Easter Entertaining Part 1: Appetizers and Champagne Pairings

Easter Entertaining Part 1: Appetizers and Champagne Pairings

Are you hosting a gathering on Easter Sunday? With so many options for delicious dishes and refreshing spring drinks and desserts, menu planning can be a little overwhelming this time of year! Easter is springing up quickly, and to help you get ready for the day’s festivities, we thought we’d come up with a two-part series on Easter entertaining, starting with appetizers and moving on to main course and desserts in Part 2. Beginning with appetizers and champagne pairings, GiftTree has a lot of yummy ideas to help make your Easter get-together one that will be sipped and savored with smiles all around. Easter Entertaining Part 1: Appetizers & Champagne Pairings Easter Appetizer #1: Smoked Salmon Mousse, courtesy of the food blog A Beautiful Mess. This mousse is creamy, salty, herby and oh-so-delicious. Pipe it over cold cucumber slices ortoast points and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill. If you don’t have a food processor, another delicious option is to mix the softened cream cheese with the fresh dill, spread it over a big sheet of lavash or some type of flatbread, top with salmon, roll it up and slice into pretty pinwheels. Either way you pipe it, the smoked salmon-fresh dill-cream cheese combination is absolutely ideal for sunny spring gatherings. Perfect Champagne Pairing: Moët & Chandon Imperial. This iconic Champagne 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 on a warm spring day.       Easter Appetizer #2: Creamy Deviled Eggs. No Easter celebration is complete without this springtime soiree standard, so why not look to the matriarch...
GiftTree’s 2017 Easter Gift Guide

GiftTree’s 2017 Easter Gift Guide

This year is flying by – it’s hard to believe Easter is already almost here! If you’re looking for perfect gifts to celebrate Easter and send happy springtime greetings to friends and loved ones, GiftTree is just the place you’re looking for. Our 2017 Easter Gift Guide is filled with memorable gifts, charming offerings and delicious treats to usher in the springtime weather and send happy Easter greetings to big kids, little kids and adults of all ages. Check out our Easter collection below! Speckled Egg Candle Nest Three precious cracked plaster eggs in a seafoam green, light blue and lavender are perfect for decorating the home during Easter time. Filled with white unscented wax and a clean-burning cotton wick, this lovely set of eggs in a natural nest is a simply lovely Easter gift. Lindt Easter Celebration Egg Everyone loves an egg hunt, and this giant decorative egg filled with Lindt’s seasonal truffles and chocolates is the ultimate prize! Each egg contains Lindt milk chocolate mini chick, lamb and gold bunny, chocolate hazelnut carrots and an assortment of Lindor chocolate truffles. Easter Bunny Mug of Treats Sweet Easter wishes are hopping down the bunny trail! An antique-inspired earthenware mug with an adorable bunny peeking over the rim is filled to the brim with everyone’s favorite Easter candy, including gourmet jelly beans, Ghirardelli squares and so much more. Easter Bunny Chocolate Basket A cute, fuzzy Easter bunny arrives with a collection of yummy Easter candy. Perfect for kids and adults of all ages, this Easter bunny comes hopping in with a basket full of delicious Easter candy, including Ghirardelli squares,...
Shareable & Fun Family Easter Basket Ideas

Shareable & Fun Family Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is a perfect day to get the whole family together and enjoy one another’s company. And what better way to get the whole family to do something together than to use a gift basket full of treats, crafts, or surprises!? If you need shareable and fun family Easter basket ideas, we’ve got what you’re looking for – read on! Easter Dye Kit Basket This one takes a little prep work, but it will provide hours of (messy) fun the whole day. You will need to hard boil enough eggs to fill a basket, grab an egg dye kit (the Dollar Store has them if you’re looking to save some money), and have any kind of basket handy. You can even use a fun hat! Then, surprise the family and let them know: it’s time to color some eggs! Make sure to give the eggs an appropriate amount of time to dry (a couple hours or so to be on the safe side). Sprinkle the colored eggs around the table and marvel at the masterpieces you have created amidst Easter dinner. Easter Craft Kit Basket A perfect option for those older kiddos. Dyeing eggs can be a little boring for those ready for the next challenge, and the next challenge is to get real creative! Get those eggs boiled, but also include any other crafty tool in your house. Cardboard, colored paper, scissors, glitter, glue, markers, Play-Doh: everything and anything! Challenge all members of the family to come up with their most creative masterpiece. Post each on social media and hold a poll – and to the victor goes...
Easter, Spring and St. Patty’s Day Flowers

Easter, Spring and St. Patty’s Day Flowers

It’s official, Spring is here! Time to usher in singing birds, colorful butterflies and blooming flowers of every variety.  Trees are once again shedding their winter coats and coming back in bloom with vibrant spring colors. All across the country, breathtaking landscapes are awash and renewed in vibrant colors. Keeping with the vibrant theme of Easter, Spring, and St. Patty’s Day choose an arrangement to celebrate the new season. At GiftTree, we have chosen a beautiful selection of Easter, Spring, and St. Patty’s Day flowers.    St. Patrick’s Day Bouquet Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this charming bouquet of fresh-cut green and white flowers. An elegant glass vase holds a lively mix of white daisy spray chrysanthemums, green carnations, and bupleurum. With their festive colors and unique fragrance, the flowers are a great celebratory reminder of this special day for loved ones and office mates which are sure to bring a warm smile to every Lass and Lad celebrating this momentous occasion.             Easter Celebration Basket A keepsake ceramic basket is filled with pink roses, white daisies, yellow button poms, and much more for a timeless and inspiring Easter display. Our Easter basket will win the day for the host or hostess on this special Holiday.     Spring Love What says Spring more than love and it’s wonderful keepsakes? Usher in the spring season with this stunning collection of pink-hued blooms and lush greenery in a gracefully curving glass vase sure to leave a lasting impression.               Tulip Treasure Bouquet Nothing expresses the beauty and joy of...
Happy Easter Greetings Messages for Gift Cards

Happy Easter Greetings Messages for Gift Cards

  Spring has finally sprung! Along with blooming flowers and rising temps, spring also means one of the GiftTree family’s favorite holidays is just around the corner… Easter! Who doesn’t love Easter baskets, egg hunts and tons of chocolate? However, sending out Easter greetings can be a little daunting. These tips will help you hop right through all those Easter greetings messages without trouble. I honestly tried to make it through a paragraph without a hop reference or an egg pun, but I just couldn’t do it. Easter offers up more opportunity for word play than just about any other holiday. I think we can all agree that these literary devices can be abused, but used wisely they can be a great tool if you get writer’s block when writing all those Easter greetings messages. The trick to writing any card message is not to force it, let it come naturally and if that means using a pun or two, then so be it! It’s very easy to get stuck trying to set down the exact right wording in a card message and the problem is only compounded if you are sending cards to all your family and friends. It’s tempting to write something special and unique in each card, but this often leads to writer’s block and your readers will sense that the message is forced. When writing out Easter cards, the old adage of “it’s the thought that counts” is definitely true. It’s better to send something short and perhaps a little cliché than something that is obviously contrived. Unless the reader is the ultimate cynic, you...