How-To's

Happy Birthday Snow People

January 2, 2020

Who better to deliver birthday wishes on a chilly winter day than a happy little snowman? Think about it: Have you ever seen a snowman who didn’t have a smile on his face? Snowmen are a celebration of winter, unexpected snow days, and family fun. The best part about the snowmen (or “snow ladies”) in this post is that they can stay inside, sharing birthday smiles without melting!

DIY Snowman Without Snow

This happy little guy is the finishing touch to a birthday vignette of floral cakes and cupcakes. And you won’t believe what I used to create him! At a recent Design Council held at 1800Flowers.com headquarters, one of our talented florist-franchisees, Mimi Lee from 1-800 Flowers|4GiftSeattle, showed us how to make a snowman using corn starch and hair conditioner! When I started working on this story I did some research and found many snowman recipes that call for corn starch and shaving cream. I did a little experimenting and went with the shaving cream version but both work great! It’s a fabulous fun sensory activity to do with kids too! Continue Reading…

Flower & Plant Shop Corner

Best Indoor Flowers and Plants For The Winter

January 2, 2020

Undoubtedly one of the best parts about summer is the fact that our gardens are in full bloom. Between those located in our backyards and on commercial properties, you can find some of the nicest landscapes around during the warmer months! But then there’s winter, and as the trees lose their leaves, our thriving gardens also begin to wilt. However, that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants during this time of year too; you just have to bring them indoors! Below, find out a few different species of flowers and plants that we recommend:

Dish Garden

A major benefit of dish gardens is that they are easy to maintain, so unlike all of the work you may have to do outdoors during the summer months, taking care of these indoors can be a piece of cake! Essentially, dish gardens are like a miniature garden that you can build right inside your home – just make sure that you use plants and/or flowers that thrive under the same conditions.

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Floral Events & News

2020 Plant of the Year: The Pilea Peperomioides Plant

December 26, 2019

Plants have slowly become a staple in modern interiors in the 21st century. With so many varieties of sizes, shapes, and color it can feel overwhelming to choose your newest plant baby. Make the choice easy with the official 2020 Plant of the Year, the Pilea Peperomioides plant! This plant is a mouthful to pronounce so it’s no surprise that it has attracted a number of nicknames like “The Chinese Money Plant”, “The UFO Plant” and “The Pancake Plant”. This plant has become a staple in plant parent’s #shelfie on Instagram for its distinct and attractive shape. Originally grown in Yunnan Province in Southwest China, the Pilea’s rounded leaves is an attention magnet in any home or apartment.

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Entertainment, Julie's Blog

Creative Workshops: Part 1

December 19, 2019

Exciting things are happening at 1-800 Flowers.com and I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to share all the exciting news with you!  I have been working with the team at 1-800 Flowers Corporate and the crew at the 1-800 Flowers retail store in Carle Place to put together a calendar of Creative Workshops.  We have done of number of floral and plant DIY classes over the last few months in Carle Place to much success.

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Floral Events & News

2020 Flower of the Year:
Gerbera Daisy

December 19, 2019

A new year is a time to move forward and create new goals and new habits, create new favorites and new opportunities. Welcome new happiness and new beginnings with the 2020 Flower of the Year – The Gerbera Daisy. Daisies get their name from the Old English phrase “day’s eye” since the flower blossoms at the first sight of dawn. Daisies have added health benefits outside of being easy on the eyes – they are eatable and have a high level of vitamin C. In the past they have been brewed into teas to relieve indigestion, coughs, and back pain. 

gerbera daisy arrangement

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Christmas Centerpieces: Dress Your Table With Wintry Magic

December 16, 2019
Christmas Centerpiece

It’s that magical time of year when families and friends gather to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Guests of all ages converge for the festivities, transporting gifts and exchanging hugs. No doubt, the joyous chatter will eclipse any sound coming from the holiday movie on television. Chaos aside, these are unforgettable moments when memories are chiseled into our minds to be treasured for many generations; they trigger memories of Christmases past and set ablaze a sense of wonder that only happens once a year.

Holiday Centerpieces that delight the senses

Arriving guests will notice a mélange of sights and sounds, but it’s the sense of smell that commands centerstage. Although aromas from the kitchen may be heavenly there is a breathtaking scent from the realm of nature that is unrivaled. Yet, in December with most activities restricted to indoors, engaging with nature requires more effort. The sun wraps itself in a cloak a little earlier each day and slips behind the curtain, taking its shafts of golden beams with it. In these light-deprived days, Mother Nature spends more time painting the night sky with stardust, but she does not neglect ripening her soul-caressing flowers for Christmas. She has adorned them with grandeur and explosive bursts of color, as evidenced by her magnificent crimson Christmas poinsettia. This is the ideal time of year to bring nature’s masterpieces indoors – in a resplendent Christmas centerpiece.

Christmas Centerpiece

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

The Most Popular Christmas Flowers to Decorate With

December 9, 2019

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.

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Poinsettias

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!

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Christmas & Holidays, Holiday Decorations

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree & Decoration Ideas

December 8, 2019

I love Christmas! And I love decorating Christmas trees. The main tree in my home tends to be pretty traditional, changing only slightly from year to year, with new ornaments added here and there. So what I want to talk about is the beauty and versatility of fresh tabletop Christmas trees. These beautiful arrangements are usually handcrafted by your local florist and make great gifts. As a matter of fact, the Holiday Flower Tree® has been a best seller since it was first introduced by 1-800-Flowers over 15 years ago!!

If you have a little time and want to get creative, these trees are pretty easy to make. The basic instructions are the same for whatever size tree you want. The smaller the tree, the faster and easier it will be to construct, of course. Petite trees are so sweet and can be tucked into so many unexpected spots. Larger trees, on the other hand, allow you to create a completely custom look based on your choice of container, decorations and color scheme.

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Christmas & Holidays

DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

December 7, 2019

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

Everyone knows Santa’s iconic red and white hat! Put one on for instant holiday spirit.
santa-hat-treats
I decided to have a little fun and make one entirely out of fresh flowers. Not only are they creative, but they’re so easy to make and will make you look like the “hostess with the mostess” at your next holiday get-together!
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