The home of vintage crockery hire

Welcome to Big Vintage Teapot, the home of vintage crockery hire and tea party hire. We’re a travelling vintage tea party based in Cambridgeshire bringing afternoon tea to you but we also supply Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Essex and we’re happy to travel further afield upon request. We supply vintage crockery for all occasions including weddings, baby showers, hen parties, christenings, birthday parties and more. We have quite an extension collection of different colours and patterns which we bring straight to you and we’ll happily set up and wash up too.

Tea party packages


Wedding packages


Who are Big Vintage Teapot

My name is Julie and if there is anything you need to know about me it’s that I’m absolutely in love with vintage crockery and afternoon tea and that I really do believe that tea tastes best in a china teacup. I’ve always loved baking and I definitely inherited this lifelong passion from my mum, Dora, who is the inspiration behind Big Vintage Teapot.

I didn’t intend to build a collection of vintage china and vintage tableware specifically for hire but it just sort of happened! I started buying items here and there and from charity shops and car boots, purely just because I enjoyed it. But my hobby quickly became an obsession and I’d spend weekend after weekend looking for new items to add to my collection. Over the years I’ve amassed quite a lot and a few years ago my eldest daughter decided that it was about time I used it. So with my help she hosted a Mad Hatter’s themed afternoon tea for her 30th birthday.

The themed vintage tea party that started it all

We spent weeks planning what vintage crockery we’d use, what cakes we’d make and what decorations we needed. When the day finally arrived, not only did I feel significantly older given that my eldest daughter had turned 30 but I felt extremely proud as the tea party was a success. Although I don’t bake the cakes myself anymore a particular highlight for me was being told that my cakes reminded people of the cakes their mothers used to make.

It was after this that I gained the confidence to actually turn my hobby into a vintage china hire business. I can’t claim complete credit as my four daughters are so supportive and help me where they can. Whether that be styling the vintage china and organising photo shoots, managing my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts or helping me build this website.

Vintage china hire

I’ve never really stopped collecting even though I have hundreds of teacups, too many cakes stands and an endless supply of tea plates. The list goes on and you can only imagine the headache that storing all of this can sometimes cause! But I wouldn’t do it all if I didn’t love taking my travelling vintage tea party on the road.

I hire out my vintage crockery collection so others can enjoy afternoon tea the vintage way, whatever their reason for celebrating. I’ve hired out my collection and styled a range of different events and occasions and can’t wait to do the same for yours.

I’d love to bring my travelling vintage tea party to you so take a look at what vintage crockery hire I offer. Or if you’re looking at vintage china hire for a wedding take a look at what wedding packages I offer.

Please do get in touch for a personalised quote.

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