Valentine’s Day at Home: Wine, Music and Menus Volume II

Valentine’s Day at Home: Wine, Music and Menus Volume II

We posted a blog called Valentine’s Day at Home: Wine, Music and Menus and the response was so overwhelming and fun, we thought we have to do a Volume TWO! It can be great getting dressed up, making reservations at a fancy restaurant and spending Valentine’s Day on the town. But these days, many couples opt to spend the holiday at home, especially when there are kids in the picture. When work has been crazy, the sitter is busy, the traffic is nuts and the restaurants are all booked, the idea of staying home, pouring a glass of wine, putting on some relaxing music and eating a delicious meal together sounds more and more appealing. We’ve put together a few menu plans (along with their matching wines and some fun music recommendations) to make your Valentine’s Day at home romantic, memorable and meaningful. After all, it’s not about going out – it’s about celebrating love! Menu Plan #1 – For the Seafood & Champagne Lovers Pour: Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne. A luxurious, world-famous Champagne that boasts soft white-fruit aromas of peaches and pears and a finish of fresh walnut. The smooth, juicy mid-palate segues to a clean, crisp finish ideal for sipping Play: The Party, Andy Schauf. Bubbly songs full of fun combine with a nice dose of moody to create a playlist that is perfect for a party of two, cooking dinner, sipping Champagne and just being together. Appetizer: French Butter Lettuce Salad, courtesy of Fine Cooking. The lightness of this simple salad makes the perfect starter for the creamy goodness to come. Main Dish: Two recipes from Café Delights, the first being their insanely...
The 2020 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

The 2020 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

This year is just racing by, isn’t it? Before you know it, Valentine’s Day will be here. (By the way, don’t you LOVE that it’s on a Friday this year? We do!) If you’re still looking to get something for your sweetheart that isn’t flowers – and don’t get us wrong, we LOVE FLOWERS – GiftTree is here with a Valentine’s Day collection that knocks it out of the park. Sweep her off her feet, make is heart smile, or just send a little sweetness and love with a gift from our Valentine’s Day collection! Let’s take a look at some of our favorite love-filled gifts – here it is, your 2020 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! 2020 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide   Gift Baskets Overflowing with Sweetness     Boxes Bursting with Love     Keepsakes They’ll Treasure Forever     Make It A Chocolate-Covered Valentine’s Day     Pamper Your Love with a Spa Gift   Check out the rest of the Valentine’s Day collection and we’re sure you’ll find something that your Valentine will truly love. Don’t wait! These gifts are selling fast and may of them will sell out. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at GiftTree!     Comment Below What’s the BEST Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever...
The 2020 Valentine’s Day Flower Collection

The 2020 Valentine’s Day Flower Collection

Valentine’s Day is such a particularly perfect opportunity to send your love to someone special. So when you want to show your better half how much you appreciate them, a lavish bouquet sends the perfect message! After all, what is a bouquet for your Valentine but the perfect gift? It’s opulent, it’s beautiful, and it showers them with affection. So keep scrolling to check out GiftTree’s selection of Valentine’s Day flowers! In fact, you can set up your order today and we’ll deliver it on Valentine’s Day, just as promised. Easy as that! Let’s take a look at some of the newest bouquets in GiftTree’s Valentine’s Day Flower Collection.    ❤️ The 2020 Valentine’s Day Flowers Collection ❤️     Wow your Valentine with the Say I Love You Bouquet: a dozen (or more!) roses in a magnificent hand-blown art-glass vase etched with an exquisite rosebud design. Check out even more roses HERE.      Blushing Gemstone Bouquet is inspired by the ever-amazing rose quartz, the gemstone that symbolizes love. This iridescent art glass vase and luxurious pink rose bouquet blushes with romance.      Kissed by Tulips is an elegant bouquet of red tulips arranged in a striking red glass vase, featuring petal-like detailing. In fact, we’re pretty sure this one will sell fast so place your orders today!      Falling For You Bouquet: Gorgeous shades of bright pink, purple and red are poised with lush greenery. Truly, this creates a striking contrast for Valentine’s Day, especially with the art deco vase.     Delivered in a ruby glass vase that your Valentine will treasure forever! Plus, every shade...
A Few of Our Favorite Fruit Recipes

A Few of Our Favorite Fruit Recipes

During these cold and dreary months of mid-winter, it’s a good time to consume as much fruit as possible. And with the new year as well, a lot of people are looking to get healthy. That’s why fruit baskets make a perfect gift for these mid-winter milestones, from birthdays to anniversaries and more. GiftTree’s gift baskets of fruit are filled with premium gift-grade pears, juicy California oranges and of course, our home state, Washington-grown crisp and perfect apples. Every piece of fruit in our gift baskets is hand-selected, inspected and arranged perfectly, so your recipient gets the best fruit basket they’ve ever seen.   With fruit on the mind, we decided to put together a few of our favorite fruit recipes, too! Keep reading to get some fresh ideas for delicious fruit gifts. 🍎 🍊 🍐 A Few Of Our Favorite Fruit Recipes 🍎 🍊 🍐     Our Favorite Pear Salad For the Roasted Pear Vinaigrette:  1 large ripe pear, peeled, cored, and cut in half  1/3 cup olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided  1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice  2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar  1 clove garlic, minced  1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot  2 to 3 teaspoons honey  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste   For the Salad:  1 head Red Leaf or Romaine Lettuce, washed and roughly-chopped  2 ripe pears, cored and thinly sliced  1 cup candied walnuts  1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese  ¼ red onion, thinly sliced  1/3 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)   PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the pear halves on...
What Wine Goes with Dinner Tonight?

What Wine Goes with Dinner Tonight?

Knowing how to pair your wine with the food that you’re eating may seem like a confusing and daunting task, but there are just a few tricks you need to learn, and pretty soon you will be pairing like a pro. If you are wondering what wine goes with dinner tonight, follow these simple steps! This blog, entitled Six Rules for Perfect Pairing, goes into much more details, but it really can boil down to six very easy to remember rules. Whether you’re enjoying a few steaks or chicken off the grill on a balmy summer evening, you’re serving up a hot stew that’s been roasting in the slow cooker all winter’s day, or you’re just ordering pizza from the neighborhood parlor, the simple and easy to follow wine rules below will help you know which wine is going to bring out the flavors of your food best, and which foods are going to complement your wine in turn. First Thing’s First: Learn Basic Wine Pairing!   Read More in Depth Here >> The Six Rules of Perfect Wine Pairing   Rule 1: Match the richness of the food to the body of the wine. Rule 2: Match the acidity. Rule 3: Don’t let the food overpower the wine, or the wine overpower the food. Rule 4: Offset heat (spicy) with sweet. Rule 5: Serve your wine at the right temperature. Rule 6: Match the regional cuisine to the regional wine.   You’re Ready To Pair! Here’s a helpful list of recommendations and suggestions to get you started. Here at GiftTree, we got together with our in-house Sommelier to get...