Wednesday, 28 March 2012


It's been such a long time since I posted. I can't believe that it's been seven months!

It's been a trying time emotionally and physically but I feel that things can only get better right?

Hopefully over the next few weeks I will be in a position to let you know what I have planned for the next 6 months. Here's to new and exciting opportunities!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Good News

After a couple of emotional weeks, I'm glad to report that my Dad has pulled through his ordeal and is now back home. Still poorly and he will probably never be the same man again, However, he is still here and making progress all the time.
I truly believe that the world is full of good people and that the not so nice ones are a tiny proportion of the population. This last few weeks have proved this theory correct. I have had so many messages from people sending my Dad good wishes that they have made the last few weeks a little bit easier to cope with.  Thank you to all of you who sent me emails and tweets. I am genuinely touched by your kind words. x

I'm hoping to get back to normal over the next week or so and start bringing you some more inspiration for your weddings and events and will be sharing some of the details of an upcoming ball I have been working on with the Calvert Trust.
Watch this space.

Monday, 25 July 2011


There will be no posting for a while as my Dad is on Life Support in Intensive Care after falling ill on holiday.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Tikki -Tastic

It seems like a lifetime ago that I last wrote a blog post! When you are self employed there are never enough hours in the day for you to get through all of the things that you'd like too!!
I have had a hectic couple of weeks dealing with some events and enquiries from potential customers. The latest event was an end of term party for a School. The theme was Hawaiian Luau and I have to say that it all went off fabulously well.

The Headmistress had kept everything a secret so no one knew what to expect. All of the doors were blacked out whilst we were setting up so the whole evening was clouded in secrecy so as to create a buzz of excitement. All of the pupils turned up in Hawaiian dress (grass skirts, leis, etc) and all were amazed when they entered the school hall which had been completely bare a few hours beforehand.

The ceiling had been draped in lots of tropically coloured lanterns that contained tealights (battery operated ones of course) the doors were strung with coloured flower curtains and the walls were transformed to look like the inside of a tikki hut on one side and a beach scene on the other. The focal point was the Tikki bar that had been specially constructed by a local joinery company which had been strung with lanterns and fairy lights. All of the pupils were served "mock" tails with garnishes and umbrellas by the teaching staff and there were gammes and dancing galore.

Candy Handfuls boutique bakery created a fantastic centrepiece cake of a tropical island, cupcakes and fabulous Tikki Head biscuits that all of the children were given to take home at the end of the evening. A BBQ was provided by Jacksons Catering which went down exceptionally well with the pupils and the teaching staff.

A tikki King & Queen were crowned and at the end of the proceedings all of the pupils took part in releasing balloons that had been tied with wishes for their future.

It was a truly fabulous evening and everyone had a great time. I will post some pictures of the interior asap, I'm just trying to get hold of some that don't contain images of the children. In the meantime here are a couple of pictures of the cakes provided by the Gorgeous Helen at Candy Handfuls ......
Island Cake by Candy Handfuls

Tikki head biscuits by Candy Handfuls
not only did they look brilliant but they tasted divine too. watch this space for more pics soon. x

Monday, 11 July 2011

Sew Nice

I know that everyone is watching the pennies these days and many brides are keen to look for ways to save money without sacrificing on style. There are numerous ways to save cash from choosing a small wedding, though to getting stuck in and making lots of your wedding elements  yourself. This can be anything from having a go at making your own invitations through to sewing your own dress! Now granted that making your own wedding dress isn't for the fainthearted and you need some sewing skills to begin with. But isn't beyond the skills of the most basisc sewer. There are lots of pattens available out there and if you feel that you need some tuition before you atempt anything fancy, there are lots of local and national courses that you can sign up to, where you will be able to acquire some nifty sewing skills.




And even if you feel that you're not up to attempting to make your own dress, you just may feel able to have a try at making your own viel or bridesmaids dresess ...

....or you could even attempt to make tablecloths etc for your reception. The choice is limitless. Whatever your skill level, have a go you'll be amazed at the results you can get with just a few lessons and a bit of practice.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Wedding Ideas Wednesday

Image from the cotton bunting co

There are a few things that I absolutely love. Weddings of course is one of my obsessions along with chocolate which goes without saying!! However, I must admit that I have a passion for... bunting! yes you heard me right, bunting. Those little triangular pieces of fabric all strung together on a piece of ribbon or tape. I love it. Just the sight of those little pennants of ditsy prints flapping about in the breeze or strung across a room makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  
Whatever the occassion, a few well placed strings of little flags will cheer up the most drab interior. It's a really cheap and easy way to transform the look of any room or party, whatever the occasion. You can buy it in just about any colour combination and some companies such as the cotton bunting company even do a wedding range. Bliss! Some may say that it's quite a sad obsession? But what the heck, I'm not harming anyone.

There are lots of places where you can buy bunting, some of it off the peg, some of it bespoke and some you can even make yourself. It isn't hard to do if you have a few spare hours. However, if you are short of time why not opt for some ready made bunting. If you don't want to buy it you can hire it for your special event. The Big Beautiful Bunting Co have some of the most gorgeous designs that you can hire.  Below are just a few of my favourites. Enjoy

English Country bunting from the cotton bunting co

floral cottage garden from the cotton bunting co

English Country bunting from the cotton bunting co
Carnival from Beautiful Bunting

Cath Kidston from Beautiful Bunting

Rosalie white from Beautiful Bunting

Gypsy charm from the big beautiful bunting co

mad hatters tea party from the big beautiful bunting co

vintage tea party from the big beautiful bunting co

Pastel florals & spots from bunting queen

Wedding bunting from Little-Bundles

Trish x

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Tuesday Etsy Finds

I love browsing Etsy for unique an unusual items. I can guarantee that there will always be something that catches my eye and my credit card comes out!

If you're looking for stylish neckwear for you or your bridesmaids you should check out this gorgeous number from JLRY Designs.
 And if it's something gorgeous and unusual you want to decorate your wedding reception with check out the vintage paper flowers from LBC

Pop on over and have a browse through. If you're anything like me you will spend hours drooling over the gorgeous things on offer. Enjoy.

Trish X

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