Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sharky & George Summer Holiday Ideas

Hooray! It’s the summer holidays with long balmy days of sunshine, and endless days to fill with pure fun and games for the entire family.   We organize 1000s of really active and exciting parties for all ages, inside and outside, so have put together a few fun ideas of stuff to get up to during the summer holidays.  If you need any more inspiration, our book Don’t You Dare is stuffed with beach games, woodland games, stuff to do at home with a couple of mates and lots of pranks and stickers!

Hippo Hot Potato
A bit like piggy in the middle and hot potato, but with more chance of getting splashed!
Fill some water balloons with water.
Make a circle and choose one person to be ‘hippo’ for the 1st round.
Hippo stands in the middle of the circle.
A person in the circle takes a water balloon and throws it to someone else in the circle.
You’re not allowed to hold the water balloon for more than 1 second.
Hippo tries to smash the balloon whilst it’s in the air.
If Hippo succeeds then the thrower of the balloon becomes Hippo, also if someone drops the balloon, then they become Hippo. 

Blackcurrant  Hand Lollies
You will need:
-A few plastic disposable gloves, which you can get from the dispensers at a petrol station, just near the pumps
-Large lollipop sticks, or small wooden spoons
-Ribena, squash or fruit juice
-Strong elastic bands

Half fill the glove with your chosen juice, then put the stick or wooden spoon into the glove all the way to the end of one of the fingers.
Close up the wrist of the glove round the stick with an elastic band really tightly.  Then carefully put the glove into your freezer.  After about 4 hours it’ll be ready to eat….yum yum!

Make a Treasure Map
You will need:
-A can of coke
-A deep baking tray
-A piece of paper
-A black pen
-Some treasure (pack of sweets, chocolate money or if possible a huge pirate chest full of gold?!)

Pour the coke into the baking tray and put the paper into it.  Leave it to soak for about 5 minutes. 
Take the coke soaked paper out and lay it on a draining board to dry over night.
While the map paper is drying find somewhere in your house or even better your garden to hide the treasure (ideally bury it).
The next day, do your best to draw a treasure map on the stained piece of paper of your house or garden, and mark with an ‘x’ where you hid the treasure.

Then scroll up the map and give it to a member of your family and challenge them to try to find the treasure.  Whatever you do, don’t give them any help!  If they don’t find it, the treasure is all yours, if they do, then you can share it with them and ask them to do the same for you.

Towel race
This is a great game to play on a hot day on the beach.
You will need 4 towels.

First you should split your family into two teams and mark out a course i.e. starting at your mums purse and ending at an ice cream van. Both of the teams need to start on one towel behind the start line with another towel in front of them. Once they hear the word ‘GO’ they all have to jump on to the towel in front of them without touching the sand. Then they need to pass the first towel forwards and put it down in front of them. And so on till they reach the ice creams! 

Mystery Mouldy Modeling
You will need:
-Modeling clay or playdough
-A timer or stopwatch
-Paper and a pen
-A pot or a hat

First you should get an adult to write down lots of objects on bits of paper, crumple them up and put them in a hat or pot. The first person takes a random piece of paper from the hat. They can’t show anyone else what is written on it. That person is then given 60 seconds to build it as well as they can from clay. Everyone else has to try and guess what the object is. If someone succeeds in guessing what the object is they become the sculptor, if no one can guess, then the same person has to take another piece of paper and try again.

Fruity pants
You will need:
-About 20 pieces of fruit or veg
-2 blindfolds

You will need to give 2 people the role of being hunters and blindfold them. After this you should cover the floor with fruit and veg. Next you, you give them sixty seconds to crawl around on the floor and find as much fruit as possible. When they find it they can try to carry it but will find they’ll hold onto more if they stash it in their trousers! Once the time is up the fruit is counted and the person with the most fruit wins.


If you bored of taking endless photos of your family and buildings you should try this out. Use perspective to take trick photos, start by putting something small like a can of coke on a table.  Then take a photo with someone standing close to the camera ‘holding’ the can.  Basically their hands need to be in line with the can, but not actually holding it, making it look absolutely tiny.


Lots of love
Sharky and George

For more information and party ideas/ adventure days:

George’s top 3 things in life:
1) Chocolate
2) Messing about in boats
3) Ants and Frogs

Sunday, 6 July 2014

A very hectic day in the life of Peardrop!

Today is a Wednesday, therefore it’s the most manic day of the week when we rush around W1 delivering healthy salads to people’s desks by 1pm.  We’re also doing some jam jar salads and cakes for Alice Temperley’s clients.

On the menu this week is:


 ·  5.30am alarm goes off – why doesn’t it ever get easier?!  Think I had one too many aperol spritzers last night at Polpo opening.  Chuck on the first comfy clothes I can see, usually look like a farmer in the kitchen.

 ·   6.30am – arrive at our commercial kitchen in Acton having been via Sally Clarke bakery to collect bread. Already running out of time!

·   No time for breakfast – try and fail to resist one of our Ginger and rosewater cupcakes for Alice Temperley that I’m icing.

·  8am – lovely Hannah arrives to help - sandwiches, soups, trifles and cakes all done.

 ·  10am – panic ensues when Mexican salad doesn’t stretch to 50 boxes!! Emergency chopping and borrowing of ingredients from Event Oracle!

 ·  11am – on schedule, on the road, all clear with 1st drop off at Jo Malone.

·  11.30am DISASTER STRIKES.  The Queen’s opening parliament today (cheers Maam) and central London is gridlocked.  I’m at a standstill on Baker St for 45mins.  Meltdown ensues.  Bump car into mixer whilst instagramming in traffic.  Don’t try that at home.

·  12.30pm Conde Nast, Temperley, Floreat, Comac, Chanel all delivered.

·  1pm - Miraculously manage to finish deliveries on time and congratulate myself on packing an extra Mexican salad for my lunch

·  2pm - emergency make up in traffic lights – off to the Telegraph for an interview, nervous! 


·  5pm – 7pm Bake, ice, prep the Temperley lunch for the next day

·  7pm Back in the car for a client meeting in Notting Hill.  Smiles beginning to fade now.

·  9.30pm Home, bath, dressing gown, catch up on emails, TV.  Cooking supper is out of the question clearly so grab some cheese, a bowl of cereal and more importantly WINE.

·  11pm BED!

Lots of love
Rose xx
Roses top 3 things in life:

Drinking a cold glass of white wine &
eating buffalo mozzarella whilst reclining in the hot sunshine! (does that count as 3?)

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