18th Birthday Party Favours

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Ago 312016

An 18th birthday should be a huge celebration so what better way to say thank you to your guests than to leave them with a lasting keepsake from the special day.

18th birthday cake
18th birthday party favour These favours with 18th pendants are adorable. We can happily change the colour or type of the ribbon and dragees to match your colour scheme. although traditionaly in Italy green is used.


Our choice of dragees include sugar coated chocolates, sugared almonds or delicious chocolate almonds which are available in flavours from tiramisu to mojito at a supplement.

18th birthday party favour rosetteThis stunning marble resin heart featuring the number 18th comes displayed on a favour rosette pouch, alternate petals are filled with a dragee to create this wonderful form. The dragees can be popped out easily retaining the rosette shape without spoiling the favour.

Alternatively have a look at all our 18th birthday party favours, many more ideas which are updated regularly. Please contact us if you can’t see what you’re looking for and we’ll be happy to help.

Silver Spoon favours

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Ago 302016

Silver spoons are wonderful collectors items they make great keepsakes or favours and are suitable for many different kinds of ceremonies. They make great presents for anniversaries, birthdays, Baptisms and Christenings. My father bought my mother a Welsh wooden lovespoon every year. It’s a beautiful memory of the love he had for her.collection of family silver spoons and forks

We stock a selection of decorative silver spoons that make wonderful favours for a birth, Baptism, Christening, Communion, Confirmation, Wedding or even anniversary. It’s a wonderful favour that is also useful or can be placed in a display cabinet.

silver shell spoon

You could place them in a long perspex favour box and decorate them in your choice of ribbon or you can get in touch and we can prepare your favours for you. Just drop us a mail with your requirements.Perforated decorative silver spoondecorative silver spoon diy favour
silver spoon favourThey look fantastic placed on a favour rosette as shown in the image to the left or attached to a favour bag in a colour that will suit the ceremony. This particular example would make a great Baptism or Christening favour.

New Crystal Butterfly Graduation Favours

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Ago 292016

large crystal butterfly graduation cakeThese stunning favours are a great choice for a graduation, beautiful crystal butterflies created using Swarovski crystals will leave your guests with a special keepsake that will never get thrown away. These beautiful favours come in 2 different sizes so you could give a larger more special favour to parents and Godparents.

As these favours are created using perspex favour boxes it is also possible to create a favour pyramid. Please contact us for details and costs.

small crystal butterflu italian graduation favour

Dependending on the facculty that you have graduated in you may want us to change the colour of the ribbons and the dragees. Don’t worry, that’s not a problem and all comes included in the price.

Don’t forget… every party needs a cake, why not get one professionaly made. You could even have one to match your favours! Look at this beautiful red butterfly cake idea!

red and black butterfly cake


Dress of the Week

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Ago 282016

Today I stumbled upon BHLDN, brought to us by Antropologie. They offer a customised service for brides, either online, by phone or instore. Helping them create an “event brimming with unusually beautiful garments and objects reflective of their unique personalities”bhldn anthropologie wedding dress

BHLDN search around the world for new, up and coming designers, unique craftsmanship and new styles. Their website stocks, to name but a few: wedding dresses, veils, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, fine jewellery, wedding decorations and lingerie.

Today’s dress of the week is the Petra gown by Vatana Watters, she has over 30 experience designing dresses and draws her inspiration from the fashion masters like Balenciaga and Lanvin.bhldn petra gown

The dress is ultra flattering and slim fitting in all over lace with a stunning sheer back featuring intricate detailing. It has a long train and is everything from romantic to classy to sexy. The dress effortlessy clings to the body creating an easy bohemian feel and it’s oatmeal colour lends it to a slightly antique vintage look.bhldn petra gown

Baptism Cakes

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Ago 272016

Apart from your favours, another important feature for your baby’s Baptism party will be the cake. Traditionally the Baptism cake for your first child would be the top tier of your wedding cake, this was when people made fruit cakes for wedding cakes which luckily had a long shelf life. These were white iced cake with the name of the child and often the date of the ceremony.

Cake decorating is becoming more and more popular and people are venturing into the unknown, using pinterest for inspiration and youtube for tutorial videos. Here are some of my personal favourites!

baby girl floral and diamante baptism cake with cross

Elegant Baptism cake for a baby girl by Sugarbelle Cakes

Cute elephant and bunting cake

Cute elephant and bunting cake by Sweet by Nature

2 tier blue and white boy's Baptism christening cake

Stunning 2 tier boy’s Baptism Cake by Pendle Cake Company

pink and white bow and heart girls Baptism or Charistening cake

Beautiful pink bow and hearts 2 tier, girl’s baptism or Christening cake by Pendle Cake Company.

Boy's Baptism floral cross cake

Buy these edible flowers ready made and decorate your own white iced cake.

Cupcake cross baptism christening cake

Simple idea, frosted cupcakes decorated with edible pearls in a cross shape.


Ago 262016

minnie mouse disney favourDisney favours are timeless classics, loved by children and adults alike. They’re a great idea for births, Baptisms, Christenings and even birthdays or baby showers. They come on colour coordingating favour rosettes filled with a selection of luxury Italian dragees.


The great thing aMicky mouse disney favourbout these cute figurines is that, unlike many favours, they won’t get thrown away or shoved in a drawer somewhere never to be seen again. I think this is one of the most important things when choosing favours. No one wants to waste money buying a cheap favour just for the sake of giving favours.


Minnie, Micky, Donald and Daisy are some of the most recognisable characters in the world. If you prefer to make your own favours, we sell these cute figurines seperately, you can easily team them with a favour box or favour bag of your choice to make diy favours.

donald duck disney favour daisy duck disney favour

I want a dog!

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Ago 252016

Growing up with a dog was such a lovely experience, we had a Cairn Terrier, and Rosie was the perfect dog. I remember collecting her and her doing a wee on me on the drive home. We called her Rosie because at the time, my youngest sister liked watching Rosie and Jim.

She was such a calm dog, despite being constantly pestered by 4 children. As we grew up it was lovely coming home to someone who was so pleased to see us.

I would really love my children to have that experience. Unfortunately, where we live, despite in some ways being perfect for a dog is also problematic. We have lots of space for a dog to run around and get lots of exercise. Unfortunately the countryside is also full of ticks. We tried to keep a dog, I always used frontline and although this seemed to prevent them attaching to the dog, I would often find them as I was brushing the dog on the couch. In the end I felt that these parasites were too dangerous, especially as we had just had a new baby. I know I could keep a dog outside but I want a pet not a guard dog.

If I ever moved, I would love to get a poodle cross, I love fluffy dogs that don’t malt a lot. These are my favourites!

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel + Poodle = Cavapoo

This would also be a great size for my family and I love those markings!cavapoo

Bichon Frise + Poodle = Bichpoo

Perhaps a little bit small for me but still super cute and teddy bear cuddly!bichon-poo-bichon-frise-poodle- bichpoo


Miniature Schnauzer + Poodle = Schnoodle

My friend has a miniature Schnauzer and it’s adorable but I love it crossed with a poodle too!schnauzer poo schnoodle

Tibetan terrier + Poodle = Ttoodle

A tibetan terrier can look very similar to a labradoodle and is a gorgeous dog anyway so it’s obviously a cute cross.rare-ttoodle-puppies tibetan terrier poodle


Labrador + Poodle = Labradoodle

These are adorable, and not too big. Obviously the size can depend on the poodle they were crossed with but generally they seem to be Labrador sized.Labradoodle

Cocker Spaniel + Poodle = Cockapoo

Probably my favourite, I think the size would be just about right for me and my small children.cockapoo


Golden Retriever + Poodle = Golden Doodle

Although size can vary they can be very large dogs, like a retriever and I think it would be a bit too big for us.

golden doodleOf course it’s important not to choose a dog based soley on it’s appearance, the great thing about choosing a cross though is that they tend have great temperaments and don’t suffer from inbreeding. When choosing a puppy always visit the puppy as many times as possible before you take her home, ask to see the parents and where it has been reared. Try and use a reputable breeder.


Rustic Italian bride in Temperley

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Ago 242016

If you’re planning a rustic Italian wedding and want a whimsical floaty lace dress that will look stunning with a bunch of wild flowers then you should take a look at the latest collection by Temperley of London.

temperley bee dress

I love designing bridal. There is something magical about designing the dream dress for that very important day in a woman’s life – I am allowed to imagine the ultimate fantasy piece and am always so honoured when someone chooses to become a Temperley bride. Each dress has to be the perfect blend of functionality and fantasy; a bride must never feel overwhelmed by her dress but allow them to be the ultimate version of themselves.

– ALICE TEMPERLEY, MBErear bee dress alice temperley

If you’re budget doesn’t quite stretch that far but you’ve set your heart on a Temperley design, why not ask a dress maker to create something similar. A friend of mine found a locally recommended seamstress and together they selected the lace and she created her dream dress for a fraction of the price.

Cala Sarraina

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Ago 232016

On Sunday I visited Cala Sarraina, a small, easily accessible bay between Costa Paradiso and Vignola on the north coast. Although I programmed the adress into Google maps, it was signposted all the way from the main road and easy to find. Parking as free. cala sarraina


Like most beaches in August in Sardinia, it was busy. Peddalos and sun loungers were available to hire but unfortunately there was a strong maestrale wind make it a bit wavy, the water was quite shallow for the children and if there had been no wind it would have been ideal. Also the sand is not suitable for sand castle making as it is a very large red sand.14034967_10158141019735206_3042448618623998117_n
You should be very careful on the north coast as when there is a maestrale wind the under currents can be very strong.

14045714_10158141069770206_7267546143207410744_nThere are rocky ares to each side and a track which leads up to the cliffs, we took a walk, there were some beautiful rock formations and great views.

There is also a beach bar and restaurant so it’s pretty well equipped for a small bay.

Gelato Bar

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Ago 222016

SO we’ve all heard of a candy bar / sweet stall but if you’re getting married in scorching Italy, wouldn’t it be great to have a gelato bar? gelato van weddingWe’ve found some super cute traditional gelato buggies that would look really traditional and great in photos. Plus your guests will really appreciate the yummy and refreshing gelato.Gelateria-Carboni italian gelato

You could select flavours to suit your colour theme too. It’s a great way to keep your guests busy between the service and meal especially if you’ll be using this time to squeeze in photographs. 615f5ac9797cfd5f66a98ae34b9f9d96

If you don’t want guests to fill up in gelato it could be an alternative to a desert or even a wedding cake!

gelato bike wedding