The show everyone talks about..
This is the second year we have visited this event and we have to say its one of our favourites! It is set in the stunning grounds of the Hole Park Estate near Tenterden, Kent. So we packed up the van and a car with our chosen pieces and headed off to set up. The weather forecast was not looking great, but that didn't dampen our spirits as we were excited to showcase our new summer collections and to meet up with old and new customers. Partaking in this kind of event is a great way to carry out valuable market research as well as to get the brand name out there. Generally, and I think we can blow our own trumpets here, the feedback has always been very positive and we are grateful for our loyal following around this area!
The event consists of five large retail marquees (in which we were based), an outside avenue of stalls and a vast range of street food and plant stalls. In it's 11th year it was the biggest and best yet, showcasing over 250 handpicked exhibitors selling contemporary and vintage homewares, garden accessories, fabulous fashion jewellery as well as artisan food and drink. All exhibitors at the fair are carefully chosen for their exceptional quality, good craftsmanship, originality and fine designs. We can vouch for that as we did come home with some fab goodies for ourselves and the family - oops!
We were honoured to be asked to do a talk in the Home & Garden Hub sponsored by NFU Mutual. We decided to give a talk on how to "Create the perfect table setting for effortless and stylish summer entertaining". Being our first live talk nerves were high (especially for Lou). Sadly the weather was not in our favour but the show went on through the downpour nonetheless and we discussed the styling of two tablescapes.
- Table 1 - A lunchtime get together, casual Moroccan theme
We used our Astoria range for a more rustic look, simple glass vases for summer blooms dotted down the table, white linen napkins, terracotta placemats to give the theme a natural colour lift and add some texture. It's a nice idea to use smaller serving dishes when the table is busy so that pairs of guests can share the food options. For this we used Astoria stoneware serving plates,and ramekins which can be placed in-between the guests.
Table 2 - An evening affair, beach/coastal theme.
Here we used the beautiful white linen table cloth, navy placemats, to bring add some blue elements, the Pearl range for a crisp white feel, 2 glass hurricanes filled with sand and a twisted cream candle, navy napkins, balloon wine glasses, white and amber frosted candle holders. To add that beach vibe add our sea urchins around the table or place on each plate.
We style the majority of our imagery and table scapes are one of our favourites. Having meals as a family everyday or when entertaining are all as important as each other and adding those little touches to give the table a wow factor does not have to be expensive or take forever. We're not asking you to change your whole dinner set but by adding a new serving dish, a coloured placemat or napkin, inexpensive tea light holders or vases to a theme really can up the anti for your guests or family. So give it a go, don't be afraid to experiment.
We also meet some other amazing brands at these events, who's products we loyally love and purchase and who become really good friends. Here is a list of our favourites, so look them up and support small local businesses.