Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Holiday Flower Tree

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Every year, thousands gather to watch the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in mid-town Manhattan, NY. Unofficially, this tradition started in 1931 with a 20 foot tree decorated by construction workers with paper, tin cans, and strings of cranberries. Although there was no tree in 1932, there has been a tree every year since the official tradition began in 1933. We have our own tradition here at 1800Flowers with our Holiday Flower Tree. Here’s our history:

Back in the late 1970′s in the original 1800Flowers shop on 1st Avenue in New York City, we were one of the first in the neighborhood to sell live Christmas trees. Customers would often tell us that they’d love to have a live tree, but their apartments were too small. One night, as we were cleaning up after a busy day of designing arrangements, a customer came in and asked if we had anything that would fit on a desktop. My sister Julie and I began crafting some boxwood into a Christmas tree, and decorated it with flowers and ornaments. the customer stood in amazement and exclaimed, “That’s perfect!” In that moment the Holiday Flower Tree was born. It has since become one of our most popular and treasured designs of the holiday season. I hope it brings just as much joy to you and your family this year.

-Jim McCann, Founder & CEO

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How to Make Paper Poinsettias

how-to-make-paper-poinsettias-giftThere’s no denying that poinsettias are the quintessential holiday flower. While there’s nothing to replace the aesthetic of a fresh bouquet of poinsettias in a stunning holiday vase or basket, there are other less conventional ways to decorate using this holiday must-have.

Use our template to create your own paper poinsettias that you can attach to gifts, turn into name tags or place card settings, or simply sprinkle throughout the room for a fun pop of holiday cheer.

We used gold foil confetti for the middle of the flower, but you can choose any type of material from pearls to buttons to construction paper! Continue reading

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Christmas Cactus

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Have the holiday décor covered from A to ‘Zygo’ with our traditional Christmas cactus! Arriving in a nostalgic red drum planter, this fresh, festive succulent sprouts its delightful display of red and white blooms year after year, creating a gift of lasting Christmas memories.

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#ChristmasJoy Sweepstakes

December 1st through December 22nd we will be giving away weekly prizes along with a $4,000 cash prize! All you have to do is fill out the sweepstakes form on our Facebook page (up to one entry per day). You can also click here for the official rules, just don’t forget to like us!

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Secret Santa Ideas: 10 Ways to Make Secret Santa Gift Giving Exciting!

A Secret Santa gift exchange is all about the mystery and fun. So how can you make the experience even more exciting and rewarding? Here are 10 simple ideas to add an extra oomph to your Secret Santa celebration – whether you are celebrating at work, school, or in the comfort of your own home!

Swap Gifts and Be Merry

Pick a Theme
While Secret Santa is already a theme party, take it one step further by adding a theme to the gifts. Choose from themes such as gag gifts, nostalgia or themes based on holiday movies.

Send an Enticing Invitation
Every iconic party has started with an alluring invitation. Tease some of the highlights (such as holiday movies you’ll be showing) and include all necessary details (such as time, place, and theme if you have one). Celebrations.com has tons of free and premium Christmas Invitations to choose from, such as this chic Secret Santa Invitation.

Revisit Last Year’s Secret Santa
Before tearing into this year’s Secret Santa stash, revisit the memories from last year. Whether you recorded it in video or photographs, set up a quick viewing session so guests can relive old memories before making new ones (and so they can compare this year’s haul to last year’s). Continue reading

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How to Turn a White Bouquet Into a Winter Flower Arrangement

Whether you’re decorating for a winter soiree or simply looking for a festive touch to add a taste of the season to your home décor, a winter floral arrangement can take any atmosphere from wow to WOAH.

Starting from a basic long-stemmed white rose bouquet, we came up with three simple methods for turning a plain white bouquet into a festive arrangement that will brighten the home.

Method One: Add Seasonal Bouquet Picks and Foliage

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By simple slipping winter foliage such as twigs, ilex berries, or holly berries, you can instantly take your bouquet to the next level. Try making your own holiday flower pick by spray painting a twig bundle and gluing small ornaments to it. Continue reading

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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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