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Blow Out The Birthday Candles!
When their birthday rolls around, it can be just one more reminder that you won’t be celebrating together so putting together a care package takes the sting out. All three of my daughters were away at college when their birthdays came.
Our family tradition was filling their bedrooms with birthday balloons and eating cake for breakfast. Since I knew none of my daughters would be home on their birthdays, I placed balloon and cake orders and had their roommates or sorority sisters set it all up. They loved that I brought our tradition to them and that they were able to make their friends a part of our traditions. If I couldn’t celebrate with them, at least they knew I was thinking of them.
Some of the local places include:
Just Baked will deliver warm, homemade cookies or brownies (one dozen cookies for 11.99) You can even customize what type of toppings goes into each cookie. Who wouldn’t appreciate a dozen brownies or cookies on their birthday? You can also have a cake or cupcakes and balloons delivered from Publix through Instacart. Read our blog on delivery companies here to see what else you can have sent.
Jodi’s Cupcakes & More – Bakery near FAU that delivers cupcakes and cakes. Does various holiday-themed ones as well such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween, etc.
Two Fat Cookies – You can order online, they deliver cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. It is a family-run bakery. They will even do custom cakes as long as they are booked 4-6 weeks in advance.
Candy’s Cake Pops – Makes cake pops for various Holidays and occasions as well as custom cake pops. They deliver.
J&D Cakes – Offers 10% off to FAU students. It is a specialty bakeshop that makes custom cakes (Birthday cakes as well as other novelty cakes) Also offers a range of baked goods.
And who doesn’t like getting flowers? Even better; combining balloons with flowers. Many florists – like most of these – deliver balloons as well.
Boca Raton Florist – 301 S Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Closes at 5 pm. 561-395-1943. Recommended for its floral arrangements and the convenience of being so close to campus
Exceptional Flowers & Gifts – 2800 N Federal Hwy Ste 600-700, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Closes at 5:30 pm. 561-353-4720. Also can do balloons and decorations
Petals of Boca – Offers same-day delivery which is convenient – It is a local flower shop. They offer many different types of flowers and have a large selection. They also do flower arrangements for occasions as well.
Edible Arrangements – 555 N Federal Hwy Ste 9, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Closes at 7 pm. 561-362-3232. Provides balloons with their displays
I recently tried the birthday cake and cupcakes from Bake Me A Wish. It comes delivered in dry ice and then a birthday box with a card. From the presentation to the cake itself, it was seamless and delicious.
Another great birthday suggestion is the Wicked Good Cupcakes Birthday Box. I sent these to my daughter last year and she loved them. Just make sure you get enough for their roommates. Just as popular is the Happy Birthday Gift Box from Baked by Melissa which ships from New York (you can grab this on Amazon and get free shipping).
Perhaps a gift card to some of their favorite places to shop if they do not have a wishlist. Consider having it sent to their roommate who can be sure to hand deliver to them for you at just the right moment (be sure to prearrange this with the roommate first).
We recently found a great site to create your own package to send to your students. Greetabl (not a typo) is more than just a box of cookies or candy or items for their room, it is a create your own special package to send to your student for any occasion!
If you want to create your own birthday care package UPS now offers different Access Point Locations. Click here to find the closest one to you.
Gluten-free and Vegan
For those that are looking for gluten-free or vegan options, we recommend the following:
Baked by Melissa – GF, V
Bake Me A Wish – GF
Wicked Good Cupcakes – GF
I don’t think I will ever get used to not celebrating their birthday with them; we’ve spent their entire childhood throwing parties and making a big deal of their day. But now it is a different type of acknowledgment. Don’t worry; sending a care package for their birthday does not preclude you from fulfilling any family birthday traditions when they get home.
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