4 Fun Ways to Get the Whole Office Buzzing for the Rugby World Cup

With the opening day of the tournament only a few days away, the buzz surrounding the Rugby World Cup is steadily increasing. That buzz will have reached a deafening din by the time the first ball is dropped and then swiftly booted aloft at Tokyo’s Metropolitan Stadium this Friday! 

If you’re a business owner or you’re in a managerial position, however, you might be more worried than excited right now. With all the matches scheduled to begin between 4.15 and 11.45 a.m. in this part of the world, the competition certainly has disruptive potential. On the other hand, if managed correctly, the buzz could boost office morale and have a positive long-term effect on overall productivity.

Our advice: Don’t fight it; embrace it. Hey, encourage it. If you nurture the excitement, allow it to grow and even spread, you’ll reap the rewards in the future.

Here are some fun Rugby World Cup ideas to get the whole office buzzing…

Host a Viewing Party

You could impose draconian measures in an attempt to stop people following the action, but it’s unlikely to yield positive results. The diehards will either call in sick, or do little to no work for 80 minutes as they try to inconspicuously stream the matches at their desks, and morale will dip.

Instead, you should embrace the tournament: set up a viewing station in one of the conference rooms, and employ flexi-time while the competition is in progress so that people can work around the fixtures they really want to see.

While these measures will keep the fanatics happy, you’ll also want to involve the casuals and the uninitiated. A good way of doing this is by hosting a viewing party for one of the more significant games. Provide some snacks, encourage people to wear their team’s colours, and allow the whole office to kick back for 80 minutes. Those who are not particularly interested can chat, mingle and enjoy the downtime; some will be won over by the action, but even those that aren’t will be buoyed by the atmosphere.

Office Sweepstake

What better way to stir up a little extra buzz than with the tried and trusted office sweepstake?

It doesn’t get any simpler: everyone contributes a fiver – a tenner if your office is made of money – and picks a team at random. While traditional sweepstakes only reward the person or persons who drew the victorious team, we recommend that you offer multiple prizes. By also offering something to those who drew the worst overall team and the team that suffered the most thorough trouncing of the tournament, you’ll make things more fun and ensure that nobody feels short-changed.

If you’d prefer not to involve cash in your sweepstake, that’s ok too: just make it free to enter and reward the winner/winners with an extra day of annual leave. That’s sure to generate plenty of buzz.

Try this Fun Rugby-inspired Team-building Activity

Don’t worry, we’re not recommending that you get poor Dave from Accounting involved in a ruck on the office floor, or that you hoist Margery from HR aloft to catch a line-out ball. We’re simply suggesting that you group together all the devoted rugby fans in the office and give them the task of preparing a fun but educational presentation about the game for the less knowledgeable folks. This presentation could be followed by a little table quiz with prizes on offer for the triumphant team.

When separating the experts from the newbies ahead of this task, you’ll have to trust the honour system. But if that big bloke with the cauliflower ears is on the winning team, you might have to conduct a review.

By educating those with little previous rugby knowledge, you’ll ensure that there’s greater interest and excitement surrounding your viewing party, your sweepstake, and the tournament itself.

Decorate For the Occasion

You don’t have to go all out and make your workspace look like a sports store window display or the lair of some rugby-crazed madman; just hang some flags or bunting and pin up a World Cup wall chart, which can then be filled in as the tournament progresses. You can also ask employees if they have any old rugby shirts or memorabilia they’d like to provide on loan to further spruce the place up. The vibrant colours and festive look will undoubtedly lift the spirits of everyone in the office throughout the duration of the tournament.

Finally, we recommend that you do your best to enjoy the tournament as well. Remember, even if there is a minor dip in productivity, the Rugby World Cup only lasts for three weeks; the goodwill that you will engender within your employees through these activities is likely to last a great deal longer.



























DIY: Easy, No Sew Fabric Garland

If you’re hosting a party or are simply redecorating a room, you have to try out this simple, no sew fabric garland. It is the perfect piece to take a space from drab to fab! What’s great about this DIY project is that you don’t need a sewing machine or needles, you can use new or old pieces of fabric, it can be done in less than an hour and you can pretty much get started on it right away! Read on below to discover how you can create your very own fabric garland.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • fabric (new or old pieces)
  • ribbon or twine
  • scissors

DIY Fabric Garland - What You Need

Step 1: Choose some lightweight fabrics that tie in with the colour scheme of your room or party. Choose between three and four different styles for a nice effect. Cut up your fabric into thin strips. My strips roughly measure 4 cm wide by 40 cm long, but choose whatever measurements you feel are best, or that suit that fabric you’re working with.

DIY Fabric Garland - Cutting Fabric

Step 2: Once you have all your fabric ready to go, cut a piece of ribbon to however long you want your garland to be, remembering to allow extra ribbon on each end to hang it up. Then loosely secure to your work surface with some paper weights so that it doesn’t move around too much when you’re knotting the strips on.

Step 3: To begin adding the strips to your ribbon, fold one fabric strip in half. Then from the top, slide the folded end beneath your ribbon.

DIY Fabric Garland - attaching fabric to ribbon

Step 4: Open the loop at the bottom and pull the opposite ends over the ribbon and through your loop. Then tighten the ends so they are securely in place on the ribbon.

Fabric Garland DIY - Loose Knot Picture

Step 5: Continue with these steps for each strip you want to add to the ribbon. Make sure to slide the strips close together  so there are no gaps. Also make sure to interchange between fabrics so that the designs are evenly spaced out. If you feel that there are gaps in the garland at the end, simply go back and add more strips where desired.

DIY Fabric Garland - Adding Fabric

Step 6: Once you have tied on all of your strips you can either trim the bottom of the strips for a neat look, or leave as is for a more rustic feel. Then you are ready to proudly display your new garland wherever you choose.

There you have it, a super simple no sew garland that is sure to impress! This little DIY is the perfect way to use up some spare fabrics you might have or is a great opportunity to pick out some new designs.

Kick Off Summer With a Football Party

It’s all kicked off! The on (… and off) pitch dramas, controversial refereeing decisions and wonder goals have begun in Russia. Why not celebrate this international football bonanza in all its glory with a football party or barbeque. Even if you’re not that big of a fan, you know that you’re going to hear about it anyway, so you might as well embrace it. We’ve got some great football party ideas that might just help you along the way.

The timing of your event can be tricky. Do you kick off with your country’s opening match, the final group game or even the final? There’s so many opportunities along the way. If you really have it in you, you can go for the hat-trick, with smaller parties for each group game.  Or if you’ve got a good group of friends, you could suggest taking turns hosting for each game.

On beautiful summer days, or even average summer days, sitting in a dark bar can dampen the football spectacle. A party meanwhile, can bring the event to life. Set up the festivities in your back garden and show the match in the living room. Have the BBQ ready for the full time whistle because there’s nothing like barbequed meat to help celebrate a win. Just make sure whoever’s cooking knows what they’re doing! Show those would-be chefs who’s in charge with an apron that says as much.

Barbeque Boss Apron

Next up, the decorations. An easy and obvious theme is your country’s flag or kit colours, or a variety if you have an international crew attending. It’s a great way to show pride in your team and to let people know they’ve come to the right place to watch the game. On Zazzle, you can add your team to everything from banners to bunting to the paper plates, napkins and cups!

Why not make things more interesting for your guests by including some competition of your own? For example, run a tournament pot, where everyone gets a team drawn from the hat? The winner gets a prize. It’s a pretty simple concept but it’s a great way of getting people interested or invested in different teams. It’s a strange feeling, cheering on another country that you’ve had no prior attachment to, but it’s surely a good one. For the final prize, why not present a custom football?

Custom Football

Custom England Football

Food is important for any good party. So why not ask guests to bring food or drinks associated with the countries they drew, or are playing on the day? Not only will it mix up the usual party snacks but people can learn about different cultures too. You can even make it more competitive with prizes for the best foods. The almost guaranteed culinary disasters are always worth a good laugh too.

Not everyone is football mad, so it’s a good idea to have an area where these people can go to avoid it all when they get a bit bored. Set up some games like a foosball or table tennis table, a dart board or games system. Or just create an area to sit and chat in the sun. Even the most avid football fans can be drained by boring defensive displays so it’s great to have a place to fall back to.

Throwing a football party can be a lot of work and the above ideas can add a little extra. All you really need is people to come, eat and drink a bit and watch a hopefully good game of football. A small bit of effort could make this a memorable event, no matter if your team whimpers out in the group stages, is annihilated in the quarter finals or lifts the trophy at the end of it all.

7 Teacher Gifts They Really Want!

The end of term is beckoning but before you jet off on holidays there are few people to thank first. The teachers who have opened your young scholars’ minds and have motivated them to accomplish top-notch marks. Tracking down unique teacher gifts can be tricky. No doubt the soap, candles, plants and chocolate boxes pile up on the desk every year – all great presents but everything in moderation… If you really want to stand out from the stack, think about personalised teacher gifts! Teachers spend a lot of time getting to know their pupils so it’s nice to show that you have thought about them too. Here are some teacher gift ideas from Zazzle that are personal, practical and will let them know they’ve done a great job!

1. Post-it® Notes

Every teacher loves sticky notes. Take theirs to the next level by giving them a pack of personalised Post-it® Notes! From labelling piles of marking or important pages in text books, your teacher will find plenty of uses for this present. Customise their pack with their name, initials and more.

Teacher Post It Notes - Teacher Gift Ideas

2. Wine Labels

You may not want to admit it, but your child could be a handful or even an eager beaver who wants to know absolutely everything about everything else. Either way, a personalised bottle of wine makes a much-needed teacher appreciation gift. Customise our wine labels with names and funny messages to let them have a giggle.

Teacher Wine Labels - Teacher Gift Ideas

3. A Tote Bag

They can either take the wine home in this or use it for all the marking, text books and everything else they carry to the classroom every day. Go for a teacher-themed tote with their name and specialist subject, or a simple monogram design that they can use at the weekend too!

Teacher Tote Bags - Teacher Gift Ideas

4. A Tumbler

As an alternative to teacher mugs, why not customise a tumbler. These handy flasks keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold – perfect for coffee on the go or staying hydrated at the desk. Pick a design with a funny quote to keep them motivated throughout the day.

Personalised Tumblers - Teacher Gift Ideas

5. Pens

No matter how many pens they own, teachers need more! Every time they hand out one to a student, there is high chance they won’t get it back again. Solve the problem by giving them a pack of personalised teacher pens with their name on.

Teacher Pens - Teacher Gift Ideas

6. A Passport Holder

Every teacher deserves a holiday over the long summer break. So send them off in style with a personalised passport holder! Even the most motivated teacher will probably want to leave their job at home, so personalise with their real name.

Personalised Passport Holders - Teacher Gift Ideas

7. A Jigsaw Puzzle

A personalised jigsaw makes a sweet and sentimental gift for teachers. Simply add a class photo to a blank jigsaw template and add some text such as ‘Class of 2018’. This personal present will remind any teacher of all the times they had to pick up the pieces and put everything back together again…

Well there you have it – our top gifts for teachers. If you’re still lost, why not send a Zazzle gift card so they can create something they really want over the summer holidays. Then don’t forget to accompany your present with a friendly teacher thank you card for a finishing touch. Buy your teacher gifts online, we’ll make them, then you can save your energy for all the running around you’ll be doing this summer!

Father’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Dad

Shopping for Father’s Day gifts isn’t an easy task. What are we going to get him this year? How are we going to make it different from last year and the year before? Does he still like the same style, the same food and the same hobbies? It’s a bit of a minefield, one that can make you second guess every gift idea you conjure up.

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate everything you love about your dad. Maybe it’s his humour, dripping with sarcasm, or maybe it’s the way he instinctively knows when you’re feeling down and need a hug. Maybe it’s remembering all the things your dad taught you as you were growing up; how to ride a bike, how to tie your shoelaces, how to fix things around the house. Or maybe it’s simply the way he loves you unconditionally and the unique bond you share.

Make this Father’s Day extra special with a gift from Zazzle. With so many options and the ability to customise your chosen present, you’ll be spoiled for choice! From sports to comedy, cooking essentials to artistic pieces and superhero merchandise to stylish clothing, we have the best Father’s Day gifts for all types of dads!

 Sports Mad Dad

Is your dad a sports fanatic? Get him prepared for the field or add a bit of fun to his game with fantastic sports equipment and gear! If your dad is a table tennis pro, our ping pong paddles can be personalised with your very own images or message. There are some great designs including ‘Ping Pong Champion Dad’ and a customisable ‘The Man, The Myth, The Legend’. Make your gift extra special and pair the paddle with a personalised ping pong ball.

With all that exercise, a water bottle is going to be essential. Ensure you dad’s one doesn’t get mixed up with someone else’s and create his own one-of-a-kind bottle. If designing isn’t your cup of tea, glitz up your dad’s game with a ‘Best Dad Ever’ design or give him a bottle featuring an illustration of his favourite sport, animal or colour.

Dad Ping Pong Paddle

Funny Dad

Ah yes, the comical dad! Always ready to drop the next joke or pull the latest prank. Embrace your dad’s sense of humour and give him a chuckle with a gift he can’t resist. Perhaps your dad spends a lot of time running around after you and your siblings? Maybe he’s on the go so much, his phone is constantly paying the price and prone to falls and scratches. If that’s the case (pardon the pun), perhaps a protective phone cover is just what he needs. There’s no need to lose out on the opportunity to make your own joke here; personalise it with a funny message or private quip.

Has your dad ever come home from work exhausted and looking like he’s had the worst day? Lift his spirits from wherever you are with a funny mug he can grab a cuppa with or a funny magnet he can stick on his computer tower. Sometimes all we need is a smile to let go of some of that stress!

Funny Father's Day Mugs

Foodie Dad

Is your dad a lover of all things cuisine? Make sure he has everything he needs to be a master chef and artful foodie this Father’s Day. If, like most of us, your dad is rushing out the door to work in the morning and never forgets his cherished cup of coffee, a travel coffee mug is on point for his needs. Not only can you add a cute picture of you and dad to our coffee mugs and personalise it with text, it keeps hot liquids warm and avoids nasty spillages on the morning commute.

Let your dad’s cooking instincts take over and make sure he protects his clothes in the process! What’s better than a custom printed apron to don whilst you prepare the family meals? And when it’s finally time for dear old dad to sit down and put his feet up in the evening, make sure he’s accompanied by a bottle of wine, with its very own customised wine label.

Dad Apron

 Geeky Dad

Everyone loves a dad who is a total nerd! Show your dad you love his geeky side this Father’s Day with geeky gifts he’s sure to love. Is your dad a massive DC Comics fan? Make him feel like the hero he is with a cool ‘Super Dad’ belt. Why not take it one step further and deck your dad out in all things super with ‘Super Dad’ t-shirts, hoodies and hats! We even have ‘Super Dad’ flip flops – just make sure he doesn’t decide to pair them with ‘Super Dad’ socks!

Does your dad love his video games and spend a lot of time on his computer? Get your hands on a ‘Best Dad In The World’ or ‘Keep Calm Dad, It’s Just A Game’ mousepad for the perfect Father’s Day gift. Remind your dad just how great he is and give him some silent company whilst he’s playing video games with a ‘Number 1 Dad, Happy Father’s Day’ teddy bear.

Fathers Day Superdad T-Shirt

 Dapper Dad

It can be rather difficult to think of Father’s Day gift ideas for dashing dads. With such unique taste and great style, it’s easy to worry about not hitting the mark. Well, never fear – Zazzle is here! We have a great collection of fashionable clothing your dad will love to don.

Want to give your dad cool yet cute Father’s Day presents? Our father-son matching t-shirts are trendy and sentimental. If you’re looking for something classy and old-school, why not check our ‘The Original’ and ‘The Remix’ tees? Change the colour, font and t-shirt style to really capture your dad’s personality and style. If your dad is more of a hoodie man, we have everything from ‘My favourite people call me Papa’ to ‘Best Dad Ever’.

Is your dad’s style less young and hip dad and more sophisticated and charming father? It’s often the accessories and smaller items of clothing that are the quirky focal point for this style. Why not grab your dad a pair of colourful and whimsical socks, featuring anything from dachshunds to eye-catching patterns. Finish off your dad’s polished look with a tie and choose from eccentric Mad Hatter’s Tea Party designs to elegant Fleur-de-Lis inspired pieces.

To top it all off, don’t forget to peruse our range of Father’s Day cards to complement the perfect present.

How to Host a Royal Wedding Party

With the Royal Wedding only weeks away excitement is starting to build! If your invitation got lost in the post (don’t worry, mine did too), you can still celebrate – just host your own royal wedding party at home. It’s the next best thing to being at St George’s Chapel.

Unfortunately there isn’t an extra day off work this time around, but luckily they will still be televising the wedding, which is all that really matters! Much like Eurovision, Harry and Meghan’s big day is the perfect excuse to gather your mates, lay on some drinks and nibbles, then commentate on all the style and events throughout the day! Here at Zazzle, we’ve got some handy tips to help you host the perfect Royal Wedding viewing party. With everything from the decorations to food to favours, your celebration is sure to rival the main event.

Guest List & Invites

First of all you need to plan the location and guest list. Hosting your party in your own abode makes for an easy and relaxed day, but you could also head out to watch it at a public screening. Once you’ve settled on a location, it’s time to write up a guest list. We don’t imagine you’ll be inviting as many people as Meghan’s ‘modest’ 600 attendees, but a group of close friends who are equally as excited as you are will make for the perfect party! Harry and Meghan won’t be taking any half measures for the wedding, so make sure you invite your guests the right way too with royal wedding party invitations. You can choose from lots of great designs from fun and fancy to regal and elegant. If you really want to impress your friends, pick a design just like Harry and Meghan’s real invitation, with black and gold detailing.

Royak Wedding Invitations

Decorations & Party Supplies

Location, check. Guest list, check. Invitations, check. Next on the agenda is sort out the essential Royal Wedding decorations and party supplies. No event is complete without some decorations to match! Bunting and banners would make the perfect backdrop for all those selfies and group shots you’ll take with your guests to remember the day. Then pick up paper party supplies to add to the decor, and make the clean up afterwards a whole lot easier! Find Union Jack paper plates and cups, neat napkins and even posh paper hats!

Royal Wedding Paper Plate

Games & Favours

Between all the action of people arriving and speeches being given, you’ll want to make sure you have some activities on hand to keep your guests entertained. A classic choice is a simple deck of cards, where anyone can suggest different games to play like Snap or Old Maid. You can even up the stakes and get some Harry and Meghan themed poker chips for a game of Texas Hold’em. Or just create your own Royal Wedding games at home. Simply put together some trivia questions about the wedding and Royal Family and have some fun testing everyone’s knowledge! You can even provide some little party favours like personalised key rings or compact mirrors as prizes for the games to commemorate the day. Customise them to include information about your party or the royal wedding for the perfect keepsake.

Harry & Meghan Poker Chips - Royal Wedding Games

Harry & Meghan Playing Cards - Royal Wedding Games

Dress For The Occasion

Last but not least is to sort out what you’re going to wear for the day. Whether you’re going to a screening at the pub or a street party, you’ll want to dress to impress! If you’re hosting a posh event, you and your mates might want get out the fancy frocks and dress up as though you’re off to Windsor Castle! If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, fun and frill-free, we’ve got a few options that might just do the trick. Why not get matching t-shirts for you and all your friends to wear while you commentate on all the guests’ attire? For a fancier finish, try a Royal Wedding tie, and for the ladies, a handy themed tote bag would be the perfect purse for the day!

Harry & Meghan Tie - Royal Wedding Accessories

Whether you’re going big on the celebrations for the Royal Wedding, or keeping it low key and simple, it’s sure to be a day to remember! As for me, my friends are not as excited about the big event as I am, so I’ll be having a pyjama party while watching all the festivities! However, I’ve made sure I’ve got myself sorted with a Harry & Meghan mug for the multiple cups of tea and biscuits I’ll be consuming on the day! Let me know what your plans are to watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the comments below.

Harry & Meghan Mug - Royal Wedding Mug

Alternative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

With less than two weeks to go, the Easter Bunny is surely on his way. Remember the fond days of yesteryear, looking for eggs out in the garden? The thrill of the hunt as you find that last concealed prize? And finally the spoils, when you’re gorging on all the treats you’ve uncovered. Relive the eggcitment by throwing an Easter egg hunt for your own little ones this year. These Easter egg hunt ideas pose new challenges, might teach everyone something new and are not all about the chocolate!

Forget your Easter basket. Zazzle has an amazing selection of Easter tote bags to gather those eggs. So, on your marks, get set, hunt!

Back to Nature

Egg hunts are a great way to get everyone outdoors. Why not take advantage of the setting and combine the hunt with a nature trail. Come up with a check list of things the children can look out for, such as types of flowers, trees, insects or leaves. Then hide the eggs near each item on your list to make it easier. This can be a great learning tool and would be ideal if you’re throwing a school Easter egg hunt.

Hop Into Action

Plan an active egg hunt to burn off the sugar rush. Pick up some plastic hollow eggs and fill them with fun exercises like ‘Do 10 jumping jacks’ or ‘Hop on the spot for one minute’. Every time someone finds an egg, they have to do the challenge. This is great for people of all ages! It’ll help all those young kids burn through the abundant amount of energy they have and can give adults a good work out too. Don’t forget to provide treats as well.

Glow in the Dark

This one is for older kids, teens and even adults. Fill up some plastic eggs with things that glow in the dark like glow sticks, or even buy some glow-in-the-dark eggs. Night time egg hunting can be amazing amounts of fun, just be safe and make sure to watch your step with all those burrows around.

Fair is Fair

If you’re throwing an egg hunt with children of all ages, it can be a bit unfair on the younger kids. The older ones tend to be the best and can locate all the eggs much faster than the younger ones. So why not separate the prizes with different coloured eggs. For example, match red eggs for the older kids, yellow for the youngest and blue for the in-betweens. This will prevent the older kids snapping up all the great prizes from the younger ones.

The Golden Egg

Include one egg that stands out from the rest – a golden egg! Make it more difficult to find but an extra special treat so it is worth all the effort. Find a particularly challenging (but safe) spot to hide it and the Easter Bunny will be proud.

The Treasure Map

Draw a map for people to follow to makes things more interesting. Following a treasure map is a whole lot more rewarding when the treasure is chocolate!

Egg Scavenger

Add some more interesting twists by creating clues on where to find the next egg. You can even include cryptic clues or riddles for older children. Present it as more of a team challenge with two sets of clues, and see which team makes it to the ultimate prize first! This one tests your brains, adds some friendly competition and can be full of great prizes.

Beyond Chocolate

Not all prizes have to be chocolate. Why not leave notes in plastic eggs for privileges. Like choosing what to have for dinner, 15 extra minutes before bedtime or picking a movie to watch. You can even get your kids to write and hide some for you to find. Who knows what to eggspect when you put creativity into the hands of cheeky children?

Eggducation

You can use Easter egg hunts as a great way to teach and learn. Try more basic lessons for the younger kids, like matching the top and bottom colours of plastic eggs to earn rewards. For the older ones, include trivia questions in plastic eggs for them to answer before getting their reward. You could even throw an egg hunt in the office as a team building exercise!

So there you have our top Easter egg hunt tips. Feel free to mix and match ideas to come up with the best possible hunt you can dream of. Make it as complicated or as simple and traditional as you want. The most important thing is to have some family fun. Hoppy Easter!

How To Throw Your Own Paddy Party
– St Patrick’s Day Ideas

Everyone’s favourite Irish holiday, St Patrick’s Day, is fast approaching. On the 17th March, people the world over come together and celebrate the emerald isle and Irish heritage. But who was this saint and why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day? The truth is, very little is known about him. What we do know suggests he was born in Britain in the late fourth century but at around the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped, sold and enslaved in Ireland for six years. After escaping, he went to France and joined a monastery. Twelve years later, with the pope’s blessing, he returned to Ireland, where he converted the Gaelic Irish to Christianity and travelled the country setting up monasteries and schools. His teachings were such a success that by the seventh century he had become a legendary figure. Indeed, there are many stories told about St Patrick, including one about driving all the snakes out of Ireland. Since his death on 17th March 461 AD, St Patrick has been commemorated on that day. After 1,500 years, it has become more of a secular holiday and a day when everyone is Irish! It’s all about good cheer, good food, music and partying. This year, instead of heading out, why not bust out the green and clover and throw your own Paddy Party? Follow our ultimate St Patrick’s Day party guide for tips and fun ideas for all the family!

St Patrick’s Day Sendables

Gather your guests with St Patrick’s Day invitations. On Zazzle, you’ll find fun designs with everything from clovers to leprechauns to St Pat’s hats. To glam up your invites, why not add some shiny green shamrock or gold confetti inside your envelopes!

Decorations

Go green but also white and gold with your St Patrick’s Day decorations. Then just add rainbows, shamrocks and leprechauns for fun features, especially for the kids. Bunting makes a great alternative to streamers and balloons – not only can it be hung on any surface from walls to doors to ceilings, it is less messy and fully reusable for next year’s party. At the door, why not welcome your guests with an Irish themed poster. Decorate your tables with themed tablecloths and lay with Patrick’s Day plates, cups and napkins, all available on Zazzle!

Food & Drinks

Make the food and drinks fun and green. There are some great novelty St Patrick’s Day recipes out there, from shamrock chips to leprechaun cake pops to lucky charm crispy cakes. Why not try our shamrock Rice Krispy treats recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 113 g butter
  • 200 g mini marshmallows (make sure they’re soft)
  • 250 g Rice Krispies
  • Green food colouring
  • Shamrock cookie cutter

Method:

  1. Melt the butter over a low heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Once the butter has melted, add in the marshmallows and stir until they have also melted.
  3. Add the food colouring and stir until the entire mixture is green.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies. Stir until the cereal is coated.
  5. Place the Rice Krispy mixture in a buttered tray. Press down with a buttered spatula.
  6. Press the cookie cutter down on the mixture to cut out shamrock-shaped treats.
  7. Place the treats on baking paper and refrigerate until set.
  8. Eat and Enjoy!

Games

No party is complete without a game or two. For little kids, hide some gold chocolate coins around the house and garden and set clues for a scavenger hunt to find the pot of gold. Involve all the family and play ‘In the Leprechaun’.  Simply hang a poster and taking turns blindfolded, try and place a clover on the leprechaun. Love bingo? Have fun with a game of St Patrick’s Day bingo with the winner receiving a pot of  gold chocolate coins.

Costumes

Before the party starts, you need the right outfit. If you don’t have time for anything elaborate, just pull on a St Patrick’s Day t-shirt with a fun slogan or Irish saying. Make your guest green with envy and complete your outfit with matching themed leggings, hats and more accessories.

So, you’ve got your outfit, the food and décor, now it’s time for the party to begin. But before we go, we’ll leave you with a St Patrick’s Day wish:

“For each petal on the shamrock

This brings a wish your way

Good health, good luck and happiness

For today and every day.”

Mother’s Day Ideas – How To Make Mum’s Day On 11 March

Mother’s Day 2018 is just around the corner on Sunday 11th March. Whether you’ll be celebrating with mum, step-mum, nan or another super woman in your life, you want to show her how much she means to you. Flowers or a box of chocolate are sure to be appreciated, but there are so many more ways to make her day special. So we’ve come up with some creative Mother’s Day gifts and even activities for some full-on family fun. From cakes to walks to bubble baths, these Mother’s Day ideas are bound to put a smile on her face.

1. Send Her a Card

Sometimes the simplest gestures are the most personal and a handwritten card is always a winner. On Zazzle, you can even personalise Mother’s Day cards with names or photos.

2. Make Her a Photo Gift

Go through those old photos and pick out the ones that will make her smile or laugh. Use the best ones to create a photo collage or upload them to make photo mugs, canvas, key rings and more.

3. Plan a Pampering Session

Book a mani/pedi or spa for you both. Or just pick up her favourite beauty products, run a bubble bath, pour a glass of fizz and let her relax for an hour or two.

4. Share a Story

Give her your favourite book that she hasn’t read. Write her a sweet note in the front cover explaining why you think she will love it too.

5. Take Afternoon Tea

Get dressed up and head into town for a classic afternoon tea at a fancy hotel or tea room.

6. Or, Make Your Own

Bake (or buy) scones and cakes. Add jam, clotted cream, some mini-sandwiches and a range of high-end teas. Set a special table with custom plates, napkins and even a tea pot!

7. Have a Movie Marathon

Camp out on the sofa to watch her favourite films. Add popcorn, drinks and blankets for a perfect girls’ night in.

8. Make Sweet Treats

If she has a sweet tooth, why not make your own truffles, fudge or other treats rather than picking up a selection box. Dress them up with custom gift wrap like favour bags, stickers and ribbon.

9. Play a Game

Gather the family and play a board game, a cards session or, if you’re feeling active and there are lots of you, a team sport!

10. Give Her the Day Off

Let her lie in, get her breakfast in bed then give the whole day off, while you do any cooking, cleaning, gardening etc.

11. Go For a Walk

Set out as a family on a hike or just a walk in park. Stop off in a nice old country pub and treat her to Mother’s Day lunch, or bring a picnic if it’s sunny!

12. Prepare a Toast

Bring over her favourite bottle of wine and make a heartfelt toast to everything she does for you. Enjoy a glass or two while reminiscing over your funniest family memories. Add a personalised wine label for a special touch.

Now you have no excuses to pull off a fabulous Mother’s Day surprise! You can also shop for more on our Mother’s Day gift ideas page.

Fun Ways To Ask ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid?’

He popped the question and now it’s your turn to propose… ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?‘ Whether you are looking for one Maid of Honour or a whole Bride Tribe, asking your bridesmaids is one of the most meaningful tasks to tick off that wedding checklist. If you were planning on a simple phone call or text message, think again! There are so many thoughtful and fun be my bridesmaid ideas that will make her feel extra special (and forgive you when you go a bit bridezilla!) From sending simple cards to saying it with sweets, these creative ideas are sure to be met with a resounding ‘YES!’

With a Card

All your guests will be receiving personal invitations, so you can at least send your girls will you be my bridesmaid cards. Handwritten notes are so much more personal and add a real sense of occasion. There are tons of beautiful personalised designs where you can add her name, or opt for funny will you be my bridesmaid cards if you like to have a giggle.

Personalised Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card

Over a Glass of Wine

What girl doesn’t like drinking with their besties, so why not ask over a glass of vino or bubbly. Upgrade your bottle (ideally one of her favourites) with one of these personalised wine labels. Ask her over for mid-week drinks… then ta-dah! The best way to brighten up a Wednesday. She’ll be so excited, she’ll be cracking open that bottle in a prosecco!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Wine Label

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Wine Label

Or a Cuppa

For a more civilised will you be my bridesmaid party, gather your girls for afternoon tea then personalise the mugs with names and the big question! You could even choose a morphing mug to make the big reveal more fun. Bridesmaid mugs make a personal but practical keepsake, and are sure to be put to good use over all those wedding planning sessions! Just add their name or even a photo you two together.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Mug

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Photo Mug

With Sweet Treats

We all know the way to any girl’s heart is with something sweet. So it’s time to get baking (or visit the cake shop). Package up freshly baked cookies, cupcakes or her favourite chocolates with personalised gift wrap like gift tags, stickers, wrapping paper, ribbon or favour bags. After all, you ‘Donut want to say I do without you!’  Who could say no to donuts?

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift Tag

In a Balloon or on a Banner

Literally ‘pop’ the question by hiding it inside a balloon – currently one of the most popular ways to ask will you be my bridesmaid. Add a little note or even poem inside balloons, along with some sparkly glitter or sequins for effect, inflate with helium, then present to your BFFs on string or even hidden inside a box. Another high impact idea is to pop the question on a big banner – ours are up to 5 foot long so she won’t miss it. Hang at your party venue or even display it outside her house!

On a Puzzle

Half the fun of asking your bridesmaid is the element of surprise. So draw out the excitement with ideas like scratch cards, treasure hunts, crossword puzzles or a jigsaw puzzle! Let her piece together your big news with a puzzle personalised with her name and even a photo of you together. Perfect for ladies who like a challenge!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Jigsaw Puzzle

With a Goodie Bag

Why settle on one bridesmaid idea, when you can spoil your girls with lots of little presents. Fill a will you be my bridesmaid box or tote bag with goodies like photos of you all together, badges, little bottles of bubbly, beauty products, candles, sweets etc. You could even make them into emergency survival or wedding planning kits and include items like personalised notebooks and post-it notes! They will come in handy over the next few months as you deliver those checklists.

Bridesmaid Tote Bag

Bridesmaid Notebook

We all know that every Kate needs a Pippa, right? Perhaps you have known who will be by your side for years, or you have spent weeks agonising over the decision. Either way, any bridesmaid proposal is bound to be a teary moment and one you will remember for a lifetime. We hope these ideas will make it even more memorable. Whether you are asking your sister, cousin, childhood or university friend, now is the time to start proposing to your girls and let the real fun begin!