Creative Gifts for Dad: DIY Garden Markers

diy-garden-markers-with-photo-2Looking for a creative gift for Dad that he will love showing off? Add some photo flair to his garden with your own DIY garden markers!

The hardest part of this craft will be asking the kids to pose for the photo; make sure they are holding a white piece of paper (cut or folded in half horizontally) to leave space to write the name of the herb.

This photo to wood transfer process is so easy and can be used for any wooden surface like these DIY wood coasters! Keep in mind you must leave the photo for a minumum of six hours to dry, so it is best to do this at least the day before. The actual rub process takes only about five minutes. Continue reading

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Celebrate the USA with these 4th of July Activities for Kids

While the adults are barbecuing, keep the kids entertained with festive and fun flower-inspired 4th of July activities! Once you’re done getting crafty, brush up on your Independence Day knowledge with these fun facts.

Sweeten the Day with Festive Lollipop Flowers

tootsie pop flowers fourth of july treatsSweeten up their festivities by showing the kids how to create their own lollipop flowers! Use red, white and blue cupcake wrappers to turn this kid-friendly craft into a patriotic activity; encourage the children to make 3-4 flowers each so they can make their own delicious arrangement! 

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Dazzle with DIY Dyed Flowers

Did you know that with just a bit of water and food coloring, you can turn any ordinary into a vividly colored floral creation?! Learn how to dye flowers using our simple tutorial and help the kids make a batch of red and blue flowers to celebrate!

 

diy patriotic decor red white blue vase with sunflowersFlowers are Always Festive in this DIY American Flag Vase

Turn those freshly dyed flowers into a stunning arrangement bursting with patriotic flair by having the kids create their own DIY American flag vase! Using just tape, a vase, and a fabric American flag, they can help create a one-of-a-kind vase that you’ll love showing off. Take this craft to the next level by pairing the vase with a festive bouquet from our 4th of July collection!

 

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Add some Dazzle to your Décor with DIY Sparklers

Your flowers are dyed, your vase is ready to go, now all that you’re missing is that extra special touch to really take your 4th of July arrangement above and beyond. Have the kids create their very own DIY 4th of July sparklers to add some serious pizzazz to the arrangement!

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DIY Floral Sunglasses

diy flower sunglassesAny seasoned fashionista knows that the easiest way to add a festive touch to her ensemble is through accessories! Using just flower cabochons, and a hot glue gun, we’ve turned ordinary sunglasses into a stunning floral accessory perfect for spring or summer!

We chose to apply the cabochons to only the outer edges of the sunglasses for a more subtle effect, but you can use this method to cover your entire frame for a more attention-grabbing accessory.
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2014 Summer Interns: The Interns That Returned For More

Coming back for their second year at 1-800-Flowers.com are Liza Pititto, Winston Jiatu and Melissa Meehan. These returning interns share their experience and what they’ve learned so far in comparison to last year.

INTERNal Perspective: Liza Pititto

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Online Marketing Intern Liza Pititto

I interned at 1-800-Flowers.com last summer, so I was extremely excited when I received the news that I would be able to work for the company again this year. I felt that my first year in college would allow me contribute even more to the company. In fact, during my year at Cornell, I used the information I learned during my internship about search engine marketing and social media marketing on a regular basis. When I began my internship this summer, I was happy to jump into marketing at 1-800-Flowers.com. The high energy of the marketing department truly reflects the passion that exists throughout this company. There is not a single team member here who does not reflect ideals of compassion, kindness, and hard work. Even as an intern, team members would speak to me as an equal and would never hesitate to help me with a problem. When I didn’t quite understand an assignment, my supervisor is always willing to set aside time to work with me and help me grasp the concept. I have learned the lingo of the search engine marketing (a bit harder than expected) and I understand what each term represented, how it was calculated, and what the implications were.
Already this summer, I was able to visit the Google offices in New York City with the search marketing team. This experience was absolutely amazing. I learned so much just by sitting in on meetings with the Google and 1-800-Flowers.com teams. I saw how the work we were doing on our side was affecting our position on a Google search page when consumers search words like “flowers,” for example.
I am so proud to be interning once again at 1-800-Flowers.com. It is a privilege and I feel even luckier knowing that my internship is with a company that values learning and is willing to teach the interns instead of asking them to get coffee or file papers. I am so excited for what’s in store for the interns this summer. If it is anything like last summer, I know it will be an absolutely amazing experience.

INTERNal Perspective: Melissa Meehan

Interactive Marketing – Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets DivisionMelissa Meehan

Working at 1-800-Flowers.com this past winter gave me a great incentive to return this summer. I interned in the Merchandising Department for Direct Plants, where I was exposed to various aspects of online marketing. Now that I have graduated from Marist College with a Communications degree and a minor in Business, I decided to take my career down the digital marketing route here at 1-800-Flowers.com!
I have returned to work for in the company’s Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets division’s Marketing team and hope to learn more about the online marketing industry. While much of what I am experiencing is new to me and could hardly be taught in a classroom or by a textbook, each day I learn more and more about how online digital marketing works and the different aspects that go into making 1-800-Flowers.com’s online presence a successful and powerful one.
My manager, Neil, along with my two other managers are spending time with me each day teaching me not only how to run reports, but explaining to me why and how important they are to the Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets brands. I am also learning how to use new software/websites and analyze data. At times the amount of information can be overwhelming, but my team is so supportive and empowering that I am never afraid to ask questions. I am quickly adjusting and am confident that in time, I will make a positive difference at 1-800-Flowers.com!

INTERNal Perspective: Winston Jiatu

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This summer, I was fortunate enough to join 1-800-Flowers.com for a second year. Because, I have a strong background in statistics and mathematics, last year I worked with Analytics and Decisions Services, and this year, I am working as a marketing intern for Online Marketing. It’s great to finally utilize what I learned in school and my experiences last year for my internship this year. Working in a different department has been very eye-opening because it has shown me how vastly different two ends of an office could be and how my skills could be useful in both. I learned valuable and helpful skills, especially when working with the programs, “Statistical Analysis System” and ”Structured Query Language.”
As an actuarial science student at St. John’s University, I am able to apply what I learned in probability and statistics to both my projects this year and last year.
Throughout the two years, I was able to see how much change occurred at 1-800-Flowers.com including the internship program. It has improved to incorporate the interns more into the company by encouraging us to participate in exciting events and projects. I am glad to be back as an intern at 1-800-Flowers.com again for another year.

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The 2014 Summer Interns Have Arrived!

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to bring back “The INTERNal Perspective” by our blooming group of interns! Returning for its third year, “The INTERNal Perspective” captures our intern’s individual experience and contribution to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Each of our 33 interns bring along different sets of skills fit for almost every department ranging from vendor relations to marketing and information technology. This year, not only are the interns juggling assigned work from their departments, but they are also participating in “Summer of a Million Smiles” community events as well as a Summer Internship Project to create their own start-up company under the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM brand. It will be a jam-packed summer so stay tuned for weekly updates on “The INTERNal Perspective!”

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Celebrate America’s Birthday with These 4th of July Party Ideas

Celebrate Independence Day with a bash that’ll go down in history! From invitations to decorations, check out these festive and fun 4th of July party ideas that will make your event the celebration of the season!

Fourth of July Party Invitations

Let guests have a preview of the fun you have planned with a wow-worthy 4th of July invitation! Celebrations.com has a collection of both free and premium online invitations that will ensure guests choose your soiree over the other invites they receive.

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Outside the Box Father’s Day Gifts

Throughout the years, Dad has graciously given you some of the best gifts in existence. He sacrificed early weekend mornings teaching you how to ride a bicycle. He took on the responsibility of family camera man to make sure he captured life’s most precious moments and memories. Though intangible, the gifts dear ol’ Dad has given you throughout the years are unforgettable, irreplaceable, and proof of Dad’s unrelenting affection.

This year, pair your Father’s Day gifts with an activity or sentiment that can’t quite fit in a box, but will make his Father’s Day one he’ll never forget.

Outside-the-Box Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

Cook a Homemade Dinner:

Cater the Father’s Day menu to Dad’s unique tastes and personality. Is he known for his love of lobster or steak? Or, if your father grew up in a foreign country, why not put together a meal filled with his favorite childhood dishes, for the perfect blend of food, fun, and nostalgia.

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June is National Rose Month: Celebrate With these Rose Inspired Ideas

June is National Rose Month! Not only does this popular flower come in a variety of colors, but there are also 100 different species found all over the world! Here in the U.S, the rose is renowned for its beauty and meaning, and was even chosen as the official National Floral Emblem of the United states as well as the state flower for New York, Iowa, Georgia, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia.

Celebrate this sweet scented flower with these rose-inspired crafts and activities!

Rose Crafts and Activities:

Make art with pressed roses. Create your own crafts or framed art with pressed roses using our how-to make pressed flowers tutorial. Once your roses are pressed, the possibilities for creativity are endless.how-to-make-pressed-flowers_completed

Preserve flowers in paraffin wax. Use our tutorial for preserving your flowers, and use these waxed beauties to create centerpieces, framed art, and even wearable accessories!preserve-roses-paraffin-wax

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Patriotic Décor For Flag Day: DIY American Flag Vase

diy-patriotic-decor-red-white-blue-vase-with-sunflowersWith Flag Day on June 14 and July 4th coming up, summer is a time to show America how much you love her! Using simply a fabric American flag, and some tape, we turned an ordinary vase into a stunning DIY American flag vase in under five minutes.

We paired this vase with a happy bouquet of stunning sunflowers that really made the vase pop. Make several of these DIY patriotic decorations to place around the room, or in a row on the main dining table. Don’t let your red, white, and blue decor stop there! Be sure to check out our other patriotic ideas including DIY star sparklers, a painted luminary vase, and red white & blue dipped strawberries!

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Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Every Personality Type

From the early weekend mornings spent teaching us how to ride a bike to the late nights spent fixing every crack, hole, and appliance, Dad has given us hundreds of reasons why he’s the best. Surprise your one-of-a-kind Dad with a unique Father’s Day gift that’ll warm his heart (and make you his favorite).

Creative Father’s Day gifts:

For the Businessman

diy-fathers-day-gifts_photo-terrarium-completeGive Dad’s work desk or home office a new look with a unique desk plant or dish garden. We took this gift to the next level by using Dad’s favorite photos to create a personal and fun DIY photo terrarium.

For the On-The-Go Dad

Best Friends - Bacon & Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

Is Dad always on the road? Surprise him with the ultimate flavor combo – bacon and cheddar cheese – in crunchy popcorn form with The Popcorn Factory’s best flavor friends popcorn pairing, for a gift he can savor on those long, lonely travels.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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DIY Father’s Day Gift: How to Make a Photo Plant

diy-fathers-day-gifts_photo-terrarium-2Add some photo flair to Dad’s work desk or home office with a creative DIY Father’s Day photo plant! We used the ready-made Cactus Dish Garden from 1800Flowers.com, but you may choose to build your own dish garden or terrarium you want to start from scratch.

The photo picks took about 10 minutes to create from start to finish. We used clear adhesive mailing labels for this project, but you can use any type of clear adhesive paper such as contact paper. Use photos of the kids, the dog, or the whole family! If Dad is a sports fan, why not throw in a baseball or soccer ball into the mix? Get creative and wow him with a Father’s Day gift that blends both his loving family and his personality! Continue reading

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June Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

To many, the start of June signifies the start of summer; the return of a much longed-for friend, stopping by to bring the gift of energy, laughter, and happiness. Those born in this sunny month reflect their June birth month with their cheerfulness and unmatched sense of humor.

June Birthday Fun Facts

June Birth Stone: Alexandrite and Pearl

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Did you know that June actually has 2 birth stones?! Read on for some fun facts and history about the two stunning June birth stones – the alexandrite and the pearl.

Green in some forms of light and red in others, the Alexandrite stone is one of the most unique and beloved stones in existence. Named after the Russian Czar Alexander II in reference to the fact that the stone’s changing colors mirrored that of the Russian flag, Alexandrite was first discovered in the 1830s in the Ural Mountains of Russia.

The Pearl, on the other hand, is a more common but equally stunning stone, known in history as the “Queen of Gems.” The pearl has had a long history almost as rich as the gem is beautiful. From adorning the clothing of Queens and Pharaohs to being used as symbols of wealth and power, pearls continue to this day to be a strongly sought-after stone.

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DIY Father’s Day Card for Kids

diy-fathers-day-card-for-kidsShow Dad just how much you love him with this creative 3D DIY Father’s Day card! Using just paper, glue, and markers, this kid-friendly craft is easy to make and is sure to put a smile on Dad’s face.

Pair this creative card with a delicious homemade brunch or slip it into the amazing Father’s Day gifts you prepared for him – he’ll really appreciate this simple yet sweet statement and will love showing it off to friends and coworkers!
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Creative Prom Corsage Ideas and Trends

A true fashionista knows that’s it’s the smallest of details that can have the biggest impact; This is especially true for prom when all of the belles of the ball are competing for best dressed! Here are some of awesome and inspiring prom corsage ideas to take that prom ensemble above and beyond.

Keep it Cool with Contrasting Colors

Lavendar and Blue CorsageMake a statement by adorning a bold and eye-catching corsage in complementary colors to your wrist. Opt for one warmer, lighter shade mixed with a vivid and cool pop of color or choose colors opposite each other on the color wheel (classic combinations include shades of orange and blue or yellows and purples). If you’re really looking to make a statement, add a third pop of color in careful amounts.

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How to Decorate a Graduation Cap with a DIY Flower Crown

diy-floral-crown-graduation-cap-decoration-finalFrom music festivals to spring picnics, floral crowns are one of the hottest trends this year. Now, you can take this popular hair accessory and incorporate it into your graduation attire with a few simple steps!

We found that using fresh flowers versus artificial flowers works best here as fresh flowers not only stand out but also add an intoxicating scent to your attire. The flowers used here come from the Floral Embrace bouquet from the 1800Flowers.com graduation flowers collection. Continue reading

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How to Decorate a Graduation Cap with Flowers

how-to-decorate-graduation-cap-with-flowers-finalIt’s your special day, so stand out from the crowd by adding your own personal flair to your grad cap! Here is an easy yet stunning graduation cap decoration idea using simply artificial flowers and hot glue.

Choose flower varieties and colors that represent your personality! For example, sunflowers represent a sunny and jolly disposition, while lilies would be a wonderful choice for someone looking for a softer, more delicate touch. Choose two types of flowers in varying sizes for a visually impressive arrangement. As artificial flowers come in shapes and shades not strictly found in nature, you can really get creative with the layout and design.

We used 3D puff paints to personalize the DIY graduation cap decorating, but you can also use glitter pens or 3D fabric markers. Additionally, rather than writing your name, you can personalize the grad cap with a favorite quote, message, or simply your class year (“Class of ___”). Continue reading

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How to Make a Graduation Cap Centerpiece with Flowers

diy-graduation-cap-centerpiece-with-flowers Take your graduation celebration to the next level with a unique centerpiece using simply a vase, flowers, and an old graduation cap! If you don’t have access to an old cap, pick one up at your local party or costume supply shop.

This DIY graduation centerpiece is so easy to put together, and can be recreated in less than five minutes for a last-minute festive touch. For this project, we used the vibrant and fun Floral Embrace assortment from the 1800Flowers.com graduation flowers collection, which arrived in the perfect sized vase for this purpose.
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Meet 1800Flowers Military Heroes and Families Through the Employee Spotlight’s Patriotic Edition

Summertime is the perfect season to salute the men and women who have dedicated their lives to defending the red, white and blue between Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June, and July 4th. Although we may not realize it, military heroes/veterans live and work all around us. 1-800-Flowers.com has a few military heroes and military family members of our own! Meet the brave 1800Flowers military heroes, whom we proudly call our co-workers, and find out which patriotic flower arrangements are their favorite.

John RyanMeet John Ryan
Digital Leadership Senior Associate

John, who tackles new business challenges head-on with his team, joined the 1800Flowers family in December 2012. Before then, he served in the U.S. Army from 2003-2008, and then he served in the Army Reserves from 2009-2012.

John Ryan Serving as a US Military Soldier in Iraq John on foot patrol and engaging with the locals near Iskandariyah, Iraq, in 2006.

 

 

 

Why He’s Proud to Be a U.S. Military Veteran: “My wife and I share the same values as many military families. We’re loyal to each other and strive to be selfless with our loved ones. Though those qualities are not necessarily original, they are held extraordinarily high by military members and veterans. And that makes us feel like we are part of a All White Lily Bouquetspecial community.”

Favorite Patriotic Flower Arrangement: All White Lily Bouquet
“It’s traditional, pure and regal, like the army values.”

 
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1-800-Flowers.com Helps Pay Tribute to Fallen Heroes at the USS Intrepid’s 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day is Monday, May 26, 2014 and is a day to remember America’s bravest who protect the United States of America.

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Every year on the final Monday in May, men, women, and children gather to commemorate and salute the fallen heroes of the United States military. While Memorial Day originally started as a day of remembrance for those who died solely in the Civil War, the occasion has extended to include all of those who we have lost during their time in the military. Some choose to commemorate their military heroes by visiting cemeteries, attending parades, or by holding private gatherings in their home to pay tribute to their lost loved ones.

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1800Flowers.com Employees Share Why #MyMom is Amazing

She always picks up when we call, she always knows the right thing to say, she’s our best friend and our confidante. There are so many reasons to celebrate the woman who does it all, so this Mother’s Day, 1800Flowers.com is making it all about #MyMom and the countless reasons as to why she is so unique and special!

The Employees of 1800Flowers.com share what makes their Moms one-of-a-kind:

1800flowers-employees-mothers-day-mymom#MyMom… is always there when I need her the most – Sara R., Interactive Marketing, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… supports me in every decision that I make! – Nidhi P., Online, Mobile & Social Marketing, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom…floods my inbox with adorable animal photos. – Michelle Y., Content, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… always knows the right thing to say to make it all better. – Tania N., Marketing, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… makes the best chicken cutlets. – Chris S., Merchandising, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… is my best friend. – Amber H., International, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… believes in me even if the world doesn’t. – Kun Y., Creative, Celebrations.com
#MyMom… is my biggest fan! – Kailey R., Public Relations, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… raised 8 kids and still manages to be on top of everything… and have fun! – Nell R., Development, Celebrations.com
#MyMom… loves and supports me and my 5 siblings for who we are, without fail. – Patty G., Web Marketing, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… has all the answers to all my questions. – Michelle D., Social & Interactive, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… has always put her kids needs before her own. – Jerry L., Human Resources, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… had the best hugs; they made everything ok. – Andrea P., Human Resources, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… is among the stars, always watching over me. – Sandeep V., Marketing, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… would give me the shirt right off of her back – Jill S., Online Marketing, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… Has always been my best friend in life – Valerie G., Product Development, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… is the best cook I know, always making way more than we need! – Paula P., Gift Production & Warehousing – Cheryl’s.com
#MyMom… has taught me more about life and love then she’ll ever know! – Eloise P., Public Relations, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… whose children are birds and fly away, she is the tree we can always come home to. – David A., Human Resources, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… is not my mom by birth, but treats me like one of her own. – Samantha H., Merchandising, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… and I share the same Birthday…she says I was the best birthday gift ever but her being my mother is the best gift!! – Jamie B., Marketing, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… left me the best memories, and still inspires me every second of every day. – Joe T., Creative Services, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… has the best sense of humor and can always make me laugh! – Liz C., Public Relations, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… never told my dad. – Earl H., Business Gifting, 1800Flowers.com
#MyMom… can always cheer me up with a good meal – Natasha Z., Marketing, 1800Flowers.com

Now it’s your turn to share what makes YOUR Mom so special! Head on over to the 1800flowers.com Twitter & Facebook pages and fill in the blank: #MyMom…

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Amazing Animal Moms That We’re Wild About

Amazing Animal Moms That We’re Wild About

From cleaning tips to emotional support, Mom is the go-to gal for all of life’s odds and ends. While all Moms are unique and have their own specializations and routines, they follow us from birth to adulthood, and then continue to offer their motherly love and advice even when we then become parents ourselves.

Just like our own Moms, mothers in the animal kingdom all have their own parenting styles and methods. Here are 6 standout animal Moms that take parenting very seriously.

Amazing Moms of the Animal Kingdom:

Polar Bear

Polar bears make living in the frozen tundra look easy! With temperatures reaching lows of up to -40°F, the mama bear ensures her cubs stay warm by digging an underground den for her and her newborns. There they will hibernate for the coldest winter months, with the cubs living off of Mom’s milk while Mom remains without food until the harshest temperatures of the winter have passed; this is a process which can take up to 8 months; this sure puts a new spin on the term “hangry!”

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Strawberry Poison Arrow Frog

Don’t let its size fool you, the female strawberry poison arrow frog takes her maternal duties very seriously. After her eggs hatch, mom then carries each of her tadpoles one by one to the top of rainforest trees to keep them from harms way. Talk about a post-pregnancy workout!

Octopus

While octopodes lay hundreds of thousands of eggs, each cycle of eggs is just as important as the last. The mother octopus will spend about month caring for her layed eggs, making sure they remain undisturbed by predators. That fact may not sound too impressive, but wait until you hear the most shocking part – during that month the mother will not dare to leave the den, sometimes opting to eat one of her eight tentacles rather than leave her eggs alone.

Orangutan

There’s nothing in nature quite like the relationship between the Orangutan mama and her infant. The baby monkeys will rely heavily on the mother for the first two years of life, and continue to learn from their resourceful Mom’s until they are about seven years old. In order to ensure her children’s protection, she will keep them consistently on the move – building a new nest of branches almost every night.

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Emperor Penguin

Emperor penguin moms get a bad rep. Animal observers put all of the spotlight on the fathers, who’s job it is to care for and protect the eggs shortly after the female lays them. While this penguin dad certainly deserves a lot of credit, let’s not forget what the penguin Mom does in the meantime; it her job to travel up to fifty miles to reach the ocean and gather sustenance for herself and her litter.

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Elephant

A twenty-two month pregnancy followed by the birth of a 200 pound baby? Sounds like one dedicated mama! Once the baby is finally born, it joins the unique matriarchal elephant society alongside their Mom, sisters, grandmothers, and aunts.

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Giraffe

After a lengthy 14 to 15 month gestation period, the baby giraffe is finally born. For the first two weeks, it’s all up to the mother giraffe to feed and protect the young ones, and she will almost never leave their side. The mother and  calf will become so close in fact, that they will be able to recognize each other by scent and spot pattern alone.

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DIY Wooden Coasters for Mother’s Day

diy-coasters-for-mothers-day-glassImmortalize Mom’s most treasured people and memories by turning her favorite photographs into beautiful DIY wooden coasters for Mother’s Day! Made out of natural wood slices, these easy-to-make beauties will really touch Mom’s heart and become a staple in her kitchen.

Use this ink to wood transfer method to add a photograph or design to almost any wooden material. From decorative wooden chests to photo memory blocks, the possibilities are endless! Continue reading

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1-800-Flowers.com Rings in Mother’s Day 2014 at the NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony

NEW YORK, NY – On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, founder and CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Jim McCann, spread the Mother’s Day cheer as he rang the Opening Bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in the heart of Times Square in honor of this special holiday. Mr. McCann was joined by an enthusiastic crowd of 1800Flowers.com moms and team members to mark this exciting occasion.

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and the ticker symbol is ”FLWS.”

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To add a festive touch to the celebration, we decorated the NASDAQ floor with some of our most creative and popular Mother’s Day flowers such as our Handbag of Blooms™ and sophisticatedly sweet Mom’s Tea Party™.

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Meet the Moms in the Employee Spotlight’s Mother’s Day Edition

This May, meet some of the Moms and their children from the 1800Flowers.com family in the Employee Spotlight: Mother’s Day edition! Read on as these one-of-a-kind Moms share their favorite Mother’s Day Flowers as well as their most precious parts of being a Mom!

mothers-day-employee-spotlight-cathyCathy R. in Vendor Relations knows the importance of letting her child’s creativity soar. Her 4 year old daughter, Valerie, loves to sing, dance, and whistle! Cathy’s heart just melts when Valerie says the phrase, “I love you sweetheart.” It looks like Cathy may have learned a thing or two from her own Mom as she describes her as her role model!
Favorite Mother’s Day Gift: Mom’s Tea Party Floral Arrangement

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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts: Sunflower Wheel of Appreciation

Sunflower Wheel of AppreciationNothing short of being a superhero, Mom does it all. She cooks, cleans, consoles, and even coaches us through life’s toughest moments. This May 11, pair those Mother’s Day flowers with a creative DIY gift that shows Mom just how special she truly is like this Wheel of Appreciation, blooming with compliments sure to make Mom smile.

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Just Because Messages for Every Relationship

There doesn’t have to be a reason to send a smile! Whether you want to show your appreciation for someone important in your life or to simply spread joy with a thoughtful gift or sentiment, sending a Just Because card or gift is the perfect way to put a smile on their face.

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Dear [name or nickname],
Each day with you is like a new adventure. Let’s celebrate today by making a whole new set of memories just because!
Love,
Your Name
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Graduation Gift Guide

Use This Graduation Gift Guide as Your Tool to Find That Perfect Present for Your Graduate!

School’s almost out! And, of course, that means graduation is just around the corner. Do you still need to find a special gift for a graduate you know? Don’t worry! Using this nifty guide, you can find the perfect gift for any graduate. And if it’s not in here, you can surely find it among the many graduation gifts that are offered at 1-800-Flowers.com!

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If your graduate has a sweet tooth, he/she will surely love our Congratulations Graduate Chocolate Dipped Oreos! These aren’t just any Oreos, but they the famous cookies dipped in decadent chocolate and carefully decorated with icing! This sweet graduation gift is presented in a unique graduation cap gift box, which the recipient can then use to store all of the memories and cards from their special day!
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Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids: DIY Photo Vase

This year, take your Mother’s Day flowers to the next level with a creative and personalized vase! The beauty of this DIY photo vase is in the tiny details that reflect the child’s personality, making it the perfect Mother’s Day crafts for kids of all ages. Depending on the age of the child, you may want to prepare the tissue paper shapes beforehand, as they may have trouble cutting the delicately thin material. Be sure to provide them with a smock and clear out an area for crafting, as this project includes liquid adhesive.

Mother's Day Crafts for Kids DIY Photo VasePair this DIY vase with her favorite flowers or arrangement. If you’re short on time or simply looking for a gift for a long-distance Mom, you can always order a personalized photo vase for mom online and upload your favorite picture with Mom, or of the kids and grandkids!

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Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids: DIY Photo Flowers

mothers-day-crafts-for-kids_diy-photo-flower-1 Move over macaroni frames, there’s a new DIY Mother’s Day gift in town, and it’s not only fun to make, but easy too! Using our photo flower stencil template, some scrapbooking paper, scissors, and a bit of glue, we created creative and colorful DIY photo flowers for the perfect kid-friendly complement to those stunning Mother’s Day flowers you plan on sending. For even more photo fun, send your arrangement in a personalized vase - sure to make Mom smile!

Let the kids get creative by picking out their own patterned paper and colors! They’ll love letting their personalities shine in this personalized Mother’s Day gift idea.
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Nice Things to Do for Mom on Mother’s Day

mothers-day-card-message-ideasWhether she’s helping you run errands, cooking up your favorite meal, or watching the kids so you and your lovebird can get some alone time, your supermom always comes to the rescue when you need help. When Mother’s Day rolls around, make some of your own meaningful gestures to show her how thankful you are for all the little things she does. Here’s a list of some really nice things to do for Mom on Mother’s Day. They may be small, but they’ll definitely put a big smile on her face!

Get Her a Great Gift

From sending flowers to her doorstep to buying tickets to her favorite show, there are tons of big gifts in small packages that you can treat Mom to on Mother’s Day. Though they may be petite, these last-minute Mother’s Day gifts are enormously thoughtful and practical. Plus they save you some extra shopping time!

Have a Movie Marathon—Just the Two of You

Remember the good old days when you and mom would curl up together on the couch and laugh over a good movie? Set aside some time in your busy schedule to relive those treasured moments: Plan a mom-and-me Mother’s Day movie date. You’ll both laugh out loud with these good movies to watch with Mom for Mother’s Day, and she’ll appreciate you dedicating your whole night to her—just like you used to as a kid.

Send Her a Special Message or Poem

Showing your mom your gratitude for everything she does isn’t always about what you buy for her; it’s about what you feel in your heart. Tell her how much you love her by writing your own poem about mom or penning a fun, cute message in your Mother’s Day card. It’ll show how much thought and planning you put into it, and she can keep it forever.  If mom text messaeges or emails, send her shorter sweet “Remember when … ” notes throughout the day too. Continue reading

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DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement

Create a Mother’s Day Gift Using Flowers & A Reusable Watering Can!

Mother’s Day 2014 is Sunday, May 11th!

Buying Mother’s Day flowers is always a winning gift, but if you’re interested in attempting to make a flower arrangement for mom, you’re in luck because I’m going to show you how!

With just a watering can and some of mom’s favorite flowers, you can make an easy, unique and beautiful Mother’s Day floral arrangement that any mother will love!

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Mother’s Day Craft: DIY Candy Bouquet for Mom

DIY Candy Bouquet for Mother's DayNo one is sweeter than Mom. So while you’re waiting for her fresh Mother’s Day flowers to arrive in the mail, get creative and make her a truly original arrangement entirely out of sugary treats! This gorgeous DIY candy bouquet for mom only takes a few minutes to put together (no baking required!), and it’s a Mother’s Day craft that no chocolate-loving mama could resist. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make one for your mom … because she deserves the very best!

Materials Needed for Mother’s Day DIY Candy Bouquet

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1800Flowers.com Celebrates Take Your Child to Work Day 2014!

CARLE PLACE, NY – On Thursday, April 24, 2014, 1800Flowers.com celebrated Take Your Child to Work Day by inviting a group of 30 enthusiastic sons and daughters of our talented staff! With a busy schedule ahead of them, the kids showed up ready to tackle the day’s floral-filled activities and celebrations.

Happily greeted by 1800Flowers.com President Chris McCann and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Maureen Paradine, the children were warmly invited to get a hands-on experience of what it is like to work at 1800Flowers.com for the day, just like their parents.

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How to Show Appreciation to Employees

With Administrative Professionals’ Week starting April 21st and Administrative Professional’s Day on April 23rd, it’s time to show your gratitude to your employee support system that helps you make it through the year! Sometimes we get SO busy at work that it is hard to say “thanks” to the employees that help us shine throughout the year! That’s why it is so important on Administrative Professionals Day to express your appreciation to the superstars that make your job easier!

Not sure how to say “thanks”? No problem! Here are some creative DIY employee appreciation ideas that will inspire the spirits of the employees while letting them know just how important they are to both you and the office.
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DIY Mother’s Day Craft: How to Make a Floral Hot Air Balloon for Mom

Pink and Orange Hot Air Balloon Place SettingMom does so much for the family throughout the year: No matter how long her to-do list is, you know you can always count on her for anything. Because she means so much, let her sit back and enjoy herself on Mother’s Day, and show her how appreciated she is. Treating your mom to a nice brunch is the best way to make her feel like a queen bee: Since you’ve already taken care of everything, Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger. To make her day even more special, pick a fun and truly original theme for your luncheon: hot air balloons!

This beautiful hot air balloon arrangement adds a whimsical take-me-away touch to any Mother’s Day table setting. As soon as she sits down, Mom will feel like she’s floating among the clouds without a care in the world! This Mother’s Day craft is really simple to make, so you can make a big, loving statement with minimal effort. Here’s how to make a floral hot air balloon for Mom on Mother’s Day! Continue reading

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Creative Ways to Celebrate Mom

personalized-moms-love-mugMom cooks for us, cleans for us, and when we’re finally out of the house, calls us every day to make sure we’re taken care of. But when’s the last time someone took care of Mom? This year, in addition to sending wow-worthy Mother’s Day flowers, plan ahead to give Mom the celebration she deserves with these must-try Mother’s Day ideas.

Outsource Mom’s Chores

It’s difficult getting Mom to leave the house when she has a laundry list of chores to do. Your first plan of action is to arrange for an external party to take care of Mom’s chores and responsibilities while you take her out for a day on the town. Whether her chores include cleaning the house, doing the laundry, or prepping the menu for the week, hire an appropriate party (this can be a professional service or even a neighbor) to take care of it for her. If possible, arrange for all her chores for the week to be done; this will allow her to have a few days worth of much-needed “me” time!
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How to Celebrate Mom Long Distance

Although Mom would love it if her children lived next door, sometimes the family disperses throughout the world, meeting only for holidays and special occasions. Even if you’re not physically close, you can still plan a thoughtful celebration for Mom on Mother’s Day. Here are some creative Mother’s Day ideas to make the day extra special – whether you’re ten miles away or ten thousand.

Send an eCard

If you can’t be with Mom on Mother’s Day, smother her with love on all fronts – Mother’s Day flowers delivered to her doorstep, a loving happy Mother’s Day phone call, and a sweet card sent to her email. Celebrations.com has an extensive selection of creative and sweet Mother’s Day eCards so you can choose the perfect one to fit Mom’s personality.celebrations-mothers-day-e-card

Set up a Virtual Dessert Date

You may not be able to whisk Mom away to her favorite brunch spot for a Mother’s Day meal, but you can still have a wonderful sweet treat together thanks to the power of the internet. Set up a time when you will both be available and video chat each other so you can eat together while separate. To take the dining experience to the next level, surprise her with a dessert-ready gift basket , filled with her favorite treats so she can simply open and indulge!

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Plan Her Day

You may not be there physically to celebrate, but you can still arrange a relaxing and fun adventure for Mom with a few simple phone calls.

Step 1: Plan the Activities

Plan a fun-filled itinerary for Mom to enjoy on her special day. This can include a trip to the movies, a massage at the local spa, or even a shopping excursion (your treat) at her favorite department store. Cater the day to your Mom’s interests so she can unwind and enjoy.

Step 2: Reserve the Restaurant

Every adventure needs a lunch break to refuel, so make reservations at Mom’s favorite restaurant. If Dad can join, great, if not, see if the restaurant can set up a monitor so you can have lunch together via video chat.

Step 3: Hire Transportation

Enlist the help of a neighbor or hire a professional transportation service to drive Mom around for the day. Provide them with a full itinerary of activities so all Mom needs to do is hop in and enjoy the enjoyment-packed day you have planned for her.

Surprise Her with a Month Full of Love

Make it a month-long celebration with a gift that keeps on giving like our Kind Notes® for Mom gift. This Mother’s Day idea is filled with 31 days worth of sweet messages so she can start her days off with a heartwarming message from her dearest child.

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Relive the Memories

Gather old photos and create a scrapbook of memories for mom to relive. This Mother’s Day idea can be both virtual and physical – create a physical scrapbook to arrive at Mom’s doorstep and a virtual slideshow for Mom to show off on social media.

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Mother’s Day Gift Trends: What to Buy For Your Mom This Year

This Mother’s Day, go beyond the traditional bouquet of roses and wow Mom with an arrangement inspired by this year’s hottest flowers and trends. Whether your Mom spends her day in the garden or dedicates her time to making sure she looks prim and proper, these creative Mother’s Day gift ideas are sure to offer the perfect gift choice for your one-of-a-kind Mom.

Popular Mother’s Day Flowers

Roses are always a sure thing, but if you’re looking for something a bit different this year, why not opt for one of the other radiant and fresh popular Mother’s Day flowers ?

Tulips
Stunningly simple and found in a variety of brilliant colors, tulips are a clear winner when it comes to flower choice. Choose from arrangements ranging from traditional to modern, colorful to monochromatic, or bulb form to fully bloomed!

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May Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

May Birthday Fun Facts

birthday-surprise-101249Named after Greek Goddess Maia, who is commonly recognized as a symbol of fertility, May is a month of life and awakening. Like the month itself, those born in May are a vivacious bunch, inspiring those around them to follow their dreams and live life to the fullest.

Here are some fun facts and gift ideas for May to help give you some inspiration for sending the perfect present for your special someone. Pair your gift with a special surprise by sending a cheerful sentiment straight to their inbox with a free e-card from Celebrations.com! Here are some of our favorite birthday cards for a May birthday:
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Get Ready for Administrative Professionals Day: Creative Ways to Brighten up Your Office Space

Silver Celebration OrchidsAdministrative Professionals Day 2014 is coming up on April 23! It has also been called Administrative Professionals’ Week which begins April 21.—So all you secretaries, receptionists and office workers, get your headquarters ready: It’s your time to shine! You are the people who make every business a success, and exceptional employees like you deserve to have an equally special workspace. Here are some fun and creative ways to brighten up your office space just in time for the holiday!

Decorate Your Desk With Flowers and Plants

Whether you work in an office or a cubicle, accessorizing your space with flowers has lots of benefits. In office environments, where décor is typically minimal and, well, dull, a colorful bouquet of flowers or a pretty green plant will bring instant natural beauty to your workstation. But it’s not just about the wow factor; flowers lift your spirits and make you healthier and more productive too! They allow you to enjoy the outdoors even on days when you can’t leave the office, and studies show that plants remove toxins from the air and improve concentration. Check out the 1-800-Flowers.com Greenhouse to find out how this works and which flowers are best for purifying indoor spaces. 

Create a Tranquil Space With a Water Fountain

Instead of listening to the monotonous clicking of keyboards all day, bring some zen into your cubicle with the calming sound of a desktop water fountain. It’ll drown out other annoying sounds and it’ll help you relax, allowing you to get your work done in peace. Just make sure the running water isn’t so loud that it distracts you and your co-workers!

Transform Your Chair With a Cozy Pillow and Blanket

Your desk chair is your home for about eight hours a day (even more on late nights!), so you might as well make it as comfy as possible! If your chair isn’t particularly cushiony, soften it up by placing a cute pillow on the seat. You can also wrap a pretty pashmina around the back of the chair: You’ll make a stylish statement and you’ll have something to wrap around your shoulders when the office gets cool.  

Warm up Your Floor Space With a Pretty Rug

Get rid of those boring plastic floor mats sitting underneath your chair and replace them with a plush rug. Its fuzzy texture and bright colors will show off your personality and make your office visitors feel right at home! It’s a small change that’ll give your office space a big makeover.

Use Placemats to Bring Pops of Color to Your Desk

Think there’s nothing spectacular about your plain white desk? Think again! Look at it as a blank canvas—it’s up to you to bring it to life! Turn it into a work of art by sliding a patterned or brightly colored placemat under your computer screen, keyboard, file organizers, etc. You’ll feel like you’re sitting at a whole new desk! Continue reading

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Cut Tulip Care and Handling Tips

Get the most out of your cut tulips with these tulip care and handling tips!
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When to Buy Tulips

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How to Say Mom in Different Languages

Mom Rules BouquetThere may be a million different ways to say her name, but there’s only one special mom your heart belongs to. So this Mother’s Day, show her how one-of-a-kind she is: Instead of calling her the usual “Ma” or “Mom,” impress her by saying her name in her native language! Here’s how to say mom in different languages:

  1. Afrikaans: “Moeder” or “Ma
  2. Albanian: “Nene” or “Meme”
  3. Arabic: “Ahm”
  4. Belarusan: “Matka”
  5. Bosnian: “Majka”
  6. Brazilian: “Mae”
  7. Bulgarian: “Majka
  8. Catalan: “Mare”
  9. Croatian: “Mati” or “Majka”
  10. Czech: “Abatyse”
  11. Danish: “Mor”
  12. Dutch: “Moeder” or “Moer”
  13. Estonian: “Ema”
  14. Filipino: “Ina”
  15. Finnish: “Aiti”
  16. French: “Mere” or “Maman”
  17. German: “Mutter”
  18. Greek: “Mana” or “Mitera”
  19. Haitian Creole: “Manman”
  20. Hawaiian: “Makuahine”
  21. Hindi: “Ma” or “Maji”
  22. Hungarian: “Anya” or “Fu”
  23. Icelandic: “Mamma”
  24. Indonesian: “Induk,” “Ibu,” “Biang” or “Nyokap”
  25. Irish: “Mathair”
  26. Italian: “Madre” or “Mamma”
  27. Japanese: “Okaasan” or “Haha”
  28. Latin: “Mater”
  29. Latvian: “Mamma”
  30. Lithuanian: “Motina”
  31. Malay: “Ibu”
  32. Norwegian: “Mamma” or “Mor”
  33. Persian: “Madr” or “Maman”
  34. Polish: “Matka” or “Mama”
  35. Portuguese: “Mae”
  36. Punjabi: “Mai,” “Mataji” or “Pabbo”
  37. Romanian: “Mama” or “Maica”
  38. Russian: “Mama”
  39. Samoan: “Tina”
  40. Serbian: “Majka”
  41. Slovak: “Mama” or “Matka”
  42. Spanish: “Madre,” “Mama” or “Mami”
  43. Swahili: “Mama,” “Mzazi” or “Mzaa”
  44. Swedish: “Mamma,” “Mor” or “Morsa”
  45. Turkish: “Anne,” “Ana” or “Valide”
  46. Ukrainian: “Mati”
  47. Urdu: “Ammee”
  48. Vietnamese: “Me”
  49. Welsh: “Mam”
  50. Yiddish: “Muter”

If you really want to show Mom that she means the world to you, find out how to say “I love you” in 50 different languages too!

In what language will you be telling your mom how extraordinary she is on Mother’s Day?

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The History of Flower Power

flower-power-history-ofFlower Power” was a popular term used in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of change throughout the United States. From protests against the war to protests demanding equal rights for every citizen, the 1960s were a tumultuous yet interesting time in American history for social change. Some protestors during this era were dubbed as “hippies” short for the term “hipsters.”

Coined in 1965 by acclaimed poet and voice of his generation Allen Ginsberg, “flower power” was used to inspire a movement in which anti-war demonstrators focused on positive values such as peace and love to instead of brute force and rebellion in order to “fight” for freedom. The concept first came to being while Ginsberg helped organize a protest against the Vietnam War in Berkeley, California. In his essay “Demonstration or Spectacle as Example, As Communication,” he describes a tactic using peace as a “weapon.” He suggests “masses of flowers – a visual spectacle – especially concentrated on the front lines.” He continued, “…marchers should bring harmonicas, flutes, recorders, guitars, banjos, and violins.” He went on to invite all previously persecuted groups to join the revolution, turning the phrase into a movement of peace, hope, unity, and above all – imagination.
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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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Mother’s Day 2014 #AllAboutMom Twitter Party

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#MyMom Mothers Day Social Sweepstakes


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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)
Binder Clips

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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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