Delivering Smiles

Most Cheerful Flowers To Brighten Someone’s Day

May 21, 2017

Whether they’re big or small, scented or unscented, cut or uncut, flowers always seem to have the ability to make us happy. But there are some flowers that are a little extra joyful — the ones that instantly put a smile on your face. If you’re having one of those off days (you know, the ones where you just miss the bus or spill your coffee before you even get to work) or you know of a friend going through a tough time, here are some of our favorite flowers that are sure to give anyone who receives them a serious pick-me-up.

Sunflowers

Nothing says, “have a sunny day” quite like a bouquet of sunflowers, after all — it’s right there in the name. Not only do sunflowers embody pure joy, they also teach us to thrive and turn towards the light, even in the darkest of times.

Sunflowers

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Fun Flower Facts

The Best Flowers for Allergy Sufferers

May 19, 2017

If years of springtime watery eyes and a runny nose has turned you off to flowers or gardening, we’re here to offer some relief! Contrary to popular belief, there are flowers that even the biggest allergy sufferer can still enjoy. So until scientists can develop pollen-free house plants (which yes, they’re actually working on!) here are the most hypoallergenic flowers that will leave you breathing easy.

How Come Only Some Flowers Affect Allergy Sufferers?

When it comes to allergies, flowers have gotten a bad rap. For most allergy sufferers, they’re not allergic to flowers, but rather the pollen they attract. But just like some flowers have high pollen counts, others have very low (and sometimes no) pollen levels — meaning there are plenty of flowers that are allergy-friendly, you just need to know where to look!

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are a staple among gardening homeowners because they have the ability to re-bloom throughout the spring and summer — so we’re happy to say that they are allergy-friendly! Because their pollen is so sticky, even strong winds won’t blow it into the air.

White hydrangeas

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Flower Care & Handling

Caring for Fresh Cut Peonies

May 17, 2017

Peonies are one of the most popular cut flowers.  The only problem is that they are very seasonal and readily available for only a few weeks each spring.  Do you think the limited availability adds to their charm?

Their exquisite beauty and limited availability might lead you to think that they would need special care and handling.  They don’t.  The basic fresh cut flower care steps are all a peony needs to thrive. Continue Reading…

Entertainment

Golden Themed Graduation Decor Ideas

May 17, 2017

Graduation Decorations That Go for the Gold

Graduation truly is a time to sparkle and shine—and using gold in your party décor will also put you right on trend. Gold is everywhere these days and in many different ways: foil, leaf, glitter, tassel, etc. Here are a few easy ways to make your graduation the one that outshines the rest!

Class of 2017 Graduation Flower Vase

Duct tape, you’ve come a long way! One of the simplest ways to customize and add some pizzazz to your centerpieces is to wrap a piece of gold duct tape around the vase and write a message on the tape. This gold duct tape is actually dry-erase as well—what could be easier! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

What Kind of Flowers Should You Get For Graduation?

May 16, 2017

Graduation ceremonies are coming up quick, and if you’re attending one to celebrate someone’s accomplishments, giving a gift to a graduate, or throwing a graduation party, one thing you must definitely know about is flowers. Just like you would carefully consider the type of flowers used in a wedding or other formal event, it’s important to take the time and really think about what kind of floral arrangement, as well as what type of flower, is most appropriate for this occasion.

graduation gown and cap with white rose

To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a complete guide to graduation flowers below so that you can rest assured knowing the decisions you make are the right ones. Continue Reading…

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM Delivers Smiles to Long Island Moms for Mother’s Day

May 11, 2017

Here at 1-800-Flowers.com, we love to celebrate moms for Mother’s Day. When we were presented with the opportunity to surprise moms with flowers at the Family & Children’s Association in Hempstead, NY, we immediately said yes! The Family & Children’s Association is a non-profit organization who works to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities. The group of moms that we surprised today all have children enrolled in organizations nursery co-op program. The co-op is a short-term childcare and case management program for parents seeking to improve the individual and family circumstances through employment, education, training or support services in pursuit of self-sufficiency.

To get everyone ready for the surprise, we brought the moms in for a special Mother’s Day brunch. After eating, we took the kids into a playroom and lined them up with bouquets of Mother’s Day flowers. As the mothers came in to pick up their kids, they were surprised with beautiful bouquets from their children! Seeing their surprised faces and the love between mother and daughter/son was truly priceless! Take a look at some of the photos from the event below!

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

What Type Of Flower Is Your Mom?

May 11, 2017

Ask anyone what they’ll be getting mom for Mother’s Day, and we bet almost every response will include flowers. But considering how popular of a gift flowers are, we suggest that you not just select any flower, but rather, take your gift giving to the next level by finding a flower that is a perfect match to mom, her personality, and the bond you share!

Tulips with Happy Mother's Day Tag

Check out our Mother’s Day flowers guide below to learn which type of floral arrangement you should be selecting this year:

Roses

Mother’s day roses are an absolute classic, and thus, one of the most popular that people come to us for each Mother’s Day! Depending on the color you choose, roses can symbolize everything from love (red) to purity (white), friendship (yellow), joy (pink) and passion (orange). If you’re looking for a combination of emotions to describe mom and your relationship, you can even choose from a bouquet of mixed colors!

Mother's Day White & Pink Roses
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Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma

May 10, 2017

When most people think about Mother’s Day, we have a pretty good feeling that their first thought solely revolves around their own mom. And while yes, Mother’s Day is designed for us to show our moms just how much we love and care for them, let’s not forget about those other motherly figures such as our grandmothers – they certainly deserve some attention too!

Portrait of happy grandma, mother and daughter

Once you’re done figuring out how you’ll recognize mom this year, it’s time to move onto grandma, and today, we’ve outlined a few gifts for you to help make your holiday planning a bit easier:

A Collage

Grandchildren are some of the most important people in the eyes of a grandparent, so why not make a collage filled with pictures of grandma’s granddaughters and grandsons? All you need to do is ask everyone in the family to send you some of their best photos, then you can be as creative as you’d like to put all of them together! Continue Reading…

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Mother’s Day Wine Tasting

May 9, 2017

A Unique Mother’s Day Activity to Wow Mom

Spring is here and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Have you started to think about how you can show mom just how much you love her and how special she is? Hosting a Mother’s Day wine tasting is a fun way to spend time with mom for you to enjoy the holiday together!

The planning and preparation can be as much fun as the event itself! Getting together with a few of your and moms friends to plan a Mother Daughter Wine Tasting party, makes for a great girls day and for a guaranteed good time. In addition to the mother/daughter ideas, a Mother’s Day wine tasting for the whole family (21 and older of course!), can be equally as fun!

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A rustic, natural Napa Valley-inspired wine tasting can make for the perfect setting to incorporate so many of the most popular trends: burlap, chalkboard, mason jars, monograms and Made in America.

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Home Decorating with Flowers

5 Home Decoration Ideas Using Flowers for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2017

A mother’s heart always welcomes hugs and kisses as her greatest gift, but on her special day why not show her how much you care with flowers? Fresh flowers bring new life and energy to any space; these 5 home decoration ideas will both wow mom and dress up her home at the same time.

Personalize Pots

While the flowers you buy may not last forever, why not put them in a pot or vase that she can use all year long to brighten her home with fresh blooms? Purchase several different pots, planters and vases of varying sizes. This will let Mom mix and match around the home later. It will also give you a chance to include a live plant that will have a little more staying power.

Now cover the exterior of the pots and vases with a layer of chalkboard paint, or black paint specially formulated to give you a flat, mat appearance. Decorate the pots, using either chalk for temporary messages that can be updated, or use paint markers in bright colors that will pop against the black background. You can coordinate the different pots together to create a fun display, or make each one different so Mom can use them throughout her home.

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