Saturday 29 June 2013

Vintage Tearoom....

Goodness the end of June and I still have not updated you all on how the Vintage Tearoom went. 
Where do I start......
The whole week before The Highland Games is always pandemonium in our house 
as Mr Mc is the main organizer for the games and 
while he is always happy to help me with my little “crazy” ideas 
even when he really things they crazy it is mainly mussel power he offers. 
So it was great when on Friday my lovely friend Sharon with a people carrier full of 
yummy cakes, cupcakes & scones and two Paperdolls arrived to support me, 
and reminding me as I was having last minute panic attacks it will all be great on the day.   
It was a real giggle on Friday night in the kitchen icing & putting finishing touches on the cakes 
and catching up on all the “scandals” around us.    
 was a very early start for all of us at the Mc Household 
as we can only set the tent up on the day
we all enjoyed the little quiet before the storm
the tent was not that empty again 
until we ushered the last costumers out of the tent well after closing...... favorite prop this year was the chandelier it was a Flea market find 
a couple of months ago and I had the idea to hang the crystals & glass creamers from it
 I think Mr Mc thought I had completely lost the plot
 when I first mentioned the idea to him!!!! 
I also really like the way the cupboard turned out 
it was a rather dull dark wood when I found it
 in a charity shop, its amazing how a little paint and 
fabric for the back can make so much difference 
it will now have pride of place in our kitchen filled with our every day crockery......

....we where all like little kids playing shopkeeper with the till
it makes a great mechanical sound as you set the dials and rings when opening
but your adding skills have to be up to scratch as the till does not do that for you
and as the till from -Open all Hours- it has a mind all of its own....

....when it came to putting the flowers together on the Thursday night before the Tearoom 
I had a little....well....major.....meltdown as I kept comparing my posies 
to the beautiful creations Brenda had made last year and they simply did not compare 
but teen Paperdolls wisdom saved me from insanity 
and picking them apart for the tenth time, 
when she put it all in prospective for me by pointing out 
that Brenda is after all a florist with 20 years of experience behind her  
and on the day the flowers did look very pretty....

....the choice of delicious cakes, cupcakes & scones was overwhelming 
 many guests chose more then one piece for themselves, but who can blame them, 
they all looked and tasted scrumptious 
we all had to test them as well of course  
the star of the cake buffet was the stunning two tiered cake 
Sharon had had made for me as a surprise
it was to beautiful to cut on the day 
so it came home with me and was shared a couple of days later with the volunteers....

....the trays filled with the orders looked as divine as the food tasted 
with many of the customers commenting on how much they loved the idea of using vintage china....

....among the liquid refreshments the Homemade Lemonade was the clear winner
but the Vicar didn't disappoint and stayed with tea!  
yes he really is the Vicar just blending in with the crowd for the day.... was so much fun that we couldn’t stop smiling & giggling 
no matter how busy or hectic it got
and believe you me it was very busy for most of the day....

....I had a great team of volunteers on the day without them 
it would not have been possible to run the Tearoom 
but the stars on the waitressing front where without a doubt the Paperdolls
keeping calm and carrying on....
SIMPLY AMAZING!!! is fare to say from the feedback we had on the day that every one who sat down in the 
Vintage Tearoom really enjoyed the experience 
with some customers coming back for a second time....   

  ....with the Pipe band playing the last tune for the day and 
the young Highland Warriors exhausted from all that excitement of the games 
it was time to pack up.... 

....I didn't get to see any of the actual Highland Games
and yes it is a lot of really hard preparation work for weeks and even months. 
but when the weather is perfect, you got a super team of volunteers 
& friends traveling far and wide to support you
and every one is having a great time on the day
it makes it worth while....
!! Simply put it was a fabulous day!!

I’m off now to my next little “crazy” idea 
or better put big adventure as I’m taking part in my very first "Race for Life" today. 
 When & where I agreed to do this, still eludes me. 
But hay ho I must have done 
and after all it is such a good cause I’m more then happy to honor my word.  
I will not be racing more like crawling 
as I can not run to save my life.  
But I am sure it will be lots of fun, if it only wasn't bucketing down like mad! 
Wish me luck!!!!
Have a great weekend!

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