What to Get a Guy on Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2013 Leave a reply

We understand the problem for the ladies – he doesn’t seem to need very much, and he buys what he wants before mentioning those wants to you.  He doesn’t care much about chocolate.  What gift will light up those baby blues (or warm browns or sparkling greys)?

Here are some suggestions to fire your imagination.   Your guy’s needs may seem to be basic, but his focus on just a few important possessions can open up some interesting opportunities.

  • Guys like gadgets.  Pick out something he already has and uses, and investigate a newer version, or else an upgrade or add-on to the one he has.  If you aren’t that gadget-y yourself, secretly snap a cellphone photo of two or three of his favorite gizmos to take to the electronics store for advice.  More than one, to keep your options open with more than one possibility.  Be sure to capture the brands and model names in the photos.
  • What was his favorite music in college?  Does he have a band or music genre he’s nuts about now?  Sign up on iTunes or another online music source and load a USB music storage device with old favorites.  Shortly after Valentine’s he’ll be jogging, working or pursuing his hobby with your music in his ears.
  • Does he like grilling?  How about sandwiches?  A small indoor electric grill will put the grill-marks on one or two grilled sandwiches or burgers at a moment’s notice, in any weather.
  • If he’s sporty and goes out to play for long hours, or even if he takes his lunch to work, he will love a man-lunch-sized food & beverage carrier from an outdoor camping store.  The manly natural tones and stout handle makes it something he’ll use on a regular basis.  The pockets and compartments appeal to a guy’s sense of organization and important stuff.  Don’t be surprised if in 10 years he’s still toting his provisions in the carrier you selected.

What else can you can add to make it truly Valentine’s?   A leathery but elegant Sports Rose, with a team mini-pennant attached, will let him know that you love him and his favorite team … or, that you love him in spite of it!  A single Sports Rose stem standing up in a vase on his dresser, or Sports Rose boutonniere on his package instead of a bow, will let him know he is very special to someone – you.

Football or Baseball Roses are hand-crafted from ball covers in the U.S.  Is he a coach?  Softball and volleyball are also available.  The Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees, mini-pennants for most major college and major league teams add a fun spark for dedicated fans.

For Valentine’s Day, Sportsroses.com offers free economy shipping on orders of $50 or more.  And they will include a Sports Roses bear for orders of a dozen Sports Roses.  Just for Valentine’s, you can add a Sports Roses bear to a single stem or a bouquet for just $9.96 – for yourself, if not for him!

What gift did you give a man in your life that had the best reaction?

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Super Bowl Predictions

January 24, 2013 Leave a reply

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No shortage of predictions out there on the web, on the networks, in the newspapers.  What do we predict?

The Superdome in New Orleans will be fully-outfitted for Mardi Gras!  Spectators coming to town the week before are making a smooth move, because Orleans Parish has moved their Mardi Gras parades to the week before the game to avoid conflicts.

We predict the half-time show will be one for the books.  Beyonce at Mardi Gras!  Beyonce may be joined by a reunion of Destiny’s Child, and possibly even her husband, Jay-Z.  Tune in for the half-time show if not for the game!

We predict that as this is the tenth time the Superdome has hosted the Super Bowl, the management knows how to keep it moving and organized.  And, supporting the game by attending will aid the city in its continuing recovery from Hurricane Katrina.  Further, we predict that CBS will reap a record-setting $4 million for an advertising half-minute.

We predict that if you attend the Super Bowl, you need more than a classy outfit to show off your fan-dom!  Set it off with a football sports rose corsage or boutonniere.  An elegant rose hand-made from a football cover is a unique personal ornament.

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Your party, whether in a skybox at the stadium or in your own living room, will pop with a football sports roses bouquet topped by the mini-pennant of your favorite team.  A bouquet for both teams creates an all-inclusive Super Bowl party!  Your bouquet is not only a conversation-starter, it is also worry-free, with no water needed, and no wilting.

Oh, and the game?  Hard-fought, and filled with passion! The Ravens may be seen as a slight underdog, but they will come to play.  Starting Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is heading toward “elite” QB status, while second-year surprise Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers is a legitimate dual threat who has turned San Francisco’s offense into one of the most dynamic in the league. The coaching Harbaugh Brothers on opposing teams creates an intriguing Bro Bowl match-up, and we’re excited to see what happens on February 3.

How about your predictions?  And your suggestions for things that have made your parties fun? Tell us in the comments below.

Baltimore Ravens and San Franisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII

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How to Show your Love for the Game this Valentine’s Day

January 21, 2013 Leave a reply

sports roses for valentines day gifts
We love our sweethearts, and we love our sports!  This Valentine’s Day the ultra-fans and the dedicated athletes can win on both sides, as givers and as recipients.  What are some of the options for showing our love for the game, for both large and small budgets, this Valentine’s Day?

  •  Spring a plan to visit spring training on your sweetheart.
  • Spring a trip to Arizona or Florida in March for baseball in the sun, Spring Training Style!

  •  On a mild day, share a hike at a local park.  If your budget allows, add a pair of logo sports fleeces or sweatshirts for both of you.  If that’s outside your range this Valentine’s Day, make it just a single sports rose stem or two, with a mini-pennant of his or her favorite team attached.
  • Make arrangements to jog the local ball field while it is not in use, with your special someone.
  • Share something special with the team – a sports rose for each player and coach.  Volleyball, baseball, softball and football roses are available.
  • Help the team organize gifts of a Sports Rose for each team mom.  This can even be done as a fundraiser, working with Sportsroses.com.

Sports Roses Valentines Day Arrangements
Do you spend so much time at the gym or on the field, so much effort training, maintaining gear and keeping up playing areas, that you feel as if you are married to the sport?  Or, do you support the athletes, transporting them and keeping them supplied with gear and rousing cheers, to the point you feel as if you don’t know another life?  This isn’t a pastime, it’s a way of life!  Why not acknowledge your dedication when you celebrate your connections on Valentine’s Day?

We’ve been adding small reminders at the end of weekly posts, and this is another reminder that Sports Roses offers a great fundraising opportunity for school and league teams with a unique product.  Your team can show a 360-degree love for the sport by giving Sports Roses, and by helping others place their orders so they can do the same.  Sports Roses offers both wholesale and sales referral fundraising for teams, to help keep the fires of competition burning.

How can you make sure that your fundraising plans come together smoothly?  First, it takes time to hand-craft each of the Sports Roses individually, here in the U.S.  Ball covers from baseballs, softballs, volleyballs and footballs are used in a painstaking process to create rose buds on an artificial greenery stem.  These roses never need watering, and never wilt!  Like your love of the people closest to you, and your love of your sport, these roses last, creating an enduring memory.

So make your plans and order without delay.  Take advantage of the discounts for volume purchase and shipping, or just select a bouquet or single rose in time for regular shipping.

What makes you feel “married” to your favorite sport?

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Super Bowl Party Ideas

January 10, 2013 Leave a reply
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On Sunday, February 3rd, the Super Bowl returns to the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome!  Coaches, players and party-givers are already in full-swing strategy sessions to make it a winning day.  The whole Super Bowl experience starts hours before the actual game.  Each player must be status-updated for health, fitness and season history; each team must be cussed and discussed; every broadcaster demands attention and attracts comments in their turn.  That takes a lot of food and beverage for the spectators on the couches at home!  And some passion-inspiring décor.

Many websites offer Super Bowl Party ideas and amazing recipes … so we’ll start out with something a little different.  Here are some ideas to help out with the basics of a successful party for less-experienced and first-time party-givers, and perhaps some thoughts for everyone contemplating a Super Bowl party.  With luck someone will be inspired to take the plunge with their first Super Bowl party, or to enlarge their planned festivities.

The first planning tip – order now!  Providers become notoriously busy closer to the game.  From Football Rose centerpieces to deli trays, make sure your first choices will be ready when you want them.

This Super Bowl is held in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, so have some fun liberally draping Mardi Gras beads around your décor.  Beads can be obtained at party stores, and will drape in unexpected places from mantelpieces to beer glasses, to add color and energy.  Of course you’ll want beads in your favorite team colors – perhaps both team colors for competing guests.  And some purple, green and gold beads for classic Mardi Gras colors.

Order Football Roses for your Super Bowl PartyOrder your Football Rose centerpiece now to have it in time with regular shipping.  As a conversation-starter it is priceless, welcoming your guests with a football passion!  The blooms, made of the leather of real football covers, will long outlast the party, and don’t need the care of real flowers.

Some first basics of a Super Bowl party are space and seating – it is surprising how these two fundamentals affect your choices of food and décor, as well as furniture arrangement! 

Eating is a big part of a Super Bowl party as the pre-game and game last for hours.  Will everyone have not only a place to sit, but a surface to set their plates and beverages?  Floor-sitting and lap-eating are perfectly acceptable for a younger, physically-flexible crowd – but not so much for creaky-kneed veteran fans.  But, if eating from laps and eating while standing is the plan, avoid food with loose ingredients, such as tacos and build-your-owns, because stray bits of veggies will end up sprinkled on your floor!

Chips and dip NOLA style.

You can add both seating and table surfaces by borrowing or buying some deck chairs and t.v. trays.  Even camp chairs can be comfortable, and they offer a spot to hold a beverage.  Foldable chairs are also handy because they can easily be moved as needed.

Extra tip – have your guests write their names on anything they lend you or bring, from deck chairs to serving dishes.  After the party it all becomes part of an indistinguishable pile of detritus, especially if they forget it when they leave!

A well-attended Super Bowl party attracts all food preferences, in addition to the usual burger-and-hot-dog lovers.  Everyone from vegetarians to all-protein diets can be expected, with both heavy and light eaters.  In addition to your main course, offering dishes that are filling and avoid both meat and cheese are a great help to a successful party.

Stuffed peppers or mushrooms with no cheese or meat, in addition to those that are fully loaded, come in handy.   Mixed-bean salads are popular, as are baked potatoes with an abundance of toppings.  A bowl of meat-less pasta, with sauces on the side, can be a good side dish, but isn’t usually sufficient on its own.  Plan ahead that everyone will want to enjoy these dishes, not just the vegetarians.

A note that bar-be-que can be problematic indoors, as many people consider it a finger food.  Their fingers will inevitable smear a tad of sauce on many other surfaces.  The same is true of fried chicken.  Save any hand-held greasy food for the 4th of July picnic outdoors.

On another subject … is there another subject on Super Bowl Sunday?  Well, actually … just a thought that now is the time to plan your Valentine’s Day fundraising campaign through Sportsroses.com.  Early arrangements are essential, so check the Sportsroses.com site for “fundraising,” both through order referrals and through wholesale sales.  It does take time to hand-craft Sports Roses in bulk, so don’t delay!

Please let us know – What have you done for a Super Bowl party that made it special and fun?

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Valentine’s Day is Coming Soon – Book Your Fundraiser Now!

January 5, 2013 Leave a reply

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Valentine’s Day is the time to tell your sweetie how special he or she is in your life.  It’s also a chance to help your sports team do some fundraising in a unique way.  We’ve been leaving little notes at the end of recent posts to remind you to plan and order ahead – and now is the time  – have you made sure everything is on track for Sports Roses fundraising for Valentine’s Day?

Having made your arrangements with Sportsroses.com, now is the time to put out the word, create some publicity and … take orders!  The ladies especially like sports roses, but the ball-cover leather roses are tough enough to give as gifts to guys as well.  What is available?  Football Roses; Volleyball Roses; Baseball Roses; Softball Roses.  One or more is sure to delight a special fan or athlete!

The teams are a great place to start – not just one team, but all the teams in your school or community league.  Team members, be they girls or guys, can add a single Sports Rose stem to dress up their Valentine’s gift to sweethearts and moms, at a cost under $20.  For their staunchest supporters, a bouquet or a full dozen is an engaging way to show their love and appreciation.  Or, take a few sports rose single stems and add them to a traditional flower bouquet.

What else can you do to encourage more orders?  Your publicity can remind everyone that the female athletes in their world will find Sports Roses a charming acknowledgement of their hard work and dedication.  Whether she is a champion or a committed performer, a sports rose is a unique gesture just for her … and it lasts much longer than real flowers!  Volleyball Roses and Softball Roses are available, just for her.

And don’t forget the sports ribbons printed with ball images, as well as the mini-pennants for professional and college teams.  A small pennant makes a perky decoration for a dessert, or tucked into a hatband.

How do you make sure all runs smoothly with your fundraising?  Because of the time to produce each rose by hand, it is best to order ahead.  Be sure your sports roses are on hand in plenty of time, with the convenience of regular shipping.  Sports Roses are available with volume discounts for orders of 25 or more roses, as well as fundraising through wholesale and referral orders.

Plan ahead to take advantage of the benefits of volume orders for team gifts, as well as personal surprises, for your favorite fans and athletes.

How are you planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Tell us in the comments below.

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Happy New Years! Last-Minute Recipes For BCS Bowl Game Day!

January 1, 2013 Leave a reply

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Is the grocery store open today?  We know you are wondering as the nachos, chili and beverages are disappearing fast from your bowl game food table!

Just in case you do run out of something, in spite of the bushels of pot-luck toted in by your guests, here are some fast and furious ideas for great nosh, easily assembled on the fly.

chips and dip recipe for new years bowl game parties
Dip they’ll love – expand or reduce for the quantity needed to get through the afternoon

  • 1 regular tub of sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic – small flakes is ok
  • Chili pepper to taste
  • Mix by hand and set it on the table with the chips & crackers

making your own pizza is easy
Make-Your-Own Pizzas

  • 6 (8 oz.) pkg. pre-baked cheese pizza crusts (12 small crusts)
  • Or … day-old bread , cut in large squares, if the store is out of pizza crust
  • Don’t forget still-fresh taco-building leftovers for ingredients
  • Meat, about ¼ cup per pizza
    • Cooked diced chicken breast
    • Cooked ground beef
    • Sliced Canadian bacon
    • Thin-sliced smoked salmon
  • Vegetables, about ¼ cup per pizza
    • Chopped tomatoes
    • Chopped red, green or yellow bell peppers
    • Chopped red or green onions
    • Sliced ripe or green olives
    • Chopped fresh spinach
  • Cheese, about ½ cup per pizza, or 24 oz. (6 cups) of shredded …
    • Provolone
    • Monterey jack
    • Cheddar
    • Feta, crumbled
    • Gorgonzola, crumbled
  • Each guest build and heat to suit!

And don’t forget to gather all your Football Roses from all last year, along with the mini-pennants and any sport ribbon still left, to add fun decorations and a centerpiece.

On another subject … is there a subject other than bowl games on New Year’s Day?how to create a successful fundraiser with Sports Roses  Well, actually … just a thought that now is the time to plan your Valentine’s Day fundraising campaign with Sports Roses.  Early arrangements are essential, so download our Free Fundraising Guide for all the information you need to create a successful fundraiser for your organization.  It does take time to hand-craft Sports Roses in bulk, so don’t delay!

May your teams prevail in the bowls, or at least make a gallant showing of drive and purpose!

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2012 Leave a reply

The Sports Roses Team Visits Santa’s Workshop

Christmas Greetings to one and all!  We hope you find under your Christmas tree…

  • new bats; new balls; new nets; new gear;
  • new enthusiasm for winter training;
  • DVD’s of the most inspiring professional games – especially last summer’s Olympics;
  • anticipation for the next great season;
  • dreams of championships!

Whether you are with your family or away, this is a time of connections, a time of treasured memories.  A time of thankfulness for the meaning of the season and all our many blessings.

May your poinsettias warm hearts; may your Christmas dinner fill everyone with love; may your Sports Roses continue to bloom season after season!

To you and yours, a very Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Gifts for Sports Fans – Making it Special

December 17, 2012 Leave a reply

You’re reviewing the holiday gift list.  You have sport players and fans in your household – football, volleyball, softball and baseball.  A season of games comes with a long list of dedicated helpers and volunteers who make trips and gatherings special.  And the moms who drive, bring food, hand out beverages and organize people and stuff.

How lovely it would be to show your appreciation for everything the moms did this season – without breaking the holiday budget.  And the school team would like to do something special for every team-mom for the holiday banquet.  What’s a unique, budget-friendly solution?

An unexpected choice is an exquisite Sport Rose.  Sport Roses are hand-made out of the genuine leather of game balls.  A rose that looks like a football or volleyball, magically transformed into a rosebud, creates a memorable moment.  Baseball and Softball Roses are also available.  The covers of the balls are removed and crafted into roses through a time-consuming process.  At a price of about $15 plus shipping for a single sport rose with stem, greenery and ribbon, and a discount for volume orders, what an affordable special gift.

The girls and women athletes in your world deserve something that recognizes their femininity while celebrating their dedication.  These athletes have trained and played, lived the highs and lows with the passion and commitment.  What will let them know you stand with them?

Women coaches, trainers and other female support staff are also on your list.  The ladies have nurtured each player, counseled and pushed, challenged their ability and strengthened their resolve.  They assisted with gear and planned the activity calendar.  Without their dedication it couldn’t happen.  How can you applaud their efforts in a special way?

As a single stem, a bouquet or a traditional dozen, the sport rose will be treasured for a long time to come.  Unlike real roses, Sport Roses don’t need water and don’t wilt!

Produced entirely in the U.S., this unique product was the inspiration of a college student, who has made a career out of his independent business.  Crafted in California by about a dozen employees, Sport Roses are created as a special attention-getter for anyone who loves football, baseball, softball or volleyball.

It’s not too late to rush order sport roses for Christmas!  Contact Sportroses.com without delay and get something unique and special for your favorite female fans and athletes for the holiday.

Who are some of the dedicated supporters in your community you would like to recognize this Christmas?

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