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January 2013

Valentine's Day

Show Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Some TLC

January 28, 2013

How to Make Your Valentines Flowers Last

Most of us look forward to feeling special and loved on Valentine’s Day, and of course receiving Valentine flowers is the perfect way to know you are adored! Flowers represent love in many ways, with their natural beauty, fresh scent and uplifting effects. So, once you receive Valentine’s Day flowers, be a flower “caretaker,” not a “heartbreaker” by giving your flowers plenty of TLC!

My team and I at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM are SO passionate about flower care that we put together a video of Top 10 Flower Care Tips on how to keep your Valentine’s Day flowers looking fresh and beautiful this Valentine’s season. Check out these tips and more below!


Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Make Your Valentines Roses Last and Here is How to:

1. After a few days, we recommend changing the water and re-cutting the flowers to ensure longevity. Place the bouquet in a separate holder, while you add warm water and flower food to its original vase. Be sure to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet.

2. With a sharp knife or clippers, re-cut the stems by cutting one to two inches off on an angle, but be careful not to crush the stems. We find it best to hold the stems under water. Return the bouquet to its vase with fresh water.

3. Once your flowers are down to their last stem, get inspired and get creative…especially with roses! Don’t believe us? You’d be surprised how long you can make a rose last, even if it is fully open. Look around the house for DIY décor-worthy items (glass containers allow for endless creative possibilities).

We’ve included some beautiful ideas to display short, fully open roses below. The shorter the stem, the easier it will be for the water to reach the rose and will last longer than you would expect.

Rose in Glass Apothecary Jar

Romantic candles with rose petals

Floral Occasions & Holidays

5 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for a One-of-a-Kind Sweetheart

January 24, 2013

Lucky in Love A-DOG-Able ArrangementYour Valentine is like no other. After all, that’s why you love them! So grabbing any old heart-shaped box of chocolates off the drugstore shelf simply won’t do. You’ll need something extraordinary—something that’s truly original, just like them. But don’t worry; hunting down a one-of-a-kind V-Day present isn’t as difficult as you think it is. We’ve already done all the work for you! Here are five unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will show your sweetheart just how rare of a catch they are!

The Pick of the Litter

It’s not just puppy love; it’s something much more than that. It’s that feeling you get when you know you’ve found your pick of the litter—the love of your life! That’s what you tell your sweetie when you give them the Lucky in Love A-DOG-Able arrangement. We bet you’ve never seen flowers like this before: Two pooches handcrafted from the freshest carnations, roses, statice and waxflower, and all dressed up with rhinestone-studded ribbon. This exclusive basket full of cuteness excitedly yells out, “I really woof you!”

Sweet-heart-bambooAn Unexpected Token of Love

Bamboo isn’t exactly the first thing that jumps to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day, but this out-of-the-box gift has plenty of qualities that make it just right for the occasion. The plant is known worldwide for its strength and durability, and it’s a universal symbol of good fortune. Present your Valentine with the Sweet Heart Bamboo planter—specially trained to grow in a beautiful heart shape—and they’ll know that your love will never be broken; it’ll flourish forever.

Love Potion Flower ArrangementA Toast to Your One and Only

If you’re punch-drunk with love, raise a toast to your irreplaceable romance with the fun and flirty Love Potion arrangement. It’s filled to the brim with gorgeous red roses, pink calcynia and heart-shaped bear grass, and the fun oversized martini glass can be used for crafty DIY projects well after Valentine’s Day. Your special someone is sure to be intoxicated with joy when they receive this exotic libation.

Love Note Conversation Heart Dipped Oreo CookiesNot Your Average Conversation Heart

We all know about those tiny little conversation hearts that are passed around on Valentine’s Day. They’re a dime a dozen, and their flavor is anything but exciting. Not the kind of message you want to send to your honey! Profess your love in an even bigger and sweeter way with Love Note Conversation Heart Dipped Oreo Cookies. We’ve coveredAmerica’s favorite cookie in deliciously sugary confection and stamped them with a special love note that’ll make your Valentine’s heart melt.

A New Take on Flowers

Romantic-red-heart-wreathNot really into traditional flower bouquets? Forgo the typical arrangement and opt for a charming Romantic Red Heart Wreath instead. It’ll last all year long, and there are countless ways to decorate with it. You wear your heart on your sleeve, and now your darling can display it on their door!

For another truly original take on the usual Valentine’s Day arrangement, create a customized photo vase in which your bouquet can be delivered. It’s easy! Just upload your favorite photo of you and your Valentine, type in a short love note, pick a vase design and choose the type of flowers you want to send. There you go! Your sweetheart has a personalized and unique Valentine’s Day gift that will last them a lifetime!

So tell us: What makes your Valentine different from all the rest?

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make a DIY Valentine’s Day Coupon Book!

January 22, 2013
Valentine's Day Coupon Book

Valentine's Day Coupon BookWhether you want to add a dash of excitement to your relationship or say a big thank-you to a beloved family member, spoil your Valentine with a fun DIY coupon book. It makes a cute and practical addition to the usual Valentine’s Day flowers and chocolates, and the vouchers can be redeemed at any time … so the lovin’ can last all year long!

The beauty of creating your own Valentine’s Day coupon book is that you can get as lovey-dovey, adventurous, sweet, funny or risqué as you like with your vouchers, and you can make them for anyone. Plus, making one is virtually effortless—especially with our FREE downloadable Valentine’s Day coupon book template. So go ahead and get crafty with your V-Day gift that keeps on giving! Here’s how:

Supplies Needed to Make Valentine's Day Coupon BookSupplies for DIY Valentine’s Day Coupon Book

Free downloadable and printable Valentine’s Day coupon book template
White cardstock
Red cardstock
Hole puncher

How to Make a DIY Valentine’s Day Coupon Book

  1. Print out this free downloadable Valentine’s Day coupon book template onto white cardstock. Depending on how many coupons you want to give, print multiple copies of page No. 2 of the template.
  2. Cut out each coupon and the book cover along the faded outer black line.
  3. On the solid black line at the bottom of each coupon, handwrite what the coupon can be redeemed for. (See below for some Valentine’s Day coupon book ideas.)
  4. Take your red cardstock and cut out a rectangle that is slightly larger than the size of the coupon. Repeat for each coupon.
  5. Using glue, center and mount one coupon onto each piece of red cardstock. Allow      the glue to dry completely.
  6. Stack your Valentine’s Day coupons face-up in any order you like, with the book      cover at the top of the pile.
  7. Punch a hole at the top left corner of the booklet and loop a piece of ribbon through the hole to bind the pages of the coupon book together.
  8. Finally, give your coupon book a personal touch: Decorate the cover with glitter,      feathers, candy, rhinestones … your pick!

Valentine’s Day Coupon Book Ideas

Valentine's Day CouponIf you’re not sure what you want to write on your Valentine’s Day coupons, here are some romantic ideas to get you started. (Hint: The tickets don’t only have to benefit the person who’s receiving them. Think of some activities that you can enjoy together too!) Fill in the “Good for One ____” blank with some (or all) of these suggestions:

  • Romantic Homemade Dinner for Two
  • Dinner for Two at Your Favorite Restaurant
  • Lunch Date (You pick the place!)
  • Half Hour Full-Body Massage
  • Movie Theater Date for Two (You pick the movie!)
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • Day of Watching Your Favorite Sport or TV Show
  • Ice Cream Date
  • Redbox Movie and Takeout Night
  • Household Chore
  • Bowling Night
  • Board Game Night
  • Video Game Night
  • Favorite Homemade Dessert
  • Free Car Wash
  • Day at the Beach
  • Guilt-Free Night out With Friends
  • Lazy Day of Doing Nothing
  • Bubble Bath for Two
  • Starbucks Date
  • Kids-Free Day
  • Spa Day for Two
  • Night of Stargazing
  • Fun Outdoor Adventure (Your Choice!)
  • Free Week of Laundry and Dishwashing Duty
  • Night of Dancing
  • Night of Snuggling and Kissing

How will you use your Valentine’s Day coupons to indulge your sweetheart?

Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

DIY Valentine Gift Ideas for Him: The Man Bouquet!

January 11, 2013

DIY Man Bouquet for Valentine's DayLadies, let’s face it: Men don’t look forward to getting flowers on Valentine’s Day as much as we do. So how’s a girl supposed to show her guy that she cares?

Make him a personalized man bouquet instead! Grab a few of his favorite macho drinks and snacks, toss ’em into a heavy-duty bucket (he can reuse it later) and you have a DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea that your husband, fiancé, boyfriend or dad will really LOVE!

Materials You’ll Need to Make a DIY Man Bouquet

  • Large galvanized bucket*
  • 6-pack of your man’s favorite beer (or other alcoholic drink)
  • 2 or 3 empty cardboard boxes
  • Tissue paper
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  • A few of your dad, boyfriend or husband’s favorite snacks
  • Filler paper

*If you want to make a larger-than-life bouquet, use a water cooler instead of a bucket. That way, he’ll have a place to store all those bottles of booze!

How to Make a DIY Valentine’s Day Man Bouquet

How to Make a Base for Your Man Bouquet

  1. Place the empty cardboard boxes into the bucket. The boxes should be small enough to fit into the bucket but large and sturdy enough to support all the goodies you’re going to put in your bouquet. Stack the boxes flat and in a tiered fashion, with the highest point being the back center portion of the bucket. For even more stability, use masking tape to attach the boxes to the bucket.
    How to Fill a Bucket to Make a Man Bouquet
  2. Fill the bucket up to the rim with filler paper, making sure to completely conceal the cardboard boxes.
    Tissue Paper Flowers Used as Gift Bows
  3. Follow this tutorial and make six tissue paper flowers in the color pattern of your choice. Red and/or white tissue paper works nicely for the Valentine’s Day theme—without being too feminine. (Steer clear of pink!) Tip: Make some extra flowers and use them to top off your other Valentine’s Day gifts, like we did here. Continue Reading…

How to Host a Luau Party

January 2, 2013

Tips on Creating the Perfect Hawaiian Luau from Leis to Exotic Cocktails

Luau Themed Party

How to Host a Luau Party

Nothing breaks up the monotony of a long, cold winter like a fun and unexpected “theme” party! When the temperature outside is dropping, why not turn up the heat inside and invite your friends to spend a few hours on the island of Bali Hai. There are so many easy ways to set the mood—from the décor, to the food, and of course, the music!

Hawaiian Luau Décor

Transport your guests to the tropics with bamboo (placemats, shades used as wall panels, platters), tropical/island themed fabric (I prefer swatches of vintage fabrics), tropical scented candles, large tropical leaves like monstera and cordyline, and of course, orchids. Continue Reading…