Floral Occasions & Holidays

The History of Valentine’s Day

January 22, 2019

valentines-day-february-14thValentine’s Day is essentially the most romantic day of the year, but have you ever wondered why an entire day was dedicated to telling our loved ones how we feel? After all, you should be able to show your appreciation for someone every day of the year! Well, the truth is that Valentine’s Day wasn’t necessarily always about sending Valentine’s flowers, exchanging gifts and munching on some of the sweetest treats – here’s how it really all began.

Who Was St. Valentine?

Although three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus are recognized by the Catholic Church, one of the most popular Valentine’s Day legends is centered on the saint that was a Roman priest during the third century. At this particular time, history explains that there was an emperor named Claudius who felt that single men, rather than men who were married and/or had children, were better off as soldiers. As a result, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for men, at which point saint Valentine stepped in to marry men and women despite the emperor’s ruling. Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

14 Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

January 20, 2019

While we know Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, there is plenty more to the holiday than just that. 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. But just how many flowers, candy and teddy bears is it really?

Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or coupled up for Valentine’s Day, here are a few fun facts about our most beloved holiday.

Couple holding hands

Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Perform the Perfect Valentine’s Day Proposal

January 20, 2019

From the time she’s old enough to understand exactly what a wedding is, every little girl dreams about walking down the aisle dressed like a princess to find her prince waiting for her at the other end. But before she can get to that, she needs to experience the proposal. While some gents prefer to make the big day a complete surprise, others choose to pop the question during a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration – could it get any sweeter? If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day proposal this year, here are a few tips to help you guarantee that your lucky lady says yes:

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

Love Songs for Romantic Card Messages

January 16, 2019

Romantic Love SongsRoses are red, violets are blue…and let’s face it, most of us aren’t natural born poets.

Sometimes it’s best to let the music do the talking, and that goes for when you’re trying to send the perfect anniversary, engagement, wedding or Valentine’s Day message to your sweetheart.

Sending romantic flowers is a good start, but filling out the card can be tough. Drawing inspiration from your favorite song or a classic love song can help. Here are some romantic songs to get you in the mood sorted by genre.  Another cool idea is to make a “Best Love Songs” mixtape for your sweetie and just push play!

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Romance

History of Love Sayings

January 6, 2019

If you’ve fallen madly in love with someone, sometimes a simple, “I love you” just won’t suffice. For centuries, writers have dazzled us with their ability to describe the seemingly indescribable feeling of love. Below we explore the origins and meanings of some of our favorite sayings about love.

Love You to The Moon and Back

Every night, thousands of parents turn their children’s lights off, start to shut the door and whisper, “I love you to the moon and back.” The phrase of course means that you love someone a lot (477,710 miles to be exact), but where did the expression come from? The phrase originated from the best selling picture book, Guess How Much I Love You by sam McBratney.

The entire passage reads:
‘I love you up to the moon,’ said Little Nutbrown Hare.
‘Oh, that’s far,’ said Big Nutbrown Hare. ‘That is very far.’ Big Nutbrown Hare settles Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves.
He leaned over and kissed him goodnight. Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, ‘I love you to the moon and back.’

Moon over the ocean

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

Deliver Valentine Smiles With Funny Valentine’s Day Messages

January 5, 2019

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Bouquet of FlowersThere’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!

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Early Valentine's Day Gift

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Surprise Date

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Exes
Click here to e-mail or share any of these funny Valentines Day messages with your Valentine!

Christmas & Holidays

DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

December 18, 2018

Learn how to make Santa’s hat out of strawberries and flowers!

Everyone loves Santa and everyone loves Santa’s hat! Put one on and it’s an instant party! Anyone can wear one – young or old, big or little, animal or human! Don’t believe me? Check out our truly original Santa Paws a-DOG-able and see for yourself!
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I decided to have a little fun with Santa’s hat and make one entirely out of fresh flowers to complement the mini hats that we made out of fresh strawberries. These are great ideas that are so easy and will make you look like quite the “hostess with the mostess” at your holiday brunch for the girls! Include a little spiked peppermint hot chocolate and let the merriment begin!
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Holiday Decorations

DIY Holiday Flower Tree

December 14, 2018

Here are the basic step-by-step instructions for making one of 1-800-Flowers.com’s most cherished holiday arrangements, the Holiday Flower Tree (otherwise known as a tabletop tree-shaped arrangement). Once you master the basics, the sky’s the limit as far as creating unique, personalized trees in various sizes and containers.

Holiday Flower Tree
What You Need

  • Assorted Fresh Greens
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Floral Foam
  • Clippers
  • Waterproof Tape
  • Decorations
  • Green Sticks
  • Utility Container

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Entertainment

Holiday Flower Tree™ DIY FUNdraiser

December 13, 2018

The only way that spending a little time with a bunch of friends, learning new skills, and creating your very own Holiday Flower Tree® could get any better would be if it benefited a good cause. And that’s exactly what happened when my sister-in-law, Kathy, opened her home and invited a few of her neighborhood girlfriends in to join in the fun.Female Friends with DIY Holiday Flower Tree Creations
Each guest made a contribution to Smile Farms at IGHL, an organization that is near and dear to my heart. 1800-Flowers.com graciously stepped up and donated all the materials needed for this workshop, which allowed us to make a nice holiday donation to Smile Farms on behalf of this group of friends. Continue Reading…