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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!

October Newsletter: “Boo”-licious Fun!


Say “Boo!” to someone special this year! Halloween is creeping ever closer. How are you celebrating this year? Treat-or-treating with the kids? Dressing up for a costume party? Or cuddling on the couch with a spooky flick?  However you spend your All Hallow’s Eve, be sure to share the enchantment of one of the best holidays of the year with flowers! Florists produce all manner of holiday-themed items and Halloween is no different. From the living pumpkin vase to the eerie, spiderweb-enhanced arrangement, there is no end to the wonders they can produce. So this October 31st, remember that Halloween home decoration and setting the tone for your blow-out costume party have to start with a phone call to your local florist. Happy Halloween!

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Your Sweetest Day Ever!

Candy bouquet by Baker Florist, Spencer NY

Celebrate 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.