A couple of weeks ago we were so excited to host our first ever ‘Stationery Social‘. A chance to bring our Instagram to life, giving those lucky enough to get tickets (they sold out in less than 24 hours!) a taste of all the things Martha Brook loves; creative workshops, delicious treats, cocktails, all the prettiness and, of course, our delightfully individual stationery!
Back in April we had the tough challenge of finding a venue; light, bright, modern yet filled with character, until we stumbled across a room in the perfectly named Staple Inn. A beautiful victorian building with parquet floors, high ceilings and bright white walls, plenty of natural light and a central location, it ticked all of our boxes for the perfect space.
The brief was then simple, to transform the room into a haven of pastel and paper prettiness, and we settled on a pink and rose gold theme for the styling.
We were incredibly lucky to partner with the amazing Hayford and Rhodes, one of the oldest, largest and we think most innovative florists in London, who created, undeniably, the main centrepiece of the room; an insanely beautiful floral installation. Inspired by our Instagram, the pink and peach floral arch became the perfect photo back drop (see Martha and Hermione below)… it’s been a week since the event and we all still can’t stop admiring how stunning it looks in the photos.
Elsewhere, wherever you looked, there were elements of pastel pink prettiness and the food and drink was no exception. The megababes from Canababes were kind enough to create some of their ‘event food with personality’. Not only did the sweet and savoury canopies taste amazing they also looked like mini works of art, almost too good to eat (almost!).
We also have to give a special mention to the wonderful Lavolio. Their founder Lavinia and her lovely assistant Bianca hosted another one of the most popular stations of the day, a boutique confectionary tasting table where you got to sample some of their delicious handmade sweets and chocolate, which we are huge fans of here at Martha Brook.
Of course, there also had to be lots of stationery. The event was the perfect place to two of our new ranges. Both the Whatever Collection, a set of sassy, playful personalised notebooks, and our beautiful new 2019 diaries and calendars were arranged in a pretty display for everyone to admire.
The afternoon wasn’t just about the very instagrammable decor though. In between sipping on pink Sipsmith Summer cup (or Teapigs tea), and chatting with other like-minded attendees, we also ran some taster creative workshops. Beautiful stationery and the art of hand lettering go hand in hand and the talented Edlyl Asis hosted an introduction to Modern Calligraphy, which gave participants the opportunity to learn the basics of using their nib and ink to form beautiful letterforms.
Running with the hand lettering theme there was also the opportunity to take part in a Brush Lettering workshop taught by Hannah, our Junior Designer here at Martha Brook, who always gives us envy with how easy she makes it look!
We were lucky enough to be gifted some beautiful photo backdrops by Capture by Lucy, which helped form the basis of the next workshops taught by our stylist Nancy Straughan and Martha herself. Guests were given a quick lesson on how to create a successful flatlay and then asked to style a piece from our new collection with Martha passing on some of her wisdom on how to take the best photos using your iPhone.
However, our absolute favourite part of the afternoon was the buzz in the air and that was down to the wonderful Martha Brook community. We got to chat, get creative, have some tasty food, style some stationery, take some very Instagrammable photos, but most of all we came away feeling inspired by the people we met.
Lots of people are asking with the next one will be, and we are working on it! If you are interested in coming along next time, do let us know, and if there is anything you’d like to see in the workshops next time, please do leave a comment below or on our Instagram. Finally, a huge thank you to the absolutely brilliant Tia Talula and Cristina Ilao for the beautiful photos from us all of us at Team Brook (below).