Dec 05

Get in the Mood for Christmas


As the song goes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Are you ready?  Some people get in the holiday mood around mid-November, and they absolutely love every minute of the holiday season.  Others don’t really get into Christmas until a week or so before (but let’s hope they did some shopping before then!).

So how can you get yourself in the Christmas mood if you’ve discovered you’re currently playing the role of the Grinch?  Here are a few different ideas.

•    Listen to Christmas music.  Whether traditional carols or modern songs about the holidays, Christmas music can work its magic on anyone who is in a bah-humbug mood.

•    If you’re more of a visual person, go check out some of the huge light displays.  Some neighborhoods work together to turn their streets into magical wonderlands.  A number of communities may also put together large displays that you can walk or drive through.  The sheer number of lights some of these displays use is mind-boggling.

•    Go shopping.  While some people absolutely hate it, some love shopping.  Working your way through various stores with their holiday displays can actually get you in the holiday mood.  If you hate the crowds, do some online shopping to satisfy your holiday urges.

•    Go to a holiday performance.  Maybe The Nutcracker can chase away your Christmas blues?

•    Convince your sweetie to take you ice skating.

•    Put up your Christmas decorations.  Turning your home into a cozy holiday hideaway may be just the trick to getting you into the Christmas mood.  It can be fun, too, especially if you get the whole family involved.

•    Do some holiday baking.  The smell of sugar cookies or a warm pie can be enough to snap anyone out of their funk.

Speaking of smells, perhaps the scent of some holiday flowers may help?  We’ve got a wide variety of Christmas flowers in Kansas City, MO!

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Nov 28

How to Not Get Stressed by the Holidays


The holiday season is here, and with it comes all the stress associated with shopping, wrapping, cooking, and dealing with your least-favorite relatives!  Sometimes even the weather causes you a lot of stress.  It can snow so much that you’re trapped in your home, or the roads can become incredibly icy and dangerous.

So what can you do to avoid stress and have a happy holiday season?  Well, there are a number of things.  First of all, don’t let the holidays ruin the holidays for you.  How many times do you get stressed over preparing the holiday meal, buying gifts for everyone, and decorating?  Why should the holidays cause so much stress when they’re supposed to be a time of joy and togetherness?  Don’t let the holidays get you down!

If you hate shopping and dealing with the holiday crowds, stay at home and shop online so you don’t have to deal with people.  You don’t even have to get dressed!  In a few clicks, all your shopping can be over and done with.  Some online retailers even offer gift wrapping options so you don’t have to deal with that, either.

Stressed over what to buy someone?  Remember it’s the thought, not the gift, that counts.  Many people are truly happy with gift cards to restaurants or stores.  It’s not a bad gift, and it shows that you care just as much as any other present.  If your budget is causing you stress, homemade gifts are greatly appreciated.  Put your talents to use and knit someone a scarf, paint them a picture, or write them a song.  If your talents lie elsewhere, you can always give someone the gift of cleaning their house or cooking them an elaborate meal.

Dinner doesn’t have to be stressful, either.  One way of alleviating the stress here is to get others involved.  Have your children help set the table and prepare easy dishes.  Your spouse can help with the cooking.  You can also ask a few of your guests to come over early and help prepare the meal, too.  Many families enjoy working together to make their lovely holiday feast.  Another option is to assign side dishes to others to bring to the meal.

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, so don’t let stress get in the way of that.  Relax and enjoy it!  One of our gorgeous Christmas bouquets in Kansas City, MO, can remind you to stop and smell the flowers.

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Nov 20

Thanksgiving Events in KC

If you’re looking for something to do this Thanksgiving in addition to having a great dinner, there’s actually a lot going on in Kansas City.  There are a number of places to eat out, of course, but there are also some activities for you and your family to enjoy.  Here are some of the things you can do in KC for Thanksgiving.

Don’t want to cook?  Here are some great places to go for Thanksgiving lunch or dinner:
•    Benton’s at the Westin Crown Center ($45 per person)
•    Figlio, which serves a Thanksgiving buffet
•    The InterContinental Hotel, which offers a six-course dinner
•    Grand Street Café
•    Harrah’s Casino
•    J. Gilbert’s
•    Lidia’s (open 1 pm to 6 pm)
•    O’dowds
•    Phillips Chophouse, located in the historic Phillips Hotel

You can also get carryout meals from several different places.  Wil Jenny’s Tables & Tap offers a Turkey Dinner Package for $125 that serves 12 to 16 people.  You can also create your own package from their a la carte offerings or eat at their buffet.  Cosentino Market in Brookside also offers a turkey meal, spiral-cut ham dinner, or a crusted leg of lamb meal.

After eating your Thanksgiving dinner, head out to the Country Club Plaza for their Christmas lighting ceremony.  The pre-show starts at 5:00 pm, with the actual tree lighting happening at 6:50.

On Friday, Santa arrives at the Crown Center!  The event begins at 10:00 am and features a number of different events and activities for kids.  Then, at 5:30 pm, the 100-foot Mayor’s Christmas Tree will be lit in a festive celebration.

There’s much more going on in the city, of course, but these are some of the highlight events that you don’t want to miss.  Don’t forget to order your Thanksgiving flowers in Kansas City, MO, while there’s still time.

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Nov 14

Thanksgiving Events in Kansas City

Looking for something to do this Thanksgiving besides eating too much food?  In addition to the awesome meals you can eat at some of the top restaurants in the city, there are also some activities for you and the family to enjoy.  Here are some of the things you can do this week.

Don’t want to cook?  Here are some great places to go for Thanksgiving lunch or dinner:
•    Benton’s at the Westin Crown Center
•    Figlio
•    The InterContinental Hotel
•    Grand Street Café
•    Lidia’s
•    Harrah’s Casino
•    Tomfooleries
•    J. Gilbert’s
•    O’dowds
•    Julian
•    Phillips Chophouse, located in the historic Phillips Hotel

You can also get carryout meals from several different places if you want to have your meal at home but don’t want to cook.

The 83rd Annual KC&P plaza lighting ceremony takes place Thanksgiving night.  This year, the ceremony moves to a new location near the Brio Tuscan Grille on Nichols Road.  Pre-show events start at 5:00 pm, with the official ceremony starting at 6:00.  The lights are scheduled to be turned on at 6:50.

Meet designer Irma Starr at the Halls at the Country Club Plaza.  She will be signing exclusive holiday ornaments on the 24th at the Holiday Shop.  Mary Jurek will also be signing on the 23rd and 24th at Tabletop.

The 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K & Family Stroll will take place at the Spint Campus in Overland Park.  It starts at 9:00 a.m.  In addition to these events, kids can participate in the Tom Murphy Fun Run.  Proceeds go to funding scholarships and other charities.

There’s much more going on in the city, of course, but these are some of the highlight events that you don’t want to miss.

Don’t forget your Thanksgiving flowers in Kansas City, MO!

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Nov 07

Making the World Better…One Bouquet at a Time!


Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like everything has gone wrong?  The world is collapsing, and it doesn’t seem like there’s anything you can do to fix it.  Then there’s a knock at the door, and someone is standing there with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for you!  Suddenly, everything doesn’t seem so bad.  That’s what flowers can do: they can make the world a better place!  While we can’t change the world instantly, we can try to make it better, one bouquet at a time.

Why do flowers make us feel better?  There are a number of theories.  Some say it’s the bright colors.  Who can be sad around happy sunflowers, cheerful daisies, or gorgeous red roses?  Others love the smell of flowers.  Just one sniff and they’re transported to a happy place where the world just doesn’t seem nearly as bad.  For others, it’s not the flowers themselves but thoughts of the one who sent them that does it.  Whatever the reason, flowers have a profound effect on people.

The next time you know someone is having a horrible day, why not make their world a little better by sending them a bouquet of flowers?  You don’t have to send them a huge arrangement.  A small bouquet is just as great as a huge one when you’re having a horrible day.

Need help picking an arrangement?  Let us give you a helping hand with your flowers in Kansas City, MO.

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Oct 31

Why Saying Thank You Never Goes Out of Style

Thank You FlowersWe often think of expressing gratitude as a matter of etiquette. If someone holds the door open for you, it’s appropriate to say thank-you. When you’re invited to a dinner party, the right thing to do afterward is to send a thank-you note (e-mail is O.K.; handwritten is better). “I appreciate that” is one appropriate response to a compliment about your latest success on the job or at home.

However, it would be a mistake to reduce the importance of saying thank-you to just good manners. Fundamentally, expressing one’s gratitude is a matter of ethics. It’s important for us to respect others.  One significant way we do this is by acknowledging their help, kindness, or thoughtfulness. It’s not just rude to fail to honor a debt of gratitude. It’s wrong.

It’s easy to understand why we don’t say thank-you as often as we should. In our hectic, overcommitted lives, we tend to focus primarily or exclusively on our own needs and desires. When we’re not immersed in activity (and sometimes even when we are), we mentally go through the items on our extensive to-do lists. Forty years ago, George Harrison sang It’s All Too Much, and, sadly, that’s still true, maybe even more so than in Harrison’s day. Nevertheless, everyone wins when we step outside of ourselves and acknowledge the many things for which we should be grateful, in every area of our lives.

Thanksgiving in Practice

There are a few practical concerns about saying “Thank you” that are worth examining. First, it is just as wrong to say thank-you too frequently as it is not to say it enough. We can kill others with kindness, after all. “Thank you,” just like “I’m sorry”,  loses its value if it is said insincerely, too often, or too late.

Second, you will probably feel better about yourself for thanking someone for what they did, but that isn’t the reason to make this gesture. Similarly, the recipient of your thank-you may feel motivated to continue doing good things for you—positive reinforcement—but that is only a nice side benefit. As we have seen with every issue we’ve discussed in this column, the reason to do the right thing is simply because it is the right thing to do.  Feeling good about yourself or prompting more helpfulness in others by doing what you ought to do are just happy consequences, not the justification for so acting. Of course, you could also say that thank-you is just good karma, or “what goes around, comes around,” but it is a mistake to confuse a benefit with a justification.

Third, you might wonder if you ought to thank people who are merely doing their jobs, as opposed to going above and beyond the call of duty. Yes, you should. A warm thank-you to the person who cleans your office, takes messages for you, or orders your lunch is another way of saying, “I value what you do for me.” Thus, saying thanks from the heart is one of the easiest, but most essential, things you can do to maintain and even strengthen your professional and personal relationships.

An Exercise in Perspective

Give yourself 10 uninterrupted minutes—no phone calls, no checking e-mail, no catching up with anyone. Make a list of 100 things for which you are grateful. Don’t stop and don’t edit yourself. It’s O.K. to repeat or misspell items. Now review your list. What surprises you? Which item came up the most? Next to each item, write the date by which you will say “Thank you” to the person responsible for it. Make your first thank-you today.  Send Thank You flowers.  Send a card.

It would be great to thank each and every person on the list, but don’t feel bad if you can’t. Saying even a single thank-you today would be a wonderful thing to do.

It’s a Gift

To continue expressing appreciation for the many gifts we have in our lives, the following mnemonic may be helpful:

  • Give yourself some free time.
  • Identify the things you are grateful for.
  • Find a date for thanking those responsible for each item on the list.
  • Thank as many people as you can.

By recognizing all of the bounties in your life and expressing your gratitude for them, you will not only fulfill an ethical responsibility, you will realize that, for all of the very real problems you have, you also have a lot to be thankful for.
Bruce@TheEthicsGuy.com  Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D. is the corporate consultant, author, and public speaker known as The Ethics Guy. He has appeared on numerous national television shows and is the author of several books on ethics. His “Ask the Ethics Guy!” appears every other week on businessweek.com/managing/.

Re-posted (Mostly) From: BloombergBusinessWeek

Make it easy to say Thank You with flowers from Village Gardens.

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Oct 24

Tips for Planning a Halloween Party

Are you planning a cool Halloween party?  If you are, this is the week where it all comes together!  No matter what the theme for your party is, when it all comes together, it will be awesome.  Of course, before you can get there, you have to put the party together, and that can be a little stressful!  Here are some tips for putting together the perfect Halloween party.

•    Don’t stress!  Everything will turn out fine.

•    You don’t have to decorate all at once if you don’t want to.  You can put up a few here and there as you have time.

•    You don’t have to buy brand new decorations.  You can reuse old decorations, especially if you mix and match or swap up how you place them.

•    Have some decorations that look old or cheap?  Revamp them!  Paint them, add them to something else, cut them up…find creative uses for those old decorations that don’t look that great or for those dollar store ones that you picked up because they were cheap.

•    Check the weather forecast before putting up a lot of outdoor decorations, especially those that might get damaged by bad weather or blow away.  You don’t want to put up a lot of outdoor items only to have them get damaged or destroyed before the party.

•    Remember that your snacks can be decorative, too, especially if you can shape them into Halloween-related shapes like bats, witches hats, and ghosts.

•    Make a list of everything that needs to be done the day of the party so you don’t forget anything.

•    Give yourself a deadline of about an hour before the party starts to have everything done.  That way, you have time to get into your costume.  If your costume is pretty elaborate, you might need more time.

•    Again, don’t stress!  And don’t forget your Halloween flowers in Kansas City, MO!

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Oct 17

Hand in Hand: Romance and Roses

When you think of romance, one of the first images that comes to many people’s minds is red roses.  These flower have been associated with love and romance since ancient times, and while there are a few people who don’t like roses, most people love getting them.  Red roses are especially popular on anniversaries, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day, but they’re appropriate any time you want to tell someone you love them.

For a first date, a dozen red roses might be a little too much—that says love, and you might not be ready for that just yet.  However, a single red rose is a great way to start off a date.  It says you’re interested and that you want to see where the relationship will go, but it’s not going too far.  You can save the dozen roses for a future date—maybe around the fifth or so, or for your one-month anniversary.

Speaking of anniversaries, unless you know she loves a different flower or is anti-rose for whatever reason, you should get her a dozen red roses to celebrate your anniversary.  This is the traditional sign of love, and even though it’s a safe and even, to some, a boring choice, there’s a reason it’s a classic.  It’s romance, pure and simple.

If you really want to make a huge, romantic gesture, go big: three dozen roses, 50 roses, or even 100 roses!  That’s sure to be something she will never forget!  Roses and romance go hand in hand, so the next time you want to show her how romantic you can be, don’t forget them.  We’re ready to help your romance along—let us deliver roses in Kansas City, MO, to your sweetheart!

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Oct 10

Reasons to Appreciate Your Boss


A lot of people think that their boss doesn’t do much for them, but that’s not true.  Bosses do a lot, but much of what they do isn’t immediately visible to everyone.  All we see is what they let us see—bosses spend a lot of time working out the little behind-the-scenes details that keep the office running and keep everyone happy.

In large companies, your immediate boss probably doesn’t run the whole business.  This means he or she reports to someone else, and that someone else may have a boss, too.  Projects, new equipment, raises, and even hiring or firing people are decided by people who may not even be in the same department.  Your boss and your department are usually competing with others areas of the company for resources.  Your boss is the one who works to make sure you get everything you need to do your job successfully.  That includes pitching the department budget and lobbying for raises.

Your boss may have helped you out before you were even hired.  Bosses have some say over how their department is structured, and they can re-evaluate open positions, add or remove responsibilities, and even work to increase the starting salary if you have enough experience and qualifications to warrant it.  Your boss can also recommend the creation of a new position if the department seems overworked.

If you find yourself really enjoying the time you spend at work, your boss had a hand in that.  As the leader of the office, the boss plays a large part in creating the atmosphere of the office.  A boss who is always micro-managing and spouting off negative things will create an unhappy office, but one who trusts his employees, praises them for good work, and encourages them will create a positive place workspace where people want to be.

These are just a few reasons why you should appreciate your boss.  Remember to show him or her how much you appreciate everything by sending Boss’s Day flowers in Kansas City, MO, on October 16.

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Oct 03

Preparing for a Fall Celebration

Are you getting ready to have a fun party this fall?  While many people don’t plan major parties because of Halloween and then Thanksgiving, there are still fall birthday parties, anniversaries, and “just because we want to have a party” parties.  If you’re planning some kind of fall celebration, here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re preparing for it.

Decorations might not be an issue if your party is right before Halloween or Thanksgiving.  If you’ve already decorated for those holidays, don’t stress too much about redoing decorations for your party.  Chances are, your friends will love the decorations you already have up, and they won’t fault you for not completely redecorating your home for a night and then redoing it again the next day.

If you do want to change up your décor, go with some of the natural fall colors, like red, gold, orange, and brown.  You can create centerpieces or other decorations using leaves, pumpkins, gourds, and other items you scavenge from outdoors.

Outdoor parties are mostly a spring and summer thing, but some fall evenings are still warm enough to move your event outdoors.  If you’ve got a fire pit or an outdoor patio heater, you can certainly enjoy the crisp air while still keeping toasty.  Because the weather can turn cold pretty quickly in some areas, be sure to have an indoor backup plan just in case you can’t go out.  Also, be sure you tell your guests that all or part of the party will be outside so they can dress appropriately.

While your summer party menu focused on cool and crisp foods, your fall dinners should be hot comfort food.  Soup is a great first course instead of salad.  If you want an easy meal, go with a hot stew.  You could even have each guest bring a different stew or soup so everyone can try something new.

Your fall party is sure to be a success!  Make your table look amazing with a great bouquet of fall flowers in Kansas City, MO.

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