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Memorial Day Garland DIY

May 21, 2020

Here’s an idea for a festive Memorial Day garland made from things that you already have around your house. For example, who doesn’t have a ton of corrugated boxes from all the deliveries we’ve all been getting these days?  There are so many crafty things that you can do with the cardboard.

DIY Memorial Day garland to say thank you to American heroes

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20 Inspirational Quotes for the Class of 2020

May 19, 2020
Graduation cap 2020

Honor your grad by sharing one of these inspirational graduation quotes as they journey through their rite of passage. Perfect for graduation cards, personalized gifts, or Instagram captions, these words of wisdom will solidify their big achievement, whether they’re moving up from middle school or graduating college.

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Patriotic Decorations

May 11, 2020

Memorial Day celebrations may be different this year but you can still decorate your home in red, white, and blue.  Whether you’re celebrating virtually with friends and family, or having a barbecue with your household, these DIY patriotic decorations will help bring the American spirit to your home.

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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Tips for Practicing Meditation

May 6, 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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How to Celebrate Virtual Graduations

May 1, 2020
graduation cap with flowers

Amongst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still room for celebration. All across the country, the class of 2020 is graduating! Many graduations have been moved to online platforms so that the accomplishments of high school and college graduates can be recognized – even if it is from your own living room. If it’s a daughter, son, cousin, or friend graduating, join in on the fun with these tips for a virtual graduation extravaganza! 
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Zoom Party 

Zoom isn’t just for business meetings! Spend some time holding a Zoom Party for your graduate with all your friends and family. It is a great way to be able to get some social interaction into the day while in quarantine, and a great surprise for your graduate! It has been trendy to also include some sort of dress code or background for the zoom party so it feels like a real occasion. Some themes we’ve been loving are Roaring Twenties, Throwback Thursday, and Black Tie! It’s a party fitting for the tech-savvy Gen Z.  

Send A Gift 

As year-end traditions are being challenged, send a classic congratulations gift for the grad like! Simply send a gift straight to their door to let them know that you are proud of their momentous occasion. Deliveries are contactless so it is a great option to adhere to social distancing measures while still putting a smile on their face. These are some of our favorite gifts: 

Vibrant Floral Medley™ for Graduation 

Celebrate your grad with a bright, beautiful bouquet fitting for the spring season! The Vibrant Floral Medley showcases an arrangement of blooms in cheerful pops of orange, pink and yellow, with plenty of lush greenery mixed in. It is the perfect graduation bouquet to show them how proud you are of their big achievement. 

Star Graduate™ Dipped Strawberries 

Know a grad with a sweet tooth? These graduation themed chocolate-dipped strawberries say congratulations in the most delicious way.  Our scrumptious strawberries are dipped in rich chocolate and hand-decorated in a white chocolate drizzle, four of them displaying the numbers 2-0-2-0. The only thing wrong with these is they look too good to eat! 

Way To Go Grad™ Fruit Bouquet 

Stand out with a unique bouquet for your grad with the Way To Go Grad Fruit Bouquet. Fresh strawberries, pineapple, oranges, grapes, and melon dipped in decadent milk chocolate and white chocolate drizzle – our mouth is watering just thinking about it! Decorated with specially cut fruits that say “#2020” and a Congrats Grad balloon, it’s a gift they’ll never forget.  

Brunch at Home

Normally you get to go out to eat to celebrate after graduation, but you can still make the day special with a showstopper meal at home or delivered from your favorite local restaurant! Eggs, pancakes, fruits, mimosas we can go on and on! Making a special meal for your grad with their favorite foods is a personal way to celebrate their big day with them specifically in mind.  

Virtual graduations don’t have to be dull – make it unique instead! You may even want to keep some of these events as a new tradition for graduations.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! 

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Staying Busy & Connected, Petal Talk Chats with Norma

May 1, 2020

We were first introduced to Norma Gregorio when she received one of our birthday flower cakes from her family for her 88th birthday. Since they couldn’t be together in person during this time to celebrate, she sent them a video which made it’s way to Good Morning America.

We were so taken by this story, and Norma’s positive outlook on life that we wanted to chat more with her about how she is staying connected during this time. Thank you Norma for taking the time to share your story.

“L’avventura e’ dentro di noi” means “Adventure is within us”


“I’m often asked, “Aren’t you lonely living alone? Don’t you get bored? What do you do all day long?” And that’s when I am in a quandary because I have no good answers. I’m never bored. I’m never lonely. I’m always looking forward to tomorrow. Doing or planning something special or something different. Right now, I am looking forward to driving down to the shore in my son’s convertible, on a beautiful day with the top down. Just feeling the sunlight and the warm breeze on my face makes me appreciate the beauty of this world.

I just finished my crochet doily and my flower needle point. Now I’ll have to get myself another pretty needlepoint canvas. I do it because I find it relaxing and rewarding. It is just like life; we all start with a blank canvas and we all create our beautiful lives as the years pass. I also enjoy cooking, doing English and Italian crossword puzzles, reading and writing. I’ve written several books, but no one seem to want to publish them. But that does not stop me, no, I just keep on writing. I just finished writing a new story for a children’s picture book.

flowers needlepoint artwork by norma

Flower Needlepoint by Norma

Now, we have this virus cloud over us all. I do not allow it to enter into my everyday life. Even though I have been self-quarantined since the beginning of March, it will not change the feelings and the love I have for my family and friends nor will it surround me with a sense of fear. I call everybody on Skype and WhatsApp every week, both here and in Italy, and we talk and talk and talk. Conversation is the best medicine; it brings joy to your life and you touch the heart of the person you are talking to.

I know that when this pandemic is over, all humanity will be scarred, some more than others, emotionally, financially or physically.

We are all strong, with our love and hope for one another, we will all be winners.”

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6 Ways to Honor Nurses During National Nurses’ Week

April 29, 2020
Carmie, ER nurse

Carmie, ER nurse

Nurses are incredibly valuable, if not, the bloodlife of the medical industry. They are the first person a patient will encounter and the last one to see when they leaveThis year especially, we must recognize and show our appreciation for the healthcare professionals who have cared for us during this current crisis. Kicking off on May 6th, which is National Nurses’ Day, National Nurses Week is the perfect opportunity to honor the very people who’ve dedicated their careers towards our well-being.  Continue Reading…

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Mother’s Day Fun Facts 2020

April 28, 2020
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Mother's Day Fun Facts Featured Image

Although Mother’s Day only became an official U.S holiday in 1914, the celebrations of motherhood can be traced all the way back to the ancient times. In more recent centuries, we’ve seen Mother’s Day observed more religiously, with traditions centered around the church on what was known as “Mothering Sunday.” Over time, these traditions have shifted more secular to what we are familiar with today. As we continue to celebrate our mothers with flowers, cards and other tokens of appreciation, here are some fun floral facts about Mother’s Day you and your mom can read up on this upcoming holiday.

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Craft Ideas Mom Will Love This Mother’s Day

April 28, 2020
Coloring flowers

Make this Mother’s Day extra special by getting Mom in touch with her creative side. Crafting with Mom — whether in person or virtually — is a great way to “spend time together.” Whether you’re able to spend Mother’s Day with her, or if social distancing (or actual distance) is keeping you apart, we’ve come up with helpful ideas to make this Mother’s Day just as special with craft ideas she’ll love. From DIY kits to artistic projects, these crafty gifts will inspire her imagination and have her feeling relaxed and adored.

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