Around May last year I got a phone call from an events company who were hosting a “corporate picnic” near Bristol. I submitted a quotation which they duly accepted and said they would be in touch nearer the time to confirm details.
Two weeks before the event I dropped the company email to find out where and when I would be required. The location was Hanham Court near Bristol, a Sunday in June. I did what I usually would do and googled the venue and followed them on twitter. I sent them a tweet telling them how much I was looking forward to visiting their lovely house for the corporate picnic. They responded with thanks and said it was a bit more than just a picnic and I may recognise some of the guests…..I was intrigued.
The following day I called the events company and asked them out straight who the function was for as I had an inclination that it could be a high brow event. It turns out that it was for Hamish Bowles’s 50th birthday party, the International Editor at Large for non other than Vogue.
Later that day I was emailed a production booklet for the day which listed some of the other suppliers that were going to be key to the day. Kitty Arden, florist to the Queen, chef Margot Henderson and celebrity photographer Merry Brownfield were a few names on the list.
Production Booklet download
To say I was nervous and quite excited was an understatement and immediately went into panic mode. Was my current set up going to be suitable enough? What was I going to wear etc, etc.
My side table of treats was my first priority, I couldn’t present my sauces and sprinkles in plastic containers as I had previously. I nipped into Somerton to do a spot of shopping and found just what I wanted in the first shop, stacking, glass sauces bottles and some sundae dishes and spoons which would be perfect for my sprinkles.
The big day arrived, I arrived at Hanham Court and was shown my spot in the garden. I must have got there a couple of hours earlier than I should as it was a hot day and didn’t want to rush to set up.
I had been wondering who some of the guests might be, the first chap I spotted was Gordon from the TV program Four Rooms. Gradually more people arrived, I must admit I didn’t recognise many of them but I could tell they must be big in the fashion world. John Taylor from Duran, Duran was the only person I spotted, he was quite partial to Rhubarb and Custard ice cream.
I later discovered that shoe designers Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Bruno Frisoni, and Nicholas Kirkwood were there as well as fashion photographer Mario Testino. Here’s a link to an article on the Vogue website which describes the day and also has a few images. Me and my tricycle appear in a few of them, I never imagined I would ever appear in Vogue.