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.
Easter offers the perfect opportunity to re-energise after a long winter. Even if you’re not religious, this is a special time of year; the natural world comes back to life, grey skies lift and everything feels fresh and new. But for many of us the Easter break passes in a frenzied flurry of manic chocolate eating – and not much else! This year, why not make a little more of the Easter break; get outside and see an ancient Spring tradition brought to life, try a fun Easter activity or turn your hand to something new in the kitchen…
Here are three Easter traditions to try with your family this season:
Easter has long been connected with chocolate. As far back as Pagan times eggs have been associated with spring, with their potent suggestion of new life and fertility. However it wasn’t until many centuries later that eggs in chocolate form become associated with Easter, and the first chocolate Easter eggs were conceived in 19th-century France. Those first chocolate eggs were a real luxury, and far removed from the standard chocolate eggs that populate supermarket shelves today.
If you’d like to create something with a little more originality than a shop-bought egg, why not try making your own chocolate eggs this year? You can hand-pick your own chocolate, and use products with unusual flavours and higher quality ingredients than those used by the big-name chocolate egg manufacturers. All you need is a suitable egg mould and decorating tools. We found a great recipe for cute mini eggs on Scissorspaperspoon.com. Pop your finished eggs in one of our Easter Chick Sweetie tubs, wrap with cellophane and tie with a ribbon – your handmade chocolate will look truly professional, plus it will taste amazing.
The early Christians took to staining eggs red at Eastertime to symbolise the blood of Jesus’ crucifixion. Since that time, the tradition of painting and decorating eggs has endured, with all kinds of elaborate decorating techniques emerging across all corners of the globe. But you don’t have to be especially creative to make a pretty painted egg, and this is a fun activity for children to try. You can buy special egg painting kits which include helpful stencils, or go freestyle and use the boards on Pinterest to get some creative inspiration. Make an Easter centrepiece using your finished eggs by hanging from some willow branches, inserted into oasis and placed in a plant pot. Or make personalised eggs as gifts. Pop one into an organza bag, add a handful of mini eggs or foil-covered chocolates and attach a name tag – a unique gift, perfect for children to give to grandparents at Easter.
If you’re not too precious about your egg creations why not follow the age-old tradition of egg rolling, a practice that has taken place across rural Britain for centuries. Find a grassy hill and watch them go – the egg that gets the furthest wins!
Simnel Cake has been eaten at Easter since medieval times. A flavoursome fruit cake, topped with marzipan, it’s recognisable for the eleven marzipan balls that edge the cake. These represent Jesus’ eleven apostles – the twelve apostle is noticeably absent to signify Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Relatively easy to make, a Simnel cake makes an indulgent addition to your Easter table. Present it on our Easter Chick cake stand, surrounded by a gaggle of cute fluffy chicks.
Another fruity option to try is the hot cross bun – again, surprisingly easy to make yourself and there are numerous dependable recipes to choose from online. Traditionally served on Good Friday, enjoy them for breakfast, slathered in butter, or offer them up as afternoon treats, served with fresh jam and a pot of tea.
For the smaller chefs in your household it will be hard to turn their minds from the temptation of chocolate. If there’s one time to indulge them, Easter is it, so let them whip up a chocolately alternative to the more adult-orientated Simnel cake. Make Easter nests from chocolate and cornflakes, topped with colourful mini eggs and presented in an Easter Chick cake case. Or how about chocolate biscuits in the shape of chicks or bunnies, topped with icing and a scattering of sprinkles…a fun way for little ones to take part in your Easter preparations.
For a full range of Easter table ware and accessories, take a look at our Easter Chick Range.