The never-ending delights of British garden centres

It is now early July, and that mad garden centre dash and rush appears to be over. Perhaps you are like my family and have bought nearly every new, fun, exciting plant possible, and you have also sunflowers-garden-centresfinally found a spot for everything somewhere in the garden. (As the great Carol Klein recently said on BBC Gardener’s World Live, “Don’t worry, you’ll always find space.”) Now it is time for a well-deserved rest on your laurels, under the laurel tree, and a break from garden centre visits. Except-t that this is not quite how it should be.

Dear readers, you know by now that I am one to poke and prod, and I enjoy telling you how best to live your life based on my extensive life experiences. I recently spoke with a friend (and an avid gardener) who lives in Calgary in the province of Alberta in Canada. After our conversation, I realised how lucky we are with our garden centres. You are possibly puzzled by this statement –allow me to explain.

First, I was informed that Calgary (a rather large city) and the surrounding area do not have the number of garden centres as we do in the UK, nor do they have such a variety. Second, garden centres are selling off their plants and not receiving much new stock (except for maybe some autumn plants for containers). Apparently, going to one of the few garden centres in Calgary is currently a dismal event for some gardeners. How sad is that? I will answer that it is sad indeed.

homemade cakesAfter our conversation, I sat by my laurel hedge to ponder things over. I thought of how, in cold, dismal January, I can go to a garden centre and I can see (and buy!) pansies, hellebores, and primroses. There is inevitably a café or restaurant where one can enjoy a light lunch (oftentimes made with seasonal produce) or an afternoon tea. If one does do not have time for lunch, many garden centres carry an assortment of delightful edible treats such as lovely biscuits, jams and jellies, crackers, chutneys, cheeses…the list could go on. Should one not feel food inclined, then there are gifts and cards to peruse. (I recently bought a set of two small cups and a little melamine tray with a William Morris design, which made a wonderful gift for a friend to enjoy coffee for two. My Canadian friend loves all the cards with pictures by local artists; she buys so many when she visits that her husband had to give her a rather stern talking to.) If none of these strike your fancy, then how about taking the children/grandchildren to pick out a bug or insect house? And, finally, amidst all these choices, remember that garden centres still do sell plants, and the choice is spectacular.

 

Now, while a gin and tonic and a bit of a rest is certainly in order, do still find a bit of time to visit some garden centres…it is not too late to perhaps plant one more pot.

If I may be so bold as to offer one more recommendation, here is one for some summer reading: The Gardener’s Year by Karel Čapek. I am a long-time fan of this Czech author, who wrote plays, novels, short stories, and essays. The Gardener’s Year is an amusing 12-month chronicle of gardeners and their garden follies and glories; it is also a thoughtful account of human nature. One of

my favourite parts is at the end of the chapter “Preparations”, and you shall have to read the book since I will not divulge more here. Josef Čapek, the author’s brother, provided the charming illustrations.

Millbrook garden centre use photo cutouts
Millbrook engage customers with a Photo Cutout board

As for all you garden centres, whom I have praised so highly (and well-deservedly so), here at Photo Cutouts we think one of our custom-made photo cutout boards could be a great marketing prop, adding even more interactive fun to your business. Check out these 5 Ways Garden Centres Use Photo Cutouts for inspiration.

Get in touch:

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/
Tel: 08450 570 321
Email: office@connectedshopping.com
Online form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

Disclaimer: Aside from the rather appalling choice of garden centres and what is available, Calgary is a lovely city and a wonderful place to visit. And, to be fair, the growing season is rather different and much shorter than ours.

From The Garden Centre Association, here is a list of their top 10 garden centres for 2019:
https://gca.org.uk/annual-awards/

This is an article from 2016 with some intriguing recommendations:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardens-to-visit/the-uk-s-best-garden-centres-and-nurseries/

Fish and chips, beer, and Photo Cutouts – what more could one ask for in June?

I know, I know, we just did a blog on May events, and now here is a blog about some events in June. The thing is, I am such a super sleuth and I ferret out fabulously fun activities, which I feel would be a frightful shame if I did not share them with you, my loyal fans. So, mark your calendars and start planning for some late spring entertaining events.

Without further fanfare, may I present…

National Fish and Chips Day is on “Fryday” June 7
http://www.neoda.org.uk/fishandchipdayNational Fish and Chips Day

I think the name is fairly self-explanatory, though the debate rages on regarding some of the origins of this quintessentially British grub. Apparently, Western Sephardic Jews (who had settled in England), coated fish in a batter and fried them; the chips came via either France or Belgium; and both London and Lancashire claim they had the first chippy (for you non-British English, a chippy is a fish and chips shop).

Instead of focusing on disagreements (since there are more than enough to go around!), we should actually be reminded that we really have fishermen to thank for this dish. To quote from The Fishermen’s Mission* website, “Fishing continues to be the most dangerous peacetime occupation with a one in fourteen chance of being killed at work, the funds generated through the National Fish and Chip Day allow the Fishermen’s Mission to continue to provide Welfare and Emergency services to our Fishermen and their families….”
(* Full name is The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen)

So, my fellow fish and chip enthusiasts, please do go out and support your local fish and chips stand, or shop, or fancy restaurant, and in turn the monies from National Fish and Chip Day will help support Fishermen’s Mission. And whilst you are munching and crunching, think about your plans for the following weekend in order to…

Celebrate National Beer Day aka Beer Day Britain on June 15London Pride photo cutout
https://www.beerdaybritain.co.uk/

I am certain some diehard fans will have this event highlighted in their calendars, but others (though they are keen drinkers) might possibly not be aware of this glorious tradition, as it is actually a fairly recent event day, started in 2015, by one Ms. Jane Peyton.

I have to admit, I was somewhat surprised (and shocked!) that us Brits did not actually have a day dedicated to honouring our beloved beverage; however, this oversight has been now been righted. 800 years after the Magna Carta was sealed (15th of June 1215, of course), Jane Peyton established peace in our pubs by starting Beer Day Britain, which, according to the website “celebrates all beer including traditional ales, mainstream lagers, and limited edition craft beer and everything in between no matter where it is brewed or who owns the brewing company.” And by celebrating British beer, you are actually helping our British economy – whether it be at your local pub or going on a beer tour. One does what one can for one’s country.

Btw, Beer Day Britain coincides very well with Father’s Day on June 16. Perhaps, combine the two events into one spectacular Beer and Fathers Weekend!

How Photo Cutout Boards fit in…

Reel in customers with the always fun face-in-a-hole photo board
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/

• Roll out this amazing marketing tool with one of our roller banners
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/roller-banner.htm

• Vinyl banners to help you and your business stand out and be noticed
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/vinyl-banner.htm#

 

If you would like more information on our products then please get in touch:
Tel: 08450 570 321
Email: office@connectedshopping.com
Online form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

Lastly, there is no late month haiku, but, poet that I am, I have composed an ode…

An ode to fish and chips

Too many annoyances stressing you out?For Fish Sake campaign
Well, I have news to make you smile, not pout!
Listen, listen to what I have to say,
I know it will chase the doldrums away:
It’s a celebration of fish and chips –
Yes, indeed, ’tis Fryday!

Mark the date as the 7th of June,
which is coming up oh so soon!
Now close your eyes and think
of a dish
as delish
as chips and fish;
and if you please –
add some mushy peas.

Then, as you savour that crispy crunch,
do not forget to say:
Fishermen and cooks thanks a bunch!

Photo Cutouts provide seaside boards for ITVBe’s The Only Way Is Essex

Popular ITVBe reality show, The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE), approached Photo Cutouts earlier in May, for help in dressing the set for their seaside themed, end of season party.

Filming for the finale took place in the rear garden of the stunning venue The House in Crow Lane, Clacton-on-Sea on Thursday 16th May. The full cast were pictured attending including Shelby Tribble and Sam Mucklow (pictured). The party was to have a seaside themed, festival atmosphere to match the location and who better to supply traditional seaside party props than us.Shelby and Sam having fun with face in the hole board

We specialise in the production of the traditional pier pastime of face in the hole boards. And it was this seaside range which caught the eyes of the ITVBe team. https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/buy-seaside-peep-boards.htm

Seaside face in the hole boards

Photo Cutouts supplied the TOWIE team with a range of seaside face in the hole boards to add some fun to the bash. The designs were the traditional saucy postcard style featuring overweight ladies and skinny gents – perfect for creating funny photo opportunities with the cast. The show aired on Sunday 26th May and is available on ITV on Demand, where you will spot newcomer Joey Turner using the Photo Cutouts ‘Strong John’ face in the hole board.

TOWIE's Joey Turner as 'Strong John'

Sister company, Fun4Guests also got in on the fun. Fun4Guests supplied a range of party hire props, including a vintage Kissing Booth to add some romance to the bash.  Kissing Booth TOWIE Screenshot

The season finale party was a huge success and a lot of fun. Photo Cutouts and Fun4Guests were delighted to be involved in our neighbouring counties TV series.

In case you missed it, ITVBe’s reality TV hit is available to watch on catch up for free via the ITV Hub.

If you would like to hire our Photo Cutout boards, party hire props or vintage Kissing Booth the please contact us to discuss your event.

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Exciting events in May – and the secrets to commemorating them in style

Oh dear, oh my. After my last blog way back in April, about recalling summer vacations of yesteryear, it May have appeared I took off on an early summer seaside vacation. But, ’tis not the case. I cannot divulge what I was doing (top, top secret you know; one must always be at the disposal of Her Majesty of course, though I have said too much already!). Probably best if we May just move along, as there Maybe some May events which we should be discussing.

Photo Cutout board at National Trust site

First and foremost, allow me to remind you that May is National Walking month. People are walking, they are looking…and lo and behold what do they see? A captivating photo cutout board of your business, which gives rise to people’s curiosity! In other words: A photo cutout board is a nifty way to advertise, since it is a marketing prop that truly does draw people into it.

Second, and just as important, below are some May events that are so fantastic that they have a whole week to celebrate their awesomeness!

Third, and also of significance, is that a few of these events are celebrating products that are very British, so we can support and buy local.

So without further ado, May I present:

May 20 to June 2: British Tomato Fortnight
http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/british-tomato-fortnight/
Last year it was British Tomato Week, but this year the event goes for two weeks! And who can blame the British Tomato Growers’ Association? I myself love tomatoes – to discover, to learn about, to grow, to eat, to cook with….

Now, to clarify, there are many tomato varieties from different countries, and British Tomato Fortnight celebrates all tomatoes, but with an emphasis on local British growers. Summer does not seem to be complete without tomatoes in some form, so do check out the website and the events to get you in the mood for growing these tasty treats. Maybe even a bit of a family outing to an event?

 

May 25 to June 2: National Children’s Gardening WeekVegSoc photo cutout board

https://www.childrensgardeningweek.co.uk/

Why should grown-ups enjoy all the good times? This is a wonderful idea, and fun and educational for the whole family, and it ties really well in with British Tomato Fortnight. If children are to learn, they like the learning to be interactive, and this is what gardening is all about. Mayhap pick up a tomato seedling or two from a garden centre?

May 25 to June 2: English Wine Week

https://www.winegb.co.uk/
I am ashamed to say that I have been neglecting my British wine, but no more! I will state that though perhaps the bambinos will not enjoy this event, the rest of us most certainly will. According to the Wines of Great Britain website, “Two thirds of the UK’s annual production is now sparkling.” This fact certainly put the sparkle in my day!

So, after some fun with family in a garden, it May make sense to support local and try out a British wine!

• May 27 to June 2: National BBQ Week

http://www.nationalbbqweek.info/
Planning to visit various events and garden centres, then doing a bit of gardening, May also make you work up an appetite. Fire up the BBQ and start that summer grilling (even though technically it is not summer, yet). Maybe pair your food with a British wine….

I could go on and give advice (and I usually do) about all the above events, but I’ll let you, my captive audience, contemplate how best to plan and spend the next few weeks. Before I sign off, I will divulge a secret: Your garden centres have quite a few of the tools needed to help you celebrate the above May events in style, so do go visit them.

Millbrook garden centres interact with shoppers
Millbrook garden centres interact with shoppers

I will also let managers of garden centres in on a secret: While we love our garden centres, perhaps they could use that little something extra…like, say, a snazzy photo cutout board outside (or inside…or both). Contact us (deets below) and we will create something spectacular to help you promote whatever you wish.

And, finally, British Tomato Growers’ Association and UK Wine Producers, we totally support you, and are definitely going to check out your events and products, because we believe in supporting British business. Just so you know, we too are British, and we’d love it if you supported us and called (or emailed) to enquire about one of our custom photo cutout boards specifically designed for your business. Share the fun!

Deets:
Tel: 08450 570 321
Email: office@connectedshopping.com
Online form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

I believe I missed a late April haiku, and disappointed my many fans; I hope I have made up for it with my mid-May one.
Flowers from April
May celebrate a royal babe.
Party into June!

PS. My dear readers, if you do go to any of these events/places, and there is no snazzy photo cutout board anywhere to be seen, then, of course, call the manager and tell them what they are missing!!!

May the rest of May be a happy one.

A recipe for food for thought

This blog is dedicated to:
D.H., thank you for providing the inspiration;
M.B. for sharing your many (amusing) memories;
L.H. for getting me what I needed;
C.H. – trying to get you to recall events from the past is
like pulling teeth, but you continue to be my biggest fan.

Before writing this blog, I have had quite few idea thingies bopping and bouncing around in my brainy brain (fine, we all know this is an oxymoron), almost like a bunch of ingredients but no recipe. I now propose to see how the ingredients come together, and if the outcome is a delicious dish or food poisoning. Brace yourselves my loyal reader fans, brace yourselves….

ice cream recipe

Do you remember the summer vacations of yesteryear? The days when the family packed up the car and drove to a seaside town to escape from a hot and muggy city. Our parents would rent a little caravan or chalet, and there we would settle in for a week or two, and proceed to thoroughly enjoy ourselves. I find seaside towns tend to evoke a jumble of memories: the feel of clumpy wet sand built into sandcastles; the excitement of discovery when rock pooling; that satisfying crunch of freshly battered fish and chips; the heat of the sun during a fun game of beach cricket; the satisfaction of burying a sibling up to the neck in the sand; the sugary stickiness left over from candy floss; that coconutty smell of suntan lotion….

Have I also mentioned that in memories like these there are unicorns flying around and fairies sprinkling pixie dust?

Do you remember the summer vacations of yesteryear? The days when you sat in the family car, so eager to be at the seaside, but the car kept stopping – either because your carsick prone sibling needed to throw up (yet again), or because the car overheated and it needed to be manually cranked to start again. Our parents would rent a little caravan or chalet, sometimes smelling of Eau de Wet Dog, or Eau de Mould, or even Eau de Something Decomposing. There we would settle in for a week or two and try to enjoy ourselves to at least some extent. I find seaside towns tend to evoke a jumble of memories: listening to those piercing shrieks and that incessant whinging of some children who were (for whatever reason) not thoroughly enjoying themselves; the physical pain of tripping and falling on the promenade, coupled with having a broken heart because the ice cream cone fell as well; the disappointment of being dragged to some “Restaurant” because the parents wanted prawn cocktails in fancy glass and scallops on shells; the sugary stickiness of candy floss stuck in the hair; that smell of public toilets….

Have I also mentioned that in memories like these there are roaming orcs and goblins eager to substitute a child in place of the fish and along with the chips?

Whether they be of years ago or of last year, memories of seaside holidays are usually a mixed bag – rather like seaside towns, as some appear to be flourishing while others seem to be deteriorating.

The themes (or perhaps more aptly “the ingredients”) for this blog came from my colleague, who alerted me to an article on the BBC titled Seaside town reinvention ‘should start with Blackpool’, and from English Tourism Week (March 30 to April 7, 2019). Both of these topics made me reflect on the importance of our seaside towns, and the need to preserve and nurture not just our British seaside towns, but also their traditions.

beach seaside fat mabel ice cream recipe

One of my other colleagues was reminiscing about some holidays at the seaside when he was a child, and then what those holidays were like with his own children. He recalled “bumping into a fat lady” who turned out to be Fat Mabel, a photo cutout board who has remained a fixture of the seaside for years (and she does not seem to age – good for you Mabel!). He also told me about playing (or rather trying to cheat at) miniature golf with his sister, and then how he suddenly became a mini golf champ when he played the game with his son (not suspicious at all!).

Not that far from the sea

Mini golf and photo cutout boards are just two of the many things/traditions we associate with the British seaside, and they are also our two businesses (Putterfingers is our portable miniature golf for those of you who have suddenly landed from outer space and are not yet in the loop). At both Photo Cutouts and Putterfingers we like to have fun, we like to make a bit of money whilst having fun, and we love it when other businesses can use our products to promote their business, all the while they are having fun and making that bit of money like we do. I would venture to say this could be called increasing economic growth, which is one of the recommendations from the report published by the House of Lords The future of seaside towns.

seaside beach recipe hut sand

Now wait! One more thought ingredient to add to our bubbling cauldron before you begin to think I am some pontificating know-it-all. Our blogs (this one and the one for Putterfingers) are usually quite light-hearted and fun with interesting facts, a bit of history, some educational material, and usually a good sprinkling of quirkiness, and I certainly do not wish to depart from this, nor do I wish to even suggest I have a solution for the improvement of seaside towns (even though I am excellent at telling people what to do and I am always right). So there! I am not a pontificating know-it-all. Nevertheless, I will impart some parting words – rather like that final seasoning and fancy garnish that finishes the dish. If you have a chance to travel in the UK, whether it be a day trip or that summer holiday, perhaps decide to be one of the tourists that some of these seaside towns would welcome. Most of us have a chance to travel abroad, but sometimes the best holidays are those spent discovering the treasures that are in our own back garden.

If you are interested in more information about the future of seaside towns, here are some links:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-47800638

Seaside Heritage Network

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/regenerating-seaside-towns/news-parliament-2017/seaside-report-published/
(This link provides a synopsis of the report from the House of Lords along with a link to download the complete report in PDF.)

You might also wish to revisit a couple of our blogs from June 2016: British seaside culture is worth preserving, and Face-in-hole boards: a bit of history.
https://photocutouts.co.uk/blog/british-seaside-culture-worth-preserving/
https://photocutouts.co.uk/blog/face-in-hole-cutout-boards-around-the-world/

And, finally, check out some of the seaside-themed boards we have on standby, ready for your fun summer event (be it at the seaside or not)!
https://photocutouts.co.uk/blog/beach-boards-celebrate-coastal-culture/

I do hope I have given you some food for thought. Until next time my darlings, toodle pip!

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Bigger is Always Better!

First a disclaimer: When we promised a mega reveal, I know that some of our fans were possibly hoping we had somehow stumbled onto a megalodon. Alas, since we are rather inland and right now quite busy thinking up fun things for Photo Cutouts and for Putterfingers (our portable mini golf business), we have had to put the hunt for the megalodon on the back burner for a bit.

Nonetheless, we promised mega and we delivered MEGA CARDS! Our Mega Cards are giant cards (we offer three sizes; click on the link below to see the options), made of lightweight (but firm) PVC, which ensures they are free-standing and won’t dampen in a drizzle or a downpour. Since we are the ever-amazing Photo Cutouts, we can certainly create a personalised giant card printed with an image (or images) you have sent to us, along with your own message printed inside. If you are short on time and creativity, fear not! We also, of course, have some ready-made Mega Cards to choose from.
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/giant-cards.htm

Personalised giant card
Personalised giant card. 3 sizes. Waterproof material.

 

Continuing with the bigger-better-giant theme, Photo Cut-outs also offers GIANT JIGSAWS!

Send us an image and we will turn it into a giant jigsaw puzzle with pieces ranging from 8 to 64. And since we like to think outside the box, we didn’t feel the need to be boxed in with a rectangular shape! Our team of technical wizards can create some unusual shapes like a heart or a panda or a plane, or maybe even a megalodon (but better check with us about the possible size!). Again, send us the image(s) you want for your giant jigsaw, and we’ll print it on our durable and weather-proof PVC board. You can also opt to have a different design printed on each side of your giant jigsaw – fun times two! Aside from being a good-time gift, we think this could provide some fabulous fun for youngsters at school (see below for a tip on how to celebrate St. George’s Day).
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/giant-jigsaws.htm

Personalised giant jigsaw

Now that you have taken a peak at our new product reveals, who knows, maybe you (and others like you with a fantastic feel for fun) will be mega adventurous and order both a Mega Card and a Giant Jigsaw for your next party. Most certainly it will be a mega good time!

 

And (a) Longer Length (Blog) is Lovely

What with focusing on all the other fun things Photo Cut-outs offers, and the MEGA reveal of more options for entertainment, we have nearly not had time for April Event Delights for you to plan. To paraphrase Mr. Monty Don from Gardeners’ World: Here are some events you can be celebrating in April.
Of course there is Earth Day, Passover, and Easter (and we have Easter-themed photo boards to buy or hire), but just like our not-necessarily boxy giant jigsaws, I have thought and went outside the box, and hereupon are some other events to honour.

Now it’s true that Britain’s National Beer Day isn’t until June 15 (mark your calendars!), and International Beer Day isn’t until (Friday!) August 2 this year, BUT for all you American expats here in the UK, your US of A National Beer Day is April 7. True, it is a Sunday, but how better to celebrate the end of the week, the weekend, AND beer?! I also think that us Brits will be more than happy to make merry with you Yankees for your national beer day.
So, calling pub hosts and hostesses, why not order a Mega Card (maybe photos of your business printed on the front), with the words You’re Invited …. Then write the details on the dry-wipe inside of the card, pop the card outside the pub door a few days prior, and ensure your beer cellar is well stocked!

April 23: St. George’s Day
As I am confident all of us English know all there is to know about our patron saint, I will not misuse my time by providing a history lesson. Instead, I offer a wise suggestion on how to celebrate this (non-bank) holiday: how about a giant jigsaw puzzle of St. George slaying the dragon? This presents as an opportunity for a fun and some educational history for children in school.

April 29: International Dance Day
International Dance Day had its inception in 1982, and is celebrated on the birthday (April 29) of the creator of modern ballet, Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810). According to the website, “The intention of the International Dance Day Message is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – dance.”
https://www.international-dance-day.org/index.html
This time I’m calling out to you dance companies: whether you wish to promote International Dance Day, or simply promote your business, why not order a bespoke photo board, or a Mega Card you can use as an invitation (see above under National Beer Day). Either choice would be a marvellous marketing tool that will have you dancing with the delight of being able to teach and share this art form with so many more people.

As always, to place an order or to simply ask a question, please feel free contact us by phone or email or via an online form:
Tel: 08450 570 321
Email: office@connectedshopping.com
Online form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

But before I sign off dear readers, here is another late month haiku to bring some cultural enrichment to your lives 🙄

March showers are done.
April springs forth daffodils:
May they smell sweetly.

Teaser: fun new things on the way!

More Fun Things from Photo Cutouts

We have been writing about all kinds of delightful photo cutout events to plan for in this month of March, but perhaps now is also the time to remind our readers of some of the other fun options we offer for events. So find a bit of time, pour yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee or a gin and tonic (no matter what time of day, I don’t judge), read our blog and then peruse our website – a picture is worth a thousand words!

Fun Hand held speech bubbles

The beauty of our reusable Speech Bubbles is twofold: First you get to use them for your event, then you can reuse them at home! Our set of six speech bubbles are very popular at weddings* (particularly if you have a photo booth), though feel free to be creative with how and when you want to use them. Then, bring our speech bubbles home and use them as a message and reminder board at home – much better than having a chalkboard and dusty chalk everywhere! And you can always be super generous and present a few to extended family as the gift that keeps on giving … messaging … reminding …

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/speech-bubbles.htm

* Though we do have a set of Wedding-Themed Speech Bubbles in case you are concerned about what your guests might write!

Fun Giant cheques printed

When you are celebrating big money being handed to your charity, what will truly stand out in the press photos? Why, Big Cheques! (OK, technically they are Giant Cheques.) We have three different sizes available and can make either a printed version or a re-useable dry wipe cheque. Whatever your preference, our giant cheques are a wonderful way to announce that big sum!

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/charity-cheques.htm

AR photo boardsFun AR seaside photo boardsAR Christmas photo boards

If reality sometimes needs some pizzazz, why not zing it up with our Virtual Reality Boards? Here you get to combine a photo cutout board with a downloaded app that then gives life to your photo board. While, in my ever-so-humble opinion, my writing is quite lively, it may be best to check out the link below which shows a photo board coming to life:

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/virtual-reality-photo-boards.htm

So, does anything strike your fancy? Something surely must! Then contact us by phone or email or via an online form:

Tel: 08450 570 321

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Online contact form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

Here’s a Little Teaser

Now, here at Photo Cutouts we not only have a talented team who design and create photo boards and the other amazing and fun things I wrote about, we also have a team of innovative – nay! strike that, I am being faint with my praise – genius, yes, I said, genius thinkers of fun. (Well, to really tell the truth: they are actually grown men who are wishing and acting like they could still be young boys.)

Our Fun Think Tank Team (FTTT) have come up with some new products for more fun times. I don’t want to give away anything quite yet, but I have been authorized to tell all our readers that it will be MEGA …

Tune in next time for some April event planning and fun times with photo cutouts!

And keep on tuning in for the MEGA new products reveal coming soon.

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March Delights, Part 2: The Second Half of March

March hare

As promised, here are March Delights, Part 2: The Second Half of March

(Don’t forget, last week we started brainstorming about some fun-filled festivities that could be celebrated in March, and if that includes some photo cutout boards, then so much the better!)

Ides of March

  • March 15: The Ides of March

Ooops! Last time we totally forgot to add this delight…though some might wonder if it is a true delight when you are told to “Beware the Ides of March!”  Well, to those doubters we say “Doubt not!”, but instead celebrate Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with a toga party and Roman-themed feast.  And if ever there was an opportunity for a photo cutout board or two, this is definitely it!

For a bit of a background on the Ides of March (and to confirm there really is nothing to beware of) check out:

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/beware-the-ides-of-march.html

And if you are in Manchester, why not visit the Manchester Art Gallery and gaze at Edward John Poynter’s The Ides of March

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/the-ides-of-march-205859

 St Patrick's Day

  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

We did address St. Patrick’s Day in our last blog (which was a delightful read!), and so this is only a reminder that those lucky Irish have a Bank Holiday on Monday, March 18.  In other words: an extra day to party and commemorate that fun-filled party with photo cutout boards!

Spring butterfly

 

  • March 20: First day of spring!!!!!! (aka Vernal Equinox if you wish to be posh)

True, this is a Wednesday, but sometimes a party or even an enjoyable event mid-week is just the ticket.  To add to that excitement, there is a super moon on Thursday, March 21.

Explore equinoxes and solstices courtesy of the Royal Museums Greenwich:

            https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/equinoxes-and-solstices

Mother's Day

  • March 31: Mothering Sunday Day (We also “spring forward” with a time change)

We have saved the best event for last!   Whether you take mum out for a fancy lunch or tea; or buy mum an extravagant gift or make one for her yourself; or spend the day (or even the week) cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, remembering to replace the toilet paper, and all the endless little tasks mums take on – it really does not matter what you choose to do.  The point is to treat your mum to a treat!

There are of course still other holidays and just plain fun days to celebrate, like Holi (March 21), Purim (March 21), PI day (March 14)…but if we were to go through them all, you would have way too much to read, and not enough time to plan and organise your festive event!  Don’t forget that part of that party planning involves calling us fairly promptly.

So, calling all you ladies and gentlemen, and hostesses and hosts who are planners of parties and events: call us at Photo Cutouts (tel: 08450 570 321) so we can begin on bringing your vision to life!

Once you have hosted your event(s) with our enchanting photo cutout board(s), we would be thrilled to receive some of your photos that we could then share on our social media web pages.

Here’s to  wonderful, fun-filled March!

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

Some early March events to celebrate

A late February Haiku

Oh February.

January sales are done;

We look to March on!

March hare

Yes, the January sales are done, and though the stores have new arrivals (with an appalling colour choice of mustard yellow this year, but I digress), one isn’t quite in the mood for buying a new spring wardrobe yet.  February is supposed to be a short month, but it seems (to me) to somehow drag on.

So what to do, what to do? How does one deal with splattering rain, blustery winds, and inadequate sunshine?

Well, how about plan?  Yes, plan for the delights that March will bring!  Now, it is important to note that with delights there is always an opportunity to host a party, soiree, rendezvous, shindig, bash, get-together, revelry, festive social gathering, and/or merrymaking event (as I exhaust my computer’s thesaurus skills).  And our charming team at Photo Cutouts are on hand to start turning your vision into a reality so you will have photo (cutout) memories to last a lifetime!

And so, here are March Delights, Part 1: The First Half of March

You don’t have to be Welsh to celebrate with daffodils and leeks, sing a Welsh song, eat some Welsh rarebit, Welsh cakes, Glamorgan sausages…and also just celebrate all your friends named David (but make them buy the booze!).

Apparently dating back to pagan times celebrating spring and fertility rites, it is now also called Carnival or Carnaval and it’s the decadent party before Lent.  So channel your pagan god/goddess; or dress up like they do in New Orleans in masks, feathers, and a colourful costume of green, purple, and gold; or even celebrate for a week like the Brazilians! And I invite you to click on the link above, and read what the Danish do….

Celebrating, appreciating, recognizing women.  Need we say more?

  • March 17: Patrick’s Day

Celebrate this sainted lad by putting a shamrock (or a bunch of them) in your buttonhole; wear your fanciest green outfit but make sure you have a stretchy waistband to accommodate for eating some corned beef and cabbage (and the possible festive flatulence that comes with this dish); and finally toast all things Irish with one (or more of these Irish beers):

TOP 12: Beers that everyone should try in Ireland…

So, my planners, I have given you some ideas for celebrating delightful things in the first part of March.  All you need to do now is contact us at tel: 08450 570 321 or email: office@connectedshopping.com or fill in an on-line form at https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

Until next time, and don’t forget we love, love, love when you send us photos of you and your photo cutouts!

Photo board boosts seasonal campaign for Christmas Tree grower

Seasonal Marketing Campaign

Photo Cutouts customer The Natural Christmas Tree Company have given us some nice feedback on Facebook about their Christmas 2018 campaign:

“Fantastic service and quick and efficient design and logo placement! The photo cutout has been a great success for us!”

-Harry Edwards

If you run a Christmas tree business, as Natural Christmas Tree Company owner Harry Edwards does, it’s probably fair to say that your business is seasonal! It involves work all year round, but the bulk of sales will happen during a short and very busy period each year. What can you do to maximise sales during this period? It would be pretty disappointing if you worked so hard and not enough people got to hear about your business.

Seasonal Marketing Campaign
Branding can be as subtle or as in-your-face as you choose.

To avoid seasonal sales flops, businesses can do a range of things to boost awareness and get people buying. One part of this mix is a photo cutout board: a colourful stand-up board that projects a friendly image of your brand. It comes with face holes so that customers can take funny photos of each other – with your company branding front and centre!

This helps create a buzz about your company by word of mouth and via social media. The board can be anywhere that helps to get the message out: at shopping centres, in front of your premises, at trade shows and other events, or just via social media by sharing photos of employees and others posing and making faces!

Other seasonal business include fireworks, food stalls, lawn care & gardening, outdoor adventure, travel, and many more. If you run a seasonal business, don’t let all your hard work fail to pay off at peak sales time by not shouting loudly enough about your business! A Photo Cutout board is a proven (and fun) part of the seasonal marketing mix.

Here are a couple of boards we made for seasonal fireworks supplier Standard Fireworks, to help make sure their peak season wasn’t a damp squib and really went off with a bang.

standard fireworks seasonal campaign Seasonal Marketing campaign

Get in touch today to discuss your branding requirements for your next peak season!

www.photocutouts.co.uk

office@connectedshopping.com

08450 570321