Last night I attended my very first “Influencer” event at a “Christmas in July” party hosted by Chefin in Sydney! This elegant evening was an amazing experience and was designed to showcase the talented cooking skills & services offered by Chefin, as well as the dreamy floral designs by “Miss” Floral Studio. Attendees included fashion, food, lifestyle & travel influencers from Sydney – and whilst I don’t personally consider myself an influencer, when Chefin’s marketing co-ordinator Penny, extended the invitation to me, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist! If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to attend an influencer or blogger event, then read on…
Christmas in July
The event’s theme was “Christmas in July” held at a private venue which had spectacular views of the entire city of Sydney – the city lights were sparkling as we were greeted by Penny and offered glasses of champagne. Walking into the penthouse’s showroom, we could see the chefs busily preparing the three course dinner for us and the table had an absolutely stunning layout with a dreamy floral design. Naturally a Christmas tree sparkled in the corner which was decorated with pretty fairy lights all whilst we were treated to live piano music in the background.
All the pretty flowers
Miss Floral Studio was the talented artist of the exquisitely beautiful flower decorations for the event. In fact, it was actually the flowers which were one of the first things I noticed about the room’s aesthetic as I walked inside. Amy is the creative flower child behind Miss Flower Studio and I can tell she really put a lot of thought into her creations for the evening.
The dining table was laid out with a mix of white cotton and pink rose themed layouts, which matched perfectly with the evening’s theme of “Christmas in July”. Now I understood why the invite suggested we wear white/light coloured clothing! My favourites were the dusky pink roses which looked beautiful amongst the gold accents & candlelight and I couldn’t help but take a lot of photos of these pretty blooms!
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A unique food experience
Chefin is a Sydney based chef services provider who specialise in private & corporate catering – but they’re not just any private chef business. Their services are based on the concept of reinvigorating “social dining” – bringing professional chefs who have a passion for their art to people who adore the idea of creating a personalised menu and dining experience. Being a foodie myself, I was really looking forward to seeing what was going to be on the menu! The three course meal which was based on modern Australian cuisine was created & cooked beautifully, plus paired with delicious wine. Let’s have a look at what we were spoiled with…
Canapes to start included Pistachio crusted morcilla balls with burnt apple puree as well as Gorgonzola cream tarts with pickled Amazonian peppers. I really enjoyed the Morcilla balls and these went down really well with a glass of champagne! However, it was the three course meal which exceeded my expectations – the entrée of prawn & lime ceviche with coconut & red chili finger lime dressing was probably the tastiest ceviche I’ve ever had! Bursts of fresh lime popped in my mouth and it was cooked to perfection.
The main was beef wellington with peppercorn porcini reduction. This dish was cooked so well and truly the photo doesn’t do it justice. It was a considerable sized portion of beef and I wasn’t able to finish it. However that may have had something to do with the fact I was also desperately trying to leave room for dessert! The piece de resistance was toasted Barley sponge with whisky mascarpone mousse & cocoa – decorated with edible flowers and a chocolate mint that looked like a leaf. Now, I’m a pretty big critic of desserts because I adore them so much however this surpassed my expectations! It was prepared and presented so creatively and was the perfect dessert to finish off the dining experience.
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All wrapped up in a bow!
Before we left, Chefin kindly presented us all with “gift boxes” as a thanks for our attendance at their event. These were actually the presents that were under the tree and I honestly thought they were just there for decoration – I never expected we would receive any gifts so we were very lucky & spoilt! The gift included a thankyou card, a posy of babies breath flowers from Miss Floral Studio, a yummy chocolate topped cupcake from Chefin, some information about Chefin and Miss’s businesses as well as discounts for their products & services.
Great opportunity to network
Seeing as this was my first event I actually felt a little bit shy so it was great I was able to bring my friend Kat along with me, as she is a lot more bubbly than myself! Also, as I don’t have a boyfriend or “Insta-husband” I needed someone to help me out with my photos too (thanks again Kat, if you are reading this!). After focusing on getting some photos & videos of the event (which was part of the expectations in being an attendee), I was able to network and meet some of the other influencers there, and was asked to participate in an interview which I’m pretty sure was being livestreamed… I haven’t met anyone before who is into livestreaming, so it was great to speak with Bella who taught me a bit about it!
What I wore
As we were asked to wear white or light coloured clothing and it was a chilly winter night, I chose to wear pink & white with a bit of sparkle! I paired my brand new dusky pink Saba Bea balloon sleeve wool knit top with a pair of white Ted Baker Catarsi jeans and sparkly gold heels from Nine West. I also wore a cream coloured coat to keep warm on the way there, along with my pink Ted Baker ear muffs and brought along my white reindeer patterned mittens which I bought in Finland!
All in all, the Chefin X Miss Floral Studio event was a lot of fun and I’m really thankful for the opportunity to learn about their products and mix with other Sydney creatives! If you’re looking for gorgeous floral designs or are interested in private of corporate catering, I’d totally recommend you check out their websites and social media.
P.S – I wasn’t required to write a review about the event on my blog, but honestly after being so impressed with the experience, I really did want to share this with everyone! Hope you have enjoyed this and let me know, do you think I should start to attend more events like these in the future?! Have you ever attended a “Christmas in July” event?!