Toast the Diamond Jubilee in vintage style with help from a Stockton Heath mum
PUBLISHED: 01:16 07 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:22 20 February 2013
Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in vintage style with help from a Stockton Heath mum who has turned an obsession into a business WORDS BY EMMA MAYOH PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY THOMPSON
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Rebecca Jenkinsons childhood pursuits didnt involve playing with dolls or toys. She collected vintage china. Family holidays were mostly spent travelling to The Potteries and Rebecca also spent time with her parents, who had a ceramic business, scouring antique shops, auctions and car boot sales. She cherished every item she found.
The 36-year-olds passion has not changed. She still spends her spare time trying to find beautiful vintage china. Today, she has a collection of more than 450 place settings that she hires out for special occasions and celebrations.
She had worked in town planning for Stockport Council and for mobile phone giant Vodafone but when triplets Gabriella, Alexander and Zachary arrived just over two years ago she decided to launch Pretty Little Trio, named after her children. The word trio is also used to describe a tea cup, saucer and plate set.
She said: I think in the back of my mind this was something I always wanted to do but Id never really had the opportunity.
Id always loaned my collection to friends and family for them to use for parties so it just seemed like a natural step to start doing it as a business.
It was late last year Rebecca decided to go one step further and start holding secret vintage tea parties, using her vast collection of crockery.
Although guests know the date, time and general location of the tea party, the exact place remains a secret until the day before a recent one was held at Knutsfords stylish Belle Epoque restaurant. Different activities take place at each event and she has help from local suppliers including cake maker Jane Constantinou, florist Heather Ryder and vintage make-up experts and sisters Sal and Eve Yarwood.
Keeping the location a secret adds to the excitement of it all, said Rebecca. People buy tickets in advance and they are given clues as to where the venue might be.
Its something to do thats a bit different. We have afternoon tea, even though the event is in the evening, with champagne and we might have some musicians or a florist doing a demonstration. They are really popular and I love organising them. They are a lot of fun.
Rebecca is no stranger to arranging events as she is involved in the running of the popular Stockton Heath Festival held every July. She is planning a Diamond Jubilee themed secret vintage tea party to coincide with the national celebrations. The location is yet to be disclosed but Rebecca, who also plans private parties, is looking forward to marking this historical event.
She said: Of course there will be lots of the beautiful vintage china which fits perfectly with an important occasion like this. Im also hoping to have some fantastic live music to fit the occasion and the opportunity for people to be trying different things.
People will be able to have a go at making things like bunting or have a go at doing vintage make-up. Some people turn up in vintage clothing to the tea parties and this would be the perfect occasion to dress like that.
Afternoon tea is such a British tradition so its the perfect thing to be doing for the Diamond Jubilee. Im proud to be able to mark the occasion in such a British way.
The print version of this article appeared in the May 2012 issue of Cheshire Life
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