Graduation ceremonies are coming up quick, and if you’re attending one to celebrate someone’s accomplishments, giving a gift to a graduate, or throwing a graduation party, one thing you must definitely know about is flowers. Just like you would carefully consider the type of flowers used in a wedding or other formal event, it’s important to take the time and really think about what kind of floral arrangement, as well as what type of flower, is most appropriate for this occasion.
With flowers being the go-to Mother’s Day gift, it’s important to remember to properly take care of your Mother’s Day flowers (just like Mom took care of you!).
Meet Daisy, a floral designer here at 1800Flowers.com. She’s here to uncover everything you need to know about keeping your flowers as fresh as possible, so that Mom can enjoy them day after day!
When you really think about it, what don’t moms do? Since the day you were born, she’s loved and supported you – not to mention, she probably cooked, cleaned, had a job, and drove you to all those extra curricular activities. Even when you might not have realized it (those teenage years, anyone?), your mom always had your best interest at heart. That’s why each year, we spend one day honoring all that our mothers have done for us. And if part of the celebration includes getting your mom a little something special, it should be a carnation – the official flower of Mother’s Day. Below is a brief history about just how carnations became the symbol for motherhood.
The History of Mother’s Day
It’s believed the first celebrations honoring mothers were in Ancient Greece, when Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. But it wasn’t until Europe in the early 1800s that we saw the first semblance of modern Mother’s Day. At the time, families in the UK and England celebrated “Mothering Sunday.” A day celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, it encouraged people to travel back to their “mother church” – the first church they ever attended in their hometown – for a special service. Over the years, Mothering Sunday transitioned into a more secular holiday, known as Mother’s Day, and was celebrated by kids giving their mothers flowers and other small gifts.
Who Was Anna Jarvis?
Anna Jarvis is considered the founder of Mother’s Day here in America. The story goes that after her mother, whom she was very close with, passed away, Anna vowed to create a day dedicated to honoring mothers both alive and deceased. Continue Reading…
With mom it’s the thought that counts which is why Mother’s Day cards are just as important, if not more important, than the gift. Although cards for Mother’s Day often have their own message inside, it’s always a good idea to personalize it with your own words. If you’re having trouble thinking of the perfect note to mom, here are some sample Mother’s Day card message ideas to help you write the perfect note. Make sure to add your own memories to personalize the cards and potentially make mom tear with joy!
Remember, Mother’s Day is all about celebrating mom so when you’re choosing your words, think of ones she would enjoy reading over and over again.
April may be known for its showers, but those born in the fourth month make up for the seasonal downpour with their radiant personalities. So when their special day surfaces, show the birthday boy or girl just how much they shine with a thoughtful and impressive gift idea they’ll love. Here are some fun facts about April birthdays, including information about the April birth month and flower to give you a bit of inspiration for choosing the perfect gift.
April Birthday Fun Facts
April Birth Stone: Diamond
With the brightest rays of sunshine peeking through the still-bare foliage of April, it comes as no surprise that the April birth stone is none other than the long sought-after diamond. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word “adamus”, meaning invincible; a fitting name for one of the hardest substances found in the world. While diamonds are most commonly colorless, they can be found in shades from yellow to pink to blue, depending on the impurities of the rock.
Historically, diamonds have been used to aid in strength – from spiritual strength to physical and emotional. During ancient times, people even believed that diamonds were either tears of the gods or made of lightning bolts! Some of the earliest recorded history of the diamond dates back to around 300 BC in India, where it was valued for its reflective properties and used in talismans to ward off evil. During the Middle Ages, people would not only sleep with diamonds to strengthen their health, but would even go as far as to ingest diamonds to cure illnesses!
Shine on, you April diamond!
The best April Fool’s Day pranks are the ones that make everyone laugh — even the prankee. With this day of mischief and trickery right around the corner, now is the time to solidify yourself as the prankster of your office, family, or friend group (or all three!).
1. The Squirting Flower
No joke is more timeless than the good old squirting flower prank. All you need to pull off this classic “got-ya” joke is an artificial flower, a coffee straw that matches the color of your flower’s center, a small squirt bottle, and a medicine dropper. Throughout the day, ask people for a hug or to read something that’s printed on your shirt. When the time is right, discretely squeeze the bottle sitting in the pocket of your shirt or taped to your chest, and enjoy a good laugh! Continue Reading…
The beauty of this landscape makes for the perfect background for a celebration of life and birth! Read up on March birthday fun facts and history and make this year extra special with the perfect March birthday gift.
March Birthday Fun Facts
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Like the month itself, the March birthstone is a mixture of two opposing forces – calmly cool yet wildly bright like its name’s meaning, “water of the sea” suggests. Found in varying shades of blue, this hypnotizing stone has been a subject of awe and mysticism for centuries. Both the Romans and the Greeks believed wearing the aquamarine would help ensure a sailor’s safety across the restless seas. Additionally, they believed this stone would help protect soldiers and give them in upper hand in combat.
During the Middle Ages, the aquamarine was believed to have magical properties, such as the ability to rekindle the flame in a couple’s relationship. It became a popular material for crystal balls, which was used for fortune telling and mystical rituals such as weather manipulation.
Although a majority of the world’s aquamarine supply comes from Brazil, this stone can also be found in the Middle East, Mexico, Africa, Russia and parts of the United States.
Though it was only observed by the United Nations for the first time in 1975, celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, has been a time-honored tradition since the early 1900s. And like women, each year’s celebrations only seem to get stronger. In 2019, it’s estimated that women from over 120 countries will partake in International Women’s Day.
If you’re looking for ways to join the movement and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women this International Women’s Day, we’ve got a few suggestions.
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…
With Valentine’s Day being in February and with weather being unpredictable, sometimes it is tough to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date. Whether you just met the person of your dreams, have been dating for a while, or are married with children, these fun date ideas are perfect in the rain, snow, or on a sunny day. So, if you’re looking for something different from dinner and a movie, here are some ways to make an ordinary date, extraordinary whether you have just a few hours after work, or the whole weekend.
Spend a Day at the Spa
Sometimes all the planning, dinner reservations and outfit changes are more stressful than fun. Instead of a typical night out, spend the day in at a spa. Relax in the steam room or get a massage and facial all at your own pace. And who knows, maybe you’ll pick up a tip or two from the masseuse that you can try on your loved one at home later. Continue Reading…