Wedding Flowers

Wedding Songs for the Perfect Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dance

May 26, 2017

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in a couple’s life. And while that’s certainly true, it’s also a big day for their parents. Your wedding is the final piece to the puzzle, signifying that you’re not their little baby anymore — heck, you may soon have your own little babies. But that’s why the father-daughter and mother son dances have become so popular over the years. In those few minutes, you have the opportunity to tell your mom and dad, “thanks for everything you’ve done.” But in order to set the scene for the perfect moment, you need to have the perfect music. If you’re getting ready to head down the aisle, as well as the dance floor, here are a few songs that will make for an unforgettable father-daughter and mother-son dance.

For the Father-Daughter Dance

father daughter dancing at wedding

Butterfly Kisses

By: Bob Carlisle

Remember when your dad would tuck you into bed and kiss you goodnight? You might not have realized it at the time, but you were probably kissing him goodnight too — but with butterfly kisses. If you give someone a butterfly kiss, it means your eyelashes brush up against their cheeks. Bob Carlisle’s famous song may have popularized the term, but it’s something fathers spanning decades remember experiencing.

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

By: James Taylor

How Sweet It Is, by James Taylor proved that a father-daughter dance doesn’t necessarily have to be slow and sappy for it to still be beautiful. This is a great choice for brides looking to ditch the traditional slow dance in favor of a more upbeat dance number. After all, this is a celebration! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Memorial Day History & Floral Traditions

May 25, 2017
Memorial Day - Salute to the Troops

Memorial Day - Salute to the TroopsMemorial Day 2017 is on Monday, May 29th, 2017.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is observed each year on the final Monday of May. The history of Memorial Day goes all the way back to the Civil War. The purpose of the day was to remember the fallen Union soldiers. Southern women and school children decorated Confederate graves with flowers during and after the war; however, each region designated a different date for Memorial Day.

By the 20th century, Memorial Day was extended to honor all American soldiers that have died at war. The tradition of decorating the graves of soldiers who have died for our country continues today. All around the United States, floral arrangements are used as decorations for Memorial Day. Many families preserve the history of Memorial Day by having personal celebrations to recognize the soldiers that have given their lives for their country’s principles. Continue Reading…

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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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

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…