At the Vintage Room we have styled lots of lovely weddings, birthday parties and special occasions but sometimes we are asked to do something a little bit different which I love!! When I was approached by the lovely people from the Alzheimer’s Society and asked to set up a series of vintage tea parties and displays of vintage items I jumped at the chance as I do love a project, especially one like this which involved sourcing items which related to the long term memories of the people attending. These events were for Alzheimer sufferers and their carers and gave them the chance to enjoy an afternoon tea and then browse the displays of vintage items. As the forget-me-not is the symbol of the Alzheimer’s Society I used this for inspiration and sourced some beautiful Royal Albert vintage cups and saucers with this pattern and also made some little iced biscuits with sugar forget-me-nots for the afternoon tea.
I also sourced some lovely vintage china forget-me-not brooches and old postcards and cigarette cards featuring these lovely little flowers. For the table centrepieces and room decor I used lace lanterns, vintage glass bottles and glass cloches with vintage teacups displayed inside. It all looked very pretty and lots of the guests recognized the different china patterns which was lovely.
The tables were all set with beautiful vintage china and cakestands and a delicious afternoon tea was provided with a jazz band playing all the old songs which created a lovely atmosphere. Later on everyone loved having a look at all the displays which incorporated lots of different vintage items including sewing items and gorgeous vintage jewellery. When I was a child I loved to sit at my grandmas dressing table playing with her crystal beads and jewellery and it always takes me right back when I see similar items which is what I hoped it would do for those attending as these memories can promote feelings of familiarity and comfort to those affected by Alzheimers and dementia.
I also set up displays of old tins, books and magazines etc which were very popular and sparked lots of conversation and memories for everyone. I was invited along to each event and it was truly lovely to see how much everyone enjoyed the different parts of the afternoon. The old ads and postcards and titanic memorabilia were particularly popular and some people spent quite a while reading through them. It was a lovely way to bring everyone together and give them the chance to chat with others in a similar situation.
I don’t like to play favourites as every event is special but I have to say I think this was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable projects which I’ve ever worked on and the Alzheimer’s Society was a delight to work with from beginning to end.