Saying “I Love You” With Flowers, Gems, Chocolate, Gourmet, Wine, Chick Flicks and Other Gifts
Birth Month Flowers
- January – Carnation
- February – Violet
- March – Daffodils
- April - Daisy
- May – Lily of the Valley
- June – Rose
- July – Larkspur
- August – Gladiolus
- September – Aster
- October – Calendula
- November – Chrysanthemum
- December – Narcissus
December: Blue Topaz
1st - Pansy
2nd - Cosmos
3rd - Fuchsia
4th - Geranium
5th - Daisy
6th - Calla Lily
7th - Jack-in-the-Pulpit
8th - Clematis
9th - Poppy
10th - Daffodil
11th - Morning Glory
12th - Peony
13th - Hollyhock
14th - Dahlia
15th - Rose
20th - Day Lily
25th - Iris
28th - Orchid
30th - Sweet Pea
40th - Nasturtium
50th - Violet
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There is a flower and a gem for every occasion. Chocolate goes with all of them. Some gourmet comfort food, a little ambiance, a bottle of wine and a good movie can make a special occasion or date night at home a memorable event. Keep the event simple or make it as extravagant as you like.
Beginning with the table, consider using what you already have in terms of tableware and linens. If you prefer, buy new tableware and linens for yourself or as a gift. For a theme such as Italian cuisine or a luau or a favorite sports team, paper products from PartyCity or similar retail stores will serve you well.
The center piece can be a fresh bouquet of flowers. Use the key at the right as a guide for selecting flowers by birth month, current month or anniversary year. Pro Flowers will deliver wine, chocolates and gifts as well as flowers. The Chocolate Source, however is the source for gourmet chocolate. It would be worthwhile to order any chocolates separately. If desired, formal invitations can be sent or emailed, and formal attire required.
Chicago Steak Company and Mackenzie Limited are excellent choices for gourmet steaks, seafood, side dishes, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts that are shipped to your home. Chateaubriand or Beef Wellington with twice baked potatoes and a green bean casserole for the entrée and a New York style cheesecake for dessert are my recommendations. Maine Lobster, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Chesapeake Bay favorites, Smoked Salmon or caviar might appeal more to seafood lovers. Chicken, pork and Italian sausages are also available.
Soft music, candles, dim lights and the smells of fresh flowers and gourmet food create a calm and soothing ambiance. Season permitting, a fire in the hearth of a rustic room would add to the soothing quality of the evening.
If it’s a birthday or anniversary celebration, use the keys to the right and below to match a gem and flower to the occasion. Of course a wedding proposal would traditionally be made with diamonds. A pearl set with a necklace, earrings and bracelet would be a good choice for any occasion. A charm bracelet with a meaningful charm that signifies a shared event or cherished memory is another idea that will also serve as a reminder of this special occasion. Wind the evening down with a chick flick from Lifetime or a thriller from HBO.
1st: Gold Jewelry, Pearl, or Peridot
3rd: Pearl or Jade
4th: Blue topaz or blue zircon.
5th: Sapphire or pink tourmaline.
6th: Amethyst or Turquoise
7th: Onyx, Yellow Sapphire, or Golden Beryl
8th: Tourmaline or Tanzanite
9th: Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, or Green Spinel
10th: Diamond Jewelry or Blue Sapphire
11th: Turquoise, Citrine, or Yellow Zircon
12th: Jade or Opal
13th: Citrine, Moonstone, or Hawk's Eye
14th: Opal, Agate, or Bloodstone
15th: Ruby, Rhodolite Garnet, or Alexandrite
16th: Peridot (evening emerald) or Red Spinel
17th: Watches or Carnelian
18th: Cat's Eye or Chrysoberyl or Aquamarine
19th: Aquamarine or Almandine Garnet
20th: Emerald, Yellow or Golden Diamond
23rd: Imperial Topaz
25th: Silver Jubilee, Tsavorite, or Green Garnet
30th: Pearl Jubilee
45th: Sapphire or Cat's Eye
50th: Golden Jubilee, Imperial or Golden Topaz
60th: Diamond Jubilee or Star Ruby
65th: Blue Spinel
70th: Sapphire Jubilee or Smoky Quartz
75th: Diamond Jubilee
80th: Ruby Jubilee
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