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David & Karen’s Rustic Wedding at Millbrook Estate

We were back at Millbrook estate celebrating an intimate wedding of 20 for David and Karen last week. They held their reception at the Retreat which is our most favourite places to dress as it’s a hidden gem near two lakes surrounded by trees and only round the corner from us. It’s a blank canvas with so many options. Our couple chose to have a barn dance on the grass for their guests and booked a local band and caller to ensure their feet weren’t all entangled.

Photos below are how we dressed the Retreat with ribbons, roses, netting and ivy. David and Karen also chose to have our vintage ladder and crates with our display items, and the Retreat was internally dressed with bunting, hearts and our jugs full of flowers. We added small jars with battery operated tealights and large hurricane lamps with candles for the evening.

If you would like us to take the pressure off you and style your wedding or event in Devon then please drop us an email with your ideas. We have lots of small and large props available.






How To Make Perfect Coffee Vintage Style

We love coffee at the Vintage Party Company and always supply freshly brewed filter coffee with our catering, however we have just found this fabulous footage on how to make the perfect coffee.  Depending on your age you may remember some of the implements the coffee is being brewed in, I certainly remember my mother having at least one that boiled on the cooker, (apparently she still has it.)



The Vintage Party Co.


Mykonos Blue Pantone Wedding Colour for Autumn Winter 2013 and 2014

The next colour on our Palette for this season is Mykonos Blue.  A bright blue the colour of the sea, very close to royal blue.  Here are some examples that we could find.

Alfred Angelo




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AmyOHandmade on Etsy

For more colours see our other pages:

Linden Green, Koi & Emerald

For more photos visit our Flickr page

Picnic at Millbrook Estate for Paul & Nicola

Congratulations once again to Paul and Nicola who married at Millbrook and chose one of our picnic hampers for the afternoon celebration meal  We don’t always get photos from picnics, but we asked Jim Wileman their photographer for a photo and he sent this beautiful one.

A very happy couple.

Millbrook Estate, Vintage Party Company, Jim Wileman

Here’s what they had to say in an email to us:
“Just wanted to thank you for our beautiful picnic hamper, after getting married me and Paul enjoyed all your beautiful homemade cakes and strawberries with a bottle of champagne. We struggled to finish it as there was so much but everything was so tasty and such good quality we enjoyed the challenge! Thanks so much Nic and Paul”


For more information about wedding day or making memory photos of your event if you are coming to North Devon please visit Jim’s Website or Blog

For one of our hampers stuffed with Devon goodies, contact us via the link at the top of the page!


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!

Country Style Vintage Afternoon Tea Wedding at Millbrook

The first weekend of June we were catering at the fabulous Millbrook Estate for Yvette & John’s wedding.  Yvette had chosen a unique rustic country vintage look which complimented the Retreat beautifully.  She chose an afternoon cream tea for her guest with our handmade lemonade and we put the drinks in jam jars with paper straws to compliment the flowers in jars dotted around the Retreat and hanging from the trees, along with plenty of sandwiches and of course scones, with jam and clotted cream.

Decorations for the Retreat were provided by Virginia’s Vintage hire, who brought along some lovely old frames to hang inside the Retreat and Yvette supplied personal photos to be placed inside them.  There were also some great shabby painted old chairs outside with pretty ribbons in Yvette’s colours tied to them, which blew in the wind. Luckily it was sunny for the guests could sit outside and witness the ceremony taking place just inside the Retreat entrance.  Flowers arrangements were created by Four Leaf Clover Flowers in old wooden wine boxes on stands.  A small selection of cakes were supplied by Lucy Cupcakes and to add to the vintage theme was Popcycle Icecreams serving up delicious local icecream.

Once the ceremony was over out came our canapes and champagne, and whilst photos were being taken, ducks raced and alpacas fed Ginny and Greg returned to setup the tables outside whilst we set up the buffet style afternoon tea out of the sun and wind.  The wedding party returned and had their afternoon tea listening to 1930 and 40s songs over the PA and after they played with the vintage games and croquet down by the lake.  It was a lovely day at Millbrook and we were so pleased to be part of Yvette and John’s celebrations and to work with Ginny at Virginia’s vintage hire to create a wonderful day.

Then two days later we received the following email:

“Just wanted to say a huge thanks for Saturday, it was absolutely out if this world and we and the guests thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was just so unique and so special. Yvette & John”

It was such a special day.

Photos below:

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Suppliers were:
The Vintage Party Co.
Virginia’s Vintage Hire
Four Leaf Clover flowers
Jim Wileman – Photographer
Popcycle Icecreams
Millbrook Estate
Lucy Cupcakes