As we head into late August there’s a definite feeling that warm, sunny days are on the wane. But with one last bank holiday of the summer left, it’s a shame to waste those last moments in the sun. So this bank holiday it’s a great idea to throw a get together and see the end of the season off in style? Obviously the words ‘bank’ and ‘holiday’ are a little synonymous with rain in the UK so while the idea is to lap up every last ray of sunshine it’s important to have a contingency plan for bad weather. If it’s good, roll out the barbie one last time; if the forecast is dodgy keep indoor catering simple with a well-chosen cheese board, a platter of cold meats, quiches, salads and dips. Use disposable paper tableware to keep the clear up manageable – take a look at ranges such as Vintage Rose, Celebrate Britain and Keep Calm and Party On which include all the essentials for your celebration.
Why not have a go at making your own ice cream (easier than you might think and many recipes don’t require an ice cream maker) and trying out some unusual flavour combinations. Your pastel-coloured creations will look extra special served from one of our ice-cream tubs – the Vintage Rose tubs are particularly evocative of sunny days, with their pretty, floral design. If you’re short of time, use shop-bought ingredients to make ice-cream sundaes or Knickerbocker glories. You can dress your ice-cream glasses with a Vintage Rose glass marker and perhaps stick a cake pick into the top of your glass to give your desserts an extra summery touch.
If you’ve had an amazing break this year, why not integrate some memories of your holiday into your celebration? Perhaps you tried a classic continental drink while abroad – an Aperol Spritz, for example or the perfect Spanish Sangria. Replicating your own version is a great way to bring an unusual touch to your celebration. If you’ll be holding your event indoors you could create a photo montage of your holiday snaps that runs on your TV or computer, a fun way to share your pics without boring your guests rigid!
It might sound a little cheesy but another way to bring the holiday mood is by playing some foreign music – there’s nothing like some uplifting Gypsy Kings to conjure up images of long, lazy days in the sun. If that sounds a bit obvious, you could search online for music to include in the ultimate holiday playlist, a great way to mix in some classics everyone knows and loves, as well as some alternative summer anthems.
Other entertainment ideas include crowd-pleasing outdoor games if the weather is good or you could bring the fun inside with games you can do indoors. You’ll need to clear a good amount of space for these, but games like giant Jenga, quoits and boules can all be played indoors (but do make sure any valuables are moved out of the way!) and are a good way to keep your younger guests entertained.
Another idea you could include is a piñata, fun for both little and big kids alike. We love the ‘Sunshine’ piñata that you can buy through various online retailers, a colourful sun ‘face’ complete with sunglasses. Fill your piñata with treats and give your guests a sweet tub or loot bag to collect up their goodies.
When it comes to a show-stopper at the end of the night why not create a special cake, complete with sparklers, to be enjoyed with a glass of bubbly as the sun starts to set? A cake doesn’t have to be fancy but a sponge cake topped with cream and studded with strawberries looks pretty and really says ‘summer’. Add some cake picks, light your candles or sparklers and enjoy your sweet treat as you toast the end of another great holiday. And remember not to get too down about things – there are lots more excuses for a party coming up in the months ahead!
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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!