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Friday, 28 December 2012

Cupcakes for Sir David Attenborough

Last year many of you may remember that I made cupcakes for Sir David Attenborough I had to make 100 cute penguin cupcakes for his preview at the Mayfair hotel.
Well this year I was again asked to make them this year 100 cupcakes were made for his documentary about the Galapagos islands. So I made 50 turtles and 50 lizards to go on the 100 cupcakes and took them down to London!!!
Eeeek exciting :)
My sister Amie came with me in the train and we had a great day obviously had to pop to Hummingbird Bakery ... I've been a few times but Amie never had.
So so excited to be asked again and was told that Sir David himself ate one of the cupcakes so more than chuffed :)

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Not Goodbye.... Just See You Soon

I sat for a while today thinking how do I tell everyone the following news and decided the best way was in my blog....

I have decided to close my shop ! I know I'm heartbroken. But the truth of the matter is I just physically, emotionally and financially can not do it any longer. 

Many of you know me and you know my family and circumstances, for those of you that don't know I am a mummy of 5 children two with additional needs.
Charlie has a big year ahead of him next year he has cerebral palsy and needs a series of operations and lots of physio. I run the shop mostly on my own during the week and after 16 years together my husband and i separated 6 months ago.
Its been such a tough year for me I'm drained....

I love my shop and all my customers and you've all kept me going this year but after sitting down and thinking long and hard ... (and this has been the hardest decision) on Christmas eve i will close my doors.

We've done so many amazing things this year and raised money for some amazing charities and had great parties and workshops.... I'll miss all these things..
I'll miss customers coming in for a natter and sometimes a cuddle and gossip. I feel this shop is more than a shop its been a meeting place for so many people and my customers have also been through so much too and we've all helped each other!

Knitting group and craft group...what can i say many of you are now my friends and i hope that still remains maybe we need to find a new venue or even my house...i promise to buy great coffee and bake cakes:)... you know who you all are and I love you all..you've been a great support to me and kept me going on days I didn't want to even get out of bed..

I'm crying writing this so I want to end on a positive note!! You see I'm closing the shop but I will not be closing my business I will bake cakes and cupcakes from home so you can all still place your orders.
Anyone with orders please do not worry I still will be making them for you just as before from my home.

There will be a huge sale in the shop and everything must be sold even down to tables and chairs, mugs, gifts, oven and yes even my beautiful red fridge!!

So that's it really, after sobbing into my laptop I wanted to not say Goodbye...Just see you soon

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and lets hope 2013 is a great one

Thank you for all your love and support every one of you

kelly xxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Christmas workshops

Tuesday 4th December
10-11.30 am
Make 6 Christmas cupcakes boxed and ready to take home includes coffee and cake £20

Tuesday 11th December
10-11.30
Chocolate Christmas houses
Make a very festive chocolate Christmas house learn how to put the house together and decorate using sweets and handmade icing declarations £25 includes coffee and cake ... Take your house home on a board and boxed

Monday 17th December
Decorate a Christmas fruit cake
10-11.30
Your cake will already be boarded and marzipanned ready for you to ice and then learn how to make decorations to go on your cake
£35 includes cake and coffee

For all bookings please email or drop into the shop

Kelly@thecupcakequeen.co.uk

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Events In October 2012

Every Wednesday 10.30-11.30
Knitting And Crochet Group

Come and meet for coffee and cake and learn to knit or help teach others. Great fun group!!
FREE


Every other Friday 7-9 pm
5th October and 19th October

Bring along any crafts you make or come along for coffee and cake and learn a new craft.
FREE


Wednesday 3rd October 12-1.30
Scone Making Workshop
Learn to make beautifully soft scones, and enjoy coffee and cake whilst they bake.
£20. To book please email us or phone.


Wednesday 17th October 12-1.30
Scone Making Workshop
as above £20


Wednesday 24th October 12-1.30
Cupcake Decorating
Decorate 6 cupcakes, learn some great techniques and take away your cupcakes beautifully boxed.
£20 includes coffee and cake.


Saturday 27th October
Fairy Making with children
Make cute Halloween fairies... on all day but booking essential.
£8 per child.


Sunday 28th October 3-4.30
Children's Halloween Party

Come dressed up in your best Halloween costume, children will be treated to food, party games and Halloween cupcake decorating. Each child will go home with 4 boxed cupcakes.
To book please email us or phone ...
£10 per child.

Tuesday 30th and 31st October
We will be selling Halloween cupcakes and large cakes as well as other seasonal goodies... pop in for more details or to book cakes for your party.


To contact us about any of the above events you can do so here............

email ..  kelly@thecupcakequeen.co.uk

facebook: www.facebook.com/thecupcakequeen.co.uk

telephone: 01785244474

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Charity Night At The Parlour: Ekisa in Uganda

Septembers charity of the month is Ekisa. Which is an amazing charity based in Uganda.
Ekisa is an orphanage based in Uganda which gives children with disabilities food, shelter and most importantly love. This charity would not exist if it wasn't for its fabulous volunteers and all the money raised by various events.
We found out about this charity through one of our lovely customer George. George is an amazing lady we are very privileged to know her, she goes to Uganda and works with the children and we know they are very much loved by her. Sadly last week one of the children passed away his name was Jo Jo..and had the most amazing smile.... that would melt anyones heart.
So this event has been thought of in his memory to help his brothers and sisters.

The charity night will be held on
Friday 28th September
7-9pm
And tickets cost £3.......

We will be also selling raffle tickets in the shop for some beautiful prizes and also there will be craft stalls selling their home made products...if you would like a stall please ask by calling the shop
01785 244474
or email kelly@thecupcakequeen.co.uk
We are not charging for stalls but we do ask that you donate one of your homemade gifts for a raffle prize.

We will also be doing a cake swap as this was so popular on our Oxfam night!! So if you are coming get your mixing bowl out and bring along a cake... and bring your recipe for your baked goods ready to swap with other bakers.

If you are unable to attend but would like to help we would be very very grateful... there are many ways you can get involved...
we have a collection jar for any donations, raffle tickets to buy with amazing prizes and also if you would like to donate a prize for the raffle we would love that too...

You can also decorate a jar (collect from shop) and put in your workplace to collect everyones donations and change.

We are promising this will be a great night so come along raise money for a fab cause, eat cake and have fun!!!

for more information on the charity these are the links to use:

travelbugot.blogspot.com

georgeruns.chipin.com

ekisainternational.blogspot.com


Hope to see you all there

Kelly And Amie

XXXXX

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Ride2spa

I've been meaning to write this blog post for a long time but today I finally sat down to write it.
Twitter, facebook and blogs are a great tool for advertising and raising awareness so this is my contribution to them!!
On Monday 27th August 22 of my friends will be raising money and awareness for 5 fabulous charities.
All 22 men on this charity ride have either been helped directly by these charities or have friends/ family who have... their dedication and commitment to this race is nothing short of amazing and I'm so proud to call them my friends.
From Monday 27th August the bikers will do a lap of silver stone f1 circuit and then travel 400 miles over 4 days through France and Belgium and ending on Thursday 30th August at Belgium spa. They will then spend the weekend cheering on the f1 drivers.

They have a huge task ahead of them and a huge amount to raise for the charities listed...hoping to raise a massive £20,000. Which will be split equally.

A few of you may remember or know of the Jasper Trust that we supported back in February this is My lovely friends Simon and Anya's little boy who was diagnosed with leukaemia... so happy to say hes making amazing progress, his daddy will be one of the riders.
Little Jasper truely is a little star.

My other friend Richard will also be one of the riders, Richard has been behind the whole idea and campaigning for Ride2Spa Richard has MS and his determination and positive attitude is nothing short of inspiring ... I always tell him hes my hero - he really is.

I watch all the videos and posts that are put onto their facebook page, please pop along and like this page...
www.facebook.com/ride2spa

ride2spa also has a website where you can visit and see the map of the ride, all the costings of the trip (which each rider has paid for out of their own pocket) and follow their progress.
www.ride2spa.com

The cupcake queen will be helping raise some of the money too (we hope!!!!) we will be having a collection tin in the shop... also raffle tickets to win some lovely prizes. But also after joking with Richard that I would do a lap of the F1 track on my vintage pashley I decided to actually do it!!
Surely seeing this...yes there will be photos!! hehe is worth a couple of pounds:)
I would love you to help support these amazing charities... I know that money is tight for many people at the moment but even £1 helps...I have over 2100 people on my facebook page

www.facebook.com/thecupcakequeenstafford

over 750 followers on twitter staffordcupcake


and a huge amount of people who daily read my blog if we could just turn each like, follow or view into £1 that's a huge difference you would be making to other peoples lives.... you will ever know the actually difference you have made but I see daily the difference these charities have made to my friends and I can hand on heart tell you its worth every penny of your pound.

If you would like to be so kind as to donate please visit ride2spa.com and follow the links

Many Many thanks from the bottom of my heart

Kelly xxxxx

Monday, 30 April 2012

Craft Nights At The Parlour

  So many lovely craft people visit the shop and our knitting and crochet group has been an amazing hit that we decided we would extend this and offer a craft night.
 
  The craft nights will be held on the first Friday of every month at The Parlour 7-9 pm. It doesn't matter what your craft is bring along your knitting, sewing, drawing, felting etc.... teach others your skill or learn a new one whilst here. And chat to like minded people.

  There is no cost to the club but we will be offering coffee and cake all night to cover the cost of opening the shop.

The first night will be this Friday May 4th 7-9 pm.

Bring along a friend and your craft it'll be a great night

Kelly xx

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Hen Parties, Baby Showers and Adult Birthday Parties.

At The Parlour we cater for lots of lovely children's parties and these have been such a hit so much so we are booked up until middle of July. But then I got to thinking why let the children have all the fun so as of now we will also cater for Adults Parties, Hen Parties and Baby Showers.
We can cater for a delicious afternoon tea for a small gathering to a bigger party.

Baby Showers

Let us help you to spoil your mummy to be friend. We will decorate the Parlour ready for a cute baby shower. You will each have afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwich's, homemade vanilla biscuits, cute baby theme cupcakes, strawberry's, scones and clotted cream. With lots of tea and coffee.  The mummy to be will be given a lovely book which all the guests will write their wishes for the baby and also you can add photos later of your shower as a gorgeous keepsake.
The shower can be held in the day or after The Parlour closes.
Price for the shower is £15 per person. And lasts 2 hours. You can add on cupcake making if you wish.



Hen Parties

If you fancy something a bit different for your hen party let us throw you a get together. Hen parties include lovely afternoon tea as above. We are not licensed for alcohol but please feel free to bring a bit of champers with you. The price is £15 per person we can add on cupcake making at an extra cost for you and the hen parties are held out of hours.  There are also fun party games we can add on too if you wish!! The hen gets a gorgeous box which they will be able to put their wedding keepsake in and also wish letters from each of her hen's!! The Party tables will be decorated with fun treats.

Adult Birthday Parties / Anniversary Celebrations


Get together with a group of friends for a lovely afternoon tea as above £15per person you can also add on cupcake making too for an extra cost.
Or if you would like something slightly larger up to 50 people we can put on an afternoon tea spread and decorate the room for you. Taking the stress out of all your organising.
The cost of this would be £10 per person and guests will be able to pay for their own drinks or we can work out a price for drinks too. (please contact us for more details.



Whatever your celebration let us take all the stress out of organising and let us help you have a day to remember. Please contact me for more information or to book.

kelly@thecupcakequeen.co.uk

The Parlour
45 Mill Street
Stafford
St16AJ

01785244474



Thursday, 19 April 2012

Tuesday Morning Is Childrens Morning!!!!

From Tuesday 2th April 2012,
11am-12 pm
we will be holding a children's morning.(term time only)
Each week we will set out a fun activity for you to do with you preschool child.
Homemade play dough, craft activities, seed planting and even cupcake decorating (something different each week)
The cost for the activity is £3 per child. Each child will also get a drink of squash or milk and a mini cupcake/biscuit.
As this is not a playgroup you will need to stay and supervise your child.
We have a fab children's area upstairs with a chalkboard and plenty of toys so feel free to stay as long as you want and enjoy a sit down with a cake and coffee.
There is no need to prebook and everyone is welcome, mum, dad, nan, grandad, carer.....pop in for fun.

The parlour will be still open as normal on Tuesday for those who wish to pop in for a cake :)

See you soon Kelly xxx

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Fun For Children In Easter Half Term

We have lots of fun stuff planned for this half term please book as soon as possible as all places are limited.

Tuesday 3rd April

10.30 - 12pm

Easter Card Making £7

The lovely Hollie will be in making beautiful collage Easter cards using gorgeous buttons, lace and watercolours. Great fun for all ages and includes all your materials cake and drinks.

Thursday 5th April

Starts at 11 am (various groups through out the day)

Fairy making £6
This includes all the materials for making your fairy and also drink and cupcake.

Sunday 8th April


12pm

Join us for a fab Easter hunt our lovely ladies who come to our knitting and crochet group have been very busy knitting chicks and rabbits for a great charity hunt. Tickets are £3 each child and all the money will go to Phoebe Allen fund.Phoebe has cerebral palsy and the money will be put towards a new chair. This will be a great event please book your place.

Thursday 12th April

10-12pm £12

Children's canvas/collage making beautiful collages with Hollie using pretty laces, buttons, and watercolours your child will go home with a piece to keep forever and also a drink and cake. please book as places are limited. great for all ages

Friday 13th April

Fairy Making £6
Join Lisa fairy making lovely fairies places start at 11am. Includes fairy making and cake and drink. Please book asap as these go very quickly.


have a great half term everyone hope to see you all

Kelly x






Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Events In The Parlour In March

We have lots of events booked and arranged for March so many that I thought I'd write a blog post but we will also have leaflets in store for you to collect.

Thursday 1st March
St Davids Day: Lots of yummy cupcakes in store some decorated with daffodils and dragons for all our welsh customers

Saturday 3rd March
Emma from Small prints will be back in the parlour from 10-4 she can take prints of your little ones fingers or drawings which are put into silver and made into pretty jewellery, cuff links etc. Great for Mothers day Presents and a lovely keepsake.

Monday 5th March
Angela Smith will be hosting a jewellery making workshop this one is for making 2 pairs of earrings,
the cost is £25 which includes everything to make 2 pairs or earrings and also coffee and cake. 7-9 pm you must book this workshop to save your place. These would be a fab present to make for mothers day or send your mum on.

Wednesday 7th March
10.30-11.30 Knitting and crochet group. Please pop in to our knit and chat group, you don't need to book just turn up have coffee cake and learn a new skill or help teach others - great fun and no charge.

Thursday 8th March
7-9 pm
Each month we support a charity and this month is Oxfam Women's International Day. We want to raise lots but can only do that with your help. I promise it'll be fun. Women in third world countries do not have the same opportunity as we do in Britain and just £86 can buy a sewing machine for a lady to start her own business so that she is able to feed and educate her children. 
We are doing a cake swap, bring along a cake and recipe of how you made your cake we will then all swap recipes and cake slices yum!! As well as this we will be having lots of fab ladies in business with tables showing their amazing products so plenty of opportunity to buy for mothers day. There will also be an exhibition by Derek , a local photographer who has a collection of amazing women who have done jobs that you least expect a lady to do or women that are the first to do something...for example first lady in space. His work is beautiful. We have women artists and photographers also displaying their work for you to come and see. We have a lot of press interest so is sure to be a great night. If anyone would like a ticket please come in the shop to buy one they are £3. And if you can make a cake too that would also be fab. Please Please help support our night.
In march our collection on the counter will be donated to Oxfam.

Monday 12th March
7-9 Angela has a floating necklace workshop. The cost is £25 which inc all the equipment and materials to make a beautiful floating necklace which you take home with you. Also it includes coffee and cake. Great present for mothers day.Must book as soon as possible to get your place.

Wednesday 14th March
10.30-11.30
Knitting and crochet group meet at the shop no charge and no need to book- just turn up

Saturday 17th March
St Patrick's day- lots of cupcakes decorated for st Patrick's day.

Also mothers day cupcakes please pre order to guarantee your box we have the following

box 4 £7
box 6 £10
box 12 £20
and also traditional Victoria sponge cake £20

We will also have lots of beautiful gifts for mothers day with a new delivery coming tomorrow.

Saturday 17th March
6-8pm
Adult fairy making workshop
Learn with Lisa how to make pretty fairies, from making their faces and wings to decorating their bodies. The cost is £20 which includes a 8 inch fairy, coffee and cake...great treat for your mum for mothers day or a present to make and give to her.

Sunday 18th March
Mothers Afternoon Tea
£12 per adult £7 per child
beautifully decorated tables ready for your mothers day treats. Cost includes all your drinks and cupcake stands filled with beautiful cupcakes, biscuits, scones jam and cream and finger sandwiches. pre booking essential.

Monday 19th March
7-9 pm
beautiful bracelet making with Angela. Cost is £25 which inc materials to make your bracelet and also coffee and cake. Booking essential.

Wednesday 21st March
10.30-11.30
Knitting and crochet group..drop in no need to book come and knit and natter

Sunday 26th March
Summer flowers cupcake workshop......fully booked

Monday 26th March
7-9pm
Knitted bracelet workshop .Angela will teach you how to turn your knitting skills into making a beautiful bracelet. £25 includes bracelet materials and coffee and cake..you must be able to knit do do this workshop.

Wednesday 28th March
10.30-11.30
knitting and crochet group...just pop along no need to pre book

Wednesday 28th March
6-9 pm
Baby calm antenatal workshop £30 per couple
for all mummy and daddys with baby bumps please conact
www.facebook.com/babycalmstafford
Friday 30th March
1.15-2.45pm Sling meet
Helen will be here to help with your baby and how to use slings. The slings are available to borrow at no cost.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Events At The Parlour For February and March 2012

We have so many events being held at The Parlour for the next couple of months that I thought a blog post would be best - we will also have some print outs in the shop to take away with you.


FEBRUARY


This month we will be raising money for Jasper's Fund. Jasper is my friends little baby who is bravely battling leukaemia. His mummy and daddy are raising lots for his fund which will help other families in the same awful position. We have a cup on our counter collecting your donations and also we will be holding a children's cupcake design competition pop into the shop to collect your forms its 50p to enter with all the money to Jasper's fund. There will be 3 age categories and on the 17th Feb we will judge the pictures and the winners will receive a box of 4 cupcakes.

Wednesday 1st February 2012: 10.30 - 11.30 Knitting and crochet group.

Join us for coffee and cake and learn or help teach others how to knit or crochet a really fun way to spend the morning. There is no cost for the group just sit and relax with a coffee and cake and have fun!!


Sunday 5th February 11-1pm fairy making workshop (for children) £6  fully booked sorry!!
A fun workshop for children make and take home a pretty fairy enjoy a cupcake and drink after.


Wednesday 8th February 10.30-11.30 Knitting and crochet group
same as above


Sunday 12th February 12-1.30pm valentines afternoon tea £12 adults £7 children
Places are now limited
Join us for a lovely afternoon tea.
You will be treated to cupcake stands filled with finger sandwiches, love heart cupcakes, lemon heart biscuits, strawberrys, scones with clotted cream and jam.
tables will be decorated with candles, flowers, heart bubbles,sweets and glitter!!
All drinks are also included in cost


Tuesday 14th February 10-3pm

Pre order your valentine treats:

You can choose from the following
large chocolate cake with strawberrys and hearts £25

Cupcakes:
box 4 £7
box 6 £10
box 12 £20

in the following choice
vanilla with pink decorations
chocolate with red decorations
vanilla with retro sweets love hearts etc .

Booking is essential as valentines is always very busy for us although on the day we will also be serving valentine cupcakes to pick up in store (these will be limited)


Wednesday 15th February 10.30 - 11.30

Knitting and crochet group as above


Thursday 16th February :Childrens fairy making workshop (half term)

make a beautiful fairy and have a drink and a cupcake £6
after the success of the last workshop we booked up very quickly please get in touch as soon as possible.

Friday 17th February : Childrens cupcake decorating

Decorate a cupcake cupcake will be boxed to take away with you) and then sit with a milkshake and treat £5

booked as soon as possible as places are very limited.


Sunday 19th February 12-2 Vintage chic workshops
£40 sorry booked up

Wednesday 22nd February :10.30-11.30 knitting and crochet group

Sunday 26th feb 12-2pm Girly Glam Workshop
£40 sorry booked up

wednesday 29th february 10.30-11.30 knitting and crochet group

March

1st march: St davids day celebrate in the parlour with themed cupcakes.

sunday 4th :booked for party

Monday 5th march: 7-9 pm
jewellery making, earring workshop make 2 beautiful earrings and enjoy coffee and cake £25 inc all materials

wednesday 7th march 10.30-11.30 knitting and crochet group

Thursday 8th march:Oxfams International womens day (time to be confirmed ) we will be raising money with oxfam A fun great stafford bake off/cake swap sounds fun??? it is!! bring along your cake - you must confirm with me that you are coming and what you are going to bake no 2 cakes will be the same!! bring along £3 (to be donated to oxfam) you will swap your slices of cake and recipes and take home each other slices!! and raise lots for a good cause. 


Sunday 11th march: booked for a party

Monday 12th march:7-9pm
jewellery making workshop make a floating necklace £25 inc material to make your necklace and have a coffee and cake.

please book places are limited.

Wednesday 14th march:10.30-11.30 knitting group

Saturday 17th march _collect your mothers day cakes and cupcakes
Box set 4 £7
Box 6 £10
Box 12 £20
vanilla lemon or chocolate with flowers. Must be pre ordered. we will also have lots of lovely gifts in for your mum too.

Sunday 18th March : Mothers day afternoon tea.12-1.30pm

Cupcake stands filled with yummy treats £12 adults £7 children

tables will be prettily decorated with a little gift for mum!! pre book as tables are limited.


wed 21st march 10.30-11.30 knitting group.

Sunday 25th march 12-2pm
summer flowers cupcake workshop sorry booked up

Monday 26th march 7-9 pm knitted bracelet workshop
£25 includes all the materials to make your bracelet (you need to know how to knit to be on this workshop) also inc drink and a cake.

Wednesday 28th march 10.30-11.30 knitting group.



Sunday, 1 January 2012

Cupcake Decorating Workshops February 19th and 26th



There are 2 workshops being organised for February
held at

 The Cupcake Queen Parlour
Mill Street
Stafford

Sunday 19th feb 12-2pm
£40
Vintage Chic Cupcakes
make pretty cupcakes with bows, cameo, buttons and pearls in soft pastel colours

Sunday 26th feb 12-2pm
£40
Girly Glam Cupcakes
make shoe cupcakes, handbags, roses and bows

Each workshop inc:

12 yummy vanilla cupcakes boxed ready to decorate
make the perfect buttercream you will each have individual bowls and hand whisks
learn to colour your buttercream
make the perfect rose swirl
make hand made decorations using cutters, moulds and your own hands
whilst cake decorations are drying be treated to yummy afternoon tea...lovely treats served on cupcake stands and coffee, tea or soft drinks.

All you need is an apron
£10 deposit is needed to book your place with balance due 14th feb
only 6 places per workshop

Contact me

Lovely way to spend the afternoon whilst learning a new craft.