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Marks & Spencer Mad Hatter Tea Party

This wasn’t just any party – this was a Marks and Spencer Mad Hatter Tea Party!

Try-Me hat

Its not very often that we get asked to help retail giants with their marketing and promotions – but when Marks & Spencer got in touch to say they were hosting a Mad Hatter Tea Party for fashion bloggers showcasing their new range of accessories for autumn we were more than a little curious!

eat me drink me labelsFor this last-minute order we designed a new selection of our popular parchment style eat-me drink-me labels to provide party tags that would match the eat-me drink-me ones – touch-me, try-me and take-me. All of our parchment-style labels are hand-made so we had to work quickly to get everything off in the post.

Together with our Mad Hatter’s Hat we sent the huge parcel signed-for next day delivery – but Royal Mail was still late! Groan! Thankfully we left an extra day for emergencies so were very relieved when we heard the package had arrived on the morning of the party! We like getting testimonials from M&S!

“We are all really pleased with the outcome of the event, thank you so much for all your help”

C R-Brown Senior Press Officer M&S Womenswear

We couldn’t wait to find the pictures of this press party to see how it all went – and it wasn’t very long before twitter started chattering about the #mandsteaparty held at Kettners

Sheepskin Gloves touch me label

Huge thanks to bloggers Blah-blah-becky, Lelalondon and Fabfrocks for these great pictures – M&S have moved on from frumpy Bridget Jones style pants! Who would have thought they’d be dreaming up themes like Nordic Narnia, Boy Meets Girl, Global Traveller and Wilderness including Doctor’s bags, faux fur, smart bags and shoes, sparkly jewellery and gorgeous soft gloves.

Boy meets girl theme Jewellery & watches

Nordic Narnia gloves and jewellery

Faux fur bag touch me label

Global Traveller

The M&S Tea Party

Published by annie, on 12th October 2011 at 10:15 am. Filled under: Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Marks & Spencer Mad Hatter Tea Party

Mad Hatter Hen Party

If repeat visits to nightclubs with fairy wings and L plates gives you hen party déjà vu – then why not try some Alice Madness?

Leila and her eclectic friends from Brighton and London came to the New Forest/ Dorset countryside where they invited Vintage Dorset to help them create this most curious of Mad Hatter Hen Parties…

Mad Hatter Hen PartyA Mad Hatter Hen Party needs to offer enough sophistication that it doesn’t feel like a kids party – but enough madness to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere. With Elena and Zara supervising accommodation and bride-to-be Leila with all 18 friends dying to dress up for the party… Vintage Dorset helped focused on creating a great afternoon tea with all of the best Mad Hatter ingredients.

Pretty cottage in Barton on Sea in the New Forest Venue, Props and Style

Vintage Dorset brought their Mad Hatter and vintage props to dress the cottage and garden at Barton on Sea where the girls were staying. Peacock Cottage is around 300 years old and sleeps 15 so the girls were booked in to a really snug den for the weekend. We loved the fabulous old features including the sundial inscribed with the words “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” How appropriate for a Hen Party!

teacups and flowersThe girls chose the huge Mad Hatter’s hat, vintage tablecloths, cake stands, silver and china teapots and vintage teacups hired together with huge playing cards, glass hearts, a looking glass, oversized stopwatch and giant china cupcakes. We took our eatme and drinkme labels and beautiful bright flowers for the tables. The girls decorated the house with cards and balloons, and we used retro bunting out in the garden.


pink spotted cupcake with eat me label on a cake standWe always source food locally for client’s parties and this one was no exception. We asked Dean from Sharp Events to come up with some special Mad Hatter Cupcakes which we combined with the cakes from the lovely WI ladies at Country Markets.

Tea party cakes

With gorgeous scones from Sgt Bun at Weymouth and sandwiches from “Oh Crumbs” in Christchurch everything was set for a fabulous afternoon tea. Add champagne in teacups and the girls loved it!

“Thanks again…  everyone loved the tea party and it really made it a special weekend”

Party! Of course every party needs fabulous guests – and these girls were exceptional -They dressed up in sexy and fun outfits that put everyone in the party mood. Costumes included the full cast of Alice in Wonderland – from red queen to mad hatter, white rabbits (including the Hen’s mummy bunny), march hares, tweedle dee and dum, cards and of course Leila – the beautiful Hen – came dressed as Alice!

Girls dressed up as Alice in Wonderland characters

Toasting the Hen

If you want help organising a Mad Hatter Hen Party or need vintage china and props hire in Dorset and surrounding counties for any event (or eat me drink me labels by post) then do get in touch with us HERE.

Huge thanks to Leila, Zara, Elena and all of the girls for letting us share their Hen Party pics xx Linda & Steve at Vintage Dorset

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Published by vdorset, on 20th July 2011 at 7:05 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Mad Hatter Hen Party