Monday, May 30, 2011

Wintery Weddings

Tis the season for romance... Nights by the fireplace and crisp morning walks leaving footprints in the frost. With a chill in the air, it's the perfect time to warm hearts with your winter wedding.
Imagine a magical forest of sparkling, icicle laden trees for an enchanted Narnia-themed wedding... or frosty and festive trees with brightly coloured edible baubles for a Christmas-themed wedding.
Gingerbread Folk have the perfect table decoration to bring these winter wedding themes to life. Our new Gingerbread Trees make wonderful centrepieces on wedding tables.

Styling your winter wedding is simple... Here are our tips for your beautiful day;
  1. Keep your colour scheme soft to match the fallen snow around you. Whites and soft blues crispen the atmosphere and set the scene.
  2. Add elements of spice and warmth through your centrepieces, flowers and decorations. We recommend browns and reds to add a little heat.
  3. Natural fire will keep your guests toasty so candles should be a plenty.
  4. Enchant your guests upon arrival... Have your bridesmards cast confetti snow as you make your dramatic entrance.
  5. The richer the better - fine wine, dark and bitter chocolate team well with spicy gingerbread placecards which can double as bomboniere. These elements will warm the hearts and stomachs of your guests.
  6. FDon't forget your gown - strong lines and soft hues teamed with a wrap cardigan will have you looking stunning and keeping warm too!
  7. Greet your guest with the best champagne and serve a feast to remember.
  8. Don't forget winter is the time when wedding reception venues offer competitive packages allowing you to put more into the styling of your winter wedding.
Gingerbread winter wedding

Gingerbread winter wedding by gingerbreadfolk on
Let us wind back a few weeks in the lead up to the big day. It's your hens/bachelorette party and step one is to get a handful of girlfriends and enjoy a fun afternoon of gingerbread house making (using Gingerbread Folk house kits of course). Decorate your houses to your hearts content in your theme colours, wrap them up and viola! you have your wintery centrepieces.

Gingerbread Folk High Tea

Gingerbread Folk High Tea by gingerbreadfolk featuring pewter heels

For table settings, our 2-in-1 personalised cookie placecards are a fun icebreaker and will get your guests warmed up and talking.

Gingerbread has a natural association with the tradition and timeless themes of winter. For information on Gingerbread Folk trees, houses and cookie placecards, head to

To see some real wedding ideas using Gingerbread Folk products, check out our facebook wedding album.

For inspiration, head to the following bridal blog sites for more ideas about how to style a winter wedding;

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Adding the Edible Touch to Business

Requests for gingerbread as client gifts and corporate promotional gifts has been keeping us on our toes. "What's going to stand out on my client's desk in amongst the branded golf tees and novelty pens?"

We answer a lot of questions like this so we have decided to put together a package on the various options of Gingerbread Folk's corporate gifts. This will be available next week to download from our website. Today we've decided to spotlight the occasions when we have suppliedthe gift of gingerbread to  promote a stronger relationship between businesses…A range of fun and out-of-the-box ideas follow;

The End of Financial Year Trading Gift - Who doesn't love enjoying a cookie as they're chewing over the year in review? We ensure you stay top of mind with a surprise cookie gift tin to your client to ring in the new financial year.

The Christmas/Easter Gift -. Our snowmen, christmas trees and easter bunnees have goodwill in spades. These seasonal design cookies bring cheer and merriment to all who feast on them.

The Events and Promotions Gift - Nothing engages like food. Customers use our corporate branded cookie gifts to be remembered.

The Thank Goodness It's Friday Gift - Why wait til Friday…Our customers surprise their employees and clients everyday with our delicious cookie gifts. Wow what a nice boss!

The 'Morning Tea On Us' Gift - "A big box of gingerbread cookies just arrived in the office….Well that's morning tea sorted!" We organisebusiness-to business delivery of morning tea packs to surprise and delight your clients.

The 'Thank You For All Your Hard Work' Gift - It's the end of a campaign or a project and the team has worked around the clock to achieve fantastic results. Some say it with flowers, some say it with chocolates…Our customers like to say it with gingerbread. In the workplace, our elegantly presented cookie gift tins are an appreciated gift to say a big thank you.

The ideas are endless and we love them all. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gingerbread Houses add Joy to Christmas

Gingerbread made its first appearance in Europe in 11th century Germany. It is believed that Crusaders brought home the ginger spice they found in the Middle East. It was quickly discovered that it added a warmth and punch to baking and soon gingerbread was abundant.

The popularity of the Gingerbread House soared when the Brothers Grimm, a German fable writing duo, penned their fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel in 1812. Since then, the much loved activity of building and decorating a gingerbread house has become a Christmas tradition, with variations on a theme popping up all over the world. 

In Australia, gingerbread house building has taken on its own character. Cold winter nights are replaced by long summer evenings and the gluvine swapped for a chilled glass of chardonnay. From the coast to the bush, communities come together to build their gingerbread houses, to reflect and share in the spirit of Christmas.

Here is a lovely piece of feedback we received last year from one of our customers, that we really feel captures the experience of a gingerbread house building event.

“We had a fantastic night! I decorated the room all Christmassy and had candles & Christmas music softly playing to have the right ambiance. I included a short speech about the history of gingerbread before we started. That went down really well. With a chink of glasses and cheers, they began! Only 3 ladies of the 20 had done it before. There was a great mix of age, cultures and diversity. There were a few nerves and lack of confidence, but once everyone started I think it became meditative and therapeutic. Their creations were all wonderful and different, and they were all very happy. Thanks for such a great product and excellent service - it is so hard to get these days. Until next year – I’ve been asked to run it again!“

If you’re interested in holding a gingerbread house making event this year, we would love to hear from you. Our early bird offer is currently on until 30th of June.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Building a better team...out of gingerbrea​d

Remember that team building activity?…Stuck in the bush with the Rambo wannabe. Embracing that person you'd rather not because you're told you have to "bond". Summing up your life's history in 5 words or less to a room of people who are all thinking about lunch.

What was the point of it all?

Apparently, the 8 top functions of a team building exercise are to:
- improve communication
- make the workplace more enjoyable
- motivate a team
- bond
- promote problem solving
- identify strengths and weaknesses
- improve team productivity
- stimulate creativity

In today's corporate environment engaging employees is vital for increased productivity…and nothing engages like food!

Not only has food brought people together for thousands of years, countless research organisations have discovered links between the reward of food and an increase in productivity and communication in the workplace .Gingerbread House making events are a growing corporate trend. Gingerbread Folk supply gingerbread house making kits for corporate team building. We offer delicious-tasting, premium quality gingerbread and everything you need, for a fun and out-of-the-box team building activity.

At the end of the event, you have a great corporate gift that an employee can take home to share with their family. Some companies have even run competitions and auctioned the marvellous creations for charity.

If you would like a fast quote on bulk supplies for a gingerbread house team building event , phone us on 02 4739 0950 or email

And by the way… No Rambo wannabes have ever said "no" to some gingerbread action.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Mothers Day Treat

Today Mother's Day is celebrated around the world with many different customs. In Australia, the US, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey and Belgium, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

In Spain, Mother's Day is December 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. In France, Mother's Day is on the last Sunday of May. A special cake resembling a bouquet of flowers is presented to mothers at a family dinner.

The history of Mother's Day dates back to the 19th Century. It wasn't until 1914 that the U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution, and President Woodrow Wilson signed it, establishing Mother's Day, emphasizing women's role in the family.

Eric Fromm, a famous social philosopher and 20th century psychoanalyst, and author of the best selling book The Art of Loving says, "The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.” Fromm believed “the true nature of love, … always had the common elements of care, responsibility, respect, and knowledge.”

We love to spoil our mums and give gifts of appreciation. This year we recommend giving the gift of gingerbread. Gingerbread Folk cookies are all natural, egg-free and come in pretty sustainable packaging.

They embody the age old tradition of freshly baked goods, smell delightful and taste just asdelcious. They bring comfort, warmth and love to those who consume them.

You can pick up a giftbox from one of our retailers in your area, visit our website for a complete list. Alternatively if you would really like to splurge on your mum, you can order direct from Gingerbread Folk with this limited special offer…A gift tin filled with hearts and flowers and tied with mulberry ribbon. Click here to view the offer details. Be quick offer closes 5pm Wed 5th of May. We hope all your Mums (and you!) have a wonderful Mother's Day on Sunday!