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Not Flowers Again! Try Giving a “Practical” Moving Gift

It seems that the more people you know, the more often you are buying cards and presents. For each friend or family member we have, we add a wide selection of special gift-giving occasions such as Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, getting married, having a baby, going to college, or moving into a new home. Some holidays like baby showers are designed for the gift giver to offer practical gifts that can be used for that purpose. Other special occasions like weddings make it easy for us to buy practical gifts with registries that tell us exactly what our friends would like the most. Then there are those “unusual special occasions” that we never know what to buy. You know which ones I am talking about, the ones that you usually end up giving the “old flower” standby. My latest quandary is what to give someone who is moving. (other then flowers!)

  • Moving to college?
  • Moving because they are getting married?
  • Moving because they bought a new house?
  • Moving because they are having another child?
  • A realtor giving a gift to a person who bought from them?

So that led me on a search to find a very thoughtful yet practical present to give to someone who was moving. My idea stemmed from being practical. I though, hmmm what do they need? After all, we give baby clothes to people having a baby (because they need them), so why not give moving boxes to people who are moving, right? That was my “aha” moment. Moving boxes…practical……thoughtful….and simple.

Why not give moving boxes and moving supplies to someone who is moving? Not particularly impressive, but oh so needed and appreciated. I came across a fabulous web site that offers moving boxes and moving supplies in a “moving kit.” You click on the size of home you have and they recommend the right number of moving boxes and supplies with FREE SHIPPING. Yes, free- very cool if I say so myself. For example, for only $88, you can buy all the moving boxes and moving supplies a person needs to move a 2 bedroom home or apartment. All of the sizes are there, if you need a larger size or a smaller one. Then, have them shipped right to the recipient’s door.Thoughtful and simple. I know if I was moving, I would totally appreciate this gift.

Go to http://www.movingboxdelivery.com for more information.

Flowers are nice, but remember, sometimes practical gifts are the most appreciated. Have you ever given or received something “practical” as a gift?

Try this gift out and be sure and let me know how your friends and family like it! I’m sold on this idea. Some times it’s the little things, you know?

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Clever Table Top Decor

Want to create a unique and trendy table top- but want to skip all the fuss? Check out these three fresh ideas for decorating your table top place settings.

Use individual beverage containers as a centerpiece. Gather colorful drinks like lemonade bottles, juice boxes, or soda cans. Place a few drinks and place them in the center of the table on a serving platter where guests can reach and grab them for themselves.

This is a great table setting idea, especially for a children’s table. Chalkboard place mats, chalk and an eraser will keep them entertained throughout the entire meal.

I love the idea of using items that you already have on hand to decorate your table top. Above are limes transformed into place card holders- though you could use any type of fruit like lemons or even apples.

See more trendy ways to dress up your table over at Real Simple.

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DIY Wedding Centerpieces | Rustic Wedding

If you are looking for DIY wedding centerpiece ideas for your fall wedding, consider replicating these. Emily Newman from Once Wed created these fabulous rustic centerpieces using both natural materials she gathered and inexpensive store bought items.

If you want to see exactly what items Emily used to create these centerpieces, be sure to visit Once Wed where she has shared what items she used and the simple instructions for these rustic centerpieces. For more fall wedding ideas, check out this rustic wedding I planned back in 2007.

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Summertime Centerpieces

Are you looking for creative summertime centerpieces? With end of summer entertaining, be sure to decorate your table with a centerpiece that fits your party mood. Here are a few of my favorite simple summertime centerpieces courtesy of Martha Stewart. Check them out!

How simple is this? Perfect for a garden party or brunch, this vegetable centerpiece can be made with veggies from your own garden or from your local farmer’s market.

If your party is beach side, use candles and natural elements like shells or coral to accent the already gorgeous setting.

Who knew dinner bowls and a few floating flowers could look so elegant? I love the pink and yellow color combo going on here.

Naturally stunning, use moss to bring your table alive. This looks elegant yet very simple- love it!

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DIY Wedding Aisle

Weddings are perhaps my favorite occasion to celebrate, and also my favorite to coordinate. Love, romance, and a plethora of fresh blooms– I mean come on, who doesn’t love weddings? When coordinating a wedding, I tend to favor simple ideas that create a stunning result. This DIY wedding aisle inspiration from Martha Stewart Weddings is one of “those.” Look how simple this idea is. Fresh rose petals and hurricane vases with floating candles? Very simple but oh so stunning, right? I just had to share this!

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The Lovely Language of Flowers

Most often- it is the little details that make all the difference. Little thoughtful touches can really be impressive and usually are much more meaningful. While checking out my favorite magazine, I came across this very thoughtful idea. The next time you make or order a flower arrangement for someone, consider picking out blooms that fit their personality. Did you know flowers have meaning? Me either. Not only are they gorgeous sentiments- they also can hold extra special meaning to.

If you are a bride, I love this idea over at Real Simple: Add a signature flower to each of your bridesmaids bouquets that fit their personality. Attach a small note sharing why you chose that particular flower for them. Thoughtfull right?

Here are what a few of my favorite flowers mean- in the language of blooms:

-Lily: Purity and sweetness

-Peony: Happiness and prosperity

-Sweet Pea: Departure

To see what your favorite blooms means, visit Real Simple to read their full list.

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