Friday, August 29, 2008

Delicious Candy Bouquet Centrepieces

At Finest Expressions we are always looking for unique and creative gifts to present to new parents and babies. Candy & Chocolate bouquets are a delicious twist on the usual flower bouquets and arrangements. They are made of delectable chocolates and candies, cute baby sock petals and beautiful silk flowers. Arranged in a flurry of cellophane tissue and tied with pretty ribbons, it will make a very special gift for the new parents. Have them as baby shower centerpieces or add a special toy to make it a fun sibling gift.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Jelly Bean Cups – Baby Shower Favours

These mini-delights make cute favours for baby showers or kids birthday parties. The Mini-cups come filled with colour coordinated jelly beans or any other candy of your choice. It’s accented with ribbons and topped with a Hershey Kiss treat that is designed like a rose petal. Add your personalized tag to give it that special touch.

Contact us for more information on colour and style availability.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Update From Finest Expressions...

Today's post is a little different. We thought we would update you on what's new and exciting here at Finest Expressions. Basically an update on what we are working on and planning to do in the coming months. Summer is almost over even though here in Toronto, it didn't really feel like it even began. We had a lot of thunderstorms and rainfall through out the month of June, July and now August.

At this time of the year, we start our planning for the holiday season. Designing new products, developing the marketing plans, and getting ready for a busy busy season. We are very excited about introducing our holiday diaper cakes and baby gift baskets this year. They will be in vibrant colours and beautiful holiday themes. Stay tuned on our blog and website for more information!

As always we are committed to delivering your gifts on time and appreciate your cooperation in placing your orders as soon as possible. Custom designed products, such as our Baby Diaper Cakes, Finest Blossoms, Finest Blooms and Candy and Chocolate Bouquets take approximately 3-4 business days for delivery. The reason for this being, they are made fresh once an order is placed. However, we do complete urgent orders upon your request. Please call or email us if you need to place a rush order on any of our custom designed products.

All orders for Gift Baskets that are placed before 10:30 A.M EST are delivered the following business day unless you request another delivery date.

We will be updating our Holiday Shipping Deadlines in October. Please visit our website for more Shipping and Delivery information.

Even though it might seem a little depressing to think about a snowy winter in August, we do get excited about the holiday season. With its bustling activities, festive cuisines and the joy of spending time with family and friends its surely a season to enjoy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Candy & Chocolate Bar

This is a really cute idea that one of our client’s did at her baby shower that we had to share with you. Instead of the pre-packed favours she had set-up a candy and chocolate bar for the guests to pick out their own treats at the end of the party. A wide selection of candies such as jelly beans, mints and hard candy were displayed on one end along with various assortment of chocolates on the other. She also had a nut free chocolates section for those with allergies.

For favour containers she used our Chinese boxes and used clear candy bags to line them.

A neat idea to let your guests choose their own favorite delectables to enjoy after the event.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Tip Of The Day

Writing thank you notes for all the baby gifts can be a challenge for the new parents as they try to adjust to life with their bundle of joy. Help them out by having the baby shower guests write their address on envelopes or labels. This way the new parents just have to write the thank you notes and not worry about addressing the envelopes.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Finest Blooms - Baby Sock Bouquets

Instead of the usual flower bouquets send the new mom these beautiful baby sock bouquets. Made out of adorable baby socks these long stemmed roses make a unique gift that can be used or kept as a keepsake. Accented with fresh baby’s breathe they come packaged in a white flower box.

Choose from one or two dozen baby sock bouquets and surprise the new parents!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tea Party – Baby Shower Favour Ideas

In our previous post titled Tea Party - Baby Showers we discussed different ideas that you could use for baby showers with a tea party theme. Here are some favour ideas that we can create for you:

1. Our mini-purses pictured above can be filled with four different types of exotic teas (tea bags) for the guests to enjoy after the party.

2. The Floral collection sachets can also be given as favours with samples of teas or tea seeds.

3. A mini-cup and saucer with a tea bag wrapped in clear cover and tied with ribbons. It will make a perfect keepsake baby shower favour.

4. If you want to shift away from the tea favours then you can use any of our favour boxes to fill with cookies or chocolates. Tip: Put them in clear or polka dotted bags before placing them in the favour boxes.

If you don’t have time to put the favours together yourself, Finest Expressions offers complete Wrapped up! service. Once you select a favour design, just give us your order details and the complete favours will be delivered to your doorstep.

Tea Party - Baby Shower

One of the most popular themes for a baby shower is that of a ‘Tea Party’. There are a lot of beautiful decorating ideas, recipes and gifts that you could work with to throw this wonderful themed baby shower.

Start with getting tea party invitations to reflect this theme and set a tone for the event. If you can’t find the tea party invitation cards then simply design your own. See our post on Do-It-Yourself Baby shower invitations. Some ideas for design could be to cut out the invitations in tea pot shapes or to create an invitation that looks like a tea bag cover.

If you are not having an intimate gathering of a few or don’t want to bust out your good china, use exquisite fancy paper dinnerware such as the Caspari Collection. Mix and match to create your unique style for the tea party.

The menu could be absolutely delicious for this baby shower! Serve delectable treats such as mini sandwiches, pastries, biscuits and scones. Check out Joy of Baking for scrumptious tea party treats. You could select a variety of exotic and herbal teas for the beverage bar. However, keep in mind that some teas are not safe for pregnant women to drink.

For the main table centerpiece try our 3-tier My Tea Party- Baby Diaper Cake. Its beautifully designed with 45 diapers, baby clothes, toys, silk flowers and ribbons. For favour ideas, check out our post on Tea Party – Favour Ideas.

Its an elegant theme that the mom-to-be and guests are sure to enjoy!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Baby Shower Bombonieres

Baby Shower party favours are a little token of appreciation you can give to your guests for being part of your baby celebration. Petit and adorable baby shower bombonieres are 8” inch tulle circles filled with sweet goodies. We fill ours with colour coordinated jelly beans and tie them with pretty floral ribbons.

If you would like to fill them with your own contents, we offer do-it-yourself bombonieres kits, that comes with the 8” inch tulle circles and pre-cut ribbons. All you will need to do is get together with some friends and have fun while putting your baby shower favours together.

Personalize them by making your own tags or getting them custom printed from Vista Print.

Stay tuned this month for more adorable and trendy baby shower favour ideas!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Do-It-Yourself Baby Shower Invitations

Creating your own baby shower invitation is a unique way of adding a personal touch to the event. It’s easy to design and it’s a fun project to work on for the baby shower.

You don’t even need to know how to use funky graphic design programs. All you would need is the user-friendly MS Word. Pre-packaged card-stock usually comes with instructions on how to set-up the Word document. Another option is to use one of the many free invitation templates available on the web.

Notables Stationers, a fine stationery company based in Edmonton, Alberta has a wide selection of fine paper and envelopes to help you create your own baby shower invitations. Apart from blank paper stock and imprintables, they also have ribbons and brad/clips to help assemble the invitations.

Here a few suggestions and tips to design your own baby shower invitations:

1. Keep your design simple. Don’t crowd it with a lot images since this will make it look cluttered.
2. Use white card stock if you are planning on using colour images. This will bring out the colours really well and won’t look too distracting.
3. Instead of using a folded card design you could use post card stock that might be easier to print on and you don’t have to spend time folding it.
4. Try to stick with using two fonts at the most and use a font that is easy to read. Go easy on the italics and bold function so that you give your design a clean look.
5. Use a picture of mom-to-be or the parents-to-be to add that personal touch and customize the invitation.

Above is a sample invitation we designed using MS Word. Since it’s a couple’s baby shower, so we tried to go easy on the pink and used very little italics. Always keep the theme of the baby shower in mind and try to work that into your invitations as much as possible.

Lastly…have fun and let your creativity flow!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Product Of The Month - Welcome Little Princess

Our creative team at Finest Expressions is always striving to create gifts that are not just beautiful to look at but also incredibly useful for the recipient. Our product of the month is a baby girl gift basket that is based on a princess theme. Its contains unique gift items that you won't find in usual baby gift baskets. This includes a Piggy bank set and an adorable note pad for the parents to keep track of her highness' attendees (a.k.a baby sitters. )

• Two Pairs of Socks
• Piggy Bank Set includes:
• My first Curl
• My first Tooth
• My First Piggy Bank
• Baby Sitter Notes
• Body Suit
• Cap
• Princess Message Pillow

Available at Finest Expressions-Designer Gifts & Gift Baskets .

Keepsake Box

In one of our earlier post we had talked about how to involve the older siblings in making mom something special for her baby shower. Here is a keepsake box made by a Finest Expressions' older sibling for a very special baby brother. With a little help from grandma, the 6 year old big brother was able to take a simple cardboard shoe box and transform it into a perfect keepsake box. Its wrapped in blue felt cloth and is accented with little felt stars. It even has a little cut-out window to put a picture of the new baby.

At the baby shower, all family and friends wrote down their baby advice or special quotes on a piece of paper and we stored it in here. So its now become a special keepsake box filled with love from family and friends that mom can keep forever.