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July 2012

DIY Flower Crafts

Flower Face Painting DIY

July 31, 2012

How To Face Paint Flowers

Flower Face Paint DesignsBirthdays, carnivals, bat mitzvahs, flower shows and block parties are perfect events to offer flower face painting. Painted flowers look beautiful on every skin tone and will help brighten a customer’s day.
Before face painting flower designs, you should consider several factors to get the best result. Choose face paint that is hypoallergenic and suitable to use on facial skin. You can purchase face paint at most craft stores, but be aware that cheap paint is likely to crack. Read the packaging carefully, and purchase the appropriate brushes and face paint remover. Keep a supply of soft cloth or makeup pads for removing face paint.
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Floral Events & News

Official 2012 London Olympic Flowers

July 30, 2012

Courtesy of the Official 2012 London Olympics Homepage

The pageantry of the Olympics is unlike any other. It is a spectacle that puts the host country on display. The host country is able to show off to the world its cities, its people, and even its agriculture. The agriculture will be exhibited when the victorious athletes are presented with a bouquet during the medal ceremonies. It is a stipulation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the flowers used in these bouquets must be grown in the host country. For this years 2012 Olympic Games the winning bouquet was designed and arranged by the world famous floral company, Jane Packer.
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The INTERNal Perspective of Strategic Marketing Intern Megan Molloy

July 27, 2012

Our Smile Days for the Summer of a Million Smiles campaign are wildly successful in and out of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM office. That’s all thanks to Megan Molloy, our Strategic Marketing Intern, who shares her own take on arranging smiles:  

My summer at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has revolved around the company’s goal to deliver a million smiles through its Summer of a Million Smiles program. I have been tasked with coordinating Employee Smile Days, in which employees contribute their time by delivering smiles to deserving community members. Little did I know that it would give me the opportunity to work with remarkable organizations such as the New York Blood Center and North Shore Animal League of America.. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

National Get Out of the Doghouse Day: Your Ticket Out

July 26, 2012

National Get Out of the Doghouse FlowersNational Get Out of the Doghouse Day is a day for apologies and sweet words to get yourself out of the doghouse. Maybe you forgot to clean the dishes one night, much to the chagrin of your spouse. Perhaps you accidentally burned a hole in your partner’s favorite shirt. No matter your crime, this is a day for forgiveness and setting things right with your loved one. Words are a good way to start your apology, but a tangible token of love will help your case. Consider the following delightful items from 1-800-Flowers to help show your true feelings. Continue Reading…

Wedding Flowers

‘It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding’ with White Wedding Flowers

July 24, 2012

Elegant Suggestions for a Classic & Unique White Wedding

white flower arrangements for wedding

White wedding centerpieces for the reception.

Lauren had the perfect summer wedding. The beautiful bride was married on June 1, 2012 surrounded by serene white floral arrangements and the smell of love and roses. Lauren, a florist herself, has a keen eye for classy flowers and delicate designs. However, as a bride-to-be, she knew that she had to hand over the flower arrangement task to someone else. With a white wedding flowers vision in mind, and considering everything from the cocktail hour to how the flowers would look under LED lighting, Lauren told her team of florists how she wanted everything and left it in their capable hands. She said that in truth, “I must have changed my mind 10 billion times! But I was so happy with the turnout and my decision.” Continue Reading…

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The INTERNal Perspective of Interactive Marketing Intern Chelsea Ripp

July 20, 2012

You may recognize the author of our second INTERNal Perspective blog entry. Already famous for her many incredible “Petal Talk” posts, Interactive Marketing Intern Chelsea Ripp gives her insights from an inside view of interning at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM in her own words:

Marketing Intern Chelsea RippMy name is Chelsea Ripp and I am a Marketing and Graphic Design double major at the University of Notre Dame, home of the Fighting Irish. My passion for both the creative and analytical part of business has brought me to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM this summer, interning with the search engine optimization (SEO) team. I was welcomed with open arms and instantly immersed into the company’s flowering culture (pun intended!) I have learned everything from SEO and SEM tactics, the elements of a good online advertisement, the difference between a paid and unpaid search, the crazy world of social media marketing and affiliate business. The skills and knowledge that I have obtained during my time at the company has been invaluable and I’m sure will benefit my career! Continue Reading…


How To Host A Wine Tasting Party

July 20, 2012

Not too long ago, I was asked to put together an elegant wine tasting event. It was such a treat to design a party with the sole purpose of saying “Thank You” to some of our local 1-800-FLOWERS customers!

I quickly got to work, planning and designing. The results, I must say, were spectacular! The theme naturally took on the feeling of a relaxing, sunny afternoon in Napa Valley. Needless to say I was very happy that I was asked to host a wine tasting party.  Even on short notice, I was able to collect a number of unique pieces that could be repurposed to fit the theme perfectly. Most of the items used throughout the space were pieces I had collected on vacation, received as gifts, or picked up at yard sales.


Many of the materials, like the soda crate and barrel, came from flea markets that I love to frequent throughout New England!wine-garden

In addition to the props and fabrics, food was also used to tie in color and theme. Grapes, for example, made a great accent to the room décor by incorporating them into an arrangement.


To enhance the vineyard feeling of the evening, I used wine corks as filler in the bottom of a clear vase. Simple, elegant and eco-friendly!


One of my favorite elements of the evening were the “wine corsages” that were created as decorative accents to some of our favorite bottles of wine.


Along the same lines, ceramic baskets were used instead of ice buckets to chill the white wines. Flowers, like roses, carnations and hydrangeas, were arranged to decorate the wine baskets and make them more appealing.


The more fun you have with putting all the elements together, the better it will turn out. I had so much fun putting all the pieces together — I even hired a musician to play for the duration of the party to add warmth and ambiance to the room! Sometimes it’s the smallest detail that completes a party.

Flower & Plant Care

How To Repot A Plant

July 19, 2012

The tendency to transplant a plant, in most cases, is premature; however, if it is done properly the plants will not be adversely affected.  If the plants are from a dish garden that you’ve had for a while, you may want to re-pot the few remaining plants – or it may be a plant that is root-bound (with roots growing out of the bottom drain hole).  Learn how to repot a plant with these simple tips.

A Guide To Transplanting Plants


Start out with a bag of potting soil.  Using soil from your garden is good, but it may contain “critters” or “spores” that you don’t want in your home, as they may contaminate your other house plants.

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The INTERNal Perspective of Merchandising Intern Drew Grombala

July 18, 2012

What is merchandising? What do merchandising interns do? Intern Drew Grombala explains and shares his perspective on his merchandising internship at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM in his own words for our first intern post:

If you had told me before I walked through the doors at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM that I would learn as much as I have as a merchandising intern, I simply would not have believed you. I am amazed that I am given and trusted with tasks that are important and contribute to the daily business. Each day at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM provides a new learning opportunity for me, making it enjoyable and personal rewarding to come into work. Continue Reading…

Floral Events & News

College Gardens: Furman University Asia Garden

July 17, 2012

Furman University Asia Garden brings an Asian feel to Greenville, South Carolina. The university’s Asia Gardens feature authentic Asian horticulture. The university has an exchange program with Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Osakawa, Japan which is how they are able to obtain these plants. It was originally referred to as the Japanese Garden but recently changed its name to Asia Gardens because it has plants from the entire continent, not just Japan.Place of Peace


One of the most unique aspects of this garden is the Place of Peace that overlooks the Asia Garden. The Place of Peace was a former Buddhist temple that was sent over to Furman from Japan in 2008. The temple was disassembled into 2,400 pieces in Nagoya, Japan and then shipped across the Pacific Ocean. It was then reassembled at Furman in 2008. It is used as an educational tool for the university’s Asian Studies Department and is the symbol of the university’s strong commitment to sustainability. The temple is always available for viewing but is not always opened; on Saturdays and Sundays it is opened by trained docents and then is open to the public.
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