While it could be argued that Valentine’s Day has become a tad over-commercialised in recent years, if there’s a time to show your romantic side, February is the month to do it. But if the slushy shop displays leave you cold and you want to do something a little more original during this most romantic time of the year, we have some ideas in this week’s blog.
Firstly, keep it personal. While it’s hard to move for heart emblazoned cards and red roses in the shops right now, doing something a little unique to you as a couple is a much more thoughtful gesture than resorting to a shop-bought card or pressie. How about finding a map image on the internet of the place you first met, where you got married or where you went on your honeymoon? Or it could just be a place that holds a special place in your hearts. Scale your image to size, print it off and then cut a heart shape out and stick onto a piece of card – a simple but effective card for Valentine’s or one to keep in reserve for another significant occasion, such as your anniversary. Use one of our Vintage Rose wooden pegs and clip a small gift to the card – cinema tickets for two, perhaps, or a voucher for a ‘his ‘n’ hers’ spa treatment, a lovely, indulgent treat sure to be more appreciated than an over-priced bouquet of flowers. If money’s tight, make DIY ‘love tokens’ or vouchers, inscribed with special treats for your recipient to look forward to, such as breakfast in bed, a walk in the park, a fully body massage…you get the idea!
Alternatively, how about making up a personalised ‘goody bag’, filled with carefully chosen items your partner will love. These don’t have to be expensive, but it’s important to put some thought into your choices. Our Vintage Rose party bags can be used for this very purpose. Pop in a mini bar of luxury chocolate, for example; take a look at the gorgeous goodies created by artisan chocolatier Rococo for inspiration. You can buy online or in specialist stores and larger retailers such as Waitrose – we love the boxed hand-painted chocolate hearts, which would look lovely nestled in your gift bag. Or how about a tube of the classic Love Hearts for a cheaper alternative. Add in a piece of jewellery, perhaps, a gorgeously scented soap, and for men something that combines a bit of practicality, like a personalised key ring, or a pair of cufflinks. Take a look at the exhaustive range on Notonthehighstreet.com where you’ll find some great unisex ideas that won’t break the bank.
If you live by the mantra that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach then you won’t go far wrong presenting your loved one with breakfast in bed as a prelude to romance. Make it extra special by cutting toast into heart shapes using a cookie cutter, swapping tea for champagne and adding one of our Vintage Romance lottery ticket holders to your breakfast tray. If cakes are their thing, a batch of pink-frosted cupcakes, encased in our Vintage Rose cases are another simple, romantic gesture.
Perhaps you’re taking advantage of this time of year to make a special proposal. Why not create an extra element of surprise by adding your ring to a Valentine’s Day goody bag, in amongst the other bits and bobs? Or pop it into an organza bag, filled with chocolate hearts…a more creative way to present your loved one with their special piece of jewellery.
Simple but imaginative gestures like these are anything but slushy, so go, on, don’t be shy – do romance your way end enjoy the warm glow that comes from showing your other half that you care…
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…
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.
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 partyAfter 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 alongthe 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.
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!