Good morning Brit fans. Hope you’re managing to keep up with this ever changing New England weather. One week we were sunning ourselves in Woodbury at the Fall Festival and the next we’re up to our shins in mud at the Hopkins Vineyard! Either way we always have a good cuppa brewing and some fantastic baked goods ready to cheer you up! Last weekend really was a blast. If you’ve never visited the Hopkins Vineyard you really don’t know what you are missing. No matter which route you take to get there you will be stunned by the scenery, no matter what the season. Last weekend, despite the rain, visitors were treated to a beautiful display of Fall colors all around. A bonfire was roaring while the band played and despite the rain everyone had a great time. We were kept warm, not just by the copious amounts of tea consumed, but by the never ending warmth from the people we had the pleasure of meeting. My favorite part of the afternoon came in the form of a comment from one of the guests (sorry Tilden’s your fish tacos were to die for but…) “these are the best scones I have ever tasted”. For our little company, comments like these mean everything. We started as 3 friends throwing out ideas and coming up with solutions and it’s turned into a thriving little business that can only go from strength to strength. That very same day Deb got to spend the afternoon at the gorgeous salon Byrde & the b. Joined by the owner Scott Bond, multiple Emmy award winner and nominee, and Justine Hoagland with CLOTH clothing, guests were treated to an afternoon of shopping for beautiful children’s clothing while they enjoyed a spot of tea and a scone or fairy cake. This salon is amazing. Decorated with antiques and a unique flair, it offers everything you could want in a full service salon. So while Ali, Clare and Hannah were sloshing about at the Hopkins Vineyard, Deb and Deb were nice and cozy in the luxurious surroundings that spell out star treatment from the moment you walk in the door.

No matter where we ‘pop up’ you’ll always find us enjoying what we do. Our love of our British heritage is what inspires us and to share it with you all is what makes us happy. Keep an eye on our blog to see where we will be next. Until then ‘tara for now’ x

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Festival season

As those lazy summer days draw to a close we jump straight into the Fall Festival season and the BritsBrand girls are making their debut at several local fairs. Last weekend was the WOW Fall Festival, which welcomed thousands of visitors to the beautiful town of Woodbury, CT. We were there with our British accents, humor and bunting galore. You couldn’t miss us! With lines weaving from our tent, the ever famous scone was devoured by everyone who stopped to sample our baking. We were there….. and everyone knew it. Serving scones with clotted cream and jam, mince pies and almond slices we didn’t have a minute. Our famous European style lemonade (and no, you cannot have the recipe…..) was so popular we couldn’t keep up with the demand. Of course, it wouldn’t have been an ‘afternoon tea’ without a brew and you could catch many tea fans enjoying a steaming hot cuppa to ‘cool’ them as the temperatures soared and the summer sun made a welcomed appearance. This was a first for us and we hope now a new tradition. If I said one person asked us “where we were based” it would be an understatement and one of these days we will be proudly responding with “oh, you know that cute little tea room on the main street in………., well that’s us”. Until then we’ll continue to share what we do ever so well, and continue to ‘pop-up’ where the demand takes us. If you missed us in Woodbury, never fear, we’ll be at the Hopkins Vineyard this weekend at their wine and cheese festival and also at Byrde and the B, bringing a traditional cream tea to the guests there as they enjoy an afternoon of shopping with Cloth children’s clothing.

At BritsBrand we judge our success by the feedback of our clients. When they are smiling and happy, then so are we. If we can make your event a little more special then we’ve achieved what we set out to do. Success is measured in many ways and for us small town British girls it’s no different. To hear that we have the best scones someone has ever tasted, or we get an email saying that we went above and beyond at a private party…. then we have done something right.

We continue to grow and evolve and you’ll never find us stopping still for too long. We are ever changing, improving and developing. Don’t believe us?…. just pop in to Bella Luna Gifts in Morris and check out our brand new display!

We thank you for all your support! Keep liking our posts and blogs and of course, signing our guestbook so we know what you think.

Hope to see you this weekend, but if not, don’t worry….. we’ll be popping up at an event near you in the not too distant future.

Now, get that kettle on and enjoy a brew!

Tara for now….

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Busy, busy, busy

Hello everyone!   Hope you've all had a great Summer!

It's been a while, I know, but we are back.  It's been a great summer full of adventures.  The Brit girls have been busy working on some fabulous projects.  From beautiful favors, to fantastic themed teas, it's been so much fun!

The Summer months saw our innovative Breezebreakers find their way to a wonderful store in the Cape.  Check them out at Cape Tradewinds in Orleans, MA.  We served up our treats 1950's style at the Litchfield Community Center for their annual Summerfest Gala.  Our beautiful favors graced many celebrations this Summer too.  From beautiful covered jam pots to our lovely Yorkshire tea favors.  Thank you to all who chose to include us in their special occasions.

Always thinking of ways we can use our beautiful china, when it can no longer grace our tables, we decided to re-purpose them to make gorgeous bird feeders and candles.  Check these out at Bella Luna Gifts in Morris on September 23rd where we will be holding a 'Pop in and Paint' day and later this month at the Woodbury Fall Festival on Sunday, September 30th. 

This might just be a record-breaking month for the most scones ever baked!!!  We've been hard at it at the Mindful Kitchen today, busy prepping for our second year at Savor Litchfield.  Over 500 scones are ready and waiting for guests to enjoy as they sample all the wonderful delights Litchfield has to offer.  Join us tomorrow at South Farms in Morris, there might be a few tickets still available.

Well guys, it's been awesome, so awesome we've not had time to 'blog' we've been so busy!  Looks like Fall is finally here, so enjoy these beautiful Fall days and all the amazing colors nature has to offer. 

Hold on tight BritsBrand fans....... it's going to be crazy ride!!

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!