Festive Hostess Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

hostess-gift-ideas-for-the-holidaysThe 2014 holiday season is almost underway, and you know what that means: Your mailbox will soon be overflowing with dinner party invitations! With so many holiday get-togethers penned on your calendar, it’s important to get a head start on finding the perfect hospitality gift for your host and/or hostess. Hit the ground running with these festive hostess gift ideas for each holiday of the season, from Thanksgiving to Kwanzaa.

fall-a-dog-ableHostess Gifts for Thanksgiving

Show your hostess how thankful you are to share the holiday with her: Give her a pretty centerpiece to complete her Thanksgiving feast. The a-DOG-able® for Fall is cute as a button and sits in a basket filled with colorful fall leaves, pumpkins and gourds. Continue reading

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15 Creative & Cool Stocking Stuffer Ideas

The fire is lit and the stockings are hung, so what’s left? Filling those personalized beauties up with unique stocking stuffers that the recipient will love!

Here are 15 stocking stuffer ideas so you can please every recipient in your family!

DIY Stocking Stuffer Ideas

DIY Flower Soap Wrapped in a Plastic Bag and Tied With a Festive Bow

Add some freshness to the festivities by slipping a bag of sweet scented DIY flower soap into their stockings! All you need are flower-shaped candy molds and three different colored bars of soap. Continue reading

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How to Make Succulent Magnets

diy-succulent-magnets-fridgeToss out those boring old refrigerator magnets and give your fridge a much-needed fresh makeover with DIY Succulent Magnets!

We found adorable tiny ceramic pots at our local craft store, but you can use any similar shaped vessel for this craft. One of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing materials for this craft is to make sure you purchase high-grade magnets such as neodymium magnets.

Alternatively, you can forgo the magnet and simply use these as mini succulent planters to decorate a desk space with – the perfect gift for bosses or coworkers!

Succulents should be watered once every 10 days; use an eyedropper to water these mini magnets for best results.
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How to Make a Candy Cane Vase with Christmas Flowers

how-to-make-a-candy-cane-vase-verticalUse the quintessential holiday sweet – candy canes – to turn an ordinary vase into a festive statement piece with a few simple steps!

Choose a vase or container close in height to the candy canes. When choosing the appropriate vase also keep in mind the width; our vase was extra wide, calling for 48 candy canes to cover the entire vessel. It is also important to choose a rubber band that fits securely over the diameter of the vase.

To fill the vase, we chose a beautiful Christmas flower arrangement filled with white lilies, red roses, and pine cones, but this DIY candy cane vase would look stunning filled with traditional poinsettias as well.

By keeping the candy canes wrapped and securing them with a rubber band instead of glue, we created a vase that’s not only festive but can be quickly taken apart after use. That way, you can reuse the vase in the future AND still have (wrapped) candy canes for decorating, using in recipes, or simply snacking on!
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DIY Thanksgiving Craft Ideas the Entire Family Will Gobble Up

Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun, and of course – family! Get the whole gang excited for the season by spending time crafting some DIY Thanksgiving crafts together.

The best part? Many of these can be used for your Thanksgiving decorating and parties, roll up those sleeves and get ready for some fun and festive crafting!

Fall Flower & Foliage Inspired DIY Thanksgiving Crafts

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Fall leaves become a wow-worthy table runner with a few simple steps! This DIY Autumn Leaf Table Runner craft is a perfect touch to a Thanksgiving spread, or just for adding a sprinkling of the season to your home décor. Continue reading

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1-800-Flowers.com Participates in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

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1-800-Flowers.com employees pose for a photo after a rewarding walk

On October 19, 2014, 1800Flowers.com associates gathered friends and family members to join them in participating in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach, Long Island. The team raised a total of $2,125 in donations and walked the five-mile trail in honor of loved ones affected by this disease. Continue reading

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Petal Talk Chats with Seattle, Washington Florist Mimi Lee

Through the the 1-800-Flowers.com Local Exclusive program, 1-800-Flowers.com franchise shops have the chance to show of one-of-a-kind, exclusive designs that can be purchased at 1800flowers.com.

Local Seattle florist Mimi Lee took some time to discuss the inspirations behind the local exclusive arrangements available only at Flowers4GiftSeattle!

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Simple Ikebana

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?
Before opening up our own shop, I had 10 years of floral design experience. I wanted to start my own small business. What I love best is the ability to share in the happy moments of our customers.

Local Exclusive Product Names:
Our local exclusive product names are the the Simple Ikebana, Home Sweet Desert Terrarium, and Simple and Sincere Dendrobiums.

What inspired you to design your local exclusive arrangements?
I specialize in Ikebana floral arrangement. The “Simple Ikebana” arrangement is the start of a series. As for the Home Sweet Desert Terrarium, I wanted to put a unique twist on the typical planters to make it more interesting and appealing. Finally, many arrangements contain a large variety of colors. I wanted to create something that’s not so busy with color, and make it simple, modern, and elegant, and thus, The Simple and Sincere Dendrobiums was born.

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Home Sweet Desert Terrarium

What do you love most about your local community?
I live in a very diverse community. We have a mixture of many cultures, and different generations of people. A well balanced mix of both old and new where the people are friendly and courteous.

What are your favorite flowers?
Peony (for their fragrance and colors), and Sun Flowers (they are very bright and cheery). I also love Zinnia (nice summer flowers with a large variety of colors), they bring back fond childhood memories.

What has been the most rewarding experience during your florist tenure?
I find the ability to express myself artistically through flowers to be the most rewarding.

What is your favorite floral occasion?
Weddings and Christmas are my two favorite floral occasions. Wedding arrangements are much more personalized. The opportunity to create unique and beautiful pieces is very exciting. Christmas arrangements help create a warm atmosphere when families and friends gather.

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Simple and Sincere Dendrobiums

What makes you smile?
There’s nothing as simple and satisfying as when local residents, our friends and neighbors, stop by to say “hi!”

In the California area? Visit this Seattle florist:
Flowers4Gift
300 15th Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98112
206-324-8845
http://1800flowers4giftseattle.com/

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DIY Fall Leaf Vase with Autumn Flowers

diy-fall-leaf-vase-longThere’s nothing quite as celebrated during autumn as the stunning fall foliage that tops the trees, sprinkles the ground, and fills the views from our windows. Celebrate the stunning colors of the season by turning an ordinary vase into a beautiful fall leaf vase filled with your favorite autumn flowers.

For a more rustic look, we chose to simply use glue to keep the 3-dimensional look of the leaves, but if you are looking for a more elegant feel, simply apply a liquid adhesive such as Mod Podge to the top of the leaf as well so it smoothes and compresses into the overall look of the vase.
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The 1800Flowers Carle Place Office Celebrates Diwali

At 1-800-Flowers.com it has become a tradition to celebrate the Hindu “festival of lights” Diwali, also known as “Deepavali.” Using the lunar calendar, Diwali falls in autumn every year during the Hindu calendar month of Kartika.

To celebrate in the office, we dine on traditional cuisine and members of the 1-800-Flowers.com family dress in traditional and festive attire and decorate around the office with lit candles “diyas” and colorful floor art “rangoli” (our team used flower petals). Check out some of our pictures from today’s Diwali celebration!

Celebrating Diwali at 1800Flowers.com

1800Flowers Employees Celebrating Diwali in Kurtas (Men) and Chudidhar (Women).
From Left to Right: Vijayabaskaran, Shikharesh, Anish, Veerakishore, Bipin, Rakesh Vatti, Kiran, Manohar, Jyothi & Prajakta.

Flower Rangoli for Deepavali

Diwali Floral Rangoli Using Flower Petals

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Thanksgiving Craft for Kids: How to Make a Potted Plant Turkey

thanksgiving-potted-plant-turkey-craft-for-kids-1Thanksgiving is a time for family, reminiscing, and of course a feast featuring the star of the holiday: turkey. While the adults are busy making toasts and catching up, let the kids gobble up some fun with Thanksgiving crafts for kids!

Set up a crafting station where the children can turn potted plants into festive and fun turkey with this simple idea. You can choose to decorate an existing potted plant or use this craft to decorate brown ceramic pots which you can then fill with your favorite fall flowers (we used mums).

Be sure to alter the size of your feathers and turkey body to reflect the size of your arrangement.
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