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How to Celebrate Virtual Graduations

May 1, 2020
graduation cap with flowers

Amongst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still room for celebration. All across the country, the class of 2020 is graduating! Many graduations have been moved to online platforms so that the accomplishments of high school and college graduates can be recognized – even if it is from your own living room. If it’s a daughter, son, cousin, or friend graduating, join in on the fun with these tips for a virtual graduation extravaganza! 
graduation cap with flowers

Zoom Party 

Zoom isn’t just for business meetings! Spend some time holding a Zoom Party for your graduate with all your friends and family. It is a great way to be able to get some social interaction into the day while in quarantine, and a great surprise for your graduate! It has been trendy to also include some sort of dress code or background for the zoom party so it feels like a real occasion. Some themes we’ve been loving are Roaring Twenties, Throwback Thursday, and Black Tie! It’s a party fitting for the tech-savvy Gen Z.  

Send A Gift 

As year-end traditions are being challenged, send a classic congratulations gift for the grad like! Simply send a gift straight to their door to let them know that you are proud of their momentous occasion. Deliveries are contactless so it is a great option to adhere to social distancing measures while still putting a smile on their face. These are some of our favorite gifts: 

Vibrant Floral Medley™ for Graduation 

Celebrate your grad with a bright, beautiful bouquet fitting for the spring season! The Vibrant Floral Medley showcases an arrangement of blooms in cheerful pops of orange, pink and yellow, with plenty of lush greenery mixed in. It is the perfect graduation bouquet to show them how proud you are of their big achievement. 

Star Graduate™ Dipped Strawberries 

Know a grad with a sweet tooth? These graduation themed chocolate-dipped strawberries say congratulations in the most delicious way.  Our scrumptious strawberries are dipped in rich chocolate and hand-decorated in a white chocolate drizzle, four of them displaying the numbers 2-0-2-0. The only thing wrong with these is they look too good to eat! 

Way To Go Grad™ Fruit Bouquet 

Stand out with a unique bouquet for your grad with the Way To Go Grad Fruit Bouquet. Fresh strawberries, pineapple, oranges, grapes, and melon dipped in decadent milk chocolate and white chocolate drizzle – our mouth is watering just thinking about it! Decorated with specially cut fruits that say “#2020” and a Congrats Grad balloon, it’s a gift they’ll never forget.  

Brunch at Home

Normally you get to go out to eat to celebrate after graduation, but you can still make the day special with a showstopper meal at home or delivered from your favorite local restaurant! Eggs, pancakes, fruits, mimosas we can go on and on! Making a special meal for your grad with their favorite foods is a personal way to celebrate their big day with them specifically in mind.  

Virtual graduations don’t have to be dull – make it unique instead! You may even want to keep some of these events as a new tradition for graduations.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! 

Zen

The Joy of Coloring

April 8, 2020

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings, the artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”  Wassily Kandinsky

 

“I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.”  Grandma Moses

 

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”  Georgia O’Keeffe

 

Right now, we all have feelings that there are no words for.  And hours to fill throughout the day, trying not to think about what’s happening and how we feel about it!

 

So, I turned to the masters for inspiration and guidance. And I remembered the post I had done for grandparent’s day a while back, about coloring being a great activity for grandparents and grandchildren to do together.   It included printable coloring pages of two of 1-800 Flowers best-selling flower arrangements that I thought would be perfect to share with you again now.

 

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Valentine's Day

Celebrate Like A Girl

February 13, 2020

Galentine’s Day is officially Thursday, February 13th, but here in Rockaway Beach it’s pretty much a daily thing! To make this occasion special and kick it up a notch we had an early Galentine’s Brunch & Creative Workshop, at the Bungalow Bar, to eat and drink of course, but to inspire as well!

Bungalow’s GM, and my friend, Katy and I brought some of my favorite Galentine blog posts for 1-800 Flowers.com to life for 40 “ladies celebrating ladies” on a recent Sunday afternoon and it was a blast!

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts 2020

January 20, 2020

Most holidays are meant to be a show of love, affection and gratitude, but no holiday does it better than Valentine’s Day! After the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women in secret. Even then, it was traditional for men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as a sign of good luck and the start of a “blooming” relationship. Today, we continue to celebrate love on February 14th, the day Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, and the more modern chocolates and teddy bears. Think you know all there is about this centuries-old holiday? You may be surprised at these Valentine’s Day fun facts!

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Floral Events & News

2020 Plant of the Year: The Pilea Peperomioides Plant

December 26, 2019

Plants have slowly become a staple in modern interiors in the 21st century. With so many varieties of sizes, shapes, and color it can feel overwhelming to choose your newest plant baby. Make the choice easy with the official 2020 Plant of the Year, the Pilea Peperomioides plant! This plant is a mouthful to pronounce so it’s no surprise that it has attracted a number of nicknames like “The Chinese Money Plant”, “The UFO Plant” and “The Pancake Plant”. This plant has become a staple in plant parent’s #shelfie on Instagram for its distinct and attractive shape. Originally grown in Yunnan Province in Southwest China, the Pilea’s rounded leaves is an attention magnet in any home or apartment.

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Floral Events & News

2020 Flower of the Year:
Gerbera Daisy

December 19, 2019

A new year is a time to move forward and create new goals and new habits, create new favorites and new opportunities. Welcome new happiness and new beginnings with the 2020 Flower of the Year – The Gerbera Daisy. Daisies get their name from the Old English phrase “day’s eye” since the flower blossoms at the first sight of dawn. Daisies have added health benefits outside of being easy on the eyes – they are eatable and have a high level of vitamin C. In the past they have been brewed into teas to relieve indigestion, coughs, and back pain. 

gerbera daisy arrangement

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Home Decorating with Flowers

Top Fall Wreaths For Your Home

October 17, 2019
fall wreaths

Your door is the first thing your guests see when they arrive to your home.  Express your style and decorate all year long with simple, one-and-done pieces like wreaths! These warm decorations filled with lush florals and ambient colors will make you wish that it’s Fall all year round. Take some inspiration from our top Fall Wreaths to get started on your own fall home decorating!

fall wreaths

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Gifting

9 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin Spice

October 4, 2019
pumpkin spice flower bouquet

The first day of fall is towards the end of September, but we all know the real cue for the start of the season is the start of Pumpkin Spice. The Pumpkin Spice flavor has captured the essence of fall since we’ve been drinking pumpkin spice lattes back in 2003. Whether you are brand new to the flavor or you’re a tried and true pumpkin fanatic, these nine pumpkin spice gifts are a great way to spice up your life or your friend’s!

pumpkin spice flower bouquet

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Flower & Plant Shop Corner

Top 10 Most Popular House Plants

August 12, 2019
plants

House plants are a new addition to the latest millennial trend, and they’re all over Instagram. The hashtag #plants has already garnered more than 26 million posts! Combined with the trend of coziness in interior design, plants are the easiest way to spruce up any space in a flash. To get you started on your plant parent journey, here’s a short list of the most popular house plants that can fit into any room you choose.

popular house plants succulents

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Summer Garden & Plant Sale

July 7, 2019

The recent surge in plants being incorporated into interior design can appeal to anyone in any space. After all there are over 300,000 identified plant species on earth which pretty much guarantees that you will be able to find the right fit for you. Not only do plants bring some color into your room, but they also have great health benefits including reduced stress and improved air quality. Here at 1-800-Flowers, we’ve been falling head over heels for all things green – from succulents to trees to foliage. If you’re looking to become a new #plantparent or are a seasoned expert, our plant sale has something for you (with products starting at only $19.99)!  

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