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!
To take a look at all our party ranges visit www.neviti.com
Our buying team has the enviable job of researching and selecting wedding products from all over the world, and one trend that we’ve noticed that never goes away is the traditional, country-style theme. In our increasingly high-tech, fast-paced world, it seems that when it comes to weddings we hanker after the romance of the past and remain entwined in a love affair with all things vintage and retro. Even when we choose to marry in contemporary surroundings – a modern registry office rather than a crumbling village church, for example – traditional themes still hold strong, with many brides opting for country-style flower arrangements and vintage themed décor. When it comes to the all-important wedding dress, classic shapes that have a timeless quality continue to be a more popular choice than contemporary, fashion-led styles. This year fashion insiders predict the traditional will be even more evident in dress choices, as many brides are expected to be influenced by the 1920s silhouett, thanks to the release of the eagerly anticipated film The Great Gatsby. Vintage-style lace and 50s era peplum styles are also expected to be big in 2013.
We have two gorgeous ranges that work well with the traditional look. Our VintageRomance and Vintage Rose products can be mixed and matched with your other items, as well as other pieces from our product range. We offer rose petals, a pretty addition to your table settings, in wide variety of colours or pink rock sweets that hint at the 1950s and would look lovely popped into traditional-style candy-stripe bags for a different approach to your wedding favours.
If you’re one of the brides looking to create a traditional theme for your own wedding, there’s no end of inspiration to tap into, which can help you conceptualise flower arrangements, décor and catering. If you are going all-out on the vintage theme a good place to start is by visiting the Vintage Wedding Fair, an annual event that takes place in London each year. The next fair takes place on the 23rd June at Chiswick Town Hall in London – visit http://www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk for more details about this fun event where you can get expert advice on catering, browse over 400 vintage wedding dresses and jewellery, and find out about translating the theme to your hair, make-up and photography.
If you’re working to a tight budget, a traditional, vintage-themed wedding allows plenty of scope for getting creative without the exorbitant price tag. Vintage is inextricably linked to ‘home-made’ so if you (or someone you know) has a special skill that can be utilised in your wedding preparations, make good use of it! You don’t have to be a sewing whizz to run up some unique fabric bunting for example, which can be crafted from authentic vintage fabric in colourways that compliment your floral arrangements. Speaking of flowers, we love the idea of placing country-style posies in jam-jars tied with a simple length of natural string – simple, pretty and an effective way to keep costs down without compromising on style. For candy-coloured decorations that offer a gorgeous compliment to your shabby-chic bunting, vintage crockery and other traditional touches, we love tissue paper balls. Hung from marquees or ceilings, or attached to bannisters, these delicate paper spheres add a fairy-tale quality to your setting, and can be bought in a range of colours to fit your theme. You can even try making your own if you’re feeling ambitious – take a look on YouTube for online tutorials.
If you want to blend the traditional with the contemporary our Vintage Romance provides a range of products that are timeless without being strictly vintage in theme. Featuring a sophisticated design in silver and white this range is perfect if you’re looking for something with enduring appeal that won’t look dated when you look back at your wedding photos in years to come!
For more wedding inspiration take a look at our full site here.
With Mother’s Day around the corner we’ve come up with some creative, low-cost ways to do something a little different for your Mum on her special day. If you’re a mum yourself these ideas are great for sharing with your kids, or you could drop some hints to ensure you enjoy a bit of VIP treatment on March 10th…
When it comes to gifts we believe that small, carefully considered presents, or homemade gifts are much nicer than generic, off-the-shelf buys or a hastily-bought bouquet of flowers. For something different why not make a colourful posy of paper flowers – with just some tissue paper and some basic craft tools you can make stunning creations that last a lot longer than the real thing. There are numerous online tutorials that talk you through the steps, ranging from simple techniques children can try their hand at to more elaborate creations. Tie with a length of ribbon and attach one of our chic luggage tags or butterfly tags to your posy to add a decorative finishing touch.
If your mum loves her cuppa, why not treat her to a gorgeous new mug, or a posh china tea-cup to add to her collection? There’s a good choice of mugs perfect for Mother’s Day – some which you can personalise – on Notonthehighstreet.com, or you could create something completely unique with your own mug painting kit, or by booking a session at a local pottery studio. Add in an extra treat with a beautiful slice of handmade cake, or something yummy from a posh patisserie (try Patisserie Valerie, which has branches nationwide), presented in one of our Vintage Rose cake boxes. Throw in a couple of her favourite magazines and you’ve created the coffee break from heaven, and a wonderful excuse for busy mums to put their feet up and enjoy some well-deserved down-time.
The standard Mother’s day surprise is lunch out, but with many restaurants hiking up their prices, or becoming fully booked weeks in advance, don’t worry if eating out isn’t an option. If the weather is on your side – and you just never know in the UK; heat waves in March are not unheard of! – you could treat Mum to an early Spring picnic. Find a local beauty spot and load up the hamper with flasks of hot tea and delicious goodies from your local deli or M&S. A homemade cake won’t go amiss, or you could rustle up a batch of cupcakes. Jazz them up with our gorgeous cake accessories – our Vintage Rose cake sticks and cases are the perfect addition for a special occasion picnic, and co-ordinate with our other picnic must-haves, including paper plates, cups and napkins. And of course no Mother’s Day picnic would be complete without a bottle of bubbly!
If you’re looking for another simple craft to try with your children, take a look at the feast of ideas on the Hobby Craft website – there’s a whole section dedicated to Mother’s Day with ideas pitched at both beginners and experienced crafters. We love the Button heart framed picture and the tote bag ideas. If you opt for a simple home-made tote, why not fill it with some cute treats for mum to enjoy; a lucky lottery ticket presented in a Vintage Romance ticket holder, an organza bag filled with foil hearts, a new book, or a gorgeous nail polish or pampering treat….so much more thoughtful and original than a shop-bought gift.