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Simple Flower Arranging

This past weekend, I had the privilege of co hosting a bridal shower for a sweet dear friend of mine. The event went very well and the “bride to be” looked beautiful and happy and seemed to enjoy her special day. One of the tasks I was responsible for were the flowers.

I love floral arranging so I couldn’t wait to get creative. I have learned over the years that the easiest and fool proof way to put together an arrangement is to use floral tape.

I wanted to have two matching arrangements on either end of the serving table and one larger arrangement next to the coffee and punch.

For the two smaller arrangements I used two matching glass cube vases. Using the floral tape, I taped a grid over the opening of each vase. I just eyeballed it, I typically don’t get too technical about how the grid looks as long as it’s somewhat symmetrical. The tape is clear and waterproof.

Once the grid was in place I used my larger flowers and placed first. I used three large white hydrangeas as the base of he arrangement. Make sure to take all the leaves off your stem and cut stem to desired height. Once the hydrangeas were in, I made sure to add water, keeping the delicate hydrangeas nice and hydrated. Make sure to give the ends of your flowers a nice fresh diagonal cut on the ends to ensure they soak up as much water as possible. I will sometimes even cut a very small vertical slit up the center of the stem if it’s a thick stem to assist in the water consumption.

After the hydrangeas were placed I used the rest of my accent flowers to fill in all the excess space around the hydrangeas. I usually like to add the flowers in odd numbers, making sure I’m constantly turning my vase to arrange evenly around.

Once all the space is filled in, I gave the flowers a nice spritzing of water and put them in my refrigerator until the event the next day.

I used the same technique with a taller cylinder shaped vase for my larger arrangements. I only had one hydrangea left so I layered my arrangement with lots of greenery around the outer edge. I placed the star of the show, my beautiful white hydrangea in the middle then filled in the remainder of the space around with accent flowers. I was very happy with the outcome.

Next time you purchase some grocery store flowers, try this technique and see what you can create. It’s really easy and so much fun. Don’t be afraid to collect greenery from your yard if you have some to add volume to your arrangement.

I purchased my flowers and floral tape at a floral wholesaler, but you can order the tape on amazon and buy your flowers at your favorite florist or grocer.

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Game On Gaming Center

My son and I recently had the privilege of visiting my friends new business she just opened in Virginia Beach, VA called “Game On Gaming Center”.  We were so impressed with this place.  I’m not a gamer and know nothing about that sort of thing, but my son had a blast and I did too!  Each person has their own state of the art gaming chair complete with a brand new XBOX 1S, personal controller and flatscreen. IMG_2782The center is set up perfectly to play on your own or join friends and game together.  I loved the ambiance of this place, the lighting was just right with cool green and blue neon back lighting which provided the optimal environment for video gaming.  The center is dividing into three sections: green or blue gaming areas and a preschool area in the back complete with an interactive gaming floor system.  There’s something for the whole family!   The Center can host all inclusive birthday parties, gaming tournaments, and walk in play time, complete with monthly membership options.  They are reasonably priced but also provide a military discount. IMG_2661What a great place to hang out after school, on the weekends, during the blazing hot dog days of summer or a cold blustery afternoon.  I can’t wait to take my nephews when they come to visit, but we will most certainly be back before then! Some of the services they provide are:
  • Open Play
  • Parties
  • Tournaments
  • Membership
  • After School Club
  • E-Sports Tournaments (coming soon)
  • Puterbugs Computer and STEM classes for kids (coming soon)
  • Mobile Gaming Bus that will come to your location if you are in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia
  • Beam Interactive Gaming Floor  
  • Air Graffiti Touch 
    An amazing photo wall that allows guests to take pictures and create touch-based drawing with tools like stamps, stencils and filters. Print out your pictures or upload them to your social media account.
  • Fundraising and Community Outreach
For additional information and more on hours, pricing, check out their great website gamerbus.com  
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Outdoor Party on Halloween Night!

For the last several years we have hosted a Halloween Party for friends and neighbors right on Halloween night. It’s become a wonderful tradition and relatively easy to pull off. I usually send out a FB invite to my friends living outside of the neighborhood a couple weeks in advance and ask them all to bring a dish to share pot luck style. The guests RSVP in advance and let me know what they are bringing. There are a few people who bring different kinds of soups in their crock pots, we have ham sandwiches, a lot of yummy appetizers and of course candy! The other item all the invited guests are asked to bring is a big bag of candy for the neighborhood trick or treaters. A couple of days prior to the event, my husband and I do a quick cleaning up of our garage…usually just pushing junk to the side! I use cheap black plastic table cloths and tape to hang like a sheet in front of anything I don’t want seen just to make the garage look a little more inviting. We have a couple of outdoor tables that I set up with power strips and coordinating black plastic table cloths for the guests to plug in their crock pots and room for the rest of the food. I make up a big batch of chili, some dessert and provide drinks (water, soda, coffee and hot cider) and all the paper products. Once everyone has arrived and the food is set up, it’s very casual and everyone just serves themselves throughout the evening. We have quite a few outdoor chairs, but sometimes I’ll ask some people to bring some additional lawn chairs.

“Trick or Treat!”

For families with young children, they have a great time trick or treating while those not walking around the neighborhood enjoy eating, playing corn hole, roasting marshmallows, meeting new people and passing out candy right in the driveway.
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Some years we set up a fire pit, sometimes we may pull out different yard games but every year one of my favorite things to do is have an outdoor movie playing while the neighborhood children are coming around for candy. It wouldn’t be Halloween night if we didn’t show “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” as the little ghosts and goblins come and go collecting their yummy treats. My husband hangs a sheet up on one half of the garage door opening and we project the movie from behind the make-shift screen…it’s great!!! We usually end the night by playing “Just Dance” in the driveway with our friends and neighbors. It’s so much fun to see the clever costumes each year, visit with our friends and neighbors and just get outside on a brisk fall evening. Clean up is a snap! Everyone pitches in at the end of the night and before we know it, everything is back to the way it once was…except our waistlines!
  • Make it a potluck outside or in the garage for easy clean up
  • Provide a Coffee Bar and Hot Cider
  • Set up outdoor games like corn hole or bobbing for apples
  • All the guests bring a bag of candy for trick or treaters
  • Outdoor movie
  • Create atmosphere: fire pit, photo area, seating, etc.
  • Costume contest!
  • Be creative…Let me know if you have a fun idea!!!!

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