Winner of the 2010 Connecticut Florist of the Year award from the Connecticut Florist Association, Paul Buettner Florist creates inspired and creative floral arrangements for every occasion. Let the floriculturists stimulate the senses with the FTD Holiday Rose Bouquet by Better Homes and Gardens ($49.99), the FTD Share My World Bouquet ($42.99), or the FTD Basket of Dreams Arrangement ($47.99). Those celebrating the birth of a new baby can pick up the lily-packed FTD Starshine Bouquet ($34.99). With Buettner Florist, pedal-seekers can find an arrangement to say various well-wishes, including “happy anniversary,”, “get well soon,” “sorry I crashed the Wienermobile into your house,” and “congratulations”. All orders are online or by phone and must be placed 24 hours in advance. Local delivery costs $10 extra.
Cane and Reed’s shelves overflow with an eclectic stock of Amish and Mennonite goods, candies, and foodstuffs. A chewy array of bulk gummies in a delightful variety of shapes supplies jaws with ample cardio, and jars of Jake & Amos pickled products fill pantry shelves with long-lasting salty snacks. Baumans’ butter in flavors such as apple, peach, and sweet tomato is available to garnish breads or moisturize bald heads in the winter. specialty
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dipped fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, presented in artful bouquets and gift boxes by the skilled fruit designers at Edible Arrangements, which has more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. Workers dip fresh fruit and sweets into gluten-free chocolate to create arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can select from a variety of decorative containers, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts.
Air fills each piece of playground equipment at Inflatable Adventure Zone, which allows sock-footed kids aged 2–12 to safely jump, climb, and bounce. Kids can scale the towering double slide to reach the room’s highest vantage point, or frolic in an assortment of character-themed obstacles, from a Finding Nemo fortress to a Dora and Diego jumper for the shorter set. A snack area provides juice boxes and light snacks, as well as a place to discuss the bounce castle’s durability against invading packs of feral children.
A third-generation florist, Timothy Snelgrove has spent years training flowers to work together in colorful, cooperative arrangements. The Burst of Joy bouquet bundles carnations, delphinium, and waxflower into a phantasmagoric thank you to maternal units for not trading you to the doctor for a Barry Bonds rookie card ($49.95). The Basket of Cheer's rustic basket of pink spray roses, daisy poms, and carnations will speed the healing process for any malady from the sniffles to a head transplant ($49.95), and the Dashing Daisies captures a summery yellow valentine inside a glass bubble bowl ($34.95).