 

Why have you chosen this mix of petals?

I have to admit, one of our lovely customers actually created this mix using the pick and mix feature and it became my favourite! I love the vintage wedding theme and think this is a really pretty vintagey mix.

Do you think your confetti mix is seasonal or could brides choose this mix all year round?

I think this mix could be used all year round to add a touch of vintage to any wedding!

Which Shropshire Petals products would you use to create your perfect confetti shot?

When it comes to throwing confetti we always say 'the more the merrier!', so i would choose the confetti basket to make sure that everyone could grab a big handful of confetti. I also love the idea of adding some ribbon to the basket to jazz it up!

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Jo would pick the Confetti Basket for her confetti moment 

If you could choose anywhere in the world to have your confetti moment, where would it be and why?? (think outside the box!)

I’ve always loved the idea of a small beach wedding somewhere nice and warm! So my perfect confetti moment would be on a beach with the sun setting in the background - aaahhhhh!

Do you have any tips for brides to be who are hoping to create the perfect confetti shot?

Let your photographer and guests know that you're providing confetti. That way the photographer will be able to arrange a beautiful confetti shot and guests won't bring along horrible paper confetti!

Love as always, Jo - SP x x 


23/10/2014  |  Christmas Is Coming!

Can you believe that this time in two months we will be hanging up our stockings on Christmas eve?!

We're already getting excited about Christmas here at SP and even sampled our first mince pies earlier this week!

Have you had a look at some of our Christmas products?  

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SP Christmas products 

With a range of Christmas wheat sheaves, wheat wreaths and Christmas confetti baubles there's something for everyone! 

If you're planning a winter wedding make sure you have a look on the Shropshire Petals Pinterest at our 'Winter Weddings' board for lots of inspiration!

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'Winter weddings' Pinterest board 

Love as always, SP x x 


20/10/2014  |  Did someone say Cheese?!

Competition time! 

Our last competition with the wonderful Wedding Tree Company was a huge success and the winning photo won a lovely prize that will last for a lifetime!

We think it's about time to launch the next confetti photo competition.

This time we've teamed up with Ansteys to offer a prize that will inspire the cheesiest grins!

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Cheeseboard Gift Hamper 

Impress your guests with this irresistable selection of after dinner and artisan farmhouse cheeses. 

This wonderful cheese hamper contains Vintage Lincolnshire Poacher, Wensleydale with cranberries, Cropwell Bishop Shropshire Blue, Chaser, Oaksmoked Old Worcester and some Carrs table water biscuits. With such a great selection of cheeses there's something for everyone!

How do I win??

Simply like The Shropshire Petals Facebook page and upload your confetti shot and we will enter them into our competition.

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Send us your pics!  

Alternatively send us your pics and we will enter them for you. Alex did just that with this gorgeous confetti photo and won our competition with The Wedding Tree Company.

We've already received lots of confetti snaps and can't wait to see lots more lovely photos!

Make sure you have a look at the cheeseboard gift hamper on Ansteys website and check out Ansteys Cheese on Facebook. While you're there, have a look at their gorgeous wedding cheese cakes!

Love as always, SP x x 

Competition run by Shropshire Petals in association with Ansteys Cheese. You are providing the information to Shropshire Petals and not to Facebook.  All photos uploaded may be used by Shropshire Petals for promotional material so please get permission from the photographer and people involved in the shot.


17/10/2014  |  Helena's perfect confetti moment

Next up to spill the beans about their perfect confetti moment is Helena.

Using the petal mixer, Helena created her confetti mix using 'Raspberry Fool', 'Icing Sugar', 'Promise' and 'Duck Egg'

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Helena's confetti mix 

Why have you chosen this mix of petals?

I've chosen this mix because its a really warm summery mix which could brighten up any cold rainy grey day! The duck egg blue is my favourite large petal as the pale blue breaks up the pink and conjures images of chrisp blue autumnal skies.

Do you think your confetti mix is seasonal or could brides choose this mix all year round?

I think you could choose this all year round, winter doesn't have to be all greys and whites!

Which Shropshire Petals products would you use to create your perfect confetti shot? 

I like the Shropshire Box especially with a mix like this. The large petals look beautiful on the top of the cones and, as a bonus, you can aim at the bride and groom pretty well to!

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The Shropshire Box is a favourite for Helena 

If you could choose anywhere in the world to have your confetti moment, where would it be and why?? 

Its rainy and grey today so im tempted to say a hot tropical beach somewhere but Im very traditional so a lovely little church on a summers day would be perfect for me.

Do you have any tips for brides to be who are hoping to create the perfect confetti shot?

The more confetti you have the better ‘shower’ you will get. Having someone organise handing out the confetti is also a great idea.

Love as always, Helena - SP x x 


14/10/2014  |  Candyfloss confetti canon!

The SP team have recently exhibited at the Autumn National Wedding Shows at the NEC in Birmingham and Manchester Central.

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We love exhibiting at The National Wedding Shows and talking to all of the brides to be about all things wedding! As well as exhibiting at the shows a few of our products have made their way onto one of the highlights of the show - the bridal catwalk!

Last years Autumn National Wedding Shows featured SP wheat sheaves as the models bouquets on the catwalk.

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In Spring 2014 our pink 'Blush' confetti made an appearance on the bridal catwalk in gorgeous glass fish bowls.

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This Autumn, SP 'candyfloss' natural petal confetti was the chosen colour for the confetti canon in the finale of the catwalk.

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The confetti canon showered the models and the catwalk with pretty pink petals!

We were all so proud to see our confetti on the catwalk!

Love as always, SP x x 


10/10/2014  |  Jess' perfect confetti moment

Jess is next up to let you know how she would create her perfect confetti moment. Having recently celebrated her first wedding anniversary with Jim, have they already created the perfect confetti moment??

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Using the petal mixer, Jess created a pretty mix using 'Midnight Blue', 'Lady Grey', 'Icing Sugar' and 'Daisy Daisy'.

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Jess' confetti mix 

Why have you chosen this mix of petals?

The colours in this mix conjure images of dark, frosty winter’s mornings, which I love! Nothing better than waking up to fields covered in a heavy frost and that dark moody morning sky. I just love going out into the morning and seeing your breath and feeling that crunch beneath your feet. Plus it really makes you appreciate a good fire and hot drink when you get back in!

Do you think your confetti mix is seasonal or could brides choose this mix all year round?

I think that this is quite a wintery mix, however a bride is always right and if she wants these colours any other time of the year then why not!

If you could choose anywhere in the world to have your confetti moment, where would it be and why?? (Think outside the box!)

Well I think I am supposed to say that I have already had my perfect confetti moment, which was when I married Jim! We had a lovely hot summer’s day wedding and of course we had massive amounts of confetti of every single colour we have in our range!

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Jess and Jim's perfect confetti moment! 

Which Shropshire Petals products would you use to create your perfect confetti shot? 

Well I am a great fan of our confetti basket, I just love taking a great big handful of confetti and throwing it all over the bride and groom!

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Jess is a big fan of The Confetti Basket 

Do you have any tips for brides to be who are hoping to create the perfect confetti shot?

The more the merrier I say! Lots of confetti and someone nice and bossy to organize the confetti shot. I think guests lining a path way or making a tunnel for the new Mr & Mrs to walk through always works and you get a lovely confetti moment. Some of the nicest photo we had of our wedding were as we walked down the church path getting covered in petals.

Love as always, Jess - SP x x


7/10/2014  |  Helena's top 3 stands at The National Wedding Show in Birmingham

Helena headed to The National Wedding Show at the NEC in Birmingham over the weekend and she's written a blog about her favourite exhibits.... 

This weekend I’ve been at the national wedding show in Birmingham, and what a busy weekend it was!  Even so I managed to find a little time to have a good wander about to spot my 3 favourite finds of this year’s show.

From cocktail bars in mini vans to twinkling golden trees to set a romantic scene, this year’s show had it all.

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But, although fantastic, these haven’t quite made my top 3.

Number three is ‘Honey bees Vintage teas’, a family run company that provides beautiful vintage china and accessories “bringing a touch of quintessential English country garden to your table.”

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Honey Bees Vintage Teas 

What a beautiful stand, I love the vintage trunk! Make sure you visit the Honey Bees Vintage Teas website!

In second place is the fantastic ice cream tricycle of ‘Lees ice dreams’. Here’s Lee with his traditional ice cream tricycle!

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Lees Ice Dreams 

Not only does this have the lovely vintage feel, but it’s a bicycle… full of ice cream!  Oh, and like us here at Shropshire petals, it’s completely eco-friendly, no power source needed! Don't forget to visit Lees Ice Dreams Website!

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Coming in at number 1 and not remotely contested by the ladies of Shropshire petals, Joe Seager, the singer songwriter who serenaded our stand (he was opposite ours) with a beautiful collection of covers and his own songs.

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Joe Seagar 

And we even managed to get a free CD! I suggest you have a listen to some of his songs on Joe Seagars website!

Love as always, Helena - SP x x 


3/10/2014  |  A new mix for October

October, October, where did you come from?!

We've got a beautiful mix for October of Dark pink 'Raspberry Fool' delphinium petals, vintage grey 'Lady Grey' delphinium petals, Ivory 'Icing Sugar' delphinium petals and dark pink 'Damson Wine' rose petals. 

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The mix of the month for October is perfect if you want to add some pretty pink to your big day!  

Take advantage of our special offers and get 5 litres of the mix of the month for £60. 5 litres will give you 50 handfuls of pretty petals! 

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October mix of the month 

The dark pink berry colours in this mix make it the perfect confetti for an Autumn wedding.

Love as always, SP x x 


30/09/2014  |  SP are on the road again!

Harvest is over and Autumn has arrived which means it's time for the Autumn wedding shows! The team will be packing up lots of petals and travelling around the country to meet lots of lovely brides.

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SP on the road! 

This Autumn, Shropshire Petals will be exhibiting at three wedding shows; The National Wedding Shows in Birmingham and Manchester and The Scottish Wedding Show in Glasgow

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First up is The National Wedding Show, Birmingham. The team will be exhibiting from Friday 3rd October until Sunday 5th October at the NEC in Birmingham. We're on stand C55 so make sure you come and visit us for some expert confetti advice and your free sample of confetti!

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Jim and Jess at The National Wedding Show in Spring

Find out how the team get on at the shows and keep up to date with where we will be exhibiting by visiting our 'On The Road' section on the website.

Love as always, SP x x 


26/09/2014  |  Autumn petals

Autumn weddings take on rich warm tones which we love here at SP so we thought we would sit down with a cuppa, and have a look at the rich colours of this understated season and share a few of our favourite Autumnal confetti mixes with you.

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Why not go for one of our recommended delphinium and wildflower mixes like  'Chocolate Sunrise' or 'Pinch of Plum'. The warm hues in these mixes are perfect to complement an Autumn wedding colour scheme.  Create your own Autumn inspired confetti mix using our beautiful Autumnal coloured petals 'Damson Wine', 'Clementine', 'Aubergine', 'Envy' and 'Mellow meadow'. We've done the hard work for you and created a few....

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Display your Autumn mix of confetti in some green floral embossed cones in The Shropshire Box. The perfect way to make sure all of your guests have lots of confetti to throw high in the air!

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Autumn Shropshire box 

Our Autumnal confetti will help you to create that perfect confetti shot just like this beautiful photo sent in by the lovely Rachel.

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A beautiful Autumn confetti shot 

Don't forget to send us your pics! We love seeing all of your stunning confetti photos and will enter them into our next competition. 

Love as always, SP x x 


24/09/2014  |  Autumn wedding ideas

As we leave the warm summer days behind we have the beautiful season of Autumn to look forward to.

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We know Autumn has arrived when the leaves start turning from green to brown and we swap our t-shirts for wooly jumpers in the petal shed!

Our Autumn wedding Pinterest board is full of our favourite ideas to inspire our Autumn brides!

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We thought we'd look a little closer at some of the pins.... 

Wheat is the perfect accessory for an Autumn wedding! Create some simple yet stunning name places with a sprig of wheat and a pretty name tag.


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We love flowers in rich Autumnal tones for an Autumn wedding. Why not use them throughout your big day? They look gorgeous in a simple bridal hairstyle. 

Customise our wheat sheaves with Autumn flowers that match your colour scheme to create the perfect Autumn bouquet.

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Hang a lovely wheat wreath on the door of your church or venue to greet your guests when they arrive.

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Create a magical Autumn walkway for you and your guests to walk through using Autumn leaves and pumpkins.

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We hope these ideas have inspired those of you planning an Autumn wedding.

Love as always, SP x x 


19/09/2014  |  Katie's perfect confetti moment!

Katie spills the beans about her perfect confetti moment...

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Using the petal mixer, Katie created a mix using 'Bluebird', 'Midnight Blue' and 'Cerise'.

Why have you chosen this mix of petals?

Because I couldn’t tell you the mix that I actually want - that’s top secret! So I’ve chosen a mix that’s bright, bold and beautiful.

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Katie's confetti mix 

Do you think your confetti mix is seasonal or could brides choose this mix all year round?

All year round, it adds bold colour to a winter wedding and will catch the light well for a fab summer wedding shot.

Which Shropshire Petals products would you use to create your perfect confetti shot? 

The Shropshire Box. I think I’d buy 2 boxes; one with green cones and one with purple. I’d then alternate the cones between both boxes – I love mixing colours up.

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Katie's a fan of the Shropshire Box 

If you could choose anywhere in the world to have your confetti moment, where would it be and why?? (think outside the box!)

I’d like to set off in a hot air balloon after the wedding at sunset, throwing petals down and showering the guests in confetti. Why should the guests have all the fun!?

Do you have any tips for brides to be who are hoping to create the perfect confetti shot?

Relax, smile and enjoy! If you enjoy it, it will be perfect and the photographer will capture that. It’s by far the best photo for your thank you cards.

Love as always, Katie - SP x x 


16/09/2014  |  Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival is a celebration that takes place to give thanks for a successful harvest with celebrations taking place worldwide on, or near, the Sunday of the Harvest Moon.

Harvest festival has been celebrated since Pagan times in the UK with celebrations including singing, praying and displaying harvested produce.

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Harvesting wheat at SP

With Harvest Festival just around the corner we thought we would give you some decorative ideas!

Wheat is a very popular decoration for Harvest Festival and we've got some wonderful wheat sheaves and wheat wreaths that are perfect for the occasion!

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Wheat wreath and wheat sheaves 

Hang a wheat wreath on the door and decorate the venue with wheat sheaves which are available in 3 different sizes. You can choose a plain wheat sheaf, a lavender wheat sheaf,  or a thistle wheat sheaf. There's a wheat sheaf for everyone!

Have a go at creating your own wonderful wheat decorations with our bearded wheat and wheat bunches.

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Bearded wheat and wheat bunches 

Lots of decorations for your Harvest festival!

Love as always, SP x x 


12/09/2014  |  Marvellous Marjoram!

We use marvellous marjoram in our gorgeous plummy mix 'Pinch of Plum', which is the perfect confetti combo for an Autumn themed wedding.

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Did you know that Marjoram is also known as 'Joy of the mountain'? Marjoram was used by the Greeks to make beautiful bridal wreaths to symbolise love, honour and happiness. Which makes it the perfect  petal for showering newlyweds with!

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Use the pick and mix feature on the website to create your own confetti mix using 'pinch of plum'.

Love as always, SP x x


9/09/2014  |  Dawn's perfect confetti moment

The SP team are all confetti experts so i thought it was about time that they spilled the beans about their favourite confetti mix!

First up is Dawn! 

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Using the petal mixer Dawn created her chosen mix of 'Icing Sugar', 'Honey b' and 'Black Tie'

Why have you chosen this mix of petals?

When we married in 1972, very hippy era, I wore a black velvet liberty trouser suite with a puffy blouse the same colour as honey b, and a black velvet hat

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Dawn's unique confetti mix

Do you think your confetti mix is seasonal or could brides choose this mix all year round?

I consider this to be personal preference, not everyone’s choice. However I think it is a good choice for winter weddings.

If you could choose anywhere in the world to have your confetti moment, where would it be and why?? (think outside the box!)

Along the Appian way in Rome. It’s the only cobbled Roman road remaining. We both love history and Rome. It has olive trees growing alongside the road with glorious open country views, peaceful surroundings, except for the wild life.

Which Shropshire Petals products would you use to create your perfect confetti shot?

Probably the flower girl basket, so a small number of people can scatter them over us as we walk along the road, just like the Romans did. Claudius had this road commissioned to show Rome’s wealth and opulence as visiting dignitaries approached the capital.

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Do you have any tips for brides to be who are hoping to create the perfect confetti shot?

Just go with the flow enjoy every moment, the more natural the shot the better the outcome.

Love as always, Dawn - SP x x 


5/09/2014  |  Time to announce the winner!

We really have been amazed by the number of beautiful confetti photos that you lovely lot have been sending in! You've made the job of choosing a winner a very difficult one because we love them all!

We've teamed up with our friends at 'The Wedding Tree Company' to give away a prize that will last for a lifetime! The lucky winner will win 'One Love' an amazing piece of personalised art. Using words associated with love and relationships, which are then engraved into a beautiful piece of English Oak.

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One Love

Thank you so much to everyone who sent in their gorgeous confetti photos!

A huge congratulations to Alex and James Brennan who sent in this brilliant photo of their confetti moment. We love how many petals you're about to be showered with!

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The winning photo! 

We had a record amount of confetti snaps entered into our competition, with over 200 gorgeous photo's sent in! So we've awarded 2nd and 3rd place...

In 2nd place is this amazing photo sent in by Penny. The rain didn't stop you from having your perfect confetti moment!

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2nd place 

In 3rd place is this lovely confetti snap sent in by Cathy - such beautiful colours! 

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3rd place 

With so many photos sent in the fun doesn't stop there! We've chosen a few more of our favourite shots....

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The Runners up 

Thank you again for sending in all of your beautiful photos! 

We will be launching a new confetti photo competition soon so don't worry if you missed out on this one. Keep uploading your photos to the Shropshire Petals Facebook page or send us your pics through the Shropshire Petals website, we love seeing them and will enter them all into our next competition.

Love as always, SP x x 


2/09/2014  |  An Autumn inspired mix of the month for September

Yes, it really is time for a new mix of the month! We can't believe it either!

Introducing our brand new mix of the month for September which combines 'Black Tie' cornflower petals, 'Pinch of Plum' cream delphinium petals with marjoram, burnt orange 'Clementine' and dark purple 'Aubergine' rose petals.

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A new mix for September 

If you're planning an Autumn wedding, this months mix is a must!

The beautiful warm colours in this cofetti mix will complement an Autumn themed wedding perfectly!

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Green confetti cones 

The confetti mix for September looks great in our green confetti cones.

Why not go for the Bo Peep Basket with green cones? A beautiful way to display your confetti - every guest has a cone to ensure you get showered with petals to create the perfect photo!

Love as always, SP x x 


29/08/2014  |  Introducing Mellow Meadow!

We've added a pinch of Alchemilla Mollis to our 'Icing Sugar' delphinium petals to create a new mix called 'Mellow Meadow'.

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Mellow Meadow 

A mellow natural mix just in time for Autumn weddings!

Use the pick and mix feature on the website to create your unique mix using mellow meadow. We've had a go at creating a few...

Choose a similar coloured petal like the 'Envy' hydrangea petal to mix with 'Mellow Meadow' to create this nature inspired confetti mix.

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A nature inspired mix 

Or why not add some contrasting petals like these large 'Damson Wine' rose petals to create a pretty Autumn mix, 

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Perfect for an Autumn wedding! 

Create a pretty pink woodland chic confetti mix by adding some 'Raspberry Fool' delphinium petals.

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Woodland chic confetti mix 

So many new mixes to create!!

Love as always, SP x x 


26/08/2014  |  Summer at SP - a few of the best bits

Summer is drawing to an end and harvest is over here at SP for another year - but what a summer it's been!

The students have been busy picking and de-petalling the flowers to make our beautiful natural petal confetti.

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The students busy picking and de-petalling 

We had a lot of fun on the annual SP photo shoot with David Golding Photography.

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The annual SP photoshoot 

The SP team had visits from ITV, BBC Midlands today and BBC Radio Shropshire!

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Visitors from The BBc, ITV and BBC Radio Shropshire 

We also had a visit from photographer Carl Harrison who took some beautiful photos of our fields in bloom!

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Carl Harrisons beautiful photographs 

We can't believe that it's all over for another year! What a great summer it's been at Shropshire Petals!

Love as always, SP x x 


22/08/2014  |  Happy Bank Holiday!

Happy bank holiday to you all! The Petal Shed will be closed on Monday but we'll be back to business on the farm on Tuesday! 

Don't forget to enter the competition over the weekend!

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Visit The Shropshire Petals Facebook page, give us a like, and share the above post to be in with a chance of winning! 

Love as always, SP x x 


19/08/2014  |  Wildlife in the flowers

We've been very busy with harvest this summer to make sure that we've got lots of beautiful petals for our lovely customers!

While harvesting the flowers, we've noticed that we're not the only ones who love the pretty petals....

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Bumble bees 

Did you know that there are 300 different types of bumble bee and 24 of these are found in the UK. I wonder how many different bumble bees have been enjoying our flowers this summer? 

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Butterflies 

We've seen lots of butterflies fluttering around the flowers this summer and have just discovered that they taste with their feet! I wonder which flower they thought tasted the best... Candyfloss? Midnight Blue? Or perhaps Raspberry Fool!

It's so nice to see that we're not the only ones that have been enjoying the flowers!

Love as always, SP x x 


15/08/2014  |  Alternative uses for confetti: Part 2 - How to create a petal path

Shropshire Petals natural petal confetti is perfect for throwing, but the pretty petals also have other uses. A few weeks ago I told you all about how to use petals as table decorations in the Alternative uses for confetti: Part 1 - table decorations.

Today's blog is all about another alternative use for our natural petals: how to create a beautiful petal path.

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Pretty petal path 

Step 1: Use our confetti calculator to help you to work out how many litres of petals you will need. 

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Confetti calculator 

Step 2: When you know how many litres you will need it's time to choose your petals! You can choose from small delphinium petals, larger petals or why not choose a mix of the two??

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Summer nights, Delilah rose petals and Summer sky 

Step 3: Create your petal path!

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The end result is a beautiful path for the newlyweds to walk down! 

Love as always, SP x x 


12/08/2014  |  Competition countdown!

Incase you haven't already heard, Shropshire Petals have teamed up with The Wedding Tree Company for our current competition to give away a beautiful handmade prize that will last for a lifetime! 

'One Love' is an amazing piece of personalised art using words associated with love and relationships which are engraved into a beautiful piece of English Oak. 

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The Prize! 

With space for up to one hundred and fifty characters of personalised text at the bottom, you can leave as much or as little a message as you like.

At the end of August the SP team will be sitting down with all of your gorgeous confetti shots to choose a winner. With so many great entries this will be a hard decision!

Here's a reminder of the winning photo from our Talulah Truffles competition.

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The winning photo from our last competition

Don't worry if you haven't sent in your photo's yet - there's still time! Simply send us your pics through The Shropshire Petals website, or upload them onto our The Shropshire Petals Facebook page.

Good luck to everyone who has entered the competition! We can't wait to look through all of your confetti shots and choose a winner!

Love as always, SP x x 


8/08/2014  |  The annual SP photoshoot

The fields are in bloom and harvest is in full swing which meant one thing - time for the annual SP photo shoot!

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Last week the SP team put on their best frocks and spent the day with David and Lois from David Golding Wedding Photography. 

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We were also lucky enough to be joined by the lovely Dawn from 'Memories of Vintage' who brought along some gorgeous vintage props.

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Inga from 'Shropshire Weddings' popped by and brought her amazing car. 

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As well as our wonderful guests we were baked some beautiful wedding cupcakes by Annabel from 'The cake box'

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They looked so good that we just had to try them.... and they were very yummy!!

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We can't wait to get the photos and we will be sure to share them with you when we do!

Love as always, SP x x 



5/08/2014  |  A pretty mix of the month for August

Hello August! It's a new month which means it's time for a new confetti mix!

The mix of the month for July has been very popular, and we've no doubt that this lovely mix for August will be too!

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Mix of the month 

The mix of the month for August is a combination of light pink 'Candyfloss' and ivory 'Icing Sugar' delphinium petals with light green 'Envy' hydrangea petals.

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Larkspur 

 

The fields are blooming with light pink and white larkspur which we use to create our Icing sugar and candyfloss natural petal confetti, which makes this mix very appropriate!

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Love as always, SP x x 


1/08/2014  |  ITV visit SP!

Earlier on in the week I blogged about our very exciting visit from BBC Midlands Today....they aren't the only ones who have popped in to SP to admire our lovely flowers!

Lucy Kite from ITV paid the SP team a visit to find out all about how we produce our natural petal confetti.

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ITV presenter Lucy admiring the flowers! 

Lucy had a chat with Katie in the field to find out all about the history of SP and how we grow our beautiful larkspur that we use for our natural petal confetti.

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Maris the dog wanted to get involved with the action! 

Lucy had the opportunity to talk to the girls while they were busy picking the flowers.

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Lucy chats to the students 

Once they'd learned all about the best techniques for picking the larkspur we headed down to the farm to see the students who were busy de-petalling and see the finished product!

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Lucy loved our Shropshire box! 

They couldn't have chosen a better day to visit - the sun was shining and the fields were looking their very best! 

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The field looking blooming lovely!! 

Make sure you tune into ITV this evening from 6 O'clock to see Shropshire Petals! 

Love as always, SP x x 


30/07/2014  |  The BBC visit SP!

We had some very exciting guests at SP yesterday!

The lovely Nicola from BBC Midlands today spent the day here getting to know the SP team and finding out all about how we produce natural petal confetti and why we think it's so blooming lovely!

They chatted to the students while they were busy de-petalling and spent some time with Jo in the petal shed learning all about the different products that we offer.

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They then headed upto the fields to interview Jim and Katie about how we produce our beautiful petals!

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We were live on BBC 1 at 6.30 yesterday evening, but don't worry if you missed us, you can catch up on BBC iplayer

Love as always, SP x x


25/07/2014  |  Fun in the field!

The sun's been shining all week at Shropshire Petals so we popped up to the field to take some photos of the flowers in bloom.

Emily, Alice, Oscar, Archie and Will came along to help!  

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Even Maris the spaniel wanted to get involved with the photos! 

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What better place to have a confetti shot than in the field where the petals are grown...

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We grow, you throw!

Love as always, SP x x 


22/07/2014  |  Megan's first few weeks at SP

In my first week with SP I began by learning how to do the post and pack orders ready to be sent on their way. 

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 Later in the week I lent a helping hand in the depetalling shed.

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After a couple of hours the end product showed that hard work really does pay off.

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Meanwhile up in the field harvest was in full motion....

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The flowers would soon be dried and ready to become natural petal confetti!

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Love as always, SP x x


18/07/2014  |  Harvest begins at SP

Well isn't this weather just beautiful?!

The sunshine has made our flowers bloom and don't they look fabulous!

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The students have been busy picking lots of crates of our lovely larkspur.

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Jo couldn't resist the sunshine this afternoon so popped upto the fields to try her hand at picking.

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We aren't the only ones who are enjoying the flowers, the bees seem to love them!

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Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Love as always, SP x x 


16/07/2014  |  A summer wedding

If you're planning a summer wedding then look no further than Shropshire Petals for lots of inspiration!

Whenever we think of a summer wedding we always think of colour - and lots of it! Add colour to your wedding with our beautiful petals.

'Kaleidoscope' natural petal confetti is made up of lots of different colours which makes it the perfect throwing confetti for a colourful summer wedding.

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Colourful Kaleidoscope 

 

Or why not create a confetti bar for your guests so that they can pick and mix their own confetti?

 

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Confetti bar 

Confeti baskets and confetti pails are the perfect summery accessories for flower girls and bridesmaids!

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Confetti baskets and pails 

Scatter some pretty petals around a floral centre piece to create colourful tables.

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If you're a Pinterest fan have a look at our 'Summer wedding' pinterest board for some great inspiration.

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Summer wedding Pinterest board 

If you're planning a summer wedding - make sure you don't forget the petals!

Love as always, SP x x 


11/07/2014  |  Lovely larkspur

The flower for July is the lovely larkspur, which looks amazing blooming in our fields! Larkspur is an annual version of delphinium, an all-time favorite perennial.

Larkspur produces lovely spikes of blue, purple, pink, or white flowers in spring and summer.

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Larkspur 

 

This beautiful flower is  used to make the majority of our throwing confetti like the beautiful 'Amethyst' and 'Summer nights' natural petal confetti.

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Larkspur keeps its colour beautifully when dried and floats slowly to the ground to give you the perfect confetti moment!

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The perfect confetti moment 

If you’re getting married this July, don't forget to include the lovely larkspur in your celebrations.

Grab a handful of natural petal confetti and just throw it!! 

Love as always, SP x x 


8/07/2014  |  The SP garden is blooming!

The fields are in bloom and we are very pleased to report that so is The SP garden!

A few months ago the SP garden looked something like this.... 

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The SP garden in March 

This afternoon the SP garden looked very different!

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The SP garden in July 

Jess, Jo, Katie and Dawn have been busy taking care of the SP garden so are very pleased to see some life in the garden!

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The  flowers in bloom! 

We've managed to transform some old tyres and water troughs and have even got an insect hotel to attract some wildlife!

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Insects welcome! 

The SP garden provides a great place for a quick cuppa or some lunch in the sunshine! 

Love as always, SP x x 


4/07/2014  |  Happy Anniversary Jim and Jess!

Can you believe it's been a year since Jim and Jess tied the knot?! 

This time last year everyone was busy getting ready for the big day on the 6th July, and what a beautiful day it was!

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Lets have a look at what they've been upto here at SP over the last year.....

Just after the wedding was SP's annual photo shoot which featured lots of photos of the new Mr and Mrs Shropshire Petals!

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Later on in the summer, Christine Bleakely and her team from ITV visited us at SP to get some footage for their "Off the beaten track" series.

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In January the SP team headed down to London for the Wedding Ideas awards ceremony. We were nominated for an award in the 'special touches' category.

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This Spring, Shropshire Petals have been very busy attending lots of wedding shows all over the Country.

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It's been a busy year for Mr and Mrs SP!

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Happy Anniversary Jim and Jess!

Love as always, SP x x 

 

 


1/07/2014  |  July mix of the month

Can you believe we're in July already?! A new month means a new mix of the month!

Our mix of the month for July is a pretty pink and purple confetti mix. 

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Mix of the month 

Light pink 'Candyfloss' and dark blue 'Midnight blue' delphinium petals are mixed with lilac 'Wisteria' hydrangea petals to create this pretty mix.

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Take advantage of our 2 Shropshire boxes for £75 offer with this summery mix.

Love as always, SP x x 


27/06/2014  |  Hannah guest blogs for SP

My work experience at Shropshire Petals 

On my first busy day I was given a tour around and introduced to the team. I helped to organize the post and make some lovely samples as well as assisting with the orders coming through. 

Luckily for me, the weather has been very sunny so I've been up to the fields here to see the flowers and wheat that goes into the confetti and wheat sheaves.

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I was given the opportunity to create my own mix of throwing confetti using the delphiniums and wild flowers and the larger petals for a vintage theme. After a long time pondering over colours on the pick and mix section in the SP website,  I decided to go with the  popular raspberry fool petals, the lady grey petals and damson wine rose petals. I think they match together very well and would make some great throwing confetti for a pink and grey wedding. I mixed it up and took some photographs to show off my project in my work experience diary. 

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Near the end of the project, I created an exciting pinterest board on the SP profile, so gathered together some of the best photos I took, and some beautiful pictures of pink and grey weddings, using them together to promote my throwing confetti mix. 

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If you're looking for inspiration for your own confetti mix, take a look at our Pinterest page! 

Love as always, SP XX


24/06/2014  |  Alternative uses for confetti: Part 1 - Table decorations

Here at SP we love nothing more than throwing lots of confetti around! Lots of our lovely customers have sent in their confetti photos and it's clear to see that you all do too!

Have you ever thought about what else our beautiful petals can be used for?? I'm going to tell you all about alternative uses for confetti, starting with table decorations.

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A scattering of petals 

Small and large petals look great scattered on a table. We've used a multi-coloured delphinium and wildflower mix of 'Kaleidoscope' and Some larger rose petals in 'Cerise' and 'Golden Slumber'.

Scatter them around a centre piece of flowers using either matching or contrasting colours for a simple, colourful table!

Alternatively, you could use petals as your centrepiece.

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Wisteria and Lady in red candle centrepieces 

Make a stunning candle centrepiece by popping the candle in a fish bowl and surrounding it with large petals like our lilac 'Wisteria' hydrangea petals and our 'Lady in red' rose petals. Why not add some matching ribbon?

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Petals  in jars and fish bowls!

We've popped some lilac 'Wisteria' hydrangea petals in a jar and scattered our 'My Fair Lady' large and small petal mix around the jar - perfect for a purple colour scheme!

Or go for our light pink 'Promise' rose petals in a small fish bowl for a delicate pretty pink centre piece!

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Confetti heart 

Why not have a confetti heart as the centre piece for your tables?? Our pastel 'Summer Nights' mix makes a beautiful confetti heart - perfect for a summer wedding!

Love as always, SP x x 


20/06/2014  |  Summer Nights

Tomorrow is the longest day of the year, also known as the Summer Solstice, which marks the first day of the summer season in the Northern hemisphere.

Summer officially begins tomorrow, which means long summer days, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate our 'Summer Nights' natural petal confetti mix! 

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Summer Nights

Summer nights is a mix of 3 delphinium petals; pale pink 'Candyfloss', pale blue 'Frosted Blue' and ivory 'Icing Sugar'.

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Throw this beautiful confetti high in the air, or why not scatter some on your tables?

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A beautiful pastel mix of confetti - perfect for any summer wedding!

Love as always, SP x x 


17/06/2014  |  Calendula and cornflowers

Jess and Jo popped up to the fields last week to pick the first calendula and cornflowers.

Friday's blog was all about picking and de-petalling. Today you can see the beautiful end product.... 

The bright orange calendula petals, which we call 'Ginger snap', looks great on its own or in our 'Orange Blossom' recommended delphinium and wildflower mix. 

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The sunshine yellow calendula petals will be ready to use as 'Honey'b' confetti which we also use in our 'Sunshine Kisses' recommended mix. 

These beautiful orange and yellow petals are perfect for a summer wedding! 

Our blue cornflower petals, which we call 'Bluebird', are also used in our very popular 'Something Blue' mix. Could this pretty natural petal confetti mix be your something blue?! 

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The dark purple cornflowers dry almost black and are appropriately named 'Black Tie' which we use in our 'Tuxedo' black and white recommended delphinium and wildflower mix - perfect for a black and white wedding!

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From field, to farm, to a handful of confetti - now you know how our wonderful confetti is produced!

We grow, you throw!

Love as always, SP x x 


13/06/2014  |  The first flowers

We're very excited to see how well all of our flowers are doing. Not long now until they will be ready to pick, de-petal and start their new life as our wonderful natural petal confetti!

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Jess and Jo popped up to one of the fields earlier on in the week to see how all of the flowers are getting on.

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It was great to see how much the plants have grown! We were even able to pick the first calendula and cornflowers.

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A yellow calendula and a blue cornflower 

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Picking the first flowers 

Unfortunately, while we were busy picking flowers we got caught in an enormous rain storm! It was worth it though as we were able to take the flowers back down to the farm where we de-petalled them ready to become our wonderful confetti! 

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Dawn and Jess busy de-petalling! 

Very soon our fields will be blooming and there will be lots of flowers to de-petal! We'll be sure to take lots of pictures!

Love as always, SP x x 


10/06/2014  |  The month of the rose

Did you know that the flower for June is the rose? The rose has to be the most romantic flower of them all and over the years has stood as a symbol of love, beauty, war and even as an emblem of England.

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The Tudor Rose made out of roses!  

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We love roses here at SP and have a range of beautiful dried rose petals, which you can find in our 'larger petals' range, in lots of different colours like our light pink 'Promise' rose petals and mauve 'Delilah' rose petals. If you're looking for something brighter why not go for yellow 'Golden Slumber' rose petals or bright pink 'Cerise' rose petals. There's a colour for every theme!

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Mix some large rose petals with smaller petals to create beautiful throwing confetti or use rose petals to decorate your tables.

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Cerise and Lady in Red rose petals 

Don't you think our 'Lady in red' rose petals look stunning around the bottom of a candle? An easy, beautiful centre piece! 

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Pink 'Cerise' and yellow 'Golden Slumber' rose petals brighten up a white table cloth 

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Light pink 'Promise' rose petals look beautiful as a table centrepiece

We also specialise in cream dried rose heads which look great in our wheat sheaves.

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The rose is the flower for June, so of course we've included some beautiful light pink 'Promise' rose petals in our mix of the month for June!

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June mix of the month 

The rose is the most romantic flower, making it the perfect flower to include in your big day!

Love as always, SP x x


6/06/2014  |  A country chic wedding

If you're planning a country themed wedding then look no further than Shropshire Petals for some wonderful inspiration!

Shropshire Petal's confetti is 100% natural so it biodegrades in a few days which is perfect of you're getting married in a little country church, a barn or if you're brave, outside!  

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Pick and mix to make your perfect country wedding confetti.

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Add a touch of country to your tables with our beautiful wheat sheaves.

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Add cream roses and lavender to your wheat sheaf to make a stunning centre piece or bouquet.

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Get creative with your table plan...

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No countryside wedding is complete without some photos with some wellies in.....

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and lots of confetti!!  

 

Love as always, SP x x 


3/06/2014  |  A summery mix for June

Can you believe that we're in June already?! Which means one thing....Summer!!

So this month we've chosen a beautiful summer confetti mix - perfect for a summer wedding!

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Mix of the month 

The mix of the month for June combines light pink 'Candyfloss' petals and light blue 'Frosted Blue' florets with golden yellow  'Honey'b' marigold petals, light pink 'Promise' rose petals and light blue 'Duck Egg' hydrangea petals.

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A summery confetti mix for June 

If you're planning a summer wedding make sure you don't miss out on this colourful mix! 

The June mix of the month is available with our Confetti basket package which comes with a whopping 50 handfuls of beautiful petals!

Love as always, SP x x 


30/05/2014  |  Wedding shows Spring 2014 - Shropshire Petals best bits!

This Spring the SP team have been travelling up and down the country exhibiting at regional and national wedding shows.

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Jess and Jim with the lovely Shropshire Petals exhibit 

The team have exhibited at 9 wedding shows, met lots of lovely brides-to-be and exhibitors and given out loads of free samples! We all had a lot of fun exhibiting at the shows....

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Emma, Jo and Katie couldn't resist the photo booth! 

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Goody bags and balloon crowns at The National Wedding Shows 

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Sweeties and SP coloured nail varnish! 

Our 'Blush' natural petal confetti stole the show on the catwalk at The National wedding shows in Manchester, London and Birmingham. Maybe fishbowls are the new trend!

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Confetti on the catwalk 

Jim was interviewed for "The Bride de Force" You tube Channel, "The National Wedding Show 2014: Our best bits". We were delighted to be featured as one of their favourite stands at The National Wedding Show, Olympia, London.

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Jim being interviewed for Bride de Force 

Don't worry if you missed us at the Spring wedding shows as SP will be exhibiting at wedding shows this Autumn. Have a look at our 'On the road' section to find out where we'll be and when!

Love as always, SP x x 


27/05/2014  |  Green with envy

Did you know that the birthstone for May is Emerald? 

As May is all about this beautiful green stone, we thought it was the perfect time to tell you about our 'Envy' hydrangea petals.

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Envy 

Why not use our 'pick and mix' feature to mix your perfect confetti to make your guests green with envy!! 

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Pick and mix

Our green 'Envy' hydrangea petals look great in our confetti cones. Why not go for 'The Shropshire box' with green confetti cones and 'Enchanted woods' natural petal confetti??

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White and green confetti cones 

'Envy' looks great in contrasting blue cones in 'The Bo Peep basket'  or in our silver  'confetti pail' ready for your guests to grab a handful and throw!

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The Bo Peep basket and The Confetti Pail 

If you're looking for inspiration for a green wedding theme, have a look at our 'green with envy' Pinterest page which has some great ideas. 

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Love as always, SP x x 


23/05/2014  |  Guest blog - DIY confetti bags

Gemma has written a guest blog for SP all about how she made her personalised confetti bags..... 

The prospect of making things myself for our wedding in September really excited me and Pinterest provided a lot of inspiration.

My first project was to make some confetti bags for my guests to use after we are married. The idea on Pinterest lead to the actual project, which was on a site called b.loved weddings.

Ocean Mist throwing confetti from Shropshire Petals, 61mm x 92mm glassine bags, scissors, Pritt Stick and diy labels.

I purchased the glassine envelopes from Ebay and was lucky enough to be gifted with my confetti for my project from a local company called Shropshire Petals who grow their own petals for confetti.

When Simon created the labels for me, I loved them! I needed to make 19 little bags for my guests.

I had a fab time making the confetti bags and it felt good knowing that I was putting a personal touch into something that would be used by our guests on our big day.


I was initially sent some samples from Shropshire Petals relating to our purple and ivory colour scheme. We chose Ocean Mist from the samples as we loved the colouring and thought it was aptly named considering we are getting married abroad, by the sea.

The petal confetti is completely natural, biodegradable and eco-friendly. On The Shropshire Petals website you can choose your packaging, including confetti baskets, pails and individual sachets and then choose your confetti using the 'pick and mix' feature.

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We were sent 2 litres of Ocean Mist throwing confetti which provides enough for approximately 20 handfuls or enough to scatter on 20 tables. It comes in a cream 1 litre bag with a cream satin ribbon (I thought the packaging was lovely with its little ribbon and see-through window). 1 litre of Ocean Mist throwing confetti is £11.25 and we were sent 2 litres which in total would have cost us £22.50.

I didn't use all of the confetti to fill my confetti bags so will use this for aisle petals or table decorations. They have lots of inspirational ideas on their website, as well as help and advice in relation to the petals that they sell; you can also order some free samples so you can get a feel for some of the petals before you place an order.



Gemma's confetti bags

How to make the confetti bags:

1 - Take a little glassine envelope.
2 - Fill it up with the confetti but make sure that you can still fold the top section over.
3 - Take a label and glue all around the edges. Position it nicely over the envelope so you have half over the front and the same or less at the back.

They were really easy to make and I'm so happy with the results. They will be placed on our order of the day cards which will be waiting for our guests at the ceremony as they take their seats.

I was initially interested in Shropshire Petals natural throwing confetti anyway and was looking at the website for some time, I liked that the company was local, the petals were grown locally by the company themselves and that the confetti was a little different to the usual paper confetti you get, aswell as the petals being natural, biodegradable and eco-friendly. 

Thanks so much for reading!

Gemma XxOo

20/05/2014  |  A bit about The Wedding Tree company

As you will all know, our latest confetti photo competition is underway and with plenty of amazing entries so far, the winner will truly deserve the amazing prize from The Wedding Company. 

We thought you would like to find out a bit more about The Wedding Tree company so Jen has been busy writing away for the blog....

We are Mr & Mrs Ford. Richard and Jennifer, along with our 3 year old daughter Ava-Grace, the family behind ‘The wedding Tree’. Richard is a hearty tradesman with big hands and an accurate eye for joinery. I am a primary school teacher with ever changing hair colour and a love of art.

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Jen and Rich on their wedding day, The mini drop top box, one of the wedding tree company's lovely products!  

Richard has been successfully running his own joinery business for the last 7 years, carrying out bespoke furniture commissions and domestic joinery. On the lead up to our own wedding, in August 2012, I kept Richard busy making wooden props to personalise our own special day, as I was having very little luck sourcing the items I had conjured up in my head.

This is when the light bulb went on in Richard’s head, ‘this is a business’ he chirped down the phone to me. And so it began, after a relaxing honeymoon it was time to hit the ground running, we have now been branching out in the world of weddings as The Wedding Tree Company for the last 18 months.

The Wedding Tree range is an exciting and innovative part of the ever growing BspOak Ltd, offering bespoke and totally personalised wooden wedding props, venue accessories and keepsakes. 

Check out the Wedding Tree Company's website, like The Wedding Tree Company on Facebook and don't forget to follow them on Twitter

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'One Love'

Find out how to be in with a chance to win 'One Love' by visiting The 'Competitions' section on the website, or on our Facebook page or visit the competition blog.

Good Luck!

Love as always. SP x x 


16/05/2014  |  How to use your confetti. Part 5 - Pick and mix

Your wedding day will be one of the best days of your life! So everything needs to perfect, from the venue, to the dress, to the food and of course, the confetti!

Our pick and mix feature means you can have the perfect confetti for your big day. 

Step 1: Choose your packaging:

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Choose your packaging! 

There are lots of different packaging options. You can choose from 1 litre of confetti, The Shropshire box, Flower girl and Confetti baskets and confetti pails

Once you've chosen your packaging, it's time to create your mix!

Can't see the colours you want in our recommended mixes? pick and mix your perfect confetti mix!

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Pick and Mix 

You can choose from delphinium and wildflower small petals and rose and hydrangea large petals to make your perfect mix!

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Small and Large petals 

Mix as many or as few colours as you want! You can choose the colours to match or contrast your colour sheme.

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Rainbow confetti and different shades of pink 

Maybe you've chosen to use seasonal colours as your colour scheme, so why not pick and mix your confetti to match the colours of the season of your wedding.

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Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter confetti 

Our confetti pick and mix feature means that you can have your own unique confetti mix for your big day!

With so many different colours to choose from their's a confetti mix for every bride!

Love as always, SP x x 



12/05/2014  |  The SP garden

The SP garden is slowly starting to look like a garden!

Each team member has been looking after their allocated area...

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The hard work is paying off as we're starting to see life in the SP garden!

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Beginning to bloom 

 

When the sun's shining, the SP garden is a great place to enjoy a cup of tea...

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Anyone for tea?? 

and a biccy!!  

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Soon the garden will be in bloom, and we can't wait! Pop back to see how all the different plants get on as we'll be blogging with updates.

Love as always, SP x x


9/05/2014  |  A ray of sunshine

We love lots of colour here at SP and summer = colour, so we're all very excited that summer is just around the corner!

Why not choose some bright sunny confetti for your summer wedding?

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'Ginger snap' and 'Honey'b' 

Our orange 'ginger snap' and yellow 'honey'b' calendula petals are the perfect petals for a summer wedding.

Mix them with our cream 'icing sugar' delphinium petals to create 'orange blossom' and 'sunshine kisses'.

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Yellow and orange rose petals 

'Golden slumber' yellow rose petals and 'clementine' burnt orange rose petals are perfect for bright throwing confetti, or scattered on tables. 

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'Pick and mix' 

Use our 'pick and mix' feature to make your unique confetti with a touch of sunshine!

Love as always, SP x x




6/05/2014  |  A pretty mix for May

Our mix of the month for May is a fun and delicate mix of 'candyfloss' and 'frosted blue' pastel delphinium petals and florets with white 'Daisy Daisy' hydrangea petals.

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Mix of the month 

An ideal confetti mix for spring and summer weddings.

This mix would look wonderful in confetti cones in our Shropshire Box or in the Flower Girl Basket which is the perfect size for your flower girl to carry. If you're having a larger wedding, why not go for our Confetti Basket which gives you 50 handfuls of confetti. 

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Confetti cones, Flower girl basket and Confetti basket

Take advantage of our 2 litres for £22 and get the May Mix of the Month in this offer until 31st May.

Love as always, SP x x 


1/05/2014  |  A prize that will last for a lifetime....

Competition time!! 

We love a good competition here at SP and it's definitely time for another one!!

Shropshire Petals have teamed up with The Wedding Tree company to give away a beautiful handmade prize that will last for a lifetime.

'One love' is an amazing piece of personalised art. Using words associated with love and relationships, which are then engraved into a beautiful piece of English Oak.

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One Love 

This personalised piece of word art will stand proud in any environment giving up its special meanings to those who stop and stare, the more you look the more you see.

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'One Love' is designed using special words that are associated with love and relationships.

With space for up to one hundred and fifty characters of personalised text at the bottom, you can leave as much or as little a message as you like. 

How do I win??

Simply like The Shropshire Petals Facebook page and upload your confetti shot and we will enter them into our competition.

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Send us your pics! 

Alternatively send us your pics and we will enter them for you. Jennifer Jarlett sent in this stunning black and white photo of their confetti moment and won some yummy Talulah truffles in our last confetti competition!

Have a look at 'One Love' on The Wedding Tree's website and don't forget to check out The Wedding Tree on Facebook

Love as always, SP x x

Competition run by Shropshire Petals in association with The Wedding Tree Company. You are providing the information to Shropshire Petals and not to Facebook.  All photos uploaded may be used by Shropshire Petals for promotional material so please get permission from the photographer and people involved in the shot.


29/04/2014  |  Wedding show trends - Spring 2014

This Spring, The SP team have been travelling up and down the Country exhibiting at lots of regional and national wedding shows.

We love finding out which products and confetti mixes are favourites among brides-to-be at each show.

Purple has been a very popular colour in the world of weddings this year, so our purple "Highland Fling" confetti mix was a popular choice.

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Highland Fling 

Our bestselling Shropshire box was very popular among brides-to-be at all of the wedding shows we attended. Everyone loved the coloured cones!

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The Shropshire Box 

Pastel colours were very sought after at the wedding shows this Spring. "Summer nights" and "Summer Sky" were favourites among brides looking for the perfect pastel confetti!

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Summer nights and Summer Sky 

Vintage colours were also a big hit among brides to be with "Lady Grey" and "Icing Sugar" mixed with "Golden Slumber" or "Candyfloss" being two of the favourite mixes.

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Vintage confetti 

Lots of brides-to-be fell in love with our lavender and all loved the idea of using it for their name places. 

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Lavender 

A simple idea that looks, and smells, amazing!

Read all about how the team got on at each show in our 'on the road' section on the website. 

Love as always, SP x x 


25/04/2014  |  How to use your confetti. Part 4 -The New Shropshire Box

The New Shropshire Box, complete with 25 floral embossed cones and enough natural petal confetti to fill, is our bestseller! The Shropshire box is an ivory dispensing box that can be used as a keepsake box tied together with a pretty satin ribbon!

White comes come as standard or you can choose your cones to match your colour scheme with the options of pink, blue, lilac and green.

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The Shropshire Box is the complete confetti package! with everything you need for 25 guests to throw a good helping of confetti

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Once you've received your Shropshire Box simply flip the insert over so it sits just below the lip of the box- it will perfectly hold the cones in place.  The insert is removable so it can be used as keepsake box for your beautiful confetti shots!

Pop your cones in the holes and fill them up with the confetti.

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You can either leave the satin bow to hang loose, or tie in a bow at the front of the box.

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Encourage your guests to grab a cone and throw!

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You'll get some beautiful confetti shots like these ones that our lovely customers have sent in! 

Love as always SP x x 


22/04/2014  |  The fields will be blooming!

The boys have been very busy in the fields over the past few weeks to make sure that we have lots of wonderful confetti!

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Soon the fields will look like this...

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Ready to be picked...

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de-petalled, and made into our beautiful natural petal confetti!

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We grow, you throw!

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Love as always, SP x x 

 



17/04/2014  |  Samantha Birch guest blogs for SP

Think confetti is just for a quick throw after you’re done with the ‘I do’s? Don’t miss out on the petal potential!

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So far I’m the author of one book: The High-Street Bride’s Guide. I’ve written about dresses, bridesmaids and cake toppers for Brides and You & Your Wedding, and regularly contribute to the likes of GLAMOUR and Love Baking.

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We nearly forgot to do our confetti shots. My husband was trying to find somewhere to put the marriage certificate and I was helping out by grinning dazedly at 100 of our family and friends. Thankfully the best man was on the ball, and ready with a reminder that the time for the painstakingly hand-packaged handfuls was now.

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Lucky, really, since I love our confetti shots – both of us bobbing and laughing as we get pelted by our nearest and dearest, and afterwards the close-ups of my hair and his all speckled with yellows and reds – but it turns out there are a whole lot more things you can do with confetti besides the traditional duck and cover, especially if you’re going for the real-petal stuff. Here are a few ways with yours…

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I love those big, round, clear, see-through balloons filled with helium – classy much? – but for a boho wedding or a softer look, add a little personal touch: a sprinkling of your own big-day confetti blend inside so you can see a layer of colour when they’re all pumped up.

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Do a Runner

If your aisle is wide enough, sprinkle your petal confetti loose along each side for the ultimate romantic run-up. If it’s narrow enough that you’re likely to kick it up in clouds or sweep it away with your dress though, you might want to adhere your petals to lengths of fabric.

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Sprinkle, Sprinkle

If tiny crystals and foil wedding bells aren’t your thing, substitute pretty petals instead of the traditional table scatter. Skip this idea if you’re eating outdoors – unless you’re in the mood for a faceful of flower every time the wind blows – but it’s a great way to bring the garden inside at hotel, orangery and village hall dos.

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A Glass Act

Going for a garden party feel, but those 100 plain glasses just don’t cut it? Time to truss up those bases. Glue petals from the edge of the base inwards in circles that overlap slightly. Voila: one glass that looks like it’s growing out of a flower!

By the Book

Stacking a few tomes for literary table centres, but want to add a bit of height and colour? Fill variously sized and shaped jars or clear glass bowls with petals in your scheme’s shades – one or two colours per jar so they don’t get too busy – and perch on ends of books with a statement table number in the middle at the top.

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What a Card

Making your own thank-you cards for maids, Mum and Dad? Get your leftover petal confetti in on the act. Cut a heart-shaped window out of the front card and line it with stiff, clear plastic, then cover the backing card with petals for a pretty peek-a-boo effect. Only a handful of petals left? Use just one or two per card and get arty with a line drawing to incorporate it: is that a balloon, or a petal your figure is holding? Is the bridesmaid you’ve drawn in ink wearing a skirt made of rose petals too?

Pretty Maids All in a Row

Let your besties keep a piece of your day with the simplest handmade necklace ever. Fill an empty mini bottle pendant with petals (bauble shapes work just as well) or go minimalist: cut into the wider end of a single petal until it’s a heart shape, and slip that inside instead.

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Samantha Birch is the author of The High-Street Bride’s Guide, published by HarperCollins on 24 April 2014. Get your copy at Amazon (link: http://smarturl.it/highstbride) or iTunes (link: http://smarturl.it/highstbrideitunes).


15/04/2014  |  A basket full of confetti!

We're very excited to launch two new SP confetti packages: The Flower Girl Basket and The Confetti Basket.

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The Flower Girl Basket and The Confetti Basket 

The Confetti Basket is the perfect confetti package for a bridesmaid measuring 32cm x W26cm x H15cm (31cm including handle).

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The Confetti Basket 

The Confetti Basket holds 5 litres of confetti, which is approximately 50 handfuls. Plenty of confetti for your guests to grab a handful....or two!!

The Flower Girl Basket is perfect for a little flower girl as it's small and light measuring L21cm xW17cm xH10cm (20cm including handle). 

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The Flower Girl Basket 

The Flower Girl basket holds 2 litres, which is approximately 20 handfuls of natural petal confetti, or 30 handfuls for little hands! 

The perfect confetti packages for any wedding!

Love as always, SP x x 


11/04/2014  |  Diamonds are a girls best friend

Did you know that the birthstone for April is diamond? Before any wedding comes the proposal, and with the proposal there's usually a sparkly diamond ring!

Why not make your proposal extra special with petals?

Sprinkle some rose petals on the table for a simple, pretty table. we've used 'cerise' and 'golden slumber' rose petals.

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Add some extra romance by creating a confetti heart with 'summer nights' natural petal confetti for a stunning centre piece for your special evening.

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Nothing says romance like candlelight! Add some large 'lady in red' rose petals or lilac 'wisteria' hydrangea petals to turn a simple candle into a beautiful centre piece. 

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Sprinkle some 'lady in red' rose petals on the bed or in the bath.

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Create a colourful petal path for your loved one to follow.

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For more ideas to make your proposal perfect, visit the Shropshire Petals Pinterest page.

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Our 'Diamonds are a girls best friend' mood board is full of inspiration. 

If you're planning a proposal, don't forget the petals! 

Love as always, SP x x 

 



8/04/2014  |  How to use your confetti. Part 3 - Flower girl baskets

The Flower Girl Basket is the perfect basket for a little flower girl to carry. 

The basket is a small natural wicker basket that holds approximately 2 litres of natural petal confetti and is nice and light!

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The Flower Girl Basket 

We filled our Flower Girl Basket up with 'Pink Lemonade' natural petal confetti ready for guests to grab a handful!

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Add some colour 

Why not add some personal touches to your Flower Girl Basket? We love adding some colourful ribbon to the handle of The Flower Girl Basket to add a pop of colour! We added some purple ribbon to match with our 'Amethyst' natural petal confetti, and some pink ribbon to complement the 'Pink Lemonade' mix.

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The Flower Girl Basket- a complete package!

The Flower Girl Basket comes with 2 litres of confetti which is about 20 handfuls (or 30 for a little flower girl). Pick and mix your confetti to get the perfect mix of petals for your big day!

Love as always, SP x x 


4/04/2014  |  Introducing the SP garden

Over the next few months, an unused area at the back of the petal shed will be transformed into a vibrant SP garden!

We will be using old tractor tyres and water troughs to grow a range of different plants in.

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The SP garden 

Jess, Katie, Jo and Dawn will each have an area to look after. We've chosen the plants that we want to grow, and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the seeds!

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Jess busy shovelling!  

Jess has been busy today filling up the tractor tyres and troughs with soil, ready for us to get started! 

We will be blogging all about the progress of the SP garden, and how each team member is getting on with their chosen plants, so stay tuned!

Love as always, SP x x 


1/04/2014  |  A Spring inspired mix for April

A beautiful Spring inspired natural petal confetti mix for April.

The perfect confetti for a Spring wedding!

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mix of the month 

The mix of the month for April is a Spring inspired mix of 'Icing sugar' cream delphinium petals, 'Golden Slumber' yellow rose petals and 'Duck Egg Blue' light blue hydrangea petals.

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Shropshire box and cones 

Display your Spring confetti in a Shropshire Box. Your guests can have a cone each and throw the confetti high in the air ensuring that you get the perfect confetti shot! 

Love as always SP x x 


28/03/2014  |  Wonderful wheat

Wheat really is wonderful! At Shropshire petals, it's not just our natural petal confetti that can make your wedding day extra special.

We use wheat to make our stunning wheat sheaves, wheat wreath and wheat and lavender bundles

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Wonderful wheat! 

The wheat will be ready to harvest in June, but at the moment is still very green!

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The wheat inspector! 

Beth the puppy came along to check how the wheat's getting on!

Once harvested, the wheat will be used to make all of our lovely wheat products. Hang a wheat wreath on your door, pop a wheat sheaf in the centre of your table for a stunning centre piece, pop a sprig of wheat and lavender together to make a simple, pretty name place or choose a cream rose and lavender wheat sheaf as your bouquet.

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How to use your wheat 

There are so many different ways to use our wonderful wheat!

Love as always, SP x x 


26/03/2014  |  The perfect petals for a vintage wedding

We love everything vintage here at SP and our mix of the month for March has been a beautiful vintage confetti mix of 'lady grey', 'icing sugar' and 'candyfloss'.

This grey, cream and light pink mix looks great in cones, in a basket, in our Shropshire box or just loose- ready for your guests to grab a handful and throw!

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Mix of the month for March 

Our mix of the month has inspired me to write a blog about the perfect petals for a vintage inspired wedding.

We love light coloured petals for a vintage confetti mix like our light pink 'candy floss', light blue 'frosted blue' and cream 'icing sugar' delphinium petals. Our 'Summer nights' confetti mix is made up of all three pretty colours and the 'Pink lemonade' is made up of 'candy floss' and 'icing sugar' which is perfect if you're having pink as your main colour.

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'Summer nights' and 'Pink lemonade'

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Summer Sky 

'Summer Sky' is a beautiful vintage pale blue confetti mix with 'icing sugar' and 'frosted blue' delphinium petals and 'duck egg blue' hydrangea petals.

'Winters morn' has been really popular at wedding shows this Spring among brides-to-be looking to add a touch of vintage to their big day.

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A handful of 'winters morn' 

We love throwing lots of confetti here at SP, but remember, petals aren't just for throwing; why not use them to decorate for an effortless vintage look.

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Decorate with petals 

We've used 'delilah' and 'promise' rose petals, 'pink lemonade' delphinium petals and 'wisteria' hydrangea petals to add a touch of vintage.

Why not wear some petals in your hair?? Gypsy rose vintage make handmade silk flower headbands and recently used our petals for their photo shoot.

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A crown of flowers! 

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You can match your vintage flower headband to your vintage confetti! 

For more vintage inspiration have a look at our 'Vintage wedding' mood board on Pinterest for some inspiration.

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Inspiring ideas 

Love as always, SP x x 



21/03/2014  |  A Spring wedding

Yesterday was the Spring equinox, which marks the first day of Spring, so we can finally say "goodbye Winter!"

Here at SP, we couldn't be happier that Spring is finally here.

For those of you planning a Spring wedding, we have some wonderful ideas...

Add some sunshine to your confetti mix with 'Honey'b' and 'golden slumber'.

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A sprinkle of sunshine 

Decorate your tables with some beautiful natural petal confetti.

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Bright and beautiful tables 

We love all of these bright colours! Our 'kaleidoscope' mix is the perfect multi-coloured mix. Or you could go for some rose petals in 'Cerise' and 'Golden Slumber'. 

 Lavender and wheat are perfect for a Spring wedding....

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Wheat and Lavender  

Add a sprig of lavender and wheat to your place settings or pop a cream rose and lavender wheat sheaf in the centre of your tables for a simple, stunning centre piece.

Our Pinterest page has lots of wonderful ideas for a Spring wedding... 

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Spring Wedding mood board 

For more Spring wedding inspiration, have a look at the 'Fields of ideas' section on our website.

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Happy planning!!

Love as always SP x x 


18/03/2014  |  Confetti petal bath bombs for Mother's day

Mother's day is just around the corner, and I'm sure you all remember the days when you would come home from school, with a handmade mother's day card in your bag, all excited to give it to your mum on Mothering Sunday. All mum's love receiving hand made cards and gifts, so why not make your mum something special this Mother's day? 

Confetti bath bombs make a beautiful gift, and are really easy to make. All you need is a litre of natural petal confetti, 2 parts sodium bicarbonate, 1 part citric acid, a mould for the bath bombs, a mixing bowl and spoon and a tiny bit of water.

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Confetti petal bath bomb ingredients 

As we're nearly into spring I chose pretty Spring colours with a mix of frosted blue, icing sugar, bluebird and golden slumber. I used old Christmas baubles as moulds.

Step 1: Gather all of the above ingredients. I used about 300 grams of sodium bicarbonate and 150 grams of citric acid.

Step 2: Add your dry ingredients- sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and petals- into the mixing bowl and give it a good mix.

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Step 2 

Step 3: Add a TINY bit of water, stirring all the while.

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Step 3 

The reason I've put the word 'tiny' in capital letters is because i added too much water! 

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Emergency spare ingredients! 

Luckily I had some spare sodium bicarbonate and citric acid on stand by especially for this reason!

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In goes the calendula and extra sodium bicarbonate and citric acid 

I would definitely recommend having some spare mixture just incase! I also decided to add in some 'honey b' which is a calendula petal and is used in herbal remedies to soothe skin, so is perfect for a bath bomb! 

Step 4: The mix should still be slightly powdery but able to stay together. Play around with the quantities of water, bicarbonate of soda and citric acid until your mix is the right consistency.

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Ready to go into the moulds 

Step 5: Pack your mixture into your chosen moulds, and leave for about half an hour to dry.

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Confetti petal bath bomb 

Step 6: After half an hour the confetti bath bombs should be dry enough to take out of the moulds.

Step 7: Leave your confetti bombs to dry overnight, and then wrap them up ready for Mother's day

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Add some extra special touches like yellow rose petals and sprigs of lavender...

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Wrapped and ready for Mother's day 

The great thing about bath bombs is you can add whatever you want. Why not add some lavender grain or scented oil?

Change the colours of the confetti petals for different ocassions; the colours I've used are perfect for Mother's day and Easter but you could add pink petals like our 'raspberry fool' or 'blush' for a Valentine's bath bomb, or make them for a friend using their favourite colours.

A personal, pretty homemade gift for a loved one!

Love as always SP x x


14/03/2014  |  How to use your confetti. Part 2 - Bo Peep Basket

We have two beautiful confetti baskets here at SP, The Confetti basket and The Flower Girl basket.

The Confetti basket is a larger basket, ideal for holding lots of lovely confetti, 4 litres fits perfectly.  The Flower Girl basket is a smaller confetti basket and is the perfect size for a little flower girl, and holds approximately a litre of confetti.

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This blog will focus on The Confetti basket and will show you the different ways you can use it, including our complete package called The Bo-Peep Basket.

The Confetti basket is a beautiful way to display your confetti to your guests, whether you choose to fill the basket with lots of confetti and ask guests to grab a handful... 

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Or fill up the basket with some colourful confetti cones for your guests to take on their way out.  We have a complete package which we call The Bo-Peep Basket which comprises of a confetti basket, 20 cones of your colour choice and enough confetti to fill, again of your colour choice- you can even pick & mix your confetti colours!

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With pink, purple, green, blue and white confetti cones to choose from and a rainbow of confetti colours, there's a colour for every wedding!

 Why not add some personal touches to your Bo Beep basket...

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You can add ribbon, flowers and even a little note asking guests to take a handful to make sure everyone gets some to ensure you get the perfect confetti shot! 

However you choose to use your Bo Beep confetti basket, when it comes to the confetti, just throw it!! 

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Love as always, SP x x 


11/03/2014  |  Reminder for Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday is the 30th March this year, which is just under 3 weeks away! 

Every mum deserves to be spoilt on Mothers day, whether that means breakfast in bed, being showered with gifts or being treated to a day out.

Here at SP we've got some great ideas to make Mother's day extra special....

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Mother's day ideas 

Sprinkle some rose buds around a beautifully wrapped gift and leave it on the kitchen table for your Mum to find, bake some yummy cupcakes and add some rose petals, so simple, but they look amazing!

Turn a simple candle into a stunning centre piece by adding petals and ribbon, we've used blue bloom delphinium heads and wisteria, lilac hydrangea petals.

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Beautiful tables 

A really easy way to make your table look amazing, place a vase of fresh flowers on the table and scatter petals around them. So quick and simple, but I'm sure you'll agree, very effective!! We've used our Kaleidoscope mix and some rose petals in cerise and golden slumber.

We can't forget our wonderful wheat sheaves, the perfect gift for Mother's day!

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Wheat sheaves 

We love the cream rose and lavender wheat sheaf, they look great, smell great and last for ages!

A beautiful alternative to a fresh flower bouquet that looks great as a table centre piece or on the mantle piece.

The wheat sheaf will last for a long time after Mothers day so will be a reminder to your Mum of her wonderful day for months after!

Love as always, SP x x 


7/03/2014  |  Vintage mix for march

As we move into March, we can finally start saying goodbye to what seems like a long Winter and hello to Spring!

We've been exhibiting at lots of wedding shows over the last few weeks (check our our 'on the road' section on the website) and have made up lots of samples for brides-to-be, with one of the most popular choices being a mix of pale pink, cream and vintage grey.

This month, our mix of the month has taken this on board with a beautiful vintage mix.

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Mix of the Month 

This confetti mix for March is made up of pale pink 'Candyfloss', cream 'Icing Sugar', and vintage grey 'Lady Grey' delphinium petals.

If you're having a vintage inspired wedding, this confetti mix will be the perfect confetti. 

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A basket of confetti 

Why not display your confetti in pink cones in a basket for an extra touch of vintage.

Love as always, SP x x 


5/03/2014  |  March-ing into Spring

As we move into March, we can finally start saying goodbye to winter.

The daffodil is the flower for the month of March and I saw some for the first time this year at the weekend, which definitely means Spring is on the way!

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Pretty daffodils  

Why not choose some bright confetti for your big day? 

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A touch of sunshine 

Our "Golden Slumber" yellow rose petal adds sunshine to any confetti mix..To make this pretty mix we've combined "Golden Slumber" with "Icing sugar" and "Duck-egg Blue"

There's lots happening this March and we can't forget that today is Ash Wednesday, which of course means that yesterday was pancake day! We had lots of fun flipping pancakes here at SP...

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Pancake fun 

The favourite choice of topping was definitely sugar and lemon...what's your favourite topping?? 

Love as always, SP x x 


28/02/2014  |  How to use your confetti. Part 1- confetti pails

We are often asked "How does confetti work?" or " what do I do with the confetti?"

So I'm putting together a series of "how to's" to show you the best ways to present the confetti to your guests. 

There are so many different ways to present confetti. This week, we will be focusing on confetti pails.

Our confetti pails come in a range of colours so you can match them to your colour scheme. You can choose from pink, cream, silver or purple.

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Confetti pails 

The confetti pails look great filled up with lots of confetti, and make it easy for guests to grab a handful.

Customise the pails to match your wedding theme by adding ribbon to the handles, or around the top of the pails or even attaching ornamental decorations like these beautiful butterflies.

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Add some decorations 

The confetti pails are light and easy to carry. Even Kipper the dog wanted to get involved...

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Kipper and his confetti pail 

Why not invite your furry friend to take part in your big day??

Love as always, SP x x 


24/02/2014  |  Confetti on the catwalk

The team headed down to London Olympia for The National Wedding Show at the weekend.

Last year, we were so pleased to see our wonderful wheat sheaves make an appearance on The National Wedding Show catwalk

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Wheat sheaves on the catwalk 

This year, Shropshire Petals have made it on to the catwalk again, and it's our confetti that's stolen the spotlight!

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Confetti on the catwalk 

The confetti was thrown from a fishbowl as the model made her way down the catwalk. Could fishbowls be a new wedding trend?

Our pink "Blush" confetti, which is a combination of "Icing Sugar", "Candyfloss" and "Raspberry Fool" was the chosen combination of pink confetti.

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Blush 

Not only did our confetti make an appearance on the catwalk this weekend, SP also featured on the 'Bride de Force' You Tube channel.

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Jim being interviewed for 'Bride de Force' 

Jim was interviewed so that Shropshire Petals could be featured in their video 'The National Wedding Show, London: Our best bits'

We were among four exhibitors that featured in the Bride de force's video as their favourite stands at the show.

It's been a very exciting weekend!

Love as always SP x x


21/02/2014  |  Woodland Chic

The big wedding theme for 2014 is rustic and natural. Whether you're planning a marquee wedding or a shabby chic barn wedding, you can add a touch of woodland chic to any theme.

Here at SP we love the rustic look for a wedding and have some great ideas on how to create the perfect rustic look  

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Add a touch of woodland with wheat sheaf bouquets and table centre pieces, bunches of lavender on the back of rustic chairs and choose a natural setting for your confetti shots and of course- lots of flowers!

We've even put together some woodland chic confetti mixes


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Woodland chic confetti mixes 

We love these vintage shades for a woodland inspired wedding.

Have a look at our 'Rustic Wedding' Pinterest mood board for some great ideas for a rustic wedding

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Rustic Wedding mood board 

Love as always SP x x 



18/02/2014  |  A snapshot of Purple Confetti full of imagination...

Did you know that the birthstone for February is Amethyst?  Of course we are going to rave about the colour...  Shropshire Petals even have amethyst confetti.  All shades and tints of purple are very on trend, especially when mixed with grey for a vintage lavender look and yes of course our 'lady grey' just perfectly fits the bill.  So let's grab a handful and start throwing some confetti...

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 Now I know no one wishes for rain on their wedding day but I'm sure there's an exception for a confetti shower! Especially a shower of grey and purple petals from above.  This is your big moment, it's your big day and you and your new husband get showered in rediculously pretty petals- perfect! 

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Now the confetti shot is just for you and your hubby, it's your time to have the confetti thrown over you blessing you a happy marriage, but why is it that the guests get all the confetti throwing fun! If it were me, I'd like to join in on the throwing action too! So why not add an extra litre to your order for your own confetti pic, you and your new husband can create your own personal picture.  Why not try a puff of confetti...

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Take a handful, line it up to your face and puff confetti at the camera for a super beautiful shot... 

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So there's lots of ways to throw or puff confetti, personally I'd do them all!  Have fun creating your own unique confetti but also your own unique confetti shot... We'd love to see your pics!

Love as always SP x x 


14/02/2014  |  Happy Valentine's Day from Shropshire Petals

How many ways to say I heart thee... 

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A little heart goes along way to say I love thee... 

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One simple heart, one huge message... 

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I think what we're trying to say is... 

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Happy Valentine's Day Love SP x x  


11/02/2014  |  Let it snow...

The Winter Olympics are well underway and we've even had some snow here today at SP!

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Snowy SP sign 

Sadly not quite enough snow to get the skis out!

Watching team GB and the snow today has inspired us to make some confetti pictures of some of our favourite winter sports...

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Winter sports 

If you're having a winter wonderland themed wedding, why not have a look at some of our blue confetti to add to the wintery magic

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Different shades of blue

Or why not create your own snow with our 'Icing Sugar' mix

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Snow confetti shot 

Even if it doesn't snow, you can still create a beautiful snowy picture!

Love, as always, SP x x 


6/02/2014  |  Valentine's ideas

Valentine's day is just around the corner, and here at SP we have some great ideas to make your Valentine's day special. 

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'Raspberry Fool' heart 

Roses are the traditional flower to give on Valentine's day, so why not mix things up a bit and use our dried rose heads as decorations or give your loved one a wheat sheaf with roses and lavender.

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Roses 

If your big day is on Valentine's day why not use our 'pick and mix' tool to make your very own Valentine's confetti. 

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Pick and mix 

Sprinkle petals on the table, in the bath or on the bed, hide a gift in petals, use petals to make a stunning centre piece and even leave a path of petals for your loved one to follow.

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Pretty Valentine's Petals 

If you're not a fan of pink this Valentine's day, then why not try something different and have a look at our 'mix of the month' which combines cream, grey and yellow petals to make a beautiful vintage mix or choose pretty purple petals.

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However you choose to celebrate Valentine's day, don't forget the petals!

Love as always SP x x 


30/01/2014  |  what's new at SP

We're very excited to unveil our shiny new SP packaging! The new packaging will be used for all of our orders from now on.

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The new SP packaging 

Our packaging isn't the only thing that's new here at SP; we've also added a new colour to our collection of confetti cones. Purple is a very popular choice of colour for weddings and is a favourite for 2014. You can now match your confetti cones to your colour scheme!

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Purple Confetti Cones 

The purple cones look great with our 'Highland Fling' purple and cream confetti 

Have you seen our latest wheat product? The Christmas wheat wreath was so popular that we've decided to make it available to customers all year round. The wheat wreath is made with wheat grown on the farm and is finished off with a raffia bow. 

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Natural Wheat Wreath

Add a touch of country chic to any occasion with a natural wheat wreath.

We've finally left January behind and have moved into February "the most romantic month"

So of course, we have a new 'mix of the month'. This month the confetti mix combines 'Icing sugar' cream and 'Lady grey' grey delphinium petals with 'golden slumber' yellow rose petals.  

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Mix of the month 

This pretty mix of petals was very popular among brides-to-be at the wedding show at Tatton Park this weekend, with lots of confetti samples being requested. 

Love as always SP x x 


24/01/2014  |  Burns Night

A Burns supper is a tradition that dates back to the end of the 18th century and originated in Scotland. Haggis, the national dish of Scotland, is eaten at the Burns Night supper.

A few members of the SP team had never tried haggis, so Jess decided to make some savoury haggis potato cakes to make sure that no one missed out!

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Haggis potato cakes 

Jess combined haggis, neeps, tatties and kale to make the yummy potato cakes, and also made a whiskey cream sauce to go with them. 

Having haggis at a Scottish wedding breakfast adds a real sense of tradition. If you're planning a Scottish wedding, why not take a look at our 'Highland Fling' delphinium and wildflower natural petal confetti mix.

Purple is a very popular wedding colour so Highland Fling is one of our most popular confetti mixes.

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Highland Fling

Scotland's national emblem is the thistle which we think look great in our wheat sheaves as a bridal bouquet or as a table centre piece.

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Purple colour scheme 

Enjoy your Burns Night!

Love as always, SP x x



23/01/2014  |  Shropshire Petals on the road

This Spring, Shropshire Petals will be exhibiting at 10 wedding shows up and down the Country. More shows are being added to the diary for Autumn, So make sure you come and visit us!

The team will be travelling around the country giving brides the opportunity to have a chat and see some of our beautiful products.

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SP are on the road again 

You can find out all about where the team are heading next, and how they get on at each show, in our 'On The Road' page on the Shropshire Petals website.

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This weekend, Jess and Jim are heading up to Newcastle for The North East Wedding Show at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena.

They will be spending the weekend answering any confetti related questions you may have, and giving you the opportunity to have a look at all of the wonderful mixes of confetti that you can choose from to make sure you get the perfect 'confetti shot'!

Jess has been very busy this week setting up the stand in preparation for the weekend and making up lots of confetti samples to give out.

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Preparations for the show 

So make sure you visit them on Saturday or Sunday to get your free sample of our beautiful natural confetti.

If you have already decided on your colour scheme and have the perfect mix of colours in mind for your confetti mix, we can pick and mix your natural petal wedding confetti to match these colours. We know how important it is to get all the little details just right!

Don't forget to keep an eye on our 'On The Road' page to keep up to date with where the team are heading next.

In February we will be exhibiting at The Wedding Show at Tatton Park and Cheltenham racecourse, The West of England Show in Bristol and The National Wedding show at Olympia in London.

Come and see us at the shows for your free sample!

Love as always, SP x x 


20/01/2014  |  Blue Monday

Today, Monday 20th January, is also known as 'Blue Monday' and is said to be the most depressing day of the year; the Christmas glow has faded away, New Year’s resolutions have been broken and the cold Winter weather has set in.

Blue is often associated with feeling gloomy, but we disagree and love the colour blue! This love is reflected in our Shropshire Petals logo and our SP t-shirts!

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SP sign and t-shirts 

Blue is one of our most popular confetti colours with mixes such as 'ocean mist', 'bluebird', 'frosted blue', 'summer sky' and 'something blue'

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Beautiful blue petals 

Colour has the ability to affect our physical, mental and emotional states. 

The colour blue is rare, calming, cooling and even caring!

There are lots of wedding traditions that feature the colour blue: 

The colour blue is worn by brides to safeguard their luck. 

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. The 'something blue' denotes fidelity and love.

Even our January mix of the month  is a blue mix combining 'Icing sugar' cream delphinium petals, 'Envy' green hydrangea petals, 'Frosted Blue' delphinium petals and 'Bluebird' cornflower petals

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January mix of the month

If you're feeling 'blue' this Monday, cheer yourself up by looking on our website at some of our beautiful blue confetti!

Or if you're a Pinterest fan have a look at our 'Something Blue' mood board for some great ideas for a blue-themed wedding.

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'Something Blue' Pinterest mood board 

Don't feel blue, have a happy Monday!

Love as always, SP x x 


14/01/2014  |  1 month til Valentine's day!

Valentine's day is celebrated all over the world with the first Valentine poem dating back to 1415!

150 million Valentine's day cards are exchanged each year, which makes Valentine's day the most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. 

We've got some great ideas to make this Valentine's day extra special!

Have a look at our Valentine's day album on Facebook for some great inspiration

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Or if you're a Pinterest fan have a look at our Valentine's day Pinterest mood board

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There are so many beautiful things that you can do with petals to make your Valentine's day extra special

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Get creative this Valentine's day with Shropshire Petals!

 Love as always SP x x


13/01/2014  |  Wedding Ideas Awards 2014

On Friday evening the SP team headed down to London for the Wedding Ideas Awards ceremony at the Tower hotel in London. 

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We were nominated for an award in the 'special touches' category and were delighted to make it into the final five in such a strong category. Unfortunately we didn't pick up the award this year and would like to say congratulations to 'wedding in a teacup' who won the award.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us, it was amazing to be nominated for an award and the team all had a great night at the Wedding Ideas Awards and will hopefully be back again next year!

Here are some of the photos from the evening

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Jim, Jess, Emma, Jo, Rose and Michael all glammed up at the awards 

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Wedding Ideas magazine brand director Pippa Ward and Britain's Got Talent's Francine Lewis present the awards

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Rose and Michael with the vodka luge, Jess and Jim 

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Emma, Jo and Jess in front of Tower Bridge 

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Michael and Rose, Emma, Jim and Jess, Emma and Jo 

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The Shropshire Petals team 

A massive thank you to The Wedding Ideas Magazine for hosting a brilliant evening and we hope to be back there next year.

Thank you again to everyone for voting for us.

Love as always, SP x x 


10/01/2014  |  The SP team prepare for The Wedding Ideas awards 2014

This time last year we supplied The Wedding Ideas team with 10 litres of our beautiful 'Cerise' rose petals to scatter on the tables at the 2013 Wedding Ideas Awards ceremony. 

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 Wedding Ideas awards 2013

The petals looked great scattered on the tables and they also matched perfectly with Wedding Ideas black, pink and white logo. Black and White weddings with an accent colour are proving very popular.

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 Wedding Ideas Awards 2014 finalists

Shropshire Petals have been nominated for an award in the 'special touches' category; so this year, instead of our petals making the trip to London, the SP team will be heading down to spend the evening at the Wedding Ideas Awards ceremony and hopefully be picking up an award!

Have you visited our Shropshire Petals Facebook page recently? If you have, you'll have seen that this week we reached 6,000 likes!

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 Wow! 6,000 likes!

A huge thank you to everyone who has liked and shared our Facebook page. You've made us all very happy here at SP!

We will of course be taking lots of photos this evening at The Wedding Ideas awards and will let you know all about the teams adventures in London.

Wish us luck! 

Love as always, SP x x 



6/01/2014  |  The Twelfth Night

It's that time of year again when all the Christmas decorations need to be packed up and put away until next christmas.

When the Christmas decorations are up, it's hard to imagine the house without them.

Ours always seems empty and boring when it's been stripped of all things Christmassy.

This year, to try and fill the Christmassy hole, we've replaced our Christmas decorations with wheat sheaves combined with dried lavender and dried roses.

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Wheat Sheaves 

Wheat sheaves make a nice alternative to flowers and look beautiful as the centre piece to any dinner party or simply to brighten up the kitchen table.

Some of my Christmas decorations have avoided being packed into boxes.... I love my confetti baubles so much that I've swapped the confetti so that I can keep them above my desk all year! 

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All year round baubles 

The festive season may be officially over, but why not try out a few of our decorative ideas to brighten up your house this January.

Love as always SP x x


2/01/2014  |  Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you enjoyed the festive season.

Congratulations to all of you who got engaged over Christmas and New Year. Good luck with all the planning, and don't forget the confetti.

We grow, you throw!

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A new month of course means it's time for a new mix of the month

January's mix of the month is a combination of Icing Sugar, Bluebird, Frosted Blue and Envy.

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Beautiful colours for a January wedding! 

There's lots in store for Shropshire Petals in 2014 so make sure you keep an eye on the blog!

Don't forget to keep sending in your confetti snaps. We love seeing them and will enter them into our next competition. 

Love as always SP x x 


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