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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DIY Easter Candy Centerpiece

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Once April hits, stores everywhere get a pastel-packed makeover, with their aisles overflowing with vibrant Easter candy and treats. This year, incorporate those festive sweets into your décor with the help of stunning seasonal flowers!

We took some of our favorite Easter sweets and used them to create wow-worthy Easter centerpieces in under 5 minutes! Add some dimension to your décor by grabbing glass jars and bottles of varying shapes and sizes and filling them with colored candy and a flower or two. Bundle in groups or spread throughout the room for a sweet yet subtle festive touch.

If you’re looking for Easter ideas that you can do as a family, look no further! This easy DIY Easter centerpiece idea is so easy to recreate, the most difficult part will be keeping the kids from eating the ingredients.
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Pressed Flower DIY Easter Eggs

pressed-flower-easter-eggs-2-editBetween munching on delicious chocolate bunnies and prepping the home for family reunions and Easter brunch, come April, decorating Easter eggs has become a yearly tradition in almost every household! From traditional dye kits to unique Easter egg decorating ideas, there are so many fun ways to get creative with this family-friendly activity. Using inspiration from the beautiful spring foliage, we’ve come up with this simple yet stunning Easter egg decorating idea: pressed flower Easter eggs! Once your flowers are pressed, it’s just a few easy steps to turn that rounded white canvas into a floral work of art! Continue reading

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Create Fun and Simple Easter Decorations

Easter Tree with Egg Ornaments
You can create simple Easter decorations that are simply beautiful and inexpensive by using seasonal flowers and re-purposing hard goods that you already have around your house or from other holidays.

Easter Tree

Easter Egg Tree
Making simple Easter decorations couldn’t be easier! Take out your tabletop faux “Charlie Brown” holiday tree and dress it up with Easter egg ornaments and fresh flowers. For this arrangement, I placed floral foam around the base of the tree and created a burst of spring with hydrangea and statice. I then used floral adhesive to attach individual blooms of lavender stock to the hydrangea florets. I did the same thing with little clusters of baby’s breath. Bring a little bit of the color and texture of the fresh flowers up into the tree in the same way or attach with small pieces of craft wire. I included petite sprigs of solidaster into the tree branches for its sunshine yellow color. All of these flowers will air dry nicely, so you will be able to enjoy your Easter tree for a few weeks.

Blue And Green Floral Cornucopia

Spring Cornucopia

Who says a cornucopia is only an autumn decoration. I love the beautiful blue color of this vintage ceramic cornucopia. To make it a truly spectacular vision, all you need are a few stems of coordinating blue/green hydrangea. First, place a piece of wet floral foam in the cornucopia and insert the hydrangea stems into the foam. The foam will keep the hydrangea fresh for about a week – you can add water to the base and sprits the flowers with water to help them stay fresh longer. After about a week or so, let the hydrangea air dry and enjoy for a few more weeks.

You can also incorporate some decorative Easter eggs and seasonal fruits and veggies into the design. Just use your imagination!

Easter Still Life

How sweet is this Easter display! And it’s easy too. To create the hydrangea eggs start with a faux egg (plastic, wood, ceramic) and spray it with craft adhesive. Snip individual florets from a hydrangea and attach to the egg. This project hardly uses any flowers – you can make it with florets snipped from hydrangea that you have used in another project such as the cornucopia!

Easter Flowers in Egg Holders

Egg Cup Place Setting

I believe you can make a big difference with little details. Use an egg cup filled with sprigs of fresh flowers to decorate each guest’s plate instead of or in addition to a traditional centerpiece. This is especially sweet for an Easter brunch.

Yellow and Blue Flowers in an Easter Egg Cup

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DIY Easter Crafts: How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement

Welcome Easter with Unique Easter Decorations

Easter is Sunday, April 20th! Make it a truly original celebration with this fun DIY Easter floral arrangement!

DIY Easter Floral Arrangement and Decorations

Materials Needed for DIY Easter Floral Arrangement

*Egg carton (Colorful plastic or styrofoam is preferable)
*6 plastic eggs
*Easter flowers from your local florist. We recommend:
-2 stems of pink miniature carnations
-2 stems of lavender daisy pompoms
-A bushy piece of heather
*Floral greens
*Floral foam cut to the size of 6 holes of the egg carton

Six Easy Steps on How to Create Your DIY Easter Flower Arrangement
1. Cut your floral foam to a little less than the size of six egg holes (half of the egg carton).

2. Nest your floral foam into half of the egg carton.

3. Lightly cover the floral foam with greens.

4. Start adding your florals (carnations or daisy pompoms) to the cut floral foam. The design should be a triangle within a triangle.

5. Finish off with the heather, small buds of the flowers and floral greens for dimension to make the arrangement fuller.

6. Place the 6 plastic eggs in the remaining 6 holes of the egg carton for the finishing Easter touch!

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
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* How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement
* Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
* Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
* How To Repot A Plant
* How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
* Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
* Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

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The History of Easter Baskets

Bunny With an Easter BasketWhen Easter hops along, kids of all ages look forward to one thing the most: getting a beautiful Easter basket stuffed with Easter eggs, chocolate, candy, toys and more. Today, these little bundles of Easter treats aren’t just a simple tradition; they’ve become an essential part of welcoming spring all across the country. In fact, according to the National Confectioners Association, 80 percent of adults plan on giving their children Easter baskets this year.

You probably already know exactly what your little ones want in their baskets, but do you know how this custom got started? Read on to learn all about the history of Easter baskets, and share it with your kids as they unwrap their springtime goodies!

The First Easter Basket

The Easter basket we know today has a mixed history: Over time, it’s been influenced by folklore and religion. The earliest appearance of the basket has been traced back almost 1,000 years ago.

Since ancient times, spring has been considered the season of new life and fresh beginnings. In 13th-century pre-Christian Germany, people believed in multiple gods and goddesses, including Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility. Her symbol was the rabbit (back then, the rabbit was known as an emblem of fertility), and legend has it that she carried a basket full of eggs as a sign of life and rebirth. Every spring, baskets of seedlings were brought to her temple as an offering in exchange for healthy crops and a good harvest.

Eventually, the story of Eostra evolved into the German myth of the “Osterhase,” or the “Easter hare”—a white hare that would bring colored eggs to good children on Easter. By the 18th century, German settlers introduced the tradition of the Easter hare to the United States. And just like that, the modern traditions of the Easter basket, Easter eggs and the Easter bunny were born! Continue reading

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How to Throw a Spring Flower Party

how-to-throw-a-garden-party-4The awe-inspiring landscape of spring is certainly a reason to celebrate! Invite friends and neighbors to bask in the beauty of this season by hosting a fresh and fun garden party.

The age old saying “April showers bring May flowers” still holds true, so plan ahead and coordinate with the weather forecast to plan for a day that promises sunshine for a beautiful outdoor event. You may also want to provide a rain date in case of surprise showers.

From the menu to the spring inspired decor, here are some tips and ideas to make your garden party the talk of the season.
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About April Fool’s Day & Friendly Prank Ideas

April 1st, more commonly known as April Fool’s Day, is the one day of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable to play pranks on those around you! The origins of this holiday are not quite certain, with several different theories circulating around. One of the most popular stories dates back to 1582, when France switched to the Gregorian Calendar, changing the official date of New Year’s Day from April 1st to January 1st. The story goes that some refused to change to the new calendar, and were subsequently made fun of, with their friends and neighbors playing pranks on them and calling them “fools”.

Regardless of the true origin of this fun-filled holiday, the tradition continues with pranksters of all ages scheming new ways to shake things up. Here are some easy and family friendly April Fool’s pranks that are sure to stir up some fun! Continue reading

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DIY Flower Napkin Rings

diy-napkin-rings-1Seasoned hostesses know it’s the small details that make the biggest difference. Kick your garden party decorations up a notch with a subtle yet stunning touch with DIY napkin rings! We used fresh white daisies for this project, but you can choose any flower and color to fit your event.

Pair these DIY flower napkin rings with a stunning spring inspired centerpiece like our DIY flower jell-o centerpiece for a beautifully put-together look. Continue reading

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April Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

April may be known for its showers, but those born in the fourth month make up for the seasonal downpour with their radiant personalities. So when their special day surfaces, show the birthday boy or girl just how much they shine with a thoughtful and impressive gift idea they’ll love. Here are some fun facts about April birthdays, including information about the April birth month and flower to give you a bit of inspiration for choosing the perfect gift.

April Birthday Fun Facts

April Birth Stone: Diamond

birthstone-bottle-necklace-april-89579With the brightest rays of sunshine peeking through the still-bare foliage of April, it comes as no surprise that the April birth stone is none other than the long sought-after diamond. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word “adamus”, meaning invincible; a fitting name for one of the hardest substances found in the world. While diamonds are most commonly colorless, they can be found in shades from yellow to pink to blue, depending on the impurities of the rock.

Historically, diamonds have been used to aid in strength – from spiritual strength to physical and emotional. During ancient times, people even believed that diamonds were either tears of the gods or made of lightning bolts! Some of the earliest recorded history of the diamond dates back to around 300 BC in India, where it was valued for its reflective properties and used in talismans to ward off evil. During the Middle Ages, people would not only sleep with diamonds to strengthen their health, but would even go as far as to ingest diamonds to cure illnesses!

Shine on, you April diamond!
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Just in Time for Mother’s Day: Shop at Burlington Coat Factory & Receive a Coupon for 1-800-Flowers.com

1-800-Flowers.com and Burlington Coat Factory are teaming up this Mother’s Day to deliver even more smiles with a special promotion that will WOW your mom! During this limited time promotion, if you shop at Burlington Coat Factory and purchase any item between April 21st and May 11, 2014, you’ll receive a 20% discount on your receipt for 1800flowers.com, just in time for Mother’s Day!

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DIY Floral Centerpiece Using Jello

Take your spring garden party from wow to WOAH with this stunning jello flower centerpiece idea! Using just a few basic supplies, we’ve created a show-stopping decoration that is sure to get guests talking.

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Use jell-o in colors that will fit your theme for a perfectly polished look. Use vases and containers in varying sizes to add dimension. Be sure to use glass containers as plastic may crack when pouring the hot water in.
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How To Make a Flower Crown

Celebrate spring by decking yourself in all things floral – from your clothing to your accessories! You can make your own flower crown with just a few simple supplies; wear them for special occasions, at music festivals, or even just to add some spring to your ensemble.

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We used fresh Peruvian lilies to create this stunning and simple DIY flower crown; using fresh flowers instead of fake ones may require more attention to detail, but adds an intoxicatingly fresh scent that is sure to turn heads!

Supplies for DIY Flower Crown:

  • Floral Wire
  • Floral Tape
  • Wire Cutters
  • Fresh flowers (we used Peruvian lilies)
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How to Make a Flower Crown:

  1. Wrap the floral wire around your head to measure the size of your crown. Wrap a second time so you have extra wire to strengthen the frame. Set aside. diy-floral-crown_wire-shape
  2. Trim the flowers, leaving a medium sized stem, while removing any excess leaves.diy-floral-crown_flowers
  3. Take a few flowers at a time, and use the floral tape to secure along the wire frame. Continue this process until your whole crown is filled with beautiful blooms!diy-floral-crown_wrap
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Happy National Puppy Day!

National Puppy Day is on March 23, 2014! Not only is National Puppy Day a day to celebrate your pup, but it’s also a day to promote adoption of dogs and cats looking for a good home.

To celebrate the occasion, some of our employees brought their furry friends in to hang out with some dog flowers from our a-DOG-able® collection. See the cuteness below:

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Popular Spring Flowers

The first official day of spring, March 20th, is a date worth celebrating! Examine your garden closely and you’re sure to find the first signs of the season peeking through the ground, awaiting those first rays of sunshine to help them grow to their full potential. Look for the many crocuses popping up their colorful heads as the first true sign of spring.

While spring is known as the season of rebirth and growth, there are a few floral superstars that definitely stand out from the rest. Whether you prefer yellow flowers, blue flowers, purple flowers, or simple white blooms, spring flowers bloom in all sorts of different colors!

Types of Spring Flowers:

Here are some of the most popular spring flowers; use them to create stunning spring bouquets or to simply add some freshness to your home!

Daffodil

One of the first signs of the approaching spring season includes daffodil heads rising from the depths of winter. There are many different varieties and shades of daffodils, from golden yellow to combinations of yellow and white. Fun Fact: this popular spring flower used to be called the “affodil.” The “d” in “daffodil” was first added in 1538.

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Iris

Whether you want to use these bright blooms for a bouquet or are planning to grow your own irises to add some vibrancy to your garden, these popular spring flowers will look stunning aside any backdrop or landscape.

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Tulip

This recognizable spring flower has been cultivated for over 1000 years, with a history as rich as the flower is beautiful. With so many unique tulip types, you’re sure to find one that perfectly compliments your garden. Did you know that tulip bulbs at one time, were used as currency? In the 17th century, they were monetary phenomena, becoming so highly priced, that they sent markets both soaring and crashing.

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Bloodroot

The bloodroot’s beauty may be hidden during the winter, but once the bloom gets kissed by sunshine, this spring flower opens up to expose a charm that few can resist. Blood root was even used by Native Americans as not only a medicinal herb, but also as war paint and for ritualistic purposes. Pay close attention to the petals throughout the day, as they tend to open fully in the sun and close partially in the evening.

Lilac

This bushy elongated cluster of small blooms, in colors from white to lilac, is the perfect colorful addition to any spring bouquet! As the groundhog symbolizes a short or long winter, the timing of this bloom may signify whether spring will come early or late.

Primrose

One of the first flowers to bloom during spring, the primrose is a perennial plant that can be found all over the world, in all sorts of climates and conditions. This popular spring flower comes in a variety of colors, many with a bright yellow center.

Hyacinth

This beautiful spring flower is bright and color and uniquely shape, making for the perfect floral touch to any garden! The white hyacinth has a stronger, sweeter fragrance than the other colors. Be sure to wear gloves when handling hyacinth bulbs, as they can cause a mild skin reaction.

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Forsythia

With its woody stems profusely covered with yellow blooms, the forsythia is one of the most popular spring blooming shrubs. It is also one of the first shrubs to bloom after daffodils and hyacinth.

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Flowers That Are Naturally Green

green-dublin-cocktailThe color green represents growth, harmony, and balance. A reoccurring hue in nature, this calming color is commonly associated with spring and growth. From the tiniest blades of grass to stunning green flowers, this versatile color has flooded the earth in shades that vary in color, not beauty.

Here are several types of green flowers that can be found in nature – use them for your St. Patrick’s Day decorations, spring themed centerpieces, or even for wedding flowers!

Types of Green Flowers

Button Flower

The green button pom flower, sometimes referred to as the Yoko Ono pom, is a green variety of chrysanthemum that sports a bright color and unique shape. This fragrant flower is sure to add a touch of energy and fun to any room or arrangement.

Anastasia Spider Mum

With its one-of-a-kind look, the green spider mum is a sure to turn any floral arrangement into a show stopper. Just like its namesake, this green flower will send chills up your spine.

Bells of Ireland

Cultivated since the 1500s, this flower variety is a stunning addition to any bouquet or garden. Although these green flowers originated in Turkey, the combination of color and its association with luck led to the Irish-inspired nickname.

Green Cymbidium Orchid

This decorative plant blooms from spring to fall, producing beautiful lime green flowers for the perfect contrasting touch to your garden. Orchids make for the perfect addition to a centerpiece or corsage, so stock up and decorate with fresh flowers!

“Green Star” Gladiolus

Uniquely colored with petals blooming along a tall stem, this green flower is slowly regaining popularity and popping up in gardens across the world. Plant in early spring for the most impressive blooms.

Anthurium

One of the most popular tropical plants, the anthurium plant blooms into a stunning flower with unique heart shaped petals.

Stinking Hellebore

The stinking hellebore, also known as the Christmas Rose, sprouts bell shaped flowers from late winter into the beginning of spring. This plant is known for its toxicity to both humans (when ingested) and deer.

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How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement

Bring In the Luck of the Irish with Unique St. Patrick’s Day Decorations

DIY St Patricks Day Flower Arrangement

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2013 and what better way to decorate your house, than with this easy to make DIY St. Patrick’s Day floral arrangement!

Materials Needed for DIY St. Patrick’s Day Flowers:

* Large head of cabbage
* 6 green carnations
* 6 stems of bells of Ireland
* 2 stems of montecasino (which has long side shoots)
* A small piece of floral foam
* Paring knife (Kids, please make sure you have parental supervision before using this item)
* Plastic cup

8 Steps on How to Create Your DIY St. Patrick’s Day Flower Arrangement
1. Buy one large head of cabbage and a few potatoes at your local supermarket.

2. Go to your local florist and buy 6 green carnations, 6 stems of bells of Ireland and 2 stems of montecasino (which has long side shoots), and a small piece of floral foam.

3. Carefully cut out the top of the cabbage (about 2” by 2”) with a paring knife, at least 2” deep.

4. Cut a plastic cup that will fit into the hole, but make sure it is at least 1/2″ above the opening in the cabbage.

5. Place the soaked foam into the cup so that the foam is at least 1” higher than the cup.
Note: Make sure to use the plastic cup because the floral foam and cabbage together are not aroma friendly.

6. Starting at the top, place your first bell of Ireland into the floral foam (about 1-1/2 times the height of the cabbage). Continue to add the bells in a triangular shape.

7. Next, add in your green carnations.

8. For filler, use the lateral or side shoots to complete your arrangement to make it fuller.

Optional: As you can see, we added some potatoes alongside our arrangement, so feel free to accent your St. Patrick’s Day flowers with some potatoes at the base of the cabbage.

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations
* Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
* Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
* How To Repot A Plant
* How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
* Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

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How to Throw a Puppy Party

National Puppy Day is March 23rd! Celebrate your favorite furry friend by inviting the (friendly) local canines over for a puppy party filled with woof-worthy treats and pooch-approved activities.

Be sure you dog-proof your home before the big day – this may include putting away valuables as well as placing gates in areas you prefer to stay closed off.

Puppy Party Invitations

Since our furry friends are not able to RSVP themselves, you’ll have to send it to their loyal owners! Sending e-card invitations is a great way to invite your fellow dog lovers. There are many e-card sites that carry a wide selection of dog themed e-invitations like celebrations.com. Here are a couple that we thought were “a-dog-able”:

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All About Lilies

sweet-spring-liliesBeautiful in form, lilies are one of the most popular and versatile flowers in the world. Coming in a variety of colors and known for their strong fragrance, this elegant bloom is a show-stopper on its own while also serving as the perfect compliment to any bouquet. In fact, lilies are one of the most popular flowers in the world, and it’s not hard to see why!

History of Lilies

Lilies have been a prominent symbol throughout history–from art to religion. One of the first records of this flower can be dated all the way back to the Minoan Period (around 1580 B.C.), where it appears in a painting found in Crete, Greece. Even the Ancient Greeks held this flower dear as they believed lilies sprouted from the milk of Hera, the Queen of the Gods. Roman mythology claimed that Venus, the Goddess of Beauty, envied the flower’s beauty which caused it to grow the pistil in the center. Ancient Egyptians saw the power of this flower as well, as they included lilies in the funeral ceremonies for mummies.

As time went on, lilies continued to grow in popularity for religious occasions. In artwork The Virgin Mary is often found holding white bundles of lilies, representing her purity. One of the most popular lilies is the Easter lily plant which has become one of the most popular symbols for Easter. Learn more about the history of the Easter lily by clicking here.

In Chinese culture, lilies have been known to symbolize good luck and long lasting love.

In addition to its usage at religious ceremonies, lilies have also been used for medicinal purposes. The buds or oils of the lily have been known to reduce fever and make skin more firm to lessen wrinkles.
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Mardi Gras Decorations with Flowers

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Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is one of the largest festivals of the year with history dating back to the 18th century. Although the largest festival takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, you can bring Mardi Gras right to your own home as I provide helpful and easy Mardi Gras decoration ideas using flowers!

Create Your Own Mardi Gras Flowers Decorations

Purple, green and gold are the most popular colors for Mardi Gras, so why not create a Mardi Gras floral arrangement that celebrates the occasion! Whether you’re looking for a decorative centerpiece or festive conversation starter, it’s easy to create your very own Mardi Gras flowers.

Mardi Gras Flowers in Purple, Green & Gold

its-your-day-bouquet Buying purple, green and yellow flowers and placing them in a decorative vase is a great way to spice up any space for Mardi Gras. Take the three 3 colors of flowers and place them in a vase for a Fat Tuesday mixed bouquet that will be the hit of any party. If you’re feeling ambitious, find Mardi Gras beads or fancy masks to mix into your arrangement. If you can’t find flowers in the colors of green, purple or gold (yellow), you can always buy white flowers and dye your own. Depending how creative you want to get, you can even create DIY Mardi Gras picks with fancy masks and plastic beads to really take your bouquet to the next level. Use glue to attach ornate Mardi Gras masks and feathers to skewers for a stunning effect.

If you don’t feel like arranging your own bouquet, you can also find already arranged flowers with similar colors like our It’s Your Day Bouquet®.

Create a Mardi Gras Vase Using Festive Beads

Those festive purple, green, and gold beads are flooding the walls of your local party stores during this time of year, so grab a bundle of these inexpensive plastic necklaces to help dazzle! Throw a few necklaces into the vases (instead of water) or use a glue gun to wrap the beaded necklaces around the outside of the vase. For a funny and unexpected surprise, consider gluing a plastic baby to the bottom of the vase, similar to the Kings Cake. Now, it’s time to fill your Mardi Gras vase with some festive flowers! beaded-vase-craft

Create Wearable Floral Décor

Turn flowers into interactive décor by creating beautifully festive corsages, headbands, and pins! If you plan on handing out Mardi Gras beads at your soiree, attach flowers to them! Using a simple needle and thread, poke a hole through the bottom of the flower (closest to the stem) and create a loop around the necklace. Then, simply tie a knot to secure and voila – you have a beautiful Mardi Gras flower necklace!

Add Flower Bundles Throughout

Putting together a jaw-dropping centerpiece is the first step, but be sure to keep the Mardi Gras feel going throughout the whole event space! Pair appropriate colors together in bundles and create mini bouquets to spread all over the room. Add these tiny arrangements to any areas that could use a bit extra oomph – empty tables, mantle pieces, patios, and even bathrooms!

Decorate Food with Flowers

The menu is one of the most important parts of any celebration..especially one called “Fat Tuesday!” Take some extra care when preparing your Cajun-inspired menu and decorate the dishes with some fragrant, freshly cut flowers – sure to wow guests and make for some photo-friendly foods!

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How To Make Flower Window Clings

window-clingsCelebrate the season by bringing some spring inspiration into your home! These window stickers were so easy to make, and the tutorial can be utilized for any season or occasion.

When creating your clings, be sure there is an even coating of paint with no gaps or blank areas so the design seals together.

Set up a crafting area and turn this into a fun family activity! Print multiple copies of the template for more sticker fun. We stuck to 4 basic colors for this project, but you can certainly customize this to fit your décor or taste! Let the kids channel their creativity with different color combinations; they’ll be so excited when they see the final product!

Supplies for DIY Window Clingsdiy-spring-window-clings_supplies

Spring Shapes Template
Wax Paper
Puff Paint (white, green, purple, yellow)
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Gift Ideas for International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is the one day of year dedicated to making every woman in your life feel a little bit more appreciated and loved. Traditionally, flowers are the most popular type of gift to give during this holiday, so this March 8, shower all the special ladies in your life with sweet scented bouquets and arrangements!

Here are some of our favorite festive bouquets to give to the wonderful women in your life! Whether you’re gifting to your mother, wife, or co-worker, the perfect gift for International Women’s Day almost always comes in a vase.

For Your Wife:

Inspired by traditional European beauty, our Fields of Europe collection is the ultimate bouquet for this occasion. This particular version adds a touch of romance, making it the perfect International Women’s Day gift for your wife. Since this holiday was created to celebrate the working woman, take it to the next level by making it a day of relaxation for her by surprising her with a clean home and an empty sink.fields-of-europe-romance

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Celebrate Read Across America Day with DIY Floral Bookmarks

celebrating-friendsDid you know that March 3rd is National Read Across America Day?! Encouraging children to start reading at an early age is a great way to get them started on the road to success! Reading not only helps develop comprehension skills, but also helps to expand vocabulary and inspire creativity.

In honor of this exciting day, we’ve created this easy DIY bookmark for kids. Here are two simple and fun kid-friendly methods for creating personalized bookmarks that are sure to make reading more fun!

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History of the Shamrock

cheryls-shamrock-cookiesIt seems every year around March 17, the world gets a bit greener and Irish pride is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Whether you are celebrating tradition or simply celebrating for the fun of it, there’s one symbol that’s bound to pop up in St. Patrick’s Day festivities: the shamrock. But how did this tiny little plant become such an important symbol in this Irish celebration? Read on for the history of this fun-filled holiday and get into the festive St. Patrick’s Day spirit by slipping one of these beauties into your clothes, crafts, and even into your cocktails!

What is a shamrock?

The shamrock, derived from the Irish word seamrog meaning “little clover”, refers to the sprigs on a clover plant. Although the 4-leaf clover may come to mind when we think of luck, most shamrocks are have only 3 leaves! The 4th leaf grows scarcely and is said to bring luck to those who find it. There is no defined clover which signifies a shamrock, but many officials claim it is the simple white clover that bears the shamrock name. Other 3-leaved clovers which can be considered shamrocks are the lesser clover, red, clover, and black medick.

Significance of the Shamrock

The significance of this plant is said to be derived from the period during the 5th century when Saint Patrick was helping to spread Christianity in Ireland. It is said he used the 3 leaves of the shamrock to describe the holy Trinity. Additionally, during the English takeover of Ireland, Irish citizens proudly wore shamrocks on their clothing to display their Irish pride and strength.

Today, St. Patrick’s Day celebrators – both Irish and Irish-for-the-day – show off this historically significant plant as they wear green and give out kisses to their Irish friends.

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March Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

mugable-to-say-happy-birthdayJust as the last icicles of winter are melting away, the month of March comes into play, tearing down the last of remnants of the winter season and replacing it with the seedlings of spring.

The beauty of this landscape makes for the perfect background for a celebration of life and birth! Read up on March birthday fun facts and history and make this year extra special with the perfect March birthday gift.

March Birthday Fun Facts

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Like the month itself, the March birthstone is a mixture of two opposing forces – calmly cool yet wildly bright like its name’s meaning, “water of the sea” suggests. Found in varying shades of blue, this hypnotizing stone has been a subject of awe and mysticism for centuries. Both the Romans and the Greeks believed wearing the aquamarine would help ensure a sailor’s safety across the restless seas. Additionally, they believed this stone would help protect soldiers and give them in upper hand in combat.

During the Middle Ages, the aquamarine was believed to have magical properties, such as the ability to rekindle the flame in a couple’s relationship. It became a popular material for crystal balls, which was used for fortune telling and mystical rituals such as weather manipulation.

Although a majority of the world’s aquamarine supply comes from Brazil, this stone can also be found in the Middle East, Mexico, Africa, Russia and parts of the United States. Continue reading

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How to Choose a Bridal Bouquet That’s Perfect for You and Your Wedding

Bridal Bouquet of Roses and SucculentsPhoto Courtesy of Twinbrook Floral Design

The bridal bouquet is more than a bunch of flowers that you carry down the aisle or use as a prop for your wedding photos. It’s a living, breathing symbol of a fresh start—the beginning of a beautiful, happy and exciting new chapter in your life with your loved one. That’s why picking the right arrangement is one of the most important decisions a bride has to make. But sometimes, finding a bride bouquet with the right size, shape, colors and flowers to match your wedding-day style is no easy task. Need some help making sure your wedding flowers are a match made in heaven for your big day? Here are a few tips from the pros on how to choose a bridal bouquet that’s perfect for you and your wedding.

Selecting Your Bridal Bouquet Shape and Size

To get started, the first step you need to take is to determine what shape and size bouquet will work best for you. “Brides should consider their size and body type along with the dress style when choosing the size and shape of the bouquet,” says Margaret Fleegal, owner and bridal director for Twinbrook Floral Design. “The bouquet should be appropriate for the overall vision of the wedding as well as proportionate to the bride’s size and height.” There are quite a few different options for you to choose from when it comes to the size and shape of the arrangement, and each one complements certain body and dress types better than others. You’ll want to pick something that flatters you yet doesn’t draw any attention away from you. Here are just a few shapes to consider:
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Winter Weather Advisory Update for Valentine’s Day Delivery

As Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, we’re monitoring the severe weather on the East Coast and doing everything we can to keep you updated on delays.

While we can’t control the weather, as the leading floral & gifting company, we stand behind our 100% Smile Guarantee and will continue to keep you informed as new details become available.

We apologize for any inconvenience these unforeseen circumstances have caused and we thank you for your continued understanding.

Our goal is to provide everyone with a safe & happy Valentine’s Day filled with smiles.

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How Valentine’s Day is Celebrated Around the World

七夕– Valentinstag – Valentine’s Day — Día del Amor y la Amistad

how-valentines-day-is-celebrated-internationallyValentine’s Day is a beautiful holiday celebrated in many countries throughout the world. Although the name of the holiday and date observed may differ, the same spirit of affirming love, friendship, and giving thoughtful gifts remains the same no matter where you celebrate!

The most common Valentine’s Day gifts delivered globally are flowers and chocolates. Check out what Valentine’s Day is called around the globe, and learn about how each country celebrates this day of love and romance. Continue reading

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Meaning Of Valentine’s Day Symbols

Hearts and candies and flowers, oh my! During the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, red and pink hearts seem to flood the streets and the sweet song of love and romance buzzes through the air. Although by now celebrating these romantic symbols during February 14 has become second nature, it is not always clear as to why it resonates during this love-filled day!giant-i-love-you-heart-sugar-cookieRead on for some fun facts on the history of the most popular Valentine’s Day symbol and learn why we still celebrate with them today!

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The Care and Handling of Roses

how-to-care-for-rosesThe better you care for your roses, the longer you will enjoy their beauty. Roses can be purchased from many sources, but the best place is from a professional retail florist. Rose care starts at the farm and ends with you; it’s what happen in between that makes the difference.

How to Care for Roses Delivered in a Gift Box

If you receive your roses in a box, open the box immediately and place the roses in a vase with tepid water until you’re ready to arrange them. If the roses arrive already arranged, carefully unwrap and check their water level. The vase should be at least 3/4 filled; add water if needed.

With boxed roses, check to see if there are guard petals of the rose. “Guard petals” are protective petals on the outside of the rose head. They may appear as a green/white section of the petal. If unappealing to your eye, carefully remove these petals. New research states that by removing the guard petals, the rose may open faster than normal.
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1-800-Flowers Teams up With Google Wallet This Valentine’s Day

1-800-Flowers and Google Wallet have teamed up this Valentine’s Day to deliver even more smiles with a special promotion that will WOW you! If you’re a Google Wallet user, you can save $15 on your purchase when you choose to “Buy with Google” at checkout on the 1800Flowers.com mobile site only.

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1800Flowers Family Members Go Red for National Wear Red Day

American Heart Association Celebrates 10 Years of Going Red!

Here at 1800Flowers.com we’re all about wearing red throughout the month of February for one of our favorite holidays Valentine’s Day, but today we wear red for a really amazing cause. In honor of the American Heart Association’s  National Wear Red Day® today, members of the 1-800-Flowers.com family are wearing red to support the cause for heart disease awareness! Heart disease is the number one killer in women in the United States. More information about how you can “go red” can be found on their site www.goredforwomen.org.

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DIY Winter Flower Craft Centerpieces Using Saran Wrap

saran-wrap-flowers_complete-2Use the beautiful winter chill as an inspiration and bring it into your home as décor with a few simple steps! Using just flowers, water, and plastic wrap, you too can create a stunningly icy centerpiece and accent.

Use this fun DIY idea at your next winter-themed soiree, or add some icy accents to your sizzling Valentine’s Day. We used roses to add a romantic touch to this arrangement, but you can get creative and use any fresh bloom or winter-inspired accent you’d like!
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#How2Wow & Impress Your Valentine

Traditional Valentine’s Day roses and chocolates always make the perfect traditional gift, but this V-Day, how about thinking outside of the box to sweep your sweetie off her (or his) feet!? With a little extra thought you can make this February 14 an unforgettable one by mixing tradition and innovation – I’ll show you how in this simple sentiments Valentines blog post to make them feel extra special.

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Whether you’re planning a romantic night in or an exciting night out, show your Valentine just how much you care by taking the time to pay attention to the little things. It’s the tiniest of details that make the biggest difference, so here are some ideas for a truly special celebration of love.

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How To Reuse Valentine’s Day Flowers

Bundle-of-love-rose-plantValentine’s Day may be over, but you’re still left smiling over that stunning arrangement of flowers gifted to you by your special someone. Even though the flowers are slowly beginning to wilt, you can still continue to enjoy this thoughtful gift even when the month is through with a bit of forethought and creativity!

Whether your sweetie sent you roses or your favorite February flower, get inspired by these ideas for reusing fresh flowers to make the most out of your beautiful bouquet.

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How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Long Distance Sweetie

Its’s no secret that long distance relationships are rough – from the lack of physical contact to the differences in time zones, and maintaining that spark you once had in the beginning now takes patience and hard work. Once Valentine’s Day comes along, watching all those happy couples walking hand in hand, may make the distance seem even longer, but don’t fret! With some creativity and planning, you can make sure that this Valentine’s Day is just as memorable and romantic, even if you and your special someone are stuck in different area codes or country.

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Here are some fun ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your long distance sweetie. And remember, a stunning bouquet with a personal message will always make the day memorable!
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February Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

heres-to-you-birthday-basket-106559February may be associated with Valentine’s Day, but those born in the second month of the year know it’s not all about candy hearts and roses! The name “February” originates from the latin word “februum”, meaning purification; a perfect description of the winter month that cleanses the earth of last year as we make our way into the regrowth of Spring. Those born in February share a birth month with the likes of some of the greatest men and women in history including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Rosa Parks. It is also the shortest month of the year, making those born during those 28-29 days all that more special.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift February birthday gift, take inspiration from their interests as well as the month and season. Here are some fun facts and history to help you pick the perfect gift for your recipient.
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DIY Valentine’s Day Card Using Pressed Roses

pressed-flower-cardA stunning bouquet of a dozen fresh roses may be the way to your sweetie’s heart on Valentine’s Day, but the card is your chance to convey the messages that flowers may not.

This year, combine the beauty of nature’s finest flowers with a bit of creativity and fun, and create your own floral-inspired DIY Valentine’s Day card! For this project, we used pressed flowers to create a one-of-a-kind card that will really touch your special someone’s heart. With a few simple alterations, we took this homemade card above and beyond by including a detachable bookmark as well – that way you’ll always be on their mind even when they are lost in their own world while reading their favorite book! Continue reading

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How to Make Paper Lilies and Love Notes

DIY-valentines-day-paper-flowers-love-notes_completeFebruary 14 may be the official day of love and romance, but why wait until then to celebrate your sweetie?! Start the Valentine’s Day festivities early with 14 days of love notes – one note a day starting February 1st and ending right before that romantic dinner you have planned (in case you don’t have anything planned, here’s a friendly reminder!).

I used restickable glue to create one-of-a-kind love notes using the leaves on my paper flowers. You can use this technique to turn any type of bouquet – from fresh flowers to paper roses – into a creative gift for your special someone.

These paper lilies are so easy to create and customize, whether you are a beginner crafter or advanced DIY pro! I took inspiration from different types of lilies – from Tiger lilies to Stargazer Lilies when choosing the color combination. Even little hands can make these DIY paper flowers, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day craft for kids. Turn this into a family fun activity by having your children help with the tracing and cutting, or have them create a bouquet of their own! Continue reading

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How to Make a Bacon Rose Bouquet

diy-bacon-roses_closeupOnce February 14 comes along, you may be anxiously awaiting that stunning flower arrangement your sweetie sent you. While your man may not have the same reaction to a brilliant bouquet of long stem roses like you may, you can still wow him with a bouquet of meaty bacon!

These blooming bites were so easy to make, and can be gifted in a vase or presented as a centerpiece for your romantic dinner for two.
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How To Make Pressed Flowers

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Pressed flowers add a touch of elegance and beauty to any decoration or craft. From greeting cards to framed art, these dried beauties are versatile and will add a creative touch to any project. Did you know they are also so easy to make?! Rather than buying them at the local craft store, order a bouquet of your favorite fresh flowers and turn them perfectly pressed flowers with a few simple steps.

Here we have two methods for pressing flowers – the first requires using a microwave and takes about 5 minutes (from start to finish) per flower. The second requires less hassle, but calls for a wait time of about a month.

We used the first process to make these pressed roses, but you can use any flower of your choice! Lilies, daffodils, sunflowers, and daises would also be a great choice for this project (just be sure to remove the excess pollen). Continue reading

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What To Get Him For Valentine’s Day?

valentines-day-boyfriendWhether you’re planning a romantic night out or an intimate night in, surprise your man with a gift that’ll make him want to shower you with roses all year long.

Rather than spending countless hours stressing over what to get your boyfriend or husband for Valentine’s Day, get inspired from some of our favorite man-approved gift ideas – from savory snacks to manly bouquets!

Start the celebration by surprising him with a sweet card, delivered right to his email! Celebrations.com has a collection of Valentine’s Day greeting cards which you can customize and send with one simple click. Or, if your sweetie is known for his sense of humor, send him one of our hilarious e-cards.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Décor: How to Make Tissue Paper Roses!

Bouquet of Tissue Paper RosesRemember when we decked the halls with tissue paper flowers? Well, now it’s time to put a fancy twist on an old favorite. The most romantic day of they year is almost here, so let’s get your house ready for Cupid’s arrival by showing you how to make tissue paper roses! They bring a beautiful handcrafted touch to your Valentine’s Day décor, and they even make a charming gift for that someone special. Here’s how to make them:

Materials for DIY Tissue Paper Roses

* Red tissue paper (one sheet makes two roses)
* Wooden skewers (one per rose)
* Clear adhesive tape
* Green adhesive tape
* Scissors
* Twine or ribbon

Valentines DIY Craft: How to Make Tissue Paper Roses

Crumpled Tissue Paper Flattened out Into a Sheet

  1. Take one sheet of red tissue paper and crumple it into a ball. Carefully open the sheet again and flatten it out, making sure not to rip it.
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  2. Lay the tissue paper vertically and cut it in half, from bottom to top.
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  3. Fold each cut piece in half vertically twice to create a longer, skinnier rectangle.
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  4. Turn the rectangle so that it’s lying horizontally with the folded side at the top. Pinch one of the bottom corners and gently roll the tissue paper inward toward the opposite corner. Continue reading
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Creative Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

Unique Ways to Propose to Your Bridesmaids

Your groom may be the one waiting for you at the end of the aisle, but it’s your caring and loyal bridesmaids that are going to help get you there!

Your bridal party is essentially your life support while planning your wedding day, which let’s face it, can be stressful! They help keep you sane in between dress decisions and vendor selections, all because they love you.

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So now that you’ve chosen your bridesmaids, how do you propose to them to be in your bridal party? Show your gratitude for the group of your closest pals that will be by your side when you finally say “I Do” by making your bridal party proposal fun and unique. Here are some cool and creative ways for asking your best friends to be part of your bridal party. Continue reading

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January Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

January represents a new year, a fresh start, and for some – a farewell to one age and “hello” to the next. While you may still be recovering from the holiday mayhem, those special few born in the first month of the year are keeping the party going!

After the insanity of holiday gifting in December, sometimes it can be tough to think of January birthday gifts. With that said, we’re going to help you out by providing January birthday fun facts and some awesome January birthday gift ideas, so you can send a perfect personalized gift that they’ll want to show off until their next birthday!

January Birthday Fun Facts

birthstone-bottle-necklace-januaryJanuary Birthstone: Garnet

A ravishing garnet is the birthstone associated with those born in the first month of the year. Symbolizing trust and loyalty, this stone can be found in a variety of colors, most commonly red. The word “garnet” is derived from the Latin word “granatum” which translates to “pomegranate” – can you see the resemblance?! Continue reading

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Winter Plant Care Tips from Expert Jerry Rosalia

How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather

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Caring for plants year round is important to ensure they live a long and prosperous life! During the cold months, winter plant care can be bit more difficult which is why I’ve provided some helpful winter plant care tips to get your green friends through the cold season!

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#HOW2WOW Valentines Day 2014 Social Media Sweepstakes

Tell us #HOW2WOW you this Valentine’s Day (and maybe drop a not subtle hint!). Tweet or Instagram a product from 1800Flowers.com that would WOW you, and you could receive a sweet surprise from us.

Click here to view a list of all of our lucky Twitter and Instagram winners.

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Wow Me Now Valentine’s Day 2014 Facebook Sweepstakes

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES, INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY WHO HAVE OR OPEN AN ACCOUNT ON FACEBOOK.COM. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Enter the 1800flowers “Twitter Party” Valentines Day Sweepstakes!

Join @1800Flowers on Twitter for the official kickoff to the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day! There will be tons of giveaways & prizes for anyone who RSVP and joins the party, plus great gift ideas.

Date: 1/29/2014
Time: 8pm ET

Use the hashtag #wowme to follow and join in on the coversation! Don’t forget to follow us at @1800Flowers.com.
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Ring in 2014 with New Years Party Ideas!

New Year's Eve Champagne Cocktails From Celebrations.comBottoms up! It’s time to raise a toast to another exciting year past … and the promise of new opportunities in the year ahead. So gather your old acquaintances that shall never be forgot (plus some new friends you’ve made along the way) and start off 2014 on the right foot with one of these fun New Year’s party ideas.

Champagne Party

Champagne Sauce for Salmon Recipe From Celebrations.comPopping the cork at the stroke of midnight isn’t the only way to celebrate with champagne on New Year’s Eve. Go all out with your bubbly and use it to brew up some lavish entrées and desserts too. Continue reading

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All About Kwanzaa

A Kinara Lit for KwanzaaIt’s time to honor family ties, community bonds and African-American culture: Kwanzaa 2013 begins Thursday, December 26, and ends on Wednesday, January 1!

Kwanzaa History and Traditions

Kwanzaa began back in 1966, when Professor Maulana Karenga of California State University, Long Beach, created the holiday to reconnect African-Americans with their cultural roots and traditions. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which translates to “first fruits.” The first harvest has been celebrated in African history since ancient times, beginning with the Egyptians. It has been commemorated as a time to strengthen bonds between people, give thanks for the bountiful earth, honor past generations, commit to self-improvement, and rejoice for family and the many blessings of life. Continue reading

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Christmas Around the World

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and not just in the United States… in other countries around the world, too!  Although many countries across the globe celebrate Christmas, did you know each one has their own truly original traditions? Read on to find out some interesting international Christmas traditions around the world!
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Why Christmas Poinsettias Are THE Holiday Flower

poinsettia-plant-3187lNothing conjures up images of a traditional Christmas celebration quite like the rich, velvety poinsettia plant. Since these blooms have become so tightly connected with the winter holidays, we bet you didn’t know they’re actually tropical! Here’s how Christmas poinsettias became the ultimate holiday flower.

The History of Poinsettias

The Aztecs once called poinsettias “Cuetlaxochitl,” which meant “mortal flower that perishes and withers like all that is pure,” and used them to dye their clothing and cure illnesses. They believed that red was the color of wholesomeness, so they often included poinsettias in their religious rituals.

The plant wasn’t introduced to America until the 19th century, when U.S. ambassador and botanist Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett traveled toMexicoand discovered it in the Mexican wilderness. He was so enamored with the leafy blossoms that he sent some to his home inSouth Carolina. As time passed, the poinsettia—which was officially named after its American founder—caught on and became a staple of Christmas celebrations in homes all over the country. An official holiday was even created in honor of the wildly popular plant: National Poinsettia Day, which is celebrated on December 12. Continue reading

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Merry Family Activities for Christmas

Family Celebrating ChristmasWith all the hustle and bustle of shopping for the perfect Christmas gifts, it’s easy to lose sight of what the holiday is truly meant for: spending quality time with the family, passing down timeless traditions and spreading the spirit of goodwill. Bring your loved ones together and strike up some merrymaking with these fun family activities for Christmas.

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DIY Stocking Stuffer Idea: Flower Soap!

DIY Flower Soap as a Stocking StufferThe Christmas tree is decorated and packed to the gills with presents, but what about those empty stockings hanging over the fireplace? If you’re in need of a fast and easy DIY stocking stuffer idea, make your own miniature flower soaps! They’re perfect for everyone on your gift list, young and old alike. And don’t fret; you don’t have to spend hours at the art supply store or tear a hole in your wallet for this project. Everything you need to create these fragrant little trinkets is already in your house. Plus, when you’re working with soap, cleanup is painless: Just rinse your tools off with some water and you’re finished! Here’s how it’s done: Continue reading

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Meet the Family in the Employee Spotlight’s Christmas Edition

The holidays are all about FAMILY!

This Christmas, meet some of 10 members from our 1800Flowers family in the Employee Spotlight’s Christmas edition and learn about their Christmas favorites, from truly original family traditions to favorite Christmas gifts!

Brad Franklin in Web Marketing loves to sing in church and decorate the Christmas tree with his wife, Keri. Brad’s favorite Christmas flowers are the One Dog Open Sleigh™, because it reminds him of his bulldog Lulu, who also has a Santa outfit, as you can see in his picture below!Brad-kerri-and-lulu-with-dog-a-ble-product
Kailey-With-the-fields-of-europeKailey Ruszkowski , in Public Relations says that the during Christmastime, the “simple act of giving, celebrating and fellowship across the country” makes her smile. Her favorite Christmas tradition are Christmas tree ornaments from her childhood.
Favorite Christmas Gifts: ANY Fannie May Chocolates & Fields of Europe for Christmas

 

 

 

Nora-with-Cheryls-cookiesNora Esposito, Director of Marketing at Cheryl’s loves this time of the year! She enjoys decorating the house and loves spending time with her family during Christmas.
Favorite Cheryl’s Christmas Gift: Cheryl’s Festive House set!

 

 

 

Rob-with-fruit-bouquets-holiday-spiritRob Santangelo, Manager of Merchandising for Direct Floral, enjoys baking apple pie and listening to Mariah Carey’s Christmas album with his mother every Christmas.
Favorite Christmas Product: Holiday Spirit™ from Fruitbouquets.com, because “it adds that extra special ‘yummy’ to my tummy!”

 

 

 

 

Cristal-with-holiday-magic-arrgangementCristal Feliciano in Human Resources says that spending time with her family and reminiscing about old times is what makes her smile the most about Christmas. Cristal’s favorite Christmas flowers are the Holiday Magic™ because lilies are her favorite flower!

 

 

 

 

TJ-with-christmas-cactusT.J. Rowe, Associate Copywriter, can have over 40 people at his family Christmas celebrations spanning over four generations! T.J.’s favorite Christmas plant is the Christmas Cactus Christmas cactus because of its festive drum planter, which is perfect for T.J. since he is a musician!

 

 

 

 

Rachael-with-Candy-cane-liliesRachel Armendariz, Gifts Inventory Planner, loves seeing her children’s excitement when it’s time to open Christmas presents! Rachel’s favorite Christmas flowers are the Candy Cane Lilies. because they are they are “unique and different” and “only available this time of the year!”

 

 

 

 

Natasha-Zuluaga-Finestationery-with-Christmas-CardNatasha Zuluaga, Assistant Marketing Manager at Finestationery.com tried to devise a plan to catch Santa in the act as a kid! Her favorite FineStationery.com holiday product is their Merry Christmas Chevron Greeting Card because it really stands out with its unique design.

 

 

 

 

Penny Powell, Director of Merchandising at 1-800-BASKETS.COM, loves dressing up with her family in Christmas themed outfits every year for their Christmas cards! This year’s theme was elves. Penny’s favorite Christmas gift basket is Silver Sophistication because of its unique goodies and modern design.Penny-powell-collage

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How to Make Tissue Paper Flower Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Decorated With Tissue Paper Flower OrnamentsIf you want a more casual, low-maintenance alternative to our fresh flower ornaments for your Christmas tree, look no further! Create these super-fun, super-festive tissue paper flowers instead. They look just like real flowers, and their decorating potential isn’t limited to Christmas trees: Use them to dress up wreaths, garland, gift boxes, baskets, curtain rods, flower pots and much more. Plus, you can enjoy this easy Christmas craft with your kids—no cleanup required! Continue reading

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How to Make Fresh Flower Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tree Decorated With Fresh FlowersOh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy flowers! Bring your tree to life this season and decorate it with some beautiful fresh blooms. All you need is some festive Christmas flowers and a few clear glass ornaments to create a stunning and unexpected display that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. Here’s how to make these mesmerizing fresh flower ornaments for your Christmas tree. Continue reading

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How to Make a DIY Christmas Centerpiece

’Tis the season to be jolly!  When Christmastime comes around, it’s hard not to get into the holiday spirit–from Christmas decorations in homes and in stores, to the gleeful background sound of Christmas music and carols, and of course who can forget the festive holiday foods!

DIY-Christmas-Centerpiece-Floral-Craft To make your Christmas even more special, I’m going to show you how to create your very own floral DIY Christmas centerpiece in just a few easy steps!  Your handmade Christmas centerpiece will not only impress guests, but will also look amazing next to Christmas dinner!

Before you start creating your arrangement, we want to note that you can make the centerpiece without the flowers first to make it last longer leading up to Christmas. And when Christmas nears, add the flowers a day or two before to have your floral centerpiece extra fresh for the holiday!
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Midnight Red Visits 1800Flowers for the Holidays

Today was an exciting day at the 1800Flowers offices, thanks to some surprise guests: Midnight Red! The new American boy band came to the 1800Flowers Headquarters in Carle Place, New York to bring some holiday cheer by singing popular hits with their amazing voices. Not only did they sing to employees, but they also performed for lucky store visitors at the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Carle Place Flower Shop  located on the ground floor of our building for all to enjoy! Thanks Midnight Red for delivering smiles!

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How to Make a DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Impress Thanksgiving hosts or guests this holiday by creating a gorgeous DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece to compliment the delicious meal! As we decorate the table with traditional Thanksgiving foods from turkey to yams, it is just as important to have the right table decoration. In just 9 easy steps, I’ll show you how to create this beautiful Thanksgiving floral centerpiece! Whether given as a gift to your gracious Thanksgiving host, or to wow your Thanksgiving guests, the Thanksgiving dinner table is sure to look perfect and classy!

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DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece Materials:

  • Floral Tray (Rectangle or Oval)
    • We used a rectangle shaped floral tray measuring 4.5 x 9”.
    • Note: You will want to choose a floral tray or low height container that will hold the floral foam in place. The floral tray will set the size of your centerpiece. You can adjust the size to fit you or your host’s table best.
  • Floral Foam
  • Water to Soak Foam
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How to Say Thank You in Different Languages

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Thanksgiving Day is a heartwarming time where people gather with friends and family and give thanks for all of their blessings. This year, we thought it would be fun to learn how to say “thank you” in different languages! Here’s a list of how to say thank you in 50 different languages from all over the globe! As a fun Thanksgiving  activity, try out the different ways to say “thanks” with your loved ones to get in the spirit, while learning something new!

 



Thank You in 50 International Dialects

1. Afrikaans: dankie
2. Arabic: shoukran
3. Armenian: shnorhakalutiun
4. Bengali: dhannyabad
5. Bulgarian: blagodariya
6. Cambodian: orkun
7. Chinese, Cantonese: do jeh
8. Chinese, Mandarin: xie xie
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Bring Back the Centerpiece this Thanksgiving with sMARt Tips from Expert Mar Jennings

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Celebrations.com Expert Mar Jennings shows how to take your Thanksgiving decor from drab to fab with centerpiece ideas that are sure to inspire, no matter the size of your table! Watch this video featuring sMARt tips and impress your Thanksgiving guests (or hosts) by bringing back the Thanksgiving centerpiece!

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How to Make Someone Smile Just Because!

Sometimes, you don’t even need a special reason or occasion to tell someone how great they are. If you know someone who brightens your every day, there are plenty of ways to return the favor. Here’s how to make someone smile … just because!

Make Her Day BouquetSend Them Flowers

There isn’t a single person in this world who can resist smiling—inside and out—when they’re handed a beautiful bouquet of blooms. With so many different colors and varieties to choose from, you can find the perfect arrangement to make your loved one’s day go from ordinary to extraordinary.

Just-Because Flower Gift Ideas:

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For the one who always knows exactly how to sweeten up your day, no just-because gift could possibly be better than sugar! Whether your friend is a laid-back snacker or a gourmet foodie, they’ll sure feel appreciated when these treats land on their doorstep.
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Thanksgiving 2013 Facebook Sweepstakes


Thanksgiving-fresh-flower-cornucopiaThis Thanksgiving we’ll be giving five contest participants a Fresh Flower Cornucopia. Participants enter by sharing a funny story about getting home for Thanksgiving and why it’s important that they spend this holiday with their family.

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2013 Turkey Day Travel Tales Sweepstakes

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES, INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY WHO HAVE OR OPEN AN ACCOUNT ON FACEBOOK.COM. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Continue reading

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Canada’s Remembrance Day Poppy

floral design, decoration flowers, poppies border - corner Every year on November 11th, Canadians celebrate Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day and Poppy Day. It is a National holiday in Canada that marks the anniversary of the official end of World War I. It is a day of remembrance and appreciation for the men and women who have served. In the 11th month, on the 11th day, at the 11th hour, Canadians have a moment of silence to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country.

The Symbolism of the Red Poppy

Since November 1921, the beautiful red poppy flower has been a symbol of Remembrance Day. The Poppy symbolizes the memory of those who have died during armed conflicts, including World Wars I and II. The flower continues to grow on the former battlefields of Belgium and France today, where many Canadians once lost their life defending their country.

Canadians wear the red poppy on their clothing starting on the last Friday of October, up until the 11th of November. The poppies are typically worn on the collar of a shirt, on a hat, or directly over the heart. All these years later, Canadians continue to have a strong connection to the poppy, as a symbol of appreciation, honor and remembrance.

Remembrance Day Around the World

Remembrance Day is also observed in several other countries, predominantly in members of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand. In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday closest to November 11th. In the United States, Veterans Day is similar, which falls on the same date as Remembrance Day in Canada on the 11th of November.

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Festive Fall & Thanksgiving Table Settings

Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. While you don’t necessarily need to add a place card, it is a nice touch to create a more formal sit down meal for you and your guests. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices going.

Savory Succulent Table Setting

Succulents are on trend right now in gardens, home décor and even for weddings. You can enjoy these luscious plants either potted succulents or as fresh cuts. The plant is so easy to care for and the cut version lasts for weeks!
Elegant name cards for fall table settings with succulents!

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Fall Plant Care and Handling of Indoor Plants

How to Care for Fall Plants With daylight lessening as we get into the fall and winter seasons, it’s important to keep our plants in mind when the colder and darker weather approaches.  Since plants are nature’s way of purifying and improving our indoor air quality, it’s important to keep them as healthy as possible and in turn, keep you as healthy as possible!  By now, most of us depending on one’s climate, have moved our outside house plants inside, but in this article I’m going to provide tips to help keep your green friends alive throughout the autumn and winter seasons.

How to Water Plants in the Fall

With limited sunlight indoors, you want to make sure that you are watering your plants thoroughly once a week to ensure they are properly hydrated. If the plant container has drainage and a saucer, you should see a little bit of water in the saucer after watering. The water in the saucer indicates that the plant was thoroughly and properly watered.

If your plants were not fed in the spring, a half-feeding of water soluble plant food can be fed to your plants.  Fall plant feedings should be done as early as possible, since most green plants go dormant in the winter.

Light and Where to Place Fall Plants

Placement of your plants regarding lighting, should strike a balance.  East and west locations are ideal for most plants.  Keep plants a foot or two from the brightest window, so that the sun coming through the glass does not burn them; remember, most green plants are tropical.

If your plants need re-potting, please see one of my other blog posts on How to Repot a Plant.

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations
· DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement
· How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement
· How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement
· Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
· Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
· How To Repot A Plant
· How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
· Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
· How to Make a DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement with Halloween Candy
· Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

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How to Make a DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement with Halloween Candy

Looking for the perfect decoration for a Halloween party? Wow your guests by making this DIY Halloween flower arrangement featuring a ceramic pumpkin, your favorite candies, and the best fall flowers! In just 9 easy steps, I’ll show you how to create this festive centerpiece whether for your own home or to give the hosts a  Halloween party you’re attending!

Halloween Flower Centerpiece DIY with Candy

DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement Materials:

  • Pumpkin Flower pot
  • Scissor or Knife (To Cut the Flowers & Floral Foam)
  • Floral Foam (preferably with holes)
  • Water
  • Flowers
    • We Used: Lilies, Viking Daisy Poms, Hypericum, Snap Dragons, Roses, Sunflower
  • Fall Glycerin Leaves
  • Candies in Wrappers
  • WireSticks for the Candy

How to Make the DIY Halloween Flower Centerpiece:

  1. Choose any Halloween ceramic container or pot. We used a pumpkin ceramic pot for our creation.IMG_3148
  2. Carve the floral foam to fit your pot. You will want to place the cut foam into the container to make sure it fits snugly.
  3. After cutting the floral foam to fit your container, place the floral foam into water roughly five minutes beforehand. The trick is to let the foam sink into the water so it absorbs as much water possible. If your floral foam has holes, which is preferred, you want to make sure the holes are face down into the water for best absorption to keep your flowers well fed! IMG_3149
  4. When the foam is saturated, take it out of the water and place it into the ceramic pot. Make sure the foam is secure and snug inside.
  5. Next, begin creating a base with the glycerin leaves by carefully sticking them into the floral foam. We decided to place the leaves low to form a base for the flower arrangement. You can cut the glycerin leaves as needed to fit your arrangement and to make sure they still allow the ceramic pot to show. IMG_3122IMG_3119
  6. Now that you have created a base with the glycerin leaves, it’s time to start adding our beautiful fall flowers to go perfectly with our ceramic pumpkin and autumn glycerin leaves. We started with the tallest flowers first, snapdragons, to give the arrangement height. Typically the rule of thumb is ~2 and a half times the size of the vase.IMG_3131
  7. After adding all of our snapdragons, we began to add the remainder of the flowers in the following order: Lilies, Hypericum, Viking Daisy Poms, Roses & Sunflowers. We added more as needed to fill the arrangement. We adjusted the height to ensure all flowers were able to be seen in the piece. Note: Do not be scared at sticking the flowers into the floral foam, you want to make sure they are secure. IMG_3136
  8.  After adding the flowers and leaves, begin to stick in your candies into wire sticks and begin to place the sticks in the arrangement as you see fit. IMG_3126 IMG_3154
  9. When all these steps are finished, you have finished your Fall Halloween flower arrangement! Feel free to add flowers and candy for finishing touches and make sure you leave some visibility for your creative ceramic vase!

Enjoy and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations
· DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement
· How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement
· How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement
· Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
· Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
· How To Repot A Plant
· How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
· Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
· Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

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How to Make Halloween Centerpieces

Halloween is arguably the most DIY friendly holiday. Between costumes for kids and adults, décor and spooky-inspired parties, the options are endless!

 

DIY Halloween Candy Vase

Halloween M&M Arrangement
Personally, I love the purple, lime green, orange and black combination for the holiday, so when I saw Halloween M&M’s in the store, I immediately bought a few bags. Just another reason to buy candy!

To create this look, I used a nested vase, which allows the filler to rest between the walls of two containers. You can make your own by putting a narrow vase or glass inside of another large glass container. Ideally, you would want both glasses to be the same height, but if not, the inside glass can be slightly shorter than the outer one. For the floral, I used shamrock spider mums and purple statice. Not only do they look great, but both flowers are hardy and will last about two weeks.

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Pencils of Promise 2013 Gala

Pencils of Promise Flowers by 1800flowers 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Flower Centerpiece Donated for Pencils of Promise 2013 Gala Pencils of Promise (“PoP”) is an amazing organization that builds schools in the developing world, while training young leaders to take action locally and globally. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has had the pleasure of working with PoP over the past four years and was thrilled to be able to provide the floral centerpieces at this year’s Pencils of Promise Gala on October 24, 2013 in New York City. The night honors some of the most amazing Pencils of Promise ambassadors and leading figures in international education.

“We are proud to support this incredible organization. This year, we launched our prom program where a portion of all corsages sold online and in our flower stores, was donated to Pencils of Promise. With the proceeds raised, we were able to build a classroom,” says 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Vice President of Retail Marketing, Lisa Hendrikson.

This year’s PoP Gala was hosted by Sophia Bush and the honorees included sixteen year old Pakistani school pupil and education activist Malala Yousafzai, New Jersey Senator Elect Cory Booker, and The Cahill Family. Malala’s award was accepted by Shiza Shahid, Executive Director of the Malala Fund who recited Malala’s powerful words on her behalf, “…that education is our basic right.”

Pencils of Promise Artwork of Their Students by Chalkboard Artist Casey Opstad Pencils of Promise Artwork of Their Students by Chalkboard Artist Casey Opstad Shiza Shahid at Pencils of Promise Gala Shiza Shahid, Executive Director of the Malala Fund accepts the Pencils of Promise Award for Malala Yousafza.

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Last-Minute Halloween Costume Idea: How to Make a DIY Flower Costume

Last Minute Halloween Costume Idea DIY Flower CostumeLooking for a last-minute Halloween costume for you or your kids? Instead of dropping close to $100 at the Halloween warehouse, get inspired by your favorite blooms and make this adorable DIY flower costume instead. It’s fast, fun and cheap: If you don’t already have the supplies lying around your house, you can find them at your local dollar store! Just follow this simple tutorial and you’ll be blossoming in the spotlight at your Halloween party.

Flower Costume Materials Needed

Laundry basket*
Brown wrapping paper
6 long-stemmed flowers
12-foot pet tie-out rope (or regular rope)
Yarn
Adhesive tape
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Thick plastic headband

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Make Your Own Spooky Spider Tree Halloween Centerpiece

Here’s a “spider tree” that is very simple to make and will look great in a picture window, on a table in the foyer or as a centerpiece for a Halloween party. Begin making your own spooky spider tree Halloween centerpiece by starting with a store bought tree made from papier-mâché and pipe cleaners. Then I just glued black feathers, green millet and green spider mums to the pipe cleaner branches. I used a floral adhesive for the spider mums and it looked great, without water, for over a week!

Spooky Spider Tree Centerpiece

If you want to turn the creepy scary up a notch wrap the entire tree with spider webs. These spider webs are so easy to make and can be put almost anywhere. Just take two small pieces of Styrofoam – just about 3” – 4” in size – and put a dollop of hot glue on one of the pieces. Put the two pieces together and slowly pull apart. You will see the spider strings start to form. Take your arms and go around the tree and press the two pieces of Styrofoam together again and then pull apart and bring your hands back around the tree and meet again in the front. Continue to do this until you are satisfied with the amount of spider webs you have created. To remove the spider webs, just spray with a hair dryer and they will melt away!

Spooky Spider Tree with Cobwebs

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How to Care for Mums

Mum plants are one of the most popular plants, especially for fall, and as the weather cools, we begin to see more and more mums! The long-lasting mum plant comes in many varieties and colors, and often makes the perfect outside decoration to spice up one’s home! fall-mums-how-to-care-for-mums.jpg

About Mums

Mums are short for “chrysanthemums” and have also been called “chrysanths.” Originating from Asia and Northeast Europe, there are countless varieties in the chrysanthemum family, usually differentiating themselves by their petals. For example, spider mums have curly petals while fuji mums have long straight petals.

Buy Mum Plants in Budding Stage

When buying mums, people have a tendency to buy them in full bloom for the full color. However, this is actually not the best time to buy mums. For the most longevity out of your mums, it is actually best to buy them in the budding stage. In time, the buds will bloom into larger flowers.

Watering Mums

When flowering, mum plants, as well as other blooming plants, require extra water for the energy they are exerting, so make sure your mums are well hydrated to bloom to their full potential.

Maintenance & When to Plant Mums

If your plant is put outside and survives the winter, it should be shaped and pruned down. This will increase the number of flowers, and add to the blooming appearance of the plant. The best time to do this is around the first of July. If left untrimmed, the plant will bloom early by the end of the summer.

Mums Make a Perfect Long-Lasting Gift

Mum plants make great long-lasting gifts because even after the blooms are gone, can be planted outside anytime before a hard frost (depending on your climate), ready to rebloom in the fall!

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations
· DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement
· How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement
· How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement
· Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
· Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
· How To Repot A Plant
· How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
· Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
· How to Make a DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement with Halloween Candy
· Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

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Sweet Ideas for Sweetest Day Gifts

Sweetest Day Chocolate PretzelsSweetest Day is on Saturday, October 19, 2013!

In our “What Is Sweetest Day?” blog post, you may have learned that Sweetest Day is the sugary-est holiday of the year, where you can show your love and appreciation to friends and family by giving them something sweet whether it be candy, chocolate or flowers!

Sometimes thinking of the best presents is tough so we’ve conveniently provided you with a few thoughtful ways to show someone how much they mean to you with sweet ideas for Sweetest Day gifts! Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Internationally: Giving Thanks Around The World

Thanksgiving internationally

There are many holidays around the world similar to Thanksgiving here in America, where people give thanks and celebrate what they are thankful for in life. Whether it is being thankful for good health, having food and shelter, or amazing friends and family, it is always nice to give thanks for the good things in life, no matter how big or how small. Check out ways that people around the world celebrate their own form of “Thanksgiving.”
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Canada-Flag Thanksgiving in Canada

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. On this day, Canadians celebrate the harvest and all of their blessings over the past year. Families come together and feast on a turkey dinner, similar to the tradition we have here in the United States. Also as in the U.S., Thanksgiving gifts for the hosts in Canada include desserts, gift baskets, and flowers.

China-Flag Moon Festival: Giving Thanks in China

The Mid-Autumn Festival in China, also known as the Moon Festival, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is a Chinese belief that the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day. During this festival, family and friends gather together to express their feelings about each other and offer sacrifice to the moon. The traditional Chinese dessert for the Moon Festival is moon cake, similar to the pumpkin pie tradition in the United States!

South-Korea-Flag Chuseok: Giving Thanks in Koreafields-of-europe-for-fall-basket-91932

Chuseok is a day of giving thanks in Korea. It is celebrated in late September and early October. On this holiday, families come together to feast, share stories, and pay respects to their ancestors. The celebration also consists of dancing and dressing in traditional Korean costumes.

Brazil-Flag Dia de Acao de Gracas: Thanksgiving in Brazil

Brazil also has its own Thanksgiving, known as Dia de Acao de Gracas (the day of thanks). Dia de Acao de Gracas is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a day to express gratitude and appreciation to God for all of God’s blessings, and the plentiful harvest throughout the year. Just like the United States, Brazil also has a big turkey dinner. Brazil is unique for its colorful “Thanksgiving” complete with fun and exciting Dia de Acao de Gracas carnivals! fresh-flower-cornucopia-91928

Germany-Flag Erntedankfest: Giving Thanks in Germany

The German harvest festival known as Erntedankfest is celebrated in September or October. The day is filled with lots of music, dancing, parades and sometimes even fireworks. Instead of a turkey, Germans feast on chicken and plenty of fruits and vegetables from the harvest.

India-Flag Vaisakhi: Giving Thanks in India

In India, farmers celebrate a harvest festival known as Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi). This celebration is practiced in the states of Punjab and Haryana. Vaisakhi usually falls in the middle of April. The people, especially farmers, thank God for their harvest and prosperity,and pray for another year of success. People celebrate by praying at the gurdwara (temple), having family gatherings, and by having the big “melas” (carnivals).

Israel-Flag Sukkot in Israel

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot (English translation: booths or huts) is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. It is also known as a harvest holiday, where farmers give thanks to G-d for the harvest. The holiday is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur, on the fifteenth of Tishrei, and lasts for seven days. During the seven days of this agricultural festival, observers live in a “sukkah” to give thanks.

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What Is Sweetest Day?

Fannie May Champagne Celebration StrawberriesMark your calendars: Sweetest Day is on October 19, 2013!

What is Sweetest Day, you ask? It’s the sugary-est holiday of the year, and it’s celebrated on the third Saturday of October.

History of Sweetest Day

It all started back in the ’20s when Herbert Birch Kingston—a simple man who worked for a candy company—decided to spread a little love to the less fortunate who are often overlooked. So, he passed out heaps of candy to the orphans, the ill and the disabled in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Continue reading

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Boss’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Personality

Image of Boss at OfficeIt’s time to celebrate the head honcho with some Boss’s Day gift ideas!

Boss’s Day, which is observed on October 16, is a day for employees to acknowledge their managers for all of the hard work they do throughout the year. The idea came to life when an insurance company employee named Patricia Bays Haroski registered the day as a holiday back in 1958 in honor of her boss—who also happened to be her father. She chose October 16 because it was her father’s birthday, and she wanted it to be remembered as the day that strengthens the bond between employers and their workers.

Nowadays, we still honor our supervisors by giving them a thoughtful token of our appreciation. But how do you pick the right present for the captain of the ship? The first step is to think about their personality and their management style. Here are some helpful Boss’s Day gift ideas that are a perfect fit for any type of boss:

Revitalizing Gifts for the Hardworking Boss

Coffee and Tea GIft Tote Bag from 1800Flowers.com

The movers and shakers keep your workplace going: They tirelessly work from sunrise to sunset to ensure that both you and the company are successful. Give your overachieving boss a gift that will help them relax and re-energize after putting in all those hours. Continue reading

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How to Honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

show-you-care-be-aware-ribbon-wreathIt’s time to go pink: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Charities are teaming up with women across theU.S.to raise awareness of the disease, fight for a cure and provide support to affected families.

According to the American Cancer Society, even though breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among American women, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the country today. And that’s the message being sent out to all ladies not just in October, but all year long: There is hope! With regular breast exams, mammograms and early-detection screenings, tens of thousands of breast cancer cases can be prevented each year.

Whether you want to rally your friends and raise money for the cause, or pitch in your own time or money to support your favorite organization, there are plenty of ways you can honor the promising spirit of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s how you can make your mark: Continue reading

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Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Kerri’s Enchanted Forest Wedding Flowers

Get Inspired by These Fall Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!

Kerri's Enchanted Forest Fall Wedding Flowers
When our Online Marketing Manager, Kerri, married her prince charming on September 15, 2012, it was only fitting that they have an enchanting fairy tale wedding. And with the rich, charming hues and woodsy, natural beauty of autumn, deciding to have a fall wedding was a no-brainer for Kerri:

“I picked fall because the weather was cooler, and we didn’t want to inconvenience our guests’ summer plans,” says Kerri. “Plus, I love fall colors, so it was easy finding a color scheme I loved!”

Read on to find out how this real bride brought her forest-inspired wedding vision to life with the help of 1-800-Flowers floral designer Michael George, and snag some ideas for your very own fall wedding!

The Wedding Color Scheme

Kerri's Bridal Party Wearing Green Fall Bridesmaids Dresses

To set the stage for her woodland wedding, Kerri picked a beautiful and whimsical shade of green for her bridesmaids’ dresses. Not only did the color fit her magical autumn theme perfectly, but it was also very practical:

“I love the color green,” says Kerri. “I picked it because I felt it wasn’t too girly, and it really complemented my bridesmaids’ complexions. On my darker-complexion girls it looked amazing and exotic; on my fairer girls it brought out their fair eyes and made them shine. It really made everyone look beautiful.”

The Wedding Centerpieces

Kerri's Forest-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

The calm and neutral tone of the bridesmaids’ dresses was the perfect backdrop to make her bright, dramatic flower arrangements really pop. And there’s no question that Kerri’s centerpieces were the showstoppers of her fall wedding décor.

Forgoing the traditional floral centerpiece, Kerri and her designer blended natural wood elements with vibrant autumn-colored blooms to create a one-of-a-kind enchanted forest of flowers. Overflowing with deep red, royal purple, electric yellow and fiery orange blossoms, and set atop tall stands laced with real tree branches, these arrangements were a fall bride’s dream come true.

“I didn’t want something that everyone else had. 1-800-Flowers was one of the only floral places that had these stands that looked like real trees. It was very unique yet simple at the same time. All of our guests remarked how they had never seen centerpieces that looked like that. They were in awe,” says Kerri.

Kerri Holding Her Personalized Fall Bridal BouquetThe Bridal Bouquet

Kerri chose to skip the traditional all-white bridal bouquet and go with something a little more colorful—a great way to express her dazzling personality! Using mini white calla lilies and white roses as a base, Kerri mixed in garnet calla lilies, hot pink roses, and red-striped stargazer lilies (her favorite flowers) to add a breathtaking burst of fall color to her bouquet. To make her arrangement even more personal, she wrapped golden-hued family heirlooms around the stem of her bouquet.

“I wanted to follow the ‘something old, something borrowed, something blue’ tradition, so I borrowed the blue religious pin from my grandmother and the gold pin from my mother. The rosary was my something old: It belonged to my great-grandmother, and it’s been used for religious events in our family ever since,” says Kerri.

Kerri's Bridesmaids Holding Their Fall Bridesmaid BouquetsThe Bridesmaid Bouquets

To complement both her own floral arrangement and the enchanting green color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, Kerri chose flowers with similar bold pops of autumn color for her bridal party. The girls’ bouquets were featured a bounty of white Casablanca lilies; mini purple calla lilies; white, light pink, and hot pink roses; and light pink wax flowers. The groomsmen looked dashing with their garnet glow mini calla lily boutonnieres.

Are you planning a forest-inspired wedding too? Tell us which part of Kerri’s storybook fall wedding is your favorite!

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Inspirational Flower Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Arrangement of the Month - AprilDoes a fresh, fantastically fragrant bouquet of blossoms always paint a smile on your face? You’re not alone! For ages, famous names and faces all around the world have been raving about the flower’s feel-good powers. Here are 22 well-known flower quotes to bring a bit of bloomin’ sunshine to your day!

Famous Quotes About Flowers

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard de Nerval

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” – Iris Murdoch

Arrangement of the Month - September“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare

“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.” – Lydia M. Child

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day—like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower.” – William C. Bryant

Arrangement of the Month - January“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.” – Kakuzō Okakura

“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” – Gertrude S. Wister

“Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands.” – Japanese Proverb

“Flowers are words which even a babe may understand.” – Arthur Cleveland Coxe

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.” – Chinese Proverb

“One marked feature of the people, both high and low, is a love for flowers.” – Robert Fortune

Arrangement of the Month - July“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Flowers are love’s truest language.” – Park Benjamin

“The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.” – Robert Leighton

“Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.” – Unknown

“Flowers are the music of the ground

From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” – Edwin Curran

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Thoughtful Wife Gift Ideas for Wife Appreciation Day!

Husband Surprising His Wife With a RoseHusbands, mark your calendars: September 22 is Wife Appreciation Day! For those of you who haven’t heard of this little-known unofficial holiday, it’s set aside for husbands to show their wives how thankful they are for everything they do … especially all the little things that are sometimes overlooked! From keeping the house spic-and-span to cooking up mouthwatering meals every night—all while holding down a demanding job and showering you with love—your wife really knows how to run a tight ship! Show her your gratitude for all her hard work by surprising her with a thoughtful present. Here are some great Wife Appreciation Day gift ideas that’ll really make her feel cherished.

Lucky in Love a-DOG-able ArrangementWife Appreciation Day Gift Ideas

Spoil her with her favorite gift: Whether she loves the fresh scent of beautiful flowers or the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of a box of gourmet chocolates, treat her to some indulgences that she doesn’t usually get to enjoy on her busy schedule. To make her feel extraordinary, send a bouquet of flowers to her office or wow her with a box of heavenly chocolate-covered strawberries.

Tackle her to-do list: Give her a break from juggling her everyday errands and be her personal assistant for the day. Take on a few of her chores that you normally don’t like to do—like cleaning or doing laundry—and do those household tasks of your own that you’ve been putting off. She’ll be so excited to see things getting done—without her having to lift a finger!

Make dinner reservations: Celebrate your spouse with a quiet, romantic dinner at her favorite restaurant. If you have kids, arrange for a babysitter to look after them. Your better half will love being relieved of her mommy duties for just a few hours, and she’ll be excited to spend some special one-on-one time with the man she loves: you!

Cook dinner for her: Does your wifey prefer a homespun meal? Bring the restaurant to her! To set the mood, light some candles and take out the good china. After dinner, curl up on the couch together and watch a movie she really wants to see. Although she’ll be happy to spend one night out of the kitchen, the best part of the night for her will be cuddling with you.

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Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Marianna’s Vineyard Wedding Flowers

Get Inspired by These Wine-Themed Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!

Marianna's Vineyard Wedding FlowersWhen Marianna, our Senior Email Marketing Manager, exchanged vows with her hubby, Chris (who also works at 1-800-Flowers as Director of Merchandising!), on November 19, 2011, it was an occasion to celebrate. So to raise a toast in honor of their love, Marianna chose an intoxicating theme for their wedding: fall vineyard! From the deep merlots to the champagne whites that abound during the season, their wedding perfectly captured the rich and fragrant essence of autumn. The fall time has always had special meaning to this couple, so it was only natural that they plan an autumn wedding and infuse it with everything they love about the season—especially those naturally luxurious fall colors.

“Chris and I love wine and enjoy going to the vineyards during this time of year,” says Marianna. “Drinking wine together at the vineyards is one of our favorite pastimes. Incorporating these memories and colors into the wedding had a personal meaning for us on our special day.”

Learn all about how Marianna and her 1-800-Flowers floral designers—Julie McCann-Mulligan and Cynthia Thompson—used those rolling green fields of grapes as inspiration to create simple yet decadent wedding décor. Then, use her fall wedding inspiration tips to express your punch-drunk love on your own wedding day!

The Wedding Color Scheme

Marianna's Bridal Party Wearing Merlot Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

To give her wedding the vintage vineyard look she loves, Marianna opted to pass on the typical fall colors, like oranges and yellows, and instead went with the lusher, more opulent colors of autumn. The romantic mood that could only be set by a good bottle of vintage wine was recreated with the deep, rich red color of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

“The color of the bridesmaids’ dresses was actually called ‘Merlot.’ When I realized that, I knew we had picked the right color for the dresses!” says Marianna.

With this sumptuous shade of Merlot at the center of her color scheme, Marianna completed the look with hues of old-world ivory, mossy greens, and velvety purples.

The Wedding Centerpieces

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

To keep the vineyard theme going, Marianna and her floral designers selected a mixture of unique flowers that matched the look they were aiming for. For the place card table, they even arranged flowers in a vintage wine press, and guest cards were displayed on repurposed wine corks! But because fall is most famous for its bountiful harvest, Marianna chose to add some natural, unexpected elements to her flowers: food!

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Guest Table With Guest Cards Displayed on Wine Corks

“A floral trend I’ve noticed a lot lately is incorporating fresh produce with flowers,” says Marianna. “For our fall vineyard theme, we chose to use fresh grapes, kale and artichokes in our wedding flower arrangements. It was so unique, and our guests were very impressed!”

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces With Fresh Green Produce

Tying everything together and paying tribute to her Italian heritage, Marianna also chose to decorate her bistro tables with lanterns, sunflowers and cascading grapes. Set against the backdrop of a piazza-style ballroom, this wedding was the next best thing to strolling through the sun-drenched chateaus of Tuscany.

The Bridal Bouquet

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Bridal Bouquet With Antique Roses and Ivy

Roses are Marianna’s favorite flowers, so they were a must for her bridal bouquet. But rather than going with a traditionally colored rose, she and her designers preferred an ivory rose that had an almost antique look. The edges of the flowers were tinged with a soft pink color that complemented the bridesmaids’ dresses and bouquets. In addition to being bejeweled with brilliant little crystals, Marianna’s bouquet was also given another unique touch that was evocative of the twisting and curling of grape vines: Woven between the vintage-inspired roses were verdant green strands of ivy.

But the truly personal and meaningful element of Marianna’s bridal bouquet was her grandmother’s gold pin from Italy, which she added herself.

“I’m very close with my grandmother, and I wanted to use something of hers as my ‘something old.’ She gave me a beautiful pin, which actually had an ivy vine design for me to pin to my bouquet. It went perfectly with the flowers,” says Marianna.

The Bridesmaid Bouquets

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Bridesmaid Bouquets

The bouquets held by Marianna’s bridal party incorporated all of the most beautiful and important aspects of her winery-inspired wedding décor: Merlot-colored roses to match the bridesmaids’ dresses, vintage-y pink roses to harmonize with the bridal bouquet, and bright greenery to complement the fresh produce in her unique centerpieces.

The groom picked his boutonniere himself and gave it his own unexpected twist:

Marianna's Groom Wearing a Vineyard-Inspired Orchid Bouttoniere

“One of Chris’ favorite flowers is the orchid,” says Marianna. “When he expressed he wanted to use this for his boutonniere, I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t match our fall theme since it’s a tropical flower. However, our designers made it work! We used a white cymbidium that had just a touch of red, which tied in nicely with our other flowers. They also added a spray rose in the same color that I had in my bouquet so that we had the same flowers—something a bride and groom traditionally do.”

What do you love most about Marianna’s vineyard wedding? Tell us which of her décor tricks you’d want to incorporate in your own wine-themed celebration!

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DIY Sunflower Crafts for Fall

How to Create Autumn Sunflower CraftsMake Your Own Sunflower Candles, Wreaths & Pencil Case Vases

As we head further into Fall, the colors of the season are reaching their peak. Rich reds, yellows and oranges add beauty to the landscape. Also at their peak are gorgeous golden sunflowers. Their brilliant shades, large blooms and sturdy stems make them the perfect choice for a wide array of floral crafts.

Whether you’re looking to create an elegant tablescape for an upcoming dinner party, the perfect gift to kick off the school year or just looking to add some seasonal décor to your home, here are some of my favorite sunflower DIY projects that are both fun and easy to make. Continue reading

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All About Sunflowers

Towering Sunflower in a FieldWith its strong stature, its giant round shape and its brilliant yellow color, the sunflower truly looks like a droplet of golden sun. It’s no wonder its proper name, Helianthus anuus, comes from the Greek words “helios” (or “sun”) and “anthos” (or “flower”). But that’s not the only connection this luminous flower shares with its namesake star. As the sun glides across the sky during the day, sunflowers are known to turn their heads and follow the movement of the sun. This is known as “heliotropism.” Want to learn more about what makes these celestial flowers really special? Find out everything you need to know about sunflowers, right here!

Field of SunflowersHistory of Sunflowers

The wild sunflower is actually native to North America. In fact, the bloom was domesticated by Native American and Mexican tribes as early as 3,000 B.C. and was used as food, dye, decoration, medicine, building material and more. Spanish explorers then introduced the flower to Europe in the 1500s, where it became widely popular as a decorative ornament. By 1769, Europeans began to cultivate sunflowers and their seeds for oil production, a practice that eventually became widespread in Russia. There were almost 2 million acres of sunflowers growing in Russia by the early 19th century.

Sunflower seeds made their way from Russia to the United States by the late 19th century, most likely as a result of Russian immigrants traveling to the U.S. American company catalogues referred to the seeds as “Mammoth Russian” seeds—a name that stuck around for more than 100 years. With the sunflower finally returning to its American roots, growers in the United States put the finishing touches on the plant’s generics and began commercially using the flower, its seeds and its oil. With growing demand for sunflower oil throughout Europe, more than 5 million acres of the bloom were grown in the U.S. by the 1970s, making our country one of the biggest exporters of the product. That’s no longer the case today, since Europe now depends on its own sunflower oil production.

Warm Sunset Party PackTypes of Sunflowers

There are more than 60 different kinds of sunflowers around the world that come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and range in color from luminous yellow to fiery red. Here’s just a sampling of popular sunflower types:

  • American Giant
  • Arnika
  • Autumn Beauty
  • Aztec Sun
  • Black Oil
  • Chianti Hybrid
  • Claret
  • Dwarf Sunspot
  • Evening Sun
  • Florenza
  • Giant Primrose
  • Gullick’s Variety
  • Incredible
  • Indian Blanket Hybrid
  • Irish Eyes
  • Italian White
  • Kong Hybrid
  • Large Grey Stripe
  • Lemon Queen
  • Loddon Gold

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All About Daisies

Happy Gerbera DaisiesWith their long, colorful petals bursting like rays of sunlight, daisies are the perfect flowers for delivering warm smiles to those we love most. But this beautiful blossom isn’t just an American favorite; its bright and cheery spirit is cherished by people all around the globe. After all, daisies are members of the biggest plant family in the world—vascular plants, which make up 10 percent of all flowers on Earth—and grow on every continent except Antarctica. Want to find out why this happy little flower has captured so many hearts? Here’s everything you need to know about daisies!

History of Daisies

It’s believed that the daisy gets its name from the Old English phrase “daes eage,” or “day’s eye,” because of the way the flower blossoms at the first sign of dawn. Daisies have been around since 2,200 B.C., when the ancient Egyptians grew them in their gardens and used them as herbal medicine. The daisy family, scientifically known as Compositae, was officially classified in 1792 by German botanist Paul Dietrich Giseke.

The Gerbera, the most well-known daisy variety in the modern world, was discovered in 1884 in South Africa by a Scottish man named Robert Jameson. In 1890, it was brought to England, where breeders grew a variety of Gerberas that boasted brighter colors and sturdier quality. The popularity of Gerberas slowly spread to the Netherlands, which became one of the biggest Gerbera daisy distributors in the world—a title it still holds today.

Daisy GardenTypes of Daisies

The daisy is no wallflower: With more than 20,000 different types in its category, this pretty bloom is an A-list celebrity in the flower kingdom. Here are three of the most famous kinds of daisies that really know how to soak up the spotlight:

Gerbera Daisy: The fifth most popular flower in the world, the Gerbera comes in a full rainbow of colors, including pink, orange, yellow and red. Its vibrant petals make it the flower of choice for celebrating every happy occasion, from birthdays to weddings.

Shasta Daisy: With its soft, pearly white petals radiating from a golden center, the Shasta daisy is a timeless classic. It’s not only one of the largest daisies, but also one of the easiest to grow and care for. Plus, you can enjoy its hearty blooms season after season.

Rudbeckia: Also known as the Black-Eyed Susan, the Rudbeckia has fiery yellow petals and a deep brown center—almost like a miniature sunflower. Their reputation as low-maintenance and long-lasting blooms makes them a favorite of flower-lovers everywhere.

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Fruit Nutrition Facts

Delicious Health Food From Mother Nature

Healthy FruitsPut down that cupcake! If you’re in need of a snack that satisfies your tummy and your health, swap the sugar for a piece of fruit. These juicy little treats don’t just boast low calories and no fat; they’re also crammed with vitamins, minerals and endless health benefits. And not to mention the big, delicious flavor that comes in such a tiny package! Find out just how good your favorite fruit is for you with these fruit nutrition facts, courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Strawberry Nutritional Information

It’s no wonder that everyone’s favorite fruit is shaped like a heart: Strawberries protect your ticker, lower blood pressure and increase your HDL (“good cholesterol”) levels. Their high levels of the antioxidants called polyphenols also guard against cancer. In fact, strawberries are one of the top 20 fruits with the highest antioxidant levels. Plus, one serving of these plump berries has more vitamin C than a whole orange—the perfect pick-me-up for your immune system!

  • Serving Size: 8 medium strawberries
  • Calories: 50
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Potassium: 170 mg (5% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g (4% DV)
  • Fiber: 2 g (8% DV)
  • Sugars: 8 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 0% DV
  • Vitamin C: 160% DV
  • Calcium: 2% DV
  • Iron: 2% DV

Pineapple Nutritional Information

This tropical fruit isn’t just a great treat for a summertime barbecue or a day at the beach. It also helps keep your bikini body in ship-shape all year round. Pineapples are high in manganese, a mineral that helps maintain your body’s muscle tone, nerve health and bone strength. They’re also loaded with an enzyme called bromelin, which supports digestion and promotes healing.

  • Serving Size: 2 3-inch slices of pineapple
  • Calories: 50
  • Sodium: 10 mg (0% DV)
  • Potassium: 120 mg (3% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g (4% DV)
  • Fiber: 1g (4% DV)
  • Sugars: 10 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 2% DV
  • Vitamin C: 50% DV
  • Calcium: 2% DV
  • Iron: 2% DV

Orange Nutritional Information

Although they’re most famous as a source of vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, oranges are also a powerhouse of other health benefits too. They’re rich in pectin, which lowers LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, safeguards the colon and aids in weight loss. Their bundles of different minerals keep heart rate and blood pressure under control, and their high antioxidant levels also keep your skin and vision healthy and help battle cancer. Is there anything oranges can’t do?

  • Serving Size: 1 medium orange
  • Calories: 80
  • Sodium: 0 mg (0% DV)
  • Potassium: 250 mg (7% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 19 g (6% DV)
  • Fiber: 3 g (12% DV)
  • Sugars: 14 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 2% DV
  • Vitamin C: 130% DV
  • Calcium: 6% DV
  • Iron: 0% DV

Honeydew Melon Nutritional Information

In addition to being a sweet, cool refresher for a hot and sunny day, honeydew melons also revitalize your health. They’re a great source of B vitamins, which help your body get rid of toxins and reduce your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Honeydews are also high in copper, which encourages skin and muscle repair. Plus, they help keep your metabolism in smooth working order and keep your blood pressure in check. New snack, new you!

  • Serving Size: 1/10 medium melon
  • Calories: 50
  • Sodium: 30 mg (1% DV)
  • Potassium: 210 mg (6% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g ( 4% DV)
  • Fiber: 1 g (4% DV)
  • Sugars: 11 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 2% DV
  • Vitamin C: 45% DV
  • Calcium: 2% DV
  • Iron: 2% DV

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Wedding Flower Traditions Around the World

Wedding Flower Traditions Around the WorldYou’re up-to-date with all the latest wedding flower trends in the U.S., but do you know how international brides are incorporating flowers into their big day? Find out with these fun facts about wedding flower traditions around the world!

Greece

The first recorded use of wedding flowers was in Ancient Greece.  Flowers and plants were gathered together in the form of a garland wreath and placed upon the bride and groom’s heads during the ceremony.

India

In India, the groom’s brother throws flower petals on the couple to protect them from evil.

England

In England, some guests give the bride and groom a rose bush to plant. It is thought that the growth symbolizes the growth of a marriage, the blossoms symbolize happiness, and the thorns symbolize the trials of married life.

Sweden

It is an old tradition in Sweden for young girls to carry small bouquets of scented herbs down the aisle, and for the groom to carry thyme in his pockets. It was once thought to ward off any trolls during the special day.

Italy

In Italy, the grill of the bride and groom’s car is often decorated with flowers, symbolizing the road to a happy marriage.

Ireland

In Ireland, the bride’s bouquet includes English lavender, a symbol of love, luck and devotion.

Czech Republic

Many Czech brides will find a newly planted tree in their yards the day before their wedding. The tree will be decorated with different colored ribbons and painted eggshells.

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Honoring Our Elders: Everything You Need to Know About National Grandparents Day!

Smiling Granddaughter With Her GrandmotherThey aren’t just the wise leaders of the family. They’re the caring, selfless individuals who brought your parents to life, and helped raise you with love and tenderness too. They’re Grandma and Grandpa, and it’s time to honor them on their very own holiday! September 8, 2013, is National Grandparents Day, and we’re celebrating by sharing the story behind this special occasion, plus some tips on showing your grandparents how much you treasure them!

The History of National Grandparents Day

Every year, National Grandparents Day is observed on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It’s far from just another greeting card holiday: It was founded by Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife from Oak Hill, West   Virginia, who had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. After working with senior citizens for many years, McQuade decided in 1970 that she wanted to establish a holiday that would pay tribute to grandparents and raise awareness of the needs of those who live in nursing homes.

Her idea caught the attention of Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia, who petitioned for the support of Governor Arch Moore to establish Grandparents Day as a statewide holiday. Moore made it an official West Virginia holiday in 1973, while Randolph worked tirelessly to have they day recognized by Congress and raise it to a nationwide scale. Randolph’s efforts were overlooked by Congress for several years, until McQuade sought and received the support of the media. In 1978, the first Sunday after Labor Day was finally declared National Grandparents Day by Congress. President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation on September 6, 1979, three days before the holiday’s first nationwide celebration.

The original proclamation described National Grandparents day as a time to “honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”

Fresh Forget-Me-Not Heart PendantHow to Celebrate National Grandparents Day

Today, grandparents are more than just a fountain of wisdom: They’re taking on an even more active family role by raising not only their own kids, but their grandchildren as well. According to AARP, more than 2.5 million children in the U.S. had their grandparents as their primary caregivers in 2012. So the loving bonds and lifelong lessons we receive each day from our elders are important now more than ever!

There are so many ways you can show Grandma and Grandpa how much you appreciate the way they’ve shaped your life. Host a family reunion where you can play games and share stories, or find a local National Grandparents Day event that you can attend with the whole family. These festivities are often sponsored by schools, senior centers, and other nearby organizations. You can also show your grandparents how unforgettable they are by giving them the gift of the forget-me-not flower, the official bloom of National Grandparents Day, or surprising them with a beautiful Vase Expressions bouquet personalized with your most memorable photo!

No matter how you celebrate the day, you’re sure to make Grandma and Grandpa’s golden years even more precious!

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August Cookie Competition with Web Marketing

Cookie Competition with Web MarketingAt every company, each department has a little special something that helps bring them together. At 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, the Web Marketing team has their monthly cooking competition. This month’s competition was all about COOKIES!

The Web Marketing Team is pretty serious about their cooking competitions which is why they have chosen three judges from three different departments to fairly judge each cookie through a blind taste test: Bill from IT, Joe from Creative, and Rob from Merchandising. Joe even brought his own personal Cookie Monster mug for the occasion. Ballots are handed out to each judge and the cookies were based on four factors on a scale from 1 to 5: (1) Taste, (2) Mouthwatering, (3) Presentation, & (4) Originality. The numbers are added up for one total and 5 trophies are given to the winners.

Seven people from the Web Marketing Team baked and there were nine cookies to judge total. There are a couple of rules the Web Marketing Team must adhere to for the cookie competition: there can be more than one entry per contestant and no mixes.

The Web Marketing Team even provided the judges with milk to accompany their cookies which means they were ready to taste!

Cookies from Cookie CompetitionThe cookies entered were as follows:
Cookie #1: Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookie
Cookie #2: Chocolate Chip Cookie with Chocolate Caramel Candy Center
Cookie #3: Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie
Cookie #4: Round Butter Cookie with Cocoa Middle
Cookie #5: Original Chocolate Chip Cookie
Cookies #6a-c: Triple Bacon Combo
(6a) Maple Bacon Cookie
(6b) Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookie
(6c) Chocolate Bacon Cookie
Cookie #7: Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookie

All of the cookies were absolutely delicious but by Cookie #5 the judges were hurting a bit, but like the troopers they are, kept trekking along to complete their cookie judging mission!

After the judges had completed filling out the cookie judging paperwork, all the bakers were invited into the room to hear the judges comments. Points were added up to determine the five winners for each category and the bakers names were disclosed for their cookie creations.

Judges for Cookie CompetitionSince we can’t capture the ENTIRE contest for you in just one blog post, we will share with you some of the comments from the judges. In regards to the bacon cookies (Cookies #6a-c), Bill said “Tears in my eyes, go bacon!” Joe decided to embody Cookie Monster and said in regards to the toffee chocolate chip cookie (Cookie # 3), “T is for toffee that’s good enough for me.” For Cookie #2 (chocolate chip cookie with caramel and chocolate candy center), Rob said the “marshmallowy goodness sends chills down my spine,” however no marshmallows were used in this cookie.

Cookie Taste Competition WinnerAnd the winners were…
* For the Taste award, Cindy won with Cookie #3 for her Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie, which she said used four sticks of butter!
* The other four awards for Mouthwatering, Presentation, Originality, and Overall went to Leslie for her Three Bacon Cookies. The Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie was an overall favorite!

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The INTERNal Perspective of Online and Mobile Marketing Intern Keith Crumpler

Online and Mobile Marketing intern Keith Crumpler shares his internal perspective working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear how he has contributed to the Marketing team and how he has learned from his summer internship:

Keith Crumpler, Online and Mobile Marketing Intern” Working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM this past summer has been one of the greatest career opportunities I’ve been fortunate to have. Graduating from college a few years ago, stepping back into the life of an intern was both trying and rewarding. Having an extensive background in non-profits, my work at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is my first experience in a corporate organization and I am very grateful to work under Amit Shah, VP of Mobile and Social Media and his growing mobile/online marketing team.

” I was initially very nervous about working as an intern this summer, as I had no true analytical/digital marketing experience. However, I knew this opportunity would be exactly what I needed to not only develop my own skill sets but contribute to a growing and developing division in the marketing department.

“From managing a developing brand, to complex forecasting, working with the mobile marketing team has truly been a blessing. What really made the summer exceptional was the overwhelming comfort and atmosphere I felt throughout the entire organization. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has a family atmosphere that not only expects and pushes for new, innovative and dedicated work, but also nurtures and genuinely cares about each of their employees. I’ve not only experienced this first hand, but I witness it countless times daily and it made coming to work everyday very enjoyable.

“My experience has been so rewarding that I will continue to work throughout the fall and onwards as I finish my MBA program at Hofstra University and continue to learn and develop priceless skills daily under my great Marketing team!

Keith Crumpler, Online and Mobile Marketing Intern, Hofstra University MBA

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Quick Flower Tip: Store Your Bouquet in the Fridge to Keep it Fresh

Summer Dunes in Blue Cobalt VaseYour flowers can really take a beating from the heat, especially during summertime. Too-high temps can lead to floppy petals, causing a healthy arrangement to fall flat before its time. To keep your bouquet strong and healthy, try this super-simple flower tip: Store the flowers in the refrigerator overnight. It’ll help slow down the process of water loss and keep your blooms looking crisp. To store the flowers properly, fill a vase about ¾ full with water, and then put the flowers in the vase. Set your refrigerator’s temperature to 40 F and remove all fruit from the refrigerator. (They give off gases that could decay the flowers.) Clear out some shelf space and place the flowers in a secure spot in the fridge. Leave the flowers in the refrigerator for about six hours overnight, and you’ll have a cheery bundle of blooms waiting for you in the morning!

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The INTERNal Perspective of Business Gift Services Intern Melissa Meehan

“When I heard first heard about the chance to intern at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I immediately took action. As a rising senior at Marist College, I researched the company, learned about their mission and values and immediately knew that the environment would be one which I could excel in.

Business Gift Services Intern Melissa Meehan“As a Communications major (concentrating in PR) with a minor in Business Administration, I was nervous about working in Business Gift Sales (BGS). Yet my experience here thus far has been the exact opposite. Learning how to work with invoices, create marketing plans to expand our business relations has taught me more than I could have imagined. The atmosphere here is extremely supportive and everybody is always happy to help. I have never met a better group of people than here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

“Each day I come to work and I enjoy myself. Between the people I work with, the nature of the work we do, and the lessons I learn each day, I am now confident that upon graduating from Marist I will take what I have learned and find success.

Melissa Meehan, Business Gift Services, Marist College

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The INTERNal Perspective of Business Development Intern Brittany Kritis

Business Development intern Brittany Kritis shares his internal perspective working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear how she has contributed to business development and how she has grown from her internship.

Business Development Intern Brittany Kritis“Working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been a unique and enriching experience. I grew up being very familiar with business terms, as my dad has established a successful business of his own. When I was hired as an intern I was confident in my understanding of the business world, however I now consider my “understanding” as elementary compared to the wisdom I have gained since working with the company in 2012. My experience interning with the International team confirmed my passion for providing services to people all over the world and expanding my knowledge of cultural barriers in growing a business.

“I have returned for my second summer in a row to find that the company has grown just as I had grown during my first year at Fairfield University. Working with my manager in Business Development has been an enlightening and educational experience. Not only have I learned the methods used to utilize and expand a company’s resources but I have also acquired skills to support my future career. My various projects include drafting and comparing sales techniques, participating in meetings, and collecting relevant data for plans and proposals. I have also arranged proposals to help bolster the company’s initiatives for expansion.
“I was especially impressed by the commitment to charity work that the company encourages within the local community. During our Summer of a Million Smiles Event, I worked with Surfer’s Way, an organization that empowers children with special needs by giving them the opportunity to surf. I have found that 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is truly committed to delivering smiles, even on a hot beach in 100º weather.

“I value and appreciate the sense of belonging to a company that is concerned with advancing its methods of service as well as supporting local communities. It is truly inspiring working with a talented and colorful group of people that are abundant with new ideas, just like the stunning works of art they provide to an ever-expanding local and global community.

Brittany Kritis, Business Development Intern, Fairfield University

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The INTERNal Perspective of Marketing Intern Ishan Prasad

Marketing intern Ishan Prasad shares his internal perspective working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear how he has contributed to the Marketing team and how he has learned from his summer internship:

Ishan Prasad, Marketing Intern“With a specialized degree such as “Financial Engineering”, there weren’t many choices for a career path. After interviewing with my supervisor for a mobile marketing internship position, I was able to extend my horizon, skill-set and logic to one of the most dynamic fields – mobile marketing at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

” Over the course of my internship, I have progressed from a “data grabber” to a data analyst. Thanks to my manager, I was able to work on analyzing marketing strategies aimed at new initiatives for the company. Being an avid programmer, I was able to deepen my knowledge into SAS and SQL, which are at the forefronts of data analysis. My managers/colleagues were kind enough to allocate time from their busy schedules and explain new concepts which were tough to understand on my own (on one occasion, my manager spent over an hour explaining these concepts). Most of all, my projects add real value to the team and company. As an intern I couldn’t ask more than to learn and be challenged to realize my potential.

Ishan Prasad, Marketing Intern,University of Illinois-MS

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What Fruits Are in Season?

stack of fruits
A ripe, juicy piece of fruit makes a satisfying and healthy snack for any time of day … and a delicious gift for any occasion! But whether you’re throwing a birthday party or just preparing dinner on a weeknight, you can’t serve just any fruit. Seasonal fruits that have reached their maximum flavor potential make the best snack. When we select all the yummy fruit to create our Fruit Bouquets, we make sure to choose only the freshest of fruits. For fun fruit facts, we used our expertise to put together this handy list of what fruits are in season throughout the year.


Summer Fruits

The Sweetest Bunch Fruit Bouquet

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Casaba melon
  • Cherry
  • Currant
  • Fig
  • Gooseberry
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Honeydew melon
  • Huckleberry
  • Kiwi
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Mulberry
  • Nectarine
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Plum
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Watermelon

Fall Fruits

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Clementine
  • Cranberry
  • Date
  • Fig
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Huckleberry
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquat
  • Mandarin orange
  • Melon
  • Orange
  • Passion fruit
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Quince
  • Raspberry

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The INTERNal Perspective of Bloomnet Marketing Intern Raymond Saccone

Bloomnet Marketing Intern Raymond Saccone shares his internal perspective of his experience here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

Raymond Saccone, Marketing Intern“My internship here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been a great experience for me so far. When I first came into the company in January 2013 I was excited to be part of the corporate world, specifically the marketing side of a successful business. Over the past few months my experience here has given me a great amount of knowledge and has been an amazing stepping stone to further my education. The BloomNet marketing pieces together the content to create our designer resource guide as well as distribute important marketing materials to our nationwide network of florists.

“I enjoy being a part of this company because it is truly like a family. Since the start, I have improved my skills tremendously from interacting more with people to making project deadlines as I continue to learn something new each day. Knowing I am working with a great team, boosts my confidence in self performance as well as group problem solving. I am grateful for this opportunity and hope to continue this experience in the future.

Raymond Saccone, Bloomnet Marketing Intern, Nassau Community College

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The Hottest 2013 Wedding Flower Trends

Vineyard Wedding Luxury CenterpieceIf you’re a bride on the hunt for the perfect floral theme for your wedding, we have three words of advice for you: Stir things up! This year, mixed-and-matched bridal flowers are all the rage. Bringing together different yet complementary colors, shapes and motifs in your arrangements creates a breathtakingly eclectic look that’ll surprise all of your guests. Check out the hottest and most inspiring 2013 wedding flower trends, and find out how you can incorporate them into your own chic wedding-day décor!

Glamorous Rustic Wedding Flowers

These days, barn-inspired receptions are by far one of the most talked-about themes amongst brides. The beauty of countryside nuptials lies in their simplicity: Natural elements like wood branches, lush greenery and delicate flowers bring a touch of storybook romance and enchantment to the air, without straining your budget. But this year, designers are using crystal, sequins and glitter to add a dash of drama to the traditional rustic wedding. The stark contrast of sparkly accents against a quiet, woodsy backdrop makes a stylish and unexpected statement that’ll mesmerize your guests … and make your wedding feel like a fairy tale come to life!

Get the Look: Bling out your rustic wedding with this stunning Vineyard Wedding Luxury Centerpiece, which features a charming mix of fresh roses, hydrangeas, calla lilies, succulents and more set atop a fabulously frosted vase.

Orange Mixed Bridal BouquetOmbre Wedding Flowers

The ombre craze has taken over everything from hair color cake decorating, and now it’s taking weddings by storm too! “Ombre” refers to a coloring technique in which different shades of a single color are arranged in order from darkest to lightest, gradually fading into each other. Wedding bouquets and centerpieces have now caught on to the trend, and it’s not hard to see why. Aside from the spellbinding way the flower colors bleed into one another, ombre floral arrangements are also an easy choice for brides and florists. Just pick one main color for your wedding flower theme, and your florist can put together a beautiful mix of different flowers that have varying shades of that color. So as soon as you pick your favorite hue, all the work is already cut out for you.

Get the Look: The rich tones and undeniable appeal of this Orange Mixed Bridal Bouquet and its matching centerpiece will bring a whole new spectrum of color to your wedding celebration.

Beach Wedding Centerpiece PackageGeometric Wedding Flowers

For ages, artists and designers have been using clean lines and geometric shapes to bring a sleek, sophisticated look to their work—and in 2013, brides are doing the same for their weddings. What’s in vogue for centerpieces this year is to group together round or square vases of varying heights, each filled with one specific kind of flower. Separating the flowers by type into single vases (called monobotanical arrangements) gives you the freedom to create your own trendy color scheme: You can choose to have the same flower color in every vase, or you can color block by choosing a different hue for each container. With each arrangement sitting in a classy, simplistic vase with defined edges, you’ll have a rich, eye-catching centerpiece for your elegant reception.

Get the Look: The individual arrangements of orchids, roses, hydrangeas and lisanthus—all beautifully presented in posh round vases—in this Beach Wedding Centerpiece Package will give your reception table depth, shape and definition.

Bridal Party Personal Package PastelModern Vintage Wedding Flowers

“Modern vintage” may be an oxymoron, but it sure does make for a stunning and whimsical wedding flower theme. 2013 brides are taking the dainty, feminine floral designs of bygone eras and launching them into the modern-day world. Picture a sweet, old-fashioned garden party with a fresh new twist: delicate flowers in blush pastel colors, subtle white and gray neutrals, and a mix of aged metallics like gold, silver and pewter. Baby’s breath, peonies, calla lilies, daisies and hydrangeas are the perfect blooms for creating the soft, romantic setup—just like the one you dreamed of as a little girl, wearing Mom’s oversized hat and pearl strands at your imaginary tea party.

Get the Look: The gentle pinks, purples, blues and greens of this Pastel Bridal Party Personal Package—accented with a graceful, flowing white ribbon—are the perfect tones for achieving that something-old, something-new look.

Which 2013 wedding flower trends are your favorites?

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