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We don’t often go to wedding fairs – they are usually slap bang in the middle of our busy season and we’re either at weddings or events or doing collections and/or washing up on Sundays! However – we thought we would do a little fair at the Corn Exchange in Blandford last weekend – just to see what response we would get and to meet new people and potential new clients.
It wasn’t the busiest day in terms of meeting new clients but it was a great day in terms of networking with other local suppliers, florists, cake makers and the like! We had a laugh with the lovely Brian Cox, Toastmaster, ate the sweets from the gorgeous sweet trolley by Gina and Julia of Sweetness (website under development but available at firstname.lastname@example.org!), loved the stationery from Ciao Bella, admired the amazing cakes from Gina at Cakes For Every Occasion, talked photoshoots with Darima of Darima Frampton Photography and took home some gorgeous flowers from the talented Michelle of Rhapsody….Phew…..and in-between all that we talked to a few couples about their wedding plans!!
Here’s some photos of our stand and a few of Gina’s cakes, flowers from Michelle, a lovely invitation with bunting (very vintage!) from Francesca at Ciao Bella and those sweets!!
Well it’s almost upon us – Mother’s Day! The time to let your Mum know just how much she means to you (well… we think you should do that more than once a year – but hey….once is better than none!) but what’s the history behind it all? Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?
Here’s a very brief potted history. To start with Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
Historically on most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England would worship at their nearest parish or ‘daughter church’. However, it was considered important for people living away from where they were born to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘Mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area.
Inevitably this became an occasion for family reunions and most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.
As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift or take a cake (Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday because the fasting rules for Lent were relaxed that day). The cake especially associated with Mothering Sunday is the Simnel cake – fruit cake with two layers of almond paste – usually with 11 balls of marzipan icing on top representing the 11 disciples of Jesus (excluding Judas). Click HERE for a link to a recipe and instructional video for making a Simnel cake from Fortnum & Mason (we only go for the very best!!)
The tradition of Mothering Sunday in this country had almost died out by the 1920’s/30’s – maybe due to a reduction of people in domestic service? But in America a lady called Anna Jarvis from Virginia had successfully campaigned for a day to celebrate the importance of motherhood and from around 1914 America had been holding their Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.
So when American forces arrived in the UK during 1941 and found that their Mother’s Day was not celebrated they decided to import the idea. It was then that we English piped up and insisted the traditional forth Sunday in Lent and not the newly established American date should be observed.
So having reignited Mothering Sunday, it was just a matter of time before the greeting card industry saw too good an opportunity to miss and they quickly seized the moment establishing one of the most popular and commercially successful occasions of the year.
But over the years, the greeting card industry has slowly converted the name and there are now very few cards that have the more traditional greeting of ‘Mothering Sunday’, you will find the vast majority have ‘Mother’s Day’ printed on them (we looked and it’s true!), even though the origins of the latter have no connection with our good old English celebration!