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Kristina Libby

Why We Need Community in Moments of Mourning Now More Than Ever

September 15, 2020
Kristina Libby with Pink Floral Heart

From recalling happy memories to celebrating a life well lived, our new series, Reimagining Grief, encourages you to rethink your understanding of grief. Whether you’re searching for ideas to honor a loved one, are seeking inspiration to brighten someone’s day, or are looking for supportive communities, our experts – from those who have experienced loss to professional therapists – are here to show you that positivity lives on. Through personal stories and uplifting videos, we’re here to guide you to a peaceful, pleasant mindset.

When I created my first floral heart, I didn’t know why I was doing it. I simply felt compelled to do something for those dying from COVID-19 and for those around me who were suffering. However, as I have spent the last many months engaged in deep study on the rituals around death and dying, I’ve come to better understand the role that community can play in moments of tragedy. Community mourning makes death more tolerable. 

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Kristina Libby

Moving Forward: Understanding and Reimagining Loss

September 14, 2020
Floral Heart on Wood

From recalling happy memories to celebrating a life well lived, our new series, Reimagining Grief, encourages you to rethink your understanding of grief. Whether you’re searching for ideas to honor a loved one, are seeking inspiration to brighten someone’s day, or are looking for supportive communities, our experts – from those who have experienced loss to professional therapists – are here to show you that positivity lives on. Through personal stories and uplifting videos, we’re here to guide you to a peaceful, pleasant mindset.

When my high school boyfriend’s sister died, I remember watching their family suffer through the moment in a sort of catatonic blindness. His mother sobbed in grief. His father sat numbly. The other siblings walked around silent, crying and reckless. None of us had the vocabulary or familiarity with death to understand and mourn the sudden loss of a child — and perhaps no one ever does. However, I do believe that if we all had had more conversations about death, more familiarity with death, and more understanding of the grieving process, the moment would have been different.

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How Artist Kristina Libby Brought Comfort to Her City Through Floral Heart Designs

September 11, 2020
Floral Heart with Fountain

From recalling happy memories to celebrating a life well lived, our new series, Reimagining Grief, encourages you to rethink your understanding of grief. Whether you’re searching for ideas to honor a loved one, are seeking inspiration to brighten someone’s day, or are looking for supportive communities, our experts – from those who have experienced loss to professional therapists – are here to show you that positivity lives on. Through personal stories and uplifting videos, we’re here to guide you to a peaceful, pleasant mindset.

Creativity can be used to express a range of emotions, and after suffering a traumatic brain injury, it’s what artist Kristina Libby relied on to get herself through tough times. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Kristina used her imagination to bring comfort to the public in the form of floral heart arrangements. We were fortunate enough to catch up with her and discuss the inspiration behind her selfless project she shared with the world.

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New Year, New Challenges: Back-to-School Tips and Solutions

September 10, 2020
Teacher with Mask

Back to School Banner

Staying Connected features the many ways you can keep-in-touch with loved ones during difficult times. From stories highlighting generosity to tips on staying connected, we’ll bring you expert advice, inspiration, and great ways to ensure you maintain contact with the people who mean the most to you. 

 2020 is shaping up to be a year unlike any other. This is especially true for parents and educators who face unprecedented challenges as children enter a new school year with COVID-19 on everyone’s minds. 

Whether your child will be attending school in-person or participating in virtual classes from home, teachers want to keep everyone safe while providing a sense of continuity. Read on for more information from educators about how to ensure your family’s success during this school year’s transition. Continue Reading…

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Top 8 Reasons Grandparents are the Greatest

September 4, 2020
Grandpa and Grandma

Celebration Inspiration is a new series all about bringing you top-notch advice and creative ideas to make the most of life’s special momentsWhether you’re celebrating a birthday, holiday, or any noteworthy occasionwe’re here to share fun, festive tips that will make a lasting impression. 

Grandpa and Grandma

Grandparents 

They’re the roots of our family, holding us all together. They’re the piece that keeps the family puzzle in place. They’re the family members that show us unshakable compassion, attention, and love— and honestly they’re nine times out of 10 our favorite relatives, too.  

Grandparents are a big deal, and we love them so much there’s even a nationally recognized holiday dedicated to them. Why? Because it’s the one day out of the whole year we can devote all of our attention to the people who spend the rest of the year showering us with affection and love. 

In honor of Grandparents Day, which falls on September 13th this year (quick, mark your calendars!), we thought we’d run down a quick list why grandparents are the absolute greatest.   Continue Reading…

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How to Create a Memory Journal for Grandparents’ Day

September 2, 2020
Grandparents' Day Memory Journal

 It’s incredible how you can know someone so well while not knowing much about their past. This is especially true with grandparents. With Grandparents’ Day coming up on September 13th, why not take this chance to interview Grandma and Grandpa (or have your children interview your parents) to learn some interesting family history? Then, record their answers in a memory journal. Below are 15 questions to get you started. 

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Virtual Learning: Helpful Back-to-School Tips

August 12, 2020
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Advice from Interns Who Experienced It & Educational Experts  

Each year, the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. Enterprise embarks on an internship program, but due to the times we’re now living in, this summer has been a little different. In honor of BacktoSchool and International Youth Day on August 12th, we asked our interns about their interesting school year in regards to virtual learning as well as their virtual internship experience. We think their learnings can be helpful to students and teachers as they head back to the classroom, whether virtually or in person with a new view. 

In addition to speaking to our interns who have experienced virtual learning firsthand, there are also tons of educational resources to help get you comfortable, with tips ranging from making checklists and reducing distractions, to encouraging movement and giving positive feedback.  

As our Founder Jim McCann said, “Be curious. Every interaction gives you a chance to learn, to adjust your perspective, and get a new insight.” During this time, its so important we work together and learn from each other and we hope you find these back-to-school tips helpful 

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Tips for Practicing Meditation

July 20, 2020
Lindsey Gaterman

The practice of meditation can fuel positivity, improve focus, and reduce stress, especially in current times. Each week at 1-800-Flowers, our meditation instructor, Lindsey Gaterman, has been hosting virtual classes for employees to help them relax during this uncertain time. So far, the results have been nothing but positive. Below are our meditation tips from Lindsey that we’d like to share with you. Through repetition and practice, these exercises can become a habit you can make a part of your everyday life.

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An Interview with Jason Wu

July 7, 2020
Jason Wu Wild Beauty

Jason Wu Wild Beauty Logo

We’re beyond excited to team up with renowned fashion designer Jason Wu on Wild Beauty, a collection of runway-inspired bouquets that celebrate unique inner beauty.
Jason Wu Wild Beauty, Fashion Inspired Bouquets
Wu is a leading global design talent who’s merged classic American sportswear elements with a refined couture sensibility to create an internationally recognized brand. Since debuting his Ready-to-Wear collection in 2007, he’s been dedicated to making clothes that are beautifully crafted from the inside out. Not to mention, he dresses some of the most influential and stylish women in the world.

We sat down with Jason to get every last detail of this ultimate fashion-meets-floral collaboration.
Jason Wu Wild Beauty
How did this partnership come about?
I actually grew up around flowers (my father was an avid gardener), and I’ve had a deep love for them ever since. As a designer, flowers have come to play a significant role in my Ready-to-Wear collections and have been prominently featured in my shows, including many provided by 1-800-Flowers. So when the team approached me about introducing a fresh, new design aesthetic to their collection, I felt it was the perfect fit. Continue Reading…

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An Interview with Alice’s Table Founder, Alice Lewis

June 29, 2020

1-800-Flowers.com is excited to team up with lifestyle and events brand, Alice’s Table, to engage customers through fun-filled experiential and immersive floral workshops.

Perfect for connecting and celebrating with family, friends and coworkers, the 1-800- Flowers.com + Alice’s Table workshop collaboration offers an exciting schedule of virtual floral arranging events, with design themes that change seasonally. During these interactive workshops, guests learn, step-by-step, how to create a beautiful bouquet with a talented Alice’s Table floral host.

We were lucky enough to chat with Alice’s Table Founder Alice Lewis to get more information about her awesome workshop program.

How did this collaboration come about?

Since our start, it has been my dream to secure a consistent nationwide floral supply that both supports our business owner’s growth and allows us to provide our customers with a best-in-class experience. So, I reached out to 1-800-Flowers.com CEO, Chris McCann, to explore the opportunity of collaboration. Chris welcomed the conversation and has been such a pleasure to work with. Seven months later, here we are! We are so excited to be working with the 1-800-Flowers.com team on this workshop collaboration, and if you know me at all, you know that I always have the next thing up my sleeve!
Alice Lewis, Alice's Table Founder

Tell us all about the Floral Workshop Collaboration. 

Of course! Together with 1-800-Flowers.com we are bringing fun-filled virtual and live floral workshops to customers nationwide. Each guest is provided with a floral arranging kit, which includes beautiful farm-fresh flowers and a stylish vase. You will then learn step-by-step how to create a beautiful seasonal arrangement in an interactive workshop. The majority of our workshops are taught by one of our talented Event Execs, but I am excited to be hosting public virtual masterclasses if you are looking to take your skills to the next level!

We also offer private workshops – think bridal showers, birthdays, corporate events – where guests gather (virtually or in person!) to connect, create a beautiful arrangement step-by-step with a floral expert, and enjoy all the fun of an Alice’s Table workshop in an intimate and customized setting.
Alice's Table Floral Workshop

Can you tell us a little about your collections and what we can expect in the next few months?

Each season we release a new floral recipe collection featuring seasonally-inspired color palettes and florals. This year our collections have been inspired by some of my favorite international trips and the rich culture of each location. Our current collection, Summer In Mexico, features bright and bold florals with a tropical flair – an all-time favorite of mine!

In August, we will be launching our Fall collection. While I can’t let you in on the collection theme just yet, it will feature a much richer and moodier color palette, with completely new textures and aesthetics.

Amazing! How can readers join an upcoming workshop?

You can sign up for an upcoming virtual or in-person event here! Workshops are selling out fast, so I recommend signing up soon – you can never have too many flowers or girl’s nights in your life, right?