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December 2013

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Ring in 2014 with New Years Party Ideas!

December 28, 2013
Champagne Cocktails for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Champagne Cocktails From Celebrations.comBottoms up! It’s time to raise a toast to another exciting year past … and the promise of new opportunities in the year ahead. So gather your old acquaintances that shall never be forgot (plus some new friends you’ve made along the way) and start off 2014 on the right foot with one of these fun New Year’s party ideas.

Champagne Party

Champagne Sauce for Salmon Recipe From Celebrations.comPopping the cork at the stroke of midnight isn’t the only way to celebrate with champagne on New Year’s Eve. Go all out with your bubbly and use it to brew up some lavish entrées and desserts too. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Why Christmas Poinsettias Are THE Holiday Flower

December 20, 2013
White Poinsettia

poinsettia-plant-3187lNothing conjures up images of a traditional Christmas celebration quite like the rich, velvety poinsettia plant. Since these blooms have become so tightly connected with the winter holidays, we bet you didn’t know they’re actually tropical! Here’s how Christmas poinsettias became the ultimate holiday flower.

The History of Poinsettias

The Aztecs once called poinsettias “Cuetlaxochitl,” which meant “mortal flower that perishes and withers like all that is pure,” and used them to dye their clothing and cure illnesses. They believed that red was the color of wholesomeness, so they often included poinsettias in their religious rituals.

The plant wasn’t introduced to America until the 19th century, when U.S. ambassador and botanist Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett traveled toMexicoand discovered it in the Mexican wilderness. He was so enamored with the leafy blossoms that he sent some to his home inSouth Carolina. As time passed, the poinsettia—which was officially named after its American founder—caught on and became a staple of Christmas celebrations in homes all over the country. An official holiday was even created in honor of the wildly popular plant: National Poinsettia Day, which is celebrated on December 12. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

DIY Stocking Stuffer Idea: Flower Soap!

December 18, 2013
DIY Flower Soap as a Stocking Stuffer

DIY Flower Soap as a Stocking StufferThe Christmas tree is decorated and packed to the gills with presents, but what about those empty stockings hanging over the fireplace? If you’re in need of a fast and easy DIY stocking stuffer idea, make your own miniature flower soaps! They’re perfect for everyone on your gift list, young and old alike. And don’t fret; you don’t have to spend hours at the art supply store or tear a hole in your wallet for this project. Everything you need to create these fragrant little trinkets is already in your house. Plus, when you’re working with soap, cleanup is painless: Just rinse your tools off with some water and you’re finished! Here’s how it’s done: Continue Reading…

Inside the 1800Flowers Offices

Meet the Family in the Employee Spotlight’s Christmas Edition

December 17, 2013

The holidays are all about FAMILY!

This Christmas, meet some of 10 members from our 1800Flowers family in the Employee Spotlight’s Christmas edition and learn about their Christmas favorites, from truly original family traditions to favorite Christmas gifts!

Brad Franklin in Web Marketing loves to sing in church and decorate the Christmas tree with his wife, Keri. Brad’s favorite Christmas flowers are the One Dog Open Sleigh™, because it reminds him of his bulldog Lulu, who also has a Santa outfit, as you can see in his picture below!Brad-kerri-and-lulu-with-dog-a-ble-product
Kailey-With-the-fields-of-europeKailey Ruszkowski , in Public Relations says that the during Christmastime, the “simple act of giving, celebrating and fellowship across the country” makes her smile. Her favorite Christmas tradition are Christmas tree ornaments from her childhood.
Favorite Christmas Gifts: ANY Fannie May Chocolates & Fields of Europe for Christmas




Nora-with-Cheryls-cookiesNora Esposito, Director of Marketing at Cheryl’s loves this time of the year! She enjoys decorating the house and loves spending time with her family during Christmas.
Favorite Cheryl’s Christmas Gift: Cheryl’s Festive House set!




Rob-with-fruit-bouquets-holiday-spiritRob Santangelo, Manager of Merchandising for Direct Floral, enjoys baking apple pie and listening to Mariah Carey’s Christmas album with his mother every Christmas.
Favorite Christmas Product: Holiday Spirit™ from, because “it adds that extra special ‘yummy’ to my tummy!”





Cristal-with-holiday-magic-arrgangementCristal Feliciano in Human Resources says that spending time with her family and reminiscing about old times is what makes her smile the most about Christmas. Cristal’s favorite Christmas flowers are the Holiday Magic™ because lilies are her favorite flower!





TJ-with-christmas-cactusT.J. Rowe, Associate Copywriter, can have over 40 people at his family Christmas celebrations spanning over four generations! T.J.’s favorite Christmas plant is the Christmas Cactus Christmas cactus because of its festive drum planter, which is perfect for T.J. since he is a musician!





Rachael-with-Candy-cane-liliesRachel Armendariz, Gifts Inventory Planner, loves seeing her children’s excitement when it’s time to open Christmas presents! Rachel’s favorite Christmas flowers are the Candy Cane Lilies. because they are they are “unique and different” and “only available this time of the year!”





Natasha-Zuluaga-Finestationery-with-Christmas-CardNatasha Zuluaga, Assistant Marketing Manager at tried to devise a plan to catch Santa in the act as a kid! Her favorite holiday product is their Merry Christmas Chevron Greeting Card because it really stands out with its unique design.





Penny Powell, Director of Merchandising at 1-800-BASKETS.COM, loves dressing up with her family in Christmas themed outfits every year for their Christmas cards! This year’s theme was elves. Penny’s favorite Christmas gift basket is Silver Sophistication because of its unique goodies and modern design.Penny-powell-collage

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make Tissue Paper Flower Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

December 16, 2013
Christmas Tree Decorated With Tissue Paper Flower Ornaments

Christmas Tree Decorated With Tissue Paper Flower OrnamentsIf you want a more casual, low-maintenance alternative to our fresh flower ornaments for your Christmas tree, look no further! Create these super-fun, super-festive tissue paper flowers instead. They look just like real flowers, and their decorating potential isn’t limited to Christmas trees: Use them to dress up wreaths, garland, gift boxes, baskets, curtain rods, flower pots and much more. Plus, you can enjoy this easy Christmas craft with your kids—no cleanup required! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make a DIY Christmas Centerpiece

December 6, 2013

’Tis the season to be jolly!  When Christmastime comes around, it’s hard not to get into the holiday spirit–from Christmas decorations in homes and in stores, to the gleeful background sound of Christmas music and carols, and of course who can forget the festive holiday foods!

DIY-Christmas-Centerpiece-Floral-Craft To make your Christmas even more special, I’m going to show you how to create your very own floral DIY Christmas centerpiece in just a few easy steps!  Your handmade Christmas centerpiece will not only impress guests, but will also look amazing next to Christmas dinner!

Before you start creating your arrangement, we want to note that you can make the centerpiece without the flowers first to make it last longer leading up to Christmas. And when Christmas nears, add the flowers a day or two before to have your floral centerpiece extra fresh for the holiday!
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Inside the 1800Flowers Offices

Midnight Red Visits 1800Flowers for the Holidays

December 2, 2013

Today was an exciting day at the 1800Flowers offices, thanks to some surprise guests: Midnight Red! The new American boy band came to the 1800Flowers Headquarters in Carle Place, New York to bring some holiday cheer by singing popular hits with their amazing voices. Not only did they sing to employees, but they also performed for lucky store visitors at the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Carle Place Flower Shop  located on the ground floor of our building for all to enjoy! Thanks Midnight Red for delivering smiles!

Midnight Red Visiting the 1800Flowers Carle Place Florist Shop

Midnight Red Visiting the 1800Flowers Carle Place Florist Shop