Celebrating in a Pandemic   

I am not, and have never been, someone who loves their birthday and goes all out. That said, this year’s birthday was flat out depressing. There’s nothing like a milestone to shine a big spotlight on how isolating the pandemic can be. We knew there had to be a floral solution: Enter the virtual birthday flower workshop.   

As many of you know, floral workshops have been at the core of our business for over a decade. About a month ago, one of our regulars asked if we would do a private workshop for her birthday, and the idea was born. Here’s how it works:

On the date of your choosing, we’ll deliver gorgeous buckets of flowers and vases to the doorsteps of your invited guests. (We can even deliver cute snacks, festive hats, and boas… really anything you dream up with the flowers). We’ll teach a private class live on zoom that evening. Although not quite the same as cheersing (that’s not a word, we know!) in person, it’s a wonderful, safe way to gather and celebrate.

Interested in booking a workshop? Give us a ring and we’ll talk you through all the fun options, from floral arrangements to wreath making parties to holiday centerpiece classes. See you in a workshop soon!





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Rachel Gang is the owner of Helen Olivia Flowers, a boutique flower and home décor shop, located in Del Ray, Alexandria. She developed her love for flowers while working as an event planner in the busy Washington, D.C. events industry. Along with her husband and team of designers at Helen Olivia, Rachel works with brides and corporate clients to create unique and captivating designs. Her work has been featured in Traditional Home Magazine, HGTV, Borrowed and Blue, and Style Me Pretty.

Helen Olivia is a boutique floral design studio located in the Del Ray neighborhood. Known for a lush and timeless style, the shop is a favorite among locals. Outside of beautiful flowers, Helen Olivia is a destination for house plants, decorative pottery, and an endless selection of stylish front door wreaths. The shop is also well known for its weekly floral design workshops — come visit us and try your hand at flower arranging! Helen Olivia is owned by Chuck and Rachel Gang who are veterans of the bustling Washington, D.C., events industry. Both are D.C. natives, and reside in the Ft Hunt neighborhood of Alexandria with their son Jack.


1519 Leslie Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301


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