How to be the perfect guest this Easter

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At any time of year, there are some fundamental etiquette rules for how to behave as a guest – especially if you’d like to be invited back.

It goes without saying that politeness, a willingness to follow house rules, not turning up late without a valid excuse, and being ‘social’ by putting away the mobile phone are among the pre-requisites for a happy get-together when someone else is kind enough to host.

One of the most important ways you can show your respect and appreciation for your host’s generosity is by taking a gift – either a nicely wrapped, thoughtful prezzie or a contribution to the culinary festivities with some celebratory fizz, a bottle of wine, tasty canapes, or a scrummy pudding will always go down a treat.

Bake an Easter traybake cake

Easter is a special time of celebration, togetherness, and eating with family and friends. A perfect occasion to bring joy to your host and fellow guests by preparing an Easter cake. You can get the kids involved in making it for their aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins – baking is a brilliant way to mix in some family bonding time and share the love.

And there are few cakes with bigger ‘wow’ factor than an Easter traybake cake. It’s the king of cakes. A sensational showcase for all things seasonal. Think fudge-frenzy, chocolate-collision, buttercream-bounty, all topped off with an Easter egg explosion.

EGGSsential ingredients

Here at the East of England Co-op, we have all the key ingredients for making the perfect Easter traybake cake – from our Sourced Locally WH Marriage & Sons superior quality flour to Havensfield fresh eggs.

Pick up everything you need from your nearest store and don’t forget those Cadbury Mini Eggs, Milkybar Mini Egg Bags and Smarties Mini Eggs for a tantalising toppings. Follow our recipe to create this baking legend.

Cadbury Mini Eggs Bag 80g

Milkybar Mini Eggs Bag 80g

Smarties Mini Eggs Bag 80g

Say it with flowers

Nothing says thank you quite like a bunch of flowers and Easter is the perfect time of year to put a spring in your host’s step.

The white lily is a traditional Easter flower, a symbol of purity, hope and innocence while tulips and irises are also popular springtime stems and make a perfect seasonal gift.

From vibrant Easter carnations to celebration bouquets to delicate pussy willow, you can pick up some beautiful bouquets at your local East of England Co-op store.

Member Perks

For a gift that will make your host feel spoilt, take advantage of our Member Perks giving fantastic discounts, including 10% off in-store at The Original Factory Shop, which has 180 stores nationally including in our Co-ops and across East Anglia.

From candles and cookware to perfumes and fashions, you can take your perfect guest aspirations to new heights – and even maybe pick up some accessories for an Easter inspired outfit or new pair of shoes for the day!

If you’re not a member yet, don’t worry – you can join today and make the most of this and a host of other amazing offers with our Member Perks scheme.

Candle Ranges, The Original Factory Shop

Fragrance Ranges, The Original Factory Shop

Fashion Ranges, The Original Factory Shop

Looking for a gift that makes a difference?

With the cost of living rising, many people are facing difficult times. For an extra special gift that changes lives, why not give your host one of our Foodbank Donation Cards? They cost just £5 and 100% of your donation will be given to the foodbank connected to the store. 

Next time you shop with us, ask at the till for a Foodbank Donation Card. You can then take the card home and write a message on the back to let your host know that you've made a donation on their behalf. Or keep it for yourself, as a reminder of the impact you've made in your local community.

Just one Foodbank Donation Card is enough to provide a week's worth of emergency food for a family, so your gift could really make a difference for people in crisis this Easter.


A nice touch

At the end of your special day, the perfect guest will always show their thanks for a fabulous time and offer to reciprocate the generosity shown with an invitation to their host.

And, for an extra special touch, follow it up with a handwritten ‘thank you’ card reiterating how much you enjoyed your time together. It may sound old-fashioned, but taking the time to put pen to paper rather than pinging a text will make your host feel really valued. There are some traditions that stand the test of time.

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