When it comes to Valentine’s Day, chances are you’re thinking about how you’ll wow your lucky lady once you two have a chance to be together – a romantic night in the city or a home cooked meal, perhaps. But aside from everything you can do when you’re side by side, don’t forget about making her feel special during the time that you’re apart. A great place to start? Surprise her at work! Although Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, you can still make a lasting impression on her and her co-workers by doing something special in the office on the Friday before or Monday after. Below are a few of our favorite office Valentine’s Day ideas. Continue Reading…
It feels really nice when someone sends you flowers. You feel special, and can’t help but smile. And you want your flowers—and that feeling—to last as long as possible. What can you do? Here’s my friend and co-worker at 1-800 Flowers, Nancy Egan, to tell you one thing that you can do to keep your flowers fresh and beautiful for as long as possible!
Although you shouldn’t need an excuse to express your feelings to someone that you care about, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to do so. Are you starting to think about who you’ll write to this year? Remember – Valentine’s Day isn’t just limited to husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends; you can also show your appreciation for moms, dads and friends too! Before you sit down to start writing out your cards this year, take a look at our Valentine’s Day card message ideas to get your juices flowing.
Because roses are the number one Valentine’s Day gift I thought that I would share a few tips that will help you to get the maximum vase life from your fresh cut roses.
- Hydration is what’s it’s all about so be sure to get you roses in water as soon as possible.
- Fill a clean vase ¾ of the way with warm water.
- Add a packet of flower food according to package directions. Flower food contains a biocide to kill bacteria, an acidifier to help stems drink water, and a sugar to nourish the blooms. If you don’t have any commercially prepared flower food you can make your own recipe at home by adding three teaspoons of lemon-lime soda (non-diet) and one teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water. The soda provides the food source (sugar) and the acidifier and the bleach will help prevent bacteria growth.
- Another way to prevent bacteria growth in the water is to remove all foliage from you flower stems that would fall below the water line, before placing your flowers in the vase.
- Right before placing your flowers in the prepared vase give the bottom of each stem a fresh cut – on an angle. Cutting the stem on an angle prevents the stem from sitting flush on the bottom of the vase thus allowing maximum water intake.
- Check the water level in your vase on a daily basis and add fresh water as needed.
- After 3-4 days repeat these steps for optimum vase life!
2016 Valentine’s #BloomLoveSweepstakes on Instagram
We’re so in love with our new iOS app that we’re giving you the chance to win an Apple Watch! We want you to share with us photos of flowers or floral themed things that you find in every day life. Whether it’s some flowers on your morning walk or a beautiful floral themed Hawaiian shirt, we want you to share it with us! Submit your pictures to us on Instagram, tag or mention us, and use the hashtag #BloomLoveSweepstakes to enter! There will be two drawings, one on 2/7 and another on 2/14. Here’s the breakdown:
2016 Valentine’s #FloralLoveSweepstakes on Twitter
We’re so in love with our new iOS app that we’re giving you the chance to win an Apple Watch! We want you to share with us photos of flowers or floral themed things that you find in every day life. Whether it’s some flowers on your morning walk or a beautiful floral themed Hawaiian shirt, we want you to share it with us! Submit your pictures to us on Twitter, mention us, and use the hashtag #FloralLoveSweepstakes to enter! There will be two drawings, one on 2/7 and another on 2/14. Here’s the breakdown:
For those couples who are well established, everything from Valentine’s Day dinner to dessert and gifts can be a no brainer. But, for those who are fresh into their relationship, the holiday can definitely bring about some nerves – where should you eat? How much money should you spend? What’s the right type of gift to give? While you’re trying to figure out the answers to all of the questions circling around in your head, we’ve been busy putting together a guide for you to follow to alleviate some of the stress you may be feeling – take a look at our tips for your first Valentine’s Day as a couple below.
Talk About It
You and your significant other may have different expectations for what Valentine’s Day should be, and that’s perfectly normal. However, unless you discuss your feelings, you won’t know what’s too little or too much in your partner’s eyes. So, first things first, sit down and talk about it! By being honest and open, you can plan an afternoon or evening that satisfies you both.
You and your sweetie may be totally head over heels, but that doesn’t mean you need to be too over the top with your gift giving or event planning this year; you certainly won’t want to scare them off! If you’ve only been dating for a few weeks or months, then you probably shouldn’t go out and spend your entire paycheck on a diamond necklace or earrings – though beautiful, you don’t want to give the wrong idea about future intentions, especially if you both really haven’t talked about them yet. Similarly, you may want to avoid super fancy restaurants, since the need to get all dressed up could cause both of you to feel unnecessary anxiety about the day. Continue Reading…
2016 Twitter #FloralLoveSweepstakes
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- ENTRY PERIOD: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® 2016 #FloralLoveSweepstakes (hereinafter the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00 PM EST on 2/1/2016 and ends at 12:00 PM EST on 2/14/2016 (the “ENTRY Period”).
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You may have heard the term before, and if asked to define it you could probably figure it out, but do you really have a good grasp of what horticulture is? By definition, horticulture is the science and culture of gardening. Unlike botany and other sciences revolving around plants, horticulture differs since it incorporates aspects of both science and aesthetics; essentially, it is a division of agriculture that focuses on the art, science and even business of cultivating and managing a garden.
Customize Your Roses With A Unique Vase
Gertrude Stein’s famous quotation, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” is often interpreted as meaning “things are what they are.” But I like to shake things up a bit and put my own spin on them. And when it comes to roses—the # 1 gift for Valentine’s—there are so many ways that you can make yours a truly original, one-of-a-kind gift from the heart!
We all know that red roses say, “I love you,” but so does giving someone a bouquet of colored roses in an unexpected “vase” that has special meaning.
I’m a big fan of anything vintage. I love the colors of this old Maxwell House coffee tin, so I created a similarly-hued bouquet of “coffee break” and “Florida” roses to give to a special friend. We try to get together at least once a month to catch up over a cup of coffee, and I truly cherish our friendship and our monthly “coffee tawk.” I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time reach out to all of the special people in my life to let them know how much their love and friendship means to me. (You could also send this arrangement to a loved one with a card that reads, “Our love is good to the last drop!”) Continue Reading…