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November 2013

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make a DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

November 19, 2013

Impress Thanksgiving hosts or guests this holiday by creating a gorgeous DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece to compliment the delicious meal! As we decorate the table with traditional Thanksgiving foods from turkey to yams, it is just as important to have the right table decoration. In just 9 easy steps, I’ll show you how to create this beautiful Thanksgiving floral centerpiece! Whether given as a gift to your gracious Thanksgiving host, or to wow your Thanksgiving guests, the Thanksgiving dinner table is sure to look perfect and classy!


DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece Materials:

  • Floral Tray (Rectangle or Oval)
    • We used a rectangle shaped floral tray measuring 4.5 x 9”.
    • Note: You will want to choose a floral tray or low height container that will hold the floral foam in place. The floral tray will set the size of your centerpiece. You can adjust the size to fit you or your host’s table best.
  • Floral Foam
  • Water to Soak Foam
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Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Say Thank You in Different Languages

November 15, 2013


Thanksgiving Day is a heartwarming time where people gather with friends and family and give thanks for all of their blessings. This year, we thought it would be fun to learn how to say “thank you” in different languages! Here’s a list of how to say thank you in 50 different languages from all over the globe! As a fun Thanksgiving  activity, try out the different ways to say “thanks” with your loved ones to get in the spirit, while learning something new!


Thank You in 50 International Dialects

1. Afrikaans: dankie
2. Arabic: shoukran
3. Armenian: shnorhakalutiun
4. Bengali: dhannyabad
5. Bulgarian: blagodariya
6. Cambodian: orkun
7. Chinese, Cantonese: do jeh
8. Chinese, Mandarin: xie xie
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Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make Someone Smile Just Because!

November 8, 2013

Sometimes, you don’t even need a special reason or occasion to tell someone how great they are. If you know someone who brightens your every day, there are plenty of ways to return the favor. Here’s how to make someone smile … just because!

Make Her Day BouquetSend Them Flowers

There isn’t a single person in this world who can resist smiling—inside and out—when they’re handed a beautiful bouquet of blooms. With so many different colors and varieties to choose from, you can find the perfect arrangement to make your loved one’s day go from ordinary to extraordinary.

Just-Because Flower Gift Ideas:

Cheryl's Thinking of You Treats BoxSpoil Their Sweet Tooth

For the one who always knows exactly how to sweeten up your day, no just-because gift could possibly be better than sugar! Whether your friend is a laid-back snacker or a gourmet foodie, they’ll sure feel appreciated when these treats land on their doorstep.
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Thanksgiving 2013 Facebook Sweepstakes

November 6, 2013

Thanksgiving-fresh-flower-cornucopiaThis Thanksgiving we’ll be giving five contest participants a Fresh Flower Cornucopia. Participants enter by sharing a funny story about getting home for Thanksgiving and why it’s important that they spend this holiday with their family.

2013 Turkey Day Travel Tales Sweepstakes



Floral Occasions & Holidays

Canada’s Remembrance Day Poppy

November 5, 2013

floral design, decoration flowers, poppies border - corner Every year on November 11th, Canadians celebrate Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day and Poppy Day. It is a National holiday in Canada that marks the anniversary of the official end of World War I. It is a day of remembrance and appreciation for the men and women who have served. In the 11th month, on the 11th day, at the 11th hour, Canadians have a moment of silence to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country.

The Symbolism of the Red Poppy

Since November 1921, the beautiful red poppy flower has been a symbol of Remembrance Day. The Poppy symbolizes the memory of those who have died during armed conflicts, including World Wars I and II. The flower continues to grow on the former battlefields of Belgium and France today, where many Canadians once lost their life defending their country.

Canadians wear the red poppy on their clothing starting on the last Friday of October, up until the 11th of November. The poppies are typically worn on the collar of a shirt, on a hat, or directly over the heart. All these years later, Canadians continue to have a strong connection to the poppy, as a symbol of appreciation, honor and remembrance.

Remembrance Day Around the World

Remembrance Day is also observed in several other countries, predominantly in members of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand. In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday closest to November 11th. In the United States, Veterans Day is similar, which falls on the same date as Remembrance Day in Canada on the 11th of November.

Fall Decor

Festive Fall & Thanksgiving Table Settings

November 1, 2013

Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. While you don’t necessarily need to add a place card, it is a nice touch to create a more formal sit down meal for you and your guests. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices going.

Savory Succulent Table Setting

Succulents are on trend right now in gardens, home décor and even for weddings. You can enjoy these luscious plants either potted succulents or as fresh cuts. The plant is so easy to care for and the cut version lasts for weeks!
Elegant name cards for fall table settings with succulents!

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Flower & Plant Care

Fall Plant Care and Handling of Indoor Plants

November 1, 2013

How to Care for Fall Plants With daylight lessening as we get into the fall and winter seasons, it’s important to keep our plants in mind when the colder and darker weather approaches.  Since plants are nature’s way of purifying and improving our indoor air quality, it’s important to keep them as healthy as possible and in turn, keep you as healthy as possible!  By now, most of us depending on one’s climate, have moved our outside house plants inside, but in this article I’m going to provide tips to help keep your green friends alive throughout the autumn and winter seasons.

How to Water Plants in the Fall

With limited sunlight indoors, you want to make sure that you are watering your plants thoroughly once a week to ensure they are properly hydrated. If the plant container has drainage and a saucer, you should see a little bit of water in the saucer after watering. The water in the saucer indicates that the plant was thoroughly and properly watered.

If your plants were not fed in the spring, a half-feeding of water soluble plant food can be fed to your plants.  Fall plant feedings should be done as early as possible, since most green plants go dormant in the winter.

Light and Where to Place Fall Plants

Placement of your plants regarding lighting, should strike a balance.  East and west locations are ideal for most plants.  Keep plants a foot or two from the brightest window, so that the sun coming through the glass does not burn them; remember, most green plants are tropical.

If your plants need re-potting, please see one of my other blog posts on How to Repot a Plant.

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!