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  • Magical Woodland Party for all ages!

    This is the perfect time of year for a 'Magical Woodland Party'

    Magic Woodland party

    Make some magic on your child’s birthday with a magical woodland party. Be inspired by Winnie the Pooh – Pipii’s neighbour in the Ashdown Forest, Peter Rabbit, the Gruffalo, flower fairies or any other magical, mythical woodland creatures such as gnomes, elves and goblins. Use plenty of nature imagery too – trees, toadstools, mushrooms, owls and butterflies.

    Decide whether you’ll go out into a woodland near you - Look here - for a party, or bring nature into your home.
    If you’re lucky enough to have a space in your garden to transform, hang  bunting, garlands, tea lights, and baubles from trees, tall shrubs or fence posts creating a magical area to eat and play. Create a magic fairy circle with a toadstool in the middle (use a red cushion or cloth with white stickers for spots).

    Use natural decorations for a magic woodland party, for example hanging pine and fir cones tied with ribbon from a garland or dried leaves work really well too, Raffia is a good alternative to strings & twine too. Moss and berries are essentials.

    Please see some suggestions for more magical woodland birthday party ideas:

     Magical woodland party food:

    Toadstool cupcakes – decorate with red icing overhanging the edge of the cake, with white chocolate chips as the spots.

    toadstool cupcake

    Use edible flowers on a birthday cake or cupcake – violets, rose petals, lavender and marigolds all look gorgeous, as do our edible wafer butterflies.

    Create a magical woodland floor salad with toadstools nestled in a bed of green lettuce and cucumber. Make the toadstools with half a tomato fixed onto a boiled egg with mayonnaise spots. Use cocktail sticks to keep them together. 

    Fairy bread – popular at children’s parties in Australia. Spread sliced white bread with margarine or butter and cover with hundreds and thousands.

    Pipii fairy basket

     Magical woodland party creative crafts:

    Woodland art – depending on the time of year, collect fir cones, leaves, seed pods, sticks, feathers and let the children do the rest.

    Dream catchers – your party guests can take them home or you can use them as party decorations. Our bakers twine is great for this activity.

    Animal or magical woodland creature masks – have templates ready for colouring in and decorating. This is a great welcome activity.

    Pipii woodland party

     Magical woodland party games:

    Find the fairy – hide some fairies in your garden or party space for the children to find. Use flower fairy images or the cup cake toppers if you have any left over for this game.

    Or shake some fairy dust on traditional party games, for example, musical fairies, or pin the wand on the fairy.

    BUT lets not forget the about the ones who are kids at heart!!
    Nothing like autumn to get you on the mood for a winter warming evening or weekend with friends, a walk in the wild woods,  stew brewing a home and the log fire burning. Proper Danish 'hygge' if ever I had to describe it...

    And don't forget to set the scene with toasty (and easy as they don't need to washed up but can go straight into the compost). Palm leaf plates or bowls, beautiful autumn rose hip napkins or the fun and festive prints from Vicky Sawyer.
    Dot the table with pine cones and other seasonal find...etc etc...see some idea below or go to Pipii.co.uk for inspirational products.

    woodland table setting

     Check out the Pipii craft and recipe archive for more ideas.

    fairy cakes

    Here to the last of the summer sun, despite the resent weather, autumn is not quite here yet xx

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  • Blackberry galore... Homemade cake and jam recipes

    It is that time of year again, the hedgerows are booming with the sweet and juicy blackberries. I think that this year we are seeing a bumper crop thanks to many sunny days and a good bit of rain. Having watched the berries grow and ripened, I have been thinking of what to do with the crop - I remember a childhood favourite; homemade blackberry and whisky jam on freshly baked bread, ahh bliss. 

    Blackberry & Whisky Jam

    Ingredients:

    • 500g of freshly picked blackberries
    • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
    • 125g of sugar
    • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsb vanilla bean extract
    • 3 tablespoon of whisky
    • tip of a lemon, about 1 inch (lemon rind is a natural pectin)

    Method:

    Place blackberries in a pot and add sugar, lemon juice, vanilla bean or the vanilla extract and whisky. Using a potato masher or fork, and lightly mash the blackberries. Add the lemon tip and let the fruit soak for a couple hours.

    Heat the pot on medium, adjust heat so fruit is at a gentle boil. Cook for about 20-25 minutes. During this time, check if the jam has set. Pour some jam on a plate or over the back of a frozen spoon and if the liquid doesn't run off the spoon, the jam is set. Remove the tip of the lemon before decantering. 

    Pour into sterilized jars, leave to cool before securing the lids - this recipe makes 2 jars.

    A lovely cake for summer afternoon tea

    I have been looking at Pinterest for baking inspiration a while back and came across a recipe, I have since then been dreaming of making a raspberry and coconut loaf cake. However, as it is season for Blackberries I decided that I must give this a go and I have no regrets. It's amazing! The tartness of blackberries combined with the full flavour of coconut, just wonderful. The cake is super easy to make: 

    Gluten-free Blackberry & Coconut Loaf Cake

    Ingredients for a loaf tin:

    225g self raising gluten-free flour (I like Dove Farm's)

    ½ teaspoon of baking powder

    150g unsalted butter 125g coconut sugar or unrefined light brown muscovado sugar

    75g desiccated coconut and some for sprinkling 3 large free-range eggs

    200g fresh blackberries

    For the topping: 4tbsp blackberry jam (roughly, you may want more or less) A handful desiccated coconut (again, roughly, depending on how much you want on the top

    Method

    Step One | Preheat your oven to 175C degrees and line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

    Step Two | Mix butter and sugar, until fluffy, now add an egg at the time and mix well until light and fluffy. Fold in the flour and baking powder, until fully combined. Mix in the fresh blackberries very gently, as you don't want them to break down. Pour mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hour. Test to see if the cake is ready, a skewer should come out clean.

    Step Three | Allow to cool completely before spreading the jam on top then sprinkling the coconut over it. Keep in an airtight container, it should last a good three days but maybe less...

    That is it, a super easy bake yet extremely satisfying and definitely fixes a sugar craving without being overly sweet.

    Enjoy!

     

    So no excuses, a trip to the country side or down the park to pick blackberries, bring a big bowl! There is plenty to be had with this years blackberry galore. 

  • Games, Set & Eton Mess...The perfect summer combination!

    Yep, its that time again...the sun it out, the odd cloud here and there, strawberries are ripe and there is only one thing left to do....watch Wimbledon, eat Eton Mess and sip bubbles under a straw hat :-) how much more British does it get...

     strawberries & eton messwimbledon

    Eton Mess, one of the easiest and most delicious summer puddings, the messier, the better it tastes...Check out the Pipii recipe here.            

    But no Wimbledon is really true to form without the beautifully packed hamper stuffed full of goodies and a bottle of fizz (or my favourite ...Pimms).
    In order to be as eco friendly as possible, get all your tableware - palm leaf plates, eco friendly wine glasses or champagne flues as well as  a great selection of picnic and food boxes, bags and packaging here:

    eco friendle champgane flutesbamboo cutlerypalm leaf picnic packpicnic gable boxes

    and who is our favorite to win...oh that would be a spoiler!!!

     

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  • Wedding season - All things unique & beautiful here!

    Pipii wedding season.

    The wedding season is upon us !

    Did you know that Pipii sells a lovely range of wedding decorations, tableware and everything else to make the most beautiful unique and personal wedding party?

    We would like to help create the wedding of your dream – take  inspiration this season  from our emporium of unique range of wedding decorations & favours.
    Whether looking for beautiful paper decorations, glittery garlands, perfect favours, tableware or just final touches, we stock an abundance of inspirational, stylish vintage and contemporary fabulous wedding finds.

    Pipii.co.uk wedding decorations

     

    We stock anything from delicate tissue paper decorations & garlands in lush colours, authentic Mexican tissue paper bunting, Pinatas, colourful confetti , sparklers & canons. Everything for your table setting; table numbers, place cards, vases, t-lights & candlesticks.   

    Take me to Pipii's wedding emporium.

    Add a splash of colour!
    Why not take inspiration in these fabulous photo's by Sue Kwiatkowska,
    create a Cuban feel with colour & fun.

    Pipii.co.uk Cuban party.

    Pipii.co.uk Cuban fiesta

    Add your own personal touch to create a truly memorable unique wedding celebration  - Be inspired by pipii.co.uk

     

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  • Homemade Elderflower Cordial

    This is the weekend for home-made Elderflower cordial...
    ...simply a seasonal 'must do' so with the sun out there is no time better to get picking..

     

    Home made elderflower cordial, perfect for parties, summer evenings, BBQ's and picnics. Elderflower cordial

    Elderflower are out in abundance and there is nothing as summery as Elderflower cordial...mixed with sparkling water and a slice of lemon or
    mix with gin or Prosecco for a delicious party drink or welcome!

    Ingredients

    • 30 elderflower heads
    • 1.7litres/3 pints boiling water
    • 900g/2lb caster sugar
    • 50g/2oz citric acid (available from chemists)
    • 2 unwaxed oranges, sliced
    • 3 unwaxed lemons, sliced

    Method

    • Gently rinse over the elderflower to remove any dirt or little creatures.
    • Pour the boiling water over the sugar in a very large mixing bowl. Stir well and leave to cool.
    • Add the citric acid, the orange and lemon slices, and then the flowers.
    • Leave in a cool place for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
    • train through some muslin and transfer to sterilised bottles.

      Serve in handled Kilner jars or Glass jars with daisy lids & straws for parties.
      Kilner handled jarsGlass jars with gold daisy lids

    Recipe is from the BBC food and recipe.

    Have a wonderful Fathers Day weekend. x

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  • Join the Party - It is time to celebrate

    Join in the fun... It is that time of year again, time to celebrate. 

    Let's get the party started with a wonderful array of colourful and fun decorations. Whether having a party, decorating your wedding venue or celebrating important birthdays. Create a festive look with colour and shapes, choose from our many honeycomb decorations,
    garlands, fans & streamers.

    Join The Party

     

  • Welcome May

    ... We welcome the month of May ...

    Ahh bank holiday... what bliss! Time to relax and enjoy the long weekend. To celebrate the bank holiday, we have a special early Mayday offer -
    TODAY ONLY Save 15% throughout pipii.co.uk - Voucher code: May17

    (valid 01/05/2017)


    Shop your favourites...

    Just in - pretty pastels & iridescent  

  • Happy Easter Recipes from our archive

    Wishing you all a Happy Easter with these favourite Pipii Easter Recipes!

    dandilion field

    A glorious long weekend awaits with the Easter weekend ahead of us with beautiful spring days to be enjoyed with family and friends.
    Cosy 'get-togethers' and yummy food goes hand in hand so we have decided to share some of our favourite Easter recipes in time for the weekend.

    The Giant Hot Cross Bun has got to be our favourite. Why make individual ones when you can make one giant, delicious hot cross bun any time you like. It's great fun, taste delicious and looks fabulous. A proper bake off challenge, have fun trying this out.

    Easter recipes: giant hot cross bun

    Or if bringing on a picnic or you just love small hot hot cross buns, try this recipe
    Easter recipes: hot cross bun

    These Simmnel Muffins are a tempting twist on an Easter classic. Make these cute delicious fruit and marzipan muffins to put a smile Easter bunny face.

    simmnel-muffins

    All that is left to say is: Lets bake....
    We hope you have a restful and enjoyable weekend and have a bit of fun testing these favourite Pipii Easter recipes.

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  • Cascarones & Easter Egg Confetti Surprises

       Fabulous fun for Easter;
    Cascarones & Easter Egg Confetti Surprises.

    Cascarones & Easter Egg Confetti Surprises

    Wonderful confetti eggs fit for all parties and people who love surprises!

     

    Just in time for Easter we came across this fabulous and fun idea: Cascarones. They are mostly used in Mexico during Carnival, but in US and Mexico border towns the cultures combined making them a popular Easter tradition.
    Confetti Easter eggs, also know as Cascarones are like mini piñatas for your head. The tradition goes that hollowed out eggs gets broken on the head of a friend, showering them with confetti and good luck.
    The etiquette is that the Cascarones are not thrown but broken by a hand over the head. The hand must come into contact with the other persons head!

    We like that idea a lot …twist it a bit and you can turn it into a game..the Cascarones Easter eggs can be filled with anything from cake sprinkler, paper confetti, bird seed, glitter, poppy seeds, dried lavender etc and this would be perfect for all happy occasions throughout the year.

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    You will need:

    • Raw eggs
    • Egg dye or paint (you could use either vinegar, food colouring or acrylic paints)
    • Confetti (or a filling of your choice)
    • Tissue paper (cut into smaller circles or squares)
    • PVA Glue

    Instructions for making
    Cascarones & Easter Egg Confetti Surprises:

    We suggest to prepare the eggs early (this means you will have time to collect lots of eggs when using them in your cooking).

    • Make a small'ish hole with a baking metal skewer or similar in the egg (around the size of a 5 pence piece). The hole should ideally be made at the larger end of the egg if possible.
      Ensure that you empty all the raw egg out and wash the egg really well. You may need to pierce the egg yolk to help it to come out.
      Once the egg is empty and clean (even adding a little bleach may help to loose any smell), leave them to dry.
      Collect as many as you possibly can…the more the merrier!
    • Use dye to colour the eggshell or paint with acrylic paint or gouache. Allow to dry thoroughly.
    • Fill the egg about halfway with confetti (or whatever you decide to put inside). Use a funnel if needed. You can make one by rolling paper into a cone and snipping the top off. You could also use more tissue paper to cover the whole egg instead of painting it...
    • Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger in size than the egg’s hole. Glue the paper to the edges of the hole. Wait to dry and you are ready to party!

      Cascarones with gold glitter_1         

    Variation on this would be to fill a winner one with gold glitter….
    .. or leave one of two raw if you are being very naughty and know your friends very well! Or fill it with jelly…oh dear this could turn into a bit of a messy day but really really fun.
    Don’t forget to get some great prizes and have change of clothes ready.

    For lovely confetti to add to the eggs, check out our selections here:

    push pop glitter confetti pastel confetti rose petals Pink peach confetti

    Have fun!
    Nicoline x

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  • Colourful Mini Piñatas - Fabulous party favours

    Make fabulous colourful mini piñatas for any occasion.

    crafts hanmade mini pinatas

    Mini piñatas make the most fantastic, frilly and flamboyant surprises made simply from toilet rolls, tissue paper, glue and a bit string.

    Fill with treats, hang or place tables and wait for the kids to pull the string to reveal the goodies.

    How to make the piñatas:

    You will need to cover one end of the toilet roll with a thin’ish paper as this is where the piñata is opened to reveal the treat inside.
    We have used tissue paper and this is the first step to making your piñata.

    Instructions:

    • Cover the end of your toilet roll with paper and secure a piece of string well to this paper before you attach to the roll. The string will need to be secured on what is the inside of the roll but with a ‘toggle’ coming out from the side. This string will make it possible to pull away this piece of paper at the end.
    • Now secure the piece of paper with the toggle sticking out at the side, loosely. Either use a glue stick in 4 places or some sticky tape in a couple of places.
    • Next you decorate the roll in paper starting from the bottom (where we have attached the string and paper end), working your way up. You can either cut a fringed edging onto a piece of paper and twist it all the way round till you get to the top, securing it as you go along with glue or..
    • Fold a piece of tissue paper lengthways and cut large fringes along the folded edge. Once this has been done, fold out the cut edge side and fold in exactly the opposite direction. This creates a ‘puffed’ fringed look which gives a lot of ‘body’ to the paper and the piñata. (we have used this method on the piñatas on the images here).
    • Next attach all the way round and secure with glue as you go along. We have cut lengths in different colours. Continue till you get to the top.
    • Fill your piñata with your treats.
    • Close and secure the top with sticking tape or glue more paper over the edge by squeezing the top toward each other. Or close by attaching a round piece of paper at the top – this makes it a little more fiddly and can be hard to attach a hanging string too but looks great as the roll shape is maintained all the way.
    • If hanging the piñata up. Just attach a piece of string through the top of the closed edge.

    Have lots of fun making these. Nicky x

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