Sunday, December 5, 2010

Meet the stallholders...tea and cake with Alana and Bryony from Hatters Tea Party

Hatters Tea Party live in Bristol and make bespoke fascinators, hats and, they say, "head adornments".

Beautiful fascinator from Hatters Tea Party

So ladies, how did you get started making your wonderful creations?

Alana is a make-up artist and arts and crafts fanatic who has been crafting beautiful things for years before joining forces with Bryony, a creative genius. Together we invented ‘Hatters Tea Party’. In addition to selling our work we also offer fascinator-making workshops. The idea was to share with others what we enjoy doing while drinking tea from vintage tea sets, eating homemade cake and making hats.

Talking of cake, what's your favourite? 

Anything with chocolate, but also a classic Victoria sponge with lashings of homemade jam and fresh cream! Classic tea, strong and hot

Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from? 

We love eras past, are are slightly obsessed by the history of fashion and any thing from the Victorian era to modern times. This influence is in most of our work, with many pieces reflecting 1920s styles, mimicking materials used in Victorian millinery or adorned with vintage embellishments from 1940/50s. 

Why did you want to be part of “It’s darling!”? 

We found out about it on the internet, and thought our handmade vintage inspired pieces fit perfectly in with the ethos of ‘It’s darling!’ and we are very proud and excited to be part of it.

We're very happy you are coming. Are you doing anything special with your stall? 

Its all going to look beautiful, colourful and sparkling and look out for special festive fascinators.

Describe your ideal Christmas day...

With loved ones, our families and babies, wearing beautiful dresses and surrounded by homemade Xmas decorations, scrummy food and lots of bubbly.

Bryony modelling one of Hatters Tea Party's gorgeous creations

What would you call “It’s darling!” in your life? 

Alana has two children, Mikey, 2 and Bella, 9 months...they are the most darling little things, especially baby Bella when she’s wearing a pretty dress and matching frilly bum tights.

Alana and baby Bella

To find out more about Alana and Bryony's work please email or join their Facebook page.  

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