So this weekend I held our much anticipated Festive Event, it’s been months in the planning and something completely new for me, but I’d made the decision earlier in the year that I actually wanted to connect and meet some of my customers. On a day to day basis I beaver away baking wedding cakes, and the deliveries are made before any guests or the brides and grooms themselves arrive so the only time I meet customers is at consultations.
We (or rather I with a reluctant husband) decorated the house with all its Christmas finery which I have to admit felt a bit strange mid November but I’m so glad we did as we are properly in the Christmas spirit now.
My idea was to hold an event inviting people into my house to see where my cakes are created and giving them the chance to try my cakes alongside a demonstration that is achievable for all skill levels.
The afternoon began with a glass of prosecco and a quick introduction. Guests then took their seats in my kitchen where I demonstrated a mincemeat plait, as I demonstrated we shared baking stories and ideas and I answered some baking questions. I chose the mincemeat plait as it looks stunning as a centrepiece and very easy to achieve, it can also be adapted to other fillings, its particularly nice as a savoury option filled with brie & cranberry or fajita chicken.
Once the plait was safely in the oven it was time for the main event, and in my mind if you are going to have afternoon tea, you need to go for it big time so on offer were the obligatory finger sandwiches, freshly baked plain and fruit scones served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam. Then came the cakes – chocolate brownies, mini Victoria sponges, bake-well tart, mince pie crumbles and meringues with cream and fresh strawberries.
This was devoured with endless pots of tea and free flowing prosecco. Whilst we made our way through this feast the mincemeat plait made earlier was nicely baking, and this made an entry to our table and went down a treat.
To finish the afternoon our guests received a corker of a goody bag and huge thanks goes to archant magazines who donated the Christmas edition of Dorset Magazine for our guests http://www.dorsetmagazine.co.uk. To Diverse Abilities who gave us a copy of their cookery book packed with gorgeous recipes, its a real favourite book of mine and both the scone and brownie recipe for today’s event are from this book. It’s currently on sale for £5 (rrp £9.99) from http://www.diverseabilities.org.uk
Other items in the goody bag included a cute christmas frame made by Clever Letters http://www.facebook.com/cleverletters1,
The most gorgeous swarovski crystal snowflake tree decoration from Tiaras by Becky. http://www.tiarasbybecky.co.uk
The crockery and glasses for the day were kindly loaned to us from Swingletree Vintage China Hire, If you need any crockery for an event Mandy has the most amazing collection of stunning vintage china. http://www.swingletreevintage.co.uk
The event was such a success and so much fun that we will be running others throughout the year. If you would like to go on to our waiting list please contact me. We keep the events small and intimate so only have 8 spaces per day.
Finally to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas.