Creating that special day

It’s another year of beautiful people celebrating a beautiful day with beautiful food.  We love to party and create that special day for you.  Whether it is a Birthday, Engagement, Wedding day, Anniversary, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th,90th Birthday, … Continue reading

Another cup of tea

pexels-photo-210470.jpegWe love a great cup of tea here at Vintage Rose Catering.  Depending on what you are eating should determine which blend and flavour of tea you drink, just like a good wine with a certain meal.

We can advice our guests what type of tea to drink with their afternoon tea if they wish.

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Here is our simple guide based on the last 8 years of serving teas

To accompany our Lemon drizzle, Citrus loaf cakes, Orange cakes and all citrus bakes we usually choose Earl grey – a delicious blend of Bergamot and citrus undertones, it enhances every mouthful.

Whereas if you were enjoying a plain sponge say a madeira cake or an American pound cake a Darjeeling would be nice or a Breakfast blend.

Our afternoon tea blend is lovely alongside our carrot cakes or anything frosted and creamy based.

We stock over 15 regular teas and invite our visitors to taste these during their afternoon tea experience. As with a lot of things we often stick to a favourite but this is a great way of tasting new blends and enjoying ones that you wouldn’t necessarily have purchased before.

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To book one of our afternoon teas please see our website https://vintagerosecatering.com/

or phone 07906549694

Afternoon Tea Parties

Have you got a special day to celebrate?

Are you looking for a unique venue that can offer you sole exclusivity?

We have the venue for you,  seating up to 46 within the park in Dronfield.  Our vintage inspired Tearooms are the ideal place to celebrate your event.

We have been bringing bespoke catering and successful event staging since 2010.  We love to put on a party and with our beautiful vintage china tea services and waitress service and delicious afternoon catering, we can guarantee that you will have the best party ever!

We offer our Afternoon Teas at £12.00 per person and also have a resident pianist available to play (Subject to availability) at extra cost

Why not call us for availability now

TELEPHONE 07906549694

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The Dronfield Wedding Fair

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Calling all Brides and Grooms.  We’ll  be holding Dronfield’s first  Wedding Fair at The Peel Centre, High Street, in Dronfield on September 14.

http://www.peelcentre.org/

The Fair starts at 11am and has many of Derbyshire’s wedding suppliers who will be there to give you top advice and explain what they offer for your special day.  With free entry and lots to see.  Why not put the event in your diary and afterwards relax at our pop up tea party where delicious tea and cakes will be on sale.

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If you have another celebration why not pop in as our suppliers can offer their services for every event

Looking forward to seeing you

 

 

Vintage Wedding – How to create your perfect day

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To create the perfect vintage wedding you have to introduce the following into your day.

 Photographs from last weeks Vintage Wedding of Paul Larkins and Jenny Donnelly.

Table Plan

Lots of pretty personalised items that reflect your hobbies or interests

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Little hearts filled with tea, gift tagged with guests names on ensuring each person gets the correct place at the table, behind the cup a little favour box filled with a surprise!  Jenny is so creative and with help from friends and family made the divine teabags and favour boxes.

Embroidered table numbers

These table numbers were embroidered by the bride and looked beautiful on our vintage embroidered tablecloths.

We made our own strawberry preserve, jam pot covers and labels to tie in with homespun decorations.

Our strawberry preserves       

Lots of lovely vintage china and accessories are vital for adding that vintage elegance to any celebration.  Vintage china adds that quintessential elegance to your day and we think tea certainly tastes better sipped from delicate china.  Our range of teapots, sugar bowls and milk jugs add to the pleasure and art of taking tea.

Jenny's tea bag crafting

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Table linens especially vintage embroidered ones look very special

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We have lace, embroidered, retro and plain cloths for all themes.

Here are some hanging out to dry.

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Our napkins and cutlery can complete the table setting with lots of mis-matched, but co-ordinating colours we bring the whole look together.  We can supply linen or paper napkins in a variety of colours and fabrics.

Mismatched china

Gold colours       

Next you need to arrange your catering, whether your venue supplies this or you bring in an outside caterer choose your menu to reflect your guests and the season.  An afternoon tea style wedding can save your budget and allow you to create a bespoke menu of your own; if you use a company that can provide the vintage china and all of the catering with service you get a complete service instead of booking several companies to do bits on the day everything will be arranged saving you time, stress and money.

Our tea and cake table

Our tea and cake table

Our bride wanted to introduce buttons into the day as She loves crafting with vintage buttons so we decided to use fondant icing and create little buttons for the teapot biscuits

We baked little biscuits with fondant buttons on as our Bride wanted a button theme.

Bringing in the catering.

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See our full range of cakes at our Boutique bakery cake page

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Plenty of tea at the ready.  We supply a wide range of teas and speciality coffees with service on the day.

Time for the Earl grey tea

After the meal get guests to type a little message to the happy couple for keeps

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Guest having a great day

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And Finally and the most important point to us is:

With Thanks and special wishes to the beautiful couple Paul and Jenny

Jenny looked like a Film star and made this fabulous dress herself!! Paul looked fab too

Jenny and Paul Larkins

We hope they will be truly happy forever xxx

A Vintage Wedding

Last week, We had the privilege of bringing our Vintage wedding catering and equipment to the wedding of Jenny Donnelly and Paul Larkins.  We had the first of our wedding consultations with the bride and groom, last year and it was obvious from the start that this would be a very personalised and creative wedding as Jenny, the bride is extremely talented, sewing her own clothes and creating gifts from up-cycled fabrics and buttons.  Paul, hubby is a professional photographer and runs his own company and so with their combined love of vintage we set about planning what to make, that would add more vintage input to their day.

I commissioned a lovely piece of button art designed and made by local artist Emma  as a gift for the couple.  I love the work by Emma and as Jenny mentioned she was going to include buttons in her theme it was an obvious choice for me.

Next we discussed the wedding afternoon tea and as the couple wanted a vegetarian tea we all agreed on the following menu

Earl Grey Tea

Sandwiches of:

Herb and cream cheese

French Brie and Cranberry

Avocado on seeded bread

Roasted garlic, beetroot and feta on spelt bread pizza

Scones, clotted cream and our strawberry preserves

Earl grey and lemon ‘button’ teapot biscuits

A variety of our fruit frangipane’s

A selection of our home-made cakes from our boutique bakery

All to be served on our vintage china, table linens, napkins, cake stands and vintage cutlery.

We created little menu cards with dried lavender and rose clips with hanging tags, these were hand written on cath kidston cards.

Our handmade vintage menu cards

 

 

The venue was at the beautifully restored Springfield  Hall, Sandiacres.

http://springfieldhall.co.uk/

A unique venue hidden for the past 50 years and now beautifully decorated in a neutral colour that lends well to any celebration.  Situated next to the canal this  adds to the photographic  opportunities and allows a lovely area for guests to spill out to on a warm evening.

Springfield Hall, Sandiacres

 

We started sewing even more bunting to fit the inside and outside of the hall.  In co-ordinating colourways to blend in with our extensive collection of 200 vintage china teacups and saucers and accessories, we excitingly got out the vintage singer sewing machine and gave ‘Suzy’ a good run with the fabric

Suzy Our singer sewing machine

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Our singer sewing machine

 

Over three hundred feet of bunting was sewn and we thank Ashley at Springfield hall for getting up on the ladders to put it all up!

Wedding Bunting

 

 

See our next blog for lots more photographs of the day

Summer time and the living is easy

It’s well and truly summer at last and if you’ve done the barbecues and looking to offer a new type of party why not try our summer inspired afternoon tea parties.  With freshly prepared food and everything including bunting, table cloths and delicate china we will bring everything you need to stage the perfect summertime event why not get the garden cushions out or if you want we can bring our lovely picnic blankets to scatter on the lawn too.

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Garden party tea party -£23.00 per person 
A selection of tea or home-made summer cordials elderflower, traditional lemonades, raspberry punch.
Roast ham and mustard finger sandwiches
Strawberry, fresh mint and cucumber finger sandwiches
Rosemary scones with cream cheese and parma ham
Lavender shortbread
Dark chocolate floral cake flavoured with violets
Elderflower and strawberry topped cake
Meringues infused with rosewater or lemon cream and a cupcake each
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Summer time party – £24 per person
Sweet iced mint tea or Jasmine teas
Prawn cocktail sandwiches
Sausage, apple and sage rolls
Honeyed figs and pecorino blinis
Salmon and pea tarts
Fresh fruits of the season platter
Elderflower and strawberry cake
Summer fruit fools in teacups  and cupcakes

Other creative menus are available please see our afternoon tea party page

http://vintagerosecatering.com/afternoontea/
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Please note we also offer a bespoke picnic service where we can deliver and set up your picnic at your chosen location.  Please ensure you have the owners permission first!

See our picnic page for full details

http://vintagerosecatering.com/picnics/

Picnics

Surprise Party

Our business is all about creativity, styling, great food and creating experiences.  We offer a full complete service including dressing the venue with bunting; stylish table settings; beautiful china and of course all our delicious home-made produce.  As we can offer all these services including service if required, you can rest assured everything will be taken care of, allowing you to relax and enjoy the day without all the work!

It is a great fun and enjoyable job, We love creating your special event and feel each booking is so special, so enjoyable, it does not feel like work!

We often do not know what space we have to dress, as clients can book holidays in Derbyshire and The Peak District and are unsure of the space available.  This is fine, we have dressed large buildings and small, we even set up on a kitchen work surfaces and put all the tea cups and china on a lovely window seat; this is the challenge, but when you have beautiful china whatever space you have it all looks so pretty and lovely when we have finished!  We travel to holiday cottages, lodges, hotels, village halls, people’s houses, even vacant barns and outbuildings.  We particularly love the ‘Surprise’ events we create, all the friends and family know, but the person(s) celebrating their birthday, engagement, hen party, anniversary or other event has/have no idea what is about to happen and the look on their faces of sheer delight and surprise is great for us to see.  Often we have to set up, style and display all the food then leave and we miss that experience which is a  shame, but on the occasions where we do stay, we are so happy to see the reactions when the person(s) returns!  This happened last weekend when we took our afternoon tea parties to Center Parcs and set up the outside and inside of the lodge.  Sue, the ‘Hen’  had joined her friends and family for the Hen weekend and half of the party had gone for a walk, then returned to find our surprise tea party!  Sue will be getting married in less than 3 weeks now.  We wish her and her partner the very best. Here are a few photographs of the day

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To buy or not to buy – hiring is the vintage question

To buy or not to buy – Vintage china?

Hiring vintage china by Vintage Rose Catering

Vintage China Hire

 

 

Whatever type of wedding you have chosen, vintage china can enhance the table display and make for a memorable day.  If you have decided that your wedding theme includes vintage china you need to choose between buying or hiring a large quantity.  When looking to buy vintage china you need to have lots of available time to seek out the china tea sets from places like vintage shops, antique fairs, vintage fairs, auction houses, car boot sales and charity shops.  It will take a lot of time to find huge quantities and you need to focus on the colours you require and set out to get a collection in similar colour-ways or designs to suit your theme.  It is not guaranteed that you will find exactly what you are looking for so be flexible in your choices.  Expect to pay anywhere from £5 – £15 depending on the make of the pottery for a set of tea-cup, saucer and plate.  If you have a large wedding party of 100 – 150 guests this will cost a lot.  You will need to consider sandwich plates, cakes stands, sugar bowls, jugs and teapots too.  Expect around £600 – £1000.00 for this budget depending on your wedding party numbers.  Examine all pieces very carefully as aged items often suffer wear and tear but this is part of the charm, but do not purchase any items that are chipped or cracked, some sets will have missing items so miss and match to disguise this.   You will need to re sell the items afterwards which again will take time and effort or why not donate them to your favourite charity.

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If you choose to hire the items you will save time in searching for everything, save money on the whole cost of buying everything – here at Vintage Rose Catering, we offer great package deals on wedding hire which saves  money and can deliver, set up the tables with the china at a small charge and take everything away dirty saving time on washing up as most hotels and venues will not wash these delicate items for fear of breakages.  Every hire company will charge for damages so check their hire terms and conditions before booking.  Please also ask for styling charges this is a useful option to take saving  time but also more importantly let you see the final table display and enables for changes beforehand in plenty of time.

So hopefully you have chosen which option you will take and have a beautiful table display enhanced by delicate vintage china above all have a beautiful wedding whatever the theme.   Please take a look at our wedding pages and other services on our website

http://vintagerosecatering.com/

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Announcing the wedding – Part two

You’ve told the family and now its time to send out the news to everyone you cannot visit and tell straight away that’s when the wedding announcement cards offer a great way of spreading the news.  Announcement cards offer you a great way of creating the theme of your wedding and letting people ahead know of the style your wedding will take.  Through the colour or theme of your card.  Think colours, your style and mediums.

There are so many charming invites available and so many styles to choose from.  If you visit craft fairs, wedding fairs and local craft markets you will hopefully see local designers and crafts people showcasing their designs and invitations.  This is a great opportunity to discuss with the artists and  makers the style you would like and to determine all possibilities to customise your cards.

Choosing a theme – there are hundreds of possibilities including vintage, modern, mono-block, colour themed, ribbon tied, or different folded styles.  There are many types of medium to choose from traditional card to hand sewn material notices, laced or binding covered fabric cards.

Have a good look on the internet to see what inspiration and fashion choices are out there but above all choose a style that reflects the bride and groom.  If you love surfing in Cornwall why not choose a design that includes a surf board or something more relative.  It’s whatever floats your boat or board!

The Wording:  There are traditional and modern ways to spread the word.  Examples could include:

Mr B Jones & Miss T Radbury.

The engagement is announced between Barry, eldest son of Mr &  Mrs Paul Jones of Barlborough, Sheffield and Tina, Youngest daughter of Mr &  Mrs Martin Radbury of Newbold, Chesterfield.

Or a modern style could be

Barry & Tina are tying the knot!!

Dates: 29 August 2013

Have lots of fun.

 

Wedding Guide part one

Wedding Guide:  Part one tips on the engagement and engagement party 

08You’ve made your decision it’s time to pop the question.  How it’s done is down to the couple themselves, however, we offer our romantic picnics which are a lovely way to create a romantic scene and crack open the bubbly when the answer is Yes!

Announcing the engagement is a huge step in a couple’s life.  Telling the family first, then your best friends, in person, then maybe an engagement announcement card to everyone else.  This often results in a frenzy of everyone you know  wishing to spend some time with you to talk about your future plans this may be a good time to arrange an engagement party.  Getting everyone together to celebrate the forthcoming event will offer you the chance to talk about it to everyone at once, but more importantly,  giving everyone the chance to meet with each other before the wedding.

Often nowadays the bride and groom  come from different parts of the country and so the families have never met before.  It will be so much easier for everyone, if they meet up before the wedding and therefore know who is who!

It is customary for the brides mother to write to the grooms parents to express their happiness at the future marriage.  Details such as locations, dates, numbers of guests, venues, budgets will be a good thing to discuss amongst both families.

The engagement party is a great excuse for a family to get to know each other and friends and family will  want to see the couple in person to show their excitement at their news.  You need to invite the guests to the engagement party who will also be invited to the wedding.  many guests will want to bring an engagement gift and may ask what your wedding list is so try to get together and make a short list, so you can let people know what you would like.

Local department stores usually offer a wedding list service and will add your engagement  details and which gifts you would like to the list.   You may wish to ask people to donate money to a charity for an engagement gift, so look into the details in advance before your guests ask you!

Remember to send out Thank you cards to all your guests for coming to the party and for any gifts you receive.

In our next Wedding guide part two we will talk about finances and planning for the big day

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Thank you and hope congratulations are in order !

Style your vintage wedding on a budget

If you are planning a vintage style wedding what better way to dress the interior with vintage fabric bunting, beautiful table linens, cloths and of course vintage china with delicate cake stands piled high with fresh pastries, cakes and dainty sandwiches.  Bring in glasses and glass vases with flowers and tea lights and you have a beautiful vintage look.  Trail the car boots and vintage fairs for inspiration and bargains.  Hire vintage china and set the event for an afternoon of glamour and elegance.

We have been providing vintage china and accessories to Derbyshire and Yorkshire regions since 2010 and have a range of over 200 place settings of great designs and colours.  To save you a fortune, we have created packages with everything you should need to stage your vintage afternoon tea wedding.  Get your friends to create your wedding stationary and create favours with your friends using scraps of favourite fabric cutting out hearts or favourite shapes and stuffing with lavender or other pot pourri.  Get family to bake biscuits and ice for biscuit favours.  This will save you a fortune and be such fun

Our special packages for vintage china hire is now very affordable.

Get a great deal package for up to 20 people for £50 this includes

10-20 Tea cups and saucers

-20 side plates

10-20 cake forks and teaspoons

2-4 Milk jugs

2-4 sugar bowl

1-4 Vintage tablecloth

2-4 Vintage Teapots

up to 4 x 3 tier cake stand

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Get a great deal package for  35 people  for £80.00

Get a great deal package for 50 people for £120.00

Get a great deal package for 75 people for £160.00

Get a great deal package for 100 people for £200.00

Click on link below for our individual items price list

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Weddings and Wedding ideas

Are you looking for wedding ideas for your wedding reception? Have you thought about a vintage wedding where all your guests sit down in the afternoon and take tea.  It’s a lovely idea and a great talking point at your wedding reception, when all your guests come into the room/marque and see all the bunting, vintage china, vintage table cloths, cake stands, flowers and tea served from vintage teapots, delicious cakes on stands, mouthwatering sweet pastries on china cake plates.  A wedding tea party can be a great way of saving money on the traditional wedding breakfast.  You can often arrange this type of wedding at a hired venue with your choice of caterer saving a fortune on packages at some wedding venues.

A late morning wedding, then photographs afterwards, can make it an ideal time for a great afternoon tea party. A vintage tea party with vintage china, fresh tea and scones, cream, jam and small dainty sandwiches followed by mini cakes all displayed on vintage wedding hire will enhance any wedding theme.  

We create a beautiful vintage tea party, wedding tea party, mad hatters tea party and offer English style wedding catering.  See our website for all our afternoon tea party menus and vintage weddings.

http://vintagerosecatering.com/afternoontea/

 

http://vintagerosecatering.com/vintage-weddings/

 

http://vintagerosecatering.com/vintage-china-hire/

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Weddings

As you hopefully know we hire out exquisite Vintage china for Weddings and lots of other celebrations.  We also offer small wedding party catering and styling packages too.  Ask for further details of all our services.  Contact our Wedding team.

With over 200 place settings of beautiful mismatched vintage china We believe that our Vintage china adds something really special to wedding tables.  We work with you to create  an event at a reasonable price.

Often, We have requests to book our design and styling services this is especially suited to venue only bookings, where a venue does not offer any other services.  Many halls, barns and special buildings benefit from outside catering and styling companies coming into provide those services needed to bring the function together.

To save money many brides are looking to make many items themselves.  We offer great Hen Parties with special workshops where you can create many craft projects with your hens in time for your wedding.  There are so many websites now and magazines that show you how to make your own favours and finishing touches that will wow your guests.

At this wedding our Bride and her family made these lovely sweet favours a simple touch to finish a stunning table display.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS OF OUR WEDDING PACKAGES AND BESPOKE SERVICES PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE:  http://vintagerosecatering.com/vintage-weddings/

THEN CONTACT OUR WEDDING TEAM ON : 07906 549694