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How Are You Celebrating Father's Day as a Family?

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How Are You Celebrating Father’s Day as a Family?

In the weeks coming up to Father’s Day, which here in NZ is always the first Sunday in September, we’re bombarded with ‘must buy’ gifts. Apparently, Dad can’t be without the latest gadget, pair of socks or store brought card. While there’s nothing wrong with buying a present for Dad, there are other more enjoyable ways you can celebrate Father’s Day with him as a family. Here are Miss Lilly’s top picks …

5 Beautiful Ways You & Your Family Can Celebrate Father’s Day

Nowadays, the commercialisation of Father’s Day is so prominent that shops begin promoting their wares anytime from July. But it never used to be like this. In 1909, Louise Dodd heard a church sermon in which the congregation was encouraged to honour their mother. Having been raised solely by her Dad, Louise thought he needed a day of his own too and Dad’s special day was born.

There’s no better way to show Dad you love and appreciate him, than to spend time together as a family. Here are five wonderful ideas to try:

  1. Cook a meal as a family – spending time preparing and cooking a meal together and eating it around the dining table is such a wonderful thing! You could choose Dad’s favourite recipe or a new one to try out.

  2. Play games as a family – how about playing some games which are centred around Dad? Name that Tool is fun and easy to play. Put a blindfold on Dad and everyone takes a turn choosing a tool. They then describe it to him and he must guess what it is.

  3. Throw a Dads party – invite your family, friends and other neighbourhood Dads around for a party! Not only is this a great way to spend time with your father, but to also show caring and compassion for other Dads who may not have family close by.

  4. Head to the park – help Dad recover his lost youth by taking him to the park. Playing games, such as hide n seek and frisbee, or even just playing on the playground, are wonderful ways to make precious memories as a family. You could even have a Bespoke Picnic too!

  5. Host a movie night – for a quiet evening, grab a selection of Dad’s favourite movies and watch them as a family. Don’t forget to make Dad some nibbles too!

Here at Miss Lilly’s, we’re all about family. Father’s Day is a great time to stop and spend time with Dad, but you don’t need to limit it to just one day! After all, every day is family day.

 

How to Host the Ultimate Summer BBQ Party

How to Host the Ultimate Summer BBQ Party

Pack away your winter woollies and grab your jandals. It’s time to host the ultimate summer BBQ party and really impress your guests! I’m here today to share with you some of my best tips on giving your BBQ the wow factor. So let’s get grilling people!

Miss Lilly’s Best BBQ Party Tips

Entertaining and eating outdoors really makes my list of favourite things to do. Whether it’s a picnic down at the beach, a BBQ in a flower filled meadow, or a formal dinner on your deck, they’re all fab occasions to get together with family and friends. In my years as a caterer, I know that food really can make or break an event. But I’ve also seen events with amazing food fall flat because the location just didn’t have any party like atmosphere. That’s why I’ve put together these ideas to help make your next BBQ totally rock!

  • Share Your Menu – sure, you’re not running a restaurant, but people are still here to eat. Paint a tall piece of plywood with black chalkboard paint and write your menu on it with chalk. If you have a theme, you could even engage your artistic side and draw some pictures to match!

  • Sauces and Chutneys - lining up your sauces and chutneys in little matching jars along a table looks cute. If you add a wooden ice block stick with the name of the condiment on it, it’s even cuter!

  • Bring Out the Paddling Pool – but keep the kids out, cause this paddling pool is strictly for the food. We’ve all been to BBQs where the weather is so hot, that the salad gets a bit dodgy. Fill the paddling pool with ice and stick all the containers with the salads, sauces and condiments in it. This will help them keep cool and safe to eat!

  • No More Flies – we all hate them, but flies love the smell of our BBQs. So rather than spending time shooing them away, how about preparing individual lidded containers or jars of food for your BBQ. That way when guests are not eating, they can just pop the lid on and forget about the flies.

  • Twinkling Lights – when you are out and about, it’s hard to find places to hang fairy lights. This summer when you’re packing your BBQ into the car (or not!), remember to take a bucket filled with pebbles and a tall bamboo pole. You can wrap your fairy lights around the pole or use two buckets and polls to string lights between, a bit like a bunting. It’s a fabulous way to set the atmosphere at an evening summer BBQ.

Then what else do you need at a BBQ? Food of course and I’ve got these delicious Miss Lilly’s Creative Food Extraordinaires’ recipes to share with you over summer. 

 

Miss Lilly’s Extraordinary Race Day Picnics with a Difference

Forget plastic plates and jam sandwiches, Miss Lilly’s doesn’t believe in them! Your race day picnic deserves more than warm bubbles and a cold sausage roll. Ours are an extravaganza of mouth-watering delights and we’re going to explain just how you can get yours too…

  • Opt for a glamour picnic, one with vintage plates and real cutlery. There’s nothing worse than a flimsy plastic plate to dampen down your picnic experience.

  • Oh la la – make your very own French picnic sandwich. Simply hollow out the inside of a freshly baked sourdough loaf and fill with scrummy sandwich fillings. Cut into slices to see all the goodness of summer laid out in beautiful layers. Oui, s’il vous plait!

  • Salad in a jar – hassle and mess free, simply layer your favourite summer salads in a jar, mixing them up just before you take a bite.

  • Stuffed brie or camembert – forget packing all the individual pastes, nuts and dried fruit for your cheeseboard. Instead stuff your cheese with scrummy combinations such as dried fig and roast hazelnut or pear and walnut, then rewrap in baking paper and tie with twine.

  • Chicken roulade wrapped in prosciutto – when sliced it reveals layers of chicken, herb pork mince and free range boiled eggs. Awesome for a family picnic with a rocket salad on the side.

  • Don’t forget dessert! Pack your tasty dessert in a jar for a mess free and easy to serve pudding.

For me, a family picnic’s all about feeling the grass between your toes and enjoying time spent with your loved ones. There’s nothing more precious than people, so this race day, take the time out to host your very own extraordinary picnic with a difference!


Miss Lilly xx

 

 

 

Miss Lilly's Race Day picnic's