Toast Tremendous Teachers with a Thoughtful Treat

It’s that time of year once again! Back-to-school sales are happening everywhere, and teachers are busy preparing for the start of another school year.

With summer winding down, now is not only the perfect time to show your appreciation to those who have been taking care of your kids during the break, but also a fantastic opportunity to start the school year off right with a gift of flowers for the teachers, facility, coaches, and staff who will be enriching their lives over the next nine months.

To some, it may seem like the summer flew by too fast while others have been counting the days until the new school year begins. Regardless of how you feel about your kids going back to school, we hope your summer was filled with adventure and learning experiences that can’t be taught in schools. If there are any nannies, babysitters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, camp counselors, clergy members or coaches who influenced your summer, flowers are always a perfect way to acknowledge and say thanks for their hard work and dedication.

Most of those people aren’t expecting gifts, so the gesture certainly isn’t necessary, but even a small token of your appreciation is a thoughtful way of showing gratitude that often means more to the recipient than the giver will ever realize.

Forget the apple

It’s 2018 – your teacher doesn’t want an apple unless it’s a phone or computer – so forget the fruit in favor of a beautiful bouquet of brightly-colored flowers instead. Flowers really are the perfect way to set the mood for the start of the school year while brightening up the classroom at the same time.

Be Happy bouquet by MyFlorist

Teachers aren’t the only ones who enjoy flowers, however, so don’t forget bus drivers, teacher’s aides, facility members, crossing guards, and everyone else who makes the school a fun and inviting place to learn. Flowers are so wonderful at putting smiles on people’s faces, especially when they’re least expected. At MyFlorist, we specialize in helping you choose the perfect gift for everyone on your list – no matter how big or small of an impact they have on your children’s education.

If you have a friend or family member going away to college for the first time this fall, flowers are a fun and festive way to decorate dorm rooms and live plants are perfect picks if you’re looking for a longer-lasting gift. Most of the plants we carry are easy to care for and don’t require a lot of work, which is ideal for busy students who are always on the go.

Regardless of whether you’re sending flowers to thank someone for a job well done, congratulate someone for a notable accomplishment, wish someone good luck, or simply to make someone’s day, MyFlorist is here to help with all your back-to-school floral needs. If you don’t know exactly what you want to send, never fear – we’re here to help! Give us a call at (703) 442-8203, order online, or better yet – stop by the shop and look around – you never know what we may have in store for you!

Short on Time? Here’s How to Handle a Quick Engagement

The decision to get married is one of the most important choices most people make in life. Some couples spend years planning their future together while others see no reason to wait any longer and jump right in with no regrets.

There are no set rules when it comes to the length of the engagement, but it’s important to remember that the bigger and more complex the wedding is, the more time it takes to plan. There are a lot of things that need to be coordinated, so it makes sense to begin booking as early as possible.

According to The Knot, the average engagement period is around 14 months – or a little over a year. Some people take longer, but for couples hoping to tie the knot on a particular date or those who have another reason to expedite the process, the limited time available for planning can be a problem.

If your anticipated wedding date is only a few months away, never fear! It is possible to pull off a dream wedding if you’re short on time. Here are some things to keep in mind as the big day quickly approaches.

#1 – Don’t panic!

If you are planning a short engagement, you need to act fast, but not too fast. Rushed planning often leads to mistakes, so taking the proper steps can help you minimize problems. Nearly everyone encounters some sort of scheduling snags when planning a wedding, so you’ll not only need to act quickly, but you’ll also have less time to make decisions and analyze alternatives.

#2 – Set a realistic budget

One of the biggest mistakes people make when planning weddings is underbudgeting. Since many people only plan one wedding in their lives, it’s easy to underestimate just how much things actually cost, and expenditures add up quick. On top of that, many vendors may charge more if you try to book on short notice – if they’re even still available – because it will require extra work on their part. It’s important to keep that in mind and temper expectations accordingly. This may be the biggest day of your life, but it’s up to you to decide how much of a financial burden you’re willing to take on to make that happen. It’s not hard to rack up some serious debt if you don’t stick to your budget, and that’s not a fun way to begin your new life as a couple.

#3 – Cover the basics

If you don’t already have the date set, now is the time to do that. The more flexibility you have here, the better. If you’re planning a quick engagement, it’s important to keep in mind that the more people you want to invite, the more schedules you’ll potentially have to work around. Flexible dates will also open up more options when it comes to venues and vendors.

In addition to picking a date, it’s now time to ask your attendants, find a venue, and a caterer. If you don’t know who to hire, ask friends or look online to see if there is a wedding network in the area. Another great option is calling your local florist because they often have close relationships with many vendors who will be able to offer suggestions.

Once you have the venue secured you can begin booking vendors such as the florist, officiant and, musicians. The next step is to pick out a dress because they can often take up to three months to arrive. If your engagement is brief, you might have to pick something off the rack and have it altered.

#4 – Choose the right vendors

Make sure to do your homework, ask friends and co-workers for suggestions. Once you have a few possibilities, check out their websites and social media to determine if their vibe and price point would be a good fit for your wedding style and budget.

Call each vendor you would like to potentially work with and find out first and foremost if they are available for your wedding day. If they are, set up a consultation as soon as possible. If they are not available ask them for a reference.

Make sure to review examples of the vendor’s work during your consultation. This will help you have an overall sense of what the vendor’s capabilities are. Be sure to ask, “What will you need from me prior, during, and after my wedding?” Lastly, find out who will be the person providing the service on the day of your wedding.

Now is also a good time to order your invitations, notify any out of town guests of the event, and book the honeymoon.

#5 – Dive into the details

Now that you have a date set in stone and a venue secured – and have also booked caterers, musicians, and officiants – it’s time to pay attention to the small details because they make a big difference when it comes to making your big day exceptional.

Remember that renting equipment doesn’t just include tables and chairs for your reception. You can also rent silk plants, candelabras, and ceremony extras like arches, for example.

Make sure that you choose a reputable company to assist you with equipment rental. Just like the other vendors you are contracting with, it is important to find a company that is known for the quality of their equipment and the reliability of their staff. Ask those closest to you for recommendations in addition to referrals from your florist or local wedding network.

To save time and potential headaches with this step, a good idea is to create a “wish list” of what you would like to reserve. Refer to your other vendor contracts for what they do and don’t provide as a starting place.

You should also be ready to pay a deposit and remember that this is traditionally one-third of the total package price. Also, be prepared to spend a chunk time – because now is the time to really focus on your bridal vision and get creative. Be ready to ask a lot of questions.

At this point you should also begin sending invitations, setting up wedding registries, picking out wedding bands and renting groom and attendants attire. Remember that out-of-town attendants will need to get fitted prior to the ceremony date and have their measurements sent to the shop you will be renting from.

#6 – Choose a photographer

One of the pivotal decisions that must be made by a bride and groom when planning their special day is the photographer. This is a very personal choice, especially when you consider this person will be hanging around you and your guests for a whole day. It’s important to be sure you like their photography style and are comfortable with their packages and pricing. Review full wedding albums and not just their highlight reels and ask a lot of questions if there are things you don’t understand.

Ultimately photographers are vendors you hire, so like the other companies you have contracted with, we suggest getting personal recommendations and check out local vendor sites.

Don’t forget to ask about:

  • Shooting fee
  • What is in each package
  • Additional costs like special effects or an engagement shoot
  • Your rights: In most contracts, photographers own the rights to all photos they take. If you want to order photos from another source you’ll probably have to buy the rights to the images.
  • Post wedding details: How long does it take to get proofs of your images? How many images should you expect? When are the photos retouched? Is that prior to getting your proofs or after selecting your images?

At this point in the planning process, you should also be reserving transportation, picking music, buying your attendant gifts and reserving a suite for your wedding night.

#7 – Piecing it all together

Now you’re in the final stretch, and it’s time to take care of things such as writing vows and determining what readings you will have in your ceremony and who will read them. This is also the time that you should be finalizing your menu, going for your final dress fitting, and attempting a dry-run of makeup and hair.

While you’re at it, get blood tests (if required by state) and a marriage license. It’s also a good time to make a seating chart and book house/pet sitter for the honeymoon.

#8 – The big day!

Even if you have done all the work yourself up until this point, it might be wise to hire a “day-of” wedding coordinator or enlist a trusted family member to handle any last-minute issues that arise because you’ll be too busy with other things to put out fires.

Just remember – there will be fires! In fact, you can almost count on some last-minute issues popping up on your big day – it happens to everyone.

The most important thing you can do is not let those things stress you out or take your focus off one of the most important days of your life. This day is all about you and your loved ones, but now is not the day for you to try to make everyone happy.

Thanks to your careful planning, everything will be fine and people will have fun! The day will be a blur and will be over before you know it, so make sure to take some time to enjoy it while you’re in the moment. Remember, your honeymoon is right around the corner!

Match Your Feelings to Our Bouquets

When your emotions are strong and you want to share how you feel with someone special, we have so many options for you online.  And if you don’t find just the right flowers, give us a call at 703-442.-8203.  We have floral advisers who can walk you through a custom design request.  It’s fast and easy!

Happy

Sometimes your heart is so full of happiness you feel like you are going to burst if you don’t share the feeling immediately.  Happiness is one of our favorite reasons for sending flowers.

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Happy Hearts Bouquet | Starting at $57.95

For more Happy Flowers click here.

In Love

Being in love is a beautiful thing.  Expressing that with a breathtaking bouquet of luxurious flowers is usually always a smart choice.

Beauty | Luxurious Bouquet of 36 Premium Roses | Starting at $175

For more Romantic Flowers click here.

Sad or Empathetic

When life becomes sad because of a loss, oftentimes we aren’t sure how to support our loved ones and friends.   Being there in person is best, of course.  But when you can’t because of obligation or distance, show your heart is there with flowers, plants or gift baskets.

For more sympathy flowers & gifts click here.

Celebratory

Life is full of milestones to celebrate.  Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, parties, holidays… The list is long.  And we highly recommend congratulating everyone.  Making every event special with flowers on the tables.  Gifting everyone who reached a big goal.  Embrace life and and share!

Celebration Flowers
That Winning Smile | Starting at $92.95

For more celebration flowers click here.

We know there are infinite combinations of feelings on the human emotional spectrum.  But we are confident that we have the right flowers to match your unique mix of feelings.   Flowers are a physical, beautifully visual representation of what you feel like sharing.

Check out our floral designs on our website 24/7.  We have one of the largest inventories in the DC Metro areas and a nationwide network of florists so you can send flowers to almost anyone!

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Our Favorite Holiday Memories

hw0_495766Traditions, laughter, family, friends are what make lasting memories that you carry through your life and get to relive and revive year after year every holiday. And if you are lucky you get to recreate and pass on to your children. We all have our favorite holiday memories and those memories are what tie us together in the merriment of the season. The smell of cinnamon-ey, ginger-ey, sugary baked goods, the taste of spiced wine or creamy eggnog, singing Christmas carols as you studied your Christmas tree and devised the best way to hand your ornaments or that time you sat on your father’s shoulders and reached up to put the big bright and shiny star on top of the tree. And that time your uncles strategized on how to best hang the Christmas lights on the outside wall of your home, or eyeing the Christmas presents siting at the foot of the tree and guessing what could possibly be in the boxes.

hw0_629767It could be going to midnight mass at church, or playing Mary and Joseph at you Sunday schools play of the nativity. Or going to a nursing home or children’s home with you parents to bring some Christmas gift and spreading some holiday cheer. or it could be watching the joy and surprise in your loved ones’ faces when they open the gifts that you put so much thought in or spent the money you worked so hard for.

Or it is  the stories you told, games you played, laughter and tears you shares with your family on Christmas eve. or that  time you went ice skating at your neighborhood skating rink, or the time you caught the Nutcracker at the theater. I could be the holiday trip your family took to a cabin for a special holiday trip, or the tropical Christmas that one year where you said Mele Kalikimaka instead of Merry Christmas.

hw0_495728We all have our own special memories that we will keep and treasure for all the days of our lives. And there are the memories we are going to make. Every holiday season is an opportunity to create a joyful memory for our loved ones. Every day of the season is an opportunity to make the days special for our families, friends and ourselves. But we should not limit this opportunity to only the holiday season. Every day of every year is an opportunity for lovely long lasting memories and and opportunity to make someone smile and have a heart full of joy and cheer. We urge you to make memories. We make memories every day, people never forget the day they received flowers, no matter ho many times they receive them in their lives.

10 things that make Us Happy

 

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Be Happy Bouquet

As the warm air is a thing of the past and the cooler days approach we try to find those things that give us comfort and happy feeling. Like PSL. But we do not have to look very far or spend a fortune to find them. why? Well for one, it is not difficult to fins small things that give use the warm and fuzzies or a small budget or for free and second, the simplest things are the ones that give the most. And we are here to guide you in the right direction.

  1. Warm/hot towel from the drier. Tell us that does not give you the warm and fuzzies. Very literally actually. Wrapping yourself with freshly washed warm codon goodness in a cool day ‘tis pretty much one of the best things in existence.
  2. while in the warm and fuzzy town, plush animals are one of the cutest things that can bring a happy smile to you face. Either getting one from a loved one of cuddling one that you already have and is full of loving memories
  3. while we are in the “animal” village, let us take a moment to appreciate all the happy heart palpitations we get when we see baby animals. puppies, kittens, lambs, chicks, baby monkeys actually any all animals bring us the “awwwww”s. “tis why we watch for ours videos of baby pandas on YouTube on bad days.
  4. And what do we send when someone is having a bad day? Flowers. you saw that coming, didn’t you? well, yes we are a florist and we would think that flowers will fix all ailments of the blues. But it is actually true. Flowers are certified joy bringers. there is actual certification after a grueling licensing exam that flowers must go through to be able to bring joy to people. those exams are given by tough and talented designers that go through each flower and make sure that they are worthy of you.

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    Giggles and Smiles
  5. There are usually notes that go along with the flowers and they are our #5 happy feelings bringers (yes, that is a thing). Sweet messages, love notes, feelings poured in words bring us instantaneous happiness. But they also last a long time. We often go back to old postcards or text message and emails from family, significant others, children, and friends and read them to absorb and feel the same feelings they gave us when we first received them. They are a beautiful thing.
  6. Speaking of sweet notes, how about the sweet deliciousness of chocolate? There is comfort and decadence that comes from placing a delicious piece of chocolate in your mouth and letting it melt slowly as you savor the luxurious flavors and aroma. Yup, those cocoa beans back a ton of happiness friends.

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    Golden Days
  7. A scenic ride in the car. sitting in the passenger seat with your case against the window and quietly watching the changing trees, fallen leaves on the ground pass. There is something serene and enjoyable about it. Living in the city can be especially tiring sometimes; it is important to get away for a few hours to absorb the calm and peace of the land beyond the hustle and bustle
  8. Those small things that brought us immeasurable enjoyment as children can bring us those same happy feelings. Like balloons. Remember when you were a child how much fun you had with balloons? How happy you were when they made you balloon animals or you were given one at the birthday party? the many hours you spent playing and chasing one? Believe it or not, balloons are full of happy airs (giggle). They symbolize cheery, festivities and happy occasions. Imagine how you would feel if you were to be give and bunch of balloons? Even their name is fun…thing about it BA-LLOONS
  9. Singing aloud. you cannot carry a note? it does not matter. turn your favorite music one and belt it out. sing it as loud as you can. close your eyes and just sing
  10. While you are at it do the 10th thing that will undoubtedly make you happy, DANCE. Dance around, jump around. No one care if you do not have rhythm. If someone cares, then that person does not matter. ENJOY YOURSELF.

Most importantly give to others all the things that make you happy. you find boundless happiness when you make others feel joy. That is a gift that keeps on giving.

 

Booh! Let’s Party!!!

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Spooky Sweet

So, here we are in the final days of October, also known as Halloween Week also known as the day everyone asks “What are you going to be for Halloween?” or “Are you going to a party?” week. For a florist, this is the day we ask ourselves: How can we make beautiful flowers look scary? This holiday allows us to stretch our imagination and come up with some of the coolest creations you could ever come up with gorgeous flowers. With the help of googly eyes, tiny pumpkins, curly willows and a can of black flower paint we can turn an unassuming innocent pretty arrangement into a halloween masterpiece.

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Witch’s Brew

You may be decorating your home with floating ghosts, spider webs, dangling skeletons and scary faced lanterns for your halloween party. But who said that you can’t class it up with a few flowers centerpieces. It’s true that halloween parties are not the kind of parties you plan to have flowers, and we are not saying you should, but there are ways to make your party different than the rest while maintaining the fun.  Imagine how the Addams Family would throw a dinner party. We all know that they are the epitome of class (in a spooky way). What would their decore look like? How would they set their table? What would their centerpieces look like?

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Wicked Bouquet

This the time to have fun with your imagination and step away from the “normal” of life, so why should you limit yourself to what is the “normal” for halloween parties?

So go for it, get creative, think outside of the box, call your florist! We’re armed with all kinds of fun goodies to add the BOO! in some BOOtiful flowers and the Spook in some Spooktacular arrangements.

 

 

Happy Halloween Y’all! Mwahahahaha!

 

Where to celebrate this Fall in DC

 

Fabulous Fall Roses in McLean VA, MyFloristWell things are happening this season. So many birthdays and anniversaries, milestones, life changes etc. It’s almost like we are preparing for more parties and events that will come as we get closer to the end of the year, or as we like to call it the events and celebration season.

So, it is important to know how and where we can celebrate and we can help. As far as “how” is concerned, the easy answer is: by making it the best day for the person you are celebrating or for yourself if you are the one you are celebrating. Make the person (or yourself) feel special. If you are planning a celebration for someone else, then find out what makes the person happy. Make it about that person. If the person is the kind that loves going out, dancing and partying then give him/her that. Even if you’d rather stay home and Netflix. You can take the person to the DC Fall Salsa and Bachata Dance Festival taking place in Crystal City this month, or you can reserve a table at JoJo’s for some good live music, good food and crowd of ALL ages. Or party it up at the many many night clubs anywhere from Adams Morgan, H Street or U Street Corridors, DuPont Circle, and Downtown DC. Have fun let loose and enjoy the fact that what you did is bringing happiness to the person you are celebrating.

If the person is a foodie, then make reservation at the person’s favorite restaurant. Or a restaurant that serves his/her favorite cuisine, like Filomena’s in Georgetown for Italian, Rasika in Penn Quarter for Indian, Dumplings & Beyond in Glover Park for Chinese, The Blue Duck Tavern in the West End for American, Fogo de Chao in Downtown for Brazilian and meat lover.

If shows and entertainment is what the person likes then you can catch shows at the Improv for some laughs, or head to the Folger Shakespeare Theater to watch Sense and Sensibility. And if instead of watching the show the person wants to be on the performing side then we suggest a fun evening of Karaoke at Muzette in Adams Morgan where you can rent a room for the guest of honor and friends to enjoy the night in private away from a mas of crowd or go to Wok and Roll on H street for Asian cuisine and some fun evening singing.

It is all about making the person be in the spotlight, made to feel cherished and honored…You know what else makes them feel that? Yup, you guessed it…Flowers.

Customers Matter

hw0_576178We are who we are because we value those we serve. We find joy in our work well done and in the satisfaction of our customers. We pride ourselves in the quality of our creations and find fulfillment in the appreciation of those that enjoy them. In short we wouldn’t be who we are if it weren’t for the integrity of our business model and our loyal customers. We strive to please them and serve them the best way we know how.
Businesses that don’t fully grasp the fact that customer satisfaction matters is a business that is doomed to fail. It is of course important to do work we love. But, ultimately, when in a service industry it is important to understand that a service industry cannot flourish without the important element of consumers to service. Nominally happy consumers that are pleased with the service offered and are willing to come again and again and again to quench their thirst of the product and services offered with a big’ol smiles. And ladies and gentlemen we are in the business of delivering not only smiles to our customer but we do it with a smile.hw0_197667
We believe in the philosophy that we need 3 wins to succeed. When our customers win, the business wins and the employees win. But it always starts with the happiness of the customers. Because without them, really, what’s the point. Right? Who are we serving? To what end? It would all be for Not. Right? Right!
But we don’t think our customers matter only because it is good for “business”. It’s for very selfish reasons too. We are artist. Creators of beautiful thing. We take raw gorgeousness and turn it into a masterpiece. But there wouldn’t be anyone to appreciate it if it weren’t for our customers. An artist is an artist only when consumer call his work a piece of art. And because of our very happy customers, we are not only great at keeping our employees fed but at having our creations appreciated.
And we have to tell you. We, MyFlorist, have just about the best customers any business could ever dream of. Just read our testimonials and reviews. We love them and they love use. We are grateful, no doubt about that.

Fall in the DC Metro

 

hw0_225271It’s that time again for pumpkin spice lattes, fuzzy boots and warm cardigans. Well it is still a little warm for the boots and cardigans but you know what we mean. FALL is here. The leaves are turning, people are planning their Halloween costumes, envisioning the pumpkins they will carve and planning their Netflix movies for the inevitable cooler rainy evenings.

The DC Metro area is preparing in its own way for the season. We have repeated ad nauseam just how beautiful our area gets in the autumn. the gorgeous colors, the crisp air, the whole atmosphere of the city and the surrounding “burbs”…intoxicating, delicious, romantic, moody in that artistic way. And we want you to enjoy every drop of dripping jewels our area has to offer.hw0_673904

Food is one way to enjoy a culture, a city and a season. DC VegFest is on of the festivals that ill offer yummy AND healthy food and entertainment for adults AND for children. Then we have Taste of William County for food fun and live music for the whole family. And there is also Taste of DC in the nation’s capital with the Capitol as your backdrop. Or you can go to the Centreville Food Truck Rally taking place at the Centreville Bible church. Guys, it can’t get better than a bunch of food trucks all at the same place offering food. But wait… for those of you that want to have some fun without the young ones, go on to Fort Washington for some Das Best Oktoberfest.

hw0_494365Fall is the season for reading. And the Library of Congress is sponsoring an even the National Book Festival where you can enjoy some readings, book signings, panels, poetry performances and a kids zone where children can meet characters from their favorite books. For some book filled day to Fall for The Book event in Fairfax Virginia and Enjoy readings, performances and exhibitions from authors from all around the world.

For those that are sporty and want to mix in some fun with their fitness we suggest the Color Fun Fest 5K. If you don’t know what this is then we HIGHLY suggest you participate. We won’t give it away but it is very colorful. Of course being a flower shop we do love things that are colorful. It is CRAZY fun too. Just go to it. You won’t be disappointing. And for a meaningful fun/fitness time participate in the Washington Prevent Cancer 5K Walk/Run taking place at the National Park.

And if you do not want o go out and enjoy some POMO, then stay home, curl up with a good book or a good movie. Make sure you get some beautiful jewel toned flowers fro your local florist and put it somewhere you can easily see and enjoy the peace that only fall can give.

 

 

Growing Closer Every Year, Why Your Anniversary is So Important

 

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The longer time you spend with someone, the more you get to know them, the more you learn to care for them and the more you fall in love with them (or not but we are trying to look at the brighter side of things). And each year that passes you thank the good Lord that they are in your life. This is why we celebrate anniversaries. Remembering your anniversary and celebrating the day is not just done because it’s the nor, what expected or because your wife will evict you to spend the year in the dog house if you don’t or to congratulate yourself for making it another year. 

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Anniversaries are a way of celebrating your ever growing, ever evolving nature of your love. Every year you gain new experiences, you grow and become a better person, And that is largely because of your partner in life. You grow together and that is something that needs to be celebrated. 

hw0_400653Romantic Love is a strong and great feeling. It is a bond between two people. It’s a force that expands and grows with each passing time as long as it is nurtured and cared for. And for every year of love that you gain you know that your love is that mush stronger and that much greater. Don’t you thing that is something that needs to be recognized and honored? We do!

Anniversary celebrations help us to do that. They are not just a date on a calendar, they are dates that symbolize and mark your undying love for your honey has grown one more year with a promise of more.