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Kings Hotel Wedding Event

The Kings Hotel, Christchurch, DorsetThis week we were invited to dress the lovely Kings Hotel in Christchurch for a vintage inspired wedding photoshoot including loads of vintage trimmings and venue dressing.

The Abbey, Christchurch, Dorset

If you haven’t been to the Kings Hotel, its situated in the old part of the town, immediately adjacent the tumbledown remains of the Priory and with its own bowling green and quaint pavilion which is all perfect for wedding photos.

Kings Hotel Wedding Suite

Whilst the main building affords beautiful Georgian architecture, this is a boutique hotel that also has  a more contemporary wedding suite overlooking the lovely green spaces.

Within this very simple room Vintage Dorset  was able to introduce vintage bunting, hearts and ribbons, china and tablecloths together with a few extra accessories that really added a vintage style.

More pictures to come from the photoshoot – but as we stayed on for the wedding event that the Kings regularly have to introduce couples to the hotel do take a sneak peek at our pictures including favours and chair covers from the Card & Favour company and table flowers from Flowers by Design. Enjoy!

Flowers Vintage Dorset china and favoursVintage table dressing and chair wraps

Vintage Dorset wedding styling at the Kings Hotel Christchurch

Vintage Dorset china

Vintage Dorset table dressing

Vintage Dorset China Hire table setting

Vintage Dorset styling

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Published by vdorset, on 29th November 2011 at 8:55 pm. Filled under: Vintage Events Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Kings Hotel Wedding Event

Cake inspiration

Cake and vintageFinding a good cake maker is one of those tricky tasks that needs careful consideration and even more tasting! We’ve recommended lots of cake-bakers for parties and weddings or sometimes we arrange deliveries of cakes to accompany our vintage teas; but how do we choose the cake bakers – what to look for in cake scumminess and decor?

1. Begin with good cake!

One of the first things to remember is that no matter how nicely the cake is decorated – the cakes themselves need to be lovingly baked to perfection if you want great flavour.

perfect cakes on a vintage cake stand

We suggest checking out Country Markets (the name used by the WI cake bakers) for gorgeous home made cakes some very expertly decorated and finished and all very yummy and exceptionally good value.

Mrs T from Mrs T's teatime treats

Our other favourite is Mrs T’s teatime treats (this is Sgt Bun’s wife!!)

2. Cupcake mumpreneurs

Country Markets are great at large cakes – but for consistent cupcakes then you’re best trying one of the growing number of cottage businesses making cupcakes.

lemon cheesecake cupcakes

We often use Moorethancupcakes at Beaminster for good value cakes that taste delicious (like these lemon cheesecake cupcakes) but we also love Lulubelle’s Cakes in the Bournemouth area and Simply Cakes in Dorchester. Modern cupcakes tend to follow the large American-style with heaps of frosting and toppings. They are really great for gifts or afternoon tea, but, for parties with lots of other food choices they can be too much to eat (we do see half-eaten cakes that were just too filling!) If you’re buying cakes for parties, ask your baker to make your cupcakes “fairy-cake” size so your guests can enjoy lots of different sweets (its also cheaper!)

3. Flavour flavour flavour!

Rum babasBe brave with cakes! Cakes will taste delicious if they’ve got great flavourings that are more than just “sweet”. At home, we find coffee cakes in particular do well from a very generous dose of coffee blended in the buttercream but citrus and fruit flavours also work really well. We adore these Rum Baba’s from Moorethancupcakes. Now there’s a flavour that really packs a punch!

4. Design your style and challenge your baker!

Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party

When you’re having a themed party then you can really challenge your cake maker when it comes to design. They’ll love the opportunity to try something new!

We commissioned these cute “eat me” labelled cakes from Sharp Events for our Mad Hatter hen party and they were perfect for the job – but there are also some cake designers out there that have exceptional decor style.

We recently found the amazing Nibble and Scoff of Exeter. Its very rare for us to recommend anyone outside of Dorset – but these near neighbours are incredible when it comes to cake design!

Check out these gorgeous vintage tea cup-cakes and look up their website for even more gorgeous creations including circus, gardening, beach, golf themed cakes – all edible – they are really perfect!
vintage teaparty nibble & scoff

summer deckchairs on a cupcakeschool cupcakes

5. Finally…. learn it and try it!

Wenda from Simply Cakes Our last hint is to get out there and try some cake decorating yourself! We recently went along to a cupcake demo held at Goulds in Dorchester and hosted by the lovely Wenda from Simply Cakes. She was demonstrating simple tips for great cake decorations at home.

cake decorating

Simply Cakes peach roses on green

For more inspiration try going to Cupcake Camp – the first one in Dorset at the Lighthouse in Poole was organised by Cake Heaven and was over-run with enthusiasts! You might want to try cupcake school for more hands on help – we especially like Julia’s Kitchen in Poole – especially as Julia’s offering a free cupcake class to someone as part of her 1000’th Facebook likers.  More and more bakers are offering classes and evening classes are also available from local colleges and there are loads of youtube teach-me videos to follow – we especially like these ones from Sue McMahon of Women’s Weekly – she has a lovely soothing style! No excuses then – time to get baking!


Published by vdorset, on 1st November 2011 at 10:47 am. Filled under: Vintage Events,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Cake inspiration