This season

Lovely seasonal inspiration from Pipii.
  • Valentine Feast & Festivities

    Valentine Festivities...

    Here at Pipii we ♥ to make the most of any given occasion hence Valentines day
    is yet another one you can have a bit of fun with.
    Share it with all your loved ones in all sort of weird & wonderful ways... Decorate the house, get crafting, bake or cook a special treat & meal and
    most importantly, just have a lovely day together ♥

    Deck the halls in garlands, banners and honeycomb balls, bells or hearts....valentine decorations

    or be tempted by our new cute heart foil balloons....

    valentine balloons

    Have fun setting a fabulous table...heart palm leaf plates, pink paper straws, pink or red wooden cutlery, paper napkins...all 100% eco friendly so you can show love to the planet too.

    And have fun crafting with your kids...home-made gifts and treats will melt any granny's hearts!

    Valentine Feasts...

    ...The way to anyone's heart....is home-baked goodies!

    Greet your kiddies with these gourmet Danish Cinnamon rolls...add sprinkle & sparkle & pink icing just for Valentine!

    They are of course perfect for any day...I baked them yesterday for my daughters dance exam and needless to say, they gave her just the right spring in her step!!

    Valentine cinnamon rolls

    Quick and easy, 1 hour from start to finish and you will have most in the larder...maybe just stock up on sprinkles!!!
    Find the recipe here

    Enjoy ♥

  • Pipii - New Year Sale

    Let's celebrate the New Year by welcoming 2018 with the biggest Pipii Winter Sale to date.  

    We have lots of great savings; products reduced between 10%-75% 

    We have got something for everyone, be sure to check our sale section: Christmas decorations, Wedding accessories, tableware, gift wrapping, games, gifts and decorations.

    Festive napkins, plates & cups. Glittery decorations & photo props. Colourful balloons, straws, stirrers, honeycomb hanging decs. Wedding favour boxes, lanterns & table settings. Fun flamingo garlands, confetti balloons & tissue paper fans.  

  • Gingerbread House & Biscuits - 2 great recipes!

    Gingerbread House & Biscuits

    gingerbread biscuits

    An all time Christmas tradition....
    Once you smell freshly baked gingerbread you know
    that Christmas is not far behind.

    Gingerbread last well and are perfect fun to make with the kids using cutters in all sort of shapes, leave a small hole at the top and hang some on your tree. Or use to create your very own gingerbread house, an all time favourite Christmas baking activity at our house as seen here...we get creative with icing sugar, ripple chocolate bars, chocolate buttons and what doesn't go on the house...
    well, have a guess?!

    gingerbread house
    We have 2 great recipes to share with you here:

    Traditional gingerbread recipe.

    or a Scandinavian recipe with honey. This is softer but still perfect for both house & biscuits. All the bakeries in Denmark and Germany make and sell these; these soft and delicious tasting hearts are mostly decorated with a thin coat of dark chocolate and decorated with a vintage decoupage image of Father Christmas or Angels and your loved ones name written in white icing.
    If you have ever visited a Christmas market in Northern Europe you are bound to have come across these beautiful hearts at the many Christmas stalls.

    We also stock a great selection of Christmas cookie cutters at Pipii for biscuits like the ones below.

    Christmas cookie cutters 

    soft honey gingerbread biscuits
    Have fun baking and making.
    Nicky x

     

  • Create Winter Woodland

    Create a wonderful Winter Woodland Scene with our fabulous woolly Christmas mice, perfect
    stocking fillers for both young and old.
    Choose one or all with a 20% discount for 2 days and with a 15% discount on many of our woodland themed products also, now is the time to build your winter village. Paper Pine Cone and Snowflake Paper Trees set amongst Toadstools and Bottle Brush Trees  lightly sprinkled with Artificial Snow is a perfect scene setter and will keep for y/ears to become a Christmas tradition to build and add to.

    Offer ends midnight 08/12/2017.

    winter woodland at pipe

    Some suggestions below...

  • Almost December, get ready for Advent & Christmas

    Let the countdown begin - Only 3 days to beginning of December. 

    Make sure that you are all set for the festive countdown. Create your own Advent Calendar, we have bags, tags, Advent stickers, envelopes & boxes perfect for creating your own DIY Calendar.  Embrace the dark December days, light the Advent candle every morning or night. Make an advent wreath, we have the perfect wicker wreath, finish with candles, balance holders, dainty fair-trade baubles and beautiful greenery.  Take inspiration from the feature in this months Country Living. 

    Natural Wicker display wreath with hooks and chain £17.50, just add a selection of baubles, candles and ribbon to create the look. Click here to create the look

     

     

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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