You look like a monkey, and smell like one too… Happy Birthday!

You look like a monkey, and smell like one too… Happy Birthday!

I can’t imagine that it escaped anyone’s notice that Her Majesty the Queen celebrated a rather special birthday this week… Inspired by the celebrations, this week’s blog post is about all things birthday party related - parties for both the young and the young at heart! There’s lots of inspiration on our Pinterest board. Let’s start with the grown ups. Us adults (mostly) enjoy parties as much as the kids and there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by your close family and friends. Hosting an adult party means that you can really go ‘all out’ - think dinner, games, cocktails…  • Start by choosing the date. A weekend date close to the actual birthday usually means that most people will be available.  • Theme or no theme? Well, this really depends on the birthday person. Are they the sort of person who likes to dress up and make a statement or would they prefer a more...
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Let them eat cake! Wedding Cake Alternatives

Let them eat cake! Wedding Cake Alternatives

I overheard a really bad joke this week: ‘I went to a really emotional wedding the other day; even the cake was in tiers’. Oh dear… Anyway, it set me thinking - this joke exists because cakes at weddings have traditionally been tiered fruit cakes. But as regular readers will know, I have a passion for all things different, and so I set about researching some wedding cake alternatives. Some beautiful examples can be found on our Pinterest boards. Here’s what I found: The ‘Cheese’ Cake. I have put ‘cheese’ in inverted commas because this is not to confused with a cheesecake dessert. Far from it, these are stacked wheels of cheese and can look even more stunning than their traditional counterparts. When we first began our little venture, we were contacted by a lovely lady who asked if we did ‘cheese carts’. Not knowing what they were, we quickly had a rummage online and discovered that it was one of...
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What’s old is new again – wedding themes

What’s old is new again – wedding themes

Your wedding is the one perfect day that you can truly let your imagination go wild, and any passions you have in life can be expressed throughout your day. A vintage theme doesn't just have to be chintz, though. There are so many variations of vintage you can choose from, which is one of the reasons why I love the vintage theme so much.  And it’s not just for the girls. As a guy, I have developed somewhat of a dislike for the ‘traditional’ top hat and tails look. And the mix match of swirly patterned waistcoats and the satin cravat is more than a bit of a cliché. I’ve seen too many ill fitting morning suits at weddings and it’s not such a good look. If you ask me, a gentleman looks so much more stylish and well groomed with a suit that fits and doesn’t make him look like a penguin. So guys, be original! While thinking about themes this week,...
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Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has well and truly arrived here at Vintage HQ - there’s frogspawn in the pond, daffodils in the garden and blossom on the trees. And it all looks beautiful (if you ignore the weeding that needs to be done!).  Spring marks the start of the wedding ‘season’ too, although I really don’t like calling it ‘wedding season’ - it makes it sound as though it is THE time to get married. And of course anyone can get married at any point during the year. Nevertheless, more weddings happen at this time of year, and I was wondering if the reason for this is more than just the better weather.  One thing that is easier to source at this time of year is wedding flowers. There is so much choice now spring is here, and so much colour. In a spring wedding, flowers take on a leading role - not only in the look of the bride / groom, but also in...
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Love Local

Love Local

I’m an avid supporter of ‘keeping it local’ and will do what I can to support local businesses. I know full well that the old saying ‘use it or lose it’ truly applies to local businesses. We are lucky to have in our village a village shop, a post office and a very charming florists. I will use all of these whenever I need those services rather than schlepping to the nearest supermarket. And I enjoy being a part of that. But this isn’t a blog post about local business. It is a blog post about vintage items with a local twist however. We are fortunate enough to have a well in our back garden. We discovered it completely by accident when installing a fish pond. Digging in the ground, we found a row of bricks and further investigation showed that they lead round in a big circle. We dug out as much as we could, and got very deep before the...
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