A cup of positivi-tea

Midsummer is a great time to make memories with family and friends, which will be talked about for years to come. One special way is to create a glorious afternoon tea.

Whilst the sun is shining, get baking, dust off your china and cake stands and invite some friends and neighbours around to enjoy a tea party.

If you have youngsters, get the children involved in the preparations.

Here are some fabulous ideas to spark up the party.

Homemade bunting: Cut some large triangles of the same size out of stiff paper or old wallpaper and get the children to colour in each triangle. Tie the triangles together with a length of string, and tie around the garden or room where you will be having tea.

Make hats: Why not have a theme and ask everyone you invite to make a hat to wear to the tea party. You could have a small prize for the best hat.

Homemade cakes: Get the children involved in making and icing some cakes for the tea party. Add some sprinkles to make them extra special.

Homemade doyleys: Cut out some doyleys to display your cakes. Here’s how

Cake plates: If you haven’t got any large plates or a tea set, check out charity shops for serving plates and cheap tea sets. You can mix and match teacups and saucers to give your tea party a quirky look.

Bake homemade bread: This is a fabulous way to make your tea party special. Get your children involved in making the bread. You don’t need a fancy bread maker. It can be great fun kneading the dough! Here’s an easy recipe.

Invitations to the party: Design and make some tea party invitations. This is great handwriting practice for your little ones, and they won’t even know it! Remember to put the day, date and time of the tea party, and it’s always nice to put the name of the person you are inviting on the invitation too.

Arrange some outdoor games: Here are some super-fun ideas you can adapt for your tea party.

Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourselves!

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Getting a slice of the great outdoors

July is officially National Picnic month in the UK. Picnics are not everyone’s idea of fun, but if you plan it right, there’s no better way to spend quality time in summer with family and friends.

You don’t have to go far from Layhead to find somewhere to enjoy a picnic with beautiful views. There is so much countryside to choose from. Grab a map or pop down to the Tourist Information Centre in Settle to find some local walks.

The beauty about picnics is you can take something for everyone. And if you really want to push out the boat and get creative, you could get baking and make something different as a special treat.

Stuck for culinary ideas? No worries. Here are some easy recipes to try out.

Not sure where to go if you’re staying at Layhead? Honestly, you’re really spoilt for choice.

Fancy a picnic with a view? Try Malham Cove

Fancy a day by the river? Try Bolton Abbey

Want to get lost on the hills? Try one of the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks

There is truly something for everyone.

Whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to go on your picnic, enjoy! Live in the moment making wonderful memories that will last you a lifetime.

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Simply beautiful garden hacks

Following on from the gardening theme in our last blog, we thought we’d give you a little bit of inspiration to make your garden have some of your personality.

Here are five unique creations for your garden.

  1. Bold Barrow – If you have an old wheel barrow lying about that isn’t being used, fill it up with compost and plant bold coloured container plants in it. Here’s how
  1. Wellington Boot Strawberry Planter – Use a pair of old wellies to plant strawberries. Remove the insoles, drill holes in the bottom of the boots to allow excess water to drain out (make sure the drill has gone all the way through the boots). Cutting out small holes in the side of the boots, fill with compost and plant your strawberries into the sides of the boot.

If you want to paint the boots, scuff shiny boots up with sandpaper. Use a spray paint that adheres to plastic (following the instructions on the paint can). Allow to dry and then plant as per the instructions above. Here’s a video to show you how

  1. Mosaic Stepping Stones – Add some colour to your garden by making some mosaic stepping stones. To find out how CLICK HERE
  1. Create Mood Lighting – Create pretty DIY outdoor lighting with mason jars – fill with an inch of sand and drop small tea lights in. Secure to a fence and illuminate the yard in soft candlelight. For more lighting ideas CLICK HERE
  1. Make a Terracotta Pot Bird Bath – don’t forget about the birds in your garden. Make a really simple bird bath using terracotta pots. Here’s how.

Don’t forget to email us your photos if you make any of the above – info@layhead.co.uk

Happy creating!

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