Fun Ways To Celebrate Your 4th Of July Weekend

HW0_474725You’ve done the fireworks at the National Mall, and the parades and the Capitol 4th Concert, and the long trips to the beach and the crowd and the endless walking in the sun and heat and you just want to do something different and fun this year; away from the large crowd that mill around our Nation’s capital. Well we have some ideas for you. You can bring all the fun out there, closer to home. You can get together with your friends and family and have a fun weekend.

First, compile a list of fun party music that you know you and your guest will enjoy and have fun to or find a pandora radio station that you know will deliver the good music. This will serve as a soundtrack to your party. Next plan several games that you can play outdoors and indoors that both the younger (if you know children will be there) and the older guests will enjoy and participate in. Our favorites and games everyone can participate in easily are cornhole, bocce, ring toss. If you want to bring some of the traditionally indoors games to the outdoors you can play twister on a larger scale in your lawn, or life size checkers, and giant janga. And to keep cool in the hot july day and especially fun for the kids and the young at heart are water balloons (or water guns) fights, dunk buckets, and water slides if your yard allows.HW0_430699

Make sure to keep yourself and your guests hydrated this holiday weekend; as you can see this summer is a scorcher. Water is essential not only to play in or with but to drink. And in the summer holidays ice is also essential to keep our drinks and ourselves from becoming too warm. For alternatives ideas for ice made of water, we suggest cubing some watermelons and freezing them. This way, your delicious drinks (for both the adults and the kids) won’t be too watered down with plain old ice. You can also try making frozen juice cubes. They are fun to look at and delicious. Just don’t forget to drink lots of water; like the flowers we work with, we humans need lot of H2O.

Food is also important. You will be burning a lot energy running around with all the fun activities, so you’ll need your fuel. You can BBQ some burgers, hotdogs and chicken (the usual suspects) or you can make it fun and interesting by adding items that you wouldn’t normally think of. Think BBQed pizza, kebabs, quesadillas, shrimps, instead of your usual chicken breast or legs try the wings. You can grill some fruits like Pineapples and peaches to make them sweeter for a healthy dessert or to add to your ice cream sundaes.

HW0_409541The important thing is to have fun this weekend. You are celebrating the Nation’s independence and freedom, so go ahead and freely laugh and enjoy one another. Explore new ways to celebrate each other and make lasting memories. It’s not about planning too much and working anxiously to have the perfect party. Rather, it’s to enjoy the day and everything it offers freely.

Happy 4th!!!!

10 Best Gift Ideas for Dad

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Daddy’s Day is around the corner and you have no idea what to get him. you’ve done the silly tie, the “world’s best dad” coffee mug, the handy man tools, the barbeque set, the wallets (seriously, how many wallets does one need?) and endless dinners out to a steak house. Now you’re running out of ideas. We’ll give you some ideas you may not have considered. Before we list some of our favorite great ideas we want to remind you when daddy was a super duper hero, when you couldn’t wait to spend time with you, to have him tell you stories, play basketball or baseball or football or soccer with you outside, when he carried you on his shoulders and did the airplane? Don’t you think he deserves something special?

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Here are some of our favorite gifts for dad:

  1. If dad is a whiskey connoisseur sign him up for a year’s subscription to monthly or quarterly bottle deliveries. This will allow him to get to gether with his buddies and show off his vast collection of fine amber you got for him as they merrily taste them.
  2. Get him a personal one-on-one golf lesson so he can perfect or…ahm…improve his swing, so next time he is out on the green he can show off a bit.
  3. Take him to a paintball arena for a fun day with you. It’s a great way to bond and have your dad show you he can still beat you at the game.
  4. Take him to a shooting range. Why not? This is another way you can spend more time with your dad.
  5. If he is a meat lover? there are many services that allow you to get him a subscription for monthly deliveries of various kinds of meats.
  6. Take him camping or fishing. Again this another “let’s spend some time together doing manly things” plan.
  7. Does dad like sports? Does he have a favorite team? Buy a ticket to a game for the two of you. Even if you think his team is the worst, your gift to him is to cheer for his team like they were yours.
  8. Plant a road trip to somewhere he’s wanted to visit but hadn’t had time to go.
  9. His favorite musician or band from his favorite band is having a concert? Buy him a ticket and go with him. Rock hard or mellow out with him.
  10. Give him the gift of doing NOTHING. Take over his chores.
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Notice how the gifts are either a way to spend some time together or giving him something he actually will enjoy. He put a lot of thought in the way he raised you, took care of you, provided for you thinking about what is best for you. It only logical that you put some thought into your gift with what he likes in mind and remembering that the best gift you can give him is showing him that you enjoy spending time with him.

 

Summer Party Decorating Ideas

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LET’S PAAAARTYYYY!

Now that we’ve done our spring cleaning and our homes and yards look spotless, it’s time to throw some funtabulous parties to show them off. This is the season for the bridal showers, engagement parties, barbecue parties, pool parties, “it’s awesome out side so let’s take avantage” parties, “warm weather is entirely too short so let’s enjoy” parties, “we’ll have a party because we wanna” parties. Any reason is a good reason for a party, right? Right!

When planning a party we need to think of a theme and color palettes that matches the occasion to help us better choose our decor and accessories. Disposable (or reusable, let love our planet) plates, cups, napkins, utensils, table cloth or covers, balloons, hats, sashes, banners, confettis, favors, and centerpieces. Now, we can help you with any centerpiece questions you may have and will try to address them today.

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Burst of Beauty

First, being that it is warm out, we understand you want to take your parties outdoors, or even partially outdoors. Here is where your choice of centerpieces will be decided. How warm is it outside? A lovely 72 degrees or a balmy 95? Is the area covered and air conditioned or open with plenty of sunshine? Of course, if you’re having your party outdoors in the open in a 90 degree weather, you do not want to have centerpieces with fresh cut flowers. Instead, we suggest beautiful potted flowering plants. You get the flowers and you won’t see them wither as the party progresses and you get to have pretty plants once the party is over (you can use them again so whoop whoop) or you can give them away to your guests as a gift! Our favorite plants that are perfect for centerpieces are: African violets, Hibiscus, Begonias, Kalanchoes, Azaleas and Cyclamen. These plants are easily found in small sizes making them the perfect centerpiece plants. You can choose beautiful rustic tiny pail buckets, or pretend you are in a vineyard in Tuscany and put them in earthy terracotta pots or class them up with fancy ceramic containers. And you can find them in a variety of colors to match your theme.

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Turn Up The Pink

If your party is partly indoors or in air conditioned area, you can tie in the decor and theme outside and follow thru with more plants or decide on fresh cut flowers in the same colors of your plants. The best part is that there are many colors, shapes and sizes fresh cut flowers come in. They can also be designed in any size. you tant tall arrangement that you want to put in the foyer of your house? You want long hanging ones you can drape over the mantle of your fireplace? You want the tiny arrangement with a few flowers to brighten up your powder room? Or perhaps you want to sprinkle around your living, dining and kitchen area, beautifully designed pave arrangements in modern cube vases? Everything you desire is only a phone call away. Call your florist and tell them what colors you want your flowers to be and where you want to put them and they will create designs that will make your heart sing, do cartwheels, backflips, hula hoops, the running man, the water sprinkler, and the cha-cha all at the same time.

You may not think that having flowers for your party is unnecessary. We think that when you look back at the pictures, sure you will laugh at the memories of the people, but, there, in the background, will be the beautiful flowers that will bring whimsy to the photo. Trust us, we know that we’re talking about.

Flowers & Fashion

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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.

Keep Cool & Have Fun

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After the looooong and cooooold winter we’ve had this past winter, we will not (or dare not) complain about the hot summer sun. Other than slathering on some heavy duty SPFs, and arming ourselves with hats and old timey parasols, there are other fun things we can do to keep ourselves cool. Some of these ideas will bring back some childhood memories.

Long, hot and dry summer days mean dry lawns and gardens. You can turn the the simple task of watering your garden into a fun activity for you and your family and/or friends. You have sprinklers? Turn them on and run around in your yard playing tag. Or unroll your hose and have fun chasing your friends with it. You’ll water your lawn and you will have fun doing it.

Water balloons and water guns fights are also an awesome  and cost effective way to have some backyard fun. Remember that all that fun you’re having with water may wash off  the aforementioned SPF, so make sure to reapply or use the waterproof kind. We don’t want to you to wilt like a cut hydrangea that has been sitting in the sun for too long.

Whether you are simply laying out on lounge chair soaking up some Vitamin D or engaged in an outdoor activity, make sure to hydrate yourself. Like flowers, we need plenty of water to stay fresh, healthy and alive. And the cooler the environment we are in is, the longer we last (OK, maybe not) but we know at least flowers do.

Celebrating Summer in DC

Fourth_of_July_fireworks_behind_the_Washington_Monument,_1986Summer is in full swing and the kids are getting restless.  There are only so many days they can spend at home before they start wanting to go somewhere and do something.  School is still several weeks away, so it’s time for some new late-summer fun ideas!

Go swimming.  If the kids haven’t hit the local swimming pools, now’s the time.  There’s nothing like a dip in the cool water to beat the summer heat.  Even if you’ve gone to the pool a few times this summer, kids never grow old of splashing around.

You probably don’t want to go out in the heat for a picnic lunch, but that’s OK—you don’t have to.  Have the kids plan a picnic on the living room floor.  Let them decide on the menu and the décor.  If you have any potted plants, for example, you can move them around to create your own “jungle.”  You can also take a sheet and create a tent to picnic in.

If your family loves music events, there are many different free concerts held in the summer in the DC area.  The Military Bands put on different events almost every night.  You’ll find live music in Farragut Square Park, the Navy Memorial Plaza, and at the Capitol Riverfront.

Many different DC museums offer summer programs.  Some are aimed at teaching kids, while others are for adults.  All of them combine fun with learning so you can say you didn’t waste the entire summer!

Also check out the various movies on the lawn activities.  There are a number of outdoor movies shown throughout the summer months.

While getting out and enjoying some of the area parks, water parks, museums, and other events can be a lot of fun, you can always stay home and avoid the heat.  Put together a calendar of a mixture of events to keep you and your family entertained during the last days of summer.

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Summer Happenings in DC

While it’s incredibly hot outside, there’s still a lot going on in Washington, DC, in August.  The Dog Days of Summer are blazing down on us, but if you stay at home all the time, you’ll start going stir-crazy!  Here are some things going on in DC that you might want to brave the heat for.

Go on a picnic.  Yes, it’s hot outside, but there are some cool days here and there, and there are plenty of parks and other areas that are perfect for lunch.

Another activity you can do with your family is to visit the local museums.  It’s air conditioned!  While you may have been to some of them before, most have new rotating exhibits.  Plus, as kids get older, they may learn new things from exhibits they’ve seen before or appreciate them in ways they haven’t before.

There are also a lot of free summer concerts in the DC area.  The Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps bands perform almost every week on different nights, so there are plenty of concerts for you to attention.  There are also musical performances at the National Mall, the Capitol, Farragut Square Park, and more.  Some are held at noon, while other performances are in the evening.

Likewise, there are always shows and plays being performed at the National Theatre and other theatres in the metro.  Take a break from your summer to enjoy a night out at the theater and one of these amazing performances.

A lot of different places in the metro also screen movies once a week during the summer.  One of the biggest screenings is the Screen on the Green at the National Mall.  Most of these screening events are free, and many either allow you to bring your own snacks or have a snack bar set up.

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Hot Weather Fun in DC


It’s hot!  We’re right in the middle of the summer’s oppressive heat, and that means we don’t want to do much of anything outdoors.  However, just because it’s hot doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun.  Here are a few fun hot weather activities in the DC area.

Go swimming.  If the kids haven’t hit the local swimming pools, now’s the time.  There’s nothing like a dip in the cool water to beat the summer heat.  Even if you’ve gone to the pool a few times this summer, kids never grow old of splashing around.  Just take plenty of sunscreen, and make certain everyone stays hydrated (yes, even while swimming).

You probably don’t want to go out in the heat for a picnic lunch, but that’s OK—you don’t have to.  Have the kids plan a picnic on the living room floor.  Let them decide on the menu and the décor.  If you have any potted plants, for example, you can move them around to create your own “jungle.”  You can also take a sheet and create a tent to picnic in.  There are also a few cool days here and there, especially if some rainy weather comes in.

There are also a lot of free summer concerts in the DC area.  The Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps bands perform almost every week on different nights, so there are plenty of concerts for you to attention.  There are also musical performances at the National Mall, the Capitol, Farragut Square Park, and more.  Some are held at noon, while other performances are in the evening.

Another activity you can do with your family is to visit the local museums.  While you may have been to some of them before, most have new rotating exhibits.  Plus, as kids get older, they may learn new things from exhibits they’ve seen before or appreciate them in ways they haven’t before.  This is a good air-conditioned activity, too!

A lot of different places in the DC area also screen movies once a week during the summer.  One of the biggest screenings is the Screen on the Green at the National Mall.  Most of these screening events are free, and many either allow you to bring your own snacks or have a snack bar set up.

Even though it’s hot, there’s still a lot of fun to be had!  Of course, since you’ll be inside a lot, be sure to brighten up your home with some of our amazing summer bouquets delivered in Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas.

Save Your Flowers from the Heat


July is one hot month, and the heat can really do a number on your flowers!  While summer is the best time to see the vibrant, beautiful flowers, it’s true that these bright blooms don’t last too long, especially if you don’t get much rain.  If you’re concerned about your flowers dying in the summer heat, here are a few tips that might help keep them alive during the next few months.

The first tip is obvious: make certain to keep your flowers watered!  However, you don’t want to go out in the heat of the day to work in your flowerbeds or water your plants.  Instead, water in the evening or early morning.  This has two benefits: first, it’s cooler so you’re not so hot, and second, the water doesn’t evaporate in the afternoon sun, so more of it gets to your plants and flowers.  You’ll use much more water if you water during the heat of the day.

It’s also important to deadhead (cut off the dead blooms) your flowers after they are done blooming.  This keeps your flowerbeds looking nice and also keeps your flowers healthy.  In fact, if you have flowers that bloom a couple of times during the summer, such as rose bushes, deadheading them can make their second blooming much more spectacular.

Another tip is to cut back any of your blooming perennials.  Like deadheading, this can make your flowerbeds look tidier, and it will also help encourage new growth on the flowers.

Fertilizing your plants during the summer is another way to keep them healthy and blooming.  Adding a layer of compost to your flowerbeds every now and then is also a great idea, especially since compost breaks down more quickly in the heat.  This means the nutrients get into the ground more quickly.

Of course, in some parts of the country, you’ve got more to worry about than just the heat.  If you live in an area prone to storms, hurricanes, or tornadoes, your flowers can really take a beating.  There’s not a lot you can do to protect them from heavy storms or tornadoes, but if you know a storm is coming, you can at least bring in any potted plants.  Those planted in your flowerbeds, however, may be at the mercy of the storm.  You can cover your flowers with lightweight tarps or plastic covers, but even this may not help if the storm is really powerful.

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Escape the Summer Heat

It’s July, and that almost always means it’s hot outside.  Temperatures are creeping up into areas that send everyone indoors and have air conditioners working overtime, especially in the South.  What staying indoors is one way to escape the summer heat, we don’t always have that option.  Here are a few different ideas for escaping the summer heat.

Keep hydrated.  Drink more water and less soda.  Just remember that you can drink too much water too quickly.  If you’re doing a lot of work outdoors, definitely take water breaks, but don’t overdo it.

If you do have to work outdoors in your yard, do it either early in the morning or late in the day so you avoid the highest temperatures.  Be sure to do your watering at these times, too; otherwise, most of the water will evaporate instead of nourishing your grass, flowers, and garden.

Another way of escaping the summer heat is to do as much as you can in the morning or evening.  Try to get all of your errands done in one outing, too, so you can stay inside more.

Do these high temperatures have your air conditioners running almost constantly?  While that might keep you cool, you’ll flip when you see your electric bill.  Do what you can to save on power.  Turn on ceiling fans or get stand fans for the rooms you’re in the most.  If you have a window unit, run it and shut off your central air because window units use much less power.  Also check with your electric company to see if they have special price breaks for those who use less energy during peak times.

Weatherizing your home can also help save on your energy and keep everything cooler.  Install curtains or blinds on all your windows to help insulate them.  Look around windows and doors for any light—if you can see light through them, they aren’t sealed properly, and you’re leaking cold air.  Also take a look at your attic and see if it needs more insulation.

Don’t be overcome by the heat this summer.  These are just a few ways of escaping from the high temperatures and their effects.  State of mind can also play a part in feeling oppressed by the heat.  To keep cool, order yourself a crisp, fresh bouquet of summer flowers in Washington, DC.