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Thanksgiving Craft for Kids: How to Make a Potted Plant Turkey

November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving Potted Plant Turkey Craft for KidsThanksgiving is a time for family, reminiscing, and of course a feast featuring the star of the holiday: turkey. While the adults are busy making toasts and catching up, let the kids gobble up some fun with Thanksgiving crafts for kids!

Set up a crafting station where the children can turn potted plants into festive and fun turkey with this simple idea. You can choose to decorate an existing potted plant or use this craft to decorate brown ceramic pots which you can then fill with your favorite fall flowers (we used mums).

Be sure to alter the size of your feathers and turkey body to reflect the size of your arrangement.
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Take a Turkey-Sized Bite of Knowledge with the History of Thanksgiving

November 5, 2016

history-of-thanksgivingEvery year on the fourth Thursday in November, friends, neighbors, and families gather together to celebrate and give thanks. They fill their homes with decorations reminiscent of fall, relive favorite memories from the past year, and sit down for a traditional feast featuring the star of the show – a turkey sized for sharing. But where did these traditions and the holiday we now know as Thanksgiving stem from?
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Ideas for Honoring Veterans on Veterans Day to Show Your Appreciation & Support

October 21, 2016
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honoring-veterans-dayEvery year on November 11th, friends, neighbors, and family members gather to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. From veteran parades to gatherings in remembrance, there are many different ways to join the Veterans Day festivities to honor the brave men and women who have served.

Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas for honoring veterans on their special day. To add an extra special touch, we even asked some of our very own veterans at 1800Flowers.com how they celebrate fellow veterans.

Attend a Veterans Day Parade

Does your town or city have a special Veterans Day Parade? If so, grab the whole family and be sure to show your support by attending. To be even more festive, you can wave American flags and sport a red, white, and blue outfit! VetFriends may be able to help you find the parade closest to you. Continue Reading…

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June Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

May 31, 2016

To many, the start of June signifies the start of summer; the return of a much longed-for friend, stopping by to bring the gift of energy, laughter, and happiness. Those born in this sunny month reflect their June birth month with their cheerfulness and unmatched sense of humor.

June Birthday Fun Facts

June Birth Stone: Alexandrite and Pearl

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Did you know that June actually has 2 birth stones?! Read on for some fun facts and history about the two stunning June birth stones – the alexandrite and the pearl.

Green in some forms of light and red in others, the Alexandrite stone is one of the most unique and beloved stones in existence. Named after the Russian Czar Alexander II in reference to the fact that the stone’s changing colors mirrored that of the Russian flag, Alexandrite was first discovered in the 1830s in the Ural Mountains of Russia.

The Pearl, on the other hand, is a more common but equally stunning stone, known in history as the “Queen of Gems.” The pearl has had a long history almost as rich as the gem is beautiful. From adorning the clothing of Queens and Pharaohs to being used as symbols of wealth and power, pearls continue to this day to be a strongly sought-after stone.

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Celebrate Arbor Day with These Fun Facts and Tree Planting Tips

April 27, 2016

Did you know that Arbor Day is an internationally celebrated holiday?  In fact, each country has their own date for Arbor Day which depends on the climate and planting seasons of their region.  In the United States, Arbor Day 2016 is April 29th!
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What is Arbor Day?

Arbor Day is a day to celebrate the role trees have in our lives. People and communities are encouraged to plant trees as well as care for existing trees in the neighborhood.

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February Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

February 5, 2016

February may be associated with Valentine’s Day, but those born in the second month of the year know it’s not all about candy hearts and roses! The name “February” originates from the latin word “februum”, meaning purification; a perfect description of the winter month that cleanses the earth of last year as we make our way into the regrowth of Spring. Those born in February share a birth month with the likes of some of the greatest men and women in history including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Rosa Parks. It is also the shortest month of the year, making those born during those 28-29 days all that more special.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift February birthday gift, take inspiration from their interests as well as the month and season. Here are some fun facts and history to help you pick the perfect gift for your recipient.

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DIY Winter Flower Craft Centerpieces Using Saran Wrap

January 6, 2016

saran-wrap-flowers_complete-2Use the beautiful winter chill as an inspiration and bring it into your home as décor with a few simple steps! Using just flowers, water, and plastic wrap, you too can create a stunningly icy centerpiece and accent.

Use this fun DIY idea at your next winter-themed soiree, or add some icy accents to your sizzling Valentine’s Day. We used roses to add a romantic touch to this arrangement, but you can get creative and use any fresh bloom or winter-inspired accent you’d like!
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January Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

December 31, 2015

January represents a new year, a fresh start, and for some – a farewell to one age and “hello” to the next. While you may still be recovering from the holiday mayhem, those special few born in the first month of the year are keeping the party going!

After the insanity of holiday gifting in December, sometimes it can be tough to think of January birthday gifts. With that said, we’re going to help you out by providing January birthday fun facts and some awesome January birthday gift ideas, so you can send a perfect personalized gift that they’ll want to show off until their next birthday!

January Birthday Fun Facts

birthstone-bottle-necklace-januaryJanuary Birthstone: Garnet

A ravishing garnet is the birthstone associated with those born in the first month of the year. Symbolizing trust and loyalty, this stone can be found in a variety of colors, most commonly red. The word “garnet” is derived from the Latin word “granatum” which translates to “pomegranate” – can you see the resemblance?! Continue Reading…

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Diwali, The Festival of Lights: How to Celebrate

November 3, 2015

What is Diwali?

how-to-celebrate-diwali-candlesOnce a year in autumn, during the darkest new moon in the Hindu month Kartik, Hindu communities and temples will shine bright with millions of candles and lamps. This celebration, known as Diwali – or the festival of lights – dates all the way back to ancient times! Diwali 2015 is celebrated on November 11th and for several days after, depending on the family’s religion and traditions.

The traditional name of this holiday, Deepawali originates from the Sanskrit words deep, meaning light and avali, meaning row. Depending on the region and religion, the duration of the festival (3-5 days) as well as the history and origin of the holiday may vary. Although Diwali is mainly a family affair, Diwali is also a religious day for many Hindus. Many celebrate the holiday to bring prosperity and good health to their families.
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