Monday, 31 October 2016

Katie's Garden

A few weeks ago, I was presented with an opportunity to attended my first blogger event. The event really appealed to my love of tea, crafting and all things sweet. I was incredibly stoked and surprised to received an invitation, despite having a tiny blog. I wasn't sure what to expect and felt quite nervous about it. It turned out to be one of the most delightful and quirkiest cafes I've ever visited


The event was held at the charming Katie's Garden a whimsical secret garden themed bistro  What makes Katie's Garden unlike any other vintage tea room, I've visited. It offers guests the creative experience of getting crafty, over a cuppa and a slice of cake. 

Katie's Garden is a lovingly-run family business, founded by a mother and daughter Kathryn and Rachel. Their vision was to create a space for anyone to learn and have fun through crafting. With the support of their loved ones and creative industry experience, they established Katie's Garden. Now, in their second year, they plan to expand their business turning it into a franchise.   


Rachel and Kathryn host an array of themed parties catered for children or those young at heart. They provide regular events like their Weekend Breakfast Club, Katie's Little Crafters, and an After School Club. The also cater for adult celebrations and even, offered bridal showers. Click on the link for the website Katie's Garden





Katie's Garden is in Sunderland, it's more on the edge of the city centre, yet, a few minutes walk from Sunderland metro/train station.


It's easy to know when you arrived once I saw the distinctive exterior of the fuchsia picketed fence made it easily to recognise. Also, the decor of the windows the bright paper flowers and handmade fabric gingerbread men all displayed in the window helped as well.


 I opened the door and was greeted by the cordial Kathryn, donning a wonderful vintage themed red and white stripped dress. Kathryn looked liked she just stepped out of a 1950's ice cream parlour. I even enjoyed the waiter's coordinated wearing a matching bow tie, very dapper.    









The magic starts once the door entered with the "glittering penny" path leading towards the tree centrally planted with the hidden fairy grove. There was a vintage fusion theme, which ran throughout the pastel painted old style furniture to the upcycled benches enhancing the quaint charm.  The shop was filled with lovingly crafted, homemade decor throughout the shop. Everything from, bunting, wall hangings, book trees and animals. Every time I looked somewhere, I seemed to discover something new. 






As part of the experience, Katie's Garden's provided us with a beautiful spread, based on their picnic on the lawn menu. This included a scrumptious selection of finger sandwiches and small cakes served in high tea fashion. Also, I was intrigued by the novelty of the turf placemats,  I assumed that what they meant by a picnic on the lawn. Everything felt very genteel, especially,  having tea served from a teapot and drinking from a china cup. 




                         




Part of the night included sampling their crafts, this included decorating a fairy house and a gingerbread man, The fairy house was already prepared on the table with a selection of crafting goodies to let our imagination run wild.


 

My gingerbread man was really uncreative and had slightly a dodgy beard and mouth. I'm really not good at this kind decoration.


I under the spell of the adorable little fairies and fairy groves, which spread throughout.








I love the attention to detail, especially how the autumnal colours and decor were used to  reflect the season. 






I couldn't resist purchasing a couple of  the Halloween crafting packs I purchased the cute pumpkin and witch sitting on top I'm planning to decorate with the damask wallpaper. A wooden witch, I'm not sure where to put her yet, I'll find somewhere. I'm looking forward to decorating them soon. Katie's Gardens offer limited edition crafting packs catered  for all budgets, which can be completed in store or taken home. 




Katie's Garden always recommend booking a table in advance, so not to be too disappointed, as they can become busy. Don't worry if you forgot to book up,  they'll always do their best to find you a seat. 

I've been to my fair share of quirky cafes and tea rooms, I even been to a couple pottery painting things places, which were fun nowhere had enjoyment Katie's Garden offered. In my opinion, this has to be Sunderland's best-kept secret. I'll definitely be returning for Christmas crafting, along with my crafting buddy, who'll I know will fall in love with the place as I did.  


22 comments:

  1. Looks like a great place to spend a day!

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  2. It was really fun. I plan to go back at sometime.

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  3. Love all the details! Wish I could attend a blogger event!
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    www.glamretrostyle.com

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    1. Thanks it was a really good night. I'm part of a local blogging group so a lot of events happen. But a lot require a huge following or don't interest me. This one did since it was crafting and quirky to visit. Sadly it's in Sunderland which I don't often get to.

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  4. Nice to meet you there!
    JH | hellojenniferhelen.com

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  5. Thanks it was nice to meet some lovely local bloggers. I felt quite nervous on the night, as it was my first time. I read your post about the night it was a great read.

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  6. Oh my, that experience sounds like so much fun!

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    1. It was a really fun. I'm a crafting addict.

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  7. What a great place! Would love to go!!!

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    1. It was such a lovely place and everyone were so friendly.

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  8. It was a cool place and all the Halloween crafts were too die for. I'll be sure to check out your blog.

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  9. I really must book this up for a birthday treat for my craft obsessed eldest!! looks fab

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    1. It was wonderful place and staff are lovely. I think it would a great place for any children's birthday party

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  10. I love it! I've been lucky enough to meet a few bloggers in person. It's always great! But I've never been anywhere as charming as that place.

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  11. I highly recommend the place if your ever in Sunderland, I fell in love with the place it's a really quirky experience.

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  12. Oh, it's an amazing idea and the place seems lovely^^

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  13. It's really nice place will have to get back.

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  14. I love that place! All the Faery houses! I want to go with you one day!

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    1. Yeah, definitely I think you would love it.

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  15. It seemed like a very nice and cozy blogevent :D Like a little fairyland! And I love their 50-s clothing.

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  16. It was a really nice event. I loved the fairy theme, I do love my fairys. I also enjoyed the old fashion theme was very sweet.

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