Party Styling: How to Style a Party that Gets People Talking

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10 Party Styling Tips illustrated with an Indian Summer Party Theme. Debra Luker talks to Debbie Blott for Time & Leisure magazine, with photography by Helen Fickling An artist with a degree from Kingston University, creative events stylist Debra Luker knows all about how to create drama having started out in theatre painting, design and […]

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Peter Rabbit: Vegan Coconut and Lemon Cake Recipe

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Peter Rabbit: Vegan Coconut and Lemon Cake Vaani Wadman of SugarPlum Bakes, is well known for designing fabulous cake decorations, and making wonderful celebration cakes. What is less frequently talked about is just how delicious they taste. We had a party recently, and I asked Vaani to make a Peter Rabbit cake. It of course […]

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Easy Christmas Canapes: Savoury Scones with Lime Butter

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Easy Christmas Canapes: Savoury Scones with Lime Butter Yesterday we had a bite-sized (quite literally) DecorCafe Network morning at the beautiful Konig Kitchens showroom in Wimbledon Village with Fruits of the Fridge. Fruits of the Fridge are a local catering company run by Sarah Betteley and Robyn Forbes who specialise in home-cooked food. They are […]

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The Start-Up Home: Vaani Wadman of Sugar Plum Bakes

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The Start-Up Home. Vaani Wadman of Sugar Plum Bakes Vaani Wadman founded bespoke cake company Sugar Plum Bakes after she had had her two little girls and discovered that she wanted to return to work but be at home for her family also. She needed something flexible that meant that she could pick the kids […]

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Vegan and Surprisingly-Delicious Sweet Potato Brownies

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One of the many benefits of becoming vegan, is giving yourself the opportunity to recreate all of your favourite desserts and baked treats, whilst convincing yourself that ‘it’s okay’ that you’ve eaten 6 and half brownies, because you simply had to find a decent vegan alternative to the traditional egg, milk and butter recipes you’re […]

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Beautiful Cake. The gift of celebration.

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We met Christine, of Peboryon, through Helen Edwards of The Velvet Daisy, fabulous florist and founder member of The DecorCafe Network. Impressed by the extraordinary quality of her work, we are thrilled that she will be joining us at the DecorCafe Festival at Strawberry Hill; a fitting setting for her outstanding cake designs. Here is […]

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Best Healthy Breakfast Recipes from Nutritionist May Simpkin

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May Simpkin is a nutritional therapist who inspires and helps her clients to improve their quality of life by improving their knowledge and understanding  of how food affects your well-being and providing practical, achievable plans to make a positive change. A bad diet, lacking in the right nutrients can account for a number of conditions that, all […]

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Vegan Mince Pie Recipe

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Vegan Mince Pie Recipe This is a really simple recipe for vegan mince pies. It is the first time that we had made mince pies. It was quick and easy to do and they turned out perfectly. The recipe is very similar to non-vegan mine pies. You just need to replace the butter with a […]

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The Time and Leisure Food and Drink Awards

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Wow what an amazing event! We just got back from the Time and Leisure Food and Drink Awards . It was a perfect day, with the sun shining, delicious food and drinks tasters and we were all absolutely superbly looked after by Stephanie Upton-Prowse of Event Prive and her team. The highlight for us had to be that the […]

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Something’s Cooking in SW18

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New Cookery School In SW18 A new cookery school developed to teach students aged 17 – 25+  is opening it’s doors this summer.  The Wyld Cookery School aims to find and inspire the ‘inner Jamie’ in all young adults about to head off away from home, whether for a Gap year, University halls, or starting […]

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Growhampton: Southbank in Roehampton!

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Not only does our DecorCafe expert Julia Farkas run a delicious micro bakery from home, take bread making classes in her kitchen, she also bakes for the weekly Growhampton market at Roehampton University; and last week I ventured up there to find out more about this fantastic local initiative that Julia is involved in. I […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Wine

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Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Wine “I don’t know much about wine but I know what I like” is the familiar refrain of the drinking classes, underlining the universal truth that there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to wine. Thankfully, it also avoids references to wet blankets, pencil lead or any of […]

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A recipe for courgette, feta & pea frittata, from a Really Helpful Event

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The DecorCafe food experts, Fruits of The Fridge, share news from a fabulous local event and a delicious recipe for courgette, feta and pea frittata, delicious dipped in sweet chili sauce: Women, bikes and canapés…not perhaps the most obvious combination you might think of, but it worked! When we were invited to cater for an inspired event organised by […]

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New Catering Company: Fruits of The Fridge

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  Lemon Tart from Fruits of The Fridge If you know me you will know that I am not a foodie but I do enjoy well cooked simple food. Last night I had dinner delivered, by new Putney catering company, Fruits of The Fridge and oh my gosh it was really good, amazing value and […]

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How to make Christmas Pudding Truffles

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How to make Christmas Pudding Truffles Ruth Weighill of Forkful Foods has been catering Christmas Parties for many years and so we asked her to share one of her most popular recipes: Delicious chocolatey Christmas Pudding Truffles. They are surprisingly easy to make. Ingredients: 125g dark chocolate, finely chopped 350g of Christmas pudding, cooked and […]

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A Guide to Perfect Christmas Wines

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A Guide to Perfect Christmas Wines Sarah Harrison, owner and founder of family run wine business, Circle Wine, shares her experience and tips for choosing wine this Christmas: Wine and food pairings are always important; never more so than at Christmas. After all, having spent more than a few hours purchasing, preparing and presenting a […]

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10 Simply Stunning Flower Arrangements

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Flowers are one of the quickest ways to give a room a little lift, and at this time of year are relatively inexpensive also. Here are ten simply stunning floral arrangements that are really easy to create: Perfect pink summer flowers in a simple glass vase. Assorted small bottles, jars and glasses, single stems and […]

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Introducing Boutique Wine Company – Circle Wine

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I first met Sara of Circle Wine when I was tempted to spend more time than I had planned wine-tasting at her stand at the King’s Christmas Fair. Since then, I have gotten to know her and her company rather better at Decorfest and our Decorclub events. The story of how she set up her […]

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Making canapes – a fun creative home idea to keep those teenagers close!

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Last night I had a really fab evening with my teenage daughter, thanks to some canapes and Juliet Cain! There was no bribery involved, just the temptation of a little bit of creative cookery – really! It reminded me of baking and decorating cakes with the kids when they were small – we used to […]

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How to make miniature caramel meringue nests filled with a luscious brandy cream

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  A perfect complement to Christmas pudding vodka. Miniature caramel crispy nest of meringue filled with a luscious brandy cream. Top with ruby pearls of pomegranate seeds, a sprig of fresh mint and a sprinkling of icing sugar to give that decorative Christmas flourish! Yum! Ingredients: For the meringue nests: 2 large egg whites 100gm […]

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How to Make Christmas Pudding Vodka

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How to Make Christmas Pudding Vodka We all know people who are impossible to think of gifts for. Chef Juliet Cain shared this great idea for Christmas Pudding Vodka at our decorative Christmas food gifts workshop. This Christmas Pudding Vodka was an absolute winner. Adapted by Juliet, originally from the Hairy Bikers, we think it is […]

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