A Right British Knees Up For The Royal Wedding

With just less than 2 weeks to go until the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markal, we in the UK are very good at our celebratory garden and street parties.  So if you are planning something whether just as the family or maybe a larger event here are some inspirational ideas of a British kind…..

royal wedding party

You can really serve what ever you wish to, but we do like tea and cakes, strawberries and cream and if you are lucky to be able to get hold of our delicious Devon or Cornish Clotted cream then these are a must have on scones….plain scones too with Jam! Living in Devon I go for the Devon way of serving them, the correct way!!!

Party drinks should be cool and refreshing and in hot weather you definitely something hydrating, non-alcoholic and suitable for the kids too!
There’s some super ideas out there from prosecco to gin to specialist beers and ciders. AND, of course, tea. You can’t have a party without tea!

Kids get bored easily, so do some adults, so having a few games available is great. You can hire them from companies like us, or make your own for a few quid. Sack races, Twister, Pin the Tail, Water Balloons, Giant Hoola Hoops, and on it goes. We supply golf games which are great fun for both adult and kids.

As the sun goes down and it starts to get a little cooler and darker don’t forget the midges! Annoying as they are, make sure you have a few citronella candles which will help combat them.

Probably the most annoying thing about an outdoor party, especially in the highest month for wasp activity in the UK, August……So, grab those spare jam jars that you didn’t use for candle making and outside lights, and fill with a little jam or some beer, they either eat or drink themselves to death as very happy wasps!

If you need more inspiration then check out our Pinterest Board with more inspiration


Crazy Golf Set Hire in Dorset

Want some real fun at your event and get your guests competing against each other? Or maybe give the children something to do.  Hire our portable crazy golf game.  The game which can be placed indoors or out and can be played by adults or children, just let us know the size putters you need.  Hire terms are for 2 days; we will deliver on the day and collect the following.   The video below gives you some inspiration:

We also have, for this year, a putting game where your guest compete for a ‘hole in one’ down a 5m base.  (photos to follow)

We have lots of props available for your event, so why not drop us an email let us know your theme and we can make some suggestions.





Champagne Flute Hire Devon

We have 100 champagne flutes available to hire.  We can also provide the right amount of prosecco for a toast and the edible flowers seen in the photo below.  Hiring is easy, you tell us how many you need and we bring them.  There is no need to wash them at the end of the day as we do all this for you.  Just empty them and pack them back into the boxes they arrive in.

Hire champagne flutes for your wedding

As with all our hire items delivery charges apply.  Please email us for more information.


Switzerland Comes to Devon for a Country Vintage Wedding

Helen and Jonathan came to see me to plan their wedding in 2014, that day we met in my cafe seems a very long time ago. They reside in Switzerland so everything had to be arranged for them, so all they had to do in true Millbrook Style is turn up and say “I do.”

On Saturday 20th of June they did; all arriving at Millbrook Estate for a fabulous wedding, after the ceremony in the Summer House they ventured down to the Retreat through the Woodland Walk and here are the photos from the day. Flowers were by Alison who is also a Milbrook supplier and were placed in our vintage enamel jugs and large jam jars. All the props are available to hire along with the bunting and crates. We can transform your venue with our props for you or you can DIY.

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Congratulations to them both from us all at The VPC.

Vintage Wedding at Exeter Castle

We had a lovely afternoon at Exeter Castle recently for a vintage wedding. The bride chose our Afternoon Tea to co-ordinate with her theme of Agatha Christie, each table was named after a novel. Here are some photos of the day.

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If you are planning a wedding or themed event at Exeter Castle? Please contact us for more details on how we can help you with props, ideas, china and tea.

Stunning Shabby Chic, Country Vintage Wedding in Devon

We were really pleased to be part of Susan and Andrew’s wedding in the Summer. Susan spent about 12 months creating some lovely items for her day. From hand-making all the pom poms and tieing up the netting backdrop to making the bunting and decorating jam jars, she even had time to create a photo wall. She hired our vintage ladders, voiles, crates and buckets to create some fabulous displays, which you can see in the photos. We supplied our afternoon tea as a buffet followed by a BBQ in the evening. Pretty tea-lights were lit at about 5pm with various colours of glass giving a lovely warm glow.

Below are photos of the day, please contact us if you would like to hire any of the following or ask us to style your wedding for you
Galvanised buckets
Vintage ladders
Planks of wood
Decorated Jam Jars
and lots more shabby chic and vintage items

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Picnic in Devon for weddings, parties and anniversaries

As many of our customers will tell you we have some fabulous picnic hampers available and they suit anytime of the year.

Our menus include both hot and cold foods and drinks.  We can deliver anywhere in North Devon and from Easter 2014 picnics can be collected from Maybray’s on the High Street in Barnstaple. We can also offer advice on places to have your picnic if you are unfamiliar with the area.  With some of the most fabulous beaches, great places on Exmoor with woodlands and cycle trails like the Tarka Trail you are spoilt for choice for places to take your picnic.

You can also hire picnic baskets, cool boxes, windbreaks, plastic backed rugs from us. We have large wicker hampers suitable for only short walks from you car to the beach or moor, or backpacks if you are heading off walking the coastal path or cycling. If you want to remember times gone by we also have vintage and retro hampers. If you prefer we can deliver all of your picnic in completely biodegradable packing that you can put into any normal dustbin and it will safely decompose in 180 days.

For more information, food and prices please visit our sister website –

picnic in devon

more infomation:
Tarka Trail Maps