Social Media for Florists workshop – London, 1st July 2014 : Part 2 – Styling & Food
My co-host Fiona Humberstone had created a mood board with styling inspiration, which you can see below. We used this during the planning process and when we were setting everything up at the venue, the day before the workshop.
When we arrived at Brixton east, the upstairs was an empty shell. We set up all the tables and chairs, plus projector screen.
I conditioned the beautiful blooms from Zest Flowers, which were in a colour palette of summery pinks, blues and purples….
…and then put together small posies of fragrant sweet peas for the desks.
Downstairs, we styled the tables for lunch using stunning crockery and glassware, supplied by Anthropologie. Fiona had cut flowers from her lovely garden and we used these in small bottles, down the centre of each table.
Our chef, Maddie Hatton, had brought in her beautiful vintage cutlery…
…which was adorned with sprigs of lavender and herbs on the individual place settings.
Even the fridge received special treatment, with plants from Fiona’s garden!
The food by Maddie surpassed all our expectations! She had completely taken on board our brief and floral touches were in abundance. The elevenses were truly ‘out of this world’! Pistachio & Lemon Loaf with Lemon Verbena Syrup, Moroccan Honey Cake with Orange Blossom and Lemon & Lavender Bar. And they were complemented with tea and coffee in the fabulous Anthropologie Monogrammed mugs.
I loved all the edible petals and blooms styled on top of the cakes! Almost too good to eat…
Lunch was amazing too and soooooo delicious! Delegates were treated to Herb Marinated Fillet of Local Beef, Grilled Organic Chicken with Saffron, Preserved Lemons & Pine Nuts and Sweet Potato & Goats Cheese Frittata with Roasted Red Onions & Basil Oil. Salads included Green Couscous with Herbs, Pistachios, Feta & Radish, plus Roasted Heritage Beetroot with Orange Oil, Hazelnuts & Rocket and Asian Slaw featuring Cabbage, Mango, Chilli, Mint & Coriander. There were Local Artisan Breads too….hungry?!
Here’s the very talented Maddie, setting everything up…
Last, but not least, the amazing puddings! Jars of Eton Mess with Local Strawberries, Home-Made Lemon Curd & Pomegranate and Valrhona Chocolate Brownies with Berries!
When the workshop had come to a close, the delegates had lots of fun making summer cocktails. A lovely way to round off such a special day!
New Workshop Date – Wednesday 1st October – London
Since announcing the date of our next Social Media for Florists workshop earlier this week, nearly 30% of the places have already been booked! It will be taking place at the same venue, Brixton east, and will run from 9.15am-4.30pm, with drinks afterwards. Places will be strictly limited to 22 delegates.
Update : August 2nd
Our Social Media for Florists workshop on October 1st has now sold out. We’re planning on holding our next one in the spring. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please send me an email and I’ll make sure that you’re the first to know, before we announce the new date online! My email address is rona [at] flowerona [dot] com.
P.S. Here’s a link to Part 3.
(Images : Katie Spicer Photography)