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Monday, 17 January 2011

Pampered Chef and a Party for You!

Way back in December I was thrilled to receive a gift from Pampered Chef. My friend Julie is a Pampered Chef Consultant and she very generously gifted me with the Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl to try out, just in time for Christmas!!

This was something that I had long wanted to have, and I was over the moon to be given it! I was not disappointed either. It arrived very quickly and in perfect condition, thanks to the expert packing and delivery service. It far exceeded my expectations in every way. It is just gorgeous! The clear glass shows off your creations elegantly.

This is the part that really surprised me. It is two parts! I hadn't expected that. Every other trifle bowl I have seen has been all in one piece, hard to store and difficult to fit in the refrigerator. The Pampered Chef trifle bowl has a unique, removable stem that helps you easily and conveniently transport, refrigerate and store the bowl. This also gives you the option to use just the bowl, if you're so inclined. Bonus! So , it's like getting two items for one. It also has a lid which is an added convenience, especially when you have made your dessert ahead of time and you want to store it until you are ready to serve it. Double Bonus!

Quite unlike most trifle bowls, the bowl itself has a flat bottom, which lends itself to a beautifully even presentation. The layers will not sink in the middle and the clear glass sides allow you to present your dessert in the most beautiful way.

I can see, too, that it will be most useful in salad season. I do a wonderful layered salad and the clear, tall sides of this nice piece of equipment will showcase this tasty dish beautifully! I can't wait! I can see where it will also be very useful for layered dips such as my Mexican Dip or my Greek Dip.

But then again, it's not only good for food. I can see where it would be so easy to create a beautiful table centrepiece with it. With it's removable stem set in the centre of the bowl and a pillar candle set on top of that, and surrounded with flowers, or seashells, pebbles, Christmas balls . . . you name it, there are endless possibilities to be able to use this unique and beautifully crafted piece of kitchen kit! Thanks so much Julie and Pampered Chef for having given me this fantastic opportunity, but then . . . it gets even better!!

I have always wanted to host a Pampered Chef Party myself, but for one reason or another just haven't been able to do so. I have often purchased their products though, and I have to say that I love them. They are real quality. I don't know what I would do without my Measure All measuring cup (It measures in both American and British measurements) and I just adore my Deluxe Mini Muffin Pan which bakes 24 mini muffins at once! (especially now that I have a larger stove to cook them in!)

When I worked at the manor, I didn't really get to know many people in the village where I lived, and I was always so busy working, that I didn't have a lot of free time to do things like hosting parties anyways . . .

Since I moved back here, I also don't know a lot of people, but I have really been wanting to have a party! It's a great way to meet my neighbours, and to get to know people a bit better, plus have some fun as well. Who doesn't like good food, cooking demonstrations and great kitchen kit??? So here is what is going to happen.

I am hosting my VERY FIRST Pampered Chef Party, here at my home, on Tuesday the 25th of January! It's all so very exciting! I have invited everyone I know to come, but that's not the best part.

You will also have the opportunity to come to my party, via the net. (Unfortunately at this time it is only possible if you live in the UK.) For a limited time, you will be able to visit my online Party page and place orders there that will go towards my online party.

What you have to do:

First hop on over to Julie's page . . . HERE.

Once you are on Julie's Page click on the Shop Online link. Once there, it will tell you that there are two ways to shop, first if you've been invited to a show . . . (This is the one you want)
This is where you have to put my name in the host area:
Marie in the first bit, Rayner in the second bit . . . then click . . .
it will then list my show as a hyper link . . . click on it and shop away.

Now I want to add a little twist to the show. Because all of you online shoppers won't have the fun of getting to meet me and Julie in person, and because you won't be able to taste any of the delicious food that will be served on the night, or see the demonstrations . . . nor will you be able to win anything from the raffle etc., I, personally, am going to put the name of anyone who places an online order into a hat and pick a winner from them all, who will then receive from myself . . . a five card selection of my own personally designed and handmade Greeting Cards (Your choice), a Pampered Chef Season's Best Cookbook and a Mini Measure All Cup. It's a win/win/win situation!

Julie is also also offering a £25 voucher to spend in the new brochure for anyone who joins her team or recommends a friend or family member who join her. The voucher will be issued once they or their friend has qualified as a Pampered Chef consultant. (completes their 4th show!) All they need to do is contact her through her Pampered Chef page!

I wish that all of you could actually come to my home and attend the show in person, but I know that's just not possible, so this is the next best thing. If any of you do live in the Chester Area, and would like to attend, e-mail me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com and I'll give you all the details and directions of how to get there.


  1. Pampered Chef items are just the best. I have so many that I use daily. The trifle bowl is fabulous. There are so many uses for this dish. I really wish I would take time to make a trifle.

    Good luck with your party.

  2. Leave it to Pampered Chef to design such an awesome trifle bowl. I wish I could be at your place on the 25th. I know it will be a FUN time for all!

  3. My sister Eleanor gave me the PC trifle bowl for my b'day last August... and I made my first trifle for Christmas dinner. The trifle bowl is gorgeous and you are definitely right about the presentation. I also love how it fits in the frig and is so easy to store with the stand inside the bowl. Good luck with you PC party...

  4. Beverley, I have some very quick and simple but delicious trifle recipes if you'd like some. The black forest trifle is amazing!!

    Marie - I can't wait to see you on the 25th, will ring you to discuss recipes soon x

  5. Your bowl and trifle are perfect for you..I like my bowl..but it isn't in 2 pieces:) Have fun at your party in YOUR manor:)

    Great success and pleasure!

  6. I have bought and am still enjoying using many PC products over the years. That trifle bowl design is well thought out.
    Have a great time at your party.

  7. Now THAT is a well-though-out trifle bowl--lucky you! Love that you thought of a decorative use for it as well--beautiful!

    I wish I could come to your party--I'd be there in a heartbeat!

    Hope you're having a beautiful day, my dear friend...sending lots of love and some California sunshine your way--it's been close to 70 this weekend!


  8. Oooh I love that trifle bowl - What a great idea to have two parts!!

  9. I bought their garlic crusher (you don't have to peel the garlic first) and it is definitely one of the most used things in my kitchen. x


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