Putting on a Doo...Part Nine - Decorations

Decoration is a broad subject and actually most of the other areas that we have covered, lighting, entertainment etc are incorporated into this category. So, where to begin? Every aspect of your event needs to be bought together, either through a recurring theme, colour, even a feeling or season can be used to tie everything in.

As usual, your budget plays a big part as to the extent in which you can decorate your venue and the options are endless, why not start with the following:

  • Ask the venue if they provide any decoration or if they have any photos of previous events and suppliers used - this will give you a great visual guide and inspiration of what can be achieved combined with using apps such as Pinterest.

  • Plan out where entertainment, tables/seating, toilets, bar etc will be - a floor/rough plan again will help you envision where everything will be placed - remember to take it with you when you visit your venue and take plenty of photos/video as a reminder of where everything is and what it looks like.

  • Check what the limitations are with the venue in terms of practicality, what you are allowed to do and health and safety - you may want to cover up an unsightly area that is a fire exit or affix fabric swags onto the walls.

  • How much time do you have? Do you want to do DIY personal touches if you have enough time/help? Just remember DIY doesn’t always mean free!

  • Remember to ask what day/time can you get into the venue to decorate? and when everything has to be taken down by.

We have put together the following list of things to think of when choosing your decor:

  • What about incorporating the natural environment of your venue, will your event also be taking place outside/in the gardens?

  • Can you double up exterior lighting carefully placed to highlight existing/natural features?

  • Create an atmosphere by literally rolling out the red carpet and adding practical signage which is still in-keeping with your theme.

  • Cover unsightly areas/section off different parts of your event - using fabric, lighting, screens etc.

  • Bring the ceiling in with drapes, swags, bunting, balloons, hanging decor, fairy lights etc to create a more intimate and cosy atmosphere.

  • Table decorations can be as simple or elaborate as you wish from wild flowers and repurposed jars to tall candelabras and crystal vases with exotic flowers.

  • Consider using flameless candles where you have restrictions on naked flames.

  • Decoration can also be extended to dinnerware, table cloths, chair covers etc - why not co-ordinate your crockery with your chosen style - for example a vintage tea service is a visual feast for the eyes with it’s fine china detail and array of colour and style and personalise your chair covers and table cloths to add colour and that little something different.

  • Check you have day to night/child etc suitable decorations - no-one wants to be tripping over once the lights dim.

  • Don’t be constricted by limiting your theme to a single colour - consider a theme based on pastels, bold natural colours, seasons, textures and patterns, wools, rustic, opulence with golds, silvers, inspiration from travels, cities, eras and styles.

  • Hire, Buy or DIY - consider your budget and time limitations, buying items and personalising them (or not) and then re-selling them is not always the cheaper option to hiring. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and things always take longer that you expect (as well as space in your home!). Consider hiring items you can then add personalised details to - always ask your supplier if they can hire them to you for extra days in advance.

  • Consider the environment - hiring is more eco friendly, using biodegradable confetti, easily recyclable disposables etc.

We hope that we have given you lots of hints and tips to consider when planning your decorations, join us next time for the next instalment!

XX

Putting on a doo...Part Eight - Lighting

Lighting really sets the mood and atmosphere to an event.  From the moment you arrive at the venue the lighting should highlight features and hide unsightly areas.

As usual it depends on your budget as to what you can afford but also some other things to consider are:

  • What power does the venue have?
  • Will you need a generator? - remember you will want a silent generator.
  • Do you have a colour or theme?
  • What entertainment do you need to light?
  • Do you need different lighting for different times throughout your event?
  • Can you use natural lighting/blackout windows if needed?
  • What existing lighting is there?
  • What are the restrictions in regards to hanging lights from the venue - rigging points?
  • Is there room for freestanding lights? How is the room laid out?
  • Which areas need to be lit for safety - exits etc.
  • Venue may have lighting suppliers they know that are familiar with the venue - so ask them for recommendations.
  • Exterior lighting to light up the outside of the venue or to create atmosphere if the guests will be outside during your event.
  • Do you want use lighting as a decor element?
  • Do you want to highlight elements of your event with lighting?
  • Be careful with strobing lights.
  • Check the venue and your insurance for restrictions.
  • How long will it take to set up/take down?

There are so many different options for lighting and it does cross into other categories - decoration and entertainment.  We have listed out different options below:

  • Candles - real or battery
  • Centrepieces - for example - jars and vases with lights and flowers
  • UV lights
  • Light up letters e.g. LOVE
  • Star cloths
  • Gas flambeaux torches
  • Festoon lights
  • Fairy lights
  • LEDS
  • Lanterns
  • Chandeliers
  • Mirror balls
  • Lightbulb canopy
  • Paper lantern canopy with lights.
  • Tree Lights
  • Up lights to highlight venue features etc which can come in different colours
  • Pea light canopy (extra small lights)
  • Stairway/corridor lighting
  • Stage - lighting for speaker/entertainment
  • Dancefloor
  • Drapes
  • Par cans and pin spots to highlight and direct attention to specific areas and create drama by picking out decor elements.
  • Lighting to fill entire room (make sure it is not too bright and stark)
  • Video projections
  • Edison style lamps (large filaments)
  • Lasers
  • LED panels
  • Disco lights/panels
  • Light up signs - personalised signs or to give information
  • Gobos (stand for Go between optics - purpose made stencils that fit onto lights to project images - including logos, designs, patterns etc onto ceilings and walls)
  • Light show - design a custom show for your event.

Remember no matter what your budget there are different options, it may just need abit more planning.

See you next time when we look at decorations!

XXXX

 

 

 

Choosing your entertainment

Whether it's a work Christmas doo, wedding, stag or hen party or kid's birthday party there is a broad range of entertainment to suit your guests and your budget.  We have compiled a list of options for you to consider:

Music

  • DJ 
  • Live Band (remember bands only play for a limited time)
  • iPod/iPhone with playlist (don't forget the amp and speakers) - why not your guests to submit a song choice!
  • Choirs/Quartets
  • Acapella 

 

Workshops

  • Lantern making
  • Garland making workshop
  • Knicker making
  • Colouring in & simple crafts for kids
  • Life drawing
  • Cocktail making
  • Perfume workshop
  • Wine tasting

 

Entertainers

  • Naked/Singing Butler
  • Lookalikes
  • Puppet show
  • Circus performers
  • Dancers
  • Drag Queens
  • Magicians/Table magicians
  • Flash Mobs
  • Cabaret acts
  • Mariachi band 
  • Aerial Acts
  • Fire performers
  • Jugglers
  • Burlesque
  • Clowns
  • Ventriloquists 
  • Kids theatre
  • Comedians
  • Bubble man/woman
  • Belly dancers
  • Themed actors

 

Games & Activites

Check out our fete and garden games, inflatables, hula hoops and toys to entertain your guests.  Remember, being on a tight budget doesn't mean you have to miss out, be creative with DIY entertainment and your friends, family and colleagues are guaranteed to have fun!

See you next time

x

Putting on a doo...Part Seven - Entertainment

There is so much choice when it comes to entertaining your guests and an increase of services that can come to you, the decision can be difficult.  

We have put together a few things to consider when choosing and arranging your entertainment.

Budget is always a key factor along with the type of event and who your guests are.  If you are hosting a children's party, a cocktail bar might be tempting but probably not appropriate ;)

Time is a big influence, when will the entertainment begin and end? Will it have it's own time slot such as a kid's entertainer? or will it run along side other elements of your event like singing butlers? It may be that the entertainment is centre to your doo! in which case your budget should reflect that.

Music is always a given and luckily nowadays you can make an appropriate playlist and leave it running.  Just take into consideration the type of music that you are playing and that it won't offend any of your guests and check that the venue has an appropriate PA system for your phone/tablet/laptop.

Below is a quick checklist and next week we will be posting a long list of entertainment options.

  • Venue - get permission first from your venue, they may have restrictions.
  • Weather - is your entertainment dependant on good weather? If so make sure you have a back up plan if the heavens decide to open!
  • Arrival, start and finish time - make sure they have time to set up.
  • Recce - Do the performers need to visit the venue before to assess?
  • Space - ensure there is enough space and that setting up won't disturb your guests.
  • Payment - they may require payment in cash on the day - don't forget!
  • Parking and unloading - speak to the venue (and council if needed) about designated parking if required close to loading doors etc.
  • Contact - ensure that contact details are exchanged between yourself, the venue manager/representative and entertainment.
  • Insurance - check they have insurance and if you will need to specify on your event insurance.
  • Location - give the full address (including postcode) as well as directions if needed.
  • Facilities - will they need a changing room, mirrors, tables, lights, meals and drinks etc? 
  • Who will look after them? - it may be that you need to designate a person, either one of your friends and family or venue staff to make sure that they have everything they need, drinks etc that person could also be the contact for when they arrive.

See you next time!

x

 

 

 

Putting on a Doo...Part Six - Food & Drink

Hello!

This week is all about food and drink, so let's get stuck in!

There are lots of different options for you and your guests, here are a some questions to ask yourself which will help guide your options:

  • What is your budget?
  • How many meals do you need to cater? Lunch and evening?
  • How many guests for each meal?
  • Do you need to cater for children, food intolerances etc?
  • What are the venue restrictions? 
    • Do you have to use their in-house catering?
    • Can you take your own wine for tables etc?
    • If you want a 'pop up' catering van, where can they park?
    • Do they have a bar? and what do they serve/prices?
    • Alcohol restrictions/limits?
  • How will your food fit in with your day/schedule?
  • What kind of food do you want to serve?

So, with the answers to these questions you can now look at the different options you have:

  • Go with the venue's in-house menu and bar service.  Experienced venue's have a dedicated team for weddings and events and where possible will tailor a menu to suit your needs.
  • Use outside events caterers.
  • A popular alternative is the pop up mobile street food vendor, creating a more informal atmosphere. and because they concentrate on serving a specific style of food, they have honed their taste to perfection.  The only downside being the limited menu options available.
  • A more personal option is to ask guests to contribute a dish to the buffet a great option for private events like weddings, birthdays etc.  

There is the question about the type of food you want:

  • Sit down pre-ordered meal
  • Buffet
  • Sharing plates
  • Food stations - similar to a buffet but serving finger foods so your guests can nibble and mingle
  • Stand up eating - finger foods distributed throughout the event by staff
  • BBQ or hog roast
  • Food trucks

Then there are the drinks options:

  • Drinks on arrival
  • Wine & drinks at the table
  • In house bar
  • Portable bar/drinks trucks
  • Cocktail bartenders
  • Providing your own alcohol and drinks

Food and drink can be a massive chunk of your budget and every option has it's own pros and cons.  There is no escaping it - your guests need feeding and watering! 

However, although it sounds daunting you can always consider catering your event yourself (and/or with your guests help).  By hiring the right cutlery, crockery glasses etc to accompany your food and drinks you can make your catering look unique, special and personal.  Check out our dispensers and glasses, serving dishes, tea service and keep an eye out in the coming weeks for our children, eco/zero waste party collections for hire.

See you all next time!

xx

 

 

 

 

 

Putting on a Doo...Part Five - Timings

We decided to have a few weeks off from our blog for family time but we are back with our Tuesday instalment.

For an event to run smoothly, timings have to be right.  No one wants to be hanging around at a loose end and equally being rushed to finish your dinner is not enjoyable!

To get your timings right start by outlining the evening, below is a basic example of what your event schedule may look like (based on a wedding reception):

Arrival of Guests, Drinks on Arrival, Food, Speeches, Entertainment, Music, Cake Cutting, Games, Evening Food, DJ, Guests Leave.

As we always say every event is different but somethings are the same at any event or occasion: 

Is there a time that music etc has to be off? Factor it into your schedule, you don't want the music suddenly being switched off as Grandma gets into the macarana!

Beware of running over at your venue - can you run over? what is the hourly rate? check with the venue before and make an agreement, just in case.

Clearing up at the end - do you need to clean up at the end of the evening or can you do it the next day? If so make sure you have enough people to help out.

Late guests - what happens if guests arrive late? Make sure you have a schedule for your guests to see when they arrive.  Why not hire an easel and chalkboard to display your schedule.

Keep kids entertained - kids are great, they add the fun and joy into anything and everything, why not put a pack of things to do (colouring in, stickers, mask making etc) on their table, you could even personalise it to make them feel extra special or some toys

Don't keep people waiting - if you schedule your event correctly your guests shouldn't be waiting around, why not have drinks or nibbles circulating in between, or have some games for your guests and kids to play.

Arrival of guests - make sure you leave enough time for your guests to arrive, find their seats, say hello to other guests etc.  

Toilet breaks - keep in mind toilet breaks, you don't want everyone rushing to the loo in the middle of the speeches!

Any good venue, especially wedding venue, will have a designated events manager (or similar) to be on hand before, during and after your event.  Give them your schedule, walk them and yourself through the day/night, ask their opinion - they are experienced at holding events at their venue.  

See you next time! 

X

 

Putting on a doo...Part Four - Venue

The venue! This singular decision will dictate the direction of all aspects of your event.  A shindig in your house means zero hire cost but much more work.  Hiring a venue is more expensive but could mean less worries and may end up being more cost effective if they include additional elements.

It basically comes down to a few questions that you need to ask yourself:

  1. How long do you have to plan your event?
  2. What is your budget?
  3. What is your events theme/vibe/feel?
  4. How many guests will be attending?

The venue you choose will in some way be determined by the inflexible aspects of your event - the things you definitely want and will not substitute - a live band, 3 course meal, 500 guests etc.   

Here is a comprehensive list of areas to consider and questions to ask when choosing your venue:

Budget - What is your venue budget?

Catering & Bar - Can you have external caterers or are you limited to the in-house kitchen only? Is there a bar/table service? Can you take your own alcohol? Do they charge corkage?

Capacity - Will the venue hold your guests comfortably? 

Seating - What table & chairs are included? Do they provide highchairs?

Timings - What times does the hire include? Can you set up the previous day/clear up the following day? What is the rate/penalty for going past midnight for example?

Insurance - What insurance does the venue hold? Will you need additional public liability etc? If you leave items there the previous night/until the day after are they covered by the venue?

T&Cs - check the terms and conditions - especially in regard to deposit, damages etc

Accessibility & Facilities - Is the disabled access/lighting suitable?  Are there enough toilets, ramps, lifts etc where are they located? Is there a cloakroom?

Layout - Do a detailed walkthrough from the organisers POV - guests arrival, converting the dining area to disco dancefloor etc and from your guest's POV - is it easy to know where to go and when?

Entertainment - Your DJ, Live Band, Fire Breathers, Face Painters, Games etc will need appropriate access to electricity, tables, chairs, changing room etc.  Are you restricted in terms of health & safety or noise restrictions?

Location & Parking - Can your guests and contractors find the venue easily? Is there enough parking? Is signage clear at night? Will guests be walking through mud to get to the party?  Always check the address and postcode on google maps and a sat nav.

Decorations & Lighting - Are decorations/table cloths etc provided? Are you allowed your own decorations? Check fire/health & safety and restrictions to fixing to the building/walls.  Naked flames are almost always prohibited indoors but you could use flameless/battery candles.  Check the electricity supply is compatible with hired lighting.

Venue Contact & Staff - If your main contact (usually venue/events manager) is unexpectedly absent on the day you want to make sure whoever is standing in for them has been cc'd in on all correspondence -  Your event relies on staff knowing what to do when - a good venue manager/representative will ensure smooth running of the venue and staff and be ready to help you at any point during your day/night.

Security & Safety - This relates to the security of the venue, your belongings/hire items and more importantly your guests!  You may require security guards to keep out unwanted guests etc.  Remember to check fire safety protocols too.

Weather - If your venue is reliant on good weather, make sure you have a contingency in place if the heavens decide to open.  Does your venue have umbrellas for guests, or indoor area for guests to congregate?

That should cover most aspects concerning your choice in venue, join us next time for our next instalment!

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting on a doo...Part Three - Guests

Part Three is all about your guests.  Your guests have to be considered in every aspect of your event...a happy guest is a happy host! Take a look through our list of considerations below to minimise your worry and maximise your mingling.

1) Make a thorough list of everyone you want to invite, they may not all be a able to come but you need to consider them in your planning, are children invited?

2) Timeframe - Some guests may be travelling long distance and will need to arrange transport/accommodation/time off work.  Once you have your guest list why not send out a preliminary email/message with the date/potential location. 

3) Venue Accessibility & Facilities - Will you need wheelchair/pushchair access? Are there stairs, narrow openings/doorways? Does the venue have enough toilets? including baby changing and disabled.

4) Venue Space - Will your potential venues hold your guests comfortably (standing and seated)?

5) Food & Drinks - It's not just vegetarians and children you need consider, many people have allergies or sensitivities to wheat and sugar and what about pregnant ladies.  Why not ask on your pre-invite email/message who is on a special diet.  Also think about drinks - will there be a free bar? Is it affordable for your guests? Remember they may be already paying for travel and accommodation!

6) Entertainment - Make sure you have suitable entertainment for all your guests throughout the day/night, including children's activities, games and appropriate music (volume etc).  

7) Transport - Always assume that your guests don't know the venue location and can't drive - do you need to provide transport? Is there enough parking? 

See you next time!

 

Tips on a Tuesday

A quick one this evening with a few tips for when you get your craft on with a glue gun:

1) Hot glue burns are the worst! so try using a thimble or butter knife to apply pressure on the 2 materials you are sticking together.

2) Use a hairdryer to get rid of those unwanted glue gun strands.

3) Save that old wooden chopping board as a surface for gluing on.

Happy sticking!

Putting on a doo...Part Two - Budget

We are back with the second instalment of our guide to putting on a doo...

This week we are looking at budgeting.  I always start with pencil and paper to scribble my notes then use Excel to list everything out (as well as notes on my phone for those ideas that pop in your head at the most inconvenient time).

Below is a list of things to keep in mind:

  • Always start with a realistic budget and stick to it.  
  • Your event and budget starts now and doesn't end when your guests leave - remember the set up and clean up!
  • Factor in a contingency amount, for example if you have £1000 then allocate £850 with a £150 contingency - the amount you set aside is completely dependant on the type of doo, but always better to be over cautious at the beginning. 
  • Start with the main areas (location, food, drinks, decoration etc) and then break them down in full  - we will give you a comprehensive list of areas to cover at the end of this series of posts to help.
  • If you are on a tight budget be flexible with your theme.
  • VAT - companies may quote excluding VAT so always check when researching suppliers.
  • Insurance - if you are planning a corporate or public event - do you have appropriate insurance? Check supplier T&Cs!
  • Visualise the event from your guests perspective - have you covered everything?
  • Your budget will assist you in working out the point of profit/breakeven and ticket prices etc.
  • Ask friends, families and colleagues for inspiration - what is the best/worst event/wedding etc they have been to and why? This will give you an idea of where you might want to add a little extra money.
  • Search the internet - search similar events and blog posts to make sure you have covered every angle.
  • When allocating your budget make notes with cheaper alternatives, for example you might want a DJ and allocate £400 but note cheaper available options you could use, e.g. iPad, playlist, in-house speaker system.
  • Your budget will evolve as you get quotes from suppliers etc - the main thing is to make sure you cover all areas and always have a contingency.
  • Finally - Check it adds up! I manually add up my budget as well as using excel formulas and constantly check as I go along.

Good luck and check back for Part Three in the coming weeks

X

 

Tuesday Blog is returning soon

Hi Everyone

A couple of weeks turned into 6 months! But we are back in a few weeks, resuming our weekly Tuesday Blog.  It has been a busy time for us with the eventual and complicated arrival of our son which have led me to postpone our blog and social media postings whilst I recuperate and we adjust to our larger family.

Nevertheless, we have had a fab Christmas and New Year and we hope you have too..keep tuned for exciting new items on our website, zero-waste party ideas and package deals for your event!

Love

Cat, Ben, Isla and baby Ned

xxx

Blog Post

Hi Everyone

We have put a little halt on our Blog for the moment as we are due a little addition to our family.  We are hoping to resume it in a few weeks with Putting on a doo...Part Two.

In the meantime we will be posting photos on Instagram, Facebook and also Pinterest so we hope you will like and follow us to keep unto date with what we are doing.

Bye for now!

Cat, Ben, Isla and the Bump

xx

Putting on a doo...Part One - Planning

Hi everyone

After a hectic few weeks we are back with our Tuesday Blog!

This week's topic is Part One of a series of blog entries I'll be doing about putting on an event - big or small and all the decisions that come along with hosting an event to be remembered.

Be it a themed BBQ just because the summer has finally arrived or formal dinner soiree, food and drink, entertainment, decoration, venue facilities, etc all should be considered within the parameters of who your guests will be, their needs and requirements, but without losing sight of what it is all about – getting good friends and family together!

Time frame is important to make sure you get everything you want done - remember this is your event and your guests are there to see and spend time with you.  It is easy to get carried away, wanting to put everything you have ever seen into on homemade craft shows on TV and sites like Pinterest into this one party - But stay focused on the reason behind the event.  Sites such as Pinterest are great sources for ideas and I am 100% guilty of getting swept up in the creativity and adding that personal touch, but be realistic about what can be done.  You can achieve the most fabulous shindig of the year without over stretching & exhausting yourself.

I just can’t help but laugh at these examples, especially remembering some of my own attempts - https://uk.pinterest.com/martneen/expectation-vs-reality/?lp=true

This week's blog is to start the ball rolling, organisation is the key and I love to be organised - filing, listing and maximising productivity – geeky I know.

The first thing to do is...yes you have guessed it...list it out:

What kind of event is it you are having? Something that is more involved like a Wedding or party that goes from day into evening with guests of various ages might mean you’ll need more emphasis on keeping your guests fed, watered and appropriate entertainment.  But a relaxed social bash in the back garden requires more fun games, music and ice cold drinks etc.

If you are lucky enough to have the help of family and friends that is great, note them down with what areas that person can help you with (food & drink/entertainment etc), they might be multi-talented so pop down everything they are good at.e.g. a glue gun expert and Mojito maker extraordinaire.  Remember - you may need more than one person on a job so you aren’t asking too much. NEVER BE AFRAID TO DELEGATE!

I love the idea of wedding guests contributing to making your day super personal instead of gifts.

Within these Ten areas we should cover everything:

Guests, Budget, Venue, Timings, Food & Drink, Entertainment, Lighting & Decorations, Recording the Day, Special Requirements, Miscellaneous.

Some areas will overlap and interlink, but we will discuss each section separately and attempt to cover every angle, make suggestions and spread the party love - if we miss something then let us know - at the end of our 'Putting on a Doo' blog series we will compile everything that we have covered into a PDF for you to download and keep as well as regular updates.

Join us next Tuesday for Putting on a Doo - Part 2 

XXX

The One Show - Vera Lynn

A quick one today just to say if you missed The One Show's Vera Lynn 100th Birthday Special on yesterday check it out on BBC iplayer here - The One Show 

Not only did they project Vera Lynn onto the White Cliffs of Dover, a stone's throw from my seaside home town of Deal, but they also used our Gramophone in the opening shots of the segment - skip to 23mins 27secs to check it out.

Take a look at our gramophone here -  Gramophone and browse through our other hire items.

Remember, we are always on the look out to buy interesting items, vintage, retro & modern and we are always adding to our collection so if you are looking for something and can't see it then drop us a call or email.

Scrap Fabric Rosettes - Crafty Recycling

Today I want to share with you something I have been doing with my tiny scrap fabric strips.  It is a little fiddly but instead of just throwing away my scraps, or hoarding them away, I have been twist and rolling them and then pinning them.  

I'll be uploading some photos of finished scrap fabric rosettes and different uses for them in the coming weeks so keep remember to check back with us...

Love xx 

These are ready to have a few stitches through them and glued onto small felt circles (good use for scrap felt I have too!).  I use a small amount of fabric glue as I find it doesn't leave a hard lump of glue like hot glue and it means I won't burn my fingers and they can be washed if needed.

It is something that can done in the evening whilst watching TV or whilst the children are playing in the garden.  Whilst waiting to adorn a cute little head band (another use for larger scrap pieces) or summer dress for my little girl I think they look pretty on the shelf in a recycled jar too.

A few ads...

After a few busy weeks of a photo shoot for our latest hire items, our 4 year old's birthday party and one old and exhausted computer finally giving in, we are back with our weekly blog.

This week we thought we would share with you a few commercial jobs that we are proud to be involved with.  

First is a very fun eBay online advert, my daughter simply cannot get enough of watching this...check it out...

One of several beautiful relaxing ads for Yankee Candle, which instantly makes me want to book a holiday...

And the super cute Specsavers for Kids magazine....

That is all for this week, but remember to check in next week to see what we got upto on our photoshoot

XXX

Sneak Peak

 

 

 

Hey Everyone

This week we wanted to give you a sneak peak of our SPLAT THE RAT game which we are putting the final touches to.  

Not only we will have this game ready to hire in the next few weeks but we also have a load of new props and tableware we will be uploading to the website including a vintage bicycle, retro & vintage punch bowls and other wonderful pieces.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date as we add new items to our website! 

Love Cat, Ben & Isla

xx

Local Independent Businesses We Love!

For our first blog (a little late due to technical difficulties) we have to recommend two local independent businesses that we know and love.  Pop Up Parlour & Splendette - Both are perfect for Valentine’s Day which is coming up in a couple of weeks! 

Pop Up Parlour is a Bristol based company providing vintage hair & make up services throughout Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and the surrounding areas.  Not only is it run by Lou & Inma, two of the most amazing ladies I have the pleasure of knowing, all the stylists are simply fab and extremely talented!

So, whether it is a Hen Party, Wedding, Birthday, or even just a Saturday night that you want to dress up for then check them out at www.vintagepopupparlour.com or look out for them at the famous Lou Lou’s Vintage Fairs in Bristol, Cardiff & Swansea - www.thevintagefair.com 

Why not surprise a loved one with a special valentine’s makeover – make her feel special!

If you have a loved one who loves everything vintage and mid-century then why not get them a piece of vintage inspired jewellery from www.splendette.com – another fab local Bristol lady ! The prices are amazing and designs are elegant, I love all of them!

Again Perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!

Remember to check us out next Tuesday for next Blog!

Cat, Ben & Isla x

Our first blog 2017!

We are excited to begin our blogging journey with you and are aiming to post every Tuesday! Starting this Tuesday 31st January!

In our blog we will be looking at new items for hire through Valentina Hire, special finds, projects and general updates on what we are up to.  Other subjects will include tips on crafting, organising, events and sometimes handy tips for everyday life that we like.  We will also be blogging about local companies we know and love and local up & coming events.

We might just post something just for fun now and again :) 

We are really excited and hope you will join us!

Love Cat, Ben and Isla x

 

Our Website is Live!

Welcome! We are pleased to announce the launch of our website!

It is a very exciting time for us and we hope that you choose us to be part of your event! 

Look out for new products and hints & tips on our blog, Twitter, Facebook page and Instagram.

Love Cat and Ben

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