Halloween dinner party

This date in the diary is a great excuse to get creative with your pumpkins and have some fun with your table centres..

 

Styles & colour schemes

This one is one that you can work with the tablewear you have at home or can hire in for your event. I failed art so plurlease don’t tell me you can’t do this one. All you need is some white paint and the follow a similar pattern to what’s on your plates. If they are striped do stripes.. Everything ties in beautifully and it makes you look like a domestic goddess.

Halloween dinner party

I saw this on Casa De Perrin. Yes again! and decided to try it. Of course theirs is better but I had fun building this tablescape and so did our guests so that’s all that matters.

Chalk and cheese! Uber chic and modern. Why not add something funky to your pumpkins to match your cutlery. These are munchkin pumpkins they are a beautiful shape & accentuated when spray painted gold. I do love black and gold so this one is the winner for me.

Halloween dinner party

Who’s going to invite me around for next years Halloween dinner party.

The best ways to style your own wedding.

Styling your own wedding

Where do you start?

I’m often asked what’s the best way to style a wedding. Many people say they don’t want an actual theme as such but want it all to coordinate.  There are a few different ways to come up with your unique wedding design.

I’ll list a few ‘ins’ to help you get started. See if you have any of these criteria.

In no particular order :-

  1. The dress – Perhaps you have  your heart set on a particular style of dress – vintage for example.  All styling will build from here.

2. Colour – You may have a favourite colour. You may have chosen your bridesmaids colours or you & your future husband may have seen a tie / suit colour that he loves.

The best way to style your wedding
Pick a colour – any colour!

3. Location – Where you choose to get married. If you would like to get married abroad somewhere hot then the style can & will be determined from this.

4. Season – If you choose to get married at Christmas you have chosen this for a reason and will want to be sympathetic to that time of year.

The best way to style your wedding

5. Theme -Some choose an actual theme like a festival theme – a really popular one for summer of 2018 or perhaps choosing something with even more styling like Great Gatsby or Art Deco. This is much less subtle but it’s a way for brides & grooms to really go to town on the design if that’s what they are looking for.

 

Got a design. What’s next?

So now you have the nuts and bolts of a basic design to embellish & take to the next level..Adding that key element to the rest of the big day is the next step.

Lets set the scene. If you have found your dress first. Say it’s a boho style. – Another hot one for for summer 2018 . It’s lace so to tie in you would probably go for soft florals throughout your arrangement and try and incorporate lace in somewhere else. Table decor for example. Favours wrapped in lace and so on.

Best way to style your own wedding

Whichever is your starting point you then have many ways to tie in the theme..Table centres, Stationary, Favours, Ceremony backdrop & Flowers. Then as you are getting braver you can keep going further with finer and finer details.

 

If you would like further design assistance have a look at the website here 

Food station commotion

Everyone is all over the food station at the moment. It gives theatre to an event. And thanks to Heston (no surname required ) all guests and clients are looking for theatre with every mouthful and they are quick to move on to the next thing . They are even bored of dry ice God damn it. I do wonder where it will all end up. My husband is  a chef -a bloody good one at that- and he’s paring his components right back so maybe we are actually going full circle.

All the intricate flowers placed on the plate with with long tweezers with millimetre precision are being stripped right back. Just look at Vijante my favourite restaurant oh no it closed down. Hmmm . Look at how many new restaurants popped up in the last couple of years up with only one or two things on the menu (even bigger stateside)  like Burger & Lobster, Ooze (risotto only) Bubbledogs, Meatballs. etc. Not to mention the upmarket burger explosion. Simple is back ..for a while anyway.

But for us the event caterers we have to give choice – and that we do. Food from every nation. I’ve had to research diets and religions. Like the Jains diet. I’d never heard of it until I started working in event catering. So yes everyone is quite used to Canapes with their champagne now. Or, if the guests are special enough – a sit down dinner. But now it’s the rise of the FOOD STATION & BOWL FOOD event. This is where it would appear I come in. Event managers call me in when their client says “we’d like interaction” “a food station”  “mini bowls” so their guests can talk to each other while slurping over a delicious noodle dish from an authentic 8oz chinese pail. Or tempura veg served in cones made from Chinese newspaper that I’ve run to China town to pick up 50 copies of.   Don’t get me wrong it’s not a new concept I’ve been designing food stations for 8 years plus but it’s really ramped up in the last year or two!

So my job is a bit more like set design in this respect.  You need to create a mini China on a 6 foot trestle table or India, Italy, Mexico or a picnic or seaside scene. I discuss with the Event managers, get the brief work with the Chefs on what food they will be serving and start sourcing and researching. Here’s a few from the last twelve months :

Tiffany theme food station
Tiffany theme breakfast buffet
English summer picnic theme
English summer picnic at The Granary building Central Saint Martins University of Arts
Seaside theme food station
Seaside theme foodstation

 

Indian theme food station
Indian Theme food station at the Natural History Museum

 

Chinese food station
Chinese food station

 

Sweetie food station
Sweetie bar
Italian theme food station
Italian Deli food theme.

 

Shakespearean Christmas in London

This event started out slightly differently to the normal ones that I work on. Rather than a commission from an events company, I was asked directly by the end client to style their event.  This made it a bit harder for me as I was starting from scratch with equipment. Most caterers I work with have a stores that I rummage around and add things to when I have my theme. Ebay was my best friend  here combined with lots of trips to Wimbledon car boot sales!! Once the client had found a venue (with a view – was most important) I was then off to work. On this occasion the venue determined my styling – it was Shakespeare’s Globe. So there was my theme! Done.

It always starts with a moodboardShakespeare Moodboard

I created a food station – something I am asked to do a lot these days. It helps to define a theme on an event and it gives guests some interaction with their dining experience. A growing trend ! It also worked well for Christmas.  Obviously I placed candles everywhere to set the scene and old books, lots of them. The thicker the better. They help to give height which draws the eye around the food station. I thought a cheese station was fitting for this event.

Shakespeare Event

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Shakespeare event

Shakespeare event

Shakespeare event

Shakespeare event

Shakespeare Event

Shakespeare event

Shakespeare event

Shakespeare Christmas

 

Grape tree cheese station

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It started off looking a bit like this …and grew and grew from there. IMG_2923

The client asked me to to think of a give away for their clients seeing as it was Christmas.

So what else would 200 (mainly) men appreciate taking away at the end of a night into a cold December evening. We had hip flasks branded in the company logo RSG.…My office this time turning into a production line for a lovely ginger-smelling cocktail.

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Thank you to David Spink Photography for most of the photo’s.

 

Shakespeare Mood board