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June 2013

Fun Flower Facts

Summer Flowers and Plants That Beat the Summer Heat

June 26, 2013

Tote-ally BeachyLooking for a plant that’ll stand up to the sun’s scorching rays? Here’s our list of the best summer flowers and plants that really know how to flourish on even the hottest of days. Plus, we’ve recommended our top arrangements for each flower, so you can get your home summer-ready with gorgeous blooms even quicker!

Popular Summer Flowers

1-800-Flowers Summer Flowers Collection 1(Pictured from left to right)

Sunflower: Fields of Europe for Summer
Daisy Garden
Summer Country Rose
Summer Dunes
Vibrant Summer Lilies

1-800-Flowers Summer Flowers Collection 2

Showers of Flowers
Summer Inspiration
Exotic Breeze Orchids
Mum: Vibrant Blooms Bouquet
Blue Bird of Happiness

1-800-Flowers Summer Flowers Collection 3

Dianthus:Warm Sunset Bouquet
Fields of Europe in White Ceramic Pitcher
Monte Casino:
Fields of Europe for Summer in Cube Vase
Enchanted Cyclamen Garden
a-DOG-able in a Basket

Popular Summer Plants

1-800-Flowers Summer Plants Collection 1(Pictured from left to right)

Tomato: Heirloom Tomatoes
Meyer Lemon Tree
Succulent Wheelbarrow

1-800-Flowers Summer Plants Collection 2
Magnolia Tree
Pomegranate Bonsai
Peach Tree

Which summer flowers will you choose to decorate your home with this year?

Wedding Flowers

The Best Summer Wedding Flowers in Season Right Now

June 25, 2013

Beach Wedding Centerpiece PackageWith its clear, sunny skies and its abundant fields of colorful flowers, summertime is every bride’s dream! More flowers are in full bloom now than in any other season, so there’s a whole rainbow of blossoms to choose from for your wedding flowers. Picking in-season blooms doesn’t just ensure that your bridal arrangements are more affordable; it means your flowers can stand up to the heat and stay fresh all day long too! Strong, sturdy blossoms with a waxy texture are best at beating high temps and humidity. Plus, they come in any vibrant color to perfectly match your décor, from happy yellow to sophisticated crimson. To help you pick the right arrangement for your big day, we picked our favorite in-season summer wedding flowers for every theme!

Beach Wedding Rose and Hydrangea BouquetBest Beach Summer Wedding Flowers: Hydrangeas

Reminiscent of the charming, laid-back shores of Cape Cod, hydrangeas are the perfect summer flowers for a mellow seaside wedding. Their blue, pink, purple and white hues add a soothing pop of color to any beach-themed bouquet, plus their large blooms allow you to cut down on the amount of flowers you buy, saving you money. You can make an entire bouquet with just a few stems! Pair them up with roses of any color—especially greens and pinks—for a summer arrangement that’s as light and airy as the ocean breeze.

Country Wedding All-Sunflower BouquetBest Country Summer Wedding Flowers: Sunflowers

For a rustic wedding with a golden summer glow, there’s no better choice for a bride than a sunflower bouquet and centerpiece. The ideal summer blooms, cheery sunflowers shine rays of happiness and excitement over your big day, whether you’re getting married in a wide open field or in a quaint cottage. Just like hydrangeas, their big, vibrant petals allow you to create an abundant arrangement with half the blooms. Just add a few blue or green accent flowers and you have a perfect bouquet for the sunny, budget-conscious bride!

All Red BouquetBest Colorful Summer Wedding Flowers: Gerbera Daisies

Nothing shouts summer louder than bursts of neon color, so bright rainbow-like Gerbera daisies are the perfect pick for the sunny-season bride. They come in every color on the spectrum—like red, orange, yellow, pink, white and more—and they can be mixed-and-matched with any of your favorite blossoms and accents. Vivid yet simple daisies add a major wow-factor to your modern wedding decor without going overboard—and without breaking the bank. These little pops of color are one of the most wallet-friendly flowers around! Continue Reading…

Delivering Smiles

Delivering Smiles to Dads and Daughters

June 25, 2013

On Tuesday, June 4th, members of the Smile Squad delivered smiles to the Franklin Elementary School in Hempstead, NY by
hand-delivering floral corsages for the school’s first annual Father Daughter Dance. Summer of Smiles Father Daughter Dance participated in the event because of the brand’s expertise in specialty floral designs. Assistant Principal, Miriam Ortiz, was full of joy when the team arrived at the door with corsages and two additional centerpieces. The school volunteers showed great appreciation and gratitude for our efforts in their community.

“Words cannot completely express the gratitude that our students and staff had to both you and for the wonderful donation,” said Ortiz. “You defined what it truly means to put ‘Children First!’ Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

As Jaime Baker, employee and member of the Smile Squad, explained: “The excitement of the PTA volunteers to throw this event and knowing how much hard work was done by them, personally made me feel proud to be part of an organization that helped contribute to that excitement.” employee Bob Lawkins added: “The opportunity to visit the Franklin School and provide corsages for their first annual Father Daughter dance was a great experience. Many teachers, employees and volunteers worked very hard with a modest budget to make it a magical night for the families, and they greatly appreciated the special addition of flowers for the girls. We’ve heard that all of the students loved receiving the flowers from their Dads.”

Jillian Snell, employee, perfectly summed up the experience: “The smiles that we received walking into the school was a truly amazing experience; it was an honor to be part of the 1-800-Flowers team that day!” is proud to partner with Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all. For each corsage donated to the dance, donated $2 to Pencils of Promise. Additionally, Franklin School officials made a personal donation to the cause.

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Make Your 4th of July Flowers Pop With DIY Sparklers!

June 21, 2013
Styrofoam Stars Decorated With Glitter and Attached to Striped Straw Handles

DIY Sparklers for 4th of July FlowersForget the rockets’ red glare: This DIY project will make your 4th of July flowers shine brighter than the fireworks bursting in the air! Light up the summer sky and your favorite red, white and blue blossoms with a few easy-to-make sparkler decorations. They make the perfect addition to any patriotic bouquet or flower pot for your big 4th of July celebration. Here’s how to make them:

Materials for DIY Sparklers for 4th of July Flowers

4 small, round Styrofoam disks
Star-shaped cookie cutters (small and large)
Red and blue paint
Mod Podge
Paint brushes
Silver glitter
Striped straws
Drinking glass
4th of July Flowers

How to Make DIY Sparklers for 4th of July Flowers

Stars Cut out From Styrofoam Disks

  1. Using star-shaped cookie cutters of different sizes, cut out small and large stars from the Styrofoam discs. Make as many stars as you want for your bouquet!Styrofoam Stars Painted Red and Blue With Acrylic Paint
  2. Lay out newspaper or paper towels and paint some stars red and some blue. For white stars, just leave the white Styrofoam unpainted. Allow the stars to dry completely.Styrofoam Stars Decorated With Glitter and Attached to Striped Straw Handles
  3. Once the stars are dry, use a paint brush to dab each star with Mod Podge in whatever pattern you like. Make polka dots or stripes, or cover the entire outer edge of the Styrofoam with the glue. Sprinkle some glitter onto each star so that the glitter sticks onto the glue. Tap off any excess glitter. Insert a striped straw (or a lollipop stick) into the bottom of each star and place the finished stars into a glass so the glue can dry. Now they look like firecrackers shooting through the sky!
    DIY Sparklers Placed in a Bouquet of Flowers
  4. Stick the stars into your centerpiece or flower pot and watch them illuminate your 4th of July décor!

Want some broad stripes to match those bright stars? Read our tutorial on how to make a DIY 4th of July luminary vase for your star-spangled flowers!

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Celebrate the Red, White and Blue With a DIY 4th of July Vase for Your Flowers!

June 19, 2013
DIY 4th of July Luminary Vase

DIY 4th of July Luminary VaseO, say can you see … your flowers shining so brilliantly? With its broad stripes and bright stars, this DIY luminary 4th of July vase makes the perfect décor for your patriotic celebration. Show off its star-spangled beauty indoors or out: Prop it up on the table as a centerpiece, or make multiples and line them up along your driveway! Just follow these four simple steps and you’ll have an arrangement that’s brighter than the rockets’ red glare!

Materials for DIY 4th of July Vase

Large empty coffee can
Red, white and blue acrylic paint
Paint brush
LED tealight candles
4th of July flowers
Glass vase

How to Make a DIY 4th of July Vase

Coffee Can With Label Removed to Make a DIY 4th of July Vase

  1. Peel off the label from an empty coffee can and wash the can thoroughly.
    Red, White and Blue Stripes Painted on a Coffee Can to Make a 4th of July DIY Vase
  2. Using a paint brush and acrylic paint, draw red, white and blue stripes all around the empty coffee can. If you’re feeling creative, draw any patriotic pattern that sparks your interest!Holes Punched Into a Painted Coffee Can to Make a 4th of July Luminary Vase
  3. With a drill, very carefully pierce holes into the coffee can and create the shape of a star, an exploding firecracker, an American flag, or any other 4th of July shape. If you’re not handy with a drill, use a nail and hammer instead.Flowers Placed in a DIY 4th of July Vase
  4. Put your beautiful 4th of July flowers in a small glass vase, and then place the vase inside the coffee can.LED Tealights Placed in a DIY 4th of July Luminary Vase
  5. Turn on two or three LED tealight candles, drop them into the coffee can and watch your arrangement light up just like the fireworks in the sky!
Floral Occasions & Holidays

Salute the Flag: Make Your Own DIY 4th of July Wreath!

June 17, 2013

DIY 4th of July Wreath With American Flag Toothpicks

Raise your flags up high; it’s almost time to celebrate the 4th of July! Salute the stars and stripes with a firecrackin’ fun decoration for your front door. This DIY 4th of July wreath is surprisingly easy to make: All you need is some American flag toothpicks and a Styrofoam wreath, and you’re ready to show off your patriotic spirit. Here’s how you can make one of your own:

Materials for DIY 4th of July Wreath

American flag toothpicks
Patriotic umbrella toothpicks
Styrofoam wreath

How to Make a DIY 4th of July Wreath

Styrofoam for DIY 4th of July Wreath

  1. Start with a brand-new Styrofoam wreath.How to Arrange Patriotic Umbrella Toothpicks to Create DIY 4th of July Wreath
  2. Carefully open the patriotic umbrella toothpicks and stick them onto the front face      of the Styrofoam wreath, overlapping them to ensure that the Styrofoam does not peek through any uncovered spots.How to Arrange American Flag Toothpicks to Create DIY 4th of July Wreath
  3. Stick the American flag toothpicks into the exposed Styrofoam along the outside rim      of the wreath. Make sure to vary the flags in height to give the wreath depth.DIY 4th of July Wreath
  4. Prop up the wreath on your front door and put your pride on display as you welcome your party guests this Independence Day!

Where else would you hang this star-spangled 4th of July decoration? Here are some more ideas on how to decorate your home with a wreath!

Delivering Smiles Partners With the Cancer Research Institute to Help Conquer Cancer

June 13, 2013

White Daisies From the Fight With White Collection It’s time to stand up and join the fight against cancer: June is Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month!

Every day, new advances are being made in a revolutionary new treatment called cancer immunotherapy: a type of therapy that strengthens the immune system’s ability to overcome the disease. To show our support and increase awareness of this research, has teamed up with the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) to raise funds for their ongoing efforts to put an end to cancer.

As one of the many events this month that help the public learn more about cancer immunotherapy and help save the lives of more cancer victims, team members participated in Wear White for a Cure Day on June 7th and donated their funds to CRI. Check out a few photos of us sharing some smiles and proudly showing our support at the office:

The Team Showing Their Support for Wear White for a Cure Day

The Team Showing Their Support for Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

The Team Wearing White to Show Support for Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

And now you can join forces with us too! As a proud partner of the Cancer Fight With White Classic All-White ArrangementResearch Institute, has created the Fight With White collection of white-themed flowers and gifts to deliver smiles of hope to everyone. Every time you make a purchase for yourself or a loved one, 10 percent of net proceeds will be donated to CRI! So show your support for Cancer Awareness Month and dress up your home or office with a beautiful white bouquet. With your help, we’ll get one step closer to finding a cure for cancer!

Fun Flower Facts

The History of the Money Tree Bonsai

June 13, 2013

Learn all about the Pachira Plant!

Money TreeThe lore surrounding the history of the Money Tree (or the Pachira plant) dates back many centuries. Legend has it that a poor Taiwanese farmer found a small Pachira plant growing in his field one day. He was struck by its beauty and, realizing that he might be able to use this tree to escape poverty, he decided to grow and sell these mysterious plants that were growing in his field. He soon became one of the wealthiest people in Taiwan and, attributing his wealth to the Pachira plant, he dubbed it the Money Tree.
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Father's Day, Floral Occasions & Holidays

Score a Hole in One on Father’s Day With These Golf Gift Ideas for Dad!

June 11, 2013
Taste of the Tour Golf Gift Basket With Snacks

Fore! Father’s Day 2013 is headed straight for us in just a few days, so now is the best time to look ahead and find the perfect gift for Dad. If playing a round at the local golf course is your pop’s idea of a day in paradise, then make his holiday extra-special with something that reminds him of his favorite sport. Need some inspiration? Tee off your Father’s Day festivities with these truly original golf gift ideas for Dad!

Taste of the Tour Golf Gift Basket With SnacksFather’s Day Gift Idea #1: Golf Gift Basket

Fuel your dad’s swing with some delicious bite-sized snacks! The Taste of the Tour Golf Gift Basket is filled with sweet and savory nibbles to satisfy any golf dad’s craving: peanut butter bars, caramel medallions, Tee Time kettle popcorn, 19th Hole pub snack mix, Back Nine lemon cookies, and more. They’re even packed in a reusable golf bag cooler so Pops can carry his snacks with ease as he conquers all 18 holes. But that’s not all Dad gets: The bag also comes with three pro golf balls and a set of 15 golf tees. Just the right way to tell that special man in your life that he’s not only a great golf player, but the world’s best dad too!

Father’s Day Gift Idea #2: Mini Golf Cupcakes

Mini Father's Day Golf CupcakesAfter a great Father’s Day out on the golf course, nothing lets Dad savor his sweet victory quite like a freshly baked batch of golf-themed cupcakes. Follow these directions to really spoil his sweet tooth:

Supplies for Mini Father’s Day Golf Cupcakes

Box of cake mix
Vanilla frosting
Green food coloring
Green Sprinkles
Chocolate chips
Cardstock or construction paper
Small, round white candy
Vanilla cookies

How to Make Father’s Day Golf Cupcakes

Mini Father's Day Golf Cupcakes Frosted With Green Icing

  1. Bake a batch of Dad’s favorite mini cupcakes using boxed cupcake mix. In a bowl, mix vanilla frosting with green food coloring. The amount of food coloring you use depends on how dark you want the color to be. The more food coloring you use, the darker the frosting color will be.Mini Father's Day Golf Cupcakes Topped With Green Sprinkles
  2. To create the grass for your golf cupcakes, frost each cupcake with the green icing. To make the grass look even more lifelike, dip the top of the iced cupcakes into green sprinkles.Mini Father's Day Golf Cupcake With Toothpick Flag Stick and Chocolate Chip Putt
  3. For half the cupcakes, stick a single chocolate chip point-down into the icing of each cupcake to make a putt. Then, cut a small flag out of cardstock and glue it to the top of a toothpick. Stick the bottom of the toothpick into the cupcake directly behind the putt, just like a real flag stick. Finish the cupcakes off by decorating each of them with a small white candy ball right near the flag.Mini Father's Day Cupcake With Cookie Crumb Sand Bunker
  4. For the other half of the cupcakes, crush a small bag of vanilla cookies in the blender. Spoon the cookie crumbs onto the top of each remaining cupcake to create a sand bunker.Father's Day Golf Cupcakes
  5. Place one of each cupcake side by side and you’ve got an irresistibly scrumptious dessert fit for a golfing pro!

Father’s Day Gift Idea #3: DIY Golf Planter

DIY Father's Day Planter in Golf Ball Ceramic ContainerA few vibrant green plants displayed in a fun golf ball-shaped flower pot lets Dad bring a piece of his favorite golf course into his office or man cave. Check out our Petal Talk blog post on how to make a Father’s Day planter to read the full step-by-step tutorial.

Father’s Day Gift Idea #4: DIY Golf Card

Golf Father's Day CardAt the end of the day, it’s not the game that matters to Dad; feeling the love of his family is what he really wants on Father’s Day! Tell the special father in your life how much he’s appreciated with a beautiful handmade and heartfelt golf card, straight from you. (Bonus: This is a great Father’s Day kids craft too!) Here’s how to make one:

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Father's Day, Floral Occasions & Holidays

Getting to Know the Dads: A Father’s Day 2013 Celebration

June 11, 2013
Scott Archila - VP Financial Reporting and Taxation

These hardworking superdads deliver smiles at work and at home! We’d like to introduce you to the dads, whom we have the pleasure of working with every day. Here’s what they love best about being a father … and which truly original gifts would brighten their Father’s Day this year!

Marc Grzeskowiak - VP of Technology for BloomNet Napco and 1800Flowers FranchisingMeet Mark Grzeskowiak
Vice President of Technology for BloomNet, Napco and Franchising

In addition to heading up the franchising of and two of our sister brands for the past eight years, Mark is also the head of a beautiful family with four active and absolutely adorable children.

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “Plain and simply, the kids. Watching them grow and learn is an amazing experience.”

Cheryl's Father's Day Tool BoxBest Dad Story: “With four young kids, each of their births is still fresh in my mind. You can’t surpass the joy of watching your children being born.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From Cheryl’s Cookies
“I’m a sweets junkie at heart!”


Scott Archila - VP Financial Reporting and TaxationMeet Scott Archila
Vice President of Financial Reporting and Taxation

A mainstay in the family for the past 18 years, Scott is also the dad of two girls and one boy—each smart, energetic and creative, yet truly original in their own way!

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “Being able to watch my children learn, grow and care for one another and providing them guidance throughout life’s challenges makes me smile.”

Best Dad Story: “[My daughter] Ashley is a fireball of energy—extremely creative and quite the talker. When she was 4, she invented her own ‘Blankie Buddies’ doll by using her baby blanket and dressing it up in American Girl Doll clothes. I should have patented this Cheryl's Father's Day Assorted Cookie Gift Boxidea back then.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From Cheryl’s Father’s Day Assorted Cookie Gift Box
“The cookies from Cheryl’s are a favorite in my home. This gift is great because I can share it with my entire family (except the peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies—those are mine)!”


Abe Adler - CRM and Business AnalyticsMeet Abe Adler
CRM and Business Analytics

A true numbers man, Abe uses reports and data to help better deliver smiles to its customers. Abe is a fairly new member of our team: He’s only been with us for a year, but he’s been a father much longer. He has six children, all ranging in age from 21 to 8 … and they all inherited his great sense of humor!

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “Seeing my kids overcome their challenges and have pride in their work makes me smile.”

Best Dad Story: “My favorite dad story comes during a school production many years ago. My son was up on stage and I had a clear view of both my son and my father. During the production I was not only smiling at my son’s performance, but also at the smile that I Dwarf Jade Bonsaisaw on my father’s face as he watched my son. My father later told me that not only was he smiling at my son but also at my happiness. Like father, like son, I guess.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From Dwarf Jade Bonsai
“I like that it’s compact enough to sit on my desk yet big enough to make me smile.”


Ted Nelson - VP BloomNetMeet Ted Nelson
Vice President of BloomNet

Always using his imagination to create new products for our BloomNet brand, Ted is also the proud father of two confident young boys, both of whom love playing lacrosse and other sports.

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “Watching my children grow up and seeing how truly unique and different they are from each other.”

Best Dad Story: “When my older son Teddy was born, I handed him to my father in the hospital. As we all share the same first name (my Father is Junior, I’m the III and my son is IV), it was one of the single most special times in our lives as the legacy lived on and The Happy Hour Collection - Dad's Beer Bottle Lanternwas unbroken.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From The Happy Hour Collection
“It’s a truly unique product line and one that I was involved in from its origins. Watching this product line grow has been very rewarding and fun.”


Joe Tura - Senior Copywriter in Creative ServicesMeet Joe Tura
Senior Copywriter in Creative Services

As the voice of, Joe is responsible for conveying the brand’s personality through his writing. He also has a 10-year-old daughter, Cassie, who has a fun and vibrant personality of her own. While keeping on top of the latest TV shows, movies, comic books and technology, Cassie also trains in mixed martial arts, plays the clarinet, writes her own stories and jokes, and plays video games like a pro!

Why Being a Dad Makes Him Smile: “It’s the little things about being a Dad that touch me the most. Like how my daughter will always want to play ‘20 Questions About Marvel Comics’ on our drive to school, or hearing her scream louder than everyone in the section at a Yankees game, or sometimes simply holding her hand for safety in a parking lot.”

Best Dad Story: “My favorite story of being a Dad (so far) is probably the first time Cassie rode my favorite roller coaster—The Phoenix at Knoebels in Elysburg, P.A.—with my wife and I in the same car, and hearing her go on about how awesome a ride it was! It made me realize how my Dad must have felt on our fishing trips, how special it is to share Sports Hound a-DOG-able Arrangementsomething you’re passionate about with your child.”

Favorite Father’s Day Gift From Sports Hound™ a-DOG-able®
“I’m a huge sports fan and a lifelong dog lover. The Sports Hound™ a-DOG-able® arrangement is a fresh and fun way to root, root, root for your favorite team and dress up the home at the same time. Just don’t tell my cats!”