Sunday, 23 October 2011

Vintage Tea Party:

Last weekend I threw a fabulous vintage tea party for my new friends to enjoy! The table was set with my finest cake stands and eternal beau as well as scrummy cupcakes and petite triangle sandwiches. Vintage jewellery was placed lovingly on the window sill and bags were arranged at the end of a rail which held beautiful vintage clothes. I was also dressed the part dolled up in a pretty yellow 1950's style dress with 50's hair and make up.

I was excited to see the reactions of my friends as they searched through all the vintage items 'oohing' and 'aahing' at the delights. I was on hand making teas and coffees telling everyone to help themselves to the victoria sponge cupcakes I had made especially that morning, using a secret Gilly Treats recipe. I was showered with compliments about them. I really enjoyed discussing the eras of the items and how people must of lived back then.

I would recommend having a go at throwing a vintage tea party whether you sell vintage or not! The atmosphere is great especially when people make the effort.  When throwing mine I was on a  student budget but still managed an elegant and yummy arrangement. If you are throwing one you may want to consider investing in some tea cups. You don't have to spend a fortune on a set, you can make a cute and quirky mismatched tea set by collecting cups and saucers from antique stores or charity shops. You may also want to set the scene with some floral plates and cushions. I also believe anything can be prettied up with a bit of ribbon.

I have serious tea cup envy when it comes to people who have dressers with all sorts of antique tea cups and saucers. Every piece is unique and makes your everyday cup of tea much more exciting. There really is something nostalgic about them. I for one remember my grandma having a special tea set kept in a pretty wooden dresser.

I really hope you have enjoyed my blog and I have inspired you to have your own vintage tea party!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Happy Sunday: The ultimate way to enjoy your Sunday!

Sunday is a great day believe it or not! Yes it's the end of the weekend but it's the start of a whole new week and, for some, a day or rest. I personally love to spend my Sundays pampering myself and preparing for the week ahead. So, do not dispare! Each Sunday I will share some tips with you so you to can enjoy yourself and have a happy Sunday!

 Sunday's Saviours:

Homemade Original Pink Lemonade:

  • 1 glass of water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sugar to taste
  • Half a glass of cranberry juice
  • Mint leaves (optional)
In a saucepan (yes really!) add your glass of water and your sugar. Stir until all sugar is disolved then add the lemon juice and cranberry juice. Take off the heat and wait for this to cool. Serve in a tall glass with ice and mint leaves. Yum!

Dreamy Easy Cupcakes With Ganache:

To make the sponge: Weigh out two eggs and add the exact same amount of sugar, butter and self raising flour. Add to this 4 tablespoons of coa coa powder.
  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees
  •  First cream together the butter and sugar then add the eggs and mix again
  • Add the flour and coa coa powder by sifting a bit at a time and mixing
  • Place into a cupcake tray then in the oven
  • They should be ready in half an hour or if you can poke a knife in the middle and it comes out clean
For the Ganache: You will need a 230g bar of chocolate and 1 cup of double cream.
  • Cut up your bar of chocolate into fine pieces and place in a large bowl
  • Bring the cream to the boil whilst stirring then take off the heat and add to the bowl of chopped chocolate
  • Stir until smooth and glossy
  • Leave to cool- the longer you leave ganache the firmer it will become

Now it's time to relax and give yourself a manicure! I hope this brightened up your Sunday!