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The Utterly Sexy Café Hen Parties

For those discerning brides-to-be and hens who’d rather not large it in Ibiza for a week on an alcohol laden spree of debauchery but would rather spend a productive time at a rather genteel hen party for ladies in civilised propriety then read on.

The Utterly Sexy Café can offer a hen day or a weekend of sheer indulgence with jolly interesting and informative master classes taken by the creator and founder Amanda Baird.

There are very practical ways to put your hens to work to create some wondrous items to take home.

Picture of a group of ladies at a vintage hen party

Gather your girls for a fun-filled time in deepest Wiltshire for a spot of enjoyment, games, seriously indulgent pampering and inspirational ideas to reveal your true inner domestic goddess.

You can learn how to be a sensational hostess, make fabulous cocktails and canapés, set a breathtakingly beautiful table, decorate cakes The Utterly Sexy Café way and lots, lots more, including hot tips on how to throw a perfect dinner party with spot on etiquette while being wined and dined in true vintage style.

For more information contact Amanda Baird via email or call 01747 870812.

Picture of Heidi Baker From The Flower Studio Isle of Man

Getting to Know – The Flower Studio

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Interview With: Heidi Baker

Company Name: The Flower Studio

Website: www.flowerstudio.im

Location: St Johns, Isle of Man

How did The Flower Studio get started and how long has the business been going?

I opened the Flower Studio about a year after I graduated from Writtle College in Chelmsford with my Foundation Degree in Professional Floristry and Degree (Hons) in Horticulture.  Whilst I was studying at college I was really lucky to work in two top London florists, so when I returned to the Isle of Man I decided I wanted to open a shop that reflected the styles I had grown to love while working in London.  The shop has now been open since March 2009 and is getting busier all the time.

Picture of Heidi Baker From The Flower Studio Isle of Man

Is it just you or do you have a team?

I work full time (i.e. 7 days a week!) and I have 2 part time florists, 1 part time driver and a couple of freelance drivers and florists that help me out at peak periods such as Valentines Day, Christmas and Mothers Day.  My family are also great at stepping in, and love helping me dress a big venue for a wedding!

Where is The Flower Studio based, do you have a shop? Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We are based in St Johns on the Isle of Man and deliver all over the Island directly from the shop.  We are also a Premier Interflora Member, so people can order gifts through us to go worldwide.  As far as wedding flowers go, if someone off the Island wanted to use us for their wedding, I would never say no, but obviously there would be expenses costed in with the flowers.  A friend of mine is getting married abroad in a couple of years time and she has said she might bring me along with her to do her flowers!

Picture of a Mixed Rose and Hydgrangea Bridal Bouquet from The Flower Studio

What type of flowers can you provide for a wedding?

We provide whatever the bride wants!  I love being creative and if the bride asks for something really different and unique I see it as an exciting challenge.  Even if their heart is set on having a simple posy of roses, I always try and add something to the bouquet to make it personal to them – such as a family brooch or a bespoke collar… one bride asked me to hide an old photo of her Grandmother who had recently passed away… no-one else could really see it, but it meant so much to the Bride.

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A wedding mood board showing ideas for a white wedding

White Weddings

With all the snow around us we thought it would be very fitting to bring you a ‘white wedding’ mood board this week. A white wedding can look incredibly classy at any time of year. You don’t have to only use white; why not team it with silver or gold for a luxurious look that would be perfect for a Christmas wedding.

A wedding mood board showing ideas for a white wedding

Snowy Heart Wreath – Velvet Brown

Cheese Buffet and Tissue Paper Flower Display – Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding Dress – Joan Shum featured on Wedding Inspirasi

White Hydrangea Bouquets – Picture by Moments Captured

Drinks – Amy Atlas Events

White Wedding Cake – April Reed

Bride & Groom at Table – Anton Frid Photography