On Monday I was invited to a rather wonderful event at Arthur’s of the Grand. Arthur’s is a new cocktail bar and pre-theatre area sponsored by Arthur Price, the cutlery experts, at the newly refurbished Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton, and is a beautiful Art Deco space. Monday’s event was the perfect way to start the Christmas season, with advice on all things Christmas. From laying the perfect Christmas table, making exquisite Christmas cocktails, seasonal touches for the home and food treats in the form of Christmas cake and quick dishes. It was a sparkly festive event and started Christmas with a seasonal bang.
The evening started with some festive Cocktails created by Leah. There was an alcoholic version which was deliciously coconut and was called the Snow Queen, and a ‘virgin’ cocktail perfect for those on driving duty which was based around Cranberry. I loved how Leah used little pegs to stick Christmas motifs onto the cocktail glasses, a lovely touch that was so simple and effective.
Next up was food to accompany those cocktails. Professional Chef Simon Smith was on hand to show us how to create three very quick dishes that could be easily be integrated into your Christmas menu. This included a seafood cocktail, a twist on cooking turkey, and, best of all, a divine dessert using meringue, orange curd and cream. It was so good that frankly I could’ve licked the bowl clean. Definitely one to add to my Christmas day list.
We continued the food theme with cake, with Wolverhampton’s Shuga Budz giving us the lowdown on creating the perfect Christmas cake. They had created a brilliant cake for the event, complete with cutlery decorations to celebrate the heritage and expertise of Arthur Price. Christmas cake is often traditionally fruit, but this was my favourite, Victoria Sponge, and I must admit I really enjoyed tucking into it later.
With food and drink sorted, it was time to look at the the decoration and the Christmas table. Grant Bushell of Urban Britannia had brilliant ideas for creating those finishing touches, from putting baubles into vases to make table centrepieces, to folding napkins into Christmas trees (not as difficult as you might think.)
Then it was time for the piece de resistance. The table is the heart of Christmas Day and Simon Price talked about how to make it a showstopper, with the use of cutlery, a colour scheme and beautiful pieces to dress the table. The white and gold dressed table was truly beautiful and certainly gave plenty of ideas for Christmas Day entertaining. We then took part in a fun task to see if we could set the table – and I’m pleased (and super surprised) to say that I was one of the winners, and won a set of Arthur Price Christmas mugs.
With Huge thanks to the team from the Wolverhampton Grand and Arthur Price for the invite to this lovely event.