One of my favourite things about blogging is getting invited to some amazing events where I get to meet some really exciting brands and really lovely people. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to what was quite possibly my favourite event yet – a tea party with Betty’s! Betty’s is an absolute British institution. Based in Yorkshire, there are now six cafe tea rooms which are famous for their fabulous cakes and afternoon teas. I was dying to take my boyfriend when we went to York for the weekend earlier in the year but unfortunately the queue was literally around the block and we didn’t have time to wait. So you can imagine my excitement when the lovely invitation arrived! Cake, champagne and lots of blogger chat – perfect!
On the day we started by watching one of the Betty’s Babes icing some fondant fancies and learning different techniques and tips. This was great for me as I always find I can bake well but my decoration always makes my creations appear very “homemade”!
It was then our turn to get decorating! It appears I hadn’t quite mastered all of those tips I had just been shown as my fondant fancies definitely didn’t look too good by the time is finished with them haha! It was really fun to try though and so lovely to chat with Katie, Josie, Hannah, Charlotte, Charlotte and Rebecca while we worked our magic!
It was then time to lay out the perfect afternoon tea table. Armed with boxes and boxes of cake, beautiful packaging and gorgeous crockery we did what bloggers do best – put together the best flat lay you ever did see! I loved setting up the table together and it was great to pick up some tips for taking the perfect flat lay from my fellow bloggers. It was really nice to see each table’s take on the task too and all four tables looked stunning. After taking tonnes of photos it was finally time to tuck in and try some of the amazing treats we’d so carefully laid out.
Everything was as delicious as it looked! The macarons were the nicest I’ve ever had – crisp on the outside with a deliciously chewy centre; the chocolate mice were almost too cute to eat but were filled with a divinely light chocolate mousse and I could have eaten the whole box of them! We were given some paper boxes to fill with goodies to take home and their coffee and walnut cake was incredible, as were the chocolate and hazelnut swirl biscuits.
Before we left the event we all gathered round to look at everyone’s decorated fondant fancies and they all looked amazing – everyone had such creative ideas! Unfortunately I didn’t win a prize but I did get to take my ones home and I think they were my favourite things to eat! The sponge was so light and the fondant icing was just the right level of sweetness. Perfect!
We were also kindly given a beautiful Betty’s canvas bag to take home (I’m a sucker for a tote bag!) with even more goodies including a beautiful book of short stories speculating on who Betty was, written by lots of different celebrities, which made for very sweet reading whilst on the train home (and I think would make a perfect stocking filler!) Also included was their Christmas catalogue which looks amazing! Whilst there are no plans just yet for Betty’s to open a tea room down south (boooo!!) they do deliver (hurrah!)
It’s going to be a very tasty Christmas in the Pickle household!