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1-800-FLOWERS.COM® 2015 #HOW2WOW Sweepstakes

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We’re giving our Instagram and Twitter fans the opportunity to win some delicious prizes for Valentine’s Day! We want you to tell your sweetheart How2Wow you this year. Visit our special Valentine’s Day Collection here and Tweet or Instagram one of the products from the collection. Be sure to mention us (@1800Flowers) and include the hastag #HOW2WOWSWEEPS. Six winners will be randomly selected 1/30, 2/6, and 2/13 and you can enter once per day. Winners will receive Fannie May® Decadent Chocolate Covered Strawberries, 6 count. The sweepstakes will end 2/13 at 12:00 PM EST. You can find the complete rules here.

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15 Romantic Activities for a Valentine’s Day In

Valentine’s Day 2015 is right around the corner! This year’s day of love falls on a Saturday, so why not make this year’s celebration an entire weekend of romance by staying in surrounded by your special someone. Here are 15 activities that you can do to add some excitement to the weekend – all from the comfort of your own home.

Tromantic-activities-for-valentines-day-in-flowersackle a recipe together. Is your pinterest board filled with dishes and treats you like but never actually planned on making? Take this opportunity to actually take a shot at that difficult recipe – after all, you do have a sous chef to work with!

Make it a rom-com movie night. When the temperatures are approaching freezing and the restaurants and stores are over packed, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up with your significant other over a romantic comedy. Grab a warm blanket, some movie night snacks, and cozy up in front of the TV with some of your favorite movie romances. Bonus points if it’s a Valentine’s Day theme movie!

Recreate your first date. Take inspiration from your first date and recreate the highlights from the comfort of your own home!

Make it a musical day. Bring out that old guitar or keyboard and celebrate the day by collaborating on a karaoke session together. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even create an original song incorporating both of your musical skills. If neither of you happens to be talented with the tune, simply make it a karaoke night!

Do a chocolate tasting together. Add some sweetness to the day with a chocolate tasting station! Pair some milks, whites, and darks with wine to really add some romance.

romantic-activities-for-valentines-day-in-cookie-decorating-cherylsDecorate some sweets. Sure you can bake desserts together, but baking not only requires a ton of prep work but also requires a ton of cleaning afterwards. Skip this step and buy pre-made kits such as the Cheryl’s Buttercream Frosted Valentine Cookie Decorating Kit.

Make mugs for each other. Did you know that you can make your own one-of-a-kind mug with a ceramic mug and permanent marker? Get the how-to for this easy DIY permanent marker mug, and sit down with your Valentine to decorate mugs for each other.

Romantic dinner. Grab your best china and chill some bubbly while you prepare an intimate, romantic dinner for the two of your to enjoy. Be sure to check out our top tips on planning a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two.

Make it a boozy paint night. Channel your inner artists over a glass of vino by recreating a work of art! You’ll need two canvases, some paint, and a simpler painting or image to draw inspiration from. You’ll be surprised at how two people can interpret the same work of art in such vastly different ways! Continue reading

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20 Tips on How to Plan a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two

Valentine's Day Dinner Place SettingWith the noisy swarms of couples and the irrationally high menu prices, going out for Valentine’s Day is more of a hassle than a luxury. And with Valentine’s Day 2015 falling on a Saturday, you can imagine the hustle and bustle to be extra hectic. Who needs that when you can create a five-star experience right out of your own kitchen? Here are 20 tips how to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two at home!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 1: Prepare your food in advance.

The No. 1 mood-killer for your Valentine’s Day dinner? The stress of rustling up a last-minute meal. Don’t waste precious together time scuttling around the kitchen. Instead, prepare and cook all of your food well in advance. That way, you can sit down and truly enjoy the most important part of the night: your sweetie.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 2: Cook together.

There’s no rule that says cooking a Valentine’s Day dinner has to be a one-person job. Consider making your meal together as a couple. You can have fun playing and experimenting with the ingredients, or you can get sensual and feed each other as you go along. You don’t even have to sacrifice that luxurious touch you get at your favorite restaurant; simply pick up high quality ingredients (if ordering steak, be sure to get the right cut). Whatever you do, you’ll be creating some unforgettable memories … and food!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 3: Ignite your passion with food.

Love potions aren’t just a bunch of fairy tale fluff. They actually exist! Certain foods are known as romance-boosting aphrodisiacs, including oysters, saffron, ginger, asparagus, garlic (we’re not kidding!), basil, figs and strawberries. You can find a full list of sensuous eats on Celebrations.com. Be sure to incorporate some (or all!) of these into your menu to heat things up on V-Day.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 4: Keep it simple.

Only two words describe the perfect Valentine’s Day cuisine: light and simple. You want your meal to fill you up—not weigh both of you down. Try these delicious yet delicate Valentine’s Day dinner recipes that’ll satisfy you both … and save you the hassle of whipping up a complicated feast.

Valentine's Day Gourmet Pretzel RodsValentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 5: Make dessert easy.

To save you even more trouble, simplify dessert time by serving a combo of homemade and store-bought treats. And think small. Just a few itty-bitty desserts will do the trick. Try on these perfectly portioned sweets for size: Love Note Conversation Heart Dipped Oreo Cookies, Fannie May Love & Romance Chocolate Strawberries, Valentine’s Day Gourmet Pretzel Rods, Cheryl’s Hearts Cookie Flower Pot.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 6: Give your dining space a quick makeover.

Celebrating V-Day in the same kitchen or dining room that you eat in every night might be anything but exhilarating—unless you think outside the box.Change the everyday scene by simply rearranging a few pieces of furniture. You’ll feel like you’re in a brand-new home or, better yet, a fancy restaurant (minus the crowds)!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 7: Make a keepsake Valentine’s Day menu.

Give your feast some true restaurant appeal: Print out your menu on Valentine’s Day themed cardstock, or create your own chalkboard menu sign. You can keep the menu card as a precious token of your night together, or you can reuse the chalkboard sign as a menu for your weekly dinner specials.

wine-gift-basketValentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 8: Enhance your food with wine.

True love is like good wine; it gets even better with age! So go ahead and spoil yourselves: Complement the exquisite flavors of your Valentine’s Day dinner with a bottle of fine wine. Your sweetheart is definitely worth it.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 9: Break out the fine china.

If ever there is a more perfect occasion to put that fine china to good use, it’s Valentine’s Day. Lay out some gorgeous linens in shades of red, white and pink, and then set the table with your best dinnerware, glassware and silverware. Then comes the pièce de résistance: an eye-catching floral centerpiece. Your honey will feel like royalty when they finally settle down at the dinner table.

Romantic-heart-trim-candleValentine’s Day Dinner Tip No. 10: Set the mood with candles.

To create a softer, more enchanting ambiance, turn the lights down low (but make sure it’s still bright enough to see!) and scatter plenty of romantic candles across the tablescape. Continue reading

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DIY Valentine Boxes: How to Make a Blooming Garden Box

diy-valentines-day-boxes-blooming-garden-box-tallGrowing up, pre-dating the days of dating and romance, the anticipation of giving and receiving valentines from friends and classmates was enough to keep any child from sleeping the night before February 14.

Add a touch of fun and creativity to their Valentine’s Day experience by helping them create their very own one-of-a-kind DIY Valentine Box! Using simple green construction paper and Valentine’s Day flowers, we turned an empty tissue box into a blooming garden ready to store those classroom valentines.

Using fresh flowers for this craft requires a bit of patience; you have to also make sure you choose a sturdy flower (we went with daisies and mums). However, it will be worth it in the end as fresh flowers will add an extra pleasant scent to the atmosphere. Alternatives to fresh flowers include flower stickers, DIY tissue paper roses, and paper lilies (sized appropriately). Continue reading

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What To Get Him For Valentine’s Day?

valentines-day-boyfriendWhether you’re planning a romantic night out or an intimate night in, surprise your man with a gift that’ll make him want to shower you with roses all year long.

Rather than spending countless hours stressing over what to get your boyfriend or husband for Valentine’s Day, get inspired from some of our favorite man-approved gift ideas – from savory snacks to manly bouquets!

Start the celebration by surprising him with a sweet card, delivered right to his email! Celebrations.com has a collection of Valentine’s Day greeting cards which you can customize and send with one simple click. Or, if your sweetie is known for his sense of humor, send him one of our hilarious e-cards.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Décor: How to Make Tissue Paper Roses!

Bouquet of Tissue Paper RosesRemember when we decked the halls with tissue paper flowers? Well, now it’s time to put a fancy twist on an old favorite. The most romantic day of they year is almost here, so let’s get your house ready for Cupid’s arrival by showing you how to make tissue paper roses! They bring a beautiful handcrafted touch to your Valentine’s Day décor, and they even make a charming gift for that someone special. Here’s how to make them:

Materials for DIY Tissue Paper Roses

* Red tissue paper (one sheet makes two roses)
* Wooden skewers (one per rose)
* Clear adhesive tape
* Green adhesive tape
* Scissors
* Twine or ribbon

Valentines DIY Craft: How to Make Tissue Paper Roses

Crumpled Tissue Paper Flattened out Into a Sheet

  1. Take one sheet of red tissue paper and crumple it into a ball. Carefully open the sheet again and flatten it out, making sure not to rip it.
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  2. Lay the tissue paper vertically and cut it in half, from bottom to top.
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  3. Fold each cut piece in half vertically twice to create a longer, skinnier rectangle.
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  4. Turn the rectangle so that it’s lying horizontally with the folded side at the top. Pinch one of the bottom corners and gently roll the tissue paper inward toward the opposite corner. Continue reading
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American Cancer Society & 1800Flowers Bring You Daffodil Days

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For decades, the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days® program has symbolized hope in the fight against cancer.

Today, there is even more reason to hope because there are more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. But until we stop losing our loved ones to this disease, there’s more work to be done.

Help us bring hope to survivors, newly diagnosed patients, and anyone who is touched by cancer by participating in our new Daffodil Days Hope by the Bunch™ program. In collaboration with 1800Flowers.com®, we are proud to launch a new twist on an old favorite. It’s a great way to raise money to help finish the fight against cancer.

Learn more about Daffodil Days Hope By The Bunch powered by 1800Flowers.com

Here’s how you can make an impact on the lives of people with cancer through Daffodil Days Hope By The Bunch:

  1. Organize a campaign. Visit 1800Flowers.com/hope and we’ll give you all the materials you need to get started organizing a campaign. There is no need to register on the website, Simply download and read through the materials which will take you step by step through the process.
  2. Ask your friends to order beautiful, hope-inspiring flowers through you. Remind them that it’s for a great cause!
  3. Place your order on 1800Flowers.com/hope. Place your order by January 23 and make your payment online.
  4. Receive and distribute fresh, quality flowers to friends. They’ll be a bright symbol of hope when the seasons change.

Don’t wait. You only have until January 23 to place your orders. Find out more about the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days Hope By The Bunch program now.

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How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Long Distance Sweetie

Its’s no secret that long distance relationships are rough – from the lack of physical contact to the differences in time zones, and maintaining that spark you once had in the beginning now takes patience and hard work. Once Valentine’s Day comes along, watching all those happy couples walking hand in hand, may make the distance seem even longer, but don’t fret! With some creativity and planning, you can make sure that this Valentine’s Day is just as memorable and romantic, even if you and your special someone are stuck in different area codes or countries.

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Here are some fun ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your long distance sweetie. And remember, a stunning bouquet with a personal message will always make the day memorable!
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DIY Wine Glass Bamboo Gift

diy-wine-glass-bamboo-gift-labelsSometimes, the best gifts are ones that take a backseat to life, playing in the background versus taking a front seat. That’s why live plants and dish gardens make such great gifts – they’re stunning, add a breath of fresh air to the room and play a subtle yet important part in one’s every day lives. A plant placed on one’s work desk brightens their mood and day in a subtle way on a daily basis, while a flower or plant showcased in one’s living room makes for a much livelier atmosphere.

If you know someone who fancies themselves a wine aficionado or simply loves the sophistication of a classic bottle of red or white, surprise them with a lucky bamboo plant showcased in a chic wine glass!

Since we’re a big fan of personalized gifts, we put a personal touch on this gift by writing a surprise message on the inside of the glass with permanent marker. This step is optional.

The best part? Thank to the bamboo plant’s low maintenance nature, even someone with a brown thumb can appreciate this creative idea!
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Love Quotes for Romantic Valentine’s Day Card Messages

Boy Hiding Valentine's Day Card From GirlOne of the toughest things to do on Valentine’s Day is to put pen to paper and tell your sweetheart how much you love them. Why? Because, sometimes, words just aren’t enough. But even though capturing your most passionate emotions by stringing a few letters together can be a daunting task, it’s not an impossible one. All you have to do is be genuine and maybe even look around for some inspiration.

To help you bring your inner Shakespeare to the surface, we’ve gathered a few love quotes that make the perfect Valentine’s Day card messages for all of the loved ones in your life. Use these famous quotes as a starting point, and then sprinkle in some of your most favorite memories to create a truly personal and heartfelt love note for your Valentine.

Valentine’s Day Messages for Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Author unknown

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” – Mother Teresa

“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” – Claudia Ghandi

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” – Paulo Coelho

Valentine’s Day Messages for Your Fiancé

“For you see, each day I love you more; today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.” – Rosemonde Gérard

“I don’t pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me. Love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person. Love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of. Love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak in the knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.” – Author unknown

“Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.” – Sarah Bernhardt

“When I say, ‘I love you,’ it’s not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I have seen your kindness and your strength. I have seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are.” – Joss Whedon

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Jalal ad-Din Rumi Continue reading

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