Written by  Administrator , on Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:17

In celebration of the 253rd birthday of Scotland's favourite son, the poet and lyricist Robert Burns, here are some Scottish inspirations from House of McLaren and five essential elements (and some hard-to-pronounce words) to holding a proper Robbie Burn's party or to showing your Scottish pride anytime of the year. At House of McLaren you can look up your heritage, try some delicious rare Scottish sweets, and figure out the story behind your name, your clan, and your plaid, all while finding a good excuse to share some whiskey this coming Robert Burns' Day.
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee!
Who shall say that Fortune grieves him
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, nae cheerfu' twinkle lights me,
Dark despair around benights me.
- Robert Burns

The Quaich
A low two-handled silver cup, the quaich is most commonly used for sharing whiskey between friends on Robert Burns' birthday. The beautiful collectors' items are keystones to Scottish culture, originating in the Scottish Highlands well before the 17th century. A quaich also makes for a great wedding present or gift for a loved one.
A selection of quaichs available at House of McLaren

Many Scots would agree that it's not a Robbie Burns' affair without all the gents in proper Scottish attire (owner Sheena of House of McLaren would most definitely agree). It might be the only time in the year where you can get away with wearing a skirt! House of McLaren rents out top-to-toe traditional Scottish wear and does personal fittings for every size and shape. Surprise everyone this Wednesday with some Scottish flair.

Robbie Burns' Day is a great time for kids too. There are tons of stories to be told and House of McLaren brings in the best Scottish publications available. These go nicely with their wide selection of sweets, and since speeches always come before digging into the haggis, here is an easy way to do your homework and brush up on your Scottish knowledge in case your turn comes to talk.

Tartan Napkins

Maybe the best part of a good Robbie Burns' celebration: whiskey and food. You will most likely need something to keep your quilt clean, so why not layer on some more tartan? Pick up some napkins from House of McLaren and add some Scottish decor to your meals this week.
Sgian Dubh
These small single blade knives are an important part of Scottish attire--an outfit is not complete without one tucked into the top of your right sock. On Robbie Burns' Day, this little tool comes into good use for "slashing the haggis" at mealtime. Any other time of the year, the sgian dubh is a wonderful collector's item that deserves to be on display, and one day passed down to another generation.
A selection of Sgian Dubh available at House of McLaren


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