04 Aug 2017
Image credit: www.freshoffthegrid.com

Food and Fire: Campfire Recipes – Pan Pizza

You can just about cook anything on a campfire and one of our AH favourites is the Pan Pizza! 🙂

There are a few essential items that you do need to be able to cook with fire well, and a few that are ‘nice to haves’. So I thought we would start with the absolute basic must have and work our way through some recipes to use the essential campfire kit…

The solid steel frying pan.  Is an absolute outdoor fire cooking essential. Double handled pots are handy too but a fry pan is an essential in my book. You can buy one at Greenman Bushcraft.

Pan Pizza

Yummy, crunchy bottom to this pizza if you get it right, burnt to a crisp if you get it wrong 🙂

Make sure that your fire is cooling when you cook this and the top cheese will be molten, not that golden brown, but its just as delicious!

Image credit: www.freshoffthegrid.com

PIZZA INGREDIENTS

Toppings of your choice… we recommend that you use fresh mozzarella balls, fresh basil and tomato sauce, with a sprinkling of Cheddar or Red Leicester cheese.  And for those blue cheese fiends then gorgonzola is amazing on this pizza, as it melts into the crust!

This is also a great pudding pizza – add some fresh berries mixed with mascarpone and heat through, until the berries are warm and the mascarpone has melted a bit into the dough crust. Or mix figs with syrup with mascarpone and, again this is a simply marvelous pudding pizza

PIZZA DOUGH INGREDIENTS

500g white bread flour (preferably 00 flour, but strong white break flour is OK too)
100g semolina flour (finely ground)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1x 7g yeast sachet
½ teaspoon golden caster sugar
3 tablespoons of olive oil (and a little extra for cooking the pizza in the skillet/frying pan with)

METHOD

  1. Sieve the flour/s and salt on to a clean work surface and make a well in the middle.
  2. In a jug, mix the yeast, sugar and oil into 650ml of lukewarm water and leave for a few minutes, then pour into the well.
  3. Using a fork, bring the flour in gradually from the sides and swirl it into the liquid. Keep mixing, drawing larger amounts of flour in, and when it all starts to come together, work the rest of the flour in with your clean, flour-dusted hands. Knead until you have a smooth, springy dough.
  4. Place the ball of dough in a large flour-dusted bowl and flour the top of it. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and place in a warm room for about an hour until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Now remove the dough to a flour-dusted surface and knead it around a bit to push the air out with your hands – this is called knocking back the dough. You can either use it immediately, or keep it, wrapped in clingfilm, in the fridge (or freezer) until required.
  6. If using straight away, divide the dough up into as many little balls as you want to make pizzas – this amount of dough is enough to make about four medium pizzas, or if you have a big skillet/frying pan, about two.
  7. Timing-wise, it’s a good idea to roll the pizzas out about 15 to 20 minutes before you want to cook them. Don’t roll them out and leave them hanging around for a few hours, though – if you are working in advance like this it’s better to leave your dough, covered with clingfilm, in the fridge. However, if you want to get them rolled out so there’s one less thing to do when your guests arrive, simply roll the dough out into rough circles, about 0.5cm thick, and place them on slightly larger pieces of olive-oil-rubbed and flour-dusted tin foil. You can then stack the pizzas, cover them with clingfilm, and pop them into the fridge.
  8. Once you’ve got your pizza dough sorted, then heat up the skillet/frying pan with some olive oil in it, over a cooling fire.
  9. Cook one side of the pizza until it is golden brown, and crisp – keep checking!  You really need to keep an eye on this, as there are usually hot spots in the fire that overcook certain bits, so keep moving the pan around so that it cooks evening.
  10. Turnover and repeat.

Add your toppings and then cover with tin foil to cook through again (or a pan lid, to make a mini oven) until the cheese on top has melted and your veg or other toppings are as soft as you would like them and cooked through.

For a step by step picture guide to making campfire pizzas go here

We’ll be back with more tasty campfire cooking recipes soon! See our other easy campfire recipes here!

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28 Jul 2017
Toasting Marshmallows on a Campfire!

Food and Fire: Campfire Pudding Recipes – Camp Donuts, Toasted Homemade Marshmallows and Smores

At AH we love our campfire and so do our guests.

There is something magical about cooking outdoors and the food always seems to taste so much better, doesn’t it?! 🙂

Some things need a little bit of prep indoors, but so many amazing and delicious things can be made on an open fire so why wouldn’t you?  Many of us spend summer outdoors BBQ-ing, but this summer why not have an open fire instead? And if you haven’t got anywhere for an open fire, a portable fire pit will do just the trick!

Portable Camp Fire | Campfire Cooking Recipes

Here at AH, we are lucky enough to have a Scout built fire pit, rough and ready and very basic, but just perfect for trying out some of the recipes below…

Portable Camp Fire | Campfire Cooking Recipes

So, with no kit whatsoever, there are some pretty fab recipes that you can cook over the camp fire.

Camp Fire Recipes

Camp Donuts

Campfire Donuts | Campfire Cooking Recipes
Image credit: getoutwiththekids.co.uk

INGREDIENTS

Loaf of white bread (slightly stale is OK!)
Jam – your choice of jam
100g flour
1 egg
300ml milk
Dusting of sugar (could add some cinnamon for added flavour)

METHOD

  1. Make up a batter using the flour, egg and milk.
  2. Make up some triple decker jam sandwiches, crusts on or off are both fine, but I prefer mine crusts off! 🙂
  3. Cut them into quarters.
  4. Pop some oil in the frying pan over the fire.  (Not a big flame fire, but where you’ve got some nice hot ash embers, so you need to have got your fire going well before you want to cook, usually about 45 mins).
  5. Dip the triple deckers into the batter, and then cook them in the hot oil in the frying pan, cooking each side until they are golden brown

Enjoy warm…. sprinkled with some sugar. Don’t look at them, just imagine they are real donuts and you will be surprised just how jam donut like they really do taste 🙂

For a Gluten free alternative just use Gluten free bread, it works just as well.

View a step by step picture guide to making campfire donuts here.

Toasting Marshmallows and Smores

Marshmallows are amazing to make, satisfying and just fab, so what I recommend is that you make your marshmallows ahead of time yourself, ready to toast on the fire. They are just a million times tastier than shop bought marshmallows.

Marshmallows

Makes approx. 36

INGREDIENTS

2 x 7g sachets powdered gelatine
450g/1lb caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp almond extract)
1 tbsp sunflower oil
50g/2oz icing sugar, plus extra for dredging
50g/2oz cornflour, plus extra for dredging

METHOD

  1. Place the gelatine and 100ml/3½fl oz of cold water into a bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Meanwhile, pour the sugar and 175ml/6fl oz of cold water into a heavy-based saucepan and bring to a rolling boil on a medium to high heat, stirring continuously, until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture gently for 15-20 minutes, until a sugar thermometer dipped into the mixture reads 113C/235F. (NB: At this temperature, the sugar syrup will have reached the soft-ball stage.) CAUTION: This mixture is extremely hot and can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.
  4. As soon as the sugar syrup reaches the correct temperature, place the softened gelatine and water into the bowl of a food mixer and blend on its lowest setting. Gradually pour in the sugar syrup in a slow, steady stream, avoiding pouring the sugar syrup on the beaters as it may splash. Whisk continuously until all of the syrup has been fully incorporated in the mixture.
  5. Add the vanilla extract, then increase the blending speed and blend for 18-20 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened, cooled and is beginning to set.
  6. Meanwhile, grease a 20cm/8in square, deep-sided cake tin with some of the sunflower oil. Line the tin baking parchment and grease the paper with the remaining oil. Mix together the icing sugar and cornflour and dust the tin with a little of the mixture to evenly coat the base and sides. Reserve the remaining icing sugar and cornflour mixture for later.
  7. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface with a palette knife or spatula that has been dipped in boiling water. Dust the top of the marshmallows with a little more of the icing sugar and cornflour mixture, then cover the tin with cling film and set aside in a cool, dry place for 1-2 hours or overnight to set. (NB: Do not chill in the fridge.)
  8. Once the marshmallow mixture has set, turn out the marshmallow slab onto a clean work surface dusted with the remaining icing sugar and cornflour mixture. Peel off the parchment paper and cut the marshmallow into 36 cubes. Dredge the marshmallows in the icing sugar and cornflour mixture to coat, or coat one or more sides in the chopped nuts, flower petals or coloured sugar for decoration. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to three weeks.

Now you have your marshmallows ready for toasting when you want, light that fire on a beautiful evening, have a BBQ, and then toast some of these wee babies. 🙂 Yum!

AND, if you want a properly scrummy desert, take it one step further and make some…..

Smores

Campfire Recipes | Smores
Image credit: www.simplysated.com

Serves as many as you want, but allow at least four smores per person for a pudding, preferably five when using the minis, and two per person when using bigger digestive biscuits.

INGREDIENTS

Chocolate digestive biscuits (minis if possible)
Marshmallows (pre-made homemade are best, but shop bought if you haven’t got time/it’s a last minute spur of the moment camp fire day)

METHOD

  1. Skewer your marshmallows and toast them until dark golden brown over an open flame.
  2. While the marshmallows toast, warm up your digestive biscuits over the fire, chocolate side down so the chocolate just begins to melt.
  3. Pop a marshmallow between two mini chocolate digestives and let it cool for just a little bit (the sugar in the marshmallows does get super hot and there’s nothing worse than a burnt tongue!)  If you are using the bigger chocolate digestives then two marshmallows is about right!
  4. Pop it into your mouth and enjoy a simply delicious taste sensation.

View a step by step picture guide to making smores here.

This has got to be one of the best ever camping puddings (there are a few others up there too though – and I promise we’ll cover those later!

Watch this space for further campfire essentials and recipes to match!

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21 Jul 2017
Campfire Recipes | Pheasant with Wild Garlic

Food and Fire: Campfire Recipes – Pheasant Breasts with Wild Garlic Leaves

Wild Garlic is a foragers delight and can be used for a whole host of recipes. It is great for campfire cooking and we will share with you our favourite AH Wild Garlic Pesto recipe another time! 🙂

Do make sure you pick the right thing – Wild Garlic – and not any other wild flower (like Lilly of the Valley for example) which may be poisonous.

Campfire Recipes | Pheasant with Wild Garlic

Pheasant Breasts with Wild Garlic Leaves

Serves 4

This has got to be one of those angelic food combinations…quick, easy; food from the Gods.

I know not everyone likes pheasant, but please try this, and if you simply can’t face pheasant breasts, or can’t get hold of them then mini-chicken fillets work almost as well.

INGREDIENTS

4 x decent sized pheasant breasts or 8 mini-chicken fillets
A really good sized bunch of wild garlic leaves, foraged hopefully as I’m not sure you can buy these at any supermarket yet!  Best picked in April and May, fresh, and often found near Bluebell woodland at the same time the bluebells are flowering.

METHOD

  1. Take your pheasant breasts of your whole pheasants and set aside the rest of the pheasant to make stock (recipe follows with Dutch Oven instructions!).
  2. Once you have your pheasant breasts off the bone, simply take your frying pan over a medium hot fire (coals still red, with a small amount of grey ash showing, no big flames left) and heat a really generous knob of butter in the frying pan (about 100g for 4 breasts) until it is almost browning.
  3. Pop your pheasant breasts into the pan, and cook until just done and golden brown (they will be moist and amazing if done right). This is approx. 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of the breasts, heat of the pan etc.
  4. Mini-chicken fillets will take a bit less time so keep an eye on these and make sure they don’t become dry and yuck!
  5. Take these out of the pan when done, and set aside into another dish in the edge embers of the fire to stay warm, or stacked to the side of the frying pan, on the edge of the heat.
  6. Take your wild garlic leaves (I like the flowers too) and pop these in to cook in the remaining butter and let them just wilt.
  7. Serve up your Pheasant breasts with the wilted Wild Garlic, (making sure to scrape every last bit of buttery juice out of the pan) and a good hunk of crusty bread to mop up the juices. (PS – Wood Fired Rolls recipe to follow another time!)

Watch this space for further campfire essentials and recipes to match!

Campfire Recipes | Pheasant with Wild Garlic

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08 Jul 2017
Mobile Wedding Prosecco & Gin Bar

Wedding Drinks – A Little Ginspiration!

A whole new meaning to ‘Pimping your Prosecco’

‘Pimping your Prosecco’ is a concept that has been around for a while, especially at weddings and special events, it looks great, tastes great and adds a fun DIY element. Although we still love a simple glass of Prosecco straight up, the ever-increasing options of things to add to your glass of bubbles is just to tempting to resist.

Where do you start?

Simply with fruit and garnishes, edible glitter and flowers or go all out with crazy colour, bursting bubbles and moving swirls from Popaball.

We have to say that by far our favourite option, and we think all our fellow ginthusiasts will agree, is the growing selection of fruity and floral infused gins which when combined with our other favouirte (of course!), Prosecco, make some fab wedding day cocktails. ENJOY!

Mobile Wedding Prosecco & Gin Bar | Tipple in a TukTuk

Here are Tipple in a Tuk Tuk’s Top 5 Gin & Prosecco Wedding Cocktail Ideas to raise your tipple to the next level…

1. The Gin Bothy – Strawberry infused liqueur

Summer in a glass, made with fresh Angus and Perthshire berries in the award winning Gin Bothy. Simply pour 15ml of strawberry gin into a flute; top up with Prosecco; finish with a strawberry slice and a couple of mint leaves.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Gin Bothy Strawberry & Prosecco

2. Strathearn Heather Rose

Turn your Prosecco to a delicate blush pink with a shot of Strathearn’s Heather Rose Gin and just for fun float a couple of rose petals or raspberries on the top.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Strathearn Heather Rose Gin & Prosecco

3. Boë – Peach & Hibiscus Gin Liqueur

For an exotic touch to your cocktail set up, try the tongue tingling Boë Bellini – a shot of Boë Peach & Hibiscus gin liqueur topped with Prosecco, and garnish with a peach slice.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Boë Peach & Hibiscus & Prosecco

4. Solway Spirits – Raspberry Ripple Gin Liqueur

A true micro distillery, producing only 50 bottles a batch – this Raspberry Ripple Gin is the perfect addition to your glass of fizz, and add a whole raspberry to finish this off.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Solway Spirits Raspberry Ripple Gin Liqueur & Prosecco

5. Edinburgh Gin – Elderflower Liqueur

Made from freshly picked elderflowers Edinburgh Gin’s Elderflower liqueur goes beautifully in a glass of Prosecco, with a slice of cucumber or green apple to garnish.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Edinburgh Gin Elderflower Liqueur & Prosecco

We hope you like Tipple in a TukTuk’s Gincredible Top 5. We do at AH and plan to road test a few of these ourselves very soon! 🙂

PS If you love Gin don’t forget we offer Gin Tasting Experiences here at AH and it’s a great idea for your Hen Do too!

Mobile Wedding Prosecco & Gin Bar

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26 Jun 2017

Have a dry Festival Wedding with the help of Brolly Bucket!

Alexander house is the perfect location for your festival-themed wedding. With a large luxurious country house as your base with a cosy glamping yurt with wood-fired hot tub for your wedding night –  it’s a blank canvas for your festival wedding day, what more could you wish for as you begin your wedding planning?

With the option to add a fun party size tipi, pretty sperry, large wedding yurt and bell tents, your magical day can spill from the main house into the amazing grounds in relaxed festival style!

Wedding Sperry Venue Perthshire Scotland | Alexander House
Image courtesy of our friends at www.papakata.co.uk

Be sure to prepare for the weather, however, and pop jolly selections of brollies around to allow guests to wander outdoors with ease.

Our wedding friends at BrollyBucket are the UK’s premier umbrella hire service for weddings and events. Established in 2011 they are now industry leaders in providing elegant, high quality umbrellas to events and weddings nationwide. They’re a friendly bunch with a truly personal service which has been highly commended by past clients and hiring their umbrellas is an ‘essential service’ for wedding industry professionals. We highly recommend them here at AH.

Festival Wedding Umbrella Hire Perthshire Scotland | Brolly Bucket

Choose beautiful, elegant umbrellas from their extensive colour range for you and your guests.

A wedding day essential, your wedding umbrella will not only keep you dry, it will look elegant in your photographs and will add a lovely feature to your wedding film or video. Having a crisp bridal umbrella on hand is the perfect ‘just in case’ solution to any Scottish rainy day woes. Their umbrellas can also be used as a styling ‘feature’ and they love nothing more than supplying brollies to suspend from the roof of a gorgeous yurt, sperry, tipi or traditional marquee – the ideas are endless!

They are quick too! They aim to deliver your hired brollies 3 working days before your wedding date and collect them 2 working days after your big day finishes – so you can be sure to be well prepared! Their signature umbrella stand, or ‘bucket’ has been specifically designed to display the umbrellas beautifully.

Festival Wedding Umbrella Hire Perthshire Scotland | Brolly Bucket

Gone are the only options white or pastel umbrellas for weddings, inject some colourful festival vibe with the summer event wedding package – and keep your guests dry as they move from the house to your or tipi, explore the fabulous grounds, relax on the lawn or turn their hand to some fairground games!

A rain shower will simply add a splash of colour to your day as the umbrellas spring up in wonderful bright shades across the grounds, as your guests continue to have a ball! To maximise the festival vibes, match the brollies to festival flags, food truck catering and don’t forget your wristbands!

Simply position the willow umbrella stands or classic clear acrylic buckets around the venue and let your guests come and go as they please. Make your guests feel loved… hire lots of lovely umbrellas!

Festival Wedding Umbrella Hire Perthshire Scotland | Brolly Bucket

Brollybucket only use high quality, elegant umbrellas of classic design, from Italy. Your umbrellas are sent to you individually sleeved in cellophane to ensure they are in an excellent condition ready for you to use. Hiring umbrellas of this quality is cheaper than buying and you only have them for the time you need.

The cost for the delivery and collection service is the same, no matter how many brollies you hire!

We know you will want to plan your festival wedding day down to the last detail.  You will have agonised over colours and themes, you will have spent hours choosing the things that will make your day really special. So don’t let unpredictable, wet Scottish weather spoil your day.

09 Jun 2017

Food and Fire: Campfire Recipes – Classic Camp Curry

Here at AH, we are lucky enough to have a Scout built fire pit, rough and ready and very basic, but just perfect for trying out this recipe.

But first things first – essential campfire cooking kit!

You will need a Dutch Oven – a multi-purpose campfire cooking item that can be used as a frying pan if you’ve not got a solid steel frying pan (but it doesn’t work quite so well, for obvious reasons!). If you haven’t got a Dutch Oven, I actually use my AGA and Le Crueset pots on the campfire – so far so good! – but I can’t promise they were meant for that purpose, or yours will survive the experience, so please don’t blame me if you try. 🙂

You can buy a suitable Dutch Oven online at Greenman Bushcraft.

Campfire Recipes | Camp Curry | Dutch Oven
Typical Dutch Oven for stews or curry

This can be used with a tripod to hold the oven on, but you can just pop the oven straight onto your flattened down fire, or make sure you have a bit of chicken wire and 8 bricks – so that you can make a raised grid to make a flat cooking surface in the fire.

Classic Camp Curry

Serves 4-6

Delicious, simple curry that is totally versatile and will take just about any odds and ends of vegetables you have in the fridge to finish up as well!

This is not for the faint hearted as it has a good heat to it, but add extra coconut milk to taste, and serve with a delicious fruit raita to cool things down a bit, or a Mango Lassi.

Sometimes its good to warm up a bit when out camping in the winter.

INGREDIENTS

900g diced Lamb, Beef or Pork
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large red onion, finely sliced (reserve a few slivers for the garnish)
2 inch piece of ginger, grated
4 crushed garlic cloves
12 curry leaves
3 tbsp extra hot curry paste or 4 tbsp hot curry powder
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp five spice
1 tsp ground turmeric
175ml thick coconut milk (or if you can’t get thick milk then coconut cream is ok)
1 tsp salt

METHOD

  1. Heat the oil in the dutch oven, and fry the onion, ginger, garlic and half the curry leaves until the onion is soft.  Add the curry paste or power, chilli and 5 spice powder, turmeric and salt.
  2. Add the meat and stir well to seal in the juice and brown the meat all over, keep stirring until the oil separates.  Pop the lid on and cover and cook for about 20 mins.
  3. Add the coconut milk and the rest of the curry leaves, and recover the pan.  Cook for a further  30 mins approx., or until the meat is cooked (this will depend on the type of meat you have used).  Towards the end of cooking take the lid off the oven and reduce the excess sauce.
  4. Serve with Flat Bread and Fruit Raita or Mango or Fruit Lassi.

Watch this space for further campfire essentials and recipes to match!

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31 May 2017

Perthshire Hen Do Ideas – Gin Tasting

This activity idea is incredibly popular with our AH guests and the great team at Strathearn Distillery create a fun and interactive Gin Tasting Experience. Perfect for Hen Do weekends and also those big birthday celebrations too!

Gin Tasting Experience | Perthshire Hen Do Ideas

Strathearn Distillery, near the village of Methven in Perthshire, is probably Scotland’s smallest distillery. The great team there produce a range of spirits including hand-crafted, artisan single cask, single malt whisky by using traditional methods and ideas. They also distil a range of premium gins which are now widely marketed across Scotland and beyond.

Learn how gin is made…

The Gin Tasting Experience starts with some background on gin and how it is made with various botanicals to give each one it’s unique flavour and aromas.

Gin Tasting Experience | Perthshire Hen Do Ideas

Gin Tasting Experience | Perthshire Hen Do Ideas

Then you get to sample the gins themselves!

You will try various gins with different tonics and garnishes like juniper berries, cucumber, mint, lemon, lime or orange slices  – to create a surprisingly different end drinks.

Which one will be your favourite?

This is the really fun bit! Then rate your gins to find your personal favourite. 🙂 Only one can be hard to choose!!

Gin Tasting Experience | Perthshire Hen Do IdeasGin Tasting Experience | Perthshire Hen Do Ideas

Gin Tasting Session = £65 per person

3 hours of gin knowledge, gin tasting, with what remains of the Strathearn Distillery gins are left with you to enjoy later in the day! (min 8, max 21 guests)

Cheers!

Gin Tasting Experience | Perthshire Hen Do Ideas

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12 May 2017
Portable Camp Fire | Campfire Cooking Recipes

Food and Fire – Getting Started: How to Build your Campfire for Cooking

There is something utterly magical about cooking on an open fire, the wood smoke, the feeling of being one with nature, and of taking things back a step, to a slightly less hectic and more peaceful time.  🙂

Put away that mobile phone (except to take photos of course, of your marvelous fire, and amazing creations!), and step back into that era where things were just done a bit slower, and food was a real joy to cook… after all, it would have been a hard won commodity.

So, lets start with building that fire pit to get cooking on!

And if you haven’t got the space, or don’t want a fire pit in the garden at home, a portable fire pit is a magical invention.  We use them all the time for my Scout camps. There are loads of options available to choose from like the portable La Hacienda Camping Fire Pit stocked by The Range shown below.

Or larger fire pits that can be a permanent fire pit in your garden, like this Garden Trading one…

How to build a simple earth-based Fire Pit

1.    Cut a rough circle out of your turf, or border, wherever you are siting the fire pit (remember, fire goes up a long way, and wind can take it a long way sideways by a fair distance too, so keep a fire pit well away from anything that you don’t want to set fire to!  (I recommend at least a 5m circumference outside of the fire pit for safety).

If you want to cover over where your fire has been, set aside the turf that you have just cut out, for laying back in place once you are done, it will take again surprisingly quickly!

2.    Once this is done, seek out flat edged stones, or some old reclaimed bricks to create your edging.  You can concrete these in or simply leave them loose.

3.    Pop a shallow layer of gravel in the pit (if you’ve got some), and you’re ready to go…..

4.    Pop some logs around the outside for seating if you have any, if not bring yourselves out a couple of garden chairs to relax in!

How to Make an Earth Based Fire Pit | Campfire Cooking | Glamping Perthshire

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30 Apr 2017

CHAS Rocking Horse Ball – 28th April

Dear Jo & Alexander House Team

I am writing to thank you for supporting our CHAS Rocking Horse Ball once again, with the kind donation of exclusive use of Alexander House for twenty for our live auction .

This year we brought the Circus to Prestonfield and our 300 VIP guests were welcomed by a stilt walking ringmaster and a mesmerizing contact juggling act. They were treated to a candy buffet by Luca’s and delicious gin cocktails from Pickering’s Gin on arrival then enjoyed a delicious three-course meal, during which they were entertained by an LED Hula Hoopist from Circus Alba. They finished their night off dancing to our band, Circus.

At the beginning of the evening our CHAS mum, Veronika Baxter, brought everything into perspective. Veronika told us all about her beautiful daughter, Arabella. Arabella was born with Ohtahara, a very rare epilepsy syndrome. Veronika eloquently explained that having a baby with special needs is like booking your dream holiday but ending up in a different country, you soon discover that this other country is beautiful and special in a different way. Veronika explained the difference CHAS has made to her and her families lives.

Alexander House proudly supports CHAS Rocking Horse Ball 2017
Image courtesy of: www.carolynhenryphotography.co.uk

Our guests spent generously on all the fundraising games on the night. They purchased delicious Coco’s of Bruntsfield gin and tonic chocolate bars with silver tickets inside, to be in with a chance of winning a stunning silver collar from Hamilton & Inches. In addition, one lucky guest bought the winning ticket which opened the glass safe allowing them to take home £1,000 and another went home with two return flights to New York. Fred did a wonderful job during our live auction raising a huge amount from lots including exclusive seats at the Monaco Grand Prix and of course a beautiful handmade Rocking Horse.

I hope that I’ve painted a picture of the evening for you, but to bring it to life, please go here to look through our photos from the evening.

Thank you once again for your kind donation of Exclusive use of Alexander House. Your lot raised a wonderful £2,000. Thank you so much for your continued support!

We are delighted to report that we raised £101,000 on the night, which after costs means £75,000 will go directly to our work with families who have a child with a life-limiting condition. We could not hold events like these or raise the money we have without the generous support we receive from individuals such as yourself, so we really appreciate your involvement.

Regards,
Diane Alton
Senior Events Co-ordinator, CHAS

 

Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

To find out more about CHAS and their invaluable work please visit the website.

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20 Apr 2017
Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoor Festoon Lighting

Wedding Lighting Ideas – Let there be Light!

Light

Noun

1.    the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.
2.    an expression indicating a particular emotion or mood.

 

Power

Noun

1.    energy supplied to a particular area or building.
2.    the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events.

These two definitions are what make us at The Arkwright Group believe that Light and Power are the two most important things at your wedding (except a bride and groom of course!).

Without power it’s simple enough – you just can’t run your event. And light is one of the most important elements to influence the mood and emotion of those attending your wedding day, especially if you are outdoors or creating a themed wedding, like a festival or rustic yurt wedding.

Some practicalities first!

So firstly you need the generator booked…we can do that and tell you exactly what you need for your wedding lighting vision. After that you can move on to some fun ….the lighting.

We love to hear your ideas and will then help create the lighting to your specifications and within your budget. We can share our experience of what works well to create the vibe you want and also what features at your venue can be accentuated with lighting and used for your wedding photography.

Indoor Wedding Lighting Ideas

Whatever vibe you are looking for we can help with the design and layout whether it is inside a marquee, yurt or tipi.

Festoon Lighting is an increasing popular choice nowadays especially with the increase in festival style weddings (Alexander House love festival weddings with their wedding yurts and great grounds – so you’ve picked the perfect place as a festival themed wedding venue!).

Festoons are larger light bulbs, which add a rustic feel to your occasion. The glow creates a relaxed and romantic atmosphere and they hang slightly lower than fairy lights. They look fantastic both inside and outside and you can have as few or as many as you desire in various design layouts.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Indoor Festoon Lighting

Fairy Lights are another popular option…

They are smaller, more subtle and give off a gentle sparkle creating a special, intimate atmosphere. We provide strings of various lights that can be requested as short or as long as you want. Whole ceilings can be carpeted or draped in lights which looks really romantic and magical. If you have a yurt or tipi – this can look really special and create a lovely backdrop for your wedding evening celebrations.
Wedding Lighting Ideas | Indoor Fairy Light Lighting

Light up the Dance Floor (and that’s not with your dancing moves!)

Are you looking for some colourful lights for your dance floor? Why not try our spotlights in various colours which you can choose. They are fun and vibrant.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Coloured Dance Floor Lighting

Or why not have your first dance underneath a sparkly glitter ball. They are a great feature and can easily be included in your budget.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Dance Floor Lighting Glitter Ball

Outdoor Wedding Lighting Ideas

Floodlights are great at lighting up particular parts of your outdoor space or garden. The grounds at Alexander House have some stunning backdrops and spectacular trees which would work brilliantly for this – just look at this image below and imagine this lit up like the image below it.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoor Spotlight Lighting

This can be done in various colours and provides a beautiful atmosphere. You can choose one colour or various colours creating a multi-coloured garden.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoor Spotlight Lighting
Location: photo taken at Errol Park, Perthshire
Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoors and Festoon Lighting
Location: photo taken at Errol Park, Perthshire

Festoons are also great at lighting up parts of your venue grounds, such as walkways to the marquee or main wedding yurt, helping direct your guests and at the same time adding a little something special!

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoor Festoon Light Walkway

Got some ideas or need some inspiration?

Give us a call. We’re passionate about WEDDING LIGHTING! Please visit our website or send us an email: [email protected]

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