Have you seen our lovely ‘Fancy That’ range? With a quirky, vintage flavour reminiscent of the 1950s, this colourful collection makes the perfect backdrop if you’re planning a fun celebration for Mother’s Day. Taking place on 15th March this year, it’s always a nice opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to your mum, and although a card and a bunch of flowers is always an appreciated gesture, why not do something a little different this year? A surprise gathering doesn’t have to be a big scale party but getting the extended family together makes for a memorable event. Get everyone to contribute a small dish or a tub of cakes and you have the makings of a lovely afternoon, with great company and something delicious on the menu. Take a little care over your table settings and your gathering will really make her smile!
If you’ll be welcoming a new arrival in 2015 you might be wondering about having a baby shower. In between all the other frantic preparations for the big day, it might seem a bit daunting to consider a party on top off all the other things you need to do on what can seem a never ending checklist! But the good news is it’s one of the few times you can ask someone else to do all – or at least a big chunk of – the preparations. Traditionally these parties aren’t organised by the mum-to-be but by a close friend or family member. Which is good news if heaving your pregnant tummy around is using up all your energy right now! That’s not to say you can’t get involved in the preparations, but it does mean you can leave the practicalities to someone else while you focus on the less labour intensive stuff! It’s worth bearing in mind that these parties are often organised as a surprise for the mum-to-be, so if you are thinking of having a gathering, you might want to check with your close friends and family that they haven’t already got something up their sleeves.
Party season is nearly upon us! While Christmas prep might be your main focus at the moment, New Year’s Eve follows swiftly on its heels so if you’d like to celebrate in style on December 31st, now’s the time to be thinking of ideas. If you’re hosting Christmas then the idea of planning another big bash shortly afterwards might fill you with dread, but the great thing about New Year’s Eve is that it doesn’t have to be quite the blow-out affair that Christmas often turns into. It is really about the simple pleasure of gathering friends and family, perhaps hooking up with those people you rarely get to see, and enjoying great company, a bit of music and a tipple or two. If you’ve exhausted yourself in the kitchen over the festive season, keep things simple with just drinks and nibbles – after all the excesses of Christmas, your guests won’t mind too much if you keep eats to just simple shop-bought canapés, posh crisps and a plate of mince pies. Alternatively, if you would like to host a bigger bash you could ask guests to bring a dish, a no-hassle way to provide something a bit more substantial without going to too much stress or expense.