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Celebrating Dad: The History of Father’s Day

May 29, 2013
Vintage Photo of a Father and Son on Father's Day

Vintage Photo of a Father and Son on Father's DayWhen you were a kid, you knew him as Prince Charming, Mr. Fix-It, and a Superman. Today, you see him as the strong, loving and supportive role model he’s always been—and always will be. Who is he? It’s Dad, of course! Father’s Day 2013 is coming up on Sunday, June 16, and that means it’s time to honor and thank the man who has been there for you from the start. And though there’s no doubt every dad deserves his own holiday, have you ever wondered about the history of Father’s Day? Read on to find out how the third Sunday in June became Pop’s most special day of the year!

The First Father’s Day

After the first Mother’s Day proved to be a success in the U.S., it was only natural for a day to be set aside to celebrate Dad too. And so, Father’s Day was created as a matching holiday for Mother’s Day.

It was all started on June 19, 1910, by Sonara Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington, where the first Father’s Day celebration took place in the local YMCA. After hearing a sermon about the newly founded Mother’s Day, Dodd was so moved that she wanted to create a similar holiday to honor fathers—especially since her own dad was a Civil War veteran and a single parent of six kids. She had originally suggested that Father’s Day be celebrated on June 5, her dad’s birthday, but the date was eventually pushed to the third Sunday of June.

At first, Father’s Day wasn’t as popular as its founder had hoped it would be. Because she was studying at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1920s, Dodd couldn’t promote the holiday as much as she wanted, and so Father’s Day began to fade. But once Dodd returned to Spokane in the 1930’s and started spreading the word to large companies and retailers once again, the holiday was reborn. It finally caught on after years of effort, despite some initial pushback from the public, which initially saw Father’s Day as nothing but a copycat holiday.

After many failed attempts made by various presidents and politicians to convince Congress that Father’s Day should be nationally recognized, in 1957 Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith accused Congress of ignoring fathers while celebrating mothers for 40 years. Then, President Lyndon B. Johnson finally designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in 1966, and President Richard Nixon signed it off as a permanent holiday in 1972.

Father’s Day Around the World

In different countries, Father’s Day falls on different days. Check out our other blog post to see a complete list of countries and the day they each celebrate Father’s Day!

Delivering Smiles

How to Help the Oklahoma Tornado Victims

May 23, 2013
Americana Heart Preserved Wreath

Americana Heart Preserved WreathAs news about the heartbreaking devastation caused by the tornado in Oklahoma continues to pour in, today we’d like to take a moment to step away from our usual flower-themed posts and show our love and support for those in need. For our readers who want to know how to help the Oklahoma tornado victims, we’ve put together a list of reputable organizations you can partner with to join in relief efforts. Here are the links to each organization’s website, as well as a short description of how your donations will help the disaster victims:

To help ensure that your contributions are going directly to Oklahoma tornado relief efforts, here are a few important tips to consider before donating to any organizations not listed above:

  • Donate only to charities you trust and are familiar with.
  • Do not give your personal information, such as your credit card or bank account number, to any charity that is not reputable.
  • Always check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Watch, GuideStar or Charity Navigator website to make sure the charity to which you’re donating is legitimate.
  • Never send cash envelopes. They might get lost in the mail, and you won’t have any records of the donation to keep for personal or tax purposes.
Floral Occasions & Holidays

1-800-Flowers.com Helps Salute Fallen Heroes at the USS Intrepid’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

May 15, 2013
USS Intrepid's Sea Air & Space Museum's Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

USS Intrepid's Sea Air & Space Museum's Annual Memorial Day CeremonyTime to pay tribute to America’s bravest: Memorial Day is Monday, May 27!

Every year on the last Monday in May, we honor the courageous men and women in the armed forces who have lost their lives. The holiday, originally known as “Decoration Day,” was first announced on May 5, 1868, and first celebrated on May 30 of the same year. It began as a day to remember the soldiers who died in the Civil War, but over the years it transformed into a national holiday to memorialize the American soldiers lost in any war. One of the earliest ways to observe the holiday was to wear a red poppy in honor of lost heroes and decorate their graves with flowers, but today we also celebrate with family barbecues, parades and other touching Memorial Day ceremonies.

US Marine Soldier Holds 1-800-Flowers Wreath During USS Intrepid's Annual Memorial Day CeremonyOf the countless commemorative events that are held for the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their homeland, the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of the biggest and most exciting in the country. And for almost 10 years, 1-800-Flowers.com has had the privilege of taking part in this historic occasion.

As a kickoff to the Summer Salute to Heroes program, the Memorial Day event starts at 10 a.m. with fun interactive displays and hands-on activities along the USS Intrepid’s Pier 86 in New York City, featuring exhibits from the U.S. Coast Guard, Coca-Cola, American Red Cross, CrossFit NYC and more. Then, the poignant Annual Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Visitors can pay their respects to fallen military men and women as they observe the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag and watch as four beautiful Memorial Day floral wreaths are thrown into the ocean from the pier.

1-800-Flowers Wreaths Displayed at USS Intrepid's Annual Memorial Day CeremonyThese stunning wreaths are specially made for, and proudly donated to, the ceremony by 1-800-Flowers.com. They measure more than 30 inches in diameter and are hand-arranged with fresh red, white and blue flowers, such as roses, mums, daisies, monte casino, lilies, carnations, baby’s breath, delphinium and more. The wreaths are then adorned with gorgeous matching bows and set on easels for all to see before they’re customarily released into the water. It’s a tradition that the team at 1-800-Flowers.com is grateful to be a part of for the past decade, and one that we’re looking forward to commemorating for many years to come.

“It is truly an honor to participate in the annual Memorial Day Ceremony,” says Chris McCann, 1-800-Flowers.com president. “Our caring team is passionate about helping the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum honor and recognize our fallen soldiers each year.”

The Memorial Day Ceremony is free and open to the public. So if you’re looking for a meaningful way to tip your hat to our fearless U.S. military, visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum! You can find more information on the event at IntrepidMuseum.org.

Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day 2013!

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, moms-to-be, aunts, and all other special mother figures in your life!

On Saturday, May 11, Saturday Night Live welcomed back Kristen Wiig and this Mother’s Day video was a true surprise to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM!

Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

Celebrating Mother’s Day 2013 at the Office: Meet Our 1800Flowers Moms

May 10, 2013
Kathleen Stromstedt - 1800Flowers Creative Copy Manager

Here at the 1800Flowers headquarters, Mother’s Day is the biggest celebration of the year! To honor the talented mamas who help make up our great team, we’d like you to meet our 1800Flowers moms. Find out why being a mom makes them smile … and what flowers they’re looking forward to receiving this Mother’s Day!

Kathleen Stromstedt - 1800Flowers Creative Copy ManagerMeet Kathleen Stromstedt
Creative Copy Manager

Kathleen, who’s in charge of making sure all 1800Flowers messaging reflects our brand’s voice, has a beautiful 1-year-old daughter who brightens up the whole family with her sweet personality.

Why She Loves Being a Mom: “Nothing makes me smile more than coming home after a long day at work and seeing my sweet little Charlotte smiling up at me. It’s the little moments that mean the most—singing and dancing along with Sesame Street in the morning as she claps and laughs along; rocking her to sleep at night with her favorite blankie. Even if I’m having the worst day, all I have to do is think about those special times we share together and I can’t help but smile.”

a-DOG-able Mama PawsFavorite Mother’s Day Flowers: a-DOG-able Mama Paws
“What mom wouldn’t love being surprised with such a truly original gift? From the handcrafted white carnations and cute little button nose and eyes to the mini purple tote (my favorite color!) and Mom Rules magnet, this sweet flower pup is the perfect way to make me smile on Mother’s Day!”

 

Chandra Savage - 1800Flowers Creative Production CoordinatorMeet Chandra Savage
Creative Production Coordinator

A dynamic member of the 1800Flowers family for the past seven years, Chandra is also a mom to a sweet teenage daughter who loves treating Mom to breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day.

Why She Loves Being a Mom: “When my daughter says ‘Can you spend time with me,’ it makes me smile. I have a teenager and they rarely say that. I told my daughter the other day that she is Super Exotic Breeze OrchidsSmart and Crazy Beautiful. I do not know too many kids that teach themselves another language by the time they reach Intermediate School.”

Favorite Mother’s Day Flowers: Exotic Breeze Orchids
“Bling and blooms is the only way to go for Mother’s Day!”

 

Patty Gormley - 1800Flowers Vice President of Website MarketingMeet Patty Gormley
Vice President of Website Marketing

Always looking for new ways to make 1800Flowers.com the best it can be, Patty is also the proud mom of 14-year-old Jackson, who loves dance, music and theater; 12-year old Liam, who plays travel hockey and is a sports fanatic; and little 3-year-old Emma, who loves to read, draw, dance, and play knee hockey with her brothers.

Why She Loves Being a Mom: “My kids make me very proud. They are good-hearted kids with kind and generous souls who work (and play) really hard. It makes me smile when others see that in my children and say as Sweet Sentimentsmuch.”

Favorite Mother’s Day Flowers: Sweet Sentiments
“I love the modern feel and simplicity of the arrangement, and I think the name truly fits this gift. It is a sweet and thoughtful statement of love and gratitude, and one that I would be very happy to give or receive.” Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

1-800-Flowers.com Rings in Mother’s Day 2013 at the NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony

May 7, 2013
1-800-Flowers Team at NASDAQ on 5-7-13 for Mother's Day

1-800-Flowers Team at NASDAQ on 5-7-13 for Mother's DayOn Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Jim McCann, founder and CEO of 1-800-Flowers.com, had the honor of ringing the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square to kick off Mother’s Day! The 1-800-Flowers team and their friends—including Brian Brewer, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Cancer Research Institute—blossomed with excitement as they helped Mr. McCann ring in the Mother’s Day 2013 holiday.

1-800-Flowers CEO Jim McCann and Brian Brewer of the Cancer Research Insitute at NASDAQ on 5-7-13 for Mother's Day

1-800-Flowers Team Rings the Opening Bell at NASDAQ

1-800-Flowers.com Inc. shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, and their ticker symbol is “FLWS.”

1-800-Flowers Garden of Grandeur Arrangement at NASDAQMother's Devotion Bouquet With NecklaceSince delivering smiles through flowers is our specialty, we decorated the NASDAQ floor with some of our bestselling Mother’s Day flowers to help celebrate this festive occasion. Floral products showcased include:

NASDAQ Photos Courtesy Of:
http://www.nasdaq.com/marketsite/marketsite-events-detail.aspx?fn=201305-open05072013.txt

Fun Flower Facts

How to Say Flower in Different Languages

May 2, 2013
Single Long-Stem Infinite Rose

Single Long-Stem Infinite RoseShakespeare was right: A flower called by any other name would still smell just as sweet … and it’d look just as beautiful too! But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun learning all the different names that blooms are given around the world. Here’s how to say “flower” in 50 different languages:

  1. Afrikaans: “Blom”
  2. Albanian: “Lule”
  3. Azerbaijani: “Gul”
  4. Bavarian: “Bleame”
  5. Bosnian: “Cvijet”
  6. Breton: “Bleunv”
  7. Catalan: “Flor”
  8. Croatian: “Cvijet”
  9. Czech: “Kvet”
  10. Danish: “Blomst”
  11. Dutch: “Bloem”
  12. Esperanto: “Floro”
  13. Estonian: “Ois”
  14. Filipino: “Bulaklak”
  15. Finnish: “Kukka”
  16. French: “Fleur”
  17. German: “Blute”
  18. Greek: “Anthos” or “Louloudi”
  19. Guarani: “Yvoty”
  20. Haitian Creole: “Fle”
  21. Hungarian: “Virag”
  22. Icelandic: “Blom”
  23. Indonesian: “Bunga”
  24. Irish: “Blath” or “Planda”
  25. Italian: “Fiore”
  26. Kurdish: “Kulilk”
  27. Latin: “Flos”
  28. Latvian: “Zieds”
  29. Lithuanian: “Ziedas”
  30. Malay: “Bunga”
  31. Maltese: “Fjura”
  32. Norwegian: “Blomst” or “Blome”
  33. Polish: “Kwiat”
  34. Portuguese: “Flor”
  35. Romanian: “Floare”
  36. Scottish Gaelic: “Blath”
  37. Serbian: “Cvet”
  38. Sicilian: “Ciuri”
  39. Slovak: “Kvet”
  40. Slovenian: “Cvet”
  41. Somali: “Ubax”
  42. Spanish: “Flor”
  43. Sundanese: “Kembang”
  44. Swahili: “Maua”
  45. Swedish: “Blomma”
  46. Tagalog: “Bulaklak”
  47. Turkish: “Cicek”
  48. Ukrainian: “Kbitka”
  49. Vietnamese: “Hoa”
  50. Welsh: “Blodeuyn”

Now that you know how to say flower in different languages, tell us what other flower-related words you know how to say in your favorite language!

Floral Events & News

Orchids, Orchids Everywhere! Touring the 2013 Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

May 1, 2013

New York Botanical Garden Enid A Haupt ConservatoryEvery spring, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is transformed into a dazzling showcase for one of the world’s most beautiful and exotic flowers: the orchid. This year, for the 11th straight year in a row, the biggest orchid show in the United States celebrates this bewitching flower by displaying tens of thousands of its blooms in every shape, size and color imaginable, from deep purple Vandas to electric green Cymbidiums.

Yellow and Purple OrchidsThe Orchid Show was first created as a colorful kickoff to the spring season, during which NYBG visitors could escape their urban surroundings and learn more about the exciting research and many breathtaking exhibits being hosted at the garden.

“We were looking for a display that could help brighten up the gray days of winter and be a perfect prelude to our spectacular outdoor spring displays,” says Marc Hachadourian, orchid curator and manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections at NYBG. “Orchids seemed a natural choice. They have come to symbolize many things: Most people associate them with the exotic and unusual, and some consider certain orchids to be an aphrodisiac. During the last few days of winter—when people are really craving warmth, color and flowers—it is the perfect place to visit and immerse yourself. Being White and Purple Orchidssurrounded by thousands of colorful and fragrant blooms in one of the greatest glasshouses in the world is the best way to spend a day.”

This year, designer and horticultural expert Francisca Coelho fashioned the NYBG’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a lush rainforest with towering palm trees and exotic foliage. The 2013 show was inspired by Coelho’s upbringing in the tropics of Trinidad, and it took more than a year to plan and about two weeks to set up. The tropical pBrown and Yellow Striped Orchidsaradise overflowed with the rarest and most exquisite orchids from every corner of the globe.

“Two of the most unusual might be the Butterfly orchid, or Psychopsis—with blooms that look exactly like a butterfly in flight, even down to the antennae—or the Darwin’s Star orchid from Madagascar, with its white flowers and 12-inch nectar spur,” says Hachadourian. “Phalaenopsis orchids are also wonderful because their flowers can last several months under ideal conditions, outlasting any flowering plant or certainly cut flowers. I love to give them as gifts for that reason alone.”

Aside from being surrounded by these stunning blossoms, NYBG Orchid Show visitors were also able to learn how to Green and Purple Orchidscare for orchids at home, enjoy soothing music from all over the world, and unwind with an evening of delicious cocktails.

Of course, with its magical collection of one of our most beloved flowers, this show was one we simply had to experience in person. Here are the photos from our blissful stroll through orchid heaven!

Orchid 1

Orchid 2

Orchid 3

Orchid 4

Orchid 5

Orchid 6

Orchid 7

Orchid 8

Orchid 9

Orchid 10

Orchid 11

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