(Pumpkin) Spice up your Autumn

iheartpumpkinIt all started with a simple beverage. Starbucks opened the floodgates in 2003 when they introduced their infamous pumpkin spice latte, now autumn will never be the same again.

Beginning sometime in August and continuing until the last of the New Year’s Eve partygoers calls it a night, we’re invaded annually by the taste bud-tingling delights and sweet fall aromas of ginger and nutmeg. The epidemic continues to grow larger and stronger with no slowdown in sight. Last year alone, 37% of American consumers reported purchasing a pumpkin-flavored product, accounting for $361 million in sales – an increase of nearly 80% from 2011.

Consumers won’t have to look far to satisfy their pumpkin spice fix this season either as the list of products containing the creamy orange obsession expands like a virus. If pumpkin spice coffee isn’t for you, never fear – you have a few other options. In fact, your entire day can now be filled with all things pumpkin spice.

pumpkinsucYou can start your day with some pumpkin spice English muffins…or bagels…or waffles, topped with some pumpkin spice Country Crock spread. After washing that down with some pumpkin spice milk and popping in a piece of pumpkin spice chewing gum, you’re ready to face the rest of the pumpkin spice world – but not before giving your dog some pumpkin spiced dog treats!

Lunch could include some pumpkin spice hummus along with some pumpkin spice Pringles on the side. Your afternoon snack options are nearly endless; Twinkies, Oreos, M&Ms – take your pick – you’ll find pumpkin spice flavor options for all of them.

What’s for dinner? How about some organic pumpkin spice chicken sausage? Yes, it really exists! If pasta is more your style, pumpkin spice noodles are available as well as gluten free pumpkin pasta sauce.

Modina by Toppers European Floral Design

What better way to end the day than with a big bowl of pumpkin spice ice cream or a pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen? Perhaps you would enjoy a nightcap from one of the craft beer industry’s most popular seasonal offerings – pumpkin beer. You could always build a cozy fall fire and roast some pumpkin spice marshmallows…where does it end?

How about spicing up your pumpkins in a fun way this fall with some succulents from Topper’s Floral? We’ll help you get in the pumpkin spice spirit with our beautiful Modina rose bouquet featuring festive fall colors! We also offer a wide variety of beautiful fall-themed designs and centerpieces for your entire family to enjoy. Give us a call today or stop by the store to get yourself in the pumpkin spice spirit.

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Don’t Forget the Flowers for Your Labor Day Celebration!

Citron by Topper's European Floral Design

Citron by Topper’s European Floral Design

Holidays are traditionally a time for celebration and reflection; some represent change and new beginnings while others observe individuals or groups of people who played important roles in defining the fabric of our nation. Perhaps no other holiday encompasses all of these ideas more so than Labor Day.

Labor Day is a holiday that marks the changing of the seasons – from the end of the traditional summer season and a time for children to go back to school. Labor Day means a day off work for many people, or a chance for one last summer picnic. For others, it means the start of football season, a change of wardrobe or a shopping excursion to take advantage of one of the busiest retail weekends of the year.

Perhaps most importantly, Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker. It is a day to recognize not only the strength, achievements and prosperity that we enjoy as a result of our own hard work, but also a salute to the incredible power and determination of accomplishments that can only achieved by working together.

Gourmet Picnic Basket by Topper's European Floral Design

Gourmet Picnic Basket by Topper’s European Floral Design

As you celebrate hardworking Americans this weekend, why not take this opportunity to recognize the work and accomplishments of someone special in your life with a beautiful gift of flowers or a one-of-a-kind gourmet picnic basket filled with all of the favorites from Topper’s? We are here for all your holiday gift needs from incredible flowers to special gift baskets to help you celebrate in style. Give us a call today or stop by and let us help you find the perfect gift.