Thursday 11 April 2019

This is Not Just Easter this is a Marks and Spencer's Easter

Dream come true to have access to unlimited chocolate and alcohol fizzy pop for an hour in beautiful Covent Garden :-) Lottie looked like a kid in a toy shop when upon arrival she was greeted with an Easter Egg Hunt. Warmly welcomed and issued with a basket to FILL and FILL it she did. We're still eating chocolate today 24 hours later. The older kids - my nieces and my son Aaron hung back and let Lottie dive in. Definitely she made up for their politeness. I was shouting out that at each "bush" or floral display she should leave a few for other children. She was hopping from each chocolate location to the next in a way that would have made the Easter Bunny himself proud.

Breaking news: have you heard that Marks and Spencer have revived their "This is Not Just" ad campaign? Yeah I didn't know either till I saw the hashtag being used on Instagram after this Easter Press Show we attended.
Marks & Spencer has revived its much-loved This is Not Just marketing campaign after a 12-year absence, with the launch of new adverts that give the strapline a modern twist.
First launched in 2004, the campaign’s initial run helped boost M&S’s food business into the stratosphere and cemented its reputation as a premium food retailer.
The new campaign also comes weeks after M&S unveiled a new deal with Ocado, which will see it step into online delivery for the first time once the partnership comes into effect in late 2020. M&S’s new set of This is Not Just adverts were directed by Charlie Stebbings and Guy Manwaring, who spent four months creating them. The adverts also pay homage to the original campaign and all show various people in key moments daydreaming about items in the M&S food range.
Source: Retail Gazette Marks and Spencer brings back This is Not Just Food Campaign 

This is Not Just an Easter Egg Hunt Trail it's a Stunning Easter Meadow: 

Venue @carousel_ldn/  Easter Egg "meadow" produced by @heaps_stacks/
Flowers by @ClareLoveBlooms via their meadow making flower fairy: @laura_c_benedict/ 
Spot the Easter Eggs here (although maybe this was filmed after Lottie raided it as there doesn't appear to be nearly as many as when we arrived): 

There was a professional photographer there so no doubt he has much classier versions of the above, but in their absence I will use my own pics, which are as good as I can get on my camera, made up for by Lottie's cuteness of course. Of course This is Not Just cute this is Lottie cute :-)

For the adults we were greeted with Gold Crème Brulee Liqueur served IN cracked Easter Eggs as below. This is not just alcohol this is Marks and Spencer's alcohol. My Prosecco was bottomless too so all was good :-) I had a laugh with them as I thought someone had just put a thumb through a whole box of chocolate eggs. It took a lot of mingling over to Lottie and back for me to realise that being that they were ON a bar they contained a drink.
I tried the White Russian too after all it would be rude not to:

This is Not Just a Boiled Egg These are Marks and Spencer's White Chocolate and Passion fruit Eggs

The hashtag at the event was #MyMarksFave and I have to say without a doubt, hands down these were MINE.

6 White Chocolate & Passionfruit Eggs - Serves 6 (Pre-order for Easter collection 18th-20th April) are £12 for six. Be quick they are currently sold out.

This is not just cake This is a Marks and Spencer Easter Cracked Egg Cake

I didn't personally taste this cake but I did fall in love with this Easter Cracked Egg Cake it and take the above photo. What I can tell you is that it retails at £15 and I think you'll agree is a show stopper for any table.
Layers of sponge filled with strawberry jam and buttercream, decorated with vanilla flecked buttercream, a cracked white chocolate egg and icing.

This is not just an Easter Egg this is a Marks and Spencer Chicky Chicky Bang Bang BBC Good Food Winner Egg

Marks & Spencer says:
Our cute Chicky Chicky Bang Bang egg is made for sharing – smash the creamy milk chocolate exterior and let everyone tuck in to the candy-covered Mini Speckled Eggs.It even got the seal of approval from BBC Good Food, who named it the Best Kids’ Egg in this year’s Easter Taste Awards, saying it was “ideal for an Easter egg hunt”. Pick up Chicky in store now and take one home in time for your Easter celebrations.

This is not just hair this is Easter hair

Before the Marks and Spencer Easter Press Show we had been at the London Transport Museum for a few hours, being that it is in Covent Garden too and so between the two Lottie had a costume change and her Fairy God Mother did her hair as below.......

A day spent in Covent Garden called for something special. Lottie's God Mother came up with this beautiful hair design. I need to learn it myself.

I'm so glad she changed from jeans to a dress as it suited the Easter Egg Hunt meadow down to a tee.

We were gifted a Moonbeam the Unicorn Egg each but this is what Marks and Spencer has to say about their range of kids' eggs below. I will update this post with a pic of us and our eggs but currently I am saving them for Easter Sunday.

These are not just Easter treats...Little and big kids alike will love the cast of chocolatey characters you'll find in store this Easter. Stars of the show are our new hand-decorated Angus the Bull and Moonbeam the Unicorn eggs, made with creamy milk and white chocolate.
If you’re planning an egg hunt with the family, there are plenty of tempting bite-size treats to squirrel away – look out for our trio of hand-painted eggs, milk chocolate Cheeky Chicks and foil-covered Choccy Eggs. And don't forget to invite our award-winning Chicky Chicky Bang Bang egg and chilled-out Yoga Bunny egg along.
We were gifted our entrance to the Marks and Spencer Easter Press Show and given refreshments whilst there. We also received a goodie bag each as photographed, containing a packet of Hot Cross Buns each and an Easter Egg each. We are working our way through the Hot Cross Buns - there are NINE varieties including SALTED CARAMEL (I know!!!!) and there is a 10th in the form of a Hot Cross LOAF!!!!! Alas I didn't get any decent photos that I am happy with of the hot cross buns. Marks and Spencer Food thanks so much for inviting us. I wasn't obliged to write this but after such a GREAT time had by all of us, I surely couldn't not.


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