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In life, there are a lot of celebrations. Those that that call for big parties, loud music, banners confetti and noisemakers and those that call pretty china, dainty snacks, polite conversations and mild music and everything in between. Whether you are celebrating a milestone or a Wednesday, it doesn’t matter: a party is fun (or is suppose to be). Some are a surprise and some are not, some are big and some are intimate but all should be fun and planned well. Today we’ll discuss surprise parties for best of life’s celebrations.

3-Key-lime-cupcakesIt is easy to be overwhelmed by the whole party planning process. The first thing you’ll need to do is get a theme for the party and set a budget understanding that the largest chunks of the budget should be for the venue, decor food and entertainment. Once you have that the rest will fall in place. And when planning a surprise party there is the added pressure of planning something that someone else would enjoy while keeping it hush hush. Not an easy task.

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  • When thinking of surprise parties, the first thing that we thing about is birthday parties. They are tricky to plan because you know that the birthday boy/girl knows when their birthday is so it is easy for him/her to be suspicious that someone is planning something. This is why we suggest that you don’t wait for the BIG milestone birthday to throw one; like the 21st of 30th or 40th etc. Plan the surprise birthday party on the “regular” birthdays like 27th or 42nd. This way it will REALLY be a surprise.
  • Another popular event that warrants a surprise party is a baby shower. It is also an event you don’t want to scare the expecting mother into an early labor. It’s true she may be expecting to have a baby shower some time during the pregnancy but she won’t know when.
  • Bridal shower are another occasion that call for surprise parties. Just like a baby shower, the bride to be may suspect she will have a party at some point. She may assume that she will be included in the party planning but we think it would be awesome if the bridal party and her family planned a party that catches her off guard.

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When planning to have a surprise party, the first thing you will need to think about is if the person you are throwing the party for would enjoy being surprised or how s/he will handle it. Remember, not everyone likes surprises nor will know how to respond to it so be careful that your plan doesn’t backfire on you.

Make sure that your guest know that it is a SURPRISE party so they don’t ruin it. You would assume that they know not to tell the guest of honor but some people are simply clueless about these things. Prime example of a ruined party: Guest gets invited to attend a bridal shower. guest couldn’t attend so proceeded to text the guest of honor to apologize that will not be able to make it. Guest ruins the aforementioned party. so it is imperative that you and you minions are the only people that the guest and anyone involved with the party will communicate with weather to RSVP or send gifts to.

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You’ll also have to remember that you are throwing a party for someone else. so your taste and likes and dislikes do not come into play. It’s about what will wow the guest of honor. If you like chocolate cake for your birthday, the birthday girl might like carrot cake, you might like an explosion of pinks for a baby girl’s baby shower decor but the guest of honor might enjoy shades of oranges and yellows, you might like a fancy tea party for your bridal shower complete with cucumber sandwiches and dainty hats but the bride-to-be might like to have a casino themes shower. You may like a vase full of peonies and hydrangeas but she may like sunflowers and daisies. The surprise is not only for the part where the person you are celebrating doesn’t know you are honoring him or her but it’s also in knowing what exactly with please him/her and providing it making the whole to-do a memorable and enjoyable day.

 

Why It’s Important to Celebrate Milestones

myflorist_milestoneLife has many different milestones.  Some are very personal, while others are seen as a rite of passage that almost everyone goes through.  No matter which type of milestone you’ve recently accomplished, it’s very important to celebrate them.  This gives us a sense of achievement and helps propel us on to reaching that next milestone.  It also gives you a chance to rest on your laurels for just a moment, to say “hey, I accomplished something!”

Some milestones we achieve without really knowing it or remembering them.  These include things like our first steps and first word.  Thankfully, our parents almost always record these early milestones so we can look back on them later.  Celebrating your anniversary, especially the first, tenth, twenty-fifth, and fiftieth, is a great milestone in your life.  Give your spouse a gift, go out to dinner, or spend the day doing something special for just the two of you.

There are many other personal milestones you might want to celebrate—getting married, having children, getting a new job, getting a promotion, fulfilling one of your life-long goals.  Be sure to celebrate these milestones in style.  Don’t let even the smallest one go by without at least acknowledging it in some way.  Reaching a milestone is an important part of going through life, and there’s no reason not to celebrate each and every one.

Celebrate your anniversary milestone by giving your spouse a gorgeous anniversary flower arrangement in Washington DC.

Romantic Ways to Say I Love You

MyFlorist_Love YouWhen it comes to saying “I love you,” there are a number of different ways to do it.  Doing it in a large romantic way is definitely appropriate for your anniversary, especially if it’s one of the big ones.  Here are a few great romantic ways of telling your spouse how much you love them.

Dedicate a song to her.  If you’re somewhere with a live band, ask if they will play the song you danced to at your wedding or a song that’s special to the two of you.  You could also call your favorite radio station and have a song dedicated to her.

Send a dozen red roses to her office to show all of her coworkers how you feel.

Leave her little notes all over the place—slip on in her purse, in a kitchen cabinet, in her coat pocket… anywhere unexpected.

Recreate your first date in detail.  Show her that you remember exactly how you met or where you first had dinner together.  Pull out all the stops!

Create something for her.  There’s nothing quite like a handmade, one of a kind gift you made with her in mind.

You don’t have to do anything flashy.  Lean in, give her a soft kiss, and whisper it in her ear.  Nothing could be more romantic!

These are just a few very romantic ways of telling someone you love them.  Flowers, of course, are always a great way of saying the L-word.  Let us deliver some beautiful anniversary flowers in Washington, DC.

Anniversary Themes to Help Your Shining Armor Stay Polished

If your anniversary is coming up, you should start putting some thought into how you’re going to celebrate. Now it’s true that people generally celebrate milestone anniversaries in a large way and usually do something small and personal for other years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your 37th anniversary in style. It might not be your 25th or 50th, but every anniversary is an important date. It marks another year of love, romance, and companionship, and it needs to be observed. Here are some unique and different types of ways of celebrating your anniversary.

Focus on a theme. If you both love a certain sports team, use the team’s colors in your gift wrapping or decorations, and get tickets to see them play if possible. If your first date was seeing a movie, work the movie into your celebration. You don’t even have to go quite this far—your theme could simply be something like your favorite colors. Just by adding a theme to your celebration, you can make the day feel a little more special and less of “oh, it’s just another anniversary dinner.”

Recreate your first anniversary, or your first date, or even your honeymoon. If you went to a certain restaurant, go back there, or recreate the meal at home. Take a weekend trip to where you spent your honeymoon if it’s possible, or just reenact your first date. You could even take some of the best parts of several dates and create the perfect date.

Of course, if you want to be traditional, you can do a little research and see what material goes with which anniversary. We all know silver goes with 25 and gold with 50, but did you know your 22nd anniversary is supposed to be celebrated with something copper? Or the 13th with lace? If you make it all the way to your 75th, you’re supposed to celebrate with a diamond set in a gold setting.

There are many more anniversary themes you can go with, and it’s all up to you. After all, it is your anniversary! If you were married near Halloween, you could have a costume party. If you were married on St. Patrick’s Day, go green. Whatever you do, make it personal. Celebrate the anniversary of your wedding in such a way that it makes both of you happy and reminds you of all the little reasons you got married in the first place.

Don’t Forget Anniversary Flowers!

Anniversary Date Ideas in the DC Metro

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Is your anniversary coming up?  If it is, you’re probably looking for something special to do.  Here are some great anniversary date ideas for those of you in the DC metro.

Visit the National Zoo.  Admission is free, and it’s a great way to enjoy the nice spring weather.  There’s a lot to see, especially if you love animals.

Visit the Gardens.  Washington DC has many different gardens and parks.  If you love the outdoors, pack up a picnic and head outside for the afternoon.  You and your spouse can enjoy the good weather, the good food, and the good company.

You can also go canoeing or kayaking on the Potomac River.  If that’s a bit too much for you, rent a paddle boat and go out on the Tidal Basin. 

There are a number of different ice skating and roller skating rinks in the DC area.  This makes a great afternoon if you’re looking for an activity to do and it’s too warm to be outdoors.

If you love jazz, you might want to visit the Smithsonian on a Friday night.  That’s when their cafe features live jazz artists from the DC area.  You could spend the day checking out your favorite museum exhibits, then enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the café.

If you do love museums and historic sites, there are many of them around the DC area to visit.  Check out some of the great artwork, historical artifacts, and other exhibits.  There are even a number of smaller museums that offer a more intimate setting than the larger, more popular ones.

There are a number of free events during the summer that make fun a fun anniversary date.  Free concerts and movies take place throughout the area.

Of course, there are some traditional date places in DC as well.  There are a number of great restaurants that offer romantic settings.  If you’re planning on having dinner, be sure to make a reservation a week or so in advance, especially if you’re going out on the weekend. 

If you’re coming in from out of town, you should spend at least part of your anniversary trip seeing the famous sites.  It might not be the most romantic thing ever, but it can be a great way of spending some time with your loved one.

Celebrating Life’s Achievements

There are some who would say that all of life, every day, is an achievement.  But most people agree that some are bigger achievements than others.  These are the achievements that should be marked with a celebration of some sorts, or at least a gift or two. 

The first major achievement in our lives is usually our first birthday.  Birthdays, in fact, are often marked as milestones in our lives.  Some are bigger than others: 1st, 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 50th, and, if we make it, our 100th birthdays are usually celebrated with big parties.  Even if it’s not one of these, many people have cake, go to dinner, and receive gifts on their birthdays.

During our high school years, many people go to prom.  This achievement isn’t as large as some of the other ones, but it is often our first semi-formal or formal event.  Getting dressed up, buying or receiving a corsage, and renting a limo are all things we do to mark this achievement.

Our next milestone is graduation.  Some schools have a number of different graduations: kindergarten, middle school, and high school.  Then there’s college graduation, and some people go into higher education programs and graduate again.  Graduations, especially high school and college, mark the ending of one chapter of our lives and the beginning of another.

While it’s not always done in this order, the next achievement for many people is to get married.  For some, women especially, their wedding is a huge event that they have been preparing for their entire life.  The dress, the cake, the decorations, the flowers…months are spent on ever little detail.  This achievement is shared with the entire family and many friends.

Another major achievement is having children.  The birth of a child, especially the first child, is a major life-changing event.  Your life will truly never be the same after having your first child.  While this achievement is celebrated at first with a baby shower, gifts, and flowers at the hospital, in a way you’ll celebrate this achievement for the rest of your life.

Celebrating your anniversary, especially the first, tenth, twenty-fifth, and fiftieth, is a great milestone in your life.  Give your spouse a gift, go out to dinner, or spend the day doing something special for just the two of you.

These are the biggest achievements in life, but they aren’t the only ones.  Getting a new job, getting a promotion, buying a house…all of these and more are huge achievements and a reason to celebrate.  So remember to celebrate all of your life’s achievements in the best way possible!

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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