Pipii's Blog

Ideas, recipes & just stuff that make life a little more fun, colourful & full of hygge!

  • The Christmas countdown has begun...

    Pipii's Christmas Christmas Countdown

    Welcome to Pipii's Christmas
    & The Christmas Countdown

    It is that time of year again ...The Pipii Christmas shop is open, take a look,
    we promise not to disappoint!
    Once again we have searched the globe for the best in Christmas gift wrap & packaging, crafts supplies, tableware and decorations, lanterns & candles, advents gifts & calendars
    and glittery sparkly and metallic decorations.
    Deck your tree, house and home in goodies from Pipii and wrap them all with care and creativity...not forgetting that joy & excitement that beautifully wrapped presents bring!

    Pipii's Christmas shop

     

    The Christmas countdown  is a wonderful time of year, make the days in December even more exciting by creating an Advent calendar such as the one below, very easy and quick!

    christmas countdown DIY calender

    See full instructions here. Or alternatively a simple but very lovely idea is to leave your loved
    one a little message or thought for the day with this envelope & sticker set below.

    advent envelopes for Christmas countdown

    More ideas on how to create your own simply check out the internet and magazines, simply full of the most brilliantly creative ideas and suggestion on how to create beautiful, fun and festive advent calendars ready for the Christmas Countdown. We stock a fabulous selection of accessories for making any which type of calender you wish. This collage below shows one created by the team at 'Christmas Made Easy' using everything from Pipii, from bags, to pegs, twine and stickers.

     

    Christmas Countdown calenders

    Alternatively if you haven't got time or would like to give a calendar to a loved one, we have the keepsake Meri Meri Charm bracelet Advent Calendar or Woodland Christmas Advent Calendar. 

     

    woodalnd & charm bracelet calenders

     

    We look forward to welcoming you in the Pipii Christmas shop 

     

  • Frightfully Sweet Little Halloween Ghost Recipes

    Frightfully Sweet Little Halloween Ghost Recipes

    Pipii Halloween products

    Check out the recipes below for 'fang'tastic fun and fabulous Halloween Ghost recipes.

    It is scarily close... once again this time of year takes us by surprise, Halloween and Bonfire night are just ahead of us.

    Ghost & pumpkin party decorations

    Perfect occasions to turn ordinary days, nights or weeks into a bit of fun!
    We love and welcome those events especially during the darker & colder and possibly wetter months, just great to have something to be excited about and  bake 'n' create for and it is so easy to make it a bit of fun for people of all ages. Halloween doesn't just have to be all about scare monster, ghouls and Frankenstein....

    Oh no, meringues makes the most gloriously cute and sweet little ghost, this way it is easy and fright-less to introduce Halloween to youngsters and even the grandparents will want to take part.

    A table set with ghostly delight is sure to draw in everyone. A carved Halloween lantern on the front door step or porch if you want to participate in neighbourhood'ly fun. The carving of the lantern is always a half term favourite in our house!

    Plenty of suggestions below....

    Ghost Cupcakes

    ghostly-cupcakes

    Basic Meringue recipe to create little ghosts with black food dye.

    ghost meringues

    Pictures by Homes & Gardens / Nuvomagazine / dietchef

     

    Or try one of these from our archives:

    Green Poison Cake

    Scary Jelly

    scary-jelly
    Enjoy..x

  • 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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