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‘It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding’ with White Wedding Flowers

July 24, 2012

Elegant Suggestions for a Classic & Unique White Wedding

white flower arrangements for wedding

White wedding centerpieces for the reception.

Lauren had the perfect summer wedding. The beautiful bride was married on June 1, 2012 surrounded by serene white floral arrangements and the smell of love and roses. Lauren, a florist herself, has a keen eye for classy flowers and delicate designs. However, as a bride-to-be, she knew that she had to hand over the flower arrangement task to someone else. With a white wedding flowers vision in mind, and considering everything from the cocktail hour to how the flowers would look under LED lighting, Lauren told her team of florists how she wanted everything and left it in their capable hands. She said that in truth, “I must have changed my mind 10 billion times! But I was so happy with the turnout and my decision.” Continue Reading…

DIY Flower Crafts

How to Dye Flowers

July 11, 2012
Supplies for dyeing flowers

Flower dyeing supplies.

Do you want to experiment with coloring flowers a vibrant pink or an unnatural blue? Follow this step-by-step guide to adding some pizazz to an ordinary white flower and learn how to dye flowers!

1) Start with a white flower with a long stem. Carnations are an easy choice to dye as they take to the dye very well.

2) Make sure the flowers are very thirsty before you begin. This will cause the entire flower to dye, rather than just the tips of the petals, which can happen if the flower is already hydrated. Leave the flowers out of water for a day (unless they seem to start turning brown- then start the dying process before they wilt) to make the flowers “thirsty.”
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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Red, White, and Bloom: 4th of July Flowers

June 29, 2012
4th of July flowers

Tie a Yellow Ribbon by 1-800-FLOWERS.COM

The color red symbolizes confidence, courage, and vitality. White is the color of innocence and purity. Blue represents youth, truth, and peace.  These colors hold so much meaning for the citizens of America, and that is why they can be seen everywhere on the Fourth of July. On this day to honor America and its independence, the stars and stripes fly high and wide. Clothing, sunglasses, food, and decorations all sport red, white, and blue. So why not add these colors to your flowers during this week as well?

This July 4th, make a statement with festive 4th of July flowers. You are going to need red, white, and blue flowers, so what are your choices? Look no further for your guide to arranging Independence Day flowers! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

4th of July Party Food Ideas

June 28, 2012

patriotic caramel appleWhat does the date July 4th mean to you? Maybe fireworks, a hot summer day at the beach, and a family barbecue late into the summer night… Yes, not only is the corn “Knee high by the Fourth of July,” and ready for your barbecue, but families and friends are gathering to spend this fabulous summer holiday together. The 4th of July has become synonymous with both the day America achieved its independence and BBQs! Are you ready to ramp up the volume on your 4th of July party this year? Read further for some great 4th of July party food ideas for the best day to BBQ!

4th of July BBQ Food

Remember, food is the integral part of any barbecue. The classic July 4th meal is of course hamburgers and hot dogs with a side of corn and maybe cold salads such as potato, noodle, or tomato mozzarella salad.  However, this year you should take the leap with something a bit more unique. Continue Reading…

Delivering Smiles

Imagine the Smiles Honors Volunteer Mary Keaney

June 27, 2012
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Mary Keaney receives a Fruit Bouquet

We would like to recognize the wonderful Mary Keaney, who was awarded a smile as part of the Imagine the Smiles program during 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s Summer of a Million Smiles. Mary volunteers her time to not only her church, but at local nursing homes as well. She is also the treasurer of the Greenbriar Association.  Mary Thompson recognized the selfless time and care that Keaney puts into everything that she does. Thompson nominated Keaney for a smile, describing her as a, “one of a kind woman.” Continue Reading…

Delivering Smiles

Famous Smiles in Art

June 25, 2012

Artists, from the beginnings of time to modern day, know the power of the smile. Let us walk through some of the most famous smiles in art history. Learn, through these paintings and sculptures, what such a simple facial expression can really mean.

1)      The Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci (1503-1506)

The Mona Lisa and her smile

What makes The Mona Lisa arguably the most famous painting in all of history? Many would say that it is her small, mysterious smile. The Mona Lisa has an intriguing smirk that catches the viewer off guard. What is she smiling about? Why does her gaze follow you wherever you seem to be viewing the painting? Why does her smile seam to appear and disappear as you move?  Much fascination surrounds The Mona Lisa and her smile. Scientists and art critics alike have analyzed and studied The Mona Lisa for her smile.

 
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Delivering Smiles

Imagine the Smiles: Nominate Your Everyday Hero

June 21, 2012

nominate an everyday heroDo you have someone in your life who has been an inspiration? Whether that special someone has helped you through tough time(s) or helped make you the person you are today, we want to hear your story about this everyday hero and thank them for you with a special flower delivery! 

1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s Imagine the Smiles program is part of our Summer of a Million Smiles initiative and allows you to honor and celebrate those extraordinary people by submitting your story about why these amazing folks deserve to be recognized. 

Submitting your stories is super easy with our Imagine the Smiles Facebook page.

Here’s how to nominate your hero in 5 easy steps: Continue Reading…

Delivering Smiles

25 Smile Facts

June 11, 2012

Facts About Smiling for Humans & Animals

1800flowers.com smiley face arrangement Smiling is the universal sign of happiness. Handshakes, hugs, and bows all mean different things to different people, but smiling spans across all cultures. Read further for more smile facts and uncovered conundrums surrounding the art of smiling, and make this summer a summer of smiles!

1) It is scientifically proven that people are attracted to those who smile and are pushed away  by those who frown or scowl. A study conducted by Orbit found that 69% of people preferred a smiling face not wearing makeup to a non-smiling, makeup-wearing face!

2) Did you know that you can trick yourself into being in a better mood simply by smiling? Try it! It’s hard to be down when you have a genuine smile on! Continue Reading…

Local Florist Corner

Graceland Florist Mount Vernon, NY Grand Opening

June 5, 2012

Meet the New Addition to the 1800Flowers Family!

1800flowers Graceland Florist Grand Opening

The Ribbon Cutting at the 1800flowers Graceland Florist Grand Opening

The 1800flowers community wants to offer a big congratulation to Graceland Florist, who joined the family this weekend! The Graceland Florist Grand Opening was a three day event, lasting from June 1st to June 3rd

Graceland Florist has been serving the local Mount Vernon, New York community for almost twenty years! 1800Flowers.com recognized its dedication and care in fulfilling the many flower requests from customers in need. Continue Reading…