After the fun and festivities that December has to offer, January can feel like a bleak and quiet month. We have packed up the Christmas decorations for another year and finished off the last stale mince pie that was lingering at the back of the cupboard, and now we are patiently waiting for first signs of spring to appear.
However, January doesn't have to be dull in fact we think there are plenty of excuses to get together for a celebration including Burns Night which is held on January 25th, Robert Burns' birthday.
Burns Night is traditionally celebrated in Scotland to celebrate the life of Robert Burns, a poet whose most famous work is Auld Lang Syne, the traditional song that is sung at New Year's Eve or Hogmanay celebrations.
Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland on January 25th, 1759 and wrote many poems, lyrics and political commentary. Burns was seen as a key player in the Romantic movement, and his political thoughts inspired many liberal and socialist thinkers. Nowadays, Burns is celebrated as a charismatic cultural icon and was voted as the favourite Scot by the Scottish public.
Burns Supper is an institution in Scotland and traditionally consists of a band of pipers, who welcome guests and a reading a Burns' Grace before supper. Supper consists of traditional Scottish food, with cock-a-leekie soup to start, haggis, neaps and tatties for the main course and pudding usually consists of Clootie dumpling or Typsy Laird. Supper is followed by plenty of Scotch whisky and entertainment, usually with a musician that performs some of Burns' best-known songs.
If you feel inspired to host your own Burns Night celebration, we're here to help. At Print My Ribbon, we can create some fantastic printed banners to help decorate in the Scottish theme; you can personalise your banners to read Happy Burns Night. If you are feeling creative how about printing banners that quote lines from some of Burns' songs and asking you guests to guess what poem or song they are from?
Another fun idea for your Burns Night celebrations is presenting your guests with personalised sashes of famous Scottish people. You could turn your family and friends into Andy Murray, Gerard Butler or perhaps Annie Lennox for the night!
If you're reluctant to attempt to prepare or even eat haggis, there are some simple to make Scottish recipes such as Cranachan. Cranachan is a dessert made up of whisky, whipped cream, fruit and oatmeal. This is a very easy dessert to throw together before your party and is bound to go down a treat.
To impress your Burns Night party guests, you can offer homemade shortbread biscuits to take home. Make these gifts really stand out by adding a personalised ribbon; this shows you care and will definitely win you the accolade of being the host with the most!
Let your creativity run wild this Burns Night; we can't wait to hear about the creations you have come up and we hope we can help in making it a night to remember.
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