The Nostalgic Wedding Fair

Three weeks ago we were sitting at Heathrow Airport about to depart for Abu Dhabi when we got confirmation that there was vehicle space at The Nostalgic Wedding Fair (run by The Vintage Parade) at Winchester Guildhall. It meant we had to get our act together!

Following that email were a few weeks of hard graft getting the last few details of the van finished, a good deep clean inside and out all topped off with a coat of wax. All that was needed was some dressing up and some baking to showcase our offering to the Brides and Grooms of Winchester and beyond.

The night before was full of baking, writing up our new chalkboard (with bargain frame found on eBay) and colouring in cake labels when our printer ran out of ink!

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We hit the hay about midnight knowing we’d be up early to get to the Guildhall and set up in time for opening.

Sunday arrived and the weather could not have been more perfect. Winchester is a glorious city to live in, but when the sun shines it draws out the crowds and it’s such a thriving place to be.

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We arrived about 10am and soon realised that all the other vehicles were there and we’d lost our spot behind the Vintage Fire Engine. This was actually a blessing in disguise as we didn’t fancy attempting a parallel park.

After parking and opening the hatch we realised that because we were parked on the road that the hatch was too low to be overhanging a pavement. The situation had head injuries written all over it. So we moved away from the curb and decided to head over to The Hambledon to pick up some Honeycomb Paper Balls in Pink and Mint, as we had managed to leave the 6 we got in Sainsbury’s (£3 for a pack of 3!) at home. They were enough of an attention grabber to highlight the hatch opening to passers by and avoiding a paper ball was a much better idea than not seeing a metal hatch.

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It didn’t take long to arrange the Vintage China or the Cakes…

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We took along a load of our Mosser cake stands, our vintage pressed glass cake stands and an assortment of our finest vintage china to showcase what we have on offer.

Sweet treats wise we had…

* A 4 layer Victoria Sponge topped with fresh fruit
* Merginues
* Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies
* Rocky Road
* Vanilla Cupcakes topped with Buttercream Roses
* Mini Vanilla Cupcakes topped with Vanilla Buttercream and Sprinkles
* 4" Pink Ombre Rose Cake

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Everything looked fabulous – the van, the cakes, the china, the staff. We had our new flyers and promo badges displayed on the counter too.
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Winchester was bustling with activity. Race for Life had taken place around the corner, the Farmers Market was in full swing and The Nostalgic Wedding Fair was drawing the crowds. We had a great day talking tea, cake, and all things vintage. Check out our Facebook page for the official photos from the event taken by the very talented Ash Darling Photography.

We hope everyone had a lovely day, and got lots of ideas for their weddings.

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Bank Holiday Baking Bonanza

We finally got back in the kitchen last week and we wasted no time cooking up an absolute storm.  We had lost time to make up for!

On the agenda for a wedding dessert buffet…

* Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream
* Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Purple Buttercream
* Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Mini Eggs
* Pink Swirl Meringues
* Purple Swirl Meringues

It’s always so satisfying to take cupcakes out of the oven and them be so level. Our secret to this is measuring the mixture in exactly and doing a test batch with varying amounts of batter in. Of course, once you’ve found that magic number you just need to remember it for next time. Our mini vanilla cupcakes take 10g of batter each.

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We whipped up a huge batch of vanilla buttercream, then divided it up for colouring. Mini cupcakes three ways…

Mini Egg Cupcakes

Pink Mini Cupcakes

Mini Purple Cupcakes

Each cupcake was a mini swirl of buttercream, topped with edible glitter, mimosa and Cadbury Mini Eggs. Yum!

Next on the list of bakes were the mini meringues. Theres something immensely satisfying about making them. We love watching how eggs and sugar completely transform from their raw form into something truly decadent.Whisking Meringues

Out of the oven and ready to go!
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They were boxed up, branded and delivered to Pitt Hall Barn along with a crate of Vintage Glass Cake Stands, ready for their wedding debut.

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Vintage Glass Cake Stands

We’ll hopefully get some nice photos of them in situ to share with you soon, so keep an eye on our Instagram.

With all that cake baked and delivered, we certainly earned our chocolate on Sunday. Hope you all had a lovely long weekend and made the most of the sunshine whilst it was out!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x