Roses are red, violets are blue … and picking the perfect Valentine’s Day flower is so hard to do! Actually, it only feels like it is. When you’re looking for a truly original bouquet for your Valentine, it may seem like there are way too many options out there. But knowing what each type of flower symbolizes helps you choose the one that best represents your never-ending devotion. Not a flower expert? Not a problem! Here’s our guide to five popular Valentine’s Day flowers and their meanings so you can find the best way to say, “You make my heart bloom with passion!”
Flowers are Mother Nature’s very own decorative ornaments, so it’s no surprise that they’ve become a staple of Christmas décor all over the world! There are so many festive Christmas flowers to choose from, it’s impossible to stick with just one when you’re adorning your home for the holidays. Read up on the most popular Christmas flowers and how you can merry-fy your home with them this season.
With its long, velvety red leaves, the poinsettia is the definitive Christmas bloom. But did you know that it’s actually a tropical plant? Read our blog post on the history of poinsettias to find out how they became associated with Christmastime, and use our poinsettia decorating ideas to spread the Christmas spirit!
Are your kids looking for something to do on Turkey Day … other than patiently wait for the bird to roast in the oven? This Thanksgiving craft idea will keep the little ones busy while you cook up a delicious feast for the family, and you’ll have an adorable centerpiece that your guests will rave about as they gobble down their food!
Materials Needed for Thanksgiving Sunflower Turkey
Construction Paper (or colored cardstock or foam)
Googly eyes or candy eyes
*The Harvest Glow Bouquet is the perfect arrangement to use for this craft.
How to Make a Thanksgiving Sunflower Turkey
- Cut out the shapes shown above using brown, orange, red and yellow construction paper. (You can also use cardstock or foam for sturdier turkeys.) Continue Reading…
Looking for a blooming flower arrangement or green 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
Sunflower: Fields of Europe for Summer
Inspired by the colorful charm of the European countryside, our best-selling summer bouquet is gathered with fresh-picked blooms, revealing the rustic and classic beauty of nature. The shades of golden yellow sunflowers and rich blue delphinium pop against lush greenery, creating a timeless gift for someone special to enjoy.
There may be a million different ways to say her name, but there’s only one special mom your heart belongs to. So this Mother’s Day, show her how one-of-a-kind she is: Instead of calling her the usual “Ma” or “Mom,” impress her by saying her name in her native language! Here’s how to say mom in different languages:
There’s no doubt about it: Flowers are the best at delivering smiles, and hilarious greeting cards are the best at delivering gut-busting laughter. So this Valentine’s Day, the smile pros at 1-800-Flowers.com have teamed up with the comedic geniuses of someecards.com to create the ultimate feel-good gift. When you’re sending that bouquet of romantic red roses, don’t forget to pass along one of these very funny Valentine’s Day messages too. It’ll have your sweetie rolling on the floor with glee, guaranteed!
Click here to e-mail or share any of these funny Valentines Day messages with your Valentine!
Administrative Professionals Day 2018 is coming up on April 25th! It has also been called Administrative Professionals’ Week which begins April 23rd.—So all you secretaries, receptionists and office workers, get your headquarters ready: It’s your time to shine! You are the people who make every business a success, and exceptional employees like you deserve to have an equally special work space. Here are some fun and creative ways to brighten up your office space just in time for the holiday!
Decorate Your Desk With Flowers and Plants
Whether you work in an office or a cubicle, accessorizing your space with flowers has lots of benefits. In office environments, where décor is typically minimal and, well, dull, a colorful bouquet of flowers or a pretty green plant will bring instant natural beauty to your workstation. But it’s not just about the wow factor; flowers lift your spirits and make you healthier and more productive too! They allow you to enjoy the outdoors even on days when you can’t leave the office, and studies show that plants remove toxins from the air and improve concentration. Check out the 1-800-Flowers.com Greenhouse to find out how this works and which flowers are best for purifying indoor spaces.
Create a Tranquil Space With a Water Fountain
Instead of listening to the monotonous clicking of keyboards all day, bring some zen into your cubicle with the calming sound of a desktop water fountain. It’ll drown out other annoying sounds and it’ll help you relax, allowing you to get your work done in peace. Just make sure the running water isn’t so loud that it distracts you and your co-workers!
Transform Your Chair With a Cozy Pillow and Blanket
Your desk chair is your home for about eight hours a day (even more on late nights!), so you might as well make it as comfy as possible! If your chair isn’t particularly cushiony, soften it up by placing a cute pillow on the seat. You can also wrap a pretty pashmina around the back of the chair: You’ll make a stylish statement and you’ll have something to wrap around your shoulders when the office gets cool.
Warm up Your Floor Space With a Pretty Rug
Get rid of those boring plastic floor mats sitting underneath your chair and replace them with a plush rug. Its fuzzy texture and bright colors will show off your personality and make your office visitors feel right at home! It’s a small change that’ll give your office space a big makeover.
Use Placemats to Bring Pops of Color to Your Desk
Think there’s nothing spectacular about your plain white desk? Think again! Look at it as a blank canvas—it’s up to you to bring it to life! Turn it into a work of art by sliding a patterned or brightly colored placemat under your computer screen, keyboard, file organizers, etc. You’ll feel like you’re sitting at a whole new desk! Continue Reading…
Lush evergreen wreaths are one of the most versatile decorations you can use to bring some traditional warmth into your home at Christmastime. And when you opt for a beautiful faux arrangement—like our Plaid Holiday Wreath, which is decorated with festive pine cones and vibrant red berries—you have a truly original ornament that you can use in countless ways for many years to come. Here are just a few of the many different uses for a Christmas wreath!
Get Inspired by These Wine-Themed Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!
When Marianna, our Senior Email Marketing Manager, exchanged vows with her hubby, Chris (who also works at 1-800-Flowers as Director of Merchandising!), on November 19, 2011, it was an occasion to celebrate. So to raise a toast in honor of their love, Marianna chose an intoxicating theme for their wedding: fall vineyard! From the deep merlots to the champagne whites that abound during the season, their wedding perfectly captured the rich and fragrant essence of autumn. The fall time has always had special meaning to this couple, so it was only natural that they plan an autumn wedding and infuse it with everything they love about the season—especially those naturally luxurious fall colors. Continue Reading…
After all the time you spend caring for your plants, the last thing you need is a gang of reckless insects sabotaging your hard work. Here are our expert tips on how to remove bugs from plants (both indoors and out) so you can have a happy, healthy, pest-free garden!
How to Get Rid of Flies and Gnats
Buzzing flies and gnats that cloud around your garden pose more of a nuisance to you than they pose a threat to your plants. But since their larvae feed on roots, you’ll need to shoo those flying pests away before their hungry little ones come along.
An ordinary store-bought insect spray that contains Acephate should do the trick. Just lightly tap the leaves of your plant so the flies or gnats can swarm into the air. Spray the solution into the air around your plant, and then mist it onto your plant and the soil surrounding it. Make sure to follow the directions on the bottle: Too much Acephate could damage your plant. Continue Reading…