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Ann Summers & Vintage Tea Hen or Birthday Party in Devon

The Vintage Party company has something new to offer, why not hold a Vintage Cream Tea & Knickers Party for your friends birthday or hen party?

We have teamed up with one of our catering friends and our local Ann Summers Ambassador so that we can supply a lovely Devon Cream Tea all served on our gorgeous Vintage China.   You can have your gorgeous cream tea with lashings of clotted cream and jam and then go on to have some fun with an Ann Summers party.


If you would like some fun then drop us a message and we will get back to you with more information.


Vintage Afternoon Cream Tea Wedding at Hartland Abbey, North Devon

We were asked in the summer of 2015 to cater for a wedding celebration and naming ceremony at Hartland Abbey, it was a truly lovely day. We took along a Devon cream tea with large kilners holding strawberries. Guests were treated to a glass of prosecco and each glass was adorned with an edible flower.

Here are the photos of the marquee and our catering:

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Cream Tea or Chocoholics Afternoon Tea in North Devon

Are you coming to Devon?  Why not pop into our cafe (Maybray’s) on the High Street, Barnstaple and treat yourself to one of our Cream Teas, we have two styles:

Savoury Cream Tea
2 large warmed savoury scones with butter
A taster sample of a local cheese with grapes
Tea or Coffee – £10.95
Glass of Wine or bubbles – £12.95

Sweet Cream Tea
2 large warmed plain scones accompanied by local jam and Devon clotted cream
A slice of hand-made Victoria sponge cake
Tea or Coffee – £10.95
Glass of Wine or bubbles – £12.95

If you are feeling really indulgent and saying “sod the diet” or looking for something really different as a gift, then try our Chocoholics Afternoon tea – this was so popular on Groupon selling over 100 packages that we decided to extend it ourselves and keep the offer going.

Chocoholics Afternoon Tea
A totally indulgent and fun tea, that makes a great gift:
Selection of sandwich bites
2 Chocolate scones with local jam and Devon clotted cream
Slice of Chocolate Cake
Belgian chocolate dip, with fruits, treats, cake all to dip into a pot of warm Belgian chocolate – totally yummy!
A glass of Belgian Hot chocolate, or maybe a cup of tea or coffee if we have overdosed you on chocolate – £15.95 per person
With a glass of bubbles – £19.95

Because our cafe bistro is very small (we only have 14 seats) and we hand-bake the scones and cake daily in small batches you must book in advance.  Call us on 01271 327309 to book a table and a time that suits you between 12 noon and 3pm Tuesday to Saturday. We also have gift vouchers if you would like to buy something different as a present and we will explain the booking procedure to them.

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Vintage Country Afternoon Tea Wedding in a Village Hall Setting in Devon

I have always believed that if it rains on your wedding day it’s good luck! On Friday 1st of august it rained, actually North Devon REALLY rained, but this didn’t affect Hannah and Sam’s wedding plans. They were married in a lovely church in Bideford and held their reception at Weare Giffard village hall. They chose blues as their colour theme and hired our vintage china and blue and cream tablecloths. Hannah used simple jam jars with Hydrangeas and Gypsophila to create a country theme.

We supplied our Afternoon Tea with additional canapes. Hannah chose to have a cake table so that her guests could come and go for cakes as they pleased over the afternoon and evening. We brought along our traditional cakes, strawberries in bowls and macrons, and her mum made her wedding cake, the two top layers were biscuit cake and the bottom a lovely rich fruit cake as you can see from the photos it was really lovely and everyone enjoyed a slice.

Below are the photos we took of the hall and tables. Lydia (my assistant) and I had a lovely afternoon looking after all their guests and were really pleased to have been part of their special day.

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If you are looking for a traditional village hall venue in north Devon we can highly recommend Weare Giffard Hall.

Busy Wedding Days at The Vintage Party Company

Just wanted to apologise for the lack of blogs recently, we have been very busy with wedding catering and also running our cafe in Barnstaple.

I am adding posts very soon with photos of the weddings we have catered for. Our style of catering is still as popular as ever and we are now taking bookings into 2016. If you are visiting our blog for inspiration and thinking of booking, please make contact with us sooner rather than later as dates are filling up in 2015. You can email us direct from our Contacts Page above. Feel free to share your ideas of the type of wedding you see yourself having and we will work out a way to fit in with your plans.

Anniversary Vintage Afternoon Tea in Devon

Not only do we love weddings, but love it when the couple we have looked after come back to us the following year to celebrate their anniversary with an Afternoon Tea

The girls chose to have one of our luscious carrot cakes with cream cheese filling and topping to add to their scones and tea sandwiches.

We would like to wish Nikki and Kelly a happy anniversary and hope they enjoy their stay in North Devon this week.

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Vintage Birthday or Anniversary Tea Parties in Devon

If you visit our website you would probably think all we cater for is weddings, however we have catered for some lovely afternoon tea parties designed to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Whether it’s at your home for an intimate party of just a few relatives and friends or a much larger party in a village hall, we can supply you with the following:

Afternoon Tea Package:
Sandwiches with various fillings cut into dainty tea fingers
Traditional Cakes
Scone, Jam and Clotted Cream
Tea & Coffee
All the vintage china, linens and cutlery needed
Staff to set up, make tea and look after you and your guests.

So rather than having to source all your Afternoon Tea party items from different parts of Devon or trawl through the charity shops trying to find pretty china at bargain prices (good luck with that!) Our package above has it all. Our prices vary depending on your location and how many we are catering for.

Email us at vintagepartyco@outlook.com and tell us how many, where and when, and we can give you a quote.

Thanks for looking
The V.P.C.


Vintage Afternoon Tea in Devon

There is nothing more lovely than an afternoon tea and ours are a delightful way of spending time with your friends or loved ones.   Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just fancy tea with your mum or gran we can deliver a vintage afternoon experience to your home or holiday cottage in North Devon and transport you all back to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication with trained staff and wonderful 1920s and 30s music.

Afternoon Tea Package Includes:

  • Afternoon Tea set up in the comfort of your own home, holiday cottage or a venue of your choice (or a marquee in the garden if for more than 10)
  • Enjoy freshly prepared sandwiches with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Cream Cheese, Egg and Cress, Ham and Tomato fillings
  • Traditional handmade Victoria Sponge Cake and Lemon Drizzle Cake
  • Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream
  • Lashings of Tea
  • All served on vintage china with our staff to look after you for the duration of your tea.

If you would like to book our Afternoon Tea package delivered to your door we have a special offer available from October 1st to March 31st – email us to find out more.   You can also purchase a Gift Voucher from us as a Christmas or Birthday gift.   Delivery of our tea is an additional costs depending on where you are in North Devon (some areas, as you may well know, are harder to get to than others!)

Please contact us for details of prices as you may wish to choose alternative fillings or cakes and we like to make your experience unique and bespoke!

afternoon vintage tea and china hire devon


Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Special Catering in Devon

If you are hunting out something different to share with your mum this year, how about one of our sumptuous catering packages.  We can bring Afternoon Tea to you.

Treat yourself and your mum, Your mother-in-law or perhaps you want to help your grandchildren say thanks to their mum. We can bring vintage china, cutlery and tableware to your choice of venue, perhaps your home or if the weather is good how about the garden.  Our Afternoon Tea package is sumptuous, it’s highly unlikely you will need to eat again that day and we hand-bake everything ourselves even our own breads and only use Devon producers which helps to maintain the economy in North Devon.

Our Menu is as follows:
Hand-baked sandwiches with delicious choices of lovely fillings cut into dainty triangles and fingers in brown and white breads
A choice of 1 large round traditional cake, e.g. Victoria sponge, chocolate cake, date and walnut.
Large scone, jam and clotted cream – 2 each
Lashings of locally blended tea – enough to sink the famous five!
Vintage china
Vintage table linens
Music from the 20s, 30s and early 40s for ambiance

Price includes delivery in North Devon, set up and then collection of the crockery, etc either later in the day or the following day. You don’t even need to wash up, just pack everything away in the boxes provided and we will do the rest.
It’s a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with your mum or for your daughter.
We are taking bookings now and are limited to how many we can deliver on the day, so please book early to avoid dissapointment.
£55 for two people

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Please note: We are licensed for catering with Torridge District Council, Devon. We hold a Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering Certificate and are fully insured for catering, and with many years of experience gained in the hotel, retail and vintage trade we know how to do vintage and hospitality and we do it well

Afternoon Tea v High Tea

On a beautiful sunny day there is nothing more lovely and typically British than Afternoon Tea, but this is not to be confused with High Tea, which is a completely different meal.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

Afternoon Tea is taken around 4pm and consists of dainty finger foods such as smoked salmon sandwiches, scones and cakes and is always served with a pot of freshly brewed tea. There are many variations to Afternoon Tea depending on the establishment or personal taste, but the amount of food served was and still is for the purpose of filling the gap between lunch and evening supper. Historically Afternoon Tea was a social event and taken in or out of the home by the upper classes who would perhaps meet at tea houses, hotels or visit the home of a friend

High Tea

High Tea is something completely different and is a much more substantial meal traditionally eaten by the working population who had no time for afternoon frivolities and wanted a more substantial meal as they were famished after leaving work. There was also no supper in the evening as High Tea was a heavier meal of meat and vegetables designed to last until the following morning. It is now known in most households in the UK as simply “tea”.

Typical Afternoon Tea would be:
Finger sandwiches of smoked salmon, cucumber, egg and cress, ham and mustard.
Victoria sponge, scones and fancies.
All eaten on small china plates with silver cutlery and small dainty tea napkins.
A large pot of freshly brewed tea (made with leaves, not a tea bag.)

Typical High Tea would be:
Meat and vegetable based foods, pies and cheese dishes. Very much what is now classified as a home cooked meal and still eaten in the early evening.