Amie, Halloween

Halloween is nearly upon us, and it’s time to get into the spirit. This blog post will combine all things Halloween-themed from food and games, to products and pumpkins.

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Party Games
Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party, or simply having a quiet night in with some friends, Halloween games provide hours of entertainment. The majority of Halloween games are really easy to carry out too, with little cost involved.

Apple bobbing – A timeless classic, this is played by filling a large tub or basin of water, and putting apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they happily float on the surface. You then put your hands behind your back, and do what you can to grab the apples with your teeth. Fun for children and adults alike.

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Mummy wrap – Grab the toilet roll and get wrapping! From head to toe, cover yourself in white roll and you will end up looking like a glorified mummy. You can remain in the white roll for the rest of the night, and you have fancy dress sorted too. To add effect, put some fake blood on your roll to look scarier.

Pop the pumpkins – This is a real simple idea, whereby you blow up orange balloons (the pumpkins) and you have to pop them as quick as you can. The winner is the one who pops all the pumpkins first! It sounds easy, but that all depends on what you use to pop them.

Food and Drink
Halloween is a great opportunity to express your creativity with nibbles, with so many options to choose from. Whether it’s from the supermarket Halloween aisle, or you’ve put hard graft into making the food, there is something for everyone of all ages (and alcoholic options for adults).

Toffee apples – Hands up who fancies a sweet treat? Simply push a wooden stick or skewer into the stalk end of the apple and apply pre-mixed heated sugar, water and syrup. Make sure to use red apples. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try chocolate or caramel apples too, which equally make a great treat.

Ghoulish cookies – Perhaps one of the easiest treats to make, you can style your cookies to however you wish; skeletons, bats, witches, pumpkins. All you need is cookie mix, a cutter and some icing, and you can get creative with your cookies. They also make a great party snack being easy and cheap to make and eat.

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Anything with pumpkins – Lattes, pie, cupcakes, pasta; the possibilities are endless. Supermarkets are breaming with pumpkins/Halloween ideas so there will be plenty to choose from. However, a personal favourite of mine is pumpkin pie. It’s simple to make at home, and tastes wonderful too.

Products
If you are throwing a party, then there are a few essentials which are guaranteed to improve the night such as patio heaters or outdoor lights.

Misters – Create an atmosphere indoors or out with a mister. The smoke effect produced from the misters helps to create a spooky, graveyard-like scene.

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Candles – Light up the party with a candle, with our colour changing LED candles perfect for blending the colour theme together.

Outdoor heaters – If you’ve guests to keep warm, then look no further than an outdoor heater. Various styles to choose from, they will help banish any signs that winter is coming, and provide warmth long into the night.

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Heated clothing – For outdoor activities in the cold, such as ferrying young ones around whilst they trick or treat, check out our range of heated clothing. Keep your mitts warm and your toes toasty.

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Pumpkins
Perhaps the staple of any household this Halloween, carved pumpkins will grace dining room tables, patios and windowsills this October. As well as adding to the spooky set up, they make great lights too.

Here are some of our favourites;

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If you want to mix it up, you could try the latest craze of carving pineapples!

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We’ve more pumpkin inspiration for you, as well as tips on how to create a spooky Halloween-themed garden – plenty of Halloween reading (try not to get too scared!)

Happy Halloween from Primrose!

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

Amie, Heated Clothing, Primrose.co.uk

It’s the middle of October, the bitterness is starting to hit and I have decided to go camping for a couple of days. ‘You’re mad’ everyone is saying, but I enjoy the sense of adventure, and I’ve never been camping past summer before. Camping in the autumn makes for a delightful setting too, with the fallen, golden leaves and the crisp morning views (makes for wonderful walking scenery too).

One of the buying team recently went to Iceland, so I thought I would test a few new products on my trip. Alongside my normal camping gear, I decided to take some Warmawear heated clothing items with me, to keep me warm late into the night and provide extra warmth come the frosty morning.

My packing list:

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The socks were great, and kept my toes warm throughout the night. Truth be told, I didn’t take them off again! In the morning, they kept my feet nice and warm when preparing breakfast. I took size M/L, which designed for size 7-13 fit my size 8 feet perfectly. They had a soft, fluffy lining, great for retaining heat and were quite stretchy too with their spandex/ acrylic material blend, so were great for wrapping around my trousers to keep the heat in. They also look pretty stylish too I am sure you will agree.

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The multipurpose muff was very useful for camping. Pop in 3 AA batteries and it warms up in no time. Acting as a warming tube, it was ideal for when sitting around the campsite, and at one point my friend was adamant she wasn’t going to give it back to me! The muff flattens into a warm, comfy pillow too, so I got a great night’s sleep. It was lightweight and compact so perfect for taking camping.

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The scarf was perfect for the morning cook, when I was waiting for the spaghetti hoops to boil, as well as the early morning walks in the bitter October cold. With handy pockets situated on the end of the scarf, it kept both my fingers and neck toasty when it felt rather breezy. Operated with 3 AA batteries, this 150cm long scarf wrapped around me perfectly, and being made from super soft polyester fleece material, it was more than snug.

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So whether it’s a camping trip in the middle of winter, or a cold bonfire night and you are looking to wrap up warm, I can not recommend Warmawear heated clothing enough.

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

Amie, Children in the garden, Gardening, Grow Your Own, How To, Primrose.co.uk

Growing up, my first exposure to gardening was planting sunflower seeds in my grandparent’s back garden and watching them grow taller than me! I used to love getting my hands dirty and playing in the muck of the garden, but it seems a lot of children today would prefer to do the opposite.

Follow these steps to get the kids back into the garden and appreciating the outdoor elements.

1) Plant exciting flowers or varieties
Flowers which don’t require a lot of work or maintenance, such as sunflowers or marigolds are a great starting point for children. Sunflowers grow really tall, which I remember fascinated me. Sensory plants such as Stachys Byzantina (Lamb’s Ears) or Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) will also excite young ones. You can’t go too wrong with seed based plants due to their ease.

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2) Use grown vegetables for dinner
Do you have fussy eater in your household? If so, get them involved with the growing of fresh fruit and vegetables. Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, the possibilities are endless. It will be rewarding when you sit down for tea and eat all of your hard work too.

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3) Decorate plant pots
You can easily get some plain pots, which are cheap enough to paint and decorate. This combines creativity with gardening, and then allows for potting and planting afterwards.

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4) Build a wormery
Most children are fascinated by worms, and why wouldn’t they be? Worms are wonderful little creatures so support their habitation by building a wormery. Simply fill a glass jar or box with moist soil, sand, vegetable peelings, vegetation and leaves, and some worms. You can then look at how they behave, how they move and how they look.

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5) Create a treasure hunt
Children love a treasure hunt, so hide some goodies (perhaps chocolate if you’re feeling generous) in your garden, ensuring they’re hidden well! Bury underneath bushes or hide up trees, and promote the idea of getting mucky and stuck in. It doesn’t matter if your garden is small (or you have no garden), you can go to the park or some wooded area and do this too.

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Show us how they get on, and send in any pictures or stories, especially of worms! If your photo contains a Primrose product and we feature it on site, you will also get a £5 voucher!

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We recently had photos sent in from one customer who is helping to educate future gardeners using one of our New Leaf polytunnels!

  

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

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Garden clocks are often a focal point of someone’s garden. They not only look appealing, but serve a beneficial function. You know the one, where you are relaxing in the garden, drinks are flowing and the sun in shining, but you just lose track of time? Primrose and their new clock brand About Time™ have just launched four brand new clocks, which will look perfect in any garden.

Metal Garden Clock in a Antique Patina Finish

Wheel Metal Garden Clock in a Black Painted Finish

Decorative Garden Sun Clock in a Copper Finish

Mechanical Metal Garden Clock in a Rust Finish

Which one is your favourite?

We’d love to see and show off your photos of the above clocks too, and if we feature them on site, you will get a £5 voucher!

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AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

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