9 Times Dads Dressed Their Kids as Food

Every father is different. Each dad brings his own style and personality to parenting to connect with their child in their own special way. But judging by the internet, there’s one thing the majority of dads have in common – a strange but wonderful need to dress their child as food. We’re prepared to prove it with nine examples of dads dressing their kids as food. It’s Father’s Day coming up and this is our tribute to the fathers of the world, Oriental Teahouse-style.

1. Congratulations, it’s a kiwi!
We applaud this dad for his keen observational skills – most parents wouldn’t notice that their baby’s head looks like a giant kiwi!

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2. Son of a glue gun
The father that came up with this snack machine situation probably feels pretty smug about his mad costume-making skills.

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3. Adorable dinner
Chef dad knows the recipe for a successful couple costume.

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4. Taco ‘bout a good costume

This baby’s dad took his love of tacos to the next level with this culinary crawler costume.
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5. Foodie family
The whole family got involved in making this barbecue ensemble happen.

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6. Baby table
This problem-solving papa got hungry after 2 hours of holding his baby in her favourite sleeping position.

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7. Tiny takeout
This papa put his noodle to good use coming up with a costume that transforms his little girl into a takeout box brimming with chow mein.

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8. We apologise
Using nothing but a tortilla, this child’s father made his sweet baby look scarier than at least half the things on the internet.

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9. BLT: Baby, Lettuce and Tomato
Fathers, be careful not to get too hungry – you might deliriously mistake your baby for a tasty sandwich filling!

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Source: Pinterest


How to Prepare for the Ultimate Friday Night In

So you’re staying in this Friday night. Great decision. Staying in is a great way to avoid the winter chill, pants and other people. But all Friday nights in aren’t created equal; you’ll need to lay a little groundwork to make it a success. We’ve done heaps of scientific research to come up with the perfect five-step plan to WIN at staying in on a Friday night.

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1. Let people know it’s a choice

Some people may see your Friday night in as a sign that you have no friends. But we both know you’re cool as hell, so make sure you tell the world in no uncertain terms that you’ve chosen this path. Post a cute selfie with the caption ‘FRI-YAY NIGHT IN!’ early in the evening. This won’t be the last photo of the night, stay tuned.

2. Construct a nest
Helpless baby birds couldn’t survive a Friday night without a nest and neither can you. Gather your fluffiest, warmest, comfiest blankets and pillow and arrange them in front of the TV. You want plenty of padding for where your bum will be but you also want mountains of manchester surrounding you as well. Here’s a good way to make sure your nest is cozy enough: climb into the nest and if you feel like you might leave within the next hundred years, you need more blankets.

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3. Use technology to get people to bring you food
Before you settle into the nest, you’ll need to sort out your snacking. Food is the backbone of a good Friday night in, but it’s also important that you lift as few fingers as possible to get that food. We have a simple solution for this one. Whip out your phone, download the Deliveroo app or visit deliveroo.com.au and order Oriental Teahouse dumplings, noodles and other dim sum delivered to your door. They have a reputation for delivering food in about 32 minutes, so you won’t have to wait long.

4. Select your viewing for the evening
As mentioned above, it won’t take long for your Oriental Teahouse food to be delivered, so you can’t partake in too much mindless scrolling. Ideally you’d been thinking about what to watch while you should have been working at work that day. But if you’re really stuck in a scroll spiral, you can narrow down your choices by asking yourself, ‘What would someone who didn’t have thousands of movies at their disposal watch?’ Or, WWSWDHTMTDW?

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5. Post another photo
This follow-up pic should quash any rumours that you have no friends and had to stay in. After your nest is constructed and your food has arrived, take a bird’s eye shot of the whole situation and post it with the caption, ‘When my Friday night in is better than your Friday night out.’


Animals That Are Really Ready for Winter

When the weather turns chilly, humans pull on the jumpers, wrap up in scarves and stock the tea cupboard. And as it turns out, animals prepare for winter in a similar way. Did they learn it from us or did we learn it from them? We’ll never know. But we do know you’ll love this list of animals that are really ready for winter 2016, With or without the hashtag, #WINTERISCOMING.

1. Fair-weather ferrets

Thanks to these ferret-shaped ferret jumpers, not even the chilliest of days will stop this pair from feeling fine!

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Photo: Very Hangry

2. Teenage mutant cosy turtles

These turtles throwback to their dino ancestors while enjoying the warming benefits of shell sweaters.

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3. Hot chicks

Chickens don’t have mirrors, but that’s okay because they can bend their necks to get a good look at their dapper winter wear!

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Photo: Awesomely Cute

4. Long-necked llama

Also known as A Llama Happily Demonstrates the Inefficiency of Human Scarves on Long Llama Necks.

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Photo: The Loft On Broome

5. Piggy banking on winter rain

It’s ironic because people put money in a piggy bank to save for a rainy day.

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Photo: Pinterest

6. Penguin Sweaters

True story: A 109-year old Australian human knits sweaters for penguins to protect them from oil spills.

Photo: Spy Hollywood

7. DIY hedgehog spa

This little hedgehog is patiently waiting for someone to pour themselves a cup of tea and turn his hideout into a spa.

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Photo: Cutest Paw

8. Partially-covered parrot

Polly really likes his hoodie, but she’s worried about her wings getting cold (and the crackers running out).

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9. Puppy perfection

This list wouldn’t be complete without a good old-fashioned puppy in a sweater situation.

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Photo: Cartoon Doll Emporium 

10. High fashion horses

Thank goodness tiny horses take their winter fashion cues from humans – the result is adorable!

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7 Unique Ways to Give Mum Flowers on Mother’s Day

Every single mother is unique: each has an individual outlook on life, their own way of parenting and their own personality. Some bake cakes, some garden and others run around doing so many things it’s hard to pin down what they do. Regardless, mothers are awesome. There’s no denying it, but we should also celebrate their diversity. Why give your mum the same thing as all the other mums this Mother’s Day? What makes your mum your mum? Here are 7 twists on the usual bouquet that you can try to make this Mother’s Day extra special.

1. Paper flowers

Grab your mum’s favourite colours on card, crepe or paper and craft your own bouquet to last years, not days. Here are some step-by-step instructions.

2. Plant a flower in advance

If you really want to get in early, plant your own flowers or herbs in a pot and present her with something home-grown. After all, home is where the heart is. Follow tips for gardening basics through Today’s Homeowner.

3. Pressed flowers

Preserve your mother’s favourite blooms by pressing and mounting them behind glass onto a framed board. We’ve found some examples for you.


4. Put flowers in cake

Purchase some edible flowers from the market and use them to decorate a cake. If you’re stretched for time, there’s always the quick option: buy some chocolates, muffins or cakes with a flower theme. If you need some pointers, try these.

5. Seed card

The gift that keeps on giving: somewhere in the super eco world, someone invented plantable stationery – paper and cards sewn with seeds. Choose from a range of options, from carrots to daisies, to give your Mother’s Day card a twist. Here and here are some seeded cards available in Australia.

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6. Jewellery

Is your mother a brooch or badge kind of woman? Or is she the kind who enjoys long and loopy necklaces? Bracelets, rings, earrings and hairpieces – the possibilities of flower jewellery available are endless. Find some inspiration from Georgia P designs.


7. Oriental Teahouse Mother’s Day Tea

There are few people who don’t like tea and mums especially enjoy it. Our Mother’s Day special pack is twice as nice: a box of silver needle tea coupled with a treasure chest of carnation flowers that blossom when brewed in hot water. A sweet and delicate treat for the number one lady in your life, available now here.



How to Pick the Right Flowers This Mother’s Day

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Source: Flowers Across Melbourne

Showering someone with love often involves flowers. But before you pick a bouquet of blooms for mum this Mother’s Day, take a minute to make your choice extra meaningful. Here’s a quick guide to the best buds for Mother’s Day, based on what each flower traditionally symbolises.

Pink rose: admiration/appreciation

People are named after them, Shakespeare wrote a soliloquy about them, the President of the United States has a whole garden of them – it’s safe to say that people love roses! Roses are a safe choice but a foolproof one.

Pansy: loving thoughts

Pansies come in a crazy number of colour combinations, so a mixed bunch of them really pops! These flowers are especially cool because they can sing. Well, they can in Alice in Wonderland at least.

Orange blossom: fertility

Not only do orange blossoms smell AMAZING, they’re also quite relevant to the whole mother thing. You probably see the connection.

Sunflower: adoration

Could any flower be more cheery than the sunflower? They’re big, bright, beautiful and totally underrated when it comes to bouquets.

Pink tulip: caring

We like tulips because they’re kind of cup-shaped and we like to dream of sipping tea out of them at some sort of whimsical flower-themed tea party with talking woodland creatures. Your mum probably daydreams about stuff like that, too.

Wisteria: steadfast

‘Wisteria’ is kind of a stern-sounding word, but these blooms are LUCIOUS. They’re a gorgeous purple colour and they hang down so elegantly. A real treat for the eyeballs!

Jasmine: grace and elegance

Your mum has a lot in common with the jasmine flower! Graceful, elegant and perhaps she smells nice, too? Don’t ask us, we haven’t smelled your mum because that would be weird. These flowers are pure white and delicate; a beautiful choice for a bouquet.


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Pink carnation: gratitude

Carnations are possibly one of the most widely-used blooms in the world – perhaps because they’re pretty or perhaps they’re easy to grow. But if you associate them too strongly with ‘prom’ scenes in American movies from the 80s, maybe gives these guys a miss.

Camellia: graciousness

Camellia flowers are crazy-pretty. Like when you were a kid and you drew the most beautiful flower you could think of, it probably resembled the camellia. And it means gracious, which your mum almost certainly is!

Gardenia: joy

If you’re happy and you know it, go with gardenia! These blooms don’t last long, but their stunning fragrance will flood your mum with some serious joy.

Iris: inspiration

Bet mum has inspired you on more than one occasion! Irises have a lot going on in terms of petal shape, making them beautiful and complex to the eye. Does that sound like anyone you know?

Lotus: ultimate perfection (a favourite in Chinese culture!)

Lotus flowers are big, so if you can get your hands on them, one or two would do! In Chinese culture, it symbolises purity of the heart and mind and represents long life, humility, honour and tranquility.

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Everything you need to know about Year of the Monkey, 2016

Another year, another chance to revisit the Chinese zodiac.

In Chinese culture, New Year’s Day isn’t January 1st 2016, it’s February 8th. This year that means leaving behind the year of the goat and making way for the monkey. There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac — those born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and this year are monkeys. Here’s what you should know.

Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
Lucky colours: white, blue, gold
Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum

Monkey Traits, According to Pictures

Those born in the year of the monkey have a magnetic personality.
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They are smart, witty and sharp minded…
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…but additional traits such as cheekiness and curiosity can lead to problems.
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Monkeys get a kick out of a practical joke but can sometimes take things too far. They don’t have bad intentions though, and are quick to learn from mistakes.
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Monkeys are crafty and naturally inquisitive. This means they need a life partner who can keep them interested or they become restless. Those born in the year of the ox or the year of the rabbit are most compatible with monkeys.
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They’re also creative.
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They prefer city life to the country.
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And are healthy thanks to their active lifestyle.
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As hard workers, jobs that are taxing to most or require great attention to detail are great for monkeys. Think accounting, engineering, science and even film directing.
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Do you know a monkey who fits this description?
Share this blog post with them or treat them to a special Chinese New Year
celebration at Oriental Teahouse with a free lion dance show. Bookings essential.

Chapel St: Feb 6, 8pm
Chadstone: Feb 7, 12.30pm
Lt Collins: Feb 11, 1.30pm

Christmas Party Tips + Etiquette

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1. Food Etiquette

Have you ever seen a picture of a little squirrel stockpiling acorns for the winter? This scene is your inspiration for handling nibbles at a Christmas party. Never let a tray pass you by without plucking something from it and feel free to pursue the waiter if he misses you. As for chewing, make black holes your muse and try to inhale edibles quickly and infinitely.

2. Dancing Etiquette

No one wants to be that guy or girl who cops flack on Monday morning for dirty dancing at the Christmas party. This is a unique opportunity for you to boost your office persona as well as save colleagues from humiliation. Scan the dance floor for a colleague that’s getting a little too low or toying with the idea of twerking and nip their dirty dancing in the bud with a ‘clean-up conga’. Invite them to hop on first and within moments, everyone will be snaking around the room in a good, wholesome clean-up conga line. Not a dirty move or hurtful party recap in sight!

3. Drinks Etiquette

The ‘tab’ or ‘drinks package’ is always a hot topic of conversation in the lead-up to a work Christmas party – this is because the tab usually runs out before people want it to. What you should do is pick up a couple cases of a popular beverage and stash them somewhere near the party. When the tab inevitably runs its course, set up shop with your back-up booze. If you’re in it for the money, charge your colleagues triple what it cost you. If you’re in it for the glory, charge them double. Cha-ching!

4. Fashion Etiquette

Obviously, if the host has mandated a theme, go with that. But if it’s a fashion free-for-all, your best bet is to wear something that passes for a good party outfit just as well as it passes for a waiter’s uniform. All kinds of things pop up at Christmas parties – staff shortages, technical difficulties, etc. You never know when you’ll need to masquerade as staff to save the day or keep the party going smoothly. It’s just good business.

5. Follow-Up Etiquette

On Monday morning, there’s going to be a lot of Christmas party talk going on. Some people will focus on the negative (‘Did you see his cuffed pants?’) and others will enjoy reminiscing about the positives (‘All the twinkling lights made me feel like I was in Rome.’). What you should focus on is the food. But don’t just stop at saying it was ‘delicious’ or even ‘exquisite.’ Every time the Christmas party comes up, launch into your nibble appreciation with startling detail. This sample praise should get you started: “When I sunk my teeth into the Thai chicken croquettes, I was transported to the streets of Bangkok – the bite of the chilli, the mystery of the cumin, the lingering coriander… together they became the bustle of Asia’s Sin City.”

Clothes and Accessories for Food Lovers (Just in Time for Christmas Shopping!)

Do you have a friend who’s a food lover but want to get them a gift that lasts this Christmas? Look no further, we’ve scoured the internet for food clothing and accessories that are good enough to eat (but we highly recommend against actually consuming them!).

1. Fried Egg Pin by Georgia Perry

Melbourne-based designer Georgia Perry nails pretty much everything, but there’s something extra-special about this simple sunny-side up accessory.

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2. Lunch Tee by Dig Inn

While most food-frenzied designers slap a picture of food on their garments, Dig Inn pays tribute to the middle meal that can make or break a day. Few words are as loaded as LUNCH.

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3. Cheezel Ring by Eat Me Do

We’re not suggesting that you stop putting real Cheezels on your fingers, but this tempting piece of jewellery keeps your fingers Cheezel’d up between snacks.

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4. Sushi Pants by Margaux

These Melbourne-based pants people make some seriously loud bottoms. It was hard to pick a favourite from the collection of sandwich pants, kiwi pants and cat pants, but we couldn’t go past sushi.

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5. Dumpling Necklace by Meliciap

Obviously we’d rather eat a dumpling than wear a dumpling, but if you’re wearing a dumpling WHILE eating a dumpling, your life is probably on track.

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The Top 10 Best Ever Tea Quotes

Considering how many olden-day and modern-day geniuses have been photographed sipping cups of tea, it’s safe to assume that tea is magical and makes you brilliant. There’s something about sipping the steaming beverage that gives you super-brain, and this collection of tea quotes certainly proves it.

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Your Personality According, to Teapots

It’s often said that what you wear says a lot about you as an individual. The same is true when it comes to your favourite teapot. We’ve compiled a list below to help you discover your deepest personality traits. Here’s how it works: scroll through the pictures, pick your favourite teapot, then read the excerpt to see which best describes you! Some of these teapots are wackier than your average, but we also have a vast range of elegant, Chinese teapots available to purchase online and in our stores.

1. Cat Teapot – Better off Alone
You’re independent and prefer to be alone, whether that’s getting the daily chores done or working in silence. Some thing your a little mysterious, while others just break your concentration, which is why tea for one suits you just fine.

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2. Cupcake Teapot – Sprinkles of Joy
You make every occasion a happy one. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a friend over or hosting a party; you’re all about sweets and sparkles. You go out of your way to make others smile and in doing so, make yourself cheerful as well.

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3. Multi-Spout Teapot – Multiple Personalities
You can’t be categorised because each mood and situation dictates how you behave. People often say you act differently in different environments, but that’s because you feel the most comfortable doing fitting in with your surroundings. Why settle for less when you can settle for more?

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4. Tentacle Teapot – Dark Side
You have a dark side and you’re proud of it. To the average person you’re just another guy/girl getting on with life, but you regularly catch yourself thinking up odd scenarios and doubting that other people have the same thoughts. Being different is what makes you, you.

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5. Skull Teapot – Goth
Just because you like nasty things doesn’t make you a nasty person. For you, household goods and items of clothing are simply a way to express your personality. Besides, you liked skulls before they were cool.

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6. Toilet Teapot – Potty Humour
“You can make me grow up, but you can’t make me be mature” is your motto. Poop, farts and all things dunny give you the giggles, even in adulthood. You’re not ashamed to put a hand under your armpit and flap until it fluffs. And why not? It makes you happy.

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7. Mr Tea Teapot – Intellectual
Nothing tickles your fancy more than a good pun and a cuppa. You know better than anyone that sense of humour and smarts go hand in hand. You’ve been known to pun in isolation for the benefit of no one other than yourself. And if you ask us, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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8. Mickey Teapot – Young at Heart
You’re a sucker for the nostalgic; anything that reminds you of a time past and keeps it fresh in your memory. You have a tendency to look at old photos and daydream, not with sadness, but with an appreciation for your life thus far. Don’t change, it suits you.

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9. Silver Teapot – The Classic
You are the new black, and the old black, too. You’re always in fashion and people admire your taste. Elegant and ageless, you could exist between centuries and still fit in just fine. Although you may not be as outspoken as some, you remain a stand out.

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10. Gypsy Teapot – Wanderer
You have a thirst for adventure that can only be defined as wanderlust. Nothing makes you happier than new experiences, whether at home or abroad. At one stage or another you’ve counted the countries you’ve been to and stood back proud of your achievement. Remember, the journey is more important than the destination.

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