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October 2013

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make a DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement with Halloween Candy

October 29, 2013

Looking for the perfect decoration for a Halloween party? Wow your guests by making this DIY Halloween flower arrangement featuring a ceramic pumpkin, your favorite candies, and the best fall flowers! In just 9 easy steps, I’ll show you how to create this festive centerpiece whether for your own home or to give the hosts a  Halloween party you’re attending!

Halloween Flower Centerpiece DIY with Candy

DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement Materials:

  • Pumpkin Flower pot
  • Scissor or Knife (To Cut the Flowers & Floral Foam)
  • Floral Foam (preferably with holes)
  • Water
  • Flowers
    • We Used: Lilies, Viking Daisy Poms, Hypericum, Snap Dragons, Roses, Sunflower
  • Fall Glycerin Leaves
  • Candies in Wrappers
  • WireSticks for the Candy

How to Make the DIY Halloween Flower Centerpiece:

  1. Choose any Halloween ceramic container or pot. We used a pumpkin ceramic pot for our creation.IMG_3148
  2. Carve the floral foam to fit your pot. You will want to place the cut foam into the container to make sure it fits snugly.
  3. After cutting the floral foam to fit your container, place the floral foam into water roughly five minutes beforehand. The trick is to let the foam sink into the water so it absorbs as much water possible. If your floral foam has holes, which is preferred, you want to make sure the holes are face down into the water for best absorption to keep your flowers well fed! IMG_3149
  4. When the foam is saturated, take it out of the water and place it into the ceramic pot. Make sure the foam is secure and snug inside.
  5. Next, begin creating a base with the glycerin leaves by carefully sticking them into the floral foam. We decided to place the leaves low to form a base for the flower arrangement. You can cut the glycerin leaves as needed to fit your arrangement and to make sure they still allow the ceramic pot to show. IMG_3122IMG_3119
  6. Now that you have created a base with the glycerin leaves, it’s time to start adding our beautiful fall flowers to go perfectly with our ceramic pumpkin and autumn glycerin leaves. We started with the tallest flowers first, snapdragons, to give the arrangement height. Typically the rule of thumb is ~2 and a half times the size of the vase.IMG_3131
  7. After adding all of our snapdragons, we began to add the remainder of the flowers in the following order: Lilies, Hypericum, Viking Daisy Poms, Roses & Sunflowers. We added more as needed to fill the arrangement. We adjusted the height to ensure all flowers were able to be seen in the piece. Note: Do not be scared at sticking the flowers into the floral foam, you want to make sure they are secure. IMG_3136
  8.  After adding the flowers and leaves, begin to stick in your candies into wire sticks and begin to place the sticks in the arrangement as you see fit. IMG_3126 IMG_3154
  9. When all these steps are finished, you have finished your Fall Halloween flower arrangement! Feel free to add flowers and candy for finishing touches and make sure you leave some visibility for your creative ceramic vase!

Enjoy and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations
· DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement
· How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement
· How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement
· Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
· Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
· How To Repot A Plant
· How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
· Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
· Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

Halloween, Holiday Decorations

How to Make Halloween Centerpieces

October 28, 2013
Halloween is arguably the most DIY friendly holiday. Between costumes for kids and adults, décor and spooky-inspired parties, the options are endless!

 

DIY Halloween Candy Vase

Halloween M&M Arrangement
Personally, I love the purple, lime green, orange and black combination for the holiday, so when I saw Halloween M&M’s in the store, I immediately bought a few bags. Just another reason to buy candy!

To create this look, I used a nested vase, which allows the filler to rest between the walls of two containers. You can make your own by putting a narrow vase or glass inside of another large glass container. Ideally, you would want both glasses to be the same height, but if not, the inside glass can be slightly shorter than the outer one. For the floral, I used shamrock spider mums and purple statice. Not only do they look great, but both flowers are hardy and will last about two weeks.

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Pencils of Promise 2013 Gala

October 25, 2013

Pencils of Promise Flowers by 1800flowers

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Flower Centerpiece Donated for Pencils of Promise 2013 Gala

Pencils of Promise (“PoP”) is an amazing organization that builds schools in the developing world, while training young leaders to take action locally and globally. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has had the pleasure of working with PoP over the past four years and was thrilled to be able to provide the floral centerpieces at this year’s Pencils of Promise Gala on October 24, 2013 in New York City. The night honors some of the most amazing Pencils of Promise ambassadors and leading figures in international education.

“We are proud to support this incredible organization. This year, we launched our prom program where a portion of all corsages sold online and in our flower stores, was donated to Pencils of Promise. With the proceeds raised, we were able to build a classroom,” says 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Vice President of Retail Marketing, Lisa Hendrikson.

This year’s PoP Gala was hosted by Sophia Bush and the honorees included sixteen year old Pakistani school pupil and education activist Malala Yousafzai, New Jersey Senator Elect Cory Booker, and The Cahill Family. Malala’s award was accepted by Shiza Shahid, Executive Director of the Malala Fund who recited Malala’s powerful words on her behalf, “…that education is our basic right.”

Pencils of Promise Artwork of Their Students by Chalkboard Artist Casey Opstad

Pencils of Promise Artwork of Their Students by Chalkboard Artist Casey Opstad

Shiza Shahid at Pencils of Promise Gala

Shiza Shahid, Executive Director of the Malala Fund accepts the Pencils of Promise Award for Malala Yousafza.

DIY Flower Crafts, Floral Occasions & Holidays

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Idea: How to Make a DIY Flower Costume

October 24, 2013
Last Minute Halloween Costume Idea DIY Flower Costume

Last Minute Halloween Costume Idea DIY Flower CostumeLooking for a last-minute Halloween costume for you or your kids? Instead of dropping close to $100 at the Halloween warehouse, get inspired by your favorite blooms and make this adorable DIY flower costume instead. It’s fast, fun and cheap: If you don’t already have the supplies lying around your house, you can find them at your local dollar store! Just follow this simple tutorial and you’ll be blossoming in the spotlight at your Halloween party.

Flower Costume Materials Needed

Laundry basket*
Brown wrapping paper
6 long-stemmed flowers
12-foot pet tie-out rope (or regular rope)
Yarn
Adhesive tape
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Thick plastic headband

* You’ll be wearing the basket around your waist, so make sure it’s big enough for you to fit in it Continue Reading…

Halloween

Make Your Own Spooky Spider Tree Halloween Centerpiece

October 22, 2013

Here’s a “spider tree” that is very simple to make and will look great in a picture window, on a table in the foyer or as a centerpiece for a Halloween party. Begin making your own spooky spider tree Halloween centerpiece by starting with a store bought tree made from papier-mâché and pipe cleaners. Then I just glued black feathers, green millet and green spider mums to the pipe cleaner branches. I used a floral adhesive for the spider mums and it looked great, without water, for over a week!

Spooky Spider Tree Centerpiece

If you want to turn the creepy scary up a notch wrap the entire tree with spider webs. These spider webs are so easy to make and can be put almost anywhere. Just take two small pieces of Styrofoam – just about 3” – 4” in size – and put a dollop of hot glue on one of the pieces. Put the two pieces together and slowly pull apart. You will see the spider strings start to form. Take your arms and go around the tree and press the two pieces of Styrofoam together again and then pull apart and bring your hands back around the tree and meet again in the front. Continue to do this until you are satisfied with the amount of spider webs you have created. To remove the spider webs, just spray with a hair dryer and they will melt away!

Spooky Spider Tree with Cobwebs

Flower & Plant Care

How to Care for Mums

October 19, 2013

Mum plants are one of the most popular plants, especially for fall, and as the weather cools, we begin to see more and more mums! The long-lasting mum plant comes in many varieties and colors, and often makes the perfect outside decoration to spice up one’s home! fall-mums-how-to-care-for-mums.jpg

About Mums

Mums are short for “chrysanthemums” and have also been called “chrysanths.” Originating from Asia and Northeast Europe, there are countless varieties in the chrysanthemum family, usually differentiating themselves by their petals. For example, spider mums have curly petals while fuji mums have long straight petals.

Buy Mum Plants in Budding Stage

When buying mums, people have a tendency to buy them in full bloom for the full color. However, this is actually not the best time to buy mums. For the most longevity out of your mums, it is actually best to buy them in the budding stage. In time, the buds will bloom into larger flowers.

Watering Mums

When flowering, mum plants, as well as other blooming plants, require extra water for the energy they are exerting, so make sure your mums are well hydrated to bloom to their full potential.

Maintenance & When to Plant Mums

If your plant is put outside and survives the winter, it should be shaped and pruned down. This will increase the number of flowers, and add to the blooming appearance of the plant. The best time to do this is around the first of July. If left untrimmed, the plant will bloom early by the end of the summer.

Mums Make a Perfect Long-Lasting Gift

Mum plants make great long-lasting gifts because even after the blooms are gone, can be planted outside anytime before a hard frost (depending on your climate), ready to rebloom in the fall!

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations
· DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement
· How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement
· How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement
· Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
· Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
· How To Repot A Plant
· How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
· Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
· How to Make a DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement with Halloween Candy
· Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Sweet Ideas for Sweetest Day Gifts

October 15, 2013

Sweetest Day Chocolate PretzelsSweetest Day is on Saturday, October 19, 2013!

In our “What Is Sweetest Day?” blog post, you may have learned that Sweetest Day is the sugary-est holiday of the year, where you can show your love and appreciation to friends and family by giving them something sweet whether it be candy, chocolate or flowers!

Sometimes thinking of the best presents is tough so we’ve conveniently provided you with a few thoughtful ways to show someone how much they mean to you with sweet ideas for Sweetest Day gifts! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Thanksgiving Internationally: Giving Thanks Around The World

October 11, 2013

Thanksgiving internationally

There are many holidays around the world similar to Thanksgiving here in America, where people give thanks and celebrate what they are thankful for in life. Whether it is being thankful for good health, having food and shelter, or amazing friends and family, it is always nice to give thanks for the good things in life, no matter how big or how small. Check out ways that people around the world celebrate their own form of “Thanksgiving.”
Fruit gift basket

Canada-Flag Thanksgiving in Canada

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. On this day, Canadians celebrate the harvest and all of their blessings over the past year. Families come together and feast on a turkey dinner, similar to the tradition we have here in the United States. Also as in the U.S., Thanksgiving gifts for the hosts in Canada include desserts, gift baskets, and flowers.

China-Flag Moon Festival: Giving Thanks in China

The Mid-Autumn Festival in China, also known as the Moon Festival, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is a Chinese belief that the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day. During this festival, family and friends gather together to express their feelings about each other and offer sacrifice to the moon. The traditional Chinese dessert for the Moon Festival is moon cake, similar to the pumpkin pie tradition in the United States!

South-Korea-Flag Chuseok: Giving Thanks in Koreafields-of-europe-for-fall-basket-91932

Chuseok is a day of giving thanks in Korea. It is celebrated in late September and early October. On this holiday, families come together to feast, share stories, and pay respects to their ancestors. The celebration also consists of dancing and dressing in traditional Korean costumes.

Brazil-Flag Dia de Acao de Gracas: Thanksgiving in Brazil

Brazil also has its own Thanksgiving, known as Dia de Acao de Gracas (the day of thanks). Dia de Acao de Gracas is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a day to express gratitude and appreciation to God for all of God’s blessings, and the plentiful harvest throughout the year. Just like the United States, Brazil also has a big turkey dinner. Brazil is unique for its colorful “Thanksgiving” complete with fun and exciting Dia de Acao de Gracas carnivals! fresh-flower-cornucopia-91928

Germany-Flag Erntedankfest: Giving Thanks in Germany

The German harvest festival known as Erntedankfest is celebrated in September or October. The day is filled with lots of music, dancing, parades and sometimes even fireworks. Instead of a turkey, Germans feast on chicken and plenty of fruits and vegetables from the harvest.

India-Flag Vaisakhi: Giving Thanks in India

In India, farmers celebrate a harvest festival known as Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi). This celebration is practiced in the states of Punjab and Haryana. Vaisakhi usually falls in the middle of April. The people, especially farmers, thank God for their harvest and prosperity,and pray for another year of success. People celebrate by praying at the gurdwara (temple), having family gatherings, and by having the big “melas” (carnivals).

Israel-Flag Sukkot in Israel

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot (English translation: booths or huts) is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. It is also known as a harvest holiday, where farmers give thanks to G-d for the harvest. The holiday is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur, on the fifteenth of Tishrei, and lasts for seven days. During the seven days of this agricultural festival, observers live in a “sukkah” to give thanks.

Floral Occasions & Holidays

What Is Sweetest Day?

October 10, 2013

Fannie May Champagne Celebration StrawberriesMark your calendars: Sweetest Day is on October 19, 2013!

What is Sweetest Day, you ask? It’s the sugary-est holiday of the year, and it’s celebrated on the third Saturday of October.

History of Sweetest Day

It all started back in the ’20s when Herbert Birch Kingston—a simple man who worked for a candy company—decided to spread a little love to the less fortunate who are often overlooked. So, he passed out heaps of candy to the orphans, the ill and the disabled in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

October 1, 2013
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show-you-care-be-aware-ribbon-wreathIt’s time to go pink: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Charities are teaming up with women across theU.S.to raise awareness of the disease, fight for a cure and provide support to affected families.

According to the American Cancer Society, even though breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among American women, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the country today. And that’s the message being sent out to all ladies not just in October, but all year long: There is hope! With regular breast exams, mammograms and early-detection screenings, tens of thousands of breast cancer cases can be prevented each year.

Whether you want to rally your friends and raise money for the cause, or pitch in your own time or money to support your favorite organization, there are plenty of ways you can honor the promising spirit of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s how you can make your mark: Continue Reading…