Fruit Nutrition Facts

Delicious Health Food From Mother Nature

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

Strawberry Nutritional Information

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

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

Pineapple Nutritional Information

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

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

Orange Nutritional Information

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

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

Honeydew Melon Nutritional Information

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

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

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Wedding Flower Traditions Around the World

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Czech Republic

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

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

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

The History of National Grandparents Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August Cookie Competition with Web Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The INTERNal Perspective of Online and Mobile Marketing Intern Keith Crumpler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The INTERNal Perspective of Business Gift Services Intern Melissa Meehan

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

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

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

Melissa Meehan, Business Gift Services, Marist College

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The INTERNal Perspective of Business Development Intern Brittany Kritis

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

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

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

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

Brittany Kritis, Business Development Intern, Fairfield University

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The INTERNal Perspective of Marketing Intern Ishan Prasad

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

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

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

Ishan Prasad, Marketing Intern,University of Illinois-MS

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What Fruits Are in Season?

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

Summer Fruits

The Sweetest Bunch Fruit Bouquet

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

Fall Fruits

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

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The INTERNal Perspective of Bloomnet Marketing Intern Raymond Saccone

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

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

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

Raymond Saccone, Bloomnet Marketing Intern, Nassau Community College

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The Hottest 2013 Wedding Flower Trends

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

Glamorous Rustic Wedding Flowers

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

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

Orange Mixed Bridal BouquetOmbre Wedding Flowers

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

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

Beach Wedding Centerpiece PackageGeometric Wedding Flowers

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

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

Bridal Party Personal Package PastelModern Vintage Wedding Flowers

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

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

Which 2013 wedding flower trends are your favorites?

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The INTERNal Perspective of Marketing Intern Liza Pititto

Marketing intern Liza Pititto shares her internal perspective working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear how she has contributed to the Marketing team and how she has learned from her summer internship:

Marketing Intern Liza Pititto“Assigned to intern with Marketing this summer, I was glad to learn that my team didn’t believe in just giving busy work to their interns. The team assigned projects that directly affected the company’s business, so by the end of the day I felt I made an impact in the department. Of course at first, I felt totally out of my element as this is my first internship.  However after talking to my manager, he explained different aspects of what the marketing team was doing, whether it be the ins and outs of Google Adwords (an online marketing tool), or what we were doing with our company’s social media pages. These experiences made me realize that 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has a family-like atmosphere. Employees treat me like a colleague as opposed to an intern, which gives me confidence in my role. While my manager has many tasks to handle, I appreciate the time he took out of his day to mentor me and explain the inner workings of the Marketing department.

Recently, Jim McCann held a Lunch-and-Learn for the interns (where else but 1-800-FLOWERS.COM do the interns develop a relationship with the CEO of the company?)  During this hour, he told us the story of his company, spoke of next steps for the company, and even asked for new ideas from the interns.  1-800-FLOWERS.COM is interested in the input of their interns, and I have no doubt that many of these ideas will come to fruition.  Overall, I am extremely excited to be working at such a dynamic company and can truly say that this internship was an opportunity of a lifetime. ”

- Liza Pititto, Marketing Intern, Cornell University

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The INTERNal Perspective of Human Resources Intern David Alter

Human Resources intern David Alter shares his internal perspective. He shares his experience being the team leader of a video project that was to be presented at a company-wide meeting. Here is his experience:

Human Resources Intern David Alter“Ever have an experience where you genuinely were not sure where to go or where to start?  Having worked with a group of interns for Summer 2013 at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I know the feeling well.  At first, it was just an internship; something to do over the summer or in my case, something to explore in a new field of business.  My situation was a little different than most of the interns.  Having been a few years out of college the career change was certainly an experience in itself.  I came into the program a few months earlier as I was attending Hofstra part time for the last couple of years in their MBA program.  Still, I was nervous that I would be one of the much older interns.

One of the better experiences I had over the course of the summer was the experience of developing an intern video for the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM kickoff meeting.  Each year, the company hosts a kickoff meeting to begin the new fiscal year, share the past year’s successes and goals for the next year. Having been my first true corporate experience at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, we were not sure how to execute the video.  As a result, I approached the video production experience as I did any other experience; as an adventure!

Kick Off Meeting Video AssignmentMy group (having been elected team leader) shared both ideas and initial feelings of nervousness but the best experience we shared was getting the job done.  Working with the team, it was my responsibility to delegate a lot of the ‘scenes’ and functions, and we could not have worked better as a team.  For someone who was used to a true team environment, I was so glad I was able to find that at the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM internship program.  I am excited for next year’s team, and the ‘adventures’ that await us all!”

- David Alter, Human Resources Intern, Hofstra University MBA

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The 2013 INTERNal Perspective of Web Marketing Intern Kirsten Knott

Web Marketing intern Kirsten Knott is a returning intern here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear how she has learned from last year’s internship and used that knowledge to help her throughout the summer:

Web Marketing Intern Kirsten Knott“Last summer, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to intern with 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Last year I learned a lot about the corporate world, the flowers business and who I want to be as a soon-to-be professional. However, the biggest thing I learned during my time at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM was the concept of corporate social reasonability. Before 1-800-FLOWERS.COM I wasn’t aware that businesses implemented giving back into their business models. After seeing how 1-800-FLOWERS.COM embraced this concept in various ways, including their Summer of a Millions Smiles campaign, I was extremely inspired.

After leaving 1-800-FLOWERS.COM at the end of last summer, I went back to Iona College where I dedicated a majority of my senior year researching and studying corporate social reasonability. This concept was something I grew an immense passion for because it connected my two passions of public relations and mission work.

This summer, I was ecstatic to be able to come back to the company that inspired me as a second time Web-Marketing Intern. During my past few months with the company I have vastly expanded on the knowledge I learned last summer. I also have the privilege to notice the huge strides and improvements the company has made in the past year. It’s uplifting to see so many people work to learn and make an already successful company even better. I will always be honored and grateful to say that 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is a company that played a huge part in my professional development.”

- Kirsten Knott, Web Marketing Intern, Iona College

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Easy and Elegant DIY Flower Place Cards for Your Wedding

DIY Flower Place CardThese days, DIY brides are always looking for new, creative and inexpensive ideas to help their guests find their places at the table. But sometimes the simplest place cards make for the prettiest, most elegant tablescapes. And what could be more chic than welcoming your loved ones to their seats with a single long-stem flower? For an easy yet stunning way to show your guests where to plant themselves, make these DIY flower place cards!

What You’ll Need to Make DIY Flower Place Cards

Several sheets of white cardstock
Printable place card template
Paper Trimmer
Hole puncher
Border punch
Mixed bouquet of silk or fresh long-stemmed flowers*

* Make sure you buy enough bouquets so that you have one single flower stem for each of your guests.

How to Make DIY Flower Place Cards

Printed Place Card Template

  1. Download this free and customizable printable place card template, which has enough place cards for 12 guests. For each card, click on the word “Name” and highlight it. Type in the name of a guest, and then adjust the font size and style to suit your taste. (In order to fit the name on the card, make the font size smaller if the name is long, and larger if the name is short.) You can even add a table number and a personal message too! Once you type the name, make sure there is enough space to punch a single hole into the left edge of the card. If you’d like your place card to have a fancy border, make sure there’s enough space to use a border punch on the right edge of the card too. Repeat for each card, making one card per guest. Feel free to adjust the size of your cards if you want to make them larger or smaller. When all of your guest cards are ready, print the template onto white cardstock.Trimmed Place Card Templates
  2.  Use a paper trimmer to cut out the cards along their borders and ensure your cut lines are straight.Hole Punched Into Place Card With a Hole Puncher
  3. Take a hole puncher and punch a hole directly at the center of the left-hand edge of each place card.Decorative Border Punched Into Place Card With Border Punch
  4. Using a border punch, punch a border along the right-hand edge of each place card.Ribbon Measured and Cut for DIY Flower Place Card
  5. With a scissor, cut one piece of ribbon (about 11-12 inches long) for each card.Ribbon Looped Through Place Card
  6. For each place card, take one piece of ribbon and fold it in half. To attach the ribbon to the card without making a knot, poke the folded end of the ribbon through the hole of the card. Open the folded end of the ribbon to create a loop, and then string the cut ends of the ribbon through the loop. Pull on the cut ends to tighten the ribbon.Silk Flower Trimmed to Fit on a Plate to Make a DIY Flower Place Card
  7. Now, take a single long-stemmed flower (fresh or silk) out of your bouquet. Trim the flower stem so that the flower is the same size as your guest’s plate.Place Card Tied to Silk Flower
  8. Taking the loose ends of the ribbon on the place card, tie the place card tightly to the stem of the flower. Your flower place card is complete! Place it on your guest’s plate on top of a folded napkin for a ravishing presentation. Repeat step Nos. 6 and 7 for each place card.

These flower place cards don’t just add show-stopping style and romance to your table décor; they also make beautiful and inexpensive takeaway gifts for your friends and family. And they’re not just for fancy weddings, either. DIY flower place cards are perfect for a laid-back picnic, a backyard barbecue, or any outdoor soiree too!

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The INTERNal Perspective of Franchise Marketing Intern Nicholas Karatzas

Nicholas Karatzas, a Franchise Marketing intern at, gives us his internal perspective and tells us how feels like a “family business” despite its size:

Franchise Marketing Intern Nicholas Karatzas“Interning here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has taught me that even a large corporation is still able to work as a family business. On the outside it may seem like an average corporation but internally there is a sense of family and community. Everyone here is so passionate and dedicated to making people smile, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to be given such an opportunity.  I have learned concepts of business such as ethics first, morals first, smiles first, and business second and that makes all the difference in a company.

Recently I have been coordinating VIP orders for some celebrities and personalities that 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has existing relationships with. All in all, I enjoy my time here, from all the “Lunch and Learns” to my colleagues.  Working under Lisa Hendrickson and Jillian Snell’s direction in franchise marketing was such a great experience.  They taught me how to develop a positive and inspirational relationship with a manager.  Their motivation truly inspired me to do my best, and I hope to take that with me when I enter the business world.”

- Nicholas Karatzas, Franchise Marketing Intern, Marist College

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The INTERNal Perspective of Mobile Marketing Intern Jeff Gottlieb

Mobile marketing intern Jeff Gottlieb shares his experiences at Hear how he became the team leader of his INTERNtainment video group and the lessons he learned over the summer:

Mobile Marketing Intern Jeff Gottlieb“As a Junior majoring in business with specializations in marketing and strategy at Cornell University, I never truly had professional experience in the marketing field.  Throughout my junior year, I applied to numerous marketing internship programs. When I was extended an offer to be a marketing intern at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM with the Online, Mobile, and Social team, I immediately accepted.

Over the course of this internship, my managers have given me plenty of responsibilities. For example, I have gone through 1-800-FLOWERS.COM mobile website’s checkout process countless times in order to create testing materials. Ultimately, these tests should provide insight into optimizing the mobile website.  I really appreciate that my managers trust me to take on these responsibilities, because it makes me feel part of the team. My team motivates me to work to the best of my abilities, and I am proud to deliver them the results they need.

Kick Off Meeting Video Assignment1-800-FLOWERS.COM really puts effort into making sure the interns get to know one another.  Aside from the “Lunch and Learn” seminars, one other fantastic intern bonding exercise was  the INTERNtainment video project. For the Annual Kickoff Meeting, President Chris McCann asked the interns to make videos that would be shown at the meeting. After splitting up into teams, my group and another group came up with the same idea of doing our own take on the TV show “The Office.” From my sketch comedy group background, I decided to be the team leader of this “mega-group”. Making the video was a fantastic experience for all- we even got Chris McCann to appear in our video! This project allowed me to really bond, connect, and network with other interns who I would not normally work or interact with on a daily basis. I really appreciate how much 1-800-FLOWERS.COM cares about their interns.”

- Jeffrey Gottlieb, Mobile and Online Marketing Intern, Cornell University

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How to Decorate Back to School Notebooks With Flowers

Back to School Notebook Decorated With FlowersNow that your little scholar’s wardrobe is complete with a DIY flower headband for the new school year, it’s time to glam up her school supplies too! Every child loves a cool and unique notebook, so why not make her one that all her classmates will envy? Here’s how to decorate back to school notebooks with our favorite thing in the world: flowers!

Materials Needed for Decorating Back to School Notebooks

Flat paper (or silk) flower
Hot glue gun

How to Decorate Back to School Notebooks

Ribbon Used to Decorate Back to School Notebook

  1. Once your child has picked out her brand-new notebook for the fresh school year, get a hold of some ribbon that matches the color and design of the book.Ribbon Tied Around Back to School Notebook
  2. With scissors, cut a piece of ribbon that is long enough to be wrapped once around the outside of the book vertically and tie the ends into a knot. Tie the knot tightly, but loose enough that the ribbon can be easily slipped on and off the book. Trim the ends of the ribbon to your desired length.Flower Glued to Ribbon for Back to School Notebook Decoration
  3. Remove the ribbon from the book, without untying the knot. Using a hot glue gun, carefully glue a flat paper (or silk) flower onto the ribbon, right on top of the knot. Allow the glue to dry completely before slipping the ribbon back onto the book.Back to School Notebook Decorated with Flowers and Ribbon
  4. Put the ribbon back on the book and adjust the ribbon so that the flower sits on your desired spot on the cover.

The great thing about this flower decoration is that it doesn’t just keep the notebook closed so loose papers don’t fall out; it also doubles as a bookmark. Plus, if the ribbon is large enough, it can be used as a pretty headband too. Another awesome back to school accessory to start off the school year right!

For more great DIY ideas for the back to school season, check out this tutorial on how make your own pencil vase as a gift for teacher.

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The INTERNal Perspective of Retail Marketing Intern Morgan Foster

Retail Marketing intern Morgan Foster shares her internal perspective and she tells us about the wonderful experiences she has had at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM this summer:

Retail Marketing Intern Morgan Foster“After graduating as a Communications major with a focus in Education, I was unfamiliar with many of the terms and “lingo” heard in the business world. However, thanks to my colleagues and friends that I have made during my experience at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I have never felt left behind or out of place.

Before this summer my understanding of being an intern meant doing small tasks and errands around the office and not really experiencing a strong sense of responsibility. However, at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM as a Franchise and Retail Marketing intern, they truly value what you bring to the table. The employees explain each and every detail for the task assigned, and welcome all questions and suggestions.

Looking back, I am surprised at how much I have learned in the short weeks that I have been here. The employees really take their time to get you involved and keep you updated on various exciting projects. I have had the opportunity to participate in a range of activities from lunch meetings with employees to working on floral arrangements for the Summer of a Million Smiles. I look forward to taking everything that I have learned during this summer and applying it to future endeavors down the road.”

- Morgan Foster, Franchise and Retail Marketing, College of Wooster

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Baby Gift Giving Traditions Around the World

With all the interest surrounding the birth of the royal baby, we’ve pulled together some of the most unique baby gift giving traditions from different cultures around the world. Here are some of our favorites:

EgyptNew Baby Gifts Palm Plant

In Egypt, a palm with a blue eye is traditionally given to newborn babies. It is usually attached to their clothing, giving them protection from the “evil eye.”


In India, baby girls are given silver ankle bracelets when they are born. Body decoration is a very popular tradition in India. It is thought that silver represents strength and brings hope that the baby will grow up to be strong and healthy.
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How to Make a DIY Flower Headband for Back to School

DIY Flower Headband for Back to SchoolA brand-new school year is waiting to bloom, and you know what that means: Your little girl will want to look picture-perfect on her first day! A DIY flower headband is the perfect accessory for your straight-A student to express her individuality … and stand out as the best-dressed scholar of her class. Here’s an easy step-by-step tutorial on how you can make one together.

Materials Needed for DIY Flower Headband

One silk flower
One thick plastic headband
Hot glue gun
Green yarn

How to Make a DIY Flower Headband

DIY Flower Headband

  1. Let your daughter choose a silk flower in her favorite color, size and shape. Tell her to get creative and pick the one that best fits her beautiful personality.
  2. Now it’s time for you to help your little one with the tricky part. Depending on your daughter’s age, the remaining steps may be too dangerous for her to do on her own, so let her watch while you do them. Using a pair of scissors, cut off the top of the silk flower from the stem, leaving about 1 ½ inches of the stem intact below the flower head. Snip one large leaf from the stem too.
  3. Position the flower and leaf flat at the top of the headband, off-center and slightly tilted forward so the face of the flower points out toward you.
  4. With a hot glue gun, carefully glue the flower and leaf to the headband. The glue gun is super-hot, so make sure your little one doesn’t get her hands on it!
  5. To make sure the flower and leaf are extra-secured on the headband, use green yarn to tie them onto the headband. Tie them at the stem directly underneath the flower petals so the yarn doesn’t show when your daughter wears the headband.

Voila! A perfectly posh accessory to start off a successful and stylish new school year!

What kind of bloom would your daughter want to put on her back-to-school flower headband?


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The INTERNal Perspective of International Intern Kerry McGlinchey

International intern Kerry McGlinchey shares her internal perspective at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and tells us how much she has learned during her summer internship:

International Intern Kerry McGlinchey“My internship as part of the International team at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has not only given me the opportunity to leverage my major, East Asian Studies, but also expand and explore the areas of search engine optimization, email marketing, and website development. My major has taught me how to respect and handle cultural differences in a business setting, however interning has allowed me to explore how companies function internally. I have had the opportunity to work in digital social media – exploring the options of a social media platform for international. I have had the opportunity to learn about regional differences in search engine optimization, as well as about the social responsibility of a company through the Summer of a Million Smiles initiative, in which employees help to deliver smiles to deserving members of local communities.

My most valuable experience this summer has been owning a project and working to bring it to fruition. I have learned the challenges of marketing to an international audience, from language barriers and cultural differences to SEO and varied email compliance laws. This experience has taught me how to develop a strategy and think of every challenge that may prevent it from working. As a rising senior at Emory University, these lessons will be crucial for me as I transition to a full-time career.”

- Kerry McGlinchey, International intern, Emory University

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Beachy August Birthday Gift Ideas Inspired by the August Birthstone

Coastal Garden Arrangement and Candle HolderThose with August birthdays are true beach babies: They were born in one of the hottest months of the year, perfect for heading out to the coast and enjoying the sun, sand and waves. Even their birthstone, the peridot—known as the sunniest gem on earth—reminds us of beautiful and rare sea glass buried along the shoreline. So if you’re on a treasure hunt for the perfect birthday gift for a loved one with an August birthday, give them a piece of the ocean! Learn all about the August birthstone, and deliver special birthday smiles with these beach-themed August birthday gift ideas, inspired by the luminous peridot.

About the August Birthstone: Peridot

The ancient Egyptians were on to something when they called the radiant green peridot the “gem of the sun.” Amazingly, this precious stone can be found not only in lava rocks, August Birthstone Bottle Necklacebut also in meteorites, making it a true celestial and oceanic beauty. Throughout history, the mysterious jewel has been associated with supernatural characteristics, such as the ability to chase away bad dreams and evil spirits. So, peridot was widely used to accent church shrines and priests’ jewelry in medieval Europe. Those born with this out-of-this-world birthstone are said to be granted with abundant riches, great fortune and a future as bright as the August sun!

Beach-Themed August Birthstone Gift Ideas

Nothing is more romantic than filling a bottle with a sentimental note and sending it out to sea. For a birthday that she won’t soon forget, take your special lady for a sunset stroll on the beach and surprise her with this August Birthstone Bottle Necklace. Once you place the beautiful vintage pendant around her neck and show her the sweet birthday note inside Margarita Bouquetthe bottle, tell her to write her own dreams down on a piece of paper and place it in the bottle. When the message in a bottle is ready, throw it into the ocean. Soon all her birthday wishes will come true!

The best part of a relaxing birthday on the shore? Sinking into a big, comfy lounge chair with an ice-cold drink, of course! The Margarita Bouquet has all the ingredients the birthday girl needs for a day of fun in the sun. This floral cocktail comes with cheery carnations, spider mums, poms and hypericum in the bright green color of the peridot. And once the flowers are removed, your beach bunny can fill the reusable margarita glass with her favorite tropical drink.

Why take her to a stuffy indoor restaurant when you could enjoy a breezy birthday dinner on the beach? With the Ultimate Wine Picnic Backpack, which comes in a fun green peridot color, you can pack all the essentials you need to enjoy an elegant picnic in the Ultimate Wine Picnic Backpackfresh, salty air. That’s better than any swanky restaurant! It comes packed with enough partyware for four, including spoons, forks, knives, wine glasses, plates and cloth napkins. It even comes with a detachable bottle cooler bag for your wine, so you’re all set to make a seaside toast to the one you love most.

Every lovely lady wants to look great on the waterfront, so give her a birthday gift that’ll help her carry all her swimming accessories in style. The Tote-ally Beachy arrangement isn’t just your typical arrangement of gorgeous roses, delphinium, poms and bear grass. This arrangement comes in a chic and stylishly designed peridot-green tote. Made of sturdy canvas and accented with real seashells, this birthday gift will make Tote-ally Beachy Arrangement and Beach Toteyour sweetheart the belle of the beach!

When the sun goes down, end the beachy birthday with a bonfire, some candlelight and lots of stargazing. For a gift that will light up the shore, go with the Coastal Garden arrangement and candle holder. This fresh and summery mix of hydrangeas, Gerbera daisies, roses and carnations comes in a shimmering mosaic candle holder that’s speckled with dazzling green glass and sparkles like the peridot. Use the flowers as a centerpiece, or fill the candle holder with a tea light to add a warm summer glow to your laid-back celebration at sea.

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The INTERNal Perspective of Merchandising Intern Jalisa Clark

Jalisa Clark, a merchandising intern here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, has learned a lot from her summer internship. Hear her summer internship story in her own words:

Merchandising Intern Jalisa Clark“Over the course of my first year at Dartmouth College I had drastically changed my major numerous times. I began with an interest in Biology Engineering, to Studio Design, to Anthropology and ending last semester with an interest in Business.  My kind and extremely patient college advisor suggested I spend my summer experiencing one of the fields of my interest. When I was accepted as a Gifts Merchandising intern for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I knew that I would receive exclusive hands on experience. As an intern for the gifts department I am working on various data and vendor-focused projects, ordering product samples and attend meetings with the SVP of Merchandising, Product Development & Photography. During my time this summer, my mentors have made me feel not only appreciated but also as a “true” member of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM team.

What I will take away the most from this internship is the way in which that 1-800-FLOWERS.COM team operates.  Beyond the success in numbers, price points, and gross margins, I have witnessed the success of great communication, teamwork, and a comfortable atmosphere. This summer has been a great learning experience, and I couldn’t be prouder of the work that I have accomplished with the guidance of my supportive mentors.  Odds are I will probably change my major once or twice next term, but at least now I know the work environment I aspire to be a part of.”

- Jalisa Clark, Merchandising Intern, Dartmouth College

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Anniversary Gift Guide by Year

Anniversary gift ideas from the first anniversary to the sixtieth.

Love You Fur-EverEvery anniversary has its own special theme. For example, the 15th anniversary is traditionally the crystal anniversary, the 25th is the silver anniversary, and so on. We have compiled a handy list of anniversary themes from the first to the sixtieth so that you know what to get for your husband or wife.

This year, show the one you love that you truly care. Use this convenient anniversary gift guide to help you find the perfect gift and make this anniversary truly unforgettable.

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The INTERNal Perspective of SEO Intern Keith Hoge

Keith Hoge, an intern in the SEO department, shares his story as to how wanted to explore the business world and how 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has enabled him to do so:

SEO Intern Keith Hoge“As a mechanical engineering major, I never had much opportunity to learn a lot about the business side of the “working world”. To me, business was just something that my parents did. I was always curious about business, but between a big course load and rugby practice, I never had a chance to take any classes outside of engineering. So, when I heard of the internship program at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM I knew that this was my chance to jump right into work at a company that is a leader in the e-commerce industry.

I decided that this was my chance to explore other options outside of engineering and add diversity to my skill set. So far, my experience here has been nothing short of amazing. Instead of doing just administrative or mundane tasks, I feel that I am doing work that is helping the company move forward in its continued success. My team truly cares about whether or not I am learning and they present me with a new challenge each day. With the help of everyone on my team, I learn to overcome these challenges and push myself. I hope to possibly pursue a business minor and use what I have learned here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM at school and for the rest of my career.”

- Keith Hoge, SEO Department, Cornell University

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The INTERNal Perspective of Merchandising Intern Courtney O’Leary

Merchandising intern Courtney O’Leary shares her internal perspective as a summer intern at

Merchandising Intern Courtney O'Leary“My name is Courtney O’Leary and I am a rising senior at SUNY Cortland.  This was my first time interning, so when I first walked into 1-800-FLOWERS.COM I did not know what to expect. Everyone I have encountered here could not have been more helpful in my journey.  The merchandising team has been patient, friendly and knowledgeable making it a great experience. Although I am just an intern I am trusted with a number of important tasks and treated like part of the team.

I work in the Merchandising Department, and with the guidance of the employees who work in this department I have learned so much. I have helped create sales reports, inactive reports, improved my skills in Excel and PowerPoint, attended “Lunch and Learns” (where all the interns learn about other departments) and so much more. While all of those things are important to my learning experience there was an additional project given to the intern group this summer that really made this internship special.

Kick Off Meeting Video AssignmentWe were split into groups and asked to create a video that one of us would be presenting at the annual kick-off meeting.  My group used 1-800-FLOWERS.COM mission and key messaging to make a short commercial focusing on the caring team, easy ways to send a smile and the truly original arrangements here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. This project was an unforgettable experience for several reasons, I got to interact with the other interns, which led to new friendships, but more importantly it pushed me out of my comfort zone.  As a nervous public speaker the idea of getting up on stage in front of a room full of executives was terrifying but the experience helped me grow substantially. I got myself noticed by a lot of important people that will now remember me and I gained the confidence I needed to realize there is nothing to be nervous about. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity, it has been unforgettable and I know it will benefit me in the future.”

- Courtney O’Leary, Merchandising Intern, SUNY Cortland

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The INTERNal Perspective of Merchandising Intern Kara Lange

Merchandising intern Kara Lange describes how interning at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has enabled her to see the business world in a way that she would otherwise not have been able to. Here is her internship experience in her own words:

Merchandising Intern Kara Lange“When I originally found out I was going to be in the Merchandising Department here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I was a little apprehensive. As a science major, I really didn’t have much of an insight into anything in the business world. I had taken Economics in my first year of college, but didn’t really have any further business background.

As a Florist Designed intern, I have been given the opportunity to see how products are created, how they are completed and ready for sales, and every step along the way. My experiences range from working in the design studio and preparing the flowers to be used in arrangements, to observing photo shoots, and even attending meetings about marketing initiatives, and how products should be placed on the website to increase sales.
An internship at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been such an incredible opportunity. You are able to really see the business world from a leading company, and are trusted with many projects and opportunities. I have gained so much from this experience, at the company interns aren’t stuck at a desk all day every day, they are given the chance to participate in anything that could possibly be a learning experience, and get a true idea of all of the hard work it takes to make 1-800-FLOWERS.COM a success.”

- Kara Lange, Merchandising Department, The University of Scranton

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The INTERNal Perspective of Public Relations Intern Karina Wrona

Public Relations intern Karina Wrona shares her experiences as an intern at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear how she helped deliver smiles at the Boys and Girls Club:

Public Relations Intern Karina Wrona“My name is Karina Wrona and I will be a sophomore this fall at Marist College where I am majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Fashion Merchandising. This summer I am working with the Public Relations team where I have discovered how the world’s leading florist and gift shop delivers smiles to its millions of customers. These first few weeks at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM have already brought about so many opportunities and hands on experiences.  I was welcomed with open arms and immediately educated about the company. After learning what a caring department I would be working with I was stress-free and eager to begin.  With assignments ranging from press releases to community outreach my assignments allow me to explore and be creative.  With help from my team I took on the assignment of coordinating a Summer of a Million Smiles event. We paired up with a local Boys and Girls Club to help bring smiles to their community. As students celebrated the end of a successful school year the team hand-delivered smiles by passing out cookies from Cheryl’s new Carnival line. Afterwards, children worked on creating their own version of smiley faces using paper plates and art supplies which was a great way to tie our initiatives to their creativity. The End of the Year Carnival & BBQ was filled with games, food, outdoor fun and most importantly smiles!

This internship has been extremely rewarding as I first hand have witnessed the results of everyone’s work. I am looking forward to the coming weeks as I am certain I will continue to learn about the industry.”

- Karina Wrona, Public Relations, Marist College

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM 2013 Summer of a Million Smiles Sweepstakes Winners

1-800-Flowers is celebrating a Summer of a Million Smiles! But, the smiles don’t have to stop with this summer. Enter our “Summer of a Million Smiles” Facebook sweepstakes for a chance to win a flower arrangement every month for one year!

Summer of a Million Smiles Facebook Sweepstakes Winners
1. Kathy Mathieu
2. Leslie Williams
3. Natalie  Vandenberghe
4. Patric Marlow
5. Ermalynn McRae

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The INTERNal Perspective of HR Intern Jaclyn Sanderson

Jaclyn Sanderson, a first-time Human Resources Intern, shares her experience being a part of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear her story in her own words:

Human Resources Intern Jaclyn Sanderson“Working here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM this summer is my first Human Resources internship. I am going into my junior year at Marist College in the fall, where I am majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in HR. For the past weeks, I have been involved in multiple projects that involve different aspects of the department. I am currently in the process of setting up a walking challenge throughout the company and its sister-brands in order to promote our wellness program and healthy living.

I have been extremely satisfied with my internship and beyond grateful for the opportunity. It has been an immensely large learning opportunity, intellectually and personally. Not only have I been able to obtain a well-rounded experience of the HR world, but I’ve also been able to be a part of an extremely pleasant work environment. I’ve realized that 1-800-FLOWERS.COM truly caters to its employees and helps them out in any way possible that will better their experiences with the company. The culture and sense of community is very apparent, which I believe is the company’s strongest asset.”

- Jaclyn Sanderson, Human Resources Department, Marist College

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Thoughtful July Birthday Gift Ideas for the One You Love

July Birthstone Bottle NecklaceJust like the sunny summer month they were born in, our loved ones with July birthdays are warm, bright and always cheerful. So when their big day comes along, giving them a thoughtful present is the perfect way to show them just how much happiness they bring to our lives. Gifts that are inspired by their birthstone and birth flower make for a truly original and deeply personal gesture. To help you in your search for the perfect way to say “Happy Birthday,” here’s everything you need to know about July birthdays, plus a few unique July birthday gift ideas for that special someone!

July Birthstone: Ruby

Junior's Happy Birthday Red Velvet CheesecakeEach month has its own precious gemstone that is said to bring good fortune and prosperity to those who are born during that time of year. The official birthstone for July is the ruby. It’s no wonder that the ruby is known as “the king of precious stones.” Its deep, royal red hue is believed to have the power to stimulate the senses and bring wealth, success, love and good health to anyone who wears it. Rubies, which were named after the Latin word for “red,” have been admired in China and India for centuries. There, they were used to embellish the armor of soldiers, and they were also buried beneath buildings in order to bring good luck and long life to their foundations. The ruby brings fiery passion for love and life to anyone who possesses it as a birthstone.

July Birthstone Gift Ideas

Hummingbird FeederShow just how deep your love is with a birthday gift that shines with the color of this month’s birthstone. This beautiful vintage-style July Birthstone Bottle Necklace doesn’t just let the birthday girl wear the stunning gem around her neck all year long; it also comes in a whimsical corked bottle filled with a message that explains the meaning of the ruby birthstone. For those with a sweet tooth, give them a sugary birthday wish with Junior’s Happy Birthday Red Velvet Cheesecake. Known as one of the best cheesecakes in the country, it’s decked out in festive layers of luscious ruby red cake Love Potion Arrangementand a rich, creamy filling.

If your special someone has a green thumb and loves the outdoors, then this Hummingbird Feeder made of hand-blown glass will bring a whole new dimension to their garden with its bright splashes of ruby-like colors. Or, if you’re looking for a birthday gift that’s as fiery and passionate as the July birthstone, the Love Potion flower arrangement is just what you need. Raise a toast the birthday girl with an oversized martini glass filled with intoxicating red roses and more. Cheers!

July Birth Flower: Larkspur

Lavender Hydrangea WreathJust like each month is associated with a good luck birthstone, there is also an official birth flower for each month of the year. The blossom associated with July birthdays is the beautiful larkspur. Larkspur is the symbol of spirit, grace and lightheartedness. This flower is often confused with its close relative delphinium, but what differentiates larkspur is its delicate foliage.

Larkspur can come in a variety of bright and cheery colors, including purple, blue, red, yellow and white. It got its name from the shape of its flower: Its petals grow together and form the shape of a spur at the end. Shakespeare referred to the larkspur as “lark’s heel” in his works, and it’s also often called by its alternate names, “lark’s claw” and “knight’s spur.”

As long as it’s properly taken care of, cut larkspur can last about five to seven days. To keep them fresh, place the flowers in a vase filled with lukewarm water and flower food. Make sure you re-cut the stems and continue refilling the vase with fresh warm water and flower food every other day. Air-dried larkspur also makes a beautiful addition to wreaths, door swags or potpourri.

July Flower of the Month BraceletJuly Birth Flower Gift Ideas

A gift decorated with the beautiful larkspur blooms is sure to make your loved one’s July birthday sweet and fragrant. Give her a birth flower that she can keep forever: Beautifully engraved with the larkspur, this stylish July Flower of the Month Bracelet is the perfect present for flower and jewelry lovers alike. Or, give her an enchanting arrangement of fresh flowers to hang on her front door. This elegant Lavender Hydrangea Wreath is designed with the delicate and colorful blossoms of not only larkspur, but also caspia, strawflower, fern and more. A beautiful birth flower for a beautiful July birthday girl!

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The 2013 INTERNal Perspective of Public Relations Intern Sarah Melley

In Sarah’s third blog post for the INTERNal Perspective, she describes how much she has learned at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM as well as her wonderful experiences with Summer of a Million Smiles:

Public Relations Intern Sarah Melley“My name is Sarah Melley and I am a Public Relations intern here at I am going into my sophomore year at the University of Rhode Island with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Leadership Studies. This is my second summer as an intern here and I love it. The PR team has taught me so much in the past year and they continue to teach me every day. I have improved my writing skills by drafting at least one pitch a week and I am constantly learning about different media outlets and how to form the best media relationships.
So far this summer I have had the opportunity to participate in the Summer of a Million Smiles campaign through two events. I attended a Mets game with the PR department and several other interns where we handed out Cheryl’s cookies and The Popcorn Factory popcorn balls to fans as they were leaving the stadium, which delivered some sweet smiles! Later this month I will also be attending the Surfer’s Way event down in Long Beach. At this event, children with special needs will be able to surf the waves, regardless of the challenges they might be experiencing. I will be delivering smiles by helping out with equipment and snacks throughout the day.
So far this internship has been great! I have learned so much about Public Relations between my first year at school and the past two summers working here at This internship was an awesome opportunity to show me the ropes of PR and I look forward to learning more.”

-Sarah Melley, Public Relations Department, University of Rhode Island

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7-8-13-Summer-of-Smiles-Lemonade-Stand-2On a relatively quiet Friday afternoon, our Smile Team ventured to the Massapequa 1800Flowers retail store to deliver smiles to our customers and passers-by. Since it happened to be June 21st, the first day of summer, the team created an old-fashioned Lemonade Stand in the parking lot, where they offered free cups of lemonade to anyone seeking a little refreshment.

Armed with a homemade sign and sandwich board, and with some junior Smile Team members on hand to help give out the lemonade, the team was ready to start serving. But there was a fun catch to this Lemonade Stand—anyone who came by for a drink (yes, the team actually gave out cups of lemonade) was also surprised with a truly original Make Lemonade™ bouquet!

Lemonade Stand PosterMost people were shocked, not realizing they were getting a gorgeous bouquet for free! Especially with the kids lending a hand, almost everyone thought it was a charity event. But instead it was simply 1800Flowers delivering sweet smiles!

Smile Team member and employee Chandra Savage recalls her favorite encounter of the day: “I told the customer ‘This is for you just because 1800Flowers wants to share a smile.’ She couldn’t believe it, until finally I told her ‘No, this is just for you!’ She then asked me to take a picture with her so we could smile together.”

Fellow Smile Team member Craig Aquino adds, “The shock on people’s faces when we pulled the arrangements out from under the lemonade stand was priceless. People were genuinely surprised to receive a free gift just for stopping by which created many impromptu smiles. These were contagious, as I couldn’t stop grinning myself.”

Even the real stars of the day, the kids who were an invaluable part of drawing people to the stand, were touched by the day’s events. “It made me feel happy,” said Cassie Tura, daughter of Smile Team member Joe Tura, “to sell lemonade, then give people flowers instead and watch them smile.”Making the Lemonade Sign

All in all, it was a rewarding afternoon for our Smile Team. Whether it was giving out lemonade to a tired bicyclist, or handing an arrangement to a busy mother of two, “it felt good to catch everyone off guard,” said Team Leader Michael Yi. “We were sort of refreshing them in two ways.”

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The INTERNal Perspective of Email Marketing Intern Erin Mullane

Erin Mullane, an email marketing intern here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, shares her internal perspective. Here is a summary of Erin’s internship experience in her own words:

Email Marketing Intern Erin Mullane“My name is Erin Mullane and I am going to be a junior at Providence College this fall.  The experience from my first summer internship at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM in 2012 taught me so much about the marketing field, I decided to return for a second summer! This summer I am interning with the email marketing department, which is different from the retail marketing department that I worked with last  year.. While working with the email team I have had the opportunity to sit in on meetings with many departments including merchandising and creative. These collaborative meetings ensure the emails are flawless and ready to be sent out to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM subscribers.

It was astounding to see how much work and time goes into perfecting the emails weeks before they are going to be sent out. The email team prepares new email campaigns in advance by analyzing how various email campaigns performed in previous years and the current competitive landscape. This experience at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has given me an immense amount of real world knowledge that will be extremely useful when I graduate college in two years!”

- Erin Mullane, Email Marketing Department, Providence College

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The INTERNal Perspective of Vendor Relations Intern Kevin Sanches

Vendor relations intern Kevin Sanches shares with us his internal perspective. Listen to his experience delivering smiles at a Mets game in his own words:

Vendor Relations Intern Kevin Sanches“My internship experience at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been nothing but exciting, engaging, and most importantly, enjoyable. As a 20-year-old Management major at St. John’s University, I have learned a lot of vital information on how to manage, yet I didn’t know much about supply chain management. My internship has expanded my knowledge even further through experiences that I will take with me for the rest of my career. By attending weekly team meetings as well as consulting and being given insight to the functions of many of the other related departments; I have gradually attained an understanding of the logistics of all of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s floral, plant, gift, and baskets vendors from supplier to consumer. Additionally, I have been fortunate enough to learn and operate several of the processes that Vendor Relations performs in order to keep up the company’s success rate.

Altogether, this internship program has been so valuable in developing my knowledge of logistics and effectively expanding my career options.  One of my favorite experiences this summer was the opportunity to represent the company and deliver smiles by distributing thousands of Cheryl’s cookies and The Popcorn Factory popcorn balls to Mets fans during a game at Citi Field. The event was a part of the company’s Summer of a Million Smiles initiative, in which we were able to deliver smiles through the sister brands’ sweet treats. This internship has been more than beneficial, by setting up special events to cater to the interns and allow us to learn essential tools that will help us beyond our education. I am so grateful to have been a part of this wonderful company and will always remember my internship at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM as an incredible one.”

- Kevin Sanches, Vendor Relations, St. John’s University

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Delivering Smiles at the Ball Park

Free Cheryl’s Cookies and Popcorn Factory Popcorn Balls!

Delivering Smiles at the Mets GameWe’ve all heard the expression, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, that is especially true at baseball games, where a hot dog can cost up to seven dollars. That is why we at decided to hand out pallets of free Cheryl’s cookies and popcorn balls from The Popcorn Factory. As part of our Summer of Smiles Campaign, we sent a Smiles team to Citi Field on Tuesday, July 2nd, and spent the night delivering smiles to baseball fans. After watching the first five innings of the game, our team gathered at the main entrance, ready to brighten up the days of the many fans that were leaving the ball park.

Although it got a bit hectic at some points, the shocked and thankful reactions of the fans encouraged us to work hard. We stayed until the very end so that we could give away cookies and popcorn to the dedicated fans who sat through the rain to see the entire game. By the end of the day, we were able to put a smile on the faces of thousands of people. To top it all off, the Mets came away with a win! Now, that’s what I call a great day.

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The Smile Squad Delivering Smiles to the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical CenterOn Monday July 1, 2013, the Summer of a Million Smiles program gave a special 4th of July salute to the war veterans at Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, N.Y. To show our heroes appreciation and gratitude for their service, we delivered star-spangled smiles to the nursing home with dozens of patriotic flowers!

Smile Squad team leader and employee Maureen Paradine headed to the Northport VA Medical Center with her co-workers Kelly Trench, John Sharkey, Marc Cole, Christine Brooks, Cynthia Thompson, Pam Sciala, Tina Finnochiaro, Jalisa Clark and Rachel Armendariz to pay homage to the nursing home veterans, who live there year-round. Each veteran living at the Northport VA Medical Center was injured in the line of duty while serving in the military.

To help make the nursing home extra-festive in time for its annual 4th of July dinner, the Smile Squad decorated the halls with an Americana Heart Preserved Wreath and adorned the dining room with 35 beautiful patriotic arrangements and brightly lit candles. Once the decorations were ready, the team also hand-delivered red, white and blue carnations—and big smiles to match—to 119 patients. Summer of a Million Smiles 4th of July Event at Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center

At the end of the day, Smile Squad members were fortunate enough to enjoy a private luncheon with the vets, during which they presented a beautiful bouquet to a WWII and Korean War veteran and his lovely wife of 57 years. The 4th of July Summer of a Million Smiles event team was also most fortunate to receive product donations from’s supplier partners: Pavilion Gift Company, Infinite Rose, Floral Treasure, Pacific Bouquet and DelawareValley. Their thoughtful and generous contributions brought smiles to everyone’s faces!

After meeting so many amazing heroes—such as a POW Commander and a D-Day Beach Lander—and listening to their touching military stories, the Smile Squad thanked each one for their service and wished them a happy 4th of July. The day was emotionally charged and unforgettable for the team members, who were all so happy to be a part of such a special day.

“My Summer of a Million Smiles team had the best day visiting with the Vets at the Northport VA Hospital,” says Smile Squad member and employee Rachel Armendariz. “Paying tribute to these brave and honorable soldiers makes me proud to be an American. Thank you to for putting the program together!”

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4th of July Fun Facts: 15 Things You May Not Know About America’s Birthday

Cheers to the Red White and BlueHappy 4th of July! To celebrate the birthday of our beautiful country, we’ve put together a list of 15 little-known 4th of July fun facts. So gather ’round the barbecue grill and show off your patriotic pride by sharing this Independence Day trivia with your cookout guests!

  1. There were approximately 2.5 million people living in America when it became an independent nation in 1776.
  2. On July 4, 2013, there will be about 316.2 million people living in the United States.
  3. Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence. The document was written by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Jefferson wrote most of it since he was considered the most talented writer of the group.
  4. John Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Because the space which he signed on the document was completely blank, his signature turned out to be the largest. That’s how the modern term “John Hancock” was coined in reference to someone’s signature.
  5. Benjamin Franklin originally wanted the turkey to be the official bird of the United States of America, but he was outvoted by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who chose the bald eagle as the national bird.
  6. The 4th of July was not officially declared a national holiday until 1941, even though the signing of the Declaration of Independence had been celebrated since 1777. July 4th also wasn’t known as “Independence Day” until 1791.
  7. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1826. James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, also died on the 4th of July, but in 1831.
  8. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States, was the only president to be born on the 4th of July.
  9. On the original American flag, the 13 stars were arranged in a circle as a symbol of the equality between the 13 colonies.
  10. The first 4th of July party was officially celebrated at the White House in 1801.
  11. Today, Americans eat about 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July.
  12. More than 30 places in the country have the word “liberty” in their official town names.
  13. In 2012, approximately $3.8 million worth of American flags were imported to the United States. About $3.6 million worth of these flags were from China.
  14. Approximately $218.2 million worth of fireworks were imported to the U.S. from China in 2012.
  15. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, on each 4th of July there are more than 14,000 fireworks displays throughout the United States.
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The INTERNal Perspective Returns!

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Welcomes 2013 Summer Interns

2013 Summer Interns INTERNal PerspectiveThe INTERNal Perspective is back again for the second year in a row! Focused on our Summer Internship program, INTERNal Perspective provides an inside scoop on this year’s interns. Here our interns will share who they are, what they have accomplished during their time at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, and how they have contributed to helping us deliver smiles!

This year, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM summer internship program has continued to flourish with a total of 31 interns. Each intern brings their own personality, enthusiasm and talents to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and their respective departments. After completing their first few weeks at the company, the interns have come to know each other well as they work together on group projects, now we’d like to give the interns an opportunity to share who they are and their INTERNal perspectives!

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8 Tips for Having an Awesome Beach Picnic This Summer

Picnic Basket on a BeachHow to Pack the Perfect Beach Picnic and Make a DIY Beach Flower Centerpiece!

Hitting the shore for a day of good food, good weather and good company? Don’t let the sand and ocean breeze put a damper on your picnic! Here are eight tips for having the best beach picnic this summer.

1. Keep lunch simple with finger food.

When you’re surrounded by sand, wind and saltwater, using plates and utensils can get very messy. Small, portable finger food is the best way to go when it comes to a beach picnic menu. You can store it in airtight plastic containers to keep it fresh and protect it from sand, plus it helps you cut down on the amount of stuff you have to pack! Here are some ideas for your seaside fare:

  • Bite-sized fruits and veggies
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Individually wrapped sandwiches or wraps
  • Chips
  • Brownies
  • Cookies

Avoid anything with mayonnaise, which goes bad in the heat. Also, steer clear of any desserts with ice cream and chocolate, which will melt in the sun.

2. Pack your food and drinks in a cooler—not a picnic basket.

Toting your menu items in a cooler won’t just keep the sand away from your lunch; it’ll keep your food and drinks nice and cold throughout the day too. Picnic baskets aren’t ideal for the beach: They have tiny holes that make it easy for sand to creep into your perfectly packed meal. Make sure you place the heavier items at the bottom of the cooler; lighter items, at the top.

3. Stay cool and hydrated with bottles of frozen water.

Ditch the sugary drinks and opt for bottled water instead. It does a much better job of keeping you hydrated in the sun and salty air. Plus, freezing the bottles before your picnic will ensure that you’ll have cold drinks throughout the day, and you can drop the icy bottles into the cooler to keep the food cold. Stay away from cups, which won’t safeguard your drinks against pesky sand.

DIY Beach Bouquet Centerpiece4. When you get to the beach, set up your picnic on a tablecloth.

A big tablecloth is much easier to pack, lay out and wash than a blanket or towel. It also gives you plenty of space to fit the whole family! To keep the cloth from blowing away in the wind, use large rocks or your belongings to anchor each corner of the tablecloth to the sand.

5. Set the mood with a cute, beachy floral centerpiece.

Whether you’re having a romantic beach picnic for two or a day of seaside fun with the family, an adorable beach-themed bouquet of flowers will add a truly original touch of creativity to the scene. Making a DIY beach bouquet like the one pictured here is easy: Just fill a vase with water and summer flowers, place the vase in a sand pail, and fill the bucket with rocks or sand from the beach to weigh it down and keep the vase snug. That’s it! Now you have a beautiful arrangement that’ll make your picnic in the sun even brighter. Continue reading

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Summer Flowers and Plants That Beat the Summer Heat

Tote-ally BeachyLooking for a plant that’ll stand up to the sun’s scorching rays? Here’s our list of the best summer flowers and plants that really know how to flourish on even the hottest of days. Plus, we’ve recommended our top arrangements for each flower, so you can get your home summer-ready with gorgeous blooms even quicker!

Popular Summer Flowers

1-800-Flowers Summer Flowers Collection 1(Pictured from left to right)

Sunflower: Fields of Europe for Summer
Daisy Garden
Summer Country Rose
Summer Dunes
Vibrant Summer Lilies

1-800-Flowers Summer Flowers Collection 2

Showers of Flowers
Summer Inspiration
Exotic Breeze Orchids
Mum: Vibrant Blooms Bouquet
Blue Bird of Happiness

1-800-Flowers Summer Flowers Collection 3

Dianthus:Warm Sunset Bouquet
Fields of Europe in White Ceramic Pitcher
Monte Casino:
Fields of Europe for Summer in Cube Vase
Enchanted Cyclamen Garden
a-DOG-able in a Basket

Popular Summer Plants

1-800-Flowers Summer Plants Collection 1(Pictured from left to right)

Tomato: Heirloom Tomatoes
Meyer Lemon Tree
Succulent Wheelbarrow

1-800-Flowers Summer Plants Collection 2

Magnolia Tree
Pomegranate Bonsai
Peach Tree

Which summer flowers will you choose to decorate your home with this year?

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The Best Summer Wedding Flowers in Season Right Now

Beach Wedding Centerpiece PackageWith its clear, sunny skies and its abundant fields of colorful flowers, summertime is every bride’s dream! More flowers are in full bloom now than in any other season, so there’s a whole rainbow of blossoms to choose from for your wedding flowers. Picking in-season blooms doesn’t just ensure that your bridal arrangements are more affordable; it means your flowers can stand up to the heat and stay fresh all day long too! Strong, sturdy blossoms with a waxy texture are best at beating high temps and humidity. Plus, they come in any vibrant color to perfectly match your décor, from happy yellow to sophisticated crimson. To help you pick the right arrangement for your big day, we picked our favorite in-season summer wedding flowers for every theme!

Beach Wedding Rose and Hydrangea BouquetBest Beach Summer Wedding Flowers: Hydrangeas

Reminiscent of the charming, laid-back shores of Cape Cod, hydrangeas are the perfect summer flowers for a mellow seaside wedding. Their blue, pink, purple and white hues add a soothing pop of color to any beach-themed bouquet, plus their large blooms allow you to cut down on the amount of flowers you buy, saving you money. You can make an entire bouquet with just a few stems! Pair them up with roses of any color—especially greens and pinks—for a summer arrangement that’s as light and airy as the ocean breeze.

Country Wedding All-Sunflower BouquetBest Country Summer Wedding Flowers: Sunflowers

For a rustic wedding with a golden summer glow, there’s no better choice for a bride than a sunflower bouquet and centerpiece. The ideal summer blooms, cheery sunflowers shine rays of happiness and excitement over your big day, whether you’re getting married in a wide open field or in a quaint cottage. Just like hydrangeas, their big, vibrant petals allow you to create an abundant arrangement with half the blooms. Just add a few blue or green accent flowers and you have a perfect bouquet for the sunny, budget-conscious bride!

All Red BouquetBest Colorful Summer Wedding Flowers: Gerbera Daisies

Nothing shouts summer louder than bursts of neon color, so bright rainbow-like Gerbera daisies are the perfect pick for the sunny-season bride. They come in every color on the spectrum—like red, orange, yellow, pink, white and more—and they can be mixed-and-matched with any of your favorite blossoms and accents. Vivid yet simple daisies add a major wow-factor to your modern wedding decor without going overboard—and without breaking the bank. These little pops of color are one of the most wallet-friendly flowers around! Continue reading

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Delivering Smiles to Dads and Daughters

On Tuesday, June 4th, members of the Smile Squad delivered smiles to the Franklin Elementary School in Hempstead, NY by
hand-delivering floral corsages for the school’s first annual Father Daughter Dance. Summer of Smiles Father Daughter Dance participated in the event because of the brand’s expertise in specialty floral designs. Assistant Principal, Miriam Ortiz, was full of joy when the team arrived at the door with corsages and two additional centerpieces. The school volunteers showed great appreciation and gratitude for our efforts in their community.

“Words cannot completely express the gratitude that our students and staff had to both you and for the wonderful donation,” said Ortiz. “You defined what it truly means to put ‘Children First!’ Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

As Jaime Baker, employee and member of the Smile Squad, explained: “The excitement of the PTA volunteers to throw this event and knowing how much hard work was done by them, personally made me feel proud to be part of an organization that helped contribute to that excitement.” employee Bob Lawkins added: “The opportunity to visit the Franklin School and provide corsages for their first annual Father Daughter dance was a great experience. Many teachers, employees and volunteers worked very hard with a modest budget to make it a magical night for the families, and they greatly appreciated the special addition of flowers for the girls. We’ve heard that all of the students loved receiving the flowers from their Dads.”

Jillian Snell, employee, perfectly summed up the experience: “The smiles that we received walking into the school was a truly amazing experience; it was an honor to be part of the 1-800-Flowers team that day!” is proud to partner with Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all. For each corsage donated to the dance, donated $2 to Pencils of Promise. Additionally, Franklin School officials made a personal donation to the cause.

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Make Your 4th of July Flowers Pop With DIY Sparklers!

DIY Sparklers for 4th of July FlowersForget the rockets’ red glare: This DIY project will make your 4th of July flowers shine brighter than the fireworks bursting in the air! Light up the summer sky and your favorite red, white and blue blossoms with a few easy-to-make sparkler decorations. They make the perfect addition to any patriotic bouquet or flower pot for your big 4th of July celebration. Here’s how to make them:

Materials for DIY Sparklers for 4th of July Flowers

4 small, round Styrofoam disks
Star-shaped cookie cutters (small and large)
Red and blue paint
Mod Podge
Paint brushes
Silver glitter
Striped straws
Drinking glass
4th of July Flowers

How to Make DIY Sparklers for 4th of July Flowers

Stars Cut out From Styrofoam Disks

  1. Using star-shaped cookie cutters of different sizes, cut out small and large stars from the Styrofoam discs. Make as many stars as you want for your bouquet!Styrofoam Stars Painted Red and Blue With Acrylic Paint
  2. Lay out newspaper or paper towels and paint some stars red and some blue. For white stars, just leave the white Styrofoam unpainted. Allow the stars to dry completely.Styrofoam Stars Decorated With Glitter and Attached to Striped Straw Handles
  3. Once the stars are dry, use a paint brush to dab each star with Mod Podge in whatever pattern you like. Make polka dots or stripes, or cover the entire outer edge of the Styrofoam with the glue. Sprinkle some glitter onto each star so that the glitter sticks onto the glue. Tap off any excess glitter. Insert a striped straw (or a lollipop stick) into the bottom of each star and place the finished stars into a glass so the glue can dry. Now they look like firecrackers shooting through the sky!
    DIY Sparklers Placed in a Bouquet of Flowers
  4. Stick the stars into your centerpiece or flower pot and watch them illuminate your 4th of July décor!

Want some broad stripes to match those bright stars? Read our tutorial on how to make a DIY 4th of July luminary vase for your star-spangled flowers!

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Celebrate the Red, White and Blue With a DIY 4th of July Vase for Your Flowers!

DIY 4th of July Luminary VaseO, say can you see … your flowers shining so brilliantly? With its broad stripes and bright stars, this DIY luminary 4th of July vase makes the perfect décor for your patriotic celebration. Show off its star-spangled beauty indoors or out: Prop it up on the table as a centerpiece, or make multiples and line them up along your driveway! Just follow these four simple steps and you’ll have an arrangement that’s brighter than the rockets’ red glare!

Materials for DIY 4th of July Vase

Large empty coffee can
Red, white and blue acrylic paint
Paint brush
LED tealight candles
4th of July flowers
Glass vase

How to Make a DIY 4th of July Vase

Coffee Can With Label Removed to Make a DIY 4th of July Vase

  1. Peel off the label from an empty coffee can and wash the can thoroughly.
    Red, White and Blue Stripes Painted on a Coffee Can to Make a 4th of July DIY Vase
  2. Using a paint brush and acrylic paint, draw red, white and blue stripes all around the empty coffee can. If you’re feeling creative, draw any patriotic pattern that sparks your interest!Holes Punched Into a Painted Coffee Can to Make a 4th of July Luminary Vase
  3. With a drill, very carefully pierce holes into the coffee can and create the shape of a star, an exploding firecracker, an American flag, or any other 4th of July shape. If you’re not handy with a drill, use a nail and hammer instead.Flowers Placed in a DIY 4th of July Vase
  4. Put your beautiful 4th of July flowers in a small glass vase, and then place the vase inside the coffee can.LED Tealights Placed in a DIY 4th of July Luminary Vase
  5. Turn on two or three LED tealight candles, drop them into the coffee can and watch your arrangement light up just like the fireworks in the sky!
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Salute the Flag: Make Your Own DIY 4th of July Wreath!

DIY 4th of July Wreath With American Flag Toothpicks

Raise your flags up high; it’s almost time to celebrate the 4th of July! Salute the stars and stripes with a firecrackin’ fun decoration for your front door. This DIY 4th of July wreath is surprisingly easy to make: All you need is some American flag toothpicks and a Styrofoam wreath, and you’re ready to show off your patriotic spirit. Here’s how you can make one of your own:

Materials for DIY 4th of July Wreath

American flag toothpicks
Patriotic umbrella toothpicks
Styrofoam wreath

How to Make a DIY 4th of July Wreath

Styrofoam for DIY 4th of July Wreath

  1. Start with a brand-new Styrofoam wreath.How to Arrange Patriotic Umbrella Toothpicks to Create DIY 4th of July Wreath
  2. Carefully open the patriotic umbrella toothpicks and stick them onto the front face      of the Styrofoam wreath, overlapping them to ensure that the Styrofoam does not peek through any uncovered spots.How to Arrange American Flag Toothpicks to Create DIY 4th of July Wreath
  3. Stick the American flag toothpicks into the exposed Styrofoam along the outside rim      of the wreath. Make sure to vary the flags in height to give the wreath depth.DIY 4th of July Wreath
  4. Prop up the wreath on your front door and put your pride on display as you welcome your party guests this Independence Day!

Where else would you hang this star-spangled 4th of July decoration? Here are some more ideas on how to decorate your home with a wreath!

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White Daisies From the Fight With White Collection It’s time to stand up and join the fight against cancer: June is Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month!

Every day, new advances are being made in a revolutionary new treatment called cancer immunotherapy: a type of therapy that strengthens the immune system’s ability to overcome the disease. To show our support and increase awareness of this research, has teamed up with the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) to raise funds for their ongoing efforts to put an end to cancer.

As one of the many events this month that help the public learn more about cancer immunotherapy and help save the lives of more cancer victims, team members participated in Wear White for a Cure Day on June 7th and donated their funds to CRI. Check out a few photos of us sharing some smiles and proudly showing our support at the office:

The Team Showing Their Support for Wear White for a Cure Day

The Team Showing Their Support for Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

The Team Wearing White to Show Support for Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

And now you can join forces with us too! As a proud partner of the Cancer Fight With White Classic All-White ArrangementResearch Institute, has created the Fight With White collection of white-themed flowers and gifts to deliver smiles of hope to everyone. Every time you make a purchase for yourself or a loved one, 10 percent of net proceeds will be donated to CRI! So show your support for Cancer Awareness Month and dress up your home or office with a beautiful white bouquet. With your help, we’ll get one step closer to finding a cure for cancer!

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The History of the Money Tree Bonsai

Learn all about the Pachira Plant!

Money TreeThe lore surrounding the history of the Money Tree (or the Pachira plant) dates back many centuries. Legend has it that a poor Taiwanese farmer found a small Pachira plant growing in his field one day. He was struck by its beauty and, realizing that he might be able to use this tree to escape poverty, he decided to grow and sell these mysterious plants that were growing in his field. He soon became one of the wealthiest people in Taiwan and, attributing his wealth to the Pachira plant, he dubbed it the Money Tree.
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Score a Hole in One on Father’s Day With These Golf Gift Ideas for Dad!

Fore! Father’s Day 2013 is headed straight for us in just a few days, so now is the best time to look ahead and find the perfect gift for Dad. If playing a round at the local golf course is your pop’s idea of a day in paradise, then make his holiday extra-special with something that reminds him of his favorite sport. Need some inspiration? Tee off your Father’s Day festivities with these truly original golf gift ideas for Dad!

Taste of the Tour Golf Gift Basket With SnacksFather’s Day Gift Idea #1: Golf Gift Basket

Fuel your dad’s swing with some delicious bite-sized snacks! The Taste of the Tour Golf Gift Basket is filled with sweet and savory nibbles to satisfy any golf dad’s craving: peanut butter bars, caramel medallions, Tee Time kettle popcorn, 19th Hole pub snack mix, Back Nine lemon cookies, and more. They’re even packed in a reusable golf bag cooler so Pops can carry his snacks with ease as he conquers all 18 holes. But that’s not all Dad gets: The bag also comes with three pro golf balls and a set of 15 golf tees. Just the right way to tell that special man in your life that he’s not only a great golf player, but the world’s best dad too!

Father’s Day Gift Idea #2: Mini Golf Cupcakes

Mini Father's Day Golf CupcakesAfter a great Father’s Day out on the golf course, nothing lets Dad savor his sweet victory quite like a freshly baked batch of golf-themed cupcakes. Follow these directions to really spoil his sweet tooth:

Supplies for Mini Father’s Day Golf Cupcakes

Box of cake mix
Vanilla frosting
Green food coloring
Green Sprinkles
Chocolate chips
Cardstock or construction paper
Small, round white candy
Vanilla cookies

How to Make Father’s Day Golf Cupcakes

Mini Father's Day Golf Cupcakes Frosted With Green Icing

  1. Bake a batch of Dad’s favorite mini cupcakes using boxed cupcake mix. In a bowl, mix vanilla frosting with green food coloring. The amount of food coloring you use depends on how dark you want the color to be. The more food coloring you use, the darker the frosting color will be.Mini Father's Day Golf Cupcakes Topped With Green Sprinkles
  2. To create the grass for your golf cupcakes, frost each cupcake with the green icing. To make the grass look even more lifelike, dip the top of the iced cupcakes into green sprinkles.Mini Father's Day Golf Cupcake With Toothpick Flag Stick and Chocolate Chip Putt
  3. For half the cupcakes, stick a single chocolate chip point-down into the icing of each cupcake to make a putt. Then, cut a small flag out of cardstock and glue it to the top of a toothpick. Stick the bottom of the toothpick into the cupcake directly behind the putt, just like a real flag stick. Finish the cupcakes off by decorating each of them with a small white candy ball right near the flag.Mini Father's Day Cupcake With Cookie Crumb Sand Bunker
  4. For the other half of the cupcakes, crush a small bag of vanilla cookies in the blender. Spoon the cookie crumbs onto the top of each remaining cupcake to create a sand bunker.Father's Day Golf Cupcakes
  5. Place one of each cupcake side by side and you’ve got an irresistibly scrumptious dessert fit for a golfing pro!

Father’s Day Gift Idea #3: DIY Golf Planter

DIY Father's Day Planter in Golf Ball Ceramic ContainerA few vibrant green plants displayed in a fun golf ball-shaped flower pot lets Dad bring a piece of his favorite golf course into his office or man cave. Check out our Petal Talk blog post on how to make a Father’s Day planter to read the full step-by-step tutorial.

Father’s Day Gift Idea #4: DIY Golf Card

Golf Father's Day CardAt the end of the day, it’s not the game that matters to Dad; feeling the love of his family is what he really wants on Father’s Day! Tell the special father in your life how much he’s appreciated with a beautiful handmade and heartfelt golf card, straight from you. (Bonus: This is a great Father’s Day kids craft too!) Here’s how to make one:

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Getting to Know the Dads: A Father’s Day 2013 Celebration

These hardworking superdads deliver smiles at work and at home! We’d like to introduce you to the dads, whom we have the pleasure of working with every day. Here’s what they love best about being a father … and which truly original gifts would brighten their Father’s Day this year!

Marc Grzeskowiak - VP of Technology for BloomNet Napco and 1800Flowers FranchisingMeet Mark Grzeskowiak
Vice President of Technology for BloomNet, Napco and Franchising

In addition to heading up the franchising of and two of our sister brands for the past eight years, Mark is also the head of a beautiful family with four active and absolutely adorable children.

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “Plain and simply, the kids. Watching them grow and learn is an amazing experience.”

Cheryl's Father's Day Tool BoxBest Dad Story: “With four young kids, each of their births is still fresh in my mind. You can’t surpass the joy of watching your children being born.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From Cheryl’s Cookies
“I’m a sweets junkie at heart!”


Scott Archila - VP Financial Reporting and TaxationMeet Scott Archila
Vice President of Financial Reporting and Taxation

A mainstay in the family for the past 18 years, Scott is also the dad of two girls and one boy—each smart, energetic and creative, yet truly original in their own way!

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “Being able to watch my children learn, grow and care for one another and providing them guidance throughout life’s challenges makes me smile.”

Best Dad Story: “[My daughter] Ashley is a fireball of energy—extremely creative and quite the talker. When she was 4, she invented her own ‘Blankie Buddies’ doll by using her baby blanket and dressing it up in American Girl Doll clothes. I should have patented this Cheryl's Father's Day Assorted Cookie Gift Boxidea back then.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From Cheryl’s Father’s Day Assorted Cookie Gift Box
“The cookies from Cheryl’s are a favorite in my home. This gift is great because I can share it with my entire family (except the peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies—those are mine)!”


Abe Adler - CRM and Business AnalyticsMeet Abe Adler
CRM and Business Analytics

A true numbers man, Abe uses reports and data to help better deliver smiles to its customers. Abe is a fairly new member of our team: He’s only been with us for a year, but he’s been a father much longer. He has six children, all ranging in age from 21 to 8 … and they all inherited his great sense of humor!

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “Seeing my kids overcome their challenges and have pride in their work makes me smile.”

Best Dad Story: “My favorite dad story comes during a school production many years ago. My son was up on stage and I had a clear view of both my son and my father. During the production I was not only smiling at my son’s performance, but also at the smile that I Dwarf Jade Bonsaisaw on my father’s face as he watched my son. My father later told me that not only was he smiling at my son but also at my happiness. Like father, like son, I guess.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From Dwarf Jade Bonsai
“I like that it’s compact enough to sit on my desk yet big enough to make me smile.”


Ted Nelson - VP BloomNetMeet Ted Nelson
Vice President of BloomNet

Always using his imagination to create new products for our BloomNet brand, Ted is also the proud father of two confident young boys, both of whom love playing lacrosse and other sports.

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “Watching my children grow up and seeing how truly unique and different they are from each other.”

Best Dad Story: “When my older son Teddy was born, I handed him to my father in the hospital. As we all share the same first name (my Father is Junior, I’m the III and my son is IV), it was one of the single most special times in our lives as the legacy lived on and The Happy Hour Collection - Dad's Beer Bottle Lanternwas unbroken.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From The Happy Hour Collection
“It’s a truly unique product line and one that I was involved in from its origins. Watching this product line grow has been very rewarding and fun.”


Joe Tura - Senior Copywriter in Creative ServicesMeet Joe Tura
Senior Copywriter in Creative Services

As the voice of, Joe is responsible for conveying the brand’s personality through his writing. He also has a 10-year-old daughter, Cassie, who has a fun and vibrant personality of her own. While keeping on top of the latest TV shows, movies, comic books and technology, Cassie also trains in mixed martial arts, plays the clarinet, writes her own stories and jokes, and plays video games like a pro!

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “It’s the little things about being a Dad that touch me the most. Like how my daughter will always want to play ‘20 Questions About Marvel Comics’ on our drive to school, or hearing her scream louder than everyone in the section at a Yankees game, or sometimes simply holding her hand for safety in a parking lot.”

Best Dad Story: “My favorite story of being a Dad (so far) is probably the first time Cassie rode my favorite roller coaster—The Phoenix at Knoebels in Elysburg, P.A.—with my wife and I in the same car, and hearing her go on about how awesome a ride it was! It made me realize how my Dad must have felt on our fishing trips, how special it is to share Sports Hound a-DOG-able Arrangementsomething you’re passionate about with your child.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From Sports Hound™ a-DOG-able®
“I’m a huge sports fan and a lifelong dog lover. The Sports Hound™ a-DOG-able® arrangement is a fresh and fun way to root, root, root for your favorite team and dress up the home at the same time. Just don’t tell my cats!”

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Top Ten Father’s Day Ideas

Make this Father’s Day the best one yet with our list of Father’s Day ideas!

Fun things to do on fathers day - Fishing

Looking for the perfect way to thank Dad for all of his hard work? How about taking some time on Father’s Day to do something fun and memorable together? The following list is a sampling of ideas for what to do on Father’s Day with your dad. There is no better gift than to simply spend the day with your dad doing something that you both love. There’s a ton of great ways to bond with your dad on Father’s Day. Whatever you do, no matter if it’s big or small, make sure that you spend this Father’s Day with your dad and let him know how much you care!
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Father’s Day Around the World

Today, Father’s Day is celebrated with special gifts for Dad not only in the United States, but all over the globe! Here’s a complete calendar of Father’s Day dates around the world:
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Father’s Day Gift Guide – All Under $40!

Use this handy Father’s Day gift guide to make this Father’s Day the best one yet!

Don’t forget! Father’s Day is just around the corner! Make sure you take this time to thank Dad for all of his hard work. And what better way to do that than with a Father’s Day gift that he’ll love? We know it’s hard to find a gift that’s just right for your dad, so we made this helpful guide. On top of being Dad-approved, these gifts are affordable—all under $40! So be sure to check out what we have to offer, and make this Father’s Day memorable.
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Posted in Father's Day | Leave a comment Kicks off the Summer of a Million Smiles Program at Walnut Street Elementary School

Summer of a Million Smiles LogoOn Friday, May 31st, the Smile Squad kicked off this year’s Summer of a Million Smiles program at Walnut Street Elementary School in Uniondale, N.Y., in celebration of the plant sale. Third grade students were smiling wide when they were surprised with an expert lesson on plants, then given beautiful flowering gifts to take home for Father’s Day!

The first of a string of community outreach events this summer, our visit to Walnut Elementary School helped third graders have some fun with their science curriculum … and learn how to help the earth by planting flowers!

Summer of a Million Smiles Kickoff Event at Walnut Street Elementary SchoolThe Smile Squad started delivering smiles by teaching students about the anatomy of a plant. Then, to show the kiddies how to beautify their school and keep the environment healthy, the team helped them plant colorful flowers in their outdoor classroom area.

“It was such an awesome, hands-on learning experience about the science and care of plants,” says Linda Freidman, principal of Walnut Street Elementary School. “The students enjoyed the presentation and loved planting the beautiful array of flowers in the Third Graders of Walnut Street Elementary School Learning all About Plants From the Teamvarious garden beds that we prepared for this event around the school. Most of all, the students felt so proud of themselves that they were able to help beautify the school.”

To end the day with even bigger smiles, we gave every third grader a pretty plant to give as a Father’s Day gift! We were glad to see so many happy little faces that day, beaming with excitement thanks to their blooming new school garden and take-home presents. We’re proud to make a difference by passing on our knowledge of plants to the younger generation. After all, today’s kids are tomorrow’s environmentalists!

The Smile Squad at Walnut Street Elementary School“Friday was a super day with the girls from 1-800-Flowers. I learned how to plant and what plants need to survive,” says Jeffrey Diaz, one of the third grade students at Walnut Street Elementary School who took part in the flower fun. “I had never planted before. Now I like to plant and I can’t wait to plant flowers at my own house with my family!”

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Father’s Day Gift Idea: DIY Construction Boot Bouquet

Father's Day DIY Construction Boot BouquetThink the special dad in your life wouldn’t want to get flowers for Father’s Day? Think again. No father can resist a beautiful bouquet in a brand-new pair of shoes! A manly DIY construction boot bouquet does double duty as a rugged and trendy decoration for your home and as a super-practical present for Pops. This is one Father’s Day gift idea that’s sure to knock Dad’s socks off! Here’s how to make it:

Supplies for DIY Father’s Day Craft

Father’s Day Flowers
Two small glass vases
One new pair of construction boots

How to Make a Father’s Day DIY Construction Boot Bouquet

Construction Boots and Vases for DIY Father's Day Construction Boot Bouquet

  1. Get a pair of brand-new construction boots in Dad’s size, and then find two glass vases that are small enough to fit into the openings of the boots. Tall drinking glasses work great too.
    Flowers and Vases for DIY Father's Day Construction Boot Bouquet
  2. Grab a bouquet of Dad’s favorite flowers and trim the stems so they’re just the right height for your vases.
    Flowers Separated into Two Vases for Father's Day Construction Boot Bouquet
  3. Split the bouquet into two smaller bouquets. Fill both vases with water and place one small bouquet into each vase.
    Flowers and Vase Placed in a Construction Boot to Make a Father's Day Construction Boot Bouquet
  4. Carefully slip one vase into the opening of each construction boot to make a macho      vase cover for your Father’s Day flowers!

Father's Day Construction Boot Bouquet

Would your pops get excited over a construction boot bouquet on Father’s Day? Tell us what arrangement you’ll pick for your No. 1 dad!

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Father’s Day Craft for Kids: How to Make Father’s Day Gift Bags!

DIY Father's Day Gift BagsFather’s Day is a holiday when—after a long year of hard work—Dad finally gets to sit back, spend quality time with his family and be pampered like the king he is. And no one is more excited to shower their reigning hero with gifts more than his children! Looking for a Father’s Day craft for kids to really help Dad loosen up his tie this year? These adorable and easy-to-make goodie bags look like Pop’s favorite button-down shirt and necktie—and inside they hold the most delicious Father’s Day snacks. Here’s how your kids can make them, with a little help from you!

Supplies Needed for DIY Father’s Day Gift Bags

Paper lunch bags or candy bags
Patterned cardstock or scrapbook paper
Black construction paper
Father’s Day tie and bowtie template
Pen or pencil
Double-sided tape
Glue stick
Gourmet Father’s Day snacks

How to Make DIY Father’s Day Gift Bags

Brown Paper Lunch Bags and White Paper Candy Bags for DIY Father's Day Gift Bags

  1. Pick a bag … any bag! Find the perfect-sized paper bag that can hold your Father’s Day treats. Lunch bags or mini candy bags in any color work just fine. And you can never go wrong when you pick the color of Dad’s favorite button-down shirt! Standard white is always a great option too.
    How to Fold a Paper Bag to Create a Collared Shirt
  2. Lay the bag flat on a table, with the opening of the bag at the top. Fold down the mouth of the bag about 3 or 4 inches, depending on how big you’d like the collar of the shirt to be.
    How to Trace Lines on a Paper Bag to Create a Collared Shirt
  3. Using a ruler and a pen, draw a diagonal line from the bottom-left corner of the bag’s flap up to the center of the top of the flap. Draw another diagonal line from the bottom-right corner of the flap up to the same top center point. Once you’re done, the lines will make the shape of an inverted “V” on the flap.
    How to Trim a Paper Bag to Create a Collared Shirt
  4. Take a pair of scissors and follow the lines on the flap to cut out the triangle shape in the center. And there you go: Now you have a collar for your shirt! Time to make a tie and some buttons.
    Fun Father's Day Ties Cut out From Cardstock
  5. Print this Father’s Day tie and bowtie template onto a piece of patterned cardstock or scrapbook paper. Pick Dad’s favorite tie shape and carefully cut out the shape form the cardstock. (To make sure the tie fits on your paper bag, we gave you two sizes of ties in our template: large ties for lunch bags, and small ties for candy bags.) To create the buttons for the shirt, cut out tiny circles from black construction paper.
    Father's Day Candy Bag Filled With Cookies
  6. Open the paper bag and fill it with some of Dad’s favorite snacks, like gourmet cookies, pretzels, mixed nuts and candy, or popcorn. Fold the collar back down and seal it by placing two pieces of double-sided tape on the inside of the collar and attaching it to the face of the bag.
    Father's Day Gift Bags Decorated With Paper Ties and Buttons
  7. To put the finishing touch on the shirt, place a piece of double-sided tape on the back of the cardstock tie cutout and attach the tie to the bag, right at the top of the collar. Then, using a glue stick, glue the black construction paper buttons in a line going down the center of the bag, right below the tie.

What kind of yummy treats for Dad will your kids wrap up in their Father’s Day gift bags?

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DIY Father’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Father’s Day Planter

Learn How to Create a Father’s Day Gift Using Plants

DIY Father's Day Planter in Golf Ball Ceramic Container
Father’s Day 2013 is Sunday, June 16!

Looking for a gift that fits dad’s personality for Father’s Day? It’s nice to buy dad something, but if you wanted to try making your own Father’s Day gift for an extra special touch, you have found the right blog post! With just a few plants and a container, I’ll show you how to make a fun Father’s Day gift that dad will love!

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Celebrating Dad: The History of Father’s Day

Vintage Photo of a Father and Son on Father's DayWhen you were a kid, you knew him as Prince Charming, Mr. Fix-It, and a Superman. Today, you see him as the strong, loving and supportive role model he’s always been—and always will be. Who is he? It’s Dad, of course! Father’s Day 2013 is coming up on Sunday, June 16, and that means it’s time to honor and thank the man who has been there for you from the start. And though there’s no doubt every dad deserves his own holiday, have you ever wondered about the history of Father’s Day? Read on to find out how the third Sunday in June became Pop’s most special day of the year!

The First Father’s Day

After the first Mother’s Day proved to be a success in the U.S., it was only natural for a day to be set aside to celebrate Dad too. And so, Father’s Day was created as a matching holiday for Mother’s Day.

It was all started on June 19, 1910, by Sonara Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington, where the first Father’s Day celebration took place in the local YMCA. After hearing a sermon about the newly founded Mother’s Day, Dodd was so moved that she wanted to create a similar holiday to honor fathers—especially since her own dad was a Civil War veteran and a single parent of six kids. She had originally suggested that Father’s Day be celebrated on June 5, her dad’s birthday, but the date was eventually pushed to the third Sunday of June.

At first, Father’s Day wasn’t as popular as its founder had hoped it would be. Because she was studying at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1920s, Dodd couldn’t promote the holiday as much as she wanted, and so Father’s Day began to fade. But once Dodd returned to Spokane in the 1930’s and started spreading the word to large companies and retailers once again, the holiday was reborn. It finally caught on after years of effort, despite some initial pushback from the public, which initially saw Father’s Day as nothing but a copycat holiday.

After many failed attempts made by various presidents and politicians to convince Congress that Father’s Day should be nationally recognized, in 1957 Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith accused Congress of ignoring fathers while celebrating mothers for 40 years. Then, President Lyndon B. Johnson finally designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in 1966, and President Richard Nixon signed it off as a permanent holiday in 1972.

Father’s Day Around the World

In different countries, Father’s Day falls on different days. Check out our other blog post to see a complete list of countries and the day they each celebrate Father’s Day!

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How to Help the Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Americana Heart Preserved WreathAs news about the heartbreaking devastation caused by the tornado in Oklahoma continues to pour in, today we’d like to take a moment to step away from our usual flower-themed posts and show our love and support for those in need. For our readers who want to know how to help the Oklahoma tornado victims, we’ve put together a list of reputable organizations you can partner with to join in relief efforts. Here are the links to each organization’s website, as well as a short description of how your donations will help the disaster victims:

To help ensure that your contributions are going directly to Oklahoma tornado relief efforts, here are a few important tips to consider before donating to any organizations not listed above:

  • Donate only to charities you trust and are familiar with.
  • Do not give your personal information, such as your credit card or bank account number, to any charity that is not reputable.
  • Always check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Watch, GuideStar or Charity Navigator website to make sure the charity to which you’re donating is legitimate.
  • Never send cash envelopes. They might get lost in the mail, and you won’t have any records of the donation to keep for personal or tax purposes.
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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. Although we may not realize it, military heroes, veterans and family members live and work all around us, not only giving us a sense of safety, but also bringing us tons of happiness each day. Meet the brave 1800Flowers military heroes and families, whom we proudly call our co-workers, and find out which patriotic flower arrangements they’d like to receive this Memorial Day!

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.”


James SmythMeet James Smyth
Senior Manager of Performance and Quality Assurance

A steadfast and reliable link in the 1800Flowers family chain for the past 19 years, James works with our sales agents to achieve their goals and bring smiles to their customers’ faces. He also gallantly served our country as a U.S. Army soldier during the Vietnam War.

Why He’s Proud to Be a U.S. Military Veteran: “I am a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran proud to have served our country under difficult circumstances and to be a member of this special brotherhood. My thoughts and prayers are forever with my fellow soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice and with the families and friends of The American Dream Bouquet Triothose still missing in action.”

Favorite Patriotic Flower Arrangement: The American Dream Bouquet Trio
“The colors are spectacular, with vivid red mini carnations in contrast with white daisies in a one-of-a-kind cobalt blue pyramid vase. A great gift for any patriotic holiday.”


Jim DunhamMeet Jim Dunham
Network Engineer

Jim helps keep the 1800Flowers site running by overseeing its Internet connection. Before he joined forces with us three years ago, he served as a specialist in the Signal Corp in the U.S. Army. His son James Jr. is now serving as a Private First Class in basic training, and he’ll be following his father’s footsteps as an analyst in the Signal Corp once he’s finished training.

Why He’s Proud to Be a U.S. Military Veteran: “The U.S. Army is a family. To say I have a favorite heartwarming story is hard as there are so many. I remember the amount of support we received when my daughter was born while I served. I remember when I had to go away on missions and I knew my family was safe with the help and watchful eyes of my U.S. Army family. That every week my son asks for a new Tie a Yellow Ribbon Bouquetbook of stamps because not all in his platoon have stamps to mail letters home. Too many stories.”

Favorite Patriotic Flower Arrangement: Tie a Yellow Ribbon
“To me it represents the sacrifice that soldiers’ loved ones make. It’s a great gift for the wives and moms of our troops.”


Jeanne BraunMeet Jeanne Braun
Fresh Rewards Specialist

Jeanne, who has worked in sales, customer service, billing and reception here at 1800Flowers for the past 20 years, may not have served in the military herself, but she knows firsthand what it’s like to be part of a military family. Her son Billy has been serving in the U.S. Army since 2006 as Sargeant Telecommunications Specialist.

Why She’s Proud to Be the Mom of a U.S. Army Soldier: “My son Billy keeps really busy and has been to Alaska, Iraq and Afghanistan, and is presently in Clarksville, Tenn. He is coming to New York Tie a Yellow Ribbon Bouquetsometime in the beginning of June for two weeks and will then be going to Germany for three years. Billy makes me proud that he is serving our country!”

Favorite Patriotic Flower Arrangement: Tie a Yellow Ribbon
“I really like this arrangement.”

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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!
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Posted in Gifting | Leave a comment Helps Salute Fallen Heroes at the USS Intrepid’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

USS Intrepid's Sea Air & Space Museum's Annual Memorial Day CeremonyTime to pay tribute to America’s bravest: Memorial Day is Monday, May 27!

Every year on the last Monday in May, we honor the courageous men and women in the armed forces who have lost their lives. The holiday, originally known as “Decoration Day,” was first announced on May 5, 1868, and first celebrated on May 30 of the same year. It began as a day to remember the soldiers who died in the Civil War, but over the years it transformed into a national holiday to memorialize the American soldiers lost in any war. One of the earliest ways to observe the holiday was to wear a red poppy in honor of lost heroes and decorate their graves with flowers, but today we also celebrate with family barbecues, parades and other touching Memorial Day ceremonies.

US Marine Soldier Holds 1-800-Flowers Wreath During USS Intrepid's Annual Memorial Day CeremonyOf the countless commemorative events that are held for the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their homeland, the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of the biggest and most exciting in the country. And for almost 10 years, has had the privilege of taking part in this historic occasion.

As a kickoff to the Summer Salute to Heroes program, the Memorial Day event starts at 10 a.m. with fun interactive displays and hands-on activities along the USS Intrepid’s Pier 86 in New York City, featuring exhibits from the U.S. Coast Guard, Coca-Cola, American Red Cross, CrossFit NYC and more. Then, the poignant Annual Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Visitors can pay their respects to fallen military men and women as they observe the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag and watch as four beautiful Memorial Day floral wreaths are thrown into the ocean from the pier.

1-800-Flowers Wreaths Displayed at USS Intrepid's Annual Memorial Day CeremonyThese stunning wreaths are specially made for, and proudly donated to, the ceremony by They measure more than 30 inches in diameter and are hand-arranged with fresh red, white and blue flowers, such as roses, mums, daisies, monte casino, lilies, carnations, baby’s breath, delphinium and more. The wreaths are then adorned with gorgeous matching bows and set on easels for all to see before they’re customarily released into the water. It’s a tradition that the team at is grateful to be a part of for the past decade, and one that we’re looking forward to commemorating for many years to come.

“It is truly an honor to participate in the annual Memorial Day Ceremony,” says Chris McCann, president. “Our caring team is passionate about helping the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum honor and recognize our fallen soldiers each year.”

The Memorial Day Ceremony is free and open to the public. So if you’re looking for a meaningful way to tip your hat to our fearless U.S. military, visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum! You can find more information on the event at

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Happy Mother’s Day 2013!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, moms-to-be, aunts, and all other special mother figures in your life!

On Saturday, May 11, Saturday Night Live welcomed back Kristen Wiig and this Mother’s Day video was a true surprise to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM!

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Celebrating Mother’s Day 2013 at the Office: Meet Our 1800Flowers Moms

Here at the 1800Flowers headquarters, Mother’s Day is the biggest celebration of the year! To honor the talented mamas who help make up our great team, we’d like you to meet our 1800Flowers moms. Find out why being a mom makes them smile … and what flowers they’re looking forward to receiving this Mother’s Day!

Kathleen Stromstedt - 1800Flowers Creative Copy ManagerMeet Kathleen Stromstedt
Creative Copy Manager

Kathleen, who’s in charge of making sure all 1800Flowers messaging reflects our brand’s voice, has a beautiful 1-year-old daughter who brightens up the whole family with her sweet personality.

Why She Loves Being a Mom: “Nothing makes me smile more than coming home after a long day at work and seeing my sweet little Charlotte smiling up at me. It’s the little moments that mean the most—singing and dancing along with Sesame Street in the morning as she claps and laughs along; rocking her to sleep at night with her favorite blankie. Even if I’m having the worst day, all I have to do is think about those special times we share together and I can’t help but smile.”

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“What mom wouldn’t love being surprised with such a truly original gift? From the handcrafted white carnations and cute little button nose and eyes to the mini purple tote (my favorite color!) and Mom Rules magnet, this sweet flower pup is the perfect way to make me smile on Mother’s Day!”


Chandra Savage - 1800Flowers Creative Production CoordinatorMeet Chandra Savage
Creative Production Coordinator

A dynamic member of the 1800Flowers family for the past seven years, Chandra is also a mom to a sweet teenage daughter who loves treating Mom to breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day.

Why She Loves Being a Mom: “When my daughter says ‘Can you spend time with me,’ it makes me smile. I have a teenager and they rarely say that. I told my daughter the other day that she is Super Exotic Breeze OrchidsSmart and Crazy Beautiful. I do not know too many kids that teach themselves another language by the time they reach Intermediate School.”

Favorite Mother’s Day Flowers: Exotic Breeze Orchids
“Bling and blooms is the only way to go for Mother’s Day!”


Patty Gormley - 1800Flowers Vice President of Website MarketingMeet Patty Gormley
Vice President of Website Marketing

Always looking for new ways to make the best it can be, Patty is also the proud mom of 14-year-old Jackson, who loves dance, music and theater; 12-year old Liam, who plays travel hockey and is a sports fanatic; and little 3-year-old Emma, who loves to read, draw, dance, and play knee hockey with her brothers.

Why She Loves Being a Mom: “My kids make me very proud. They are good-hearted kids with kind and generous souls who work (and play) really hard. It makes me smile when others see that in my children and say as Sweet Sentimentsmuch.”

Favorite Mother’s Day Flowers: Sweet Sentiments
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Posted in Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day | Leave a comment Rings in Mother’s Day 2013 at the NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony

1-800-Flowers Team at NASDAQ on 5-7-13 for Mother's DayOn Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Jim McCann, founder and CEO of, had the honor of ringing the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square to kick off Mother’s Day! The 1-800-Flowers team and their friends—including Brian Brewer, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Cancer Research Institute—blossomed with excitement as they helped Mr. McCann ring in the Mother’s Day 2013 holiday.

1-800-Flowers CEO Jim McCann and Brian Brewer of the Cancer Research Insitute at NASDAQ on 5-7-13 for Mother's Day

1-800-Flowers Team Rings the Opening Bell at NASDAQ Inc. shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, and their ticker symbol is “FLWS.”

1-800-Flowers Garden of Grandeur Arrangement at NASDAQMother's Devotion Bouquet With NecklaceSince delivering smiles through flowers is our specialty, we decorated the NASDAQ floor with some of our bestselling Mother’s Day flowers to help celebrate this festive occasion. Floral products showcased include:

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How to Say Flower in Different Languages

Single Long-Stem Infinite RoseShakespeare was right: A flower called by any other name would still smell just as sweet … and it’d look just as beautiful too! But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun learning all the different names that blooms are given around the world. Here’s how to say “flower” in 50 different languages:

  1. Afrikaans: “Blom”
  2. Albanian: “Lule”
  3. Azerbaijani: “Gul”
  4. Bavarian: “Bleame”
  5. Bosnian: “Cvijet”
  6. Breton: “Bleunv”
  7. Catalan: “Flor”
  8. Croatian: “Cvijet”
  9. Czech: “Kvet”
  10. Danish: “Blomst”
  11. Dutch: “Bloem”
  12. Esperanto: “Floro”
  13. Estonian: “Ois”
  14. Filipino: “Bulaklak”
  15. Finnish: “Kukka”
  16. French: “Fleur”
  17. German: “Blute”
  18. Greek: “Anthos” or “Louloudi”
  19. Guarani: “Yvoty”
  20. Haitian Creole: “Fle”
  21. Hungarian: “Virag”
  22. Icelandic: “Blom”
  23. Indonesian: “Bunga”
  24. Irish: “Blath” or “Planda”
  25. Italian: “Fiore”
  26. Kurdish: “Kulilk”
  27. Latin: “Flos”
  28. Latvian: “Zieds”
  29. Lithuanian: “Ziedas”
  30. Malay: “Bunga”
  31. Maltese: “Fjura”
  32. Norwegian: “Blomst” or “Blome”
  33. Polish: “Kwiat”
  34. Portuguese: “Flor”
  35. Romanian: “Floare”
  36. Scottish Gaelic: “Blath”
  37. Serbian: “Cvet”
  38. Sicilian: “Ciuri”
  39. Slovak: “Kvet”
  40. Slovenian: “Cvet”
  41. Somali: “Ubax”
  42. Spanish: “Flor”
  43. Sundanese: “Kembang”
  44. Swahili: “Maua”
  45. Swedish: “Blomma”
  46. Tagalog: “Bulaklak”
  47. Turkish: “Cicek”
  48. Ukrainian: “Kbitka”
  49. Vietnamese: “Hoa”
  50. Welsh: “Blodeuyn”

Now that you know how to say flower in different languages, tell us what other flower-related words you know how to say in your favorite language!

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Orchids, Orchids Everywhere! Touring the 2013 Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden Enid A Haupt ConservatoryEvery spring, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is transformed into a dazzling showcase for one of the world’s most beautiful and exotic flowers: the orchid. This year, for the 11th straight year in a row, the biggest orchid show in the United States celebrates this bewitching flower by displaying tens of thousands of its blooms in every shape, size and color imaginable, from deep purple Vandas to electric green Cymbidiums.

Yellow and Purple OrchidsThe Orchid Show was first created as a colorful kickoff to the spring season, during which NYBG visitors could escape their urban surroundings and learn more about the exciting research and many breathtaking exhibits being hosted at the garden.

“We were looking for a display that could help brighten up the gray days of winter and be a perfect prelude to our spectacular outdoor spring displays,” says Marc Hachadourian, orchid curator and manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections at NYBG. “Orchids seemed a natural choice. They have come to symbolize many things: Most people associate them with the exotic and unusual, and some consider certain orchids to be an aphrodisiac. During the last few days of winter—when people are really craving warmth, color and flowers—it is the perfect place to visit and immerse yourself. Being White and Purple Orchidssurrounded by thousands of colorful and fragrant blooms in one of the greatest glasshouses in the world is the best way to spend a day.”

This year, designer and horticultural expert Francisca Coelho fashioned the NYBG’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a lush rainforest with towering palm trees and exotic foliage. The 2013 show was inspired by Coelho’s upbringing in the tropics of Trinidad, and it took more than a year to plan and about two weeks to set up. The tropical pBrown and Yellow Striped Orchidsaradise overflowed with the rarest and most exquisite orchids from every corner of the globe.

“Two of the most unusual might be the Butterfly orchid, or Psychopsis—with blooms that look exactly like a butterfly in flight, even down to the antennae—or the Darwin’s Star orchid from Madagascar, with its white flowers and 12-inch nectar spur,” says Hachadourian. “Phalaenopsis orchids are also wonderful because their flowers can last several months under ideal conditions, outlasting any flowering plant or certainly cut flowers. I love to give them as gifts for that reason alone.”

Aside from being surrounded by these stunning blossoms, NYBG Orchid Show visitors were also able to learn how to Green and Purple Orchidscare for orchids at home, enjoy soothing music from all over the world, and unwind with an evening of delicious cocktails.

Of course, with its magical collection of one of our most beloved flowers, this show was one we simply had to experience in person. Here are the photos from our blissful stroll through orchid heaven!

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Visit Gardens with Garden Conservancy Days 2013

You drive through a lovely neighborhood and catch a glimpse of cascading roses through a wrought iron gate. A long bluestone driveway curves away under a canopy of flowering dogwoods and disappears. The scent of lilacs drifts over a dry-stacked stone wall.

Private Gardens with Flowers and a FountainWhat gorgeous gardens are concealed behind those tall walls and closed gates? Every year you have one day—or maybe two—to find out. That’s because on those days the members and supporters of the Garden Conservancy open the gates of their private gardens to visitors.

The Garden Conservancy, a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of extraordinary gardens in the United States, organizes the annual Open Days as both a fundraiser and a way of spreading the word about its mission. How better to discover that mission than by strolling through a 50-year-old garden that is the pride of its owner and creator? As a result, thousands of visitors have a chance to visit hundreds of private gardens throughout the nation. Click here to see schedule.
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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts for New Moms

Sweet Baby Girl ArrangementNo one is more excited to celebrate Mother’s Day than a brand-new mommy! Make her first big day a memorable one: Give her something that’ll always remind her of her proudest moment as a mom. To help you find the present that’ll really wow your favorite new mama, here are our top-rated Mother’s Day gifts for new moms!

Precious Little One AngelPrecious Little One Angel

For the special lady who is still expecting on Mother’s Day, give a gift that captures all the joy and anticipation of this exhilarating time. This beautifully detailed birchwood and pewter figuring, inscribed with the saying “Precious little one, you fill my heart with love,” is the perfect congratulatory gift and lifetime keepsake for the mommy-to-be.

Sweet Baby Boy ArrangementSweet Baby Girl or Sweet Baby Boy Arrangement

A proud new mommy wants nothing more than to show off her beautiful new baby to the world, so give her a gift that will let her do just that! This gorgeous hand-designed arrangement of roses, lilies and more comes in a glass vase that’s bedazzled with a magnetic mini photo frame so Mom can put that sweet face on display.

Imperial Cherry Blossom Spa Gift BasketImperial Cherry Blossom Spa Gift Basket

With all those sleepless nights spent changing diapers and singing lullabies, the first-time mama definitely deserves some pampering. This luxurious spa gift basket has everything she needs to relax and recharge, from body lotion and shower gel to a bath sponge and spa towel. It’ll give her an extra boost to take on even the most challenging baby duties!

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Congratulate the new mommy on her little bundle of joy by sending her a basket full of cuteness. This truly original puppy-shaped flower arrangement, specially made for a great mom like her, is sure to bring a bright smile to her face with colorful carnations, poms and more.

Fresh Rosebud Jewelry CollectionFresh Rosebud Jewelry Collection

Mom will keep her budding little baby locked in her heart forever, and this stunning necklace—made from real, freshly preserved rosebuds—is the perfect symbol of her love. A timeless and exclusive piece uniquely crafted by expert designers, the heart-shaped pendant will be something any new mommy would treasure for years.

What kind of gift do you think your favorite new mommy would love to receive on Mother’s Day?

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The Sweetest Mother’s Day Quotes: Because Mom Deserves the Best

Tulip With Mother's Day CardYour mom means so much to you: She’s your best friend, your guardian, your idol. So when you’re penning her Mother’s Day card, it’s only natural to be at a loss for words. After all, how can you ever really thank the woman who gave you the biggest gift of all: your life? But don’t you worry. We know your mom deserves the absolute best, so we’ve gathered the sweetest Mother’s Day quotes to send to her on her special day. Scroll them on a card and send them with Mother’s Day flowers, pin them on Pinterest, or post them on your mom’s Facebook wall. However you say it, your mom will get your loving message loud and clear!

Mother’s Day Quotes

Abraham Lincoln Mother's Day Quote

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

Kate Douglas Wiggin Mother's Day Quote

“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.” – Kate Douglas Wiggin

Hebrew Proverb for Mother's Day

“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” – Hebrew Proverb

Elizabeth Stone Mother's Day Quote

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

Mother's Day Hebrew Proverb

“A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Hebrew Proverb

George Cooper Mother's Day Quote

“Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of lambs in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.”
– George Cooper

Unknown Mother's Day Quote

“Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.” – Anonymous

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How to Care for the Planet on Earth Day

Family Holding a Young Green Plant in HandsHappy Earth Day! It’s time to show Mother Nature some love. We have plenty of great ways you can celebrate … and help the environment at the same time! Read on to find out more about how to care for the planet on Earth Day.

Plant Trees Outside; Decorate With Flowers Inside

Flowers and plants aren’t just decorative items for our backyards. They’re like natural air purifiers: Through the process of photosynthesis, they remove toxins from the air we breathe. So to help make the environment a bit greener and cleaner on Earth Day, plant some trees outside with your friends, then buy flowers and plants for your home or office. No room for new plants? Find a local park or organization that needs some help with landscaping and lend them a hand, or make a DIY terrarium for your small living space. Check out the new Greenhouse page to find out more about how plants help purify the air.

Make Eco-Friendly Crafts

Teach your kids all about preserving the environment … and have fun doing it! There are tons of great eco-friendly craft ideas out there for your children to enjoy, and most of them can be made with natural or reusable materials you already have at home. Here’s an easy one to try. To help support your neighborhood’s bird population, have your kids cover a pinecone with smooth peanut butter and then roll it in birdseed. Hang up the pinecone outside with a piece of string, and then watch the beautiful birds show up at your doorstep!

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Commit to living by the three R’s—on Earth Day and every day. Avoid packaged and disposable plastic products, cut down on buying products that you don’t need, and use cloth shopping bags and reusable water thermoses. All of these strategies help you drastically decrease the amount of trash you produce at home and on the go. When you’re all done using your products, make sure to toss any paper, plastic, glass and aluminum items into a recycling bin. But before you throw it away, ask yourself: Can I use this for something else? You’ll be surprised at how many items have multiple uses. Just use your imagination or browse for some ideas on Pinterest to see how you can turn your trash into treasure.

Give to Those in Need

Overwhelmed by the clutter in your home? Instead of filling up your garbage cans, take Earth Day as an opportunity to donate your unwanted and unused belongings to a local charity. You’ll produce less waste, your stuff will be given a second life, your home will be more organized and you’ll be doing a service to the community. Need any more good reasons? Didn’t think so!

Organize a Litter Cleanup Crew

We all have that one neighborhood park, street or highway that could use a thorough cleaning. So on Earth Day, grab some garbage bags and gloves, rally up your neighbors and head out to rid your hometown of litter. Some companies even give cleanup supplies to cleanup groups, and you can schedule a time for the sanitation department to pick up the trash. You’ll make your community a cleaner and safer place to live not only for you, but for the local wildlife too. Continue reading

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Enter the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® “Surprise and Delight” Sweepstakes

Mother's Embrace Mother's Day FlowersEnter the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM #MyMom Sweepstakes on Twitter, and each day and you could win a beautiful Mother’s Day arrangement. Enter the sweepstakes by simply tweeting to @1800flowers using the hashtag #MYMOM in your tweet!

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Enter the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt Contest

1800flower's Mother's Embrace Floral Arrangement1-800-FLOWERS.COM is challenging Twitter users to a Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt.  Search through fantastic Mother’s Day gift ideas to find the featured Mother’s Day Gift of the Day and a chance to win products for the upcoming holiday! The Scavenger Hunt, which will be hosted on the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Twitter page, will feature clues and descriptions of Mother’s Day-themed flowers, gifts and treats, found on the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM website. The first person to locate the featured Mother’s Day Gift of the Day on the website based on clues provided via Twitter, will win that featured product! Winner must be the first to reply to @1800flowers with the correct gift name, product URL and hash tag #mothersday to win. Find the very best for her, because mom means so much!

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Vote for Your Favorite Mother’s Day Bouquet Online & You Could Win a Free Bouquet!

Beautiful Mother's Day Arrangement- roses, lilies, daisy pomsMother’s Day is all about getting mom what she loves! We want to know what your mom loves so vote for your favorite Mother’s Day bouquet by “liking” our Mother’s Day floral arrangements!

We’ll also be choosing five random voters to win a free Mother’s Day bouquet from our Mother’s Day bestsellers collection!

You can enter the Mother’s Day sweepstakes one of two ways:
(1) By visiting
(2) By visiting the 1800Flowers Facebook page. Click on the tab “Mother’s Day Voting,” provide your name and email address, and use the “Like” button below each product image to vote for your favorite products!

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The History of the Easter Lily & How It Became the Most Popular Easter Flower

easter-sentiments-sympathy-lily-plant-18115Easter is almost here, and there’s only one flower that can really capture the sacred spirit of the holiday: the Easter lily! The pure white color of this blossom has long symbolized the purity, hope and new life of spring, and its beautiful trumpet shape makes it the perfect herald for the fresh new season. So it’s no wonder it’s become one of the most popular blooms to decorate homes and churches with during this time of year. But how did this pretty little flower come to be associated with (and even named after) Easter? Here’s the full history of the Easter lily, for you to read while you dress up your home in its Sunday best!

How the Easter Lily Came to the U.S.

The Easter lily was officially discovered in 1777 by Swedish naturalist Carl Peter Thunberg in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. After its discovery, the flower made its way to England in 1819 and then arrived at Bermuda in the mid-1800s. It was then named the “Bermuda lily,” but its name was eventually changed to “Easter lily” when the spring-blooming flower was brought to Philadelphia and popularized there as an Easter blossom. A virus destroyed the Easter lily’s production on the island of Bermuda, making Japan the flower’s largest producer once again.

It wasn’t until World War I that the Easter lily started being produced in the United States. When soldier Louis Houghton first saw the flower, he was so captivated by it that he brought a suitcase full of bulbs back to his home state of Oregon in 1919. Houghton started handing out the lilies to his friends, who also happened to be horticulture experts.

As a result, large-scale production of the flower spread across the West Coast of the U.S., and by 1945 more than 1,000 growers in Oregon and California were producing the bulbs, earning the region the title of “Easter Lily Capitol of the World.” Today, Oregon and California grow 95 percent of all Easter lilies. Easter lilies are now one of the most popular potted plants in the U.S., ranking with poinsettias, mums and azaleas. Continue reading

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All About Bougainvillea Flowers: One of the Caribbean’s Most Beautiful Tropical Blooms

Bougainvillea on Maho Beach, St Maarten Pink, Purple, Red and Orange Bougainvillea on Maho Beach, St. Maarten

Once upon a time, the hibiscus was my all-time favorite tropical flower. But on a recent cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, an even more exotic bloom caught my eye … and stole my heart: bougainvillea. Whether I was strolling along the turquoise shorelines of St. Maarten or hiking through the deep, lush jungles of St. Lucia, this colorful flower brought a bright burst of excitement to every breathtaking landscape I encountered. After I came back home, I just had to learn more about the gorgeous bougainvillea and, of course, share some vacation photos with my readers!

Bougainvillea Blossom on Maho Beach, St Maarten Pink Bougainvillea Blossom on Maho Beach, St. Maarten

The History of Bougainvillea Flowers

Bougainvilleas are scattered throughout the warmest parts of the world—like the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, India, Mexico, Australia and the southern United States and more—but the flowers are actually native to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They were first found there in 1768 by Philibert Commerçon, a French explorer and naturalist. Commerçon named the flowers after his good friend Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, the French admiral with whom Commerçon sailed around the world from 1766 to 1769. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that the bougainvillea was brought to Europe. Soon enough, France and England became thriving producers of the flower and eventually began trading it to Australia and other countries around the world.

Orange Bougainvillea Vine in Soufriere, St Lucia Orange Bougainvillea Vine in Soufriere, St. Lucia

All About Bougainvillea Flowers

The bougainvillea plant is a thorny vine that can reach anywhere from 3-39 feet in height. In areas that lie closer to the equator, bougainvilleas bloom all year long. But in non-tropical locations, their bloom cycles last only four to six weeks. They produce tiny white flowers that are surrounded by waxy, brightly colored leaves called bracts. So—believe it or not—those breathtaking shades of pink, purple, red, orange and yellow that you typically see on the bougainvillea aren’t actually flowers; they’re leaves!

Purple Bougainvillea Vine in Soufriere, St Lucia Purple Bougainvillea Vine in Soufriere, St. Lucia

If you’re looking to grow them at home, keep in mind that bougainvilleas need dry soil, lots of sun and regular fertilization. Other than that, these flowers are a gardener’s dream: They don’t need a lot of water (they actually spoil when they’re watered too much), and they’re naturally resistant to pests and disease. When it comes to landscape design, it’s also one of the most versatile flowers: Depending on your preference, you can either prune it into a small topiary, shape it into a medium-sized bush or train it to sprawl over fences, walls, trellises and more. No matter how you decorate your yard with it, the bougainvillea and its explosive color will turn your home into a tropical paradise.

Would you like to have a bougainvillea at home? How would you use it to bring some Caribbean flare to your own backyard?

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Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Spice up Your Easter Egg Hunt With These Helpful Tips

Family On Easter Egg Hunt In Daffodil FieldThe hunt is on! This weekend, tracking down those Easter eggs doesn’t have to be a plain old game of hide-and-seek. Check out these creative Easter egg hunt ideas and show your kids a hopping good time!

Use Flower Trails

Mark a starting point in the middle of your yard. Using Easter flowers, create multiple trails on the grass that lead from the starting point to each hidden egg. Each individual trail is made with a specific color flower. To make things even more exciting, make a few “fake” trails that lead the kids away from the eggs, with some clues at the end of the trail explaining how to get back on track. The kids have to follow the flowers to find the eggs, and whoever gets the most eggs wins! The best part is that the kids can collect the flowers as they follow each trail, so they’ll have a basket full of candy and blooms when the game is over.

Go Candy-less

Candy doesn’t have to be the only prize for your Easter egg hunt. Fill those plastic eggs with something a little bit more healthy and fun. Here are some suggestions:

  • Money or loose change
  • Stickers
  • Flower seeds
  • Coupons that can be redeemed for fun activities (like a sleepover)
  • Miniature toys or trinkets, like Squinkies or toy cars
  • Hair accessories, mini nail polish or lip gloss for girls
  • Small magnets
  • Key chains
  • Bouncy balls
  • Plastic animals
  • Silly Putty
  • Costume jewelry
  • Movie tickets
  • Gift certificates

Glow in the Dark

Fill up plastic Easter eggs with glow sticks and hide them around your backyard. Once the sun goes down, you’re ready for a neon-themed Easter party!

Solve the Puzzle

Print out a photo of the grand prize for your Easter egg hunt. Cut out the paper into small puzzle pieces and put each piece into a plastic egg. Have the kids hunt for all the eggs and put the puzzle pieces together to find out what they win.

Get Color-Coordinated

Assign a color to each child, and then have each kid find all of the eggs in their specific color. Hide an equal amount of eggs for each color so everyone gets the same amount of prizes. Everyone’s a winner!

Find the Treasure

Draw a map of your yard and mark your egg hiding spots with an “X.” Have the kids dress up like pirates and use the map to find the hidden booty.
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Top 6 Most Beautiful and Unique Tulip Types

Signature Purple TulipsYou know it’s spring when those long, lovely tulip stems start peeking out of the ground! There are more than 1,000 different tulip species, and each of them brings its own touch of charm to springtime. In fact, so many species exist that scientists have grouped them into 15 main categories of tulip types, just to keep them in order! So in honor of our Tulip Spectacular, we’re celebrating the warmer weather by picking our six favorite tulip types. Read on to find out what makes each category of these spring blooms beautiful and unique!

Single TulipTulip Type No. 1: Single Tulip

The beautiful simplicity of these tulips is what makes them a favorite among gardeners and florists all over the world. In fact, our floral designers at use Single tulips to create all of our spectacular tulip arrangements. Whether they’re solid-colored or bicolored with two contrasting hues, these flowers bring a bold pop of color to any home or garden. They can be found in virtually any hue, including red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, white and black. We love the gorgeous, deep color of the purple tulip so much that we even chose it as our signature flower!

Single tulips come in two varieties: early-blooming and late-blooming. Early bloomers start to spring up in late Mach and can grow up to 17 inches tall, and each flower can expand up to 3 inches wide. On the other hand, Single Late tulips typically bloom in May and can grow up to 30 inches tall, with a 3-inch-wide flower. Some of the most popular Single Early tulips include the Purple Prince, Diana, Prince of Austria, Cardinal Rampolla, Lac van Rijn and Keizerskroon. For Single Late tulips, favorites include the Antoinette, Blushing Lady, Queen of the Night, Avignon, Dreamland and Zomerschoon.

Double TulipTulip Type No. 2: Double Tulip

These tulips are double the fun! They come in pairs, and they have more than twice as many petals as the Single variety. They have so many petals that they’re sometimes called Peony-Flowering tulips because their full blooms look so much like pretty peonies. Because they’re so large, Double tulip blossoms are long-lasting, but they can also easily snap in bad weather. Staking is sometimes a must, especially during strong wind and rain.

Like their single-bloomed siblings, Double tulips exist in early and late varieties. Double Early tulips show off their blossoms in early April and grow up to 15 inches tall and 3 inches wide. Double Late tulips appear later in the season, around May, and can reach 24 inches in height. Some of the most beloved Double tulips include the Angelique, Peach Blossom, Uncle Tom, Orange Princess, Yellow Spider, Montreux, Crispion, MountTacoma, Miranda and Boule d’Or.

Lily Flowering TulipTulip Type No. 3: Lily-Flowering Tulip

The most feminine of all tulips, these tall, curvy flowers are named for their lily-like shape. Their blossoms are narrower in the middle, and their long, pointy petals curl outward at the top. When they fully bloom, they form a star shape, just like the lily. Lily-Flowering tulips can reach a height of 24 inches, and they can come in any combination of pink, purple, peach, red, orange, yellow and white. They typically flaunt their full-bodied beauty in late spring, around May. The trendiest Lily-Flowering tulips are the Ballerina, Ballade, West Point, Mona Lisa, Holland Chic, China Pink, Tres Chic and White Triumphator—fitting names for such graceful and stylish flowers!

Fringed TulipTulip Type No. 4: Fringed (Crispa) Tulip

These tulips call for a celebration! Their fun, fringed petals make them look like adorable little party hats. The frayed edges of this flower can be either the same color as the rest of the blossom, or they can sometimes have their own exciting color that contrasts the petals. Their blooming season is usually in late spring, and they can reach up to a whopping 30 inches in height. The frilliest, best-loved varieties of the Fringed tulip include the Curly Sue, Fancy Frills, Fringed Elegance, Burgundy Lace, Cummins, Hamilton and Lambada. Continue reading

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Gift Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day 2013 is Wednesday, April 24.

administrative professionals day flowers “Thanks-A-Latte”

Most businesses require a lot of time and effort from any number of employees in order to function at their best, all the time. Administrative Professionals Day is a celebration of the amazing people that help us do our jobs well from day to day. Every third week in April, we show our appreciation and reward the people that work closely with us by giving special gifts or doing thoughtful things for our fellow workers. If you are looking for gift ideas for Administrative Professionals Day, below are some simple ways to show how important your working peers are to you! Continue reading

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Why Trees Make the Perfect Gift

Reach New ‘Heights’ With Trees as Gifts

Trees as Gifts Seeds of Life™ Tree Kit from

Whether you’re buying a seedling as a present for yourself or a loved one, there are plenty of reasons why you should celebrate your next big occasion with one of our ready-to-plant trees! Trees aren’t only great for the environment; they can also help you commemorate life’s most precious moments, from births to marriages. Read on to learn why trees make the perfect gift for every celebration!

Trees Are the Gift That Keeps on Giving

Our plant and tree experts handpick only the healthiest, sturdiest, most beautiful trees that you can enjoy year after year. Their beauty also changes with the seasons, so it’s like having a brand-new tree with each month that passes.

Trees Are Perfect for Celebrating Important Occasions and Holidays

Whether you’re toasting to a new beginning, marking a milestone anniversary or honoring a loved one, no gift commemorates life’s most important moments quite like a tree. If you have a baby on the way, or if you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary, trees are the perfect symbolic gift for long life, strength and happiness. Have you lost someone close to your heart? Honor their memory and spirit with the everlasting beauty of a newly planted tree. No matter what the occasion, a tree makes for a truly meaningful, memorable and enduring tribute.

Everyone LOVES Trees

No matter how old we get, we’re always amazed by watching a tiny seed grow into a giant tree. Plant one tree today and it’s sure to spread smiles for many generations to come.

Trees Are Easy to Care For

Each of our trees comes with detailed care instructions and is specially grown to start flourishing as soon as it’s planted. Plus, our pros will help you pick the best tree for its recipient by suggesting which species will grow best in their zip code. Because long-lasting trees require very little maintenance, they make a beautiful gift that the recipient can enjoy with minimal effort.

Trees Are Awesome for the Environment

In addition to providing us with the oxygen we breathe, trees also provide shelter and food for birds and animals. They also absorb rainwater, which may contain pollutants that could contaminate our waterways.

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Different Types of Sorority Flowers

AOPi sorority flowersWhen people hear the word sorority they don’t normally associate it with flowers but unbeknownst to many, most organizations have a flower association that ties into their traditions. There are 26 nationally recognized social sororities that each have their own special sorority flowers to further identify themselves.

Flowers are a component of sorority ceremonies, and as decorations at sorority events. New members or “sisters” are also typically given the sorority’s flower on the day they are initiated as a welcoming gift.

Sororities Who Use Roses

Multicolored Sorority RosesRoses are not only beautiful, but often symbolize love and appreciation, which is why many sororities use it to symbolize their organization.

    • Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ) uses red and buff colored roses with green asparagus ferns.
    • Alpha Omicron Pi (ΑΟΠ) uses the jacqueminot rose.
    • Alpha Sigma Tau (ΑΣΤ) is known to use the yellow rose.
    • Alpha Xi Delta (ΑΞΔ) is represented by the pink rose.
    • Delta Gamma’s (ΔΓ) flower is the Delta Gamma cream colored rose.
    • Delta Zeta (ΔΖ) represents themselves with the pink Killarney rose.
    • Theta Phi Alpha (ΘΦΑ) and Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) both use white roses as their flower.
    • Sigma Delta Tau’s (ΣΔΤ) uses golden tea roses to represent themselves.
    • Phi Sigma Sigma (ΦΣΣ) identifies themselves with the American beauty rose.

Sororities Who Use Carnations

Pink Carnations for SororitiesCarnations are a very versatile flower and come in a variety of colors which makes it easy for sororities to choose the variety and color that best represents themselves.

    • Alpha Chi Omega or ΑΧΩ is represented by the red carnation.
    • Gamma Phi Beta (ΓΦΒ) uses a pink carnation.
    • Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ) uses wine carnations.
    • Phi Mu (ΦΜ) uses rose color carnations.
    • Chi Omega (ΧΩ) represents themselves with white carnations.

Sororities with Purple Flowers

Purple flowers and flowers in the purple family are also commonly used by many sororities to represent themselves. With purple often symbolizing confidence, wisdom, courage, amongst other strong character traits, it is the perfect fit.

    • Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ), Zeta Tau Alpha (ΖΤΑ), Sigma Kappa (ΣΚ), and Sigma SigmaSorority Violets Sigma (ΣΣΣ) all use different color violets as their flowers of choice.
    • The woodland violet is used by Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ).
    • The white violet which is mainly a white flower with hints of purple in the center, is used by Zeta Tai Alpha (ΖΤΑ).
    • The wild purple violet is used by Sigma Kappa (ΣΚ).
    • Delta Phi Epsilon (ΔΦΕ) uses purple irises.

Sororities with Unique Flowers

Some sororities have chosen more unique flowers to identify themselves.

  • Lily of the valley is used by both Alpha Epsilon Phi (ΑΕΦ) and Alpha Phi (ΑΦ).
  • Forget-me-nots and lily of the valley is used by Alpha Phi.
  • The pansy is used by Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ).
  • The black and gold pansy is used by Kappa Alpha Theta (ΚΑΘ).
  • The fleur-de-lis is Kappa Kappa Gamma’s (ΚΚΓ) flower of choice.
  • Narcissus and aster are used by Alpha Sigma Alpha (ΑΣΑ).
  • Unique Aster Sorority Flower

Have you or someone you know used flowers in their sororities? We’d love to hear YOUR sorority flower stories!

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How to Make a DIY Terrarium

Fern TerrariumIt’s a blast from the past! Terrariums, which were hugely popular back in the ’70s and ’80s, are resurfacing again as one of today’s hottest indoor gardening trends. And it’s easy to see why: These self-enclosed, self-sustaining miniature ecosystems are virtually maintenance-free. To jump on the bandwagon, you can pick from plenty of beautiful ready made terrariums, or you can take the DIY route and create your own.

If you decide to take the time to make one for yourself but don’t know how to make a DIY terrarium, what materials you need to fill your terrarium depends on what kind of plants you want to grow. So, if you want to grow a small dessert terrarium, it should be filled with rocks and sand. But if you want to create a rainforest terrarium, it should be filled with soil, moss and other woodsy materials. To make your own basic terrarium with plants that require soil, all you have to do is fill it with the following layers, starting at the bottom and working to the top:

  • 1 inch of gravel or pebbles
  • 1/2 inch of charcoal
  • Thin layer of sphagnum moss
  • 2 inches of potting soil

Once your layers are set, place your selected plants into the soil and add some decorative elements to give your terrarium some personality. Spray the plants with some water (10 sprays should be enough), and then tightly seal the terrarium lid. Place them in a source of natural light and keep track of the internal temperature with a thermometer. (Make sure it’s ideal for the type of plant you’re growing.) Then just sit back and watch your plants grow!

What kind of terrarium will you make for your home?

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Be Happy: Work on Your Own Personal Happiness Project

All Smiles Cookie Gift Box and Gift Basket

I’m still thinking about this whole feeling good and being happy thing. Of course, I immediately think of the power that flowers have on one’s well-being and state of mind, but there are so many little ways and things we can do each day to make a difference. Continue reading

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Spring Family of Brands Sweepstakes


1. Christine Paine
2. Jennifer Sullivan
3. Josie Myers
4. Keisha Wise
5. Kristy Beroth
6. Robin Day
7. Sadia Shaikh
8. Vickie Maxwell
9. Stephen Raleigh

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Long Live the Queen: A Royal Photo Tour of the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show

2There’s only one word to describe the 184th Philadelphia Flower Show: “Brilliant!” This year, the world’s biggest indoor flower show tipped its hat to our favorite neighbor across the pond: Great Britain. From the royal crown jewels to the quaint country cottages, the Pennsylvania Horticultural society gives visitors a flower-studded tour through centuries of British history and culture.

And with new features like the Make & Take Room, where you can get crafty with flowers and create your own fascinator, we knew this year’s show simply couldn’t be missed. For those of you who couldn’t make it there, don’t worry. It runs through March 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, so grab your mates and catch it before it’s over.

Here’s our behind-the-scenes look at the show’s biggest displays. Get ready for the British invasion!

Big Ben and the Entrance to the Philadelphia Flower Show

The Crown Jewels

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Flower Photography in High-Def: An Interview With Filmmaker and Photographer Andrew Zuckerman

Peony Cultivar Image courtesy of Andrew Zuckerman

Here at Petal Talk, we live and breathe flowers in their every form. Whether we’re discovering new ways to decorate with fresh blossoms, creating our own DIY flowers or spotting our favorite blooms in works of art, flowers are what make us smile. So you can imagine the excitement we felt when we came across the newly released book Flower by filmmaker and photographer Andrew Zuckerman. His mesmerizing high-definition images capture flowers in all their glory, creating a vibrant bouquet of photographs that will take your breath away. We were so fascinated by Zuckerman’s flower photography that we just had to reach out to him personally and learn more about his inspiration. Here, Zuckerman himself gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how he brought his latest project to full bloom.

Throughout your career, you’ve photographed a variety of subjects: legendary artists, politicians, business and religious leaders, as well as birds and other wild animals. Why did you choose flowers as your most recent subject?

My interest in flowers was twofold, really. For one thing, since I began exploring the natural world with Creature, I found myself wanting to create a kind of collection of two-dimensional taxonomy, which I equate most immediately with turn of the century naturalist drawings. Flower was the next step in this process. In addition, I like to work with self-imposed constraints and I tend to be inspired by subjects that have been exhausted. Since flowers are one of the oldest subjects in art (their appearance dates back to ancient Egypt), they presented a unique challenge. I was really interested in divorcing the flowers from all their symbolic and metaphorical associations, as well as their ecological contexts, in order to reveal their essential qualities.

In your book Flower, you show intimate close-ups of 150 flower species. How many flower species did you shoot in total while working on the book? How did you select the final 150 images?

I shot around 250 species in total, all of which are included on the project’s microsite, I like to be pretty comprehensive once I start investigating a subject, and I work across a few platforms to create more points of entry into the work. So the projects will include films, a website, taxonomical index, and of course the book, which I consider as an object, so how all the images work together and flow from page to page is important. I usually start with my favorite images and go from there, making sure every image makes sense as part of the larger whole.

Peony Cultivar Photo courtesy of Andrew Zuckerman

The bright colors of your flowers set against a sharp white background give your photos a surreal effect, putting an intense focus on the flowers themselves and nothing else. Why do you shoot your photos this way?

I find this reductive approach suits both my taxonomical impulses and my desire to reveal the essence of a subject.

Many of the exotic flower species you shot for your book aren’t the kinds of flowers you see every day. How did you collect them for your photo shoots?

We were very fortunate to have the support of incredible institutions like the New York Botanical Garden, the Smithsonian Institute, and Fairchild Tropical Garden. But I wanted the project to be a broad survey of the botanical world, so you’ll find a lot of New York City deli flowers mixed in with the incredibly rare orchids and tropicals.

Working at 1-800-Flowers, we know how delicate flowers are and how carefully they need to be handled. What would you say was the most difficult thing about working with such a perishable item?

I was actually surprised by how resilient they were! We work with very hot lights at the studio (and on location), and I expected the process to be much more delicate than it was. But we also handled them with care. We had coolers and water on hand, and we benefitted from working closely with the horticulturalists at many of the institutions. Continue reading

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Enter the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® International Women’s Day Treats & Trivia Contest on Twitter

Shades of Inspiration Bouquet for International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is Friday, March 8th, but 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is starting the celebration early with its newly launched “Women’s Week” Floral Collection and a Twitter Treats Trivia Contest! International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women worldwide and inspires the next generations of women to make their mark on this world. Let’s celebrate women everywhere with trivia questions! Taken from online research on women’s achievements in history, these fun tidbits and factoids are a perfect way to appreciate the women in your life on the days leading up to Friday, March 8th and everyday!

Enter the contest by visiting the Twitter page for chances to win a special gift! The first person to reply @1800flowers with the correct answer to the current question will receive a $50 savings pass from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

Contest Rules:


1. PROMOTION PERIOD: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® International Women’s Day TREATS AND TRIVIA Contest (hereinafter the “Contest”) begins at 1:01 PM EST on 3/04/13 and ends at 2:00 PM EST on 3/08/13 (the “Promotion Period”).

2. HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest follow @1800FLOWERS on Twitter during the Promotion Period and reply @1800flowers with the correct answer to the trivia questions. Trivia questions will be periodically tweeted by Sponsor during the Promotion Period. You must have or open an account on to participate in the Contest. Accounts are free and can be opened by visiting Limit one prize per entrant.

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3. CONTEST PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (“ARV”): Five (5) Prizes in total. Five (5) individual winners will each win a $50 savings pass for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM (ARV $50 USD each). Total ARV of all Contest prizes is $250.00.

4. WINNER SELECTION: Five individual trivia questions will be tweeted at different times during the Promotion Period. A Prize will be awarded to the first eligible individual that correctly replies to the tweet of the current trivia question with the correct answer.

All Prizes will be awarded and potential winners will be notified by their twitter address provided upon entry. Prizes are nontransferable and no cash substitutions are allowed except by the Sponsor, who reserves the right to award prizes of equal or greater value if advertised prizes are unavailable.

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International Women’s Day Treats & Trivia Winners

1. Oanh Ho of Dorchester, MA (@julybug17)

2. Jeannine Scavo of Depew, NY (@mellanhead)

3. Tiffany Sparks of Franklin, KY (@kygurl62689)

4. Ruth Mendoza of Chicago, IL (@Mendoza1114)

5. Maria Skoytellis of Campbell, Ohio (@bear6791)

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The Art of Making Real Flower Jewelry: Meet Jen Bristow, Designer and Co-Founder of Fresh Jewelry Company

Fresh Mixed Flower Circle Pendant NecklaceWhen you really want to make a loved one smile ear to ear, nothing does the trick quite like fresh flowers. But what if your gift could last forever? That’s exactly what Jen Bristow, creative director and co-founder of Fresh Jewelry Company, dreamed of accomplishing when she created her line of real flower jewelry. Her truly original pieces capture the natural beauty of fresh buds and freeze it in time, allowing her customers to carry it wherever they go. And since we here at share Fresh Jewelry Company’s mission to deliver smiles through flowers, we were thrilled to team up with them!

We spoke one-on-one with Bristow about her one-of-a-kind pieces and how she and her husband took their love of serving smiles at their family-owned coffeehouse and transformed it into a passion for creating lush, gorgeous flower jewelry that lets you express yourself perfectly for every occasion.

How did Fresh Jewelry Company get its start?

My husband, Troy, and I set out with our three school-age children in 2003 to open a coffeehouse named Ragamuffin Coffee House in the western suburbs of Chicago. We created a beautiful environment where everyone had a friendly welcome, and we served made-to-order coffees and lattes with our hearts for serving the community and for each of the people that came in. In many ways, we became the heart of the town, and we loved our thousands of customers—ragamuffins and all.

Jen BristowOur coffeehouse was voted the most popular coffeehouse in the western suburbs in the big Chicago magazine, and we became known as the coffee man and the coffee lady. About 1.5 years into our zealous endeavor, we realized that we needed to add to coffee sales to make our family business financially healthy. We started by bringing in books and greeting cards, along with other miscellaneous items, and we discovered that retail was a good idea and we had a good everyday market.

Earlier in his life, my husband lived in the country of Mexico for two years, learned the language and found a great love for the people of Mexico. So on our first opportunity to vacation after 20 months of the daily grind at the coffeehouse, we went to Mexico with our children. We were on the beach swimming and lounging, and we saw a young man with a huge wooden box full of sterling silver jewelry. I had a brilliant epiphany that we should sell jewelry over the coffeehouse counter, and so we struck a deal on the beach and selected approximately 30 pieces of silver jewelry at a discounted rate. When we returned to work and plopped the jewelry on the counter, it sold within just a few hours. Wow! Maybe we’ve got something here!

Several weeks later, we traveled back to Mexico to one of the towns with a silver mine and we purchased 300 pieces of jewelry. In one week at the Ragamuffin it was gone. So we set out to learn importing and jewelry merchandising, as we were our own first retail customer. Surrounding stores asked to carry our jewelry and we learned the wholesale business. One or two years into our jewelry business, we chose to shift focus and to create and specialize in fresh flower jewelry. Now we distribute lightly to 35 states and Canada. The coffee house is closed due to construction throughout the downtown corridor, but out of the ashes has risen the truly beautiful business of Fresh Jewelry Company.

What’s the story behind your jewelry? What inspired you to create pieces with fresh flowers?

As the creative director, I get the honor of choosing what we manufacture. I’m grateful for that. I have a passion for conveying beauty, and I find flowers and plants to be among the most beautiful things in the world. I love the colors and the textures, and they make me happy. When I was a young girl, we lived on a large piece of property full of woods and wildflowers. I would spend my days exploring the property, enjoying the fresh, warm breeze and the feel of the long grass and the wild flowers rustling against my legs. To me, the flowers were beauty and freedom and comfort. They were everything alive and nothing stale. They were happiness and they were the feeling of fresh.

Fresh Rosebud Teardrop EarringsSo you can imagine what pleasure it gives me to work with flowers all day, every day, and also how fun it is for me to give the feeling of fresh to hundreds of people around me as they choose to wear our jewelry. Running Fresh is like being in those fields all over again!

What makes your jewelry line truly original?

Design and quality. We have very little competition—perhaps two or three companies that do anything similar. So, first of all, we’re very unique to the market in general. Within our little circle, I respect every other manufacturer of jewelry that contains flowers. It is difficult! However, our flowers are especially beautiful in color and in their fullness, and my designs are each specifically designed to create the feeling of freshness and lushness. Continue reading

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50 Super Cool Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Couple on a Valentine's Day date“So … what do you wanna do?” That’s one question you’ll never have to ask your Valentine again! Here’s a list of 50 super cool Valentine’s Day date ideas to make those love flames burn even higher.

  1. Glide around at the ice skating or roller skating rink (don’t forget to hold hands!)
  2. Unwind with a couple’s massage at the spa
  3. Show off those singing pipes at the karaoke bar
  4. Do some major shopping damage at the mall (while you’re at it, pick each other’s clothes out!)
  5. Expand your creativity by taking a cooking, baking, dancing or photography class
  6. Challenge each other to a video game duel
  7. Rack ’em up and shoot some pool
  8. Sample some vino at a wine tasting class
  9. Take a quiet, relaxing stroll through an art gallery
  10. Test your knowledge at trivia night at the local bar
  11. Pretend you’re on vacation and book a fancy room at a nearby hotel
  12. Cook up your favorite romantic meal … together
  13. Volunteer your time at an animal shelter or another charity organization
  14. Kick it old school and go to a drive-in movie theater
  15. Strap on those skis or break out the sled and go for a run down your favorite slippery slopes
  16. Try your luck at the casino
  17. Play detective at a murder mystery dinner
  18. Set up an indoor picnic on your kitchen floor or on your bed
  19. Gaze up at the stars at night, then get up the next morning and watch the sun rise
  20. Pick a random dinner recipe, dessert recipe and craft from Pinterest and make them
  21. Reach for the sky and take a hot air balloon ride
  22. Rock out at a concert of a mutually favorite band
  23. Hit the stores and pick out each other’s Valentine’s Day gifts together
  24. Take a bike, bus or boat tour of the nearest city
  25. Make friends with the animals at the zoo
  26. Laugh your hearts out at a stand-up comedy show
  27. Watch romance and drama come to life at a play at the local theater
  28. Set out on a scavenger hunt at home or around town
  29. Root for your favorite team at a live sports game
  30. Knock down some pins at the bowling alley
  31. Tap your feet to the beat of live music at a restaurant or bar
  32. Ooh and aah in amazement at a magic show
  33. Hang out with the fishes at the aquarium
  34. Lace up your sneakers and face each other off in your favorite sport
  35. Have a contest to see who can win the most rounds of pinball at the arcade
  36. Brush up on your reading and share a romantic book
  37. Tackle those rocky cliffs head-on and go hiking
  38. Play in the snow as if you were a kid
  39. Go bargain-hunting at a local flea market
  40. Change up your movie-watching experience and go to an IMAX or dine-in theater
  41. Mix up a few cocktails at home or take a bartending class
  42. Break a sweat together at the gym
  43. Put your chemistry skills to the test and invent a new recipe together
  44. Tap into your inner music mogul and write a song together
  45. Recreate as many details of your first date as you possibly can
  46. Make a bucket list and start crossing things off
  47. Instead of eating chocolate, take a soothing bath in it together at the spa
  48. Do a couple’s photo shoot with a professional photographer, just because
  49. Revisit your childhood neighborhoods and do all the things you loved as kids
  50. Give your home a quick and easy makeover and rearrange your furniture

So, what will you and your sweetheart be doing on Valentine’s Day?

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Fun Love Facts: Excerpts From the Book “Celebrating Love”

Celebrating Love from 1800flowers.comThink you know everything about matters of the heart? Guess again! There’s a lot more to that weak-in-the-knees feeling you get every time you lay your eyes on that someone special. To honor the arrival of Valentine’s Day, here are some little-known fun love facts, excerpted from the exclusive 1-800-Flowers book, Celebrating Love: Share, Remember, Cherish from founder Jim McCann. You’ll never look at your love the same way again!

Fun Love Facts

  • Being in love produces the same physiological responses as fear: pupil dilation, sweaty palms, and increased heart rate.
  • Men who kiss their wives each morning live five years longer than those who don’t.
  • Medical experts suggest you are more likely to catch a common cold by shaking hands than by kissing.
  • Love and marriage are boosts for your health, so much so that one doctor admitted that if a new drug had the same impact, virtually every doctor in the country would be recommending it.
  • According to research, love at first sight is not just a fairy tale. If a person is in the right emotional frame of mind, it can take as little as 30 seconds to fall in love. Physical appearance tops the list for attraction, but a desire to know more about the person is another factor. Interestingly, men fall first but are usually the most fickle, a sign that it is possible to fall in love with more than one person at a time.

Which fun love fact is most surprising to you?

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How to Say ‘I Love You’ to Your Valentine in 50 Different Languages

Valentine's Day Flowers With Love NoteOn Valentine’s Day, summing up so much passion and adoration into three little words hardly seems to do your sweetheart justice. So if you really want to tell your Valentine that you love them to the end of the earth and back, then here’s how to say “I love you” in 50 different languages!

  1. Albanian: “Te dua”
  2. Arabic: “Ana behibak” (male) or “Ana behibek” (female)
  3. Armenian: “Yes k’yez sirum yem”
  4. Bulgarian: “Ubicham te”
  5. Cambodian: “Soro lahn nhee ah”
  6. Croatian: “Volim te”
  7. Czech: “Miluji te”
  8. Danish: “Jeg elsker dig”
  9. Dutch:  “Ik hou van je”
  10. Filipino: “Mahal kita”
  11. Finnish: “Mina rakastan sinua”
  12. French: “Je t’aime” or “Je t’adore”
  13. German: “Ich liebe dich”
  14. Greek: “S’agapo”
  15. Hawaiian: “Aloha au ia ‘oe”
  16. Hebrew: “Ani ohev otah” (female) or “Ani ohevet othah” (male)
  17. Hindi: “Maim tumase pyara karata hum”
  18. Hungarian: “Szeretlek”
  19. Indonesian: “Aku cinta kamu”
  20. Irish Gaelic: “Taim i’ngra leat”
  21. Italian: “Ti amo”
  22. Japanese: “Aishiteru” or “Anata ga daisuki desu”
  23. Korean: “Sarang hapnida”
  24. Latin: “Te amo”
  25. Latvian: “Es milu tevi”
  26. Lebanese: “Bahibak”
  27. Lithuanian: “As tave myliu”
  28. Mandarin: “Wo ai ni”
  29. Moroccan: “Ana moajaba bik”
  30. Navajo: “Ayor anosh’ni”
  31. Norwegian: “Jeg elsker deg”
  32. Polish: “Kocham cie”
  33. Portuguese: “Eu te amo”
  34. Romanian: “Te iubesc”
  35. Russian: “Ya tebya lyublyu”
  36. Scottish Gaelic: “Tha gaol agam ort”
  37. Serbian: “Volim te”
  38. Spanish: “Te quiero” or “Te amo”
  39. Swahili: “Ninakupenda”
  40. Swedish: “Jag alskar dig”
  41. Swiss: “Ch’ha di ga’rn”
  42. Syrian: “Bhebbek” (female) or “Bhebbak” (male)
  43. Tahitian: “Ua here vau la ie”
  44. Taiwanese: “Gwa ai lee”
  45. Turkish: “Seni seviyorum”
  46. Ukrainian: “Ta tebe kahayu”
  47. Vietnamese: “Toi yeu ban”
  48. Welsh: “Fi cariad eich”
  49. Yiddish: “Ikh hob dikh”
  50. Yugoslavian: “Ya te volim”

How will you express your love on Valentine’s Day?

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Valentines Day Flowers in the 1800Flowers Lobby

It’s beginning to look a lot like Valentine’s Day in the lobby! This week’s Valentines floral arrangement features scattered red rose petals and pink tulips!
Valentines Day Flowers in the 1800flowers Lobby

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Deliver Valentine Smiles With Funny Valentine’s Day Messages

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Bouquet of FlowersThere’s no doubt about it: Flowers are the best at delivering smiles, and hilarious greeting cards are the best at delivering gut-busting laughter. So this Valentine’s Day, the smile pros at have teamed up with the comedic geniuses of to create the ultimate feel-good gift. When you’re sending that bouquet of romantic red roses, don’t forget to pass along one of these very funny Valentine’s Day messages too. It’ll have your sweetie rolling on the floor with glee, guaranteed!

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Early Valentine's Day Gift

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Surprise Date

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Exes
Click here to e-mail or share any of these funny Valentines Day messages with your Valentine!

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Valentine’s Day for Singles: 10 Ways to Have Fun on V-Day If You’re Single

Baby Dressed as CupidDid Cupid’s arrow fail to hit your heart in time for February 14? Don’t fret! It’s not just a holiday for lovebirds. There are tons of ways to have fun on Valentine’s Day if you’re single; the key is being positive and open-minded. Here are 10 creative ways to help you stick it to Cupid and enjoy a Valentine’s Day for singles!

Host a Party for Your Single Friends

Being single is not equal to being alone. Remember: There are others out there who aren’t in a relationship. So wrangle up all of your unattached friends and hang out! Host a DIY get-together with fun and games at your house, or go out as a group and let loose at a single’s party at a neighborhood bar. Whatever you do, don’t get too wrapped up in the idea of not having a Valentine. Just sit back and live up the single life with your best buds. You’ll make some awesome memories to think back on when love does finally come around.

Give Yourself the Royal Treatment

You save loads of money when you don’t have to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for a significant other, so spend that dough on yourself instead! Send yourself flowers to pretty up your home, or indulge in a king-size box of chocolates. Been saving up for a new wardrobe or the latest tech gadget? Now’s the time to hit the shops and buy it. Oh, and there’s nothing wrong with a little (or a lot of) pampering! Head out to the salon for a massage or a mani/pedi, or spoil yourself rotten with an at-home spa gift basket.

Chocolate Strawberries in Velvet Heart BoxBe Productive

Make the most out of your time and do something you’ve always wanted to do … but never got around to doing. If you have a bunch of “someday” recipes and DIY projects sitting on your Pinterest boards, do them! These tissue paper roses are a great place to start. If cooking and crafts aren’t your cup of tea, do something else that might have been left on the backburner, like planning a much-needed vacation, going to the gym, rearranging your furniture or organizing your home.

Discover a New Hobby or Passion

Chances are you have a few hidden talents that you didn’t even know existed. Try uncovering them and you just might unearth a new favorite hobby! Teach yourself how to play an instrument, grab your camera and start shooting random photos, try your hand at drawing sketches or make a website from scratch. You never know; if you think hard about the things you like and do something you’ve never done before, you might end up finding your true calling!

Do Absolutely Nothing

True relaxation is a luxury that we don’t really get to enjoy these days, so milk the quiet time for all it’s worth. Order your favorite comfort food, grab a few snacks and just veg out on the couch. Catch up on your favorite TV shows, browse through your bookmarked blogs and queue up the movies you’ve wanted to see all year. Or draw yourself a nice warm bath infused with essential oils and surround yourself with nothing but the soothing light of candles. Do whatever it is that helps you recharge your tired batteries. Continue reading

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Enter the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® Valentine’s Treats & Trivia Contest on Twitter

Celebrating Love from 1800flowers.comAs we join Cupid in gearing up for Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate the spirit of the season with loving quotes and questions! Taken from Celebrating Love: Share, Remember, Cherish, these fun tidbits and factoids are a perfect way to prepare your hearts for February 14th.

Enter the contest by visiting the Twitter page for chances to win a special Valentine’s gift! The first person to reply @1800flowers with the correct answer to the current question will receive a copy of Celebrating Love.
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20 Tips on How to Plan a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two

Valentine's Day Dinner Place SettingWith the noisy swarms of couples and the irrationally high menu prices, going out for Valentine’s Day is more of a hassle than a luxury. Who needs that when you can create a five-star experience right out of your own kitchen? Here are 20 tips how to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two at home!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 1: Prepare your food in advance.

The No. 1 mood-killer for your Valentine’s Day dinner? The stress of rustling up a last-minute meal. Don’t waste precious together time scuttling around the kitchen. Instead, prepare and cook all of your food well in advance. That way, you can sit down and truly enjoy the most important part of the night: your sweetie.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 2: Cook together.

There’s no rule that says cooking a Valentine’s Day dinner has to be a one-person job. Consider making your meal together as a couple. You can have fun playing and experimenting with the ingredients, or you can get sensual and feed each other as you go along. Whatever you do, you’ll be creating some unforgettable memories … and food!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 3: Ignite your passion with food.

Love potions aren’t just a bunch of fairy tale fluff. They actually exist! Certain foods are known as romance-boosting aphrodisiacs, including oysters, saffron, ginger, asparagus, garlic (we’re not kidding!), basil, figs and strawberries. You can find a full list of sensuous eats on Be sure to incorporate some (or all!) of these into your menu to heat things up on V-Day.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 4: Keep it simple.

Only two words describe the perfect Valentine’s Day cuisine: light and simple. You want your meal to fill you up—not weigh both of you down. Try these delicious yet delicate Valentine’s Day dinner recipes that’ll satisfy you both … and save you the hassle of whipping up a complicated feast.

Valentine's Day Gourmet Pretzel RodsValentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 5: Make dessert easy.

To save you even more trouble, simplify dessert time by serving a combo of homemade and store-bought treats. And think small. Just a few itty-bitty desserts will do the trick. Try on these perfectly portioned sweets for size: Love Note Conversation Heart Dipped Oreo Cookies, Fannie May Love & Romance Chocolate Strawberries, Valentine’s Day Gourmet Pretzel Rods, Cheryl’s Hearts Cookie Flower Pot.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 6: Give your dining space a quick makeover.

Celebrating V-Day in the same kitchen or dining room that you eat in every night might be anything but exhilarating—unless you think outside the box. Change the everyday scene by simply rearranging a few pieces of furniture. You’ll feel like you’re in a brand-new home or, better yet, a fancy restaurant (minus the crowds)!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 7: Make a keepsake Valentine’s Day menu.

Give your feast some true restaurant appeal: Print out your menu on Valentine’s Day themed cardstock, or create your own chalkboard menu sign. You can keep the menu card as a precious token of your night together, or you can reuse the chalkboard sign as a menu for your weekly dinner specials.

Wine & Chocolate Romance for 2 Gift BasketValentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 8: Enhance your food with wine.

True love is like good wine; it gets even better with age! So go ahead and spoil yourselves: Complement the exquisite flavors of your Valentine’s Day dinner with a bottle of fine wine. Your sweetheart is definitely worth it.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 9: Break out the fine china.

If ever there is a more perfect occasion to put that fine china to good use, it’s Valentine’s Day. Lay out some gorgeous linens in shades of red, white and pink, and then set the table with your best dinnerware, glassware and silverware. Then comes the pièce de résistance: an eye-catching floral centerpiece. Your honey will feel like royalty when they finally settle down at the dinner table.

Romantic-heart-trim-candleValentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 10: Set the mood with candles.

To create a softer, more enchanting ambiance, turn the lights down low (but make sure it’s still bright enough to see!) and scatter plenty of romantic candles across the tablescape. Continue reading

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Show Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Some TLC

How to Make Your Valentines Flowers Last

Most of us look forward to feeling special and loved on Valentine’s Day, and of course receiving Valentine flowers is the perfect way to know you are adored! Flowers represent love in many ways, with their natural beauty, fresh scent and uplifting effects. So, once you receive Valentine’s Day flowers, be a flower “caretaker,” not a “heartbreaker” by giving your flowers plenty of TLC!

My team and I at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM are SO passionate about flower care that we put together a video of Top 10 Flower Care Tips on how to keep your Valentine’s Day flowers looking fresh and beautiful this Valentine’s season. Check out these tips and more below!


Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Make Your Valentines Roses Last and Here is How to:

1. After a few days, we recommend changing the water and re-cutting the flowers to ensure longevity. Place the bouquet in a separate holder, while you add warm water and flower food to its original vase. Be sure to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet.

2. With a sharp knife or clippers, re-cut the stems by cutting one to two inches off on an angle, but be careful not to crush the stems. We find it best to hold the stems under water. Return the bouquet to its vase with fresh water.

3. Once your flowers are down to their last stem, get inspired and get creative…especially with roses! Don’t believe us? You’d be surprised how long you can make a rose last, even if it is fully open. Look around the house for DIY décor-worthy items (glass containers allow for endless creative possibilities).

We’ve included some beautiful ideas to display short, fully open roses below. The shorter the stem, the easier it will be for the water to reach the rose and will last longer than you would expect.

Rose in Glass Apothecary Jar

Romantic candles with rose petals

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5 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for a One-of-a-Kind Sweetheart

Lucky in Love A-DOG-Able ArrangementYour Valentine is like no other. After all, that’s why you love them! So grabbing any old heart-shaped box of chocolates off the drugstore shelf simply won’t do. You’ll need something extraordinary—something that’s truly original, just like them. But don’t worry; hunting down a one-of-a-kind V-Day present isn’t as difficult as you think it is. We’ve already done all the work for you! Here are five unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will show your sweetheart just how rare of a catch they are!

The Pick of the Litter

It’s not just puppy love; it’s something much more than that. It’s that feeling you get when you know you’ve found your pick of the litter—the love of your life! That’s what you tell your sweetie when you give them the Lucky in Love A-DOG-Able arrangement. We bet you’ve never seen flowers like this before: Two pooches handcrafted from the freshest carnations, roses, statice and waxflower, and all dressed up with rhinestone-studded ribbon. This exclusive basket full of cuteness excitedly yells out, “I really woof you!”

Sweet-heart-bambooAn Unexpected Token of Love

Bamboo isn’t exactly the first thing that jumps to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day, but this out-of-the-box gift has plenty of qualities that make it just right for the occasion. The plant is known worldwide for its strength and durability, and it’s a universal symbol of good fortune. Present your Valentine with the Sweet Heart Bamboo planter—specially trained to grow in a beautiful heart shape—and they’ll know that your love will never be broken; it’ll flourish forever.

Love Potion Flower ArrangementA Toast to Your One and Only

If you’re punch-drunk with love, raise a toast to your irreplaceable romance with the fun and flirty Love Potion arrangement. It’s filled to the brim with gorgeous red roses, pink calcynia and heart-shaped bear grass, and the fun oversized martini glass can be used for crafty DIY projects well after Valentine’s Day. Your special someone is sure to be intoxicated with joy when they receive this exotic libation.

Love Note Conversation Heart Dipped Oreo CookiesNot Your Average Conversation Heart

We all know about those tiny little conversation hearts that are passed around on Valentine’s Day. They’re a dime a dozen, and their flavor is anything but exciting. Not the kind of message you want to send to your honey! Profess your love in an even bigger and sweeter way with Love Note Conversation Heart Dipped Oreo Cookies. We’ve coveredAmerica’s favorite cookie in deliciously sugary confection and stamped them with a special love note that’ll make your Valentine’s heart melt.

A New Take on Flowers

Romantic-red-heart-wreathNot really into traditional flower bouquets? Forgo the typical arrangement and opt for a charming Romantic Red Heart Wreath instead. It’ll last all year long, and there are countless ways to decorate with it. You wear your heart on your sleeve, and now your darling can display it on their door!

For another truly original take on the usual Valentine’s Day arrangement, create a customized photo vase in which your bouquet can be delivered. It’s easy! Just upload your favorite photo of you and your Valentine, type in a short love note, pick a vase design and choose the type of flowers you want to send. There you go! Your sweetheart has a personalized and unique Valentine’s Day gift that will last them a lifetime!

So tell us: What makes your Valentine different from all the rest?

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