Thursday, 26 April 2012

Wednesday 18th April was the night we had all been waiting for…

The launch of our brand new vintage party planning service “An Era of Experience”. I’ve been teasing you all with little snippets about An Era of Experience over the last few months so now finally, I cannot wait to put my words into pretty pictures and let you all in on our secret.

Last Wednesday we invited 5 key bloggers and publications to our official launch of An Era of Experience. I’m quite new to this whole rubbing shoulders with the press/bloggers business! However I have to say, all of the ladies and one gent that attended An Era of Experience press launch were so lovely.

There was no dress rehearsal or practice runs, this was it, this was showtime! Despite the last minute hiccups of emergency lighting, extension lead and haven’t-a-clue-how-to-work-a-projector-screen, the event went so well that it ended up feeling like a social with friends rather than a scary press review!

The preparation for the event was intense. Bethany kindly gave us all a vintage makeovers at her home salon to ensure we all flirted a finger-wave! We all arrived at And The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon in our beautiful vintage gowns and sensible flat shoes with bags and bags of accessories to dress the room. We set to work at 4:00pm, munching on fish n chips as we worked. It must have looked pretty peculiar to anyone looking in! HaHa!

At 6:59pm we slipped into our heels and took a minute to breathe. Our evening began with press arriving at promptly as instructed at 7:00pm. 

For The Love of Vintage took orders straightaway for her signature teapot cocktails while And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon talked everyone through her Speakeasy inspired food menu.

Once everyone had had a tipple and a nibble, I gathered everyone around my table of trinkets and trims and started my Flapper headdress workshop. I tried to incorporate the deep purple and antique gold colour ways used in our artwork into my fabric and embellishment selection. I always think it is important to continue a theme where possible and found these colours really worked for the flapper style headwear.

Here are a couple of sample 20’s headdresses I had brought along for inspiration.

While the rest of the group took part in the workshop, each lady received special pampering treatment from The Vintage Beauty Parlour. Bethany and her assistant worked on hair and make-up at the same time, drawing long pencil thin brows and creating pretty pin curls on each of the ladies.

It was really nice to host such an intimate event to take the time to get to know each blogger and journalist properly. I really enjoyed offering guidance to the ladies designing their headpieces and was so pleased that everyone had a finished souvenir to take away!

So around 10:00pm our guests left with a little pot of red velvet cake baked by And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon to remember An Era of Experience by. I really doubt they decided to share it, it looked way too yummy!

Us ladies celebrated with a well-deserved glass of Prosecco and toasted the success of a truly fabulous evening!

Well done everyone!

With special thanks to the ever wonderful Katy Lunsford for capturing us all on camera, Laura Coleman for providing the beautiful floral blooms and to Didsbury Life for photographing and blogging about An Era of Experience.

Of course not forgetting my fabulous four!

Bethany Jane Davies
And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
For The Love of Vintage
The Social Butterfly Events & PR

If you would like to know a little bit more about An Era of Experience or to book our services please email Rachael Adams at


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