Whether it’s the pretty vintage china, yummy tea and treats, or having fun with friends and family, the classic tea party is always a winner! If you are wondering why hosting a tea party is a such fabulous idea, here are 5 reasons that will convince you that your guests will love it!
~ Reason 1: Tea parties are relaxing and festive affairs. ~
Sipping tea with friends and family may be one of the most relaxing ways to celebrate a special occasion. Whether it is a bridal or baby shower, birthday celebration, mother-daughter affair, holiday gathering, or an afternoon visiting with friends, a tea party creates calming moments of elegance we all enjoy.
~ Reason 2: Teacups are exquisite, Delicate, and should be enjoyed! ~
We have many, many different patterns, colors, and styles of teacups. On display, these vintage teacups create a beautiful array which instantly launches the party atmosphere. Southern Vintage Table has more than 200 vintage teacups and we love every one of them.
~ Reason 3 – Tea serving pieces are beautiful and unique.~
Speciality tea serving pieces are fun to share with your guests. Vintage tea pots are as lovely as teacups, coming in a plethora of colors, shapes, and styles. Then there’s the classic tiered stand – it might be two tiers or three or even a tidbit tray or metal stand with individual plates – nonetheless, they display your treats in such a delightful way. There are vintage lemon dishes, curd and jam dishes, sugar and creamers, cake stands, and platters. All create a splendid sight on guest or buffet tables.
~ Reason 4: Tea party treats are yummy. ~
A typical menu for a tea party includes a wonderful mix of finger food, such as delicious bites of tea sandwiches, petit fours, fresh fruit, and, our favorite, scones with lemon curd and jam. Other menu options include soups, nuts, the classic southern cheese straws, and small cupcakes. A choice of a cold beverage is always appropriate to offer your guests such as water, champagne, or even a tea cocktail.
~ Reason 5: We can help. ~
Plan the menu, gather the flowers, and we can help with the rest. From vintage teacups to vintage lace overlays, we have the essentials and they are now listed on our updated “Tea Party Elements & Packages” page. We also are featuring two specially priced packages for you to consider as well as an ala carte listing.
So, pick a date, make your guest list, decide on your menu, and give us a call. It’s time to relax, sip tea, and enjoy the moment with friends!
It’s time to set new goals for 2019! We have 3 this year and here they are:
Goal 1: Move to a new location!
Our lease is up in March so it’s time to relocate to a place of our own. Sharing a unit for the past two years has helped build our confidence but we are ready to go solo! With several options on the table, we should have our new space selected in a few weeks.
Goal 2: Create a weekly to-do list.
When you own your business and do it all, it can be difficult to manage every aspect. For instance, there’s the physical part – inventory to maintain, orders to filled by selecting, packing, and washing and then washing and putting everything away. There’s delivery/pickup and cleaning tasks. The other arena of work includes answering and sending emails, paying bills, maintaining the website, posting on social media, writing a weekly post, and researching new inventory. So, with all of these different tasks to manage, we want to create a weekly to-do list that addresses both the immediate needs as well as maintenance requirements. Whew.
Goal 3: Set a monthly thrift store budget. Gulp.
This will undoubtedly be a toughie! We love to pop in thrift stores to browse the latest inventory and even though we occasionally have walked in and walked out, most of the time we leave with something. Vintage shopping overlaps business and pleasure but we need to set a limit. What that limit is has yet to be determined. 🙂
That’s it! Moving, writing to-do lists, and limiting thrift shopping. We can do it!
Today’s post is more than just words – it’s a full length one-minute movie! We gathered some, and we mean only some, of our favorite photos and seamed them together into a video that we hope captures the depth of our vintage table setting collection.
So, get the popcorn ready and enjoy! (Click on the photo below.)
Collaborating with vendors to create gorgeousness is one of our favorite parts of working in the event and wedding industry. Most of the time we are focused on bringing our client’s dream event to fruition, but when we work together on a styled shoot, creativity is wide open. From inception to finality, the cadre of professionals bring their skills and products to the themed shoot. Sometimes the theme may be like a fairy tale such as a wedding in the style of The Game of Thrones, or it may be a more authentic setting like a fall-themed wedding and reception. Both styles are designed to showcase wares and talents of the professional team and very rewarding to all.
For this photo shoot, winter’s rich hues amid elegance was the theme. Melrose Knitting Mill provided the backdrop for a bridal portrait styled shoot as well as a coordinating tablescape. To see the bridal portrait photos, please visit photographer Tugba Tuncer’s gallery on her website. The series of photos featured here, also taken by Tugba, perfectly fit the look of a sophisticated winter season tablescape. Twig and Tendril along with Fallon Flowers created beautiful florals to accompany our vintage place settings.
If you dig vibrant jewels and gold (and who doesn’t, right?), you are going to love these photos from Courtney and Lee’s intimate mountain wedding provided by Amaris Photography. Their design, using our vintage gold rimmed plates, goblets, silverware, and teacups created this magical celebration of their love for one another!
Courtney and Lee, we really enjoyed meeting you and helping with your wedding. Best wishes for years of love and happiness! Also, thanks for sharing these dreamy photos from Amaris Photography!
Thanksgiving 2018 for the Bass-Heath-Roberson families and friends was amazing! Fifty years ago the tradition began with our parents and grandparents who traveled far and near to share a homemade Thanksgiving feast. This time-honored ritual has become a favorite holiday celebration and we are grateful for the many memories this day has created for each of us.
Honoring our chefs, past and present, was this year’s holiday theme. Along with our beautiful white stoneware plates, green, brown, and amber goblets, multicolored napkins, and bakelite flatware, we incorporated vintage kitchen decor down the guest tables. Vintage sifters, graters, egg cups, and kitchen tools transformed into vases, filled with foraged florals, berries, moss, and greenery.
We’ll be back next year to do it all over again! Many thanks to Sandy, Rowena, and Sherry for setting the tables and designing the centerpieces. Also, we salute the Rolesville Masonic Lodge for their many good deeds and for generously allowing us to use their meeting hall for our family gathering.
What’s the secret recipe for a wedding celebration beyond imagination? Start with a magnificent mountain backdrop near a quaint inn, generously add gorgeous florals and greenery, and set lovely vintage china and goblets for each guest. Then gather your twenty dearest friends to be a part o,f the bridal party, and, of course, invite 300 family and guests to celebrate with you.! Finally, add a talented photographer, aka Katy Cook Photography, to capture all of this perfection!
The most important ingredient for the perfect wedding is the betrothed couple and Jessica and Andrew couldn’t have been more perfectly matched. Their joy and happiness spill out everywhere and we feel so fortunate to share these with you!
We had a difficult time only selecting a few from this much anticipated wedding day. But, you’re in luck because Katy Cook published a sneak peek of the wedding on her blog and you’re going to be mesmerized by her post!
Here are a few of our favorite favorites which showcase our vintage beauties!
Congratulations to this amazing couple, Jessica and Andrew! Wishing you two and your family the best of everything!
Vendor Team ~Venue and Catering: Switzerland Inn & Chalet Restaurant~
~Photographer: Katy Cook~
~Florist: Millefleurs, Banner Elk, NC~
~China: Southern Vintage Table, Hillsborough, NC~ ~Tent and all other Rentals: Classic Event Rental, Asheville, NC~ ~String Quartet: Cafe String Quartet~ ~Makeup – Pop of Color: Hair & Makeup~ ~Cake: Sugar Cloud Bakery~
~Band: Rupert’s Orchestra, Atlanta, GA~
~Bride’s Dress & Shoes: Carolina Herrera & Manolo Blahnik~
~Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung~
~Groom: Custom jacket & pants~
~Tuxedos: Black Tux~
~Videography: Magic Hour Creative~ ~Photo Bus: Carolina Booth and Bus~
For wedding professionals, there’s nothing more delightful than receiving kind reviews from their clients. Because we are passionate about our vintage wares and what they represent, we truly love sharing them with others. We strive to do our best to be accommodating, polite, and timely with all of our interactions and events. These three client reviews from Wedding Wire help us know that our collection and efforts are appreciated!
Emma – April, 2018
“Shelly was great to work with and I really enjoyed getting to visit her studio to try different colors and patterns for my wedding reception tables. The mix-and-match blue china and glasses were whimsical yet classic and added a nice touch of color to my tables. There were tons of options to choose from! She was flexible with pick up and drop off.”
Renée – April, 2018
“If you are looking for vintage place settings and rentals for your wedding or other special event, look no further! Southern Vintage Table has everything you can imagine! Shelly is wonderful to work with and was so accommodating through the whole wedding planning process. Shelly and her team did a fabulous job and went above and beyond to make my daughter’s wedding reception even more beautiful than we could have imagined!”
Mallory – May, 2018
“I got the most compliments on my wedding about the table settings and the dishware! Everyone LOVED the eclectic pieces and creativity! The staff was very professional, timely, and accommodating. Would recommend Southern Vintage Table to anyone! Thank you for making our wedding so beautiful!”
Thank you, Emma, Renée, and Mallory, for your lovely reviews and for trusting us to be a part of your wedding day! To read more client reviews, go to Wedding Wire and our newest collaborator, The Knot.