Best High Tea Party Wedding Dresses

Vintage High Tea Party Weddings need a special kind of dress. We have found the best high tea party wedding dresses for a vintage high tea wedding.

Classic tailoring with vintage lace and a matching satin bow make this one of the best high tea party wedding dresses. It is just beautiful for a summer high tea wedding.

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Lace Party Dress by DressyStar

In the same swing style, this classic high tea party wedding dress makes use of folds to accentuate your curves and shape.

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Vintage Swing Party Dress by Maggie Tang

This next dress is a more demure style with the round neckline and short lace sleeves. Also knee-length it swings out slightly as you walk. Very pretty for a summer garden wedding.

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Bridal Tea Party Dress by Dresstells

This pretty lace high tea party wedding dress is elegant and classy with a soft chiffon tie around the waist.

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Graced with Love Wedding Dress by Kiyonna

This Downtown Abbey Style dress with an overlay of chiffon is stunningly beautiful for a classic bride at a romantic high tea party wedding.

Downton Abbey Style Wedding Dress by Nataya

Now for something very royal looking, this sage green lace pencil dress with chiffon coat is stunning.

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Vintage Bridal Dress by MythLove

Step out in style in this Audrey Hepburn style classic sleeveless swing dress with black satin tie. Perfectly elegant and timeless! Audrey’s style is just perfect for high tea party wedding dresses.

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Classic Hepburn Dress by GardenWed

This polka dot swing dress is for the bride who wants to add a little bit of fun to a classic dress. Still in the vintage 1960 swing style with a dainty black polka dot and matching waist tie. Polka dots look incredible in high tea party wedding dresses.

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Polka Dot Swing Dress by GardenWed

This beautiful full lace bridal dress with satin tie is made for elegant tea party weddings. Pair with some dainty matching gloves for a real vintage feel. You cannot go wrong with classic lace high tea party wedding dresses.

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Knee-length Lace Dress by Aboawedding

If you are looking for a style icon dress, a 1950s style pencil dress with folding and waist tie makes a simple but bold statement as stunning high tea party wedding dresses.

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1950s Style Formal Wedding Dress by MUXXN

This Cherry swing dress is a perfect alternative high tea party wedding dress for a hot summer garden tea party wedding. It is fun, pretty and very flattering on any figure.

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Vintage Swing Dress by Zaful

This dress combines a classic shape with a bold gesture in the black overlay. Stunning and dramatic, this dress is made for brides who know their style and are not afraid to show it.

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Sleeveless Belted Dress by Babyonline

Staying with the classic 1950s style, this dress is more modest with long sleeves and a higher neckline while losing none of the classic stylings.

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1950s Swing Wedding Dress by MUXXN

The same basic silhouette as above, but this time with a plunging neckline and shorter sleeves. Stylish with a little more on show.

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Vintage Swing Wedding Dress by MUXXN

The next dress takes it further with a classic halter neck that allows you to show off your tanned shoulders and back.

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Rockabilly Dress by Maggie Tang

This vintage lace dress in silver is so perfectly elegant for a wedding afternoon tea or high tea party. Classic shaping and a full skirt ensure you will look gorgeous and feel great.

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Floral Lace Wedding Dress by Dresstar

For a more traditional bridal look, that still works perfectly in a high tea setting, try this dress with classic lace capped sleeves and a wide lace border. Beautiful for a warm summer day.

Lace Sweetheart Dress by Yuxin
Lace Sweetheart Dress by Yuxin

With this dress you can continue the party into the night and dance away under the stars. In a beautiful champagne color, this lace bust cascades down to a chiffon skirt that swishes as you move.

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Tea Party Wedding Dress by Wanhua
Tea Party Wedding Dress by Wanhua

Another halter neck wedding dress, this time with a full lace overlay. High tea party wedding dresses can be as classic and elegant as you wish, while still being comfortable and cool on a hot summer day.

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Lace Halter Neck Wedding Dress by Autumn

This floaty strapless dress is a little more whimsical and fun for a bride who wants to float through her day without a care.

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Tea Party Dress by Wanhua

We loved putting together this selection of high tea party wedding dresses. If you want more inspiration, have a look at the fun party dresses we have selected for a vintage tea party.

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Best High Tea Party Dresses

The wedding season is arriving soon, and High Tea Weddings are trending! But what does one wear to a tea party? We have you covered with the best high tea party dresses for every style!

We start with the classic tea party dress. This 1950s style with capped sleeves and a nipped in waist with belt is perfect for a vintage tea party. This dress in a classic black and white print ensures you look elegant and cool.

Dress by Grace Karin
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Boatneck Sleeveless Tea Party Dress by Grace Karin

Same classic style, this time in a classic black. Not too dark to wear to a tea party if you pair it with some killer red heels, bright lipstick and a retro inspired hairdo. In terms of high tea party dresses, this one makes a statement.

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Classic Boatneck Sleeveless Dress by 12Crazy

For those who prefer a more demure shade of dress, these two beautiful swing high tea party dresses in soft pink or pale blue could be just the thing.

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Pink Swing High Tea Party Dresses by GownTown
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1950s Swing Party Dress by VOGVOG

Watch others turn green with envy when you arrive in this classic green swing dress with matching waist bow. The higher neckline and capped sleeves make this dress perfect for a vintage tea party.

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Swing Rockabilly Dress by DressyStar

Turn up the modesty and look all innocent in this classic blue dress with white lace collar. Still styled to show off your curves without blushing.

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Classy Blue and White Tea Party Dress by ACEVOG

The 1950s woman knew how to make the most of her shape. Whether in a wide swing dress or a pencil dress. This off the shoulder wiggle dress in a beautiful garden print is perfect for a summer high tea party in the sun.

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Off the shoulder 1950s style dress by Belle Poque

Same long pencil dress style, but this time with the volume turned up a little higher. Stand out in the crowd in this black and white polka dot dress with large red roses.

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Vintage Pencil Wiggle Dress by Grace Karin
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Or take a cue from the women of Mad Men with this classic green off the shoulder dress made to hug every curve. High tea party dresses give you a chance to turn up the glam, retro style!

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Green Wiggle Dress by Belle Poque

Heading back to the swing high tea party dresses the next two dresses on our list fall are perfect for a more Rockabilly style event. High hair, bright lipstick, tattoos and killer heels go perfectly with either of these two styles.

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Polka Dot Swing Dress by KillReal
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1950s Rockabilly Dress by Gardenwed
1950s Rockabilly Dress by Gardenwed

This fun halter neck dress in a Japanese blue garden print is fun and a little flirty for a great afternoon event.

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Retro Halter Dress by Dresstells

With this aqua blue and black polka dot swing dress you will be ready to party the afternoon away.

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Blue and Black Polka Dot Swing Dress by BBoline

For something completely different we found this stunningly beautiful Titanic inspired vintage tea party dress.

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Titanic Style Tea Party Dress by Belle Poque

If your High Tea Party has an Alice In Wonderland theme, we have found the perfect tea party dress for you!

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Mad Hatters Tea Party Dress by Leg Avenue

Finally we finish our selection of tea party dresses with one fit for a queen. This Victorian inspired tea party dress is perfect for a French Style Tea Party.

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Victorian Tea Party Dress by 1791
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How To Change A Typewriter Ribbon

The majority of vintage typewriters use a universal sized typewriter ribbon making it simple, quick and easy to change the typewriter ribbon when you run out of ink.

We have more information about which typewriter ribbon to buy here.

Once you have the new typewriter ribbon you can replace this by following the easy 4 step guide below:

How to replace a typewriter ribbon with a new universal ribbon:

Step one:

Remove the top cover of the typewriter to expose the ribbon spools. Press the Shift Lock key and then push two central keys together so that the type bars stand up and the ribbon carrier is raised. Unhook the ribbon from the ribbon carrier.

Step two:

Slip the ribbon out of the ribbon guides on either side of the spools. Lift off both spools.

Step three:

Insert new spools. Make sure the black ink is above the red ink and that the ribbon is coming around the spools. See image below.

Step four:

Feed the ribbon through the small guides at the sides of the spools and through the ribbon carrier. Flick the key hammers back down and disengage the shift lock. Replace the top cover of the typewriter.

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Make sure to put the new ribbon in the correct way..

Replacing new typewriter ribbon on original spools

If your typewriter uses smaller spools you can follow the simple steps below to wind a universal ribbon onto the original spools:

Step 1 – Remove the old ribbon from the original spools

Carefully lift the original ribbon spools out of your machine and unwind the ribbon off them. Be careful to keep any clips that may hold the ribbon onto the spools or any screws that may hold the spools onto the typewriter. Some ribbons are held in place on the spool using a clip, while others are attached by a spike.

Once the spools are both empty you are ready to install the new ribbon.


Step 2 – Installing new ribbon

For this job, it is best to use some rubber gloves. Winding ribbon soaked in ink can be pretty messy!

Remove one end of the ribbon from the new spools and unhook it from the spool. You might find it easier to cut the ribbon off as close to the spool as possible.

Attach the end of the new ribbon onto the spike of one of the old empty spools or clip the ribbon onto one of the old empty spools as necessary. Notice the direction of the spike, because you will be winding the ribbon onto the old spool in the opposite direction. (Otherwise the ribbon will come loose).

Step 3 – Filling the Spools

Carefully wind the new ribbon onto the old spool while unraveling it from the new spool. This takes a little practice and you may find it easiest to use a pencil inserted into the spool hole to spin the spool easier. Make sure that the ribbon is flat and not twisted.

Allowing the spools to roll like wheels (so lightly hold the middle of the spools only) this will unravel the new ribbon from the full spool.

Keep doing this until all the new ribbon is wound onto your old spool. When you have finished the once full new spool should now be empty and showing its spike or clip. Cut the ribbon off the spike of the now empty new spool and attach it to the spike on remaining empty old spool.

Replace the original spools with the new ribbon back into the typewriter and start typing again with fresh ink!

Replacement universal ribbons

If you are not sure which ribbon to buy, check our post on The Best Ribbons for your vintage typewriter. Below is a link to universal sized ribbons that are easily purchased on Amazon for a low price.

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Universal Typewriter Ribbons on AMAZON

Add some color to your writing!

We get asked a lot about where to find different color ribbons. Below is a link to this supplier of multi-colour ribbons also on Amazon.

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These fab color ribbons are also available on Amazon
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How To Choose The Best Vintage Typewriter for You

There are so many fantastic vintage typewriters still around today. Finding the best vintage typewriter for your needs usually comes down to a mixture of personal taste combined with any special requirements you have for writing.

The infographic below gives a broad overview of the styles of typewriters per decade. This is a great place to start when choosing what kind of typewriter is best for you.

Finding The Best Vintage Typewriter by Decade

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Once you have decided on the decade or decades that most suits your taste, you can then narrow down your search for the best vintage typewriter for your taste and needs.

We love to help people find the perfect typewriter to suit their needs. You can contact us with your needs and we will help you figure out the best style and model of typewriter to suit you!

Why do we love vintage typewriters?

Vintage typewriters remind us to slow down. They teach us to enjoy the art of writing without distraction again.

It is surprisingly rewarding to watching the keys type ink directly on a page.

No one is making typewriters anymore, so we need to treasure the typewriters that are still working. They are the last of a kind. So, your typewriter will actually appreciate in value over the years.

Vintage typewriters look great on any desk.

They are so super easy to use. No updates are required, no virus check needed and they are completely hacker-proof!

They give you an instant physical backup of your work. There is no way to mistakenly delete your work.

They do not need an internet connection and there is no need to charge them.

 I hope the typewriters in my store will inspire more people to treasure these beautiful machines from the pre-digital age.

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Best Tea Party Hats

It is tea party season and we have found the best tea party hats for all the Weddings, christenings, engagements, anniversaries and many more events that can be celebrated with a fantastic tea party.

The biggest problem is what to wear! We decided to find the best Tea Party Hats for every style.

Simple Fascinators

These suit those of us who want to look glam without the fuss of a big hat. We found some chic fascinators that will look the part at any tea party.

If you are looking for something elegant, this is the perfect fascinator Feather Net Veil Fascinator (Black)

Black Fascinator by Saferin
White Fascinator by Safein

This Fascinator Hat with Feather and Mesh Net Veil in pink is perfect for a sleek romantic style. It fits easily over any hairstyle with a headband.

Pink Fascinator by Saferin

Be a vintage rose with this classic Vintage Flower Fascinator in Nude Pink. It attaches easily over any hairstyle.




Floaty Garden Party Hats

Great for keeping you out of the sun and looking fabulous at the same time! If you are attending a romantic garden tea party these are perfect!

This Organza Wide Brim Summer Hat  is the perfect floaty romantic hat for a garden tea party. Wear with a classic slim fitting dress.

If you want to be a little more casual, this Floppy Straw Tea Party Hat in soft pink covered in flowers looks wonderful.

The rainbow chiffon cascading off the side of this Colorful Organza Wide Brim Tea Party Hat makes this a stunning hat for any occassion.

Colorful Organza Wide Brim Tea Party Hat
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You cannot go wrong with this classic looking Butterfly Hat with Flowers and Feathers in White/Black





Classic Pillbox Style Hats

Classic pillbox hats never go out of fashion. They are made to sit jauntily on the side of your head. Here are some of our favorite designs for a classic tea party event.

This small pill box hot is elegant enough for a royal wedding. Feather Fascinator pillbox Hat

Classic red that makes a statement, this Bow and Feather Hat is the perfect mix of class and style in ruby red.

Another classic postwar style pillbox hat to be worn on the side of the head. Party Pillbox Hat with Flower – Navy

Houndstooth pillbox hat with feather, this Retro 60’s Black White Houndstooth Hat looks stunning with a little black dress or crisp white pantsuit.

Retro 60’s Black White Houndstooth Hat





Elegant and Timeless Hats

Some styles just ooze elegance and these hats do it for us. From classic Audrey Hepburn styles to My Fair Lady-inspired hats these are our pick of the best.

The shape, fabric and trim on this Fabric Feather Hat in Two Tone Colors (Black/white) makes it a classic and elegant choice for a formal occasion.

Cream and baby blue in this vintage style summer wedding Wide Brim Floral and Feather Hat

Calling Audrey, we have your hat and we don’t want to give it back. This Royal Large Brim Wedding Hat is guaranteed to turn heads.

We love this classic pink hat with flowers and net. It is the perfect Tea Party Derby Hat

This is a beautiful understated Felt Sinamay Hat in Purple   

Felt hats fit any formal occasion. This classic French 1930s style Felt Cocktail Hat in classic Gray  is perfect for an elegant tea party.

Felt Cocktail Hat in classic Gray

Go a little French style with this Felt Fedora Pillbox Hat

Felt Fedora Pillbox Hat





Non-Hat Headpieces

What to wear when hats are not really your thing or you want to wear something a little different? Don’t worry we have found the best headpieces that fit any style.

If hats are not your thing, try a glamour head piece like this 1920s inspired Flapper Headband with Rhinestones

Flapper Headband with Rhinestones

Gatsby style 1920s flapper fascinators with peacock feathers work perfectly in a garden tea party. Zivyes 1920s Peacock Headpiece

Statement Hats

Want to make a statement and really stand out? Then we have found the best hats for that too!!!

Want to wow a crowd? This is the hat. Calling Alice, your tea party is ready! Large Wave Brim Royal Blue Hat

Ruffles, feathers, pink organza and black trim – gorgeous. Wide Brim Fashion Derby Hat in pink and black

Ruffles and pizzaz with this hat. Its a little bit fabulous and a lot bit cool. Organza Ruffles Wide Brim Hat in Blue 

Organza Ruffles Wide Brim Hat in Blue 

Make a statement with this large black hat Designer Fashion Wide Brim Hat

Hot Pink and Black in a spiral Lucky Leaf Tea Party Hat Fuschia

Lucky Leaf Tea Party Hat Fuschia

Wow wow wow Gorgeous Collared Dove Long Feather Hat –

Gorgeous Collared Dove Long Feather Hat –

Alice in Wonderland tea party theme or just wanting to turn heads when you make an entrance? Either way, this Maafushi Brown Beige & Cream Feather Hat is just the ticket.

Maafushi Brown Beige & Cream Feather Hat 

A Beautiful Silk and Feather Hat in Royal Blue looks amazing with a classic party dress.

Beautiful Silk and Feather Hat in Royal Blue


Go over the top with this Hat By Cressida – A Beautiful Ostrich Feathers Fascinator with Silk Flower in Burgundy

Hat By Cressida – A Beautiful Ostrich Feathers Fascinator with Silk Flower in Burgundy

Or turn everyone green with envy with this Gorgeous Large Peacock Eyes Feathers Fan Hat with Silk Flowers

Gorgeous Large Peacock Eyes Feathers Fan Hat with Silk Flowers

And last, but by no means least, this stunning Red Large Brim Feather Party Fedora will ensure your outfit is remembered.

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The Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

There is something so special about receiving a letter in the post. The joy of getting a personal letter with a stamp on it in an envelope is such a forgotten joy. And we hope to bring letter writing back in fashion.

We are all so busy these days, that we just fire off an email to someone to say ‘hey, thinking of you. Hope all is well…’ Nice to do, but how much nicer for that loved one to open their letterbox and find a personal letter! The joy of it! The spontaneity and the pleasure of knowing someone took time to write a letter, put it in an envelope, write the address on it, put a stamp on it and take it to the mailbox! Wow, that’s so cool!

Yes, it can seem a little weird to get started, but once you start writing and receiving letters back you will love it! I promise!

So What Letters Can We Write?

1. Write a letter to a friend, just because.

2. Send a real letter to someone you follow online. Like a post you read? Be different and send a letter telling how you liked the post.

The Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

3. Send your mum a letter, or you Grandmother, or your Aunt. I promise you will be the favored child if you do this! Bonus points if you also include a clipped recipe or article you think they might enjoy.

4. Write a note to your kid’s teacher, saying thanks for the great job they do.

5. Write to someone serving abroad. Operation Gratitude accepts letters thanking Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, or First Responders for their service. Share the love.

6. Send an updated photo of the kids to a grandparent you don’t see often

7. Write a fun letter to your partner or child and hide it somewhere they will find it.

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8. Send a letter to your friend who is celebrating a birthday.

9. Pick a friend who lives a long way from you. Send them a letter that includes an envelope and stamp for them to reply to you. This could be the beginning of a fun way to keep in touch.

10. Send a thank you for a gift you received or for a dinner you attended.

11. Write to thank your doctor, dentist or hairdresser for the work they do.

12. Write a fan letter to your favorite band, actor or singer. Go all old-school with this!

13. Get involved in a movement by putting your writing skills to use for Amnesty International

14. Join the Letter Writing Alliance and be part of the movement towards writing letters again.

The Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

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