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Is it in poor taste?

post #1 of 85
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My boss's FIL recently passed away. We're a fairly small company going thru some difficult financial times right now. The employees normally would take up a collection and send a condolence gift, but it's going to be hard coming up with much money. I offered to make a cookie bouquet or some decorated cookies we could place in a basket with some fruit. Our secretary looked at me like I was crazy. She didn't think it was appropriate to give decorated cookies for this occasion. I thought, well, you send real flowers...what's wrong with flower cookies? Your thoughts?
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post #2 of 85
I don't think it is tacky at all!! I mean it is more personal to me than some flowers that will die in a day or so....I think it is a wonderful idea!! You go girl!!

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post #3 of 85
I think it's a great idea! It's definately more personal than just calling a florist and placing an order. You have to put your own personal time, effort, and touch on a cookie bouquet! I say go for it!
post #4 of 85
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I have a couple days to sway the secretary's opinion, as the boss won't be back in town until Thursday. I know his kids really like my cookies, and it's not like I was going to put smiley faces on the flowers. I have a pattern for a sun with a rainbow and clouds that I thought would make nice cookies. I could write on the cloud portion things that help you get thru times like this (like "Family", "Hope", "Faith", "Love"). I was thinking of filling in with a bunch of yellow tulip cookies. I don't think it would be tacky...do you?
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post #5 of 85
nope..You have my vote here!!!

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post #6 of 85
i think that's a wonderful way to show your support and thoughts-and from you how could you get more personal? of course it's not typical but honestly i think it would mean more to the family
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post #7 of 85
Is it conventional? No!

Is it tacky? Only if you're making cookies designed to look like coffins or skeletons.

Smack the secretary and tell her to get with the program.
post #8 of 85
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Originally Posted by CakeMeister

Is it conventional? No!

Is it tacky? Only if you're making cookies designed to look like coffins or skeletons.

Smack the secretary and tell her to get with the program.



LOL. Actually, our dark humor surfaced the other day when we were talking about this. The skeletons and coffins really did get mentioned (as inappropriate, of course. After we brainstormed on such things).
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post #9 of 85
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Originally Posted by CakeMeister



Smack the secretary and tell her to get with the program.



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post #10 of 85
I think it's a really nice and thoughtful idea...so much more so than just flowers.
post #11 of 85
I think its a lovely idea. People send food all the time as condolence gifts and there's gonna be a whole bunch of wilting flowers all over the place in a day or too. Yours can be enjoyed and then eaten. Nothing more dismal than throwing away dead funeral flowers.
post #12 of 85
I think the cookies are a great idea too. Have you ever smelled flowers when it was not a funeral? What do you think of? A funeral!!

Maybe the secretary feels the "bouquet" part is too celebratory, and would do better with just a nice assortment in a pretty box?

I still think either way it's a great idea and very thoughtful.
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post #13 of 85
Well, I don't know where you live, BUT, here in the SOUTH we cook and send food when someone dies. Uhhh, never have had someone tell me it was tacky! Cookies are BAKING.....NOPE not tacky! In fact, I think your idea for the design is lovely. Bake away girl! They will appreciate your kindness.

Oh and you might tell the secretary....stay away from Western Kentucky 'cause the G.R.I.T.S. might just "git 'er"! LOL

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post #14 of 85
I think it's very thoughtful of you. Not tacky.
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post #15 of 85
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Originally Posted by countygirl28

Quote:
Originally Posted by CakeMeister



Smack the secretary and tell her to get with the program.



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Sometimes, it is difficult to hide the fact that I work in Human Resources. I have to do this type of thing with my employees often. icon_biggrin.gif
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