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!