We wangled a plethora of props from independent events company Jam & Tea to use on a recent Mini Boden shoot and were bowled over with their eclectic vintage offerings (as were our models). We caught up with lovely Director Maryanne to garner some vintage party tips…

Tell us about Jam & Tea! How did it all begin?

Jam and Tea began in 2009.  I was busy planning my own wedding and really struggled to find a company that offered something different to the norm and dare I say it, ‘Vintage’.  Over the last four years Jam and Tea has grown and grown, largely thanks to my amazing team who have worked very closely with me over the past few years.  We have grown together.

Do you often supply props for children’s parties?

Yes we do. Children ADORE our Dressing Up Box, especially little boys (shhhh that’s a secret as their passion for wearing a Tutu seems to be strictly behind party doors).

Any vintage party tips for children?

RETRO STYLING

It’s fun, colourful and bright. You can pick up cute kitsch items much cheaper than true vintage pieces so head to car boots and look for old toys to dress tables or up-cycle in party bags.

NOSTALGIC MUSIC

Children always love a to boogie woogie.

PEG PEOPLE

We sometimes make sweet little Peg People using scraps of vintage materials. Little girls love them!

PHOTOS

We also use Pearl our 1963 caravan as a Pop Up Boutique/Photo Booth where the little ones can be pampered and then have their photo taken – victory rolls and all!

What type of food is popular at a children’s vintage party?

Tea Parties are the way to go. Things like sandwiches cut into shapes using biscuit cutters and pink lemonade served in pretty jam jars with stripy straws. Other ideas are fresh fruit kebabs threaded onto skewers or edible flowers suspended in jelly.

Where did your prop collection come from? Any pieces with great stories? 

I have a lovely little following of Grannies who give me a call from time to time asking if I want to buy some of their treasures! I have been in attics, sheds and under beds looking for gems.  

Do you wear a lot of vintage?

Oh tons! My style is mostly a mix of vintage pieces and high-street staples.  I must add, I am a huge fan of the Boden Cashmere which is incredibly soft and even washed well.

What is your most popular prop?

The trumpet and pink 60′s telephone. Small people love to make lots of noise! Little girlies also love playing with the jewellery, strings of pearls and vintage hats.

Find out more about Jam & Tea in their website http://www.jamandtea.co.uk