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  • Easter Afternoon Tea

    Celebrate Easter with a traditional afternoon tea. Our beautiful vintage china is available to hire. We have no minimum spend and can accommodate collection or arrange delivery. 

    We were awarded ‘Best Vintage Crockery Hire Business of 2020’ and have a 5-star rating on Google. Images of our beautiful china can be found in our gallery and Instagram

    In addition to this, we are delighted to offer a traditional afternoon tea package, this includes lots of gorgeous treats, the hire of our china and delivery to your door. 

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  • Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

    We are offering a delicious traditional afternoon tea menu for mother’s day. It includes the hire of our beautiful vintage china crockery and is delivered to your door. It includes a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with lashings of cream and jam, sweet treats, delicious cakes and a collection of organic tea. Contact us for more information and to book. The minimum order is two people.

    If you have already arranged catering, fear not! You needn’t miss out, our beautiful vintage china is available to hire. Delivery can be arranged, or collection is available. We are very flexible and have a 5-star rating on Google. Last year we were awarded ‘Best Vintage Crockery Hire Business of 2020’. There is no minimum spend and all of our china is handpicked and incredibly beautiful.

    You can view some of our china in our gallery

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  • Introducing the new 'Cake Away' Menu

    We are delighted to introduce our new ‘Cake Away’ menu. A selection of finger sandwiches, scones with lashings of cream and jam, sweet treats, delicious cakes and a collection of organic tea all served on our award-winning vintage china and delivered to your door. Minimum order two people. Perfect for celebrations for yourself and loved ones.

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  • Afternoon Tea Etiquette

    Afternoon Tea is a British institution that gained popularity amongst the aristocrats’ way back in 1840. It has its own code of etiquette. Follow the guidelines below and you’ll look at home in all the great Tea rooms across the United Kingdom.

    Never slouch and no elbows on the table, please

    Fold your napkin crease facing towards you on your lap

    Use a tea strainer for loose tea leaves, offer to pour for others first. Tea followed by milk. Rather than a circular motion, stirring must be done in a back and forth motion, six to twelve o’clock. This helps to dissolve the sugar cube, reduce noise, splash, prevent whirlpooling sugar cubes and undissolved sugar at the bottom of the teacup.

    To hold the cup, place your thumb and index finger through the handle and rest the cup on your middle finger. No protruding pinkies. If you’re seated on a low height table, pick-up both the teacup and saucer. On a high table, you only need to pick up the teacup.

    Always start with the sandwiches, these should be eaten with your fingers. Moving on to the scones. Use your fingers to break the scone into two. Take a portion of cream and jam and place on the edge of your side plate, before loading onto your scone.

    Fun Facts; Scone is often miss pronounced, the correct pronunciation is ‘sk-on’.

    You have two options for scone layering; the Devonshire way is to first layer the cream, followed by the jam, and the Cornish way is to first layer the jam, followed by the cream. Both are delicious! Scones must always be eaten in two halves not sandwiched together.

    If you forget all of the above the most important rule to follow is to enjoy! It’s such a wonderful tradition enjoyed by generations.

    If you would like to arrange an afternoon tea, we would be very happy to help. We have a 5 * review on google and have always received positive feedback from our customers. 

  • Afternoon Tea Delighting Society for almost 200 years

    The wonderful invention of English afternoon tea came about in 1840. Anna, seventh Duchess of Bedford found the wait between lunch and dinner too long, so she began to serve bread and butter, cake and tea at 4’o clock. This became very popular amongst her friends and so began the tradition of afternoon tea.

    Fast-forward 40 years; afternoon tea had become a fashionable event. Drawing rooms up and down the country were filled with society women dressed in their finery, taking tea

    Exquisite bone china tea sets in beautiful colours would be used to serve. Dainty sandwiches were introduced, scones with lashings of clotted cream and homemade cakes all washed down delicious tea.

    Today our menu is very similar to that which delighted the society ladies in their grand drawing rooms. We serve on beautiful vintage china and cater for all occasions.

    If you have a special occasion coming up that you would like to celebrate with a traditional afternoon tea, we would be delighted to help. Contact us to find out more. 

  • Styling Tips for a Vintage Wedding

    Picture this, two newlyweds boarding the last steam train, or hopping onto a boat sailing into the sunset. Now let’s try to capture the romance of travel from the bygone era in a visually stunning way.

    Stream trunks and wartime leather suitcases, not only look great but offer a practical place for wedding cards. Group items together to create more impact. Start to layer objects; an old map of the honeymoon destination, an old compass, vintage binoculars, folding camera, and a beautiful parasol. Add flowers to tie in with the colour theme.

    Display the guest book on a table surrounded by interesting looking vintage objects. Use lots of vintage books, an old typewriter, an ornate birdcage, paperweights and old photos. Include photos of older relatives to delight your guests. Be sure to align the frames to the vintage theme.

    Vintage books also make beautiful centrepieces, these can be enhanced with candles or flowers. Serve tea and coffee from vintage china and use champagne saucers to add some 1930s glamour. Smaller details, such as silver sugar tongs and linen napkins all help to create an elegant vintage atmosphere.

    If you’re planning a summer wedding, a traditional game of croquet on the lawn is quintessentially British and very popular with guests.

    Congratulations on your engagement! We hope this was helpful. All of the props mentioned can be found in our collection. Contact us to discuss further and to hire. 

  • The Royal Wedding

    As the excitement is building for the Royal wedding. I was pleased to read that afternoon tea had been included in the celebrations. Yesterday Harry and Meghan took tea with the queen, and today the Mother of the Bride is to meet the Queen for the first time over tea.

    Up and down the country people plan to celebrate with the royal couple, by hosting street parties, tea parties and eating lots of delicious cake. Even the weather seems to be co-operating, with the sun predicted to shine throughout the day.

    We Brits love a good party and I’m intrigued to find out what will be on the menu. I believe that the Royal couple have done away with tradition for their wedding cake and opted for a lemon and elderflower creation from Claire Ptaks, which sounds delicious and very similar to the wedding cake served at my own wedding, so I’m slightly biased already.

    I’ll be watching the ceremony in my finery, albeit from my front room. After which I’ll be hosting a delicious afternoon tea fit for royalty served on beautiful vintage china. I’ll be sure to raise a champagne coupe to the newlywed couple.

    ‘Best of Luck Harry and Meghan, wishing you a lifetime of happiness together’

  • A Thank You Discount for all NHS staff

    To show our support and appreciation to the hardworking staff of our NHS, we are offering a 10% discount on all china hire over the value of £60. You do a great job and this is our small way of saying thank you! 

    Discounts for NHS Staff

  • Afternoon Tea Delight

    We are delighted to announce our expansion into afternoon tea catering. Our delicious afternoon tea menu can be tailored to suit your dietary needs and requirements. All food will be served on our beautiful vintage china.

    We offer a complete service, delivery, collection, china hire, afternoon tea, styling and friendly waiting staff. We are very flexible, allowing you to choose which of the services you'd like to use.

    See our gallery for photos of the delicious cakes we make, as well as our beautiful hire vintage crockery.

    We cover London and the surrounding areas. 

  • Vintage Weddings in London

    We have a few weekends available for 2018 wedding bookings. If you are planning a vintage wedding, contact us to discuss hiring our beautiful vintage china and props. We can style and transform your wedding, transporting you and your guests to the glamour and magic of a bygone era.

    Our gallery contains photos of our rental vintage china and props. Contact us for styling ideas and to discuss how you'd like your vintage wedding to look.

    Vintage Tea Party is based in Hammersmith and cover London the South East.  

  • 40th Birthday Parties

    We've been really busy helping people celebrate their 40th birthdays 🎉

    The versatility of our china has enabled us to supply to clients wishing to serve traditional afternoon tea, as well as those looking to throw prohibition style parties. Hiring our beautiful china will most definitely add glamour to your occasion. If you're planning a birthday party, give us a call. We've lots of ideas and are very flexible. We also do all the washing up, leaving you to have all the fun. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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  • Afternoon Tea Cocktails

    After a lot of trial and error, we have finally put together a tea inspired cocktail list worthy of all occasions.

    Drunk from a champagne coupe or a pretty teacup, your guests will love them.

    Our favourite is the Green Tea Gimlet. To make a batch of 4 you need:

    • 5oz of Tanqueray gin 
    • 2 heaped teaspoons of Genmai Cha Japanese green tea
    • 3oz of fresh lime juice
    • 2oz of sugar syrup (Easy to make, its equal amounts of sugar to water heated until the sugar is dissolved and left to cool. I make up enough to fill a bottle and keep it in the fridge)
    • 4 lime wheels as garnish
    • Ice

    Click here for detailed instructions on how to make.

    Contact us to discuss hiring our vintage china for your special occasion.

  • Official Vintage Wedding Supplier

    We are now an official supplier for Magpie Wedding . For further images, check out our beautiful gallery.

    If you are looking for a particular coloured china tea set to match your colour scheme, get in touch. We have lots of beautiful vintage china, I'm sure we'd be able to supply something that's perfect for your special day.

    To discuss hiring our vintage china in London or the surrounding areas, give us a call on 07940 350 303

  • Your London Wedding

    We are thrilled to report that our vintage wedding styling tips have been published in 'Your London Wedding' magazine, May/June 2016 edition. This is one of our specialities and therefore we're delighted to have been asked to contribute. You can read the full article on pages 64 & 65.

    These tips are not limited to weddings, they can be used for baby showers and special birthdays too.

    If you're planning a special occasion, and considering hosting a vintage tea party, we are always delighted to share our ideas. We hire vintage china in London and the surrounding areas.

    We are based in Hammersmith and are itching to use our new nespresso machine, pop along for a coffee and a chat about your needs and requirements.

    Contact us for further information.

  • London Baby Shower

    We have added a very sweet wicker basket to our collection, which has proven very popular with baby showers in London this summer. This is a perfect place for guests to place their cards and small gifts.

    We've also been sourcing and adding to our vintage china hire collection, making some lovely new friends along the way.

    Vintage Tea Party has had a complete refurbishment, we've a brand new roof terrace which has been joy to work on during the wonderful weather Hammersmith has had this summer.

    If you are planning a baby shower in London and would like some ideas, we would be delighted to discuss your needs and help you plan the perfect baby shower.

    Contact us for further information.

  • Alternative Office Christmas Parties

    We're receiving lots of enquiries about office Christmas parties. It looks like the office party is moving away from paper hats, family sized packets of crisps and bulk bought supermarket booze. People are looking for sophisticated tea parties, filled with delicious cakes and champagne. I know which party we'd rather attend.

    To add further joy to Christmas, we're offering affordable china hire packages, tailored to your need and budget. Well it is the season to be jolly!

    Contact us for further details. Our vintage china is for hire throughout London. Take advantage and enjoy your Christmas celebrations in style. 🎄 

  • Vintage Tea Party

    Read about the origins of Vintage Tea Party in this heartwarming article published in the wonderful 'English Wedding Blog'.

    Our passion for vintage crockery started at a young age and has grown in to a beautiful collection of china tea sets. We get great satisfaction sharing them for others to enjoy.

    They are the perfect addition to any wedding, christening or baby shower.

    Further details can be found in the vintage china hire section of the website. Our vintage crockery is for hire in London and South East England. 

  • Cakes, Cocktails and Butlers in the Buff

    Vintage Tea Party themed hen parties are on-trend this summer. Our beautiful teapots have been serving drinks a lot stronger than tea. Poured by naked butlers, hens all across London are enjoying these delicious cocktails sipped from our delicate china teacups.

    Here at Vintage Tea Party, we didn't want to miss out on the fun and have been mixing our own cocktails, and we have a firm favourite, although we have several close seconds, and thirds and fourths 😂

    'Green Tea Gimlets' have become a Friday fixture. Made with 'sipsmith' gin, which is distilled here in Hammersmith. This is one local business we are very happy to support!

    For further information about vintage crockery rentals in London please give us a call on 07940 350 303

  • The Height of Authenticity

    The vintage china and prop collections is the results of a great deal of hard work and research. It consists of a host of English bone china trios, teacups and saucers, china tea sets, cake stands and teapots to give just a few examples. You’re more than welcome to get in touch with the friendly professionals at Vintage Tea Party at any point if you have any queries about what they have to offer. To find out more, head over to the home-page today.

  • Wedding Reception Ideas West London

    Are you looking for ways to make your wedding reception as fun and distinctive as possible? Then why not see what Vintage Tea Party have to offer? Vintage Tea Party is a leading vintage crockery hire service in London that can cater for all sorts of special occasions including garden parties, christenings, weddings, baby showers, birthdays and more. The team also provide authentic crockery for corporate events and photo shoots. If your wedding reception is to have a vintage theme, why not get in touch with the team today to see how they can help? The team have a variety of vintage props for hire and can also offer a styling service.
  • Get the Look You Require

    The Vintage Tea Party have a wide selection of vintage props for hire and also offer a styling service for extra authenticity. Each item in the vintage crockery collection has been cherrypicked for its beauty. Whether you’re looking for vintage bone china trios, teacups, saucers, teapots, cake stands, plates or milk jugs, the team can help. Props include birdcages, cotton bunting, wartime leather suitcases, 1930s typewriters and vintage books. To find out more, why not head to the home-page right now?
  • Vintage Tea Party China Hire

    Are you planning an authentic vintage tea party in London? If so, why not see what the team at Vintage Tea Party have to offer? Vintage Tea Party is a highly-reputable service providing vintage crockery hire services to companies, groups and individuals all over London. They can help if you’re planning a wedding, birthday, baby shower, garden party or christening and can come to your assistance if you need vintage crockery for a photo shoot or corporate event. You’re more than welcome to give the team a call at any point if you have any queries about what they have to offer, so why not do so today?
  • Hand-picked vintage china

    When you hire tea party china from Vintage Tea Party, you can expect to receive crockery that's as beautiful as it is distinctive. Each piece has been hand-picked for its beauty. Choose from English bone china trios, teacups and saucers, vintage china tea sets, teapots, and 3 tier china cake stands, china milk jugs, sugar pots and much, much more. To find out more about Vintage Tea Party, take a look around the website.

  • Afternoon Tea Party china for hire in London

    Are you looking to hire afternoon tea party china? Then why not head over to the Vintage Tea Party website? This Hammersmith-based company provides an impressive selection of vintage crockery for special occasions across the south east of the country. Whether you're planning a wedding, birthday, baby shower, hen party or any other event, you can be confident that Vintage Tea Party can supply beautiful china to meet your needs. They can also offer vintage tea party styling services to ensure that your venue emits the timeless elegance of a bygone era. The team have a huge amount of skill, knowledge and expertise at hand, and will work with you closely to ensure that your event requirements are catered to.

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