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Vintage Pamper Tea Party

PUBLISHED: 11:17 21 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:44 20 February 2013

Vintage Pamper Tea Party

Vintage Pamper Tea Party

By jove! The Vintage Pamper Tea Party was a roaring success!

Vintage Pamper Tea Party

By jove! The Vintage Pamper Tea Party was a roaring success!

The Vintage Pamper Tea Party hosted by Lavinias Tea Party at Somewhere Else, 65 Castle Street proved a huge hit with just over 100 guests attending the event, Many came in 1940s and 50s-inspired attire and lots more got into the spirit, having their hair and make-up done in the vintage pamper parlour. As well as the stalls selling retro furniture, clothes, jewellery and handbags; the venue was decked out with original 1940s wartime artefacts kindly loaned from the local air raid shelter. There was a great atmosphere during the event: the air was filled with swinging hits from the blitz; Kitty Ribbons entertained everyone with two fantastic 1940s burlesque performances whilst guests filled themselves with delicious tea and cake served on the finest vintage china. Kitty Ribbons burlesque performances certainly got a few cheers, nervous giggles and lots of applause!

Lavinia was genuinely impressed with the distances people had travelled to attend with guests coming from as far as Sussex, as well as all over Gloucestershire. She would particularly like to thank all the Cotswold Life readers who attended and of course Cotswold Life for highlighting the event; lots of people cited this as the reason for their awareness of the event. The event was also supported by 1940s and 50s reproduction dressmaker, Vivien of Holloway (www.vivienofholloway.com), whose range of glamorous vintage-style dresses made from period perfect fabrics and cuts only slightly adapted from genuine vintage styles were worn by a number of guests and Lavinias assistants, Olivia Drake and Stephanie Cole.

The events success was reflected in the donation to the Air Raid Shelter, (situated in the Sheep Street Car Park in Cirencester) which is run by volunteers and opens every Saturday 10.30am-4pm for free. From the event proceeds and raffle, Lavinia was able to donate 280. Bill from the Air Raid Shelter commented on how refreshing it was to see such a lot of young people taking an interest in the fashions and traditions of a bygone era; the event attracted a wide age range from 17-75!

People were keen to learn about the next events on the September 18 and November 13 (5-8.30pm at Somewhere Else, Castle St.), when there will be more vintage stalls; a DJ spinning original 1950s LPs; vintage cabaret from the Mary-Lou review (www.marylourevue.webeden.co.uk); and a mini stroll swing dance lesson from Swingbytes (swingbytes.co.uk).

For those who would like to experience a tea party at home, Lavinia offers her services and vintage china for parties, afternoon teas, weddings and hen-do's and fetes, for more information laviniasteaparty.com.

Next events: September 18 and November 13 2011 5-8.30pm at Somewhere Else, 65 Castle St., Cirencester, GL7 1QD. Tickets 6 from Somewhere Else. Online www.laviniasteaparty.com

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