From bulb to bloom, the tulip is one of the most recognizable and popular household flowers. Read on for fun facts and history about tulips or for tips on how to handle this flower, visit this tulip care post.
Turn brightly colored plastic eggs into an impressive bouquet with just a few simple steps. This DIY Easter craft can be used as not only an adorable Easter decoration, but also as a creative Easter party favor for kids! Simply fill the plastic eggs with festive treats for a deliciously sweet surprise.
Supplies for DIY Easter Craft: Easy Egg Bouquet:
- Plastic, resealable eggs in a variety of colors
- Glue dots® or similar adhesive
- Easter candy for filling
- Leaves – artificial or cut out of colored paper
- Wooden skewers
- Floral Tape
April may be known for its showers, but those born in the fourth month make up for the seasonal downpour with their radiant personalities. So when their special day surfaces, show the birthday boy or girl just how much they shine with a thoughtful and impressive gift idea they’ll love. Here are some fun facts about April birthdays, including information about the April birth month and flower to give you a bit of inspiration for choosing the perfect gift.
April Birthday Fun Facts
April Birth Stone: Diamond
With the brightest rays of sunshine peeking through the still-bare foliage of April, it comes as no surprise that the April birth stone is none other than the long sought-after diamond. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word “adamus”, meaning invincible; a fitting name for one of the hardest substances found in the world. While diamonds are most commonly colorless, they can be found in shades from yellow to pink to blue, depending on the impurities of the rock.
Historically, diamonds have been used to aid in strength – from spiritual strength to physical and emotional. During ancient times, people even believed that diamonds were either tears of the gods or made of lightning bolts! Some of the earliest recorded history of the diamond dates back to around 300 BC in India, where it was valued for its reflective properties and used in talismans to ward off evil. During the Middle Ages, people would not only sleep with diamonds to strengthen their health, but would even go as far as to ingest diamonds to cure illnesses!
Shine on, you April diamond!
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is one of the largest festivals of the year with history dating back to the 18th century. Although the largest festival takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, you can bring Mardi Gras right to your own home. Here are some helpful and easy Mardi Gras decoration ideas using flowers!
Use Flowers to Help Decorate for Mardi Gras
Purple, green and gold are the most popular colors for Mardi Gras, so we love using these colors in a festival floral arrangement to celebrate the occasion! The official Mardi Gras colors were chosen for a reason by the King of the Carnival in 1892 with purple symbolizing justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Whether you’re looking for a decorative centerpiece or festive conversation starter, flowers are the perfect compliment to bring some life to your Mardi Gras decorations. Continue Reading…
Thanksgiving is a time for family, reminiscing, and of course a feast featuring the star of the holiday: turkey. While the adults are busy making toasts and catching up, let the kids gobble up some fun with Thanksgiving crafts for kids!
Set up a crafting station where the children can turn potted plants into festive and fun turkey with this simple idea. You can choose to decorate an existing potted plant or use this craft to decorate brown ceramic pots which you can then fill with your favorite fall flowers (we used mums).
Be sure to alter the size of your feathers and turkey body to reflect the size of your arrangement.
Every year on the fourth Thursday in November, friends, neighbors, and families gather together to celebrate and give thanks. They fill their homes with decorations reminiscent of fall, relive favorite memories from the past year, and sit down for a traditional feast featuring the star of the show – a turkey sized for sharing. But where did these traditions and the holiday we now know as Thanksgiving stem from?
Every year on November 11th, friends, neighbors, and family members gather to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. From veteran parades to gatherings in remembrance, there are many different ways to join the Veterans Day festivities to honor the brave men and women who have served.
Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas for honoring veterans on their special day. To add an extra special touch, we even asked some of our very own veterans at 1800Flowers.com how they celebrate fellow veterans.
Attend a Veterans Day Parade
Does your town or city have a special Veterans Day Parade? If so, grab the whole family and be sure to show your support by attending. To be even more festive, you can wave American flags and sport a red, white, and blue outfit! VetFriends may be able to help you find the parade closest to you. Continue Reading…
To many, the start of June signifies the start of summer; the return of a much longed-for friend, stopping by to bring the gift of energy, laughter, and happiness. Those born in this sunny month reflect their June birth month with their cheerfulness and unmatched sense of humor.
June Birthday Fun Facts
June Birth Stone: Alexandrite and Pearl
Did you know that June actually has 2 birth stones?! Read on for some fun facts and history about the two stunning June birth stones – the alexandrite and the pearl.
Green in some forms of light and red in others, the Alexandrite stone is one of the most unique and beloved stones in existence. Named after the Russian Czar Alexander II in reference to the fact that the stone’s changing colors mirrored that of the Russian flag, Alexandrite was first discovered in the 1830s in the Ural Mountains of Russia.
The Pearl, on the other hand, is a more common but equally stunning stone, known in history as the “Queen of Gems.” The pearl has had a long history almost as rich as the gem is beautiful. From adorning the clothing of Queens and Pharaohs to being used as symbols of wealth and power, pearls continue to this day to be a strongly sought-after stone.
Did you know that Arbor Day is an internationally celebrated holiday? In fact, each country has their own date for Arbor Day which depends on the climate and planting seasons of their region. In the United States, Arbor Day 2016 is April 29th!
What is Arbor Day?
Arbor Day is a day to celebrate the role trees have in our lives. People and communities are encouraged to plant trees as well as care for existing trees in the neighborhood.