Tips and Ideas
Nature indoors? Yes, please!
Nature doesn’t just live outside. A flash of feathers, a sweep of foliage – you can get your breath of fresh air inside, too. From a nod to the owl trend, to an update on the floral look, we can help you transform your home with gorgeous nature-inspired products.
Here, we suggest some themes for decorating with the outdoors in mind, from animal brights to nature kids and monochrome floral.
Cute animals are irresistible. Dial up the cute factor at home or tap into the woodland vibe with some wild accessories. Bright colours really bring a room alive (see what we did there?).
(Tip on moodboard: For big impact, go bright with walls, or tone down your base colour and just add bold tones with accessories and furniture)
Stuck without a garden, or can’t get enough of daisies and orchids? Dress a room in florals and you’ll always have time to stop and enjoy the roses. Choose black and white for a modern look.
(Tip on moodboard: For a floral fix without the fuss, team up busy textiles with classics like timber floors and white furniture)
It’s a jungle – or a farm, or a forest – in here. You see a lamp or hedgehog toy, they hear snuffling and feel sunlight filtered through leaves. A mix of colours, patterns and textures feeds their imagination.
(Tip on moodboard: Clashing colours, woodland with tropical – it doesn’t have to match. Let little ones go wild with their nature-inspired favourites)
Baking at Home
Laughter around the dinner table, lip-smacking treats – make the long weekend extra special with our hints and tips for entertaining friends and family. We’ve made it easy to plan a vintage tea party with a recipe, printable invite and styling tips. And you’ll be well on your way to hosting an unforgettable dinner party with our top-10 tips.
Fill your kitchen with the sweet smells of baking and then treat your friends to a vintage-style afternoon tea to enjoy the results. We’ve made it even easier with a simple Victoria sponge recipe and ideas for how to style a vintage table setting.
Make your Victoria sponge in heart-shaped SOCKERKAKA baking mould for a clever twist on this vintage classic.
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas mark 5.
- Grease two SOCKERKAKA heart-shaped baking moulds.
- Combine the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl and beat until creamy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
- Fold in the flour.
- Divide the mixture equally between the two baking moulds.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until risen and golden brown. They should be springy to the touch.
- Leave for a couple of minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
- Spread one cake with strawberry jam, then a layer of whipped cream. Arrange the strawberries, cut side up, on the cream and then place the other cake on top.
- Dust the top of the cake with icing sugar. Or, add another layer of cream and strawberries, like the Swedish do.
- butter, for greasing
- 200g butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 4 eggs
- 200g self-raising flour, sifted
- strawberry jam
- 150 ml double cream, whipped
- fresh strawberries, halved lengthways
- icing sugar
Top 10 tips for a fantastic dinner party
How do you know the evening’s been a success? When you get to the cheeseboard and you’ve giggled yourselves into a stupor. Show loved ones you really care by treating them to dinner party memories they’ll cherish long after they’ve walked out the door.