Tea for two…

..or one hundred for tea.

You read it right, a tea party for 100. At 3 cakes per head that’s a whopping 300 portions of cake that needed to be baked in one day!

We’d got home at a fairly reasonable time from Crawleyfest, but there was no time to rest. A trip to the supermarket beckoned in order to restock our ingredient shelves. It probably looked like we had issues at 10pm on a Saturday night buying that much butter, sugar and chocolate!

On the menu we had…

 * Rocky Road
 * Chocolate Brownies
 * Lemon Brownies
 * Mini Vanilla Cupcakes
 * Mini Victoria Sponges
 * English Madeleines

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Fulfilling the order required 13 hours of almost non-stop baking. It was quite a relief that the weather has cooled since the really hot part of the summer so the kitchen stayed moderately cool.

The venue was Petersfield Community Centre, and we were supplying the tea and cake for a Corporate awards ceremony.

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We set up two tables with our vintage cake stands and filled them with our delicious cakes. The hall was decorated with bunting, and the tables covered with gingham table clothes and covered in jam jars of flowers.

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We set up camp in the kitchen and operated a tea station, serving delicious Char Teas in our delightful vintage teacups.

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The cake flew off the stands, and the leftovers were boxed up to take back for the teams who couldn’t attend. Not a crumb remained.

It was lovely to see some recognition within an organisation for their employees, having come from a corporate background where things are rarely noted, it made a nice change to see that some industries do still care!

We hope that everyone enjoyed the tea party.

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

One Of Your Five a Day!

So we can’t actually vouch for that, but this carrot cake is packed full of carrots, sultanas, walnuts and orange zest and topped with pecans for extra punch. What’s the occasion? Well it’s Happy Friday of course!

This may or may not have been our breakfast here at HQ this morning…

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This week we’ve been busy working on ‘secret’ business again. If all goes to plan (and keep your fingers & toes crossed that it does), we’ll be able to share our news after the weekend. It’s been an exciting and stressful journey just to get to this stage… and theres still two more days to go! *deep breaths*

In preparation though, some new signage has arrived. Currently living on the kitchen fridge, where it looks quite at home.

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BrandYou may have been wondering how the branding of Martha’s Tea Party originated. We have a very clever and talented friend who did the design for us, based on a load of collaboration work pulling out elements of other brands we admired on Pinterest. The final result was exactly what we were after and we can’t wait to see it in situ at the weekend.

On the thrifty finds front, this beautiful grey and pink Duchess China tea set arrived along with a pressed glass cake stand. All washed up and ready to be hired ❤

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The last batch of cupcakes for the week are due to come out of the oven soon, we can’t wait to decorate them. We’ve been in fits of giggles all week! We’ll tell all next week. Until then, enjoy the weekend!

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 ❤

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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