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Valentine's Day goes vintage

PUBLISHED: 16:12 01 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:41 20 February 2013

Valentine's Day goes vintage

Valentine's Day goes vintage

What comes into your mind when you think of Valentine's Day? Do you think of romance, passion, romantic getaways, time spent sharing and celebrating your love, peace and tranquillity, or is it the same nightmare every year on February 14?

Valentines Day goes vintage

What comes into your mind when you think of Valentines Day? Do you think of romance, passion, romantic getaways, time spent sharing and celebrating your love, peace and tranquillity, or is it the same nightmare every year on February 14?

Maybe you are tired of going for the same safe options red roses or chocolates, or perhaps the thought of buying some underwear is just too daunting and youre wondering if it will, yet again, be the wrong size or colour.

If this sounds familiar, and you want to make this year extra special, whilst really impressing your sweetheart, youll love a Valentines vintage tea party a perfect way of giving her, or indeed him, a treat to remember that neednt be expensive or difficult to achieve.

Organise a tea party in the relaxed surroundings of your own home, creating an intimate, romantic atmosphere and avoid crowds and the last-minute panic of realising you havent booked her favourite restaurant early enough.

We get asked to provide tea parties for all sorts of occasions, weddings, birthdays and baby showers to name but a few, and the joy they bring is immeasurable, says Victoria of The Chipping Norton Tea-Set, so why not downsize and create an intimate, romantic atmosphere for just the two of you?

A simple trip to your local charity shop could solve your decoration dilemma. Look for mismatched glass and chinaware, silver candlesticks and you may even be lucky enough to find some vintage table linen. Add some heart-shaped floating candles, scatter pretty rose petals and sparkling table gems around to really set the romantic mood.

As you can see, you can really go to town with both the food and the dcor, says Cristina, interior designer and stylist, and dont just stick to the ordinary, but really let your imagination run wild! Ditch the tea, use grannys old teapot to arrange your Valentine flowers or to serve your favourite bubbly. Present your loved one with chocolate-dipped strawberries in aunties beautiful vintage teacup and saucer, or invest in a simple cutter to make all things heart-shaped.

For special occasions such as Valentines Day its nice to go the extra mile with the cupcakes, giving them some pizzazz with speciality cupcake wrappers and flags, but this look can easily be achieved with some pretty pink paper, cocktail sticks, lace and ribbon.

When it comes to flowers, think outside the box: your teapot and tea cups can double up as flower vases, or you can wrap some pretty lace around old jam jars. The flowers dont have to be red roses: gerberas, carnations, lisianthus, tulips are all beautiful alternatives too.

So, be original this year: Go vintage!

Cristina Colli stylist and designer for interiors, events and venues

Tel: 07530 454737

Vintage tableware and cakes supplied by Victoria Wills of Chipping Norton Tea Set

Tel: 07967 833979


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