Thankful for Thanksgiving 2013

How do you show someone you’re thankful for them?

Here at A Tasteful Gift we’re approaching the Thanksgiving 2013 season, and crafting up a new collection of baskets and decor we’re excited to share with you all!

It’s important, of course, to not only be thankful, but to say it as well. At this time of year, as we gear up for the holidays, we’re trying to remember to tell people how much they mean to us. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be where we are now. I think this is true for all of us.

Their care and support help get us through our year, and we look for something not only visually pleasing, but also thoughtful and unique, made special just for them to show how important THEY are to us! A gift basket is a perfect gift that can be individually crafted to make sure those closest to us receive something they’ll truly enjoy and know we thought of them in a special way.

Our Thank you gift baskets are an elegant way to show your clients, neighbors, co-workers, family and Thanksgiving host(ess) that you’re grateful for all the effort they’ve invested for you. Not only do our baskets look and taste good, but they’re also more unique than your typical bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers – why not give them a bouquet of edible treats in their favorite flavor profile instead?

Gifts – such as one of our baskets – paired with regular words of encouragement and appreciation can make all the difference for a person. It demonstrates you care. It shows you took time out of your day for them. It exemplifies greatness – both yours and theirs. It brings you closer and really, isn’t that what Thanksgiving 2013 is all about?

Yes. I’m thankful. For all the things I have, the positivity in my life and ultimately, the small moments with the people that I love and care about. Aren’t you?

How are you showing you care this holiday season? Have your ordered your “thank you” basket yet? What does Thanksgiving 2013 mean to you? Share your thoughts on our Facebook Page now!

Holiday Transitions

It’s official. We’re in holiday transition mode: Halloween is almost over (as my candy filled stomach can attest to) and the seasons are clearly making the transition from Autumn to Winter. I just saw my first Christmas commercial of the year last night!THANKS

But before we get into the mad dash of Christmas cocktail receptions, dinner parties, family gatherings and holiday shopping chaos, it’s time to think Thanksgiving. This occasion is a perfect opportunity for gifting a basket to your Thanksgiving dinner hostess or showing your co-workers or assistants how much you appreciate them. Gifting thanks before taking a holiday break from the office, passing evenings with good company and chowing down on slow roasted turkey, tangy orange cranberry sauce, rustic stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie topped with silky vanilla whipped cream, is a good thing.

Here at A Tasteful Gift we’ve started preparing for the holidays and we’re putting together some incredibly delicious gift baskets for the upcoming holidays. We’ve also got some exciting and more importantly, tasty holiday posts coming up here at A Tasteful Gift Blog and hope that you’ll join us! Keep an eye out – and salivating taste buds – for holiday entertaining tips and tricks, holiday themed recipes and of course, a wide collection of new gift baskets designed for one thing: celebrating the holidays with the ones we love most at this time of year!

What about you? What are you looking forward to this holiday season? Have you started planning yet? What do you need help with? Have any seasonal favorites to share with us? Tips?

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Happy Halloween!

Boo!

Halloween is only just a week away – have you got your ghosts and goblins and caldron near by? I certainly do!

Halloween

Though I have to be honest – I’m not entirely sure how useful they will be. I’ve found over the years that less and less children seem to be trick or treating. I’ve used this opportunity however to host my own Halloween themed dinner parties! Who says Halloween has to be for the under 12 age demographic, anyhow?

That’s right – I’m cooking up one heck of a goulish feast and highlighting the season’s best produce in the process. While others are carving pumpkins, I’m stuffing mine with fresh herbs, sausage and delicious apples!

The key to a great Halloween holiday themed party is simple: Keep it themed. Create dishes that can be mostly prepared ahead of time and are either Autumnal or Spooky oriented.  Try creating some fun Halloween snacks. Decorate the table with orange, white and black colored napkins, candles, place cards and centerpieces, or keep it elegantly goultastic by sticking to white pumpkins, black accents and a few splashes of red.

Either way, be sure to finish the meal with something sweet – after all, you don’t want to be tricked for not having treats!

Other things to keep in mind when hosting a Halloween dinner party:

1. Invitations. If you haven’t sent these out yet – it’s best to make phone calls or send an email for a quick response. Suggest an RSVP date so people know to reply quickly. If you haven’t had a chance to send out proper invitations, think about putting together a thank you note and goodie bag for when guests leave instead.

2. Music. Keep it upbeat, lively and fun. There are a great collections of spooky or fun vintage-lounge type music available out there that will coax guests into feeling festive!

3. Games. You want people to feel entertained, right? Donuts on a string, pumpkin carving, and of course, there’s always bobbing for apples!  If you’re Halloween party is strictly for adults, be sure to line up a few fun games for the older crowd.

4. Drinks. BYOB is totally acceptable – especially if you’re doing all the cooking. However, welcome guests with a Halloween themed cocktail to get them in the spirit of things when they arrive!

5. And finally, if you really want it to feel like a party, ask people to come in costume! Be sure to mention there will be food involved so they can choose outfits that will permit fork to mouth access.

What about you? How will you be celebrating Halloween? Hosting a dinner party? Any tips for us? What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?

 

Birthday Gift Basket

How do you celebrate your birthday?

Birthday Gift

As we all get a little older, it seems birthdays don’t quite hold the significance that they did when we were small. Instead of a party full of balloons, pin the tail on the donkey, we’re content to enjoy a good meal with a few close friends and a couple bottles of fine wine.

Celebrating our birthdays doesn’t have to be less exciting as we age – in fact, they should become more so! When we’re young, a birthday is an opportunity for junk food and giggling children to play. As we get older (and wiser, mind you), there’s more to celebrate. Academic achievements, professional accomplishments, lessons learned, friendships nurtured, families grown. And as our tastes refine, so can the gifts we give.

A birthday gift basket is not only tasteful but tasty! They’re dignified and in leading the busy lives that we do, they’re already wrapped beautifully – just waiting to be ripped open and devoured. Whether you prefer something wine friendly like our Tasteful Gourmet Basket, savory like the goodies found in our Gourmet Celebration Basket, sweet like our Chocolate Madness Basket, or fun like our Happy Birthday Basket, there’s always a collection of fine indulgements to share with the birthday girl (or boy). Chuck in that cheap bottle of wine and you’re all set! Who needs cake when you have a whopping selection of carefully chosen and elegantly packaged delicious treats? Not me, that’s for sure!

I know we live in a culture of youth and that aging is often resisted and refuted. But as each birthday rolls around, we can give thanks to ourselves and each other and use it as an opportunity for celebration. For reflection. For laughter. For eating. Aging doesn’t mean getting old, it means getting happier. And if you define happiness like I do, a little bit plumper. And I’m good with that.

Yes. I believe we should celebrate our birthdays as we grow and the memories we have with each other. I honestly can’t think of anything better than sharing a bottle of wine with close friends and family, while savoring on decadent chocolates, gourmet cheese and dips or delicious olives and re-counting our histories while toasting the future. That’s a birthday I can get on board with. How about you?

How do you celebrate your birthday? Is it something you look forward to? Or resist? Do you have a favorite birthday snack? Which basket would you like to get on your birthday?

National Boss’s Day – October 16th

“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.”
– Bill Gates

We quote this with jest, of course. If you’re human, you probably know what it’s like to have a boss. We all work hard in our lives, many of us up to 50 or 60 hours a week. This leaves us with a lot of face time with the people we work with. In fact, we often see more of them than we do anyone else! That’s what days like this are for. To give thanks and credit where credit is due. October 16th is National Boss’s Day. And we’re proud to celebrate it with you all!

Boss's Day Gift Basket

I remember my first experience with a boss when I entered the job market with a little bit of tenderness and as the years wore on, a whole lot more understanding. Being the boss isn’t easy. Especially when they hire a weak kneed, flighty 20 year old who wants nothing more than to lay on the beach, snacking and drinking mojitos. Never mind the agonizingly difficult decisions they have to make on a daily basis, the quotas they have to fill and the questions they have to answer.

But she stood by me. Sometimes with an iron fist, sometimes with a knowing tone in her voice, often with support and understanding. It was my first boss that taught me about true responsibility, email etiquette and how to persevere past the big obstacles that came my way. We’ve all had our fair share of not so great bosses, but to those who took the extra time to teach us with patience and stand by us when we made our mistakes, we owe them thanks for shaping us into the grown ups we are today.

And even now, almost 20 years later, I still want nothing more than to lay on a beach and drink mojitos. The difference, of course, is that I have bills to pay and a far greater drive to succeed. I have goals, one of which included becoming my own boss, which I now am. For those who are also their own boss, you can agree that you are far harder on yourself than any other boss ever was, so take full advantage of this holiday and rightfully reward yourself as well!

National Boss’s Day is an opportunity for us to thank our bosses for their guidance, support, and daily diligence in the office. They often go far above and beyond what we ever think to do and that’s why they’re where they are. So let’s thank them, shall we?

Gift baskets are a generous way to show our appreciation. They look good, the taste good, and more importantly, they feel good. There’s no better way to bump your salary pay grade than by cajoling your boss with a basket of gourmet, tasty treats… You know, besides work hard.

To those of us who have ever had bosses, who are bosses, or maybe are our own bosses, happy National Boss’s Day everybody. Let’s chow down and celebrate, yes?

What’s your most memorable boss memory? Are you a boss yourself? How are you celebrating National Boss’s Day? Have you remembered a gift? Need one? Can we help?

Welcome to the NEW A Tasteful Gift Blog! Gourmet Gifting Ideas for All Occasions

Welcome to the new and improved A Tasteful Gift Blog for Gift Giving Ideas!

As you can see, we’ve been gift wrapped nice and pretty and are ready to share our bounty with you. Some of the changes you might notice are new links to our social media accounts, social media feeds and of course, some snazzy new titles in the sidebar.  We’re lookin’ good! And that’s just on the surface…

Open us up and you’ll also soon start seeing new posts featuring all kinds of fun things including ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays in style, delicious recipes, seasonal anecdotes, gifting tutorials, solutions to your gift giving woes (you know the ones – those loved people in your life who you just don’t know what to get….ever.), and some pretty amazing new baskets featuring goodies you’re just going to want to rip into! If you like gifts, you’re gonna like us.

….Not to mention some fabulous new photos of the current baskets. Can’t WAIT!

But enough about us – what about YOU!? What do you want to see on the A Tasteful Gift’s blog? Introduce yourself! We’d love to hear from you. Like us on Facebook to catch our most up to date news,  or send us an email. Let’s get gifting!

Gift Baskets

Gourmet Gift Baskets for Every Occasion

Welcome to our new blog for A Tasteful Gift Gourmet Gift Baskets.  We are excited to be able to have a special place to share our favorite new gift basket items plus tips on how to choose the perfect basket for any occasion.

Gourmet Gift Baskets

Photo of a Gourmet Gift Basket

All gift baskets are definitely not created equal. Ours use only the very best ingredients while many inexpensive baskets do not.

Be sure you please those you gift by sending only the tastiest goodies as carefully arranged as a work of art.

We hope you’ll take the time to visit our store and view all our gift baskets. If you don’t see exactly what you want, request custom gift baskets made to order just for you.

Testimonials

New to our site? Be sure to see our testimonials page. We want you to be assured that our baskets are as beautiful in person as they are in the photos. Here is just one testimonial to give you an idea how our baskets are received:

“I first had an opportunity to utilize the services of A Tasteful Gift last year for our Doctor’s Day celebration.  We arranged to have a specialized gourmet theme gift basket put together at a price that fit well within our budget.  The packages were assembled with great care and detail.  Each one looked like a work of art and we received many compliments from our medical staff.  A Tasteful Gift was always very responsive to our needs.  I highly recommend their services.”

Medical Staff Services, Miami Children’s Hospital

Local Delivery to South Florida

Have your gift basket delivered by local courier to certain zip codes in the Miami, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale areas.

National Shipping

Or have your gift basket delivered anywhere in the contiguous U.S. (48 states except for Alaska and Hawaii via Federal Express ground service.

See our Ordering information page for additional delivery details and delivery schedule.

Questions? We would love to hear from you. Give us a call Local at (954) 747-7177 or Toll-free  (877) 310-4438 or E-mail info@atastefulgift.com.