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Father’s Day 2013 is Sunday, June 16!

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

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Celebrating Dad: The History of Father’s Day

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

The First Father’s Day

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

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

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

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

Father’s Day Around the World

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

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How to Help the Oklahoma Tornado Victims

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

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

  • Donate only to charities you trust and are familiar with.
  • Do not give your personal information, such as your credit card or bank account number, to any charity that is not reputable.
  • Always check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Watch, GuideStar or Charity Navigator website to make sure the charity to which you’re donating is legitimate.
  • Never send cash envelopes. They might get lost in the mail, and you won’t have any records of the donation to keep for personal or tax purposes.
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1-800-Flowers.com Helps Salute Fallen Heroes at the USS Intrepid’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

“It is truly an honor to participate in the annual Memorial Day Ceremony,” says Chris McCann, 1-800-Flowers.com president. “Our caring team is passionate about helping the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum honor and recognize our fallen soldiers each year.”

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

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Happy Mother’s Day 2013!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Always looking for new ways to make 1800Flowers.com the best it can be, Patty is also the proud mom of 14-year-old Jackson, who loves dance, music and theater; 12-year old Liam, who plays travel hockey and is a sports fanatic; and little 3-year-old Emma, who loves to read, draw, dance, and play knee hockey with her brothers.

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

Favorite Mother’s Day Flowers: Sweet Sentiments
“I love the modern feel and simplicity of the arrangement, and I think the name truly fits this gift. It is a sweet and thoughtful statement of love and gratitude, and one that I would be very happy to give or receive.” Continue reading

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1-800-Flowers.com Rings in Mother’s Day 2013 at the NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony

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

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

1-800-Flowers Team Rings the Opening Bell at NASDAQ

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

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

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How to Say Flower in Different Languages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Visit Gardens with Garden Conservancy Days 2013

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

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

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

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

Precious Little One AngelPrecious Little One Angel

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

Sweet Baby Boy ArrangementSweet Baby Girl or Sweet Baby Boy Arrangement

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

Imperial Cherry Blossom Spa Gift BasketImperial Cherry Blossom Spa Gift Basket

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

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

Fresh Rosebud Jewelry CollectionFresh Rosebud Jewelry Collection

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

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

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

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

Mother’s Day Quotes

Abraham Lincoln Mother's Day Quote

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

Kate Douglas Wiggin Mother's Day Quote

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

Hebrew Proverb for Mother's Day

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

Elizabeth Stone Mother's Day Quote

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

Mother's Day Hebrew Proverb

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

George Cooper Mother's Day Quote

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

Unknown Mother's Day Quote

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

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How to Care for the Planet on Earth Day

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

Plant Trees Outside; Decorate With Flowers Inside

Flowers and plants aren’t just decorative items for our backyards. They’re like natural air purifiers: Through the process of photosynthesis, they remove toxins from the air we breathe. So to help make the environment a bit greener and cleaner on Earth Day, plant some trees outside with your friends, then buy flowers and plants for your home or office. No room for new plants? Find a local park or organization that needs some help with landscaping and lend them a hand, or make a DIY terrarium for your small living space. Check out the new 1-800-Flowers.com Greenhouse page to find out more about how plants help purify the air.

Make Eco-Friendly Crafts

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

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

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

Give to Those in Need

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

Organize a Litter Cleanup Crew

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

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

 

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

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

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

Enter the contest for a chance to win special gifts from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® and its suite of brands, including Fannie May®, Cheryl’s®, The Popcorn Factory® and 1-800-BASKETS.COM®. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

How the Easter Lily Came to the U.S.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The History of Bougainvillea Flowers

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

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

All About Bougainvillea Flowers

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

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

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

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

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Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Spice up Your Easter Egg Hunt With These Helpful Tips

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

Use Flower Trails

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

Go Candy-less

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

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

Glow in the Dark

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

Solve the Puzzle

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

Get Color-Coordinated

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

Find the Treasure

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

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

Single TulipTulip Type No. 1: Single Tulip

The beautiful simplicity of these tulips is what makes them a favorite among gardeners and florists all over the world. In fact, our floral designers at 1-800-Flowers.com use Single tulips to create all of our spectacular tulip arrangements. Whether they’re solid-colored or bicolored with two contrasting hues, these flowers bring a bold pop of color to any home or garden. They can be found in virtually any hue, including red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, white and black. We love the gorgeous, deep color of the purple tulip so much that we even chose it as our signature flower!

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

Double TulipTulip Type No. 2: Double Tulip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gift Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day 2013 is Wednesday, April 24.

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

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Why Trees Make the Perfect Gift

Reach New ‘Heights’ With Trees as Gifts

Trees as Gifts Seeds of Life™ Tree Kit from 1800flowers.com

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

Trees Are the Gift That Keeps on Giving

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

Trees Are Perfect for Celebrating Important Occasions and Holidays

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

Everyone LOVES Trees

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

Trees Are Easy to Care For

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

Trees Are Awesome for the Environment

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

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Different Types of Sorority Flowers

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

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

Sororities Who Use Roses

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

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

Sororities Who Use Carnations

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

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

 

Sororities with Purple Flowers

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

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

Sororities with Unique Flowers

Some sororities have chosen more unique flowers to identify themselves.

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

Unique Aster Sorority Flower

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

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How to Make a DIY Terrarium

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

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

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

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

What kind of terrarium will you make for your home?

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Be Happy: Work on Your Own Personal Happiness Project

All Smiles Cookie Gift Box and Gift Basket

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

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Spring Family of Brands Sweepstakes

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

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

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

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

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

Big Ben and the Entrance to the Philadelphia Flower Show

The Crown Jewels


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

Peony Cultivar Image courtesy of Andrew Zuckerman

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

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

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

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

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

Peony Cultivar Photo courtesy of Andrew Zuckerman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Shades of Inspiration Bouquet for International Women's Day

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

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International Women’s Day Treats & Trivia Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fresh Mixed Flower Circle Pendant NecklaceWhen you really want to make a loved one smile ear to ear, nothing does the trick quite like fresh flowers. But what if your gift could last forever? That’s exactly what Jen Bristow, creative director and co-founder of Fresh Jewelry Company, dreamed of accomplishing when she created her line of real flower jewelry. Her truly original pieces capture the natural beauty of fresh buds and freeze it in time, allowing her customers to carry it wherever they go. And since we here at 1-800-Flowers.com share Fresh Jewelry Company’s mission to deliver smiles through flowers, we were thrilled to team up with them!

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

How did Fresh Jewelry Company get its start?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What makes your jewelry line truly original?

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

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50 Super Cool Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

Fun Love Facts

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

Which fun love fact is most surprising to you?

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

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

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

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

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Valentines Day Flowers in the 1800Flowers Lobby

It’s beginning to look a lot like Valentine’s Day in the 1-800-flowers.com lobby! This week’s Valentines floral arrangement features scattered red rose petals and pink tulips!
Valentines Day Flowers in the 1800flowers Lobby

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Deliver Valentine Smiles With Funny Valentine’s Day Messages

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Bouquet of FlowersThere’s no doubt about it: Flowers are the best at delivering smiles, and hilarious greeting cards are the best at delivering gut-busting laughter. So this Valentine’s Day, the smile pros at 1-800-Flowers.com have teamed up with the comedic geniuses of someecards.com to create the ultimate feel-good gift. When you’re sending that bouquet of romantic red roses, don’t forget to pass along one of these very funny Valentine’s Day messages too. It’ll have your sweetie rolling on the floor with glee, guaranteed!

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

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Surprise Date

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

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

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

Host a Party for Your Single Friends

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

Give Yourself the Royal Treatment

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

Chocolate Strawberries in Velvet Heart BoxBe Productive

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

Discover a New Hobby or Passion

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

Do Absolutely Nothing

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

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

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

Enter the contest by visiting the 1-800-Flowers.com Twitter page for chances to win a special Valentine’s gift! The first person to reply @1800flowers with the correct answer to the current question will receive a copy of Celebrating Love.
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20 Tips on How to Plan a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Show Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Some TLC

How to Make Your Valentines Flowers Last

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Rose in Glass Apothecary Jar

Romantic candles with rose petals

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

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

The Pick of the Litter

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

Sweet-heart-bambooAn Unexpected Token of Love

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

Love Potion Flower ArrangementA Toast to Your One and Only

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

Love Note Conversation Heart Dipped Oreo CookiesNot Your Average Conversation Heart

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

A New Take on Flowers

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

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

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

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How to Make a DIY Valentine’s Day Coupon Book!

Valentine's Day Coupon BookWhether you want to add a dash of excitement to your relationship or say a big thank-you to a beloved family member, spoil your Valentine with a fun DIY coupon book. It makes a cute and practical addition to the usual Valentine’s Day flowers and chocolates, and the vouchers can be redeemed at any time … so the lovin’ can last all year long!

The beauty of creating your own Valentine’s Day coupon book is that you can get as lovey-dovey, adventurous, sweet, funny or risqué as you like with your vouchers, and you can make them for anyone. Plus, making one is virtually effortless—especially with our FREE downloadable Valentine’s Day coupon book template. So go ahead and get crafty with your V-Day gift that keeps on giving! Here’s how:

Supplies Needed to Make Valentine's Day Coupon BookSupplies for DIY Valentine’s Day Coupon Book

Free downloadable and printable Valentine’s Day coupon book template
White cardstock
Red cardstock
Scissors
Marker
Glue
Hole puncher
Ribbon

How to Make a DIY Valentine’s Day Coupon Book

  1. Print out this free downloadable Valentine’s Day coupon book template onto white cardstock. Depending on how many coupons you want to give, print multiple copies of page No. 2 of the template.
  2. Cut out each coupon and the book cover along the faded outer black line.
  3. On the solid black line at the bottom of each coupon, handwrite what the coupon can be redeemed for. (See below for some Valentine’s Day coupon book ideas.)
  4. Take your red cardstock and cut out a rectangle that is slightly larger than the size of the coupon. Repeat for each coupon.
  5. Using glue, center and mount one coupon onto each piece of red cardstock. Allow      the glue to dry completely.
  6. Stack your Valentine’s Day coupons face-up in any order you like, with the book      cover at the top of the pile.
  7. Punch a hole at the top left corner of the booklet and loop a piece of ribbon through the hole to bind the pages of the coupon book together.
  8. Finally, give your coupon book a personal touch: Decorate the cover with glitter,      feathers, candy, rhinestones … your pick!

Valentine’s Day Coupon Book Ideas

Valentine's Day CouponIf you’re not sure what you want to write on your Valentine’s Day coupons, here are some romantic ideas to get you started. (Hint: The tickets don’t only have to benefit the person who’s receiving them. Think of some activities that you can enjoy together too!) Fill in the “Good for One ____” blank with some (or all) of these suggestions:

  • Romantic Homemade Dinner for Two
  • Dinner for Two at Your Favorite Restaurant
  • Lunch Date (You pick the place!)
  • Half Hour Full-Body Massage
  • Movie Theater Date for Two (You pick the movie!)
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • Day of Watching Your Favorite Sport or TV Show
  • Ice Cream Date
  • Redbox Movie and Takeout Night
  • Household Chore
  • Bowling Night
  • Board Game Night
  • Video Game Night
  • Favorite Homemade Dessert
  • Free Car Wash
  • Day at the Beach
  • Guilt-Free Night out With Friends
  • Lazy Day of Doing Nothing
  • Bubble Bath for Two
  • Starbucks Date
  • Kids-Free Day
  • Spa Day for Two
  • Night of Stargazing
  • Fun Outdoor Adventure (Your Choice!)
  • Free Week of Laundry and Dishwashing Duty
  • Night of Dancing
  • Night of Snuggling and Kissing

How will you use your Valentine’s Day coupons to indulge your sweetheart?

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Love Quotes for Romantic Valentine’s Day Card Messages

Boy Hiding Valentine's Day Card From GirlOne of the toughest things to do on Valentine’s Day is to put pen to paper and tell your sweetheart how much you love them. Why? Because, sometimes, words just aren’t enough. But even though capturing your most passionate emotions by stringing a few letters together can be a daunting task, it’s not an impossible one. All you have to do is be genuine and maybe even look around for some inspiration.

To help you bring your inner Shakespeare to the surface, we’ve gathered a few love quotes that make the perfect Valentine’s Day card messages for all of the loved ones in your life. Use these famous quotes as a starting point, and then sprinkle in some of your most favorite memories to create a truly personal and heartfelt love note for your Valentine.

Valentine’s Day Messages for Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Author unknown

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” – Mother Teresa

“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” – Claudia Ghandi

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” – Paulo Coelho

Valentine’s Day Messages for Your Fiancé

“For you see, each day I love you more; today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.” – Rosemonde Gérard

“I don’t pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me. Love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person. Love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of. Love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak in the knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.” – Author unknown

“Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.” – Sarah Bernhardt

“When I say, ‘I love you,’ it’s not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I have seen your kindness and your strength. I have seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are.” – Joss Whedon

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Jalal ad-Din Rumi Continue reading

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DIY Valentine Gift Ideas for Him: The Man Bouquet!

DIY Man Bouquet for Valentine's DayLadies, let’s face it: Men don’t look forward to getting flowers on Valentine’s Day as much as we do. So how’s a girl supposed to show her guy that she cares?

Make him a personalized man bouquet instead! Grab a few of his favorite macho drinks and snacks, toss ’em into a heavy-duty bucket (he can reuse it later) and you have a DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea that your husband, fiancé, boyfriend or dad will really LOVE!

Materials You’ll Need to Make a DIY Man Bouquet

  • Large galvanized bucket*
  • 6-pack of your man’s favorite beer (or other alcoholic drink)
  • 2 or 3 empty cardboard boxes
  • Tissue paper
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  • A few of your dad, boyfriend or husband’s favorite snacks
  • Filler paper

*If you want to make a larger-than-life bouquet, use a water cooler instead of a bucket. That way, he’ll have a place to store all those bottles of booze!

How to Make a DIY Valentine’s Day Man Bouquet

How to Make a Base for Your Man Bouquet

  1. Place the empty cardboard boxes into the bucket. The boxes should be small enough to fit into the bucket but large and sturdy enough to support all the goodies you’re going to put in your bouquet. Stack the boxes flat and in a tiered fashion, with the highest point being the back center portion of the bucket. For even more stability, use masking tape to attach the boxes to the bucket.
    How to Fill a Bucket to Make a Man Bouquet
  2. Fill the bucket up to the rim with filler paper, making sure to completely conceal the cardboard boxes.
    Tissue Paper Flowers Used as Gift Bows
  3. Follow this tutorial and make six tissue paper flowers in the color pattern of your choice. Red and/or white tissue paper works nicely for the Valentine’s Day theme—without being too feminine. (Steer clear of pink!) Tip: Make some extra flowers and use them to top off your other Valentine’s Day gifts, like we did here. Continue reading
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How to Pick the Right Valentine’s Day Flowers for Your Sweetheart

big-bear-hugs-103247SRoses are red, violets are blue … and picking the perfect Valentine’s Day flower is so hard to do! Actually, it only feels like it is. When you’re looking for a truly original bouquet for your Valentine, it may seem like there are way too many options out there. But knowing what each type of flower symbolizes helps you choose the one that best represents your never-ending devotion. Not a flower expert? Not a problem! Here’s our guide to five popular Valentine’s Day flowers and their meanings so you can find the best way to say, “You make my heart bloom with passion!”

Blooming-love-premium-red-roses-in-red-vase-95285Roses

This one is a no-brainer. Roses can be found everywhere on Valentine’s Day, and for good reason. These radiant red flowers have been the ultimate symbol of romance and beauty since the ancient Greeks dedicated the flower to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Their petals practically ooze passion, and their long, slender stems give them an air of elegance and grace. Roses show your loved one that they are a true classic, so opt for these buds if your Valentine is a traditional diehard romantic.

Bouquet You’ll Love: Blooming Love Premium Red Roses

Tulips

Tulip GardenRunning a close second in the race for most popular Valentine’s Day flowers, this beautiful red bulb is known all over the globe as the symbol of perfect love. It gets its starry-eyed reputation from a Turkish legend in which a prince, after finding out that the love of his life was killed, took his own life. The flower was said to spring from his drops of blood, and its dark center is the proof of his flaming passion. Other tulip color meanings: cream-colored tulips signify everlasting love; white, newness; pink, compassion and affection; orange, energy and desire. So if your sweetie brings nothing but fresh, colorful excitement to your world, give them a rainbow-like bundle of tulips to show them that your love will never grow old or stale.

Bouquet You’ll Love: Tulip Garden

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These fragrant little blossoms are the sweetest expression of pure love. The white variety is the symbol of good luck and innocence, and red carnations embody fascination, individuality and affection, making them the ideal gift for the adorable, one-of-a-kind darling who’s stolen your heart and run away with it.

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How to Host a Luau Party

Tips on Creating the Perfect Hawaiian Luau from Leis to Exotic Cocktails

Luau Themed Party How to Host a Luau Party

Nothing breaks up the monotony of a long, cold winter like a fun and unexpected “theme” party! When the temperature outside is dropping, why not turn up the heat inside and invite your friends to spend a few hours on the island of Bali Hai. There are so many easy ways to set the mood—from the décor, to the food, and of course, the music!

Hawaiian Luau Décor

Transport your guests to the tropics with bamboo (placemats, shades used as wall panels, platters), tropical/island themed fabric (I prefer swatches of vintage fabrics), tropical scented candles, large tropical leaves like monstera and cordyline, and of course, orchids. Continue reading

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Create Your Own Dramatic Candle Centerpiece

Think Fire and Ice

Why purchase a centerpiece when you can create your own dramatic candle centerpiece?  This is a fabulous look for any special occasion during the winter and creating the dramatic effect of fire and ice couldn’t be easier.

Here’s what you need:

  • Double sided tape and/or spray adhesive
  • Glass votive candleholders
  • Plain clear glass beverage glasses
  • Container of stardust glitter

For the raised candle centerpiece, first I sprayed the outside of the votive holders with spray adhesive and then dusted them with stardust glitter. After I sprinkled faux snow on the glass top of a pastry stand and placed the candles in a line down the middle of the stand. For a little more sparkle weave a strand of crystals around the candles. The flickering light of the candles reflects in the crystals – the look is stunning. It’s so simple, yet so elegant.



Create coordinating vases by placing a band of double-sided tape around a beverage glass and sprinkle the tape with the glitter. Drop a few stems of white tulips in the glass and you’re good to go! Place several of these beautiful vases around the dining or buffet table for maximum impact. When the party is over and you need drinking glasses, simply remove the tape and they’re as good as new!

Sophisticated Soiree

For a look that is clean, elegant and sophisticated, use a single variety white flower such as the tulip, a lot of sparkling clear glass vases and candle holders, and add a couple of chandelier crystals. The result is breathtaking. This is a perfect look for celebrating the start of a brand new year with all its limitless possibilities.

A Meaningful Memento

Since ancient times, evergreens have been a symbol of life, rebirth, and the stamina needed to endure the winter months. Use sprigs of evergreens tied with silver ribbon and a sparkle monogram to create a place card with a message.

Wishing you good health and peace in the New Year – remember that every day is a gift to be cherished!

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Great New Year Decor Ideas!

Ring In The New Year With Style!

Whether you are planning an intimate dinner for a few close friends or going all out to ring in the New Year you’ll want to have party décor that will set the mood.  If you are looking for great New Year’s decor ideas, look no further. Two key elements for your New Year’s decor are candles and a bit of sparkle. I’ve included these key elements along with natural elements, such as, evergreens, birch branches, and pinecones to create a few sophisticated styles. It’s not too late to pull a few of these ideas together. Even though these styles look fabulous, they are all very easy to do. Not to mention you probably have most of the elements needed. Add a few fresh flowers and you’re all set!

Icicle Splendor

I absolutely love the way it looks when the bare tree branches of winter become covered with ice. You can easily create that same dramatic look in your home using birch branches and acrylic icicles. First, I filled the cylinder with a strand of clear lights and pinecones, before I inserted the branches, which gives this arrangement even more impact.

New Year’s Wishes

A nice touch for a New Year’s party is to have small cards and a pen set up near a tree. During the night, encourage your guests to write down their wish for the New Year on one of the cards and hang it on the tree. At midnight gather around the tree and make a toast to all of your hopes and wishes for the New Year that lies ahead.

Up next, a few last minute ideas including using chandelier crystals and how to get a lot of sparkle from a little bit of glitter! Think “fire and ice”.

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Orchid Care & Decorating Tips for Different Types of Orchids

Exotic Breeze Dendrobium Orchids from 1800flowers.com In the past few years we’ve seen the popularity of orchids, both potted and cut, skyrocket! It’s now one of the most popular flowers that we carry at 1-800 Flowers. Orchids are simple and pure with an air of sophistication and elegance.  And because of their long shelf life as a cut flower, they’re also a very good value.

 

The dendrobium and the cymbidium orchids are two of the more widely recognized varieties.  Growing in popularity are the Vandas and Mokaras.  Each has its own special qualities and can be displayed and enjoyed in so many different and exciting ways!

DENDROBIUM ORCHIDS

A symbol of wisdom and beauty, the dendrobium is native to Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. On the beautiful islands of Hawaii, they’re often used to make leis, which people wear as a symbol of love, friendship, celebration, honor—or as a way to greet visitors.

Making a floral lei from dendrobium orchids is extremely easy and is a wonderful and unexpected way to honor someone for a special achievement or just to let them know how special they are.  Watch my video to see just how easy it is to do.




CYMBIDIUM ORCHIDS

A symbol of strength and nobility.


 

VANDA ORCHIDS

The Vanda is considered to be the most highly evolved of all orchids and is very highly prized for its showy, fragrant, long-lasting and intensely colorful flowers.

                                                 

 

MOKARA ORCHIDS

The Mokara orchid is a hybrid orchid, a cross between the Arachnis, Ascocentrum and Vanda families.  Like their parents, Mokara orchids come in a variety of vibrant colors.


 

 

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The Most Popular Christmas Flowers to Decorate With

Holiday Flower TreeFlowers are Mother Nature’s very own decorative ornaments, so it’s no surprise that they’ve become a staple of Christmas décor all over the world! There are so many festive blossoms to choose from, it’s impossible to stick with just one when you’re adorning your home for the holidays. Read up on the most popular Christmas flowers and how you can merry-fy your home with them this season.

Poinsettias

Poinsettia PlantWith its long, velvety red leaves, the poinsettia is the definitive Christmas bloom. But did you know that it’s actually a tropical plant? Read our blog post on the history of poinsettias to find out how they became associated with Christmastime, and use our poinsettia decorating ideas to spread the Christmas spirit! Continue reading

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Enter the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® Treats and Trivia Contest on Twitter

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As we dive into the Holidays, let’s celebrate the spirit of the season with Christmas Trivia! Taken from Celebrating Christmas: Share, Remember, Cherish these fun tidbit and factoids are a perfect way to kick-off Christmas day!

Enter the contest by visiting the 1-800-Flowers.com Twitter page for a chance to win a special holiday gift!  The first person to tag @1800flowers with the correct answer will receive a copy of Celebrating Christmas. Continue reading

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How to Make A DIY Advent Calendar for Christmas

DIY Advent Calendar With Christmas Ornaments and SocksMost people think that Christmas is all about waking up on December 25 and exchanging presents with loved ones. But, as with the best things in life, it’s the journey that counts—not the destination. The truth is that the most wonderful holiday of the year isn’t just one day; it’s a full 25 days of merrymaking! So go ahead: Have some fun counting down to the big day and make the most out of the season by crafting a DIY advent calendar. You can put the whole thing together in three easy steps, and you won’t have to spend any more than $1 on each of your supplies. Just head out to your local discount store to pick up what you need. Now without further ado, here’s how to make a delightful advent calendar especially for you!

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Different Uses for Christmas Wreaths

Pine Wreath Hanging on a Front DoorLush evergreen wreaths are one of the most versatile decorations you can use to bring some traditional warmth into your home at Christmastime. And when you opt for a beautiful faux arrangement—like our Pine Wreath, which is decorated with festive pinecones and vibrant red berries—you have a truly original ornament that you can use in countless ways for many years to come. Here are just a few of the many different uses for a Christmas wreath! Continue reading

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Poinsettia Decorating Ideas

Poinsettia-party-pack-40035The luxuriously red and green leaves of the poinsettia capture the most festive colors of the season, and their star shape (which comes in all sorts of sizes) makes them a joyous decoration for everything from Christmas trees to dinner tables. It’s the most versatile plant to decorate with during Christmastime, and it brings instant glamour and holiday spirit to anything you adorn with it. Here are a few poinsettia decorating ideas to give your home some yuletide flair.

Accent Pieces: Buy multiple potted poinsettias and wrap the containers with burlap or festive decorating paper. Line the plants along a walkway outside, arrange them on your staircase or proudly showcase them on your fireplace mantel with ornaments and other Christmas décor.

Holiday-traditions-poinsettia-101451Welcome Sign: Place a large poinsettia on your stoop with a sign, like this Happy Holidays Poinsettia, to welcome guests to your home and give them a sneak peek at the festivities going on inside.

Wreath Embellishments: Before you hang that wreath up over the fireplace or on your front door, give it some Christmas spice by attaching poinsettias to it with floral wire. Continue reading

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When Is Hanukkah?

A Menorah Lit for HanukkahGet your menorahs and dreidels ready: Hanukkah 2012 begins this Saturday, December 8, and ends on Saturday, December 16!

History of Hanukkah

Hanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day celebration of the Jewish victory over the Syrians and the rededication of the Holy Temple 2,000 years ago. The most well-known Hanukkah tradition is the lighting of one candle on the menorah each night of the holiday. It represents the small flask of oil that was found in the temple, which miraculously burned for eight days.

Other popular Hanukkah customs include playing the dreidel game, preparing traditional foods like potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), and singing time-honored Hanukkah songs. Take a look at our fun family activity ideas for Hanukkah and start planning your celebration early!

When Is Hanukkah?

According to the Hebrew calendar, the holiday is always celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev, which occurs anytime between November and December. If you’re not going by the Hebrew calendar, sometimes it is tough to know when Hanukkah falls. That’s why we’ve created this helpful Hanukkah calendar guide with Hanukkah dates from 2012 to 2020!

  • Hanukkah 2012: Saturday, December 8 – Saturday, December 16
  • Hanukkah 2013: Wednesday, November 27 – Thursday, December 5
  • Hanukkah 2014: Tuesday, December 16 – Wednesday, December 24
  • Hanukkah 2015: Sunday, December 6 – Monday, December 14
  • Hanukkah 2016: Saturday, December 24 – Sunday, January 1
  • Hanukkah 2017: Tuesday, December 12 – Wednesday, December 20
  • Hanukkah 2018: Sunday, December 2 – Monday, December 10
  • Hanukkah 2019: Sunday, December 22 – Monday, December 30
  • Hanukkah 2020: Thursday, December 10 – Friday, December 18
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Fun Family Activities for Hanukkah, From Dreidel to DIY Menorahs

Jewish Family Celebrating HanukkahHanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה), also known as “The Festival of Lights,” means much more than exchanging Hanukkah gifts and lighting candles eight nights in a row. It’s a celebration that brings families together to share and enjoy age-old customs that have been passed down from one generation to the next. So start some new and exciting traditions with your loved ones this holiday season; try out these fun family activities for Hanukkah!

DIY Menorah

ballet menorah for chanukah
Gather everyone ’round the kitchen table and have each family member create their own menorah out of any supplies you have lying around the house: food (apples are a great option), glass bottles, clay, Play-Doh or paper towel tubes. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your creative juices flowing!

Playing Dreidel

Play a Traditional Game of Dreidel: The traditional game of dreidel is probably one of the most well-known Hanukkah activities to play with the family! There are four Hebrew letters on the dreidel to go along with the game, including “nun,” “gimmel,” “hey” and “shin,” each with a different meaning. Not sure how to play dreidel? NYC’s Temple Emanu-el has a great how to play dreidel article to help you learn and start having some fun!

Dreidel Spinning Contest: Add a “spin” to the traditional dreidel game! As a fun change of pace, hold a contest to see who in the family can whirl a dreidel and make it spin the longest.

Hanukkah Gelt (Chocolate Coin) Scavenger Hunt

What is Hanukkah without the gelt?  Have fun with Hanukkah chocolates! Before your guests arrive, hide those delicious little chocolate coins throughout the house.  After dinner, break everyone up into teams and search for them. Whoever finds the most coins wins a prize, in addition to the chocolate.

Hanukkah Bake-Off

Find some Hanukkah-themed cookie cutters and whip up some yummy holiday desserts with your kids. Put your own personal touch on the cookies by decorating them with blue and white icing and sprinkles. Or, try making these sweet edible dreidels featured on Celebrations.com!

Make-Your-Own Hanukkah Magnets

Hanukkah magnets not only make the perfect kitchen decorations for the holiday season, but are also fun to make with the family! Set out some wooden craft sticks, children’s paint, glue and glitter, and have your kids make the Star of David by gluing the sticks together and decorating them.  Stick an old magnet behind the star and display the kids’ art on the fridge.  Menorah magnets are another fun option and feel free to be creative with the materials used! Continue reading

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The Story Behind Mistletoe at Christmas

Couple Kissing Underneath MistletoeNowadays, mistletoe has become a mainstay at Christmas parties everywhere. The rules are simple: If you find yourself standing underneath mistletoe hanging in a doorway, you have to lay a smooch on your sweetie or, if you’re single, the person standing closest to you. You know it as one of the most fun and romantic traditions of Christmas, but do you know how it got its start? Read on to learn the story behind the kissing plant!

What Makes Mistletoe Special

Mistletoe Growing on a TreeThis little bough of berries is no ordinary plant: It doesn’t grow in the ground. Instead, it lives on, and feeds off of, the bark of trees (oaks, mostly). It even thrives during the winter, when trees shed their foliage, creating a beautiful tuft of bright green leaves and juicy berries among the bare branches. The tiny berries can be either bright red or white, and the color of its flowers can range anywhere from yellow to green. Even though the berries were once thought to be an aphrodisiac that held the soul of the tree, they’re actually quite poisonous. So make sure you don’t snack on one after you’re done lip-locking with that someone special! Continue reading

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How to Make Your Own Homemade Christmas Wreaths

One of my favorite traditions during the Holiday season is taking a day to decorate the house. While it may feel like a chore for some, I have always enjoyed putting a lot of creativity and effort into my décor this time of year.

Personalizing the front door wreath is one of my favorite ways to help set our home apart from others in the neighborhood. Years ago, people would put wreaths on their front door featuring different floral arrangements or crafts to identify their individual families and house—similar to the way we use house numbers today. Once I learned this, I couldn’t wait to create a few different Christmas wreaths for my friends and neighbors!

The wreaths shown below were inspired by each recipient’s hobby, but you could create one for just about anything—a new baby, a friend’s favorite movie or even a family’s heritage.

DIY Christmas Wreath for Knitters
Christmas Wreaths for Knitters

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Another Thanksgiving Craft Idea for Kids: Thanksgiving Flower Wreath

Thanksgiving Flower WreathThanksgiving is the perfect day of the year to gather with family and express gratitude for all of the blessings in our lives. Spend time with your kids and show them what the holiday is all about by helping them create these beautiful Thanksgiving flower wreaths. You can make them in a few simple steps, and cleanup is a snap … giving you more time to create memories that you and your kids will cherish for many Thanksgivings to come!

Materials for Thanksgiving Flower Wreath

Paper plate
Construction paper (or cardstock)
Glue
Marker
Hole puncher
Ribbon

How to Make a Thanksgiving Flower Wreath

Materials for Thanksgiving Flower Wreath

  1. Cut out multiple flowers from construction paper. On each flower, write something you are thankful for. You can use the shapes shown above as a guide. Continue reading
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Cute Thanksgiving Craft Idea for Kids: Sunflower Turkeys

Thanksgiving Bouquet of Sunflower TurkeysAre your kids looking for something to do on Turkey Day … other than patiently wait for the bird to roast in the oven? This Thanksgiving craft idea will keep the little ones busy while you cook up a delicious feast for the family, and you’ll have an adorable centerpiece that your guests will rave about as they gobble down their food!

Materials Needed for Thanksgiving Sunflower Turkey

Construction Paper (or colored cardstock or foam)
Scissors
Glue
Sunflower bouquet*
Googly eyes or candy eyes

*The Harvest Spice Bouquet is the perfect arrangement to use for this craft. You can use the daisies to create turkeys too!

How to Make a Thanksgiving Sunflower Turkey

How to Cut a Turkey out of Construction Paper

  1. Cut out the shapes shown above using brown, orange, red and yellow construction paper. (You can also use cardstock or foam for sturdier turkeys.) Continue reading
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Thanksgiving Pear Themed Table Setting

Here’s one last tip that will sure make your Thanksgiving pear themed table setting  unforgettable.

Starting with terrific amber glass plates that I picked up at a discount price, all it took was a curvaceous bosc pear, a sprig of pyracantha berries, a tiny bundle of millet, and a gold trimmed place card to create what I like to call “tabletop art.”

Since pears are in the height of their season right now, you can find them at any local grocery store or supermarket. But most of all have fun with it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pear Place Setting

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Fun Thanksgiving Activities for the Whole Family

Thanksgiving Games and Activities for the Whole FamilyWith work and responsibilities keeping everyone busy throughout the year, it’s not every day your entire family gathers over one table to share some great food and conversation. That’s why Thanksgiving is the perfect day to spend time with your loved ones and create some fun new memories. And what better way to stir up some excitement than by enjoying Thanksgiving activities and games together? Here are some great ideas that will bring the family closer … and make those stuffed bellies roll with wild laughter!

Thanksgiving Trivia

Family Talking During Thanksgiving DinnerBefore the party, write Thanksgiving trivia questions on a stack of index cards. (Remember to write the answers on the back of each card too!) On Thanksgiving Day, split the family into two teams as evenly as possible. Each team takes turns answering the trivia questions, and an official scorekeeper keeps track of how many questions each team answers correctly. The team with the most points wins! Tip: To get the kids in on the action, you can create trivia cards for them too. Continue reading

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Fall Reception Décor Ideas

The personal and the décor flowers should complement each other. I suggest having 3 different centerpieces in varying heights instead of having the same centerpiece on every table. It creates a much better rhythm and flow in the room. Various size tables are also nice if your venue can accommodate it. Here are three fall reception décor ideas that work with the look and feel of the bouquets I have featured so far.

Wreath Centerpiece
I love this fresh flower wreath. Incorporating lots of texture with the pods, berries and kale, make it a feast for the eyes. I particularly like the use of the cut succulent, which is currently one of my current favorite “flowers” to work with this year. An amber glass cylinder and pillar candle in the center of the wreath adds a warm glow to match the warm glow in your hearts on this special day.

Iron Pedestal
This pedestal is adorned with chandelier crystals, candles and has a very romantic feel to it. The green hanging amaranthus is a nice dramatic touch.

Metal Twig Tree
Branches are extremely popular for weddings and special events right now. In this case, I started with a metal twig tree originally designed to display ornaments. I added a few stem of fresh birch branches to give it some visual movement and a more natural fuller shape. The metal branches provide an excellent base for hanging votive candles on and the cymbidium orchids can be strung on the more delicate birch branches. When the lights are turned down and the candles are lit these trees add a magical touch to the room!

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How To Create A DIY Autumn Leaf Table Runner

Fall is here, Thanksgiving is slowly approaching… What is better than an inexpensive, easy and creative autumn leaf table runner to bring the outside beauty of fall, inside your home? Your friends and family will feel as if they are sitting right in your backyard.

Try it out yourself and remember, just have fun with it!

DIY Autumn Leaf Table Runner

Materials Needed:

  • Clear cellophane cut to the size of your table.
  • Fall leaves from outside, or preserved leaves from a craft store.
  • Scissor for any trimming needed.
  • Tack 2000 spray adhesive.
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface.

Create a DIY Autumn Leaf Table Runner in 7 Easy Steps:

  • Start with a piece of clear cellophane cut to size.
  • Gather leaves from outside or buy preserved leaves at a craft store.
  • Cut the leaves off of the branches and trim the stem from the bottom of the leaf. If the leaves are a little wrinkled you can iron them – it looks better if the leaves lay flat.
  • Cover your work surface with newspaper and place your piece of cellophane on top.
  • Have your leaves ready and spray half of the cellophane with Tack 2000 spray adhesive.
  • Simply place the leaves onto the cellophane one at a time, starting at the edge and overlapping the previously placed leaves.
  • Spray the other half of the cellophane with the adhesive and finish adding leaves.
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Create A Festive Table Display With Filberts and Mums

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and if you’re still looking for a centerpiece to make your festive table display elegant this season, try using filberts and mums.

I prefer to use multiple smaller floral accents as opposed to one large centerpiece. Using smaller centerpieces will allow you to easily move the arrangements around the table when different courses are brought to the table. These arrangements couldn’t be easier to do!

I chose small square vases and tall cylinder vases. Another idea is to use unique containers or glassware you may have around your house.

Steps:

  • Fill the vases with filberts (hazel nuts)
  • Once the vases are filled with filberts, fill the vessels with water.
  • Top the arrangement off with a single mum – in this case a copper disbud.

I love the monochromatic look and the use of various textures.

Filberts & Mums

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Create Festive Floral Place Settings

Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. You don’t necessarily need to add a place card, especially if your family is a “first at the table gets their choice of seat” type of family! It is a nice touch though. Here are a few ideas to help you create festive floral place settings for your next holiday gathering.

Savory Succulent
This cut succulent looks good enough to eat. Luckily with all of the food you’ll be serving at dinner no one will be tempted to eat it.

Succulent on Plate

Krazy for Kale
This kale is grown to be enjoyed as a cut flower and really makes a statement when placed on a dinner plate. Use one of the leaves as a place card.

Kale Place Setting

The Colors of the Season
Wrap a few sprigs of colorful fall flora and fauna to bring the vibrant colors of the season onto your table. A few leaf shaped cards from craft store (or you can cut them out yourself) are the finishing touch.

Flora, Fauna and Grapes

Zen Style
Create a sense of peace this Thanksgiving with a Zen inspired holiday table. Keep the look clean and simple with minimal elements. Now let’s mediate on all we have to be thankful for!

Zen Table Setting

Thanksgiving at the Shore
Whether you’re having Thanksgiving at your home on the beach or you just wish you were there, create the mood with sand dollar place cards with a single orchid tucked in for a look that’s simple and elegant.

Sand Dollar Place Cards and Orchid

Picture Perfect Place Settings
Give each guest at your table their own floral arrangement with petite colored bottles holding a single flower. For a truly personal touch attach a special note to each bottle telling that person what you are thankful for about them. Add a copy of a photo of them on the front of the note instead of just writing their name. I particularly like the look of photos from the past. It adds a sweet nostalgic feeling that is perfect for Thanksgiving!

Floral Picture Place Setting

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Festive Hostess Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

hostess-gift-ideas-for-the-holidaysThe 2012 holiday season is almost underway, and you know what that means: Your mailbox will soon be overflowing with dinner party invitations! With so many holiday get-togethers penned on your calendar, it’s important to get a head start on finding the perfect hospitality gift for your host and/or hostess. Hit the ground running with these festive hostess gift ideas for each holiday of the season, from Thanksgiving to Kwanzaa.

pilgrim-poochHostess Gifts for Thanksgiving

Show your hostess how thankful you are to share the holiday with her: Give her a pretty centerpiece to complete her Thanksgiving feast. The Pilgrim Pooch is cute as a button and sits in a basket filled with colorful fall leaves, pumpkins and gourds. Continue reading

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Have a Beach Inspired Thanksgiving!

While many of us associate Thanksgiving with crisp cold air, berried branches, turning foliage, and chrysanthemums, not everyone has to go over the river and through the woods to get to grandmother’s house. Some just take a barefoot stroll along the beach, perhaps collecting a few shells along the way. If I were spending the holiday at my house in Florida here is how I would like my table to look.

Beach Inspired Table Settings

Sand Dollar and Orchid Centerpiece

Not only is it coastal inspired, but it is a cleaner, less cluttered and simpler look. This also matches our lifestyle down in Florida which is completely opposite from our hectic, fast-paced life in New York.

Use found objects as well as treasured keepsakes to create the look you want. Keeping the colors soft and using monochromatic single variety flowers will provide a sense of calm.

White Roses in Sea Shell

Write each guest’s name on a sand dollar and tuck a single cymbidium orchid behind it for a chic place setting.

Personalized Sand Dollar and Orchid

Have a beach inspired Thanksgiving!

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November Birthday Gift Ideas for Him and Her

november-birthday-gift-ideasThe crunch of freshly fallen leaves under your boots. The scent of warm apple pie wafting from the kitchen. The crisp, invigorating air tingling at your fingertips. What could be better than a gorgeous autumn day? Celebrating November birthdays, of course!

Now that November is just around the bend, it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones who were born this month. And with nature showing off her true golden colors, you can find inspiration for fall birthday gifts everywhere you turn. When you’re looking for your autumn birthday gifts, think warm, rustic, simple and colorful. To help you with your search, we’ve gathered a list of his-and-her November birthday gift ideas that your beloved will simply fall head over heels for!

November Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

Fall Country Mum Plant from 1800flowers

The official birth flower for November is the Chrysanthemum, so a lovely autumn arrangement of mums is the perfect way to wish any man or woman a happy birthday this month. The Fall Country Mum bouquet is enfolded in a picket fence flower pot and topped off with a charming scarecrow, bringing the beauty of the harvest season indoors.

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Frightfully Fun Halloween Party Decorations

Two outdoor Jack O Lantern pumpkin candles from 1800flowers!Halloween is all about the creepy atmosphere, but you don’t have to turn your house into a full-blown haunted mansion to show your guests a hair-raising good time. Picking out a few key Halloween decorations will turn your party into a spookfest. Just think tactically! Here are a few hassle-free Halloween party decorations that will have your friends screeching with delight from the minute they knock on your door.

Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Glittered Halloween WreathGive your guests a little Halloween party preview by welcoming them to your home with mood-setting outdoor decorations. Line your walkway with fall mums on each side, and wrap them with spooky string lights. Place a Halloween lantern and a few mini pumpkins between each mum to complete your grand entryway.

At your doorstep, have a candlelit Jack-o-lantern and a Bewitching Halloween Plantcrafty little witch—like this Bewitching Halloween Plant—awaiting your partygoers with a plate of chocolate, trick-or-treat style. Once your friends have picked up their sweet treat and are ready to ring your doorbell, shock them by hanging a Glittered Halloween Wreath on your front door. With such a chilling reception, your guests will be ready for some Hallow’s Eve revelry! Continue reading

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Sweet M&M Halloween Table Centerpiece

Halloween is a great opportunity to have some creative fun! Make it sweet and simple with this easy M&M Halloween Table Centerpiece craft.
The Crow Ate My M&M's
Here’s a quick centerpiece idea for your Halloween festivities…

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! I developed a nested vase for one of the products in my collection, The Sweet Heart Bouquet, and knew it was the perfect container for this M&M project.

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 then the outer one. For the floral, I used shamrock spider mums and purple statice. Both flowers are hardy and will last about two weeks.

Would you believe it, right after I made my arrangement, a crow flew in the window and started eating my M&M’s! I named the crow Russell and told him he could stick around, so look out for him in future images!

If you are running low on time, check out a similar product here from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

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Ideas for Mother-in-Law Gifts for Mother-in-Law Day

gift-ideas-for-mother-in-law-dayIt’s time to show your mother-in-law some love: Mother-in-Law Day is on October 28, 2012!

Mother-in-Law Day falls on the fourth Sunday of October and provides an opportunity to thank your spouse’s mom with a special present.  After all, your one and only wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for her! Not sure what she’d like? There are lots of great mother-in-law gifts to choose from. Here are five gift ideas for every type of momma!

For the Mother-in-Law Who Loves to Cooksend red and white wine in a tote bag!

If your sweetie’s mom loves to cook up a good homemade meal, give her something delicious to wash it down with.  This Red Wine Pairing in Burgundy Wine Tote is the perfect complement to her scrumptious food. You can pick her favorite one-two combo of flavors: Choose from three pairings of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and zinfandel. Continue reading

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Make Your Own Fall Wreath

Wreaths can be used in so many different ways to decorate your home and are very easy to make. Here are three options, in three different sizes, using three different bases. Which one are you going to create this Thanksgiving? Maybe you’ll do them all!

Grapevine Chair Wreath
Here’s an unexpected touch for your Thanksgiving table (or chair in this case).

Grapevine Chair Wreath

  • Start with a 5” grapevine wreath, which you can get at any craft store for under a dollar each.
  • Glue a base of autumn leaves, a bit of berries, and assorted foliage such as eucalyptus and magnolia leaves. I used a hot glue gun.
  • Attach a cymbidium orchid with a dab of floral adhesive.
  • Attach the finished wreath to the back of each chair with a beautiful ribbon that coordinates with table linens.

Magnolia Wreath
Magnolia wreaths have always been popular in the South. However, we northerners are being lured by the dark glossy beauty of the two-tone magnolia leaf (the back of each leaf is brown). Making a wreath using just the leaves with a simple ribbon creates a look that is fresh and sophisticated.

Magnolia Wreath

  • Start with a pre-made wire base or create your own using heavy-gauge wire.
  • Cut the magnolia leaves from the branch.
  • Wire small clusters of 3-4 leaves together.
  • Wire the individual bunches of leaves onto the wire wreath form, making sure to overlap them so that their stems don’t show.
  • Spray your wreath with artist’s fixative or hair spray, and hang it on a wall or door.

Fresh Sunflower Wreath
This wreath is made with a floral foam base and is designed entirely with fresh flowers and foliage. The focal flower is a sunflower, which is perfect this time of year with its chocolate brown center and golden yellow petals.

Fresh Sunflower Wreath

A fresh flower wreath makes a beautiful centerpiece with a pillar candle and hurricane lamp in the center. Follow these simple steps to create your own fresh flower wreath.

    • Thoroughly soak the wreath form.
      Rinse Wreath Form
    • Create the initial shape by inserting short stems of foliage into the foam.
    • Add the sunflowers even spaced around the wreath.
    • Fill in the wreath with the other flowers that you have chosen.
    • Fill in any gaps with oak leaves, raffia, and other assorted foliage such as salal leaves or pittisporum.

 

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Make a Fun Candy Corn Inspired Centerpiece

From now until the end of the year is a crafters dream. From Halloween through Thanksgiving and right into the holiday season, there are more reasons to decorate and create than any other time of the year. Make a fun candy corn inspired centerpiece and let the creativity begin!

Candy Corn

This ubiquitous Halloween candy was the inspiration for this floral centerpiece. It is made entirely out of carnations with a floral foam base. Since carnations come in so many beautiful colors, including orange and yellow, and are long lasting they were a natural choice for this project.

Candy Corn Centerpiece

Remember to check back on a regular basis, because I will be sharing many ideas for decorating, gifting, and creating with flowers for all of the upcoming seasonal celebrations.

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Make Delicious Apple Centerpieces For Any Occasion!

Big Apple Centerpieces

I was recently asked by a New York bride and groom to incorporate apples into the place card display at their Manhattan reception. They had many guests coming in from out of town and wanted to visually welcome them to the Big Apple.

You can easily make delicious apple centerpieces for any occasion! I filled varying size glass cylinders with small lady apples and used large deep red apples as votive candleholders. The look was clean, modern and had that person touch they were looking to include in their special day!

Apples in cyllanders

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Vintage Halloween Centerpiece

Vintage Halloween Pumpkin

Give your table a vintage makeover with this vintage Halloween centerpiece.  This original papier-mâché pumpkin from the 1950’s is my favorite Halloween decoration. My mother-in-law gave it to me a few years ago. She finds the best stuff and knows my style to a tee!

With a few cuttings from your fall garden – here I used dahlias and asclepias – this old pumpkin becomes the happiest jack in town! While not vintage, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM offers a great alternative here.

Vintage Halloween Centerpiece

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Dazzling Dahlias, Flowers of Fall

As I’ve said many times that having flowers in your home or office is just plain good for you. It’s such a simple thing to do and yet makes such a difference. Take advantage of the different floral varieties that are available each season. Dahlias will only be around for a little bit longer, so don’t miss out on them. They are so dramatic and visually interesting and come in an array of extraordinary colors. Don’t fuss – just fill a vessel with warm water, snip the ends of the stems, and drop them in.

Happy Fall!!

Pink Dahlias

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Celebrate Love Note Day This September!

Note Ideas For Love Note Day!

The month of September continues to fly by, but I wanted to take a moment and share one of the sweetest holidays I have ever heard of! Love Note Day falls annually on the fourth Friday in September and was created to encourage people to share their feelings for the ones they love with written words.

In honor of this holiday I wanted to share just a few of my favorite love notes:

If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for love’s sake only. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. - Franklin P. Jones

Love is a friendship set to music.E. Joseph Cossman

Love Note Pink Rose Bouquet

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hot Pink Roses: One Hundred Years to Grow Perfection

lady roses, hot pinkWho could resist a rose called ‘Hot Lady’? It’s a spectacular hot pink rose, too, with two-inch-long buds that look good in a vase for at least 10 days. And the color! Hot, hot pink. It’s the kind of rose that florists love, not least because it appeals to the hot ladies for whom it was named.

As it happens, hot ladies have plenty of hot pink roses to choose from, thanks in large part to a century-old German firm called Rosen Tantau (Tantau Roses).

Just four men have run the company in that century, each one taking an inventive approach to rose breeding. Founded by Matthias Tantau in 1906 in a small town outside Hamburg, Germany, the firm became internationally known following World War II, when Jackson Perkins introduced ‘Garnette’, a popular red greenhouse rose, to the United States. It became a florists’ standard. Continue reading

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How to Preserve Flowers with Wax

Create Your Own Wax Flowers

Wax Roses as Centerpiece Around a Candle on purple table clothJust when you thought your Valentine flowers were done here are two more tricks and tips to make the last few blooms more then just a memory. Waxing fresh flowers is a craft that dates back to the Victorian era. It’s quite easy and inexpensive to do. It just takes a little practice, because the most important part is getting the temperature just right for the types of flower that you are waxing. Almost any type of bloom can be waxed so go ahead and experiment.

Wax Flower Materials Needed:
* Fresh flowers
* Paraffin wax
* Double boiler
* Wax or Parchment Paper
* Empty vases or bottles for drying the flowers
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How to Make Back to School Flowers to Start Their School Year Off Right

mason jar with handpicked garden flowersBack to school flowers can help everyone start the new school year off on the right foot! According to research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. “Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.”

Here are some creative ideas that you and your child can put together the day before school starts. Your child might be a little nervous about the first day of school and spending time with you, putting a floral or plant gift together for the teacher will relax them and get them excited about giving their new teacher such a beautiful gift. Continue reading

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The INTERNal Perspective of Public Relations Intern Sarah Melley

In her second post for the INTERNal Perspective, Public Relations Intern Sarah Melley shares her experience interning at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and her involvement in the Imagine the Smiles and Summer of a Million Smiles initiatives. Here’s Sarah in her own words:

I have learned so much about Public Relations while interning here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. As a Public Relations intern, I have participated in two major company-wide initiatives, Sumer of a Million Smiles and Imagine the Smiles, to deliver smiles in the community and beyond. I was involved in donating flowers to the Island Harvest Mobile Food Pantry in Freeport and was a part of the committee that selected the winners for the Imagine the Smiles campaign from the numerous nominations. It’s great to be a part of something bigger than myself and I always feel good knowing I helped deliver a smile that day. Continue reading

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How to Make Flowers Last Longer

Make a Simple Floral Bouquet Last Up to Three Weeks

It has been scientifically proven that flowers make people feel good. According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

By following the simple flower care and handling tips that I have provided, you can get those good feelings to last longer! Continue reading

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1800Flowers’ Creative Team Creates Crafts with Kids

The East Williston Summer Recreation program at North Side Elementary School in East Williston, NY was the latest stop during our Summer of a Million Smileswhere the 1800Flowers’ Creative Team creates crafts with kids. On Friday, August 3rd the  creative team from 1-800-Flowers.com dropped by to make some crafts with the kids.

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The INTERNal Perspective of Email Marketing Intern James Hoge

Who works on the emails sent out to our valued 1-800-FLOWERS.COM customers? James Hoge explains his role in creating those emails as an Email Marketing Intern this summer in his own words:

As the proud new owner of a marketing degree from Elon University, I was very excited to dip my feet into the professional world this summer. I’ve had the opportunity to observe and take part in the inner workings of a unique and innovative company. This has been an invaluable experience and a great jumpstart to my career. For the past two months I have been working with the Email Marketing team learning how to plan, design, review and analyze 1-800-FLOWERS.COM marketing emails. I’ve worked cross-functionally with several departments to accomplish these tasks, which has given me a valuable insight into how the company communicates and operates internally. Continue reading

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The INTERNal Perspective of Interactive Marketing Intern Gabrielle Bacarella

Gabrielle Bacarella, an Interactive Marketing Intern, also of previous “Petal Talk” fame, talks about her experiences interning at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM for the second consecutive summer. Her are Gabrielle’s insights in her own words:

When I entered my first year at Boston College, I had no idea what I wanted to major in, let alone pursue a career. After taking several courses, I found that I really enjoyed Human Psychology, declaring it as my major with a minor in Human Resource Management. Continue reading

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Fall Wedding Flower Ideas, Trends & Themes

There are so many options for flowers and décor for fall weddings that it can be difficult deciding on one theme or direction. Here are just a few fall wedding flower ideas to help you with the perfect autumn combinations to delight and inspire.

Rich Hues and Lots of Texture
Bold Fall Wedding FlowersTap into what’s in season in the world of flora and fauna for bouquets and centerpieces that are unique and visually stunning. Continue reading

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Labor Day Picnic Gift Baskets

Picnic gift baskets for Labor DayLabor Day is the celebration of the many workers in our country and all that they contribute to our society. As so, this holiday is meant to give workers time away from the workplace to enjoy themselves. Labor Day often symbolizes the end of summer, so many people set sail for the beach, mountains or any other outdoor location for some fresh air, great weather and time with friends and family. Labor Day picnic gift baskets provide everything necessary for a fun day out in the sun.

How to Make Labor Day Picnic Baskets

1. First you will need the baskets. The number and size of the items that will fit into the baskets will be determined by how much the baskets can hold. For this reason, it is important to get your baskets first. Baskets can be purchased from craft stores, antique shops or any number of home accent stores. Continue reading

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The INTERNal Perspective of Web Marketing Intern Kirsten Knott

Even she’s majoring in public relations, Web Marketing Intern Kirsten Knott describes how interning at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has her thinking about her future career path:

I have learned so many valuable insights from my internship at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, but the main thing I’ve gained here is a newfound direction. I have always known I wanted to pursue a career in public relations, but I was unsure of what type of company or industry I wanted to work in. During my internship, I had the opportunity to observe and experience the dynamics of a company that cares. Continue reading

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The INTERNal Perspective of Marketing Intern Matthew Keenan

Matthew Keenan, a talented Marketing Intern at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, reveals what surprised him about his internship this summer and the impact this experience will have on his future:

When I first started my internship at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I expected to be doing menial marketing-related projects all day. But that wasn’t the case. I was given the responsibility of conducting in-depth marketing assignments, centered on canvassing customer comments about the products they received. I’ve also prepared parts of the marketing weekly report and worked on competitor analysis. Continue reading

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Colorful Wedding Bouquets

Need ideas for lovely wedding bouquets? Adding color to your bridesmaid bouquets alongside an elegant and white bridal bouquet can really make the bride stand out, even more than she already does!

Colorful Wedding Bouquets

One of the 1800FLOWERS franchise stores in Fairfax, Virginia, family-owned florist Twinbrook Floral Design, designs and creates gorgeous wedding bouquets all year round and shared this beautiful photo of wedding flowers.
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The INTERNal Perspective of Merchandising Intern Remington Zience

Remington Zience, a Florist Design intern in the Merchandising Department, gives his insights into his summer experience at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM:

When I first arrived at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I had no clue that I would be involved in so many different initiatives. As a Merchandising Intern in Florist Design, my duties have ranged from hands-on experience in the design studio and creating a product-planning timeline to working on marketing strategies for the products. But my greatest learning experience this summer has been realizing how important it is to be versatile and flexible in your work. Continue reading

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Caring for Cut Flowers in Five Easy Steps

Care for Cut Flowers In Order to Keep Them Fresh 

Step One: Always use clean vases or containers. Bacteria in the water will shorten the life span of your flowers. Household bleach is an excellent cleaning agent for your floral containers.

Caring for Cut Flowers by Cutting Under Water

Step Two: Have your vase ready before working with the flowers. Fill the container about ¾ full with warm water and floral food (according to packet directions). Of course, I always have extra packets of floral food at my house, because I always have fresh flowers. If you buy flowers from a florist they will give you packets to use at home – why not ask for a few extra so that you have them on hand too. If you find yourself without a commercially prepared food click here for a version that you can make yourself. Continue reading

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Homemade Floral Food

How to Make Your Own Food For Flowers

There are 3 ingredients that are helpful when trying to keep your flowers fresh and long-lasting. They are:

  • Sugar – provides nutrition for flowers
  • Citric acid – acts as an acidifier and lowers the ph level of the water
  • Bleach – prevents bacteria growth in the vase

Here are a few do-it-yourself options that I have come across:

  • One part lemon lime soda (7-Up, Sprite) to 3 parts of water
  • Two tablespoons lemon juice, one tablespoon sugar, one quarter teaspoon bleach to one quart of water
  • Two tablespoons of white vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar to one quart of water
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Cooking With Zucchini Flowers

Cooking with zucchini flowers is a delicious delicasy, especially in Italy.  They can be found in pasta dishes, risotto and even with ricotta cheese. But the dish that is most popular is fried zucchini flowers.  Zucchini flowers are commonly battered and fried almost like a vegetable tempura.  To compliment their salty and crunchy taste, they are sometimes drizzled with honey and topped off with powedered sugar. Preparing an old italian favorite can be easy with this simple recipe.

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The INTERNal Perspective of BloomNet Marketing Intern Jonathan Wagner

Who works in the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM BloomNet Department? What do interns there do? BloomNet Marketing Intern Jonathan Wagner explains:

As a History major at St. Lawrence University, interning at the world’s leading floral company does not exactly tie back to my major.  However, this internship has been a tremendous learning experience for me. Throughout the summer, I have been working in the BloomNet Department, where I have gained a great deal of knowledge. Continue reading

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How To Create a Love Altar

Dog-able made out of flowers getting married

Did you ever want to tell someone just how much they mean to you and how much joy, comfort, and passion they have brought into your life? Sometimes it’s easier to show someone how much you love them than to try to put it into words. A love altar is a wonderful space for manifesting this desire, passion and adoration. Continue reading

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The INTERNal Perspective of Chris Hopkins: Interns at 1800Flowers Volunteer

The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Interns volunteer their time and effort to the Imagine the Smiles campaign. Chris Hopkins, a Marketing Intern here, shares his view of the experience of creating floral arrangements to be donated as part of the initiative, complete with coverage from Newsday:

In the July 30th issue of Newsday, an article was published about 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Imagine the Smiles and 2012 Summer Internship programs. The reporter, Keiko Morris, and photographer, Audrey Tiernan, tell the story through the lens of our interns learning to make floral arrangements for the West Nassau Dialysis Center as a part of Imagine the Smiles. The newspaper came to our corporate headquarters in Carle Place, NY to interview our bright and talented interns, as well as a few other employees, about these two important aspects of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM brand.

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How to Grow Your Own Olympic Flowers

It’s only been a few days but we already miss the olympics! In this past 2012 London Summer Olympics, nearly 4,800 Victory Bouquets were given to medal winners. Designed by Susan Lapworth, the Creative Director at Jane Packer, the bouquet consists of yellow, orange, green, and pink roses, along with bunches of lavender, wheat, apple mint, and rosemary, all of which are grown in England. The International Olympic Committee wanted the bouquet to not only be fragrant, but also reflect the energy of the games.

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The INTERNal Perspective of Vendor Relations Intern David Kobbe

Our vendors may recognize the name of this author! In his second year operating as the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Vendor Relations Intern, David Kobbe explains his responsibilities and the successes he has built the last two years here:

I’m back here as the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Vendor Relations Intern for the second year in a row. I am heading into my junior year at Penn State and majoring in Supply Chain & Information Systems. Last year, I started with exciting projects like creating an incentive program for our vendors and completely revamping the Vendor Manual. Continue reading

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The INTERNal Perspective of Florist Operations Intern Alan Croitoru

Hailing all the way from Miami, Florist Operations Intern Alan Croitoru shares his experience from inside the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Florist Operations Department:

As a student majoring in financial economics and psychology, I can truly appreciate 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s caring team who is obsessed with delivering smiles on behalf of its customers. Interning with the Florist Operations is interesting for me because I am able to see how the company values its economic goals yet maintains its culture of delivering smiles. For example, the emotions that a mother feels when receiving beautiful lilies on Mother’s Day or the impact of red roses on a Valentine’s Day experience are so crucial to the company’s bottom line. Continue reading

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