With the clock firmly set to British Summer Time (even if the weather might suggest something different!) we’ve been turning our minds to planning for the warmer months. While the sun can sometimes be unpredictable in the UK, there’s one British tradition we love to embrace in the summer months, and that’s the garden party. On those occasions when the weather is on your side, there’s nothing nicer than heading outdoors on a balmy afternoon and enjoying a genteel spread of tea, cake, sandwiches and a glass or two of Pimms. So while summer might still seem a while off, this week we’re celebrating the great British Garden Party and sharing some of the ranges we think are made for this occasion.
If you’ve been limping through the winter you’ll no doubt be counting down the days until the first spring holiday of the year. With just a few weeks left until Easter, here at Neviti we can’t wait to kick back for a few days and – fingers crossed – enjoy some warm spring sunshine. This bank holiday is made for venturing outdoors, spending quality family time together and, of course, eating lots of chocolate and other delicious delights!
If you’re looking for activities to do with your little ones over the break, we have some exciting new craft products, ideal for sparking some creativity in the school holidays. Spend a morning preparing for the egg hunt with some DIY colour in egg baskets, perfect for collecting all those yummy eggs. Made from sturdy white card and illustrated with a selection of spring scenes to colour in, they’re an easy way to get creative and make something a little more unique than a shop-bought basket. The range also includes some colour-in bunting which children can add their own creative touches to. A well as colouring it in, you could customise your bunting with some extra sparkle using glitter or stick on gems…a lovely way to decorate your home this bank holiday weekend.
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.