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      Straws 'n Berries is coming to Marbella!

      Straws 'n Berries is coming to Marbella!

      After two succesfull years in Barcelona & Ibiza we decided (and had some extra time thanks to Covid) to expand. 
      For a little while we have been working behind the scenes on bringing Straws ‘n Berries to a new location in Spain. After receiving many requests for picnics in this location, we finaaaaaally listened to you. A lot of you speculated on our Instagram already, and a couple of you already guessed it……. Are you ready??? 

       

      Straws' n Berries is coming to MARBELLA!

       

      Before we tell you about what you can expect from us and where we will be providing picnics, we would like to introduce you to Daphne, our Straws 'n Berries host in Marbella. Daphne will ensure that every picnic you book in Marbella will be an unforgettable and unique experience!

       

      Our Marbella picnic host is Daphne, a Dutchie living in Spain for over 10 years. 

       

      'Throughout my life I have had the pleasure of traveling, learning and seeing the world thanks to my various jobs in hospitality.

      Dubai, Barcelona, Mallorca, Ibiza and Amsterdam have been my favourite places so far.

      I would like to introduce you to Marbella in the Costa del Sol part of Andalucía which is in the south of Spain. 

      I have to say there are few places like Andalusia that are filled with great people, a lot of sun, amazing beaches and delicious food! 

      My aim is to give you a feeling of the Andalusian roots through our sophisticated picnics. 

      For those who come to Marbella or surroundings I encourage you, to get know us.  We can prepare a picnic for you on the beach, in the mountains or in any corner of this beautiful land, feel and get to know the Andalusia through Straws 'n Berries'

       

      Where can you find us? A picnic can be booked anywhere between Marbella and Malaga, whether you want to surprise your loved one with a picnic in the city-park of Malaga, at the beach in Torremolinos or we come to set up at your terrace or garden.

      Why did we choose Marbella? The weather is very picnic friendly most of the time; Costa del Sol, which is the area around Marbella and Malaga, has a Mediterranean climate, which means that they have hot, dry summers and short and mild winters. January is the 'coldest' month, but even then, it's an average of 14 degrees. So, always warm enough to enjoy a picnic! In every town they also have a market every day, from local products to designers.

      Marbella is a city with a very high level of luxury and has been nicknamed 'Saint-Tropez of Spain'. Take a walk through the marina, you will be amazed with one yacht bigger than the other. Also, the luxury shops are not to be missed. You can do some serious (window) shopping. Marbella has more than twenty sandy beaches for you to relax and get your tan on. But of course, there are plenty of restaurants with delicious food! Marbella has a beautiful old centre, Casco Antiguo. Don't miss out on this, it’s beauuutiful!!

      Did you know that Picasso was born in Malaga? Malaga has more than 25 different museums, with the Picasso museum being one of them. When you visit the beach, you will find many restaurants selling grilled sardines, since they are very popular. It's very convenient that the beach is only a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Just like Marbella there are many shops you can visit in Malaga as the city has plenty of nice boutiques. The last thing you really shouldn't forget to visit is Alcazaba & Gibralfaro. The fort Alcazaba was built in the 11th century and Castillio de Gibralfaro in the 14th/15th century. These highlights are wonderful to visit, so be sure to visit them! All in all, a great place to go and also many lovely picnic spots!

      Originally Torremolinos was a fishing village, but now it is a very popular place to celebrate your holiday. Aside from the beaches we really love Battery Park. In this park you will find the Mirador Tower. This tower is about 15 meters high, so from above you have a beautiful view and it's also a lovely place for a picnic.

       
       Are you celebrating your birthday, or do you have a bachelorette party to organize? We are happy to help! Book a picnic with us and we will take care of the food, the picnic set up and the decoration, all to your taste. All you have to do is to bring your friends or family! 

       Orrrr are you finally ready to make the long-awaited proposal? There is no better way to do that than with a picnic. The complete set up, including a nice bottle of cava and the necessary flower petals, we take care of it! Success guaranteed ;)

       

      Soooo where are you waiting for???

       

      See you in Marbella or surroundings ;)))

      The best restaurants and cocktail bars for a hen party in Barcelona

      The best restaurants and cocktail bars for a hen party in Barcelona

      There are many restaurants and cocktail bars in Barcelona. 
      We collected a few hotspots which we think would be perfect for a birthday, bachelorette, hen party or any kind of party!
      Restaurants
      Sensi - There are several Sensi restaurants in Barcelona. Sensi Bistro and Paz19 are both tapas restaurant in the center of the city. Sensi Bistro is a mix of Spanish tapas with a French twist while Paz19 is more influenced by the Mediterranean. Have a nice glass of cava or sangria and enjoy your dinner. 
      Carpe Diem Lounge Club (CDLC) - The restaurant of the Carpe Diem Club has a great menu with Asiatic, Arab and Indian fusion dishes. Ask for a table outside and enjoy a nice view o the beach. The food and drinks are amazing! If you are with a large group of friends, then for dessert, you should take the “Dessert Board”. After dessert, you can go inside to continue the party!
      Gatsby Barcelona - This isn’t just a restaurant, its an experience. Enjoy dinner with a glamorous show. Make sure you reserve a table early because this place is popular! You can also go here to enjoy the cocktail bar. 
      Boca Grande - This restaurant has a very good menu with lots of seafood. The atmosphere is amazing and it’s perfect for large groups. During and after dinner you can choose some of the most spectacular cocktails from Boca Chica (which is the cocktail bar of the restaurant). This is probably the best cocktail bar in Barcelona!
      Other restaurants: Casa Rafols, El Disset Graus, Ikibana - best sushi, Bar Lobo - great for lunch, Mr. Porter, Pez vela - great seafood & Flax & kale -  best breakfast.
      Cocktail bars
      Paradiso - In this bar, you can enjoy the tastiest, spectacular cocktails. It is located inside the district “el born” which is in de center of Barcelona. There are many nice bars in this area. The interior of this bar is also very nice but is it not that Spanish. The cocktails cost around € 12.50 but that is totally worth it.
      Crepes al Born - A few minutes away from Paradiso, there is a bar called “Crepes al Born”. This bar is a little bit more Spanish style. They serve great cocktails and of course, you can eat delicious crepes! 
      Clubs: Opium, Razzmatazz, Jamboree, Bling bling
      Bars: Pax 49, Mr Robinson, Vermuteria Bonita, Clubhaus

      How to organise a baby shower in Barcelona...

      Babyshower Barcelona

      In Barcelona more and more baby showers are being organised where the "mommy to be" is put at the center of attention and where the pink and blue party items are an absolute must. In this blog, you can read everything you need to know about how to organise a baby shower in Barcelona.

      Most of the time a big or small group of friends of the future mom are present at the baby shower. In many cases, the mother and mother-in-law are also invited, usually, this is an all-girls event.

      Surprise your pregnant girlfriend by telling everyone to keep it a secret. 

      Create fun games and activities and make sure you start early with picking a date and organising the baby shower - group events usually need more planning than one normally anticipates. 

      Decorate the chosen venue in baby blue and baby pink however, if you already know the gender, then choose the color of the gender. In case you don't know the gender or incase its a gender reveal party, it is a fun idea to wear the colour of the gender you think it will be, this way everybody is in pink or blue which is also pretty for the pictures! 

      Fun game ideas:

      - Taste test> Buy a few jars of baby food and let everybody taste and guess what is in it. The one with the most correct ingredients wins!

      - Shit happens > Get a few baby diapers, fill them with for example peanut butter, Nutella, syrup etc. en let the guest lick it to guess what the "poop" is. 

      - Guess the name of the baby 

      - Wishes for the baby > make a list that the guest can fill in with there wishes for the baby

      - Place your bet > Bet on the arrival date

      - Mommy and daddy competition > Make a list with questions such as "Who will change the most diapers?" or "Who will spoil the baby the most?" the guest need to fill in Mom or Dad.

      - Guess that baby > Ask everybody to take a baby photo of them to the baby shower and guess each-others photo.  

      Think about what kind of food you would like to be served. You can serve lunch, high tea, snacks, dinner, whatever you want! But note that your pregnant girlfriend (s) can’t eat everything.

      A baby shower is usually given in the 6th or 7th month of pregnancy. The "mommy to be" 

      now has a nice round belly but is still able to feel and move comfortably. It's the perfect time for a party!

      For more information about organising a baby shower with Straws ’n Berries you can send an email to info@strawsnberries.com.

      Is Barcelona the best place for a hen party?

      Is Barcelona the best place for a hen party?

      Well, Barcelona for sure is an amazing place to go, and when organising a hen party - yes I know this can be very stressful - the more help you can get the better! 

      For hen parties you usually have a group of girls that don’t necessarily all know each other, therefore it's not an easy but super fun task for the hen party planner. 

      The great thing about Barcelona is that Barcelona has it all! Everything you can possibly wish to do during a hen party weekend, you can find in Barcelona. The beach, the clubs, the shops and it's easy to get around and Barcelona is still relatively well priced. 

      Therefore, Barcelona is a great place to organise a hen party!


      Barcelona is one of those cities that you just get after a few hours, its not too big and after you’ve looked at the map for a little while you can figure out how to get where and you can find your bearings pretty soon. Which is perfect for a short trip! 

      And probably the most perfect thing about a hen party in Barcelona is that many many people have already walked that road and have created the perfect hen party weekend itinerary for you; Barcelona is waiting for you. Stuck for ideas? Not sure how to navigate yourself through the Spanish websites? Here a few ideas for your activities:


      Xventura - they offer a unique way of discovering the city through a super fun treasure hunt where you can compete with your friends and also get to know some history about the city. 

      Cake workshop Casa de pastel - These cakes and muffins and sweet treats are seriously delicious. 

      Cruising Barcelona Bike Tours - What's a better hangover cure then getting all the girls on a bike and seeing all the best sights in Barcelona? Your guide will also tell you all the best places to go for drinks…

      Boat Cruise Barcelona - Ultimate chill vibes are on a boat! 

      Paella & Sangria workshop - Let’s get Spanish! 

      & then, of course, there is our (www.strawsnberries.com) amazing picnic that is the perfect hen party activity when in Barcelona!

      And if you want to make it all even easier, you can just contact Barcelonas best hen party planner at ASG exclusive agency and she can organise the whole trip for you, - without any extra costs! 

      See you in Barcelona!!! 

      Elopement weddings in Barcelona

      Elopement weddings in Barcelona

      Elopement weddings are becoming more popular! Barcelona is the perfect place to have an intimate and private wedding. In this blog, you will read how an elopement wedding is different than a "normal" wedding and who is organising this in Barcelona.

      What is an Elopement wedding?

      Elopement means "running away". During an elopement wedding, it's all about the bride and groom. Of course, this is also the case during a "normal" wedding. The difference is that there are no other guests or a very select amount of guests. Most of the time the wedding is a secret. It's a very intimate way of celebrating and marring the love of your life.

      Nowadays a lot of people choose this type of wedding because of several reasons. Big weddings can be complicated and very expensive, this can cause stress and bridezilla's ;). Some people just don't feel like a traditional wedding suits them. Being in front of a lot of family and friends and being the center of attention is something you might do not like to be in. 

      Small weddings are also very popular but very often it’s still hard to find a date all the guests have time to gather, and in the end, the wedding ends up in an elopement.

      Elopement in Barcelona

      Barcelona has perfect venues and surroundings, it is almost always sunny and is, therefore, the perfect location for your elopement. There are agencies such as "Love in Barcelona” (www.loveinbarcelona.com), who can arrange everything you like! Such as a photographer, location and master of the ceremony. 

      An elopement wedding usually takes 4 hours, the rest of the day you can enjoy everything that Barcelona had to offer.  

      Elopment and Picnic in Barcelona

      We offer together with Valentina from Love in Barcelona a beautifully styled wedding picnic at the beach or any other location where its possible to have a romantic picnic for two.

      We love the idea of these kinds of weddings! What do you think?