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  1. February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Here are three cool ideas

    February 17, 2017 by Faffy Tea

    Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day!

    As you know from our Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar, we love spreading kindness – and today there is no excuse.

    Here are three simple ideas for “RAOK” that will brighten up someone’s day (see below if you can’t see the graphic):

    Random Acts of Kindness Day Ideas

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    1. WRITE AN UPLIFTING NOTE AND LEAVE IT SOMEWHERE FOR A STRANGER TO FIND
    2. BROWSE AMAZON’S WISH LISTS FOR A STRANGER’S LIST AND GIFT THEM AN ITEM FROM IT
    3. WRITE A REAL LETTER TO SOMEONE WHO LIVES FAR AWAY AND MAKE SURE YOU POST IT TODAY

     

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  2. Quirky & Alternative Non-Traditional Christmas Cards

    December 12, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    Looking for Christmas cards that are a little *ahem* different this year?

    On Pinterest we’ve been searching for alternative Christmas Cards – the funny, rude, clever, sweary, geeky and unique! How about sending your friends a card with Shane McGowan on the front instead of Santa this year? We will be adding to the board up until Christmas so why not give us a follow? Some of these are of course not safe for work / kids / family.


  3. Review: Wallops Wood Cottages, Hampshire – Relaxed Hen Party Venue

    September 16, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    We attended a “chilled-out” Hen Party at Wallops Wood Cottages in Droxford, Hampshire, and thought it would be useful for other party groups to see what we thought of it!

    Rating: 4.5/5

     

    LOCATION

    • Well signposted; we found the Cottages easily but it was not so easy to find our particular cottage "Early Mist"
    • Absolutely beautiful scenery, with gorgeous views of the South Downs
    • Not many conveniences nearby – there is a great local pub called The Hurdles, but it is harder to find groceries nearby (other than from a garage shop)!

     

    AMMENITIES

    The Cottage

    • A stunning cottage with four double or twin bedrooms and an open plan living / dining / kitchen area in an L shape. 3 bedrooms have on-suite shower rooms and the 4th bedroom is in its own area of the cottage with a master bathroom.
    • The cottage is part of a group of four cottages within one long barn building, but we did not get disturbed by our next-door neighbours at all.
    • The cottage was extremely clean when we arrived

     

    Decor
    The decor is beautiful, with real wood flooring, very high ceilings and a premium quality kitchen. It has been decorated with a country cottage feel with images of wildlife and rural scenery on the walls and curtains.
     

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms
    The beds were extremely comfortable, and we were suprised and pleased that each bedroom had a blckout blind for those early summer sunrises. The showers were all powerful and very hot, which was much needed, and the fixtures and fittings in the bathrooms were of a very high standard.
     

    Garden
    There is a fenced off patio/garden area for each cottage, with stunning views of the rolling hills. However there was only a thin fence and some plants separating our garden from our neighbours garden so you might find this an issue if you wish to be completely private. Best of all the cottage has its own hot tub in the garden which looks out over the scenery. The hot tub was wonderfully indulgent and large enough for all 7 of us, although there were some higher and lower seats which weren’t ideal for everyone.
     

    Equipment / Provisions

    • All self catering ammenities were of a extremely high standard – the cottage was equipped with everything you could possibly need and more which impressed us considerably.
    • Much of the kitchen equipment was very high quality from brands such as Joseph and Joseph, and there was plenty of tableware. We never ran out of clean plates, glasses or cutlery (and there is a dishwasher for the dirty ones!)
    • Our only gripe was the use of the Ecover brand for washing up liquid, washing powder, dishwasher tabs and hand soap. Although we appreciate the eco-friendly nature of the brand, the products do not work as well as the regular brands.

     

    THE LITTLE EXTRAS…

    • We received an amazing hamper on arrival – with fresh bread, a delicious home made cake, apple juice, a local ale and more!
    • The previous entries in the guestbook gush about the place and how at home visitors felt
    • Despite the premium quality of the place, dogs are still welcome which we thought was a great touch!

     

    Overall, we would highly recommend Wallops Wood as a venue for a relaxing Hen Party, Birthday Party or Family Gathering. The high quality of the accommodation, cleanliness, the view, and the hamper of goodies made all the difference. We are already planning to go back next year for a “Hen-iversary”!

    VISIT: www.wallopswoodcottages.co.uk or find them on Facebook.

     


  4. Review: Cyantist Escape Room Experience, Bournemouth – Hen Party Activity

    June 15, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    This weekend Jodi from Faffy Tea and a few friends went to try out Cyantist in Bournemouth town centre – an escape room experience that would be a perfect, quirky activity for a Hen Party, Birthday or Team Building session.

    There will be NO SPOILERS about the escape room tasks or puzzles in this review.

    Rating: 4/5

     

    Jodi says:

    Cyantist Escape RoomBetween this particular group of friends, we had been to two other Escape Room experiences before this one – in Bath and Bristol – so we generally knew what to expect beforehand. However, all of the Escape Rooms we had been to were very different so if you have already completed one of these types of challenges before it will probably not give you an advantage when it comes to any of the puzzles or tasks at Cyantist.

    We tried out the “Science Laboratory” Escape Room experience at Cyantist (there is also another experience called “Clockwork Orange”).

    The location is in the centre of Bournemouth, just up the hill from The Triangle area of town. You will find the entrance down a back street, but there is a clear sign on the outside and the man running the experience was there to greet us straight away.

    Unlike some other Escape Rooms, there is not an additional cafe or obvious seating area whilst you are waiting to start. Additionally, you are not locked into these escape rooms, and the Science Laboratory one has no door (just a curtain) so you could potentially hear the groups of people that go before you and risk getting “spoilered”! So because we arrived a little early we were ushered away from the venue until our actual start time.

    Saying this, once the host was ready for us he was extremely welcoming and was dressed for the part in a lab coat. He explained everything very clearly and quickly so that we could get started; there was no delay or waffle or a bland health and safety talk.

    The venue has a bit of a derelict / dystopian feel about it, which adds to the atmosphere of a mad scientist’s lair. Cyantist is unique from the other two escape room experiences we had visited as [*small spoiler*] the puzzles and tasks you must complete are all in a darkened room, and you are given torches to find your way around! We will not give any spoilers regarding the puzzles, tasks or overall mission, but there are some really fun and interactive elements which also include some great kit you must use.

    We completed the mission in 43 minutes which was a record for us! We all loved the experience and were full of beans when we left.

    One thing I would note is that it’s definitely not as high-tech as the Bristol escape room we have completed – but you could argue that this added to the theme and atmosphere of the whole experience.

    And another thing to notes is that in the Bath escape room the price included a cup of tea and, because it was a birthday party, a slice of cake too! The Bournemouth Cyantist escape room does not have any extras, although you do get an option for a 50% discount on the 2nd escape room straight away or a 20% discount if you come again for the 2nd room in the future.

    It is a fairly expensive option for only an hour’s entertainment but, if there are 6 of you, it’s still much more worthwhile than some other Hen Party options in the area (such as the zip wire off Bournemouth pier which is the same price at £15 pp).

    Just for the uniqueness of the whole thing, the price is definitely worth it and we would highly recommend it for Hen Party groups (or birthdays, or team building events) and rate it 4 out of 5.

    GOOD

    • Science themed, in the dark!
    • Great welcome by the host who also comes into the room from time to time
    • Clear instructions
    • Great puzzles and tasks using lots of cool kit!
    • Cost is per group and not per person; more people makes it cheaper
    • Unique and memorable

     

    NOT SO GOOD

    • Nowhere to wait if you are early
    • Lower quality venue, room and puzzle elements
    • No ‘extras’
    • Some elements of the game need finessing/fixing

     

    VISIT: cyantist.co.uk or find them on Facebook


  5. Our “Eurotastic! Eurovision Song Contest Party – A few photographs!

    May 18, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    We hope you enjoyed the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest as much as we did! Here are a few photos of the buffet spread and decorations from our “Eurotastic!” Eurovision watching party. We apologise for the poor picture quality!

    Eurovision Party Food
    Our Italian/German party food buffet, Framed sign, Male torso cake stand / table, Foil backdrop and Confetti

     

    Eurovision Party Decorations
    Custom DIY rainbow ‘Eurotastic!’ flags bunting and cheap bunting purchased from Tiger

     

    Create your own boring Eurovision Song name

    Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party

    Create-your-own boring Eurovision Song Title sheet adorning the wall, and a specially designed ‘Eurotastic!’ framed sign in rainbow colour scheme

     

    Eurovision Song Contest Buffet
    Glow sticks, pizza, tomatoes/mozzarella/basil to create an Italian flag, fresh pesto, sauerkraut, german sausages and assorted sweet European snacks

     

    Eurovision Flags and Bunting
    Custom bunting, European flags bunting purchased from eBay and a large UK flag!

     

    As well as a delicious spread and a group viewing of the contest, we also took part in a quiz and ran a sweepstake for the winning country (the prize was a Lebkuchen gingerbread heart)!


  6. Woodland Gnome Party Ideas: Decorations, food, DIYs & costumes for some gnome-y fun!

    January 29, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    If you need an unusual, creative theme for a kids’ birthday party this year – you could choose a Woodland Gnome theme!

    Over on Pinterest we’ve been searching for decorations, DIY crafts, woodland-theme party food, costumes and cool stuff to help you throw your Gnome-y party! We will be adding to the board constantly so why not give us a follow?

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board Woodland Gnome Party! Inspiration, Decorations, Food, Games & Gifts on Pinterest

     


  7. Dinosaur parties are not just for kids! “Rawr-some” adult party inspiration

    October 27, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Phew! It’s been a while since we blogged as we’ve been on holiday, apologies!

    Dinosaur parties are not just for kids! Adults love dinos too (and Jurassic World). Why not host a “rawr-some” jurassic or triassic themed party for your birthday?

    Over on Pinterest we’ve been searching for loads of dinosaur party ideas suitable for a guest list of all ages – there are some brilliant DIY decorating ideas, food, fancy dress, Jurassic Park love and more!

    We will be adding to the board constantly so why not give us a follow?

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board RAWR! Adult Dinosaur Birthday Party: Inspiration, Decorations & Food Ideas on Pinterest.

     


  8. Throw a 90s Party! Inspiration, games, food, retro fancy dress, music and wacky decorations

    September 7, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    The 90s are back! We love the colours and kitsch-ness of the early nineties and think it would make a great party theme.

    So over on Pinterest we’ve been searching for nostalgic party inspiration from the nineties – Saved by the Bell style design, Dreamphone and other games, wacky patterns, pop music, gaming and uber-cool fashion choices!

    We will be adding to the board constantly so why not give us a follow?

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board The 90s are back! Nineties themed party inspiration on Pinterest

     


  9. Top 5 Unusual Party Games for Adults: Part 2

    August 13, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Last year we put together a list of some very unique party games for big kids (i.e. adults!) – Read part 1.

    Well, now it’s time to list some more!

    1. CELEBRITY HUNT

    Unusual Party Game Idea Find a picture on the internet of a celebrity relevant to your party – the birthday boy/girl’s favourite star, or somebody who’s a bit of an inside joke for you and your friends. You’ll just need a shot of their head and shoulders, and preferably one where the celebrity is making a stupid or scary face (Arnie screaming in Kindergarten Cop works well – see photo!)

    Print out 20 or so pics of the celebrity image, and cut them out from their background (it will work best if they’re printed on to card).

    Hide the 20 celebrities around your house, so that they are peering out from cupboards, from behind the toilet cistern, out of a drawer, out of the toaster, in the fridge… anywhere that looks comical!

    Split your guests into teams and get them to find as many as they can. Once they find a celebrity they can remove them so the other team cant find them. The team who hunts the most celebrities wins!

    2. PASS IT ON – DRAWING GAME

    Pass it On Drawing Game This is a hybrid game, mixing Chinese Whispers with a Pictionary / Win, Lose or Draw style game!

    Prepare a number of word cards with people/places/songs/sayings/situations your guests will need to draw. Make them reasonably hard.

    Split your guests into two teams. You will need at least 6 people per team and even numbers in a team for this game to work well. Get the teams to arrange themselves in an order, and make sure that they are not sitting too close to each other. Give everyone in the team a pen and piece of paper.

    Let the first person in each team choose a different word card, and then give them 30 seconds to try to draw that word on their piece of paper, as best they can.

    When 30 seconds are up, the first person passes their drawing to the second person in their team. The second person looks at the drawing, hides it, and then writes down a guess of what the drawing is on their paper. This part is not timed.

    The second person passes their written guess to the third person. The third person is then given 30 seconds whilst they draw the second person’s guess on their piece of paper.

    When 30 seconds are up, the third person passes their drawing to the fourth person in their team. The fourth person looks at the drawing, hides it, and then writes down a guess of what the drawing is on their paper.

    … and so on until you get to the last member of the team. This member guesses out loud what they think the previous drawing is of. If they get it right they get a point!

    The game starts again with a different member of the team starting by picking a card.

    3. SKITTLES RELAY

    Unusual Party Game for AdultsSplit your guests into two teams.

    For each team set up a large bowl of Skittles (or another small sweet/biscuit variety).

    Also for each team set up a number of pieces of paper (50+) in another bowl, with a number between 1 and 8 written on each piece. The paper should be folded so guests can’t see the numbers.

    Make each team stand in a line and sound a bell or whistle to start! The team member at the front picks a piece of paper from the bowl and then has to count out and eat that exact number of Skittles from the bowl. They open their mouth to you to show that they have been eaten, then run to the back of the line and the next guest in the line picks from the bowl …and so on!

    The team wins when all of their Skittles have been eaten or they get through all of the pieces of paper.

    To make it harder:
    A. On the pieces of paper state a number AND a colour e.g. orange. So that guest not only has to eat the amount of Skittles but also has to pick out and eat only orange ones!

    B. Instead of numbers, on some of the pieces of paper make guests do a quick forfeit e.g. 5 Star Jumps or Give everyone in their team a high five! These guests will not eat any Skittles on that particular turn!

    4. WIND UP TOY RACE

    Toys Race Party Game Why go to the races when you can create your own?

    Buy a number of cheap wind-up toys in the same style, shape and size. Create a race track with individual lanes by using strips of tape on a table. (Or if you’re really clever, build a race track in a large wooden box with sides built up to split the lanes).

    Get your guests to pick a toy each, or even get them to place bets on which toy will win. Wind up the toys and start your race! The guest who backed the winner gets a prize.

    5. WATER GUN SHOOT OUT

    Unusual Outdoor Party Game

    This is a game for outdoors only!

    Buy some water guns/pistols and then set up a water shooting range, for guests to have a go at knocking down objects.

    Anything that water can knock down will work, but ping-pong balls on top of a line of beer bottles or golf tees works very well.

    Give guests a certain number of ‘shots’/squeezes to shoot off as many ping pong balls as they can.

     

     
    Unusual Advent Calendar

     


  10. The Dorset Etsy Team on Pinterest – Talented local craftspeople and gift ideas!

    June 3, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    We’re a member of the lovely, friendly Dorset Team over on Etsy – for Etsy shops based in Dorset and the New Forest

    Why not take a quick browse on the Dorset Team’s Pinterest board to see the beautiful products people are selling down our way in the South West of England! There’s tons of talented people and some unique gift ideas if you want to support our local craftspeople.

    Follow The Dorothy Days’s board Dorset Etsy Team on Pinterest.