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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.

Afternoon Tea in the Devon Countryside

As I started to climb the steps at Millbrook black clouds loomed above my head, a few drops fell and I waited for the heavens to open; they didn’t!
However, they hung a round for the rest of the afternoon as only black clouds do in North Devon’s microclimate. We were catering for 7 as an afternoon tea and had to set up in the Summer House due to the weather. In fact I am glad we did as at 3.30pm the cloud’s opened and down it came!

I only have the one photo to show you today as the bride chose to save her cake and take it down to the Retreat, play some games and dodge the rain!

Vintage China and Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Millbrook

We hope they had a really lovely day despite the weather, and look forward to seeing them at our cafe Maybray’s in Barnstaple.

Vintage Afternoon Tea & a Horse Drawn Carriage

We were back at Millbrook Estate again for another lovely wedding. This time we catered for Afternoon Tea. The Bride looked gorgeous and the weather stayed dry. Down the bottom of the steps waiting to whisk her and her husband for an evening meal with her family was a horse drawn carriage.

Here are a handful of photos of the day.

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If you are eloping to Devon for an intimate wedding for 2 or perhaps looking for a caterer who can handle larger weddings, we have a range of menus available that include Afternoon Teas, Devon Pasties, BBQs, we also offer picnics and breakfast hampers, and if you are in Barnstaple then pop in to say hello at our sister shop: Maybrays

Happy Christmas and New Year from The Vintage Party Company

We have had a fabulous year of catering for weddings, parties, birthdays and picnics in 2013 and would like to thank everyone who chose to book us and for all your fabulous testimonials.  From intimate weddings for 2 people to birthday parties and afternoon teas we have really enjoyed taking part in so many special events.

We are really looking forward to catering for all the weddings already booked for 2o14 and our new venture, which we shall make more public in due course.

Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone from us all at

The Vintage Party Company

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Cream Tea at the Double Locks for Jess & Nick

There is nothing like a Cream Tea on a wet day in Devon!    Thankfully all 90 guests were safely tucked inside the marquee at the Double Locks, Exeter when we catered for Jess and Nick’s wedding.  Despite the on and off rain it was a lovely day for them and the photos below show how Jess decorated the marquee and tables naming each one after famous historical couples, and the flowers were in kilner jars.  Jess also created a photo wall, which you can see in one of our photos and also used a vintage case for her cards and gifts to be placed in by the door.  We then added the china, scones, jam and clotted cream and lashings of tea and coffee.  We had a really lovely time with all their friends and family and would like to thank them all for making us feel so welcome and part of their day.

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If you are getting married at the Double Locks we can cater for your afternoon tea including china let us know we would love to help you make your day very special.

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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.

 

 

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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”

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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!

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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!

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Andrew & Sue Afternoon Tea at Millbrook Estate

Saturday was a lovely day in North Devon, not too hot this time so ideal for a wedding at Millbrook Estate.  The family had their photos taken and Andrew and his eldest son had arranged for them all to take a ride on our country lanes in a vintage car, all kept secret!   When they returned their afternoon tea was waiting for them with extra cake and jelly just for little Ethan, who looked fabulous in his suit!

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A couple of weeks after their wedding we received the following to share with you:

“The Vintage Party Company provided Afternoon Tea for us, after our wedding at Millbrook.  It was brilliant. Carolyn was extremely helpful before the day, with useful suggestions, accommodating changes and even making the sandwiches to order, just how we wanted them.  All the food and drinks, the sandwiches, scones, cakes, homemade lemonade and of course tea were excellent.  The vintage china added that special touch. I really can’t praise Carolyn enough. When I stood back and considered the quality, care, attention and quantity(!) that was provided I was stunned it was all done for such a competitive price. She clearly loves her work and it shows.  Everything including the cakes were homemade.  Their quality and freshness stood shoulders above anything you could buy yourself. The food was excellent.  The vintage china added to the brilliance of it all.  The vintage tea party added to the memory of a special day and I’d even go on to say it enhanced those memories. Andrew and Sue x.”

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If you would like an Afternoon Tea delivered to your venue for a special event, birthday or anniversary then call.   Not everyone likes a fondant covered cake for a birthday so why not have an afternoon tea for two or four that everyone can enjoy.  We can deliver everything you need.