Inside the 1800Flowers Offices

Pencils of Promise 2015 Gala

October 25, 2015

Sunflower Pencils of Promise Centerpiece

NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Pencils of Promise celebrated their 5th annual gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Pencils of Promise is a global community that believes everyone has the right to quality education, and takes action for the cause by raising funds to build schools in countries where children are often deprived of that very right such as Ghana (Africa), Guatemala (Central America), and Laos (Southeast Asia).

Since 2009, Pencils of Promise has grown leaps and bounds building 319 schools, with 33,856 students served! Even though PoP has made amazing progress, with 250 million children lacking basic reading, writing, and math skills, they believe there is more to be done, which is what brings us to the reason for tonight’s gala.

Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Day of the Dead Flowers and History

October 22, 2015

Day of the Dead Girl with MakeupWhat Is Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), is a holiday that is celebrated annually on November 1st and 2nd to honor and remember those that have passed on. The holiday resembles All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which are celebrated after Halloween on the Christian calendar.

First developed in Mexico, the Day of the Dead is most notably celebrated in Latin American regions, although it is becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States, too!


Why Is Día de los Muertos Celebrated?

When the Aztecs first began observing this occasion over 3,000 years ago, their ultimate goal was to honor and celebrate the deceased as their spirits returned, not necessarily to mourn those who are no longer with us. While it is definitely still a time of reflection and remembrance, the main focus is to celebrate the lives that our loved ones lived.

Continue Reading…

DIY Flower Crafts, Floral Occasions & Holidays

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Idea: How to Make a DIY Flower Costume

October 21, 2015

Last Minute Halloween Costume Idea DIY Flower CostumeLooking for a last-minute Halloween costume for you or your kids? Instead of dropping close to $100 at the Halloween warehouse, get inspired by your favorite blooms and make this adorable DIY flower costume instead. It’s fast, fun and cheap: If you don’t already have the supplies lying around your house, you can find them at your local dollar store! Just follow this simple tutorial and you’ll be blossoming in the spotlight at your Halloween party.

Flower Costume Materials Needed

Laundry basket*
Brown wrapping paper
6 long-stemmed flowers
12-foot pet tie-out rope (or regular rope)
Adhesive tape
Hot glue gun
Thick plastic headband

* You’ll be wearing the basket around your waist, so make sure it’s big enough for you to fit in it Continue Reading…

Delivering Smiles

Top 10 Reasons Why Fall is Awesome

October 15, 2015

Spring and summer sure are nice, but if you live in an area that’s lucky enough to experience the change in seasons, then you know just how wonderful fall is too! Between the transformation of the leaves, the cool, crisp air, and of course, the transition into the holiday season, there are so many reasons why autumn is something to look forward to. How many can you name? Below, we list 10 of our own »

1. Colors and decor

What other time of year do you know of that produces colors as beautiful as fall does? With the streets and sidewalks turning into a sea of oranges, yellows and reds, the scenery fall presents is just incredible. Getting a bit more specific, one of our favorite places to see the colors come together is in floral arrangements and fall plants! From mums to hydrangeas, roses and more, the mix of fall colors make for a beautiful arrangement! And then there’s the decor. In addition to the fall foliage, you can make your home pop with fall colors by decorating with some of the season’s finest – starting with a fall wreath! What have you done to your home so far?


2. Pumpkin everything

Whether it’s added to your breakfast, your coffee or your nighttime dessert, fall is all about pumpkin and pumpkin spice – one of our favorite flavors! Though you may be able to find recipes that produce this particular taste throughout the rest of the year, you won’t find it the way you do during the fall – it’s practically available at every store! The theme of pumpkin spice itself is used quite a bit too, such as in fall bouquets that can be used as autumn decor!


Continue Reading…

Flower & Plant Care

How To Transport Flowers Safely (and Neatly)!

October 8, 2015

If you don’t have the proper packaging like we do at, we know that the struggle is totally real when it comes to transporting flowers from point A to point B; without it, things can get pretty difficult AND messy! If you’ve ever been the recipient of a gorgeous wedding floral arrangement, then you know exactly what we’re referring to – talk about water all over your car’s floor mats! Or, if you’ve ever brought flowers as a gift for a dinner party host and crushed a perfect bouquet of roses, then you’ve definitely experienced this struggle too.

Roses in car

But we have good news! You don’t need to be an expert to guarantee that your flowers will get from one destination to the next without a major disaster – all you need is a few simple tricks up your sleeve! Here are a few that we recommend remembering:

Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

What Is Sweetest Day?

October 8, 2015

Fannie May Champagne Celebration StrawberriesMark your calendars: Sweetest Day is on October 17, 2015!

What is Sweetest Day, you ask? It’s the sugary-est holiday of the year, and it’s celebrated on the third Saturday of October.

History of Sweetest Day

It all started back in the ’20s when Herbert Birch Kingston—a simple man who worked for a candy company—decided to spread a little love to the less fortunate who are often overlooked. So, he passed out heaps of candy to the orphans, the ill and the disabled in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Continue Reading…

Halloween, Holiday Decorations

Candy Corn

October 6, 2015

Candy Corn Flower Arrangement

Let’s keep the iconic-Halloween-symbol-3D-floral-design thing going! This time, it’s all about the candy corn. Does anyone actually eat candy corn, or is it just for crafts and decor projects? Whatever people do with candy corn, they do a lot of it; according to the National Confectioners Association, approximately 25 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually! That’s a lot of kernels… so plug in those glue guns and get crafty! Here are a few decor ideas and a few candy-inspired beverages for young and old ghouls and goblins!

Continue Reading…

Fall Decor

It’s Pumpkin Time!

October 5, 2015

Flower Pumpkin Centerpiece

Pumpkins are popping up everywhere! I find these autumn gourds to be as versatile as Mason jars when it comes to the seemingly infinite DIY possibilities! From Halloween right through Thanksgiving you can use pumpkins for seasonal recipes and truly original decorating. You can carve them, paint them, stencil, and découpage them! You can even make your own “pumpkin” entirely out of fresh flowers, creating a beautiful statement piece for a dinner party or any autumn celebration or get-together!

Continue Reading…

Fall Decor

Creative Ideas on How to Reuse Fall & Pumpkin Vases

October 5, 2015

Last year, introduced this gorgeous ceramic pumpkin container with a removable lid. It was such a hit that we’ve brought it back again this year. I love the naturalness of the color, and the matte finish gives it a sophisticated look that works throughout the entire fall season. It’s a keepsake container that you’ll look forward to using every year in many different ways, filling it with candy, plants or flowers. Even if you don’t have this exact pumpkin container to reuse, these tips below can help spark ideas for any similar container to decorate for fall.

Pumpkin Flower Centerpiece

Look how easy it is to set a festive table! Pick up a bouquet of orange roses, cut the stems short, fill the pumpkin with water and drop the flowers in! Make sure you change the water every other day to ensure the flowers have a fresh supply for a longer life.

Using a bright floral table runner with mere touches of orange lets the pumpkin and roses really pop!

Pumpkin Vase Close-Up


Inside the 1800Flowers Offices

Meet Smile Farms Employees in Honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 2, 2015

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight some of the amazing workers at Smile Farms at IGHL (Independent Group Home Living). Smile Farms is a non-profit organization that employs developmentally disabled adults to give them meaningful work opportunities and allows them grow and sell flowers and plants in the community where they live. To get a better feel for the importance of this initiative, we wanted to share with you what the farmers had to say about their job. It #MadeMeSmile, it makes them smile, and we wanted to share that smile with you, too. Here is what they had to say:Smile Farms at IGHL Sign

Continue Reading…