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Now Blooming: Gold Airbrush Roses

November 30, 2017

For years, the saying has been, “Roses are red, violets are blue.” But perhaps it’s time to change that up a bit? For this month only at 1800flowers.com, violets get to stay blue but roses are going gold — that’s right, gold roses! In honor of the upcoming holiday season, we’re thrilled to announce Gold Airbrush Roses as the latest addition to our Now Blooming Collection!

gold airbrush roses

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Christmas Traditions from the Past

November 27, 2017

It seems like just yesterday we were putting our Christmas trees outside and packing up decorations, eagerly waiting for Christmas to return in another 364 days. But alas — the time has finally come to break out the gingerbread and hang your stockings once again!

With the Christmas season finally here, many of us have just a few things on the brain: family, shopping, and our favorite annual traditions. While some Christmas pastimes have survived for centuries (like our beloved Christmas trees) others have changed or been completely lost over the years (who else remembers Christmas pageants?). So with only a few weeks until the big day, we’re revisiting the days of Christmas past.

Sending a newsletter.

Before Facebook, distant families and friends kept in touch via the family Christmas newsletter. Though we’ve mostly gotten rid of the newsletter, we still, thankfully, continue to send Christmas cards.

Dad dressing up as Santa.

Shh — Make sure the kids are out of the room for this one, or at least away from the screen! Before mall Santas we’re a thing, fathers across the country took it upon themselves to dress up as ol’ Kris Kringle and spread the holiday cheer. While the tradition isn’t as popular as it used to be, it did give way to one of the best Christmas songs — I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.

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Fun Flower Facts

10 Reasons Why We’re Thankful for Flowers

November 17, 2017

Aside from your friends and family (because we know they’re number one and two on your list!) what are you thankful for? Did flowers make the cut?

Because their colorful blooms can be found in shops, on tables, and in sprawling fields, it can be easy to take flowers for granted. But with Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, we can’t help but think about the many reasons why we’re so thankful to live in a world full of flowers.

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Floral Events & News

Top Veterans Day Parades and Celebrations Around the Country

November 10, 2017

It was nearly a century ago that Armistice Day celebrations welcomed U.S. troops home after their service in World War I. After World War II, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day, in an effort to include veterans of all branches and service. As we approach Veterans Day once again, we’re reminded of the sacrifice thousands of brave men and women have made for our country.

Show your support this year by attending one of the dozens (dare we say hundreds) of Veterans Day celebrations and parades thrown around the country. While we couldn’t fit them all on here, below are our top picks for the most popular and inspiring events to date.

marines standing at attention veterans day

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Fun Flower Facts

All About Chrysanthemums (Mums)

November 3, 2017

Long after most other flowers have called it quits, chrysanthemums are perennials that persevere long throughout the fall — which is of little surprise, seeing as how these flowers have fought to survive for thousands of years. It was 15th century BC that chrysanthemums were first discovered growing in their native land of China. But back then, you wouldn’t find these plants adorning walls or sitting atop tables. Originally, they were solely used as a medicinal herb. Over the years, they gained more and more popularity as a gift-giving flower, rather than a medicine.

In the 18th century, chrysanthemums made their first voyage from China to Europe, with small towns and river communities instantly falling in love with them. It wasn’t until the late 1700s that chrysanthemums made their way into the United States after Colonel John Stevens imported a rather rare variety of “Dark Purple” chrysanthemums from Europe.

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Birthday, Floral Occasions & Holidays, Gifting

November Birthday Gift Ideas for Him and Her

November 1, 2017

The crunch of freshly fallen leaves under your boots. The scent of warm apple pie wafting from the kitchen. The crisp, invigorating air tingling at your fingertips. What could be better than a gorgeous autumn day? Celebrating November birthdays, of course!

Now that November is here, it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones who were born this month. And with nature showing off her true golden colors, you can find inspiration for fall birthday gifts everywhere you turn. When you’re looking for your autumn birthday gifts, think warm, rustic, simple, and colorful. To help you with your search, we’ve gathered a list of his-and-her November birthday gift ideas that your beloved will simply fall head over heels for!

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Gifting

Wedding Gift Etiquette: 7 Things to Know Before Sending a Gift

October 26, 2017

From what to wear to wondering if you can bring your kids, navigating the world of weddings can be difficult. But perhaps the most stressful part of being invited to a wedding is deciding what you’re going to get the happy couple. You want to get them something personal yet practical, and luxurious but cost-effective. So what’s a guest to do? While there’s not one simple answer, we’ve outlined 7 of the most common conundrums gift-giving guests come across, and how they’ve persevered.

Wedding Chairs for Bride & Groom

1. You Don’t Have to Stick to The Registry

The registry gives guests a general sense of what the couple is looking for. It’s in no way a mandatory list of required gifts. If you’re close to the couple and want to get them something funny or personal, don’t let a registry deter you from doing so!

2. Forget the “Cover Your Plate” Rule

How much you spend on a gift should depend on your relationship to the person, not how lavish their wedding is. Typically, a good rule of thumb to follow is:

  • Coworkers or Distant Relatives: $50 – $100.
  • Friend or Relative: $100 – $125
  • Close Friend or Close Relative: $150 – $250

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Flower & Plant Care

How to Keep Orchids Looking Their Best

October 23, 2017

Orchids are well-known for their striking beauty and unique petal shapes — something that entices orchid lovers but can scare away first-time growers. Despite what their exotic looks might suggest, caring for orchids is not much different than caring for ordinary houseplants. In fact, many people would say that orchids are an “ordinary houseplant,” as the desire for them has skyrocketed over the years thanks to their ability to bloom year-after-year. Though orchid care may be a little different than you’re used to, it’s by no means harder!

purple orchids placed in empty living room

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Floral Events & News

Now Blooming: Glow in the Dark Roses

October 18, 2017

Forget growing our own flowers. This season, we’re glowing our flowers — literally! Everyone knows that the real fun always starts when the lights go down. And with the days getting shorter and shorter, it seems only fitting that we embrace the night and all things spooky leading up to Halloween. Enter: Glow in the Dark Roses! By day, these roses make a crisp addition to even the most formal of living rooms. But at night? At night, they transform your space into a glowing green enchanted forest.

glow in the dark flowersAll About Mondial Roses

We instantly knew that the bright, white nature of Mondial Roses would make them the perfect choice for our glowing treatment. These roses typically stand at an impressive two feet tall and adorn a remarkable three-inch bloom. Known for their trendy nature, these delicate petals lay beautifully atop a leafy, green stem.

Get Them Glowing

There are no batteries, chargers, or wires required for our roses! These luminous beauties come to life thanks to the power of the sun. To ensure your roses glow all night long, all you have to do is leave them in a bright room during the day. When the sun goes down, your roses will instantly start to glow. And remember, the longer you leave them to “charge” in the sun, the longer they’ll glow! Continue Reading…

Gifting

Gift Giving in the Modern Age

October 18, 2017
Friends gift giving

Gift giving is so much more than just handing someone a wrapped object — it’s the way we communicate with one another. It’s how we tell someone “I’m happy for you,” “I was thinking of you,” or “I hope this makes you feel better.” But the rules of gift giving aren’t as rigid as they may seem. Across all cultures and decades, the way we express our love and gratitude through gifts is different. Looking back just a decade or two ago, below are a few of the most extreme ways we’ve changed the way we give gifts.

More Meaningful

Today more than ever, people want to see that there was thought behind a gift. Perhaps the bouquet you get for someone’s birthday is filled with the flower that corresponds to their birth month. Or maybe you give a loved one a personalized gift at their housewarming party, like a sign or blanket. You could even have jewelry personalized with important names or dates.

You Don’t Need an Occasion

It used to be that you gave and received gifts only on important days — your birthday, anniversary, or the holidays. Today, gift giving isn’t quite so structured. In fact, people tend to appreciate gifts more when they’re not necessarily required, but just because their loved one was thinking of them.

 

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