Last year, the Flower Market moved from the corner of Wandsworth Road to Nine Elms. Not too far, but we own A LOT of heavy vases, and it’s not something we want to do again in a hurry!
When we moved into our shiny new Studio, Ruari mentioned how much he’d love to hold a Supper Club for some of our favourite people with all our new-found space. With a move underway and a busy events schedule, we laughed it off as a pipedream… But then, Summer came.
We invited 60 of favourite clients and friends over two nights to join us for dinner in our Studio at the Flower Market amongst our vases, Brian the Peacock, and our flowers. As marvellous as we are with flowers, our catering skills aren’t as up to par; so we brought in the fantastic Lee Westcott who, fresh from his fantastic restaurant The Typing Room, set an event kitchen where the Floral Angels usually work. Lee served our Guests the most astounding menu which included sea trout with chamomile, apple and horseradish which was followed by lamb, pea, black garlic and sorrel.
We moved our workbenches and laid three round tables; each one designed with a different theme. The first was all about our classic style, with a reflective twist! We used mirror plated vases filled with English Roses such as David Austin’s ‘Capability’, ‘Kate’, ‘Darcey’ and ‘Keira’. The vases moved from the palest of blush to the deepest shade of pink bringing an ombre effect to the table. The scent from these English roses was so divine, Head of Event Design, Cathryn, spent the evening ‘encouraging’ Guests to stop and smell the roses. This fantastic table was finished thanks to our friends at Bespoke Events London who provided us with the most dazzling mirror ball…we miss it.
Our second table was a tropical oasis, using our handmade golden table centre structures, we created a masterpiece of tropical greenery using monsterra, kentia palms, Xanadu and ferns. Embedded in all this gorgeous greenery was that hot pink again, using gloriosa, alpinia, curcuma and celosia to bring texture and firey colour to the arrangement. Around the base, we brought out some of our favourites – geometric frames filled with ferns, succulents and all things jungle.
Our masterpiece was the final table. We filled the table with as much candlelight as we could muster without setting off the sprinklers…giving a gorgeous glow to the table. Nice. Suspended above this twinkling display was a circular chandelier filled with every meadow style flower we could get our hands on. We used delphiniums, helichrysum, larkspur, blue bee, craspedia, wax flowers, dried lavender and a host of other gorgeousness.
The wine flowed, (thanks to Ruari) and there were a few sore heads in the morning! Our favourite part was everyone coming together, chatting and enjoying each other’s company in our Studio. We love it here, and we’re so glad that we were able to give that experience to everyone for a night.
If you want to try Lee’s food for yourself, he’s opening a new restaurant in 2019 – Pensons Restaurant in Hertfordshire is based on The Netherwood Estate and gauging by what he was able to do in our Studio, it’ll be amazing.
A huge thank you to the Admirable Crichton for the loan of the kitchens and their fantastic staff! Also, to Jess Stewart Designs who created our stunning invitations and menus.
Here’s to next year…we’re thinking take-away eaten on floristry buckets; for an immersive floristry experience...
Venue: Pinstripes & Peonies Studio @pandpflowers
Chef: Lee Westcott @pensonsrestaurant
Production: Bespoke Events London @bespokeeventslondon
Catering Support ans Staffing: The Admirable Crichton @admirablecrichton
Photography: Billy Edmonds @billymedmondsphoto
Illustrations: Jess Stewart Designs
ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA
In the wild heat of May last year and the roar of RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the background, the incredible Pinstripes and Peonies team delivered an exquisite event in the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea. Inspired by one of the show gardens, the event was styled using tropical greenery and mirror effect structures.
In the Figure Court, we installed free-standing chandeliers for the bars that used mirror bases, birch poles and flowing foliage. We installed two impressive urns of foliage at the end of the Courtyard that overlooks the illustrious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Around the statue of Charles II, that glimmers in the early Summer sun, we lined the steps with moss and installed tropical plants, lanterns and mirror structures.
Within the Octagon, we again, laid moss and lanterns with mirror plinths and tall tropical pieces. This guided Guests to the incredible Great Hall in which we built yet another chandelier. The chandelier is quite the feat in itself; completely free-standing, made in our Studio and completely compliable within the regulations of a Unique Venue.
In the State Apartments, we took one of the historic fireplaces and cascaded foliage, ferns and plants from within to create a spectacle of natural greenery which beautifully contrasted against the dark oaken tones of the space.
We also dressed the food stations with moss, plants and foliage to bring the theme of the event into every element.
We just love an event we can get our teeth into and this Client is one of our favourites; one who trusts our vision and confirms next year before we’ve even talked about ideas. A true collaboration.
Catering was provided by the wonderful Blue Strawberry who created food stations in each of the spaces to accommodate the 800 + Guests. @bluestrawberry_events
Venue: Royal Hospital Chelsea @eventsrhc
Production: Wise Productions @wise_productions
Photography: Holly Clark @hollyclarkphotgraphy