Gardening

Why You Should Start a Dorm Room Garden this Semester

September 18, 2017

Dorm rooms aren’t exactly known for their open spaces and lavish comforts. So you may be thinking to yourself, “I can barely get my bed and clothes in my room, how am I supposed to fit a garden?” But, luckily for you, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you’ll need to set up a beautiful garden right in the comfort of your new home away from home.

Why You Should Start a Garden

The benefits of having greenery in your room are surprisingly extensive. From improving your health to boosting your mood, these are just a few of the many things plants can do for you:
Increase productivity. Is your new change of scenery making it difficult to concentrate? Studies have shown that when workers can see just one plant from their desk, it makes them more creative, attentive, and productive. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

DIY Rosh Hashanah Decorations: How to Make a Fresh Apple Vase

September 15, 2017

rosh-hashanah-decorations-diy-apple-vase-2Looking for the perfect Rosh Hashanah centerpiece or accent? Take inspiration from the star of the menu – apples – and turn them into wow-worthy décor with a few simple steps!

Using just a knife and flowers, we turned this go-to Rosh Hashanah treat into a conversation starting decoration. After creating your apple flowers, you can turn this DIY idea into place cards for a table setting (just tie a nametag around the apples), a juicy and vibrant centerpiece, or sweet accent pieces when you spread several throughout the room.

As this is a vase made from a fresh fruit, it is best to make these beauties the night before or morning of, if possible. Each apple takes about five minutes to make. Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Celebrating Grandparents Day

September 8, 2017

Being a grandparent is the best excuse to be a kid again! At least one afternoon a week I plan some type of creative activity to do with my granddaughter Juliette – watercolor painting, calligraphy, planting a fairy garden, and one of my all time favorites – coloring! According to Digital Trends website, adult coloring books are the latest, and definitely least techy, method that people are choosing to help relax! In the past few weeks anywhere from four to eight of the top 20 best selling books on Amazon are coloring books!

Grandma Coloring with Granddaughter

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How-To's

How to Make a Flower Crown

September 8, 2017

Floral crowns seem to be blossoming everywhere you turn these days… and with good reason!  They’re delightfully charming, they’re romantic, and they can be worn anywhere from a wedding to a birthday celebration to a music festival. They’re also surprisingly easy to make. There are just a few basic steps to creating your own amazing flower crown!

Two Flower Crowns- Completed

I’m going to show you how to “wire and tape” using a single floral variety (in this case white waxflower) that can be worn on its own.

Flower Crown on Girl

And how easy it is to take it up a notch simply by gluing in your choice of additional flora (and even “fauna”)! You can also do a combination of wiring and gluing. Wire the larger flowers and glue the smaller ones. So let’s get started! Continue Reading…

How-To's

Still “Thinking Outside of the Vase”

September 7, 2017

Here are a few more ideas to inspire you to “think outside of the vase” to create floral arrangements that are uniquely yours!

FARM FRESH STYLE

Look no further than the produce department or your local farmers market for the most innovative and interesting vessels for your fresh cut flowers!

I have been making “asparagus vases” for many years for events both big and small.  Everyone is always so impressed and excited to see how easy it is to re-create.  A single bunch of asparagus can make the simplest bouquet, like these Black-eyed Susan’s straight from my garden, a stand-out star! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Flowers to Surprise Your Grandparents with on National Grandparents Day

September 6, 2017

Children and their grandparents have a special bond unlike any other. After all, who else are you going to turn to when mom and dad say no? But in addition to being the ones who take your side and sneak you extra cookies, grandparents offer unconditional and unwavering love and support. In honor of National Grandparents Day on September 10th, 2017, it’s time to flip the script and start spoiling them!

The History of National Grandparents Day

It wasn’t until 1978 that President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Though President Carter officiated the day, it was Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia native, who truly began and popularized National Grandparents Day. And it’s clear to see why — together with her husband, she had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild before passing in 2001.

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1-800-FLOWERS

1-800-Flowers Wants to Know…

September 5, 2017

…who is your wonder woman? Tell us on our Facebook on September 5th to 6th & enter for a chance to win!

 

 

Power, courage and grace, we all have a wonder woman in our lives! TELL US about her on the 1-800-Flowers Facebook page and enter for a chance to win a (1) digital copy of the Wonder Woman movie, (2) a wonderful floral arrangement, and (3) a one year membership to our Celebrations Passport program to receive free shipping/no service charge on gifts from our family of brands.

 

Here’s how to enter:

  • Visit the 1-800-Flowers Facebook page.
  • Read the sweepstakes rules here and be sure to like our first comment to show us that you read them.
  • On our Wonder Woman post, TELL US about your wonder woman and be sure to include #sweepstakes in your answer in order to be eligible to win.
    • Entry Period: 12:01 am EDT September 5, 2017 – 11:59 pm EDT September 6, 2017
  • Ten winners will then be randomly selected.

You can own Wonder Woman digitally now by visiting bit.ly/WonderWomanFilm, and on Blu-Ray™ on September 19th.

 

We can’t wait to hear about all of your wonder women! Best of luck!

Fun Flower Facts

What Your Birth Flower Says About You

September 1, 2017

Whether you truly live your life based on the stars and the moon, or you just enjoy reading your horoscope from time-to-time — we all find some fun in knowing our zodiac sign. But have you ever heard of birth flowers? As you may have guessed from the name, your birth flower is the flower associated with your birth month — a “floral zodiac,” if you will.

Whether your meaning is spot-on, or completely off, there’s no denying that knowing someone’s birth flower makes for a beautiful and personal gift the next time their birthday rolls around!

January

Birth flower: Carnation

Carnations aren’t just the January birth flower, they’re also the official Mother’s Day flower. Because of this, women born in January are said to be very nurturing, kind, and motherly.

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Home Decorating with Flowers

Low Maintenance Plants for Your Dorm Room

August 31, 2017

Small, cramped, poorly lit, and drab — all words that have become synonymous with a college dorm room. While you may not be able to do anything about the size of your room, there’s plenty you can do to add a personal touch and a pop of color. Yes, we’re talking about incorporating plants and flowers into your dorm room! But not all plants have what it takes to make it through the year (or four). That’s why we’ve compiled a list of low-maintenance plants that will brighten any dorm.

Succulents

Succulents are a college student’s best friend. These plants may be small, but they’re incredibly tough. Not only will they survive on infrequent waterings, they’ll actually thrive on them. Just be sure to leave them on your windowsill, since they do need a decent amount of sunlight.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

September Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

August 29, 2017

To all of you September babies – Happy Birthday! Did you know that in the Roman calendar, September was once regarded as the seventh month of the year? After all, septem, which was the month’s original name in Latin, means seven! So when did it become the ninth month, you ask? Well, the truth is that it officially became month number nine when King Numa Pompilius added the first two months to the calendar.

More September Fun Facts

Due to the calendar’s alignment each year, September always starts on the same day of the week as December. Additionally if you were born in September, you share the same birth month as Beyonce, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith and even Prince Harry! How cool is that?

September Birthstone: Sapphire

Known to provide protection, the sapphire is the beautiful birthstone for all those born in September. With its popularity growing around the Middle Ages, many medieval clergy were known to wear this precious gem as a symbol of heaven. Do you wear one today?

September Sapphire Birth Stone

Although sapphires are available in multiple colors (like July’s Ruby), September is typically represented by variations of blue stones. And which ones are most sought after? Those that are found in medium or medium/dark blue, and those that display a hint of violet.

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