May Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

May Birthday Fun Facts

birthday-surprise-101249Named after Greek Goddess Maia, who is commonly recognized as a symbol of fertility, May is a month of life and awakening. Like the month itself, those born in May are a vivacious bunch, inspiring those around them to follow their dreams and live life to the fullest.

Here are some fun facts and gift ideas for May to help give you some inspiration for sending the perfect present for your special someone. Pair your gift with a special surprise by sending a cheerful sentiment straight to their inbox with a free e-card from Celebrations.com! Here are some of our favorite birthday cards for a May birthday:
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Get Ready for Administrative Professionals Day: Creative Ways to Brighten up Your Office Space

Silver Celebration OrchidsAdministrative Professionals Day 2014 is coming up on April 23! It has also been called Administrative Professionals’ Week which begins April 21.—So all you secretaries, receptionists and office workers, get your headquarters ready: It’s your time to shine! You are the people who make every business a success, and exceptional employees like you deserve to have an equally special workspace. Here are some fun and creative ways to brighten up your office space just in time for the holiday!

Decorate Your Desk With Flowers and Plants

Whether you work in an office or a cubicle, accessorizing your space with flowers has lots of benefits. In office environments, where décor is typically minimal and, well, dull, a colorful bouquet of flowers or a pretty green plant will bring instant natural beauty to your workstation. But it’s not just about the wow factor; flowers lift your spirits and make you healthier and more productive too! They allow you to enjoy the outdoors even on days when you can’t leave the office, and studies show that plants remove toxins from the air and improve concentration. Check out the 1-800-Flowers.com Greenhouse to find out how this works and which flowers are best for purifying indoor spaces. 

Create a Tranquil Space With a Water Fountain

Instead of listening to the monotonous clicking of keyboards all day, bring some zen into your cubicle with the calming sound of a desktop water fountain. It’ll drown out other annoying sounds and it’ll help you relax, allowing you to get your work done in peace. Just make sure the running water isn’t so loud that it distracts you and your co-workers!

Transform Your Chair With a Cozy Pillow and Blanket

Your desk chair is your home for about eight hours a day (even more on late nights!), so you might as well make it as comfy as possible! If your chair isn’t particularly cushiony, soften it up by placing a cute pillow on the seat. You can also wrap a pretty pashmina around the back of the chair: You’ll make a stylish statement and you’ll have something to wrap around your shoulders when the office gets cool.  

Warm up Your Floor Space With a Pretty Rug

Get rid of those boring plastic floor mats sitting underneath your chair and replace them with a plush rug. Its fuzzy texture and bright colors will show off your personality and make your office visitors feel right at home! It’s a small change that’ll give your office space a big makeover.

Use Placemats to Bring Pops of Color to Your Desk

Think there’s nothing spectacular about your plain white desk? Think again! Look at it as a blank canvas—it’s up to you to bring it to life! Turn it into a work of art by sliding a patterned or brightly colored placemat under your computer screen, keyboard, file organizers, etc. You’ll feel like you’re sitting at a whole new desk! Continue reading

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Cut Tulip Care and Handling Tips

Get the most out of your cut tulips with these tulip care and handling tips!
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When to Buy Tulips

Buy full bloom tulips ONLY if you’re planning to use them immediately; otherwise, buy or cut your own tulips when they are showing just a little bit of color. This will give your flowers more longevity. Continue reading

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The History of Flower Power

flower-power-history-ofFlower Power” was a popular term used in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of change throughout the United States. From protests against the war to protests demanding equal rights for every citizen, the 1960s were a tumultuous yet interesting time in American history for social change. Some protestors during this era were dubbed as “hippies” short for the term “hipsters.”

Coined in 1965 by acclaimed poet and voice of his generation Allen Ginsberg, “flower power” was used to inspire a movement in which anti-war demonstrators focused on positive values such as peace and love to instead of brute force and rebellion in order to “fight” for freedom. The concept first came to being while Ginsberg helped organize a protest against the Vietnam War in Berkeley, California. In his essay “Demonstration or Spectacle as Example, As Communication,” he describes a tactic using peace as a “weapon.” He suggests “masses of flowers – a visual spectacle – especially concentrated on the front lines.” He continued, “…marchers should bring harmonicas, flutes, recorders, guitars, banjos, and violins.” He went on to invite all previously persecuted groups to join the revolution, turning the phrase into a movement of peace, hope, unity, and above all – imagination.
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DIY Easter Craft Egg Bouquet

diy-easter-craft-egg-bouquet-6Turn brightly colored plastic eggs into an impressive bouquet with just a few simple steps. This DIY Easter craft can be used as not only an adorable Easter decoration, but also as a creative party favor for kids! Simply fill the plastic eggs with festive treats for a deliciously sweet surprise.

Get the kids in on the Easter craft fun by having them decorate the plastic eggs with festive stickers! Alternatively, they can use permanent markers to decorate these beauties with fancy designs or by simply writing their names.

Supplies for DIY Easter Craft: Easy Egg Bouquet:

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  • Plastic, resealable eggs in a variety of colors
  • Glue dots® or similar adhesive
  • Easter candy for filling
  • Leaves – artificial or cut out of colored paper
  • Wooden skewers
  • Floral Tape

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How to Make a Floral DIY Easter Basket

floral-diy-easter-basket-6Whether you are expecting long-distance guests or simply celebrating with the family, adding touches of Easter colors and symbols is a great way to revitalize your space and add a feeling of excitement to the air. A simple way to add an instant Easter touch is by adding subtle yet festive accent and centerpieces throughout high traffic areas such as hallways, living rooms, and kitchens.

 

Using artificial flowers and a bit of glue, we created a stunning and sweet DIY Easter basket that can be filled with candies, chocolates, or even decorative Easter eggs.

Supplies for Floral DIY Easter Basket:

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  • 1 woven basket
  • Artificial flowers (we used Easter lilies and yellow tweedia flowers)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun or similar adhesive
  • Floral wire (optional)

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DIY Easter Candy Centerpiece

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Once April hits, stores everywhere get a pastel-packed makeover, with their aisles overflowing with vibrant Easter candy and treats. This year, incorporate those festive sweets into your décor with the help of stunning seasonal flowers!

We took some of our favorite Easter sweets and used them to create wow-worthy Easter centerpieces in under 5 minutes! Add some dimension to your décor by grabbing glass jars and bottles of varying shapes and sizes and filling them with colored candy and a flower or two. Bundle in groups or spread throughout the room for a sweet yet subtle festive touch.

If you’re looking for Easter ideas that you can do as a family, look no further! This easy DIY Easter centerpiece idea is so easy to recreate, the most difficult part will be keeping the kids from eating the ingredients.
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Pressed Flower DIY Easter Eggs

pressed-flower-easter-eggs-2-editBetween munching on delicious chocolate bunnies and prepping the home for family reunions and Easter brunch, come April, decorating Easter eggs has become a yearly tradition in almost every household! From traditional dye kits to unique Easter egg decorating ideas, there are so many fun ways to get creative with this family-friendly activity. Using inspiration from the beautiful spring foliage, we’ve come up with this simple yet stunning Easter egg decorating idea: pressed flower Easter eggs! Once your flowers are pressed, it’s just a few easy steps to turn that rounded white canvas into a floral work of art! Continue reading

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DIY Easter Crafts: How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement

Welcome Easter with Unique Easter Decorations

Easter is Sunday, April 20th! Make it a truly original celebration with this fun DIY Easter floral arrangement!

DIY Easter Floral Arrangement and Decorations

Materials Needed for DIY Easter Floral Arrangement

*Egg carton (Colorful plastic or styrofoam is preferable)
*6 plastic eggs
*Easter flowers from your local florist. We recommend:
-2 stems of pink miniature carnations
-2 stems of lavender daisy pompoms
-A bushy piece of heather
*Floral greens
*Floral foam cut to the size of 6 holes of the egg carton

Six Easy Steps on How to Create Your DIY Easter Flower Arrangement
1. Cut your floral foam to a little less than the size of six egg holes (half of the egg carton).

2. Nest your floral foam into half of the egg carton.

3. Lightly cover the floral foam with greens.

4. Start adding your florals (carnations or daisy pompoms) to the cut floral foam. The design should be a triangle within a triangle.

5. Finish off with the heather, small buds of the flowers and floral greens for dimension to make the arrangement fuller.

6. Place the 6 plastic eggs in the remaining 6 holes of the egg carton for the finishing Easter touch!

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations
* How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement
* Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
* Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
* How To Repot A Plant
* How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
* Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
* Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

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DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement

Create a Mother’s Day Gift Using Flowers & A Reusable Watering Can!

DIY Mother's Day Flower Arrangement

Mother’s Day 2013 is Sunday, May 12!

Buying Mother’s Day flowers is always a winning gift, but if you’re interested in attempting to make a flower arrangement for mom, you’re in luck because I’m going to show you how!

With just a watering can and some of mom’s favorite flowers, you can make an easy, unique and beautiful Mother’s Day floral arrangement that any mother will love!

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