For many of us, recent events have inevitably had a huge impact on our plans, be it birthdays, weddings, hen dos or just family get-togethers. Over Easter weekend, it was Dan’s birthday and although we would have loved to celebrate with family and friends, we ended up having a really good day. The weather helped immensely, but I went the extra mile to make sure that it was a great day and lined up a few surprises. Celebrations shouldn’t stop because we’re in lockdown – you can still mark an occasion from home.
I’ve had lots of messages over the last few weeks asking for recommendations for celebration inspiration from local businesses, so in this blog post, you will find a guide to some great independent brands in Milton Keynes to help you celebrate everything from a birthday to new baby during lockdown. They make great gifting options too, so someone you love can find a little surprise on their doorstep to brighten their day.
Afternoon Tea Delivery
Afternoon tea is a lovely way to mark a special occasion. There are a few local companies that are delivering a complete afternoon tea set up – all you need to do is serve!
Afternoon Teas MK holds pop-up events at The Old School House in Wolverton and is a family-run business. I went to one in February and was really impressed with the quality of the food and how delicious the delicate cakes were! This afternoon tea is traditional, so think cucumber sandwiches and scones. Best served on vintage china if you’ve got it! To order, enquire via email.
If you are looking for an afternoon tea with a difference, I can’t recommend French Affaire enough. They have recently added afternoon teas to the ‘French Affaire @ Home’ range. A selection of handmade savoury and sweet bites arrive beautifully boxed in a pop-up cake stand, so you don’t even have to serve it yourself. Available for collection or delivery Thursday to Sunday with 24 hours notice. Contact via the website.
Read more: Afternoon Tea at French Affaire
‘A Hug in a Box’
The Little White Box Company in Newport Pagnell has put together a customisable gift box which is perfect for sending to someone for any occasion. It includes bath salts, mini soap, affirmation pebble, handmade goodies and a card. All you need to do is select a theme or feeling for your hug in a box! You could choose sleep, to calm stress, positivity, or even your recipients favourite colour.
The box is just £10. Order before midday on Fridays for deliveries on the following Monday. Order your hug in a box via Facebook Messenger.
Cocktails in the Kitchen
You can’t go wrong with cocktails to celebrate a special occasion! It can be really fun to make your own if you have all the ingredients, but sometimes a premixed kit is the way to go. ProCocktails, the sister company to The Whisk Kitchen & Bar in Woburn Sands, has launched a range of premixed cocktails that you can enjoy at home. All you have to do is shake and pour!
Whether you like Pina Coladas, Pornstar Martinis or something stronger like an Old Fashioned, you can find most of the classics and some funkier mixes to shop too.
To shop, visit prococktails.shop
Dine in like you’re dining out
I’m not just talking about grabbing a takeaway here – I’m talking about recreating a full-on restaurant experience at home! Dan and I love celebrating special occasions with food (we made the most amazing bao buns at home for his birthday!) but sometimes, it’s nice not to have to cook.
The Brother’s Supper is offering a more refined dining experience that you can enjoy at home. Every Friday they are delivering tray bakes, and every Sunday you can order a Sunday Roast. If you’re looking to push the boat out, they are also creating bespoke menus.
On Friday 22nd May, they will be hosting another Lockdown Tasting Menu, where you can enjoy five courses of restaurant-quality food at home. The food is delivered with cooking instructions and you simply plate up and eat. This is ideal if you’re celebrating an anniversary or birthday!
To enquire, visit thebrotherssupper.com.
Cake, Cake, Cake
If you are celebrating a birthday, cake is VERY important. I was going to make Dan a cake for his birthday, but keeping things like that a surprise is pretty difficult when you are spending every waking moment together.
T.Sweetmap is a local cake company run by Tracy, a self-taught patisserie chef. She makes custom cakes and desserts – you might recognise her work because she supplies Nonna’s with some of their desserts, and also does a Saturday morning cake and coffee morning at Bogota. I ordered Dan a salted caramel mousse cake and it was incredible! If you are looking for something a little different to your traditional birthday cakes, I really recommend T.Sweetmap.
To enquire, visit sweetmap.co.uk.
If you want something a bit cheekier to send in the post (delivery available in MK and UK wide) check out these personalised loaded brownies from Oh My Cakery – I LOVE them and they make a great alternative to a card!
Say it with flowers
A bouquet of flowers is a universal way to say ‘I’m thinking of you’ and will brighten up anyone’s day. I for one have loved having fresh flowers in my house at the moment, even if I have bought them for myself… I have had a lot of questions about independent florists offering flowers and I’ve finally found one!
Harding and Bloom is offering ‘Florist’s Choice’ hand-tied bouquets for £25. They will be delivered contact-free every Saturday to MK postcodes. Bespoke bouquets are also available from £35 with prior arrangement for delivery if you need them sent on a specific day of the week.
Details can be found: www.hardingandbloom.co.uk
I hope you found this post useful if you have any celebrations coming up or loved ones with birthdays. Celebrations don’t have to stop just because we are in lockdown, you can still make someone’s day super special!
Have you celebrated something during lockdown? How did you celebrate at home?
Other posts you might like:
- Independent Takeaway & Delivery Options in Milton Keynes
- The Independent Milton Keynes Guide to Lockdown Shopping
- Things you can do from home during Lockdown in Milton Keynes