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The Cheese Shed

It’s not that I forget birthdays. More that I remember them at the last-minute and, more often than not, procrastinate when it comes to posting the gift. So I do a lot of gift buying online and my latest online gift saviour is The Cheese Shed who specialise in West Country cheese.

My husband and I honeymooned in that part of England and we ate a lot of local cheese while we were there, some of which is among the best cheese I have ever tasted, so I had high hopes for these cheesy gifts. I was not disappointed.

The Cheese Shed offer 16 different gift boxes to choose from starting at £25, with names such as Nothin’ But The Blues and Some Like It Raw. The Big Softy below is making me dribble on my keyboard…

The Cheese Shed - The Big Softy

If you want to spend a bit more you can upgrade to one of the four hampers, a cheese subscription or gift vouchers. You receive an email when your gift is delivered, which I think is a nice touch to stop any worries.

If you haven’t got a sweet tooth or don’t like cake (what? It could be possible!) then look at the beautiful cakes of cheese that The Cheese Shed create. They are wedding cakes but would be stunning at any party, and are better value than most wedding cakes at £67 for one that feeds 20-25 people.

The Cheese Shed - Tyneham Wedding Cheese CakeIf you have specific cheese tastes or like trying out different combinations you can have a go at creating your own cheese cake masterpiece using the interactive cakebuilder. I warn you though – I have just spent almost an hour building different cake variations.

Would you prefer cheese, chocolates or flowers in the post?

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Gourmet Gin & Tonic Popcorn

Before I gave up sugar at the end of last year, Santa left in my stocking this gin and tonic flavour popcorn by Joe and Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn.

Joe and Seph's Gin & Tonic PopcornI can usually take or leave popcorn but, oh my word. This stuff is amazing. Seriously, if you like a nice G&T, you will love this. They taste of smooth, sweet caramel and right when you’re thinking that they don’t taste of G&T at all, the juniper & quinine tang hits you. And then you want more.

Joe & Seph have created some amazing sounding flavours. Madras curry with black onion seed and lime? Cheese on toast? Irish Cheddar & Paprika? Caramel, Mirin, Soya & Sesame? Oh, how to choose!

Joe and Seph's Cheddar and smoked paprika Popcorn

There are some good gift packs and you can brand your own packets if you buy in bulk, they’d make excellent wedding favours.

Prices start from £4 and there are discounts for buying six, as if we needed an excuse to buy more…

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Wedding Tea Towels

When we got married last year our wedding invitations reflected how me and the Mr met. We both work in safety & ‘Mr & Mrs Safety’ is how we are known, to his friends particularly.

Mr & Mrs Safety - Our Wedding Invite

I bought an image from Getty, designed them myself and had them printed by a friend at mates rates, they were cheap and cheerful and did the job. But if I’d seen The Original Wedding Tea Towel Company when I was getting married I would have been very tempted.

Instead of a card, invite your friends using a tea towel or bag that can be used and kept forever. Perfect for a save the date, an invite, favour or instead of a thank you card.

Choose your design from the Penny Friendly all black design at £40.

Penny Friendly - Wedding Tea Towel

Or a design from the Classic Collection for £50, like this Spring Hill design.

Spring Hill - Wedding Tea Towel

Or you may like one of the Boutique designs at £85. You can also create your own bespoke design for £160.

Wedding Postcard - Wedding Tea Towel

Once you’ve chosen your design, count how many you’ll need to see the full price. Delivery is free in the UK and it will cost you the price of a large letter to post them out to your friends and family.

For 100 guests including artwork from the classic collection you’re looking at around £325, which is about the same as some designed paper invites and certainly less than a lot of traditional favours and your guests’ reactions will be priceless.

Even though I’ve got no use for them I’m still hankering after them. So if you’re going to use them for your wedding, can you invite me so I can at least have one? Pretty please?

The Original Wedding Tea Towel Company can also do tea towels for birth announcements. If we’re blessed with another baby hankerer, I’ll definitely do that.

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Notes On Origami

For our wedding I had the romantic notion to make an origami ‘beating’ heart for each guest’s place card. Until I made two. I realised that for almost a hundred guests it would take me hours. So I gave up and we had badges instead.

Despite giving up so easily, I still like the idea of origami presents and when I saw this Bespoke Origami Writing Set by Love Racoons Illustration it had me hankering.

Bespoke Origami Writing Set by Love Racoons Illustration

Write your note on the plain side of the origami paper and with the aid of the origami folding instructions, turn your note into a lily. The pack is available from Designers / Makers and is £6 for a set of five envelopes and origami sheets. The printed designs include foxes, wild flowers, cupcakes and hearts, swallows and stars.

How lovely it would be to open an envelope amidst all the bills and junk mail with a handmade lily note inside.

If you’re interested to see the ‘beating’ heart I was planning, here’s a nice tutorial from a guy called Rob:

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Well Wishes

After the subject of wishes yesterday I realised I left out a big wish tradition, but this Wishbone Card from Present & Correct reminded me.

I don’t know how it slipped my mind, it was such a big wish producer when I was little. My Granny would reward me with pulling the wishbone if I helped clear the plates from the table and I’m sure she knew which end to give me as I always seemed to get the wish.

Wishbone Card - Present & Correct

There is space for you and someone else to write your wishes on the back and the card is perforated so it can be split down the middle. Even better than a real wishbone it seems both of you get your wishes – result!

This card could be used for loads of events – good luck card, birth of a baby. But I think my favourite would be as an alternative to a wedding wishing tree or guest book, collect up well wishes from all your guests on these wishbone cards instead.

What would you use them for?

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Folded Heart Book Decorations

When I came across these book decorations, I thought ‘how clever’ followed by ‘they hurt a book!’ but then I read that they don’t cut the pages they fold them down, which makes it even more clever.

Folded Heart Book Decoration by Stuff by Losy Posy

There are three versions each at £25, a children’s book, a romantic novel and another version with more manly titles. Each version has a choice of two titles with corresponding coloured ribbon.

Children's Book Folded Heart Book Decoration by Stuff By Losy Posy

I think the Water Babies one would be lovely for a christening or first birthday, they also include the original dust jacket which would be nice to frame separately. The other versions could make nice wedding or mothers/fathers day presents.

What do you think, pretty decoration or grievous book harm?

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Dresses Fit For a Church

After I wrote about the beautiful Junkaholique dress, a lovely reader asked me to keep my eyes peeled for a shorter dress suitable for her daughter’s christening. I’m not altogether au fait with what a mother should wear at a christening but I’ve found a few dresses that I think  are smart and elegant but not too sexy for the church. If you’re attending any spring or summer weddings they’ll work for them too.

This navy lace pencil dress from Dorothy Perkins is really pretty and only £30, there are also grey, blush and lavender versions.

Navy Lace Pencil Dress - Dorothy Perkins

I think this bubble pink Suzie Wong draped silk dress is really special and teamed with a little shrug might be perfect for a spring christening or wedding. On ASOS at the moment it’s down from £365 to £125. With the draped front you could eat several plates from the buffet and not have to hold your tummy in all day.Suzie Wong Draped Silk Dress-ASOS

Ele Horsley’s Jubilee Dress is very elegant, I love the floaty sleeves and the square buttons on the waist band. At £210 it’s not cheap but it’s timeless and no-one else will be wearing it.

Jubilee Dress-Ele Horsley

This dress by Oasis is £65 and is available with a pink or blue skirt and belt. The back has a lovely draped section and although it has a shorter under-skirt I think the longer pleated over-skirt keeps it suitable for a church.

Pleated Drape Back Dress-OasisWith the Sophie dress Coast give you monochrome, a halter neck, bow (which I thought was a butterfly) and ruffles. What more could you want? A discount? That too, it’s half price at £75.

Coast Sophie Dress

This tie neck knitted dress is my wildcard choice from Anthropologie. The style is demure but the colours make a bold statement and I love the forties feel to it. It’s £128.

Tie Neck Knitted Dress - Anthropologie

Now I’m not really one for hats but I think this would look great with a wide-brimmed hat. I know hats are traditional at weddings but do people wear hats to christenings?

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