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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 Celebrations.com 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 1800Baskets.com 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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Olympics 2012!

July 27, 2012
juniors red velvet cheesecake

Hello Gift Basket Fans! 

Our work picnic yesterday was great! A little hot out (especially after a few rounds of sand volleyball), but it was a fun change to be outside. Plus, it gave all of you some extra time to submit your comments! I think a lot of us agreed that food is the way to go in most cases, but it doesn’t hurt to get a little trinket to remind you of what great gift givers you have around you. Speaking of gift giving, I have a few gift baskets to award now. Congratulations to Gita (July 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm), Julie H (July 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm), Clara Ray (July 26, 2012 at 11:05 am), Teresa (July 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm), and Olivia (July 27, 2012 at 7:45 am)! You will all be receiving the All Smiles Gift Basket that comes with a $10 gift to use on your next purchase so you can choose which gift basket is right for you! Email your information to me at amariscal@1800flowers.com and I’ll get your gift baskets out to you.

Today (and well let’s be honest, the next two weeks) I am ALL over the Olympics! I’m counting down to the Opening Ceremony tonight, what surprises they’ll pull out, what secret thing David Beckham is doing for the ceremony, if there will be some mention of Harry Potter since the director is creating this whole thing (a girl can dream). Either way, 7:30 I will be tuning in. Also tuning in for Swimming, Track & Field, Gymnastics (how do they DO that?), Volleyball, and probably a few more events that catch my attention. All from the comfort of my couch of course. The Olympics (and watching any kind of sport in general) goes one of two ways for me, either I get really motivated to be active or I just watched, amazed, while eating very delicious non-Olympian food. 

And it’s looking like this year will be falling into the latter category, especially after I found these adorable Olympics cupcake decorations from Williams-Sonoma. Yes, I know, making and eating cupcakes while watching the best athletes in the world from my television. If I make it into a viewing party with other people to help me eat these, would that make it better?

Are you going to have your own Olympics viewing party? Let me suggest one of my favorite desserts to include at your party. Our Junior’s Red Velvet Cheesecake! It’s got red and white, so there’s your patriotic colors. And have I ever mentioned how sinfully delicious this cake is? Very creamy without being too sweet, the red velvet crumble on top and sides, plus the cake portion mixes very well, and there is plenty in one cake to share! I had it for my birthday to be served to my whole family (aunts, uncles, grandparents, the whole 9 yards) and we have all sworn by it’s delectable nature since. 1800Baskets has also been running a special for 20% off, so now you really can’t say no! I promise, your party guests will absolutely love it. juniors red velvet cheesecake

We still have our Stars & Stripes Chocolate Covered Strawberries ready to order. And you can read a full review from me (along with some pictures!) here in a previous post!

You can find the Olympics Event schedule here.

Now tell me: In the comments section (1-2 paragraphs), which Olympic event are you looking forward to and why? FIVE lucky commenters will win a special prize next week!

Have a great weekend and happy Olympics! 

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Celebrating Summer Fun Picnic Ideas

June 14, 2012
meat and cheese gift basket picnic

Welcome back readers,

Father’s Day weekend is here, and I spent the last few weeks drumming up gifts for Father’s Day, so I hope you have yours picked out by now! If not, you can always check back on our posts for some great ideas here, here, and here. Don’t forget the comments section for some really great ideas for Dad! For now I’ll announce our weekly winners and we’ll move on to one of my favorite topics: picnics! Congratulations to Pamela Hansen (June 8, 2012 at 8:23 am), Stacey Ellis (June 8, 2012 at 10:23 am), Jean C (June 8, 2012 at 10:28 am), Melissa (June 14, 2012 at 10:39 am), and Tiffany (June 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm)! Please send your shipping information to me at amariscal@1800flowers.com and I’ll send out your Crabtree & Evelyn® Nomad Traveler for Men.

meat and cheese gift basket picnicMy love of picnics is no secret, especially on here when we always have so many amazing gourmet gift baskets and food gifts to use for fun summer outings. Summer is in full force right now and I can’t imagine not wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, even if it’s just your local park or backyard and a basket of food. These days of nice weather will only be here for so long, and I’m dedicated to making the most of them. We’ve already talked about essentials to bring on your next picnic and a few fun dishes, but our sister brand Celebrations.com has so many delicious recipes for quick and easy finger foods as well as downright decadent desserts that I need to share with all of you!

Picnics should be about easy fun on the go. There’s no need to get super complicated with the meals you prepare or how much stuff you need to bring. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make them fun or seasonal. Which is why I’m currently obsessed with Celebration.com’s finger sandwiches collection

You better believe that the Mini Grilled Cheese sandwiches will be a key player at all my summertime functions. Asiago, Parmesan, Fontina, Provolone, arugula, and truffle oil! I am in culinary heaven right now. I just bought a new bottle of truffle oil that I’ve been cooking everything in lately, so this is definitely my favorite sandwich of the set. Their Avocado and Tomato Finger Sandwiches are a close runner-up, because I have a lifetime commitment to all things avocado. It’s so simple, fresh, and you’ll never feel any guilt with eating your fair share of these delicate treats!

Check out more of their Tea Time and Finger Sandwich recipes here, and don’t miss out on their Top 10 Picnic Food Ideas here! 

For a cute and creative dessert that I am definitely trying out this weekend, are Celebration’s Blueberry Cupcakes in a Jar. It looks decadent but also incredibly easy to make. I have a feeling I’ll be trying out all of their Cupcake Ideas here.

meat and cheese gift basket picnicGoing back to the simplicity of picnics, you can always find something you love with our collection of gourmet gift baskets. Every gift basket is packed with gourmet foods, sides, and fun treats inside for you to try out. And all items complement each other perfectly. Everything is there waiting for you to pick it up and go! Since it’s summertime, I’m leaning towards some fresh orchard fruit and cheese gift baskets, or flavorful and hearty meat and cheese gift baskets, and of course some very tasty wine gift baskets. Take any of these out for a gourmet getaway one afternoon:

In the comments section (1-2 paragraphs) tell me which of these gifts you would pick for your picnic and things you would pair with them! FIVE  lucky and random winners will receive the Lucca & Sons™ Deluxe Meat & Cheese Box!

Have a safe and happy Father’s Day weekend!

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Perfect Endings® Premier Cupcakes

May 22, 2010

1800baskets.com Perfect Endings® Premier Cupcakes

Featured in InStyle magazine! Decadent. Rich. Indulgent. We’re not talking about Hollywood A-listers. we’re talking about the most incredibly scrumptuous cupcakes you’ll ever taste (though celebrities do love’em). Tell us what you like about these delicious cupcakes!
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