Fun Flower Facts

National Flowers Broken Down By Country

December 10, 2015

Flowers Around the WorldThough we may speak different languages and eat different foods, one thing that we all have in common is the fact that our countries are proudly represented by one of nature’s most beautiful features – a flower. Do you know which bloom belongs to you and your culture? In today’s history lesson, we’re covering 24 countries and their corresponding flower(s) to give you a better idea of the current pairings; check them out below.

Germany

Cornflowers, a beautiful blue-violet bloom, is utilized as the national flower for Germany. Why? Most notably, it was chosen sometime in the 19th century due to its incredible color! History says that if you weren’t married, you would wear this flower to let others know of your current marital status.

Italy

The beautiful lily is the national flower for this beautiful country! This certainly isn’t surprising though, considering that the lily represents beauty to begin with.

Lilys for Italy

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Fun Flower Facts

Top 10 Poinsettia Facts

December 8, 2015

Happy holiday season! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s pretty safe to say that everyone’s focus is on all of the fun holiday happenings that come with the end of the year – we know that’s what we’re thinking about! Between decorating, shopping and holiday parties alone, there are so many awesome things about the last few weeks of December.

But let’s go back to the decorating part for a moment – did you know that poinsettias are one of the most popular flowers associated with the Christmas season? Since you’ll probably see tons of poinsettia displays as you shop around town this month, get to know more about them by checking out these awesome fun facts below.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Fun Family Activities for Hanukkah, From Dreidel to DIY Menorahs

December 8, 2015

Jewish Family Celebrating HanukkahHanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה), also known as “The Festival of Lights,” means much more than exchanging Hanukkah gifts and lighting candles eight nights in a row. It’s a celebration that brings families together to share and enjoy age-old customs that have been passed down from one generation to the next. So start some new and exciting traditions with your loved ones this holiday season; try out these fun family activities for Hanukkah!

DIY Menorah

ballet menorah for chanukah
Gather everyone ’round the kitchen table and have each family member create their own menorah out of any supplies you have lying around the house: food (apples are a great option), glass bottles, clay, Play-Doh or paper towel tubes. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your creative juices flowing!

Playing Dreidel

Play a Traditional Game of Dreidel: The traditional game of dreidel is probably one of the most well-known Hanukkah activities to play with the family! There are four Hebrew letters on the dreidel to go along with the game, including “nun,” “gimmel,” “hey” and “shin,” each with a different meaning. Not sure how to play dreidel? NYC’s Temple Emanu-el has a great how to play dreidel article to help you learn and start having some fun!

Dreidel Spinning Contest: Add a “spin” to the traditional dreidel game! As a fun change of pace, hold a contest to see who in the family can whirl a dreidel and make it spin the longest.

Hanukkah Gelt (Chocolate Coin) Scavenger Hunt

What is Hanukkah without the gelt?  Have fun with Hanukkah chocolates! Before your guests arrive, hide those delicious little chocolate coins throughout the house.  After dinner, break everyone up into teams and search for them. Whoever finds the most coins wins a prize, in addition to the chocolate.

Hanukkah Bake-Off

Find some Hanukkah-themed cookie cutters and whip up some yummy holiday desserts with your kids. Put your own personal touch on the cookies by decorating them with blue and white icing and sprinkles.

Make-Your-Own Hanukkah Magnets

Hanukkah magnets not only make the perfect kitchen decorations for the holiday season, but are also fun to make with the family! Set out some wooden craft sticks, children’s paint, glue and glitter, and have your kids make the Star of David by gluing the sticks together and decorating them.  Stick an old magnet behind the star and display the kids’ art on the fridge.  Menorah magnets are another fun option and feel free to be creative with the materials used! Continue Reading…

Delivering Smiles

Top 10 Reasons Winter Is Awesome

December 4, 2015

If you talk to someone who lives in a warm climate year round, they may beg to differ when you suggest to them that winter is awesome – snow? The cold? Really? Of course! Although temperatures drop in many parts of the world and the sun doesn’t shine for as long as it does during other times of the year, winter is just one of those seasons we couldn’t live without; here’s why:

1. The Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – literally! Between secret Santas, having eight nights of gift giving for Hanukkah and ringing in the New Year, no other season is as filled with holiday cheer as this one!

2. Decor

Holiday decor, that is. Driving around town to view Christmas lights while listening to holiday music is one of the best parts of the season for sure. And of course, there’s the actual process of decorating the tree. Do you usually get to put the star on top?

Holiday Flower Tree

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2015

December 3, 2015

NEW YORK, NY- The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting took place on December 2nd, 2015 as the official start of the holiday season to those around the world. Thousands gather around the tree every year to see the tree light up and enjoy the lineup of live performances (this year including Carly Rae Jepsen, Pentatonix, and The Rockettes to name a few). While it was necessary to get there early to get to the front of the crowd, it was definitely worth it for those who got to see it! The Rockefeller tree will be lit until January 6th for visitors during the holiday season so if you’re able to, take a trip down to 48th-51st streets in NYC!

Here at 1800Flowers we got into the Christmas spirit as well! Take a look at our Christmas tree in the 1800Flowers.com lobby:

Christmas Tree in 1800Flowers.com Lobby

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Why Christmas Poinsettias Are THE Holiday Flower

December 2, 2015

poinsettia-plant-3187lNothing conjures up images of a traditional Christmas celebration quite like the rich, velvety poinsettia plant. Since these blooms have become so tightly connected with the winter holidays, we bet you didn’t know they’re actually tropical! Here’s how Christmas poinsettias became the ultimate holiday flower.

The History of Poinsettias

The Aztecs once called poinsettias “Cuetlaxochitl,” which meant “mortal flower that perishes and withers like all that is pure,” and used them to dye their clothing and cure illnesses. They believed that red was the color of wholesomeness, so they often included poinsettias in their religious rituals.

The plant wasn’t introduced to America until the 19th century, when U.S. ambassador and botanist Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett traveled toMexicoand discovered it in the Mexican wilderness. He was so enamored with the leafy blossoms that he sent some to his home inSouth Carolina. As time passed, the poinsettia—which was officially named after its American founder—caught on and became a staple of Christmas celebrations in homes all over the country. An official holiday was even created in honor of the wildly popular plant: National Poinsettia Day, which is celebrated on December 12. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Spread Birthday Cheer With These December Gift Ideas

December 1, 2015

Can you believe it? Just like that an entire year has almost passed. With temperatures dropping and stores beginning to line their shelves with holiday gifts and decor, there’s nothing better than cuddling up by the fireplace with a hot chocolate in hand – except for celebrating a birthday, that is! Whether it’s you who has a birthday this month or you know someone who does, start December off right by learning more about what makes winter babies unique (and don’t forget to check out our gift ideas at the end too):

Couple Walking Through Snow In Winter
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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…

Delivering Smiles

Adorable Animals with Flowers

November 27, 2015

At the end of a long, hard day, sometimes the only thing you need is something that can instantly make you smile. And while for you that may be coming home to your family or listening to your favorite song, there’s one thing that we know always puts a smile on our face, and we bet it does for you too – animals! If life’s been a little ruff lately, these animals with flowers are sure to cheer you up!

This little kitty can’t wait to get her paws on these beautiful pink roses!Kitten with Roses

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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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