Sunday, 18 December 2011

London Calling - A very British farewell party

The Little Oak Tree styled and catered a very British farewell party for a young woman heading to London for a year.

The guest of honour was so touched having all her friends and family around she said it will now be so much harder for her to leave!

The party was themed on the highly popular Keep Calm and Carry On poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. It only had a limited distribution, and was therefore little known.

First step in the party planning process was the invitation design. You can find details for the invitation posted here.

Keep Calm Invitations - Available to purchase for $15AUD

The drink station was designed with glasses that the guests could keep all day and re-use. The name tags on each drink were designed to match the London transport signage. The labels came in handy for each of the guests to remember each others name.

Personalised drinks for the guests - Based on London Transport signage

Just look at this fabulous cake that Trudy designed and created. It was so gorgeous that some of the guests thought it was a prop and not actually the cake! This was a red velvet cake with cream cheese ganache, and judging by the fact that there wasn't a single piece left, we think it was a hit.

Yup, that is actually a cake folks! Check out our cake page for pricing details

 On to the dessert table, and we had lots of goodies to satisfy hungry bellies:

~ Individual Raspberry English Trifles
~ Tunnocks Tea Cakes
~ Scottish shortbread
~ Lovely Jubbly Lindt Milk Chocolate Bars
~ Freshly baked scones with double cream and Hanks Raspberry Jam
~ Keep Calm and Eat Sweeties - Departure lolly bags filled with toffees

 A simple paper doily garland hung above the dessert table

We created a wall of envelopes styled as a very abstract Union Jack. The idea being that guests could write a farewell note, pick an envelope of their choice on the wall and then seal it with a sticker. The envelopes are to remain sealed until Heather arrives in London. One of the guests got quite creative with the stickers!

We had so much fun styling all the little elements for this party, but personally my favourite detail was the suitcase cake that Trudy created.

Have a great time in London Heather, we hope you enjoyed your very British send off!


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