Myself and the suppliers I work with are all small businesses, therefore we miss out on the fun and frolics of an office Christmas party. We don’t get to dress up, get smashed and behaving inappropriately with our colleagues…
But this year we did! A couple of months ago I received a lovely invitation from Tie the Knot Catering to an end of season dinner at Balcombe Place. Back at the beginning of the summer I coordinated a bridal shoot at Balcombe Place so I knew what a stunning venue it was and I jumped at the chance to have a festive night out.
My invitation included a plus one and, as there’s no Mr Margot, I asked my friend Alex from The Vintage Parade to come along as my guest. The dress code was black tie so we excitedly started thinking about our outfits and how on earth we were going to get there and back from Portsmouth.
We toyed with getting an Airbnb but in the end Alex drove (because she’s a total legend). We were greeted on arrival with bubbles and delicious canapes displayed beautifully. We soon started spotting people we knew and conversation, food and drink were flowing nicely. It was such a treat to be looked after so well and to let my hair down.
We’ve previously featured Tie the Knot Catering on the blog, please click here to read the post from last year. Tie the Knot Catering is basically the wedding side of Strong Flavours. The business is run by chefs Graham Strong and Nick Corbett with Pippa O’Neill heading up the sales side.
The evening was a charity fundraiser with proceeds going to Chestnut Tree House, a hospice for children with progressive life-shortening conditions.
When we went through to the main dining room I was so impressed with the table decor; the stunning dramatic colours of the table linen, gorgeous seasonal flowers and menus printed in gold on thick card. I’m going to miss credits here but I know Nells Flowers did the floral arrangements and Coordination Catering Hire and Place Settings were responsible for providing the tableware.
We enjoyed a fabulous three course meal, wine from Plumpton and all finished off with Espresso Martinis and chocolates. We played a game of Heads & Tails to raise money for the hospice and there was a silent auction too. After dinner guests enjoyed casino games and Alex and I had a snoop around upstairs! We also roped in Pippa and photographer Kerry for an impromptu photo shoot in the toilets (I had to seriously censor the photos… very drunk eyes)!
All photos are by Teddy Pig Photography except the below, they’re from my phone!
A massive thank you to Tie the Knot Catering for inviting me to such a fabulous event. Make sure you follow them on social media and consider them when looking at wedding catering. You’ll find their advert in our special issue (out 24th January) too!