I have had a lifelong passion for porcelain and cannot resist a pretty cup and saucer, which I consider to be perfect little pieces of art! So I had been building up a little collection for some time, before doing so professionally.
However, the idea for Ali's Vintage really came about when I wanted to create a vintage look for my own wedding.
I didn't just want vintage crockery and glassware, but also loved the idea of having candles and fairy lights sparkling through glass, peonies and roses in vintage vases.
So, I began sourcing beautiful pressed glass, as well as crockery until I had achieved a gorgeous and eclectic mix of all sorts of glass cake stands, bon-bon bowls and stemmed vases.
My wedding was beautiful, and just as I'd imagined it to look. Friends loved the idea and spread the word and I gradually began providing vintage crockery, bunting and props for other people's events.
I'm still collecting of course... my selection gets bigger and bigger by the year and all items are available for hire.
In the summer of 2014, two good friends decided to organise the first Oxted Food & Drink Festival and asked me to take a stand with my vintage crockery. I held my first pop-up vintage tea tent, which proved to be very busy indeed and so the Vintage Tea Parties began.
For me, it's not just a business, but a love of creating a beautiful and special event and seeing all my amazing and much-loved crockery, cutlery and glassware being used and bringing joy to hundreds of other people!
I hope I can help you create your own memorable event soon...
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Surrey, Kent, West Sussex, East Sussex, South London. Oxted, Limpsfield, Westerham, Sevenoaks, Caterham, Reigate, Redhill, Merstham, Purley, Horsham, Crawley, Bromley, East Grinstead, Forest Row, Lingfield, Ifield, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and