March 09, 2017

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Why Everyone Loves Food Gift Baskets

 

Gifts baskets exchange is a tradition that has been around for so many years, and they are handed out at all kinds of occasions. Gift baskets can be exchanged as an apology, on holidays and even during birthday parties. A gift basket can also be used to say thank you to special people and loved ones in a person’s life. In the traditional sense, the gift basket is a small basket that is usually filled with presents meant for the receiver. The receiver of the basket often gets many gifts inside the basket which increases delight of the receiver. The gifts can range from foodstuffs to snacks, or other useful items and budget is the only limit of what can be included in the gift basket.


Gift Baskets are personalized for everyone and every occasion

The primary reason people prefer gift baskets is because of their high level of personalization. These days the gift baskets come in all shapes and forms and can include almost anything the giver can imagine. For customization purposes, one can find gift baskets made from anything ranging from ropes to grapevines. One can decide to create a child bucket with a shovel, a mini rocking chair and a mug filled with goodies as a gift basket to celebrate a new home. Food can also be included in the gift basket to create a food basket. It is all about imagination and for anyone looking to personalise a gift basket it is all a matter of letting imagination free. As long as the container contains items it can be considered a gift basket.

Gift Baskets can be customised and bought easily with minimal time and effort

With the modern advancement of technology and the internet buying of gift basket is easy and can be done at one’s comfort at home through the web. Also, through the internet, people can also learn of new customization options through the internet and make their design. As mentioned earlier the items to include in the gift basket are not limited only budget and imagination can limit. For a food gift basket, the assortments can include foods such as crackers, jellies, teas or at times even wine. Sometimes one might even choose to include wine glasses in the basket to go with the wine. To make the basket even fancier, there are those who add cheese, cookies or candies in the basket as a personalization option.

Gift Baskets will save you time and money

Unlike other gifts options that are exchanged on holidays, gift basket Toronto can save people lots of money and time as they are simple to make and cheap in terms of materials and assortments. Apart from the gourmet gift basket, one can choose cheap assortments such as loofah, books, soaps, candles and baby items to include in the gift basket.  It is very romantic to send out scented candles and a lovely book poem to a loved one especially on a day like the valentine’s day.


Most of the gift baskets including fruit basket can be bought online and personalised according to the user’s needs; some can even include embellishments to ensure they seem more classy and extraordinary to the receiver. All in all, it is important to note that gift baskets are a joy to give and to receive.



March 01, 2017

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Honouring Your Clients and Partners with Corporate Baskets

 

Clients and partners are a vital part of any business’ endeavour, and it is their relationship with the company that keeps the company running. It is why it is important to gift clients from time to time and be thoughtful of the choice of gifts to offer them. The most thoughtful gift a business can give to its customers is a gift accompanied by a personal note to show the appreciation of the company to the client in the most humanly way possible. Doing this highlights the significance of the client’s relationship with the company apart from the everyday transaction of goods and services. The importance of the thoughtful gifts is they have the natural reciprocal attached to them thus eliciting a natural response from the receiver. The best way to approach this gifting idea is using gift baskets.

The smart and cheap marketing strategy

It is estimated that six out of every companies whether big or small take part in the gift giving practice to clients and partners during the holiday season. It is because most of these organisations recognise the importance of gift giving as a marketing strategy. Spending on something as simple as a gourmet gift basket can go a long way in marketing the company in the right way.

Corporate gourmet baskets among other gift baskets have been around for a long time and have become very popular in the field of corporate gift giving. With the internet offering everything easily, finding these gift baskets has become easier than ever before. It is no longer a manual task to search and design corporate gift baskets but rather an easy task that can be done with the click of buttons on the internet. There many different stores and warehouses around the web and physical that offer gift basket online at affordable prices to help make the gifting process a breeze. All one has to do is know which gifts will serve the clients better and will reflect the value of the customer to the company.

Choosing the perfect corporate baskets to thank clients and partners is a process that takes time and money and in return, this time and money invested are manifested by the value it will add to the business. The key to finding the best corporate gift basket idea is applying imagination and creativity beforehand and finding a gift basket that will show the sentiments and appreciation the company wishes to express to the client and partners.

A challenging but fruitful process to the company

Whether it is the boss or a person put in charge of taking care of the gifting process, it can be a challenge figuring out what gift to present to the clients and which clients to gift. However, no matter the complexity the gift giving process is a critical process that cannot be overlooked, and it is very beneficial to the future of the business. The goal of corporate gifting is to that the clients for the business they have transacted with the company and also welcome them back to bring in more business to the company. By choosing a gourmet gift basket as a gifting choice for clients and partners the customers and partners are left with fond thoughts of the company after enjoying the delicacies that come in the business, and this can go a long way on keeping their minds at the company



February 28, 2017

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Things to ask your Wedding Florist

 

When it comes to wedding planning the flower is one of the most important parts that should be taken very seriously. For the bride, mostly the flowers are a huge part of the day. For a bride, it is the one day to walk around with a beautiful flower bouquet, have some flowers on the hair, and practically have flowers all around.

 

As much as flowers are important, not just any flower can be used and not any arrangement is okay to be used for a wedding. This need for arrangement and choice of flowers to use at a wedding is the reason for the need for a florist service at a wedding. The florists primary job is to create great and beautiful flower arrangements that meet both the wedding’s budget and theme. To be able to achieve these requirements, it is essential for the wedding owner to discuss with the florist, and the only way to have a successful discussion is by knowing the right question to ask the florist.

How many weddings have you done

This question is mainly focused on understanding the florist's experience in wedding flowering. This is a formal question of asking the wedding florist if they know exactly they are doing. As known in any service offering field, the experience is a good sign of expertise level, and it is critical on wedding flowering as it will help the florist work on the process quickly no matter the challenges.

 

Can I see your portfolio

Asking florist Toronto shops how many weddings they have serviced is a good question but many of the dubious florists will find ways to dodge this issue, and that is where the portfolio becomes necessary. Asking for the florist’s portfolio is a must as it also helps the wedding owner with ideas on themes and how to have flowers arranged on the marriage day. If the portfolio is not enough, It is acceptable for the wedding owner to ask for more of the florist's works to see photos of the works done by the florist. Seeing what the florist has done in the past is imperative, and it is the reason most will have their works published on their websites.

Be very wary if the florist's answer to this question is no. The pictures of the wedding flowers arrangements that the florist has on the website or the portfolio help provide a sense of whether the florist has some taste in the job. By having a glimpse of the earlier florists works, one will know exactly what the florist is capable of and help in comparing with other florists and making a choice.


Have you done flowering for another wedding at our chosen site

It is a good idea to ask the florist if, by any chance, they have worked on the selected site before. This is most likely to be true if the wedding location is held at a public venue. If the florist has worked at the place before it is a good thing as they have a knowledge of the site shape and colours that will work with the site without having to visit the site prior. If the florist has not visited the site before, then it is at this point that the wedding owner has to arrange with the florist to visit the wedding venue to help choose the best wedding flowers Toronto to use to match the venue.



 

January 05, 2016

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The Best Valentine's Day Date Spots in Mississauga

Valentine's Day is JUST around the corner and it generally turns out to be our busiest time of the year, which is hard to imagine after the holiday season we just had! 

We've been in the community for a long, long time trading at the intersection of love, romance and of course flowers so we feel like we know a thing or two about how to knock someone's socks off on Valentine's Day. 

With that, we wanted to share some of our favourite ideas for Valentine's Day dates. Hopefully this helps you impress that special someone and make it a truly unforgettable day!

 

Skating at Mississauga's Celebration Square

 


Public Skate Hours – 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Skate Rental - Adults: $10.00 for Two hours

Spice Lounge and Tapas

 

 

Tuesday nights they have a special deal for three tapas sized entrees and a jug of red or white sangria for $45.00, unfortunately, Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, so this won't be available, but keep that in mind for next time!

This restaurant is small, but the atmosphere is incredible so make sure to reserve a table early, especially on Valentine's Day. Your date will love how romantic the restaurant is, with dark lighting and close tables. It truly is the perfect place for a date!

 

Breakwater at The Waterside Inn

 

 

The Breakwater Dining Room is a landmark of fine dining in Port Credit, and what better day to invest in a great meal than Valentine's Day.

The staff here are extremely attentive, knowledgeable, and most importantly, the food is incredible. Trust us on this one, it's right across the bridge from us over the Credit river so we've been coming here with our families and loved ones for years!

If you still don't believe us, take comfort in knowing that it's also been named the best restaurant in Mississauga.

 

Michael's Back Door

 

 

Another Mississauga institution, Michael's Back Door is situated in the beautiful little village of Clarkson, just a 7 minute drive West of Port Credit along Lakeshore. 

One of the best things about this place, besides the incredible, and we really do mean incredible food, is the fact that Michael's Back Door is just up the street from a wonderful little park overlooking Lake Ontario, situated in the enclave of Rattray Marsh. With a picturesque view of the Toronto skyline, it's the perfect spot to cap off a great night with a hand in hand walk.

 

Snug Harbour

 

 

Some people think of Snug Harbour as a summer hotspot, and it most certainly is, but with its enormous windows and beautiful view, it's also a terrific spot to spend a cozy winter night with your loved one. 

One of the many benefits of Valentine's day falling on a Sunday this year is the chance to get out to a wonderful brunch! Lucky for you, that's one of Snug Harbour's specialties. 

 

Yuk Yuk's

 

 

One option that's a bit out of the box, and perhaps a bit better for couples who've been together for a while and feel comfortable around each other (just in case the comic decides to do some especially tough crowd work) is Canada's most notorious comedy club, Yuk Yuk's.

There's currently no set show for Valentine's Day but it's only a matter of time before the club in Mississauga announces its Valentine's Day lineup. Alternatively, it's possible to book seats at the downtown Toronto location which has already begun selling seats for that Sunday's show. At $11.50 a piece to see some of the city's finest talent, it's a guaranteed good time. 

 

The Second City Theatre

 

 

A little over 40 years ago, this specific theatre in Toronto sent Gilda Radner and Dan Akroyd to Saturday Night Live where they became Hollywood royalty. Since then, the Second City has become a breeding ground for world class talent like Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Catherine O'Hara, and spawned the enormously influential SCTV television show. 

If you're looking for something casual and lighthearted but upbeat, there's no better way to spend your Valentine's Day. They've even got a special show for the 14th of February all setup and ready to go. 

"The Second City knows a few things about love — we’ve been looking at and laughing about relationships for over 55 years. Hooking Up With The Second City makes mirth out of missed connections, girls’ night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love. This gaspingly funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between. Performance Time 90 minutes plus intermission"

 

Massages

 

 

Based on what some of our clients have told us, and especially considering Valentine's Day is on a Sunday, which is generally THE day for relaxing, perhaps the greatest way to spend the day is to drive over to one of Mississauga's best Spa's for couples massages. Here's a list of great spots!

 Village Wellness Spa

 Elmwood Spa (downtown)

Glenerin Inn and Spa

Four Seasons Spa

 

Skiing and Snowboarding

 

 

If you're an active couple, then you've probably already scheduled this for your Sundays throughout the winter months. Lucky for you, you can do this as a day trip getaway to either Mont St. Louis Moonstone or Glen Eden, or extend it into an entire weekend at a resort like Blue Mountain or Hockley Valley.    

If you haven't thought about it yet, well you really should, because working out = endorphins!

 

 

 

 

 

January 04, 2016

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Understanding When Women Truly Want Flowers.

We all know that you can't go wrong sending roses for Valentine's Day, or a gift basket to Mom for Mother's Day, but we wanted to understand when flowers can truly make a deep and unforgettable memory. So we asked 100 women to tell us their favourite times to receive flowers in Mississauga. Here's some of what they said. The answers might surprise and inspire you!

Just Because!

  • When they're a surprise, for absolutely no reason but just because. Then they're very special. But really, I love getting flowers at any time!
  • When they're a surprise, for absolutely no reason but just because. Then they're very special. But really, I love getting flowers at any time!
  • When I'm not expecting them! Surprise flowers are the best.

 

Surprise Flowers

 

At Extra Stressful Moments

  • After stressful days. Also "Just because." And when I have to meet an important deadline and work on something it's nice to have fresh flowers to work beside.

  • Flowers are always a treat to me :) But occasionally my parents would send me flowers during finals week, or just during really stressful times in my life and it always made me feel really happy and loved.

 

Stressed Out Student

 

Mission Accomplished!

  • When I get the house super deep cleaned and everything looks just right, I like to put flowers out to sort of top it all off. Those are special because they're like my little YOU GO GLEN COCO gift to myself.

 

Woman Cleaning Home

 

  • I enjoy "just because" flowers. I enjoy bouquets with a lot of my favorite color - yellow. Doesn't have to be roses at all, especially on Valentine's day.

 

Women with Yellow Flowers

 

  • My parents sent me flowers the time I landed my first freelancing job. It was so sweet and I loved it. I'd also say a good time to send flowers might be to a student during finals week as a little pick-me-up or on the first day of the last semester of college or something like that. Not exactly milestones, but just times where you need some extra "you're awesome" encouragement. :)

 

Female Student

 

  • On a Tuesday.

 

 

  • When they're because "I was just thinking about you!", and are full of color like this.

 

 

Signalling Change

 

Spring Flowers

 

  • I generally go for potted plants over arrangements so I can stick them in my garden, but I like getting seasonal flowers. Sometimes I'll buy flowers or potted plants for holiday center pieces (after the holiday, I stick the flowers in my bathroom, since I figure that's the place where they'll be enjoyed the most). I like when flower shops have a selection of pet safe arrangements.

 

Flowers Around the Home

 

  • I like them before people leave to go on business trips and stuff. My stepdad gives them to my mom and I can always tell he's been gone awhile because they start dying on the table.

 

Business Trip

 

 

  • For no scheduled reason. It warms my heart amazingly when he comes home with sunflowers just because they're one of my favourites, or because they reminded him of our wedding day. The best flowers are the ones you weren't expecting.

 

 

  • I love love love love love flowers. The best way to make my day or surprise me is to give me flowers. They make me smile, they smell nice, and they just brighten the mood. I would never want to be surprised every month with flowers, but it would be a nice treat every once and awhile.

 

  • love the "when I'm not expecting them!" line, one of my coworkers occasionally receives a single rose from her fiance and enjoys it very much. It comes with a piece of chocolate and a little card. 

March 21, 2015

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HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT FLOWERS FOR ANY OCCASION

Buying that right bouquet can be as tough as buying a birthday gift for someone, but maybe not quite as tough as planning wedding flowers. But still, how do you even begin to impress someone with flowers? Where do you start!

Well first things first, you've got to know that flowers are more than just pretty plants. They hit almost all of our senses simultaneously. We experience their colour, their smell, and their look. For those reasons, flowers, with their infinite colours and shapes can do more than just sit around looking pretty. They can become the focal point of any atmosphere.

Here are some tips to help you enhance the mood for the upcoming events in your life.

Sensuous Date Night

It's not a cliche. There's just nothing that begins a romantic night better than a stunning rose bouquet. The variety and versatility of the rose conveys love, intention and attention to the lucky recipient.  Presented either over the arm in a “Miss America” bouquet, or an exuberant vase of color, the fabled meaning of a rose, as well as its aroma, really does smell so sweet. Still not sure about your date night? We made a list of exactly how to send a woman flowers

Intimate Gathering 

Seasonal flowers are always in fashion for an evening in the kitchen, living room, dining room or patio.  Bulb flowers in the spring, sunflowers in the summer and autumn, and mixed garden flowers all year long make perfect centrepieces or hostess gifts.  Pair with a stunning container or hand blown glass vase for a lasting impact.


Milestone Celebration
(graduation, engagement party, 40th birthday etc.)

Party flowers can be colourful, fun and wild with vibrant colours found in gerbera daisies, mixed carnations, stock or tulips. Don’t be afraid to mix bright colours in new combinations. They just might help get that party started. 

Every Day Arrangement (something with a long vase-life)

Orchids, carnations, tulips and lilies make wonderful hand tied bouquets that truly last when you freshen the water frequently. They come in colors to compliment any decor and bring a spot of happiness into a home interior. We're more than happy to make one for you if you're stuck! That's why we created our florists choice flowers in Mississauga. If you're still stuck, we're always just a phone call away!

A Formal Affair (boss to dinner, in-laws to dinner, gala event)

Orchids are the flowers for formality and elegance. From the popular phaleanopsis, to the larger cymbidium stems, orchids are perfect in a tuxedo and gown setting, or when you simply want to express to your guests that this is a special evening. Even humble dendrobium orchids when used in bulk, create a fluffy elegance which hold their own against starched white linen. Fortunately they come in an array of colors to suit all occasions from pure white to hot fuchsia to shocking orange. Mix and match for an unusual display of tropical elegance. You might be looking at a higher tier of flowers for these occasions, and we've got you covered. These are our collection of the most luxurious and elegant flowers in Mississauga

 

March 21, 2015

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You Probably Didn't Know This About Planning Your Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers Mississauga

Weddings are a stressful time, but they shouldn't be. We wanted to share some tips from our years of hard earned experience planning wedding flowers in Mississauga to help you plan ahead and alleviate as much of that stress as possible. 

 

GET ON PINTEREST

Make a private board, invite your florist to it, add all the things you like. 

But why? 

It saves a lot of time in your consultation to have a visual idea of the things you like. Pinterest is full of ideas and sometimes your florist may even have a board they post their own work on, so you can use that to give them ideas of things they've already done that you like.

Sidenote: Just please stop adding things the week of your wedding. We've probably got a lot already made and if you throw something in there that doesn't look anything like what you asked for we're going to start second-guessing and it stresses us out.

 

DON'T USE SUBJECTIVE COLOURS

By that we mean colours that vary from person to person.

Saying you want chartreuse is not going to help us at all. Look at all the variations given here! Use simple colours to explain what you want. In this case just say yellow-green. Eggplant is another tough one, how about very dark purple.

 

DON'T FORGET TO TELL US WHAT YOU DON'T WANT TOO

We can't quite read minds yet, so if you really hate blue hydrangeas but you want white ones in your blue-coloured wedding please please let us know. This happens far too often and really can only end in someone being unhappy. (And we really don't want it to be you!)

 

YOU WON'T SEE THE FLOWERS WEEKS IN ADVANCE

All of your flowers will be done in the few days before, so calling two weeks ahead to ask if you can see them is...well...not going to work.

 

TALK TO US ABOUT THE LOGISTICS OF THE DAY

We're worker bees tried and true, if you read about us here, you can see that we've been doing this a long time! So if you want us to take all the floral from the ceremony and use it in the reception we can do that! But expect to see us with sweaty faces, dirty hair and casual clothes buzzing around for a few minutes while we scramble to turn everything over! We try our hardest not to be seen by taking back halls and roundabout ways but we may pop though a group of guests to set an arrangement on a table or two. (It's very awkward for a bride to request we do this and not tell us it's a black-tie wedding. We would have dressed a little nicer if we knew!!)

 

BUDGET TIGHT?

Cutting as many costs as you can? Consider having your bouquet tied with twine if it works with your colors and theme. Ribbons can be very very expensive and aren't really talked about other than color. It could save you up to $15 a bouquet. (Or, you know, ask for raw silk and velvet and rack that price up another $45!!) If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

 

 

November 22, 2014

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How to Properly Send a Woman Flowers

There is nothing better than getting flowers, especially at work, even still, not every man knows how to do it right, but lucky for you, we're here you set it straight.

Go Local!

The biggie here is to NEVER use a large, coupon-y, national flower delivery service like 1-800-flowers and the like. These flowers come in a box, dry, with a vase and a set of instructions. The recipient has to set it up herself. It's awkward and cheap, and the flowers themselves look like they've been through a war. Never do this.

1-800 businesses will almost always claim to "use local florists" -- and the kicker is, they do. It's not like they have a warehouse of flowers around the world where they deliver flowers from. No, instead they undercharge you for the flowers, promising, for example, a $50 arrangement. From that, subtract a $7-13 delivery fee and the commission they take on each order... and now, what the florist has to work with now is about $35. So, often these orders get bounced around from florist to florist, until someone finally picks it up and throws together something that frankly, might not even be worth receiving.

 

 

Trust Your Florist's Expertise

If you can't find something you like on their website, do not hesitate to call the shop. Florists are some of the nicest people in the world. Just give them a budget, like we do here. It's our customer flowers in Mississauga option. Always offer a few guidelines but let them use their judgment and expertise. "Something really spectacular", "something different and edgy", "romantic but not roses" "as unique and beautiful as she is"... trust them to build you the best arrangement based on what's looking great and is in stock. Florists are artists! Let them show off their talent! And remember to clarify that you need a vase/container of some sort--you don't want her to get a bouquet that slowly dies on her desk. 

One of our most popular items for our Mississauga clientèle is our Florist's Choice Arrangement. Just set your budget, add a message and let us handle the rest. We guarantee we'll leave her speechless.

 

Mississauga Flowers

Add A Message!

Send a message. Do NOT just have them add your name to the card. Say something. Imagine the state she's going to be in when she opens the card after receiving the flowers--take advantage of it. Don't be lewd or too literal. For instance, DON'T say "last night was great". DO say "Can't wait for the next time I get to see you". Better yet--an inside joke/phrase/reference. Keep it short and sweet! Don't gush, the flowers did it for you. Be cool.

 

Mississauga Flowers

On our site, there's the option to add a note to each order. Make sure you use it!

So when's the best times to send flowers?

On a Friday when you're seeing each other that night, send her flowers at work during the day (IF it's easy for her to get them home). On any day of the week earlier on, so that she enjoys them at work all week long and doesn't have to take them home at all. Any day when you're going to see her that night. Obviously on her birthday and any kind of special anniversary.

Whenever...but not too often. Don't spoil her too much!

If she's sick, send her flowers at home. Having a beautiful floral arrangement in your home is the ultimate brightener.

 

That's about it. Happy romancing!