Andrea's First Event - Celebrating 60 Years of Marriage!

Our newest team member Andrea Baptiste tells us about her first event as a fully fledged Event Planner……

Thursday 21st June was the date of the first event I had planned from scratch since joining Suzanne James.

With the wonderful Sharon as Event Manager, Head Chef Natalia and Chef de partie Karen I didn’t feel too much pressure, confident that my weeks of planning would all come together beautifully for a very special 60th wedding anniversary at the Dulwich Picture gallery.

We opened with a champagne reception on the lawn of the picturesque gardens.  After some shuffling and reorganising of family members for a photo to commemorate this very special occasion our guests were served with a wonderful selection of canapés including  English Asparagus with Cream Cheese and Chargrilled Courgette, my personal favourite Quails Egg Benedict Royale and finally English Pea Blinis with Cromer Crab Salad & Pea Shoots.

Before our guests were served dinner they were treated to music by the host’s children. With not one but two professional musicians in the family to delight the guests, and even a warm up by our host on the saxophone!

Speeches followed dinner, including a specially delivered telegram and a quiz.

Then it was time to serve our wonderful dessert of Volhrona Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart with Clotted Cream and Popcorn. As always it was a clear winner for the night – every loves it!

The evening really did fly by. It was a truly lovely night, and a fantastic induction to my working life with Suzanne James with fantastic guests and smiles all round. It’s a great feeling to see an event come together when you have planned it from start to finish and I am looking forward to many more!