Welcome to To have and to hold vintage

 

Unique, affordable, stylish and inspiring ideas for your celebration.

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Bridal Bouquets                 

Are you looking for that special bouquet to compliment your unique look? I specialize in brooch bouquets and use vintage, retro and contemporary brooches  and other pieces of jewellery to create stunning bespoke keepsakes that will last forever. I also create Bouquets of flowers from fabric, these are ideal for Bridesmaids or as an informal fun style for Brides, I am able to use your chosen fabric and buttons for these if you would like to supply them and the price of the bouquet would be reduced to reflect this, I can (and do) also incorporate these flowers into a brooch bouquet, similarily you are more than welcome to provide brooches that you would like to incorporate into your design and again the cost would be reduced for the finished item, the choice is yours, you can choose from one of my ready made bouquets or have free reign to create something that will have very personal elements. I also create boutonnieres and corsages to match my bouquets, and again I am more than happy to incorporate your fabric, brooches or buttons to make them truly your own.

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Vintage china, glass, bunting, props and styling

As I love all things vintage a natural progression for me was to offer my ever growing collection of china teasets, vintage glassware and other wonderful items for hire, whether you are throwing a tea party for your reception or having a vintage style sweetie buffet, I have everything you need to help make your event a great success. Also available for hire for your special day is my hand painted wooden card box with matching table cloth and vintage drinks tray, a small round table with floor length vintage cloth, or a 1950's wooden two tier trolley with removable trays which is painted in the same shabby chic style to match are also available as part of this set.  To continue the theme I also supply vintage style bunting for hire, hampers large and small for that informal picnic style party,and vintage suitcases, complete with their own world map bunting to decorate them, great if you are asking your guests to contribute towards your honeymoon, they simply pop your card in the case! Please take a look at the various pages dedicated to these wonderful treasures.

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Reclaimed treasures

I spend many an hour restoring and painting old pieces of furniture to give them a new lease of life, there is something very satisfying about it, especially when you rescue items from certain death like ending up as landfill or on a bonfire!!! As I can't seem to stop this addiction I have decided that I really should share them and I shall be creating more lovely pieces for sale, please take a look at my latest projects on the reclaimed treasures page, as and when they are given life! 

                                                                                                                                          

Aunties Parties

Do you remember the wonderful  parties we had as Children? To have and to hold vintage invite you to take a trip back in time when Children were allowed to be Children, a simpler time when good old fashioned games were played, like pass the parcel, musical statues and pin the tail on the donkey, I can provide more durable vintage china, and complete the look with bunting, or maybe your little ones would prefer a teddy bears picnic, I supply the hampers and china, they bring the teddy! I have joined forces with a dear friend and we have together created a sister business to compliment To have and to hold vintage,  it is aptly called Auntie's, for full information please take a look at the dedicated page for Childrens parties.

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Aunties

And because even big people need Aunties we are offering a set up and take down service for your reception or party, together with a waitress/guest host service, along with a mistress of ceremonies to announce your arrival and settle guests for your speeches, cake cutting etc, we can work with you to deliver a stress free enjoyable event, even down to bringing along Aunties special box to save you from all those little emergencies, a small first aid kit (including tweezers and blister plasters), needles and thread, scissors, sellotape, pens, staple gun, glue, baby wipes, hairspray, deodorant, loo roll....  you name it and it will probably be in there, no extra charge, just a smile and a thank you required!! For more information take a look at the Events and functions helping hands page.

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Old Bessie, and her slightly younger DJ!

I love my old gramophone, and so it seems do you when you hear her playing, and now along with Bert my latest gramophone (a gorgeous Blue HMV model) as part of our services we are now providing I am now happy to announce that you can book Bessie, Bert and I to come along and play some old skool tunes,  please contact me to discuss your requirements, I wear period dress from 20's to 50's to fit in with your event.

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Links, (useful, interesting, informative and just plain bonkers)!!

Please take the time to visit my links page where you will find details for all sorts of  shops and services that you may find useful when planning your event or simply just fun things to do in London, I hope to expand on this page when I have the time to add more information.

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