Often people complain about the cold and long winter nights and post-Christmas gloom of January.  So at ABC Self Store we thought we would brighten your outlook by proposing you get together with like-minded individuals and host your own Burns Supper!

For those who don’t know, a Burns Supper is a celebration of the life and work of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns, who died in 1796 at the age of only 37.  The event is normally held on his birthday (25 January) and involves plenty of eating, drinking and even singing and dancing.

So to celebrate your own supper, start by clearing the decks at home (preferably sticking your fragile or cherished belongings into one of our self storage units in Wandsworth, Southwark or Camden) and begin your preparations.  Some things to consider:

While the event is to mark the birth of Burns on 25 January in 1759, it is not essential to have your Burns Supper exactly on that date.  Indeed, some of the better events are arranged before or after so it can fall on a weekend or when friends or family are around.

You need to consider numbers attending, catering facilities and where the guests will be travelling from (and returning to).  Forget hiring a venue which can be costly, why not host your first one at home?  You can start by clearing some space for a long table or an area for dancing.

What to wear?
It may be time to visit your self storage unit and dig out some of your tartan clothing (most people have some form of Scottish connection!), whether it’s a kilt, tartan skirt or a smart pair of trews (or tartan trousers).  It helps to make an effort and get dressed up a little for the special occasion.

Food & Drink
It’s traditional to eat haggis, neeps & tatties (that’s mashed swede and potatoes to those South of the border).  For desert try a “Tipsy Laird” or more simply a sherry trifle.

The drinking part is easier.  You will need to stock up on plenty of wine and beer and don’t forget to dig out the whisky you have stored away to splash over the haggis.  But before you start eating remember to toast the haggis and say the Selkirk Grace:

“Some hae meat and canna eat;
And some wad eat that want it:
But we hae meat and we can eat
And sae the Lord be thankit”

Consider also having someone who would be willing to give the address to the haggis, it all adds to the drama and the sense of occasion!

Why not surprise your guests by learning a Rabbie Burns poem or hiring a piper for the evening?  The piper could double up as the music for those looking for a little Scottish dancing after the meal.  You may need to warn the neighbours though!

Just a bit of tartan will do!

There is also the added bonus of a clear and spacious house after the event!  If you use us as a spare room while the party goes on, we promise to store your items safely and securely in one of our convenient and flexible sites in Southwark, Camden or Wandsworth.

Whatever you choose to do, whether a big formal affair or a small intimate gathering, getting together and celebrating with friends certainly cheers up the chilly month of January.


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