ladies a plate

How many plates can you possibly have to create at this time of the year?  There are endless occasions that require a plate, and unfortunately, one that needs to be laden with goodies.  (And while we are all for cutting up an Ernest Adams slice and artfully arranging it on a platter to fob off as your own, sometimes it’s just not going to cut it).

Thankfully, Alice Arndell has got you completely covered this Silly Season with a her fabulous book Alice in Bakingland, jammed full of delicious treats.  You’ll be whipping out your apron and churning out choux pastry faster than we can say Domestic Goddess.  And to deliver the goods looking at their absolute best, Dots n Spots have got you covered with beautiful party wear.  Mini milk bottles, striped paper straws, everything you need for packaging up beautiful cupcakes, and even an alphabet stamp set to make your own labels.

Of course, sometimes the Domestic Goddess just doesn’t have time, so why not break into a delicious Love Cake brownie mix?  (Everyone can open a packet and mix, right?)  There’s gorgeous Moondarra cheese to lay out when guests drop by unexpectedly (no really, thanks so much for your unannounced arrival while my house looks like a tornado has just whipped through, may I offer you some cheese?).  Six Barrel Soda will keep everyone cooled off, and Borges Olive Oil will do fabulous things in your kitchen.  And look, if worse comes to worse, you could always dish up delicious The Collective yoghurt for everyone.  (Put it in a fancy dish, it totally counts as a plate).

This competition has now closed.  Thank you for entering.  


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  1. Melissa Jack

    December 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Hubby’s…..a plate

  2. Anthea

    December 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    This would be such a great gift. I love Christmas time and start the Christmas baking well in advance before things get a bit crazy. My kids love to get a stawberry santa or chocolate Rudolf biscuit in their lunch boxes throughout December.

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    kathleen tanner

    December 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    A mothers heaven ………….and a young man coming home for christmas this will inspire him to cook wonderful treats for his family

  4. Profile photo of Maria

    December 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I love to bake. And this month I will be baking heaps for Christmas and my eldest birthday after Christmas.

  5. Jodie

    December 13, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Entering for my friend Yukari – A Mum to Be. She never thought she’d have a baby shower in New Zealand because she knows no one here – but now she knows us. We gave her a surprise baby shower. Now we’re entering her in every one of the giveaways with the hope of winning one.

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    Edie Olivier

    December 13, 2014 at 12:20 am

    OMG I would SO love this!!!

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    Emma Bedford

    December 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Totally worth it!

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    Sarah Bedford

    December 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This would be so amazing! I turn into a real “foodie” over Christmas – trying new things, getting my niece to try new things lol. I love getting creative and seeing the reactions of people enjoying new tastes. Plus food brings people together. And that is what the festive season is all about. Arohanui to the MumsOnTop whanau xx

  9. Lattejunkie

    December 12, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I need to win this so I can stop taking “aunty” pam’s choccie fingers as my plate!

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    Teena Haddon

    December 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    sounds great

  11. Danielle G

    December 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    wow thats an impressive prize! A lovely treat for someone this christmas!

  12. Liz Milner

    December 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Sounds like my kind of pack!

  13. Profile photo of Brig Borlase
    Brig Borlase

    December 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Just a lovely bundle of goodness. Yes please!

  14. Profile photo of andrea

    December 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    This one is totally me. Just put it in a nutshell

  15. Shelley

    December 12, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Would love to win this and share with my son. Fingers crossed.

  16. JoCee

    December 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Great prize, would love it.


    December 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    great prizes to share with my daughter

  18. Hine Blair

    December 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I need this prize! From the gorgeous bottles and straws to the scrumptious cake and collective yoghurt. Yum yum. The Alice in baking land book would be well used too. I’m running out of baking treats to whip up. I always seem to make the same ones and I’m ready for some new delicious recipes. A fantastic prize MoT

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    Emma Thomas

    December 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    This would be a cool bonding activity with my step-daughter and sensory activity with my son! To top it off, an afternoon tea party with my family.

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    renata rossi

    December 12, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    inspire me please!!!

  21. Rachelle

    December 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Another awesome prize. I would LOVE to win this. I LOVE baking. Its my thing

  22. Claire Birks

    December 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Looks so awesome!!!! I would love that book!!!! Cooking dinner is my downfall! but I make up for it by baking

  23. Profile photo of MummyPenny

    December 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm


  24. Claudine

    December 12, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Another awesome prize!

  25. Claire Lambert

    December 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Nothing like good food inspiration and Collective yogurt is my most favourite thing to eat!

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    Emma Tucker

    December 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Le sigh

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    Emma Tucker

    December 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Oh so many lovelies. I need all the lovelies

  28. Ange Beaumont

    December 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Oooh lots of yummy things here!! My food loving family would love this :-)

  29. Meredith

    December 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm


  30. Donna

    December 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  31. Michelle

    December 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Wonderful prizes :)

  32. Michelle West

    December 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Wow simple amazing :)

  33. Nemisha

    December 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    What a fabulous prize! I’d love Alice’s book

  34. raewyn

    December 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm


  35. Rachael McArthur-Andrew

    December 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Sounds Awesome

  36. Joelene

    December 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    yum, awesome!!

  37. Karen Price

    December 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Perfect prize pack for busy mums at a VERY busy time of year! Would certainly put these goodies to good use!

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    December 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm


  39. Ck Smith

    December 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    wow ur spoiling us with great prizes … yes please

  40. Profile photo of nikki

    December 12, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    The pantry is stocked with nice crackers, extra special cheese in the fridge and always apricots and nuts in the Tupperware, so making a quick plate to take isn’t a chore. Although when I read the school news this morning the plate that went was a pack of Oreo cookies as I didn’t think the 5 year olds would appreciate blue cheese.

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    Rebecca Page

    December 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    hmm nom nom nom!!

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    Christine Philp

    December 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    wow! Fantastic prize

  43. Profile photo of kaybee

    December 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Bring a plate, shared morning tea, shared lunch, pot luck, it’s constant! Rice crackers and dip usually have to do for me, especially because I usually forget until 5 minutes before I have to leave the house! Today I actually remembered the plate (store bought Xmas mince pies) but arrived at daycare only to discover that I had forgotten to organise a secret Sana present! Bring on the weekend (oh but mustn’t forget the Playcentre Xmas party on Sunday… Bring a plate! Lol)

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    Anna King

    December 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Something to read, something to eat, something to drink ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

  45. Profile photo of Amy Krissansen
    Amy Krissansen

    December 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Some lovely treats in this prize

  46. Daina Gloyn

    December 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    So many Christmas parties! This would be a wonderful prize and very well used here :)

  47. Profile photo of Debbie snell
    Debbie snell

    December 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Love cake that should be tattoed on my forehead. :)

  48. Craig Kilpatrick

    December 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    yes please my family and i would love to try some of these they look yummy

  49. Profile photo of Jackie

    December 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    My kids and I would love to try some new baking recipes, great for taking on play dates.

  50. Vivian

    December 12, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    When you are working as well it is sometimes difficult to do some baking to take out to these occasions

  51. Maria Boyd

    December 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    So many places to take plates at the time of year and with kids lots of others during the year too.

  52. Rachel Henderson

    December 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm


  53. Profile photo of Cheryl

    December 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    EEk!!! Yes help I am sooo busy this time of year with Xmas … then in 2010 I gave birth to my second daughter on the 22nd of December – which added to the craziness…. then opps in 2013 I gave birth to my third daughter the 24th December…. So so many plates to be made by this mum – my husband’s boss said he is not allowed to have Easter off ever again… lol lol

  54. Stellography

    December 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    We discovered you through playing NZ Secret Santa on twitter for the first time this year. We already <3 the collective and it would be wonderful to craft our family christmas days around these treats. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  55. Sarah

    December 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Yes please. Always need ideas when have to do stuff at short notice.

  56. Julie McDonald

    December 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    yes please this would be awesome :)

  57. annemarie

    December 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Lovely present for my lovely daughter.

  58. Amy Cudby

    December 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Yes please – mum to a new baby this would be perfect for this time of year!! Merry merry Christmas

  59. Nathan

    December 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    As I do lots of baking, this will be brilliant. Thanks !

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    Donnelle Tamaiparea

    December 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    What a gorgeous prize. Fingers crossed!

  61. michelle

    December 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I sneaked into the Kindy Christmas party this morning without a plate this morning. I felt terrible.:/.There is just so much on I completely forgot until I saw someone walking in with theirs….could have done with this :-)

  62. Profile photo of Penny

    December 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Sounds fantastic – I just need to go and buy a nice plate! The last “bring a plate” function I used my chopping board for lack of decent actual plate:(

  63. Angela

    December 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Yummo – fabulous!

  64. Shelley

    December 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Need before next Wednesday – need to take a plate

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    mae pullar

    December 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

    This gift looks like me! cant wait for the Maisy and Grace christmas giveaway days!

  66. Natalie

    December 12, 2014 at 11:39 am

    This would be perfect for Christmas! Love this prize pack

  67. Katrina Gray

    December 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

    yes please

  68. Profile photo of Deb

    December 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Wow love to win this :) yes please

  69. Christine

    December 12, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Oh I have to bring a plate to something tonight!

  70. kim

    December 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

    yum, yum, yum

  71. Stephanie Gardner

    December 12, 2014 at 10:16 am

    gah I would love this! those brownies sound divine! I am spending this christmas as my best friends rather than with family due to work and location restraints, this would really make me look like a kitchen whiz! though not sure I could ever part with the Collective products! might steal them for myself!

  72. Karla

    December 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

    yes please…you are spoiling us with all of these awesome prizes

  73. V

    December 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

    What a awesome prize. Yum.

  74. Jenny Brears

    December 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

    This would be awesome – yes please! :-)

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    Alison Pollock

    December 12, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Now this is my kind of prize pack, I love everything in this, it’s amazing.

  76. amanda bull

    December 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

    lots of fantastic goodies here…bringing a plate is a great idea, keeps the costs down and theres always a huge variety of goodies to share

  77. Loren

    December 12, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Ooh would love to win this. Being domesticated never came naturally to me until after having children. Now I love creating little treats in the kitchen

  78. Emma

    December 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Oh, would love to win this! My sister-in-law is due with number three next week, so would love to whip her up a special basket of goodies to get into during late night/early morning feeds!

  79. Natasha @

    December 12, 2014 at 8:59 am

    You’re not kidding about the amount of bring a plate events! Seems like it triples when you become a mum too!

  80. Profile photo of Kath

    December 12, 2014 at 8:57 am

    This prize pack is me all over – I have my fingers and toes tightly crossed!

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    josephine Holmes

    December 12, 2014 at 8:44 am

    This would go down a treat over Christmas with my four brothers who at over six foot each have mammoth appetites!!!

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    Andrea Callender

    December 12, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Super handy!!! And love Alice recipes!

  83. Profile photo of sarah

    December 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I recently tried to bake – it didnt work! Again! Anything that helps me finally achieve my goal of becoming the mammy who delivers cakes to daycare would be a massive help!

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    Tracey Aroha Boyes

    December 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Yum! I am pants at baking. But I am very good at buying stuff and making it look like the genuine article :)

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    Shantelle Nesdale

    December 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Yum, sure I could share this around!

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    kimberley rusbridge

    December 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    My daughter and I could have such fun with this one!

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    Nikki Scelly

    December 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Yum yum yum and yum

  88. Profile photo of Kate

    December 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Yummmm. I can see it now – the kids digging into the yogurt (we #lufftheherd here too!), the husband quietly demolishing the cheese and pointing out new recipes for me to try so he can taste-test them, and Miss12 & Miss6 organising a “tea party” for us all with beautiful Dots & Spots matching everything while I try to stop Mr7 from eating the brownie mix before it goes in the oven!

  89. Profile photo of Roseanne

    December 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    loving these prize packs … discovering lots of magical websites and products … dots n spots are my new love!!

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    Rebecca Girvan

    December 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I’d love to try that soda syrup, I’ve heard good things about it…

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    December 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm


  92. Profile photo of Kelly D
    Kelly D

    December 8, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Yum yes please. Our family loves delicious food!

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    Jude Arbuthnot

    December 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    This would be perfect for our coffee group. I would be able to impress them all!

  94. Profile photo of Boni

    December 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Yum! This is a delicious assortment. love it!

  95. Profile photo of bridget

    December 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Mmmmm fabulosity!!!!

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    Hayley Brandon

    December 8, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Oh yummy, yes please!

  97. Profile photo of Rachael Humphries
    Rachael Humphries

    December 8, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Ooooo how easy life would become! December is a horrid month for us with little Miss’s birthday 3 days before christmas and so many family gatherings to fit in prior to everyone going away!

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    Sarah Blair

    December 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Every one knows they way to most peoples hearts is through their stomachs!!

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    Alma Shaw

    December 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    If I win this- I could be potentially be the best daughter/sister in law ever…

    Two kids, house scented of fresh baking, humans quietly annihilating the yoghurt (cause my kids sure do #lufftheherd) and to still be able to offer them cheese?

    A moment like that a girl deserves to be wifed hahaha

  100. Profile photo of Kirsten

    December 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Would love to get my bake on with these goodies,my then eat them too. Double win!

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    Charmaine Willis-Croft

    December 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Yes please, I need all the help I can get

  102. Profile photo of Wendy

    December 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Show me food and I am bound to enter, oink :D

  103. Profile photo of Annette Hynes
    Annette Hynes

    December 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I need help this Christmas with yummy treats for our gorgeous family and friends – would love this prize

  104. Profile photo of Jackie

    December 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Always on the lookout for sweet treat recipes and will have time to try them out in the holidays.

  105. Profile photo of Aimee

    December 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    You can never have too many baking books mmmm cookie dough!!!

  106. Profile photo of Anne Mansfield
    Anne Mansfield

    December 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Yes please, these would certainly help in the culinary department!

  107. Profile photo of Erin Sawyer
    Erin Sawyer

    December 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Drooooooooool. I would very much enjoy this prize!

  108. Profile photo of Liz Foster
    Liz Foster

    December 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm looking at this lot

  109. Profile photo of Haley McLaughlin
    Haley McLaughlin

    December 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Yum – looks like a bit of me!

  110. Profile photo of Mandy Phipps-Green
    Mandy Phipps-Green

    December 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Gosh, so many gourmet foodie prizes! Love!

  111. Profile photo of Angela Pickering
    Angela Pickering

    December 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I love baking even though I tend to gravitate towards the same recipes. It’s alway great to get some baking inspiration.


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