Bags, bangles and cupcakes

Sunday’s fashion tea party was such a lot of fun! I couldn’t
resist buying a beautiful scarf with bobbles round the edge and a lovely bird
print – I got carried away after fashion stylist and personal shopper Emma
Smith showed all the guests (and yours truly!) how to wear scarves this
Autumn/Winter to look stylish rather than like a Sloaney 80s girl! Emma styled
her three lovely models, Hannah, Christine and Liz in the same cardigan but
dressed it up/down differently to show different looks suitable for ladies in
their 30s, 40s and 50s (and beyond!). The poor models didn’t get to eat any of
my lovely cakes until they’d been paraded around, poor things, but perhaps that
meant the anticipation could build?!! Emma then went through some ‘key items’
including a beautiful wool cape. I wasn’t sure about the chunky patterned
jumper though Emma, a bit ‘David Soul’ for me but perhaps I should have tried
it on!

Once everyone was relaxed they browsed all the
gooooooorgeous jewellery and bags and tried on clothes, calling on Emma to help
them decide what worked and what didn’t.

It was SO hot on Sunday that nobody wanted a cup of tea,
even though all my lovely tea cups looked so beautiful lined up on the shop
counter! But luckily I had a bag of ice and made jugs of elderflower cordial
and pink lemonade which kept everyone refreshed. I served smoked salmon and
cream cheese sandwiches and – the biggest hit of the day – miniature cheese
scones topped with piquant red pepper cream. As this wasn’t a ‘sit down do’ I’d
made everything bitesized and ready to eat– I think I could have doubled the
number of cheese scones and they still would have been eaten by the fashionable
ladies! Interesting, too, that several guests said that they really liked
having lots of savoury goodies because they aren’t cake fans. However, I think
I won a few over with my colourful macaroons and Autumn spiced cupcakes.

The cupcakes contained cinnamon, ginger, lemon and orange
zest and the buttercream frosting was topped with caramelised hazelnuts and
walnuts and a delicate pear wafer (just dip very thin slivers of fresh, firm
pear into a warm sugar solution that has had lemon juice added to it to prevent
discolouration, then put the slices in the oven for an hour or two on a very
low heat). I broke my no cupcake rule (again) but I think if the cake TASTES
nice and doesn’t just look good then I can get away with it! No one was
complaining….

 

It was the first time I’d made macaroons. I found them a bit
fiddly and if I make them again I’d bake them for slightly less time to try to
keep the colours more vibrant. But they looked so pretty – just the thing for a
fashionable crowd! I sandwiched the pink, yellow and blueberry rounds with
rose, lemon and vanilla buttercream, and the chocolate ones with chocolate
hazelnut spread.

And of course I made scones (I managed to make tiny ones
this time!) which were served with local strawberry jam and clotted cream. I
was amazed that the cream stayed really thick in the heat – too thick in fact
for the guests to dollop onto their scone halves whilst also holding their
drink!

We all agreed this was a lovely event, and something worth
doing again. It would be great when all the Christmas party frocks are in stock
– I definitely need help with that!! And I can serve a sophisticated selection
of cakes with a Christmassy ‘dinner dance’ theme perhaps….

Many, many thanks to the lovely Emma Smith from ‘Me and Mrs
Smith’ – not easy to stand and do your thing when it’s 30 degrees and you’re
pregnant, so well done Em for not fainting!! And many thanks also to Jodi and
Liz for letting us host the event at the fabulous Ruby Loves boutique in
Stamford – I LOVE shopping here so it was great to have the place to ourselves
for the afternoon.

Maybe I need to book Emma for a personal shopping session at
Ruby Loves, just for me….. or….. she says, getting excited – Emma and I would
love to come to you, if you get your girlfriends together for a ‘wardrobe wean’
– Emma will tell you what to chuck, what to keep and how to wear it all, whilst
I lay on a tea party? Bring your own fizz! How does that sound? Get in touch if
you’re interested in booking a Lemony and Mrs Smith double act!!

Lemony x

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