Such a Wonderful Day…
Style of event: Family party and celebration lunch
Location: Cambridge Cottage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
To provide a relaxed family party to bring the whole family to a beautiful setting to enjoy each other’s company, catch up with cousins and wider family and friends.
“Altogether an excellent performance”
“Thanks for a superb day for us all – with the gorgeous venue, Tuff’s flowers and your superb catering/service, this was a perfect day, and impressed me, Helga and our guests. The nice touches of coloured napkins as proposed by Charlotte, and the name badges which with dark green bands and flower colour splash, were perfect, entirely appropriate for the occasion. Your canapés, all meal courses and wines were super, and the service attentive and pleasant. Well Done!”
“It was all surpassing excellence. The canapés, and main meal were so good, and plentiful. The wines (important that we had some tasting opportunity beforehand) were excellent, the service was excellent- very pleasant responsive wait-staff. The appearance of the room, with flowers by TUFF (responsive to our colour/style preferences, and did a wonderful job) orange napkins (Charlotte helped us with that): gorgeous. All together we and guests were/are 100% plus satisfied! Charlotte did so well to ensure that all went well. Super job!“
How Richmond met the brief:
A bespoke menu was created incorporating ideas for a relaxed family gathering by offering a buffet for each course of the menu with the aim encouraging guests to being able to try a little bit of everything.
When guests first arrived, they were invited to the drawing room to enjoy delicious canapés and a Brugnon Champagne reception. After the three course buffet, they retired to the gallery where they enjoyed coffee and truffles.
Later on in the afternoon, guests were invited to enjoy the cheeseboard – if they had any space for any other food!
We assisted with coordinating the flowers from the florist and incorporating the clients choice of colours throughout the theming of the event with the client deciding on beautiful birds of paradise as the main flowers for the event.
We also provided and prepared name badges for the guests and menus designed in the theme of Kew and birds of paradise flowers.
We also matched wines for their event which were hand delivered to the client’s home for a tasting prior to the party.
Cheese straws and large juicy green Spanish olives
Seared wasabi beef with pickled Japanese radish
Salad of confit duck leg with watermelon and coriander cress
Pate of foie gras and apricot on toasted brioche
Red mullet ceviche with piquillo pepper and Thai basil
Goats cheese and puff pastry tart with cauliflower
Three course Buffet Menu
Rare roast fillet of beef with artichoke pesto and rocket salad
Slow roasted duck thighs dressed with sweet soy and chilli on oriental coleslaw and udon noodles
Fillet of salmon mi cuit, cassis poached beetroot, white asparagus and oyster mayonnaise
Poached lobster tails on sautéed samphire with lemon grass and ginger bisque
Balsamic marinated peppers, courgettes, and aubergine with pine nuts, parmesan tuilles
Coq au vin with caramelised baby shallots, chestnut mushrooms, and buttered Jersey royals
Seafood paella with King prawns, red mullet, and mussels garnished with pea shoots, piquillo peppers and oven blanched cherry tomatoes
Moroccan filo pie (spicy spinach lentil and cheese pie) scented with garlic and herbs
Green bean medley
Large mixed salad &
baskets of country breads and butter including spelt breads and grainy dark breads
Summer pudding with red fruit coulis and clotted cream
Rolled Pavlova with mango, passion fruit and tropical fruit sauce
Fresh fruit salad served with lemon thyme crème fraîche
Layered chocolate mousse with a bitter chocolate sauce and macerated raspberries
Costa Rica coffee and truffles
A selection of English and Continental cheeses
served with grapes, nuts and dried fruit, celery, radishes, country breads, biscuits and butter
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012 & Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2008/9