Caring for Fresh-Cut Tulips

Dutch Delight  TFWEB401

Dutch Delight TFWEB401

It’s tulip season at MyFlorist.  We import our tulips twice a week from Holland. And we care for them by hydrating them properly so the stems are strong and stand up on their own.  And last longer!  

 

When properly cared for, cut tulips will stay fresh in a vase of water for five to eight days. For long-lasting tulips, re-cut the stems after a few days.  Lay the bouquet on wrapping paper or newspaper, and cut the stems diagonally, removing about one-half inch of stem.

Re-wrap the bouquet in paper (making a cone shape) so that the tulips are standing straight. The tops of the tulips should not extend above the top of the paper although you’ll need to allow a few inches of stems stick out from the bottom. Place the wrapped bouquet in water for an hour or two, with the paper above the water line.

Re-cut the stems once more, before rearranging, again making a diagonal cut. Fill the vase with water, adding a floral preservative – a powdery mix of plant food and bacteria inhibitors available at your florist. Although many people believe that adding a dash of carbonated lemon-lime soft drink, a teaspoon of sugar, a penny, or even a bit of bleach to the water will help extend the life of the flowers, none of these folk remedies are as effective as a commercial cut flower preservative.

The interesting thing about tulips is that they actually continue to grow after being cut, up to an inch or more. They also conform to the shape of the container, straight up if in a tall container, twisting to fit into a flat or irregular shaped vase.

Place the bouquet out of direct sun, and away from heating vents or drafts. Top off the water level daily to keep the arrangement fresh.

Excerpt from Backyard Gardener


10 Ways to Be More Passionate

Be More Passionate

Be More Passionate

“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.”  Denis Diderot

Passion can be defined as a strong feeling or emotion.  Passion makes your heart sing, your spirit soar and your life rich.   We are passionate about flowers.  We think, live and breathe flowers at MyFlorist.

We understand that your passions may lie elsewhere.   You may be in love, have a cause, enjoy a hobby, or generally feel good about life.  But sometimes our passions wane and we need to refuel.  So here are ten ways to get back in touch with your passions. 

Touch. 
Try the approach, “Less is More”.  A whisper soft touch on the skin, fingertips to fingertips, can send a frisson of goosebumps all the way up the spine.   Feel the texture of a baby’s skin, a soft blanket, or a windy day. 

Smell
Breathe it in.  Smell the fragrances of life.  Take a deep breath the next time you find yourself in a room with roses.  Laugh at the smells that come your way outside, pleasant or unpleasant.   Smell triggers memories like no other sense.  What smells make you feel warm and fuzzy?

Taste
Savor the flavors of life.  Our mouth is connected to our center.   Slowly enjoy a meal, allowing each bite to fill your senses.  Kiss as if it’s your first kiss.  Taste with hunger, as if it’s your last kiss.

Listen
Hear what is going on around you.  Open your mind, focus not only on words, but why they are being said.  Most people aren’t tuned into the most effective communicating methods.  Be a good listener.  Don’t offer advice if it isn’t asked for.  Sometimes being a sounding board is profoundly helpful.

See
Rejoice in the visual beauty in the small things.  The petals of a rose, the fluffiness of a cloud, the lines in your grandmother’s face.  Go to an art museum and see how others express what they see.  Gaze deeply in her eyes until you both giggle.

Imagine
Visualize a scene where you are the star player, real or imaginary, where you feel the most like you.  You might be alone, with someone special or in a crowd.  Now own the scene.  Make a goal to make it a reality, no matter how silly.  You might have to adjust the vision to accomodate reality.  You might have to work on it for years, or the rest of your life.  Own your dream.

Focus
Find specific times to spend on your passions.  Make a date night with your dearest or allow yourself a few hours a week to nurture a hobby, old or new.  Allow yourself to shed your everyday responsibilities during your focus time.  

Move
Find joy in movement.  Dance, even badly, to your favorite loud music.  Be a teenager at heart.  Walk through the park with your child or pet.  Feel your body functioning and rejoice!

Laugh
Be emotional.  Be happy.  Be sad.  Be angry.  Feel what you feel.  No emotion is bad as long as you have a positive means to express how you feel.  Work on expressing yourself more by “getting in touch with your inner self”.

Be
In the moment.  We can only control ourselves in this moment and then the next.  Life is a series of moments, and each one is precious.

Copyright 2009.  MyFlorist.


Decorating for a New Year’s Eve Party: Don’t Forget the Flowers!

 Your New Year’s Eve party is tomorrow night and you still haven’t decided on the decorations?   We have some ideas for you!
All That Glitters
All That Glitters

Choose a theme and design your party decorations and menu around it.  New Year themes can include gold and silver star decorations, gift packs and party favors.  Choose traditional New Year’s colors to start. Metallics like gold and silver with black are popular choices and can be used in any combination. Brights like red, blue, yellow and green are also festive colors you can use to decorate a New Year’s party.  Visit your local party store to select New Years decorations and your local florist for flowers and centerpieces.  Most party stores offer a wide variety of themes, from elegant to family friendly, and themed packages are a great way to coordinate your party and get everything you need. Or go simple, and choose a few key decorations as the focal point for your party.

Patriotic New Year themes can include small flags or decorations that use red, white and blue as the key colors of your indoor and outdoor New Year decorations.  Look for wind chimes, candle decorations in flowers arrangements, ribbons and streamers, noise makers, and balloon decorations.  Set your table with colorful paper goods for ease and convenience. Mix metallic colored plates, cups and napkins with black tablecloths. Before setting the table, liberally strew about a few generous handfuls of glittering confetti and party poppers.  Inflate as many balloons as possible with helium, tie on ribbon, and let them float to the ceiling. You can hang party favors or snacks from the ends of the ribbon. Mylar balloons can reinforce a metallic theme, and a mixture of brightly colored balloons is a feast for the eyes of skyward-looking guests.

Snow, Fire & Ice

Snow, Fire & Ice

Find or create decorations with New Year’s images. Top hats, crowns and noisemakers can double as decorations and costumes if they are hung or placed decoratively. Hang banners featuring “Father Time” and “Baby New Year,” clocks, dates, champagne bottles and glasses. Cut out or printed stars can be another fun theme, and you can even hang strands of star-shaped white lights.  Any specialty shapes can help create a theme.  Hearts, snowflakes, bells and fun confetti are great additions to the overall decor.  Hang festive streamers or strands of ribbon from the ceiling, from railings and decorate the backs of chairs. Recycle metallic ribbons from Christmas.

Make centerpieces low, so party goers can see each other and interact. Try a bowl of floating candles and flowers or a wreath with metallic ribbons and candles.  Floral centerpieces can usually be delivered the morning of the party, or even the day before so they are at their freshest.  Discuss your options with your florist.


Holiday Joy

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Holiday Spirit | TFWEB254

Once the Thanksgiving turkey and leftovers have been demolished, most people face the countdown to Christmas with an unconscious unease covered by a frenzy of shopping. How do you get through this time with your emotions intact?

Let’s face it, the myth of the perfect family, and at no time is it put under more stress than at Christmas. Conflicts and ambiguous feelings we’ve put on hold all year, often through distance, bubble to the surface.

Then there’s the eternal tug over who we’ll spend Christmas with. Your parents or your in-laws? Your divorced father or your mother? What if your kids decide to go to your ex-husband and his new wife, proving once and for all that they’ve abandoned you? Or, and this is true for a growing number of people, what if you have no one you really want to spend Christmas with?

Here are six emotional survival tips to help you feel more holiday joy:

1. Be where you want to be.  Ask yourself who you really want to spend Christmas with. Imagine that the Guilt-Free Fairy could wave her wand and no one would feel hurt or angry at your decision. Where would you feel truly accepted and at ease? Where would you laugh and be playful? Where would you feel that your own values were recognized and reinforced? Where could you count on people to meet your needs? Wherever that is–wherever that is–is where you should be.

2. Spend what is reasonable for you.  In terms of Christmas shopping, ask yourself whether you are buying each gift because the process gives you pleasure or out of obligation, and be realistic about your financial situation.

3. Commune with nature. Use your time off to be in nature. A walk in the woods, or cross-country skiing if the snow is deep, will help tone your body and your neural chemistry. Fill your home with nature, too.  Pine garlands, poinsettias, flowers and fresh fruit fill the air with ralaxing aroma.  Especially in the presence of someone you love, it can connect you to that which is most true about yourself and the world.

4. Listen to your spiritual side. Spirituality is a natural antidepressant, but only if it feels intrinsic to you and brings you closer to others. Evaluate your religious rituals in these terms, and, if they meet these criteria, seek solace and joy there.

5. Keep active.  If you feel in danger of being isolated or bored during the holidays, join a group that has activities during this time.   Volunteer, make your own Christmas gifts, watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

6. Moderation is key.  Remember that, while good food and drink can be a part of Christmas cheer, when taken in excess they can make you feel less than joyful!       

Alicia Fortinberry is an award-winning health writer, and expert on emotional health and optimal relationships. Together with her husband and long-term collaborator Dr Bob Murray, she is founder of the highly successful Uplift Program.


Go Green for a Red-Hot Holiday Season

Celebrate the Holidays in Style: Expert Rebecca Cole Says Go Green for a Red-Hot Holiday Season

The winter holiday season is the No. 1 floral-buying time of year. With that in mind, the Society of American Florists (SAF) has teamed with the host of Discovery Channel’s Surprise by Design Rebecca Cole to showcase the floral trends that will give homes a festive feeling this holiday season.

“Because we’re returning to our roots and hosting intimate celebrations at home, we’ll see more traditional colors, and greenery, whose scents will bring us back to our childhood,” said Cole, who also is a contributor to the Today show.

The Traditional Meaning of Greenery

Great holiday arrangements begin with greenery. In ancient cultures, people believed that bringing foliage into the home during the season was lucky and guaranteed the return of vegetation in the spring. Even today, green remains a staple in holiday décor.

Dreaming of ChristmasRebecca’s Tips for Sprucing Up Your Home:

  • Incorporate a scented pine or other greens into a centerpiece or table arrangement. Accent the greens with flowers that complement the home’s décor.
  • Ask your florist for a bunch of evergreen, cypress or mistletoe to place throughout your home – over the threshold, in the foyer or on the mantel.
  • Line a mantel or dining table with small evergreen topiaries or “baby” Christmas trees decorated with bows or flowers.
  • Florists carry a wide selection of poinsettias in pink, peach, white, plum and speckled or marbled varieties, in addition to the traditional red.

According to Cole, “Whether it’s a gift or for home décor, ‘colorful greenery’ is a thoughtful and long-lasting way to send holiday cheer.”

It is well known that people remember receiving flowers. According to a recent study by SAF and The Michael Cohen Group, 92 percent of women remember the last time they received flowers. Because they are a time when memories are made, there is no better time than the holidays for sending a sentiment of caring.

“Sending flowers for the holidays is the gift of emotion,” Cole said. “The season has a way of conjuring up feelings of nostalgia. We think about grandma’s house, the cozy fireplace, the great feast and good times with family and friends. Flowers and plants are the finishing touch that make the holidays complete.”

From wreaths to centerpieces, bulb plants and topiaries, Cole shares her best bets for holiday winners.

  • Amaryllis and Paper White Narcissus are examples of bulb plants that if given after Thanksgiving or in early December, will bloom just in time for Christmas. Cyclamen, kalanchoe and Christmas cactus are other great flowering plant options.
  • Ask your florist to design an arrangement incorporating fruits and vegetables to create a winter harvest feeling.
  • Candles added to a centerpiece create a sense of warmth and glow to the holiday table. Shiny decorative balls incorporated into a centerpiece will reflect the light for an even more festive feel.

Gift of Roses  | TFWEB263Holiday Soirees

According to Cole, this year’s designs will be all about simple elegance with a flair for fun. “If you don’t have a white Christmas on the outside, bring it inside, with big bunches of anemones or other white flowers,” Cole said.

Cole has this advice for creating festive, colorful tables for dinner, brunch or even cocktail hour.

  • Florists are now creating beautiful flower arrangements using colorful poinsettias and amaryllis – now available as cut flowers – for a stylish centerpiece.
  • Decorate a brunch table with splashes of morning hues, including oranges, yellows and reds in decorative containers, or even champagne flutes.
  • Fill a round Christmas ornament or other small holiday container with small bunches of flowers to use as place card holders for guests.
  • A palette of white and silver adds elegance to a holiday table and is expected to be a popular color scheme for the upcoming holiday season.
  • Arrangements and centerpieces in robust hues of purple and burgundy will create a sensuous, lush setting for dinners, both intimate and large.
  • If you are attending a holiday gathering, ask your florist to deliver a cheerful arrangement or holiday plant before you arrive. When you show up, you’ll be the talk of the evening.

About Rebecca Cole

Rebecca Cole is a New York City floral and interior designer. She is the founder of Cole Creates, a retail and design business, and she appears regularly on television and radio shows. The author of Flower Power, Potted Gardens and Paradise Found, she is a regular contributor to the Today show and has appeared on Oprah. Cole is also the star of the Discovery Channel show, Surprise by Design.

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Top 5 Reasons to Send Flowers for the Holidays

24 Karat Bouquet | 08N940B

24 Karat Bouquet | 08N940B

Thirteen shopping days until Christmas.  You know what video games, consoles, cell phones and media players are on your kids’ wish list.  You have a great gift in mind for the spouse.  But you don’t have a clue what to send your loved ones scattered around the country.    Flowers!  Gift Baskets!  Poinsettias!  Perfect.  Easy.  And here’s why:

  1. Shopping for flowers is easy.  Shop online any time of day.  Have your addresses and credit card handy.  Choose from our Holiday selections, add to the shopping cart, enter three minutes’ worth of information, another two minutes of info for each recipient, hit “Submit” and you’re golden.  Or call us at 888.255.9500, 24/7 to place your order with a floral consultant.
  2. Shopping for flowers is time-saving.  See #1.
  3. Shopping for flowers is affordable.  Factor in what your time is worth, how long it would take at the local mall, shopping center or departments store, gift wrapping, packaging, and standing in line to mail everything, and the real cost of sending flowers plummets.
  4. Flowers are the perfect gift.  They provide holiday cheer & atmosphere.  And gourmet and fruit baskets are a delightful gift for the whole family to enjoy.
  5. You get to save $10 for EACH arrangement you order.  (Offer good until December 15, 2008. Use promotion code Pine2.  Applies to online orders only.)

Tips for Shopping Online for Holiday Flowers

You may be surprised to learn that Christmas and Hanukkah are the top holiday times for flowers in number of sales and dollar volume — capturing 30 percent of each — according to The Society of American Florists, or SAF.  Mother’s Day is second, with 24 percent of the transactions and 25 percent of the dollar volume, while Valentine’s Day comes in third. The figures are based on sales of cut flowers and potted plants at all types of retail outlets.

Florists fall into two categories: physical and online. Karen Marinelli, a Pennsylvania-based floral industry professional who consults with retail and wholesale florists, advocates florists because, unlike big-box stores or supermarkets, they have an incentive to care for the plants. “The florist paid for them the minute they got them,” says Marinelli.  And because neither grocery stores nor big-box stores are set up to care for flowers in terms of refrigeration and a watering regimen, quality deteriorates fast.

“Temperature is really important for cut flowers. A difference of five degrees makes a huge difference in vase life,” says Marinelli. Flowers consistently kept cold from the time they are picked through transportation and retail display should last 10 days in the home, she says. But if you’re looking at a display of bouquets poking out of buckets containing room-temperature water that may be dirty or slimy, forget it. Puddles on the floor by the display are another red flag. Bacteria and mold will flourish in the stagnant water and your flowers will suffer for it.

“Supermarkets are going to give you the best price,” says Paul Goodman, an Oklahoma-based consultant who runs Floral Finance Business Services. “If you want to have design services and you want to have delivery, that’s the retail florist’s market.” Goodman likes florists for their service, but that means higher prices.

“The retail florist is in the special occasion business,” he says. “It’s not going to be the cheapest, by any stretch of the imagination.”

Using a Local Florist Saves You Money

Buying online can be risky. If you want flowers delivered to long-distance loved ones, it’s best to order directly from a florist in their city.  Searching online can often lead you to what the industry calls “order gatherers” or “fake florists” who will charge a hefty $10 to $15 fee. 

The other option for delivery is transmitting the order to a florist in the recipient’s city via a local florist. You will have to pay a $5 to $7 wire-service fee, but that’s still about half of a typical online fee.

Using a local florist also gives you an advocate, Marinelli says.  “Using the Internet to relay an order is expensive,” Marinelli says. “Some of the online sites really take advantage of consumers.”

“With a local florist, you have a place to go back to if there’s a problem. There is accountability built in,” she says. In addition, online sites often tout arrangements, also known as expressions, that feature costly out-of season flowers and containers, says Marinelli. A florist can guide a buyer not only to what is in-season but what’s actually in  their cooler, eliminating the time and cost to source what an order gatherer sold.

“In my estimation, a good professional florist can convey the same expression in flowers for at least $25 less than it would cost to send the expression by an online order gatherer,” Marinelli says.

Exerpts from:  Flowers: The perfect gift at any price
By Cari Noga • Bankrate.com  • Cari is a freelance writer in Michigan.


Christmas Poinsettias – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Red Poinsettia - TF103-1

Red Poinsettia - TF103-1

Yesterday – The History and Legend of the Poinsettia

Joel Robert Poinsett, who was an amateur botanist and the first ambassador to Mexico, first introduced poinsettias to the United States in 1825 when he brought some cuttings to his plantation in Greenwood, South Carolina.  When Poinsett died in 1851, December 12 was declared Nationnal Poinsettia Day, an official day set aside to enjoy this symbol of holiday cheer.

Poinsettias are native to Mexico, where they grow wild. The enchanting legend of the poinsettia dates back several centuries, to a Christmas Eve in Mexico when a little girl named Pepita had no gift to present to the Christ child.

Her cousin Pedro urged her to give a humble gift. So, on her way to church she gathered some weeds she found along the road. As she approached the altar, a miracle happened: The weeds blossomed into brilliant flowers. Then they were called Flores de Noche Buena – Flowers of the Holy Night. Now they are called poinsettias.

Today – Enjoying Your Poinsettia During the Christmas Holiday

Poinsettias are a versatile decorative staple, perfect for use at home on the table or in front of the hearth.  At work, poinsettias make beautiful stand-alone decorative accents in long hallways, simply placed on a desk, or filling the foyer with bright red and green.   And they are perfect to send home with employees just before the Christmas holiday.

Poinsettias complement almost any holiday decor because of their classic vibrant red and green colors.  They can be placed on the floor, on accent tables or on the dining room sidebar.  Any interior space that needs just a touch more holiday can be celebrated with a poinsettia or two.   Because they are so traditional, we immediately think of the holidays when we see them.  And more than 50 million poinsettias are expected to be sold this holiday season!

Choosing Your Poinsettia: (Or let your florist choose a healthy poinsettia for you!)

  • Inspect the bracts. Bracts are modified leaves and are the colored portion of the poinsettia plant. Bracts should have good color, a mature shape and not have a great deal of green along the edges.
  • Examine the leaves. Rich, dark green foliage is a sign of health in poinsettia plants. Make sure the leaves are plentiful and are growing down the length of the stem.
  • Note the size of the pot. The poinsettia should be growing in a container appropriate for the plant. The accepted guideline is that the poinsettia should be approximately 2 1/2 times the diameter of the pot.
  • Check the soil. Stick your finger in the soil and test the moisture. Avoid plants with soggy soil and appear to be wilting. This could be a sign of over watering and possibly root rot. Poinsettia soil should be moist and only allowed to become dry to a depth of 1/2 inch.
  • Observe how the poinsettias are being displayed. Be cautious of poinsettia that are displayed in plastic sleeves or crowded together. They need space and crowding can cause the plant to loose bracts.
  • Evaluate the poinsettia’s general appearance. The poinsettia should appear full from all angles, without bare spots. The stems should be erect and leaves and bracts do not appear wilted. If leaves or bracts fall from the poinsettia when you pick it up, choose another plant.

Keeping Your Family and Pets Safe – The Poinsettia Toxicity Myth

The poinsettia is widely tested as a consumer plant, proving the myth about the popular holiday plant to be false:

  • Scientific research from The Ohio State University has proved the poinsettia to be non-toxic to both humans and pets.  All parts of the plant were tested, including the leaves and sap.
  • According to POISINDEX, the national information center for poison control centers, a child would have to ingest 500-600 leaves in order to exceed the experimental doses that found no toxicity.
  • A study from the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University found that out of 22,793 reported poinsettia exposures there was essentially no toxicity significance of any kind. The study used national data collected by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
  • As with any non-food product, however, the poinsettia is not meant to be eaten and can cause varying degrees of discomfort; therefore, the plant should be kept out of the reach of young children and curious pets.
     

Tomorrow – Poinsettia Care Tips

Poinsettias are long-lasting blooming plants. To keep your poinsettia blooming all year long, follow the care tips listed below:

To keep the poinsettia blooming:

  • When surface soil is dry to the touch, water thoroughly. Discard excess water in the saucer.
  • To prolong color, keep a temperature range of 60 degrees for night and 72 degrees for day.
  • High humidity is preferable.
  • Place plant away from hot or cold drafts, and protect from cold winds.

 To rebloom for the next season:

  • During winter, continue to follow holiday upkeep tips.
  • March 1 (St. Patrick’s Day): When bracts fade, cut stems back to eight inches above soil line.
  • Continue to water regularly.
  • Lightly fertilize with a balanced all-purpose plant food every three to four weeks.
  • When temperatures are warm, place plant outdoors; first in indirect, then direct sunlight.
  • Avoid temperatures below 50 degrees throughout the summer.
  •  July 4 (Independence Day): Cut back new growth stems. Repot if needed.
  • Early September (Labor Day): Move plant inside. Provide six ormore hours of direct light.
  • October 1 through December: Confine plant to complete darkness for 14 hours, giving it 10 hours of natural light daily. This will set the buds and cause bracts to color.

MyFlorist is a proud provider of poinsettias and holiday flowers in the Washington DC Metro.   Deck the halls, decorators!


Dress the Turkey. Dress the Table.

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Golden Harvest | TFWEB219


The Thanksgiving Table

While food, family, and football are possibly the three most celebrated traditions of an American Thanksgiving, we’d like to discuss the rich traditions of setting the tone of Thanksgiving with the dinner table itself.

Setting the Thanksgiving Table

If you are serving a more formal Thanksgiving dinner in the dining room, and have the opportunity to put out a full course of dishes, silver, and linen, we offer a reminder to those who normally enjoy a less formal dining experience!
 
Begin to set your table by placing a freshly ironed white tablecloth, a runner, or placemats. If you wish to use service or charger plates (extra large plates used mostly for decoration and catching spills) place those first around the table, equally spaced. On top of those place the dinner plates, and if you are having a soup course, place the soup dish on top of that.

The general rule for silverware is you put the ones you will use first on the outside of each setting, and you work your way in. To the right of each plate, first place the dinner knife with the blade facing the plate. On its right, place the teaspoon, and further to the right place the soupspoon. Optionally a dessert spoon may be placed horizontally above the plate, pointing to the left.

On the left, place the dessert fork nearest the plate (if there is to be one), then the dinner fork and finally, the salad fork to the left of that. The bottoms of each piece of silverware should line up with the bottom of the dinner plate.

The bread and butter plate is placed directly above the forks, with a butter spreader placed horizontally across the top of the plate, with the tip pointing to the left.

Above the plate and slightly to the right you place the water glass, with a red wine glass to the right of that and a white wine glass to the right of all.

Napkins traditionally are folded and placed to the left of the forks, but alternately you may wish to fold it and place it in the soup bowl or the water glass.

Once the table is set, you’ll need to add a centerpiece or two, depending on the length of the table.

Decorating the Thanksgiving Table

Accessorize a large table by placing a long, narrow centerpiece in the center. Add a few smaller accent pieces or candles on each side of the arrangement for an added effect.

Ask your florist to create a centerpiece in a treasured family vase or bowl, or in seasonal pieces such as a cornucopia or a utility vase surrounded by dry corncobs. You may want to garnish your serving trays with flowers and greens. Scatter colorful fall leaves, flowers and votive candles along the center of your dining table.

You may also want to ask your florist to design the arrangements for your buffet table on several different levels to keep the eye flowing all along the table.

Finally, you may want to place a garland or wreath of fruit, flowers and fall foliage over your front door. 

Check out the elegant Thanksgiving Floral Designs at MyFlorist! 

And we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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.

 


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! 

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