How would it be if you came and had tea with me?

“At last the Turkish Delight was all finished and Edmund was looking very hard at the empty box and wishing that she would ask him whether he would like some more. Probably the Queen knew quite well what he was thinking; for she knew, though Edmund did not, that this was enchanted Turkish Delight and that anyone who had once tasted it would want more and more of it, and would even, if they were allowed, go on eating it till they killed themselves.”

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I’ve just completed creating an incredible record industry artist and staff Christmas Party – it’s a private project so apologies that we can’t share as many details of this event as I would normally do so. For the same reason images from this event are limited, but we are allowed to share a few nuggets of information and I wanted to focus on just the Narnia area to further dispel any rumours I only do ‘gory things’!  Our brief was much broader than just this area but other elements of the night must remain private…

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My vision was to create an interactive Narnia experience on the terrace of the location with snow machines and an old fashioned street lamp completing the environment. Due to location restrictions we could not have a wardrobe as an entrance to the space, instead we had a selection of vintage fur coats from Prangsta on coat stands near the exit so party goers could wrap up warm out there. There were also faux fur hot water bottles and warmed throws to keep everyone warm and toasty whilst they enjoyed the installation.  Sadly there was not room for a smores bar but rest assured it remains very high on my ‘must do’ list.

Natasha Collins was the art director for the space and used moss to bring a feeling of a woodland to the terrace. Small tea lites in vintage crystal glasses were nestled in this, along with white hyacinth and narcissi, chosen specifically due to the spring references in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Heavily scented this choice was also made so we did not need scented candles.

Sadly our plan for Turkish Delight clad walls and (one day soon), a Turkish Delight menu selling over 50 different varieties were not executed due to various reasons. However we obviously had a Snow Queen (2 in fact) and LOTS of Turkish Delight, including a table which was heavily and simply laden with 10kg of delicious rose & lemon heaven.

Snow Queen Cakehead

Snow Queen Cakehead

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Other edible elements included Natasha’s infamous cookie mushrooms, white sugar mice with glitter & lustre, over 50 meters of marshmallow garlands and lots of white chocolate buttons. Miss Insomnia Tulip also provided white pearlescent macarons in a variety of flavours such as salted caramel, pistachio and rose Turkish Delight. As a personal present to myself she also created some stuning Narnia themed hand painted macarons which I had to share below.

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Being a MASSIVE fan of the C.S.Lewis original I also felt it was important to bring in deeper references to the original book for literature lovers at the party. Tea with Mr Tumnus was created using chocolate sardines, maderia cake cut up and presented as toast, teapots which poured popping candy, sugar topped cake and cake sponge filled eggs.

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Reference image c/o Cupcake Project

Reference image c/o Cupcake Project

Whilst I personally think that Mr Tumus would have 70’s retro plates we wanted everything to look magical so used sliver and various crystal & cut glass to set dress the table.

Of course tea with the beavers was another feature table, and we used a solid wooden rustic table and chairs from a prop hire company, along with log stools, to create this element. To further enhance the rustic feel piles of sticks from local woods were piled up behind the table to create the feeling of a dam, fairy lights used to make this feature more festive and less bonfire night. For further tasting element details Natasha made some AMAZING fried fish cookies, we used the Rococco chocolate potatees, marzipan butter and a purposefully rustic marmalade roll to complete the look.

“Together they all prepare a simple and delicious meal of fish and potatoes. The children are famished, so they eat with gusto. Only when the meal is finished does Mr. Beaver suggest that they get down to business.”

Fried fish cookie from Natasha Collins - her attention to detail is astonishing. The effect of black burnt bits you get during frying fish was added using crumbs.

Fried fish cookie from Natasha Collins – her attention to detail is astonishing. The effect of black burnt bits you get during frying fish was added using crumbs.

 

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Other set dressing included piles of pashmark snowballs and a rustic woodland dessert table inside the venue as an added tasting element station. And that is all I can tell you about a very magical night on the 5th December.

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