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The brown, sweet sugary substance that tickles our taste buds

Friday, October 4th, 2013



The History of Chocolate

Xocolatl, Chocolat or as we call it in the UK, chocolate, was first brought to the European regions by Cortex where is was made more palatable for the European’s to enjoy.  It was mixed with ground roasted cocoa beans along with sugar and vanilla, a mixture that is still commonly practiced today.  The sweetening of the chocolate removed the bitterness that was much enjoyed by the Aztec’s.

But it wasn’t until 1520 that it arrived in England with the first Chocolate House of England being opened in London in the year 1657.  Due to its instant popularity lots of others followed suit shortly after.  This is when the trend for coffee houses started which were originally used as clubs where the wealthy would meet to enjoy a pipe, socialise and discuss business over a cup of hot chocolate.

240fd8aaa550abca03876d1110cb8fffSo when did we get to recognise the brands of today such as Cadbury’s and Fry?  It is certain that the families of Fry, Rowntree and Cadbury’s began establishing a chocolate brand that was unique to them quite early on.  In fact Joseph Fry of Fry and Sons was founded in 1728 in the city of Bristol were the first company to sell the world’s first chocolate bar.  They may have almost disappeared as Fry’s have been taken over by Cadbury’s and Rowntree merged with Swiss company, Nestle to form the largest chocolate maker in the world.  And the rest as we say is chocolate history……

Chocolate TV Adverts

Just like many other countries, chocolate is a symbol of romance.  But this sweet, sugary brown substance can also be pretty funny as we see in some of the best chocolate ads to hit our TV’s.

We take a trip down memory lane as these adverts will either melt your heart or tickle you on the funny bone.  You decide!

  1. 1.    Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate – Gorilla drumming Phil Collins

Firstly, not quite sure what this advert has to do with chocolate but it certainly random yet unforgettable.  The advert zooms in on a gorilla playing Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight”.  However it is only at the end of the advert that we get to realise it is the gorilla playing the drums.  Such a fantastic advert.

  1. 2.    Cadbury’s Milk Tray

“All because the lady loves Milk Tray”!  Do we need to say more?  Inspired on a James Bond look-alike as he throws himself into the sea on an apparent suicide mission.

Chocolate Wedding Favors

chocolate-making-workshop-with-25101244If you are organizing a wedding in Cheshire or a wedding in Manchester over the next 12 months why don’t you consider adding a small and tasty touch of class with a selection of made chocolates for your guests.

If we were to have a debate on what makes the best wedding favors there would be lots of suggestions including candles, personalised glassware, and candle holders to name a few.  These may all be popular choices but unfortunately these so called “knick knacks” will end up on the shelf of guest’s homes gathering dust in the hope they will be picked up and cleaned.

A wedding favour should be memorable and is sinfully delicious.  Yes, you’ve got it right, chocolate.  These are most definitely a crowd-pleaser for all guests.  It is a proven fact that the UK has a love affair with this delicious sweet with the average person enjoying high quality chocolates at any time.  The chocolate wedding favor certainly has no rival close to beating it.  Think handmade chocolates.

images1There are some high quality chocolatiers that can provide you and your guest’s wonderful handmade chocolate favors in a variety of styles.  There is something for the coffee enthusiast, a heart chocolate for the romantic; in fact there is a chocolate that meets everyone’s tastes.

Because handmade chocolates are unique to you, you can theme your chocolate favors.  So that cherry chocolate truffles will make your mouth water while you are looking at the bride holding blood red flowers.

So where can you get your hands on these beautifully crafted handmade chocolate?  We have compiled a short list below of our favourites:

An excellent alternative to chocolate is beautifully hand piped biscuits that come in a range of traditional flavours but more importantly because they are made fresh for your wedding you can personalise these to make incredible gifts for your guests.  With cookies starting from only £3.95 these wedding favors would make your guests go wow as they open the little box.  Contact Peggy Porshen Cakes for more information.


If you would like high class entertainment to match your high class chocolates make sure you check out the Floorfillas website first.


Choosing a Wedding Theme for your Perfect Cheshire Wedding

Sunday, July 28th, 2013


When you’re planning your wedding reception in Manchester or Cheshire, it can be difficult knowing where to start. There are so many options to consider such as decorations, food, venue and so on, it can be rather overwhelming. Most people find it helps to plan their reception around a theme. This gives you a central concept to tie everything around and helps to reduce the list of possible options when you are choosing decorations, invitations and favours.

It can help if you try and match your theme to the location and season of your wedding. A winter theme would seem very odd for a summer wedding! Try brainstorming a list of words that come to mind when you think of the season the wedding party will be held in – cherry blossoms and birds for spring, snowflakes and ice sculptures for winter for example. This can give you a good basis for wedding decorations and the like on a theme.

Also think about where the wedding will be held. Venues with gardens and attractive outdoor areas lend themselves well to a natural theme with relaxed arrangements of fresh flowers. If your wedding is in a castle you might like to consider a fairytale theme complete with a Cinderella style dress and a wedding cake fit for a princess.

Many couples choose the location where they first met or a common interest as the basis for a theme. An easy way to do this is to name the guest tables along these lines – e.g. famous mountains for a couple of hiking enthusiasts or even a list of countries you plan to visit in your round the world honeymoon trip!

If you want a really unusual theme that will get your wedding talked about and surely remembered by all your guests, you could consider a gothic wedding, a medieval wedding or even a pirate wedding! Obviously these ideas are not for everyone but if you and your partner both agree it could make for a really fun idea that you’re both sure to enjoy.

When you’ve got the general idea for your theme you can start to have a look for wedding supplies that match. Certain themes are more popular than others and you may have to get a little creative and make your own wedding favours and other items if you’ve chosen something that is really unusual. You might also want to give your bridesmaids and other assistants gifts that match your theme, which is a really fun way to ensure they remember your wedding fondly.

Browsing through wedding magazines can help to give you an idea of the effect you want to create at your wedding party and can give you some ideas for themes. They often also list wedding party decorations and suppliers so you’ll know exactly where to buy that particular wedding party favour.

If you’re really stuck for ideas then you might want to start with just your favourite colour. This can be used as the main colour for bridesmaid dresses and then also used in the wedding party decorations. Black and white can look very good when done well and adds a bit more interest to the usual white wedding. Purple is also a very popular choice. Pink lends itself well to a spring theme complete with cherry blossoms.

Floorfillas has provided DJ entertainment for many weddings in the Manchester and Cheshire areas and seen lots of different themes for weddings and receptions. If you’re stuck for ideas or you’d like to talk about booking your Manchester wedding DJ, contact us today.

Wedding Dress Styling 2013 by Wedding DJ Knutsford

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

2013 is the year that Brad and Angelina will finally tie the knot, so if you fancy bringing some Hollywood glamour to your own Cheshire wedding, read on for the wedding dress looks that are ruling the fashion catwalks for this season.


Ever since the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, simple and romantic lace has trended hugely in the wedding dress genre. With an almost 1920’s feel, whilst the dress shape is modest in design, the intricacy of the lace is what makes this one of the classiest wedding dress looks to be found. Team it with antique diamante jewellery with matching teardrop earrings and bejewelled tiara. Wear the make -up subtle with peach undertones but go heavy on the eyebrows which is very much part of current beauty styling. When it comes to shoes, keep the lace theme going with either delicate pointed toe kitten heels or a more comfortable and traditional low wedge with ribbon ankle feature.


2013 is the year of the Peplum dress, and this style trend has translated itself seamlessly into the wedding dress genre. Whether you go for subtle, with the soft unstructured excess of material skimming over the hip and bottom, or go for a bolder look with definite lines that accentuate the same area, the peplum shows you know your current fashion trends. Of course, the softer look can disguise the pear shape, giving you a confidence boost on a day when it is most definitely needed, whereas the stronger edges can show off an enviable ‘Pippa Middleton-esque’ rear of which you should be justly proud, so choose your peplum wisely. The more delicate style choice lends itself beautifully to a shorter but more flowing veil style, exquisite when matched with a delicate lower heeled pump shoe and pearl accessories. The edgier peplum means you can carry off a bolder look overall, with hair worn scraped into an up style bun and finished with a headband. Go bold with a Cuban heeled shoe and diamante accessories. Retro inspired 1950’s make-up finishes an Audrey Hepburn inspired look.


Whilst we may wish for a perfect sunny day for our important day, this is the United Kingdom, so for a wedding in Manchester, you may decide to hedge your bets and go for a more forgiving dress for the temperate climate. A long sleeved wedding dress means you can beat any chill, but also ensures that if you get blazing sunshine, you don’t need to worry about sunburn. Of course, longer sleeves can also disguise any hang ups you may have about the appearance of your arms also.

A sheer sleeve gives you versatility without style compromise whilst being a very fashionable look in 2013. There is something that is reminiscent of the Edwardian era about this look, so theme your hair and accessories similarly. Wear your hair in a loose bun with delicate curls touching your cheeks in an almost accidental manner. Shoes can take a mid-height heel with a softer but still pointed toe. Go definite on a rose coloured cheek but just skim the lips with a sheer lip gloss for just the right amount of allure.


Floral is another look that is rocking the wedding catwalks this year. Choose a shorter style dress that will see you through from the day to the night, enabling the bride to fully appreciate her choice of DJ and making your wedding the hippest in Cheshire.

Wear the hair long so you can rock out to the max, and add a killer heeled shoe in order to add dimension to the lower body in the absence of a long skirt. As a wedding DJ in Knutsford I see many brides in shorter styles these days and it also makes a great choice for the reception, without needing a change of outfit.