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A Little Holiday

We do love Dorset but every now and then it’s nice to get away somewhere different for a change of scene and to re-charge the batteries – so off we went down to Cornwall for a couple of days. Lostwithiel looked like a rather lovely little place to stop for a tea, and possibly a cake or two (well we had been on the road for a while!) and were we glad we stopped! What a great place for a spot of vintage shopping – gorgeous little antique shops, vintage emporiums and vintage inspired tea rooms – heaven. We picked up the cutest little 1930’s box brownie camera and a fun child’s abacas – fantastic props to add to our collection – and a great pioneer suitcase in cream and brown which will be fantastic as a card box or wishing well for weddings. With a few new trios of lovely china as well we were all shopped out – what a fun way to spend an hour or two and we could have bought lots more lovelies if we’d been lucky on the lottery – sigh! Oh well – there’s always another time – watch out Lostwithiel!!

And so on to another great find – Boscundle Manor in St. Austell. Sometimes you just have to unashamedly sing the praises of people and places and this little hotel tucked away in its own grounds needs to be praised indeed. For lovers of the vintage style there are no disappointments – the manor was built in the 1700’s and even though it’s obviously been modernised and updated it still retains lots of wonderful old world charm – and all the staff have old fashioned manners and genuine friendliness – what a gem!

Our little holiday away really turned into vintage paradise with a visit to the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House – Downton Abbey eat your heart out – absolutely stuffed full of goodies – take a look at how afternoon tea was served here in the 1920’s and 30’s and when we found this room brimming over with suitcases and trunks we were like kids in a candy shop……and that got us wondering – is there a name for addiction to vintage suitcases and trunks?? Truncolism maybe??


Published by annie, on 20th October 2012 at 9:50 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Weddings Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on A Little Holiday

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