This is part two of a two-part series. This first section was the beauty section and how I got ready for my kitchen tea. Read more about it here. This second series is about my food and beverage suppliers J
A few weeks ago I was treated to the most magnificent kitchen tea, by my bridesmaids! I wanted to share the suppliers I used with you, as I know how difficult it is to find suppliers who show up, deliver what they promised and who are affordable. See details below, and please let me know if you use any of the suppliers recommended.
The theme was festival, which was appropriately named ‘Tamchella’. Guys, a kitchen tea/bachelorette is SUCH a vibe! All of your nearest and dearest are there, music is playing, cocktails and champagne is flowing, games are played and fun is had! I highly recommend you have one, even if it’s just a small get-together at your house.
Drinks and bartenders: Mbev
Shimmer shots (R220 for 750ml):
This flavoured vodka comes in four flavours and four colours. The red on is cinnamon flavoured, the green one is lemon biscuit flavoured, the blue one is tutti fruitti flavoured and the purple one is gummy bear flavoured. Not only are these shots delicious (as shooters or in a cocktail). But the floating, edible glitter is a real show stopper and crowd-pleaser. These were a huge hit at my bachelorette and these are products I would certainly purchase again. The bartenders also made the most sensational cocktails – please hire them for ALL of your parties going forward.
I’m a huge gin lover and so we had the most unreal gin bar on the day, with three different brands, and three different flavour profiles on offer. There was literally something for everyone.
In Raspberry blush. This gin isn’t just pretty to look at, it’s pretty tasty too. You can taste that it is derived from fully ripe raspberries. This gin brand has found a way to add not only the raspberry flavour, but the colour too – this makes the ultimate, juicy gin. The succulent combination of true dry juniper and the sweet scents of berries deliver a new full flavour to your Sunday afternoon G&T treat. I highly recommend you garnish this drink with a few frozen raspberries. It’s soooo good. I gifted each of my bridesmaids with one too. This gin is available in four different flavours – I encourage you to try them all!
Available in three different flavours and colours. However, I think the Pino & Pelargonium (the pink one) may be my favourite. This showstopper celebrates the most famous of the San botanicals. The pinotage is a local grape varietal that adds vibrant colour, while the Pelargonium Fynbos known globally as rose geranium adds a sweet, floral flavour. I think most of the gins I drank at the kitchen tea were from Sugarbird.
This gin is available in three different, delicious flavours. What I love about the three gins that I offered, is how diverse they all were. All of the flavours and brands were so different, but at the same time, they were all absolutely DELICIOUS. This certainly wasn’t a battle of the gins, rather a… they’re all delicious, try one of each. A personal favourite of mine was the rhubarb and baobab gin.
They’re one of the first distilleries in South Africa to handcraft a Rhubarb Gin and offer this to the South African connoisseurs. Our Rhubarb and Baobab Gin is inspired by the glory of the English country garden. On tasting, it surprises with an evocative almost nostalgic sweetness followed by a tart crisp edge. The addition of African Baobab and Hibiscus contributes to the fruity aroma. This gin is slightly softer than traditional gins with smooth juniper and citrus notes. I really enjoyed this gin and would recommend it to a first-time gin drinker.
This is a bespoke, artisanal gin passionately handcrafted for enhanced flavour, using only the finest botanicals and natural ingredients. Every small batch is completely hand-crafted in their micro-distillery based in Kyalami, in South Africa.
Nederburg Méthode Cap Classique Brut (R195 for 750ml):
Nederburg is one of South Africa’s leading wineries with an award-winning pedigree that stems from a culture of innovation and disciplined attention to detail. So, I just knew I had to have their MCC at both my kitchen tea and my wedding. An MCC is a South African term used for sparkling wine, made according to the traditional method of undergoing a secondary bottle fermentation. Crisp, zesty and refreshing with a delicate flavour.
This MCC was made from whole-bunch pressed chardonnay and pinot noir grapes and left on the lees for 72 months. This MCC is one of the most delicious I’ve ever tasted. I chill it and enjoy it with cheese and biscuits, or baked kinglip and salad on a warm summers day. It has perfectly delicate citrus notes, of lime tang and grapefruit zest. This is the perfect MCC for a bachelorette, or just to enjoy life’s little luxuries this Spring.
Durbanville hills rose (R100):
If you’re a rose fan then you absolutely need to try this one, it’s simply sensational. This rose has the most delicious notes of citrus, ripe fruit, rose petals, strawberries and Turkish delight. However, when you drink it, you’re likely to mainly pick up notes of grapefruit, and ripe berries. I served this rose with cheese, biscuits, biltong and preserves, however, it would beautifully complement fresh oysters, smoked salmon, sushi, sticky barbeque ribs or mixed berries and cream. It can even be enjoyed chilled, on its own, while curled up with a good book this summer.
OMG Graze (Price varies):
OMG Graze was created by a local female entrepreneur, Claudia. I’ve used Claudia’s services before, for many work events and she always over-delivers, so naturally, she was the perfect choice for my bachelorette party too. There was a lovely selection of cheese, cold meats, preserves, crackers, and Lindt balls too. This is an easy, no-fuss option for upcoming functions, as you simply take the lid off the box, unwrap a few items and voila, your graze boards are complete. I would highly recommend OMG Graze and their services, the owner goes above and beyond, every time.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts:
If you read my blog, you know that we often mention Krispy Kreme’s latest offerings. As much as we love all the new offerings, nothing really beats the OG doughnut. It’s simply delicious, it’s uncomplicated and it’s so easy to enjoy. I knew I had to have them at my kitchen tea. They’re so light and delicious, I could probably have four of them in none sitting and not even feel bad about it – they really are, oh, so moreish.
Keep an eye on our page for their latest launches and offerings.
Cactus cupcakes and iced cookies:
These cupcakes tasted even better than they looked. I love the little cacti, the buttercream simply melted into the cupcake dough and tasted like heaven on your tongue. I could’ve eaten 20 of them. Their iced cookies were also oh so moreish, they were all bespoke cookies, that said Tamchella in my blog colours, bums with lingerie panties and wedding dresses. A few weeks after the wedding guests are still enjoying them with their afternoon coffees.
I hope this supplier list helps you plan your next party at home or your very own kitchen tea. All of these suppliers were highly reliable, and all alcoholic brands were simply delicious. But don’t take my word for it. Try them out for yourselves.