Recently, M.R. Designs & Gifts was given the opportunity to prepare a 10-minute Presentation for the Biltmore Power Group chapter of BNI (Business Networking International). What we came up with was a tongue-in-check “hard hitting exposé” revealing the secrets of the gift basket business. What really (*wink, wink*) goes on behind the scenes at M.R. Designs & Gifts, unique gifts and gift baskets in Phoenix? Watch this video to find out…

Behind the Scenes of M.R. Designs & Gifts

A client called the other day and asked if we could create some sort of Chili Pepper Bouquet. I said “SURE!” It sounded like a challenge and I was excited to see how that would all turn out.

Chili Pepper Bouquet Centerpiece Design
Edible Chili Peppers form long-lasting bouquet centerpiece.

I collected a terracotta pot, some florist foam, raffia, florist picks (a stick with wire attached), some florist tape, a little bit of faux greenery, and a variety of chili peppers. The chili peppers included fresh Hatch chilies (long, light green, tapered), Serrano (short, dark green to orange), jalapeno (short, little bit fatter, forest green to red), habanero (round, orange/yellow), pasilla peppers (long, fat, dark green), and yellow hot peppers.

Here’s the finished product:

The chili peppers remain edible so the recipient can whip up a lovely salsa, some chili rellenos, or dry them to use at a later time.

The client said it was “fantastic.” What do you think?

just because gift basket deliveredTODAY’S OBSCURE HOLIDAY  is “Just Because Day”. “Just Because” is a popular reason for sending a gift basket; no occasion necessary! It shows the recipient that they are on your mind.  Just Because gifts can be great for opening up a business relationship, or preserving a personal friendship.

How would you fill in this blank?:  ”Today, I am going to ________________, just because.”

The gift of having your grandparent read to you.

TODAY’S OBSCURE HOLIDAY is “National Senior Citizens Day”. In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

TODAY’S OBSCURE HOLIDAY is “Frozen Custard Day”!  Frozen Custard originated as a Coney Island treat in the early 1900s, and made its Midwestern debut during the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933. Did you know that, in the U.S., frozen custard must legally contain a certain amountof egg and butterfat to give it the characteristic smooth, creamy flavor. Custard also contains less air than ice cream and is served at a higher temperature.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has the highest concentration of frozen custard shops, per capita, in the world which has earned it the unofficial title of “frozen custard capital of the world.”

What’s your favorite flavor of frozen custard? Wondering what the flavor of the day is at your local Culver’s? Click here :