Easy Summer Party Planning Ideas

July 25, 2012 · Posted in Home improvement · Comment 

There are few better times during the year to entertain than in summer. The weather is warm, the daylight lasts longer and the children don’t have to get up and get ready for school the next day. If you are not sure how to plan or what to do, here is a guide to lead you through the party planning maze.

You first will want to decide whether or not to hold the party outdoors. If the weather is supposed to be fair and you have plenty of shady spots, al fresco dining can be a great way to go. If the weather is not conducive to outdoor eating, then there is no reason why you cannot have a great indoor party. You could even dine indoors, but have some outside time, as well. This can be a great way to keep the children occupied by offering them some fun outdoor activities.

The menu can be as simple or as formal as you want, just let your friends’ likes and dislikes be your guide. If everyone typically likes the same things, you can plan a dinner with one set hors d’oeuvres or salad, an entre and one dessert. If people have dietary restrictions, it can be easier to host a buffet party and include a little something for everyone.

Seasonal ingredients are less pricey and generally at their peak of flavor, so choose these items instead of out-of-season fruits and veggies. For a buffet, offer some grilled meats, grilled sausages, grilled shrimp and grilled veggies on a huge platter and surround it with freshly prepared salads and simple side dishes. For a set dinner, consider a light and cool cucumber soup, followed by roasted pork tenderloin with a spicy slaw and a dessert of lemon meringue pie or strawberry shortcakes.

Fresh flowers and beautifully set tables are really all you need in terms of decoration, although if you are eating outside, consider placing some colorful string lights here and there. You can order the flowers online and have them delivered fresh and ready to go on the day of the party. Letting a professional do the work will result in time saved and perfectly designed floral displays.

When it comes to flowers, you probably need just one or two arrangements. Place one arrangement on the main dining table and perhaps another to decorate your buffet. You can also place a vase of flowers on the table by the front door to greet your guests. If you will have a children’s table, cover the table with a tablecloth and then a cover of white butcher paper. Then add a few small mason jars filled with crayons instead of flowers and let the kids decorate the table cloth themselves.

Ji Hitzeman likes writing and loves flowers. For further information about Tustin Florist, or to find a Tustin Flowers shop, please check out the GoFlorist site today.

Anniversary Gifts For The One You Love

June 27, 2012 · Posted in Family · Comment 

While it is true that we are all busy all of the time, it doesn’t mean we should forget those important moments in life. Your wedding anniversary is a perfect example of a date that you need to always remember. If you are unsure what to do to celebrate this occasion, consider these options for your beloved partner.

There is never anything wrong with sending a beautiful bouquet of flowers to your spouse. Even if you are sending the flowers to a guy, they are always fun to receive. There are many different options to consider when choosing your flowers.

You can choose a bouquet that features the traditional flower for the month you were married. For example, if you were married in June, select a bouquet of roses. If you were married in May, think about sending an arrangement of Lilies of the Valley and so on. You can also stick with an assortment of your beloved’s favorite flowers.

Food is always a great way to celebrate, and you can book a reservation at your favorite restaurant or consider other options. You could plan a fun picnic for two and find a beautiful location, such as a nature preserve, beach or park. Preparing a fancy dinner in the privacy of your own home can be a fun option, as well. Send the kids to the sitter and enjoy an evening of peace and quiet.

Traditionally, each year of your marriage goes along with a special type of gift. For example, paper is a first anniversary gift, wood is a fifth anniversary gift, and of course, your 25th anniversary is your silver anniversary, etc. You can choose a gift that pairs with whatever the traditional element of the year would be, and that can be a fun option. For example, the second, third and fourth anniversaries match with cotton, leather and linen, so you might consider purchasing clothing.

There are several different anniversary gift lists that you’ll find. There are both traditional and modern lists, as well as American and British lists. For example, while the first anniversary is traditionally paper, the modern gift is said to be clocks. The 10th anniversary in modern times is considered diamonds, while the traditional gift was tin.

Ji Hitzeman likes writing and loves flowers. For additional information about a Huntington Beach Florist, or to find a Huntington Beach Flowers shop, please visit the GoFlorist website today.

Unique Offerings From Internet Flower Shops

June 12, 2012 · Posted in Family · Comment 

If you need to send flowers, heading online to your favorite internet florist is an easy first choice. However, these flower shops are also a great place to buy other types of non-floral gifts. Here are just a few of the fun choices you might find online.

If you are sending a gift to a child or perhaps wishing congratulations on someone for a new job or graduation, a gift of balloons would be a fun choice. You can opt for a mix of colorful balloons or choose an arrangement with a balloon and bear or perhaps a bouquet of flowers and a balloon.

A great gift idea to send perhaps as a company gift, or if you recipient is male, would be a specialty food basket. There are many different kinds of baskets and food is usually always welcome. Food baskets are also a great idea to send as a gift for someone who recently moved into a new home.

There are tons of basket choices, including seasonal baskets filled with delicious fruit. This is a great option if your recipients are health enthusiasts or perhaps dieting and watching their weight. You can also choose a basket that includes different types of cheese and crackers, as well as fruit.

Themed baskets are another fun choice. One online florist offers a baseball themed gift basket filled with root bear, peanuts, Cracker Jacks and other snacks that are a perfect accompaniment for watching the game. There are also baskets that include a selection of specialty teas along with a beautiful ceramic tea pot.

Instead of sending a flower arrangement, you also opt to send a fresh green plant or flowering plant to your friend, family member or client. These can last for many months or even years and are a great choice if your loved one has floral allergies. Consider flowering options such as orchids or perhaps a bromeliad. Another choice could be a bamboo plant or even a fun bonsai tree.

Ji Hitzeman enjoys writing and loves flowers. For more info about a Lake Forest Florist, or to find a Lake Forest Flowers shop, please visit the GoFlorist website now.

Tips For Success When Hosting A Dinner

May 30, 2012 · Posted in Home improvement · Comment 

In previous decades, hosting a formal type of dinner was a common task for many homemakers. Whether you were inviting the boss over for a formal dinner or just having friends in for an evening of conversation, entertaining was a big part of the social scene. These days, it seems as though we have lost the art of the dinner party. For those who wish to bring it back, here are some easy ideas.

Your first step should be to focus on a menu. Think about the guests you have invited and consider their tastes and dietary issues. If you have guests with a variety of dietary restrictions, it might be great fun to create a buffet for the evening that includes a little something for everyone. Whatever dishes you choose, it is a good idea to choose recipes that you have prepared many times before because you know these will be a success.

Another tip is to plan a menu that utilizes the bounty of the season. A spring menu might include a savory ham, fresh asparagus dressed in a light vinaigrette and roasted baby potatoes with sprigs of rosemary. In autumn, a menu might include a baked free-range hen served with a mlange of roasted squash and root vegetables. Try to plan a menu that also allows you to accomplish most of the work prior to your guests’ arrival. Then you can enjoy your friends and not be running around preparing food.

It is a great idea to have some light refreshments at the ready when guests walk through the door. In autumn, serve up a pitcher of appletinis and a plate of apples, pears, gourmet cheeses and crackers. In the summer, consider starting off with a pitcher of sangria and a spread with chips, salsa and peppery hummus. For dinner, stick with one wine that suits the menu you have created.

Decor is another important aspect of the dinner. Again, it is always a good idea to just keep things simple and easy. Rather than fuss with fancy tablecloths and ornate table settings, it is easier to use flowers as decorations. Simply head to the computer and find your favorite online florist. The florist can deliver the arrangement right to your door on the day of the party, saving you the time and hassle of trying to create your own arrangements.

If you do order flowers, consider ordering a couple of professional bouquets. You can place one in the family room, where guests will congregate after dinner. The other can be the centerpiece of your table in the dining room. Between cleaning and de-cluttering your house and adding flowers, this is really all you need to do for decoration.

Your choice of entertainment depends mainly on the interests and inclinations of your guests. You can just stick with some light background music and conversation. If you think guests would enjoy games, choose whatever you think people will like. You can opt for bridge or other card games, as well as board games such as Scattegories or Pictionary or perhaps a game of Scrabble.

Ji Hitzeman likes blogging and loves flowers. For more details about an Irvine Florist, or to discover an Irvine Flowers shop, please visit the GoFlorist website today.

Fun St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

March 29, 2012 · Posted in Family · Comment 

Obviously St. Patrick’s Day is day for the Irish to celebrate not only the patron saint of Ireland, but also wonderful Irish culture and history. Even if you are not Irish, many Americans celebrate the day anyway, enjoying great Irish food, music and drink. If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash, here are some fun tips for the party.

As Ireland is a beautiful land of lush pastures and flowers, you definitely want to capitalize on that when you decorate. One of the easiest ways to decorate is to add an assortment of flowers and greenery. You can certainly create your own bouquet with a selection of white and green blooms or even create a centerpiece with beautiful silk flowers.

You can save time by hiring a professional florist to create a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day arrangement. Simply go online and peruse the different St. Patrick’s Day offerings until you find one that appeals to your personal taste. You might consider a beautiful arrangement with white gerberas and green viburnum or perhaps a huge arrangement of white daisies in a green container or perhaps a deluxe bouquet with roses, viburnum, eucalyptus, orchids and more.

For your St. Patrick’s Day dinner, you can opt for a formal sit-down dinner or go for more casual fare. For a formal event, consider savory slices of corned beef brisket served with a hearty portion of colcannon, a traditional dish that includes potatoes, cabbage, onions and spices. For a more casual event, serve up corned beef sandwiches, Irish stew, soda bread and a plate filled with gourmet Irish cheeses.

For the drinks, consider a selection of proper Irish beers. You can purchase some dark Guinness beer, as well as some lighter beers. You can even dye the lighter beers green for a touch of whimsy. Irish coffees would make a fun after dinner drink. For the younger set, consider making a St. Patrick’s Day punch with lemon-lime soda and lime sherbet mixed together.

There is plenty of wonderful Irish music to serenade your guests. You can select traditional Irish tunes or perhaps artists such as Enya, The Irish Tenors, Celtic Thunder and Clannad. Another option is to include a mix of modern artists, such as U2, The Cranberries, Bob Geldof and more.

Ji Hitzeman enjoys writing and loves flowers. For more info about a Mission Viejo Florist, or to learn more about a Mission Viejo Flowers shop, please visit the GoFlorist website today.