Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to bring back “The INTERNal Perspective” by our blooming group of interns! Returning for its third year, “The INTERNal Perspective” captures our intern’s individual experience and contribution to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Each of our 33 interns bring along different sets of skills fit for almost every department ranging from vendor relations to marketing and information technology. This year, not only are the interns juggling assigned work from their departments, but they are also participating in “Summer of a Million Smiles” community events as well as a Summer Internship Project to create their own start-up company under the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM brand. It will be a jam-packed summer so stay tuned for weekly updates on “The INTERNal Perspective!”
Celebrate Independence Day with a bash that’ll go down in history! From invitations to decorations, check out these festive and fun 4th of July party ideas that will make your event the celebration of the season!
Fourth of July Party Invitations
Let guests have a preview of the fun you have planned with a wow-worthy 4th of July invitation! Celebrations.com has a collection of both free and premium online invitations that will ensure guests choose your soiree over the other invites they receive.
Throughout the years, Dad has graciously given you some of the best gifts in existence. He sacrificed early weekend mornings teaching you how to ride a bicycle. He took on the responsibility of family camera man to make sure he captured life’s most precious moments and memories. Though intangible, the gifts dear ol’ Dad has given you throughout the years are unforgettable, irreplaceable, and proof of Dad’s unrelenting affection.
This year, pair your Father’s Day gifts with an activity or sentiment that can’t quite fit in a box, but will make his Father’s Day one he’ll never forget.
Outside-the-Box Father’s Day Gift Ideas:
Cook a Homemade Dinner:
Cater the Father’s Day menu to Dad’s unique tastes and personality. Is he known for his love of lobster or steak? Or, if your father grew up in a foreign country, why not put together a meal filled with his favorite childhood dishes, for the perfect blend of food, fun, and nostalgia.
June is National Rose Month! Not only does this popular flower come in a variety of colors, but there are also 100 different species found all over the world! Here in the U.S, the rose is renowned for its beauty and meaning, and was even chosen as the official National Floral Emblem of the United states as well as the state flower for New York, Iowa, Georgia, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia.
Celebrate this sweet scented flower with these rose-inspired crafts and activities!
Rose Crafts and Activities:
Make art with pressed roses. Create your own crafts or framed art with pressed roses using our how-to make pressed flowers tutorial. Once your roses are pressed, the possibilities for creativity are endless.
Preserve flowers in paraffin wax. Use our tutorial for preserving your flowers, and use these waxed beauties to create centerpieces, framed art, and even wearable accessories!
With Flag Day on June 14 and July 4th coming up, summer is a time to show America how much you love her! Using simply a fabric American flag, and some tape, we turned an ordinary vase into a stunning DIY American flag vase in under five minutes.
We paired this vase with a happy bouquet of stunning sunflowers that really made the vase pop. Make several of these DIY patriotic decorations to place around the room, or in a row on the main dining table. Don’t let your red, white, and blue decor stop there! Be sure to check out our other patriotic ideas including DIY star sparklers, a painted luminary vase, and red white & blue dipped strawberries!
From the early weekend mornings spent teaching us how to ride a bike to the late nights spent fixing every crack, hole, and appliance, Dad has given us hundreds of reasons why he’s the best. Surprise your one-of-a-kind Dad with a unique Father’s Day gift that’ll warm his heart (and make you his favorite).
Creative Father’s Day gifts:
For the Businessman
Give Dad’s work desk or home office a new look with a unique desk plant or dish garden. We took this gift to the next level by using Dad’s favorite photos to create a personal and fun DIY photo terrarium.
For the On-The-Go Dad
Is Dad always on the road? Surprise him with the ultimate flavor combo – bacon and cheddar cheese – in crunchy popcorn form with The Popcorn Factory’s best flavor friends popcorn pairing, for a gift he can savor on those long, lonely travels.
Add some photo flair to Dad’s work desk or home office with a creative DIY Father’s Day photo plant! We used the ready-made Cactus Dish Garden from 1800Flowers.com, but you may choose to build your own dish garden or terrarium you want to start from scratch.
The photo picks took about 10 minutes to create from start to finish. We used clear adhesive mailing labels for this project, but you can use any type of clear adhesive paper such as contact paper. Use photos of the kids, the dog, or the whole family! If Dad is a sports fan, why not throw in a baseball or soccer ball into the mix? Get creative and wow him with a Father’s Day gift that blends both his loving family and his personality! Continue reading
To many, the start of June signifies the start of summer; the return of a much longed-for friend, stopping by to bring the gift of energy, laughter, and happiness. Those born in this sunny month reflect their June birth month with their cheerfulness and unmatched sense of humor.
June Birthday Fun Facts
June Birth Stone: Alexandrite and Pearl
Did you know that June actually has 2 birth stones?! Read on for some fun facts and history about the two stunning June birth stones – the alexandrite and the pearl.
Green in some forms of light and red in others, the Alexandrite stone is one of the most unique and beloved stones in existence. Named after the Russian Czar Alexander II in reference to the fact that the stone’s changing colors mirrored that of the Russian flag, Alexandrite was first discovered in the 1830s in the Ural Mountains of Russia.
The Pearl, on the other hand, is a more common but equally stunning stone, known in history as the “Queen of Gems.” The pearl has had a long history almost as rich as the gem is beautiful. From adorning the clothing of Queens and Pharaohs to being used as symbols of wealth and power, pearls continue to this day to be a strongly sought-after stone.
Show Dad just how much you love him with this creative 3D DIY Father’s Day card! Using just paper, glue, and markers, this kid-friendly craft is easy to make and is sure to put a smile on Dad’s face.
Pair this creative card with a delicious homemade brunch or slip it into the amazing Father’s Day gifts you prepared for him – he’ll really appreciate this simple yet sweet statement and will love showing it off to friends and coworkers!
A true fashionista knows that’s it’s the smallest of details that can have the biggest impact; This is especially true for prom when all of the belles of the ball are competing for best dressed! Here are some of awesome and inspiring prom corsage ideas to take that prom ensemble above and beyond.
Keep it Cool with Contrasting Colors
Make a statement by adorning a bold and eye-catching corsage in complementary colors to your wrist. Opt for one warmer, lighter shade mixed with a vivid and cool pop of color or choose colors opposite each other on the color wheel (classic combinations include shades of orange and blue or yellows and purples). If you’re really looking to make a statement, add a third pop of color in careful amounts.