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What is Sweetest Day?

There is a special holiday coming up in 5 days that many people are curious to know the history behind. Sweetest Day is always celebrated on the third Saturday in October and has grown in popularity over the last few years. Keep reading to find out what this holiday is about, how it got started, and how you can celebrate!

Hallmark is known for their greeting cards sold in stores all across the United States. Here is what they record as the interesting history behind Sweetest Day.

Legend has it that Sweetest Day was established around 1922 by Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio, candy company employee who wanted to bring happiness to the lives of those who often were forgotten. Kingston and others distributed candy and small gifts to orphans, people confined to their homes and others to show them that someone cared.

In the early 1930s, movie stars got into the act. Ann Pennington distributed candy to 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys, and Theda Bara gave candy to theater-goers and patients in Cleveland hospitals.

This holiday continues to grow in popularity and has spread all over the United States. Today it is mostly celebrated between significant others. Romantic gestures of love and gratitude are displayed through cards, flowers, and candy. Hallmark states that 80 percent of their Sweetest Day cards have a “love” or “romance” theme.

Do you have someone in your life that you want to celebrate this Sweetest Day? This year the holiday is on October 15th, so you still have time to order the perfect flower arrangement! Your significant other will be so happy knowing that you thought of them on this special day.

Find a florist near you to order some beautiful flowers today!

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The Perfect Gift for Sweetest Day

Sweetest Day is the perfect holiday for those chocolate and candy lovers of the world. Not that those of us who enjoy a little something sweet now and again ever really need a reason to partake of our favorite confection, but a convenient excuse to help assuage the guilt is always welcome.

But wait, what does any of this have to do with florists?

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Candy Baskets

You read that right, fellow chocolate devotees. Candy. Baskets. Can you say, “Yum!”? And these babies are fully customizable. After all, isn’t that part of the beauty of buying local? You aren’t locked-in to some predetermined collection of candies. And if you are a candyphile yourself or are just buying for one, you know that we can be a bit particular on our sugar of choice. When you buy local, you can get exactly the candy or chocolate you want in an arrangement that will be both pleasing to the eye and the mouth!

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Don’t Forget the Flowers

It’s true that there are those among us who either have an aversion to candy or a condition that prevents them from enjoying it. For those friends and loved ones, we have the creative beauty of a well designed floral arrangement. It can be filled with bright and colorful blooms reminiscent of lollipops or any other assortment of flowers you might desire. And honestly, what could be sweeter than that?

So don’t delay. Take a trip down to your local flower shop to find everything you need to give everyone on your list the best Sweetest Day ever!


5 Best Reasons to Buy Flowers in October

Every month has great reasons to send flowers. Here are five for October we think you’re going to love. And remember, you don’t have to wait for one of these special days. You can send flowers anytime!

#1. Columbus Day – October 13th

The anniversary of Columbus landing in the new world is celebrated the world over. It became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937 and was officially set as the second Monday in October in 1970. Nothing like some lovely flowers to show your appreciation of the discovery of the Americas!

#2. Boss’s Day – October 16th

It’s the boss’s job to appreciate and value her workers on a daily basis. But when does the boss ever get a little recognition? Now you can let the head man or woman in your office know how much you appreciate them with a lovely arrangement or living plant. Who knows? There might be a raise in it for you!

#3. Sweetest Day – October 18th

Celebrated on the third Saturday in October, this holiday is a celebration of candy and all the delicious wonders it brings. It is traditionally celebrated by being sweet to someone you love. That has to mean flowers, doesn’t it? Well, if you want to stick with the candy theme, your local florist would be more than happy to set you up with some well designed and delicious candy baskets. Don’t forget the sweet this Sweetest Day. Send flowers!

#4. Mother-In-Law Day – October 26th

The 4th Sunday in October is reserved for Mother-in-Law Day. Yes, that means it is sometimes concurrent with Halloween. Thought that may seem apt to some of you, but the rest of us love our mothers-in-law and are excited to have a day to celebrate their contribution to the family. And even if your relationship with your mother-in-law is less than cordial, perhaps a lovely arrangement of flowers could be the first step in changing it!

#5. Halloween – October 31st

Is it quirky dress-up time yet? Oh yeah! It’s time to put on someone else’s clothes and throw a party! And what are some of the best party decorations ever discovered? Only a perfectly themed arrangement, centerpiece or wreath from your local florist. Don’t wait for the big day to place your order. Go in early and let them make something that will impress your guests!

(Canadian Bonus) Thanksgiving – October 13th

For those customers in Canada or who have relatives in Canada, it’s Thanksgiving! Is there a better gift to offer your host or hostess for the Thanksgiving feast than flowers? And if you’re the one hosting, floral arrangements make the perfect decoration. Contact your local florist and purchase something thematic and special to place in the center of your table or to beautify your dining room!

But those aren’t the only reasons to send flowers this October. Maybe you know someone with a birthday or just want to give a gorgeous bouquet to a prospective interest. Can you think of any other reasons to send flowers in October? Let us know in the comments below!

Your Sweetest Day Ever!

Candy bouquet by Baker Florist, Spencer NY

October 19th this year is officially Sweetest Day!

What? You don’t celebrate Sweetest Day every year? You don’t have any time-honored Sweetest Day traditions? Ok, so you wouldn’t be alone in this. This is a holiday observance that seems to be more popular in some parts of the country than others, but that’s no reason you can’t start the trend in your neck of the woods!
Think about the people in your life that are generous of spirit. Those that are good listeners or bring snacks for the entire office. Maybe it is your neighbor who always has a smile and a kind word. What about that new co-worker who is shy? There is definitely someone in your life that deserves a little sweetness. Be the one to share it!

What Sweetest Day Is All About

Even though this holiday was started back in 1921, it seems to currently only have a following in the Mid-West and Great Lakes regions. It’s time to change that, don’t you think?
The very first Sweetest Day is attributed to a committee formed by Cleveland candy company employees. They organized an effort to give over 20,000 boxes of candies to “”newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” as a way to sweeten their day. It was a simple dream to show kindness and appreciation to those most often neglected in the community.

Candy Gift BasketBe Sweet! Not Cynical!

Is it just me or can you never have too many holidays that celebrate love and generosity? Some people call Sweetest Day a psuedo-holiday or a “Hallmark Holiday” because it was created by an industry that produced candy. Well, it’s obvious these individuals suffer from a lack of imagination! Or maybe no one has ever given them a simple gift out of love in mid-October!   Our day to day lives can get so busy and hectic, a single day of acknowledging someone special (not just mothers, fathers, lovers) is really a lovely idea. No reason to be so bah-humbug about it!
One of the best things about this holiday is it’s not based on a single religious sentiment or on a specific family relationship. It can serve as a reminder that a thoughtful word or action will build up others and make for a full happy life.

How To Celebrate

  • Select a cute and delicious CANDY BOUQUET for a killer sweet tooth
  • Send a Sweetest Day card that brightens a day
  • Order beautiful flowers to surprise a sweet soul
  • Pick a wonderfully scented candle paired with a couple of balloons for quite the pick-me-up
  • Take a fresh bakery treat into the office to share

Candy in BouquetThink Outside the Candy

While it is called “Sweetest Day” don’t let that fool you into only giving candy. If there’s anyone on your list that can’t enjoy the sugar rush, your local florist can help you decide on a perfect gift.
Celebrate in your own sweet way to show love, appreciation and gratitude for family, friends and loved ones this year on October 19th!
Photo Credits: FSN and Baker Florist in Spencer, NY

What Can You Say With A Sweetest Day Card Message?

Herbert Birch Kingston had the right idea when he created Sweetest Day in 1922. It was his way of giving a sweet gift to those who were normally forgotten. Orphanages, the terminally ill and the disabled in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio received these gifts. What a heartwarming gesture from a special man! It has especially touched my heart which is why I have begun celebrating Sweetest Day by sending flowers or gift baskets to my friends. For me, it’s a way to let them know somewhat randomly that I care about them all year long and want the best for them.

It’s very easy to get lost in preparing Sweetest Day flowers and gifts, but the most endearing part of the presents is actually in the card message. Being not a wordy person when it comes to expressing emotion, this list of Sweetest Day card messages has proven to be very helpful. Because Sweetest Day celebrates sharing, here is a great list of Sweetest Day card messages prepared with the help of local florists.

A Sample of the Best Card Messages for Sweetest Day:

1)       This is Sweetest Day-a day inspired by the love and friendships we all cherish.

2)       You put the “sweet” in Sweetest Day.

3)       A wish for you on Sweetest Day. May you be as good and kind to yourself as you always are to everyone else!

4)       Because you are so special, so nice in every way. This brings you loving wishes for a happy Sweetest Day!

5)       Hope your Sweetest Day is sprinkled with all different kinds of happy!

Want a complete list of just the Sweetest Day enclosure card messages? View all 10, print and share with customers, or keep a list by your register. All card messages brought to you by Flower Shop Network.

Do You Celebrate Sweetest Day (Oct. 20th)?

Send Sweets For Sweetest Day

Do you celebrate Sweetest Day? What?! You’ve never heard of it? Well, you’re in for a real treat!

Sweetest Day is like a mix between Valentines Day and Thanksgiving. It’s a day to give thanks for those extra-sweet people in your life. Sweetest Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, on the third Saturday in October. This year (2012) we celebrate Sweetest Day on October 20th. The holiday originated with a candy store owner who wanted to bring cheer and some happiness to the lives of those who were often forgotten.

What can you send on Sweetest Day?

A great way to celebrate Sweetest Day is by ordering a gift basket of sweet treats from your local florist.

Candy Gift Basket Pink Flowers With Candy Chocolate Hearts & Candy

Doesn’t your Sweet deserve a little treat on Sweetest Day?

For people who are unable to eat sweets, but still deserve the recognition, try sending sugar-free candy gift baskets, or go with Sweetest Day flowers instead! You may also like these Sweetest Day Card Messages

No matter what you give on Sweetest Day, always always always use a real local florist directly when ordering gift baskets.


Are You A Sweetheart? You’ll Love Sweetest Day!

Sweetest Day Is October 15th!

Never heard of Sweetest Day?! Well, it is a relatively new holiday, but it’s a whole lot of fun! Much like Valentine’s Day where you give flowers and chocolates. Except instead of giving gifts only to your significant other, for Sweetest Day you do sweet things for those sweet people in your life. (More About Sweetest Day)

We all know people who go out of their way to do wonderful things for others and never expect anything in return. Sweetest Day is THE DAY to show them how much you appreciate them.

So remember, October 15th is Sweetest Day 2011! Nothing satisfies a sweet tooth like a gift basket full of yummy snacks.

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Sweets For Your Sweet On Sweetest Day!


UFiremen Love Sweetest Day Treats!nlike Valentines Day, which focuses on romance and love, Sweetest Day (October 15th 2011) is all about showing kindness to those around us who deserve a little recognition for being so sweet! For example, I have a friend who’s mother, Mrs. Shirley, always seems to have the perfect something whipped up for all occasions. From chess cakes to pecan pie, it seems she constantly bakes delicious treats and gives away her goodies from the kindness in her heart. There is nothing better than getting a mouth-watering, chocolate marble cake ‘just because.’ Her son is a fire chief so, of course her cookies are famous amongst the firemen in our town. (Speaking of firemen, who better deserve a little recognition for all they do for us daily?) It’s sweet people like Mrs. Shirley who brighten our days and deserve something sweet in return.

Need Sweetest Day Gift Ideas?

Send Sweetest Day Sweets! Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket

Sweetest Day gift baskets from your local florist are the perfect gift for the holiday. Not only are they filled with your favorite sweet snacks, but they can be customized to be even more sweet for your special someone. Have a candy gift basket made for your friend who loves to snack. For chocolate lovers, you could do a candy bar gift basket or a gourmet chocolate gift basket, it just depends on your Sweet’s taste.

Sweetest Day is the day to reward those around us who make our lives a little sweeter. Our moms, dads and grandparents all have specific days for attention, but Sweetest Day was created to show our appreciation to the people in our life who often go unrecognized. It can be the person in the office who makes the (good) coffee in the morning, or your dog groomer who goes the extra mile to make your pup look spectacular. So, on Sweetest Day, October 15th, it’s your turn to return the favor.

For people who are unable to eat sweets, but still deserve the recognition, try sending sugar-free candy gift baskets, or go with Sweetest Day flowers instead!

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Celebrating Sweetest Day

What Is Sweetest Day?

Looking for a reason to send a gift? How about Sweetest Day!  Never heard of it?  Well, it is the holiday that celebrates kindness and appreciation.  Sweetest Day is a fantastic way to show your appreciation for a special person, to remember those who are alone, or give back to the unsung heroes of your community.

Chocolate Hearts & CandyGifts are extra special when unexpected and given as a form of appreciation or simply just because. Those receiving a Sweetest Day gift are usually caught completely by surprise.  After all, no one expects a gift/treat on Sweetest Day like they do on Halloween, Christmas or even Valentine’s Day.  The element of surprise and sheer kindness in these gifts is what makes Sweetest Day so awesome.

The History Of Sweetest Day!

Celebrated on the third Saturday in October, Sweetest Day is a tradition that is often forgotten, but has a deep and chocolaty rich history.  The concept of this tradition began with a philanthropist and candy employee named Herbert Birch Kingston. Feeling the weight of  his good fortune and seeing the plight and misfortune of others, Mr. Kingston saw the need to brighten the lives of others.  Understanding the need all people have to feel appreciated, he wanted a day that recognized people simply for being people.  So drawing from his candy background, Mr. Kingston conceived the idea of a holiday that would give candy and small gifts to the underprivileged, shut-ins and [Read more…]

Celebrating Sweetest Day In The Sweetest Way

What’s the sweetest way to show appreciation for someone? With a Sweetest Day gift, of course! Mothers are celebrated with Mother’s Day gifts but one day is hardly complete compensation for the many sleepless nights that go into caring for children and nurturing their dreams. Lovers are celebrated with Valentine’s Day, but so much love is poured out throughout the year that one day is almost long forgotten as the later months of fall and winter come. To show true appreciation for the people that mean the most to you, simply share a “thank you” or “you matter to me.” When a gift goes the extra mile toward a meaningful holiday celebration, many look to a local florist for a Sweetest Day sweet treat.

Sweet Treats Gift Ideas

Sweet Treats Mug Gift

Stacey’s Flowers and Gifts, a creative flower shop in Manistee, Michigan, is well known for their unique stock of sweet gifts and treats. The most popular items are the candy-filled mugs that everyone can enjoy. Children who may not want flowers love the sweet treats and balloons that can be easily attached to the handle. Men are often difficult to shop for when holidays arise, but a personalized gift is always a big win-especially when the gift comes with ounces of delectable goodies.

After birthdays, Valentines Day, Christmas and the many other gift-giving holidays, many wonder why another holiday should be thrown into the mix. The simplest answer is also the best:  to carry on the noble tradition of letting the least of the least know that they are the most important to someone.

Sweetest Day is a burst of confidence and good will that began in 1922 with Herbert Birch Kingston, a candy company clerk in Cleveland. Kingston sought to show appreciation or the forgotten by delivering gifts of candy and good wishes to local orphanages, terminally ill, the disabled and others. The contagious feeling of doing a good deed quickly caught on and is now a popular holiday celebrated primarily in Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin on the third Saturday of October each year. However, the holiday is now taking hold in other parts of the nation as locals to these Great Lakes regions relocate but continue to celebrate the tradition.

You're The Best To Someone

Say You Are The Best To Someone Special

Regardless of location, it is always an appropriate time to show appreciation to someone for their contribution to the quality of our lives. Sometimes the smallest phrases have the biggest impact. “Thank you,” “I love you,” “You mean so much to me,” and “I’m who I am today because you cared” have significant affects on a person. Even cooing “Sweets for my sweet” while presenting a gift basket full of goodies is enough to show someone that he or she has had a significant impact.

Sweetest Day is celebrated every third Saturday in October which falls on October 18th this year. A Sweetest Day gift may not seem like much, but for the people that mean the most to us, this is the least that we can do.