Spring Fling

Emily and I decided to have a Spring party, as we felt everyone needed a little pick me up – we are SO almost there, the clocks change this weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

We got round to inviting some people and then planned our menu, and this is what we had:

Drink on arrival:

Gin, elderflower cordial and soda water cocktail with raspberries and a viola flower in each. ย We made it up, it was nice and very fresh.

Main:

Lamb and apricot tagine by River ย Cottage,ย served with couscous. ย Lamb for Easter, but we wanted to do something different. ย I would say the recipe was a bit tangy – beware the quantity of spices ๐Ÿ˜‰

Side:

Flat bread (not homemade), Hummus (homemade – Jamie Oliver recipe)ย Hummus turned out very well, thank you very much – although our blender is not so powerful.

Pudding:

Elderflower and Prosecco Jelly – Jamie Oliver.ย I added Viola flowers to the recipe so they looked even prettier. ย I also did double the quantity of everything except the fruit – more jellies, with less fruit – and there was exactly the right amount of liquid to just cover the fruit.

Easter Chocolate Cupcakes by @chescalamarque.ย Chesca made these and decorated them (I ๐Ÿ’• the rabbit). ย Thank you so much Chesca!

After dinner snacks:

Mini eggs and other fun chocolate eggs.

We also took a trip toย Neal’s Nurseriesย which I particularly enjoyedย – it is the largest garden centre in London and is in Wandsworth, which is quite marvellous! ย We picked up a nice hydrangea, some daffodils and viola flowersย for table and food decorations.

It was a great party. ย We managed to get everyone fed and watered, and there were some superb outfits – top marks to Charlie who arrived in a bunny onesie. ย We only had one tiny fire, one guest sneakily watching the rugby under the table, and one practical joke played (Chesca, Olivia and Palomi we so know it was you ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜˜). ย Sadly Bumble wasn’t in attendance, as he would have looked swell in a big easter bunny bow ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’™.

Thank you all for coming, you were wonderful.

Alice xxx

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Shopping – lamb and strawberries
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More shopping in Neal’s Nurseries – edible viola flowers (not the daffodils!)
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Making jelly
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Viola
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Jelly in process
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Chesca made some super springy cupcakes @chescalamarque
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Table looking good
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Easter bunnies turned up
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And some other floral guests – photo by @antoniaolex
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Party in full spring..
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Having a wonderful time ๐Ÿ˜Š snapped by @andrewhunterm

Please let me know what you think ๐Ÿ˜€โœ๏ธ

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