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Blow Out the 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. Once I filled a box with party hats, blowers, balloons, popcorn, candy, and her gift. The pictures my daughter sent of her and her roommates sitting around with all that silly stuff and big smiles made me happy. If I couldn’t celebrate with her, at least I knew she was having fun.
Some of the local places we like include:
Insomnia Cookies – Delivers the most amazing cupcakes (12 cupcakes for $20, plus a delivery fee). Who wouldn’t appreciate a cookie cake or cupcakes on their birthday?
Lucy and Leo’s Cupcakery – Offbeat bakeshop with a rotating menu of seasonal cupcake flavors, plus gluten-free & vegan options.
Tiniest Empire – Specializes in cupcakes, cookies, and cakes for all occasions. No job is too tiny!
Christina’s Cakes- Known for her novelty and specialty cakes, cupcakes, and hand decorated cookies. High demand so make sure you are ordering in advance. They will post if they are unable to deliver or fully booked on their Facebook page.
Publix – You can order cake, balloons and more and have it delivered through Instacart.
Also, read our blog on delivery companies for getting those goods delivered (in case their roomie or friends can’t help you out) and to see what else you can have sent.
Another great birthday suggestion is the Wicked Good Cupcakes Birthday Box. Just make sure you get enough for their roommates. One of my personal favorites was when a mom had a bunch of Krispy Kreme donuts delivered right to her son’s frat house in honor of his birthday.
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 balloons are their thing. Here are a few companies that deliver locally:
- Tallahassee Balloons 850-567-8084
- Party City
- Gifted Baskets Balloons & Candy – you can even meet with a balloon decor artist who will design something special for you.
And who doesn’t like getting flowers? Even better; combining balloons with flowers. Many florists – like most of these – deliver balloons as well.
- Blossoms 850-386-2087
- A Country Rose Florist and Gifts 850-877-8294
- England’s Florist & Gift
- Sandra’s Flower
- Busy Bee 850-385-1071
- Hilly Fields Florist & Gifts 850-656-2118
There is also Edible Arrangements on Monroe that delivers delicious, fresh fruit arrangements seven days a week.
We also really like these cool Pup Up Cards. Check them out here.
Don’t worry; sending a care package for their birthday does not preclude you from fulfilling any family birthday traditions when they get home. Our personal favorite is the family march where the birthday person sits and we all march up to them singing as we deliver our gifts.