Each year, millions of people all over the world observe International Women’s Day. Celebrated on March 8th, this holiday is more than just a celebration of the many magnificent achievements brought to the world by women. It’s also a chance to recognize and honor women’s rights across the spectrum, from political to social. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about important issues that have impacted and continue to affect women all over the world.
Its history is deeply rooted in a desire to create meaningful change. The first National Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909, a year after a group of thousands of empowered women took to the streets to march in protest of unfair working conditions. Issues like low wages, poor treatment, and disorganized surroundings were only part of their laments, and the strike served as inspiration for the holiday’s inception.
The following year, women’s rights advocate Clara Zetkin spurred a movement that transformed the day into an international celebration. Today, people worldwide celebrate this day first spearheaded by thousands of brave, dedicated women who were determined to fight for equality. That iconic and inspiring mission remains the same today.
Doing Our Part
In honor of International Women’s Day, PlantShed is donating 8% of its proceeds to Catalyst, a nonprofit International Women’s Day charity partner. The organization is committed to breaking down barriers and establishing equality for women in the workplace. Their mission is a strong one: both women and men are involved in their efforts to stress the importance of equality and to break down the barriers that continue to make it challenging for women to advance in their professional endeavors.
What better way to celebrate the iconic women in your own life — the mothers, the sisters, the friends, the aunts, and the confidantes who contribute so much value and love — than with a beautiful floral arrangement? These bouquets aren’t just easy on the eyes. They celebrate the best of the human spirit and the wonders of nature in all of its brilliance. Radiant colors, exquisite blossoms, and thoughtfully curated compositions express style while conveying messages of solidarity, strength, peace, compassion, and love. Here are a few of our favorites from the lineup.
Traditionally associated with innocence, purity, and honesty, white is a reflective shade that’s revered for its timeliness and crisp, earthy beauty. It’s softly elegant, yet powerful. It’s luxurious, yet sentimental. With so many emotions wrapped up into one, it makes sense to surprise someone special with Emily. The arrangement is thoughtfully designed with roses, hydrangeas, and lisianthus, all of which make a bold statement despite their decidedly understated hue. Nestled against a bed of dusty miller and fresh greens, this outstanding bouquet is perfect for expressing your gratitude, offering your congratulations, or simply just because.
A bevy of bright and beautiful colors makes Zinfandel a superb delight worthy of any celebration! Featuring multicolored roses, along with dianthus, hyacinths, and anemones, this celebratory bouquet is rich in mouthwatering berry tones. Who can resist the way the deep pinks vie for attention from the radiant purples? Pops of earthy green create just the right element of contrast and allow the arrangement to stand out anywhere, whether it’s positioned in the entry of the home, on the desk at the office, or on a side table as a standout accent piece.
Pink is naturally a shade that evokes feelings of warmth, harmony, joy, love, and passion. While not as intense as red, it can convey many of the same emotions. When you’re appreciative of all that they do and want to express your gratitude in the most thoughtful way, consider Pink Perfection. This beautiful arrangement includes several stems of bright pink ranunculus set mingling on a background of light and airy dusty miller, along with other greenery. The effect is stunning — bold and eye-catching, yet soft and approachable. Simple and artful at once, it’s perfect for anyone who appreciates a touch of warmth, yet also enjoys stepping outside of the box and experimenting with different styles. The textured pedals help set this beauty apart from everything else!
Grapefruit and Hibiscus Scented Soy Candle
Sometimes all you need is a little bit of downtime to help things go a little more smoothly. Whether it’s to help them indulge in a little bit of much-deserved self-care or just because you know they could use a lift, the Grapefruit + Hibiscus Scented Soy Candle from the Sydney Hale Co. collection is sure to delight — in more ways than one. This striking candle presents a sleek image thanks to its slender, low-profile silhouette. The style alone makes it a great addition to any contemporary or transitional setting. But it’s the heady, refreshing fragrance that really sets it apart. Breathe in the crisp citrusy grapefruit notes, which are beautifully balanced by Hawaiian hibiscus for a warming note that helps bring balance and comfort to the mix. Even on the chilliest of days, this delightful aroma will soothe the senses and restore a sense of calm and serenity. Plus, it’s made with soy, so it burns more slowly and cleanly.
COCO Sea Salt Caramel Truffles
What better way to indulge a serious sweet tooth? These COCO Sea Salt Caramel Truffles are just made for anyone who appreciates the best of both worlds. Each truffle is enrobed with dark chocolate and features a mouthwatering, chewy caramel center. A touch of vanilla adds warmth to the flavor, while a hint of sea salt sourced from the Isle of Skye provides just the right amount of balance. Even more special? Each piece looks like a little work of art! These beautiful morsels are as gorgeous as they are tasty, making them perfect for gift-giving. Think of it as a way to encourage her to relax and unwind, and to thank her for everything that she does.
The gift of flowers, along with a thoughtful add-on, can make anyone’s day brighter and better. For all that she’s contributed to your life, this kind gesture will show just how appreciative you are — in the sweetest and most colorful way possible.