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Sunny Anniversary

Sasha and Alan wanted a special beachside party with lots of vintage charm to mark their Silver Anniversary. Taking advantage of the gorgeous Branksome Dene Chine on their doorstep, an unexpected burst of late summer sunshine and Vintage Dorset helping with the event styling – this was the perfect opportunity for a Sunny Anniversary!

Vintage Styling – Bunting, Flowers and Props!

This party for around 80 guests was steeped in nostalgia and colour – and designed to be fun and informal. Mixing vintage props with loads of bunting and flowers, gorgeous vintage tablecloths and lots of vintage china we transformed Branksome Dene Chine Community Room into an old fashioned tea shoppe. Its rare to find a venue that is literally on the beach and when the heavens indulged us with late summer heat this became the best possible spot for tiffin! The kids loved our old vintage toy cash register and it was great fun bringing out our old kitchen scales, a washboard and galvanised bucket of flowers and our old ships lantern. It seemed very fitting to use some nautical vintage so close to the coast!

Vintage Props for the party

Food – sandwiches, cakes, scones, cake-stands and vintage china – swoon!

Sasha and Alan’s family supplied sandwiches from the Marks & Spencer entertaining range (you only need to give 2 days notice for these great value gorgeous sarnies) and with pink lemonade, sparkling wine, Sgt Bun’s superb scones and cakes from the WI / Country Markets everything was perfect for a vintage afternoon tea in flip flops!

Here are some more pictures including the gorgeous cake stands and serving platters, tablecloths and beautiful food!

mixed pictures of cake and vintage china

Vintage styling is great for adding sparkle to all kinds of special occasions – its informal and fun and can be great value – especially if you are adding your own food items or want to use your own venue. If you need venue styling, vintage china hire or help finding local food providers and staff for your event then get in touch with us HERE.

Congratulations to Sasha & Alan & thank-you for the delicious bottle of wine!

Silver wedding

Summer vintage beach



Published by vdorset, on 20th October 2011 at 7:58 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Sunny Anniversary

Business Mums Exhibition

Display of vintage dorset crockery Vintage Dorset headed over to the Village Hotel in Bournemouth last night for a Business Mums Exhibition and to show off our vintage china hire and parties. This business networking event was co-ordinated by Networking Mummies Dorset working with Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce and Mothercare to launch the Business Mum’s Journal.

Although it wasn’t a vintage-themed night, I was really interested in finding out more about whether its just my imagination or has there really has been resurgence of “old fashioned” and traditional toys.

So, as well as the very positive response we got to our Vintage Crockery Hire and Mad Hatter Tea Parties, (especially the yummy chocolate hearts and gorgeous teacups with roses), we were really heartened by the numbers of businesses offering traditional wooden toys, old-fashioned crafts, cake-making and creative skills. This was matched by an abundance of parents who are clear in their intent that their children will grow up with curiosity and wonder at the world – equipped with an enthusiasm for “imagination” without being wholly tied to plastic goods or electronic games.  Authenticity abounded!

My particular favourites included:

CharlieMoos – beautiful home-sewn party bags created in gorgeous fabrics by Joanne Dewbury, Dorset Business Mum of the Year (read more about her in this month’s Prima magazine)

Lulubelles cup cakes- just gorgeous

picture of Emiline Pankhurst votes for women

Justine and Nicki from Little Munchkins for good old fashioned jelly n ice-cream party food and also teaching little ones how to cook

Cake Heaven – more wonderful themed-cakes and a really good old fashioned Dorset Apple Cake – mmm!

Ollie’s Closet Toys include loads of wooden toys, musical instruments and traditional games – we love these!

Networking Mummies seems a really great way for business mums in the Dorset Bournemouth and Poole areas to get to know each other, collaborate, grow their businesses and keep a good work life balance.I wonder if this was what our campaigning grandmothers had in mind all along!


Published by annie, on 6th October 2010 at 7:10 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Business Mums Exhibition