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April 2012

Inside the 1800Flowers Offices

1800Flowers Celebrates Take Your Child to Work Day 2012!

April 30, 2012

Turning Young Seedlings into Blossoming Entrepreneurs

Thursday, April 26, 2012 was Take Your Child to Work Day and a dozen beaming young sprouts arrived bright and early to the 1800FLOWERS.COM corporate headquarters, anxious to participate in the company’s annual celebration!

Greeted by the 1800FLOWERS CEO and President Jim and Chris McCann, along with the human resources team, the youngsters received words of wisdom from the company founders, who then sent the mini entrepreneurs on their day long journey into the workforce!

Take Your Child to Work Day at 1800Flowers 2012

Jim McCann, CEO & Chris McCann, President, provide the kids with words of wisdom.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

Good Movies to Watch with Mom for Mother’s Day

April 27, 2012

watching movies with mom for mother's dayOn Mother’s Day we celebrate the most important women in our lives: our mothers.

Giving mom gifts for Mother’s Day is great, but spending quality time with mom is priceless.

To help you plan your date, we’ve listed several good movies to watch with mom on Mother’s Day featuring some of film’s most quirky mothers.

With good movies to watch with mom, she is guaranteed to feel the love. So snuggle up on the couch, get cozy and watch these Mother’s Day flicks with the most special lady of the house.

Please note: We’ve added the MPAA ratings so you can know if these films would be suitable for your family.
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Flowers in the Arts

Flowers in Art: Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose”

April 25, 2012

Two little girls stand in a garden at dusk, intently lighting the candles in Chinese lanterns; lilies tower over them. Everything glows in this painting: the white dresses on the girls, the girls’ faces, the lanterns—and the lilies.
Sargent's Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
This is Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, one of John Singer Sargent’s most beloved works. The title comes from a popular song in England of the 1880s, when the artist spent two summers working on the painting.

A garden scene might seem like an unlikely subject for a man best known for his portraits of Gilded Age society figures, portraits that now hang in museums from San Francisco to London, as well as in ducal mansions in Britain. (Though a closer looks reveals many flowers in those portraits, tucked into hats and hair and corsages and nosegays, so obviously he got plenty of practice.)
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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

Poems About Mothers: Write Your Own Poem!

April 19, 2012

Sentimental gifts are often more valuable than expensive, store-bought items. Mother's Day Poem If you really want to show your mother how much you love her and appreciate all the wonderful things that she does for you, touch her heart with a sweet poem. Original or quoted, poems have the ability to express emotions and have a profound effect on people. Give your mom a special gift this year, a poem can say a million things in only a few words.

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Flower & Plant Care

Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”

April 17, 2012

Flower Care Tips from Expert Florist Jerry Rosalia.

Roses in a Vase

If you receive roses in a vase, and a rose starts to droop (which called a “bent neck”), here are ways to correct its posture in 4 easy steps:

  1. Remove that rose from the arrangement.
  2. Wrap the rose tightly in wet newspaper, leaving the stem protruding.
  3. Cut the drooping rose under water, but not under running water from a tap (which is aerated).
  4. Place the rose in a container filled with warm water.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

Love Songs for Romantic Card Messages

April 16, 2012

Romantic Love SongsRoses are red, violets are blue…and let’s face it, most of us aren’t natural born poets.

Sometimes it’s best to let the music do the talking, and that goes for when you’re trying to send the perfect anniversary, engagement, wedding or Valentine’s Day message to your sweetheart.

Sending romantic flowers is a good start, but filling out the card can be tough. Drawing inspiration from your favorite song or a classic love song can help. Here are some romantic songs to get you in the mood sorted by genre.  Another cool idea is to make a “Best Love Songs” mixtape for your sweetie and just push play!

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Floral Events & News

Floriade 2012, Netherlands’ Garden Party

April 16, 2012

Floriade 2012 Runs from April 5 to October 7.  

Once every 10 years, the Netherlands throws itself a garden party. And it is quite a party, as you might suppose for a country that earns about 60 billion dollars a year from its international trade in flowers.

Floriade, the World Horticultural Expo, is an extravaganza celebrating all things horticultural, and this year it takes place outside Venlo, near the Netherlands’ border with Germany. Each Floriade has an overarching theme; the horticultural event at Venlo bills itself as the Theater of Nature.
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Simple Ways To Say I Love You

April 14, 2012

Show Your Love And Appreciation To Your Special Someone

As summer comes to a close and we look towards the holiday rush, it is easy to get engulfed in the everyday “routine.” There are many simple ways to say I love you to your loved one. This September do not forget to take time to show your appreciation to the one you love in Celebration of Pleasure Your Mate Month!

According to Chase’s Calendar of Events, Pleasure Your Mate Month is the perfect time to think about the one you love most and what they mean to you. Remember to celebrate them on a regular basis to find new ways to bring happiness together.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to show your love and appreciation to your special someone:

Picture Perfect Place Settings
For simple ways to say I love you, set the mood with a beautiful, simple table setting. For an easy floral arrangement, place a single rose in a petite colored bottle for a splash of elegance and color. For a truly personal touch attach a special note to each bottle telling that person what you appreciate most about them. Add a copy of a photo of you children or even a pet to enhance this truly sentimental gesture.

Elegant Rose Place Setting With Photo Attached

Oysters on the Half Shell
How’s this for a romantic way to serve oysters?! Simply fill a tray with crushed ice and line the sides with red roses – the flower of love and passion. Cut the stems very short and place them right into the crushed ice and lay the oysters over the “bed” of ice. A beautiful way to serve these delicious appetizers!

Romantic Rose Oyster Tray

Chocolate Strawberries and Champagne
Enjoy strawberries dipped in rich dark chocolate with a light bubbly glass of champagne – this is a sweet and sensual way to end the night.

Campagne and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Wedding, Wedding Flowers

Fresh Floral Wedding Table Centerpieces

April 13, 2012

There’s a reason for the saying “Fresh as a Daisy.” Check out these great fresh floral wedding table centerpieces featureing the gerbera daisy with its wide selection of bold colors and its long green architectural stem adds a modern funky vibe as well. Gerbera daisies look best when used sparingly with no additional foliage both as a bouquet and in an arrangement. I’ve used a vibrant striped ribbon as a band on the stems for this bouquet – perfect for the bride or bridesmaids.

Daisy Bouquet

I love decorating a tabletop with multiples – vases, candles, etc. The look works great on either a round or an oblong table. Choose a modern shape glass vase like the unique fish bowl shaped one I used here. Two or more work best for an oblong table. You can get a nice dramatic look by lining up candles and floral arrangements right down the center of the table. Don’t the orange slice candles look fabulous! And in this case, the oranges were a personal shout out to the groom’s home state of Florida.

Daisys in a Vase

To make these candle arrangements, start with varying size glass cylinder vases. Place a pillar candle in the center. Fill the remaining area in the vase with orange slices and add water. Leave at least the top quarter of the pillar candle exposed for burning.

Orange Sliced Candle