How-To's

Roses Being Arranged in a Vase

January 16, 2017

Because roses are the number one Valentine’s Day gift, I wanted to share a few tips that I have learned over the years to help you to get the maximum vase life from your fresh cut roses.

My Favorite Rose Secrets

  • Hydration is what’s it’s all about so be sure to get you roses in water as soon as possible.
  • Fill a clean vase ¾ of the way with warm water.
  • Add a packet of flower food according to package directions. Flower food contains a biocide to kill bacteria, an acidifier to help stems drink water, and a sugar to nourish the blooms. If you don’t have any commercially prepared flower food you can make your own recipe at home by adding three teaspoons of lemon-lime soda (non-diet) and one teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water. The soda provides the food source (sugar) and the acidifier and the bleach will help prevent bacteria growth.
  • Another way to prevent bacteria growth in the water is to remove all foliage from you flower stems that would fall below the water line, before placing your flowers in the vase.
  • Right before placing your flowers in the prepared vase give the bottom of each stem a fresh cut – on an angle. Cutting the stem on an angle prevents the stem from sitting flush on the bottom of the vase thus allowing maximum water intake.
  • Check the water level in your vase on a daily basis and add fresh water as needed.
  • After 3-4 days repeat these steps for optimum vase life!

Red roses arranged in a vase.

Learn how to arrange roses with step-by-step instructions in my latest blog post here.

Fun Flower Facts

How To Say “Beautiful” In Different Languages

January 13, 2017

It’s quite true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Every culture has a unique perception of what they find beautiful. Across the globe in India, a woman will cover her arms and hands in elaborate henna and wear a traditional kumkum, or red dot on her forehead in order to feel beautiful. In Japan, people carry umbrellas on sunny days in order to keep their skin pale and beautiful. In Burma, woman elongate their neck, making them feel tall and beautiful.

Every culture perceives and expresses beauty differently — both in words and actions. If you’re looking for a new way to tell someone they are beautiful, here are 50 ways from around the world.

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Lifestyle

My “Hygge” Winter Centerpiece

January 11, 2017

In the last week of 2016, I learned about “hygge” for the first time in a feature article in an obscure British magazine called Breathe, which I picked up to help me transition into a new year in a centered and peaceful manner. The next day, there were at least three posts in my social media feeds about hygge. Ah, I’ve hit on a new trend, I thought! This is it: hygge will be the word of the winter of 2017. Let me be the first on my block to write a post about it! Then today I read that our cozy hygge days are over—only to be replaced in 2017 by the younger, cooler Scandinavian relative, lagom!

Definition of Hygge

Whether it’s hygge or lagom, for some reason I am being drawn to things Scandinavian these days. (I just read the book A Man Called Ove over New Year’s weekend and thought it was the sweetest story.) And I am fine with that, because despite their long, dark winters, Danes are known as the happiest people on earth, so they must be doing something right! Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

All About Lavender

January 5, 2017

Not only does lavender smell and look beautiful, but it’s therapeutic, too! Lavender flowers are comprised of multiple purple florets on long narrow stems, spiking above the foliage. If you’ve ever looked out over a lavender field, you know the hypnotizing elegance that these types of flowers have. But aside from the beauty that the purple blossoms bring, did you know that lavender also has a multitude of uses? It’s true! Read on to learn all about lavender, from it’s history to facts!

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How-To's

Happy Birthday Snow People

December 28, 2016

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!

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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…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

What To Do With Your Christmas Tree After The Holidays

December 27, 2016

Every year, millions of Christmas trees around the world fill homes with joy and happiness. But at the end of this celebratory season, when pine needles are shedding and twinkling lights are dimming, you might be wondering what you should do with your tree. You can take down the tinsel, but don’t drag it to the curb! Instead, let your Christmas memories live on through one of these creative tree uses:christmas-tree

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Floral Events & News

Pantone Color Of The Year 2017

December 23, 2016

It’s the moment we’ve been patiently waiting for–Pantone chose their color of the year for 2017! Can you guess what it is? We’ll give you a hint: It’s a color that represents the environment and specifically signifies a fresh beginning, nature and a healthier lifestyle. If you guessed “Greenery,” you’re right–and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

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According to The Pantone Color Institute, this refreshing and revitalizing color was selected to evoke the feeling of the first days of spring, when the great outdoors becomes restored and renewed. This color represents a sense of freshness, which will be reflected in trends that are minimalistic and simplistic in 2017.

The yellow-green hue that makes up “Greenery,” is here to remind us to take a deep breath and strive for inner peace, while stressing the importance of taking a break from our daily routines to replenish ourselves. We can’t think of a better way to achieve that level of re-invigoration than by incorporating some of these calming products into our lives: Continue Reading…

DIY Flower Crafts

Make the Holidays Sparkle with DIY Glitter Vases

December 21, 2016

We all know that one of the best parts about the holiday season is decorating! From Christmas trees to holiday lights to menorahs and more, there are SO many ways to make your home festive and welcoming. Of course decorating with holiday flowers is our absolute favorite! I love to add a bit of sparkle during the holidays (especially New Years), and these glitter vases are super easy (and fun!) to make! Friendly advice: try not to throw the glitter everywhere or you’ll spend months cleaning it up . I have taken one for the team and tell you this based on personal experience (you’re welcome).

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Christmas & Holidays

DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

December 19, 2016

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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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Winter Holidays Celebrated Around The World

December 15, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing! While the stores are packed with seasonal shoppers looking for the perfect gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, let’s not forget about the many other holidays celebrated around this religious time of year. Since we live in a multicultural society, It’s important to learn about different cultures and their traditions–after all, who doesn’t love more reasons to celebrate? Here are some other religious winter holidays celebrated all around the world:

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