Happy Easter!

Easter treasure chest

Stay-At-Home-Easter

It’s a weird, wild world, and we’re helping people who are experiencing a Stay-At-Home-Easter by delivering Easter Baskets and Easter Lilies using Social Distancing to the 9th Degree.

Orders are taken on line. Each delivery is made to the door, after the recipient is notified that it’s coming. There is no hand-to-hand contact, but there is a lot of waving and Thank Yous going on!

Let’s make this a happier time, sending HAPPY flowers, spreading SUNSHINE and celebrating EASTER with hope and joy!

Easter treasure chest

Easter Treasure Gift Basket

 

Easter Lily

It’s not too late! Deliver is made throughout most of Phoenix, Glendale and Peoria! Hurry, order now!!

Tina and Pamela

www.giftbasketsbytina.com

 

St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2020. That’s next Tuesday! We are already receiving orders for the fun, green holiday, from people named McCarthy, O’Brien and the like!

A global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries with people of Irish descent.

The Encyclopedia Britannica tells us  it was emigrants, particularly to the United States, who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish. Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants, who often wielded political power, staged the most extensive celebrations, which included elaborate parades. Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762. Since 1962 Chicago has colored its river green to mark the holiday. (Although blue was the color traditionally associated with St. Patrick, green is now commonly connected with the day.) Irish and non-Irish alike commonly participate in the “wearing of the green”—sporting an item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant, in the lapel. Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday, and even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day. Although some of these practices eventually were adopted by the Irish themselves, they did so largely for the benefit of tourists.

For this fun, green holiday we bring in Bells of Ireland, a very special green flower that was originally grown just for St Patrick’s Day. It’s little bells upside down on a stalk, they’re tall and a bit thorny.

We add green flowers such as alstroemeria and carnations, and then add a little POP of white lilies.  We call this our Amazing Green Flowers, and it’s perfect for mom, grandma, Aunt Martha or for your own house as you celebrate the green!

What St Patrick’s Day would be complete without a Luck ‘o the Green basket to share?  We fill a basket with a great hat that you can wear all day long, then add a bow tie (what a clever accessory), a shamrock necklace,  green licorice and other Irish food (in this case Steel Oats).

We love celebrating this fun, festive, green holiday with you! Call 602-246-1271, come by or click roadrunnerflorist.com now to order for next week!

Pamela and Tina

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85-15

Christmas in August?

Christmas in August?

We’ve all heard of Christmas in July, but Christmas in August? That’s a new one!

But not for us! For us, at Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist, we are gearing up for Christmas 2019. It’s nothing new, we do this every year!

First of all, we start with bows. Hundreds of bows.  Christmas bows are so pretty with lots of glitz! Sparkles and glam! Each one is hand made and perfect for the Christmas basket that it will adorn!

Christmas bow with red birds Gold lamme Christmas bow Red Christmas Bow with Gold Trim

Then we decide which containers we are going to use this season. I’m going to share a sneak-peak with you today!

COUNTRY IS IN!

So this year we are featuring A Christmas Country Basket!

A Christmas Country Basket

It’s unique to Basket Express, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis (that means supplies are limited). If you’d like the Country look, I suggest you order it NOW!

The look is a little bit country, and a lot of Christmas! The fruit is hand selected fresh every day, and of course we deliver in the greater Phoenix area!

Perfect for a small get together or a few-people office A Christmas Country Basket will satisfy everyone’s fresh fruit tooth and keep them smiling all season long!

Hurry and order, because the supply is limited! 

Because we have the advantage of being located inside Roadrunner Florist, a local Phoenix Flower Shop, we can offer fresh flowers with our gift baskets, or fresh flowers by themselves! I happen to love this Country look, don’t you?

The Country Basket                                                    A Country Christmas

       

Country may be IN, but Christmas is on its way!

I’ll remind you as the season progresses so you can order your holiday gift baskets from Basket Express!

It’s not too early to order your Christmas 2019 gift baskets! You know what happens when you wait until December (lest you forget what happened last year???)!  Think about it NOW and let us put your order into the holiday queue. We’ll fix you right up and it will be one item off your holiday “to do” list!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist, Phoenix, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights!  I often tell you how we customized and personalize gift baskets (and flowers) at Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist. I even tell you how we are able to do that (because we are a real, local flower and gift basket shop in Phoenix for more than 43 years), why we do this (because our customers are THE BEST and they know they can have specific ideas and we follow their dreams) and I show pictures! https://roadrunnerflorist.com/custom-design-it-for-us/

Today I’m happy to tell you about a very special lady who called from Albuquerque.  By the way, did you know I was one of those little girls who knew how to spell Albuquerque? I remember being about 9 and I was visiting my dad’s CPA office. I was sitting with one of his partners and he was writing a letter that was going to a client in Albuquerque. Morey, sort of to himself, said, “I wonder how to spell Albuquerque?” and I responded “A L B U Q U E R Q U E”! No, he didn’t believe me, and he had to check (that’s years and years before Google so I have no recollection of how he checked) and darn it if I weren’t correct!

Anyway, Tamarra in Albuquerque called the other night and told me her nephew was in town at a muscle-building competition and she wanted to send Reeses! Yes, Reeses, and only Reeses!

Talk about a personalized gift basket!

Reeses Gift Basket

We laughed about an enclosure card, and I said “Fill those muscles with Reeses!” and she agreed!!

I have Bragging Rights! I customized this gift basket full of Reeses!

It’s proof that we can work our magic for you, too!

Basket Express

Roadrunner Florist

602-246-1271

 

 

Custom Designed Gift Baskets

Last week I shared our Custom Design it For Us! story of a lady who had chosen a stunning, colorful floral arrangement on our website and then asked us to design it in all white with a little bit of blue. Today I’m going to share the same idea for Custom Designed Gift Baskets.

One example of customization of gift baskets is to take our Very Berry Spring Gift Basket,

Very Berry Spring

which is a selection of fresh fruit including strawberries (if in season) and top it off with a fun, fresh floral arrangement.

Maria asked for all the berries available! Fortunately this is berry time of year, and I was able to obtain the best (Driscols) in strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries!

I customized her gift basket full of berries!

Then there’s the lady who ordered our Farmer’s Market gift basket for her aunt’s 80th birthday.

Farmer's Market fruit and flowers gift basket

Farmer’s Market | Gift Basket | Flowers

It’s a fresh fruit arrangement topped with sunflowers! When I learned it’s an 80th birthday, I customized the basket by adding a real birthday cake!

Even the driver was surprised when I told her YES, It’s EDIBLE!

One more I simply couldn’t pass up!! We offer a Cardinal Flowers arrangement on our sister site, Roadrunner Florist.

Cardinal Flowers

Flowers

A lady called and said her daughter is an Phoenix Coyote Fan, and could we please use that arrangement as a guide but include the Coyotes instead? Of course we can!

Because we are a local flower and gift basket shop, we can customize your gifts! The more ideas you can give us, the more personal it will be!

Let us design fresh floral arrangements and gift baskets for you!

Basket Express

Roadrunner Florist

2009 W Bethany Home

Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-1271

 

 

Having So Much Fun…

I’m Having So Much Fun today! Please join me! I’m going through OLD photographs of pictures of flowers and gift baskets designed by Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express!! How old, you ask? The last 10 years or so! Why is this so much fun? Because styles have changed, flowers have changed and we’ve kept up with the changes that you expect, too!

So, glance with us through memory lane…

From 2012                        From 2016                         From 2012

From 2009                     From 2015                             From 2014

From 2016                                        From 2013

From 2016                                    From 2010                       From 2013

If you’ve enjoyed this walk through memory lane, let me know! I’ll be happy to show you fun and festive floral arrangements and gift baskets all summer long!

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist

602-246-1271

 

 

Secretary’s Day

Secretary’s Day

Whether she’s your “Secretary” or your “Administrate Professional”, Wednesday, April 24th, is the day set aside to remember your Secretary!   You know who she is! She’s the one who keeps you in line (when it’s necessary), who keeps you on track (when it’s necessary), and who keeps you out of trouble (when it’s necessary)!!

How can you thank her? It’s simple, really!

CALL, CLICK OR COME BY!

Flowers are a great way to say Thanks!

Let Pamela Choose the freshest flowers in the shop! You’ll be sending fresh, seasonal flowers, lots of colors and a beautiful variety that’s the perfect way to say Thanks!

Let Pamela Choose

Our a Little Basket of Flowers. The perfect floral arrangement for her desk!

Little Basket of Flowers

Or send Lucky Goodies. Always appreciated, and often shared! Maybe even a winner in the Arizona State Lottery!

Lucky Goodies

Lucky Goodies

Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong thanking your Secretary on Wednesday the 24th!

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

602-246-1271

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

VERY HAPPY!

Perfect Christmas Basket

It’s a Very Happy time of the year! Everyone is so pleased with their gift baskets that I can hardly stand it!  I love positive feedback, like this: “Thanks Tina! It looks great. I’m getting a lot of good feedback from the team so great work!”  – Celeste at Mercy Care

Mercy Care

and this posted on Yelp:  I’ve used this wonderfully creative shop many times over the last 20 years or so. Always quality, original designs you can’t find anywhere else. Just give them a call, tell them what you want & ask for suggestions. Tina will design the perfect piece, with a smile!  Elaine in Indiana

We’re doing a lot of gift baskets for groups of people.   Lots and lots of people!  Offices and groups. From dentists or lawyers to realtors to accountants, to nurses and doctors, we design and deliver great gift baskets to a group! Check out our Santa’s Bringing Goodies

Santa's bringing gooodies

or our Christmas Fancy Gourmet Basket for a group of people in your life!

Christmas Fancy Gourmet

We are busy being Santa Claus!  Order your Happy Gift Baskets from Basket Express! We’re anxious to work our magic so you look good!

We look forward to making you happy, too!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist 

602-246-1271

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

 

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like … Christmas

Tina

Need I say More?

It’s Christmas Time and our little elves are working hard to make you look good!

PES Starts Christmas  Tina

From chocolates to fresh fruit, cocoa, muffins, cheese, candies, crackers to sausages, from cookies to nuts and everything in between, It’s Christmas Time at Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist!

Christmas Fruit in a Basket 

Christmas fruit in a basket

It’s a Winner

Our lottery basket can be decorated with the fancy Christmas colors and fresh greens! It’s a WOW!

Santa’s Gift Basket

This is another great option for you.  It’s a terrific gift basket including coffee and a great Christmas mug!

Santa's gift basket

Don’t forget the fresh fragrant flowers that brighten and cheer your family and friends! So many to choose from, so many people to make happy,… let us help you today!

Arrangements, centerpieces and yes, gift baskets on the website of Roadrunner Florist!

Check out my personal floral favorites:

Starry, Starry Night

Starry Starry Night

The Scents of Christmas

Scents of Christmas

Christmas Roses and Lilies

Awesome Roses and Lilies

I love centerpieces for Christmas. They’re festive, beautiful and they complete the table and they smell terrific!

We call this one Purity of the Holiday

because it’s all white flowers and the fragrant Christmas greens. I can smell it from here, can you?

Purity of the Holiday

This is my all-time favorite centerpeice: Christmas Cheer

 

Christmas Cheer

No matter which one you choose, now is the time to order your flowers and gift baskets from Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist! Let us design and deliver a unique gift from you! You’ll be glad you did!

Check out our reviews on Yelp! We look forward to hearing from you!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express  & Roadrunner Florist

602-246-1271

2007 W Bethany Home,  Phoenix, AZ 85015

Healthier Gift Baskets

Is there such a thing as Healthier Gift Baskets? If there is, then Basket Express is the place to find them! Do we really design gift baskets with foods that are healthier than ice cream?  Well, SURE!   We can certainly design a gift basket with 9 Mood-blasting Foods that are healthier than your go-to pint of ice cream!

Can you guess which one is the 10th one?

Experts like YourTango health expert Lisa Petsinis tell us ice cream may sound like a good choice when you’re feeling down or stressed, the truth is: If you really want a mood-boost from food, there are smarter ways to get it.

By eating “happy foods” that involve the right nutrients and neurotransmitters — such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine — you actually can eat your way to happiness.

Here is her list of the 10 Mood-boosing foods:

1. Nuts

Nuts are nutrient-dense, often containing high amounts of magnesium, selenium, and folate. Some nuts contain the amino acid tyrosine, which contributes to the creation of the neurotransmitter dopamine that activates your pleasure system. Bring on life’s challenges!

Eat just a few brazil nuts a day, and you’ll meet your requirements. Alternatively, make up a bag of trail mix of nuts, cherries and dark chocolate with even more good stuff and nibble your way to glee.

Yes, Basket Express can design a gift baskets full of healthy nuts!

We call this our Oh, Nuts Gift Basket

Oh, nuts

and this is our Nut Man Basket! Both are great choices for Nuts!

Nut Basket

 

2. Bananas

Another quick way to boost your mood is to grab a banana. In addition to its yellow cheeriness, a banana is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, B6 and vitamin C.

Bananas are full of tryptophan, too. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try making banana tea and ease your way into a slumber.

Most of the fresh fruit basket from Basket Express

include bananas.

They are a staple in my life, and should be a staple for you, too!

Here’s our Holiday Fresh Fruit Basket

Perfect for Christmas, 2018

This is our Fresh Season Fruit plus Nuts Basket.

Talk about putting great things together in one gift basket!

Fresh fruit and nuts

3. Oatmeal

Oatmeal tops the list for power breakfasts because it contains complex carbohydrates that increase the absorption of serotonin, plus iron, B6, magnesium, and chromium.

To start your day off right, trying to have a bowl topped with banana slices and nuts for added benefit. This meal will stabilize your sugar levels and raise dopamine. You’ll be full longer, and your mood will be on an even keel. Oatmeal is especially helpful if you’re prone to mood swings (hint: eat some after you’ve indulged in a pint of ice cream to recover).

I LOVE Oatmeal!!  You can tell it’s winter (well cooler!) when I start eating Oatmeal for breakfast every day! I even like the Steel Oats (when I get it at a restaurant ’cause I haven’t figured out a way to make it at home … hint hint!).

If you’d like Oatmeal added to any of your gift baskets

from Basket Express, just let us know!

Oatmeal

 

4. Fish

Fatty fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins D, B6, and B12. The omegas in particular release dopamine that some say similar to having sex. If you want to feel good tonight, try cooking a salmon steak or be adventurous and try some Portuguese mackerel.

We are happy to add Salmon to any gift basket!

Our preference is this the World Market® Classic Smoked Alaskan Salmon which is prepared with precision to bring out a medley of irresistible flavors. Caught wild in the icy, pristine waters of Alaska, each fillet is selected with care and slowly cured in savory brine before being lightly smoked over native Alaskan Alder wood. The result? A truly remarkable taste experience. And because it can be stored at room temperature or below, it can be enjoyed any time, anywhere!

Here’s our Send ’em Gourmet and More gift Basket. It’s loaded with everything you can think of, including crackers, cheese and salmon!

 

5. Lamb

While the sound of a juicy steak might make your mouth water, you’ll get even more of a mood lift from a leg of lamb. The source of iron is ideal, more easily absorbed by the body than other red meat. Grass-fed lamb is super rich in zinc, B6, B12, and magnesium, too.

It also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which counteracts the effects of the stress hormone cortisol. If you want lamb, I suggest you find it at the grocery store!

6. Greek Yogurt

Mimic the taste and sensation of eating ice cream by enjoying a cup of Greek yogurt. Available in many flavors, this wonder food contains calcium, protein, CLA, and of course, the star, probiotics. Make it a daily treat, and you’ll notice a difference in your gut and your mood.

Fermented foods such as kimchi and kefir are natural probiotics, too. Add a spoonful of sauerkraut to your meals and see how you feel!

Seems to me, if you’re going to add Yogurt to a gift basket, then you want to add cheese and crackers! Maybe some nuts, fresh fruit and other healthy goodies! How about some veggies!

Here is our Top of the Line Veggie Basket!

We could add Greek Yogurt to these for you!

Top of the line Veggie basket

7. Spinach

This leafy green is high in zinc, magnesium, folate and other B vitamins, which makes it your ideal go-to in the fridge. Saute it, add it to an omelet or soup, or give it the starring role in a salad. Toss in some mushrooms to give yourself a vitamin D boost at the same time.

I see Spinach in our Veggie Baskets!

Vegies Basket

 

8. Fresh Cherries

Life is a bowl of cherries! And you will feel that way after you devour a dish of these delicious treats. Containing a variety of vitamins and minerals, cherries are also said to improve headaches and boost your libido.

Red tart cherries are well known for their melatonin content. Have a few or sip some pure juice an hour before bed and you’ll be whisked off to dreamland. That is one definite way to wake up happy.

During the season, we love adding red cherries to our

gift baskets. They’re a very special treat!

9. Espresso

If your head is spinning over whether coffee is good for you, you’re not alone. Anything in excess is probably bad for you. That said, an occasional or even daily dose of espresso might just do the trick.

A  Harvard study found that drinking coffee was related to 50 percent fewer suicides. The proposed reason is that coffee aids in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Coffee is packed with antioxidants that prevent cell damage and essential nutrients such as B2, B3, B5, manganese, and potassium. Some say the smell of coffee alone can reduce your stress!

Too much caffeine might make you jumpy, though — not the effect you are going for when you want to ease your anxiety. And take heed of this warning: drinking coffee on an empty stomach can spike your cortisol and keep you spinning throughout the day.

To counter all of that, what you need is a smaller dose of caffeine. Despite popular belief, a shot of espresso has less caffeine than a cup of brewed coffee

If you’re new to espresso (and I don’t mean the Starbucks variety), learn how to drink espresso like a true Italian. Imagine yourself in a bar in Venice, drink it back, and you’ll be sure to smile.

Each of our healthy gift baskets can include espresso.

We can substitute Coffee with espresso!

That’s why we’re unique and your gift baskets are, too!

Here is our Fresh Fruit Coffee Gift Basket!

Fresh Fruit Coffee gift Basket

And adding lots of healthy things together,

here is our Coffee and Nuts gift basket.

Coffee and Nuts

 

10. Dark Chocolate

Be prepared: always keep a dark chocolate bar on hand. Though you might want to indulge in the entire bar, only one or two squares will do. Eat the square mindfully, savoring each bite. It will taste so fantastic that you won’t even realize what you’re eating contains antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, copper, iron, selenium, and zinc.

For maximum happiness, go for organic fair-trade chocolate. And why not combine number 8 and 10 and dip your cherries into melted chocolate? Divine!

While a pint of cookie dough ice cream may be very tempting when you’re down in the dumps, trying these mood-enhancing foods will be better for you in the long run. Lift your spirits and build healthy habits at the same time.

I have a great story to share with you.  My mother, my sister-in-law and I were walking in a mall in Denver a few years ago. One of the chocolate stores had samples (how wonderful!) on their counter, and we each took a piece.Lucy took milk chocolate and my mother and I took DARK chocolate. We didn’t even notice that our favorite was dark until Lucy called it to our attention! I don’t think it was the healthy alternative for us, but I do think it was the tasty alternative for us!

It’s a Chocolate Christmas can be all dark chocolate if you prefer!

 

Chocolate Basket

Mix it all together for a custom designed gift basket from Basket Express!  Santa’s Bringing Christmas is a great option that can be “healthied” up for you!

Santa's bringing gooodies

Gift Baskets

From One Chocoholic to Another: Merry Christmas!

May your holiday be bright and your tummy be healthy!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-1271

 

 

Kinda Sad

Hot Chocolate

It’s kinda sad when the Big Box Stores are already selling Christmas trees in October. Heck, the World Series hasn’t even started, and football season isn’t even half over! But here it is, Christmas, kicking us in the face even before Halloween!

Christmas 2018

What does that mean to the customers of Basket Express? It means we’re getting ready for a great Christmas season, a time to help you choose FRESH, CUSTOM DESIGNED GIFT BASKETS, the kind  you won’t find at the Big Box Store!

Your gift basket is UNIQUE to you! It’s a one-of-a-kind, perfect for the lucky person in your life! It’s not one of a thousand, sitting on a pallet after a long ride on a slow boat from China! It’s DIFFERENT, because YOU ARE!

For us, it’s the year of the Hot Cocoa! It’s been a long time since we celebrated the joys of cocoa, but our cool, wet weather has inspired me to hope that we’ll have a winter season this year! So Basket Express is specializing in cocoa this year, with Biscotti, mugs, chocolates and marshmallows! What a fun way to say Merry Christmas!

Hot Chocolate

YUMMM!!!  The Year of the Hot Cocoa!

We promise it won’t be kinda sad when a person receives your gift basket from Basket Express!

Our gift baskets guarantee a WOW!

Deliver

We Deliver

Are you Ready for Some Football?

Are you ready for some football?

Of course you are!

You’ve been waiting with the rest of us, watching as the teams and players unfold, preparing  your Fantasy League and hoping for a winning season! You’d love to see YOUR team play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3, 2019!

Super bowl 2019

We’ve had our preseason and the predictions are in! But we all know the chosen one isn’t always the winning one, and we love to cheer for the underdog! But in football, we cheer for OUR team and no other, no matter what!

Which team is my team?

It’s no secret I’m a Denver Bronco fan.  Born and raised! I joke that I was born in Denver Mile High Stadium, and the tickets that my dad bought in the 1960s have been passed down to my brother and now to my nephew!

Bronco Logo As a transplant, I support the Arizona Cardinals, except when they play the Broncos!

 Cardinals logo

Which team is your team?

 

Arizona Cardinal LogoAtlanta Falcons Logobaltimre ravens logoBuffalo Bills Logo

Carolina Panthers LogoChicago Bears LogoCincinnati Bengals Logo    Cleveland Browns Logo

Dallas Cowboys LogoBroncos LogoDetroit Lions Logo Green Bay Packers Logo

Indianapolis Colts LogoHouston Texans Logo Jacksonville Laguars Logo Kansas City Chiefs Logo

Los Angeles Chargers Logo  Los Angeles Rams Logo Miami dolphins logoMinnesota Vikings Logo

New England Patriots LogoNew Orleans Saints Logo New York Jets logoNew York Giants Logo

Oakland raiders logoPhiladelphia Eagles logo Steelers logo San Francisco 49ers Logo

Seattle Seahawks logoTampa Bay Buccanneers logo Seattle Seahawks logoWashington Redskins logo

Can you name all of them? I can!! (Hint: They’re in alphabetical order)!

The first person to comment on this post with all 32 names will receive $10 off your next FOOTBALL gift basket order from Basket Express!

It doesn’t matter which is your favorite, we can design the perfect gift basket just for you! Simply tell us the team (professional or college) and we’ll add the special paraphernalia that’s perfect for you!

Football Gift Basket    Go Team

Favorite Football Team Basket                                         Go, Team Basket 

Here’s a beautiful funeral spray that can be designed in the colors of your favorite team.

Cowboys

The first game of the season is September 6! Hurry and contact me for that perfect football gift basket!

We look forward to playing football with you this season!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist

602-246-1271

www.giftbasketsbytina.com