Floral Occasions & Holidays

DIY Floral Cinco de Mayo Centerpiece

May 1, 2015

In honor of Cinco De Mayo, put a festive touch on your space with a simple Cinco De Mayo centerpiece! Whether you’re celebrating with a full-fledged fiesta or simply want to show your support, put yourself in the Cinco de Mayo by adding a festive centerpiece to your space!

For the flowers, opt for an arrangement that is vibrant and reminiscent of traditional Mexican colors if possible. We used flowers from the It’s Your Day Bouquet from 1-1-800-Flowers.com which really made this Cinco De Mayo decoration pop. I then came across mini fruit lollipops at my local party supply store and slipped them in for an extra festive touch!

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1-800-Flowers.com Celebrates Take Your Mom to Work Day 2015

April 27, 2015

CARLE PLACE, NY – On Monday, April 6th 2015, 1-800-Flowers.com celebrated Take Your Mom to Work Day by inviting a group of 17 Moms of some of our amazing staff members. Their day began with a greeting from CEO and founder, Jim McCann. Moms then joined their children on our “red carpet” for a photo opportunity which our sister brand, Personalization Universe, later turned into a keepsake they can hold on to for years to come.

After they were done striking their best pose, the Moms then participated in a floral arrangement workshop instructed by Floral Designer, Phil Devito. The Moms then helped spread the smiles by donated their handmade floral arrangements to the ER staff ant Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, NY.

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After a long morning of learning the flower arranging craft, Moms were treated to a brunch where they were serenaded by some of our staff members with an acoustic guitar and vocal set. The Moms then continued their day by learning a bit more about the company their children work for with a behind-the-scenes look at our product development and growing fruit bouquets business.

The day ended on a sweet note with Moms departing with a Thank You Bag filled with a variety of treats from our Sister brands. Each gift bag included:

Cookies from Cheryl’s
Chocolates from Fannie May
Truffles from Harry & David
Caramel Popcorn from The Popcorn Factory
Stationery from Fine Stationery

In addition to the gift bags, both Moms and their children took home a day of memories they won’t soon forget. One Mom, Sharon Trench, remarked, “Over the years Kelly and I have shared many wonderful times, which has led to many heartfelt memories. I can honestly say..my day at work with her has quickly become one of my fondest memories. Thanks to the wonderful staff at 1800flowers. Truly amazing!”

Fun Floral Facts

A Passion For Roses from the Flower Farm

April 27, 2015

The flower business is a very passionate one. From the breeders to the growers to the florists and floral designers, we all love what we do. One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to visit the farms that grow the beautiful flowers that bring smiles to so many faces every day.

I didn’t know what to expect on my trip to the farms in South America where 78 percent of the 4 billion cut flower stems purchased in the U.S. are grown. Our first stop was at Passion Growers in Bogota, Colombia, where the beauty of the land and the warmth of the people blew me away.
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The owners of Passion—Jaime and Cheryl Peisach and Sam Ferrara—intended to create a small company, a hobby, to do what they loved and do it as best as they possibly could. The idea was simple: provide the best roses available anywhere and NEVER waiver on the highest standards—including the highest ethical standards—consequently resulting in a positive impact on customers, associates, suppliers and the community. This is how Passion Growers was born. Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

How to Say Mom in Different Languages

April 27, 2015

mugable-mom-gift-143164There may be a million different ways to say her name, but there’s only one special mom your heart belongs to. So this Mother’s Day, show her how one-of-a-kind she is: Instead of calling her the usual “Ma” or “Mom,” impress her by saying her name in her native language! Here’s how to say mom in different languages:

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

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

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

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Wine Tasting

April 25, 2015

A Unique Mother’s Day Activity to Wow Mom

Spring is here and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Have you started to think about how you can show mom just how much you love her and how special she is? How about getting together with a few of your friends to plan a Mother Daughter Wine Tasting party. The planning and preparation can be as much fun as the event itself.

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A rustic, natural Napa Valley-inspired wine tasting is the perfect setting to incorporate so many of the most popular trends: burlap, chalkboard, mason jars, monograms and Made in America!

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Celebrate Arbor Day with These Fun Facts and Tree Planting Tips

April 24, 2015

Did you know that Arbor Day is an internationally celebrated holiday?  In fact, each country has their own date for Arbor Day which depends on the climate and planting seasons of their region.  In the United States, Arbor Day 2015 is April 24th!
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What is Arbor Day?

Arbor Day is a day to celebrate the role trees have in our lives. People and communities are encouraged to plant trees as well as care for existing trees in the neighborhood.

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Holiday Decorations, How-To's, Mother's Day

DIY Mother’s Day Craft: How to Make a Floral Hot Air Balloon for Mom

April 23, 2015

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

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

Holiday Decorations

Cinco de Mayo Decorations & Party Ideas

April 21, 2015

Our country is rich in many different cultural traditions, with celebrations focusing on specific groups growing and becoming more popular every year. And who doesn’t need another reason to party!

Cinco de Mayo is one of my new favorites! The food and the colors of Mexico are made for celebrating – bright, spicy, and flavorful! Here are a few ideas to try for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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Fiestaware pieces are the perfect container for a few cut flowers. While dahlias are pictured here and are the official flower of Mexico, they aren’t available until late summer. Any colorful bloom will work perfectly.

Mexicali Rose

Create a unique floral arrangement using a doll and floral foam. This Mexicali Rose features pom-poms, mini carnations, statice and button poms. Her top was made from lace ribbon, and her headdress and necklace were made by stringing hypericum berries on strands of skinny ribbon.
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An easy way to make a doll floral arrangement is to use a cake decoration doll pick and cone-shaped floral foam. Soak the foam first, place on small dish that is slightly larger then the foam base, cut off the top third of the foam, and insert doll pick into the top of the foam.

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You can make a simple top for the doll using a piece of ribbon. For the flower skirt, cut the flower stem short, about 1”, and insert into the foam starting at the bottom and going all the way around. Keep adding a layer at a time using slightly small flowers as you get to the top of the skirt, inserting the stems at more of an upwards angle will also help to bring in the width as you go.

Colors of Mexico

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A friend brought these beautiful hand blown glasses back from their Mexican vacation as a thank you gift for me. I think they make great vases massed out with a single sunflower in each.

Food and Drinks

Guacamole

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What’s a Mexican-themed parry without guacamole and chips? Guacamole is one of the easiest dips to make. You can keep it super simple and just add some Kosher salt to mashed avocados. For a quick upgrade add in some prepared salsa. Even taking it all the way up is still easy. Here’s a recipe that’s almost fool proof:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. minced red onion
  • 2 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
  • A dash of pepper
  • ½ ripe tomato chopped – seeds and pulp removed
  1. Cut the avocado in half. Remove seed, scoop out the avocado and put in mixing bowl.
  2. Mash up the avocado with a fork leaving it a little chunky.
  3. Sprinkle with lime juice and salt.
  4. Add the chopped onion, cilantro, and black pepper and mix well.
  5. If you are not going to being serving immediately, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready.
  6. Chop the tomatoes and add right before serving.

Sangria

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Sangria is very similar to the guacamole in that it is a no brainer for Mexican celebrations. It is easy to make, or you can buy it pre-made. Here is a basic red wine sangria recipe:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup orange liquor
  • 2-3 cups sparkling water
  • Fresh fruit – apples, oranges, grapes, etc.
  1. Cut up the fruit into slices or wedges.
  2. Put all ingredients in a container, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight is even better).
  3. Serve in a large pitcher with ice and top off with the sparkling water.

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These oversized floral cocktails from 1-800-Flowers.com are the perfect way to celebrate or send a smile on Cinco de Mayo. Choose from the Sangria or the Margarita!