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!
The Fancy That range includes table ware essentials such as paper plates, cups, bowls and napkins in vibrant hues, capturing the essence of 50s kitsch – think bold clusters of roses and polka dots against a vibrant background of lime green, hot pink and bright turquoise. A table laid with these lovely pieces can’t fail to impress, but if you want to add some extra colour, how about filling old jam jars with pink roses, zingy daffodils or tulips in a variety of colours – a lovely way to bring a touch of spring indoors.
You’ll find lots of other pieces in the range to complement your table, such as colourful bunting, which you can attach to walls, bookshelves, windows or mantle pieces to give your room a bit of extra pizazz. Add some fairy lights to disperse a warm, flattering glow around your room. Strung around windows, patio doors or around a mirror, they offer a simple way to make a pretty statement with your décor; they’re readily available on the high street and relatively cheap to buy.
You can jazz up the aforementioned flower jam jars with a matching labels on which you can get your family members to add their own unique message or illustration, a touching way to personalise your setting, and a great way to get little ones involved in the creative process. Alternatively if you want to give your Mum a present made with love, how about making your own jam and decorating it with a Fancy That label and topping with a gingham cover? Try making your own ‘Mother’s Day’ combination if you’re a jam making pro, but if not check out the Strawberry Jam recipe on the Jamie Oliver website, or if you’d like to use seasonal British produce for your jam, try making a lemon curd, marmalade or rhubarb preserve – all of these fruits are in season during this time of the year. Add a co-ordinating mini tag from the Fancy That range, and perhaps package your jam up in a hamper with some homemade scones – a really unusual, thoughtful gift she’s sure to enjoy.
On the subject of making and baking, you could opt for a simple afternoon tea for your Mother’s Day gathering or a cold buffet. Indulge mum with some delicious sweet treats – how about some delicious meringues which are quick and easy to make, a classic Victoria Sponge, filled with fresh cream and lashings of jam, or some can’t-go-wrong cupcakes. For something a bit different, why not experiment with your flavours? Try adding cocoa for chocolate versions, or make a lemon sponge, topped with a zingy buttercream, enhancing that lemon flavour with a good shaving of lemon zest. For something even more exotic, look at adding some interesting floral flavours to your mixture – rosewater or lavender, perhaps. Pop a Fancy That cupcake topper on each cake and display on a matching cake stand – who could resist such a spread?
The Fancy That range is suitable for all sorts of celebrations, from birthdays to anniversaries, christenings to garden parties, and includes additional party pieces such as party bags, straw flags, cupcake cases and place cards – take a look at the full collection at www.neviti.com.