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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