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All About Hanukkah

December 7, 2016

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is an eight-day religious holiday celebrated by people of the Jewish faith. Each year in mid-December, Jews all over the world celebrate the Festival of Lights which commemorates a Jewish victory over the Greeks 2000 years ago. In 165 BCE, when the Jews came to rededicate the Temple they had reclaimed, they found only one small flask of oil with which to light their Menorah, or lamp. This flask contained enough oil to last for just one day, yet the lamp burned for eight days, the same exact amount of time it takes to completely prepare the sacred oil for a new ceremony. This is considered the miracle of Hanukkah.

What is Hanukkah and how is it celebrated?

Hanukkah Traditions

The Menorah During the festival of Hanukkah, menorahs are lit for eight days to commemorate each night the original lamp burned. There are nine candles on the menorah, one for each night and one in the center, which is used to light the others. Each evening, families gather at nightfall to rekindle menorah flames, rededicate themselves to their faith, and to share in the festive meals. Blessings are sung as the candles are lit. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

9 Holiday Survival Tips

November 23, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…isn’t it? But in reality, all that running and shopping and wrapping and cooking can wear you down. We want you to enjoy this season and we’ve put together nine great ways to not only survive—but thrive—this holiday season!

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Local Florist Corner

Petal Talk Chats With Gresham, OR Florist Wendell Cook

September 29, 2016

1-800-flowers-nancys-florist-wendell-cookHow did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?

Growing up, I had a great interest in art and music. I attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, completing a two-year course featuring floral design and horticulture. After graduating with an associate’s degree, I was immediately hired at a large florist shop and enjoyed designing.

What are your favorite flowers?

Snapdragons, alstroemeria and Hawaiian tropicals – anthuriums & ginger

Can you tell us a little bit about Gresham / what is your favorite thing about living there?

Gresham has a population of approximately 105,000 and is the fourth largest city in Oregon. Despite its size, it has many small town features that locals enjoy such as the Teddy Bear parade, art shows, car shows and music in the park. Gresham has a very active Chamber of Commerce and many shopping opportunities, limiting the need to go out of town to shop. The weather is very favorable—we may have occasional rain, but we don’t have to shovel it!florist-holding-flower-basket-arrangement Continue Reading…

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Get a Free 30-Day Trial of Celebrations Passport® (Our Loyalty Program With Free Shipping/No Service Charge!)

September 19, 2016

passport-iconDo you feel like you always have a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion that you need to buy gifts for? We sure do, which is why we’ve created Celebrations Passport®, our loyalty program that gives you a bunch of perks, including FREE Standard 2 Business Day Shipping/No Service Charge on eligible orders. Celebrations Passport® works across our family of brands, which means you have thousands of gift options from flowers to gift baskets & more. With your yearly Celebrations Passport® membership, there is no minimum on any orders and no limit on how many gifts you can send. So whether you’re sending gifts near or far, know that you’ll always find the perfect gift for any occasion!

How to Sign Up for the Celebrations Passport Free Trial

Celebrations Passport®  Free Trial members enjoy all the same benefits as paid members.

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Local Florist Corner

Petal Talk Chats with Baldwin, NY Florist Ann Marie Pierce

July 18, 2016

In order to learn about the creative minds behind our handcrafted arrangements, we interviewed Ann Marie Pierce from Baldwin, NY who is featured in our Local Artisan Collection. From the daily life as a florist to some of the inspiration behind her arrangements, Ann Marie talks about her favorite holidays, arrangements, her family & more!

Ann Marie Pierce in Front of Her Baldwin, NY Flower Shop

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?
I always loved to be around flowers, so after realizing my initial career path in corporate America was not going to be my future, I began sweeping and cleaning flowers in a local florist on the weekends, and hence my new career evolved. Being a florist gives me the opportunity to make the flowers speak for my customers.

What are your favorite flowers?
I love the look and feel of a bunch of white daisies, but being around such an array of gorgeous flowers every day makes it hard to say “that’s the one!”

Can you tell us a little bit about Baldwin, NY? What is your favorite thing about living there?
I moved to Baldwin 25 years ago, and living in the same town as my business motivates me to take an active role in this community. We are a diverse group of hard-working families that take pride in their neighborhood. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Gift Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day

April 19, 2016

Administrative Professionals Day 2016 is Wednesday, April 27th.

Most businesses require a lot of time and effort from any number of employees in order to function at their best, all the time. Administrative Professionals Day is a celebration of the amazing people that help us do our jobs well from day to day. Every third week in April, we show our appreciation and reward the people that work closely with us by giving special gifts or doing thoughtful things for our fellow workers. If you are looking for gift ideas for Administrative Professionals Day, below are some simple ways to show how important your working peers are to you!

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Mother’s Day 2016 Design Council

April 14, 2016

CARLE PLACE, NY – Let the creativity begin! Every season the 1-800-Flowers.com Product Development Team brings some of our most talented Florists together from across the country to brainstorm and design exciting new floral designs! The Floral Design Council is a forum for Professional Franchise Florist’s, their designers, and guest designers to work together in creating unique product concepts for 1-800-Flowers.com. Each Designer brings their own imagination, knowledge of the industry, and familiarity with their customers in order to design innovative floral arrangements that not only fit hot trends, but also help to create new ones.

Our Spring Mother’s Day 2016 Design Council recently took place in April in our floral design studio and has been a huge success! Five florists from five different cities around the country brought their “A game” and crafted some pretty amazing designs, all unique in their own way.

Even though designs are confidential until brought to our site (sorry!), we wanted to share some pictures to show you how some of our products are crafted!

Design Council Members Mother's Day 2016

From left to right: Walter Fedyshyn from Chicago IL; Emila Borz from Sacramento, CA; Develyn Reed from Stafford, VA; Jaye Dargan from Dallas, TX; AnnMarie Pierce from Baldwin, NY

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