Flying: The Power of a Simple Act…

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope” Winston Churchill Flying Fearlessly: How I was helped by a few simple words from a stranger. This week, Mamakat’s Writers Workshop has offered five one word prompts and I have chosen the word “simple” because this unassuming word carries a lot of power. Confucius said that “life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” If we can master the art of simplifying ...

2013 Jersey Battle of Flowers

The annual Jersey Battle of Flowers, which takes place on the Island of Jersey (located between the south coast of the UK & northern France) on the second Thursday and Friday of August, is one of the best places to see a parade or two!  Elaborate, brightly-coloured flower-decorated floats are displayed at a parade on the Thursday afternoon and once again on Friday evening at the Midnight Parade. Thousands of fresh chrysanthemums and asters, which are shipped from the UK ...

Giant LEGO® Flowers take over Australia’s Outback

Go big or go home! LEGO® decided to go big! These giant LEGO flowers have been sprouting all over Australia’s landscape this summer as part of LEGO’s “Festival of Play,” to celebrate LEGO’s 50th anniversary in Australia. The life-sized iconic pine trees and flowers are the main attractions. At 66 times larger than the original size, these LEGO® bricks are quite the sight! The LEGO® Festival of Play is a nine month celebration of events and activities encouraging LEGO® fans, young ...

An Adventure: The Taxi Driver…

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character” Henry David Thoreau An Adventure: The Taxi Driver... a London cabbie The new decade began with a bang and lots of adventure. I had decided to move to the USA and, as word spread, friends in London and elsewhere invited me to even more parties and celebrations as a way to say goodbye, bon voyage… our last hurray! One fateful night in January, one of ...

Happy Relaxation Day!

August 15th is National Relaxation Day! Today is a day where you can leave all of your cares and troubles behind, even if it’s just for a few moments. Life can be stressful, especially in our fast-paced society and all that extra stress can make us sick and tired. We need to make time for ourselves and take it easy. So take a deep breath and relax… Here are 10 ways you can celebrate National Relaxation Day: Have a cup of tea. Herbal ...

Featured Blogger: Arva N – A Box of Vistas…

“God‘s delays are not his denials … All good things come to he who waits.” Proverb Featured Blogger: Arva N., - A Box of Vistas... Featured Blogger: Arva ... in the Kingdom of Bahrain To date, our featured blogger series has taken us on a jaunt to other parts of the world; the USA, Australia, Germany and today to the Kingdom of Bahrain. I connected with Arva N., our “Get To Know” blogger, during the early days of the Daily Post Challenge when we were all rushing around, teaming ...

An Invitation: Join Us For FOCUS: PEACE

“If we continuously maintain self awareness, we will be able to experience peace and happiness.” Mata Amritanandamayi Devi An Invitation: Join Us For FOCUS: PEACE FOCUS: PEACE – Peacelights and We, The World are partnering to offer a series of Free daily tele-seminar phone calls from December 7 to December 21 at Noon Eastern Standard Time. Every day we will gather virtually for 20 minutes to meditate together and be the peace we wish to see in the world. Calls will start ...

Inspiration: Seeking Balance…

“Evermore in the world is this marvelous balance of beauty and disgust, magnificence and rats” Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Seeking Balance... Pause and enjoy the peacock's dance... We have 174 days to 2012 and I can feel the exhaustion slowly creeping up… Dressed like a magnificent bird, it beckons me to step inside the sparkling chamber of sleep and rest. Everything can wait it says, nobody is indispensable it assures me… Tarry, tarry, tarry a while. I nod. I smile. I understand. ...

7 Questions With an Author: Kimanzi Constable

Kimanzi Constable – author, speaker, globetrotter – this photo was snapped on a recent flight to India This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Kimanzi Constable is the author of The Difference Between Living and Existing. He is an international speaker and consultant who has logged nearly 50,000 travel miles since June of this year. Kimanzi’s mission is to help people stop settling, stop making ...

5 Things About Your Childhood....

This marks the 350th blog post I've written since this blog began in June 2010. Most of what I've written has been about my family and me. Interesting, a lot of who we have become as adults is derived from our experiences as a kid. As such, I'm curious to find out the following five things about your childhood that you can answer in the comments: 1. How many kids were in your family growing up? 2. What's a favorite childhood game or ...

Book Marketing, Part 3 (and a Rant)

Over a July 4 holiday visit to the East Coast, my sister had the opportunity to visit the Strand Bookstore in New York City, about which she raved to me in a recent communique. Once I got over my intense jealousy that she (1) was in New York City and (2) discovered a great bookstore, I got online and checked it out. For some reason the “embed video” code isn’t working for this one, but here’s the link: http://youtu.be/-dWBuFFxTMw. Copy ...

Fear of Flying

When I was young I considered flying an air-sucking adventure to anticipate, sort of like Christmas but with jet engines involved. Of course back then I was in my invincible mode. My thoughts were rarely cautionary, but full-throttle daredevils compelling life to move faster. I was instant and active, my forehead straining against the plexiglas window, eager for a rivet-rattling launch, and then the steep climb through shadowy cloudscapes, where episodic flashbacks of Twilight Zone faces heightened the experience. As an ...

EdiTOR’s Note: Guest Blog…

EdiTOR's Note: Guest Blog...

Several weeks ago I joined a community of great bloggers at BlogRocket. One of the guys I met there is named Ben Emerson and he's in the midst of an ambitious project to consecutively blog about a chapter of the Bible every day until he's written about "the whole dang thing" - which just so happens to be the name of his blog. He invites other writers to con tribute to his project, and he graciously allowed me to submit a guest ...

America's #1 Fear and Its Antidote...

If you Google the phrase "Number One Fear in America" you'll see that our top fear is not the economy, politics, Wall Street, unemployment, terrorism, the war overseas, hurricanes, earthquakes, cancer or even death. The number one fear in our country is public speaking, complete with its dry mouth, sweaty palms and stomach butterflies. Those are physical sensations manifest the underlying fear that's common to all of us who've ever had to speak to small audience in a boardroom or a ...

Sometimes Living in Denial is Good….

Last year, I was fortunate to have two of my articles published with RELEVANT Magazine online, which has a readership of 20-somethings and Millennials. The two articles were  7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict and What to Consider Before Considering Kids respectively. This morning, the good folks at RELEVANT featured another piece I wrote titled When Living in Denial is Healthy Here’s an excerpt from my most recent piece at RELEVANT Magazine: ==================================================== If you’ve ever used the phrase, or been accused of “living in denial,” you know ...

The Key to a Better Marriage is Laughter

Why did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he drank his fair-trade, organic, Rainforest Alliance decaffeinated green tea before it was cool. Ok, maybe I shouldn’t quit my day job and become a comedian after that joke but laughter, humor and comedy are integral parts of our culture. We love to laugh. Many people have careers that consist of making people laugh, but did you know it is also a crucial component to your marriage and relationships? My wife (Jen) and I have found that laughter ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts
August 14, 2012, 9:41 am

How to Throw a Garden Party!

garden party

Summer is in full swing! The flowers in your garden are blooming.  It’s the perfect time to throw a floral themed garden party to show off the beautiful flowers in your garden. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Ice Cold Drinks Perfect for the Summer:

Food featuring edible flowers:

If you plan on providing alcoholic drinks, this guide will give you some tips.

Outdoor Decorating ideas

  • floral pillows
  • floral candles
  • Fill glass jars with water and fresh flowers
  • Fill mini terra-cotta pots with tea lights

To learn more about creating the perfect mood, click here. It’s all in the details!

Activities

Themes

Summer is short! So start planning soon.  You can read more about how to plan the perfect party here. Have fun!

Photo credit: theglitterguide.tumblr.com

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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