Curiosities of February 29th + New Easter Party Themes

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Easter is just around the corner now (April 6th is Good Friday) and we have some beautiful new ranges to ensure everyone enjoys your Easter gathering. The gorgeous Peter Rabbit theme has a new Easter look complete with egg hunting kit, bunting and spinning centrepiece.

We’ve also got these cute bunny bags for the children to put their loot in. If you’re looking for Easter gifts to take to your hosts – how about taking a homemade traditional Simnel cake in this beautiful Happy Easter Large Cake Box or get the children involved and make some cupcakes using our Easter cupcake kit – it comes complete with twoHappy Easter presentation boxes.

Wednesday is, of course, Leap Day, that rather magical day when everyone should try something different. Traditionally, Women are supposed to be allowed to propose marriage any time during a leap year, but doing it on February 29th makes it extra special. In 1288 Queen Margaret of Scotland required that a man would have to pay a fine if he refused a proposal on leap-day, the fine being a silken gown for the offended lady. In the seventeenth century women often wore breeches during a leap year.

The Oscars were on leap-day in 1940 when Hattie McDaniel became the first black actress to receive the award for Gone with the Wind. The same film won Best Picture in a very strong field, including Goodbye Mr Chips, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, The Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka, and Wuthering Heights all of which are must-see films.

If you’re lucky enough to have a birthday on February 29th you’re known as a leapling. The plot of The Pirates of Penzance centres around Frederic who is a leapling: he’s apprenticed to pirates who will only release him on his 21st birthday, which of course will only occur well into his eighties. If you’re stuck for inspiration for a Leap Day Challenge, how about learning all the words to I am the very model of a modern Major General from the show.

Any queries, questions, problems or ideas: we’re here during office hours on 01572 748 609.

Emily

 
Jubilee Crowns
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Diamond Jubilee Baloons
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Culture Spectacular + Voucher Code Last few Days

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If you missed our half-term broadcast, then fear not because the discount will be running until the end of the week.

Today is an important anniversary for lovers of the ballet and opera. It is 135 years since the first outing of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the so-called "ornithologists’ ballet".

Like all good stories, the original performance was not auspicious – critics said the tale was "stupid" (harsh) and the characters’ names (such as Baron von Schwarzfels) were "unpronounceable", which may or may not be true if you’re Russian. Still, it obviously went on to be a huge success and is the quintessential Russian folk-tale.

Today is also the 196th anniversary of the premiere of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, which was also a complete disaster when first performed – the audience jeered and hissed throughout the show while the players had a number of accidents on stage. However, this was mainly due to a jealous rival of Rossini who was determined to stir up trouble; within a week Barber was playing to a packed theatre.

More anniversaries? Gloria Vanderbilt is 88 today – if you’ve ever warn designer jeans that’s down to her. And King Uther Pendragon from Arthur (known to his friends as Anthony Head) is 58 today. Apparently he’s a pescatarian which is not a star sign but a vegetarian-plus-fish. You can see him in The Iron Lady where he does a curious impression of Geoffrey Howe.

Because it’s half-term we’re re-running our 10% off the cost of your order promotion (sorry, not costumes). You should find a box to put in the discount code on the basket page. Any queries, questions, problems or ideas: we’re here during office hours on 01572 748 609.

Emily

 
Fairytale Skittles
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Grow my own Carrots
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Wooden Sppon
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Red Admiral Costume
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Half Term Voucher Code + World Book Day Costumes

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Fair Trade Fortnight starts on February 27th. If you’re thinking of supporting this event by throwing a little (or large!) tea-party we’re delighted to report we have some beautiful new party ware and gifts in stock which are all fair trade approved.

Has your school asked you to magic a costume out of thin air for World Book day yet (10th March)? Those of you who’ll be making one, we take our hats off to you, those of you who are about as familiar with a sewing machine as Posh Spice is to doughnuts let us give you a helping hand – do take a look at our costumes (great quality so they’ll last in your fancy dress box for next year too ).

Most little girls will want to dress up as either a fairy or a princess (or a bit of both!) – all you’ll need to do is make sure you’ve linked it back to a book title (Rapunzel, The Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty etc.)

As for little boys, how about a knight, a dinosaur, a King, a cowboy or a soldier – the choice is yours (well, theirs probably) and if all else fails, you could go straight for a superhero – lots of kudos in the playground.

We’re feeling quite royal today, because it is the 323rd anniversary of William and Mary becoming King and Queen, the only time we’ve had two monarchs at the same time. Mary was an excellent monarch, and did much to popularise the keeping of goldfish.

Because it’s half-term we’re re-running our New Year promotion which is worth 10% off the cost of your order. You should find a box to put in the discount code on the basket page. Any queries, questions, problems or ideas: we’re here during office hours on 01572 748 609.

Emily

 
Fairytale Skittles
Fairytale Skittles
 
Grow my own Carrots
Grow my own Carrots
 
Wooden Sppon
Wooden Spoons
 
Red Admiral Costume
Red Admiral Costume

Captain Costume
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