Holiday Fun in DC

Christmas in DC

Christmas in DC

Are you looking for some activities in the Washington, DC, area this holiday season?  If so, here are some of the best events for the entire family.

The first thing to do this holiday season is, of course, to visit the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace.  This is one of the most amazing trees in the area, and it is lit up from dusk until 11:00 p.m. every day of December.  What’s more, there’s a different musical group playing in the area each evening.

If you want to do a little walking, you might be interested in taking a candlelight tour.  These tours give you a chance to get outdoors and enjoy the holiday decorations of different historic homes.  Some museums also offer tours.  There are a number of these candlelight tours in DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and many feature music and snacks in addition to the beautiful sights.

If that sounds too cold for you, stay inside and watch the holiday favorite, the Nutcracker.  Several different ballet companies will be performing the Nutcracker.  Many other seasonal performances such as A Christmas Carol are also being performed around D.C.

Don’t forget to order your Christmas flowers for delivery in Washington, D.C.

Old Fashioned Christmas Gifts

imagesThese days, it seems like everyone wants some kind of electronic device for Christmas.  But that can get expensive.  You also then have the entire family sitting around with their faces glued to a screen for the rest of the day.  How about getting some old fashioned Christmas gifts this year?  You could even make that the theme of your entire holiday—decorate your tree with old fashioned ornaments and use wreaths and other items that invoke the past.

What exactly qualified as an old fashioned gift?  Basically, anything that would have been given about 50 years ago.  Many people enjoyed jigsaw puzzles then, and you can find puzzles with thousands of different designs.  There are some aimed at kids, and then there are the 5,000 piece monsters aimed at those who consider themselves experts or want a challenge.

Another old fashioned idea is candy, such as a jar of jelly beans, a box of ribbon candy, or an assortment of hard candies.  Food such as cheese or summer sausage is also somewhat old fashioned, but it’s usually very appreciated.

Clothing can be an old fashioned gift, too, especially if it’s something like a nice dress shirt or a dress.

Some people like to give a single Christmas ornament to each member of their family at Christmas.  You’ll find many different vintage and old fashioned ornaments at most stores that carry decorations.

One more thing you need for an old fashioned Christmas: a beautiful arrangement of Christmas flowers delivered in Washington, DC.

Thanksgivukkah Blessings

Thanksgivukkah1NDThanksgivukkah is almost here!  What is that, you ask?  This year is the first time that Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day.  This rare event won’t happen again for years!  Why is it happening?  The Jewish calendar has slowly shifted, moving Hanukah earlier and earlier.  This means it will eventually end up in the middle of summer!  But that’s not going to happen for quite a while, so let’s instead celebrate the rare occasion of Thanksgivukkah!

So what are people doing for Thanksgivukkah?  Many are combining a traditional Thanksgiving meal with traditional Hanukkah dishes like potato latkes and other dishes.  Many will decorate with blue for Hanukkah and orange for Thanksgiving, creating a visually striking way of celebrating the holiday.  Even if you’re not Jewish, you might want to incorporate some little way of celebrating this convergence.

Naturally, those who practice the religion will light a menorah while reciting the appropriate blessings from the Torah.  There are also traditional Hanukkah hymns that can be sung and activities, like spinning the dreidel, which the whole family can enjoy.  You can combine these traditions with any of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions if you want.

Don’t forget to decorate with some of our amazing flowers for Thanksgiving or a great bouquet for Hanukkah!  We have arrangements for both holidays!

Ten Things to be Thankful For

thankful4Thanksgiving is next week!  One of the traditions many people have is to go around the table and say what they’re thankful before eating dinner.  So what are you thankful for this year?  Here are ten things you may be (or should be) thankful for.

1.    Family, even if they’re spread out across the world or if won’t get to be with your family this holiday.  Be thankful for your family.
2.    Friends, especially those who may be like your family.
3.    Your pets.  After all, they’re a part of your family, and they’re your friends!
4.    Your job.  Even though the economy is recovering, there are still people out there who aren’t employed and can’t find a job.
5.    Your home.  Again, many people aren’t fortunate enough to have a home.
6.    The food you’re about to eat.
7.    Your health.  Even if you’ve had a rough year, you’re still here to eat another Thanksgiving Day meal.
8.    Your parents and grandparents for raising you and always being there for you.
9.    Your children.  They’re your pride and joy!
10.    Your memories.  Spend a little time on Thanksgiving remembering the good times you’ve had and the people you shared them with.

Need a beautiful Thanksgiving Day arrangement to add to your table?  We’ve got some great Thanksgiving Day flowers in Washington, D.C.

Reconnecting to the People in your Life

1280px-Family_eating_lunch_(1)Do you feel like you’ve lost touch with many of the people in your life?  Does it seem like the only way you interact with them now is through some type of electronic device?  If you’d like to have less screen time and more face time with your loved ones, here are a few ideas on how to get away from texting and Facebook and back to actual in-person interaction.

If your family is always on their smart phones, tablets, or laptops, set aside one evening a week as “no electronics” time.  Even if it’s just a few hours—dinner and a short activity—it’s better than nothing.  Or you can specify that the dinner table is a no electronics zone so you can all discuss your day while eating.  Of course, you must also obey this rule.  Let your friends and other relatives know that dinner time is not a good time to call.

Don’t see your friends that often?  If you’d like to reconnect with them, why not make plans to go out to lunch together or at least meet for coffee?  If the two of you are serious about reconnecting, you’ll find the time, even if it’s on your lunch break.

Think about the various ways you interact with people.  How many times to you text, email, or use social media instead of talking face to face?  If you’re tired of always interacting through a screen, it’s time to do something about it.  Make a plan to reconnect face to face with your loved ones.  You’ll be amazed how many others want to do the same thing.

One was of making a personal connection is to send someone flowers.  Let us help you reconnect with others by sending them flowers in Washington, D.C.

Romance is in the Fall Air

Fall-DCWhile some people have summer flings or spring romances, the fall can be a very romantic time, too.  Romance is in the fall air now, so it’s time to take advantage of it.  There are a number of romantic things you can do in the cool fall.

•    Watch the leaves change.  You can drive through some very scenic areas near Washington, D.C. and check out the gorgeous fall foliage.  If you don’t mind the chilly weather, you can also go for a walk or a jog through one of the many parks in the city and see the changing leaves up close and personal.

•    Light your fireplace, if you have one.  Nothing is more romantic than cuddling by the fire, even if you’re just watching TV.

•    Go to one of the great theater or musical events in the area.

•    Go holiday shopping together.  Even though many guys might groan at this, it can be a lot of fun if you approach it with a positive attitude.  Plus, the earlier you start, the less stress you’ll have in December!

•    Go see one of the new movies coming out.  November and early December are full of blockbusters that you and your special someone might enjoy!

Remember, no romantic date is complete without beautiful flowers!  Let us deliver gorgeous fall flowers to any location in Washington, D.C.!

Halloween Fun in the DC Metro

halloween1Are you getting ready to celebrate Halloween in Washington DC?  There are a number of cool things to do and places to go!  Here are just a few of the awesome events going on in or around our nation’s capital this year.

Six Flags America in nearby Mitchellville, Maryland, is hosting its annual Fright Fest through October 27.  These family friendly activities include street entertainment, spooked-up rides, and a trick-or-treat trail.

Kings Dominion amusement park is holding its Halloween Haunt until the 27th as well.  There are mazes, six  scary zones, and much more.  It’s also family friendly.  During the day, there are even events for the little ones in the KidZville section.

There are many different pumpkin patches and festivals in the area.  There’s Butler’s Orchard, which offers a hayride, maze, and arts and crafts.  Then there’s the Homestead Farm, where you can venture through a hay maze and pick your own apples and pumpkins.  Gaver Pumpkin Patch has a corn maze and a petting zoo, plus giant slides and a pirate ship area.

Lafayette Square Park, the most haunted site in DC, features a two hour walking ghost tour.  It starts at 8:00 p.m. through mid-November.  Another ghost tour in Washington, DC, is Natalie Zanin’s Historic Strolls.  It’s offered on Fridays and Saturdays, plus on Halloween, and starts at 8:00 p.m.

Then there’s the National Building Museum Ghost Tour.  Guests on this tour will take a lantern-lit stroll through many great haunted buildings alongside costumed Civil War spirits.

The National Air and Space Museum will host Air & Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.  Indoor trick-or-treating, stories, face-painting, karaoke, and more will be offered on October 26th.

Fright at the Museum: Dead Men Walking will take place on all week.  The Crime Museum transforms into a haunted house full of the criminally insane!  It is, obviously, not for children or the faint of heart.  Note that there are varied entrance times, so be sure to purchase the ticket that corresponds to the time you want to go through the events.

Do you love scary movies?  Then you might want to check out Halloween on the Screen by the AFI Silver Theatre in nearby Silver Spring, MD.  They’ll be showing scary films through November 4 at various times, including Halloween.

While some neighborhoods encouraged kids to trick-or-treat over the weekend, some kids may be out on Halloween night.  If you want to encourage visitors, leave your porch light on.  If you’d rather not be bothered, especially during dinner time, you can put a Halloween-themed sign on your door saying you’re out of candy.

There are Halloween activities for adults, too.  If you’re over 21 and are looking for a good party, you won’t be disappointed.  However, before you go out partying, you should know that there are a few special Halloween laws in place in Washington, D.C.  A number of streets will be closed on Halloween, and there are some parking restrictions in place.  Also, unless you are taking part in a masquerade, anyone over the age of 16 is not permitted to wear a mask that conceals or covers any part of their face.  Instead, use non-toxic face paints.

Remember if you plan on drinking on Halloween to have a designated driver.  If you do not, you can call SoberRide, a free cab program, to get home.

If you’re decorating your home for Halloween, don’t forget a few spooky flowers!  We have some great Halloween bouquets in Washington, D.C.

Keep Calm and Smell the Flowers

KeepCalmHaving a stressful day?  If you’ve had things coming at you from all sides and just need a moment to yourself, remember this: keep calm and smell the flowers!  Just a short break to enjoy nature and the world around you can do wonders for your stress level.

Smelling the flowers has actually been scientific proven to help lower stress levels and make people happier.  But even if you don’t have flowers around, it’s a great idea to take a break every now and then.  You need to recharge and clear your head, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes.  Otherwise, you’ll start to feel overwhelmed and lost in the daily grind.

The next time you feel yourself losing control, take a second and remember to keep calm.  Go outside and smell the flowers, take a deep breath, or just close your eyes for a minute.  Don’t let the stress overwhelm you!

Need some flowers to smell?  Let us deliver a beautiful bouquet to you in Washington, D.C.

What Makes a Good Boss?

Boss’s Day is the one day out of the year when employees take the time to show their bosses how much they appreciate all the little things they do for them throughout the year.  But what makes a good boss?  There are a number of different things.  Here are just a few things a good boss does.

•    They go to bat for you.  They will work to make sure your office or division gets the best assignments, or they will fight for you when those higher up in the company try to place blame on you.

•    They’re fair and honest.  They will listen to all sides of an argument and hand out work assignments in an equal and fair manner.

•    They realize when they’ve made a mistake or are wrong.  Bad bosses will always try to twist things around so that they’re right even when everyone knows they’re not.  A good boss realizes when he or she has made a mistake and admits it.

•    They communicate and appreciate feedback.  Good bosses say what they mean and make it clear what they need and expect.  They’re willing to listen to your ideas and feedback.  If necessary, they will even change things once they’ve heard from their employees.

•    They’re always looking for ways to improve.  This includes improving themselves, the office, and employees.  They will help you learn new skills when learning themselves.

How many of these items does your boss exhibit?  If you’ve got a great boss, show him or her your appreciation by sending Boss’s Day flowers in Washington, D.C.

Why Celebrating is Underrated

9596884-the-word-celebrate-surrounded-by-shooting-stars-symbolizing-excitement-for-a-party-or-celebrationHow many milestones in your life to you celebrate?  Many people only mark their birthdays and anniversaries.  It’s important that you celebrate all of your milestones and major accomplishments, though.  Celebrating gives us a sense of achievement, and it’s a great way of rewarding ourselves for a job well done.

Why is celebrating underrated?  Some people seem to celebrate anything at the drop of the hat, but these people really just want an excuse to party.  They’re not celebrating anything in particular.  To truly celebrate, you have to have a good reason.  Otherwise, it’s just a party.  A celebration has to be about something.

It has to have its basis in emotions, too.  You party when you want to have fun.  You celebrate when you have an accomplishment you want to share with others.  You have pride in the fact that you’ve accomplished something—you’ve graduated, finished a major project, or received a promotion.  The emotions that go along with these accomplishments fuel your celebration.

Many people don’t see the point of celebrating.  They mark the achievement off and move on.  But celebrating is part of the reward of a job well done.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you go out and party every single time you accomplish something.  You can have a celebration all by yourself.  It can be having a dessert or a glass of wine.  You can celebrate by buying yourself something new or something you’ve wanted for a while but didn’t want to spend the money on.  A celebration is your pat on the back, and you deserve it.

If you’re celebrating something, why not give yourself a beautiful arrangement of flowers?  Or send a bouquet to someone as a way of celebrating with them.  We have some beautiful arrangements available for delivery in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas.