Floral Occasions & Holidays

Day of the Dead Flowers and History

October 19, 2017

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.

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Floral Events & News

Now Blooming: Glow in the Dark Roses

October 18, 2017

Forget growing our own flowers. This season, we’re glowing our flowers — literally! Everyone knows that the real fun always starts when the lights go down. And with the days getting shorter and shorter, it seems only fitting that we embrace the night and all things spooky leading up to Halloween. Enter: Glow in the Dark Roses! By day, these roses make a crisp addition to even the most formal of living rooms. But at night? At night, they transform your space into a glowing green enchanted forest.

glow in the dark flowersAll About Mondial Roses

We instantly knew that the bright, white nature of Mondial Roses would make them the perfect choice for our glowing treatment. These roses typically stand at an impressive two feet tall and adorn a remarkable three-inch bloom. Known for their trendy nature, these delicate petals lay beautifully atop a leafy, green stem.

Get Them Glowing

There are no batteries, chargers, or wires required for our roses! These luminous beauties come to life thanks to the power of the sun. To ensure your roses glow all night long, all you have to do is leave them in a bright room during the day. When the sun goes down, your roses will instantly start to glow. And remember, the longer you leave them to “charge” in the sun, the longer they’ll glow! Continue Reading…

Gifting

Gift Giving in the Modern Age

October 18, 2017
Friends gift giving

Gift giving is so much more than just handing someone a wrapped object — it’s the way we communicate with one another. It’s how we tell someone “I’m happy for you,” “I was thinking of you,” or “I hope this makes you feel better.” But the rules of gift giving aren’t as rigid as they may seem. Across all cultures and decades, the way we express our love and gratitude through gifts is different. Looking back just a decade or two ago, below are a few of the most extreme ways we’ve changed the way we give gifts.

More Meaningful

Today more than ever, people want to see that there was thought behind a gift. Perhaps the bouquet you get for someone’s birthday is filled with the flower that corresponds to their birth month. Or maybe you give a loved one a personalized gift at their housewarming party, like a sign or blanket. You could even have jewelry personalized with important names or dates.

You Don’t Need an Occasion

It used to be that you gave and received gifts only on important days — your birthday, anniversary, or the holidays. Today, gift giving isn’t quite so structured. In fact, people tend to appreciate gifts more when they’re not necessarily required, but just because their loved one was thinking of them.

 

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Diwali, The Festival of Lights: How to Celebrate

October 16, 2017

What is Diwali?

how-to-celebrate-diwali-candlesOnce a year in autumn, during the darkest new moon in the Hindu month Kartik, Hindu communities and temples will shine bright with millions of candles and lamps. This celebration, known as Diwali – or the festival of lights – dates all the way back to ancient times! Diwali 2017 is celebrated on October 19th and for several days after, depending on the family’s religion and traditions.

The traditional name of this holiday, Deepawali originates from the Sanskrit words deep, meaning light and avali, meaning row. Depending on the region and religion, the duration of the festival (3-5 days) as well as the history and origin of the holiday may vary. Although Diwali is mainly a family affair, Diwali is also a religious day for many Hindus. Many celebrate the holiday to bring prosperity and good health to their families.
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Gifting

Why Flowers Always Make the Perfect Gift

October 15, 2017
Woman giving flowers

You can never go wrong with fresh flowers. They’re beautiful, meaningful, sentimental, and most importantly — they fit every occasion. From celebrations to more sorrowful events, flowers have the ability to touch the lives of every person who receives them and, regardless of the situation, put a smile on their face. Whether you already have an occasion in mind that you need to get a gift for or you feel like making someone’s day brighter, just because, below are a few reasons why fresh flowers are always the right gift choice.

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Floral Events & News

Now Blooming: Cherry Brandy Roses

October 12, 2017

In honor of the changing fall foliage, we’re proud to announce Cherry Brandy roses as the latest addition to our ‘Now Booming’ collection! This fast-growing, hybrid tea rose features a sun-kissed yellow-orange center and bright pink petals atop a glistening green, leafy stem. Needless to say, it’s the foolproof way to tell someone you love “cheers” or “congratulations!”

Bloom Size

Standing at an impressive two feet tall and with a staggering five-inch bloom, Cherry Brandy roses are quite an intoxicating sight. However you look at them, these bicolored beauties are truly an exceptional gift for someone special. They also have an enticing fragrance that fills any room they’re in. Continue Reading…

Birthday, Floral Occasions & Holidays

30 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your 30th Birthday

October 12, 2017
Buy yourself flowers on your birthday

You did it — you survived your 20s! Over the past decade, you’ve loved, you’ve lost, and you’ve probably burnt a dinner or two along the way. But most importantly, you learned a lot about yourself and how you want your life to be, which we think warrants a celebration! If the fact that you’re turning 30 has left you feeling a little overwhelmed, take the guesswork out of celebrating and embrace this momentous milestone with something from our list of 30 fun ways to celebrate the big 3-0. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Bosses Day Gifting: Tips for Organizing a Group Gift

October 11, 2017

group-gifting-tips-for-bosses-dayHe’s there to aid you, direct you, and lend a willing ear when the work day gets tough. He may be the boss, but he’s also a friend, colleague, and confidante. Bosses Day is October 16th, 2017, so celebrate the head honcho with a gift of thanks from the whole team!

While a gift from the whole group is sure to make his day, it’s no secret that things can get a little hectic when multiple people at a time are involved. Make the planning a bit simpler and ensure success by following these 8 simple tips for group gifting! Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

10 Pretty Unusual (and Funny) Flower Names

October 10, 2017

Comedians aren’t the only ones who have a good sense of humor. It turns out, botanists do too! While these aren’t necessarily their scientific names, these flowers and plants are referred to by some pretty out-of-the-box labels. But don’t be too quick to judge these plants by their nicknames. Despite their laughable (and downright rude) titles, many of them are quite beautiful and interesting!

Swamp Lousewort

This herbaceous perennial wildflower is unique for many reasons other than just its name. The swamp lousewort is what’s known as a hemiparasite, meaning that in addition to collecting nutrients from the sun through photosynthesis, it also steals resources from nearby plants thanks to underground, connecting roots.

Bastard Toadflax

Careful talking about this one in public! Years ago, Native Americans would eat the seeds of a bastard toadflax (also known by the less comedic name, comandra umbellata) and use other parts of the plant to treat colds, canker sores, and eye irritation.

Corn-cockle

Despite what its name might imply, the last thing this plant resembles is corn. This magnificent plant grows nearly three feet tall and sprouts just one beautiful purple flower at its top, making it a popular decorative plant on farms.

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Wedding Flowers

Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Marianna’s Vineyard Wedding Flowers

October 9, 2017
Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Bridesmaid Bouquets

Get Inspired by These Wine-Themed Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!

Marianna's Vineyard Wedding FlowersWhen Marianna, our Senior Email Marketing Manager, exchanged vows with her hubby, Chris (who also works at 1-800-Flowers as Director of Merchandising!), on November 19, 2011, it was an occasion to celebrate. So to raise a toast in honor of their love, Marianna chose an intoxicating theme for their wedding: fall vineyard! From the deep merlots to the champagne whites that abound during the season, their wedding perfectly captured the rich and fragrant essence of autumn. The fall time has always had special meaning to this couple, so it was only natural that they plan an autumn wedding and infuse it with everything they love about the season—especially those naturally luxurious fall colors. Continue Reading…