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National Picnic Week

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It’s National Picnic Week!

National Picnic Week runs from the 16th to 24th June 2017. We at The Party Guide UK we have embraced the chance to have as many picnics and enjoy the heatwave as much as possible. Sandwiches, salads, and colds meats are the most versatile foods to take with you on a picnic. Here are a few recipes to celebrate National Picnic Week UK, or simply for delicious indoor and outdoor party food.

The key to a successful picnic is too keep salads with firm ingredients travel well on picnics. Try not to mix too many ingredients together but where possible use small containers to separate foods, as mixing them can make them quite messy to eat and rather soggy. Invest in disposable containers and make smaller portions for each ingredient. This tip is also useful for school lunches and other outdoor social gatherings. We’ve put together a small gallery of images to inspire you, so why not adapt these ideas and make up your own variation of salad?

Simple Salad inspiration

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad
This delicious salad is made from mozzarella balls – or cut the mozzarella into chunks.

250g/9oz small ripe tomatoes on the vine
250g/9oz mozzarella balls/chunks
about 8 basil leaves, finely chopped
3 tbsp basil olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional – we have not used it)

2 Step Method
1) Cut the tomatoes in half, break off leaves and place mozzarella balls or chunks in your containers with the remaining ingredients.
2) Season well with salt and pepper, cover and chill until ready to serve. Avoid making too far in advance of your picnic.

Top Tip: use small skewers to make mini kebabs for a party. Add extra basil as it will make it fragrant and add more colour. If you have any ideas or party tips, then send them to us and we’ll publish them in our gallery.

National Picnic Week Try adding parsley in for a different flavour

National Picnic Week

Simply place ingredients onto mini skewers or cocktail sticks for a party

Refreshing Cucumber, lime and mint punch.

On a hot day, there is nothing is more refreshing at a picnic than a drink of cucumber and mint together, adding lemon or lime just gives it a lift. The versatility of this drink is amazing because due to its health properties you could also use it as part of a detox cleanse if you are on a diet. Add sparkling water and/or alcohol such as vodka or gin for parties or special occasions so that they become mojito mocktails/cocktails. You could also throw some apple into it to make the flavour even more intense. A nice idea is to serve the drinks in mason jars as it is very trendy. You could even give the mason jar to each guest as they arrive so they become their party bag gift.

Ingredients-serves 4
1 large cucumber, sliced
4 cups ice
1 large lime
Large handful mint leaves
4 cups water

3 Step Method
1) Simply put all your ice into a large water cooler.
2) Slice lime, cucumber and tear the mint and place them into the cooler. Make sure that the slices are small enough so that they do not block the drink coming out.
3) The earlier that this is made the more the flavours infuse.

Top Tip: To get a much fresher flavour and more elegant drink add the ingredients into the blender and pulse until smooth. Spoon the liquid into glasses and top with sparkling water and gin or vodka and add a touch of salt. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired

National Picnic Week

Use mason jars for healthy party or picnic drinks

National Picnic Week

A very refreshing drink. Add alcohol or sparkling water for some “wow”

Remembrance Sunday

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The poppy has become an iconic image associated with remembering the military and civilians who gave their lives in the two world wars and more recent conflicts. The poppy can be worn on the lapel or even as a piece of jewellery such as the many designs of bracelets (which are popular with children) around remembrance week, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.
Remembrance Sunday first started in 1995 for the 50th Anniversary of the First World War and is always held on the Second Sunday of November. Poppies are made into a wreaths and laid at the cenotaphs or war memorials in sombre ceremonies throughout the UK and Commonwealth. The ceremonies are attended by members of the Royal British Legion such as ex and serving servicemen and women, cadets and youth organisations. The key elements of the ceremonies which are normally planned by The Royal British Legion are the military and youth parades, military bands playing music, short speech by local dignitaries and muffled church bells.

Armistice Day first started in 1919 by a two-minute silence after the Wester Front fell silent on at 11am, November, 1918 when the guns ceased firing after over four years of continuous firing. Since then every year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we continue to observe this respectful practice of remembering those who lost their lives in all military conflicts.

Remembrance Sunday
The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London hosts the national remembrance ceremony which is televised live. At 11am there is a two-minute silence, followed by the laying of the poppy wreaths, first by the Queen then followed by the rest of the main Royal Family, Leaders and Senior Government Officials, The Royal British Legion and Civic Dignitaries. A short religious service is conducted whilst the choir and orchestra play. The hauntingly sombre music throughout is played by military bands and the traditional music has not changed since 1930. After the ceremony the veterans parade marches past the cenotaph and salutes it thereby remembering all those whose lives have been lost. The march is completed with a salute to a member of the Royal Family in front of the Guards Memorial.Look out for local and national fundraising events and church services to mark Remembrance Day and to make a donation to The British Legion.

Official Programme of songs from the National Ceremony

Generally, the music at the National Ceremony remains consistent, no matter where the event is being held. Although this programme of music dates from 1930, the message is relevant for all other wars since.

Additional music completes the ceremony with  the unofficial laying of wreaths and veterans march. This typically includes with Trumpet Voluntary and  It’s A Long Way To Tipperary

The official organizer of the ceremony, The Royal British Legion, have their own march,which is a medley of marches from  the First and Second World Wars. The Legion usually includes younger members of the community, such as the cadets, to act as standard bearers. This helps to reinforce the message that all of us have been affected by the wars, now matter how old or young, or which generation we represent.


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