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

  • Easter Egg Containers, Traditional Scandi Easter Fun

    This is one of the finest and most fun Scandinavian Easter traditions. Papier mache Easter egg  containers available in beautiful traditional designs as well as the classic Beatrix Potter images. These egg shells open up and are ready to be filled with your children’s favourites or depending on the age of the receiver, this could easily hold a lovely piece of jewellery..

    Easter egg papier mache containers

    We think these are much more fun than a typical chocolate egg and only the imagination limits your choice of surprise!
    Whatever takes your fancy, this could of course also be a written promise, a poem and a holiday...here hoping !!! But of course, good chocolate will do!!

    Easter egg papier mache containers from Pipii.co.uk
     
    We remember them from when we were kids and had the same one for years...easy to stack as the 'halves' sit inside each other neatly.

    They are available in many sizes, the small and medium ones also looks super cute displayed hanging from a ribbon in windows.

    Also check out the blank kraft paper and white Easter egg containers which are ideal for kids to decorate themselves, the white one are easy to draw and paint onto and the kraft eggs looks really pretty sparsely decorated with feather, ribbon etc.

    Plain white craft easter eggs Easter Egg Containers

    And if you want something very different from actual Easter egg containers you could always go fro the mini pinatas which are also available in a bunny designs, so cute and hard to resist. They would look so pretty as part of the bunny tableware series on an Easter table.

    Mini pinatas from Pipii

    Easter egg containers are just one of this season essentials!!

     

     

     

  • Early Spring & Mother's day Celebrations

    We welcome Spring

    We welcome Spring with anticipated breath. Oh so many lovely celebrations to look forward to. On the 21st of March, it's the first day of Spring - hopefully the weather will know this too. Celebrate this by bringing in budding branches and early spring flowers in to your home.

    But the most important celebration this month is surely the 31st of March - Mothers Day - A celebration to honour mums & maternal figures to show them love. Celebrate the day with serving breakfast in bed, a big lunch or a delicious afternoon tea with plenty of cake. 

    Dainty little glass flower vases, perfect gifts for Mother's Day,
    fill with little posies of spring flowers or single stems.
    Adorable little table settings,
    perfect for the afternoon tea extravaganza.
    Go on. Give mum a treat.

    Pipii's Carrot Cake

    Serve this divine carrot cake, the recipe has been developed from the from Fortnum & Mason's book on Afternoon Tea - moist and delicious.  Carrot Cake Recipe

    Mother's day Packaging

    Pretty packaging to make Mother's day even more special.
    Wrap your present or flowers in pink tissue paper, rose gold wrapping paper, a decorate with pastel honeycomb balls and pretty ribbons.

    Bring Spring Indoors

    Bring spring into your home with these delightful spring colours & gentle pastels. Pastel coloured feathers, new pale green & pink cotton runners, ombre Bolsious candles,  glass vases & spring themed quality napkins, perfect for creating a setting.

    With Spring comes Easter, how we love this season! It gives us the perfect opportunity to decorate the house with pretty coloured honeycomb paper fans, Easter decs & wooden eggs on budding branches and start to buy in special treats to fill paper mache Easter egg containers for this years Easter egg hunt. We have got a wonderful selection of Easter Egg Containers - Retro, Vintage & best selling Beatrix Potter designs.

     

     

     

  • Valentine's Day 2019...make it special...

    Valentine's Day...make it special for all your loved ones 
    Here at Pipii we ♥ to turn every day into a special occasion. Valentine's day is yet another one you can have a bit of fun with. Despite it being February, Winter and ... We sincerely hope you are enjoying the new year so far. These next couple of weeks we are embracing all the pretty pink, red, sparkle and hearts of Valentine's Day to get us through these last few weeks of Winter! So why not share it with all your loved ones in all sort of  wonderful ways...
    Decorate the house, get crafting, bake or cook a special treat & meal and
    most importantly, just have a lovely day together ♥

    We have a special treat for you to bake for your loved ones.. One for you and one for me.....

    Raspberry Éclairs

    These little jewels look so beautiful and taste divine too. Perfect for a Valentine's treat for a special one. Éclairs are made from Choux pastry which is deceptively easy to make, they are typically filled with a sweet vanilla cream known as crème Chantilly, instead of the traditional chocolate or coffee icing we have chose to make a raspberry icing and fill with fresh raspberries for a summer treat.

    Éclairs can be prepared in advance: once the unfilled pastries are cooked and cooled, they can be kept in an airtight box for a few days or frozen, it is best to make the Chantilly cream on the day that you are planning on eating the éclairs.

    Ingredients

    Choux pastry

    • 100g plain white flour
    • Pinch of salt
    • 150ml water
    • 75g butter
    • 3 free-range eggs, beaten
    • 1 extra egg beaten - to brush éclairs before baking

    For the crème Chantilly filling

    • 50g icing sugar (1 generous tbsp), sifted
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 400ml whipped cream, (measure when whipped)
    • A punnet of fresh raspberries

    For the Raspberry icing

    • 200g icing sugar
    • 5-6 raspberries
    • 1 -2 tbsp cold water

    Method

    Choux Pastry

      1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and set aside
      2. Place the water and butter in a medium-sized saucepan with high sides, set over a medium-high heat, stirring until the butter melts. Allow the mixture to come to a rolling boil then immediately remove the pan from the heat. Add the flour and salt and beat very well with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.
      3. Reduce the heat to medium and replace the saucepan, stirring for 1 minute until the mixture starts to ‘fur’ (slightly stick to the base of the pan). Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 1 minute.
      4. Pour about one-quarter of the beaten egg into the pan and, using the wooden spoon, beat very well. Add a little more egg and beat well again until the mixture comes back together. Continue to add the egg, beating vigorously all the time, until the mixture has softened, is nice and shiny and has a dropping consistency. (you could well get a tired arm) You may not need to add all the egg or you may need a little extra. If the mixture is too stiff (not enough egg) then the choux pastries will be too heavy, but if the mixture is too wet (too much egg) they will not hold their shape when spooned onto greaseproof paper.
      5. Although the pastry is best used right away, it can be placed in a bowl, covered and chilled for up to 12 hours, until ready to use.

    Éclairs

        1. Preheat the oven to 220°C Line a baking tray with parchment paper (not greaseproof paper, as the éclairs may stick when cooked).
        2. Place the dough into a piping bag fitted with the plain 5–8mm nozzle and pipe into lengths approximately 10cm long onto the prepared baking tray, spaced about 4cm apart to allow for expansion. Use a small wet knife to stop the dough coming out when you have finished piping each éclair.
        3. Brush the éclairs gently with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 200°C and continue to cook for a further 12-15 minutes or until the éclairs are puffed up, golden and crisp.
        4. Remove the éclairs from the oven and using a skewer or the tip of a small sharp knife, make a hole in the side or the base of each éclair. Return to the oven and bake for a further 5 minutes to allow the steam to escape. Transfer the éclairs to a wire rack to cool.
        5. Meanwhile, make the icing. In a bowl mush up 5-6 raspberries with a fork into a paste, sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add a little water and stir to mix, adding a little more water if necessary until the icing is spreadable but not too watery.
        6. To make the crème Chantilly filling, fold the sifted icing sugar and vanilla extract into the whipped cream. Chill until you are ready to use it.
        7. When the éclairs are cool, cut the éclairs in half, spoon the crème Chantilly into a clean piping bag fitted with the small, plain nozzle (or use the same nozzle used for piping the éclairs) and pipe the cream onto the half of the éclairs until they are well filled, place 5-6 half raspberries on top of the cream.
        8. Using a small palette knife or spoon that has been standing in a jug of hot water (to make spreading the icing easier), spread the icing over the top of each éclair, dipping the knife into the hot water between each éclair. Serve and watch them being devoured!

    More ideas -

    For chocolate éclairs follow the recipe above but replace the raspberry icing with chocolate glacé icing and leave out the fresh raspberries

          • 200g icing sugar
          • 25g cocoa powder
          • 1 -2 tbsp boiling water

    Enjoy!

     

  • True Paper Magic - Honeycomb Paper Decorations


    Honeycomb Decorations - True Paper Magic

    It is time to create magic... Honeycomb Decorations...
    In our view, simply the best Christmas and year round decorations. Honeycomb Paper Decorations - balls, bells, fans and snowflakes are magic creations. The way the start off as boring looking piles of paper and how they simply unfold and turn into the most fantastic and intricate shapes, is nothing less than magic!

    Let the snowflakes be the centrepiece

    Fond childhood memories of  multicolored garlands and fans. – Immediately fascinated by their magic. These amazing honeycomb paper decorations seemed to disappear for a while and when Pipii launches in 2009, it was one of the products on our wish list to re-introduce…

    The popularity of honeycomb paper decorations has grown hugely since we first started stocking them in 2010 and are now available everywhere in all colours, shapes and sizes. The quality varies greatly, if you buy good quality, they will be made with lovely colour-fast tissue paper and strong card board inners which mean that they will keep year after year and stand the test of time. They will then make great ‘hand me downs’ (hopefully remembered in the same way as we did).
    For Christmas, hang honeycomb paper snowflakes in all sizes in large windows in our house mixed in with twinkling fairy-lights, it is so beautiful, so simple, so inexpensive and so effective, nothing else can really match a display like it.

    Add colour and impact with honeycomb ball galore

     

    Honeycomb Paper Balls are hugely popular, all year round …from weddings to Christmas….all colours and sizes. Pipii.co.uk stock honeycomb paper balls from 48cm (in diameter) right down to 5cm (dia). With the smaller ones you can create dainty little baubles for the tree and branches to making ball garlands also to go round the tree or as part of a mantelpiece garland or swag…


    The smaller size honeycomb balls look great on our display tree

    The 3 sizes in the middle, 12, 20 and 30cm are the most popular and look great displayed together either as simply table décor…hanging in windows or ceiling in a mix of sizes. The cost goes from 7.50 for the largest 48cm one to 2.49 (for 3) of the mini 5cm ones. 12cm @2.75 / 20cm @3.75 and 30cm @4.75

    Lots of our customer use them only folded out halfway and then secured onto a wall or table on both sides of the circle to create a semi circle as part of a room display or they are displayed together with snowflakes or fans for a lovely effect. Hanging a couple of balls together in a variety of sizes creates the most effective display, a quick and easy way to add a bit of wow to a room. They also look great mixed together with snowflakes.

    For Christmas the most popular honeycomb ball colour is white closely followed by red but we do see more and more than customers are inspired by magazines such as Living etc to be bold and brave and create with colours hence we have this year expanded our collection of snowflakes to include some real wow colours. We see no end to the interest in honeycomb balls and decorations in general and suspect that they will not disappear for the foreseeable future.


    All you have to do is to choose which colours, shape and size is going to adore your home...Enjoy!

     

     

  • This years' Christmas wrapping - Recyclable brown kraft wrapping paper

    Unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas
    Have you got everything you need to make
    your presents, the best looking ones
    under the Christmas tree..? 


    Merry Christmas Woodland Recycled Kraft Gift Wrap Paper 

     

    Brown Paper Packages tided up with string, just some of our favourite things...

    Brown kraft paper is a great start for your Christmas wrapping. The neutral colour allows you to play around with lots of fun of decorative ideas that will make your Christmas presents special. Beautifully complimented by our Nordic neutral green twig paper - perfect for smaller gifts. 


    Large selection of gift wrap, tags, stickers, ribbon and bakers twine 

    Kraft bags, perfect for wrapping up gifts


     

    Embellish your presents - fantastic choice of  gift tags, stickers & washi tape


    Ribbons & Twines

     

    Recycle...recycle...
    Good news our brown kraft wrapping paper is recyclable, even the printed wrapping paper! As it turns our most of wrapping paper is recyclable, just not the ones with metallic embellishments. Just make sure you remove any sticky tape and any other bows before adding to your recycling bin.  

     

     

     

     

     

  • Frightfully Good Halloween

    Halloween Fun - The perfect excuse to turn ordinary days & nights into a bit of fun!
    Welcome visitors with a carved pumpkin lantern to crate a little bit of atmosphere. 
    Invite in the friendly neighbourhood ghosts, gaols, witches & monsters to a table with ghostly delights, set the table with the most brilliant stripy plates, bat cups and bat foil napkins from Ginger Ray & Meri Meri. A backdrop of bats of fluttering bats are perfect to set the scene. Create a Skeleton photo props and hang out with a  life-size cut-out skeleton decorations for a bit of fun, temporary tattoos, Day of Dead balloons & banners, stickers and table decorations. What more could your little house ghosts wish for...

    No Halloween is complete without a little recipe... Try to keep you vampire teeth in while you chew on these delicious Toffee Apples...

    Recipe for Toffee Apples...

    Relive nostalgic childhood memories with these cracking good toffee coated apples. To make them a little different add a little red food dye to the toffee, to get a beautiful red shiny toffee and dust with desiccated coconut.

    Ingredients

    • 225g demerara sugar
    • 110 ml water
    • 0.5 tsp vinegar
    • 2 tbsp golden syrup
    • 25g butter
    • 6 apples
    • 6 BBQ sticks, for holding the apples

    Method

    Please note that making toffee must be approached with caution; toffee gets very, very hot (up to 140 °C) as it is boils!

    1. Dissolve the sugar in the water over a moderate heat. When it has dissolved, stir in the vinegar, syrup and butter. Bring to a boil and cook without stirring until it reaches hard-crack stage (138°C) or hardens into a ball when dropped in a bowl of cold water. This should take around 10-15 minutes boiling time.
    2. While the syrup is cooking, wash the apples and dry well, pierce each apple with a wooden BBQ stick. Once the toffee is ready, add an optional drop of red food colouring and stir well. Dip each apple into the hot toffee, turning it around in the syrup so that each one is fully coated.
    3. Optional; Dust with desiccated coconut
    4. Leave to harden on a lightly oiled tray before serving. If bringing the toffee coated apples with you to a bonfire party, why not pack them individually in our pla brown or white paper bags. If you're planning to keep them for a day or two, wrap the apples in cellophane bags.
  • Enjoy a party without costing the earth!

    Something for everyone with Pipii's vast range of biodegradable eco friendly palm leaf and sugar cane tableware, paper straws, cups and napkins, perfect for any festive gathering, whether a 'green eco wedding', outdoor festival and event, birthdays or bbq. Enjoy knowing that you are doing your bit for the planet. Just pop your biodegradable tableware the compost heap after the event, no need for washing up.

    Our best selling 26cm round palm leaf plates, Bamboo Cutlery and coconuts seem to be our customers favourites this summer.

    Thinking of hosting a eco party or celebration? Look no further, we stock a superb range of eco-friendly, disposable biodegradable & sustainable stylish tableware. Sugar-cane (bagasse) plates & palm-leaf plates & bowls in various sizes and designs, platters & wooden trays. Wooden cutlery, bamboo cutlery packs, cocktail sticks, canapé cones, kraft disposable trays, take-away boxes, kraft boxes with PLA windows, Chinese carry-out boxes with handles and gable boxes. Smart soup cups with lids, brown & white recyclable paper bags with pla window. Great picnic sets with everything you need for a day out. Newsprint fish & chip greaseproof paper & pockets. Large range of biodegradable PLA eco wine glasses, pint glasses and PLA cups. Great choice of paper cups; white single wall cups, brown ripple cups, black ripple cups & craft cups. Inspiring selection of quality paper napkins in various colours and design and not forgetting our superb range of striped paper straws in a rainbow of colours & place-mats and tablecloths.

     

  • Biodegradable Fashionable Eco Paper Straws

    Are you saying no to plastic straws, but missing a little bit of colour and fun in your summer cocktails? 

    Not to worry with Pipii's bio-degradable fun & festive retro paper straws you can still have your straw and be eco-concious.

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    Shop Pipii Straws

    For fun colourful paper drinking straws, look no further. Whether you’re in the mood for stripes, plain kraft, dots, or flowers decorating your straws, you’ll find a pack to suit. So, for that chic cocktail party, retro or vintage tea party, birthday, wedding celebration or event, add some stripy, metallic, chevron, star, heart, floral, or polka dot paper straws to your basket. We sell these in packs of 25's, 100's and in bulk.

    And what’s more, our paper drinking straws are 100% biodegradable, compostable and sustainable.

     

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