When Harry met Meghan

What a weekend!  If you're British or just a fan of the British monarchy, this weekend was a weekend to make us all proud.  Our very own Prince Harry married his sweetheart Meghan in the most beautiful ceremony that broke many traditions and spoke volumes to people all over the world.  In true Brit Girl style we celebrated as any Brit would - at the pub!  While serving a full English, on a bun, we watched the happy couple share the vows.  Yes, the upstairs event room at the Village Restaurant, Litchfield, was the place to be!  As good friend of ours said "Meghan has showed little girls all over the world that anyone can become a princess".  The whole day just spoke 'new Royals'.  A gospel choir sang Stand by Me, and a young cellist by the name of Sheku Kanneh-Mason gave a breath-taking performance which will be remembered for years to come.  I could go on and on.  The day was amazing and the Brit Girls will be watching and re-watching with many a glass of fizz in the coming weeks.  It just made us feel good and proud to be British.  Here's to the happy couple, we wish them nothing but happiness.

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Everyone loves to paint!

We have been busy coming up with new ideas for our famous Paint Alongs with Miss Deb.  Deb's been busy painting all sorts (not the liquorice type).  If I stood still long enough today she would have painted me!  There are glasses of all kinds, bottles, canvasses...... you name it Deb can paint it and you can too.  Don't miss out, book your painting party today by clicking on "Inquire" in the main menu to contact us!

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Brit girl adventures!

What a great start to our week.  We got to share a lovely cappuccino with the Caroline, the owner  of Old Platform 6, in Oakville, CT.  We walked into this beautiful space and we were immediately transported back to a European style club.  If you've not visited this place you are missing out!  We're always looking for unique venues for our pop-up afternoon teas and this one has to be one of our favorites.  

We then took a drive to Middletown, CT..... (we don't mess around) where we met a fantastic local artist , Dan, who had created a table that you would have thought was tailor made for us!  We had a lovely chat and gave him a few ideas for other pieces we would love.  We cannot wait to share a brew and some of our fabulous scones with Dan, served on another table created just for us!

Downton Abbey Celebration

It was all things Downton today in Burlington, CT.  The Brit Girls brought a little slice of England to a beautiful venue and served an afternoon tea fit for any lord or lady.  Guests dined on a variety of delicate tea sandwiches and scrumptious desserts, topped off with hot British tea and European style lemonade.  The guest of honor looked fabulous in her 1920's style attire and everyone joined in the fun and wore Royal worthy hats and jewels.

 A table fit for Lord and Lady!

A table fit for Lord and Lady!

BritsBrand are now offering gluten free products

What a discovery! Pure Love Bakery in Avon, Connecticut will now supply gluten free products for any of our guests with dietary requirements.  Before Christmas we sampled some of their bakery delights and just loved them.  We served up these gluten free versions of our own tried and tested favorites at a baby shower over the Christmas holiday and everyone was delighted!  Here are just a few pictures of these delicious delights!

 Gluten free fairy cakes provided by  Pure Love Bakery of Avon, CT

Gluten free fairy cakes provided by Pure Love Bakery of Avon, CT

 Gluten free scones served with homemade clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Gluten free scones served with homemade clotted cream and strawberry jam.

The Brit Girls arrive at Bella Luna in Morris

We are thrilled to announce that our lovely products will be available exclusively at Bella Luna gift store in Morris, CT.  We were asked to sell our baked goods and home made products there over the festive period and it was so successful we will now have our very own 'spot' right in their store, year round!  Come and look at our beautiful handmade table runners, place mats and gift baskets.  As always stock up on your favorite teas and jams too!  Stop by for a spot of tea and a biscuit and watch out for our famous scones, millionaires shortbread and mince pies on sale on select dates in the future.  

 Beautiful handmade throw pillows now available at Bella Luna

Beautiful handmade throw pillows now available at Bella Luna

 Yorkshire tea!

Yorkshire tea!

 Beautiful handmade table runners and mats

Beautiful handmade table runners and mats

All-Wright Acres

We have lived in this beautiful area of Connecticut for many years but only this week discovered the beauty and delights of All-Wright Acres farm in Bethlehem.  Nestled among the Abbey of Regina Laudis this beautiful property is home to Karyn Wright and her family.  As we went down the driveway we truly felt like we were entering a little piece of England.  Karyn and her friend Donna showed us around the house and property which features the Bethlehem Bunkhouse, a beautiful barn, pool, farm and gift store as well as home to Karyn's home made products creatively named The Hippie Chicks.  We shared our scones, clotted cream, jam a lovely brew in Karyn's gorgeous dining room as we discussed and planned for her annual Christmas Sale to be held November 24th.  This is how we do business, over a brew and a scone!!! 

 

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BritsBrand Takes On Taste of Litchfield!

What a day Sunday was! After many hours spent in the kitchen preparing quite literally a thousand desserts, we showed up at the inaugural Taste of Litchfield toting our scones, trifles, and signature British charm. Even at 9 AM, we were piping freshly whipped cream on top of all the trifles and artfully putting toppings on scones—all of which were flying off the table once patrons arrived! 

 Alison and Lucy vs 500 scones!

Alison and Lucy vs 500 scones!

This was the largest event we'd ever catered for, and we learned a lot in the process! With Supreme Baking Goddess Deb out of commission due to spinal surgery, we were a little shorthanded. Thankfully, Alison, her husband John, and Deb's daughter Lucy were able to complete the kitchen odyssey. With the addition of Clare on Sunday, the morning-of prep work went fairly smoothly! By 1 PM, we were all set to spread the British goodness to the attendees of the Taste of Litchfield.

 The most informative corner of our table—menu, postcards, and news sign-up

The most informative corner of our table—menu, postcards, and news sign-up

Though we were incredibly busy, we could not imagine a more rewarding feeling than hearing everyone talking about our unique desserts! We especially loved the people who came back several times for cups of lemonade, scones, or trifle. It was really great to see that our effort had paid off and we had produced something very special and different for attendees to enjoy. We also had lots of fascinating conversations with people interested in if we'd be opening a physical location (which is a long-term goal of ours!) or who were learning about the concept of a pop-up tea room for the first time. We even finally bumped into the girls from Unlocking Litchfield, whose blog we've been following since we began our tea room business.

 BritsBrand girls share a trifle with Unlocking Litchfield

BritsBrand girls share a trifle with Unlocking Litchfield

At the end of the day, our feet were killing us and we were ready to collapse on the couch with a good cuppa, but we all agreed that this was one of the most rewarding experiences we've had to date. Nothing can quite compare with sharing cherished childhood desserts with over 500 people, and it was wonderful to have brought a tiny bit of Britain to the Taste of Litchfield. After such a busy weekend, we're looking forward to our next smaller event! Find us selling our tea, lemonade, fairy cakes, and scones at Bella Luna Gifts in Morris on September 23rd—but in the meantime, we'll be scoffing some Aldi-sourced Jaffa Cakes and working on ways to make our next large event even better.

 Our setup—the Union Jack bunting is an essential part of any British-themed tea service

Our setup—the Union Jack bunting is an essential part of any British-themed tea service

Today on the Beach

OK, so a bit windy here in the States. Had a wonderful day down at the CT shore with my family. And if it wasn't for the Breeze Breaker, the whole world would have seen my not-ready-for-prime-time white legs. So privacy...another added benefit!