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December 2012

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Create Your Own Dramatic Candle Centerpiece

December 30, 2012

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!

Christmas & Holidays, Holiday Decorations

Great New Year Decor Ideas!

December 29, 2012

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”.

Fun Floral Facts

Orchid Care & Decorating Tips for Different Types of Orchids

December 21, 2012

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.


 

 

Floral Occasions & Holidays

The Most Popular Christmas Flowers to Decorate With

December 21, 2012
Joy to the World Ivy Topiary

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

December 18, 2012
Celebrating Christmas Book

Celebrating Christmas Book from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM

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…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make A DIY Advent Calendar for Christmas

December 13, 2012

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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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Different Uses for Christmas Wreaths

December 10, 2012
Pine Wreath Hanging on a Front Door

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…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Poinsettia Decorating Ideas

December 6, 2012
Poinsettia Party Pack

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…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

When Is Hanukkah?

December 4, 2012
A Menorah Lit for 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