Time for a Vintage Tea Party – Part One1
I’m planning a very special vintage tea party with friends. It’s a vintage tea party with a dual purpose: showcasing all the fantastic vintage finds I’ve been collecting since we moved house earlier in the year, combining charity shop and car boot bargains, online vintage buys and vintage fair treasures; enjoying some of the delightful tea discoveries I’ve made this past year; and we are also going to have a clothes swap. I feel strongly about keeping, re-using and re-styling clothes, whether vintage or new – so what better way to re-use and re-home something that no longer fits or suits than to exchange with my lovely tea-loving friends over several good cups of tea (and coffee!), cakes and biscuits? There’s something for everyone!
Vintage Tea Sets
In the absence of any real sunshine, I am going to use the lovely sunny yellow Villeroy & Boch tea set I recently bought from Mitty Dotty. It matches beautifully with the retro yellow dinner service I already have, including a coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl, for those guests who prefer a good cup of coffee to tea.
What Tea to Serve?
To be a proper tea party, there needs to be a good selection of teas. So I’ll serve a wide variety of choices: a nice strong Assam, for those who, like me, like a nice strong cuppa (a favourite is English Garden Special Reserve Assam loose leaf); a refreshing Earl Grey (Ahmad Earl Grey has just the right balance); a light, soothing Darjeeling (Chateau Rouge Sikkim Temi, while not technically a Darjeeling, has just the right taste); cinnamon and vanilla flavoured black teas to accompany the sweet treats (I have loose leaf blends from lovely local tea houses The Tea Box and The Tea Cup and both varieties of teabag from Ahmad); and some Jasmine and fruit-flavoured green teas for those who don’t want the caffeine hit (a chance to make use of the vast Twinings selection in my tea chest!) I will also brew a nice big pot of Grumpy Mule coffee for the non-tea lovers.
All this tea and coffee gives me an opportunity to use all my lovely vintage tea cups, teapots and coffee pots, including the pretty blue and white floral teapot I found in a charity shop a few months ago.
What to Eat?
Continuing the yellow theme, I bought some yummy traditional treats from Fortnum and Mason, including Ginger Loaf, Lemon Curd Biscuits and Lemon Curd Pudding! To balance all this sweetness, I will serve some delicious homemade cheese and goats cheese and onion scones from local favourite, The Tea Box (I am waiting for my oven to be replaced and can’t bake any myself)!
What to Wear?
As hostess, I am planning to dress with a nod to the glamorous tea parties of old – the ideal first outing for the lovely yellow gold vintage cape I bought recently from momandpopcultureshop, over a simple black dress and with my beloved gold Jimmy Choos – mixing vintage and modern as always.
Setting the Table
I am going to set the table with yellow and cream freesias – my favourite flowers – that will look and smell beautiful.
I am also going to use my lovely blue and white candle in a teacup from inStitchesCrafts as a candle centerpiece, along with my matching modern-day Willow Pattern coasters. I love to pick a main colour theme and then use mix and match china from the vintage bargains I have accumulated, always mixing vintage and modern pieces to fit the theme.
My next post will cover the full table setting, tasty food and those all-important finishing touches – lighting and music.
Hope you can join me for the tea party!