Wow Me Now Valentine’s Day 2014 Facebook Sweepstakes

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2014 WOW Me Now Sweepstakes

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

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

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

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

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

Champagne Party

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

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All About Kwanzaa

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

Kwanzaa History and Traditions

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

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Christmas Around the World

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

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

The History of Poinsettias

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

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

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Merry Family Activities for Christmas

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

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DIY Stocking Stuffer Idea: Flower Soap!

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

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Meet the Family in the Employee Spotlight’s Christmas Edition

The holidays are all about FAMILY!

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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How to Make Tissue Paper Flower Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

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

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How to Make Fresh Flower Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

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

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How to Make a DIY Christmas Centerpiece

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

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

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

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

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How to Make a DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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

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DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece Materials:

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

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


Thank You in 50 International Dialects

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

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

 

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How to Make Someone Smile Just Because!

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

Make Her Day BouquetSend Them Flowers

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

Just-Because Flower Gift Ideas:

Cheryl's Thinking of You Treats BoxSpoil Their Sweet Tooth

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


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

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2013 Turkey Day Travel Tales Sweepstakes

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

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Canada’s Remembrance Day Poppy

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

The Symbolism of the Red Poppy

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

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

Remembrance Day Around the World

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

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Festive Fall & Thanksgiving Table Settings

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

Savory Succulent Table Setting

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

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Fall Plant Care and Handling of Indoor Plants

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

How to Water Plants in the Fall

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

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

Light and Where to Place Fall Plants

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

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

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

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How to Make a DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement with Halloween Candy

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

Halloween Flower Centerpiece DIY with Candy

DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement Materials:

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

How to Make the DIY Halloween Flower Centerpiece:

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

Enjoy and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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

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How to Make Halloween Centerpieces

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

 

DIY Halloween Candy Vase

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

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

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Pencils of Promise 2013 Gala

Pencils of Promise Flowers by 1800flowers 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Flower Centerpiece Donated for Pencils of Promise 2013 Gala

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flower Costume Materials Needed

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

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Make Your Own Spooky Spider Tree Halloween Centerpiece

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

Spooky Spider Tree Centerpiece

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

Spooky Spider Tree with Cobwebs

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How to Care for Mums

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

About Mums

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

Buy Mum Plants in Budding Stage

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

Watering Mums

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

Maintenance & When to Plant Mums

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

Mums Make a Perfect Long-Lasting Gift

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanksgiving Internationally: Giving Thanks Around The World

Thanksgiving internationally

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

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

China-Flag Moon Festival: Giving Thanks in China

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

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

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

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

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

Germany-Flag Erntedankfest: Giving Thanks in Germany

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

India-Flag Vaisakhi: Giving Thanks in India

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

Israel-Flag Sukkot in Israel

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

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What Is Sweetest Day?

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

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

History of Sweetest Day

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

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Boss’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Personality

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

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

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

Revitalizing Gifts for the Hardworking Boss

Coffee and Tea GIft Tote Bag from 1800Flowers.com

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

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How to Honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Color Scheme

Kerri's Bridal Party Wearing Green Fall Bridesmaids Dresses

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

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

The Wedding Centerpieces

Kerri's Forest-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

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

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

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

Kerri Holding Her Personalized Fall Bridal BouquetThe Bridal Bouquet

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

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

Kerri's Bridesmaids Holding Their Fall Bridesmaid BouquetsThe Bridesmaid Bouquets

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

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

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Inspirational Flower Quotes to Brighten Your Day

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

Famous Quotes About Flowers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Flowers are the music of the ground

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

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Thoughtful Wife Gift Ideas for Wife Appreciation Day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Marianna’s Vineyard Wedding Flowers

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Color Scheme

Marianna's Bridal Party Wearing Merlot Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

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

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

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

The Wedding Centerpieces

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

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

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

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

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

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

The Bridal Bouquet

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

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

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

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

The Bridesmaid Bouquets

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Bridesmaid Bouquets

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

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

Marianna's Groom Wearing a Vineyard-Inspired Orchid Bouttoniere

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

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

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DIY Sunflower Crafts for Fall

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

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

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

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All About Sunflowers

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

Field of SunflowersHistory of Sunflowers

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

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

Warm Sunset Party PackTypes of Sunflowers

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

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

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All About Daisies

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

History of Daisies

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

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

Daisy GardenTypes of Daisies

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

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

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

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

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Fruit Nutrition Facts

Delicious Health Food From Mother Nature

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

Strawberry Nutritional Information

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

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

Pineapple Nutritional Information

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

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

Orange Nutritional Information

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

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

Honeydew Melon Nutritional Information

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

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

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Wedding Flower Traditions Around the World

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

Greece

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

India

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

England

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

Sweden

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

Italy

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

Ireland

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

Czech Republic

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

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

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

The History of National Grandparents Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August Cookie Competition with Web Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The INTERNal Perspective of Online and Mobile Marketing Intern Keith Crumpler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The INTERNal Perspective of Business Gift Services Intern Melissa Meehan

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

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

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

Melissa Meehan, Business Gift Services, Marist College

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The INTERNal Perspective of Business Development Intern Brittany Kritis

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

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

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

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

Brittany Kritis, Business Development Intern, Fairfield University

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The INTERNal Perspective of Marketing Intern Ishan Prasad

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

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

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

Ishan Prasad, Marketing Intern,University of Illinois-MS

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What Fruits Are in Season?

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

 

Summer Fruits

The Sweetest Bunch Fruit Bouquet

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

Fall Fruits

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

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The INTERNal Perspective of Bloomnet Marketing Intern Raymond Saccone

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

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

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

Raymond Saccone, Bloomnet Marketing Intern, Nassau Community College

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The INTERNal Perspective of Direct Floral Merchandising Intern John Flanagan

“When I was originally offered an internship in the Merchandising department at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I was a bit nervous. As a Biology major at Villanova University, I had absolutely no business background and a rudimentary understanding of what merchandising even meant. On my very first day my apprehensions were completely dispelled. My managers were extremely welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable and I could immediately tell I was going to have an informative, productive and fun summer!

“As the Direct Floral Merchandising intern, I have attended daily tracker meetings, put together spreadsheets and reports, and even got the chance to merchandise products in specific collections.. I have also come to understand the unique interdependency of every department here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. All aspects of the company learn from and rely on each other to continue towards success.

“My favorite part of my internship experience at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has definitely been being a part of the office’s enjoyable, albeit professional, atmosphere. Unlike the common conception of corporate offices, here at 1 Old Country Road it is clear that the success of the company is driven by personal relationships. Team members readily work together to complete tasks: relying on one another for varied insights, opinions, and points of view. Because of these daily interactions, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM employees are not simply coworkers, but friends. Our 100% Smile Guarantee, though directed towards our customers, is also incredibly prevalent here in the office!

John Flanagan, Direct Floral Merchandising Intern, Villanova University

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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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Specially-Designed Gift Baskets for Friendship Day

Find the perfect gift baskets for your friends!

Friendship Day, August 4th, is the perfect time to show your friends how much you care. And what better way to do that than to send them a specially crafted gift basket that speaks to their personality? 1-800-Flowers.com  has a special gift basket for each one of your friends and, using this blog post as a guide, you can find the right gift baskets for your friends in time for Friendship Day.
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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
Printer
Paper Trimmer
Hole puncher
Border punch
Ribbon
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 1-800-Flowers.com, gives us his internal perspective and tells us how 1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com. 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

Notebook
Ribbon
Flat paper (or silk) flower
Scissors
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.”

India

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
Scissors

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 1-800-Flowers.com:

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 1-800-Flowers.com. 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 1800Flowers.com. 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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1800Flowers.com Summer of a Million Smiles Program Delivers Smiles…with a Twist!

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 1800Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com 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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1-800-Flowers.com Summer of a Million Smiles Program Delivers 4th of July Smiles to Northport VA Medical Center

The 1-800-Flowers.com Smile Squad Delivering Smiles to the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical CenterOn Monday July 1, 2013, the 1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com 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.

1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com’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 1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com employee Rachel Armendariz. “Paying tribute to these brave and honorable soldiers makes me proud to be an American. Thank you to 1-800-Flowers.com 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:
Daisy Garden
Rose:
Summer Country Rose
Delphinium:
Summer Dunes
Lily:
Vibrant Summer Lilies

1-800-Flowers Summer Flowers Collection 2


Alstroemeria:
Showers of Flowers
Carnation:
Summer Inspiration
Orchid:
Exotic Breeze Orchids
Fuji
Mum: Vibrant Blooms Bouquet
Hydrangea:
Blue Bird of Happiness

1-800-Flowers Summer Flowers Collection 3

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

Popular Summer Plants

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

Tomato: Heirloom Tomatoes
Lemon:
Meyer Lemon Tree
Succulent:
Succulent Wheelbarrow

1-800-Flowers Summer Plants Collection 2

Magnolia:
Magnolia Tree
Pomegranate:
Pomegranate Bonsai
Peach:
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 1-800-Flowers.com 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

1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com 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, 1-800-Flowers.com 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.”

1-800-Flowers.com 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, 1-800-Flowers.com 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!”

1-800-Flowers.com 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, 1-800-Flowers.com donated $2 to Pencils of Promise. Additionally, Franklin School officials made a personal donation to the cause.

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Flower Power: The Medicinal Properties of Flowers

The Healing Power of FlowersDoctor with a Flower

It’s common practice to send flowers to people in the hospital, but have you ever considered the possibility that these flowers are not just there to be pretty? Of course, flowers can increase morale and improve someone’s mood, but are there more helpful biological effects that flowers can provide? The answer is yes, and these effects may surprise you! The healing power of certain flowers is amazing; odds are, you’ve seen some of these flowers and didn’t even know! Continue reading

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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
Drill
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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1-800-Flowers.com Partners With the Cancer Research Institute to Help Conquer Cancer

White Daisies From the 1-800-Flowers.com 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, 1-800-Flowers.com 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, 1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com Team Showing Their Support for Wear White for a Cure Day

The 1-800-Flowers.com Team Showing Their Support for Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

The 1-800-Flowers.com 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, 1-800-Flowers.com 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
Toothpicks
Cardstock or construction paper
Glue
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 1800Flowers.com 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 1800Flowers.com 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 1800Flowers.com Franchising

In addition to heading up the franchising of 1800Flowers.com 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 1800Flowers.com: 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 1800Flowers.com 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 1800Flowers.com: 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 1800Flowers.com 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 1800Flowers.com: 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 1800Flowers.com: 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 1800Flowers.com, 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 1800Flowers.com: 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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1-800-Flowers.com Kicks off the Summer of a Million Smiles Program at Walnut Street Elementary School

Summer of a Million Smiles LogoOn Friday, May 31st, the 1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com 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 1-800-Flowers.com 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
Scissors
Ruler
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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