Can I give retro sweets to my guests at an event?

We’ve all been handed a candy-coated bomboniere at least once in our lifetime and whilst this is a lovely, traditional gift (usually associated with weddings and christenings) it seems that nowadays, people are opting for more modern alternatives (with an old school twist) to hand out to perspective guests at events.

Retro sweets have become extremely popular overtime, giving customers the chance to indulge in sugary goodies that they loved from their childhood. But the question is: Can you give retro sweets to your guests at events? Would it be a good idea and what sort of events could this work for?

(Photo credit: Miss Centre Point)

(Photo credit: Miss Centre Point)

Firstly, don’t be mistaken in thinking that sweets are just for children’s parties. They’re actually a really great way to add character to an event. For example, if you were born in the 80s and you’re having a milestone birthday party, retro sweets – such as foam shrimps and fizzy strawberries – are a genius way to get your guests to take a trip down memory lane and engage in conversation about their childhood memories. It’s a wonderful way to add both a sweet and sentimental value to your evening and you never know, these vintage sweets may take the attention away from those lovely childhood pictures that your family just couldn’t resist embarrassing you with.

Equally, if you are throwing a 80s themed fancy dress, what better way to add authenticity to your party than with some retro sweets to really set the theme? It’ll be like taking a trip in a time machine and you and your guests can really get a feel for what socialising in the 80s was like. It was a time where crazy fashion and neon colours were the norm, so you can have leg warmers, big hair and a bowl of colourful retro sweets to hand out to guests. What more could you want?

Retro sweets aren’t just for birthdays and fancy dress parties. Perhaps you’re getting married and want to shake things up a bit. In this case, retro sweets are a great crowd-pleaser because the vast variety of sweets to choose from means you know you’re guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Whether you’re a pear drops kind of person or you fancy yourself some fried eggs, there will be something for everyone to nibble on. Perhaps you’re having a vintage wedding, in which case, retro sweets would be ideal and would once again, tie in well with the theme. A small detail such as choosing the right sweets for your guests can really make a big difference to your special day.

Finally, whoever said corporate events had to be straight-laced and dull? Handing out retro sweets to guests at this particular type of event could help set the mood for the evening. Furthermore, if you arrange them in such a way, they can make for a multi-coloured and jazzy display area for guests to admire as well as taste. Again, it would be a fantastic way for people to interact with one another and it would be a great conversation starter for guests who have never met before. In addition, perhaps you could somehow incorporate retro sweets into a team building activity to make guests feel more comfortable.


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Meal Planning Monday (12th April 2015)

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Good morning!

So I missed last week but I figured it would be a quiet one anyhow. I was out enjoying the Easter sunshine so I should think I am forgiven? This was swiftly followed by a full-on week at work as I had to go away for an exhibition. Phew. Just trying to organise my life again now the children are back to school!

I did a grocery shop online yesterday so I am halfway there – presuming it all gets delivered of course…! Best laid plans and all that! If everything goes to plan our week looks like this;

Tandoori chicken, rice and naan bread
Chicken kievs with jacket potatoes
Fish, chips and mushy peas
Sweet and sour chicken
Pizza and salad
Salmon and new potato salad

I’m feeling slightly less stressed just having that written down!

Okay then, it’s now your turn. If you want a recap of where to find #mealplanningmonday all over your internet, the details are on this post.

The all-important instructions… If you’re new to my blog or #mealplanningmonday all you have to do is this – write a blog post about your meal plan for the week and submit the URL of your post using the Linkytools below. If you’ve not got a blog but want to join in, that’s fine – just leave a comment below telling us what you’re planning this week.  Any questions, just holler at me via email (in the contact page) or on Twitter @madamding.

I’ve still working hard to get more joiners and would like to get some more people talking about #mealplanningmonday and joining in during 2015 – all RT’s and shares on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, the dreaded Google+ etc would be greatly appreciated! The more the merrier and more inspiration for us all! Use the #mealplanningmonday tag on Twitter and I’ll share a random selection each week.

I have another Meet the Meal Planner coming this week – if anyone else is interested in getting involved, drop me an email!

Have a great week everyone!

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Not waving…


Drowning in laundry.
Drowning in kids toys.
Drowning in social media accounts.
Drowning in unwritten blog posts.
Drowning in passwords.
Drowning in things to do lists.
Drowning in emails.


You may (or may not have) noticed yet another period of absence on this here blog. It’s not been intentional, the truth is time is just whizzing by me and I am not really noticing that I am not blogging as much as I once was until I feel guilt pangs about it. Why the guilt? I can’t answer that.

I am SO busy at the moment with my new job and also a volunteer project (same industry, kind of work related – I am enjoying both massively) that I don’t have much energy left to blog by the end of the day. It’s all I can do to pick up the remote control and pour a G’n’T.

The frustration for me comes that I really enjoy blogging and I miss it hugely but it’s not my key focus anymore. Maybe it was more important to me when something (rewarding work) was missing, I don’t know.

I’m still going to be blogging, and I’ll endeavour to keep Meal Planning Monday going every week, even though I missed last week – I am blaming Easter Holidays, we were out having fun… I just might not make it as regularly as it was. I’m so far out of the loop now I’m not even sure anyone still reads!

I’d be sad to leave my blog behind, that’s for sure.

Stay with me?

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Introducing Ultimate Driving by Goodwood

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I think it’s probably quite obvious from previous posts that I am somewhat of a fan of Goodwood, having attended various events there over the past 10-12 years, so when they recently got in touch to ask me to share details of their Ultimate Driving experience I couldn’t refuse.

Ultimate Driving At Goodwood, powered by BMW, gives you the chance to follow in the wheel tracks of some of the greatest heroes in motorsport using their fleet of vehicles which currently includes MINI Cooper, BMW M and X models, an i8, an Alpina D3 and a race-prepared M235i Racing, plus the powerful Rolls-Royce Wraith.


Want to brush up your winter driving techniques on the low-grip surface? Or perhaps embark on an off-road adventure through the absolutely glorious 12,000 acre Goodwood Estate?

“Heart pumping, you’ll learn to hold your nerve as your vehicle tilts at seemingly impossible angles. And even though your fingers are clenched tight on the steering wheel, our highly experienced instructors will teach you to master the entirely authentic yet challenging terrain by fully exploiting the off-road capabilities of BMW’s X3 and X5 models and their ultimate-grip Michelin tyres to the full.”

Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it?


There’s even special experiences for under-17s with the Junior Academy.  Youngsters can have all their motoring dreams come true with a drive around the Goodwood Motor Circuit in a MINI Cooper and with prices starting at just £99 this would make an ideal gift for the young driving enthusiast in your life!

Of course being Goodwood, there is an element of luxury to all of this.  Where else would you find a butler in the woods serving up elevenses?  Under a charming canopy with a rustic fire, you can enjoy a round of hot drinks, sandwiches and Goodwood cheeses – all provided in a silver service style by Goodwood’s own butler. I seriously think this experience would be wasted on men!

If you fancy getting into the seat of an extremely capable BMW X5 and trying out the professionally-created off-road course through challenging wooded areas why not check out the website to find out more. 

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Meal Planning Monday (30th March 2015)

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Good morning! Yet again we’re starting Monday with glorious sunshine, it’s not a bad way to start a week is it?

Hope you all had a lovely weekend? If you’re a parent there’s a good chance you’ve started the Easter Holidays like us. It’s all fun and games here, I have two children in the house whilst I try and work every day from 9-3pm. Can’t be avoided though, it’s only my 3rd working week so can’t really take any time off. Luckily I have GEMS of children who will happily sit for hours playing Lego or crafting and I should be able to get everything done that needs to be done.

Meal planning is still a bit sporadic. I’ve really not got into the groove yet of having no time during the week to go grocery shopping – I need to get more organised and start scheduling in an online delivery. Anyhow, I am still on a diet (8.5lbs now, slowing down but still going in the right direction…) so I may not be having all of this but the family will!

Chicken wraps with salad and rice
Lasagne, salad and garlic bread
Sausage, mash and giant Yorkshire puddings
Spaghetti bolognese
Chicken korma and rice with naan

Trying to encourage the children into more curry eating as I love a curry. My daughter will eat a korma or a tikka but the boy is still wary so we’re easing him in slowly. He’s naturally a very fussy eater so these things take time but he normally gets there in the end!

Okay, your turn.

The all-important instructions… If you’re new to my blog or #mealplanningmonday all you have to do is this – write a blog post about your meal plan for the week and submit the URL of your post using the Linkytools below. If you’ve not got a blog but want to join in, that’s fine – just leave a comment below telling us what you’re planning this week.  Any questions, just holler at me via email (in the contact page) or on Twitter @madamding.

Have a great week everyone! I have another Meet the Meal Planner coming this week so look out for it!

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