This month is very exciting we fiiiiiiiinally have some friends who are having babies!!!!  YAY!!!!

Two of which are actually due in two weeks time, so we arranged to meet them for Sunday lunch and tiny human gift giving today.  OH! AND we took an added edible surprise...


BABY-THEMED DONUTS!!!

Possibly the worlds cutest dessert, if I do say so myself. Such a simple, cute and deliciously fun idea.

All you need is three key ingredients - donuts, dummies and edible eyes.



I mean there really isn't a lot to explain is there?

I even cheated and snapped up some colourful, delicious sprinkled iced donuts at Tesco.  Stuck some Wilton candy eyes on and arranged a mixture of colourful dummies to bring them to life!

In terms of supplying en mass for a baby shower... they are much cheaper than fancy fondant cupcakes and have a bit of a surprise WOW factor to them! They really are the way forward...


Even the plain Krispy Kremes looks brilliant. Besides everyone loves a donut!

Now back to our pressies...  
The awesome white slogan baby onesies are from notonthehighstreet.com a lovely seller called Cows and Kisses. I absolutely adore the typography... Free Hugs, Sleep (haha good one!), Hello World... so awesome and BONUS - they are pretty neutral too! For those friends that are having a "surprise" (and won't tell you it might be a girl, just incase you buy them 20 million Flamingo themed presents...)


And the book.  Mother Pukka's Parenting the sh*t out of life - for people who happen to be parents (or might be soon), I only read the first chapter but I knew it would be good'un.  I follow Mother Pukka and she is absolutely hoot on Instagram... her stories are outrageously brilliant and brutally honest - all about the trials and tribulations of being a mum. Sorry friends whose baby showers I'm attending this year - this will likely be in your present bag! 

Safe to say some of the donut family didn't make it home, half eaten by Mrs. V in the car (what a tragedy).  Now hurry up Baby V, we can't wait to meet you! 

A little while back in June, I accepted an invitation to do a spot of food styling or fantastic feasting as I like to call it for an intimate wedding of 40. And I thought you know what… we actually nailed our first paid Fantastic Feast gig and you all should have a little drool over the photos - the food and location were spot on! 

“We” - that includes Mother Goose and I arrived mid-morning at Copse House near Henley on Thames to begin eagerly and effortlessly (ha!) throwing together this huge amount of food on this big long wooden trestle table, set-up in the garden - under festoon lit canvas.


Giant planks (similar here and here) in arm and our pinterest brains engaged we gathered the entire contents of the larder and fridge and began shipping it down to the bottom of the garden.



There were giant pork pies, quiches in every flavour, salads of every variety, cheeses from every country, olives, nuts, breads, dips and an epic amount of individually wrapped meat slices (which I will never forget frantically unwrapping piece by piece!) and not forgetting boards of our signature dish - Crostini slices.


Crostini, I hear you say?  



Well, basically a fancy way of saying toast with something yummy on the top. We made 120 crostini, I repeat 120 CROSTINI and a few different delicious flavours including melon, proscuitto and walnut with a smothering of cream cheese.  There was the classic Smoked salmon and cream cheese assemble, a colourful bruschetta, and a tasty honey, brie and strawberry!




This was where the main event took place, under canopy by a beautiful pond in the garden.  


It was a little drizzly, but it wouldn’t be an English wedding without a little sprinkling of the stuff.   

Now lets talk about the location.  This was all in the beautiful gardens of Copse House - an intimate country retreat.  A fantastic 'stay and play' concept and perfect for any intimate wedding (these guys had 40 of there closest family and friends over for the day/weekend to celebrate).   You essentially rent the house for the weekend, invite all your nearest and dearest (18 of which can sleepover) - they have all the relevant licenses and bits and bobs for you to throw your party - and you can celebrate and personalise your event exactly how you want!


I think I can safely say we have never thrown together a feast of this size before - Mum & I upscaled our typical family Christmas Eve feast by 5? 10? times the size.





But I’m extremely pleased to report we absolutely nailed it!  

Everyone was over the moon with the end result, lots of oohhing and ahhhing as guests approached and plenty of photos taken. I mean come on!  This has to be one of the most instagrammable wedding feasts ever...

And I heard reports the actual feast kept the guests going well into the early hours!


It really was an awesome concept, the Bride had a vision for her wedding and we instantly clicked, sharing the whole messy Pinterest feasting table vibe.  She just needed someone creative, foodie-loving to pull it together whilst she well, er… got married and actually enjoyed her day!  

She ordered all the food online to be delivered to the house and had various local suppliers for other delicious bits and bobs - all we had to do (not as easy as it looks I might add) was bring it to life, throw it all together and bring the wedding WOW factor!! 






DIY Wedding feast tables are very on trend at the moment and are an excellent cost-saver on the traditional wedding breakfast.  It is definitely the way forward for the relaxed, foodie loving Bride - what could be better than an afternoon spent grazing all of your favourite foods with 40 of your closest family and friends!

Feeling inspired? You can also have a little drool over my ‘Fantastic Feasts’ pinterest board here.
And... Prices for our "Fantastic Feast" services are available on request!

Happy planning!! xo
64° is tucked away down in Brighton Lanes and is a small restaurant with an evolving menu of tasty tiny plates.

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Mrs. Hull found this gem of a restaurant a few months before our babe-cation to Brighton and thank goodness she did.  You'll need to make a reservation well in advance to secure yourself a sitting (and if you're visiting as a couple you might even be lucky enough to have a front-row seat to Chef Bremner in action at the open kitchen table).

 Are you ready for this?

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First plate of the evening: A tiny stone bowl of turbot, passionfruit and chilli served cold, it was a ceviche-style dish - packed with flavour!

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Second plate: Chef special warm scones, which would help soak up the very drinkable ice cold Pinot.

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Third plate: Asparagus, blood orange and brown sugar.  It tasted like marmalade! It was sweet but the asparagus had a crunch to it which made for interesting eating. The flavours took me right back to being little, having tea & marmalade on toast with Grandma and Grandad.

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Fourth plate: Purple sprouting broccoli, gomasio and yolk. I do love a dippy egg and I think I could be converted to broccoli soldiers.

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There was many a wine pit-stop in between the plate swapping.

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 The fifth plate: Pork belly, hoisin, spring onion.  I think I prefer this to the classic duck version!  The pork belly was cooked to perfection, really tender but with a crisp and sticky crackling topper.

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64 Degrees is an Instagrammers dream and our table was right by the window so the lighting was fantastic. Here we are... Bloggers in the wild!

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Are you feeling full yet?

Ready for the sixth plate: Roly's lamb, chickpea and carrot.  At risk of sounding like a broken record this was the most tender lamb I've ever tasted, it melted in your mouth and the chickpea puree had a really moorish texture to it.

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A pretty seventh plate arrived: Cauliflower, pangrattato and grape.

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My absolute favourite of the night (although it was very hard to choose just one) the eighth plate: Beef rump (served as it only should be - rare), swede and sauerkraut.  You barely needed any cutlery to eat this, so tender the meat just fell away as you cut!

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 The ninth plate was just palate cleanser (thank goodness!). Now unbutton your jeans and prepare for dessert.

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We were feeling very full but couldn't resist ordering two plates to share.
Our final plates - tenth and eleventh: a sour rum-soaked gummy bear and a layered chocolate tiramisu mousse.

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And that concludes the 64 degree experience.

Reservation anyone?  Yes, thought so: www.64degrees.co.uk





We are very lucky to have a south facing, sometimes sun-soaked (British weather permitting) balcony.  We got excited (okay, I did) when about 2 hours worth of sunshine poked through the sort of greyish clouds and I gleefully declared it was Summer and I marched down to Homebase to get us an injection of all things green.

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We invested in a comfy outdoor sofa and ottoman last summer - the Madrid set from John Lewis was a perfect fit for the balcony, quite literally it just fit! Our key requirement was to be able to position any furniture to maximise our south-facing position (all about those precious sunbathing hours).

I am considered though by my future Mother in law to have absolutely no green about my fingers, in fact both her and Mr. S held back groans at the amount of green things I'd bought home to die try keep alive.

But I'm optimistic!  We had a fantastic wild Wednesday potting everything up and discovering my preference for pots of style - over substance (i.e. No drainage ... handy) but it's totally fineeee!! Mr. S will eventually drill a few holes here and there and those beautiful Dahlia's won't drown from all the rain after all.

I bought a combination of garden centre, Homebase and IKEA green things - proving that you don't need to go crazy. They have fancy names which I don't remember and were all picked based on how they look...  you know, nice textured leaf patterns, all different shades of green and all different size and shapes.  I wanted this kinda of vibe:

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I spent many days drooling over images of gardens with palms and overgrown ferns and planters so big that surely they would break the balcony... If you're just getting started on your own sun-trap it might be a handy place to start browsing, have a look here.

And here is a shopping list of all the things I only wish our budget could have stretched too. Turns out plants are expensive, who knew!



I've also heard we might get some sunshine before winter arrives in July (*Cough* not long till Game of Thrones) so get to it gang - Happy gardening!

The original vegetarian restaurant in Brighton.



We stumbled upon this by accident exploring the lanes.  I think it went something like this "Oh look Halloumi!" and then we sat down and gladly ordered some refreshments to hydrate from a morning of shopping.


Three colourful and fruity looking glasses arrived promptly to quench our thirst whilst we studied what the menu had to offer.


Food for friends as I mentioned is the original vegetarian restaurant in Brighton, now I'm usually a big meat-eater but I've noticed a bit of trend in my brunch selections at the moment and I seem to be gravitating towards the vegetarian option - I've even made my own version of The Ivy veggie brunch recently and it was amazing!

 Anyways back to lunch.


We settled on a sharing platter as we only wanted a light bite before our 64 Degrees feast later.


 We cooed over Brighton, discussed at length how we thought the lanes would be bigger (turns out we missed a big chunk) and drooled over our colourful platter packed with flavour.  It just looked so well, healthy!


There was crispy tofu slices and scotch eggs...


 Plenty of yummy dip. Bite-sized cucumber rolls with mango and coriander salsa - lots of green things!

Not forgetting the crumbed halloumi sticks which was the sole reason we stepped foot in the restaurant. Pretty sure if my sister had been at lunch we wouldn't have got a look in!



We also ordered a side of potato fries and bread board with oil & balsamic for good measure.

Food for friends was lovely and had such a nice vibe about it - Australian staff and super friendly!


The perfect post shopping lunch pit-stop - best enjoyed, with friends! A great start to the Brighton babe-cation.

Be sure to check it out if you're in Brighton (veggie fan or not - you'll love it!).