Connections

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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Lifestyle

Sunflower Smiles

July 16, 2020

I wanted to share a just a few of the smiles that were created during a recent Sunflowers for Smile Farms fundraiser.  The fundraiser came about when the owner of Dos Gringos, a flower farm in California that 1-800 Flowers is proud to partner with, reached out to me about some extra sunflowers they had.  It was at the beginning of the quarantine and everything was on hold – but the flowers were in bloom and ready for harvesting!

At the same time, the big annual fundraising event for Smile Farms, Inc. had just been canceled due to the pandemic.  Smile Farms is the signature philanthropic  partner of 1-800 Flowers and my brother Kevin is a farmer at Smile Farms at IGHL.   So, when I got that call from Dos Gringos, I knew exactly what we could do with those sunflowers!

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Fun Flower Facts

Most Popular Flower Types

July 12, 2020
alstroemerias

Flowers come in thousands of different shapes and color combinations, each with their own name and classification. There are over 400,000 types of flowering plants, so there is sure to be a flower that speaks to your unique personality! If that seems like a lot to sort through have no fear – here is a quick list of some of the most popular flower types:

Alstroemerias

Alstroemerias are more often called either Peruvian Lilies or Lilies of the Incas and are native to South America. Peruvian Lilies come in a variety of warm colors like pink and orange and are symbolic of friendship, wealth and devotion. These flowers bloom in late spring/early summer when exposed to direct sunlight and watered weekly (water more often when you notice soil looking dry, water less when the soil looks soggy).

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Flower & Plant Shop Corner, Fun Flower Facts

Health Benefits of House Plants

July 11, 2020

Plants—they’re alive, colorful, scented , and did we mention just plain beautiful? While many people are aware of the many decorative benefits of plants, few realize that they have the ability to improve your mental and physical health. Whether you live in the “Concrete Jungle” or the vineyards of Northern California, every home can benefit from bringing the great outdoors inside.

They Reduce Stress Levels

Have you ever noticed that the minute you step out into a lush forest or beautiful park, you instantly feel at ease? It’s not your imagination—people actually feel calmer when surrounded by greenery. Continue Reading…

Connections

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…

Fun Flower Facts

What is Each Wedding Anniversary’s Flower?

July 6, 2020

While you’ve probably heard that the symbol for 25 years of marriage is silver, or that 50 years is celebrated with gold, did you know that most anniversaries are also honored with their own flower? If you’re about to celebrate an anniversary, commemorate your blooming relationship with its corresponding flower.

Mr. and Mrs. wedding chair signs

1st Anniversary: Carnation

Because of their youthful and vibrant full bloom, carnations have long been used to represent young, passionate love. And nothing says young, passionate love like newlyweds! The first year of marriage is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life, hence why it’s usually referred to as, “the honeymoon phase.”

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Holiday Decorations

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

June 28, 2020

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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Connectivity

The Most Treasured Gifts Cannot be Bought

June 15, 2020
Dad and daughter cooking

Dad and daughter cooking

Share Your Story of Your Father

We have the incredible power to influence how people feel

Father’s Day is a chance to pause and reflect on what a wonderful job our fathers have done. It’s an opportunity for you to do something your dad, grandfather, or a father figure in your life, will remember forever. We can express ourselves in person, make them a handwritten card, send a text or let the whole world know how much we love our dad in a social media post. These calendared events are important because they remind us to take the time to tell the people in our lives that we love and admire them. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Father’s Day Coupons: Fun Gift Ideas from the Kids

June 15, 2020
Car wash coupon

Car wash coupon

Sometimes the Best Gifts for Dad Come from the Heart

These Father’s Day coupons may not seem like much, but they have a whole lot of meaning to them! From breakfast in bed to cutting the grass, allow Dad to redeem them throughout the year for a thoughtful gift that goes a long way. Our variety of fun and meaningful ideas makes it easy to personalize a coupon book just for Dad with tasks he’ll appreciate, such as being relieved from trash duty! These Father’s Day coupons are an easy and inexpensive gift that come straight from the heart. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Ways to Celebrate Dad This Father’s Day in a New Normal

June 5, 2020
Father's Day dish garden

Whether Near or Far, Here are Ways to #MakeDadsDay

As we ease back into a new normal, Father’s Day festivities are going to be a little different this year. Whether your celebration is smaller than usual or you can only be with Dad virtually, there are still ways to #MakeDadsDay this June 21st. From enjoying a small backyard barbecue to hosting a happy hour over video chat, we rounded up a few fun Father’s Day ideas so you can show Dad how much he means to you.

Father's Day truffles

Small Gathering Father’s Day Ideas & Safety Tips

With safety being a priority, you can make Dad’s day extra special. From grilling burgers on the patio to riding bikes around the neighborhood, surprise him with a day he’ll cherish forever. If you’re hosting a small gathering, remember to keep your distance from others and wear masks when required. No matter your decision, we rounded up Father’s Day activities that will allow Dad to spend quality time with you, which is the greatest gift of all.

    • Have a backyard barbecue
    • Set up a picnic
    • Go camping in the backyard
    • Enjoy a bike ride
    • Go fishing at the lake
    • Host a game night
    • Watch a movie marathon

Don’t Forget the Father’s Day Card or eCard

You can’t give Dad a gift without a card! Heartfelt and sweet, check out our free Father’s Day printables and eCards. Whether you’re celebrating Dad, your husband, or any special guy, we have greetings for the supermen in your life. Continue Reading…