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Hancocks Suggests Romantically Themed Sweet Ideas for Retailers

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Loughborough (PRWEB UK) 12 December 2013

Valentines Day and luxury chocolates tend to go hand-in-hand, with shoppers always looking to treat their loved ones to some lavishly wrapped treats. As the first big occasion on the spring calendar, retailers will want to develop a bespoke Valentines gift display to catch the eye of their customers who, in turn, will want to capture the heart of their beloveds.

Specialising in second hand shop confectionery, Hancocks Cash and Carry offers a broad selection of romantic sweet and chocolate ideas, with a whole range of both branded and own label items, all suitable for retailers wanting to add a little romance to their confectionery displays.

While pick and mix sweets are enjoyed throughout the year, Hancocks Purchasing Director Jonathan Summerley recommends that retailers refresh their range to boost sales around Valentines Day: Pick and mix has a prominent position in confectionery retailing. By embracing seasonal pick and mix varieties and by imaginatively creating bespoke displays and gift ranges, retailers buying our bulk sweets for Valentines Day can be rewarded with some significantly high margins.

Wanting to attract romance seekers of all ages, Hancocks offers fun pocket money items such as their own Heart Shaped Chocolate Lollies. At a retail price of 75p, the individually wrapped lollies have two varieties enclosed in a mixed case: the first is a white chocolate lolly topped with strawberry dust, while the second is a milk chocolate lolly sealed with a white chocolate kiss.

Wholesaled in bags of 200 to be retailed at 5p each, Hancocks heart-shaped strawberry lollies offer a notable high margin for retailers. While these lollies can be sold individually, they can also be customised by packing them into bespoke bags or containers, making for a unique bespoke gift for sweet lovers.

Novelty items are continually a good selling point during all occasions throughout the year. New for Valentines Day 2014 is a 100g milk chocolate bar topped with jelly hearts and boxed to open like a gift card, in which the sender can even write their own message in the card. Just

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Beau-coup Predicts Non-Traditional Baby Showers The Big Trend in 2013

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Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

Beau-coup (, an online destination for favors, supplies, decorations, and gifts for all of lifes special events, predicts today that non-traditional baby showers will be the norm in the new year. The company has observed a trend among its baby shower customers many are opting to skip traditional baby showers in favor of celebrations that more closely reflect their personal style and beliefs. Below are the top ten baby shower alternatives Beau-coup predicts will be big in 2013.

1. Diaper Showers

How it works: Diapers are the one thing every new parent needs and they will need a mountain of diapers in the coming months. Each guest is asked to bring diapers and diaper changing supplies like wipes and ointments in lieu of gifts. Diaper showers are common for mothers who are having a second or third child, but they are also a great way to help out a new mom.

Make it unique: Request a particular brand or type of diaper biodegradable diapers are popular among eco-conscious new mothers right now. Cloth diapers and diaper rental services are also growing in popularity. To encourage participation, enter guests into a Diaper raffle one entry per pack of diapers. Have a drawing at the end of the shower, and present a prize to the winner.

2. Casserole Showers

How it works: It is important for mom and dad to stay happy and healthy while they focus on those crucial first months of their new babys life. With a casserole shower, friends and family can ensure the new parents have enough food to last them through those first few weeks of sleepless nights spent looking after the little one. Between caring for baby and work, many a mom and dad would forget to eat entirely if it were not for caring friends and family.

Make it unique: Request that guests bring an easily-stored family meal designed to go directly from freezer to oven. For guests who do not cook, they can opt to bring a gift card to a local take out restaurant, or be on call to babysit in the event mom and dad need a night out. If freezer space is an issue (and it likely will be!), have some participants sign up to bring their home-cooked dishes on a designated day instead.

3. Book Showers

How it works: Parents who are bibliophiles may hope to pass on their love of books to their little ones. By having a book shower complete with cute bookmark favors, mom and dad can build a child-friendly library of books that will help their little bookworm grow and learn.

Make it unique: Encourage guests to be creative with their books. Have a Once Upon a Time or Tall Tale theme, or ask people to bring a copy of their favorite childhood books to share.

4. “Dadchelor” Parties

How it works: New dads are celebrating their impending fatherhood the same way they are celebrating their weddings with one last day of freedom before the big day. With a dadchelor party, the father-to-be gets to spend a day with his buddies doingwell, whatever he wishes.

Make it unique: These celebrations can be as elaborate as the bachelor party, complete with a trip to Vegas and guys night out. Alternatively, they can be a low key day of golf, or gathering of guys who come together to grill, drink beer, and watch sports before babys arrival.

5. Girls’ Night

How it works: Instead of showering the new mom with gifts, her best gal pals can get together with mom-to-be and spoil her rotten before baby arrives. Many new moms truly enjoy one last day of pampering with close friends before their lives become all about baby.

Make it unique: This kind of celebration can suit any number of personalities. Make it a girls night in with a home-cooked meal and mocktails (non-alcoholic for mom, of course!). Or the girls can take mom-to-be out for manicures, pedicures, and a shopping spree.

6. Gender Reveal Party

How it works: A gender reveal party requires early planning. Parents-to-be have to keep the babys gender a secret from friends and family, and maybe even themselves, for it to work. Ask the ultrasound technician to write the sex down on a piece of paper, and seal it in an envelope. That envelope gets handed to the baker who then bakes either a pink cake or blue cake depending on whether the baby is a girl or a boy. The cake then gets covered in white frosting until the pink or blue cake is completely hidden. Have guests show up at the party dressed in either pink or blue to indicate which sex they believe the cake will reveal. The fun and exciting moment arrives when everyone finds out the gender at the same time as the new mom and dad cut into the cake to discover whether they are welcoming a boy or girl!

Make it unique: Get creative with the reveal it does not need to be colored cake. Fill a giant box with pink or blue colored helium balloons for a dramatic and pretty way to share the big news. Or, get custom-printed scratch-off cards. Each guest can feel like a winner as they scratch off their cards to expose the new baby’s gender.

7. Adoption Celebrations

How it works: Many new parents adopt or foster rather than conceiving traditionally. Many of these new parents may have adoption celebrations called Welcome Home parties, or Meet the Baby gatherings. Adoption celebrations are a great way to ensure the new parents have everything they need to help raise their adoptive child.

Make it unique: Take into consideration the adoptive babys origins. Consider throwing a party that pays homage to their country of birth, or having a themed party that celebrates an older childs interests.

8. Sip ‘N’ See

How it works: A sip ‘n’ see is a meet the baby party. It is the perfect opportunity for friends and family to come visit the new parents and their little bundle of joy a few weeks after the birth. A smaller production than a traditional baby shower, a sip n see is a great way to get in some quiet bonding time with light refreshments.

Make it unique: Make it a themed event, whether it is tea time with mom and dad or happy hour with the happy family.

9. Blessingway

How it works: In a blessingway, the new mothers friends and family share their well wishes and positive thoughts for mom and baby. Traditionally, a blessingway (also called a mother blessing ceremony) is a ritual carried out with the mothers female friends and family members. It comes from a Navajo tradition meant to heal and invoke positive blessings. The focus is more on positive energy and shared bonds rather than gifts and games.

Make it unique: Plan the ceremony to celebrate mom-to-be and her interests. If she loves art, make a belly cast or have canvases on hand for guests to paint. If she loves jewelry, invite guests to make bracelets and necklaces for one another as a reminder of their special bond.

10. Baby Naming

How it works: A baby naming ceremony is a non-religious way for parents to make a spiritual and emotional commitment to their baby. Traditionally, the new parents choose the babys name and reveal it to close friends and family, while making a vow to love and protect the child. This is an increasingly popular event where parents can publicly welcome the new addition to their family.

Make it unique: Unlike Baptisms and Christenings, naming ceremonies are more informal and festive and can be held at any time, on any day of the week. Plan a themed naming ceremony at home with family, or have the ceremony in a public space with important people in the new parents lives. Then send guests home with beautiful baby shower favors as a special keepsake.


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