Sunday, 16 October 2011

Cupcakes and champagne

Yesterday I went for a cupcakes and champagne day in London!  Lots of fun :) it was a late birthday present from my friend; we had to cancel the first time because of the riots in London.  We travelled on the train to Paddington Station...

 ...and then caught the tube to Regent Street so we could visit Hamley's, the big toy store.  It was such a beautiful day! Like summer all over again :)

This camel really reminded me of visiting FAO Schwartz in NY :)


While we were there we saw 'The Queen'...

 ...someone's mad auntie....

...a lovely bride...

...and some of the British military!

I always forget how expensive Steiff bears are!  The contents of these shelves cost more than I earn in a year.

Loved this rocking horse, so gorgeous!  £1800 of gorgeous!!

Also loved this Harry Potter marauder's map; may need one of these in the future!

They had some great Lords of the Rings stuff (love Gollum!)...

...and I positively drooled over the Harry Potter displays!

We had some lunch at this nice little bar (mushrooms in white wine on bruschetta)...

...and then we travelled to Waterloo Station...

...where this street under glass just fascinated me, it was so beautiful in the sunshine.

We left the station and walked out into Clapham Junction...

...and took a stroll around the corner to the venue.

After some fancy dress and champagne...

...we got on with pouring some chocolate and other yummy things into moulds.


When we'd finished, we moved on to decorating cupcakes.  Everyone concentrated really hard on this and were it not for the 60's music playing in the background there would have been complete silence!


The lady running the afternoon made it look very easy!

These are some of my efforts! I was really feeling the blue icing for most of them :)

And these are the six I decided to take home.

Everyone had a lot of fun decorating the cakes and there were all sorts of colours and designs going home with us.

Some of the cakes were piled pretty high with icing!

After we left the cupcake venue we headed for Covent Garden to meet a friend for drinks.

These were so welcome!  It was really hot!


We left Covent Garden and caught the tube back to Paddington Station to catch our train home...

 ... - I actually love Paddington Station, makes me think of Harry Potter and Platform 9 and 3/4 :)

When we got home we checked our cakes and...
 ...disaster happened!  It was really warm all day and maybe...
 ...we hadn't managed to keep the boxes as steady as we'd hoped!  Oh well :)
All the same it was a really fun day, and we had a great time!  Definitely something we would think about doing at home now too!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Gayle xx

5 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh what a fun day!! Great photos! Thank you for sharing!! Your cupcakes looked really good!! Think I need to make some now. :)

dianapena8 said...

looks like you had loads of FUN! thanks for the nice tour of your day, you did a great job decorating those cupcakes and it's a good thing you took a pic of them before they decided to run around the box =Di

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Gayle it looks like you had so much fun! I love seeing pictures of places I'll probably never get to see in person. The cupcakes looked great, and I'll bet they still tasted good even though they got tossed around. What does the letter S stand for?

gayle said...

@Jaime - It was a lot of fun! :) The letter S is my Mum's initial; she had asked me to bring her a lemon cupcake home but that wasn't one of the options so I made her one with her initial instead :)

Jackie said...

Looks like a fun day - I live here and haven't done half of that! Hope the cakes tasted good, even if they didn't look as good as when you decorated them.