Let it Go

As much as we’d love to see the back of Elsa and Anna for a little while, we are still in the midst of a Frozen Fever.

And who are we to deny anyone the right to ANOTHER Frozen themed birthday party.

Luckily for us, this Frozen cake was destined for the Martha of Martha’s Tea Party; and she’s born in summer, which makes the synthetic fibres of fancy dress far too stifling in the heat.

So what was the brief…

I want an Elsa dress cake Mummy!

Thanks YouTube, thanks a lot. Many of you will know our inability to work with roll out fondant. It’s goes against everything we believe a cake should be. We are a buttercream fuelled business.

So how on earth were we going to be able to do an Elsa dress like the ones Martha had seen on YouTube tutorials (incidentally, loving that she watches baking tutorials!).

We had a good think, and decided we could recreate a Frozen-esque dress using the Ombré Rose technique.

And thus the Elsa dress cake was born.

What not one of the YouTube tutorials had mentioned was how long Elsa’s legs were. This cake was seven, yes SEVEN layers of Vanilla Sponge, sandwiched with Vanilla Buttercream and Lemon Curd. We covered it with the Ombré Rose buttercream swirls and finished with Silver Dragees (always makes us smile how Silver Balls can be made to sound posh) and a good dose of glitter.

She was topped with a handmade card banner wishing the birthday Girl a happy day.

The weather was wonderful, the kids had fun, the cake was destroyed (much to a few passer by’s horror) and a lovely afternoon tea in the park was complete.

We used our Melaware trios for squash and sarnies due to their indestructible nature. A park bench covered with a gingham tablecloth turned a normal park picnic into something a little more special.

And our alternative party bags went down a storm. After reading an article on how kids are more likely to think a party bag is more exciting if it looks more exciting, we thought we’d give it a go. Kraft Takeaway Boxes, Martha’s Tea Party style.

We think this style of Birthday Cake would work for any Disney Princess or Barbie, who would you pick?

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

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

Making a Difference

This past Bank Holiday weekend we got involved with a charity tea party fundraising for The Moldova Project. There was no baking involved, we just provided our lovely vintage tea cup trios (including our Melmex trios for the kids) and a variety of cake stands.

The day could not have been better; the sun was out, the jugs of Pimms were at the ready and the BBQ was fired up.

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Vintage Tea Cup TriosThe teacups were gleaming in the sunshine. It really does warm our hearts to see new life breathed into items that have spent the best part of the last 30/40 years in storage or behind glass deemed too precious to use. Nothing this pretty should be put away. Ever.

Whilst we love baking and all things cakey, shop bought cakes do still make a great impression on our vintage china. Makes the difference between just a regular party spread and something that little bit special. This looks seriously inviting…

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We hope that everyone who attended had a great day and raised lots of money for a very worthy cause.

If you have a charity event coming up and would like something a bit different, get in touch to discuss your requirements. We’d love to help out.

Lots of love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Latest Finds

What a week! It’s hard to believe that we will be entering March in 6 days time, it doesn’t feel like our feet have touched the ground in February.

We’ve had some amazing finds this week, firstly in these two Sadler teapots. The blue one required getting in the car and whizzing over to My Fab Find in Andover after they posted it on their Facebook page, we weren’t going to let such an unusual colour get away!

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Then we had a delivery of our new (well, to us) Melmex Trios in Apple Green. Bringing our colours up to 4. But there was more excitement on the way as Lemon Yellow was also in the post…
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…and here they are ❤

Vintage Melmex Trios in Lemon Yellow

We are so excited to have 5 amazing colours in stock, they will make for some lovely tea parties for little’uns or even big’uns looking for a retro garden party vibe. Get in touch if you want to hire them for an event.

We’ve also had a bit of luck with Vintage Sugar Tongs; finding them all over the place from Devon, to Dorset, to Surrey. It certainly pays off to nip into charity shops and antique shops when running errands as you never know what you might come across.

As the above may have suggested, we’ve been on a few trips this week regarding a secret but rather exciting addition to our offering. Hopefully we’ll be able to share more details soon.

Until then…

Martha’s Tea Party x