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14 Zoom Party & Stay Home Entertainment Ideas

This post has been in drafts but with the good news that has just been announced, I thought I better ping it off before Zoom meet ups are a thing of the past! IFollowing on from my how to keep the kids entertained during lockdown piece, I wanted to put something together for adults and families too. Here are some top-notch Zoom party ideas, online cocktail masterclasses, virtual wine tasting sessions, mind-bending challenges and delicious DIY meal kits to keep every occupied.

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Virtual Cocktail Parties & Masterclasses

Cocktails By Lollipop

Throw a virtual cocktail party with Cocktails by Lollipop. The team do everything from preparing and sending the cocktails to organising your Zoom call. All you have to do is wait for your delivery, grab some glasses and open your laptop!

WeAreLollipop.co.uk 

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Stir Crazy Drinks Online Masterclass

Want to master a new skill during lockdown? Perfect the art of cocktail making with Stir Crazy Drinks. The cocktail company deliver the ingredients to your door and then you join their live masterclass on Saturday night to pick up some new skills and discover your new favourite drink.

StirCrazyDrinks.co.uk

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Cocktail Making

Hook up with boozy events for a virtual cocktail making class — ideal for birthday celebrations and alleviating Saturday night boredom! Boozy Events will send you a cocktail ingredient kit, metal and glass equipment and a cocktail maker to shake it all up. Once you’ve received your kit, a mixologist will join you on Zoom to guide you through the menu.

BoozyEvents.com

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Virtual Wine Tasting

Rebottling Wine Experience

Join a luxurious wine and chocolate experience with flavour alchemist Paul A Young. Order the wines, book your place on the rebottling experience and wait for a delivery and instructions on how to join the event. It’s certainly a place to indulge and learn a thing or two about fine wines. The next pairing experience is 15 February 2021, so save the date!

Rebottling.com

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The Fine Little Wine Online Tastings

Enjoy a guided online wine tasting session with The Little Fine Wine Co. Each month the team select a different wine region to travel through and work to share their knowledge about vineyards around the world. February is all about New Zealand and features three delicious white and one fabulous red. Private sessions and corporate bookings are also available.

TheFineLittleWineCompany.co.uk

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Unwined Private Wine Tasting

Host your own wine tasting party or sign up for a private session with Unwined. The DIY tasting kit takes you on a wine tasting journey where you can go at your own pace to level up your wine knowledge. Alternatively, let an Unwined sommelier take the reins and join you and your friends on a Zoom chat. Choose from a selection of four kits with three or six bottles or work your way through them all to become a true wine aficionado.

UnwinedBars.co.uk

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Virtual Family Games

Games Night In for Macmillan

Sign up to host a virtual Macmillan games night with friends and family. Let the attendees know that it’s a fundraiser so they’re able to donate a little to the charity too. Macmillan has a range of games to choose from including Whodunnit?, Trapped! An Escape Room, Horse Racing Night and Quiz Night.

GamesNight.Macmillian.org.uk

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Tulley’s World Domination Online Strategy Game

Keep the whole family occupied with this live action strategy and role-playing game. The aim of the game is world domination! For two hours, you’ll work to improve your designated country by making alliances, boosting the economy and increasing living standards… or causing the next world war. Book a private or public game and get involved.

World-Domination.co.uk

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Virtual Magic Time With Thomas Dixon

Planning a birthday party or a family Zoom event? A virtual magic show is just the ticket to keep everyone entertained. Book Tom Dixon to experience some mind-blowing magic. It’s certainly something you don’t do everyday!

ThomasDixonMagic.com

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Ping Pong Fight Club’s Lockdown Challenge Show

For lots of laughs and great family entertainment, I highly recommend Ping Pong Fight Club. Log on for a 45-minute Zoom show and get involved in ping pong challenges and trivia rounds as you compete against friends and family to win the lockdown challenge.

TheBigSmokeEvents.com

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Escape Hunt Adventure

Escape Hunt has taken its escape room games online so everyone can play along at home. You and your teammates (who can be from different households) can all come together to solve a variety of puzzle-solving games and challenges. Choose between the remote escape room challenge, print and play and digital games.

EscapeHunt.com

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DIY Dinner Delivery Kits

A Taste Of France

Get stuck into a DIY food delivery kit from Cote At Home. The French bistro delivery company has a huge range of starts, mains, desserts and set menus to choose from — all made from the best, high-quality French ingredients. I’ve got my eye on the lobster frites and artisan cheese selection.

CoteAtHome.co.uk

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Pizza Kits At Home

Pizza making is a brilliant activity to get the whole family in the kitchen. Each kit comes with all the ingredients you need (dough balls, mozzarella, tomato sauce etc.) fresh from the pizzeria. There’s also an option to make garlic bread and a Nutella pizza! Mmm…

PeterInThePan.co.uk

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DIY Burger Kits from Patty&Bun

Missing Patty&Bun? Or want to learn how to make a top-notch burger from scratch? Order a DIY Patty&Bun burger kit to recreate the London burger chain’s signature smokey cheeseburger. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

PattyAndBun.co.uk

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TLM Monthly Edit

What’s New: Lucinda’s Top Discoveries For February

Welcome to my monthly discoveries feature! It’s a round-up of all the brilliant things I’ve come across in the past month and felt compelled to share with you. Homeschooling has been in full swing this month so I’ve included a couple of educational recommendations alongside some treats and activities to help you blow off some steam at the weekend.

Put a spring in your step

Nike Women’s Day Break, Nike

£80

One for the activewear collection! How cool are these vintage Nikes? I’m loving the reds and pink in signature Nike style. They’re perfect wearing all day while you’re running about. Check out my post on trainers for the school-run for more cool and comfy options.

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Luxury accessories for dogs

Dog accessories, Pugalier of London

Pick up some gorgeous pet accessories from Pugalier of London. Handmade in England, these luxurious leather dog accessories for perfect for your pampered pet. I’m a fan of the leather harnesses (pictured) – they’re practical, stylish and can be personalised! Pugalier also has some lovely Pooch Packs with lead, collar and accessories that would make brilliant gifts too.

10% off for TLM readers! Use code PUGALI3R10 at the checkout.

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For more pet gifts, check out my gift guide: 24 Purrfect Presents For Pet (& Pet Lovers)


Vegan recipe boxes with no subscription

Vegan Recipe Boxes, Cookaway

The Cookaway has a huge range of incredibly tasty vegan meal boxes. The recipe boxes are inspired by cuisines from around the world and made from only premium quality ingredients. All you have to do it cook it! The current options include smokey jackfruit stew, miso tofu steaks and aubergine stew. You don’t need to subscribe to these boxes, so there is no commitment required!

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The best chocolate brownies

Bespoke cakes and sweet treats, Indigo Rose Cakes

Tried-and-tested, Indigo Rose Cakes has hands-down the best brownies in Hampshire. Enjoy postal sweets, treats and brownies from the super-talented Indigo Wilson. Check out her Instagram to find out more about the different options you can order.

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Choosing the right secondary school advice

I know we’re all facing a challenge with homeschooling at the moment (as well as juggling everything else!), so I wanted to recommend Meta Prep. It can provide a helping hand in tutoring your children, identifying and filling gaps in their knowledge and preparing them for the 11+ exam. Currently, Meta Prep is offering free trial lessons for Year 4. Choose between metacognition games, maths, and English skills then give let your child give it a try.

For more guidance on how Meta Prep can help your child’s education, check out my article: How To Navigate The 11+ Exam & Admissions Process

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The book club in a box

Book subscription, The Book Dragon Club

Boost your child’s reading skills, encourage their love of books and develop imagination skills with this brilliant book club membership. Choose between three levels: picture books, chapter books and advanced readers. There is a physical book box membership option where Book Dragon Club send you a box with the book of the month and activity pack or you can select the online membership where you can download the activities online.

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Beautiful bespoke bobbin frames

Bobbin frames, Etalage UK

I can’t get enough of these gorgeous frames from Etalage. The fine art print and vintage oil painting specialists offer a selection of everchanging prints, paintings and framing options on its website. If you have some prints you’d like framing or are looking for some advice on a gallery wall, I recommend getting in touch.

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Looking for a super tutor?

Erin Calderwood, Super Duper Tutor

A passion for learning lead Erin to a career in tutoring. Now she offers maths, English grammar and writing, and 11+ entrance exam tutoring sessions. Erin is able to ascertain quickly your child’s level and needs in order to tailor her teaching around them. The lessons are interactive, fun and will help your child get their head around the tricky things!

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Virtual wine tasting

Paul Young Issue Two Wine Experience, Rebottling

Sign up for an exclusive wine and chocolate experience with flavour alchemist Paul A Young. You’ll receive three fine wines alongside two boxes of artisan chocolates created by Paul then get ready for an evening of fabulous wine pairing via a live Zoom broadcast!

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A party in an igloo

Looking to celebrate a birthday? Or perhaps throw an extra special family sleepover… Invite Partycloud over with their brilliant party igloos. They’re perfect for winter celebrations and escaping the house we’ve been cooped up in for months. The igloo can be transformed for whichever event you’d like to host whether it’s a pampering session, afternoon tea or arts and crafts, Partycloud will have everything set up for you.

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Food Gift Guides

Yummy Festive Food & Drink On My Shopping List This Season

If we’re facing a lockdown Christmas, let’s make sure our cupboards are well-stocked and our bellies are full of yummy food throughout winter, am I right? I’ve been putting this list together for a while now — not wanting to forget about my favourite confectioners, luxury hamper sellers, and fine food purveyors during the festive season. Some of these goodies, you’ll have to order early on in order to avoid disappointment. I’m going to get a few luxury items ready on order, like turkey, meats and cheeses, then plan the trimmings nearer to the big day. If you’re sending hampers to different ends of the country, don’t miss the final delivery dates! And don’t forget some sweet treat stocking-fillers for the kids to open on Christmas Day.

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Christmas Dinner

Free Range Bronze 2020 Christmas Turkey, Harvey Street Meats (Harvest Bundle)

£64.21

Once you choose a free-range turkey, there’s no turning back. Harry Street Xmas Meats guarantee you a bird that’s flavourful, nutrient-rich and succulent. Harvest Bundle lets you select the right size bird to feed between six and 19 people.

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The Christmas Organic Fruit & Veg Box, Abel & Cole

£28.50

If you haven’t discovered Abel & Cole’s veg boxes yet, you’re in for a treat. Save a last minute sweep around the supermarket by getting one of these nutritious boxes of the best fruit and veggies delivered to your door.

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Smoked Gammon, Turner & George

From £38

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a hunk of ham. Turner & George are a solid choice for delivering on delicious smoked meats. They even provide a roast glazed recipe for you to make the most of the meat.

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Cheese Box, Village Maid Cheese

£15

Cheese is without a doubt one of the best things about Christmas and having a good selection is imperative. Village Maid is my go-to for traditional English cheeses.

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Sliced Smoked Salmon, Brown and Forrest

£28

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a couple of servings of smoked salmon. It goes down a treat at breakfast. Brown and Forrest is always my smoked salmon go-to.

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Sweet Treats, Desserts & Snacks

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Burtree Puddings

£5

Light, spongy, buttery and absolutely irresistible — you won’t have one guest who will turn down a dish of this sticky toffee pudding.

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Traditional Christmas Pudding, Bee & Bear Bakery

£10

“Dark, rich and generously boozy” – everything a Christmas pud should be. Bee & Bear will sell out of these, so get your order in quick.

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Vegan Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding, Plum Duff & Stuff

From £8.50

If you’re not sure who you’re catering for, there’s always the option to play it safe with a vegan and gluten-free dessert. Plum Duff & Stuff is a reliable pudding choice.

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Fans Favourite Gift Box, Candy Kittens

£12.50

Candy Kittens are a good choice for Christmas Santa gifts, adding something extra to the kids’ stockings or sharing a bag while you catch up on Christmas telly.

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Cacao Nibbles, Choc Chick

£3

I’ve got a soft spot for these cacao nibbles. I highly recommend for decorating cakes and desserts. Get a pack to nibble on while you’re in the kitchen too!

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Tube Bundle, Cajuu

£10

Having some snacks on-hand is a must, especially when you’re not sure who is going to visit. I’m loving cajuu’s seasoned cashew nuts.

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Giftboxes, Mallow & Marsh

£8 – £13

These are as luxurious as marshmallows can get. Choose between salted-caramel or raspberry and dark chocolate — or just order both!

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White Chocolate Rocky Road, The Hobo.Co

£20

Tried-and-tested, this white chocolate rocky road is hands-down the best I’ve tasted. It’s packed with pistachios, cranberries, marshmallows and biscuits. Yum.

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Alcohol & Alcohol-Free Drinks

Fatty’s Organic Dry London Gin, Fatty’s

£21

Made from organic grain and botanicals, and infused with dill flower, this dry gin tastes delicious. You can also pick it up in pink grapefruit flavour.

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Passionfruit Spritz Prosecco Cocktail, Spirit of Zing

£13

If you’re thinking of cracking out the cocktails this year, keep things simple with something premixed. The passionfruit spritz feels like a refreshing throwback to summer.

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Studio by Miraval, The Magnum Company

£31

A young rosé that blends scents of raspberries and rose petals, this is such a lovely bottle to give as a gift or share around on Christmas day.

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Ginger Switchel, Mother Root

£19

Super-tasty and alcohol-free, Mother Root Ginger Switchel is lovely to serve as an aperitif with soda and a slice of orange.

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Indian Tonic Water, Gally Bird

Splash out on the premium tonic because, well — it’s Christmas. Gallybird has no sugar, zero calories and tastes fantastic with gin and lemon.

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Luxurious Hampers

Christmas In A Basket, Forman & Field

£143

I would be delighted to receive this Forman & Field ‘Christmas In A Basket’ hamper. Look at the size of that ham! That’s a generous serving of stilton too.

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Gift Hamper, Wild By Tart

£160

Wild By Tart offer such a lovely mix of stuff that I love and stuff that I’d love to try in this gift hamper. This would be perfect for a Christmas Eve picnic.

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The Christmas Celebration Gift Box, Fortnum & Mason

£100

Fortnum & Mason always has a divine hamper selection (link). Champagne and truffles are a brilliant gift any couple would love to receive.

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Two Bottle Gift Box, Fino Olive Oil

£34.50

Mix and match with this delightful Fino gift box. Choose a combo from olive oil, chilli oil, dark balsamic, white balsamic or Fino arrope.

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Chilli Oil Gift Set, Ntsamas

£17

We all know someone who can tolerate much more heat than the rest of us. Indulge them with this tasty chilli oil set.

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Paella Set, Pure Spain

£38

This is such a thoughtful gift for a lover of cooking or Spanish cuisine. You know you’re going to make a delicious paella when you have all of the authentic Spanish ingredients laid out in front of you.

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Prancer Christmas Hamper, Asrawas

£27.50

Handmade, hand-packed and filled with a mouthwatering mix of raw chocolates. It contains an eclectic mix of flavours and it completely vegan too.

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Food

Healthy Fudge Brownies with Comvita Manuka Honey

Last week I was sent ingredients to make healthy fudge brownies using Comvita Manuka Honey. The ‘healthy’ and ‘brownie’ may seem like an oxymoron however the ingredients that I was sent to make them was all good ingredients, such as coconut oil and coconut flour.  I have never used either of those for cooking. Neither something I have in the house. In fact, the only ingredients for the recipe that I had in the house were eggs!

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Growing up with a Kiwi mother (I am half NZ!) I was brought up on Manuka Honey, not only on my toast but as a health food too. It can heal scars, shake off a cold and give you lots of nutrients that no other honey can do.

Comvita has been producing world-renowned UMF® Mānuka honey since 1974 in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. Certified by the UMF® quality mark, Comvita ensures your Mānuka honey is authentic so you can enjoy all the goodness from nature.

You have to buy the genuine Manuka Honey so make sure you always look for the UMF® quality mark.

When I was asked to make this recipe, I jumped at the chance as it was quick, healthy and ummm they were brownies!

I enlisted the help of as assistant to oversea the technical aspect so I could take photos and a video and we were delighted at the results!

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The recipe for Healthy Fudge Brownies was simple to follow.

Ingredients

Makes 16 brownies
½ cup or 50g of coconut flour
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup coconut oil (Or melted butter if preferred)
3 eggs (Best if left at room temperature)
½ cup Comvita® Manuka Honey UMF® 5+
(Use ¾ cup for a sweeter taste)
Tastes great with an added dash of vanilla extract
Add crushed nuts if you wish. (We added almonds)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 150C and grease a baking dish or tray.
  • Make sure that the tray does not cause the mixture to spread too thin, approximately 1 inch in depth works well.
  • Mix together all of the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Pour into the tray and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Once baked, leave to cool for 30 minutes (if you can wait!) before cutting or removing from the pan.
  • These brownies last well, kept in the fridge in a container, unless of course you can’t help yourself!
  • This recipe produces delicious, dense brownies which taste rich and decadent.

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They were ready in 20 minutes!

 

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Despite being advised to wait 30 minutes for them to cool, we flipped them out of theory after 10 minutes to coincide with the kids pudding.

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Please take a look at the video I have put together!!

 

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Happy Baking!

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