2016: a few of our favourites
2016 has been a year of fantastic events for Blue Strawberry and Table Talk. Take a look at some of our highlights…
The National History Museum’s Heintze Hall provided the perfect backdrop for Table Talk’s Steampunk-themed event in April. Guests were invited into the Steampunk world for a Victorian style, mechanical technology filled corporate event. Working with Sternberg Clarke, Event Concept and Veevers Carter, we created a truly unique event that will not be forgotten for a long time!
Guests were greeted by costumed characters, drummers and jugglers as they made their way into the main hall. The delicious canapés included a Chicken and buttermilk sphere with lemon thyme, a Lobster Benedict with miso-yuzu hollandaise. More canapés were served from the ‘Clockwork’ and ‘Mechanical’ Food Stations, such as Chicken liver parfait with a Morello cherry Popsicle and Wild boar and apple sausages.
The ‘Neo Victorian’ mini meals included Pig’s trotter and ham hock terrine served in mini glass cloches with crisp black pudding, roasted leek, apples and Madeira and Tea cups of braised short rib of beef, silver beets, lovage and smoked dripping jus.
Sweet dishes came in the form of ‘Desserts of Peculiar Occurrences’ and included the Light raspberry mousse petri dish and sweet beetroot syringes, Absinthe and lime tart with green tomato jelly and Earl Grey pound cake with gianduja cremeux, beurre noisette croquant and malt extract sauce.
Blue Strawberry provided delicious festival themed food for the launch of the magical event space at Hampton Court Palace in May – the 20th Century Garden. Once Henry VIII’s Palace, Hampton Court makes an unforgettable location for any function or event, having played host to gala celebrations, festive banquets and historic meetings for centuries. Today, its timeless majesty makes it an enchanting venue, and the 20th Century Garden is an exciting addition to the idyllic riverside location.
Guests arrived at the idyllic riverside location and made their way across the bridge from the palace to the magical garden, complete with floral wellies, circus entertainers and heartbeat monitoring lights. Canapés included a sea bass ceviche with sweet potato, passion fruit, red pepper and avocado and a yuzu and vanilla cured fillet in a wonton cone with enoki mushrooms and lemon ricotta. With cocktails from The Rum Runner flowing, the wandering entertainment from Sternberg Clarke made their way around the space. Mini meals of gorgonzola and walnut filled gnocchi and pan roasted duck breast with beetroot purée followed, as guests marvelled at the wonderful floristry from Simon Lycett and stunning furniture and colourful tents by Raj Tent Club.
The luxury BBQ station included grilled swordfish skewers, miso marinated vegetable skewers and fillet of Greek lamb. The highlight of the evening was the ‘Life’s a Beach’ dessert station, with eleven desserts presented on an edible food station complete with honeycomb and panna cotta sandcastles, shortcake lifesavers, Captain Morgan truffles and a bottom of the sea verrine passionfruit mousse with shortbread sand, sweet coral and caramel seaweed.
One of our favourite weddings of 2016 was a Blue Strawberry wedding at Two Temple Place. We have always been very fond of the venue, which is a late Victorian mansion in one of London’s most prestigious settings overlooking the River Thames. Because of the beautiful dark oak which runs throughout the house, pastel coloured flowers and linen always provide a bright contrast and look lovely- perfect for weddings!
The flowers by Lavender Green were absolutely stunning and complemented the dark oak perfectly. It was a pleasure to work with Knot and Pop to create this charming wedding; we were delighted with the stunning set up and guests went on to enjoy phenomenal food too.
Blue Strawberry were delighted to be part of the much-anticipated wedding showcase at London’s Banqueting House, Whitehall, in September.
On arrival guests were treated to a fashion show with Sassi Holford, Apsley Tailors and Two Birds Bridesmaid taking part. Drinks in the Main Hall followed, where guests enjoyed a selection of canapés, including sous vide fillet of beef and spiced tuna tartare. Guests then feasted on a delicious meal of cured confit sea trout, glazed breast of guinea fowl and lemon posset with white chocolate honeycomb.
Banqueting House was transformed into the setting for ‘A Modern Fairytale’ by Vibration Group, with stunning flowers from Philippa Craddock completing the visually mesmerising look. Entertainment came in the form of Blue Topaz Strings and JM Band, who created the perfect ambience for the evening.
The year ended in spectacular style with Table Talk’s dinner in an enchanted forest for a 50th birthday party in Hampshire. We transformed the garden into the setting for an incredible 60s flower power-themed party, complete with a swimming pool dance floor, silly amounts of retro sweets, and ‘Trippy Hippy’ and ‘Campari Van’ cocktails.