After a long day of sugar roses, I’ve at last got around to a quick blog about the Wedding Picnic I delivered to Bolney on 27th July 2013, ably assisted during the preparation week by my sister, Caroline, and on the day by two of my children, Harry and Millie. The bride and groom, Thea and Sam and Thea’s parents had been recommended to me by a good friend of theirs and former colleague of mine a year ago – how that year has whizzed by! After some menu discussions and a consultation for tasting and sampling my wares it was all systems go towards the big day. Thea and Sam had some fantastic ideas on the sort of food they wanted, which I then added to and tweaked to ensure a good selection to cater for all tastes was provided on the day. This was a proper, good old fashioned picnic and no mistake – right up my street having grown up on picnics, (sometimes with my teddy on the swing, sometimes all six of us children in the boot of Dad’s car with the door up, driven down the marsh with a Baker’s tray full of food Mum had prepared). After a few very manic days of preparation, Harry, Millie and I were ready for the off, having borrowed a chiller van from my Dad & Brother’s milk delivery round…
Ready for the off!
On arrival Harry and Millie were in charge of the Pimms and Punch preparation, the punch being a Humphrey family recipe of alcohol free summery deliciousness, there was fruit juice, cold tea, Ginger Ale and other ingredients in there too, it went down really well.
With the drinks preparation well under way, Thea appeared looking absolutely beautiful, relaxed and happy, all ready to walk along to the Church with her Dad Chris, doesn’t she just look stunning.
Whilst the drinks were being served I got all the baskets together that had been collected by the parents over the past few months – a really eclectic mix, all shapes and sizes. Gill and Thea had done a beautiful job with all the labels. Millie was masterful in picnic hamper packing so I just ferried the food to and fro until they were all full – then a team of happy volunteers from the wedding party joined in carrying them out in to the gorgeous marquee in the garden.
The food had taken some serious wrapping the day before, another task where the family here in the SK House came in to their own and we all mucked in and got it all done, bit of a late night that one! Each hamper served ten people and included the following goodies:-
- Salmon & Dill Quiche
- Butternut Squash, Spinach & Gorgonzola Quiche
- Chorizo & Roasted Red Pepper Pastry Swirls
- Cheddar Cheese & Olive Tapenade Pastry Swirls
- Muffaletta Loaf stuffed with Peppers, Red Onion, Artichoke and Pesto
- Muffaletta Loaf stuffed with Pastrami, Pickle, Tomato and Mozarella
- Home Made Sausage Rolls
- A box of hard boiled eggs with a twist of Salt and Pepper (special request from the Groom, Sam)
- Hand Raised Chicken, Stuffing & Apricot Pie
- Pesto Chicken Tortilla Rolls
- Pot of Mackerel Pate
- Pot of Minted Chick Pea Puree
- Crudites Medley
- Couscous Salad with chopped Tomato, Olives, Capers and Red Onion
- New Potato and Asparagus Salad
- Beetroot, Green Bean & Feta Salad
Out in the garden, the marquee looked really great, pretty flowers on the tables and a beautiful seating plan.
A short speech was given explaining that the whole idea of the picnic hampers was to have fun – unwrap, share and pass around and what a buzz started to circulate inside the marquee as parcels were handed around, unwrapped and plates were filled. It was a real pleasure to see so many people enjoying the food we had worked so hard to prepare. The family had really created a relaxing wedding atmosphere where you could see everyone thoroughly enjoying their afternoon.
Gill, Thea’s Mum contacted me soon after the wedding and mentioned that “I wish you were there for the number of compliments”, it sounded as though everyone had such a great afternoon. I love this shot I took of Sam and Thea and everyone tucking in to their hampers.
Phew – and so home to bed, boy was I tired but so happy that everything had gone so well, we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with the Humphrey family and were delighted to be part of their special day. Many thanks to Gill and Thea for contributing some of the photos for this blog post. Another string to add to my bow – van driver extraordinaire Liz x