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Retro pictures

Retro soundsThe sun shone, the vinyl turned, the coffee was frothy and the cake was scoffed! Steve and I had a fantastic day on Weymouth seafront – we dressed up, (me with my experimental 60’s hair-do, steve in his 70’s style stripe that matches his long hair and beard) We put the bunting out and had a fabulous time at the Orange Cup. We also raised an impressive £77 for the Eve Appeal

linda with the heart-shaped cake

The props were all from Vintage Dorset with the exception of the record player which was kindly lent to us by Marco (Shindig) Rossi our well-known local retro music aficionado. The hair was straight from the pages of Style Me Vintage (read our blog about this must-have vintage hair book here)

I especially love this Brexton picnic set – all original ( a great prop for retro-theming). The flasks even have their own cork lids with “Acme” written on the lids! The bunting is also all hand made (ask us about our very affordable hire prices here). My shades were a great charity shop find (together with the hair scarf) – but the skirt is my Mum’s original 1960’s suede panel skirt. Gorgeous! (She is now knitting me a short sleeved snug jumper to go with it)

little boy eating cake

cakes raising funds for the Eve Appeal We made loads of cakes to share with our friends in exchange for donations to the Eve Appeal (supporting women’s gynae cancer research). Everyone said it was yummy and there were a few really nice stories and funny moments.

testing the alba record playerlads looking at the alba record player Shaun and Steve had a splendid muse about the potential of battery-powering record players (boys and their toys!) But, we all had a great time listening to some groovy old tunes and were really pleased with the funds we raised at the same time. Result!

To donate to the Eve Appeal please give through the Eve Appeal/Vintage Dorset  JUST GIVING pages.

Photographs from Linda at Vintage Dorset, Steve at Steve Atkins Photography & Sammy at Photos Galore


Published by annie, on 19th April 2011 at 7:52 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Food,Vintage Homeware Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Retro pictures

Picnics, weddings & tea

vintage teapot spoutsIts been a very interesting week at Vintage Dorset. We’ve been really busy with lots of wedding confirmations for vintage crockery hire, teapots, cake stands and tablecloths (including working with some excellent local wedding planners and caterers that we hadn’t met before) Hello to our new friends Dean at Sharp Events and Anna at Nordons Events

We’ve also had our first flurry of picnic enquiries for the year – including our very first international picnic order!

Gift CardOk, so we’re not going to send the picnic all the way to America – but we were most delighted to help a lovely lady who wanted to treat her Dorset friends from oversees! We simply provided a gift card and picnic choices and will deliver the picnic to her friends on the day they choose.

If you want to give a vintage tea party or a vintage picnic as a treat, for a birthday, a fun day out or for Mother’s Day then get in touch with us HERE.

As if all this wasn’t enough we’ve also been talking with two Dorchester firms who really are experts in all things tea…

Georgian style fireplace with mirror above including the words cup of tea my dear?

Char Chars and the Guilded Tea Pot are two different tea-focused businesses based in the centre of Dorchester – they both offer an exceptional tea-drinkers experience worth trying!

Char Chars tea house provides a beautiful environment for tea drinking with excellent fine teas and cakes for sale in their South Street shop. The upstairs tea room is very beautifully decorated and is great for meetings as well as getting together for tea, small parties and celebrations. They also sell a range of loose leaf teas so you can take home a sample of whichever tea you’ve just tried – and Sonja and Phil’s expert tea tastings in the Autumn are just the ticket to get experimenting!

A shelf of glass and porcelain teapots

The Gilded Teapot is a new fine tea & coffee merchants which stocks over 100 different tea blends along with teapots cafetiere’s and other essential tea accessories. Jo is very knowledgeable about teas and has a huge range of exciting accoutrements for tea lovers! We love these glass pots which are great for green teas and herbal flowery types.



Published by annie, on 12th March 2011 at 8:37 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Picnics, weddings & tea