Valentine's Day

Celebrate Like A Girl

February 13, 2020

Galentine’s Day is officially Thursday, February 13th, but here in Rockaway Beach it’s pretty much a daily thing! To make this occasion special and kick it up a notch we had an early Galentine’s Brunch & Creative Workshop, at the Bungalow Bar, to eat and drink of course, but to inspire as well!

Bungalow’s GM, and my friend, Katy and I brought some of my favorite Galentine blog posts for 1-800 Flowers.com to life for 40 “ladies celebrating ladies” on a recent Sunday afternoon and it was a blast!

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Fun Flower Facts

14 Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

February 12, 2020

While we know Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, there is plenty more to the holiday than just that. After the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women in secret. Even then, it was traditional for men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as a sign of good luck and the start of a “blooming” relationship. Today, we continue to celebrate love on February 14th, the day Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, and the more modern chocolates and teddy bears. But just how many flowers, candy and teddy bears is it really?

Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or coupled up for Valentine’s Day, here are a few fun facts about our most beloved holiday.

Take a look at our new Valentine’s Day Fun Facts 2020 post.

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Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.

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Fun Flower Facts

How to Say “Rose” in Different Languages

February 11, 2020

In his beloved play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare taught us that, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In other words — a person or thing is special because of what it is, not what it’s called. And regardless of its name, we think it’s clear that a rose is pretty unique. Just seeing one conjures up images of love, beauty, and hope. In honor of spring’s bloom, here’s how to say “rose” in 45 different languages.Single red rose Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

Valentine’s Day Rose Color Meanings

February 10, 2020

What Color Roses to Send for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, nearly 200 million roses will be sold — that’s right, 200 million! To put that in perspective, that’s enough to give every other person in the United States a single rose, and there would still be a few million flowers left over.

While there’s no denying most of us associate Valentine’s Day with red roses and romantic love, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of all kinds of love. So if you’re looking to send some love to a friend or family member, you can still reach for roses, as a rose’s coloring determines the meaning behind the gesture.

Say, “I love you,” “I’m grateful for you,” or, “I think you’re unique,” with different colored roses.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Long Distance Sweetie

February 1, 2020

Its’s no secret that long distance relationships are rough – from the lack of physical contact to the differences in time zones, and maintaining that spark you once had in the beginning now takes patience and hard work. Once Valentine’s Day comes along, watching all those happy couples walking hand in hand, may make the distance seem even longer, but don’t fret! With some creativity and planning, you can make sure that this Valentine’s Day is just as memorable and romantic, even if you and your special someone are stuck in different area codes or countries.

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Here are some fun ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your long distance sweetie. And remember, a stunning bouquet with a personal message will always make the day memorable!
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How-To's

How to Preserve Flowers with Wax

January 21, 2020

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Create Your Own Wax Flowers

You can make your beautiful fresh-cut roses last longer than you ever imagined by dipping the open blooms in melted wax! The best time to dip your roses is at the very end of their shelf life–after you have enjoyed their beauty for over a week–when the rose is in full bloom.

Wax rose

I have waxed roses many times over the years using paraffin wax. Now that soy wax is readily available, I decided to give that I try… and I’m glad I did! Soy wax is a completely natural and renewable resource, has a lower melting point, and cleans up easily (with just soap and water). And soy wax is so versatile that you can melt it in the microwave! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts 2020

January 20, 2020

Most holidays are meant to be a show of love, affection and gratitude, but no holiday does it better than Valentine’s Day! After the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women in secret. Even then, it was traditional for men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as a sign of good luck and the start of a “blooming” relationship. Today, we continue to celebrate love on February 14th, the day Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, and the more modern chocolates and teddy bears. Think you know all there is about this centuries-old holiday? You may be surprised at these Valentine’s Day fun facts!

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Top 5 Reasons to Order Early for Valentine’s Day

January 19, 2020

We know that every year you SAY you’re going to plan Valentine’s Day early (or maybe you’re a really honest person), but it rarely ever happens. So this year, make it your New Years resolution to get your gifting out of the way and you can get back to the game! Who wants to spend football Sunday worrying about which flowers to buy, anyway? If you need a little extra motivation, here are 5 reasons you should order your Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts ASAP:

 Get The Best Deals

Just like Black Friday has the best deals for Christmas a few weeks in advance, you can also find the best deals on Valentine’s Day flowers & gifts if you plan ahead. According to the Society of American Florists (SAF), 44% of florists provided early-order incentives last year, which means there are plenty of reasons not to wait till the last minute. You can save up to 40% on our Valentine’s collection here! Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

10 Facts That Will Make You Rethink Love and Romance

January 19, 2020

It seems like John Lennon was right when he said, “love is like a flower, give it time and it will grow.” Romance is a complex mixture of panic, excitement, and joy. And while you may feel as though love and affection are entirely up to you, there’s actually a lot of science going on behind the scenes that you may not even realize. Here are some fun facts about romance you may not have known:

Couple hugging from behind with a kiss

Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

According to researchers, it only takes 4 minutes to decide whether or not you like someone. Maybe that’s why we put so much stress on a first date! Hugging someone actually releases a chemical from your brain called oxytocin. When this hormone is released, it triggers feelings of intimacy and comfort. Continue Reading…

Birthday, Floral Occasions & Holidays

30 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your 30th Birthday

January 18, 2020
Buy yourself flowers on your birthday

You did it — you survived your 20s! Over the past decade, you’ve loved, you’ve lost, and you’ve probably burnt a dinner or two along the way. But most importantly, you learned a lot about yourself and how you want your life to be, which we think warrants a celebration! If the fact that you’re turning 30 has left you feeling a little overwhelmed, take the guesswork out of celebrating and embrace this momentous milestone with something from our list of 30 fun ways to celebrate the big 3-0. Continue Reading…