There’s nothing more exciting than receiving a beautiful pair of diamond earrings or that luxury watch you’ve been wanting on Valentine’s Day, but let’s face it – gifts like these are pricey! And they certainly aren’t the only items that can make or break a budget during this time of year – dinner, a huge bouquet of roses and a movie, followed by indulging in an assortment of delicious chocolates can add up too! But since we know you’re probably not just going to give your loved one a hug and move on, we’ve put together a few tips to help you approach this holiday even when things are tight.
Although Valentine’s Day is usually associated with the romantic kind of love, husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends aren’t the only ones who deserve some special attention – children do too! Just think back to when you were in elementary school and had the chance to pass out your Valentine’s Day cards and candies to your friends – it’s something we remember most about our holiday experiences in school, what about you? Nothing is more exciting for children than the opportunity to do something that someone they care about will hold close to their heart, which is why it’s up to you to make their Valentine’s Day one to remember! But in case you’re having trouble with where to start, we have a few ideas for you:
Roses are a timeless symbol of love and beauty, and shared as gifts of affection for as long as anyone can remember. And Valentine’s Day is like the Super Bowl of rose giving! As a matter of fact over 300 million roses will be given as gifts this Valentine’s.
Are you one of the lucky recipients? Not sure how to arrange your bouquet of fresh cut roses? I thought so! That’s why I created this video on arranging roses just for you. I break it down to 3 basic steps to help you create a beautiful bouquet in no time!
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, chances are you’re thinking about how you’ll wow your lucky lady once you two have a chance to be together – a romantic night in the city or a home cooked meal, perhaps. But aside from everything you can do when you’re side by side, don’t forget about making her feel special during the time that you’re apart. A great place to start? Surprise her at work! Although Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, you can still make a lasting impression on her and her co-workers by doing something special in the office on the Friday before or Monday after. Below are a few of our favorite office Valentine’s Day ideas. Continue Reading…
It feels really nice when someone sends you flowers. You feel special, and can’t help but smile. And you want your flowers—and that feeling—to last as long as possible. What can you do? Here’s my friend and co-worker at 1-800 Flowers, Nancy Egan, to tell you one thing that you can do to keep your flowers fresh and beautiful for as long as possible!
Although you shouldn’t need an excuse to express your feelings to someone that you care about, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to do so. Are you starting to think about who you’ll write to this year? Remember – Valentine’s Day isn’t just limited to husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends; you can also show your appreciation for moms, dads and friends too! Before you sit down to start writing out your cards this year, take a look at our Valentine’s Day card message ideas to get your juices flowing.
My Favorite Rose Secrets
- Hydration is what’s it’s all about so be sure to get you roses in water as soon as possible.
- Fill a clean vase ¾ of the way with warm water.
- Add a packet of flower food according to package directions. Flower food contains a biocide to kill bacteria, an acidifier to help stems drink water, and a sugar to nourish the blooms. If you don’t have any commercially prepared flower food you can make your own recipe at home by adding three teaspoons of lemon-lime soda (non-diet) and one teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water. The soda provides the food source (sugar) and the acidifier and the bleach will help prevent bacteria growth.
- Another way to prevent bacteria growth in the water is to remove all foliage from you flower stems that would fall below the water line, before placing your flowers in the vase.
- Right before placing your flowers in the prepared vase give the bottom of each stem a fresh cut – on an angle. Cutting the stem on an angle prevents the stem from sitting flush on the bottom of the vase thus allowing maximum water intake.
- Check the water level in your vase on a daily basis and add fresh water as needed.
- After 3-4 days repeat these steps for optimum vase life!
Learn how to arrange roses with step-by-step instructions in my latest blog post here.
2016 Valentine’s #BloomLoveSweepstakes on Instagram
We’re so in love with our new iOS app that we’re giving you the chance to win an Apple Watch! We want you to share with us photos of flowers or floral themed things that you find in every day life. Whether it’s some flowers on your morning walk or a beautiful floral themed Hawaiian shirt, we want you to share it with us! Submit your pictures to us on Instagram, tag or mention us, and use the hashtag #BloomLoveSweepstakes to enter! There will be two drawings, one on 2/7 and another on 2/14. Here’s the breakdown:
2016 Valentine’s #FloralLoveSweepstakes on Twitter
We’re so in love with our new iOS app that we’re giving you the chance to win an Apple Watch! We want you to share with us photos of flowers or floral themed things that you find in every day life. Whether it’s some flowers on your morning walk or a beautiful floral themed Hawaiian shirt, we want you to share it with us! Submit your pictures to us on Twitter, mention us, and use the hashtag #FloralLoveSweepstakes to enter! There will be two drawings, one on 2/7 and another on 2/14. Here’s the breakdown:
For those couples who are well established, everything from Valentine’s Day dinner to dessert and gifts can be a no brainer. But, for those who are fresh into their relationship, the holiday can definitely bring about some nerves – where should you eat? How much money should you spend? What’s the right type of gift to give? While you’re trying to figure out the answers to all of the questions circling around in your head, we’ve been busy putting together a guide for you to follow to alleviate some of the stress you may be feeling – take a look at our tips for your first Valentine’s Day as a couple below.
Talk About It
You and your significant other may have different expectations for what Valentine’s Day should be, and that’s perfectly normal. However, unless you discuss your feelings, you won’t know what’s too little or too much in your partner’s eyes. So, first things first, sit down and talk about it! By being honest and open, you can plan an afternoon or evening that satisfies you both.
You and your sweetie may be totally head over heels, but that doesn’t mean you need to be too over the top with your gift giving or event planning this year; you certainly won’t want to scare them off! If you’ve only been dating for a few weeks or months, then you probably shouldn’t go out and spend your entire paycheck on a diamond necklace or earrings – though beautiful, you don’t want to give the wrong idea about future intentions, especially if you both really haven’t talked about them yet. Similarly, you may want to avoid super fancy restaurants, since the need to get all dressed up could cause both of you to feel unnecessary anxiety about the day. Continue Reading…