Stitched up by Yvonne – Knit your own Bow!
Incredible home-made cake donated by Yummy in your Tummy (North London)
If you follow Carrie and I on twitter or our blogs, you’ll have heard non-stop gossip about the Wish Magazine launch party! I’ll be telling you a lot more about it very soon but for now, pop Monday 21st in your calender for that is when it will be going on sale at magazine.wishwishwish.net!
Whist Carrie slaved away designing the actual magazine and designing graphics for the event, I took on the role of party planner! Sourcing the venue, managing the guestlist and invites and actually preparing and putting the event together were all tasks I set myself the challenge to complete. I knew what I wanted from the start, it would be inspired by pretty things i’d seen on Pinterest and events I’d been to myself, but just prettier and… perfect! The location of The Victoria Pub in Mornington Crescent, London was the most ideal base for our garden/living room set with all its lived-in, slouchy sofas, piano and grand plants. But the the secret had to lie in the details.
With the help of my amazing team of 5 helpers (in their 1st year at our University) and Carrie, we managed to create everything I wanted. We painted wooden forks in our pink, cream and green colour scheme, twisted paper flowers onto plate stands that acted as magazine supports, and baked lots of rose flavoured meringues and biscuits. LOTS of them! Carrie showed some of the girls how to make giant tissue paper pompoms as others worked on making our giant Wish sign out of cardboard and lots of PVA glue as I prepared all our food in the kitchen with the other girls. We decided to deck-out the room in lots of objects from Wish House and went to buy lots and lots of the perfect flowers to make it homely. I’ll show you the behind-the-scenes in another post!
Live illustration by Middlesex Uni 1st year Illustrators
Earl Grey Teabag biscuits! (Next up, Wish tea! haha)
My boyfriend even made us two different salads, perfect for taking away! (50 jars bought on ebay)
He even roped in his friends who helped make this shortbread bunting which I ‘commissioned’!
The day went better than I could ever have hoped for (despite my hidden state of mania setting up in the two hours preceding it!) We had our supporters, Penhaligon’s come along to ‘Fragrance Profile’ the guests – picking out their perfect perfume, plus a special Wish cocktail was conjured just for us by Hendricks gin. They served it up in a big sweet jar which we loved to help ourselves to (many times!) Our sub-editor Hollys mum, Yvonne came along to do a knitting workshop with us ‘Early Grannies’ and our table spread featured a beautiful cake by Yummy in your Tummy which I decorated with edible flowers you can buy here. I can safely say the party was a success! Whoop whoop! Thank you dearly to everyone who helped and came along!
Thank you to our photographer Miguel for the pics. More coming soon!