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Easter

Easter Table Decorations to Egg-cite Your Guests

April 6, 2017

One of my favorite parts of hosting a holiday gathering is the opportunity to get the creative juices flowing and putting the hours clicking through Pinterest to good use! If a sit down meal is involved then think of the tabletop surface as your palette. A good place to start in creating the theme that you will be building upon would be the invitation. Fine Stationery has so many fabulous options to choose from including the Easter Egg Topiary version that I went with.
Easter Brunch Invitation
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Christmas & Holidays, Holiday Decorations

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree & Decoration Ideas

December 13, 2016

I love Christmas! And I love decorating Christmas trees. The main tree in my home tends to be pretty traditional, changing only slightly from year to year, with new ornaments added here and there. So what I want to talk about is the beauty and versatility of fresh tabletop Christmas trees. These beautiful arrangements are usually handcrafted by your local florist and make great gifts. As a matter of fact, the Holiday Flower Tree® has been a best seller since it was first introduced by 1-800-Flowers over 15 years ago!!

If you have a little time and want to get creative, these trees are pretty easy to make. The basic instructions are the same for whatever size tree you want. The smaller the tree, the faster and easier it will be to construct, of course. Petite trees are so sweet and can be tucked into so many unexpected spots. Larger trees, on the other hand, allow you to create a completely custom look based on your choice of container, decorations and color scheme.

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Fun Flower Facts

8 Popular Types of Christmas Greens

December 2, 2016

The holiday season is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge about certain holiday related topics. The first topic on our list is Christmas greens – how many different types can you name off? Check out a few different types below:

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

December 3, 2014
Holiday Flower Tree

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Every year, thousands gather to watch the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in mid-town Manhattan, NY. Unofficially, this tradition started in 1931 with a 20 foot tree decorated by construction workers with paper, tin cans, and strings of cranberries. Although there was no tree in 1932, there has been a tree every year since the official tradition began in 1933. We have our own tradition here at 1800Flowers with our Holiday Flower Tree. Here’s our history:

Back in the late 1970’s in the original 1800Flowers shop on 1st Avenue in New York City, we were one of the first in the neighborhood to sell live Christmas trees. Customers would often tell us that they’d love to have a live tree, but their apartments were too small. One night, as we were cleaning up after a busy day of designing arrangements, a customer came in and asked if we had anything that would fit on a desktop. My sister Julie and I began crafting some boxwood into a Christmas tree, and decorated it with flowers and ornaments. the customer stood in amazement and exclaimed, “That’s perfect!” In that moment the Holiday Flower Tree was born. It has since become one of our most popular and treasured designs of the holiday season. I hope it brings just as much joy to you and your family this year.

-Jim McCann, Founder & CEO

Highlights

Home Décor for the Holidays

November 4, 2014

12-05-14 Home Decor Pic Stitch

If you’re looking for some home décor ideas for the holidays, you’ve come to the right place! Moving clockwise from the top left, we have:

Santa’s Sparkle Centerpiece by Lenox®

This sparkling Lenox® Santa Claus centerpiece glows from an LED light featuring color-changing and pure white light effects to help set a festive holiday mood. Santa is surrounded by a classic boxwood candle ring, adorned with snowberries, pinecones, and shining ornaments adding a charming touch.

Vintage Holiday Skates

We’ve put a modern spin on a nostalgic holiday classic. Our charming pair of vintage decorative ice skates is decked in plaid, trimmed with fur and filled with two fresh, fragrant evergreen bunches—noble fir, juniper & Western red cedar—for a truly original surprise sure to melt a few hearts (and maybe even break the ice) when delivered to their door or displayed on yours.

Vintage Holiday Faux Wreath – 24”

Bring a golden glow to the holiday décor! This shimmering wreath is crafted from heirloom bronze-colored rosettes, faux pinecones, white pine and glittering ornament balls. A unique keepsake gift that combines vintage style with modern accents, it calls to mind memories of holidays gone by and celebrations yet to come.

Real Simple® Moss Letters

Start a new holiday tradition this year with our personalized fresh moss letters. Each one comes decorated with a festive red ribbon, ready to put a custom touch on your seasonal décor. Available as a single letter, to be used as an initial, or sets of two or three to create a monogram or simple greeting, these unique accents are perfect for displaying on the front door or mantelpiece display, and make wonderful keepsake gifts for housewarmings or a special couple’s first Christmas together.

You can check out more holiday gift ideas here!

Floral Events & News

Visit Gardens with Garden Conservancy Days 2013

April 28, 2013

You drive through a lovely neighborhood and catch a glimpse of cascading roses through a wrought iron gate. A long bluestone driveway curves away under a canopy of flowering dogwoods and disappears. The scent of lilacs drifts over a dry-stacked stone wall.

Private Gardens with Flowers and a FountainWhat gorgeous gardens are concealed behind those tall walls and closed gates? Every year you have one day—or maybe two—to find out. That’s because on those days the members and supporters of the Garden Conservancy open the gates of their private gardens to visitors.

The Garden Conservancy, a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of extraordinary gardens in the United States, organizes the annual Open Days as both a fundraiser and a way of spreading the word about its mission. How better to discover that mission than by strolling through a 50-year-old garden that is the pride of its owner and creator? As a result, thousands of visitors have a chance to visit hundreds of private gardens throughout the nation. Click here to see schedule.
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Holiday Decorations, How-To's

Great Holiday Flower Tree Ideas

December 5, 2011

The Christmas tree market was born in 1851 when Catskill farmer, Mark Carr, hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them. By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree, and 20 years later, the custom was nearly universal.

No one will have a tree quite likes yours when you create your own version of the Holiday Flower Tree. Here are four great holiday flower tree ideas I created just for you!

Modern Vintage
I found these sweet beaded flowers in an antique shop, and then came across the black & white polka dot vase. I think the finished product has a nice modern vintage feel to it. It also reminds me of Mary Engelbreit! When I was done I thought a bowl of cherries would be a nice prop and I could call this the “Life is just a Chair of Bowlies” tree!

Red and White Floral Holiday Tree

Nantucket Christmas
With the traditional Nantucket basket as the base and natural decorations of pinecones, pods, and seashells this tree symbolizes the amazing natural rustic beauty of New England.

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How-To's

Tabletop Trees with Personality

December 15, 2008

Three trees, three different materials, three different stories. What’s your story?

Tie A Yellow Ribbon
A small way to keep the troops in our hearts and minds throughout the holiday season is to decorate a tree with yellow ribbons and top it off with an American Flag. This one is a faux. It’s what I like to call a “Charlie Brown” tree.

Tie Yellow Ribbon Tree

Roses and Elegance
Add to a holiday cocktail party by placing a fresh cut tree into a silver ice bucket and dressing it with lush velvety red roses and delicate baby’s breath. The fragrant combination of roses and fresh evergreens is truly intoxicating!

And the best part is that the tree only costs $15 at Lowe’s. You can even create the same effect and keep the cost down by decorating the tree with just sprigs of baby’s breath. It will look like fresh fallen snow.

Tree with Roses

On The First Day of Christmas
A partridge in a pear tree is a classic symbol from a traditional holiday song. Create this tree by using a base of floral foam and fresh boxwood. By adding fresh white flowers, faux mini pears and a decorative bird in a nest made from Spanish moss, you will have completed the look.

Pear Tree

How-To's

Have a “Shiny Brite” Holiday

December 4, 2008

I have always had a real affection for the old Shiny Brite ornaments that were part of the Christmas tree décor of almost every American home throughout the 1940’s and 50’s. These colorful and charming ornaments were first introduced in the United States right before World War II when Max Eckhardt, a German manufacturer of glass ornaments, sensed the storm clouds of war gathering over Europe and made a deal with Corning Glass to mass produce the ornaments at an affordable price.

The best parts of the holiday season are the nostalgic memories from childhood. Incorporating those memories into what you do today creates new traditions that tie to the past. Here I created a tabletop tree using another nod to the past and American craftsmanship, a Fenton hobnail milk glass planter, as the base. The tree was made using a floral foam base and fresh boxwood accented with a few sprigs of balsam and baby’s breath. The garland is new, but done in the traditional “shiny brite” colors. I put this tree on my kitchen table and it perfectly complements the large tree in the adjoining family room that is filled with all of the ornaments that I have collected over the years.

Shiny Brite

Think outside of the box and come up with other ways to be creative when decorating for the holidays. You can create new looks using the décor elements from the past. Here is a way to use your Shiny Brite ornaments to create a welcoming wreath for your front door.