Food & Flowers

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Elegant Traditions

When planning a dinner party, or a holiday dinner, or a romantic dinner at home, first thing you think about is, of course, the menu then the theme and how to put it all together harmoniously. The way we set our tables is what ties it all together and set the mood we want. It would be a simple relaxed dinner with paper plates and cups and disposable cutlery (because we just don’t have the time, the desire or the energy to do the dishes) or it could be so formal with countless fancy spoons, forks, knives, glasses and what-not in every shape and size it would make Emily Post weep tears of joy and Carson (from Downton Abbey) do a jig.

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Autumn Expressions

You play the music that will compliment the gastronomic treat and the occasion. We wouldn’t suggest you playing Black Sabbath at an ear-piercing volume during a candlelight romantic dinner…unless, of course, you prefer not to converse with your guest/s and have your face in your Osso Buco and stuff your face with baby potatoes and Black Sabbath just does it for you, then go for it. We recommend you choose softer music whether holiday themed or not (depending on the occasion), that will allow those at the table to converse and enjoy their meal and the atmosphere without the threat of pierced eardrums and a possible headache.

Find the right table dressing and ornaments that fits the reason of the special dinner. Pine cones and ornamental balls for Christmas, Pumpkins and decorative fruit for Thanksgiving, Crystals and floating candles for a romantic date night are perfect. However, nothing will come close to a perfectly designed and placed flower arrangement.

Flowers are definitely the exclamation point that will finish the look. Whether a round and low centerpiece or an oblong one perched in the middle of the table, or small pieces nestled between serving plates and bowls, or standing tall and proud at your buffet table, will help you set the mood for your occasion. Just remember you don’t choose flowers that overpower your food. If it is sitting at your table you want to be able to smell the food you’re eating not the Stargazers in front of you. So if your must have heavily scented flowers choose them for the buffet table or for another part of your home rather than on your dinner table.

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Crimson Cornucopia

Since this is Thanksgiving season, you probably are already planning your menu and your decor. If you are planning a large dinner with friends and family and their friends you are probably a going over minute details to make the day memorable and enjoyable. Here is how we can help: we the have flowers part covered. If you have a buffet table with all the food and the dining room table just for eating then we suggest a lovely centerpieces for the table, low enough for people to look over it but sizable enough for it to make a statement. Plan a taller one to put on your buffet table. If you have the food on the table your will be sitting at, then we suggest multiple smaller pieces you can place sporadically to bring some color to your table. Don’t forget to add some rearrangements around the house. Perhaps in your kitchen where you and your family will prepare the food and in the living room where your guest will sit and wait for the food to come out. Perhaps in the powder room (natural air freshener anyone?) and if you have a spacious foyer then add one to welcome your guests with.

A Meaningful Card Message

myflorist_bestwishesOne of the aspect of flower ordering that our customers get stuck on is deciding what they want to write on the message card. It is a very personal, emotional and meaningful part of the whole process and it is hard to express one’s sentiments in a few lines with a few words. Whatever the occasion may be, we want our gifts to express the meaning behind them. We understand how it could be difficult to put feeling in words especaily when we are not very “wordy”. We have found a fantastic website to help you: bestcardmessages

Here are some of our favorites:

For Anniversary:

  • “I’m even more in love with you than I was last year.
  • “Time is much sweeter when I spend it with you”
  • “Another year’s gone by, but I hope it’s still just the beginning for us”
  • Let’s not forget the funnies  “Hey, I didn’t forget our anniversary; I’m just early for next year’s anniversary”

Just make sure to include the occasion and what it means to you to celebrate a milestone with your love.

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Fall in Love Roses

For Sympathy:

This is a tough one. There are many variable to consider. You may be writing the message on behalf of a company and your coworkers and you may have no connection with neither the bereaved nor the deceased or it could be a close friend or family.

Here are some guidelines to help you in choosing your words properly:

  • Don’t try to tell the person how he/she feels. For example, “I know you probably feel awful and mad at the world.”  It’s best to assume that you don’t know how the person feels.
  • Don’t write anything about your own problems.  If you lost someone once, you can mention something that helped you. Question the purpose of bringing up your own experiences in the sympathy message. Save stories for when you talk to the person.
  • Don’t ever bring up a debt or something that was borrowed of yours. If someone borrowed something or owes you money, be decent enough to wait a few weeks before asking for it from the family. Unless, of course, you think they are going to sell it or claim it as their own. Even then, consider thinking of the money or borrowed item as a sympathy gift.
  • Don’t include judgments from God such as, “It was his time to go, it’s all for the best, or he lived a good life and he’s in heaven.” You won’t know what is going through the surviving person’s mind, and you are not God.
  • Always stay positive. An untactful sympathy card message that is positive is better than a negative message that is eloquently written.
  • When in doubt, make your message shorter, not longer. The more you write, the more chance you have to offend someone. Brief is good. Stay to the point.
  • If you offer to help someone, knowing they will have a difficult time, tell the person how you want to help. This prevents the person from asking you to do something you don’ t actually want to do. Also, the likelihood that the person will actually call you for help is low, so tell when you will call them.

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To say Thank You:

Make sure not to sound insincere or fail to demonstrate your gratitude properly.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • “Only someone who knows me well could choose a gift for me so well!”
  • “You are a blessing in my life. You are truly someone who stands by my side and helps me when I need help. I wish I could return the favor, but I don’t know how. Please accept my most deep and sincere gratitude.”
  • “How can I say thanks in a way that will express the gratitude I feel. How about a hug?”

The point is, regardless of the occasion, the message on the cards you attach to your gifts will make your gift even that much meaningful and will and should reflect what is in your heart.

When in doubt make sure to browse that link above and use it as a cheat sheet. And remember, it’s not about a lot of words; it’s about well chosen words that mirror your sentiments.

 

Be a Hero & Save The Day When Life is Tough

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Giggles & Smiles

We all have bad days. It could be because you rolled out of bed and stepped in a pool of your puppy’s “accident”, or the flat tire on your way to work, or your train that is always late decides to be 5 minutes early and you just make it on the platform just as the doors close, and that was the day your coffee machines decides to take a vacation. Or your mother called you just to tell you that her friend’s daughter that got married a year ago is having a child while you refuse to give her grandchildren, because clearly that is something you are deliberately doing to upset her. There are many things that can come up in our day that can ruin it worse than rain on suede. We have three choices: we can choose to let it affect us and let it bring us down, or brush it off, or do something about it and fix it.

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How Sweet It Is

We choose the third option. Letting bad episodes have a say in our peace of mind should never be an option. We can brush it off, but what will that fix? Doing something about it will change our circumstances and we could be our own heroes that sweep in to save the day.

Sometimes we find that those in our life are having a particularly gray day. We could be the superheroes that save the day. This doesn’t mean we need to don our cape and mask, use fancy gadget and fly in thru the window and offer our villain destroying services (although that would totally be super cool). It could be small subtle things that make our loved one’s heavy load a little lighter. Like listening to them, empathizing or sympathising, holding their hand to comfort them, a hug, a smile, a simple note saying you’re there for them, a smiley face text message, or a vase full of bright-colored flowers to bring the sunshine to their gray day.

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One Fine Day

Admittedly we can’t help you with the hugs, the hand holdings and the listening to their problem part. But we will be more than happy to deliver the flowers with a message from you attached and deliver it with a smile on our faces. See, we too are heroes that save the day for you. You’re welcome :).  There is a joy that comes from helping others and knowing you’ve made something to make someone happy. In the words of Romain Rolland “A hero is a man who does what he can.” So we all are/can be one so long as we don’t hold back on what we know what we can do, especially for those that really need our help.

 

Romance In The Fall

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Fall Brights

Weather is changing, colors are changing, and our wardrobe choice is changing. We are holding on to our loved ones a little tighter both because we heart them and because we could use the heat. Some autumn days can be so cold that we need to snuggle up to keep warm. And for that reason we shall call autumn the snuggle season.

There are many opportunities that the fall offers to indulge on some snuggle time while enjoying our wonderful city. D.C. offers so many places you can enjoys while admiring the breath taking changing colors of the leaves. There are numerous parks you can take a lovely stroll in and take in the scenery. Roosevelt Island, The National Arboretum, Rock Creek Park, and The National Mall are some of the parks we like where you can enjoy nature and people watch and walk the trails hand in hand.

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Bejeweled Beauty

Many restaurants and cafes still have outdoor sitting available, and our city is blessed with establishments with out-door sitting, take advantage and park your cabooses at the tables and enjoy a hot beverage and share a tasty meal together. The cooler air will, again, give you a reason and an opportunity to sit close to each other.

Some fall days are nippier than other. On those days you can plan your romantic dates indoors. You can snag a couple of tickets to the Kennedy Center to one of the fantastic performances they have lined up this season. Evita anyone? A dinner and a movie date would also be perfect in the cooler evenings. A hot meal in the tummy and a rom-com on the silver screen is a cure to any rainy, windy, chilly day.

All we are saying is that, if you were looking for an excuse to cozy up to your honey without being too obvious, then the cool autumn air is providing you with one. Grab it with both hands (ha! pun!). While at it, grab yourself some out of this world arrangement of the all the colors of a pot of jewels (see two blogs down) and set up an even romantic-er mood by presenting them to her.

 

 

Flowers & Fashion

Blossoms In Vogue
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Passion For Fashion

 When you think spring and summer, you think about beautiful, colorful, and fragrant flowers. We grow them in the cool tail-end of winter so that we can see them in their glorious bloom during the warmer months.

Like the beautiful flowers out in our gardens bursting in colors and fragrance, what we wear during this time are splashed with the same happy and lively colors. The delicate flirty pastels of spring and the bold and hot colors of summer dictate our clothing choices, allowing us to match and/or complement our beautiful surroundings. At times, even the prints of the very same flowers we planted show up on our clothing. We see hair accessories, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, belts, broaches etc all inspired by flowers.

Of course fashion is not only seen in what we wear, but also in what we choose to decorate our homes with. The table cloths, the curtains, the upholstery of our sofas and couches, the throw pillows, the rugs, the bed sheets and blankets, our kitchen and bathroom towels and even our wall papers or paints are often inspired by what is in vogue in the world of fashion.

Like fashion, flowers arrangements change and adapt. The same way that flowers influence what we wear and put in our homes, fashion dictates the way we arrange our flowers and choose our colors and accessories. Fashion and interior designers look for inspiration from flowers, and flowers shop designers look for inspiration for their creations from the fashion and interior design experts. In fact, for us in the flower industry, it is imperative to be on top of what is trendy in the fashion and interior design world simply because it will give us insight on what brides want and what our customers would like to see in their homes and offices.

We, at MyFlorist, can dress up your fashionable homes and offices with our outstanding flower designs that our capable and talented designers create whatever your taste might be. We understand that, like the garments you wear and the furniture you choose, your flowers should express your individual style.

Flowers: Just Because…

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Sunflowers and Hydrangea

We all have that something we turn to when we need cheering up when we are having one of those days. Some of us look up videos and pictures of puppies and baby pandas on YouTube and Google Images, others step outside in the bright sunny day talk a relaxing walk and others stop at their local florist to get themselves a bunch of flowers to take home so they can end their day on a better note.

So, what can we do when those in our lives are having a “Nothing seems to go right today! Argh!” kind of day?  It would be nice if we could send them a truck full of puppies and kittens, but we can’t, because it’s not practical and they would end up having to clean up after them making their day even more difficult. There are, however, many other things you can do that doesn’t require litter boxes and chew toys. You can send them a simple and sweet email or text, a bunch of balloons, a stuffed animal, and some brightly colored flowers. You can take them out to lunch or send them a box of chocolates (because chocolates make everything better), or better yet, a whole basket of goodies.

Remind the person that, no matter what kind of day s/he’s having, there is someone out there that cares. Even if the person is not having a particularly bad day, just do something sweet “just because”. Do something that says “Hi, you are wonderful!” Believe us, we’ve been in the business of surprising people for over two decades and we’ve seen the reactions of people getting something unexpected. It changes the person’s day from ordinary to “Wohoooo!” Sure, birthdays, anniversaries and other milestone occasions are good reasons to send flowers, but nothing makes a person’s day like flowers
received out of the blue for no particular reason.

Counting Everyday Blessings


You’ve heard the saying “count your blessings!” but have you ever really sat down and counted your everyday blessings?  You’d be surprised at how much you have been blessed with if you think about it.  While some people certainly have more than others, very few people have no blessings at all.  In times of stress and trouble, make a list of everything you have to be grateful for.  Reading through it can help put things into perspective.  Here are a few of the things you might put on that list.

•    Family.  Some of us have been blessed with amazing parents or grandparents, while others have children who love them unconditionally.

•    A job.  In a time when the economy is still recovering, having a job that allows us to pay our bills is definitely something to be thankful for.

•    A home.  Whether it’s a small apartment or a large house, having a home of your very own is a blessing.

•    Friends.  Think of how empty your life would be if you didn’t have those people closest to you.

•    Pets.  They’re always there for us.

What blessings are on your list?

Want to show your friends and family that you feel blessed to have them in your life?  Send them some flowers in Washington, DC, today!