Ha! Ha! – Let’s Celebrate National "Tell A Joke" Day

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Tomorrow is National Tell A Joke Day. It is observed every August 16th.

What’s better than a day filled with laughter?

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A joke, quite simply, is something that is said with the purpose to cause amusement or laughter. The final sentence, known as a punchline, often provides a humorous twist or ending.


Jokes come in many different styles, including:

  • One-liners – As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.
  • Puns – Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming.
  • Stories or anecdotes – Remember when people had diaries and got mad when someone read them? Now they put everything online and get mad when people don’t.
  • Non Sequiturs (jokes that make no sense) – “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” from Alice in Wonderland.
  • Parodies – “Like a Surgeon” and pretty much everything else by Weird Al Yankovic.
  • Knock-Knock jokes  –“Knock, knock,” “Who’s There?” “Little old lady.” “Little old lady who?” “I didn’t know you could yodel.”

They can also be physical such as screwball, pranks, pratfalls, and slapstick. The Three Stooges (a personal favorite!) were the epitome of slapstick.

Three Stooges

Regardless of the method of delivery, the main purpose of a joke is to entertain by providing humor, even though jokes can sometimes be used to make serious commentary like in the case of satire, (think “The New Yorker” or “Saturday Night Live”).

Jokes have been an integral part of human history for centuries, (it is thought that Palamedes, a Greek mythological figure, invented jokes as well as counting, currency, weights and measures, and several letters of the alphabet), and many great minds have spent time and energy in trying to understand what makes jokes funny.

How to Celebrate?

    • Tell a joke to every person you meet on that day.
    • Pick up a joke book and read it in your spare time.

National Tell a Joke Day - joke book

    • Watch your favorite comedians.

Jeff Dunham and Achmed

  • Take a comedy/improv class, or sign up for open mic night at a local club.

Did You Know . . .

. . . Laughing can make us healthier. It improves our immunity, helps regulate blood sugar levels, improves sleep, and releases endorphins (natural “feel good” chemicals) into the brain.

. . . Gelotology (from the Greek gelos “laughter”) is the study of laughter and humor, and their effect on the human body.

. . . Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes can burn up to 40 calories.

Planning a wedding?

Honor National Tell A Joke Day on your wedding day by:

  • Print a little humorous joke on your programs.
  • Have a comedian entertain your guests at your reception.
  • Incorporate jokes into speeches and toasts, . . .
  • . . . and the MC’s comments.
  • Jokes can be on little signs or table numbers, . . .
  • . . .in your ceremony readings,
  • . . . and in your ceremony vows.

Be sure to clear any jokes that are to be used during the ceremony with your officiant first, and make sure that all jokes (for ceremony and reception) are appropriate for all ages (remember you’ve got grandma and the ring bearer listening).

Here’s a few that you may want to try –

“They’ve been going together for so many years, instead of the Wedding March the organist should have played the Hallelujah Chorus.”

“The bride looks absolutely stunning, the groom looks absolutely stunned!”

“The groom was not a pretty baby – his mother got morning sickness after he was born.”

“The bride wept, the bridesmaids cried – and even the wedding cake was in tiers.”

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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It’s Time to Celebrate “National Goof Off Day”

National Goof Off Day
You’re engaged, and been immersed with all things wedding – venue searches, menu tastings, scheduling photographer appointments, working on the guest list . . .

The list seems to go on and on, and you need a break!

Today is the perfect day for that break. March 22 is National Goof Off Day.

Celebrate by relaxing, doing something fun, and just plain goofing off.

Put your feet up. Go to a movie. Read a book. Binge watch something on Netflix. Be silly.

Find something that you enjoy doing, anything, and do it.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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Happy Pi Day

pie with pi
Today, March 14, is Pi Day.

It is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π) and to eat lots of pie.

Pi Day is celebrated in countries that follow the month/day date format, because the digits in the date, March 14 or 3/14, are the first three digits of π (3.14).

How to Celebrate?

Pi is a homophone of pie. Celebrate Pi Day by having lots and lots of pie. (Apple’s my favorite!)


Want pie for dinner? Serve pizza (“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie”).

Have a pie baking contest . . .

. . . followed by a pie eating contest.

Have a pi recitation contest. Anyone who can recite the most digits of the constant gets to take home a pie.


Wear Pi – have the numbers or symbol on a tee shirt, or don pi shaped earrings or necklace.

pi necklace

Eat foods that start with a pi, including pineapples, pinto beans, (rice) pilaf, pistachios, pickles, and pizza.

If you’re a man, wear some Pi cologne by Givenchy.

pi givenchy

Check out some fun Pi facts at Joy of Pi.

Watch the 1998 movie, Pi, by Darren Aronofsky.

Watch the 2012 movie, Life of Pi, by Ang Lee.

Although it’s unlikely that you’re going to be having your wedding on Pi Day anytime soon. It won’t be another 3 years before March 14 falls on a Saturday, but weekday weddings DO happen.

If you do want to incorporate a nod to Pi Day in your wedding, you can serve a variety of pies, or individual mini pies to your guests instead of (or alongside) a traditional wedding cake. Or you can serve pizza for dinner, or as a fun late-night reception snack.

mini heart shaped pizzas
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5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays & Still Plan Your Wedding Day

by Kristi Richardson
Bloomed to Last

So, the holidays are just around the corner and your still in the midst of planning your wedding.

How can you possibly enjoy the holiday and still get everything done on your wedding planning to do list?!

Well, to be quite honest, unless your wedding is within the first 3 months of the year, it will probably take a back seat to holiday festivities. This is okay!!! Taking a planning break can be refreshing, not only for you, but for everyone helping you plan the big day.

However, just because you are not on a full fledged planning schedule doesn’t mean you can’t get ahead during the holidays. Here’s 5 ways you can enjoy the holiday and maximize your wedding planning too:

1. Register for Gifts – if you haven’t yet registered for gifts, make sure to register as soon as possible. Your family and friends, who may be purchasing Christmas gifts for you, are always looking to purchase gifts they know you want and many times if you have a gift registry in place, that’s the first place to look. NOTE – Just remember to select a variety in price ranges and stores that offer on-line services.

2. Make out a wish list – now, you could be asking yourself: “what’s the difference between gift registry and a wish list?” Well, there are many wedding day needs you can’t register for; such as garters, bridal accessories, wedding favors, invitations, transportation to the reception, DJ service, a photographer, and the like. But you still need these items to complete the look of your wedding day. So, make sure to provide everyone with a wish list of wedding needs. They may be able to get a gift card for the service or pledge a monetary gift towards that service for you.

3. Use gatherings to complete tasks – the holidays are a time for family and friends to gather, share stories, catch up, and hang out. Why not use this time to fold programs, stuff or address invitations, and or put together favors? Doing these projects with massive help not only cuts down on the time you will have to spend later, but allows others to share in your wedding day planning. Most family and friends are delighted to help. So go ahead and let them help! NOTE – if you are having them help with food or perishable favor items, make sure they will keep until your wedding day. You don’t want to have to throw them out later because they have spoiled.

4. Now’s the time to dress shop – the holidays can be the perfect time to dress shop for Mother of the Bride/Groom dresses and other formal attire for the wedding day. Usually, the larger department stores are packed with cocktail dresses for Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve galas. Why not capitalize on this? And if you can wait until Jan 2nd all these dresses are on sale. Even if you are planning a spring or summer wedding there will be dresses on the rack. So, take your “moms or grandmothers” out to shop. This is also a great time to shop for bridesmaid dresses. Twice a year, bridal shops have a change over in inventory – normally Nov/Dec and April/May. This change is due to the new styles that are coming into the stores and discontinued styles are deeply discounted to make room for the new. You’ll be surprised at the all the style and color possibilities. (I once had a bridesmaid pick up her dress for $25 off the rack at David’s bridal.) You just never know.

5. Get decorating items at a fraction of the cost – right after Christmas and New Year’s is the best time to find décor items at a fraction of the cost. Everything from colored dishes, candlesticks and candles, table cloths, ornaments, fabric, ribbon and more. If you are decorating your ceremony and/or reception venue yourself, then take advantage of these bargains. Even if you have hired help from a wedding designer (like me), a wedding planner, a rental company, or florist, buying the components at deep discount will save you additional cost later and most professional have no problem working with the materials you provide. NOTE – just make sure you collaborate with any of the professionals you have hired, you don’t want to purchase materials that won’t help achieve your wedding day design and most seasonal merchandise is non-returnable.

The holidays are a magical time. Make sure to stop and enjoy them.

Happy Planning!
Bloomed to Last