There’s nothing like a floral china tea set to prompt a rush of nostalgia, even if you’re not old enough to remember sipping from a delicate Crown Devon cup in your grandma’s front room.
The memories are wonderfully real for me but for those who like to imagine the past, the feeling is just as potent. The evidence is there in the number of events that aim to capture the spirit of the 1940s and 50s.
Vintage-style weddings are especially popular and that has led to a supply and demand issue for those looking to source crockery.
Pretty tea cups and saucers are difficult to find in large quantities. Fortunately, Yorkshire’s Caroline Harrison has solved the problem with her new business “Vintage in a Teacup”.
She has a vast selection of the finest and prettiest china to hire, along with an array of trimmings from table linen and trees to bunting and wooden table numbers. She’ll also dress the venue for you if required.
The idea for the venture started when Caroline got married last year and staged her own vintage wedding party.
“I collected everything myself and bought too much but I realised that good pieces were getting harder and harder to find. Brides often set out looking for their own vintage china, and I would encourage that as it is fun, but it takes a huge amount of time. That’s where we come in. We can either supply everything you need or if you’ve got half way and have to give up, we can top up and supply the rest,” she says.
“Another good thing about hiring what you need is that you get an exact cost, which helps a lot when budgeting for a wedding.”
Caroline’s services are proving popular and not just for weddings.
“People are having vintage hen dos, birthday parties and baby showers as they move away from a night out to an afternoon tea. I’ve also noticed a move away from hotel weddings to rustic events outside, in marquees and tipis, which teams really well with a vintage theme.”
The appeal of all things old is in the prettiness and nostalgia, according to Caroline, who adds:
“You look at a 1950s teacup and think about the life it’s had. There’s something very satisfying in that.”