Macaroon – Part II

In May, we celebrated the delectable toasted coconut macaroon. Today, we taught the frills and delights of its French cousin, also named the macaroon. Gorgeously vibrant in orange, purple, blue and any color you can think of, these airy pastries are as artmacaroon galleryful as they are tasteful.

There are even whole gallery-like shops, maisons, and cafes dedicated to sating the demands of its fanfare.

Want your next gift to be fancy and full of frills? Send a friend a macaroon.  But don’t stand in line, silly.  We have them for sale right here.

Our macaroons are baked and shipped to your home from our partner, Dana’s Bakery. (We only source the best, of course.) Each gift box is tied with vibrant satin ribbon to add all the more jazz to an already perfect gift. Bon Appetit!macaroon -

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National Macaroon Day: 4 Delicious Ways to Upgrade a Macaroon

Sunday, May 31 2015 is National Macaroon Day, so in honor of this sweet holiday we’re sharing four delicious ways to upgrade a pre-made macaroon. The macaroon – not to be confused with the French Macaron of the same pronunciation – is a small cake-like dessert usually made of ground almonds.


Dip in chocolate. Melt your favorite kind of chocolate in a microwave or on a stovetop (careful not to burn), and dip your macaroons in for a decadent twist! Place on cookie sheet, let cool and devour!

Make a Sandwich. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, grab two macaroons, smear some sweet sauce or cream on the bottom of one and top with the other macaroon to create a macaroon-sandwich!

Drizzle with caramel or jam. Grab a macaroon and lightly drizzle with your favorite topping – be it caramel, jam, or sundae topping.

Serve “a la mode.” Throw your macaroon in the microwave for a few seconds, then serve on top of an ice cold bowl of ice cream.

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Patriotic Picnic Ideas

Memorial Day is a day to honor those troops that we have lost. It’s also the unofficial kick-off to summer, so mark this day with an outdoor celebration, like a patriotic picnic!

Our Meat & Cheese Baskets make for the perfect starter for a patriotic picnic, and arrive in a reusable, picnic-ready basket. shares 4 patriotic picnic ideas from mason jar desserts to festive, easy-to-snacks.

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Graduation Party Idea for the Class of 2015: DIY Photo Booth

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate your Class of 2015 grad? Throw them a party celebrating their special year with their own DIY photo booth. This fun idea  is so fun to recreate; all you need is a dedicated station, a camera and tri-pod (guests can use a self timer function), and some photo booth props! shared a simple how-to for these DIY Graduation Photo Booth Props which take just minutes to make.

Don’t Forget the Class of 2015 Graduation Treats!


Chocolate Dipped Oreos


Personalized Gigantic Fortune Cookie


Graduation Candied Apples

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Delicious Ways to Celebrate National Pretzel Day

We at 1-800-Baskets love pretzels. In fact, we love them so much that we give away free pretzel treats EVERY Wednesday over at our Facebook page – it’s true!

That’s why we are so excited about the upcoming National Pretzel Day on April 26. In honor of this cool and crunch-filled holiday, we’re sharing 5 delicious ways to celebrate. Have a must-try way we didn’t mention? Share it with us in the comments below!

Candy Covered Pretzels
It’s sure to feel like a celebration when you’re biting into one of our Candy Bar Pretzels! This sweet and salty assortment is packed with loads of delicious crunch. The best part? Each bar comes individually packaged so you can indulge on this occasion and then save some for later!


Add Pretzels to Your Favorite Recipes
Pretzels add a salty crunch to any recipe. That’s why they’re a great addition to any recipe – be it an appetizer or a dessert! We especially love the salty and sweet pairing, which is why these pretzel-crusted brownies from make for the perfect sweet way to celebrate this special day.


Share the Pretzel Love
If you want to spread the pretzel love, surprise a special someone with one of our sweet pretzel greetings! Each card costs only $5 delivered and is the perfect way to remind someone you are thinking of them (and their love for pretzels).


Make a Pretzel-filled Trail Mix
Pretzels are one of the most common ingredients in trail mix, and it’s not hard to see why! We love the sweet twist put on their mix with their recipe for S’mores trail mix.


Make Soft Pretzels for Snacking
If you’re looking for something with a bit less crunch but still want to celebrate, you’ll love this homemade soft pretzel bites recipe. These homemade bites are perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce and are the perfect snack to celebrate National Pretzel Day!


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Easter Brunch Essentials: 5 Ways to Wow

Take your traditional Easter brunch to the next level with some stunning decor ideas and recipes! Here are some of our favorite ideas to inspire and as a great starting point for you to start planning for your celebration.

Start off with an Eggciting Place Card

Wow from the beginning by adding a festive touch to your spread with a fun personalized place setting like one of these Easter egg-inspired place cards from

Alternatively, you can brighten up your spread by setting a vibrant treat such as these Easter Candied Apples on each guests’ place setting. Keep them in the wrapping and it’ll even serve as a fun party favor!

Bountiful Brunch Foods

Whip up some homemade traditional brunch foods like these berry scones from Make a variety of flavors so guests not only have more variety but also to add some color to the spread!

Alternatively, if you don’t feel like baking from scratch, our gourmet Brunch Market Box has all of the supplies and ingredients you need to create a stunning brunch spread including pancake, waffle AND scone mix for easy baking!

Creative Centerpieces

Wow guests with gorgeous Easter decor like this DIY Carrot Vase centerpiece idea. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so stunning!

Alternatively, you can even use a beautifully put-together Easter Basket as a centerpiece. Turn it into a fun activity by handing out raffle tickets and the winning ticket gets to take the basket centerpiece home!

Festive Sips

The food is important, but don’t forget to jazz up the drinks as well! We love this layered punch which is reminiscent of a stunning sunrise – perfect for an early Easter brunch.

Darling Desserts

Even brunches should end on a sweet note! For a fun Easter dessert, whip up a batch of these “surprise” Easter egg-inspired treats from!

If you don’t feel like baking but still looking to make a statement, you’ll love our eggcellent Easter brownie cakes!

What are favorite ideas for an Easter brunch? Share with us in the comments below!

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Last-Minute Colorful St. Patrick’s Day Drink: Rainbow Fruit Sangria

Looking for the perfect last-minute recipe to add some color to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Start with a colorful assortment of fruit (like one from our famous fruit baskets) and make your own rainbow in a glass! If this drink is for adults, top with white wine. If this drink is for children, a light colored sparkling soda such as Sprite or ginger-ale will work.

Get the full recipe for this Rainbow Fruit Sangria over at!

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Savory and Sweet Blackberry Thyme Cheese Recipe

While cheese can be eaten as is, the entertaining geniuses at came up with a way to make it even better (if that’s even possible). The careful mix of a soft ripening cheese mixed with blackberry and thyme takes an ordinary roll of cheese and turns it into something truly extraordinary in flavor. Imagine pairing this with a fresh loaf of bread? DELICIOUS. Get the full recipe for this Blackberry Thyme Baked Cheese!


Looking for more cheesy goodness? Treat yourself (or someone you love) to a savory cheese basket filled with your favorites!

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Last-Minute Party Snack: Pulled Pantry Mix

Whether it’s neighbors popping in to say hello or in-laws surprising you with a visit, sometimes there isn’t always time to plan a full menu to feed the guests. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still wow! came up with the perfect snack for those last-minute guests: a pulled pantry party mix! Check out their tips for this easy idea (hint: it includes grabbing odds and ends for your pantry and creating something delicious and new!).

Recommended Snacks To Keep In The Pantry:

Dried Fruit & Nut Assortments


General Snack Assortments

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Valentine’s Day Spa-tacular: 10 Tips for Having a Spa Day At Home

Valentine’s Day 2015 is on a Saturday – make it a romantic celebration-in with these at-home spa tips!

If you’re looking to make this a weekend celebration, check out our ideas on how to celebrate a Valentine’s Day weekend! Pick up a spa basket filled with all of the essentials – keep in mind when choosing the perfect spa assortment to try and choose a scent you will both enjoy. Here are several tips for a spa day at home – while this is a great activity for a romantic night, in a spa day can also work for ladies night!

Spa gift basket with lavenderStart by selecting the spa scent. When choosing your spa assortment, try to choose a scent that the both of you will enjoy. If you’re unsure, a safe option is always a “clean, fresh” scent such as with the Apres Rain Spa Basket.

Create a spill-proof zone. Neither one of you is going to want to jump and grab the paper towels when you’re mid-relaxation with a face scrub on. Rather, take some time beforehand to cover floors and surfaces in old newspapers or similar so any accidental drips or spills can be addressed after the relaxation time is over.

Keep the menu light. Starting with breakfast and throughout the entire day, choose meals that won’t leave you feeling heavy or bloated.

Skip the 3pm coffee. If coffee or tea are part of your daily routine, be sure to indulge in the morning, pre-spa activities. The reason for this is any muscles that caffeine can actually cause muscles that have relaxed during the spa-tacular itinerary to tense up.

Light candles. Set the scene with dim lights and lit candles. If your spa supplies are scented, opt with unscented candles as to avoid overwhelming the senses. shared an easy tutorial on turning using sheet music to create your own “musical” candles for Valentine’s Day, which brings us to our next tip…

Prepare a playlist. For a romantic spa day, pick your favorite love-inspired songs. If you the two of you have a special song, be sure to throw it in the mix.

Prepare warm towels. If possible, do a laundry load of towels and dry them morning of. Store them in an sealed bag to keep the warmth in. That way, you have warm towels to use during your spa day!

Prepare conversation cards. As much as you may know about the other person, there is always more to learn! Prepare conversation cards with random questions such as, “what’s your favorite 80s song” or “what’s your dream vacation” or similar questions that you may not know the answers to. Alternatively, you can prepare topics to discuss for a deeper conversation. These will come in handy during downtime such as waiting for a face mask to harden!

Cool down with refreshing sips and snacks. You’re guaranteed to be spending a lot of time in hot steam during this day, so be sure to stay hydrated and refreshed with cool drinks or snacks (like mini wine popsicles – yum!).

Experiment with essential oils. As mentioned above, spa and steam go hand in hand. Take advantage of this by adding a dash of essential oils to the mix! Choose essential oils known for their benefits, such as sage, eucalyptus, or clarysage.

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