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Summer Symphony: Cheeseboards

July 11, 2018
the taste of Italian Gargonzola

Fresh Fruit & Cheese Gourmet Gift Box

For a sensational appetizer that appeals to guests with many different palettes, some with restricted diets consider serving a Summer Symphony of flavors and textures: Cheeseboards! Cheddar, Goat, Bleu, Feta, Parmigiano and Farmstead pair superbly with fresh fruit, jam and nuts.

Salty, Sweet, Tangy and Sour Mingle

Did you know that there are 2000 plus hard and soft cheeses in shades of white, cream and yellow? You can’t go wrong if you start with what you love. Cheddar, originating in England, is always a star. You’ll want some exotic sounding cheeses too. Hit your local farmer’s market, sample a few new cheeses and be inventive. Cheesemongers have profound love for cheese and will help you select the best!

Bold, Complex, Regional

Through a long, caring and patient process that starts with raising cows and goats, cheesemongers craft elaborate cheeses. The result is more a work of art than a savory snack! Go for it and try an intriguing French cheese like Normandy Camembert, a Spanish cheese with smokiness like Idiazabel (Northern Spain) or a Sonoma California  Bellwether Farms® Carmody Cheese. Elevate the taste of cheese by adding jams, chocolate and surprises like lemon curd.

Create a colorful cheeseboard with fresh or dried fruit. Present the summer symphony cheeseboards on marble slates that will keep the cheese slightly cool to room temperature. Accessorize the boards with a few quality cheese knives. Style the cheese in bite size squares, pie slices and uneven cubes. Serve crackers alongside in rustic baskets. Trending now: Straight lines of fruit, cheese and nuts on rectangular plates.

Prepare a sweet, hearty or Italian cheeseboard for summer entertaining. What’s your favorite?

The Sweet Goat

Creamy Goat Cheese, Fresh Apricots, Fresh Ripe Peaches, Brie Creamy Cheese Spread Cream Cheese Topped with Lemon Curd, Charcuterie, Italian Dry Salame Whole Almonds, Small Jar Of Cherry Jam, Small Jar Of Honey, Partners Olive Oil & Sea Salt Crackers

Hearty English Cheddar

Cheddar, Stilton, Bleu Cheese, Bing Cherries, Walnuts, Fig Jam, Milk or Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Pralines, Raisin Crispettes

Mama Mia Mozzarella

Water Buffalo Mozzarella, Wide Beefsteak Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Olive Oil, Crusty French Baguette

A Pretty Box, A Rustic Basket & Cheeseboards

What could be more perfect for summer entertaining than a pretty display of gourmet cheese and fruit? Our Fresh Fruit & Cheese Gourmet Gift Box is reminiscent of the Gorgonzola cheeses of Italy! Vintage Gourmet Fruit & Cheese Gift Basket features delicious ripe fruit ready for guests, Sierra Nevada® Jack Cheese and a tempting chocolate pairing.


bounty of fresh fruit

Vintage Gourmet Fruit & Cheese Gift Basket






Birthday Gift, chocolate covered strawberries, cupcakes, Entertaining, Gift Baskets, Party!

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

Birthday Gift, chocolate covered strawberries, cupcakes, Entertaining, Gift Baskets, Party!

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!


Entertaining, Gift Baskets, Valentine's Day

Cupid’s Super Cute Gifts, DIY Hearts

January 30, 2017

Countdown to Valentine’s Day! Send your sweetheart a romantic basket brimming with treats or super cute gifts from Your valentine will swoon over heavenly chocolates, plump fruit baskets, Valentine theme gifts….and that’s just the beginning.

Whether your sweetheart is a connoisseur of chocolates or crazy for salty snacks you are sure to find the perfect gift basket in our Valentine’s Collection.


Valentines gift basket brimming with chocolates and super cute gifts

True Love Valentine Gift Basket


Don’t forget to order some chocolate treats to have on hand for Valentine’s Day guests. Have you tried Cupid’s Choice Chocolate Dipped Strawberries? Our strawberries are dipped in delicious 100% Real Dark Chocolate then drizzled or decorated to perfection. Real Love Deserves Real Chocolate™!


chocolate dipped strawberries make a super cute gift.

Cupid’s Choice Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Love to decorate with hearts for Valentine’s Day? Create a sweet country heart shaped wreath to dress up your front door for the holiday. Here are the easy directions: create a burlap heart wreath with bow. You may even have time to transform your dining table with these cute mini heart topiaries from our friends at  Enjoy all your Valentines Day planning, shopping and decorating. Happy Valentines Day from!


How to make a burlap heart wreath

Entertaining, Gift Baskets, Philanthropy

Fall Wine Tasting! Spotlight on Wine

October 21, 2016

Avenues to Independence and Presenting Sponsor Wintrust invite you to the Spotlight on Wine, October 27 from 6-9 pm in the Wintrust Grand Banking Hall; 231 S. LaSalle St, Chicago IL. Enjoy an international buffet from Hel’s Kitchen and a guided tasting of six unique wines. Try your luck with great raffle prizes and a special live auction. Your support will benefit Avenues to Independence, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Tickets are $105 per person. (The charitable donation portion of the ticket price is $55) Valet parking is available. Find out more about Spotlight on Wine and Avenues to Independence here: is proud to support Spotlight on Wine at the event on October 27. Best wishes to our friends at Avenues to Independence for a very successful party and wine tasting. See you there!

spotlight on wine


Entertaining, For the Love of Coffee, Gift Baskets, Holidays

Recipe: Pumpkin Cream Pie With Homemade Pumpkin-Spiced Whipped Cream

September 20, 2016


pumpkin pie with chocolate sauce

by Crystal Watanabe

Pumpkin spice lattes are popping up all over the place again, a sure sign of the arrival of the fall season. Sweaters, boots, and of course fall holiday entertaining are soon to follow.

When Thanksgiving rolls around, there are always at least two or three pumpkin pies on our table—usually because guests are trying to prevent the worst-case scenario of no pumpkin pie at dinner! For me, though, there’s something even worse than no pumpkin pie: no whipped cream.

I look at photos of pumpkin pie slices with cute little dollops of cream on them and laugh. At Thanksgiving dinner, I hold back on the main course so I’m ready to plop a mountain of whipped cream on my pie. My favorite pumpkin pie recipe, then, is heavy on the good stuff.

Similar to how a banana cream pie is constructed, the traditional pumpkin pie filling is on the bottom and a thick layer of spirced cream sits on top. You’ll find it’s light and fluffy and has just the right ratio of cream to pumpkin.

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Entertaining, Gift Baskets, Philanthropy

Smile Farms Summer Pop Up Shop, Atlantic Beach

July 6, 2016
Smile Farms Pop Up Shop

Incredible Flower Arrangements at the Pop Up Shop

Smile Farms welcomed the season by bringing a summer Pop Up Shop to Ocean Club, Atlantic Beach. The organization is dedicated to providing meaningful work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities at local farms and greenhouses. partnered with Smile Farms and to help make the shop a success and to raise awareness for the organization. 1800Baskets donated containers of various sizes for the Pop Up Shop. Smile Farm’s employees planted the containers with beautifully arranged flowers and plants grown at Smile Farms at IGHL located in Moriches, New York. The arrangements were available for purchase at the Pop Up Shop and every one of them sold!

Continued support is essential so that the organization can raise awareness for a much deserving population. Want to help? Get involved today by attending one of the upcoming events!

Summer Soiree: Sip and Schmooze by the Sea,  July 14, 2016. To register please contact Tracey Gittere (516) 222-0550.

Second Annual Smile Farms Golf Outing and Wine & Paint Classic, September 26, 2016. Details: Email for sponsorship opportunities.

If you would like to host a pop-up shop for the organization please contact


Entertaining, Mother's Day, Party!

Mother’s Day Facebook Essay Sweepstakes

March 30, 2016

My Mom Makes Me Smile

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Like us on Facebook! Here are the Winners of Our Mother’s Day Facebook Essay Sweepstakes 


Thank you for sharing your essays! Each one was an inspiration. Winners, please send a private Facebook message to with your shipping information.

The My Mom Makes Me Smile Winners Are:

Spirit Javon, My Mom is the Best

Lori Singer, My Mom Keeps On Keeping On

Treva Shawn Anderson, Twinning a Generation Apart

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!

Surprise your mom for Mother’s Day! Write an essay about the things that make her so special and a chance to win a beautiful basket or gift from

How Does Your Mom Make You Smile? Is it her warm hug, fabulous style, delicious cupcakes? Tell us why your mom is so special in 70 words or less. We’re giving away three prizes for Mothers Day! We will randomly select three winners. The sweepstakes starts on Facebook on 4/11. You can submit entries until 4/28. Winners will be posted on Facebook on 5/02!

Mother's Day Facebook Essay Sweepstakes



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Entertaining, Party!, Picnic

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Sliders

February 29, 2016

A big plate of corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, carrots and other vegetables is traditionally served on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a hearty supper for a day in March that could bring “fierce weather”.

You’ll love this new twist on traditional corned beef and cabbage perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party buffet!

St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders with Guinness Mustard

This recipe was inspired by the St. Patrick’s Day scene in St. Louis. The Gateway to the West is lucky enough to have two St. Patrick’s Day parades! A big downtown parade and a smaller parade in the Irish part of the city — Dogtown.

St. Patrick's Day Slow Cooked Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders

Be sure to make plenty of these sliders because they’ll disappear in the blink of an eye like a leprechaun! The quick Guiness mustard is a tasty addition to the corned beef and cabbage sliders. Here’s the recipe:

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders with Guinness Mustard

 Add some Shamrocks!

Serve on a St Patrick’s Day buffet table with

Cheryl’s St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Cut Outs!

Cheryl's St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Cookie Cutouts



Easter, Entertaining, Party!

Easter Place Card Nests

February 24, 2016


Easter is just three weeks away! If you’re planning an Easter brunch for family or friends now is the perfect time to collect some pretty ideas for table decorating. We found a clever craft — making place cards out of small nests for your Easter table. If you’re expecting a large crowd for your spring party Easter place card nests are especially helpful.


Easter Place Card Nests


The baskets are made of raffia, so you will need raffia and a few more items. The nests can be filled with foiled eggs, candies, or candy coated Easter eggs.

For directions on how to make Easter Place Card Nests go to the link below:

Spring Nest Easter Place Cards

For a fabulous Easter brunch buffet add eggciting treats like Happy Easter Petit Fours and Happy Easter Belgian Oreos.  One of these would look bright and cheery in an Easter Place Card Nest! Your guests will adore them!

Happy Easter Petit Fours

Happy Easter Belgian Chocolate  Covered Oreo Tin