Vintage Mouse

Welcome to Vintage Mouse - a vintage china hire, tea party and event styling service where we love to share our passion for the gracious treasures of days gone by.

Vintage Mouse has an exquisite collection of vintage crockery and other accessories available to hire for tea parties and events, perfect for crafting a stylish ambience.

From bijou birthday parties to celebratory christenings, themed hen dos to intimate weddings, joyous baby showers and every other special event in between, Vintage Mouse will provide all the fabulous finishing touches you need to elevate your vintage tea party to glamorous heights.

There’s something about using vintage china that just makes a special event even more delightful. Cake always tastes better when eaten from a pretty plate and tea has even more flavour when sipped daintily from a delicate bone china cup.

The beauty of vintage china is that each piece already has its own story, and by hiring it for your special event, you can be part of its story too.

Vintage Mouse is based in Lapworth, Warwickshire, and provides vintage china hire services, tea parties and event styling for the Midlands and Cotswolds.

About

Vintage Mouse is headed up by Elizabeth Nock, a lady with a passion for the halcyon days of a bygone era. Elizabeth loves the vintage period of Art Deco - the glamour of Marlene Dietrich epitomises the entire look for her.

Elizabeth’s passion for collecting was kickstarted when she was lucky enough to inherit a large collection of vintage English china from relatives. Over the years this collection has been lovingly and carefully taken along with each house move. Rather than letting her finds gather dust on a shelf, she came up with the idea for Vintage Mouse so these treasures could be shared with a wider appreciative audience.


She’s always keeping an eye out for new additions from car boot sales, charity shops, auctions and the inevitable treasure trove of house clearance, which means that the Vintage Mouse collection is constantly growing!

Elizabeth’s background as a florist is the ideal complement to Vintage Mouse’s china hire and tea party services. She loves to work with clients to set up and style events, creating a beautiful backdrop for Vintage Mouse’s pretty crockery.

And who is the Vintage Mouse? Well, included in the original hoard was a small collection of illustrations of old fashioned mice dressed in Victorian clothes. For reasons unknown, Elizabeth’s two daughters always teased her about these little mice pictures, and it seemed quite appropriate to update this fun teasing of past times and use the association. So Daisy has been created to preside over our logo and bring us luck!

Services

China hire

Vintage Mouse has a wide selection of English vintage china ‘trios’ (a teacup, saucer and plate) available to hire, featuring pieces from the Victorian period up to the 1950s.

As these vintage pieces are not found in great abundance, the mix of beautiful delicate china has a charming appeal. Browse our gallery to view a small selection of our matching trios and a more eclectic mix of pretty china.

As all the china is original, some items used will display some wear and tear, such as inevitable slight lustre fading on the china due to age, however there are no crackles or chips on any piece. The delicate linens and laces used will sometimes have faint marks due to the usage of many years ago, but these marks are part of their story and just add to their vintage charm. The flatware is a mix that has been put together to give optimum style.

Vintage Mouse also has a wide selection of centrepieces available to hire in tandem with its china, including cake stands, crystal lamps, vases and candelabra.

To see our vintage china hire price list and a sample of the packages we offer, please click here. There is a nominal fee for delivery and collection of £5 within a radius of 10 miles from Lapworth, Warwickshire. If you prefer to collect and re-deliver then that’s fine by us. As the china items are delicate and old they must not be put in the dishwasher, but don’t worry about getting the Marigolds out, as we offer a free washing service. All we ask for is as little debris as possible left on the plates and we’ll do the rest!


 

Event styling

In addition to hiring Vintage Mouse’s exquisite china, we also offer an event styling service for your vintage-themed tea party or event. Elizabeth and her team will lay up your choice of vintage crockery, flatware, tablecloths and centrepieces along with finishing touches such as fresh flowers. You can sit back and just enjoy your event, safe in the knowledge that it’s in the hands of experts who will create the perfect ambience.

Vintage tea parties

For a truly delightful nostalgic experience, let Vintage Mouse organise an old-fashioned tea party for you, complete with dainty finger food and a wide selection of teas including herbal and flavoured. For us, delicious food is a focal point of the tea party experience, letting people absorb what it was like to dine in vintage days. It’s all about feeling special and experiencing another era for a short while! Please enquire about the range of menus on offer.

We can also provide waitresses dressed in the style of the classic Lyon’s Tea House ’Nippy’ uniform of black dress, crisp white apron and matching cap and cuffs. More details are available on request.

Other services

Vintage Mouse can also provide bespoke vintage-themed events. These include putting together a hamper stocked with delicious treats and pretty china for a romantic couple’s getaway, or supplying vintage cocktail or wine glasses for parties and soirees. If you have a vintage-themed idea you’d like to bring to life, contact us and we’ll make it a reality!

For the delightful tea party

Georgeous purple and gold lustre coffee cups.

Divine gold lustre teapot and milk jug

Fun quirky old tea pot

Vintage cake stand

Lovely original Tree of Life design china teapot

 

"Daisy" the vintage mouse in a Carnival glass bon-bon dish

Fine china in lilac and white

Lovely lilacs in gorgeous vintage china

Original vintage silver teaspoons and sugar tongs.

Eclectic selection of our old china

Have a teaparty to celebrate 40 years.

Pretty florals for your tea party

Milk and sugar in china from the 1940's

Vintage Mouse price list

View prices here

Other items such as embroidered tablecloths, table centrepieces, artefacts and dressings are available on request - please ask us for more information.

Examples of the packages we offer

Vintage Afternoon Tea for Two - £25

Table settings

Vintage cup and saucer, tea plate and spoon

Butter knives and pastry forks

Milk jug, sugar bowl and tongs

A sandwich plate

A cake stand

A cake server

A teapot

Embroidered tablecloth if required

(Excluding food £25)

Soiree for 10 friends - £60

Vintage cup and saucer, tea plate and spoon

Butter knives and pastry forks

Milk jug, sugar bowl and tongs

Sandwich plates

Cake stands

Cake servers

Tea pots

Embroidered tablecloth if required

(Excluding food £60)

Terms of business

A non-returnable deposit of 10% is required

All breakages to be paid for, starting at £5

There is a delivery and collection fee of £5 within a 10 mile radius of Lapworth. Please contact us for a quote if you are further afield.

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