World Teacher's Day

October fifth, 1994, was declared World Teacher's Day by UNESCO and each year, South Africa welcomes the day with a statement by the Minister of Basic Education reminding us about the important role that teachers play in our society.

Did you know that the provincial education departments across South Africa usually use this day to hold various events to honour their teachers? A few years ago, for example, the Mpumalanga Education Department held the National Teacher's Award with the specific intention of motivating young teachers to improve the quality of the education they impart on our next generation’s young minds. But above all, it’s a day to say thank you to all teachers and a wonderful opportunity to show gratitude for everything they do. 

Gifts for Teachers

Teachers who work in early grade classrooms are used to getting gifts from their students which are usually handcrafted during class and put together with the help of the teachers themselves. There is no question that these student-made gifts are treasured by teachers, but sometimes a living gift (or even silk for longevity) in the form of flowers is a lovely touch they won’t soon forget. 

In South Africa we have a distinct advantage, in that our warmer climate guarantees abundance, diversity and availability of most flower species. And even better, here at Grandiflora, we stock many silk varieties too!

Ideal flowers for World Teacher's Day should reflect the South African spirit first, followed by the personality of each teacher. Here are just a few flowery gift ideas:

  • Lilies of the Nile: This flowering plant is one of the most emblematic of the African continent. They bloom very elegantly in white or purple, and they match uncompromising personalities.
  • Naked Ladies: Although these flowers look very delicate, they are actually resilient and ideal for gifting to stylish female teachers. Also known as Amaryllis, Naked Ladies can be arranged in a bouquet of cream, yellow and pink.
  • Freesias: They smell great and come in pink, red, yellow, and white. 
  • Barberton Daisies: These African beauties are happy and will charm even the manliest teachers who are not accustomed to getting flowers. They come in vibrant orange, pink and white colours. 
  • King Protea: This quintessential African flower has large and striking flowers which can be arranged with small wild roses or daisies.
  • Bird of Paradise: Also known as a strelitzia, this is one of the most South African gifts anyone can hope to receive. This flower looks patriotic and beautiful in any setting.

It's a Celebration!

Are you planning an event? Then you have come to the right place! We have a variety of tips and ideas to help you create the perfect function, be it a wedding, party or even a romantic engagement dinner!

Birthdays

Whether you're planning your daughter's Sweet 16, your grandmother's 80th, your son's 21st or your mom's 50th, all you need is a little planning and some help from us. A good place to start is picking a theme! Be sure to choose one that suites your personality!

Engagements

Thinking of popping that once in a lifetime question? We've got all the things you'll need to pull it off (or put it on as it were) in style! So if you're struggling to think of ideas or the right setting, or maybe you just need to add that special touch with some well placed props, you've come to the right place!

Weddings

Its that magical day that every girl has dreamt of her whole life! When it comes to planning, you'll need all the help you can get! We share some helful tips and ideas to make it a memorable, stress-free day. Our number one tip is definitely ... organisation! Keep a timeline to use as a checklist when things get a little manic. Here's how! We also have great tips from planning the guest list to dealing with the photographer!

Kids Parties

Kiddies parties are a great time to get in touch with your inner child. Get involved with the kids and play fun games like pin the tail on the donkey. Don't forget to get the kids involved too! When it comes to having fun, we know exactly what kinds of things will set the perfect scene. 

Here are some special celebration quotes to to bring a smile to your face:

 

"Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake" ~ Unknown

"Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful" ~ Charles Osgood

"Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words" ~ Titus Maccius Plautus

"Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale" ~ Author Unknown

"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional" ~ Chili Davis

"Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everybody rushes to get a piece?" ~ Bobby Kelton

Do you know what wording to use on your sweet sixteen birthday party invitation? Think about the following before designing your invitations:

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