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A Hepburn Hen Do!

Last month was my bestie’s hen party (Ceri, who you may well have read about on here). She’s a big Audrey Hepburn fan so the other bridesmaids and I thought we’d make the daytime part a ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’ themed do! Now I’m obviously not going to document the whole event on here as it was Ceri’s day, but I thought I’d just share some of the food and drink we prepared, being a food blog and all!

It was hosted at my house and was the first time I’d had more than a couple of people visiting at once, but thankfully we had enough room for everyone. Here are some of the things we had:

Audrey Coconut & Buttercream Cupcakes: Ceri loves coconut so this had to be incorporated somewhere. I used this recipe from Good To Know and managed to get some edible Audrey Hepburn cake toppers from Etsy.

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Ingredients

120g butter, softened
160g caster sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
Zest of 1 lime
200g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
125ml coconut milk
50g dessicated coconut

Buttercream

120g butter, softened
200g icing sugar, sifted
2 tbsp coconut milk

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
Sift the flour and baking powder together and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the lime zest. Fold in half the sifted flour, then half the coconut milk, then the rest of the flour, followed by the remaining coconut milk.
 Gently fold in the dessicated coconut.
Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place on wire racks to cool completely.
To make the buttercream, cream the butter, gradually add the sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the coconut milk and continue creaming until fully combined. Pipe onto the cupcakes using a piping bag and then, garnish with dessicated coconut.

Egg & Cress sandwiches (with a hint of truffle oil)

Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill blinis

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Mini Yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish sauce: Perhaps not very Audrey but it was my personal contribution to the party, being a Yorkshire gal myself. These seemed to go down a storm (the Yorkies turned out much bigger in the oven than I was expecting and I was a little bit worried they would be too big as canapés, but they were soon eaten up!) The beef was kindly provided by my faves, The Ginger Pig. They gave us some delicious bavette steak which I cut into thin slides, marinated in olive oil, salt and pepper, and then quickly fried in a pan. I’ll definitely be making these again for future parties (or maybe just for myself, shhh!)

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Yvonne & Guite canelés: You may have seen I reviewed these earlier in the year. I’ve been rather obsessed with them ever since and knew how much Ceri would love them, so Caroline kindly sent some for the party – they disappeared almost as quickly as when I was reviewing them, they’re gorgeous!

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Drink was obviously going to be an important element of the day (it wouldn’t be a hen do without it!) so everyone was greeted with a glass of Prosecco and/or a Gin & Tonic! The awesome team at Sipsmith (who both Ceri and I adore, you may have read my review of their ice cream collaboration with Jude’s) sent us a bottle of their gin to kick things off.

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We then had our very own barman who made us cocktails for the rest of the evening. He brought his own bar (made of wood, by hand!) and everything he needed to make Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Garden of Eden and Tom Collins, including all glasses, ice etc. It was such a great element to the party.

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It was a really fun day and I’d love to do it all over again. Just need to encourage more friends to tie the knot 😉

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