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Turning One! Adorable First Birthday Party Themes

March 15, 2017

It seems like just yesterday when you welcomed your baby to the world. Soon your baby turns one! The year was a whirlwind of firsts…. 1st smiles, giggles, baby talk and steps. Celebrate this joyful year and first birthday with the special people in your baby’s life —  grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Is this your first time planning a first birthday? Hang on to your party hat and let us help you with the cutest themes, keepsake baby gifts and birthday treats!

Most likely you are a very busy parent at this stage, so plan several weeks in advance. Our friends at have created three first birthday party themes to get you started.

Our Angel is Turning One Party is heavenly with mini angel food cakes, angel food snack cups and a milk and juice bar with angel carafes.

juice and milk angel carafes for a first birthday party

Juice and Milk Angel Carafes

What about a Rainbow Party with bright splashes of color? The fun continues with a crayon craft and brightly colored candy buckets for younger guests.

For a summer birthday check out all the dots! It’s a Polkadot Ladybug theme. From ladybug props to polkadot puppets everyone will enjoy this sun-filled party.

A first birthday is a magical day for the whole family.  Record the big day with lots of photos and a Birthday Scrapbook . Save for when your child turns sixteen. They’ll cherish this keepsake forever.

A handprint kit is an adorable gift for a first birthday. Our Tower of Time® 5 Year Baby Handprint Kit includes five multicolored tins for preserving baby’s handprints from years 1 to 5.  This gift is beautifully tied with a yellow grosgrain ribbon.

Need sweet treats for your big and little party guests? Our most popular bakery and sweet treats: Cheryl’s Wish Big! Birthday Gift Pail, Bake Me a Wish! Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake, Fannie May It’s A Party Strawberries 12 ct.

For more best selling cakes and cookies visit our Birthday Collection.

Too cute! Delicious frosted cookies for a first birthday.

Cheryl’s Wish Big Birthday Pail

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Spectacular Party Menu For Milestone Birthdays

March 9, 2017

Milestone birthdays — 20, 30, 40… are a new exciting chapter and a good reason to throw a spectacular birthday bash. A dinner party featuring three courses with lots of delicious food and desserts is the best way to celebrate.

How many guests should you invite? The more the merrier! Send invitations to new friends, old friends, family and neighbors. Plan an amazing menu for the big day.

Start with a few of your secret, signature recipes that everyone looks forward to. You don’t want to skip these! But what if you don’t want to cook everything? You may prefer focusing on the guest list, invitations and decorating. With so many details and decorations to think about we’ve made the cooking part easy. Here is a complete party menu for milestone birthdays you and your guests will love  —  appetizers, entrees, desserts plus the grand finale, birthday cake and jumbo cupcakes!  Everything you need is easy to order in advance. Let deliver the party to you!

artisan cheeses from Vermont paired with Just Jan's spreads for milestone birthdays

Plymouth Cheese & Just Jan’s Spreads Gourmet Gift

Cheese Board & Appetizers: Bring flavor and fun with these tempting appetizers! Plymouth Cheese & Just Jan’s Spreads Gourmet Gift, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Praline Pecans, Candy Bar Pretzels, Popcorn Factory Big Birthday Deluxe Snack Tin.

Entree: Your guests will rave over the hit of the party; premium, mouth-watering, simply delicious London Broil, burgers and smoked salmon. USDA Choice London Broil – Stockyards®USDA Prime & Choice Steakburgers – Stockyards® and Wild Alaskan Smoked Sockeye Salmon.

Dessert: Customers love these three. We can’t keep enough in stock! Fannie May Happy Birthday Strawberries, Juniors Happy Birthday Devils Food Cheesecake, Little Whisk Happy Birthday Jumbo Filled Cupcakes

Keep it spectacular! For the perfect birthday dinner party serve lots of great food well into the evening. Display on beautiful platters and bowls. Garnish cake slices with mile high ice cream scoops — after all it’s a mile stone birthday!

Perfect for when you can't decide between chocolate cake and cheesecake for milestone birthdays.

Junior’s Happy Birthday Devil’s Food Cheesecake

Visit our birthday collection It’s packed with menu and gift ideas ideas like the Happy Birthday Caramel Apple.

Sweet treats for Milestone Birthdays

A Spectacular Birthday!


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August 4, 2016
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Don’t miss beautiful handcrafted baskets, scrumptious treats, lovingly made spa gifts and adorable baby gifts on your trip to the sidewalk sale.

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Deluxe Balsam Gift Basket. Perfect For Birthdays and For Every Occasion.

January 14, 2016

Want to send a thoughtful gift basket filled with savories and sweets? We suggest a treasure, our most popular gift basket — the Deluxe Balsam Basket.

Elexe Balsam Gift Basket Congratulations

Send a Friend Congratulation Wishes!

This exquisitely hand crafted gift basket is brimming with an abundance of savories and sweets and is wrapped in a beautiful ribbon.  A lovely gift to send to a friend or loved one for any occasion — birthday,  thank you, sympathy, thinking of you or congratulations.

Our graceful, sumptuous gift basket is made of fine, hand-woven natural willow. It’s filled with treats like rich and crisp Fannie May® Cookies & Cream Bark, crunchy Brown & Haley® Almond Roca® Buttercrunch Toffee, decadent Godiva® Chocolate Truffles, lush Ferrero Rocher® Chocolates, velvety Ghirardelli® Double Chocolate Cocoa, smoky mozzarella, mini baguettes and much more! It comes with an occasion specific hand tied bow or hang tag.

Deluxe Balsam Happy Birthday Basket

Know Someone Who Would Love This Birthday Basket?

Occasions To Send The Deluxe Balsam Gift Basket

  • Birthday

  • Thank You

  • In Sympathy & Support

  • Thinking of You

  • Congratulations

It’s easy to visualize your next Deluxe Balsam Gift Basket, our #1 Basket. Go to:  here on the website and select a birthday, special occasion or sympathy basket.

A great gift is one that is a true reflection of you – of your taste, your style. It reflects how you feel about the person you’re buying it for.

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Take a Look Inside Our #1 Gift Basket!

July 17, 2013
Deluxe Balsam Gift Basket

Deluxe Balsam Gift BasketLooking for a special way to say “Happy birthday,” “Get well soon” or “Thank you” to that very important person in your life? Our #1 gift basket is the champion of presents: With its gorgeous packaging and delectable treats, it’s no wonder the Deluxe Balsam Gift Basket is our customers’ top pick! Take a sneak peek inside to see what makes this our most popular gift for every occasion.

The elegant hand-woven basket, made from natural willow and tied with a customized satin ribbon, makes a thoughtful statement for any life event—from birthdays to the loss of a loved one. Just pick the sentiment that best fits the occasion. There are five to choose from: Just Because, Happy Birthday, Thank You, With Sympathy, and Get Well. Everyone will love the basket’s simple and graceful design, which fits in perfectly with any home décor.

Gifts Included in the Deluxe Balsam Gift BasketBrimming with an abundance of sweet and savory snacks, this gift basket doesn’t just complement your loved one’s decorative tastes; it satisfies their every food craving too.  The smoky mozzarella mini baguettes, Otis & Betty’s Original Snack Mix, and crispy pretzel sticks included in the basket are perfect for anyone looking for a salty fix. On the flipside, the velvety Ghirardelli double chocolate cocoa, richWalker’s chocolate chip hazelnut biscuits, crunchy Amaretti Virginia Italian cookies, creamy Debeukelaer Pirouline wafer rolls, and tasty Perugina Capri citrus and berry Italian candies will make anyone with a sweet tooth smile ear to ear.

So if you’re in search of a gift for your #1 friend or family member, look no further. Give them the gift that all of our customers are raving about, and you’re sure to make a big impression at your next important event!

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Which Gift Basket Would You Choose?

July 19, 2012
new baby gift basket with monkey

stationary gift basket writing and teaWelcome back readers!

As always, I loved all of your Thank You Gift suggestions (and even better, some of you put down really great recipes and dessert ideas!). Clearly, whoever is lucky enough to receive a thank you gift from one of you is in for a special treat. And I have a few of my own gifts to send out! Congratulations to Cathy B*****y (July 13, 2012 at 12:01 am), Judy (July 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm), Amanda S (July 18, 2012 at 10:50 am), Shannon J. (July 19, 2012 at 10:16 am), and Pat (July 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm)! You will all be receiving our special All Smiles Gourmet Sweets & Treats Gift Basket! Please send your shipping info to me at and I’ll have your gift baskets sent out to you.

As I’ve said, I love reading through all of your comments (and sometimes even look there for future blog post ideas!). One comment I saw made me think of a really interesting topic that (of course) I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on. When making or receiving a gift, do you prefer an all food gift or do you prefer a gift with reusable objects? spa gift basket lavender

I know this really depends on the occasion, but usually the rule of thumb is to stick with food gifts because you know they can always be used…or well, eaten. But sometimes when I get a gift basket full of my favorite things like new books, magazines, pens, and all corresponding items, I can’t help but love it more. And in a way, I think it says a lot that someone knew which things you would enjoy!

But as I said, you can never go wrong with food. Sure it’s around every day, but there’s something extra delicious about a gourmet treat that someone specifically picked with you in mind. new baby gift basket with monkey

We have tons of gift baskets overflowing with delicious foods ready and on the go, but I definitely think our specialty gift baskets can hold their own!  As far as new baby gift baskets, this adorable monkey gift basket is super sweet and will put a huge smile on mommy’s face.

If you’re looking for a relaxing gift, our spa gift baskets are divine. Check out this Lavender spa gift basket sure to relax and soothe whoever is lucky enough to use it! Or if you’re interested in a more active way to relax, this trendy and ready to go yoga gift set is perfect (and comes with some great essentials for your workout!). yoga gift set

Feeling a bit pensive? Our Thinking of You stationary gift basket is a real treat! Check out a review I wrote on this gift basket here.

So what do you think? In the comments section (1-2 paragraphs) let me know which gift you prefer and why! FIVE lucky and random winners will receive a sweet prize next week.

Have a great weekend! 

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Earth Day

April 19, 2012

Welcome back readers,

I hope you all enjoyed the picnic post, because I seriously loved reading all your own ideas and recipes (I will definitely be remembering that frisbee/plate tip)! I feel very confident that all FIVE lucky and random winners will be putting this picnic gift basket to good use. Congratulations to Melissa (April 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm), Sharon R (April 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm), Riyan (April 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm), Shannon Schulte (April 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm), and Diana (April 15, 2012 at 9:18 am)! Email your shipping info to me at and I’ll send out your picnic gift basket!

As I’m sure you all have starred on your calendars, Earth Day is this Sunday! It’s truly important for all of us to know and be aware of how we impact our home and figure out ways to be more environmentally friendly. At, we try to be as environmentally conscious as we can be. We love that our gift baskets can always serve another purpose when the products are gone, and most (if not all) of our gift basket content can be recycled! We even try to sell eco-friendly gifts at affordable prices.

Recently I was looking around for a small cleansing gift for a friend, so I figured I would check out our spa gift basket section. I just noticed that we started selling products and gift baskets from Crabtree & Evelyn! All natural materials, very environmentally conscious, and they come in such cute and stylish containers. Obviously, I have to have these (especially the avocado products!).

We also have a ton of Source Vérité gift baskets in our spa gift baskets collection. I wanted something a bit smaller though, and I saw these eco-friendly soaps that I thought could be a cute host/hostess gift or just something I could add to my stock pile for Mother’s Day gifts.

If you want to have fun with this weekend (or even week!) check out our friends at Cheryl’s who have an awesome idea for an Earth Day Party!

Want to get started on how you can do small or large things to help the environment this Earth Day without having to drastically change your life? Small changes help just as much as large changes, and it will be easier to stick with when it doesn’t affect you or cause extra work! We found this cool list of how to help here, so I’ll just highlight the very simple ones:

  • Change your lightbulbs
  • Turn off electronics (especially computers!) at night when you’re not using them
  • Don’t rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
  • Recycle glass products
  • Go vegetarian at least once a week
  • Use one less paper napkin when you go out to eat
  • Wash your clothes in cold or warm water
  • Recycle newspapers
  • Plant a tree!
  • Use cruise control while driving to get up to 15% better gas mileage!
  • And many more great ideas here at 50 Ways To Help

So tell me in the comments section (1-2 paragraphs) in what ways you give back the environment or ways that you plan to start! FIVE lucky and random winners will be taking home Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Sampler!

Happy early Earth Day!

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Happy Birthday…to Someone!

March 8, 2012
Great Big Happy Birthday Sweets & Treats Box Gift Basket

Welcome back gift basket readers!

I LOVE all of your suggestions and ideas for St. Patrick’s Day! I’m wondering if I can do a whole day of eating nothing but green eggs and rice krispy treats without getting sick…(we all know I’m going to try anyway!) Of course, we have some gift baskets to get out that you won’t hesitate to eat all day! Congratulations to Bernadette Cirigliano (March 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm), Mrs Judy Nutaitis (March 2, 2012 at 8:41 am), Sangita (March 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm) Lori (March 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm), and Kathy (March 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm)! Send your shipping info to and I can send out your Best of Ghirardelli® Gift Baskets!

If there is anything about the all-encompassing, freakily aware internet stalking system known as Facebook that I actually really love, it’s that it keeps track of everyone’s birthdays so that I don’t have to. Not that I don’t make a conscious effort to remember birthdays, but everyone past a select few friends and family members, if I don’t have the date written somewhere in a place I know I’ll see every day, I’ll be sending a lot of belated-birthday grievances. Thankfully for me, I live in the great age of technology where I have the internet to do all my thinking for me (Just kidding! Well, kind of. Let me Google the answer…) In all seriousness, I really like the birthday feature on Facebook and I’m sure it makes everyone feel great to see their page filled with Happy Birthday wishes and birthday messages from friends new and old.

Great Big Happy Birthday Sweets & Treats Box Gift Basket

Great Big Happy Birthday Sweets & Treats Box $29.99; Product Code:93839

That being said, I also think that this handy tool has made everyone a little bit lazy with their birthday well wishes. I’m not saying that you need to go all out for that one kid you used to have Calculus with 8 years ago, but I’m sure that your closer friends would appreciate something a little more thoughtful than “happy birthday, you” on their wall (I am extremely guilty of this sometimes). Brighten up someone’s birthday and surprise them with a fun, colorful and delicious birthday gift! And don’t forget to add a nice card with it for personalization!

I was sold the minute I saw there was a mini birthday cake in the Great Big Happy Birthday Sweets & Treats Box. Not to mention, the two birthday hate and cupcake decorated cookies look adorable. It also comes with lots of sweets and popcorn balls. This would be a great birthday surprise for someone to find at their desk, on the table when they get home. There are about 12 young kids to think about in my family and I never have any idea what they like from week to week except for sweets and candy, and lots of it. This would be such a cute birthday surprise for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins (you get the idea!)

Happy Birthday Chocolate Indulgence Gift Basket

Happy Birthday Chocolate Indulgence Gift Basket $34.99; Product Code:96479

I know you all will never get tired of chocolate gift baskets, so this Happy Birthday Chocolate Indulgence Gift Basket makes the perfect chocolate lover’s birthday gift. Filled with Happy Birthday greetings in the form of Cheryl’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fannie May® Cookies & Cream Bark, Fannie May® Bavarian Chocolate Pretzels, Fannie May® Mint Meltaway Cocoa, Harry London® Milk Chocolate Crispy Joys, Harry London® 70% Organic Dark Chocolate The Popcorn Factory® Butter Toffee Popcorn and more, they will definitely appreciate the birthday gift!

Now that we all have decided to ease up on the lazy happy birthday Facebook posts, tell me in the comments section (1-2 paragraphs) a great birthday surprise you’ve had or have done for a friend! FIVE lucky and random winners will receive the Great Big Happy Birthday Sweets & Treats Box!

**Next week Thursday I’ll be on a series of planes, trains, and automobiles (okay, really just one plane and corresponding vehicles) so next week’s blog will be posted on Friday (3/16) and winners announced then!

Have a great weekend, and happy birthday to someone!

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National Forget-Me-Not Day

November 3, 2011

Happy November, Everyone!

Thank you for putting up with Halloween festivities for two weeks in a row (although I’m sure you all truly enjoyed it). Nice to see that I’m not the only one who needs to watch something preferably animated after watching scary movies and then proceeds to question whether my cat is staring in the corner because it’s fun or there’s a ghost! (Okay, maybe that’s still mostly me). Anyway, we’ve got something good to talk about today, so I won’t make you wait any longer! Congratulations to Michelle Balvin (posted on October 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm), Carmen Guajardo (posted on October 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm), Marcie (posted on October 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm), Lisa (posted on October 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm), Melissa (posted on October 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm), Lisa B. (posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm), Nate L. (posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm), Rachel V (posted on October 28, 2011 at 12:22 am), Beth (posted on October 28, 2011 at 8:54 am), Sera (posted on October 29, 2011 at 11:08 am), Paris (posted on October 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm), Michelle Rosborough (posted on October 30, 2011 at 3:32 am), Dave (posted on October 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm), Arvind (posted on November 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm), and Riyan (posted on November 3, 2011 at 10:25 am)!! Email your full names, address, and information to me at and I’ll send out your delicious Pumpkin Halloween Sweets Gift Jars!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

August 18, 2011

Congratulations to Diane (posted at August 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm) and Elaine Kontra (posted at August 16, 2011 at 11:27 am)! Please send your full names and address to me at and I can send over your Back to the Books Snack gift basket! As always, thank you to everyone for participating and don’t forget to tell your friends to join us on Facebook.

Remember when everyone was all “aw we missed out on chocolate covered strawberries and we’re so sad about this”? Remember that? Well, wipe away those tears! Did you know we have a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry club that delivers decadent, mouthwatering strawberries to you four times during the year?

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Club $19/mo Product Code:94976

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