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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Card Message Ideas!

April 21, 2019

mother's day card message ideasWith mom it’s the thought that counts which is why Mother’s Day cards are just as important, if not more important, than the gift.  Although cards for Mother’s Day often have their own message inside, it’s always a good idea to personalize it with your own words. If you’re having trouble thinking of the perfect note to mom, here are some sample Mother’s Day card message ideas to help you write the perfect note. Make sure to add your own memories to personalize the cards and potentially make mom tear with joy!

Remember, Mother’s Day is all about celebrating mom so when you’re choosing your words, think of ones she would enjoy reading over and over again.

Enjoy these adorable printable Mother’s day cards from our friends at Goodsey!
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Local Artisan Florist Corner

Introducing Our
Local Artisan Florists!

April 17, 2019

Each year, 1-800-Flowers.com hosts two Local Artisan Design Workshops, bringing together select groups of florists from across the country to discuss trends, share ideas and collaborate with its product development and merchandising teams. As part of these workshops, florists use their creativity and design expertise to develop unique product concepts for seasonal and everyday occasions. Exceptional and differentiated designs are selected to become part of the 1-800-Flowers.com Local Artisan Collection and the arrangements become available for sale nationwide.

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Local Artisan Florist Corner

PETAL TALK CHATS WITH FAIRFAX, VA FLORIST TRICIA FLEEGAL

April 1, 2019

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?
Sunflower arrangementWhen I was about 12 years old, my mom would create wedding flowers from our home. She would work all day at her full time job, come home, cook dinner and then start preparing the flower shipment. I would help her clean and hydrate the flowers, sweep the floor and take out the trash. Mom would show me how to wire boutonnieres and corsages, put pearls in stephanotis, how to use stem wrap and package the product. My most important job was holding the bridal bouquets and trying on the flower head pieces/halos for inspection. I thought I was so cool holding something as special as a bridal bouquet! At my age it sure seemed like a lot of work, but nothing compared to what we do now. Having some floral knowledge under my belt helped me get hired for my first job at a florist at the age of 15.

What I love most about designing flowers, (depending on my feelings with the flowers for that day), is creating something from stems and turning it into a beautiful collection. I do my best work when I feel that I am one with flowers. Designing flowers is an art and a feeling for me.

What I love most about being a florist is a different feeling. Our customers are the best part. They bring the love and appreciation to our designs. We share special bonds over their occasions. I’ve cried, laughed and shared my life with them. Those memories will always be with me. It is the best feeling when you know you have touched someone’s heart and have earned the trust of your customers.

What are your favorite flowers?
I love Gerbera daisies! They just say “look at me”! Vibrant, happy and so many colors, how can you go wrong? But of course garden flowers are beautiful too. They’re easy to work with. Continue Reading…

Local Artisan Florist Corner

PETAL TALK CHATS WITH FAIRFAX,VA FLORIST MARGARET FLEEGAL

April 1, 2019

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?
My first experience in the flower business was in the mass market industry, where I found I had a desire to create my own designs. I attended floral demonstrations and read industry magazines and books to help further my knowledge. This “self taught” approach helped me form my own unique style. Friends and family were soon asking me to help them with special occasions, mainly wedding flowers. By word of mouth, I had my own following and a small side wedding business. It became challenging, juggling my full time job along with wedding work on the weekends. It was clear to me that my passion was with flower designing. I needed to make a decision: go with my heart or stay with the security of a large corporation. I took the leap and bought my own flower shop in 1994.

Margaret the florist in her shop

 

What are your favorite flowers?
Peonies are my favorite. They are timeless and elegant. But I really love all flowers. They are each unique and special in their own way. They all make me happy! Continue Reading…

Local Artisan Florist Corner

Petal Talk Chats with Stafford, VA Florist, Develyn Reed

April 1, 2019

Florist Develyn Reed posing with floral arrangement

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?

I’ve only been in the floral business for about 6 years. My in-laws own Achara Florist, and needed someone to work in the gift part of the store. Once I started working with some of the amazing designers, I began to design a little bit myself. I found that I love creating beautiful flower arrangements…and the rest is history!

What are your favorite flowers?

Gosh, I love them all! There are too many to count. But if I had to name a few, they would have to be peonies, hydrangeas and stock. Peonies smell extremely and are just so beautiful. They take center stage in whatever you put them in. Hydrangeas are nice, big gorgeous flowers that I love to use in wedding work. They make bridal bouquets nice and full, and they go with other flowers so well. Stock is another one of my favorites because it comes in all different colors, and has a wonderful fragrance and big, thick blooms that are stunning in everything. Continue Reading…

Local Artisan Florist Corner

Petal Talk Chats with Baldwin, NY Florist Ann Marie Pierce

April 1, 2019

In order to learn about the creative minds behind our handcrafted arrangements, we interviewed Ann Marie Pierce from Baldwin, NY who is featured in our Local Artisan Collection. From the daily life as a florist to some of the inspiration behind her arrangements, Ann Marie talks about her favorite holidays, arrangements, her family & more!

Ann Marie Pierce in Front of Her Baldwin, NY Flower Shop

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?
I always loved to be around flowers, so after realizing my initial career path in corporate America was not going to be my future, I began sweeping and cleaning flowers in a local florist on the weekends, and hence my new career evolved. Being a florist gives me the opportunity to make the flowers speak for my customers.

What are your favorite flowers?
I love the look and feel of a bunch of white daisies, but being around such an array of gorgeous flowers every day makes it hard to say “that’s the one!”

Can you tell us a little bit about Baldwin, NY? What is your favorite thing about living there?
I moved to Baldwin 25 years ago, and living in the same town as my business motivates me to take an active role in this community. We are a diverse group of hard-working families that take pride in their neighborhood. Continue Reading…

Local Artisan Florist Corner

Petal Talk Chats With Gresham, OR Florist Wendell Cook

April 1, 2019

1-800-flowers-nancys-florist-wendell-cookHow did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?

Growing up, I had a great interest in art and music. I attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, completing a two-year course featuring floral design and horticulture. After graduating with an associate’s degree, I was immediately hired at a large florist shop and enjoyed designing.

What are your favorite flowers?

Snapdragons, alstroemeria and Hawaiian tropicals – anthuriums & ginger

Can you tell us a little bit about Gresham / what is your favorite thing about living there?

Gresham has a population of approximately 105,000 and is the fourth largest city in Oregon. Despite its size, it has many small town features that locals enjoy such as the Teddy Bear parade, art shows, car shows and music in the park. Gresham has a very active Chamber of Commerce and many shopping opportunities, limiting the need to go out of town to shop. The weather is very favorable—we may have occasional rain, but we don’t have to shovel it!florist-holding-flower-basket-arrangement Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

Love Songs for Romantic Card Messages

January 16, 2019

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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Contests

1-800-FLOWERS.COM® Sweepstakes Celebrating Disney’s® Mary Poppins Returns

December 10, 2018

1-800-FLOWERS.COM® Sweepstakes Celebrating Disney’s® Mary Poppins Returns

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  1. ENTRY PERIOD: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® Sweepstakes Celebrating Disney’s® Mary Poppins Returns (hereinafter the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01 AM EST on 12/10/2018 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on 12/19/18 (the “Entry Period”).
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Prizes are non-transferable, not redeemable for cash and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason.  Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use.  Prize winner will be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prize(s) they receive, including without limitation, the cost associated with transportation to and from the theater and the purchase of any concessions.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

All About Hanukkah

December 2, 2018

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is an eight-day religious holiday celebrated by people of the Jewish faith. Each year in mid-December, Jews all over the world celebrate the Festival of Lights which commemorates a Jewish victory over the Greeks 2000 years ago. In 165 BCE, when the Jews came to rededicate the Temple they had reclaimed, they found only one small flask of oil with which to light their Menorah, or lamp. This flask contained enough oil to last for just one day, yet the lamp burned for eight days, the same exact amount of time it takes to completely prepare the sacred oil for a new ceremony. This is considered the miracle of Hanukkah.

What is Hanukkah and how is it celebrated?

Hanukkah Traditions

The Menorah During the festival of Hanukkah, menorahs are lit for eight days to commemorate each night the original lamp burned. There are nine candles on the menorah, one for each night and one in the center, which is used to light the others. Each evening, families gather at nightfall to rekindle menorah flames, rededicate themselves to their faith, and to share in the festive meals. Blessings are sung as the candles are lit. Continue Reading…