Creative Ways to Celebrate Mom

personalized-moms-love-mugMom cooks for us, cleans for us, and when we’re finally out of the house, calls us every day to make sure we’re taken care of. But when’s the last time someone took care of Mom? This year, in addition to sending wow-worthy Mother’s Day flowers, plan ahead to give Mom the celebration she deserves with these must-try Mother’s Day ideas.

Outsource Mom’s Chores

It’s difficult getting Mom to leave the house when she has a laundry list of chores to do. Your first plan of action is to arrange for an external party to take care of Mom’s chores and responsibilities while you take her out for a day on the town. Whether her chores include cleaning the house, doing the laundry, or prepping the menu for the week, hire an appropriate party (this can be a professional service or even a neighbor) to take care of it for her. If possible, arrange for all her chores for the week to be done; this will allow her to have a few days worth of much-needed “me” time!
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How to Celebrate Mom Long Distance

Although Mom would love it if her children lived next door, sometimes the family disperses throughout the world, meeting only for holidays and special occasions. Even if you’re not physically close, you can still plan a thoughtful celebration for Mom on Mother’s Day. Here are some creative Mother’s Day ideas to make the day extra special – whether you’re ten miles away or ten thousand.

Send an eCard

If you can’t be with Mom on Mother’s Day, smother her with love on all fronts – Mother’s Day flowers delivered to her doorstep, a loving happy Mother’s Day phone call, and a sweet card sent to her email. Celebrations.com has an extensive selection of creative and sweet Mother’s Day eCards so you can choose the perfect one to fit Mom’s personality.celebrations-mothers-day-e-card

Set up a Virtual Dessert Date

You may not be able to whisk Mom away to her favorite brunch spot for a Mother’s Day meal, but you can still have a wonderful sweet treat together thanks to the power of the internet. Set up a time when you will both be available and video chat each other so you can eat together while separate. To take the dining experience to the next level, surprise her with a dessert-ready gift basket , filled with her favorite treats so she can simply open and indulge!

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Plan Her Day

You may not be there physically to celebrate, but you can still arrange a relaxing and fun adventure for Mom with a few simple phone calls.

Step 1: Plan the Activities

Plan a fun-filled itinerary for Mom to enjoy on her special day. This can include a trip to the movies, a massage at the local spa, or even a shopping excursion (your treat) at her favorite department store. Cater the day to your Mom’s interests so she can unwind and enjoy.

Step 2: Reserve the Restaurant

Every adventure needs a lunch break to refuel, so make reservations at Mom’s favorite restaurant. If Dad can join, great, if not, see if the restaurant can set up a monitor so you can have lunch together via video chat.

Step 3: Hire Transportation

Enlist the help of a neighbor or hire a professional transportation service to drive Mom around for the day. Provide them with a full itinerary of activities so all Mom needs to do is hop in and enjoy the enjoyment-packed day you have planned for her.

Surprise Her with a Month Full of Love

Make it a month-long celebration with a gift that keeps on giving like our Kind Notes® for Mom gift. This Mother’s Day idea is filled with 31 days worth of sweet messages so she can start her days off with a heartwarming message from her dearest child.

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Relive the Memories

Gather old photos and create a scrapbook of memories for mom to relive. This Mother’s Day idea can be both virtual and physical – create a physical scrapbook to arrive at Mom’s doorstep and a virtual slideshow for Mom to show off on social media.

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Mother’s Day Gift Trends: What to Buy For Your Mom This Year

This Mother’s Day, go beyond the traditional bouquet of roses and wow Mom with an arrangement inspired by this year’s hottest flowers and trends. Whether your Mom spends her day in the garden or dedicates her time to making sure she looks prim and proper, these creative Mother’s Day gift ideas are sure to offer the perfect gift choice for your one-of-a-kind Mom.

Popular Mother’s Day Flowers

Roses are always a sure thing, but if you’re looking for something a bit different this year, why not opt for one of the other radiant and fresh popular Mother’s Day flowers ?

Tulips
Stunningly simple and found in a variety of brilliant colors, tulips are a clear winner when it comes to flower choice. Choose from arrangements ranging from traditional to modern, colorful to monochromatic, or bulb form to fully bloomed!

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May Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

May Birthday Fun Facts

birthday-surprise-101249Named after Greek Goddess Maia, who is commonly recognized as a symbol of fertility, May is a month of life and awakening. Like the month itself, those born in May are a vivacious bunch, inspiring those around them to follow their dreams and live life to the fullest.

Here are some fun facts and gift ideas for May to help give you some inspiration for sending the perfect present for your special someone. Pair your gift with a special surprise by sending a cheerful sentiment straight to their inbox with a free e-card from Celebrations.com! Here are some of our favorite birthday cards for a May birthday:
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Get Ready for Administrative Professionals Day: Creative Ways to Brighten up Your Office Space

Silver Celebration OrchidsAdministrative Professionals Day 2014 is coming up on April 23! It has also been called Administrative Professionals’ Week which begins April 21.—So all you secretaries, receptionists and office workers, get your headquarters ready: It’s your time to shine! You are the people who make every business a success, and exceptional employees like you deserve to have an equally special workspace. Here are some fun and creative ways to brighten up your office space just in time for the holiday!

Decorate Your Desk With Flowers and Plants

Whether you work in an office or a cubicle, accessorizing your space with flowers has lots of benefits. In office environments, where décor is typically minimal and, well, dull, a colorful bouquet of flowers or a pretty green plant will bring instant natural beauty to your workstation. But it’s not just about the wow factor; flowers lift your spirits and make you healthier and more productive too! They allow you to enjoy the outdoors even on days when you can’t leave the office, and studies show that plants remove toxins from the air and improve concentration. Check out the 1-800-Flowers.com Greenhouse to find out how this works and which flowers are best for purifying indoor spaces. 

Create a Tranquil Space With a Water Fountain

Instead of listening to the monotonous clicking of keyboards all day, bring some zen into your cubicle with the calming sound of a desktop water fountain. It’ll drown out other annoying sounds and it’ll help you relax, allowing you to get your work done in peace. Just make sure the running water isn’t so loud that it distracts you and your co-workers!

Transform Your Chair With a Cozy Pillow and Blanket

Your desk chair is your home for about eight hours a day (even more on late nights!), so you might as well make it as comfy as possible! If your chair isn’t particularly cushiony, soften it up by placing a cute pillow on the seat. You can also wrap a pretty pashmina around the back of the chair: You’ll make a stylish statement and you’ll have something to wrap around your shoulders when the office gets cool.  

Warm up Your Floor Space With a Pretty Rug

Get rid of those boring plastic floor mats sitting underneath your chair and replace them with a plush rug. Its fuzzy texture and bright colors will show off your personality and make your office visitors feel right at home! It’s a small change that’ll give your office space a big makeover.

Use Placemats to Bring Pops of Color to Your Desk

Think there’s nothing spectacular about your plain white desk? Think again! Look at it as a blank canvas—it’s up to you to bring it to life! Turn it into a work of art by sliding a patterned or brightly colored placemat under your computer screen, keyboard, file organizers, etc. You’ll feel like you’re sitting at a whole new desk! Continue reading

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Cut Tulip Care and Handling Tips

Get the most out of your cut tulips with these tulip care and handling tips!
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When to Buy Tulips

Buy full bloom tulips ONLY if you’re planning to use them immediately; otherwise, buy or cut your own tulips when they are showing just a little bit of color. This will give your flowers more longevity. Continue reading

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How to Say Mom in Different Languages

Mom Rules BouquetThere may be a million different ways to say her name, but there’s only one special mom your heart belongs to. So this Mother’s Day, show her how one-of-a-kind she is: Instead of calling her the usual “Ma” or “Mom,” impress her by saying her name in her native language! Here’s how to say mom in different languages:

  1. Afrikaans: “Moeder” or “Ma
  2. Albanian: “Nene” or “Meme”
  3. Arabic: “Ahm”
  4. Belarusan: “Matka”
  5. Bosnian: “Majka”
  6. Brazilian: “Mae”
  7. Bulgarian: “Majka
  8. Catalan: “Mare”
  9. Croatian: “Mati” or “Majka”
  10. Czech: “Abatyse”
  11. Danish: “Mor”
  12. Dutch: “Moeder” or “Moer”
  13. Estonian: “Ema”
  14. Filipino: “Ina”
  15. Finnish: “Aiti”
  16. French: “Mere” or “Maman”
  17. German: “Mutter”
  18. Greek: “Mana” or “Mitera”
  19. Haitian Creole: “Manman”
  20. Hawaiian: “Makuahine”
  21. Hindi: “Ma” or “Maji”
  22. Hungarian: “Anya” or “Fu”
  23. Icelandic: “Mamma”
  24. Indonesian: “Induk,” “Ibu,” “Biang” or “Nyokap”
  25. Irish: “Mathair”
  26. Italian: “Madre” or “Mamma”
  27. Japanese: “Okaasan” or “Haha”
  28. Latin: “Mater”
  29. Latvian: “Mamma”
  30. Lithuanian: “Motina”
  31. Malay: “Ibu”
  32. Norwegian: “Mamma” or “Mor”
  33. Persian: “Madr” or “Maman”
  34. Polish: “Matka” or “Mama”
  35. Portuguese: “Mae”
  36. Punjabi: “Mai,” “Mataji” or “Pabbo”
  37. Romanian: “Mama” or “Maica”
  38. Russian: “Mama”
  39. Samoan: “Tina”
  40. Serbian: “Majka”
  41. Slovak: “Mama” or “Matka”
  42. Spanish: “Madre,” “Mama” or “Mami”
  43. Swahili: “Mama,” “Mzazi” or “Mzaa”
  44. Swedish: “Mamma,” “Mor” or “Morsa”
  45. Turkish: “Anne,” “Ana” or “Valide”
  46. Ukrainian: “Mati”
  47. Urdu: “Ammee”
  48. Vietnamese: “Me”
  49. Welsh: “Mam”
  50. Yiddish: “Muter”

If you really want to show Mom that she means the world to you, find out how to say “I love you” in 50 different languages too!

In what language will you be telling your mom how extraordinary she is on Mother’s Day?

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The History of Flower Power

flower-power-history-ofFlower Power” was a popular term used in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of change throughout the United States. From protests against the war to protests demanding equal rights for every citizen, the 1960s were a tumultuous yet interesting time in American history for social change. Some protestors during this era were dubbed as “hippies” short for the term “hipsters.”

Coined in 1965 by acclaimed poet and voice of his generation Allen Ginsberg, “flower power” was used to inspire a movement in which anti-war demonstrators focused on positive values such as peace and love to instead of brute force and rebellion in order to “fight” for freedom. The concept first came to being while Ginsberg helped organize a protest against the Vietnam War in Berkeley, California. In his essay “Demonstration or Spectacle as Example, As Communication,” he describes a tactic using peace as a “weapon.” He suggests “masses of flowers – a visual spectacle – especially concentrated on the front lines.” He continued, “…marchers should bring harmonicas, flutes, recorders, guitars, banjos, and violins.” He went on to invite all previously persecuted groups to join the revolution, turning the phrase into a movement of peace, hope, unity, and above all – imagination.
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DIY Easter Craft Egg Bouquet

diy-easter-craft-egg-bouquet-6Turn brightly colored plastic eggs into an impressive bouquet with just a few simple steps. This DIY Easter craft can be used as not only an adorable Easter decoration, but also as a creative party favor for kids! Simply fill the plastic eggs with festive treats for a deliciously sweet surprise.

Get the kids in on the Easter craft fun by having them decorate the plastic eggs with festive stickers! Alternatively, they can use permanent markers to decorate these beauties with fancy designs or by simply writing their names.

Supplies for DIY Easter Craft: Easy Egg Bouquet:

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  • Plastic, resealable eggs in a variety of colors
  • Glue dots® or similar adhesive
  • Easter candy for filling
  • Leaves – artificial or cut out of colored paper
  • Wooden skewers
  • Floral Tape

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How to Make a Floral DIY Easter Basket

floral-diy-easter-basket-6Whether you are expecting long-distance guests or simply celebrating with the family, adding touches of Easter colors and symbols is a great way to revitalize your space and add a feeling of excitement to the air. A simple way to add an instant Easter touch is by adding subtle yet festive accent and centerpieces throughout high traffic areas such as hallways, living rooms, and kitchens.

 

Using artificial flowers and a bit of glue, we created a stunning and sweet DIY Easter basket that can be filled with candies, chocolates, or even decorative Easter eggs.

Supplies for Floral DIY Easter Basket:

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  • 1 woven basket
  • Artificial flowers (we used Easter lilies and yellow tweedia flowers)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun or similar adhesive
  • Floral wire (optional)

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