Dressing up with Tiffany
Dress Up Set in Light Blue & Yellow
Hello my little ones, it’s so wonderful to see you again! Oh, would you look at that, just as the sun comes out too! Gosh you must be warm in that, you’re still wearing your winter clothes!
So, you’ve come looking for some new clothes for spring? You’ve certainly come to the right place! I have so much for you to choose from! Wait here, I’ll be back in flash.
I have the perfect outfits for you, one for warm summer days and another fancier dress for all the upcoming birthday parties you’ve got! This is the Dress Up Set in Light Blue & Yellow, what do you think? You like it? I knew you would, you have such a good eye for pretty details!
Take a closer look at each dress; the yellow, polka dot dress is perfect for every day, whether you’re baking something tasty or off on an adventure. Would you look at that sweet turquoise bow? It’ll bring the colour out in your twinkly eyes! Now, the evening dress really is a showstopper. Just look at the beautiful charm at the top there and the matching gold trim will really make you stand out from the crowd. You’re going to be the talk of the Town!
Let me just wrap these up for you, neat and tidy. You must be extra careful with them, they’re extra special after all. There, now I’ll let you be on your way - stay cool out in the sun, dear!
In the Woods with the Buttercups
Spring Scavenger Hunt
Hello my little primroses, how have you been keeping these last few weeks? It’s starting to warm up in Sylvanian Village and the seasons are changing. I think I can just about see the sun peeking out from behind the clouds, so that means it’s time for another scavenger hunt. What a treat!
This time I have some spring goodies for you to go out and look for. Make sure you get outside exploring throughout May, June and July to find these items. Let me know how you do!
The beautiful yellow petals of this flower turn into dandelion puffballs that you can blow to make a wish! Can you blow them away with one breath? You should make as many wishes as you can, they won’t be around for long! Now if you don’t mind me asking… what did you wish for?
These little veggies look adorable cuddled up together in their pods! Can you spot any growing in a vegetable garden? If you’re with a grown up, you could even collect some to have as a yummy snack!
Watch as the forests are transformed into an ocean of beautiful blue flowers in early spring. Can you guess where they got their name from? They’re like mini, blue church bells! Don’t pick these little guys though, because they’re very special. You’ll find them out on woodland walks - how many can you spot?
These clever little insects fly around flowers to pollinate them. Then guess what, my lovelies, they produce sweet honey back in their hives! But the poor bees are in danger and you can help them by planting some flowers with the help of a parent, so you can keep eating honey on your toast and cereal!
You might be able to see these magnificent animals out and about in the woods. You’ll have to be quiet to spot them as they’re quite shy, so be careful not to startle them! Spring is when their babies are born so if you’re very lucky you could catch a glimpse of a fawn. Do tell me if you do!
Doesn’t nature look so beautiful in the spring! How many of the items did you manage to discover on your scavenger hunt?
Maple Cat Sister & Marshmallow Mouse Sister
Have you met Miranda Maple and Stephanie Marshmallow, the new Town older sisters?
Miranda the Maple Cat Older Sister is a florist at the lovely Blooming Flower Shop in Town. She loves creating extravagant flower arrangements and spending time with her little sister Millie, who she is teaching about all the different types of flowers.
Miranda’s favourite flower is a simple daisy, but she loves anything that’s colourful! She even dresses from head to toe in a beautiful floral dress, with a flower bag to match!
Stephanie is the Marshmallow Mouse Older Sister and has a wonderful eye for detail. She’s an interior designer and nothing makes her whiskers tingle quite like a well decorated room. She helps her mother and father, Bianca and Bernard with the triplets when they are causing trouble, and is currently designing a brand new nursery to keep them entertained!
She wears a fashionable mint-green dress, and a belt which features a marshmallow motif. She always carries a camera, sketchbook and pencil in her handbag, ready to note down any ideas on the go!
Mother Chocolate’s Recipes
*Nibble, chomp* Oh, hi there! We didn’t see you come in… we were just testing the decorations to make sure they are tasty enough. We can confirm they are delicious! All we need now are some cakes to put the icing on. Would you like to help us? Mother Chocolate’s recipe is top secret, but she’s going to teach us today because we’ve been extra good!
First of all we need to gather together all the ingredients.
Here’s a list of everything we need:
110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
110g/4oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g/4oz self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk
For the icing
300g/10½oz icing sugar
2-3 tbsp water
2-3 drops food colouring
hundreds and thousands, or other cake decorations
And don’t forget the equipment:
A large mixing bowl
Fairy cake cases
Fairy cake baking tray
A wooden spoon
A large metal spoon
Now we’re all ready to make the yummiest fairy cakes in Sylvania! Even the Village Cake Shop will be impressed by our cakes.
Before you start mixing together the ingredients, you need to preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. It’s also a good idea to line 2 x 12-hole fairy cake tins with paper cases before getting messy!
Now, cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until it is light and fluffy, just like Ralph’s tail! Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon. Folding is a little bit different to stirring, all you have to do is scoop around the bottom of the bowl and fold the mixture in half, almost like helping with the washing! It makes the cakes fluffy and light.
Add a little milk until the mixture is a soft dropping consistency (this means it doesn’t stick to the spoon if you turn it over, but make sure it’s not too runny either) and spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
You’re now ready to bake your delicious treats in the oven for 8-10 minutes. You can tell they are ready when they are beautiful golden-brown on top. If you poke the cakes with a skewer it should come out clean – if there is any cake mixture left on there, you’ll need to bake your fairy cakes for another couple of minutes.
Now, this is the hardest bit. Set the fairy cakes aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and place on a wire rack. It can be hard to keep your little paws off the hot cakes, so we always play a game to keep busy while they cool!
Next is the second best part, icing!
Sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring in any colour you like! Drizzle the icing over your cakes and decorate while it’s still soft. Just a few more minutes while the icing sets and they’re ready to eat! Yum!
Woolly Alpaca Family
The Woolly Alpacas are new to Sylvania, and are some of the most creative, craftiest Sylvanians around! They have the softest yarn which they take great pride in, and wear clothes in a gorgeous vintage style.
Andre can knit the warmest, cosiest garments out of the most beautifully coloured yarn. He sometimes spends so long poring over the samples, that Ariana wonders where he is.
Ariana is Andre’s beautiful wife with a singing voice to match. Her favourite season is winter and she practices Christmas carols all year long to sing to her neighbours. She also loves to wrap up warm in Andre’s cosy knitwear.
Just like her parents, Fiorella is imaginative and artistic. You’ll usually find her creating something beautiful. Recently she has taken to embroidery and adds beautiful details to all of her clothes. Her latest project is with her father - they're making a beautiful scarf for her mother, which Fiorella will decorate with delicate embroidery.
Gabriel is the youngest of the Woolly Alpacas and, although he is the smallest, he certainly has the biggest smile. He loves the colour green and exploring the meadow is his favourite thing to do.
May Premium Fan Club event
Calling all Sylvanian Families fans! We’re holding a very special event for our Premium Fan Club members – you’re invited for Bank Holiday Fun with Sylvanian Families on the 25th May. The exciting event will take place at the Mercure Leicester, Granby Street, Leicester.
There are all sorts of exciting things in store at the event, for our tip-top fans! Meet and greet your favourite Sylvanians in real life, like Katherine Marshmallow, and even have your photo taken with them for a lovely keepsake.
You can relax in front of the big screen with episodes of the Sylvanian Families Netflix show, get crafty in the arts and crafts corner, play some Sylvanian themed party games or dance along to the mascot performances, performed throughout the day.
On top of all that, an exclusive opportunity to play with some of the newest Sylvanian Families products should be enough to get any Sylvanian lover excited. The brand new Autumn/Winter range will also be available for purchase, so keen collectors can get their paws on the exciting new sets before anyone else!
If you would like to come along and meet some other Sylvanian super-fans, tickets are available from EventBrite but they are limited, so don’t wait around! Tickets are completely free for Premium Fan Club members and there will be exciting goodie bags brimming with Sylvanian surprises for everyone to take home.
Not a premium member but desperate to come along? There’s still time! Members who sign up to the Fan Club before 11th May are still eligible for a ticket.
The all-day event will start at 10:30am and finish at 4pm, with mascot performances at 11am and 2pm, and meet and greets at 12:30 and 3:30pm.
Around the House with the Silk Cats
It’s Grandpa Chocolate’s birthday next week, and Mother Chocolate knows how much I adore crafts so has asked me to make the bunting especially for his surprise party. Will you give me a helping paw?
You will? Oh, isn’t that wonderful! Now, let’s gather all the things we need to make the best birthday bunting you ever did see!
- String (as long as you want your bunting to be)
- Paper (I just love bright colours and patterns)
- Scissors and glue
- Brightly coloured markers or stick-on letters.
You’ve chosen the prettiest colours here, Grandpa Chocolate will love them! This is what the bunting will be made of so we need to cut it into diamonds. Make sure you get some help from an adult when using the scissors, we don’t want any accidents now do we? To make the perfect diamond shape, from top to bottom should be about 20cm and it should be 10cm from side to side.
When you’ve cut out enough paper diamonds (there are 13 letters in Happy Birthday, and don’t forget about the space!) fold them top corner to bottom, making sure the crease is nice and clean before unfolding each diamond and laying them flat on a table, side by side. Here is the best time to get creative, and arrange the different colours in a beautiful pattern!
Next, take your string and lay it along the crease of the paper diamonds. This next step can get a bit messy, as it’s time to use some glue. Fold each diamond into a triangle once again, trapping the string in between and gluing down the flap.
Now it’s time to decorate your home-made bunting! Grab your markers or letters and fill out your bunting with a birthday message. I can’t wait to hang this up for Grandpa Chocolate’s birthday, I hope he loves it!
In the Playground
Hello buttercup, how wonderful to see you on this lovely day! The sun is shining and we’re going out to play, why don’t you come and join us?
Mr. Petite brought in some chalk today, so we’re going to play hopscotch in the playground. Now, do you know how to play? First of all you have to draw the squares on the floor – the pattern goes one, then two, then one, then two all the way to the end, and there are eight all together. Each box needs a number, so start at the bottom and work your way up!
Wow, it’s so neat! Now, who wants to go first? OK Tiffany, you’re up! Take this pebble and throw it onto square number one. What you have to do is collect the pebble whilst hopping along the board, and make it to the other end without stepping on the lines or outside of any of the boxes.
Ready? Go! One foot, two feet, other foot, both feet! That’s the trick! Well done Tiffany. Who’s next? Jasper? Off you go! Wow, that was a quick one, you must have the fastest paws in Sylvania. Who wants to go next?
Right, did everyone manage to get the pebble from number one? Fantastic, let’s try number two! Ralph, you go first this time… Oh dear! You stepped outside of a box! That means you don’t get your pebble this time, but don’t you worry, you can play again on number three.
Once we get all the way to number eight, we’ll see who has the most pebbles and crown them the hopscotch champion of Sylvania.
*Brrrrinnng* Oh no, that’s the school bell! We’ve run out of time, so we’ll just have to find out who’s the winner tomorrow. I do hope it’s still beautiful and sunny when we come out to play.
Baking with the Brambles
Baking with the Brambles: Cinnamon Rolls
As every Sylvanian knows, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, setting you up for a day full of adventures! My most favourite breakfast treat is a cinnamon roll, hot and fresh from the oven. Just thinking about the delicious cinnamony smell is making my tummy rumble! I’m about to whip up a batch, so how would you like to lend a paw? Don’t forget your apron now!
Ingredients you’ll need to bake cinnamon rolls:
300g self-raising flour
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
2 egg yolks
200ml milk, plus extra for glazing
For the filling:
1 tsp ground cinnamon
55g light brown soft sugar
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp butter, melted
For the icing:
60g icing sugar
1 tbsp cream cheese, softened
½ tbsp butter, softened
½ tsp vanilla essence
First things first, turn the oven on to 180°C/fan 160 °C/gas 4 and grease a 20 cm cake tin, then line it with baking parchment. Once you’ve measured out the flour, caster sugar and cinnamon, mix them all up in a bowl with a pinch of salt.
Next, whisk the butter, egg yolks and milk together, then tip them into the flour mixture. Watch out for any splashes! Stir the mixture all up until it makes a lovely soft dough, as squishy as a trampoline! Now you’re ready to turn it out onto a floured surface and make it all nice and flat, with a rolling pin. Try to make sure it’s about 30 x 25 cm big so that it fits neatly into the cake tin.
Now it’s time to make the yummy filling! Combine all the ingredients together until it’s nice and creamy, then spread it evenly all over the flat dough. Roll it up tight lengthways like a Swiss roll and cut it into 8 slices. Place all the sizes flat side down in the cake tin, brush gently with some milk and you’re ready to bake! Bake them for 30-35 minutes until they’re a golden brown colour. Once they’re done, carefully take them out the and let cool for 5 minutes, you don’t want to burn those paws.
To finish off our pastries, we now just need to make the icing! Gently sift the icing sugar into a bowl to get rid of all the lumps and bumps, and make a little well in the centre. Place the cream cheese and butter into this hole, carefully pour over 2 tbsp boiling water to melt it and give it a good stir. You need quite a watery consistency so add a little water if it’s too thick. Lastly, add in the vanilla essence and then drizzle across your rolls.
Now for the very best part - gobble them all up with a hot cup of acorn tea!
Baby Castle Nursery
The Baby Castle Nursery is the cutest nursery you ever did see! Sometimes the babies are having so much fun, they don’t want to leave and have to be coaxed away with a promise of a cookie and being able to come and play again tomorrow!
The castle shaped nursery has candy floss pink turrets, various flags and castle turret shaped windows, so you can pretend to princes and princesses overlooking your kingdom.
Inside there are lots of fun things for the babies to entertain themselves with. They can touch the clouds on the cute swing, whoosh down the slide or enjoy a fun story-time with the books. Gather round the piano for a sing-song or have a go on the seesaw – just add the flower wheels to the bench to convert it, isn’t that clever?
For even more adventures, you can connect it to the Baby Castle Playground and Baby Choo Choo Train.
Get the Baby Castle Nursery HERE.