Monday, 8 October 2012
I was named Lavinia after my sister's Victorian Pop-up Story book called Lavinia's Cottage, I did not decide to rename myself after watching Downton Abbey!
I began collecting vintage china whilst at university back in 2008, when I used to walk past a very good Welsh charity shop daily. After completely a degree in photography I moved back to Cirencester where I realised I should do something with my growing collection of vintage tea sets. I was asked to provide tea and cakes for a charity event held by my mother's business Beyond France Ltd. Using the vintage china fitted in so well with all the vintage linen and fabrics at the event, and I received so many compliments I decided to set up business! Lavinia's Tea Party seemed apt and since then
I have made cakes for several thousand and poured tea in the hundreds of thousands (it feels like millions!). I have hired china to a variety of events and exciting locations, including several manors, hotels, festivals, a museum and an military air field!
I am currently studying for my Masters degree part-time, so I can continue working. My favourite tea is: Vanilla by Fortnum & Mason. Favourite cake is: changing weekly!
When I'm not baking or washing china, I enjoy cycling, swimming, museums, galleries and exploring the Cotswolds! This is starting to sound like a dating advert so I will stop here!
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Win Tickets, Tea and Cake at the Cotswold Vintage Fair, 25th August 2012 10-4pm
Lavinia's Tea Party is offering 2 lucky people free entry, tea and cake each, just enter your email address at the above link to be entered into the prize draw.
This year Toddington Village hall will host the 2012 Cotswold Vintage Fair. Toddington is a beautiful village, with a couple of pubs and its own steam railway!
There will be lots of wonderful vintage stock ~ everything from the tiniest button to larger pieces of furniture. Homewares, kitchen & gardenalia, fashion, textiles & haberdashery, ephemera, jewellery ~ something for everyone. Expect high quality goods with fabulous displays.
The turn out last year was fantastic, a wonderful day was had by all and we can't wait to do it all again! We'll be there serving a variety of traditional cakes, teas, coffees and sandwiches all on vintage china.
See Cotswold Vintage Fair for more info.
Toddington Village Hall, Stow Road, Toddington, Gloucestershire GL54 5DU
Saturday 25th August 201210.00am ~ 4.00pm
Adults £2 Children & OAP's Free
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Don't let the bad weather ruin your plans for summery garden parties, quaint teas and English frivolities this Great British summer!
So I've just had a cancellation, the wedding was to have a lovely afternoon tea using my pretty vintage china tea cups, after their wedding ceremony in a marquee. I was shocked to hear that they've scrapped the afternoon tea, as it was too summery for the low temperatures and rain fall expected for this weekend, which I thought was an utter shame. The English pride ourselves on carrying on regardless of the weather, I'm not sure what theme the wedding is having now, maybe mince pies and mulled wine with warm fur coats, probably more fitting with the recent storms. It maybe June and it maybe miserable, but there is nothing better than having a warming cup of tea and piece of cake on a slightly chilly day.
|Guest in boating jacket and vintage tea pot to hire only £4|
So for bride and grooms wanting a vintage country touch to their summer weddings, wondering what to do in this cooler weather... I say to hell with the weather, this is our summer and if we want it to at least feel like summer we need to don some thermals under our boating jackets and summer dresses.
|Vintage tea pots available to hire for weddings and parties only £4|
Get lots of hot tea and coffee on the go to warm wedding and garden party guests up, poured from beautiful vintage tea pots. Tea and Coffee pots are only £4 to hire, which adds the vintage touch to every event and the gorgeous designs on the tea cups, which are only £1.20 will distract from the cold!
If you were planning on serving Pimm's or old fashioned lemonade, you can serve winter Pimm's and warm apple juice for the children. Winter Pimm's uses Pimm's No 3, it has a brandy base to it, which you mix with warm apple juice, its delicious and warming, plus it can still be served from a tea pot and you don't have to faff around with all the fruit! Don't give in to the bad British summer, hire some pretty china from Lavinia's Tea Party to add that vintage touch to a splendid afternoon tea party!