5 Steps to a Romantic Night at Home that She Won’t Forget

Romantic Rose
Romantic Rose

Here are some tried and true steps for a classic romatic evening at home.  The key is to set a relaxing mood and pamper her extravagently.

 
Step 1:  Gather supplies. 
2 – 3 days ahead of time.
 
Here are some supplies you may need to line up beforehand – keep in mind what she likes and make changes to our advice accordingly.  If you are surprising her, hide everything! 
  • Tapered Candles – at least 2, with holders.   You can find these at a candle shop or a department store.
  • Wine – You can find good wine starting at $10 a bottle.  Ask your liquor store clerk for help. 
  • Flowers – Order a quality flower arrangement and have it delivered just before she arrives home.  If you are not surprising her, you might want to have them delivered to her workplace.  If you are ordering roses, buy one, two or three dozen.  Call your florist and make arrangements now.  Consider ordering an elegant centerpiece for the dinner table as well.
  • Mood music.  Set up a CD or Ipod speaker system to play her favorite relaxing music.   Burn her favorite mix, if you have the chance.
  • Bubble bath and votive candles.  These can be found at a department store at the mall or possibly your neighborhood drug store.
  • You’ll need to either cook her favorite meal or order it for pickup.  Plan this ahead of time so you aren’t stressed.

Step 2 – Set the Stage
2 Hours – 4 Hours Ahead of Time

  • Clean the house.  At least the areas visible to her during the evening.
  • Set the table with your best china, cutlery, napkins & stemware.
  • If you chose a white wine, put it in the fridge to chill at least three hours ahead of time.
  • Put the tall candles in the center of the table.  Don’t light them until just before she arrives.
  • Pick up dinner or begin cooking.  Coordinate your cooking  times with your personal grooming time and/or hers.  If you are picking up, do it before she arrives.
  • Shave, shower and shampoo.  Brush your teeth.  Splash on a little cologne.  Put on clean, dress-casual clothes.
  • Set up the bathroom.  This is optional.  She may enjoy a long bubble bath surrounded by candles while you finish preparing the food.  It is okay to ask her if she wants a half hour or hour to herself before dinner.  She may enjoy relaxing and making herself look good for you, too!

Step 3 – Meet Her at the Door
Just as the night begins.

Give her a kiss and present her flowers with a smile.   Show her the table, let her know the menu, and offer her a glass of wine and a bubble bath.   Time the meal preparation accordingly. 

Step 4 – Wine and Dine
Relax and enjoy the ambiance!

Turn on the music.  Light the candles.  Top off the wine glasses. Eat, drink and enjoy yourselves.

Step 5 – Be Charming and Considerate
All night long.

Enjoy the evening.  You both deserve it!  Just remember to clean the kitchen for her the next day and bask in the loving looks she sends your way.

 

Eckhart Tolle – Flowers Enlighten Us

Sunny Smiles
Sunny Smiles

When you open the book “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle, the first paragraphs are about the beauty of flowers and how they impact us:

 

Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun.

 

Prior to this momentous event that heralds an evolutionary transformation in the life of plants, the planet had already been covered in vegetation for millions of years. The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena, since conditions were most likely not yet favourable for a widespread flowering to occur. One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of colour and scent all over the planet – if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness it.

 

An awakening power

Much later, those delicate and fragrant beings we call flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them. As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value which had no utilitarian purpose for them, that is to say, was not linked in some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics. Jesus tells us to contemplate the flowers and learn from them how to live. The Buddha is said to have given a ‘silent sermon’ once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it. After a while, one of those present, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile. He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon. According to legend, that smile (that is to say, realization) was handed down by twenty-eight successive masters and much later became the origin of Zen.

 

Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Without fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless. They not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of spirit. Using the word ‘enlightenment’ in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants.

 

Get Eckhart’s book here.

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McCain, Obama & Anniversary Flowers

We know Barack chose white roses with babies’ breath for his and Michelle’s 16th wedding anniversay.   It was reported by the Chicago Sun!   And while we didn’t catch the scoop on the type of flowers John might have chosen for his and Cindy’s 28th anniversary, we dare to presume he may have sent her orchids…    

If you are looking for ideas for your own upcoming anniversary, here are some great suggestions:

Her Favorite Flowers – This is a great choice, but talk with your florist to make sure they are in season.  Not all flowers are stocked year-round.

Flowers in Her Favorite Color – Your florist can create a beautiful arrangement in shades of almost any color.

Roses –  Roses are anniversary favorites world-wide because they symbolize romantic love, celebration and high value.

Holland Arrangement – The best quality flowers come from Holland.  These are usually the preferred flowers for weddings, anniversaries and special events because of their color, texture and superior quality.

Exotic Flowers – For a bolder, more distinctive floral gift, you might consider a tropical design. 

MyFlorist has a unique selection of breathtaking anniversary arrangements.  Keep us in mind for your next anniversary! 

MyFlorist.  Your Expression.  Our Passion.

MyFlorist Exclusive – 2009 Dish Gardens Are In!

Copper Garden
Copper Garden

Dish gardens are wonderful gifts during the late fall and winter months.   They are attractive, easy to care for and full of life. 

Our enhanced collection for 2009 includes brand new designs that include foliage, foliage with fresh cuts, and European gardens.  Check out our selection here.

Generally, a dish garden will be planted in a leak-proof container or lined with plastic so they can be put on finished wood surfaces.  Containers can be ceramic, metal, terra-cotta, wicker or metal.  

Best of all, almost any occasion or decor can be celebrated with a dish garden.  When choosing a dish garden as a gift, keep in mind the decor of the recipient.  If the home is more traditional, a ceramic container with a porcelain look may look better than a garden in a wicker basket or terra-cotta pot.  For an office, a non-blooming selection of plants may be easier to care for and hold up well during vacations and weekends.

Also, keep in mind that added fresh cut flowers will last up to a week.  And the hardier green plants should flourish with proper care and give the recipient months, if not years, of enjoyment.

Flowers & The Economy

Classic
Classic

As the US government pushes the record-making $700 billion bail-out for the banking sector, and a $25 billion loan to carmakers, our confidence as consumers takes a tumble. We, as a nation, are cutting back, learning to live on a cash basis. Fuel and food prices are going up and we hear “economic depression” on the news and around the water cooler. So in this economy, who can afford luxuries like flowers? If we put aside certain events like weddings and funerals and Mother’s Day where flowers are often necessary to express our feelings, what else warrants such decadent spending? Let’s do a Top 10 list of Why Flowers Are Always Affordable:

  1. Flowers bring us back to Mother Earth. They are alive. Touch them and you can’t help but feel more connected to the universe.
  2. Flowers are easy to order online and have sent almost anywhere in the world, usually within half a business day. So they are great for last minute gifts or far away loved ones.
  3. Flowers never go out of style. They can express a gracious business thank you or a fun nudge to say, “Hey, I’m still thinking of you.”
  4. Flowers soothe us. The aroma, the delicate beauty and the gentle spirit of flowers give us those “Stop and Smell the Flowers” moments away from the financial and technical stress in our everyday lives.
  5. Flowers give us a lot of bang for our luxury buck. For the same price as a dozen beautiful roses you could fill up your gas tank, buy a pair of slacks, or pay your cell phone bill. But you wouldn’t get the “Ooh’s and Ahh’s”.
  6. Flowers dress up a room and make us feel loved. Those of
    us who have been unfortunate enough to stay in the hospital
    for more than a couple of nights without getting flowers know it’s just not
    right.
  7. Flowers encourage and cheer us on. You can congratulate someone with a card or you can show them how proud you are – expressing even deeper levels of feeling – even more with flowers.
  8. Flowers are romantic. Red roses are still a requirement
    for any important evening that involves romance.
    Having roses delivered to her office or home before you pick her up can set
    the right tone for the night.
  9. Flowers give us bragging rights at the office. Not that we’d actually brag. It’s a given that someone thinks us awesome.
  10. Flowers are a luxury. Having a fresh floral arrangement in any room of your house is like sleeping on Egyptian cotton, wearing silk or sipping a fine wine. They are sensuous and beautiful like a summer breeze through the trees with sunlight on our faces and freshly cut grass between our toes.

Balance your checkbook. Pay your bills. Check your investments. And then send
some flowers
.