Halloween is less than a week away and that means PARTIES! If your host(ess) gift budget is a little tight, there are ways to spice up that bottle of wine that you are planning to take as a gift – by packaging it in a personalized gift basket. So listen up, grab your favorite bottle of wine and personalize a gift basket that will last well after the last drop of wine is poured.
- First: find a container. Think outside the traditional basket and look for other materials such as metal cans/tins, wood boxes or plastic containers. You may be surprised how many containers you have laying around your house that will serve as a perfect fits for your gift.
- Fill the container with tissue paper, colored straw filling, cloth napkins, newspaper, or even bar towels. Again, something that you have at home. You’ll be surprised how the free things you already have somehow make the presentation more personal/special.
- Choose the wine. There are so many cool wine labels out there, try and take a few minutes to pick a bottle (or bottles) that say something personal to your host(ess) or in line with their party theme. Place the wine on top of the filler while saving some room for the snacks and accessories.
- Adding some non-perishable snacks and treats such as chocolates and crackers are great food accessories and don’t have to cost a lot of money. If you want to add some extra flair and spend a couple more bucks, add some wine accessories (corkscrews, WineStraws, Corksicles and/or decorative and economical items such as Diva Glass Slippers). Place all food and wine accessories in order of size with the heaviest on the bottom and the smaller items at the front of the basket.
- Wrap the entire basket in plastic, clear cellophane wrap or a plastic bag that will protect and showcase your gift. Top off the wrap with some ribbon, decorative bows or flowing string. Don’t forget to attach a small, personal note so the recipient knows who the beautiful gift is from!
- Enjoy! Whether you are spending a night with some friends or attending a holiday dinner party, a personalized wine gift basket is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion and show the host(ess) how much you appreciate their invitation, and celebrating the time with family and friends.
What are your favorite types of gift baskets and why? Do you have any favorite/fun wine labels?
As excited as we are about our own products, we at WineStraws are always on the lookout for cutting-edge wine accessories that make our wine experience that much better. Take a look at our Top 6 favorite wine accessories of 2011, and get an early start on this year’s holiday must-haves!
- This simple museum-quality designed glass canter is guaranteed to get you compliments at your next party! The yellow glass stopper and sleek carafe makes a modern statement. Although we don’t understand why you would ever want it to be empty, when not in use, the ball fits into the hollow base and doubles as a sculpture.
- We are the #1 advocate in preventing wine-stained teeth, but we turn to this best kept secret for our wine stained fabrics—even white linens! It literally makes red wine disappear like magic.
3. Ever left wondering what to do with your empty wine bottles? Not to fear, these fun cork candles are tapered making them easy to put those empty bottles to good use.
4. These Venetian-style wine glasses bring a special flair to any event or gathering–adding a stylish design touch to an already well-dressed table. These are certainly a splurge but way too fabulous of a find to pass up!
5. This cutting-edge invention is so simple and genius, we are amazed that no one else has thought of this before! Corkciclesare the solution for keeping your white wine chilled without the sloppy ice bucket mess.
6. You didn’t think that we forgot our all-time favorite wine accessory did you? For all you red wine lovers out there make sure you have your personal and party packs of WineStrawson hand to make sure you and your friends look fabulous throughout the holiday season. Economical and conveniently sized for your purse or jacket pocket, don’t be caught at a holiday party without them.
What are your top wine accessories of 2011? Let us know so we can add them to our list! Cheers!
WineStraws is proud to announce the release of our newly re-designed website! WineStraws’ #1 goal has always been to provide visitors with bright white smiles and fun, informative content. While visitors are still able to directly purchase WineStraws online (holidays are coming… so don’t forget to buy some for your party or as gifts), our newly revamped website is also a resource hub for wine-related events, beauty tips, healthy living, and anything happening in the world of wine.
From all of us at Winestraws, we thank you for your continued support; keep smiling white and enjoy the new site. As always, your comments and feedback are most welcome either through our Contact page, Blog Page or any of our Social Media sites.
Almost as if the day was named on behalf of WineStraws, this October 7 we celebrate the thirteenth annual World Smile Day ®. World Smile Day ® was created as a day to “Do an act of kindness” that will help people smile. What better way to make people smile than by helping keep those smiles white and bright? As an active participant, WineStraws is offering ONLY FOR TODAY, one free personal pack with every order, for all the red wine drinkers of the world.
Happy World Smile Day from all of us at WineStraws—drink red and smile white 🙂
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there are plenty of activities to show your support in the fight against breast cancer. Whether you are a runner, a walker, a volunteer, an activist, or want to join the cause, there are numerous ways to get involved and help fight for a breast-cancer-free world. WineStraws is dedicated to supporting all efforts in finding a cure for breast cancer. During the month of October, ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation. If you aren’t already an activist here are some ways that you can learn how to fight, get the facts and support the efforts in finding a cure for breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. The world’s largest network of breast cancer survivors and activists, Susan G. Komen works to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Events such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® are great ways to show your support in the fight against cancer, but there are plenty of events and activities that you can do all month long.
The Pink Ribbon Challenge® is an annual National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) event that happens every October. During the month of October, supporters can participate by visiting their favorite radio station’s website, clicking on the Pink Ribbon banner which in turn helps raise funds to provide free mammograms for underserved women. The money raised is distributed by the National Breast Cancer Foundation to hospitals, clinics, and medical facilities coast to coast.
Participation is the key to educating the public, raising awareness and finding a cure….what will you be doing this October to fight against breast cancer? Think Pink!
September has been an incredible month with lots of things to celebrate: the beginning of the Fall season, kids are back in school, National Hispanic Heritage Month, and of course our favorite: California Wine Month. In case you were unaware, September also marks National Self-Improvement Month. At WineStraws, we decided that, instead of trying to cram one more thing into the month of September, we would change Self Improvement Month into Self Improvement Quarter. Self Improvement should be on our minds a lot more than just 30 days. Before the holidays get away from us, or we just end up copying the last year’s New Year’s resolution, why don’t we focus on ourselves and how we can improve? Maybe we can even fulfill our New Year’s Resolutions from 2011 before 2012 creeps up on us?
Based on our resolutions, we solemnly swear to: drink more red, smile more white, and cherish every moment of every day with our family and friends…(and maybe try to use the home gym for more than a storage closet!).
So now it is your turn. What are your Quarterly Self Improvement Resolutions? Did you stick to your previous resolutions or are you like us and have a blend of old and new resolutions?
September seems to be the month of important holidays and National Baby Safety Month is no exception – as well as being very close to my heart, with two little ones of my own. Although we should all be safety conscious year round, September is a good month to really tighten the safety belt and make sure that there is nothing that we have overlooked.
Since it seems that there are thousands of things that we need to remember as being a parent, we have provided you our top 3 tips for baby safety, and urge you to tell us what your top tips are so we can add them to our list.
1. Cooking: when preparing food, USE THE BACK BURNERS, and turn the handles toward the back of the stove to prevent little hands from trying to reach up and pull down pots and pans.
2. Old Appliances: If you have an unused freezer or refrigerator stored in your garage or yard, have it removed. Be sure to store it with the door towards the wall until it’s gone. Kids love to climb into things and hide, and these are extremely dangerous places for little ones to play.
3. Bath Time: Never EVER leave your child unattended in the bathtub. Phones, doorbells and other distractions can wait. Until babies can sit well on their own, its also best to give baths in the kitchen or laundry room sink. Make sure to check that the hot water heater is not set any higher than 120 degrees.
We are eager to hear your baby safety tips! As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nannies, friends, etc., we owe it to ourselves and the children in our lives to provide them with a safe environment to live and grow, and of course a whole lot of love.
Happy Baby Safety Month!