Afternoon Tea Demonstration at Lytham Hall

This was a superb event booked in it's entirety by the lovely ladies of "Arnold School Ladies Luncheon Club" many, many months ago.
At the time of booking none of us knew that it would fall on such an important day in England's bid to win the World Cup.
But as many of you wonderful blog readers and afternoon tea attenders will know we usually have a spectacular team of highly trained, super talented, Chefs, Entertainers & Photographers namely; Paul Rowley, Howard Wing & Jonny Draper amongst our number, amazingly for a Wednesday afternoon they all had last minute wedding bookings to attend to, I was assured on all three counts that it had nothing what so ever to do with the football!
But every fairy story has to have it's "Villains" (Aformentioned) and its "Heroes" now my wonderful and completely brilliant heroes of the day were Jason & Ben, these two are always totally reliable, they have never ever let me down and moreover they always exceed my expectations, and they were both prepared to miss the England match for the greater good of Arnold School Ladies Luncheon, and for that I am immensley grateful! However I'm not completely convinced by their efforts at singing! I'd also like to mention how wonderful it was of Chris Astbury from the Astbury Studio in Poulton to send a representative!

Ben just before he burst into song and the lovely Lisa Drazen & I

One of my all time favourite ladies Tricia Allen The event was a total sell out and as you can see the tables were dressed with Red & White football shaped posies and the most incredible "Barber Shop" Style "a la Ben" napkins in support of our English Football Team

So many gorgeous ladies, so much Champagne and a plethora of fabulous fresh flowers

The gorgeous Joan StottSpectacular Heliconias and luscious English Garden Flowers

So my very first design, a delicious confection in lemon and ivory of Hydrangeas, English Garden Roses, Dill, Phlox, Astilbe, Honesty, Hosta, Peonies and Aconitum.
And just how gorgeous are these lovely lemon Peonies
The menu looked fabulous
Red Heliconia

The savouries were delicious

Then onto an Orchid fountain
I'd used Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium and Vanda Orchids

Then Aqua Roses and Antirhinnums in a Martini Vase Alliums & Venus Fly Traps

The delicious cakes and pastries were served by the equally lovely Jonny

The finale completed to coincide with England's Goal!
This is my brand new friend Kitty Astbury the very glamarous mum of photographer Chris Astbury

This lovely lady won the moss football boots and floral football
Mrs Benson
The flowers were all raffled complete with their containers with all proceeds being split between Trinity Hospice and Elizabeth Gomm's "Happy House" Charity.

Elaine Matthews
Sue Jukhoop
Lisa Drazen

All too soon it was all over and it was time to say goodbye
I love ladies carrying bouquets of flowers
Until next time my friends!

Another look at the glorious lemon Peony
Isn't she beautiful!
Many thanks to Ben Glover, Lucy, George, Jonny & Deck for not watching football and doing a magnificent job of our afternoon tea!


Anonymous said…
Flower Design is in a class of it's own continuing to come up with amazing new ideas for every occasion. Just perfection every time. You can't afford to go anywhere else !!
Ben Glover said…
Great Photo's Jane...... Cannot comment on the others but it's a great feeling that Mr Rowley has the confidence to leave me to run such a fantastic event
Anonymous said…
Jane you and Jason are just brilliant we had the most fabulous afternoon and many thanks to Ben and Rowleys for great food and service love Pat x

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