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This is the perfect place for Basket Express to present blog posts and for you to join in the fun, too! Here we will discuss holidays, occasions, reasons to send gift baskets and flowers, exciting events occurring at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express.  Click here to read about Pamela of  Roadrunner Florist and Tina of  Basket Express. We are REAL PEOPLE designing Floral Arrangements and Gift Baskets for REAL PEOPLE (like you!)!

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What’s Hoppin?

Springtime Flingtime

What’s Hoppin?

I know! Do you? What’s Hoppin’ at Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist is the Easter Bunny! Yes, I sent a text to a customer in Washington, DC this morning reminding him that I’m playing Easter Bunny for his 3 children and I needed more information about what his 11 year old son might like!

That’s CUSTOMIZATION at it’s best!

The answers didn’t surprise me!  Sports (Washington Nationals or Washington Wizards) or Sports! So I’m going to include Final Four goodies, too (we just hosted the most successful Final Four in history) and chocolates and bunnies!

Designing Easter baskets is fun.  It’s a great time to celebrate spring, and there are lots of things to do outside. Of course there’s the Cadbury Bunny and all of the “imitators”, the fun of coloring eggs, and the gathering of family and friends for great food and spirit.

If you’re thinking about a custom designed Easter Basket this year, then you’d better get a’hoppin’ because this bunny is getting pretty busy!

Here are a few choices that might bring a smile to your spring celebration!

easter basket

Easter Basket

Springtime Flingtime

Springtime Flingtime Basket 

Celebrate Spring Fresh Fruit Basket

Celebrate Spring Fresh Fruit Basket

And then there are flowers! Beautiful Spring Flowers! Perfect for Passover, Easter and Spring!

Here are a few examples of Signature Designs from Roadrunner Florist!

Easter Flowers are Hoppin

Thinking of you with Spring Flowers

Lotsa spring

Lotsa Spring

Celebrate spring

Celebrate Spring

Rosey Springtime Funtime

Rosey Springtime Funtime

Whatever you choose, however you celebrate, wherever you are, remember Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist for your Easter, Passover and Spring gift baskets and flowers!

Happy Spring, one and all!

Tina and Pamela

 

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

St. Patrick's Day gift basket

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

What does St. Patrick’s Day 2017 mean to you?

St Patrick's Day Facebook cover

I thought I’d give you a little bit of St. Patrick’s Day history before asking what Friday the 17th is going to mean for you!  OMG, there’s so much information on Google that I hardly know where to start!

St. Patrick was the foremost patron saint of Ireland. In the 17th century the day of his death, March 17, was made an “official Christian feast day” and we’ve carried the tradition of wearin’ the green since then! Like so many holidays that began in with a religious tradition, in recent years, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations for having become too commercialized and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish. There’s quite a bit of history about him which you might find interesting at History of Saint Patrick.

Do you remember spending an afternoon in the sun looking for a 4-leaf clover (I did that in the grass in front of my house in Denver as a young girl…gee I still do it today as a not-so-young-girl!). After all,  what could be more lucky that a green shamrock?

Our customers help us celebrate by ordering gift baskets and flowers and plants for this fun day.

Here’s a picture of one of the gift baskets that I had the pleasure to design this year. Looks lucky doesn’t it?

St. Patrick's Day gift basket

And then there are green flowers!

Tall Green Beautiful

And then there are the green plants!

Dieffenbachia

I must editorialize here. You will forgive me, please, if I take a moment to tell you about something else that’s in March and that’s green.

MSU Logo

Pamela E Smith, owner of Roadrunner Florist, is proud to be an alum of MSU Floriculture. Whenever the Spartans play basketball in March, it’s a proud moment indeed!!

March Madness

 Let’s see how far they can go this year!

Final Four

What are YOUR plans for Friday the 17th? Are you going to be wearing green or watching basketball? Maybe both? Maybe you have your own special way of celebrating? We’d love to hear what that is!

Here’s sending you lucky wishes for your Green Holiday!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist

www.giftbasketsbytina.com       www.roadrunnerflorist.com

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Happy Birthday to ME: My day of reflection

Today is December, 18, 2016, and it’s Happy Birthday to me!

62 years ago this evening I came into this world on a very cold night in Denver, Colorado. My mother remembers it as if it were yesterday, and she loves to tell the story that she had just seen the doctor and he was getting his coat on to leave the hospital when they called him back upstairs to deliver the baby. Of course I tell a different story, because I suggest they put her under (which they used to do in those days) and when she woke up 3 days later she had a baby!

Needless to say, in all these years I’ve had quite a life.  My childhood world revolved around school in Denver, following the footsteps of my parents and older brothers, religion, friends, family and the most wonderful collies. We had an incredible circle of protection, a large extended family, and learned a work ethic that I carry on to this day.

My dad served in the United States Navy in WWII and used his GIBill to study accounting. He and my mom ran a small CPA firm that eventually grew into one of the most well-respected firms in the city and carries on his name to this day. After he retired, he continued to work For Free for the District Court of Denver and he and my mom still live in their own apartment, on the 9th floor, in Cherry Creek. They will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary a month from now.

I was blessed to have 2 older brothers. Well, when I was young I certainly didn’t consider it much of a blessing! They were always picking on me, from the day my parents brought me home and they named me “Sister Baby” to the day my brother Gary passed away in January. But I was always their “Monkey” “Lil Sis” and “Tiner” (a name Gary gave me in honor of President Kennedy’s Bostonian Accent).  My brother Sheldon is now a retired attorney who is playing golf for a living (we’ll see how long that lasts!). He and his wife Lucy have raised a son in his own image: strong, powerful, philanthropic.

I have a beautiful daughter and a 4-year old granddaughter whom I hope to see today. Sharing this day with them will make it even more special. I have invited a few of my closest friends and family to brunch in a couple of hours, and it should be fun to get together and schmooze and talk about this year and dreams for the next.  Those of you who were not included in this invitation, please know that I anticipated you might be at church this morning and therefore unavailable to celebrate with me, but please know that I’m thinking about you as I write this.

It’s been quite a year for me. We lost my brother Gary in January and I’m still reeling. My 88 year old mother had knee replacement surgery this summer (they told her it’s a “young person’s surgery”) and she’s recovered so well they have released her from PT. The flower shop is thriving (thank you, Pamela) and the gift basket business is having a great holiday season.  We spent a few months enjoying the fiasco of a presidential election that will difficult to forget. I rescued a new puppy who has destroyed the carpeting in my living room (I will be replacing the flooring soon). I have been volunteering my singing voice in the choirs at Temple Beth El in Sun City and  the North Phoenix Baptist Church. I am crocheting plastic blankets for homeless Vets and trying to keep the businesses current on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest while Pamela keeps me apprised of current events that she reads all over the Internet.

My mother always says Next Year will be a better one. I hope and pray she’s right for all of us. May this season bring you light. May you be blessed with health and happiness. May my birthday be the beginning of a new year filled with joy, blessings and peace.

Happy Birthday to me!

Love,
Tina

Christmas at the Movies!

Christmas at the movies

Christmas at the Movies!

Once a year the choirs and orchestra at North Phoenix Baptist Church welcome the holiday season by opening the doors of the church and talents of the musicians to the community at large. Please accept my personal invitation to come to North Phoenix, 5757 N Central Avenue, Friday or Saturday, December 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. to enjoy Christmas at the Movies!

Christmas at the movies

You’ll hear music from White Christmas (my personal favorite) to Home Alone, you’ll meet the Grinch, Olaf, and much, much more! This is a wonderful evening of free fun for the whole family!

Get into the holiday spirit this weekend by joining us as we raise our voices and our instruments at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N Central, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tina Ashburn

 

How May I Help You?

Snowman and Christmas Cheer

How May I Help You?

You’re heard it a gazillion times, especially this time of year!  SPECIALS! SALES! COUPONS! Limited offers!  What are these businesses doing to actually HELP YOU?

Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist is in business to help you look good! That’s all we do! We custom design gift baskets that are unique JUST FOR YOU! We know you are special, and we know the people in your life are individuals who appreciate gifts that are One-of-a kind! That’s one of the ways we make you look good!

Custom designed gift baskets from $35 to $135! How special is that? Here are some examples!

Holiday Cookies  Snowman and Christmas Cheer   Christmas Goodies

Holiday Cookies                 Christmas Cheer        Christmas Goodies

Unique to Basket Express is our Songs for the Season: Christmas from the Heart gift basket. LIMITED supply (only 12) means they are exceptional, unique and really really special!

Christmas Songs From The Heart  Christmas From the Heart

If you’re looking for something really different, then we are the people who can help you!

Another way we make you look good is DELIVERY. Have you been hearing about the gifts that are being stolen from porches? That doesn’t happen when your custom designed gift is HAND DELIVERED for you! We offer professional delivery in the greater Phoenix area! Order NOW and have your gifts placed into the queue for the delivery date you prefer!

It’s not too late!! Those last-minute people (and you know who are you!!) who are waiting until the very end, you can count on us to fill your gift basket and floral needs for Christmas!

Tina Ashburn-Owner Basket Express  That’s me!!

Visit our unique websites www.giftbasketsbytina.com or www.roadrunnerflorist.com for your Christmas gifts this year!

Merry Christmas from Tina and Pamela at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Spring Forward, Fall Back! CORRECTION

Fall Gift Basket

Spring Forward, Fall Back!

Correction!! Blame it on Godaddy!!  They said the site wasn’t secure! But it is!! So go ahead and click and enjoy!!

We’ve all heard it: Spring forward, fall back! Frankly, it doesn’t mean much in Phoenix, except that we get confused AGAIN about whose time zone we’re sharing! Since we don’t change from Mountain Standard Time, sometimes we share with California and sometimes we share with Colorado. No matter what, we’re confused for about 6 months, and then once we figure it out, it changes and we get confused all over again!

No, we’re not jumping the gun! I Googled it and learned Daylight Savings Time doesn’t end until November 6th. That’s really late for us to talk about autumn, because by that time we’re getting ready for Christmas!

OMG, Christmas! Yes, that’s when you start thinking about your corporate gift baskets! How many will you need this  year? Do you have your list?

And what about the people in your life? Like your dentist and doctor, accountant and lawyer. How about a gift basket for that special waitress or hostess at your favorite restaurant?

OK, I’m way ahead of myself. (but not really, because today is a great day to get your list together and get it to me so I can guarantee Christmas delivery of your custom designed gift baskets)!!

Let’s talk about Fall.

Could it be that fall is just around the corner? Even here in the desert, we can feel the change of season. Our imported trees begin to change color (or we can drive just a couple hours north and be a mile high and enjoy the true change of colors). Mornings are absolutely amazing, including the breath of cooler air. Evenings are spectacular, with the earlier sunsets of many colors.

And people seem to get back into the swing of things, including school, Boss’s Day, Thanksgiving and holidays. (oh, my, we’re back to those holidays! See, I’m right…you have to start thinking about gift-giving for the holidays, like for the teacher and the policeman and the mailman and the gardener. Don’t forget about your web designer and IT guy. Maybe I’ll make a list (and check it twice) to make sure  YOU don’t forget anyone!)!

That’s where we come in! We love designing floral arrangements and gift baskets for all! Here’s a goodie gift basket that’s perfect for your fall outing, for Boss’s Day, Thanksgiving or a football party!

Fall Gift Basket  Fall Gift Basket 

Maybe you’re inviting people over for a party! Consider a Southwest Basket! Yes, we can ship this beauty across the country in time for your Fiesta (please allow 7 days’ notice).

Southwest party gift basket  Southwest Goodie Basket

You can choose the team and I’ll custom design the gift basket! Perfect for your tailgating party, hosting a football game party, or dare I say it, the Super Bowl!

Denver Broncos Sports Theme Gift Basket

ASU Snack Gift Basket  ASU Spirit & Snacks

Looking for something different? Consider our Grande Gift Basket or Today’s Healthy Fresh Basket. Each one can be custom designed for Autumn, if you wish! Simply indicate your preference when you call us at 602-246-0672 or when you place the order on our secure website.

As you’re beginning to think about Christmas, don’t forget, autumn is here! Let’s enjoy the change of season together!

Call, click or come by!

Basket Express, located inside Roadrunner Florist

2007a W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-0672

www.giftbasketsbytina.com

 

 

OMG!! Cinco De Mayo Story

Southwest gift basket

OMG! Cinco De Mayo Story!

Remember I told you there are 3 holidays happening right now?  Well, here’s a great story about the second one!!  Actually, it’s tongue and cheek, and I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise (known as Best Foods on the West Coast) was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know. the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank. and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery. were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning which they still observe to this day:
The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th, and is
known of course as, Sinko de Mayo!
I just couldn’t resist, and I thank my friend Kenny Knaster for sending this to me!
Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). We refer to it as Mexican Independence Day, and in Phoenix it’s a great day of celebration and parties.
Never mind that this year it happens to be 3 days before Mother’s Day and 5 days before Mexican Mother’s Day!
We love love love to celebrate holidays!
Here are a couple options for you! Fresh flowers (of course) and southwest gift baskets!
Southwest gift basket  Go To Flowers for Mom
Southwest Party Grande                    Go To Flowers for Mom
How do you celebrate these holidays? We’d love to hear from you!
Tina and Pamela

Phoenix: Fun in the Sun

Phoenix Fun in the Sun

Phoenix: Fun in the Sun

We Phoenix desert dwellers wish we had an ocean to enjoy. So we drive a few hours to the beach in San Diego for fun in the (cooler) sun. If we choose to stay here, then we enjoy our swimming pools and water parks beginning the first of April through October.

I thought I’d share with you a fun gift basket I just designed that’s perfect for our Phoenix sun or for a trip to the beach. I know, I know, I don’t usually blatantly tell you about gift baskets, but this one is so much fun that I thought I’d make an exception!

Our Phoenix Fun in the Sun Gift Basket is a great way to party!

We’ll take a bucket (perfect for the beach or to play with in the pool) and stuff it with a festive and colorful beach towel. Then we’ll add sunscreen (ok, here’s your lecture for the day: You MUST wear sunscreen. Here’s some information from the American Academy of Dermatology about wearing sunscreen.)

Next we’ll add coffee and snacks, because what trip to the beach (or the pool) is complete without a handful of goodies for munching?

For the Pièce de résistance we’ll add a water gun!  What could be more fun than that?

Now you have the prefect Fun in the Sun basket for you, your family and friends. (there is nothing wrong with ordering one for yourself, and then you can decided if you want to share it or not!!).

Do you know someone who is coming to Phoenix to visit? It’s a perfect gift waiting for them at their hotel or in your guest bedroom!

Having a party for a bunch of friends! Maybe an event at your office, like a training session or open house!  It’s a great door prize?

You won’t be disappointed when you send (or receive) our Phoenix Fun in the Sun Gift Basket! You can order yours now!  Phoenix Fun In the Sun

Phoenix Fun in the Sun

Hey Doctors!

Ask for Snacks

Hey, Doctors!! What’s up!

Wednesday is Doctor’s Day!

Doctor’s Day is set aside on the 30th of March as a day for us to be nice to our doctors. Hmmm… what an interesting thought!

Doctors who work in hospitals are honored by their administration for their hard work and dedication. I’m happy to tell you we deliver lots and lots of boutonnieres to hospitals for their doctors to wear on Wednesday.  RR 2737  Call for pricing!

Doctor boutonierre

We deliver snack baskets. Oh, my goodness! Doctors and their office staff LOVE snack baskets! We stuff it with lots of goodies, from chips to chocolates, and they munch all day! Send a snack basket to a doctor and watch the faces glow!  BE 5146  Did you ask for snacks?

Ask for Snacks

Sometimes we think healthy (well some of us do!) and we send a healthy fresh fruit basket for the doctor’s office! Fresh, seasonal fruit such as apples, pears and oranges are topped with bananas, grapes and other grab-and-go fresh fruit. Perfect for the busy doctors and their office. Yummy!!  BE 5045 Yummy Fruit Basket.

Yummy Fresh Fruit Basket

Even more healthy (and greatly appreciated) is a fresh veggie basket from Basket Express! Wow! This one is really a one-of-a-kind THANK YOU to a great doctor! We choose the freshest veggies available, and the assortment varies.   BE 3059 Yummy Veggie Gift Basket 

Veggie Gift Basket

For many years I lived next door to a great doctor. I noticed that when he wasn’t working at his office he was at home studying and reading. I think we forget that medicine evolves and our doctors have to continuously keep up with their education, the diseases, treatments and medicines.

We sometimes forget how important our doctor is. He’s always here for us, and he knows what’s best for us. But sometimes we forget to thank her and tell her how much we appreciate all of the time, work, education and dedication.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 is set aside as a day to say Thank You.  If your doctor is helpful in any way, for you or you family, let us design and deliver a Thank You Thought from you.

You’ll be a hero, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Choose from our large selection of goodie baskets from Basket Express or sensational fresh flowers from Roadrunner Florist.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

 

Keep On Believing!

Believe in Santa

Believe in Santa

KEEP ON BELIEVING!!

Sending warm wishes (OK, VERY WARM WISHES) from the beautiful Arizona Desert for a holiday season full of joy and health!

It’s the busiest time of year for all of us! Our days are full, our evenings are fun, and our nights are short! We celebrate with music and prayers. Most important, we still believe in the magic of the holidays, whichever holidays we are celebrating!

As we are gearing up for the busy holiday season, we want to tell you the very extra special item we’re bringing in for gift baskets:

This year we’re bringing in FUDGE!

Yes, old fashioned FUDGE!

It’s Blue Moose Fudge from Bountiful, UT. I’ve tried it. Pamela tried it. We LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and we know you will, too!

Custom designed gift baskets for Hanukkah and Christmas! Check out www.giftbasketsbytina,com  or call 602-246-1271 and ask for Tina! I’ll be happy to help you!

Here are a few of the beautiful Christmas gift baskets we’re designing FOR YOU this year! Each has holiday trim (from pine cones to ribbons and bows as well as the fragrance of REAL Christmas Greens) and are available for your to purchase NOW from www.giftbasketsbytina.com.

Santa's Gift Basket

Santa’s Gift Basket 

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman Gift Basket

Gingerbread Basket

The Gingerbread House Gift Basket

Christmas Cookies Gift Basket

Our Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Basket

xmas full

Our Loaded Christmas Gift Basket 

KEEP BELIEVING and Let us be YOUR Santa Claus! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Tina and Pamela at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express!

 

 

 

Christmas In the Desert

Luminarias in the desert

Christmas In the Desert

We thought we’d take a moment out of our busy day to share with you some beautiful pictures of Christmas in the Desert.

We hope you can get out to see our beautiful desert “in bloom” for the holiday! Enjoy!

Luminarias in the desert  Christmas house in the desert

Christmas Cactus  Tucson Christmas

What does Christmas look like at the flower and gift basket shop? I thought you’d never ask!

PES Starts Christmas Tina designs a basket medium

Christmas is a wonderful time of year! Take a moment to get outside and see the holiday lights! Take a second to reflect on the past year and anticipate the next one! Make sure you enjoy the fragrances of the holiday (fresh Christmas greens), the delicious flavors (chocolates, muffins, cookies) and spread the cheer to everyone on your holiday list with a custom designed gift basket or floral arrangement from Roadrunner Florist or Basket Express!

We look forward to hearing from you!

602-246-1261

 

www.roadrunnerflorist.com     www.giftbasketsbytina.com

 

 

 

‘Tis the Season…for Bows!

‘Tis the Season…for Bows!

Did you know I spend the month of July hand-making every bow that goes on top of the custom gift baskets I design for Christmas?  One year I forgot and left it until November! NEVER AGAIN!! I learned my lesson and I devote July to making Christmas Bows. Boy, is it worth it, because it gives you an opportunity to have lots of different varieties from which to choose when you order your gift baskets from Basket Express!

This year I have:

A beautiful satin red bow with gold trim.

Red Christmas Bow with Gold Trim

A gold metallic bow.

Gold Metallic Bow for Christmas

A red bow with gold dots.

Red Bow with gold dots

A soft white bow with “Merry Christmas” embossed on it.

White bow with Christmas on It

A red bow with gold trim.

Red with Gold trim Christmas bow

A metallic silver bow.

Christmas Bow Shiney Silver

A winter-white bow with copper Christmas decoration.

Christmas Bow

A red velvet bow with gold glitter.

Red velvet Christmas bow

A Christmas Plaid bow.

Christmas Plaid Bow

A festive bow with red birds.

Christmas bow with red birds

A soft gold bow Lamme with gold trim.

Gold lamme Christmas bow

An ivory bow with red swirls.

Christmas Swirl Bow

 

Each bow is a work of art. Each bow is different. Each bow sits atop a custom designed gift basket that YOU send to your loved one, friend, co-worker, customer, client, attorney, accountant, dentist, veterinarian, doctor or special person.

When you send one of our custom gift baskets, you know the lucky recipient is going to say “WOW!” 

You’re going to look like you are so smart, so sophisticated and so interested in them, and they will think you took a lot of time and effort into choosing the perfect gift just for them! (Little will they know how easy it is to choose from our amazing website www.giftbasketsbytina.com)!!

They’ll know you didn’t visit a big box store and pick something off the shelf because you think too highly of them to do that, right?

And they’ll receive their perfect Christmas present all wrapped up with one of these hand-made bows!

Assorted Christmas Bows

What a great way to say Merry Christmas to people who are unique and special, just like you.

Tina & Pamela

602-246-1271   888-446-1271

www.giftbasketsbytina.com

 

 

 

 

 

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