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Looking out at this dreary autumn day, the summer seems a distant memory. As the nights are drawing closer, and the central heating is being cranked up; settle down with a nice brew and a biscuit and reminisce with us. 

On the last weekend of August we attended a corporate celebration. 25 years in business – Glasto-style! As with all good festivals, the day started off bright and sunny. We’d had a rather exciting trip over to Surrey, travelling passed Hampton Court Palace and getting lost down some side streets. Disaster nearly struck as we turned into the festival site, a car behind us had clearly decided that it wasn’t worth paying attention to our indicator and overtook us AS WE WERE TURNING! We’ve mentioned the brakes before and to our surprise, emergency stopping is possible. Thank goodness! The site was already looking amazing with huge tents, a main stage, various bars and these huge flowers poking up out of the ground. We started setting up the “English Tea Garden” complete with white picket fencing and lollipop topiary.We had lots of delicious bakes on offer for the hungry festival goers:

* Chocolate Brownies
* Lemon Drizzle Cake
* Vanilla Cupcakes
* Scones with lashings of Clotted Cream and Jam
* Rocky Road
* English Madelines

All served with a choice of Char Teas or Pink Lemonade and served on our vintage China. The day was full of music, laughter, floral headbands, OppoSuits and smiles. It was really nice to see a company treating their employees to a celebration. Even though the rain eventually came, it was a brilliant day that we thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. Thankyou to Air Charter Service – we hope everyone enjoyed the cake 🙂

After a busy summer, there was only one more thing we needed to do…                      There is no better end to a summer season than relaxing on the beach. Thanks to everyone who supported us 🙂 

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x  

Saturday 25th July 2015

Find us at Ludgershall Sports and Social Clubs “Party on the Pitch” this weekend. It’s 2pm til late and it’s FREE to get in.
We’ll have some delicious cakes on offer.

* Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
* Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cupcakes
* Chocolate Orange Brownies
* Lemon + Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake
* Salted Caramel Brownies
* Peanut Butter Goo Bar
* Coffee + Walnut Cake 

Hope to see you there!

Martha’s Tea Party x

Cake, Sunshine and Good Times

Summer has well and truly arrived. With the hottest July day ever on record this week, we knew we were on for a weekend filled with sunshine.

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It had been a busy week of prep at Martha’s Tea Party HQ. A full wash and wax for our lovely little van was on the cards on Wednesday, ingredient shopping on Thursday and a Bake-a-Rama on Friday. It had been a year since we were last at Taste of Hampshire and we were determined to make it there in our van this time! This photo was spotted in the Southampton Airport Magazine a few weeks ago 🙂
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Saturday started early, and our Sat Nav took us on some rather interesting roads through Leckford. Thankfully it was 7:30am so we didn’t pass a single a car. We were on site by 8am and raring to go for 10am when the first visitors started arriving.

We had lots of yummy cakes on the menu:

* Victoria Sponge
 * Peanut Butter Goo Bar
 * Chocolate Nostalgia Cake
 * Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
 * Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes
 * Chocolate Orange Brownies
 * Lemon & Poppyseed Drizzle Cake
 * Rocky Road
 * Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Brownies

Our pitch was right by the entrance and we stuck a sign on the front of our van so people could see what we were selling without having to walk round to the front.

We’ll be checking the papers for coverage of the event during the week, but we already spotted this little write up on the Daily Echo online.

Our stand looked lovely with all the cakes in domes, the bunting and the fresh flowers, many people came and commented. Made the extra effort flower arranging the day before worth it.

We sold out of Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Nostalgia Cake and nearly out of Lemon Drizzle. The crowd were loving a slice of cake in the sunshine. We also nearly sold out of our Char Winchester Breakfast, think we’ll need to restock before the next event!

We had a truly brilliant day, thank you to everyone who came down to support us and say hello!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Crawleyfest

We love local events. Getting involved in something that benefits the local community is right up our street.

Crawley, a village on the outskirts of Winchester was looking to raise money to update their Cricket Pavilion and Crawleyfest was born!crawleyfest

A mix of local food, craft and music it was set to be a fun filled day for the whole family to enjoy.

We were up early (as always for these sorts of events) and got the van packed and ready to go. Arriving to a rather impressive entrance for a small scale festival.

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On the menu we had:

 * Lemon and Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake
 * Coffee and Walnut Cake
 * Chocolate Brownies (including a Gluten Free version)
 * Rocky Road
 * Chocolate Nostalgia Cake
 * Mini Victoria Sponges
 * Chocolate Cookies
 * English Madeleines
 * Peanut Butter Goo Bar
 * Cherry Cake

Our best seller of the day had to be the Coffee + Walnut Cake, closely followed by the monstrous Peanut Butter Goo Bar. Everyone seems to love to the challenge a chunk of Peanut Butter Goo Bar represents. We also had some repeat customers for our delicious Chocolate Brownies (you know who you are ;)). Always brings a smile to our face when people come back for more.

By 8pm the sun was nearly down and it was time to think about heading home. We were plugged into the mains, but not with our C-Form plug so without electric powering our on board circuits we were plunged into darkness when the sun set.

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We packed up some boxes of leftover cake for the Winchester Night Shelter, and set off home with our lights on. It’s cliched to say, but where did Summer go?

If you find out, let us know…

Martha’s Tea Party x

p.s. There was a nice follow up in the Hampshire Chronicle – we finally made it into the papers with our beautiful van 🙂

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