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Afternoon Tea in the Secret Garden

In August we were privileged to cater for an intimate wedding for two, this time in the Secret Garden for a ‘runaway bride wedding’, which is a wonderful and personal day designed just for the couple to get married on their own.  Hidden behind a wall is a small patio area, pond and  conservatory with lovely views of the lake with the willow tree swooping down to touch the water.  Here are a handful of photos.

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If you would like us to cater for your party or wedding in Devon with free Vintage china hire with some of our packages then please contact us to disccus your requirements.  We have some fabulous packages available and are the leading Vintage China and Props Hire company in North Devon.  You can trust us to ensure your day is perfect in every way.






Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Millbrook Estate

We were recently asked to cater for a Mad Hatters Tea Party, however this was an adults party as the only children attending were under a year old!  So the emphasis was on surprise,  alcohol, and the guests having no idea what they were walking into!

A face painter was hired and she produced some stunning faces for the guest who had been asked to come in fancy dress.  The barn was decorated in a rustic style with a long table, and lots of straw.  Had it not been raining all day we would have used the spare bales outside to sit on, but it hammered it down in true North Devon style.  We added a mixture of our bunting and the side ropes had already added to the barn, which gave it a totally different look to that of weddings.

Our brief for the catering was as “bizarre as possible!”  So we spent 3 days creating coloured breads, coloured sandwich fillings, coloured anything, and other surprises; even though everything was completely edible and tasted lovely the guests had to think twice before they cut into a cake, bit a sandwich or ate a slice of quiche – just in case!  The table was packed with food, fruits an cake.  We used many different shapes, styles and sizes of teapots filled with a vodka cocktail that was also coloured in each teapot and served vodka jellies.

The event was fabulous and with some great music by Caro Edwards the adults had an amazing, if not very slightly drunk, time.

Below are a handful of the images.

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Thank you to Bob, Kate and Iszi for asking us to look after them at their special party.  It was a lovely day!

If you would like one of our Very, Very, Very Mad Parties then contact us for a quote on how we can totally phase your guests brains – because we are now very good at it!

Afternoon Tea at Millbrook for Kathryn & Antoine’s Wedding Day

On another lovely sunny day in North Devon we were asked to cater for Kathryn & Antoine’s wedding celebrations at Millbrook.

Whilst the happy couple wandered around Millbrook having their photos taken we set up their tea on the decking outside the Summer House.   Even Harry the cat was hanging around, he always knows I have smoked salmon sandwiches with me.  Below are a few images of their day and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.

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A few words from Katherine left on our facebook page:
“Just wanted to say thank you again for providing an amazing afternoon tea on our wedding day at Millbrook. When we come back we will be giving you a ring for a picnic hamper! Take care, Kathryn and Antoine”

Bespoke Wedding at Millbrook Cottages

We recently became one of Millbrook Cottages‘ preferred suppliers and have already had the opportunity to cater for our first couple on their wedding day.  We locally source everything where possible, and hand-bake on the day of each wedding.

Mr & Mrs Thurston asked for an Afternoon Tea with Devon Cream Tea in the Summer House at Millbrook just after their wedding ceremony.  Mr Thurston loves vinyl records so his wife-to-be secretly hired our 1930s fully working gramophone and shellac records for them to have playing in the background.

Below is a lovely note she sent to us:

“We cannot recommend the vintage party company highly enough! Our wedding afternoon tea was simply fabulous! 
From the delicious sandwiches, through to the divine scones, the food was scrumptious! The attention to detail by Carolyn was superb, and I definitely recommend the gramophone and records, it was a perfect finishing touch!
Thank you Carolyn for making our special day even more special!”

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If you have your wedding booked at Millbrook Cottages we can supply Afternoon Cream Teas or picnics for 2 to 30 guests, with china and decorations.  Our service is bespoke and designed to suit you and your guests.   So please contact us HERE by email if you would like a chat about how we can make your day even more special.

The Vintage Party Company