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!
Are you (or is someone you know) expecting a new arrival in the next few weeks? If so now is a great time to hold a baby shower and share your excitement with those closest to you. Contrary to what you might have seen in the movies, a baby shower doesn’t have to be an extravagant affair and you don’t have to go to great lengths of organisation and catering to make your get together a day to remember. But baby showers do offer a lovely opportunity to get together with friends and family before the big event and the whirlwind that takes over everything once your little one arrives. There will be precious little time for seeing friends once you’re fully engrossed in the early days and weeks of being a new parent!
Traditionally, baby showers are organised by someone other than you, such as a close friend or family member. But don’t worry if that’s not possible or if you’d rather have some say in the organisation – there are no hard and fast rules you have to follow. If you’re running short on time, that’s fine as many people choose to have their shower after they’ve given birth. This gives you a nice opportunity to introduce your baby en masse, but they’ll still be at an age when they’ll be sleeping a lot, allowing you to put your feet up, catch up with friends and enjoy the warm glow of all that love in the room!
Whenever you decide to hold your shower, be sure to call on some help before and after the party so you don’t exhaust yourself with decorating, making food and clearing up afterwards. If you’d like to ‘theme’ your party, we have some pretty ranges perfect for baby showers which make dressing your room quick and easy. Baby Miffy is one of our favourites, featuring a delicate pastel colour palette and the much-loved rabbit character created by Dick Bruna. It not only looks lovely but will stir up a warm, nostalgic feeling in your guests who’ll no doubt remember Miffy from their own childhoods. Add some décor to your room with the co-ordinating bunting and balloons and dress your party table with matching, disposable table ware including essentials such as plates and napkins, as well as some unusual extras, such as glass decorations and beautiful confetti that looks gorgeous scattered across the table.
When it comes to food, many mums-to-be choose a simple finger buffet for their shower rather than a more labour-intensive, sit-down meal. Something along the lines of an afternoon tea, with dainty sandwiches, scones and cakes works well, or if you want something a little more substantial you could add in some pasta, rice or potato salads. We love the idea of ‘mini-sized’ foods, a popular theme for baby showers – think cute burger ‘sliders’ with mini portions of French fries, for example, or bite-sized hot dogs and small-scale pizza; take a look on the web for more imaginative ideas. If you’re on a tight budget or don’t want to be lumbered with the entire catering organisation, why not ask each of your guests to bring along a dish? Alternatively, you can keep costs and preparation down by hosting a champagne (non-alcoholic for the mum-to-be!) cream tea, an easy but indulgent way to cater for your guests.
If you’re looking for an additional sweet treat that’s a bit different to the standard cupcakes and sponges, how about making some cake pops? They’re simple to make but look really fun – you can ice them in hues of blue and pink (or one colour if you know the sex of your baby), add some sprinkles and top with a Baby Miffy animal cake topper. Arrange the sticks upside down on a co-ordinating Baby Miffy cake stand or place them in cute tin pails or on vintage cake stands – they make a really eye-catching centrepiece for your table.
Make sure someone is on duty to take lots of photos of your special get-together and perhaps leave out a guest book (there is one in the Baby Miffy range) so your friends can leave you and your baby a message – a lovely keepsake to add to your little one’s baby box. It’s a nice idea to thank your guests with a little parting gift in the shape of a party bag filled with little treats. Add in a co-ordinating thankyour card, written in advance so you don’t have to worry about this afterwards. Your bag could contain a slice of cake and a low-cost, fun gift – a lucky lottery ticket, for example, a pretty lavender bag or a packet of seeds to plant in their garden.
For more ideas on hosting a baby shower, take a look at parenting website Baby Centre. And to see the full range of Baby Miffy products, visit our main site at www.neviti.com.
While recent weather conditions might make Spring feel a long way off, Easter comes early this year so if you need a distraction from the snow and cold now’s a good time to think about your Easter preparations. Easter Sunday falls on the 31st March and the long weekend offers a great opportunity to get together with friends and family and welcome in the new season.
If you’ve got little ones, Easter is inextricably linked to chocolate, of course, so even if you’re not going to town with your celebrations an Easter egg hunt is a bit of a prerequisite. Kids have in incredibly perceptive sixth sense when it comes to tracking down the sweet stuff so be as creative as you can with your hiding places. Whether they forage outdoors or turn the house upside down looking for their booty an egg hunt is a great focal point to any Easter celebration. We have a cute kit that includes everything you need for your hunt, as well as some added extras in the shape of masks, stickers, crayons and colouring sheets. Or you could give each child a sweetie tub or chick bag to collect their chocolatey haul with.
Staying with little ones, Easter offers lots of opportunities to get creative at home. Spend a morning whipping up some chocolate cupcakes or rice krispie cakes, decorated with mini eggs and nestled in our colourful themed cupcake cases. Easter biscuits are another tradition children can try their hand at. These simple, buttery biscuits are delicious and easy to make, and make great gifts if you’re visiting family or friends over the holiday. Try this recipe from parenting website Netmums.com. Wrap in sheets of cellophane (try your local stationery shop or a retailer such as Paperchase), tie with a pretty yellow ribbon or attach one of our gorgeous butterfly luggage tags to secure the package – a lovely homemade gift to offer to your hosts. For more arty ideas how about creating an Easter bonnet, dyeing eggs or making cute pom-pom Easter chicks.
If you would like to host an Easter party keep things simple with a buffet-style arrangement people can help themselves too. Our Easter Chick tableware range includes everything you need to make your setting seasonal, such as themed paper plates, napkins and cups. Use our Easter chick cake stand as your centrepiece and pile it high with either your kids’ creations or other Easter treats. Traditionally eaten at Easter time, Simnel Cake is the obvious choice for lovers of rich fruit cakes, but if you’d like to try something lighter do as the Italians do at Easter and serve up slices of light ‘Colomba’ cake – many major supermarkets now stock this deliciously light cake, or try your local Italian deli.
Little guests can sip their juice from our adorable Easter Chick drinking straws, while adults can keep topped up with a fresh, zesty cocktail, inspired by the flavours of Spring – we love the sound of this minty gin ‘n’ juice cocktail on the BBC website, the appropriately named ‘Spring Smash’.
The beauty of Easter celebrations lies in their simplicity – opening the back door so the kids can run around outdoors for a while, eating a little more chocolate than is strictly sensible (grown-ups included!) and slowing down a gear for a few days and enjoying the beginnings of those much-anticipated long, sunny days….