Hello, I'm Mrs Tea. I have a love for all things vintage including clothes, accessories, furniture, books and most of all, tea sets. I've been collecting vintage-style, afternoon tea crockery since I planned my wedding. I was keen for my big day to be vintage-inspired so I spent the months leading up to the event scouring vintage shops, fairs and car boot sales to hunt out pre-loved tea sets and accessories to feature as part of the theme of the day. I loved watching our guests sipping Pimms from floral teacups and walking into the reception and seeing how pretty the tables looked covered in teapots, cups and saucers holding beautiful Spring flowers. I now have a dresser at home that's bursting with teacups and saucers, teapots in all shapes and sizes, a selection of milk jugs, sugar bowls, matching side plates, glass cakestands and serving plates. Since my wedding day I've been finding every excuse to put the kettle on and serve up a proper afternoon tea using these lovely teacups! I now want to give others the chance to add a special touch to their event by using these wonderful pieces. From planning my own wedding I know that it can be stressful at times, with so many things to juggle and decisions to make. The price can also really add up which is I why I want to make sure that I give a personal, friendly service and offer great value-for-money. I can deliver your order to you, collect it when you're finished and I'll help you set up too. I'd love to hear from you, so please get in touch if you have any questions.
Whether it is for a wedding, hen party, corporate event, baby shower, birthday party, Christening or just a girly get-together with tea and cake, my crockery is all available for hire in and around Cardiff and within an hour's drive of the city. Every event is different so please get in touch to discuss what you're looking for.
My chance to share my latest vintage finds with you and anything pretty that inspires me, as well as events and things I've been getting up to...
I’ve just read about Cardiff Flea Market on We Are Cardiff and have decided it’s a must-visit this Christmas! I’m tempted by the late night opening this Thursday as there is mulled wine and music – it sounds brilliant. Saying that, I’m usually house-bound post 7pm with my one year old, so I’ll have to find some time on a weekend to stop by instead!
The stall that immediately caught my eye from reading more about it was the Art of Vintage Souk – a beautiful looking collection of vintage inspired wares with a Moroccan theme. I went to Marrakesh with one of my best friends two years ago for a New Year break and we had so much fun wandering around the souks and looking at millions of lanterns, textiles and sparkly trinkets. Having a Moroccan-inspired rug in my new home would definitely brighten up the room and be a reminder of all the colours, textures and scents we experienced during our little holiday.
When I get around to visiting the indoor flea market I’ll do a more detailed post about the other stalls I encounter there and if I’m really organised, share some pics of the highlights too.
I was recently approached to support two charity events in Cardiff, both with an afternoon tea theme.
The first was run by the lovely team at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales. The charity, based in Whitchurch, provides physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy to children in Wales who have cerebral palsy. Bobath organises regular afternoon teas throughout the year in Mumbles, Swansea and Cardiff.
Caroline and Nia, the ladies who drive the charity’s fundraising, contacted me to ask if I could provide crockery for Bobath’s vintage afternoon tea held at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Roath.
The hall was dressed with bunting, tables jam-packed with home-made tea and cake and the team organised music from forties saxophonists, a book stand, jewelry, handbags and a vintage shop. It sounds like it was a real success, raising lots of funds for a great cause.
Another vintage afternoon tea event was held at Canton Community Hall in November to raise money for the neo-natal unit at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff. Organised by a mother who’s baby was looked after in the unit, the event raised more than £1,250 which was incredible. Her and a friend worked hard to organise a bouncy castle, children’s entertainment, a raffle and their friends and family baked cakes and served teas throughout the afternoon.
Strawberries at this time of year are so delicious. I only really buy them in June as you can guarantee they will be sweet, juicy and HUGE! As part of the baby group my friend Rachael and I run, we have recently made the most of strawberry season by preparing two lovely strawberry teas for the mums and babies! My 11 month old daughter, Pearl, absolutely adores strawberries (and cake when I let her!) so she was in her element, munching away all afternoon. We used Mrs Tea’s vintage crockery too and it looked just the part, and despite being surrounded by babies and toddlers we had no breakages! I’ve posted a few pics on my facebook page – cue cute babies and messy faces!