Tag Archive | party

Welcome to the party Winter Warmer

Happy 1st birthday Fiesta Friday! I received this invite to the Fiesta Friday block party, a two week blogger party hosted by Angie at The Novice Gardener. I’m delighted to be attending….

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I’m bringing this delicious winter warmer to welcome guests as they arrive at the party. It’s fruity, spicey and can be made with or without alcohol.

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I made the cocktail in one of my Christmas presents, a beautiful cast iron milk pan.

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I gathered together some star anaise, cloves and cinnamon.

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I popped them in the pot with some apple juice.

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I brought the juice to the boil slowly to infuse the juice.

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Finally, I popped in a shot of the honey vodka that I brought home from India.

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Other cocktails that I’ve brought to previous Fiesta Friday partys include
Elderflower Fizz

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And a Sparkly Cosmo

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I’m bringing a tray of ‘welcome to the party’ winter warmers to the party… Happy Fiesta Friday!

Melissa xx

A sweet surprise…

Once upon a time there lived an amazing woman; cook, house keeper, cleaner, doctor, nurse, chauffeur, banker, teacher, nuturer, disiplanarian….

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My Mother is AMAZING! So last Sunday, after months and months of planning, I threw her a surprise 60th birthday luncheon. Gathering all our close family in one room to celebrate her birthday was a task and a half, but it was well worth all the texts, emails and telephone calls!

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At the end of the meal I unveiled a candy table full of her favourite sweeties. I knew we wouldn’t need any more food after a gorgeous three course lunch, but I thought it would be nice to give everyone a little personalised goodie bag to take home.

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For weeks I googled ‘candy table’, reading other peoples advice, their do’s and dont’s. I must have looked at hundreds of images of elegantly dressed tables with jars of coloured sweets and cupcakes.

Once I had decided on a pink theme, I set about gathering bags and boxes of Mum’s favourite jellies, chocolates, boiled sweets and marshmallows.

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I ordered personalised candy bags and jar tags from etsy. I bought matching raffia ribbon to tie around the candy jars.

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The jars came from The Glen House pantry; having chucked them in the dish washer, I wrapped raffia around them and hung the personalised tags.

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We had chocolate covered brazil nuts, mini eggs, walnut whips, marshmallows, wine gums, haribo jellies, army and navy cough sweets, rhubarb and custards, oooh and ferrero rocher’s!

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I set out the pretty jars of sweets at the luncheon, alongside a framed note, candy scoop and candy bags.

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It was a delightful to watch the table being raided by the family.

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“Happy 60th Birthday Carol” candy bag

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I wrote a personalised thank you note, inviting everyone to help themselves to Mum’s favourite sweets.

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Ssssh, these ones were mine….

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Happy 60th birthday Mum!

Melissa xx