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Get your bake-on at the Vale Resort

by Administrator 30. March 2013 19:56


Get your bake-on at the Vale Resort with a
Cupcake Break
The Vale Resort in Hensol, south Wales has whisked up a new break for budding bakers who want to make like Mary Berry and create the perfect cupcake.
The Cupcake Break combines a morning spent cooking up a storm in the kitchen learning how to bake and decorate cupcakes, combined with a luxury stay in Wales' favourite fourstar resort.
Guests will be taught everything they need to know to create perfect cupcakes every time, from mixing up a light sponge through to sugar craft and the perfect icing techniques. At the end of their stay, they will be able to take everything they make home to impress friends and
family with their masterpieces.
And those whose skills aren't quite up to the likes of Mary Berry needn't worry as a professional tutor will be on hand to make sure that everyone 'rises' to the challenge.
Stephanie Metson, marketing manager of the Vale Resort, said: "Cupcakes have become increasingly popular over recent years, thanks to the trend of all things pretty and vintage.
"No celebration these days is really complete without a selection of cupcakes but what's really impressive is being able to make them yourself.
"Our Cupcake Break is suited to people of all abilities, from experienced bakers to absolute
beginners, and by the end of the session everyone will be baking, icing, piping and frosting
like a true pro.
"You can come along with friends or family, or simply jump into the mix with a group of other
cupcake lovers to learn some new skills in a totally relaxed and friendly environment."
The full break is just £99 per person per night, and includes:
§ 1 night luxury accomodation
§ Full Welsh breakfast
§ Introduction to cup cake recipes, suppliers and equipment
§ Half a day hands-on cupcake making and decorating
§ Full use of the Vale Resort's extensive leisure facilities
§ Free recipes
§ Take home everything you make on the day
§ Free parking
Children over 10 are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult throughout.
The Vale Resort at Hensol is in home to a 143-bed four-star hotel, two championship golf
courses extensive health and racquets club including large gymnasium, pool, sauna and
steam room.
For more information on the selected dates available please call the reservations team on
+44 (0)1443 667800, or visit www.vale-hotel.com
*Terms and conditions apply. Based on two sharing a standard room. Full non refundable
payment at time of booking. Subject to availability. Single supplement of £35 applies.
For more information please contact Carolyn Pugsley on 02920 545387
carolyn.pugsley@freshwater-uk.com or
Stephanie Metson


Fenne's checklist to a successful wedding day

by Administrator 30. March 2013 19:21


To help you out, the Fennes have summarised the main things that a majority of guests will expect to happen on your day, and in a rough order. Now before you too have a nervous breakdown, this is just a guide - if there are any of these parts you were not going to do, don't lose sleep over it. Your wedding day is for you to remember, not anyone else!

If you are worried, you can be rest assured that when you book a wedding venue with us, we have fully trained wedding co-ordinators who can advise and help on every aspect - you're not alone!

Ceremony - This is the really romantic part where you become man and wife - but before you get carried away, agree the actual running order of the ceremony, including any hymns, readings, and of course the all important vows. Leave nothing to chance!

Photographs - Think of photographs as memories. Before the day, make a list of all the shots you know you want. Meet your wedding photographer and talk to them about what you expect, the venue and when and where you want photographs taken. If you leave it to the day, you will in all likelihood be at the mercy of the photographer, and they may neglect to take that all important shot of you and the girls together - and instead you end up with a photo of your Monster In Law and a random cousin you don't even know the name of!

Reception - Tradition has it that you will meet all your guests in a receiving line. However, this tradition is fading in place of a drinks reception where you can circulate and chat to guests at your pleasure. Certainly a more relaxing setting and one that most people now prefer.

Dinner - The dinner is the part where you can start to relax - just a little. There will be an ever increasingly complex table plan to negotiate ( we have a guide to this coming up very shortly ), but this is your chance to sit with your new husband and actually eat something as a married couple - oh and a glass or two of wine at last as well!

Speeches - The dreaded speeches! They can really make or break a wedding day, but in our experience they are often the funniest and most heartfelt part of the day. Tradition dictates that they follow the dessert plates being cleared away - and if you were wondering about the running order, don't, here it is :

Brides Father - Usually a fairly low key speech, simply welcoming the groom to the family, and maybe one or two anecdotes of when they first met the groom as a spotty teenager etc. The final part of each speech is always a toast to the newly married couple.

The Bridegroom - Your chance to watch your new husband address the room, and he should thank your family for allowing him to take your hand in marriage, he will surely compliment you on how beautiful you look on this special day, and finally he will thank everyone for attending.

The Best Man - if you have one speech to fear, it is this one! The bridegroom will undoubtedly have a few funny tales about the groom from days gone by, and maybe a tame story from the stag do - but ultimately, whilst humorous, this speech should stay within boundaries. Whenever we are asked for advice on this, we simply say to remember that grandparents and children will be in the room , so aim the risqueometer at them, rather than at "mate" level, and you won't go far wrong!

Cutting The Cake - The cutting of the cake is really a good photo opportunity, so expect to stand with your hand and knife akimbo of the cake for some time - once you have made the 1st slice, the catering staff will take it away and slice and dice it to be served.

First Dance - The first dance is the signal that the party is about to begin. You and your new husband take to the floor to a song that is special to you - whether it be Bryan Adams or Gangnam Style, it is purely your choice! You should then have a dance with your father, and your husband with his mother..and then it's time to really relax and enjoy the celebrations!

The only other optional extra to the day is if you leave before your guests - hopefully to catch a plane to an exotic place for your honeymoon! Then guests should make two lines and you should be serenaded between the two lines to your waiting car.

I hope this helps take some of the mystery out your day - if you cover these points, you have established a traditional wedding day, and it really isn't as stressful as you may think.

As I mentioned above, if you use us for you wedding day, we'll be there to hold your hand through every aspect.


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