Feb 10

Choosing Flowers For Valentine’s Day That Make a Great Impression

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Two-Lips Bouquet

Selecting the perfect flowers for Valentine’s Day may seem easy—go for the bouquet of a dozen red roses!  However, this traditional approach may not fit every woman.   In that case, how do you go about choosing flowers that make a great impression?

Choosing the right flowers often means knowing your recipient’s interests and tastes.  If they love roses, then yes, the traditional dozen roses is going to be perfect.  But if their favorite flower is the lily, they may really enjoy a nice arrangement featuring lilies more.  In this case, a mixture of roses and lilies might be the perfect Valentine’s Day arrangement.  Other flowers that make an impact include tulips, lilies, daisies, gladioli and larkspur. 

The container will make an impression as well.  For some, the vases can be as dramtic as the flowers themselves.  Choose a tulip shaped vase like our Two-Lips bouquet, pictured, to a vibrant red metallic vase, to a flower bouquet in a Miche purse she’ll use and personalize to suit her mood.  Definitely a great impression.

Florists can often create very romantic bouquets around any flower.  All you need to do is ask.  In fact, florists are so creative that you can usually get a winning arrangement no matter what requests you have—color, size, flower, accessory, etc.

When it comes to choosing flowers, put some thought into your selection, you’re sure to make a good impression with your Valentine’s Day arrangement!

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Feb 08

Make This Weekend Romantic

HW0_34863Feeling like you and your partner just don’t connect anymore?  Does your romance seem to be stuck?  If so, putting together a little romantic weekend can be the perfect cure-all for a relationship that seems to be running out of gas.  It may not fix any serious problems you and your partner have, but if all you need is a little pick-me-up, it can be perfect.

So how do you go about creating the perfect romantic weekend?  Well, start by completely clearing your schedule, and let your partner know he or she needs to clear his/hers as well.  Nothing kills the mood like being interrupted or having things that must be done.  Set aside “us time.”  This may involve hiring a babysitter or sending the kids off to visit grandma and grandpa for the weekend, so be sure you make your plans early.

Next, have a plan.  Don’t go into a romantic weekend with the idea that you’ll make it up as you go along.  Decide on what activities you’re going to do.  Are you going to go out of town?  Even if you don’t leave town, booking a room at a fancy hotel can be a great idea.  Even if you’re only five minutes from your home, the different setting can really change the atmosphere.  Having room service is nice, too.

On the other hand, you may want to have a romantic candle-lit dinner at home.  While it will involve cooking, if you’re a culinary wiz, that only adds to the romance.  Get a nice bouquet of flowers for the table, light some candles, and turn on some jazz or other nice background music.  Dim the lights, serve the meal, and spend some time just talking or being with each other.

Surprises make a great addition to any romantic weekend.  Surprising him or her with an arrangement of flowers, with chocolates, or with any little sort of gift is a great idea.  The more personal the gift, the better, of course.  Go with what you know your partner likes.  If you want to add a little sizzle to the weekend, a gift of sexy lingerie or underwear can be a nice little hint of what you’ve got planned.

Above all, when planning a romantic weekend, make it all about the two of you.  Even if you don’t have the money to go all out and take your partner to a fancy restaurant or to an expensive event, if you show that you’re focused on him/her, that’s all that’s really necessary.  Turn off the cell phones, get away from the internet, and just enjoy each other’s company.  Taking the time to focus on your relationship is often all it needs to get that special spark back.

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Feb 02

Tips for Choosing Valentine’s Flowers

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Valentine Miche Pink Cori

Choosing flowers for Valentine’s Day may seem like a no-brainer to most people—send roses!  While a bouquet of a dozen red roses is very traditional, it’s sometimes not very personal.  In fact, some people really don’t care for roses at all.  In that case, what do you do?  Here are a few tips for choosing the best Valentine’s flowers.

Tip #1: Make it personal.  If you know your significant other doesn’t like roses, don’t get roses.  Instead, get his/her favorite flower.  The more you can show how much you know your partner, the better.  Make your flower arrangement as personal as possible.

Tip #2: Don’t wait until the last minute.  Florists are going to have extra flowers on hand for the holiday, of course, but you still risk not being able to get what you want if you want until the last minute to order your bouquet.  The sooner you place your floral order, the better.  This is especially true if you do want a bouquet of red roses—they often sell out very quickly.

Tip #3: Get a potted plant instead of cut flowers.  There are several reasons why plants make good Valentine’s gifts.  First, men often appreciate them more than flowers.  Second, they last much longer.  Third, plants can be seen as a representation of your growing love for each other and something you can both enjoy for years to come…as long as you don’t get a plant that’s too hard to grow!

Tip #4: Buy your partner a packet of flower seeds.  If your significant other loves gardening, create a gift basket of flower seeds and various gardening tools.  The two of you can plant these seeds together and watch them grow.  Again, it’s another physical representation of your growing feelings for each other, plus it’s a fun activity to do after Valentine’s Day.

Tip #5: Ask your florist for help.  Florists are very creative people, and they can come up with some wonderful and non-traditional arrangements for any couple.  If you’re just not sure what flowers to get, ask for some help from an expert.  You’ll be amazed at what a great florist can create.

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Jan 26

The Power of Flowers and Your Romantic Self

Teleflora's Ruby Nights BouquetEveryone knows that flowers have power.  The sight of a bright bouquet can cheer us up even on the gloomiest of days, while the scent of certain flowers can bring back happy memories from our childhood.  However, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, the power of flowers shifts to the romantic. 

Harnessing the power of flowers to make your Valentine’s Day perfect doesn’t have to be difficult—most women, for example, will find a bouquet of a dozen red roses sufficiently romantic.  However, the traditional rose may not really show off your romantic self.  There’s not a lot of thought to put into roses, after all.  While you can’t go wrong with them, there may be a different arrangement out there that better says “I love you” to your significant other.

If you do want to go with roses, think about the color.  While different roses mean different things, you don’t always have to believe in these meanings.  Yellow roses may often mean friendship, but if your significant other loves the color yellow, he or she may appreciate them more than red roses.  A mixture of different colored roses can also break with tradition while still being incredibly romantic and showing off your creative side.  One idea would be to mix your favorite color with his/hers to create a bouquet that represents both of you.

Mixing roses with other flowers can create a different and visually stunning arrangement.  For example, surrounding red roses with purple larkspur, pink tulips, and some lavender orchids can highlight the roses and really make them stand out.  Lilies also look great when mixed with roses.

Of course, you might want to go with a completely different flower to express your romantic self.  If you know your significant other’s favorite flower (and you should!), a bouquet of these flowers may say much more than roses.  It would show that you know your partner’s likes and dislikes, which can go a long way in a relationship.  Tulips, orchids, lilies…any flower can be made into a great Valentine’s Day bouquet. 

You may want to add something to the bouquet as well.  Balloons, stuffed animals, or perhaps even a small box of chocolates can accompany your Valentine’s Day arrangement.  Just remember that the best way to express your romantic self is to truly be yourself and give flowers that have meaning to both you and your significant other.

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Jan 20

Top Ten Tips for Choosing a Great Gift Basket

Bear-y Happy Birthday

Bear-y Happy Birthday

While sending a beautiful flower arrangement is sometimes the perfect way of conveying your feelings, sometimes a gift basket is more appropriate or fits the recipient better than flowers.  Selecting a gift basket can be just as hard as selecting flowers, though.  Here are ten tips for choosing the perfect gift basket.

1.   Think about the occasion.  Some gift baskets are designed for specific events such as birthdays, a new baby, or for a specific holiday.

 2.  Think about the person’s gender and age.  For a man, a gift basket of food is probably going to go over better than a gift basket featuring a stuffed animal as its centerpiece. 

 3.  What does the person like?  If he or she has a major sweet tooth, a basket full of chocolates or candy is a great choice.  However, if he or she is more of a health nut, you may want to go with a fruit basket.

 4.  Does the person have a sense of humor?  There are some humorous gift baskets such as “over the hill” birthday baskets, but not everyone will appreciate these.  Be sure the person will see the humor in the basket before you send it.

 5.  Does the person have any sort of dietary restrictions?  Similar to thinking about what kinds of food they like, be sure to think about health issues.  A gift basket of chocolates would not be such a good idea for a diabetic; however, a basket of sugar-free treats would be excellent.

 6.  How religious is the person?  Some gift baskets, such as those designed for Easter, may have more of a spiritual flair than others.  Again, be sure what you’re sending fits in with the person’s beliefs.

 7.  What colors does the person like?  A bright pink spa basket full of fancy soaps, pink candles, and pink slippers may not be the ideal gift for a woman who hates the color pink.

 8.  Think about the season.  During the cold winter months, a gift basket that includes gardening tools and seeds probably isn’t the best choice.

 9.  What’s your relationship to the person?  If you’re purchasing a gift basket as a way of saying thank you to a business partner, you will probably want to stick to gourmet foods or snacks.

 10.  Finally, trust your instincts.  If you see a gift basket that you immediately think is perfect for someone, go with it.  Chances are, you’ll have hit on the right gift.

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Jan 12

About Tropical Flowers

HW0_207842Are you looking for something a little different to spice up your home?  Maybe you want to send a friend or a family member a nice arrangement of flowers, but you want to do something unique.  Looking for that perfect flower arrangement can be difficult, especially if you know the person is going to be receiving flowers from others.  You want your arrangement to stand out.  One way of doing this is sending tropical flowers such as Anthuriums, Hypericum, orchids, and Birds of Paradise.

Tropical flowers are often very fragrant and have a beauty about them that other flowers don’t quite manage.  While these flowers usually only thrive in a tropical climate, many florists grow them in greenhouses or have them delivered on a regular basis.  Many people love to get tropical flowers during the cold winter months because they’re so vivid and bright that they bring a breath of spring into the home.  Tropical flowers are also often popular in bridal bouquets or as birthday gifts.

There are many different popular tropical flowers.  Below are just a few of these amazing plants.

The Anthurium is a flower native to the tropical areas of North and South American.  They feature leaves that are shaped like hearts, and this distinctive feature makes the flower very popular for sending to loved ones. 

The Bougainvillea, also native to South America, features small flowers surrounded by leaves.  They can often be found growing up the sides of porches in the warmer areas of the United States, but in cold climates, they only grow in greenhouses.

Another nice tropical plant is the Calla Lily.  This type of lily grows in many different warm areas.  The Calla Lily can be found in spades along the Nile River in Africa, however, and it is there that the flower originated.

Finally, the Birds of Paradise is an exotic flower native to South Africa.  These flowers actually do look like birds in flight, and it’s this unusual shape that makes the flowers so popular.  Because of their popularity, Birds of Paradise are often thought of when someone mentions tropical flowers.

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Jan 06

Winter Fun Indoors

Indoor Fun

Indoor Fun

Here are a few great activities in Kansas City to help you get through the bitter cold!

Sesame Street Live!

Dates: Jan. 28-31 | Location: Downtown/Conv Center Area | Venue: Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

Imagine singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favorite Sesame Street Live friends! It’s as easy as counting “1-2-3 … Imagine! This high-energy musical will transport audiences to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It’s a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination.

Admission: $13, $18, $23, $33, $65
Type: Major Events,Music & Dance

Casting Crowns

Dates: Thu., Feb. 4 | Location: Downtown/Conv Center Area | Venue: Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

Tour audiences will experience multiple new songs from the award-winning band’s chart-topping new album “Until The Whole World Hears”. Fans can expect a fresh and powerful God-centered message from lead singer and Pastor Mark Hall.

Admission: $15, $25, $30, $50, $75
Type: Concerts,Major Events,Music & Dance

Polar Bear Pub Crawl

Participants will receive a Polar Bear card and a free t-shirt, and will seek out stamps from each of participating six venues, which include Shark Bar, McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Raglan Road Irish Pub, Living Room, Tengo Sed Cantina and PBR Big Sky. Once completed, cards are entered into a drawing for the opportunity to win the grand prize of $1,000 in free gasoline. Second place wins $600 in gift certificates to Power & Light District venues. Participants are also encouraged to dress creatively in “winter” costumes. The guest who best uses their imagination and is voted on by others as having the “Best Dressed Winter Costume” wins $250 in cash.

Admission: $5
Related Organization: Kansas City Power & Light District

Where: Downtown/Conv Center Area
Address: Kansas City Power & Light District, 13th & Walnut Sts., Kansas City, Mo.
Phone: 816-842-1045
When:  Jan. 8
Time: 8-11pm

 Kansas City Restaurant Week

An exhibition of Kansas City’s finest culinary talents, Kansas City Restaurant Week will offer a variety of mouth-watering foods from top chefs across the metro area, demonstrating why the KC dining scene is among the nation’s best–and up until now, one of the best-kept foodie secrets (the Zagat Survey has called Kansas City the No. 1 dining bargain of all the major cities it reviews). Restaurant Week features an array of restaurant participants so that diners can visit old favorites and also try the many new restaurants that have opened recently in the Kansas City metro area.

Admission: $15-$30
Where:  Downtown Convention Center Area
When: Jan. 22-31

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Dec 30

New Year Celebrations in Kansas City

Time Square Flair in Kansas City!

Time Square Flair in Kansas City!

NEW YEAR’S EVE ICE SKATING: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 31. Line Creek Ice Arena and Community Center, 5940 N.W. Waukomis. $5 coupon books. (816-359-6215)

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Includes live music and champagne toast at 6 p.m. and midnight. 5 p.m. Dec. 31. O’Dowd’s on the Plaza, 4742 Pennsylvania. (816-561-2700)

NEW YEARS EVE DINNER: Reservations required. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Bluestem Lounge, 900 Westport. $130 per person, $65 for wine parings, $20 for the DJ Performance. www.bluestemkc.com (816-561-1101)

NEW YEAR’S EVE ROLLER SKATING: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 31. River Roll Skate Center, 4720 N.W. Gateway, Riverside. $5 coupon books. www.riverroll.com (816-359-6215)

NEW YEARS EVE FAMILY PARTY: Includes karaoke and games. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 31. Denny’s, 9471 Lenexa Dr., Lenexa. (913-492-8733)

FAMILY FRIENDLY DINNER & DANCE: Live music with BlueMartini. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 31. Denny’s, 10480 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. $27 Adult tickets. www.dennys7events.webs.com (913-341-7005)

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Live music with Wayne the Train Hancock w/ Phantom of the Opry & The Camptown Ladies. 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester. $35, $55 for dinner, show and midnight snacks. www.knuckleheadskc.com (816-483-1456)

THE ROOFTOP NYE PARTY: Includes dinner and late night buffet and live entertainment. 7 p.m. Dec. 31. The Well Bar & Grill, 7421 Broadway. $75. www.waldowell.com (816-361-1700)

NYE 2010: Includes open call bar, appetizer buffet, champagne toast and party favors. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 31. Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge, 1370 Grand. $60, $100 per couple. www.bowlluckystrike.com (816-471-2316)

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Includes live music, party favors and champagne toast. 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Fuel Bar & Grill, 7300 W. 119th, Overland Park. (913-451-0444)

NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH: 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. $80. www.uptowntheater.com (1-800-745-3000)

NEW YEARS EVE EXTRAVAGANZA: With Parliament Funkadelic and ConFunkShun. Includes show, dance, Champagne toast, party favors, balloon drop and more. 7 p.m. Dec. 31. KCI Expo Center, 11730 N. Ambassador. $130. (816-891-7694)

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Includes live entertainment, balloon drop, laser light show and pyrotechnic display. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31. Hyatt Regency Crown Center, 2345 McGee. $75 and up. crowncenter.hyatt.com (816-421-1234)

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Includes Hors d’oeuvres and drinks, a three course dinner, music, dancing, door prizes, party favors, balloon drop and Champagne toast. 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Hilton Garden Inn, 19677 E. Jackson, Independence. $125 per couple. (816-350-3000)

SUBSTANCE-FREE FAMILY NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION: Includes hot dogs, chips, pop, prizes and DJ. 7:30-11 p.m. Dec. 31. Congress Middle School, 8150 N. Congress. (816-359-6215)

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH MURDER MYSTERY PLAYERS, INC.: Includes a three-course meal, live theatrical performance, champagne toast at midnight and more. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Dave & Busters, 1843 Village West Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City, Kan. $79.50. www.mysteryplayers.com (913-981-6815)

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: Includes buffet dinner, champagne toast, balloon drop at midnight with dancing and live music. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th. $89. (816-513-5000)

TEEN NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION: For seventh-12th graders. Includes music, drawings, a video, Wii games and snacks. 8-11 p.m. Dec. 31. Platte County Community Center South, 8875 Clark, Parkville. www.ymca-kc.org (816-505-2622)

And many more from KansasCity.com!

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Dec 23

Preparing for the Holidays

Ready for Your Holiday Guests?

Ready for Your Holiday Guests?

One of the best things about the holidays is getting to see family and friends who you may not get to visit with during the year.  However, while this is a great thing, it also means you’re going to have many people coming and going.  You may have to do a bit of preparation so that your home is ready to receive these guests. 

One of the things to take into consideration is that holiday events rarely go as planned.  You may say that you’re eating dinner at six, but chances are, some people might show up early.  A “come and go from four to seven” may result in people staying to chat until after ten or even later.  Don’t expect guests to adhere to a time-table, so be sure to have plans for dealing with anything that’s time-sensitive, such as taking medication or letting your animals out.

Of course, before your guests arrive, you’re going to be stressed with cleaning your home.  One way of avoiding this stress is to start doing a little bit of cleaning every day in the week or so leading up to the event.  Put away clutter, do your dishes, and do whatever dusting and vacuuming you can before the big day.  It’s really not that difficult to keep much of your home clean if you put a little bit of work into it each day.  By doing so, you won’t be exhausted when your guests arrive.

You’ll certainly want your entryway to look great since it’s what your guests will first see.  Be sure that all coats, shoes, and other things are put away.  Some of these can easily be put in the closets where they should be kept.  Others, like your keys or mail, should be put away that day—perhaps in your bedroom or some other location no one will see.  You may want to put a floral arrangement or set out a few holiday photos in the entryway to make your guests feel welcome.

The family room is another area that can become cluttered quickly.  Ask your children to take anything of theirs to their rooms before guests arrive.  Then do the same yourself—move that stack of magazines, books, or mail that you haven’t sorted yet to your desk.  Put away recently watched movies if they aren’t on the shelves, and make small touches like putting your cordless phone on its base or stacking up your coasters.  These small details can actually do a lot to make a room look more organized.

Remember, of course, that no room can truly be perfect, but you can clean out all your clutter, organize what remains, and make your home look great for all of your holiday guests.

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Dec 22

Christmas in Kansas City

Spending your Christmas in Kansas City?  There’s plenty to do this holiday season in KC, including some great traditional events and some new activities as well.  Here are just a few of the holiday events going on this winter in Kansas City.

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake is a great activity that involves little cost and a lot of fun.  Load up the car and head out to Longview Lake, where you’ll see over 300,000 Christmas lights and more than 175 animated figures.  It may take you a couple of hours to drive through the park due to the slow moving traffic, but it’s well worth it.  Bring along some hot chocolate and some snacks for the kids to really make the trip fun.  Don’t forget the holiday music, either!

Want to go ice skating this holiday season?  Head over to Crown Center Ice Terrace, while offers ice skating from November through March.  The terrace also offers a great view of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.  Admission is $6, but those under 5 or over 60 get in for free.  Skate rental is only $3, but you can bring your own if you like.  For those who get up early, admission is free between 6:00 am and 9:00 am.

While you’re at the Crown Center, you might want to visit Santa’s Gingerbread Village.  This entire village is made out of edible gingerbread and features a reindeer stable, Santa’s sleigh, the elves dorm, and Santa’s home.  You can even take one of three trains through the village to see it all.

For those looking for a holiday show in Kansas City, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is performing A Christmas Story: The Musical until January 3rd.  This holiday comedy is based on the movie A Christmas Story and follows the tale of Ralphie, a young boy who just wants a BB-gun for Christmas. 

Another great show is The Nutcracker, a traditional Christmas story performed by the Kansas City Ballet.  It runs from December 16 to the 27th at the Music Hall.  For an extra treat, you and your children can have their pictures taken with members of the cast an hour before and after each show

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