• Elegant Entertaining

    How to Keep Calm and Party!

    As if one new recent product launch wasn’t enough (as revealed in last week’s blog about our Dear Zoo party pieces) we’ve made another fab addition to our range.  From the end of this month you’ll be able to get your hands of some colourful, witty party-ware, ideal for adding a touch of originality to grown-up parties. Taking the popular ‘Keep Calm’ motif as its inspiration, our new range has a colourful, irreverent vibe, making it perfect for grown-up celebrations, from 40th birthday parties to wedding anniversaries.

    The ‘Keep Calm’ phrase has its origins in the Second World War, when the instruction was emblazoned across propaganda posters created by the British Government with the aim of raising morale amongst the public. In fact, the poster wasn’t actually widely used in the end, and remained hidden in dusty archives until it re-emerged in the year 2000 and was used as decorative theme for all kinds of products, from mugs to tea-towels. When we began thinking about creating a new range, designed with grown-up parties in mind, we kept coming back to the Keep Calm concept, and we’re delighted with how well the idea has transferred to party ware.  It’s cheeky without being naff and taps into our modern-day love affair with all things retro.

    Featuring the instantly recognisable crown motif and Keep Calm wording, we’ve added suitable instructions onto each piece;  paper cups invite guests to ‘drink up’, while ice-cream tubs say ‘& keep cool’, for example. The range also features paper plates, napkins, glass markers and glass cards, while you can continue the theme across your room décor using our suitably old school-style strings of paper bunting and paperchains, which come in two colourways. Add some finishing touches in the shape of balloons and party bubbles, or take a look at the chalkboard signs and place names that feature in our Vintage Rose range. They have a retro feel that sits well with the pieces in our Keep Calm range.  Alternatively add in some red or blue table crystals, which add some extra pizzazz to your table setting.  These mix-and-match pieces provide a really original way to add a pop of colour to your party and lend themselves to all kinds of occasions, whether you’re celebrating a retirement or a hen party, an anniversary or a significant birthday.

    If you want to go all out and continue the retro theme with your party how about serving up food with a nostalgic, post-war feel? Daytime gatherings – a garden party, for example – lend themselves perfectly to retro-style nibbles and drinks.  Think ginger beer and cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponges and creamy trifles, scotch eggs and homemade lemonade. If you’re hosting a party of this kind why not start by browsing the gorgeous Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree. It’s packed with ideas for old-fashioned food and drink, for both afternoon and evening events, and also includes a section on styling so you can add some extra sparkle to your table setting and décor.

    But even if your party is firmly rooted in the 21st Century, the Keep Calm and Party On pieces still work perfectly. Just remember: whatever style and setting you decide on be sure to take our advice –  Keep Calm and enjoy yourself!

  • Elegant Entertaining

    Looking Forward to a Year of Celebrations!

    Happy 2013! After the excesses of Christmas planning your next celebration might be the furthest thing from your mind right now. But here at Neviti we find nothing alleviates the gloom of grey January days than marking a few special events in our new calendars. When warmer days still seem such a long way off it’s good to have some dates fixed in your diary for a barbecue, spring dinner party or summer picnic – before you know it winter will be a distant memory and you’ll have some lovely mini celebrations to look forward to.  Plus if you’re feeling the pinch after splurging at Christmas, browsing the net for party ideas is a cheap, guilt-free way to while away an evening .

    Why not join us in resolving to make 2013 a year of celebrations – here are some of the things the team at Neviti will be trying out this year…

    Valentine’s Day

     

    Forget spending out on an over-priced meal out with your loved one. Simple gestures like enjoying a glass of fizz and croissants in bed or whipping up a special supper at home are a much more sincere way to show you care. We’ll be making toast, cut into heart shapes using a cookie cutter, lathered in strawberry & champagne jam, served on a tray alongside freshly squeezed orange juice and a lucky lottery ticket, slipped into our Vintage Romance ticket holder.

    Spring Supper

    If friends have gone undercover in the late winter months encourage them out of hibernation with an invite to dinner. A spring supper party is a great excuse to try out those cookery books you got for Christmas and to enjoy the new season’s food – think crisp young greens and light fish dishes such as sardines and mussels…food that hints at summer and makes longer days seem not quite so distant. Our delicate Elegant Butterflies range accompanies a Spring table perfectly – scatter your table with iridescent butterfly confetti or top glasses with place card butterflies. Toast the new season with a fresh and zesty cocktail – try this recipe for Spring Spritzer on the BBC food website.

    Easter Egg Hunt

    No Easter celebration is complete without an egg hunt. From experience we suggest being as imaginative as possible with your hiding – little people have an incredible audacity for hunting out chocolate so make it a bit more challenging this year! Share out our Easter Chick Sweetie tubs or bags for collecting goodies and give all your little hunters some bubbles to play with afterwards, a useful way to occupy them when chocolate consumption is getting out of hand!

    May garden party
    After the interminable rain of 2012 our money’s on 2013 providing much kinder weather conditions – well, here’s hoping! A relaxed garden party is a great way to make the most of the bank holiday weekend and doesn’t call for labour-intensive food planning. Think along

    the lines of a traditional English afternoon tea – all you need to provide are some dainty sandwiches, scones and a selection of classic cakes. You can’t go far wrong following the recipes of the UK’s queen of baking, Mary Berry. We swear by her book Fast Cakes;
    for simple, fool-proof cake and biscuit recipes that are perfect for a garden party. Pots of Earl Grey and some jugs of Pimms to cover the drinks. Decorate your table with preserved rose petals in a variety of summery colours and string our vintage-style Union Jack bunting from the trees in your garden or around garden parasols to tap into the retro vibe of a classic English garden party.

    Midsummer picnic

    If you’re short on space at home but want to gather together friends and family – perhaps for a birthday or other occasion – why not hold a summer picnic. Get everyone to provide a dish and suggest a meeting place – anywhere the kids can run around safely and where there is the odd tree to provide some shade is ideal. With just a bit of imagination you can really transform your picnic. String some bunting from trees (a good way to mark your space, too) and co-ordinate your picnic-ware using our Vintage Rose range, which includes pretty paper plates, cups, napkins and bowls, ideal for serving picnic staples such as strawberries and cream from.

     

    After your picnic work off some of those delicious cakes with an energetic game of rounders or cricket. Or you could just doze in the sun and enjoy the contentment that comes from hosting a relaxed, happy get-together in the sunshine…

    Here’s to 2013 – have a good one!