Flower & Plant Care

All About Succulents

July 14, 2017
succulent plant

While you may not recognize the name right away, odds are, you’re one of the many people who love succulents. After all, what’s not to love about them? Succulents are essentially another name for uniquely beautiful desert plants, like, aloe vera, snake plants, or jade.  Indoor growing of succulent plants can be tricky, but with a few helpful tips, you can care for your plants properly.

succulent plant dish garden

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Fun Flower Facts

How to Make it Feel Like Summer in Your Office

July 12, 2017
Desk with laptop and plants

When the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the ice cream man can be heard in the distance, it can be hard focusing on your work in the office. While summer may not be the blissful three month long vacation that it was when you were a kid, that doesn’t mean it still can’t be amazing. So instead of spending your days longing for the great outdoors, bring the spirit of summer right into your office.

Add Greenery

What’s the number one way to make your office feel like paradise? Flowers, flowers, and more flowers! Place a vase full of tropical orchids, lilies, or sunflowers on your desk for a sight and smell that’s truly relaxing. And since studies have shown that plants can improve the productivity of an office, you may even be able to convince your company to cover the cost of some of your greenery!

Desk with laptop and plants

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Floral Events & News

Passport Day is July 11th!

July 10, 2017

With plenty of birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions happening everyday, we understand that calendars fill up quickly and gifting can be difficult! As a solution, we developed Celebrations Passport®, a yearly loyalty program, extending across our family of brands, that provides access to Free Shipping or No Service Charges on eligible orders. In the spirit of easy and stress-free gifting, we decided to celebrate our loyal customers with a day filled with even greater discounts, deals and offers. Whether you are new to Celebrations Passport® or a returning member, learn more about what makes Passport Day so special – and why it is something we will look forward to year after year!

What is Passport Day?

Passport Day is a way to say “Thanks!” to our loyal customers by offering a special day this summer filled with exclusive deals and offers, prizes, and social giveaways. Here’s what to look out for on July 11th:

  • Special discounts on best-selling products across our family of brands: 1-800-Flowers.com, 1-800-Baskets.com, Cheryl’s Cookies, Fruitbouquets.com, Harry & David, The Popcorn Factory, and Wolferman’s.
  • Special offers when you shop early on Passport Day
  • Special offers when you shop eGift Cards on Passport Day
  • Product giveaways, free Passport memberships and more on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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How-To's

Sunflower Decor Ideas

July 7, 2017

The sunflower has been adopted as a symbol of happiness, strength, a love of the sun and sunlight. Because the sunflower always turns its face to the sun, it has also come to symbolize faith and the constant search for light, or enlightenment. Everybody loves sunflowers!

Here are a few ways to incorporate the irresistible beauty and warmth of the sunflower into your next summer get-together.

Vintage Sunflower Tabletop

Sunflower Tablescape with DIY Placemats

Use Antique Single Flower Vases

For an updated twist on a traditional centerpiece, an assortment of vintage-style green and yellow bottles, each holding a single sunflower, are lined down the center of the table creating a garden of sunflowers with their faces looking up to the sun!

Sunflower Tablescape Top View

How to Make Sunflower Placemats

Sunflowers come in many different colors and sizes—from mini to giant. Our super-size sunflower placemats make a big impact and are easy to make!

Supplies for DIY Sunflower Placemats

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard circle – approximately 10″ in diameter
  • Salal leaves – 20-25 leaves in various sizes (fake leaves can work too for a longer lasting placemat)
  • Glue
  • Yellow spray paint
  • Brown paint
  • Sponge

DIY Sunflower Placemats Step-by-Step

Step 1

Cut one cardboard circle for each placemat. (This is a good use for old cardboard boxes!) Each circle should be about 10″. I used a dinner plate as a template to trace a circle onto the cardboard, which worked perfectly. Use the sponge to add brown paint to your circle, leaving a bit of the original cardboard color showing through to create a textured look for your sunflower center.

Step 2

Cut all of the salal leaves from the stem and spray paint them yellow. Once they have dried, glue the wider end of the larger sized leaves to the edge of the cardboard circle.

Step 3

Glue the smaller leaves between each of the larger leaves.

With fresh salal leaves, the sunflower placemats can be made a day or two before you plan to use them. Keep them flat and in a cool place.

Entertainment

Coastal Chic Color Palette

July 7, 2017

Coastal Inspiration- Summer Entertaining

Beach Inspired Decor for a Summer Soiree

Keep your floral varieties classic, such as roses and orchids, and use just one variety per arrangement and mass it out for maximum impact.

Coastal Flowers- Roses in a Conch Shell

To design in a large shell simply place a piece of saturated floral foam in the opening of the shell, cut the floral stems short and insert into the floral foam until the entire opening is filled with flowers. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Say “Happy Birthday” in 50 Different Languages

July 6, 2017
Birthday party

The words may be different, but the love you feel when someone wishes you a happy birthday is universally known. Birthdays aren’t just about streamers, balloons, and cake (though those certainly don’t hurt!), they’re about coming together to celebrate your loved one’s past, present, and future.

Friends Celebrating at a birthday party

The next time it’s your friend or family member’s birthday, surprise them by wishing them a happy birthday in one of these 50 different languages. Continue Reading…

Romance

How to Wow Her on Your Anniversary

July 3, 2017
Young man surprising woman with flowers

When it comes to planning the perfect anniversary, I think we can all agree that women tend to take the lead. So before your special day even arrives, surprise your wife by letting her know that you’ll be taking care of all the anniversary festivities this year. Not only will she be impressed that you really want to take charge, but it will give her the chance to be surprised by you. So now that you’re calling the shots, what are you going to do? If you’re stuck on finding fun and original ideas, we’ve compiled a list of five surefire ways to wow her throughout the day!Young man surprising woman with flowers

Step 1: Start with Breakfast in Bed

Instead of your usual morning routine of jumping out of bed, chugging coffee, and heading for the door, take time to make this morning special. Set your alarm for a bit earlier, sneak out of bed, and prepare breakfast for her. Then, wake her up with the sweet smell of pancakes, bacon, and eggs. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

The Ultimate Summer Birthday Theme: Birthday Luau

July 1, 2017
Aloha written in sand

No matter how old you are, there are some birthday party themes that will always be classics. Case in point — a Hawaiian luau! So if you can’t take the party to Hawaii this summer, bring Hawaii to the party! With these tips on everything from traditional food dishes to creative decor, here’s everything you’ll need to to create an extravagant luau birthday party.

Aloha written in sand

The Menu

Give your guests a taste of what life is like on the islands by updating traditional Hawaiian dishes.

Make Your Own Kabobs

Kabobs are a staple on the main lands of Hawaii and there are hundreds of ways to make them. The day of your party, cut marinated meat into cubes and let everyone create their own appetizer. For guests who prefer more vegetarian options, you can throw a few pieces of fruit on the grill and make tasty fruit kabobs. Continue Reading…

Lifestyle

FLOWER(S) TO THE PEOPLE

June 30, 2017

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” I have been bringing “Flowers to the People”! It has been so much fun sharing the joy that flowers and plants bring into people’s life. Here are a few images of a couple of the events that I was a part of!

Nurse’s Appreciation Week

Every year for the last few years, 1-800-Flowers.com has participated in Nurse’s Appreciation activities at Winthrop Hospital. It’s a chance to say thank you for all the hard work that these professionals do every day to take care of those in need. It takes a special person to give so much of themselves. And it takes so little to say thank you!

Two Young Women Wearing Flower Crowns

This year, in honor of the Summer of Love, we created a DIY Flower Crown bar. We demonstrated the various techniques used to make floral crowns from the very simple to the more complicated. Flower crowns are so popular now that everyone was thrilled to learn a little something to be able to make their own or just to get ideas and inspiration for upcoming showers, birthday parties, weddings, etc. Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

DIY Red, White & Blue Floral
4th of July Crafts

June 28, 2017

Fourth of July celebrations (and decorations) are the best! Whether you’re celebrating America’s birthday with friends and family on the beach or in your backyard, here are some easy ways to add little patriotic touches of red, white and blue with these fun DIY floral 4th of July decoration ideas!

DIY Mason Jar American Flag Vase

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Seriously, is there anything you can’t do with a few mason jars? I took three small, clear mason jars and painted them in a stars and stripes tribute to Old Glory. One stem of blue hydrangea in each and you have a beautiful, fun, inexpensive centerpiece. You could paint a couple more while you’re at it and use them to hold cutlery or straws, or even tea lights, creating a festive look for evening festivities.

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