My job. Is challenging, hard work, brilliant, surprising, sometimes a little bit overwhelming and always, always good fun.
2013 for us has been, to put it in my 9 year old’s words “a bit crazy”. We have been ridiculously busy with weddings, hen parties, garden parties, christenings, have made it through the finals of the National Vintage Awards, been published in a proper, very fabulous book written by Pearl Lowe, & have hosted the biggest pop up vintage tea rooms in the Midlands with Fabulous Places for four events at The Roundhouse.
So when our official wedding season ended in the third week of September, we were a little relieved. Time to breathe, time to wade through the mountain of receipts and sort out the spreadsheets (yawn), time to plan how we are going to burst into 2014, time to look at the business and decide where to take it and how many staff we need to do it, time to go treasure hunting for more stock and pretty things. Time to, dare it say it, relax a little.
Not to be.
A phone call on a Thursday quickly turned into a booking with the White Stuff at their head office in Brixton the following week.
They are the coolest company. Check out their blog for details on what they do, why they do it and how they do it.
So off we went down to London. My car bursting with boxes, and I can honestly say that there was no room to breathe in there. My driver will concur.
Their idea was to treat their 220 staff to afternoon to as a thank you for their hard work, commitment and success over recent weeks. We provided everything and their directors served the afternoon tea wearing our vintage aprons. How cool is that?
I was apprehensive about the job. This was the first really big corporate booking we had taken on and I was worried –
1. Would they like us?
2. Would they like me?
3. Would we be what they expected?
4. Would they love our cakes, smiles, personality and styling?
5. Would they love our service so much that they wanted us to come back? This is always in the back of my mind whenever we provide any kind of service. No matter what the job entails, if we bowl people over as much as we want to, they will book us again. And that makes us happy. And happily it does happen a lot.
My stress was unfounded (when will I learn??!)
Their offices were as suitably gorgeous as you would imagine, filled with furniture, props and stuff that I would die to have. Their staff made us very, very welcome and Matt and I had a really really good day. Special thanks to Helen for everything and being generally fabulous.
Everyone LOVED it and filled their happy faces with cakes, scones, rocky road, flapjack, caramel tarts & brownies.
Issy was super company and helped to clear away a lot of the crumbs that were left on the floor.
A massive thank you for having us.
It wouldn’t have happened without my partner in crime, who drove, navigated central London, took photos, set up teacups, washed up, packed up, carried boxes and was generally my right hand (wo)man. Matt Brown Photography
I came home feeling on top of the world and it has spurred me on and given me masses of confidence to do more corporate events for similar companies. The experience was invaluable and so all I can say is – watch out! We are coming to getcha.
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