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...
Holiday Wines Part II – The Reds

Holiday Wines Part II – The Reds

Red is the color deeply entwined with some of our strongest feelings—passion, love, rage, danger. It even symbolizes good luck. What better wine to bring to you next family gathering? For many reasons, the holidays are a great time to stock up on wine—to enjoy, to gift, and to collect. Like the color itself, red wines offer a spectrum of bold and dazzling varieties to enjoy. The Cabs tend to work nicely with most red meats, lamb, and a flavorfully prepared ahi tuna. We love Pinot Noirs for their versatility—most are both smooth and bold enough to work well with lighter fare such as roasted salmon or game fowl and heavier, classic dinner fare like Beef Wellington. Speaking of Beef Wellington and family gatherings—this is one of my family’s traditions! Many years ago, I gave my husband The New Basics Cookbook by Silver Palate authors Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. We’ve had decades of fun exploring so many cuisines and cultures through the recipes and informative anecdotes. Once beyond the chicken-nugget rite of passage, our kids joined us on the journey. While we each have our distinct preferences, we all look forward to Beef Wellington as our Christmas Eve tradition. In fact, my oldest—now living on that other coast—has asked for the recipe so many times that she’s receiving her own copy of The New Basics as a gift this year. Based on how tattered that original paperback is, I’m even springing for the hardcover edition. You can find that hallowed Beef Wellington recipe below. And if you want to find some great red wines, here are a few...
Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Christmas is in 8 days!! Are you freaking out? Not done with all of your holiday shopping? Have no fear, we have plenty of last minute gift ideas that will still make it in time for Christmas! Whether you are in need of stocking stuffers, gifts for him, gifts for her, GiftTree has options for every family member, friend, or coworker. In order to ease your shopping experience, we’ve detailed out the timeline below to help with any shipping questions on your last minute holiday gifts.   Last Minute Holiday Gifts:   Christmas on 5th Avenue This berry-rich Cabernet along with bold, old-vine zinfandel are the pillars of character that set the standard for this basket. They’re paired with gourmet savories and sweets to create a festive holiday celebration at any address, including 5th Avenue.   Peppermint Bark Holiday Tin Luscious white and rich dark chocolate is layered and sprinkled with a snowfall of crushed candy cane pieces. It’s a unique and festive treat that’s great for business contacts or friends and family across the miles.   Starbucks® Home for the Holidays A delivery of rich coffee and hot cocoa from Starbucks® along with all the trimmings is like sending a cup of holiday cheer itself.   Four Seasons Gourmet Collection This generous ensemble of confections and savory fare is designed to show your good taste and send your best wishes. Therefore, it’s a gift that’s dressed to impress, no matter the season. Personalized Slate with Artisan Cheeses This monogrammed slate cheese board makes a sophisticated gift all by itself, but we take it to the next level with...
Deck Those Halls: 2019 Holiday Flower Collection

Deck Those Halls: 2019 Holiday Flower Collection

It may not be a gift we commonly think about sending during the holiday season, but flowers are a very welcome and festive surprise! Snowy white and crimson blossoms are set against sprigs of pine and cedar, and in most cases, talented florists are even able to arrange ornaments and much more. Holiday flowers are perfect for parties, set on the table with all the appetizers. They’re excellent centerpieces, set among the Christmas roast and all the trimmings. And holiday flowers look amazing when they’re set on the entryway console! Talk about setting the mood from the moment they walk in the door. Also, they are great for sending to offices, to sit on the reception desk. Let’s take a look at GiftTree’s holiday flower collection.   🌲🌹❄️ 2019 Holiday Flower Collection  🌲🌹❄️   Perfect for the Reception Desk Sending a little holiday spirit to the office is always a fun and festive way to make merry! From Real Estate offices, to reception desks in the medical industry, and everything in between, a holiday bouquet blossoming with merriment is a fun and easy way to “spruce” up the office. (See what I did there? 😉)     Amazing Centerpieces for Christmas Dinner A centerpiece placed on the table for the holiday dinner just completes the look and sets the mood for the evening, wouldn’t you say? There’s also something so completely magical and symbiotic about candles and Christmas. That warm glow, the pine boughs and red flowers are just meant to be there.     Festive Bouquets for the Entry Way Nothing sets a festive mood quite like an entryway...
Gifts to Thank the Holiday Party Host

Gifts to Thank the Holiday Party Host

Christmas gatherings and holiday parties play a huge role in December’s celebrations. In fact, 70% of those who responded to this recent survey said they plan on attending at least one or more holiday parties this year! Most of the time, these parties take place in private residences. What does that mean? Think about it – food, decor, drinks, invitations! Well, it means that there are hosts who have worked really hard to make that holiday party special. So how do you thank the holiday party hosts? We here at GiftTree think a great thank you gift sends the perfect message of gratitude. Here are some unique gifts to thank the holiday party host!    🎄UNIQUE THANK YOU GIFTS FOR HOLIDAY HOSTS 🎄 A Little Something Sweet. Our Chocolate Peppermint Bark is perfect. Luscious white and rich dark chocolate is layered and sprinkled with a snowfall of crushed candy cane pieces. It’s a unique and festive treat that’s great to bring with you to the holiday get-together.   A Little Something Savory. This monogrammed slate cheese board makes a sophisticated gift all by itself, but we take it to the next level with an offering of premium artisan cheeses and gourmet pairings.   A Toast to Togetherness. Bringing the Black Tie Duo to a black tie event or sending it after the party is a grand gesture that will surely be appreciated. Two bottles of wine and perfect pairings – we recommend upgrading to the conversation-starting premium version. It includes Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir and Polmanter Napa Cabernet with wine cards included. You can even engrave your “thank you” message on the...
Top 10 Holiday Gift Baskets

Top 10 Holiday Gift Baskets

GiftTree is here to save the day for your Holiday gift ideas! For example, our Top 10 Holiday gift baskets are suitable for all ages and will satisfy all personalities.  Need a gift for the chocolate lover, gourmet foodie, coffee and tea enthusiast, and the indulger? Therefore, GiftTree has something special for everyone. Find something unique and better than your normal go-to gift cards that will be sure to surprise and delight this holiday season. With Black Friday around the corner, GiftTree will be featuring exclusive offers you can’t miss! Stay tuned and check out our top picks:   Top 10 Best Holiday Gift Baskets The Crowd Pleaser From savory delights to luxury chocolate, they’ll remember your generous gesture as there’s plenty for everyone.   Grand Indulgence Gourmet Whether the occasion is personal or professional, a grand indulgence such as this promises to leave a grand impression. Some foods featured are Manzanilla Olives, Lindt Sea Salt chocolate (Extra Dark), Sea Salt Caramels, Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn, and Everything Bagel Cashews Fit for Royalty Gourmet A curated collection of our favorite confections and gourmet fare comes together in this stately herringbone and leather-trimmed serving tray. This unique basket presents a generous gift that’s perfect for any occasion. Starbucks® Season’s Greetings Holiday wishes make a big entrance in this abundant crate, filled with goodies for every coffee, cocoa and chocolate lover. As Good As Gold Set the gold standard in generosity with this classic woven gift basket filled with impressive gourmet fare, creating a perfect holiday gift for the gourmand in your life. Fruit and Gourmet Treasure Presented in a keepsake trunk,...