Celebrate More. How to Keep it Simple

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We all want to celebrate more and have more fun, but sometimes, it seems like having fun is a lot of work!  That’s why sometimes it’s important to keep it simple.  The less you have to plan, the less you have to stress over, the more energy you can put into having fun!  Here are a few different ways of keeping your parties and celebrations simple and easy.

•    Don’t go overboard on decorations.  If you’re just having some friends over, you don’t need to decorate at all!  If you’re hosting a holiday or birthday party, again you don’t have to decorate your entire home.

•    You don’t always have to cook huge meals.  Have a pot luck dinner.  Get take out.  Have pizza delivered.  Get finger foods or only desserts.

•    You don’t always have to have a party at your home.  You can go out to a restaurant or a bar.  That way, no one has to clean their house or deal with washing a lot of dishes.

•    You don’t always have to plan an activity.  Sometimes, just gathering together to talk is enough.  You don’t have to have anything to celebrate other than just being friends and having fun together.

Next time you want to get together and celebrate (or just get together), remember to keep it fairly simple.  You won’t stress over it, and you may even have more fun!  If you want to decorate your home without any stress, why not let us deliver some beautiful flowers in Washington, DC?

Celebrating Life’s Milestones

Life 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.

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.

Learning to drive at sixteen is a large milestone for many people.  This rite of passage is one of the biggest signs that a teen is becoming an adult.  Registering to vote and then turning 21 are the other two major milestones that show a person is now ready to carry the responsibilities of an adult.

Graduation is another of life’s milestones.  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.

The next milestone for many 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.  Of course, some people reach this milestone earlier in life than others, but that doesn’t really matter.  What matters is celebrating your commitment to someone you love.

Another major milestone for some people 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 milestone is celebrated at first with a baby shower, gifts, and flowers at the hospital, in a way you’ll celebrate it 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.

There are many other personal milestones you might want to celebrate—getting a new job, getting a promotion, fulfilling one of your life-long goals—be sure to celebrate them in style.  Don’t let even the smallest milestone go by without at least acknowledging it in some way.

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Great Places to Celebrate Life in the DC Metro

The National Zoo is a great place to celebrate life
The National Zoo is a great place to celebrate life

If you live in or will be visiting the DC metro, there are many great places to celebrate and enjoy life.  Here are just a few great places to celebrate life.

The National Zoo, with its over 400 different animals, is teeming with life.  This huge attraction has 163 acres full of exotic animals.  The National Zoo was built within Rock Creek National Park, creating a gorgeous backdrop for the animals. 

If you’d rather just spend some time enjoying nature without the crowds and the animals, Great Falls Park is a gorgeous area in which to do so.  With more than 800 acres of stunning trees and plants, the park lies along the Potomac River.  Spreading a picnic blanket out beside the river and enjoying the day is a great way of celebrating and reflecting on life.

On the other side of the Potomac River is Old Town Alexandria.  This quaint historical town is full of classical architecture, cobblestone streets, shops, museums, and restaurants.  If your idea of celebrating life is quiet reflection surrounded by history, this is the place to go.

Glen Echo Park is where you can celebrate life via the arts.  There are often live concerts, festivals, art and dance demonstrations, and even workshops you can participate in.

Another great outdoor place to celebrate life is the C&O Canal.  You can rent a bike and take a fun ride along the canal, enjoying the lovely sights and relief from the busy, crowded city life.

Of course, you don’t have to do any of these things to celebrate life.  Spending a day with your loved ones or just spending a day doing your favorite hobby can be a great way of celebrating life.

Anniversary Date Ideas in the DC Metro

Happy Anniversary
Happy Anniversary

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!