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A special party for Madeline

We were very excited about our friend Maddy’s 60th birthday party. Its rare we get to be guests at parties we’re hiring vintage china for, and Madeline and Doug are such creative people we knew the party would be wonderful. Maddy asked friends and family to bake cakes and help with food so everyone got involved bringing sumptuous local produce – it was the perfect relaxed bring-and-share party. Here are some pictures from this special day…

party invitation hand drawn with pictures of cake, fruit and tea

Madeline made her own party invitations. She is a local artist who usually works in watercolour and paints so she drew beautiful pen and ink sketches of tea party items and copied these to make the outer sleeve for her invites. What a beautiful and ingenious way of inviting her 80 guests to tea?

coffee cake dorset apple cake

cake stand and traditional cakes

The menu for the day was really traditional – everyone loved it! … afternoon tea and home made cakes, Purbeck Ice Cream, Birthday Cake followed in the evening by a cold buffet of pork pies, gorgeous bread from the Pheonix Bakery, cheese, salads, Doug’s home made pickled onions, ham off the bone and quiches! Wonderful!

Madeline grows all of her own flowers – the sweet peas were heavenly! She also made bunting for the marquee and painted these cute jam-jar tealight lanterns using glass paints and copper wire for handles

flowers and tea lights

There were two birthday cakes baked by her friends (one depicting Maddy painting and the other for the small campfire of candles!) They were really great!

birthday cake showing a lady painting in a book
birthday cake 60

The tea table is always popular for choosing which cup you want to have tea served in…and we brought a variety of pots so people could escape into the garden with a pot and plenty of top-ups!

vintage teapots, vintage teacupsvintage teapots

Obviously we made sure Maddy had a pot too though!

lady holding a vintage tea pot

vintage teapot and vintage cakestand with a few cakes


Published by annie, on 21st August 2011 at 1:25 pm. Filled under: Vintage Events,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on A special party for Madeline

A Birthday in Wonderland

butterfly ringALice is a very talented creative jewellery maker specialising in gorgeous silver textural pieces – including this pretty little lovely of a butterfly that we bought for my niece at Christmas! So, when she told us she wanted an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday tea for herself and a few friends we were really pleased to help!

Not all of our events are huge – in fact we love intimate garden parties like Alice’s – especially when our clients are baking their own food – parties should have something personal about them we think… and, this worked perfectly!

Party food

We provided a selection of vintage china with our favourite teacups for Alice’s tea and Alice, her mum and brother did the hard work of getting the food up together. We do like a few jam tarts for Wonderland teas – so perfect!

Here are a few of Alice’s snaps…

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Mad Hatter

Alice in Wonderland tea party

For more of Alice’s jewellery check out her website here : www.Ardentargent.co.uk

Vintage Dorset Parties – if you want to hire our Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland props together with vintage china hire get in touch with us HERE. More pictures and info about our props on our MAD HATTER pages


Published by vdorset, on 26th July 2011 at 8:05 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on A Birthday in Wonderland