With Easter around the corner we are going to see the artificial Lily’s sell out quick so don’t delay in getting started on your project right away. I always see the florist get ready for Easter and set there displays with beautiful Easter lily’s that look like they are a wrapped basket so fresh but when should I buy is always my question. I know with something live it will be only a matter of time that my blue thumb will get in the way, so I decide to wait for the day before to purchase and I end up hunting since they are now all gone. I think there is a better idea out there and now I know, it’s called an artificial arrangement. So easy to create and lasts a very long time with proper care, in fact when I was done I went big and was ask to make 3 dozen for my local church to decorate for service. I was excited and nervous but when the project was complete they looked exactly like the one’s you see at the florist or when you are shopping in your local grocery store. Now I have decided why now share my experience and somewhat knowledge with you. This could also make a fun family project to do.
Artificial Day or Tiger Lily’s (preferred at least 2 flowers and 1 bud)
Celophane or Wrapping Paper
Scissors/hot glue gun
Ribbon or a big bow
Cut your Floral Foam to fit in your planters pot
Place glue on bottom of pot and on floral foal to adhere, let dry.
Place one lily in each container in center of floral foam (add a touch of glue to the stem so it stays in place…..criss-cross tape on top of planter’s pot to hold the silk flowers in place until glue dries, or you can hold until it dries normally doesn’t take very long.
Take a square of your cellophane or wrapping paper and place under your pot then lift your paper up so it covers the pot and it should be big enough to pass the lip of your pot. I then used my glue gun to fasten to the pot – it just made it look cleaner this way.
You can now take a giant bow or ribbon or any other creative idea you may have and wrap around container. Us a little glue to hold in place so it doesn’t slip down and stays in place.
Top off with some Spanish moss inside your pot to add the effect that this is a growing flower and walah! You are done. Use around your house as Easter décor give to friend, family member, neighbor or a business that you use for there lobby area. At the end of the season you can pack away for the following year always having your supply ready for the next year.
- Plan early Give yourself plenty of time to plan your event, research party ideas and to secure your preferred venue (if not holding the party at home).
- Budget Set yourself a realistic budget. Prioritise where you'll get the most "bang for buck". For example a three piece band will eat up a large percentage of your entertainment budget and guests might not take advantage of this entertainment until late in the night.
- Choosing the right venue Consider the type of party you are having (ie will it be a loud party), the number of people, easy access for guests, how much space do you require, etc. Loud / noisy parties are probably best placed at a local venue or hall. Your neighbors would appreciate it. If you do choose to hold your party at home, let your neighbors know in advance ... or invite them too!
- Have a themed party Is having fun a big part of what you want to achieve at your event? Do you want all your guests interacting and socializing? Do you like to offer your guests something a bit different in the way of entertainment? Is hosting a memorable night important to you? Choose a theme that will appeal to the masses rather than just your own particular taste. Keeping the theme broad will allow all personality types to get involved, without feeling uncomfortable (give hints to assist on your invitation). Then a themed party creates an event guests who will remember for a long time to come.
- Some casino theme suggestions include - James Bond Viva Las Vegas Casino Royale Roaring 20s Speakeasy Gangsters & Molls .... Just to name a few Do not forget to include the theme on your invitations. Guests will start talking about your event before the night. It'll create a sense of anticipation and excitement.
- Checklist Prepare a checklist or to do list, including dates and who's responsible for each task.
- Delegate Share the load - do not do it all yourself! Ask family and friends to assist in planning and tasks.
- Resources Use the internet to search for "free party budget templates", checkslists and invitations.
- Send out invitations well in advance Do not leave invitations until the last minute. Try to send invitations out around 4 weeks prior to your party. This will ensure friends and relatives have marked the occasion in their diaries. Give hints to assist your guests on your invitation (ie dress code, parking options, BYO or not, catering provided or not, etc.)
- RSVPs Request these approx. 2 weeks prior to your party, so you can confirm numbers with caterers and other suppliers.
- Catering Depending on the event format and timing ensure guests are aware as to whether there will be food provided at your party. Be sure to provide a variety of food to cater for all tastes and dietary needs.
- Beverages If you are supplying beverages for your guests ensure there are a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Perhaps theme drinks to match your theme (ie you may serve cocktails / mocktails to guests on arrival).
- Children If children are welcome at your party, do not forget to cater for them too! Include things like balloons, party bags filled with goodies / activities, and simple party food to appeal to kids tastebuds.
- Music Carefully select and play music during your party. Select music that will cater for all tastes. Music is best played in the 'background'. People still want to be able to talk to one another without yelling. Do not forget to turn music off during any speeches that may be required.
- Entertainment Ensure that all entertainment complements your theme and does not compete against one another.
- Final Details Reconfirm final details with all external suppliers (eg. DJ, caterer, entertainers, venue, etc.).
- Shop Early Ensure you make your party purchases early; however leave buying perishables until the day before or day of party. Place large orders early with suppliers (sometimes they can arrange home delivery). If self-catering prepare as much food as you can in advance.
- Prepare your Home Remove furniture from the party areas to allow guests to move around easily and safely.
- Atmosphere Create an atmosphere to set the mood for your party - tea lights, red carpet, balloons, moving lights, etc.
- Mingle Mingle amongst your guests. If not all guests know one another, take the time to introduce guests to others that may have a common interest.
- Have fun! Although it is important that your guests have fun, do not forget to enjoy your party too!
Planning a 40th birthday party They say that "life begins at 40", but it's hard to believe that you have reached this age in your (or your partner's) life. next phase of your life in with a swing. Here are a few good ideas ... We understand that turning 40 can mean different things to different people, which is why we customize our venue recommendations to suit the individual. a low-key private dinner or a large and elaborate function we have a range of different venues to suit. We recommend venues that specialize in:
- Private sit down dinners
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- Large parties
- Large themed events
Surprise party Obviously you can not do this one on your own, but a surprise party is a great idea. To make it really effective you have to let your partner know that a party is planned - with just a few close friends, but you keep the number of people a secret.
Source by Sharryn McDonaghue