Cocktails and cakes

It's been a while since my last journal entry, but what a busy few weeks it's been.  There's been a few firsts along the way - our first G & Tea cocktail event, our first video, and getting ready for our first market!  

Our first cocktail afternoon tea took place on a sunny Saturday afternoon in September, with a group of lovely ladies in Dunfermline enjoying some gin themed drinks with their scones and cake.  The cocktails were a big hit, although there might have been a few sore heads the next morning...  We've now updated our afternoon tea menu options to include a cocktail add on package, and I'm definitely looking forward to the recipe testing for any new cocktails we do for future parties!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend/web designer/tech support/photographer William Adam got in touch to see if he could test out a new lightbox to take some shots of a cake.  With the promise of unlimited coffee, he came along for the morning and managed to get this awesome video of one of our Unicorn cakes, from start to finish in 60 seconds.  He did leave muttering to himself about getting the lighting better next time, and then had to put up with my demands over what music to have with the video, but I think the end result is fantastic.  (He ended up composing the music himself by the way...)

As well as lots of baking and cocktails, I've been able to attend a couple of Business Gateway workshops over the last month or so.  These have been fantastic, both for the knowledge and guidance available in the workshops themselves, but also as an opportunity to meet other people either starting out on or already running small businesses locally.  The PR on a Shoestring workshop in particular was a real eye opener for me - run by Julie Edgar, an experienced PR consultant, it definitely encouraged me to think of PR in a different way.

This week has been all about planning.  With several markets and food fayres lined up between now and Christmas, it's been a busy time finalising menus, ordering stock and materials, and also taking delivery of our lovely new banner sign.  Our first event is the Little Birds Market next weekend in one of my favourite places, St Andrews.  Changed times from my student days there, The Vic is looking very upmarket, and I'm really excited about having our stall at this lovely event.  

As well as planning for upcoming markets and other events, we've also been working with a local Jamberry consultant, Anne Bury, to organise a very special Gin and Jam tea next month. With lots of jam themed goodies, including our usual fresh scones with delicious raspberry jam, plenty of fabulous gin themed cocktails, and of course lots of lovely Jamberry nail wraps, this promises to be a fantastic evening.

Now we're well in to October, it's not too soon to mention the C-word, and I'm hoping to have some special Christmas treats available to order soon.  For now though, it's definitely autumn, so a fresh pumpkin spiced latte cookie is sounding good right now!

Clare x