Staycations
Jun 30

5 Reasons for Staycations

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If you’re looking for a memorable time with your loved ones but are lacking the time and finances to travel abroad, why not just opt for a fun staycation? This way, you can discover parts of the UK you’ve never visited and discover its hidden gems. With a diverse range of landscapes including unspoilt beaches, dramatic rocky cliffs, unique landscapes, snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills, the UK is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

No matter which one of our stunning Party Houses you choose, we’re sure it will be a time to remember. Whether you opt for a rural retreat in one of our countryside venues or choose to have a holiday in a different city, we assure you that you will save up on time and money while having the best time with your loved ones. From scenic destinations to disconnect in nature to adventure led holidays with on-site activities, our Party Houses have it all! Furthermore, staycations give you the option to enjoy a change in scenery while maintaining that warm and comforting feeling of your home country. 

 

1. It’s More Sustainable!

 

Over the last decade or so, more and more people are starting to realise the importance of leading a sustainable lifestyle. People are switching to eco-friendly brands, recycling products, and being more cautious about waste management. But did you know that you could contribute to environmental conservation by also opting for a more sustainable holiday?

Everyone loves a fun holiday, but we also love our planet, and opting for staycations instead of flying abroad can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.  The aviation industry is responsible for 2.4% of the global CO2 emissions and has much higher toxic emissions than any other means of transportation. Therefore, when you choose a road-trip over flying overseas, you are already significantly reducing your individual carbon footprint. This does not go to say that you should stop flying altogether, simply reducing it can already make a positive impact. So why not take time to discover the stunning UK?

 

staycations in the uk party houses

 

 

2. Great Value for Money

 

Staycations at one of our holiday rentals are definitely a more cost-effective option than flying abroad and staying in a hotel. You will be hiring a whole house to yourself with absolutely no disturbances. Once you’ve hired the house, you will have every facility exclusively at your disposal. All the on-site facilities like swimming pools, hot tubs, cinema rooms, games rooms, fitness centres, tennis courts and these are only to name a few, will be included in the amount you’ve paid! We also do not charge any additional corkage fees so you’re welcome to bring your own food and drinks to most of our venues, saving lots of money by catering for yourselves. Not to worry, we have plenty of lovely caterers who can still come on that special evening and make your stay special. 

You will not only be saving up on the cost of travels but also on commissions for currency exchange.  You can choose one of our luxury Party Houses and enjoy access to amenities much better than hotels. Furthermore, during your staycation, this house will become your home in which you will also be able to hire activities like spa treatments, gin/whiskey/wine tastings, cocktail making classes, and a lot more activities at great prices! 

 

3. Uninterrupted Privacy for You & Your Guests

 

While planning a getaway with your loved ones, isn’t it just great to have a venue exclusively hired for yourselves with no interruptions whatsoever? This is perfect for large groups as you will all be under the same roof. A staycation in the quintessential British countryside will allow you to spend quality time with your friends and family thanks to the secluded nature of most of our Party Houses. The children can lose themselves in the games rooms or Xbox snugs while the adults in the group can sip on some wine, chit-chat, or watch a film.

During the summer months, you and your crew can have a BBQ alfresco party in the gardens that most of our Party Houses offer along with far-reaching views of the bountiful parklands. You will be able to relax and unwind in the serene countryside so you can return with your batteries recharged. 

 

Sustainable holidays

 

4. Cook Your Favourite Meals

 

The best part about staycations is the change of scenery still combined with a homey feel. You will be in a stunning house, surrounded by your loved ones, and the talented home cooks in the group can prepare their signature dishes in the lovely kitchens our houses offer.  This would really help in saving up on meals and drinks. At all our party house rentals, we have fully-equipped kitchens and they are a delight to cook in. Additionally, after you’ve prepared your meals, you can have dinner parties with all your loved ones in our large yet intimate dining rooms with no interference.

If you prefer to have a catered stay, that is possible too!

 

5. Bring Your Pets!

 

Most of the homes we offer are dog-friendly, meaning you will be able to bring your pets to your staycation. You will not have to worry about kennels and dog-sitting and you can enjoy your getaway with your best friend stress-free. 

 

 

Child-friendly Party Houses staycations

 

So now that you’ve read why it’s a great idea to have staycations at one of our Party Houses, why don’t you give us a call on 01273271332? Our team will be happy to help find a house perfect for you!

 

 

Mint cocktail company
Mar 10

Cocktails with Mint Cocktail Company

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Our latest partners at Mint Cocktail Company are giving you the chance to win a fantastic party goody bag that consists of:

  • 1x 70cl bottle of Agnes Arber Pineapple Gin
  • 1x 70cl bottle of Old J Spiced Rum
  • 2x Old J tin mugs
  • 2x Agnes Arber Gin Copa glasses
  • 1x Old J Spiced Rum T-shirt

Sounds too good to be true? Wait until you know how easy it is to win! Keep reading till the end!

Firstly, let us start by telling you more about our brand new partner. Mint Cocktail Company provides fun cocktail making classes as well as mobile bars to make your special occasion stand out. Whether you’re planning a birthday, hen/stag party, wedding, or even a corporate event, they will ensure you have the perfect bartending service tailored to your taste and budget. The best part about this is that you get to enjoy a fun cocktail making lesson by professional mixologists in the comfort of a venue chosen by you! Whether you’ve hired one of our lovely Party Houses or another party venue, Mint Cocktail Company will bring you its top-notch services designed to make all events special. How about learning some cocktail making AND winning this fun party goody bag? Then you will be able to create your favourite cocktails in your home!

 

Cocktail Making

 

Cocktail making classes

 

For cocktail making, we assure you that you will be left in safe hands. These skilled bartenders will make sure you go home with new impressive skills. You will be able to choose from a range of packages to suit different occasions. These include:

 

Basic Package

Just for £30pp, guests will be able to construct and enjoy 2 basic cocktails as well as cocktail shot. Ignite some healthy competition in the group, pick up on some mixology techniques and enjoy a fun evening with your loved ones. Muddle zesty limes and mint leaves to create a Berry Mojito and create the classic Cosmopolitan. Experiment with different spirits, fruits and syrups to create delicious cocktail shots.

 

Premium Package

For £35pp, you will be able to create and fall in love with 3 premium cocktails using specialist cocktail equipment and having a hand-on experience.  Learn how to prepare a delicious Strawberry Cloud, Pornstar Martini, as well as Bramble each with unique touches and techniques.

 

Alchemy Party Package

This fun package costs £45pp and lets you use scientific and professional bartending equipment to mix, make and muddle their way through fire, smoke, and alcohol to create 3 lovely molecular cocktails while having a great time. Why not learn how to prepare a flaming drink for that full theatrical experience?

What’s more? For just an additional £5pp, you will be able to enjoy a welcome cocktail in each of these packages.

 

Mobile Cocktail Bar

 

Mobile bar

 

If you would like a mobile bar at your special event, allow Mint Cocktail Company to take care of it so that you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy. They will turn your party into a memorable event and arrange everything from arriving, serving and cleaning. They will also supply the rustic mobile bar with a contemporary twist, the specialist cocktail equipment, alcohol, ice, and skilled staff. If you do not feel like alcohol at your event, no worries! They can also arrange for an alcohol-free mocktail bar!

Since the bars are made from scratch, they ensure high efficiency as well as speedy service. If you’re booking them any private party, your guests will be assured a lovely experience. The bars are designed to fit any environment and all the cocktails will be freshly created on the spot to maximise flavour and all are created with premium spirits. You can choose to have a pre-paid bar service or a cash bar. For weddings, flexible options are available including entertainment. If you’re hosting an office party, product launch or store launch, your guests will surely have a great experience.

 

How do I Win the Party Goody Bag?

 

Now that you know about a cocktail lesson or mobile bar with our latest activity provider, let’s proceed to the special prize with a party goody bag they are offering. In order to win, all you have to do is like and follow our Facebook page to stay updated on how to participate and win!

 

Party Goody bag

 

 

Win a spa treatment
Jan 29

Win a Spa Treatment Worth £110!

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We are partnering up with Lovepamper Company to give you the opportunity to win a special Valentine’s Day prize – a couple’s spa treatment worth £110 brought to the venue of your choice! To find out how to win, keep reading! 

Lovepamper Company is a mobile spa company that offers over 30 indulgent treatments brought to your holiday home, workplace, hotel or even your home. Whether you want to opt for something romantic for two or you’re celebrating a girls gathering, hen party, anniversary, family get-together or merely just a holiday, Lovapamper Company will surely have a package to suit them all. For the ultimate relaxation experience, combine one of our undisturbed holiday homes situated in the quintessential British countryside with a relaxing and calming spa treatment by Lovepamper Company.

 

Spa treatments with lovepamper

 

But why opt for a spa treatment?

 

A spa treatment is a fantastic way to alleviate stress, clear your mind, and reinvigorate. Escaping from the fast pace of city life and a busy work schedule is a must for most people in order to connect with their inner selves. Escaping into the serene countryside in order to unwind and relax comes with lots of health benefits. When you pamper yourself with some ‘me’ time, you get the chance to chill out, reflect, recharge, detox, and re-energise while disengaging from the monotony of your everyday work life. Make your holiday or celebration worth it by leading a healthy lifestyle and returning with recharged batteries. Furthermore, spa treatments have other health benefits like improving blood circulation, increasing serotonin levels, and ridding your body of toxins.

 

Why pick Lovepamper Company?

 

With Lovepamper Company, you will experience top-notch service from trained therapists who will go the extra mile while trying to create a calming spa environment with candles and calming music before starting the luxury treatment of your choice. Whether you want to opt for single or group bookings, the choice is yours. Additionally, you will enjoy full flexibility while choosing your venue. Lovepamper Company will bring spa treatments to the venue of your choice in most UK locations. You will also enjoy heated treatment beds as well as lovely products. So why not have a pop-up spa day arranged at your holiday home in the UK?

Their services include body, face, hands and feet treatments ranging from Indian head massages to detox facials and from Swedish body massages to hot stone massages and much more. You can also combine different treatments and opt for a holistic full body journey. It is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy your stay.

 

luxury spa brought to you

 

Different spa treatments by Lovepamper Company

 

*Valentine’s couples package:*  2 x 50-minute treatments or 4 x 25-minute treatments | Celebrate quality time with your partner with some gorgeous pamper treatments. Please note that this is the spa treatment that you will win.  

Relax & Unwind package: 2 hours | £110 | Minimum 1 person | 2 x 50 min treatments £55 pp |  4 x 25 min treatments £27.50 pp

If you are looking at sharing relaxing treatments with a loved one to celebrate an anniversary or honeymoon, or simply want to indulge in 2 hours of self-pampering, this package is perfect.

Hen party package: This package is a fusion of the most popular professional treatments available to make your hen party relaxing. Indulge in luxury treatments from highly-skilled therapists. This package is perfect for a family, hen do, or a group of friends. 

Mother and daughter package: 2 hours |  £110 |  2 x 50 min treatments |  4 x 25 min treatments |

Celebrate quality time with your mother or daughter(s) with some gorgeous pamper treatments. 

Mother to be package: 2.5 hours | £165 | 90-minute treatment for Mummy-To-Be and 60-minute treatment for partner. Relax before the arrival of your little one with some restful treatments suitable for Mummy to be and also her partner. 

 

How do I win?

 

Now that you know about a luxury spa treatment with our latest activity provider, let’s proceed to the special prize they are offering. In order to win, all you have to do is like and follow our Facebook page to stay updated on how to participate and win!

wellbeing retreat and goody bag
Dec 04

Wellness Retreats & Zen-Do’s with Camberry

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Camberry is giving you the opportunity to win £100 off your wellbeing retreat and take home a goody bag consisting of:

  • Cotton cosmetic bag/Pencil case
  • Mini handmade soap
  • Mini luxury face serum
  • Homemade lip balm

Excited? Keep reading to find out how to win!

Please note that the prize for this competition is a goody bag as well as £100 off your wellbeing retreat with Camberry. The winner will win the goody bag whether or not they book the wellbeing retreat.

 

Who is Camberry?

 

Camberry has partnered up with the Party Houses family to provide guests with healthy wellness retreats, lifestyle coaching, zen-dos, yoga retreats – all interwoven with green living. Enjoy this chance to connect with your inner self in a refreshing environment with guilt-free food. They provide you with top-notch bespoke services as they understand that individuals need different methods to get back to themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whether you want to tone your body, lose weight, escape from the stresses of modern life or just switch to a happier and healthier lifestyle, Camberry is here to help and guide you. Whatever you choose to consume and do impacts the way you think, feel, and behave, and therefore, it is crucial to have good thoughts and feel good in order to make decisions that are best for you.

So, are you looking forward to hitting the reset button and to write a new chapter in your life with a new and rejuvenated outlook?

 

Wellbeing retreats

 

Wellness Retreats with Camberry

 

How about giving your body an unsurpassable present this year? With constant advancements in technology and the increasing bustle in cities, choosing a relaxing break in the quintessential British countryside is becoming increasingly popular. Day-to-day stresses can drain you both mentally and physically, so give yourself the opportunity to recharge your batteries while disconnecting in nature. At their wellness retreats, Camberry uses a client-centric approach to help you to transform your lifestyle and help you organise your thoughts. Whether you want to opt for lifestyle coaching, a workshop, or yoga, it’s up to you! You are free to choose a Party House of your choice.

All our Party Houses are located in stunning countryside locations with plenty of outdoor and indoor space. Decide with Camberry what you would like during your retreat and leave the rest to them! Everything from food shops and meals to practices will be arranged for you. They will help you create a foundation for your new and healthy fulfilling lifestyle.

 

Zen-Do’s/Hen parties

 

Are you looking for a healthy alternative to traditional hen parties? No matter your age or interests, a tailor-made wellness retreat weekend will make sure you have a memorable time without exhausting your body. Furthermore, focusing on yourself is key to a happier life. Having a Zen-Do with Camberry will ensure you return refreshed and ready to face the next chapter in your life. You can pick your favourite yoga, relaxation or fitness activities and combine it with a nourishing menu at your Party House. Alfresco food and drinks can be arranged in the gardens of the houses with breathtaking views of the rolling countryside. During winter months, the spacious reception rooms can be used for practices or events.

Since your hen party is a celebration, there is room for indulgence so why not have a champagne reception with your girls?

 

Lifestyle Coaching

 

Whether you want to lose weight or work on making a change in your current way of life, Camberry provides guidance and a sense of direction. You will be assured reduced stress, nutritional support, and many more educational tips.

 

Yoga

 

Learn yoga and mindfulness during your wellness retreat. Explore all aspects and enjoy utmost support, knowledge and private small groups.

 

Yoga retreats UK

 

How do I win?

Now that you know about a wellness retreat with our latest activity provider, let’s proceed to the lovely prize they are offering. In order to win, all you have to do is like and follow our Facebook page to stay updated on how to participate and win!

Goliath Games Competition
Oct 29

Free Board Games for the Whole Family

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Prepare some hot chocolate, tear open a bag of crisps, snuggle up in front of the fireplace, and pick a fun board game. If this sounds like fun, you’re going to love our next giveaway. We’ve collaborated with Goliath Games this month to give you an opportunity to win £100 worth lovely selection of board games from one of UK’s most inspiring toy and game brand. Board games are a fantastic way to spend enjoyable, unhurried time with your loved ones while developing necessary learning skills. Established in 1980, Goliath Games is one of the few remaining family-run business and game manufacturers, distributing games not only in the UK but also internationally. They aim to combine fun and wittiness to enhance socio-cognitive development while enjoying moments with the ones you love.

No matter your age or interests, these board games options are bound to be fun for everyone in your group. Playing games with the people you love is not only a means of entertainment but also keeps your mind active and healthy. Whether you’re on a family holiday or looking for a way to spend an evening off with your family, board games will make you laugh, communicate, and work your brain.

 

How do I benefit?

 

After accomplishing step 1 – matching and adjusting schedules to bring the entire group together in one of our Party Houses, bring them all into the same room to interact through competitive and cooperative gameplay. Laugh loads, spend quality time, bond with each other, and increase attention spans. Develop your memory and cognitive skills through goal setting and problem-solving. Increased endorphins will also help blood pressure patients. Board games also do a subtle job of alleviating anxiety and developing social skills while increasing confidence.

 

What games do I win?

 

1.) SEQUENCE

play games

This game can be played in teams or individually, and is strategic and addictive. You might have to rely on luck a tad for this perfect family game. It involves a board printed with cards from 2 standard decks of 52 excluding the “Jack”. In order to win, you have to connect series of 5 same-coloured chips up, down, across or diagonally on the board. Normal cards will let you put a single chip, and having a Jack will give you advantages. How will you outsmart your opponent?

 

2.) TRUE COLORS

Board Games

How well do you know your group? I guess you will be able to find out through this game. Get to know each other on a deeper level as this game involves picking a card with written descriptions and votes. Everyone has to vote to see who fits the given descriptions the most and the person with the best guesswork wins! Easy, right?

 

3.) ON YOUR MARKS

family games

This game is completely based on brand recognition and the person most familiar with slogans, missions, and logos is likely to win.

 

4.) GATOR GOLF

Board games

This play-at-home mini-golf game is ideal for when the weather is not being too kind and you want to entertain the little ones without going completely insane.

How do I win?

In order to win, all you have to do is like and follow our Facebook page to stay updated on how to participate and win!

Oct 04

Dance Lessons with Sashay Dance

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Are you thinking of a way to make your holiday or event special? We have some great news – Sashay Dance is giving away a £100 voucher for dance lessons (minimum of 10 people) and you get to choose from 17 different exciting dance themes! Scroll down to find out more.

WHY DANCE LESSONS?

Dance tends to reduce stress levels, make you feel confident, and enable you to make super fun memories with your loved ones. Moreover, isn’t dancing with your favourite people the best way to celebrate any event? You get the opportunity to learn something new and show off your skills during a night out! It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and learn some groovy moves!

 

Dance lessons

 

The founder of Sashay Dance, Sarah Hough attended dance lessons starting age 6 and has been dancing ever since! Holding immense passion for dance, she, along with a group of friendly professionals love to share their passion in a very fun way. Whether you are hosting a hen party, birthday or corporate event, the various themes they have to offer will definitely make your event unforgettable. No matter your age, no matter your gender, or if you have 2 left feet, Sashay Dance will teach you cool moves and routines while making sure everyone is having a blast. If Sashay Dance had to be described in a concise manner it would be – creative, passionate, and fun.

While conducting dance lessons, Sashay Dance considers every aspect of convenience for you. All props are provided with the classes and the duration is chosen based on the kind of package you choose ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

AN AFFORDABLE AND FUN ACTIVITY

If you’re looking for a way to make your stay at a Party House unique by adding an easy and affordable touch, this is a fantastic option for you. At £23pp with the organiser or host getting a free lesson, Sashay Dance is quite economical.

 

Dance lessons

 

As mentioned previously, you are free to choose from any of the 17 available themes. If you would like to create your own theme or have one in mind that they do not offer, feel free to inform them a month in advance and they just might help you create a very unique dance experience. Find the theme of your choice from the options below:

  • DIRTY DANCING
  • CHARLESTON
  • SPICE GIRLS
  • BURLESQUE
  • BEYONCE
  • THE 80s
  • THE 90s
  • GREASE
  • THRILLER
  • CHICAGO
  • SIZZLING SALSA
  • GREATEST SHOWMAN
  • STRICTLY COME DANCING
  • DISNEY
  • STEPS
  • BRITNEY
  • MAMMA MIA

In order to win the £100 voucher, all you have to do is visit our Facebook page, hit the “Like” button and stay up-to-date with our posts in order to know what to do!

Event Planning with Sandeman Events

Simmran | Aug 08 2019

To know how to win your bottle of Magnum rose, keep scrolling!

Event planning can be challenging and time-consuming.  If you are organising a wedding, corporate event, private party or any other event, your aim will be to create an unforgettable, extraordinary experience for yourselves and your guests.  However, in the midst of our busy lives, it is not easy to find the time to plan an entire event.  Luckily we have a solution.  Sandeman Events are a bespoke party planning company who specialise in working hard to create dynamic, events and visionary weddings.

 

Event planning

 

Why Sandeman Events?

 

Sandeman Events have a wealth of experience, they specialise in blending their skills with your vision in order to create compelling design concepts that flow effortlessly.  By using an event planning provider, you will end up saving costs, they will be in charge of booking trusted suppliers who are best suited towards your vision and budget.

Sandeman Events treat every party they organise with the same importance, from small intimate parties to impressive large-scale birthday parties or weddings.  Whether you are looking for inspiration, or if you already have a clear vision of the event you want to create, they will work alongside you to deliver your concept, tailored specifically to your budget and needs.

 

Event planning

 

What they do

Sandeman Events believe that the key to a great party is originality and go above and beyond to deliver extraordinary events with a personal touch.  They work closely with innovative caterers and an abundance of outstanding entertainment options. Depending on your taste and budget, all event planning is done so after a consultation.

All consultations are free and each event is customised on you and your needs. Their services include:

  • Helping you choose your venues at Party Houses
  • Providing marquees
  • Bar services
  • Decorations
  • Light, stages, sounds (dramatic effects)
  • Entertainment – DJs, musicians, artists, performers, magicians

 

Event planning

 

In August 2019, Party Houses partnered up with Sandeman Events to provide you, our guests the opportunity to win a delicious bottle of rose. We’ll be running the giveaway for the whole month so make sure to put your name down! To participate simply go on our Facebook page and follow the instructions.

3-course Christmas dinner
Dec 03

3-Course DIY Christmas Dinner Menu

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And the countdown begins! Christmas is less than a month away and the preparations are in full swing. People are putting up decorations, fairy lights, and the most Christmas spirit inducing factor – the Christmas tree! Decorated stores, Christmas carols, and the smell of the Christmas treats never fail to put smiles on people’s faces. Soon it will be time to host a Christmas dinner so that family members and dear friends can come under one roof and have a good laugh while attempting to make this Christmas better than the last.

I bet you’re thinking – what could I cook to make this Christmas dinner better than the one Margaret hosted last year? Well, we are here to help you create the most delicious 3-course Christmas dinner menu. We assure you that it will leave your guests awestruck and chatting about it for months after. Do not be too surprised when your guests praise your culinary skills. While you and your guests enjoy this delicious food, play some Christmas tunes to make the mood even more Christmassy!

 

Entrée

Garlic Chicken Crescent Wreath

Inspired by: Taste of Home

Christmas Crescent Wreath

I know what you’re thinking…YUM!

What do I need to cook this?

  • Refrigerated crescent rolls (2 tubes for 10 guests)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 3-4 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 2/3 cup of undiluted condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 big broccoli (add one more for every 10 guests)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red peppers (sweet – add 1/2 more for every 10 guests)
  • 3/4 cup shredded or cubed cooked chicken (add more chicken if you have more guests)
  • Chopped onions to your taste

How to prepare it?

  1. Bring out a pizza pan and place the rolls with the pointed ends facing the outer edge of the pan and the thick ends overlapping each other.
  2. Add a mix of all the other ingredients onto the rolls. Season lightly with salt, pepper, mustard seeds, and paprika. Fold the pointed ends over the filling.
  3. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes until it’s golden brown.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

What we like: We love how easy this is to implement and the mouthwatering outcome if done right! Furthermore, the simplicity of this dish is charming and the outburst of flavours in your mouth with every bite is praiseworthy. Time to impress your guests with this delightful appetizer!

 

Main course

Cauliflower Casserole for Christmas

Inspired by: Tase of Home

cauliflower casserole recipe

What do I need?

  • 2 cauliflower heads (10 people)
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup stuffing mix
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Walnuts to your taste

How to prepare it?

  1. Add cauliflower to a buttered up pan and sautée until its golden brown. Then, preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Mix the sour cream, cheese, bouillon, lemon, cumin, paprika and mustard until its well blended. Add to cauliflower and make sure all the cauliflower has herb paste on it. Place on a baking pan that has been buttered up.
  3. In a large pan, add butter and add walnuts and stuffing mix and cook until its slightly roasted. Sprinkle on the cauliflower. Then, place it in the oven without cover for 15-20 minutes until the top is brown.
  4. Serve.

What we like: We love the uniqueness of this dish and the delicious choice of ingredients. Moreover, cook this for your guests, and get ready to be tagged with a new nickname in your group – the chef!

 

Dessert

Gingerbread man cookies 

Inspired by Taste of Home

Gingerbread man cookies

D-E-L-I-O-U-S and perfect to ignite everyone’s Christmas spirit and bring the family together.

What do I need?

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Frosting of choice

How to prepare it?

  1. The butter and sugar need to be creamed until it’s light and fluffy. Beat in the maple syrup, egg and water. Pick another bowl and beat the remainder of the ingredients except the frosting. Slowly, add to the creamed mixture. After dividing dough in half, refrigerate until its easy to handle which should be about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly flour a surface and roll each portion of dough in 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with a floured gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place them 2 inches apart on a buttered up baking sheet.
  3. Bake until it rises for about 8-10 minutes. Decorate with frosting just the way you like.

What we like: We love that kids will be able to help out with this one and also jump with the excitement and anticipation of how it will turn out. This would bring the entire family together to prepare and create a delightful Christmas dessert!

 

Now that you know how to prepare a fantastic 3-course Christmas dinner, start deciding who is going to be lucky enough to be on the guest list. For more Christmas dinner recipes, click here.

If you are looking for venues to celebrate this year’s Christmas, check out our available Christmas Party Houses. Do not hesitate to contact us for recommendations and any enquiries. We’re always here to help!

 

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Nov 14

Family Getaway with the Kids at Party Houses

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According to research, two-thirds of conversations between parents and their children are related to their daily routines. Every family has a day-to-day routine that they follow, and find it difficult to make time for activities that enable them to bond, laugh, and have fun with their loved ones. Furthermore, these daily tasks and errands come with their share of stress. So take off some time to alleviate stress and have a heart-warming family getaway with the kids. Not only will you get your kids excited about going somewhere new but it will also give you the opportunity to relax and unwind. Being away from your monotonous chores will free your mind, release your creativity, and free up your time to indulge in recreational activities with your family.

Family getaways have a number of benefits!

Right from the moment the holiday is being planned and all throughout your get-away, the whole family will be overjoyed and excited about your stay. Your Party House will enable you to create memories you’ll be able to relive together for years to come. Moreover, you can spice things up with some fun family activities!

 

Family getaway with the kids

 

Being away from home, in a wonderful house frees you of all the things you usually have to do, and gives you a sense of peace. This gives you time to play games with your kids, crack jokes, and spend quality time with each other.

Families try to make the most of the time that they have together by putting away our digital distractions. This gives you the chance to appreciate your family and create an unbreakable bond. Additionally, you will have photos and precious memories you will cherish for a lifetime.

 

How do I choose a family-friendly venue?

 

In today’s fast-paced life, a family getaway in the UK countryside is enticing for that relaxing break your heart desires. Being away from the dense population, loud noises, and the bustle of the city gives you a chance to rejuvenate.

 

Family friendly houses

Our Party Houses are nestled in mesmerising locations of the UK countryside and offer you a great deal of privacy. Most of our family-friendly venues come with large social spaces, cosy bedrooms, open fireplaces, cinema rooms, hot tubs, spas, BBQs,  activities like tennis, croquet, swimming pools, gyms, and games rooms. Start a board games tournament in the spacious living rooms or take a dip in the pools. Snuggle up with hot cocoa in front of the open fireplaces while cracking jokes and having a good laugh. Moreover, you can expect fully-equipped kitchens where you are free to prepare your signature dishes. Most of our venues offer plenty of outdoor parklands making it perfect for outdoor games. Many of our Party Houses are pet-friendly, so you do not have to leave your canine best friends at home!

 

Family activities to make your family getaway stand out

 

While we assure you that our Party Houses have an abundance of facilities and amenities that will keep you entertained all throughout, you can do something different to make your holiday unique, to learn something new or ignite the adventurous side in you.

While you are away on your family holiday, the kids in the group can indulge in bodyzorb football. This is one of the family activities that is super enjoyable and is perfect for both sporty and non-sporty kids. The whole group will be subject to a lot of laughter, while the kids develop team building skills. Bodyzorb football is also a safer bet than normal football.

If you are looking for family activities that will bring forth plenty of laughs and cheerful memories, zorbing is a great choice! It also gives the opportunity to bond with your loved ones.

For those seeking adventure, indoor climbing and rock climbing are perfect family activities.

Children who are fascinated by nature and its unique beings will enjoy a fishing session with their daddy!

How about magicians? Children absolutely love magic tricks and this activity could possibly be the highlight of your holiday for them. Puppet shows are another option and are greatly adored by kids. These activities give children a world of wonder and keep them excited. Additionally, it allows you as a parent to enter their world of wonder and establish stronger relationships with them.

Now that you know how to make your family getaway stand out, it’s time to choose your favourite Party House and have an unforgettable getaway to spend blissful moments with your family.

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Nov 05

Christmas Present Ideas for your Loved Ones

Simmran

It’s that time of the year again! You go from shop to shop, confused, looking for the perfect Christmas present for your loved ones. But what should you get them this year? Unless you’ve been given a hint as to what your loved ones want, finding a present that will make them jump with excitement can be challenging. Moreover, a Christmas present has more value when the person has no idea what they’re going to receive. To see their surprised and overjoyed faces while they tear open that wrapping paper gives us all loads of happiness. Everyone wants their present to be the most special and something the recipient will always remember. When it comes to kids, it’s quite easy because they make it a point to let you know what they desire. But with adults, how do you decide with no clues given whatsoever?

Not to worry! We have compiled a list of top 10 Christmas presents, both handmade and purchased, that can’t go wrong. These all-time favourites are always likely to put a smile on people’s faces and sure are a treat to the eyes. You are sure to already have some idea as to what your loved ones are fond of, but even if you don’t, these presents have you covered.

 

1. A Nice Fragrance

How can you go wrong with a perfume that smells delightful? Perfumes are available from the price range £12-£100 and depending on your budget, you can find something perfect for anyone. Whether male or female, you will have plenty of options. Furthermore, a perfume is something everyone can use on a daily basis. Whether you are gifting this to your mother, sister, husband, or cousin, they are sure to appreciate it.

 

2. Speakers or Headphones

If you’ve noticed that one of your loved ones enjoys music immensely or uses their cell phone for music quite often, why not buy them a speaker or quality headphones? These days, you can choose from waterproof speakers, touch speakers, bass speakers, wireless or noise-cancellation headphones, and much more. Speakers and headphones will be the perfect gift for your music-loving friend or family member.

 

Makeup for her

 

3. Makeup for Her

If you are looking for the ideal present for ‘her’, and you know she is fond of cosmetics, makeup is a fantastic option. You can find makeup in a very wide price range and take a look at what she uses and head to the makeup store! If you are confused, there are always people to help you out. For makeup lovers, this present will be adored and you will surely make her happy.

 

4. Whiskey Decanter Set for Him

If you are looking for the perfect present for ‘him’, and you know he’s a whiskey fan, why not give him a whiskey decanter set? This way, he can store his whiskey and use the appropriate glasses to drink it. Plus, it looks neat!

 

5. Touchscreen Gloves

It can get quite annoying when you have to keep taking your gloves off to type a message on your touchscreen phone in the cold. Touchscreen gloves are a lovely idea for a Christmas present especially because they are so convenient and useful.

 

6. Homemade Chocolate, Cake, or Brownies

If you are a talented baker, show off your skills by preparing a delicious Christmas cake, brownie, or some chocolates for your loved ones. Use ingredients that you know they like to differentiate their presents. This is the perfect idea for a low-cost but yet heartfelt Christmas present.

 

7. Good Old Christmas Card with a Twist

If your budget is tight and you still want your beloved others to be happy, why not be creative and make a lovely card with a meaningful message? This gives you the opportunity to be as creative as you like. You could add some coupons like breakfast in bed or a massage after a long day. Don’t forget to add some humour so everyone can have a good laugh.

 

Christmas Presents

 

8. DIY Christmas Decorations

Here is another opportunity to ignite the creative side in you and gift people beautiful handmade Christmas decorations. You can use glitter, marble paper, cellophane, sequins, and coloured cardboard paper to creative cute little decorations that will melt the hearts of your loved ones. For a nice look, you can also create a cute little box to put the decorations in to.

 

9. Customised Socks

Winter is here and we’re always wearing socks. So why not customise socks according to the taste of our loved ones? Whether you put your own face on them or anything they like, customised socks are a lovely idea for Christmas presents under £20. Moreover, everyone wears socks, so they will surely use them.

 

10. Cookware, Bakeware or Recipe Book

Quality cookware and bakeware will always be deeply appreciated by the chefs in your family. Or if they already have all the tools that they need, maybe you can provide them with a bit of extra inspiration by getting them a cookbook. You can base it on a cuisine from a region they’ve travelled to in the past and really enjoyed or would like to travel to in the future.

 

If you still haven’t found what to get your loved ones free to explore more Christmas present ideas.

Now that you have found the perfect Christmas present for your loved ones, how about you crank up that Christmas celebration and have a Christmas weekend away at one of our breathtaking Party Houses? Check out Party Houses with this year’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve availability! You and your family will be able to snuggle up in cosy reception rooms in front of the warmth of the fireplace on Christmas Eve. The next morning, you will be able to have a hearty English breakfast and then open these exceptional presents!

 

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