Easter 2018 Treats

Easter 2018 treats!

This Easter 2018, we are helping you put the ‘egg’ in ‘egg-cellent’ Easter treats. These treats can be used for a family brunch, or maybe even a tea at the neighbours. We have tips, recipes and tricks to ensure a joyful occasion.

10 cake toppings to make your cake look exquisite:

  • Speckled Eggs
  • White chocolate shavings
  • Purple buttercream
  • Fondant flowers
  • Berry coolie
  • Marshmallows
  • Popcorn
  • Oreo cookie crumbs
  • Fondant chicks
  • Fondant carrots

5 tips for icing your Easter cupcakes:

  • Always keep your icing cool before using it on the cupcake
  • Don’t use oil base instead use butter
  • Mix cornstarch to thicken up your icing
  • Ensure your piping bag is thick enough
  • Don’t add too much icing sugar if you’re adding sweets on the top

Chocolate speckled egg brownies

Ingredients:
  • 160g dark choc (broken into pieces)
  • 200g butter
  • 1 ½ cups castor sugar
  • 3 extra large eggs (beaten)
  • ½ cup Cake Flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 300g Speckled eggs
To decorate:
  • 40g chocolate (milk/dark/white)
  • 180g miniature eggs (Speckled Eggs/chocolate eggs)
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C.
  2. Grease and line a high-sided, 20 cm by 30 cm baking tin with non-stick baking paper.
  3. Put the chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl and place on top of a pot of simmering water on medium heat (the water must not touch the bottom of the bowl) and stir until the chocolate and butter have melted.
  4. Take off the heat, add the sugar and whisk until it has mostly dissolved. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Once the chocolate mixture has cooled down a little (it should be lukewarm), you can add the beaten eggs and beat well to combine.
  6. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the chocolate mixture. Mix together until there are no visible lumps.
  7. Add half of the Speckled Eggs and gently fold through.
  8. Pour into the lined baking tray and scatter over the remaining Speckled Eggs.
  9. Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes – you want the brownie to be cooked, but still gooey – so the surface and edges should be firm, but the centre should still be slightly gooey when you insert a knife into it.
  10. Allow it to cool completely in the baking tin before removing and peeling off the baking paper.
  11. Cut into squares.
To decorate:
  • Melt the chocolate and use it to stick the miniature eggs to the brownies.

 

Purple Day

Celebrate International Purple Day

Get your ‘purple’ on this International Purple Day. NetFlorist showcases some stunning purple gifting ideas throughout the course of the year, but Purple Day is about more than that.  Celebrate World Epilepsy Day today by becoming more informed about the disease. Create awareness by sharing the below image on your social media platforms:

Purple Day

Here are some (fairly unrelated) fun additional facts you might not already have known about the passionate hue:

  • The ancient city of Phoenicia (Greek island) means, ‘Land of the Purple’. This is believed to be where the colour purple was first produced.
  • The once Emperors of Rome, Augustus and Julius Caesar declared only the Emperor would be allowed to wear the colour purple.
  • The Purple Heart is awarded to soldiers that have been wounded or killed in action. This honour was established by George Washington in 1782.
  • February is the lucky month to claim the purple birthstone. This stone is called the Amethyst.
  • Purple originated from the tropical sea snail called the Murex. The mucus of the Murex was used to make purple.
  • Lavender, lilac, mauve, indigo, eggplant, plum, violet, orchid, pomegranate and puce are all shades of purple.
  • Purple is the hardest colour for your eye to distinguish.

 

Orchid

Don’t let it get ‘orchid’: Did you know?

This month we had to choose our favourite plant range and it got a bit ‘orchid’! See below for some great tips to make sure you get the most out of your orchid plant this season. Floral expert Carlos Lopes suggests that:

  • Orchids need a lot of water, but should also be allowed to dry out a bit in between waterings.
  • One way to check for enough watering is by poking your finger about an inch into the growing media. If it’s dry, give it some water; otherwise, let it be.
  • Indoor orchid plants also need adequate humidity – about fifty to seventy percent.
  • You can place a water-filled saucer or tray of pebble stones under the plant, mist the plant daily, or use a humidifier to help with correct conditions.
  • Orchids need to be placed near a south or east-facing window that receives indirect light.
  • Make sure the room your orchids are in receives circulation, or instead, set an overhead fan on low if it doesn’t get enough air flow.
  • Orchid pots must be equipped with drainage holes to allow excess water to run out of the pot. Otherwise, the root may rot maybe even killing your beautiful plant!
  • Orchids will die if they get too cold.
  • You should cut off spent stems when the flowers have died.
  • Orchids do not flower more than once on the same stem, with the exception of the Phalaenopsis, or Moth Orchid.

See more: TULIPS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!

anniversary

2018 Must-have gifts according to your anniversary

The date is April 10th, the place – the breakfast table in your kitchen. Your partner walks in with a childish smile and says, ‘Happy Anniversary, my babe!’ Your world spins and you give a giggle and hug your partner tight. Is it your 2-year anniversary or, is it 15 months??? When and how did you forget? Perhaps you didn’t exactly forget, but just didn’t know what to get! NetFlorist is here to help you find the right gift for your anniversary. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the right gift for the right anniversary – once you’ve figured that part out, of course!

Year 1 – Paper

Year 2 – Cotton

Year 3 – Leather

Year 4 – Fruit and Flowers

Year 5 – Wood

Year 6 – candy

Anniversary

Moet Champagne with 16 Chocolate Truffles – R1099.95

Anniversary

Personalised Love Like No Other Choc Tray – R169.95

Year 7 – Copper

Year 8 – Bronze

Year 9 – Pottery

Year 10 – Tin

Year 15 – Crystal

Year 20 – ruby

Year 25 – silver

Year 50 – gold

Personalised gifts

Personalised gifts should be the only kind of gifts

Whether it is your fifth year of marriage, your son’s 21st, your father-in-laws birthday or your daughter’s matric dance, finding the perfect gift to suit the occasion can be stressful. There is no one gift that you can buy in bulk that will suit every celebration. However, we do have a life hack when it comes to gifting, personalised products! NetFlorist is helping you find the most unique gifts that can be used to spoil your loved ones. Here are reasons why you should be opting for a personalised gift:

Thoughtfulness

The fact that you thought about what you wanted to get for a loved one and did your research means you undeniably have good intentions. Some people say it is the thought that counts, but purchasing a personalised product mean you put those thoughts into action.

Memorable

Sending a scarf with pretty patterns on it, maybe a great gift for your sister, but having her name, date of birth or a heartfelt message is what will make the entire gifting experience even more memorable. Every time she puts on that scarf, that memory of turning it over and seeing your name in a garment is met with smiles and a heart full of joy.

Showing affection

A personal moment can be heightened by means of a personalised gift. Some people simply don’t like to or struggle to show affection, a personalised gift, however, has the ability to say all you mean to say.

Suitable for all ages

Personalised gifts work for all ages. Whether you are in your fifties or learning to read, personalised gifts have no age limits. New parents are always beyond proud to put their newborn’s name on a decorative teddy. Grandparents are equally as excited to put their grandchildren’s names on charm bracelets. And let’s be honest, teenagers just love to put their names on anything!

All Genders

A braai set, a cookie dough cutter, a pair of socks, or a set of cosmetic bags. A beer crate, a wine glass, a cupcake, a keyring, a cell phone cover or a photo frame. Personalised products suite all races, religions, genders and cultures. Personalised gifts have absolutely no limits.

No one else will have it

That’s the whole thing, it’s yours. It literally has your name on it. Try to find something that is your favourite colour, has the pattern that grabs your eye, the sparkle in the right places and is delivered to you; you won’t find it anywhere else, other than NetFlorist.

Works for any occasion

Personalised products can be used for any occasion. The scenarios are endless! Wedding: why not get the bride and groom personalised champagne glasses. Have a housewarming to attend: get a personalised doormat with the family name or crest on. Have an anniversary: get your jewellery personalised. Or, perhaps your best friend is starting a new job: get a personalised notebook, coffee mug or cupcakes to show your excitement for them. Any occasion welcomes a personalised gift!