Flower Care & Handling

How to Make Your Roses Last Longer

February 3, 2016
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It feels really nice when someone sends you flowers. You feel special, can’t help but smile, and want your flowers—and that feeling—to last as long as possible.

To help you make your flowers last longer, we wanted to share some flower and rose care tips that are sure to prolong the life of your fresh blooms. Here’s my friend and 1-800 Flowers.com co-worker Nancy Egan to tell you a couple of things that you can do to keep your flowers fresh and beautiful for as long as possible!

If your roses did not come arranged for you, you may be interested in my blog post, “How to Arrange Roses in a Vase Like a Pro,” featuring an easy to follow step-by-step video.

If you’re interested in preserving flowers in a unique way, you may also like my recent blog post, “How to Preserve Flowers in Wax.” In this fun DIY blog post, I demonstrate how to easily preserve flowers in wax to enjoy their beauty for a long time.

How-To's

Roses Being Arranged in a Vase

February 1, 2016

Because roses are the number one Valentine’s Day gift, I wanted to share a few tips that I have learned over the years to help you to get the maximum vase life from your fresh cut roses.

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!

Red roses arranged in a vase.

Learn how to arrange roses with step-by-step instructions in my latest blog post here.

Holiday Decorations, Valentine's Day

Make It Personal

January 26, 2016

Customize Your Roses With A Unique Vase

Gertrude Stein’s famous quotation, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” is often interpreted as meaning “things are what they are.” But I like to shake things up a bit and put my own spin on them. And when it comes to roses—the # 1 gift for Valentine’s—there are so many ways that you can make yours a truly original, one-of-a-kind gift from the heart!

We all know that red roses say, “I love you,” but so does giving someone a bouquet of colored roses in an unexpected “vase” that has special meaning.

Coffee Rose Arrangement

I’m a big fan of anything vintage. I love the colors of this old Maxwell House coffee tin, so I created a similarly-hued bouquet of “coffee break” and “Florida” roses to give to a special friend. We try to get together at least once a month to catch up over a cup of coffee, and I truly cherish our friendship and our monthly “coffee tawk.” I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time reach out to all of the special people in my life to let them know how much their love and friendship means to me. (You could also send this arrangement to a loved one with a card that reads, “Our love is good to the last drop!”) Continue Reading…

How-To's

How to Preserve Flowers with Wax

January 19, 2016

Create Your Own Wax Flowers

You can make your beautiful fresh-cut roses last longer than you ever imagined by dipping the open blooms in melted wax! The best time to dip your roses is at the very end of their shelf life–after you have enjoyed their beauty for over a week–when the rose is in full bloom.

Wax rose

I have waxed roses many times over the years using paraffin wax. Now that soy wax is readily available, I decided to give that I try… and I’m glad I did! Soy wax is a completely natural and renewable resource, has a lower melting point, and cleans up easily (with just soap and water). And soy wax is so versatile that you can melt it in the microwave! Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Rose-Merry & Bright

December 23, 2015

I have SO many favorite things about Christmas, but what I love the most is getting to spend time with family, especially my grandchildren. And my granddaughter Juliette was more than happy to help me create this video greeting from our family to yours!

Christmas & Holidays, Holiday Decorations

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree & Decoration Ideas

December 21, 2015

I love Christmas! And I love decorating Christmas trees. The main tree in my home tends to be pretty traditional, changing only slightly from year to year, with new ornaments added here and there. So what I want to talk about is the beauty and versatility of fresh tabletop Christmas trees. These beautiful arrangements are usually handcrafted by your local florist and make great gifts. As a matter of fact, the Holiday Flower Tree® has been a best seller since it was first introduced by 1-800-Flowers over 15 years ago!!

If you have a little time and want to get creative, these trees are pretty easy to make. The basic instructions are the same for whatever size tree you want. The smaller the tree, the faster and easier it will be to construct, of course. Petite trees are so sweet and can be tucked into so many unexpected spots. Larger trees, on the other hand, allow you to create a completely custom look based on your choice of container, decorations and color scheme.

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Christmas & Holidays

DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

December 16, 2015

Learn how to make Santa’s hat out of strawberries and flowers!

Everyone loves Santa and everyone loves Santa’s hat! Put one on and it’s an instant party! Anyone can wear one – young or old, big or little, animal or human! Don’t believe me? Check out our truly original Santa Paws a-DOG-able and see for yourself!
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I decided to have a little fun with Santa’s hat and make one entirely out of fresh flowers to complement the mini hats that we made out of fresh strawberries. These are great ideas that are so easy and will make you look like quite the “hostess with the mostess” at your holiday brunch for the girls! Include a little spiked peppermint hot chocolate and let the merriment begin!
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How-To's

Happy Birthday Snow People

November 30, 2015

Who better to deliver birthday wishes on a chilly winter day than a happy little snowman? Think about it: Have you ever seen a snowman who didn’t have a smile on his face? Snowmen are a celebration of winter, unexpected snow days, and family fun. The best part about the snowmen (or “snow ladies”) in this post is that they can stay inside, sharing birthday smiles without melting!

DIY Snowman Without Snow

This happy little guy is the finishing touch to a birthday vignette of floral cakes and cupcakes. And you won’t believe what I used to create him! At a recent Design Council held at 1800Flowers.com headquarters, one of our talented florist-franchisees, Mimi Lee from 1-800 Flowers|4GiftSeattle, showed us how to make a snowman using corn starch and hair conditioner! When I started working on this story I did some research and found many snowman recipes that call for corn starch and shaving cream. I did a little experimenting and went with the shaving cream version but both work great! It’s a fabulous fun sensory activity to do with kids too! Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Thanksgiving Centerpieces and Table Decoration Ideas

November 20, 2015

Pear Table Place Setting

Think of your tabletop as a blank canvas on which you will create your “tablescape” art. You choose your mediums as any artist would—your surface, linens, flowers and candles. The layering of colors and textures, adding personal touches, all play a part in the delight and ambiance that a beautifully designed table brings to a special occasion. Go as big or as simple as you want! This is your masterpiece, and should represent you and tell the story that you want told.

Let’s start with simple! Here are a few easy, creative and inexpensive ideas that I hope will provide some inspiration to get you started on your tablescape art.

Fresh Flower Wreath Centerpiece

Floral Wreath Centerpiece Close-Up

Wreaths are one of my favorite design styles for a more traditional centerpiece. Having the center of the wreath open provides endless opportunities for additional personalization. Here I used a beautiful amber Fenton glass vase as a candleholder. I think the amber glow is the perfect complement to the rich hues of the seasonal flowers in the wreath.

Recipe for Floral Wreath Centerpiece

When creating a fresh floral wreath I like to use flowers that air-dry nicely. Using flowers such as the varieties featured in this photo can extend the “life” of your centerpiece by weeks.

Succulent Wreath Centerpiece

Some varieties of hydrangeas dry better than others. The variety that dries the best and is featured in the wreath pictured above is known as an “antique hydrangea”. It is typically soft moss green with burgundy edging and works beautifully with all of the rich colors of autumn.

Fall Wreath Centerpiece Top-Down View

This wreath is all about the vibrant and saturated colors of the season. In order to create the perfect backdrop for this intensity I chose to keep everything else very neutral. A burlap table runner on a natural wood farm table and wooden chargers holding amber depression glass plates let this centerpiece take center stage!

How to Make your Flower Wreath Centerpiece:

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Lifestyle

NY Bloggers Help Bring Back the Centerpiece

November 19, 2015

CARLE PLACE, NY – I always enjoy a good party, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, on November 12, 2015 I was fortunate enough to help 1-800-Flowers.com host a “Bring Back the Centerpiece” party for local New York bloggers/writers. At the event held in the 1-800-Flowers.com Design Studio, each blogger was able to design their very own Thanksgiving centerpiece and add their own creative flair!

To further the bloggers’ floral design experience, I brought some help! One of our extremely talented 1-800-Flowers franchisee owners, AnnMarie of Imperial Florist in Baldwin, NY, joined the party to help the bloggers craft their masterpieces. AnnMarie is also part of the 1-800-Flowers.com Local Artisan program, which allows florists to showcase their truly original arrangements on the 1-800-Flowers.com site.

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From Left to Right: Jane Morales, owner of Long Island Mamas; Alejandra Ramos, owner of Always Order Dessert; Julie Mulligan; AnnMarie, florist at Imperial Florist; Kimberly Thomas, owner of Valley Stream Mom; and Rachel Weingarten from Parade.com

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