Event Design & Easter Entertaining | A Date With Hall & Co

Event Design & Easter Entertaining | A Date With Hall & Co

Last month I had the pleasure of spending a day in St Ives with Hall & Co Event Design in honour of their Easter Feast launch. The experience was a very subtle lesson in entertaining. It channelled my inner Martha Stewart and since I’ve been itching to pass on some tips to make you the host with the most.

On arrival, I was immediately blown away by the ambience that had been created in their prop shop*. From the personalised table settings to the signature scent created by their very own Hall & Co candle, I soon learned that it’s all about the attention to detail. My few experiences of entertaining have been far from reenactments of breezy Pinterest ‘Home Entertaining’ boards. However, the event left me completely inspired and feeling far more capable.

* Which is an Instagrammers dream- I’m wondering if I can justify hiring everything just for the ‘gram?

 

Entertaining Rule 1: Provide Cocktails

First on the agenda was a cocktail class with event manager, Kerry. Thankfully, cocktails are well within my hosting comfort-zone so I didn’t feel as though I was being thrown in at the deep end. We mixed up a Hendrick’s gin cocktail as well as a mocktail: both using similar flavours; refreshing and delicious in equal measure. The recipes are simple yet effective and are available within Hall & Co’s Home Entertaining guide which you’ll receive if you sign up to their newsletter.

 

Entertaining Rule 2: Set The Scene

I’m a firm believer in the importance of seasonal touches and nothing sets the scene for spring like fresh flowers. I highly recommend hosting flowers around the house generally. However, I am guilty of picking up supermarket bunches and carelessly plonking them into a vase. Jo and Lisa taught us the basics of building a gorgeous bouquet at the event and it completely changed the way I arrange flowers. Not only did I learn some new flowers by name, but also how to best strip, arrange and present them.

Over a week later, my own arrangement was still going strong. You can rest assured that any floral arrangements from Hall & Co will not only look beautiful but will last well too.

 

Entertaining Rule 3: Don’t Stress About The Food

Whilst I enjoy food, I’m far from a top chef. Juggling oven timings is not my idea of fun and honestly? I enjoy myself more if I’m able to leave the food to the professionals: Enter Hall & Co’s Easter Feast menu, created by head chef Dom Hall. The mouth-watering menu is full of options, all perfect for Easter entertaining and it’s also provided in 100% recyclable packaging.

 

What’s On The Menu?

Easter Entertaining Hall & Co

 

At the event, I had the pleasure (really it was) of trying out their Easter Feast first hand. We were served with both a brined chicken and a joint of lamb, complete with sides. With exception to the red cabbage (I can’t stand it, sorry) I tried a little of everything and honestly couldn’t have been more impressed.

The star of dessert was the rhubarb and pecan buttermilk pudding. Interestingly it wouldn’t have actually been my preference (I’m a sticky toffee pudding girl) but I was very pleasantly surprised by how light and flavourful it was. Trying something a little different made a very nice change. In fact, my stomach is grumbling a little just at the thought of it.

 

Event Design Hall & Co

 

My thanks go to the whole team at Hall & Co who are clearly very good at their jobs and super friendly too. I had a lovely day and it was wonderful to meet so many lovely girls.

If you’re around the Cambridgeshire area I couldn’t recommend Hall & Co’s services (as well as their sister Little Acre Kitchen) highly enough. I have no doubt that I’ll be using them myself in the future- any excuse to host a party!

 

* This post contains information about a blogger event. I was gifted everything mentioned as a part of the experience. I was under no obligation to provide coverage and as always all words, images and opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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38 Comments

  1. March 10, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    This event looks totally fab, Soph! My favorite part about this post was the food (of course lol). The flower arrangement looks so beautiful and classy. Everything on the menu sounds really delicious and I’ve never heard of rhubarb and pecan buttermilk pudding! Yum! Thank you for sharing xx

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    • March 11, 2019 / 9:43 pm

      It really was! Haha I have to say that the food was definitely a highlight for me too! x

  2. March 10, 2019 / 5:54 pm

    I love the props that were laid out in the event! Oh man, this is a playground for anyone who wants that perfect picture! I love how you got to put together a flower arrangement. The end result looks great. Glad you enjoyed your time at Hall & Co! This makes me want to host a party too ;).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • March 11, 2019 / 9:53 pm

      They did it so nicely didn’t they?! Thank you- I was pretty proud of it I have to say. A great excuse for a party! x

  3. March 11, 2019 / 1:24 am

    Seems like a fun event! I also attended a blogger’s event last week and it was awesome. The bouquet you made looks nice, I like the assortment of different colours.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • March 11, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      It was so fun! I’m so glad you had a great time too x

  4. March 11, 2019 / 6:32 am

    Truly amazing experience, it is so nice to work with people who love what they do and receive pleasure from their work!
    Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

    • March 11, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for reading x

  5. March 11, 2019 / 11:07 am

    So glad you had a lovely time, sounds like it was a great event! The pictures are beautiful and you look amazing as always! x

    http://new-lune.com

    • March 11, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      It had it all didn’t it?!

  6. Leah
    March 11, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    You look so pretty in these photos, looks amazing

  7. March 12, 2019 / 11:57 am

    Sounds like such a great event and makes me want to invite my friends for an Easter brunch or so too 🙂
    And that flower bouqet is really amazing !!! ♥

    xxx
    Tina

    https://styleappetite.com

    • March 12, 2019 / 3:23 pm

      What a lovely idea! Thank you- I had a brilliant teacher! x

  8. March 12, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    WOW totally in love with the flowers! I also really want to take a cocktail class seems so cool

    • March 12, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      They were so pretty! It was so fun- definitely something to do with the girls x

  9. March 13, 2019 / 2:46 pm

    Them flowers are lush xx

    • March 14, 2019 / 9:50 pm

      It really was! I know, I’m so sad they’re now dead x

  10. March 13, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    This looks like it was such a cute event, the flower arrangement looks so pretty, and the cocktail class sounds so fun, I’ve always wanted to go to a cocktail class purely because they’re so tasty haha. Fab post <3

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • March 14, 2019 / 9:53 pm

      It really was! Cocktails are typically the only alcohol I ever drink so it was handy to learn a couple new recipes! x

  11. March 13, 2019 / 10:59 pm

    This all looks amazing! Loving the very pretty flowers and the food seems delishhh!! x x

  12. March 14, 2019 / 11:30 am

    Ah what a gorgeous event, I’d love to learn flower arranging ❤️

  13. March 15, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    It sounds like you had such a lovely time! I love the props that were laid out, and the flower arrangement you made looks so chic and beautiful. Glad you enjoyed!

    Khanak x
    http://www.khanakm.com

    • March 17, 2019 / 9:43 am

      I did, it was such a lovely event. Thank you! x

  14. March 16, 2019 / 9:11 am

    I’m a big fan of rule number 1 haha, thank you for passing along what you learnt! xx

    • March 16, 2019 / 10:50 am

      Haha so am I! I hope you found it helpful x

  15. Kirsty Marie
    March 17, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing time, those flowers are beautiful.

    • March 19, 2019 / 9:40 am

      It was and thank you! The food was absolutely incredible. Hendricks is one of the only gins I like too so it was perfect! x

  16. March 20, 2019 / 2:53 am

    It looks like you had an amazing time!

  17. March 21, 2019 / 10:38 am

    Wow, what a fantastic event this was. Love the imagery and it all looks so dreamy. Just a tad jealous here! The Veggie option on the menu looks right up my street too. x

    Samantha | https://thebeautyspyglass.com