Easter Tea Time: Florals, Neon, Chocolate & Geometrics!

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This year in the UK, Easter Sunday falls on the day that clocks go forward, so it’s a sign that spring is truly here! To celebrate, we ditched the traditional pastel palette and opted for vibrant and zingy hues – perfect for the season where nature springs back to life.

This Tablescape makes a bold statement. I layered patterns on patterns, clashing delicate spring florals with sharp geometric prints. I mixed materials, from china and glassware to plastic egg cups and melamine plates. Of course, it wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate bunnies and decorated eggs, and it wouldn’t be a tea party without pretty china and home-baked treats, so there’s plenty of those too. Above all, however, it’s a glorious celebration of colour. In fact, when my husband walked in, he did a double-take and dead-panned ‘… I think that table needs some colour!’ Continue reading

Humpday Happiness: Sweetness & Chocolate at Venchi.

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A gelato from Venchi in Hampstead is the highest form of Humpday treat! I recommend the Cremino flavour, which is a layer of hazelnut icecream hiding beneath a layer of milk chocolate, and the Nougatine, which is a layer of dark chocolate gelato buried under a layer of caramelised nuts. The gelato and toppings are swirled together by hand before being artfully piled onto a fresh cone. Fantastically delicious!

Humpday Happiness is a weekly feature on Jenni’s Table. Think of it as a little Wednesday treat to help you through your week!

Sugar, Spice and all Things…Chocolate Bark!

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Fact: Making chocolate bark requires one to unleash their inner Jackson Pollock. Prepare to paint with melted chocolate and create a hailstorm of fruity, spiced deliciousness…a little like this!

Chocolate bark is simple to whip up and it makes for beautiful (and beautifully scrumptious) gifts. Silky melted chocolate is poured into trays and then scattered generously with an assortment of crunchy, chewy and colourful morsels. Continue reading

Easter Treasure Hunt: Chocolate Eggs & Bunnies

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This week we ventured out to Hampstead Heath on a blustery day for an Easter Treasure Hunt! Despite the wind and drizzle we had a lovely afternoon, and we were rewarded with some glorious sunshine too. As you’ll see below, the set-up is very simple, and you don’t need access to a sprawling wildreness like the heath. Instead, you can host your own Easter Egg Hunt in a local park, in your back garden, or even inside your home! All you need is a few lengths of contrasting, colourful ribbons to mark the path (one colour for each participant or team). Each colour has its own route, but all colours lead to the same final destination where a grand prize awaits…for whoever gets there first! You can add clues to help participants find the next ribbon marker. Around the halfway mark, we laid out some Chocolate treats and funny little characters for participants to meet along the way… Continue reading

London Shopping: Cocoa Bijoux

Easter is only a few weeks away, and this is a perfect time to showcase one of my favourite chocolate shops: Cocoa Bijoux in West Hampstead. This stylish jewel box of a shop stocks all manner of gourmet goodies, and although there’s a strong focus on chocolate, you’ll find plenty of other edible delights in store. Our photographer Helena visited Cocoa Bijoux last week to talk to owner Stuart Daniel, and to give you a taster of the treats you can find there.

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