International Women’s Day Celebrations Around the World

Women Joining Hands in TriumphEvery year on March 8, one holiday takes the phrase “girl power” to a whole new—and global—level. It’s called International Women’s Day (or IWD), and it applauds the achievements of women all over the world. The holiday was born in 1911 when women in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland rallied together in support of women’s rights. It wasn’t until 1975, when the United Nations began sponsoring the event, that IWD started to gain recognition. Now, the day is officially observed in 27 countries across the globe.

From casual luncheons to large-scale fundraisers, there’s a whole spectrum of ways that each country celebrates IWD. Each year, a new theme is chosen for the holiday, and supporters globally are encouraged to participate in the festivities. There are more than 1,000 events to choose from; all you have to do is visit the International Women’s Day Events page to find one near you!

IWD is also a day to do something special for all of the influential women in your life. In many countries, women are given flowers (the most popular IWD symbol), candy, cards and gifts by their loved ones. Here are just a few fun and interesting International Women’s Day celebrations from around the world.

Asia

  • In China, women get a half day off from work, and some even receive gifts from their bosses.
  • Women in Pakistan take part in fun and friendly competitions, like flower arranging, acting and cooking contests.
  • “Women at Work” in Islamabad is a five-day food, art and entertainment festival run entirely by women.
  • Mothers in Turkmenistan who have eight or more children are awarded with a commemorative badge, which comes with some perks, like free dental care and public transportation.
  • In Russia and Vietnam, husbands, boyfriends, employers and coworkers give flowers to the women they admire.

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Unique Vase Ideas

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Who knew that making your flowers look extravagant can be so simple? Placing your beautiful flowers in either a hand made vase or a unique container around your house can be a fun and decorative way to display your flowers this summer! Impress your family and friends with these unique vase ideas!

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Quick Flower Tip: Use Everyday Household Items as Vases to Show off Your Flowers

Make Her Day BouquetAfter a while, using a plain old glass vase to put your blooms on display gets pretty predictable and, well, boring. Those beautiful flowers of yours deserve to be dressed up with something a lot more special! But there’s no need to go out and buy a fancy crystal vase with a hard-hitting price tag. Our quick flower tip: Just repurpose what you already have in your home! Here’s a list of 10 everyday household items that can serve double duty as stylish flower vases:

  • Wine glasses and bottles
  • Teapots and teacups
  • Candlesticks
  • Perfume bottles
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Soup bowls
  • Water pitchers
  • Toothbrush holders
  • Bird baths
  • Pencil holders
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Quick Flower Tip: Fertilize Your Rose Garden With a Banana Peel

Sorbet RosesWe all know that bananas are a super-healthy snack for us humans. But did you know that these fruits are also a nutritious treat for your roses? Bananas are packed with the essential vitamins and minerals that roses need to thrive, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur and more. And because banana peels decompose quickly, they can provide your flowers with a healthy burst of nutrients in a hurry—protecting them from disease and helping them grow hearty roots and blossoms. Think of bananas as a vitamin supplement for your roses’ overall healthy diet.

To fertilize your rose bush with a banana peel, just follow this easy flower tip: Once a month, cut a banana peel lengthwise into ½- to 1-inch strips, and then bury the peel about 4 to 6 inches deep in the soil right at the base of the plant. As it begins to decompose, the banana will immediately begin releasing its nutrients into the soil. Or, you can also create a liquid fertilizer by mixing a banana peel and 1 quart of water in the blender. Simply pour the mixture onto the soil at the base of the flower, and the roots will drink it up right away.

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Quick Flower Tip: Preserve Your Flower Bouquet With Bleach

Floral EmbraceWhen someone we love surprises us with a beautiful flower arrangement, it’s only natural to want to make those colorful blooms—and that feeling of excitement—last as long as possible. Here’s a flower tip to help keep that bouquet fresh and blooming longer: Add ¼ teaspoon of bleach for every quart of water in your vase. Or, add three drops of bleach and 1 teaspoon of sugar for every quart of vase water. It won’t just keep your flower petals vibrant; it’ll also prevent the water from getting cloudy and stop icky bacteria and mildew from forming on the flower stems.

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Quick Flower Tip: Use Drinking Straws to Extend Your Flower Stems

FSeashore Glowlower stems looking a little short? If you want to bring your itty-bitty bouquet to new heights, give it a boost with a new set of stilts! Our flower tip for helping your blooms stand tall: Grab a bunch of sturdy drinking straws and insert the bottom of each flower stem into a straw. Adjust the height to your preference, but make sure the bottom of the stems can still reach the waterline. Now you have an arrangement that can fit in any size vase!

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Creative Gifts for Dad: DIY Garden Markers

diy-garden-markers-with-photo-2Looking for a creative gift for Dad that he will love showing off? Add some photo flair to his garden with your own DIY garden markers!

The hardest part of this craft will be asking the kids to pose for the photo; make sure they are holding a white piece of paper (cut or folded in half horizontally) to leave space to write the name of the herb.

This photo to wood transfer process is so easy and can be used for any wooden surface like these DIY wood coasters! Keep in mind you must leave the photo for a minumum of six hours to dry, so it is best to do this at least the day before. The actual rub process takes only about five minutes. Continue reading

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Celebrate the USA with these 4th of July Activities for Kids

While the adults are barbecuing, keep the kids entertained with festive and fun flower-inspired 4th of July activities! Once you’re done getting crafty, brush up on your Independence Day knowledge with these fun facts.

Sweeten the Day with Festive Lollipop Flowers

tootsie pop flowers fourth of july treatsSweeten up their festivities by showing the kids how to create their own lollipop flowers! Use red, white and blue cupcake wrappers to turn this kid-friendly craft into a patriotic activity; encourage the children to make 3-4 flowers each so they can make their own delicious arrangement! 

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Dazzle with DIY Dyed Flowers

Did you know that with just a bit of water and food coloring, you can turn any ordinary into a vividly colored floral creation?! Learn how to dye flowers using our simple tutorial and help the kids make a batch of red and blue flowers to celebrate!

 

diy patriotic decor red white blue vase with sunflowersFlowers are Always Festive in this DIY American Flag Vase

Turn those freshly dyed flowers into a stunning arrangement bursting with patriotic flair by having the kids create their own DIY American flag vase! Using just tape, a vase, and a fabric American flag, they can help create a one-of-a-kind vase that you’ll love showing off. Take this craft to the next level by pairing the vase with a festive bouquet from our 4th of July collection!

 

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Add some Dazzle to your Décor with DIY Sparklers

Your flowers are dyed, your vase is ready to go, now all that you’re missing is that extra special touch to really take your 4th of July arrangement above and beyond. Have the kids create their very own DIY 4th of July sparklers to add some serious pizzazz to the arrangement!

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DIY Floral Sunglasses

diy flower sunglassesAny seasoned fashionista knows that the easiest way to add a festive touch to her ensemble is through accessories! Using just flower cabochons, and a hot glue gun, we’ve turned ordinary sunglasses into a stunning floral accessory perfect for spring or summer!

We chose to apply the cabochons to only the outer edges of the sunglasses for a more subtle effect, but you can use this method to cover your entire frame for a more attention-grabbing accessory.
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2014 Summer Interns: The Interns That Returned For More

Coming back for their second year at 1-800-Flowers.com are Liza Pititto, Winston Jiatu and Melissa Meehan. These returning interns share their experience and what they’ve learned so far in comparison to last year.

INTERNal Perspective: Liza Pititto

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Online Marketing Intern Liza Pititto

I interned at 1-800-Flowers.com last summer, so I was extremely excited when I received the news that I would be able to work for the company again this year. I felt that my first year in college would allow me contribute even more to the company. In fact, during my year at Cornell, I used the information I learned during my internship about search engine marketing and social media marketing on a regular basis. When I began my internship this summer, I was happy to jump into marketing at 1-800-Flowers.com. The high energy of the marketing department truly reflects the passion that exists throughout this company. There is not a single team member here who does not reflect ideals of compassion, kindness, and hard work. Even as an intern, team members would speak to me as an equal and would never hesitate to help me with a problem. When I didn’t quite understand an assignment, my supervisor is always willing to set aside time to work with me and help me grasp the concept. I have learned the lingo of the search engine marketing (a bit harder than expected) and I understand what each term represented, how it was calculated, and what the implications were.
Already this summer, I was able to visit the Google offices in New York City with the search marketing team. This experience was absolutely amazing. I learned so much just by sitting in on meetings with the Google and 1-800-Flowers.com teams. I saw how the work we were doing on our side was affecting our position on a Google search page when consumers search words like “flowers,” for example.
I am so proud to be interning once again at 1-800-Flowers.com. It is a privilege and I feel even luckier knowing that my internship is with a company that values learning and is willing to teach the interns instead of asking them to get coffee or file papers. I am so excited for what’s in store for the interns this summer. If it is anything like last summer, I know it will be an absolutely amazing experience.

INTERNal Perspective: Melissa Meehan

Interactive Marketing – Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets DivisionMelissa Meehan

Working at 1-800-Flowers.com this past winter gave me a great incentive to return this summer. I interned in the Merchandising Department for Direct Plants, where I was exposed to various aspects of online marketing. Now that I have graduated from Marist College with a Communications degree and a minor in Business, I decided to take my career down the digital marketing route here at 1-800-Flowers.com!
I have returned to work for in the company’s Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets division’s Marketing team and hope to learn more about the online marketing industry. While much of what I am experiencing is new to me and could hardly be taught in a classroom or by a textbook, each day I learn more and more about how online digital marketing works and the different aspects that go into making 1-800-Flowers.com’s online presence a successful and powerful one.
My manager, Neil, along with my two other managers are spending time with me each day teaching me not only how to run reports, but explaining to me why and how important they are to the Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets brands. I am also learning how to use new software/websites and analyze data. At times the amount of information can be overwhelming, but my team is so supportive and empowering that I am never afraid to ask questions. I am quickly adjusting and am confident that in time, I will make a positive difference at 1-800-Flowers.com!

INTERNal Perspective: Winston Jiatu

Online MarketingOnline Marketing Intern Winston Jaitu

This summer, I was fortunate enough to join 1-800-Flowers.com for a second year. Because, I have a strong background in statistics and mathematics, last year I worked with Analytics and Decisions Services, and this year, I am working as a marketing intern for Online Marketing. It’s great to finally utilize what I learned in school and my experiences last year for my internship this year. Working in a different department has been very eye-opening because it has shown me how vastly different two ends of an office could be and how my skills could be useful in both. I learned valuable and helpful skills, especially when working with the programs, “Statistical Analysis System” and ”Structured Query Language.”
As an actuarial science student at St. John’s University, I am able to apply what I learned in probability and statistics to both my projects this year and last year.
Throughout the two years, I was able to see how much change occurred at 1-800-Flowers.com including the internship program. It has improved to incorporate the interns more into the company by encouraging us to participate in exciting events and projects. I am glad to be back as an intern at 1-800-Flowers.com again for another year.

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