Monday, 16 June 2008

How Time Flies.....

Kath, Tanya- and my ever reliable Mum doing the set up!

Around 10 months ago I had a brain wave ( or was it a brain freeze?)- I decided seeing as though this year was teh 15th Anniversary since I finished high school- that perhaps I could organise a reunion.
Having only left my full time job 8 months prior- to concentrate solely on Cake That!- somehow I felt compelled to add a little more to my plate and decided to look into organising the reunion. Whilst my husband thought I was mad- My best friend from School and I decided to go ahead and get the ball rolling! Once the initial word was spread- we were lucky enough to have another brave volunteer (Kath) who also helped with the organisation!

After many months of tracking down past students, and organising the event, on Saturday night it all came together!
I had had some sleepless nights- having awful dreams ( Like those terrible Wedding dreams you have just before your wedding day) thinking that people wouldn't show up- or that everyone would leave early- or that no one would enjoy themselves- all unwarranted of course!

The reunion was held at Brisbane's Mantra on Queen hotel- in the Queen Ann conferencing Rooms. This venue is fabulous! A gorgeous Marble spiral staircase leads you down to the rooms, which have a fabulous foyer, where guests can mingle.
Not only are the rooms impressive- the food is amazing! I am not just saying that because a great friend of mine is a chef there- and I know that she does an awesome job- but from the guests reactions, and numerous emails since the event- it seems everyone at the reunion were very impressed!
We decided in a cocktail event- to allow everyone to move around the room and mingle with friends that had not been seen in years!
To let you in on some of the exquisite morsels we had included, a chive pancake topped with Roasted duck and Rhubarb- Almond and Rosemary crusted Lamb Medallions, Hand Made Vegetarian Samosa's with a Tamarind Chutney, and Wild Mushroom Arancini- just to name a few!
So for those of you out there looking for a fabulous venue, which also does great food, you definitely need to Check out Queen Ann Boutique Conferencing!
I cannot thank Katrina and Natalie enough for the wonderful service, food and venue that they provided in the night!

As the Reunion came last on my list of tasks on Saturday- it was all hands on deck to get the decorations up and ready late in the afternoon.
Myself, Kath and Tanya had previously made picture boards and other paraphernalia to put around the room, but it was the blowing up of the 300 helium balloons that took the longest time!

Some of the 300 balloons!

I was so excited to be going to the reunion- as unfortunately I lost touch with allot of great people after school. I managed to track down one of my very good friends at school- Jo- who made the trip- all the way from Melbourne for the reunion! Leaving her Husband and two beautiful boys at home, Jo came along with her sister Penny- which was a double pleasure to see them both!

Left to Right- Tanya, Me, Jo and Penny!

I also had the chance to catch up with another past student- and fellow cupcaker- Sharnel!
Sharnel and I went to school together ( obviously) and it wasn't until about a week and a half ago- I found out that she too has a business making Cupcakes!
Sharnel's cupcake company has values close to my heart! All of their cakes are baked from scratch- and her work is just so pretty! Now I have a fellow passionate baker to send clients to that I am unable to help! We got the chance to chat and talk cupcakes for a bit- and I look forward to catching up again!

As the function was a cocktail style event- I thought cupcakes would be a perfect fit for those who wanted to just grab one to eat! I made a few flavours- including White raspberry, Coconut, Dark Chocolate and Frangellico, and a Jaffa. The cakes were then iced with either a teal butter cream, or soft peak royal icing- to give a bright white look.

The top tier was a mini three tier cake- inside was two tiers of Gluten and Dairy free Chocolate and Almond, and also an egg free hazelnut cake- to cater for the dietary requirements for the evening.

All in all a great night was had!
A real success! Now all we have to do is try and see each other more often!

A special Thank you goes out to my Mum- who week in week out gives up some part of her time to help me- not only did she help me deliver and set up cakes this weekend- she also came and spent 3 hours setting up the room, then zipped me into my dress, before heading home to relax with my dad!

1 comment:

Sharnel @ The Cupcake Company said...

SJ - i have the best time at the reunion. Thank you so much for organising it. You girls did an amazing job. I was really worried about turning up (a bit nervous) but everyone was just as they were 15 years ago.
The cake you created looked and tasted amazing too.
The venue was lovely and so was the food.
I'm sure you received heaps of positive feedback from everyone. I just wish more people had been able to make it.