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Are you having trouble coming up with the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list? Say no more! At Forever Bespoke we have a wide selection of bespoke gifts for the whole family. Check out our holiday gift guide for holiday presents that will make everyone smile.
For the fashion-conscious
We all have that friend or family member who's always on top of the latest trends in fashion. Be the talk of the season by giving that persona a trendy yet timeless piece of jewellry. These stunning bracelets can be customised to bear the recipient's name or a heartfelt message for a gift that's stylish and personal. Bespoke Brown Leather Bracelet retails for £19.99. Silver Plated Heart Bracelet retails for £25.00.
For the hobbyist
Perhaps your aunt collects puzzles. Or, maybe your grandmother loves to sew. For the hobbyist in your life, you can't go wrong with one of these custom bags! These bags are both fashionable and practical, and best of all, they can be personalised. Personalised Best Puzzler Shoulder Bag retails for £9.95. Printed Sewing Storage Tote Bag retails for £9.95.
For the workaholic
For those who have long, busy work schedules, give them a reason to relax and unwind with a soothing bath set. The Distinguished Gent Bath Gift Set inclues dapper chap soap, wave hello shower gel, the distinguished gentleman body lotion, man grenade and the big blue soap, while the Three Little Birds Bath Gift Set includes springtime fantasy soap, daisy daisy bath buttercup, apple and raspberry swirl bath blaster, flutter by butterfly bath blaster and pink rhubarb encounter bath mallow. All of the products are handmade and come handwrapped in a beautiful gift box. The Distinguished Gent Bath Gift Set retails for £12.99. Three Little Birds Bath Gift Set retails for £12.99.
For the traveller
Is someone on your list a travel junkie? These gifts are perfect for anyone who loves a good adventure. The Personalised Map Flask features a leather effect sleeve with a vintage-inspired map design and a lid that can be personalised with the recipient's initials. The Bon Voyage Acrylic Star features an image of a suitcase with the person's name and a special message and serves as a beautiful keepsake that can be hung on the Christmas tree or kept as a reminder of home during their travels. Personalised Map Flask retails for £19.99. Bon Voyage Acrylic Star retails for £6.99.
For the dog owner
If you have a dog owner in the family, then these handy dog bags are the perfect gift. The Travel Dog In A Tin provides dog owners with everything they need for taking their dog to the dog park or for a walk— all in one convenient carry case. It includes a dog water bowl, emergency lead and dog poop bags. Then, with the I Love My Dog Personalised Shopper Bag, dog owners can show their love for their dog no matter where they go. This bag can be personalised with the dog's name and breed and is ideal for everyday use, shopping and going to work or school. Travel Dog In A Tin retails for £9.99. I Love My Dog Personalised Shopper Bag retails for £9.95.
Spread holiday cheer with these wonderful gift ideas from Forever Bespoke. For more amazing gift ideas, visit us online at ForeverBespoke.co.uk!
Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party, wedding shower or child's birthday party, you want your party to be special, unique and stand out from the others of its kind. You've probably surfed the Web for inspiration and asked your friends and family for their input. If you're stilled strapped for ideas, the Forever Bespoke team has put together a list of the top bloggers who share their party planning tips and ideas. In no particular order, here are the blogs that made our list:
Hostess With the Mostess
From party themes, cakes and décor to entertaining products, clever DIY projects and hostessing tips, Hostess with the Mostess (HWTM) provides first-time party throwers and seasoned party pros with great ideas for their next party or special event. HWTM is headed by Editor-in-Chief and Founder Jenn Sbranti and her husbad Sonny. Jenn is a designer, entrepeneur, writer and mom who's always had a thing for parties – particularly party décor. Using her web designing background, she created her blog back in 2005, and we're so thankful she did!
Founded by Allison Graham in 2001, Party Delights is a party supply store offering everything you need for you next event, including invitations, balloons, tablewear, games, dress and decorations. Allison was inspired to found Party Delights after she was unable to find a complete range of accessories for her son's Spiderman themed birthday party. She founded Party Delights to ensure children would have enjoyable birthday parties at home with themes to suit their hobbies and interests. At the Party Delights Blog, you'll find great party theme ideas, DIY projects, and so much more.
Pretty Little Party Shop
Pretty Little Party Shop is an online party and events supply shop that aims to create an effortless feel to party styling. The store's style is simple and contemporary and offers a mix of handpicked products from around the world, as well as its own in-house designs and hand-made items. The Pretty Little Party Shop Blog offers unique ideas for party planners with an elegant yet simplistic style.
Party Pieces Blog and Inspiration
Party Pieces is a family business founded in 1987 by Carole Middleton, who hoped to inspire other mothers to create magical parties at home and to make the party planning process easier. Party Pieces Blog and Inspiration, Party Pieces' online party magazine, providing hostesses with everything they need to know about throwing a child's party or family celebration. The online magazine covers everything from delicious recipes, to the latest party themes, to fun decorating and craft ideas.
Kara's Party Ideas
Kara's Party Ideas was started in 2009 by Kara Allen, a party designer, author, blogger and dessert stylist. Since a young age, Kara's always had a calling for party planning, and her creative ideas and keen attention to detail have led her to be called the new Martha Stewart of the party world. She has been featured on a number of morning talk shows, magazines and publications, including The Today Show, HGTV, TLC, Parenting Magazine, Brides Magazine and The Rachel Ray Show, amongst many others. Kara's blog highlights awesome party themes and ideas for birthday parties, baptisms, weddings, baby showers and holidays.
Be sure to follow these five fabulous party blogs, and when you need the perfect gift for the next birthday party, christening, graduation or holiday, browse our bespoke gifts at Forever Bespoke.
When it comes to birthdays, turning thirteen is a milestone worth celebrating. As it represents the transition from child to teenager, 13th birthdays are often viewed as a "coming of age". If your daughter is unsure how she wants to celebrate officially becoming a teenager, consider one of the following cool 13th birthday ideas.
A sleepover is a great birthday party idea for a thirteen year old. Your daughter and her friends can relax in their pyjamas and slippers, watch movies, play games and do each other's makeup and nails. Another fun sleepover activity is having a fashion show. You can gather some clothing and costumes before the party and have the girls pick fun outfits and pretend to walk down a runway.
Not only are sleepovers tons of fun, but also they give teens a sense of privacy, while allowing parents to supervise what's going on. Plus, parents can rest easy knowing there's no boys allowed.
If your daughter's birthday falls in the summer, consider having a pool party. With a pool party, you can throw a beach, tropical or nautical themed party and centre your food and decorations on your theme. Along with swimming, provide guests will fun backyard games, such bocce ball, corn hole and Frisbee, and be sure to have some music.
Invite your daughter's closest friends over for a spa day. You can give the girls cute fuzzy slippers and spa masks and spend the day relaxing and doing facials, manicures and pedicures. If you don’t want to have the party at home, you can throw the party at a local spa or salon.
For something unique and different, take your daughter and her friends on a field trip to one of her favourite places, or do something your daughter really enjoys. You can take the girls horseback riding or to an amusement park, musical or dinner and a movie.
By choosing one of these cool 13th birthday ideas, your daughter will be sure to have an unforgettable birthday.
When deciding on the location, think about what the mother-to-be would appreciate most. Many baby showers are held at home because it provides a private, intimate and comfortable atmosphere. As an added bonus, having a baby shower at the mother's house or the home of a family member or friend saves money. However, think about if the mother-to-be would prefer another location, such as a ballroom, resort, spa or her favourite restaurant.
The invitations, decorations and treats should be centred on an overall theme. Consider the mom-to-be's preferences and personality, as well as the new baby when coming up with the perfect theme. If you know the baby's going to be a girl, you can create a mermaid or fairy princess themed party. If you don’t know the gender of the baby, you can use a gender neutral theme, such as a nautical, farm, or safari theme. Guests can also use the party's theme to come up with the perfect baby girl or baby boy gift ideas.
Once you know the location and theme, you can start working on the invitations. Keep in mind the location and how much space there is when deciding how many people to invite. Talk to the mom-to-be's close friends and family members for help coming up with the guest list. Be sure to provide your phone number on the invitation, should anyone need directions or help with a baby gift idea. You should send the invitations out at least four weeks in advance.
Activities and Games
Kick off the activities portion of the party with Who's the Baby. This is a classic baby shower game and great icebreaker that involves everyone bringing their baby picture and matching the guests to the photos. Mix traditional baby shower games like baby bingo and trivia with other games guests have likely never played before.
With these tips, you'll be sure to plan the perfect baby shower!
For many of us, shopping for dad can be extremely difficult. When we ask what he wants for his birthday he usually says he doesn't need anything and doesn't offer any ideas. And, everything you can think of is too cliché or he already owns.
Well, if you’re struggling to come up with the perfect birthday gift for dad, go with something personal. Our birthday gifts for dad are unique and memorable and allow you to give a gift that truly comes from the heart. Whether dad is a businessman or outdoorsman, consider one of these great birthday gifts for dad.
Every man needs a set of nice cufflinks. These brushed silver cufflinks look great with dress shirts and suits and can be worn for work or any special occasion, from weddings to birthday celebrations to graduation ceremonies. Best of all, you can add a personal touch by having the cufflinks engraved with your father's initials. Retails for £17.45.
Personalised Leather Wallet
Is dad due for a new wallet? This luxury leather wallet is the perfect gift and is certain to become one of his most prized possessions. Its design is sophisticated yet practical, as it features a felt lining with soft leather touches and has ample room for organising all of his cards and money. The wallet can be personalised to bear his name on the inside. Retails for £34.99.
Presentation Bar Gift Set
Does dad love to entertain? If so, this four-piece bar set is the ultimate gift. It includes all of the essentials for his home bar – corkscrew, wine pourer, anti-drip ring, and thermometer. The items are wonderfully presented in a brown wooden gift box, which would look great displayed in glass cabinet or side tablet. Retails for £14.99.
Dapper Chap Water Bottle
The Dapper Chap Water Bottle is ideal for active dads or dads who need to be encouraged to drink more water. This classic aluminum water bottle holds 400ML of water and is perfect for work, hiking trips or working out at the gym. Its leak-proof screw top prevents water from spilling, while the carabiner clip makes it easy to attach to a rucksack or belt loop. Retails for £8.99.
For more great birthday gifts for dad, visit us online at ForeverBespoke.co.uk.
20 THINGS ONLY A 90'S KID WILL UNDERSTAND
1: You remember the pain of dial up Internet
It's strange to think that it used to take a lifetime to connect to the Internet and you couldn't use the phone at the same time. Every 90's kid will remember frantically waving at their Mum to hurry up and end the conversation so they could get online.
2: You rented VHS not DVD's
The excitement of going to Blockbuster on a Friday night to choose a video was always something to look forward to.
3: You taped the top 40
We couldn't just Google and listen to the top 40 so we resorted to tuning into Radio 1 every Sunday from 4-7 and taping it with a cassette. The challenge was trying to pause it before the DJ started talking.
4: Penny sweets were actually a penny
Nowadays a pick 'n' mix is extortionate! remember going to the shop and getting a big bag for 20p?! You definitely got more sweets for your money back then.
5: You had smelly gel pens in your pencil case
You just weren't cool unless your pens were scented.
6: You owned the original walk man
Instead of sleek ipod's, 90's kids had the task of carrying around bulky CD and cassette player's when they wanted to listen to their favourite songs on the go.
7: You had a pet tamagotchi
It was a hard work satisfying these digital pets. Sneaking it to school was a mission – your teacher had to understand that couldn't leave it at home or it would die!
8: You had to catch 'em all.
Trading Pokemon cards at break was a regular occurrence. You suddenly became very popular if you had a shiny Charizard.
9: Your Mum washed your hair with L'Oréal kids shampoo
The 'no tears' motto was definitely a lie though.
10: You couldn't have orangeade without asking “who loves orange soda!?”
Keenan and Kel was one of the best programmes around and who could forget that famous quote!
11: SM:TV was the reason to get up on a Saturday morning
A morning spent with Ant, Dec and Cat was hilarious.
12: You still have a box of beanie babies hidden in the attic
At one point you couldn't see your bed with the amount you had!
13: Your creations never quite looked liked the finished product on art attack
Did they really expect a five year old to have the ability to make some of them!?
14:You locked your furby in a cupboard
Constant “feed me!”demands and falling asleep under its beady eyes was overwhelming. Annoying and slightly horrifying it is surprising that these furry aliens became so popular.
15: You had some snazzy footwear
From sparkly jelly sandals to trainers that lit up, the 90's was the coolest era for footwear!
16: You know all the words to the fresh prince of Bel Air theme song
“Innnn West Philadelphia born and raised...” you just can't stop yourself.
17: You always wanted a dairylea lunchable to take school
Even though they tasted horrible it was much cooler than taking in your Mum's squashed tin foil wrapped sandwiches.
18: The era of Boy/girl bands
Spice girls, Atomic Kitten, Backstreet Boys, N'sync... the 90's had some of the best (and cheesiest) bands. What better way to spend your time than learning the dance moves and making your mum video it with a camcorder (yes ... a camcorder, remember those?).
19: Learning CD lyrics
Memorising the song lyrics from the leaflet inside was the first thing you would do when you got a new CD.
20.You wanted Bernard's watch
And you would come up with much more interesting (and perhaps unethical) ways of using it. Cheating in an exam... finally getting your hands on that Prada bag..
Stephanie (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)
The Easter Holidays are here, which means the kids are off school and full of sugar. If you're not going away during their time off, it can be difficult thinking of things to keep them occupied. If you're struggling for ideas, we've got 10 great things to do during the holidays – all with a little twist on Easter and Spring, to make them a bit more fun!
1. Go on an egg hunt – if you're wanting to do something on Easter Sunday, then this is a great activity for the whole family. Easter eggs can be hidden in your own house and garden if they're big enough, or you could go to a pre-arranged egg hunt. Take a picnic with you and go exploring afterwards to make the most of your day out.
2. Make an Easter bonnet – this activity is sometimes more for the adults than the kids...get out the pom-poms, glitter glue, feathers, and be prepared for the mess! Turn the bonnet making in to a competition and model your creations to the family once they're all complete.
3. Go on a nature hunt – nature hunts are a great way to get kids out the house. Make up a list of 'treasure' to find while you're out on your walk. Pick springtime nature items, like daffodils, bluebells, and birds nests to look out for.
4. Paint some eggs – chose to do it the classic way with a hard boiled egg and paint, or use polystyrene eggs and craft supplies for something a bit more creative. If you do this one before Easter, you can take your eggs out on Sunday to roll down a hill.
5. Make chocolate nests – these are a quick and easy treat for children to help make, and a good way to use up any extra chocolate eggs. All you need to do is melt down your chocolate, mix it into crushed shredded wheat, and put it in a cake case with mini eggs placed on top.
6. Play some springtime games – if the kids are having friends round during the holidays, some springtime games will keep them entertained! An egg and spoon race is a favourite when the weather is nice, or play 'pin the tail on the bunny' indoors.
7. Hand and footprint paintings – toddlers and babies love getting messy, and handprint/footprint paintings are a fun activity for them to do. Get creative and make bunnies, chicks, carrots, and lambs out of their prints! Make them in to Easter cards or pictures to put up on the fridge.
8. Make a real nest – if you're lucky enough to live in the countryside (or close enough to visit), then this is a fun challenge for children to do. Let them forage for twigs to build their own life-sized nest, and see how well they get on. This might even encourage them to work together, to make a bigger and better one than if they were doing it alone!
9. Make a rainbow – it might be rainy for a few days during the holiday, but don't let the dull weather bring you down. Brighten it up indoors by making colourful rainbows. The options are endless on how to make them – use watercolours, tissue paper, glitter, or anything else you can think of. Hang them up by the windows to cheer up the weather!
10. Eat too much chocolate – it'll start with the children eating too much on Easter Sunday, and will end with you sneaking bits of their chocolate eggs when they're in bed. Just don't eat a full egg at once, unless you want to get caught.
Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)
The 1st of April is a day full of jokes and pranks, so keep an eye out for anything that might happen to you. Here are some pranks that might be funny for the person doing them, but not so funny if you get caught out! From jokes that the whole country might fall for, to messing around in the office, here are our top 10 that you don't want to happen to you.
Prank 1: Fake news articles – lots of newspapers and news channels have started telling us false stories on April Fool's Day. Last year, a penguin laid a golden egg and there was talk of the government putting a ban on selfies. Keep your wits about you and take every news story with a pinch of salt!
Prank 2: Upside down water cup – there is a way to turn a cup of water upside down, on a flat surface, without the water pouring out. Until the victim of this prank has to move it, and they'll inevitably soak themselves and everything around them.
Prank 3: Car covered in post-it notes – this is a prank that you might only ever see in photos, and hopefully never have it happen to you! Imagine going out to get in your car, but it's artistically covered in post-it notes. Everywhere. It could range from being funny if you've got nowhere to go, to mildly annoying if you have to take them all off before going to work.
Prank 4: Soap that won't work – it's an old classic, but people are still falling for it every year. A bar of soap that has been painted with clear nail varnish won't work, leaving the victim a bit puzzled as they're trying to have a shower in the morning.
Prank 5: Wrapped up bedroom – this one is very popular with students. If one flatmate is away for a couple of days, it's not uncommon to come home to a bedroom wrapped up in wrapping paper, tinfoil or newspaper. This takes serious dedication to wrap up every single item. If it happens to you, try to look at it like getting to open lots of presents...that you already own.
Prank 6: Items in jelly – more specifically, things that do not belong in jelly. What could be more annoying that going to get your stapler at work and finding it inside a mountain of jelly? Maybe finding your computer mouse in it too.
Prank 7: Alarms being set early – because there's nothing quite as funny as waking up an hour early...be prepared for the potential fall out if you do this to someone. If someone does it to you, it's perfectly reasonable to get them back the next day.
Prank 8: Room filled with balloons – imagine going in to your office and finding it filled with balloons, from ceiling to floor! This is a prank that most people will find funny, but does take ages to set up. Maybe it's best to just leave it.
Prank 9: Fake toffee apple – instead of biting in to an apple, they bite in to an onion instead. This is a really mean one.
Prank 10: Upside down computer screen – this one is easy to do and easy to fix! It'll only take a few minutes to figure out how to put it back and is totally harmless. If it happens to you, it might be easier to google on your phone how to fix it, rather than reading an upside down screen.
Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)
10 Ways To Know You're Officially An Adult
The day has finally come, where you have to face up to the realisation that you're no longer young and carefree. You're not old yet, but it sure feels like it some days. Luckily you're not alone and we've all either been there or are getting there. Here are some tell-tale signs that you're officially an adult:
1. You eat properly – cooking meals from scratch, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and even making sure that you eat some vegetables. Long gone are the days that you could survive solely on pot noodles, cheesy pasta and crisps.
2. You don't recognise music on the radio – it all sounds like the same noise, and you'll get all nostalgic when they play a song from when you were a teenager.
3. You've said “it was better when I was your age...” – if you catch yourself saying this to a child/teenager/anyone younger than you, you're officially old. Of course, we all know that it was better back in our day, when you actually got 10 sweets in your 10p mix up.
4. Your childhood fashions are making a comeback – scrunchies, ripped jeans and chokers have all made a comeback, but lots of us were wearing them the first time round. You'll either love that all your old favourites are back, or wonder if you really looked like that wearing them in the '90s.
5. You enjoy a night in – loud music, spending more money than you planned, and a hangover in the morning? No thanks, we'll stick to Netflix and being in bed at a sensible time.
6. You don't get asked for ID when you do go out – even though they have a “challenge 25” poster up and you're not even 25 yet. It's so unfair.
7. You spend your money on bills – instead of on Topshop and numerous nights out. You work full time and don't go out as much, but are somehow left with less money than when you were a student and only working part time. It doesn't make sense, but does show that you're a proper grown up now.
8. You go to your mum's house for a chat – not in the hopes that she'll wash that bag of dirty clothes you happened to bring round. Not only do you do all your own washing now (most of the time), but you have more in common with your mum than you did before. You're now swapping dinner ideas, tips on where to get a bargain, and enjoying spending time with her.
9. You feel old on a night out – when you do finally go for a night out, it feels like you're surrounded by children. You've got to resist telling them to go home and put some more clothes on, while looking on in horror at how drunk they all are.
10. You choose comfort over style (sometimes) – the walk to work now involves a decent pair of trainers instead of high heels, and you always take a coat on a night out. You might not look super stylish all of the time, but at least you won't be cold on the way home.
Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)