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!

 

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!

Win a free bottle of wine
Aug 08

Event Planning with Sandeman Events

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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

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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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Oct 31

Breathing Techniques for Self-healing

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Have you ever given any thought to the oxygen you inhale and the carbon dioxide that you exhale? While the different postures and yoga poses are given a lot of importance, breathing techniques or pranayama – the practice of controlling your breath is just as essential in yoga practice and in practising mindfulness. You can go months without food, days without water, but not more than a few minutes without breathing. And yet, breathing practices are overlooked by most people even though they can be very beneficial for our health. Once you realise the power of controlling your breath, you are likely to have a different outlook on life. It serves as a connection between the mind and our consciousness.

When our minds are unsteady is when our breathing becomes irregular, which usually happens when we’re under a lot of stress. By controlling our breathing we can calm our mind and become more mindful, intentional, and reflective, leading to a happier life.

Breathing techniques can affect our thoughts. It is said that conquering our breathing is the pathway to healing ourselves. When you learn how to breathe deep and slow, you will automatically be more relaxed and your blood pressure will lower. Slower breathing also results in a longer life, improved blood circulation, and a healthy heart since your blood is more oxygenated. Furthermore, there is more than enough evidence that controlling your breathing consequently results in improved mental health and stability by reducing anger, curing depression, decreasing arrogance and greed, improving your concentration, memory and sleep, and giving you a new perspective on life by making you experience peace.

We have assembled a list of breathing techniques for all our mindful guests.

 

breathing techniques

 

1. Breath observation/awareness

Have you ever taken the time to focus on every breath? The key is to sit down, relax, close your eyes, and focus on every bit of O2 that enters you and the CO2 that gushes out of you. Focus on when your breathing speeds up and when it slows down. The best part about this breathing technique is that you can do it anywhere and at any time. This technique helps you relax and calm down.

 

2. Ocean breathing

This is one of the breathing techniques that are perfect for beginners and is exceptionally calming. You inhale slowly through your nostrils, and breath out with your mouth open with an ‘HA’ sound. When you keep doing it, there is a hissing sound that you will notice. Researchers have said that this technique relaxes you because your larynx vibrates and triggers sensory receptors that induce a calming effect.

 

3. Alternative nostril breathing

This breathing technique involves closing one nostril with your finger while breathing in from the other. Continue this alternatively. Research has shown that this technique balances overactive nervous systems and is good for some people before they sleep as it reduces stress. It also clears your mind, lowers blood pressure and makes you focused.

 

4. Breath retention

Breathe in, wait 10 seconds and then breathe in again. You will notice that you are able to breathe in more air. The capacity of your lungs increases while they expand. This results in more oxygenated blood from your heart and increases blood circulation.

 

5. Fire breath

This is a breathing technique that energises you and activates your fight or flight response. Even though it can be challenging at first and make you feel strange, it’s definitely worth the patience. Beginners should do it slower for a shorter time (30 seconds). You start by straightening out your back and increasing the length between your chest and navel. While you inhale and exhale, start pulling your abdomen inwards while inhaling, and outward while exhaling. Do this more rapidly and try to shorten each breath. Try to equalise each breath. This breathing technique improves decision making, is calming, pain relieving, and strengthening.

 

breathing techniques

 

6. 3-way breathing

This involves putting one hand on your chest and the other on your belly and then breathing in the air into your chest, then to your lower abdomen, then filling your stomach with air. Then you release it the same way. This method is believed to cure insomnia, anxiety, and frustration.

 

7. 4-7-8 breathing

You can use this technique to sleep as it offers you deep relaxation and gives your organs an oxygen boost that is healthy. Your tongue is placed behind your front teeth and you start with gushing air out with a ‘whoosh’ sound with your lips open. Then, close your lips and inhale slowly through your nose as you count to 4-5. Once you’ve held your breath for about 7 seconds, make the same ‘whoosh’ sound to exhale the breath for 8 seconds. In this breathing technique, the most crucial part is holding of the breath.

Now that you have mastered the art of controlling your breathing, start your journey towards healing yourself and clearing your mind and changing your perspective on life.

The majority of our Party Houses are set in beautiful rural areas ideal for relaxing your mind and practising these breathing techniques. Some of them have been optimised to welcome yoga groups so make sure to also take a look at our Party Houses for yogis.

 

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Oct 02

Win a Spa Treatment at your Party House!

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If you are looking for a spa treatment, makeover, pamper treatment or health awareness campaign to top up your autumn weekend away at one of our Party Houses, you will be excited about this month’s Party Houses competition with Glo. Glo Pamper is a leading mobile spa treatment company that will bring you a spa treatment at your Party House. No matter what the event you are celebrating is, be it a hen party, family gathering or reunion, birthday, corporate retreat, or yoga retreat, you will be offered packages that will make your stay unique, memorable, and extraordinary. Achieve the relaxation your heart desires with this ultimate rejuvenating experience. 

Operating since 2006, Glo Pamper has over 10 years of experience. Its fully insured friendly therapists are cautiously selected based on high standards and will surely deliver more than you expected. With over 600 professional therapists all across the UK, this company is designed to make your stay a memorable one. Therefore, no matter which Party House suits your preferences, you and your guests will be able to enjoy the pampering from Glo. The spa treatment at your Party House will surely be holistic and relaxing. Besides the highly qualified therapists, you can also expect affordable prices for numerous fun treatments and massages. 

 

Spa treatment at your Party House

 

Different packages for every celebration

 

Hen Parties

If you are hosting a hen party, Glopamper provides you with a range of wonderful options. Choose from a variety of massage options, manicures, pedicures, and facials enabling you to enjoy quality time with your girls. You will be able to enjoy a weekend away at one of our Party Houses with your very own spa thanks to Glo. You won’t even have to leave the comfort of your Party House. Besides their main services, they also provide free makeup advice from experts, hangover cures, and fun game ideas. If you are with 16+ guests, you will enjoy the 30-minute bliss treatment for free. The makeover package is a great day activity with a makeover preparing for you to look gorgeous on your night out.

 

Spa treatment at your Party House

Birthdays, family reunions or gatherings

While you have a range of options for massages and other treatments, Glo also offers mother-daughter packages, children’s packages and several romantic packages for you to choose from depending on your taste and budget. 

 

Corporate events

You can expect comprehensive and wellbeing services at your conference, seminar, retreat or team building. A spa treatment at your Party House is a great way to reward, rejuvenate, and motivate your employees. After a long week at work, a relaxing massage is just what your team needs to release their stress. At conferences, delegates can enjoy 15-minute shoulder massages during breaks. Life coaching, nutrition and health awareness campaigns are also available.

 

Yoga or wellness retreats

A spa treatment at your Party House can be a cherry on top of the cake during a yoga retreat. Not only will you enjoy the reviving countryside, peaceful yoga practices, and healthy food, now you can also incorporate a relaxing massage right at your yoga venue. 

 

Spa treatment at your Party House

 

What do I win?

The lucky winner of this competition will win a £75 voucher that can be redeemed for any spa treatment, whether you’re staying at a Party House or not! All you need to do it enter your details below.

“Terms & Conditions:  The voucher is to the value of £75 and must be redeemed with one booking and by October 31st 2019.  The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The voucher can be redeemed against any glo Pamper Party and Spa to You package with the exception of the Kids Pamper Party packages and the 2 hr Rest and Unwind package.  When making a booking glos booking terms and conditions apply.  Booking and treatment choice is subject to therapist availability.”

 

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Healthy meals
Sep 26

Healthy Meals for a Happier Life

Simmran

We all want to live a long, successful, and happy life. In order to reach an old age in a healthy body and mind, eating and drinking healthy, besides exercising is key. Eating too many processed foods, drinking a lot of alcohol, smoking, lack of sleep, and high stress levels can ultimately result in weight gain, fatigue, and make you more susceptible to diseases. Moreover, eating healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle will eventually lead to a longer and happier life with increased productivity. Healthy meals can be absolutely delicious if you know how to execute them. Foods like quinoa, spinach, cauliflower, etc. may not sound as exciting as a big greasy pizza, but when prepared well, can taste even better!

In order to help you out, we have compiled a few recipes for delightful healthy meals and given you step-by-step instructions and ingredients to help you prepare them.

 

Cumin couscous salad

This delicious salad is filling and yummy and takes about 11-12 mins to fully cook and is rich in fibre, potassium, and vitamin C. Cumin has been known as a home remedy to cure digestion problems and relieve bloating and is also used to make medicine. Plus, it adds a lovely flavour to all healthy meals.

 

Healthy Meals
Inspiration from Mediterrasian.com

 

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups of cooked couscous (please note that this could be done with garlic and vegetable stock for more flavour)
  • 1/4 of a red onion
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tomato (or half)
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • Balsamico
  • 1 lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Cumin powder
  • Chickpeas (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. Pour the cooked couscous into a bowl with chopped onions and tomatoes. Mix with chickpeas.
  2. Add coriander leaves and give it another toss.
  3. Squeeze lemon, add balsamic dressing and olive oil and mix.
  4. Salt, pepper to taste and cumin to add the extra divine flavour.

 

Cauliflower rice with avocado 

Cauliflower rice a lovely low-carb substitute to white rice. This vegetable has long known to fight inflammation and is a great source of Vitamin C. Furthermore, its rich in Vitamin K, proteins and magnesium. Avocados are filled with fibre and contain more potassium than bananas. This meal is not only healthy but also tastes delicious despite being extremely low in carbs.

 

Healthy Meals
Inspiration from Thefirstmess.com

Ingredients:

  • 250 g grated cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil/butter
  • Chopped up cloves of garlic (2-3)
  • 1 avocado (cut into cubes)
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped spring onions
  • Mint leaves for taste
  • Mustard seeds
  • Half radish thinly sliced
  • Cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves

Spices:

  • Chilli powder
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Pepper
  • Salt

Instructions:

  1. Pour olive oil or butter on a hot pan and add cut garlic, spring onions and grated cauliflower. Cover with a lid so it cooks in its own steam.
  2. Add salt, pepper, cumin, chilli powder, and mustard seeds to your taste. Stir.
  3. Once the cauliflower looks brownish, taste a little to see if its cooked or needs more spices.
  4. Add a pinch of turmeric for colour. Let it simmer.
  5. Pour cut avocado into a big bowl. Add cauliflower rice to the bowl. Add sliced radish, cooked chickpeas and coriander leaves. Season with salt, pepper, chilli powder and cumin.
  6. Finally, squeeze lemon juice and add mint leaves. Serve.

 

Sit-fry chicken with kale

If you are in search of healthy meals that taste divine, you will be happy to know you can make one right in your Party House. This dish, yummy and rich in protein, vitamins A, B, C, and K, will become your favourite meal once you’ve tasted it. We assure you that you are likely to devour the meal once it’s prepared.

 

healthy meal
Inspiration from Pintrest

 

Ingredients:

  • Paprika
  • 460 g chicken
  • 1 large bunch kale with stems removed
  • 1-2 cloves garlic

Mustard

  • Ginger (small piece peeled)
  • Half onion (cut small)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Half lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil/butter

Instructions:

  1. Put olive oil or butter on a hot pan. Add chopped onions and garlic until onions are slightly caramelised.
  2. Add chicken until golden brown and keep stirring. Add some ginger for taste.
  3. Cook kale leaves for about 4 minutes in boiling water and then add to pan.
  4. Season it: add mustard, salt, pepper, paprika, lemon, 2-3 drops of honey. Mix well.
  5. Serve hot.

Now that you have learnt how to prepare these lovely healthy meals, you can bring restaurant-quality healthy food to your household and share these recipes with your friends. Show off your cooking skills while staying at one of our Party Houses in the fully-equipped kitchens and large dining areas. Time to shed those extra pounds by eating clean!

 

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