Winter wedding styling and Xmas celebrations.,

What's not to love about this time of year? I'm a winter baby and a Sagittarian to boot, so I'm busy being drawn to all things glittery and fun.

Xmas Pastels.
(Vintage china and baubles by Itsy Bitsy Vintage - top left corner)

There are so many ways to style your parties over the Xmas and New Year season. whether you love the romance and magic of it all, the glitter and glam, or the rustic and botanical possibilities as you bring a little of the outside in and cosy up in front of a roaring fire. Vintage is always big in my household, as my husband and I try and recreate a little mid century nostalgia into our retro home, harking back to former Xmas's from our 1960's childhoods. In my mind decorations were better (and scarier!) and chocolate bars were the size of your arm. Our two young men (now in their twenties) let me indulge in this strange passion, and I wonder what they may take with them into their own family traditions when they have kids of their own?

A mid century Xmas!

So here are a few winter and seasonal inspiration boards I've created for you to enjoy, with vintage very much at their heart. Hope you enjoy them, and which would you choose?

Retro Rockabilly Glitter.

Scandi Style.

Retro Snug.

Cocoa and Country Barn 

Country Gents
(Decanter and candlelight photo styled by Itsy Bitsy Vintage)

Simple Winter elegance.

Images courtesy of Pinterest. Styled photos by Itsy Bitsy Vintage are credited and  thanks to +Jonathan Bean Photography.


Carol x
Itsy Bitsy Vintage.


Autumn weddings and Halloween parties.

Dramatic vintage props, clever floral displays and a touch of candlelight..

As the nights draw in and you start to celebrate during my favourite season, you can start to add a bit of drama and candlelit romance to your styling. Be bold and go for painted pumpkins or gourds with a touch of halloween burlesque or why not try mixing vintage props with autumnal flowers for unique centrepieces. 

 Pinterest collage

Pinterest collage

The following set of photos showcase a uniquely styled October vintage wedding by Itsy Bitsy Vintage and I simply loved combining my love of vintage accessories with beautiful floral displays. Add to that some ambient candlelight and the room transformed as the sun set over Morecambe Bay. Venue: Midland Hotel, florist: Flowers By Design, photography: Jonathan Bean Photography.

Since working this wedding I have acquired a lovely collection of black birdcages, which I am currently styling in a spooky gothic fashion for my own halloween celebrations. I always try and use props in unusual ways such as caging a pair of vintage shoes or a framed vintage photograph topped off with a jaunty top hat. Think outside the box, be whimsical, have fun, be the drama queen you always wanted to be!

Happy Halloween!

(image courtesy of Pinterest)


Wedding Themes and Venues: Styling Ideas Part 2

A 1960's inspired cocktail party for those special birthdays!

Some of you just love a party, some of you also love a particular film or TV show. With bags of creativity and a smidgen of confidence you can throw a celebration like no other. Take your passions, throw in your own personal style, bags of creativitiy and hey presto, you too can party like Mad Men, or the Great Gatsby, dress like Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys, dance to the tunes of the Jazz Age, kick your heels to the Charleston, travel the world as a Steam Punk Exlorer, share a Brief Encounter themed affair, or sup tea in a Downton Abbey garden party.

Your choice of venue is if course key to how you might start to style your party, and with so many wonderful venues to choose from, this will be your starting point for dressing a room and yourself. The growing interest during the last year in teepee and barn weddings suggest that you like to party big, have fun and enjoy the festivities in plenty of outdoor space. You can throw into the mix pretty much anything in these spaces (you will need to think big with your styling) and party games. For more glamour, think heritage hotels and unusual entertainment venues such as theatres and cinemas, where you can be transported back in time to the heyday of the picture and pleasure palaces of the 1920's and 30's. Within these incredible buildings you can become your own showgirl or stars of your own hollywood show!

Whether you choose to DIY in a barn or prefer the focussed customer service of a 5 star hotel, Itsy Bitsy Vintage can help you develop your style and theme with design consultations and prop hires. Here are a just a few ideas for themes, which would you pick?

Images have been collaged from a selection of my own work and other images taken from Pinterest to provide these inspiration design boards. All images for Itsy Bitsy Vintage taken by Jonathan Bean Photography.

A Teepee Boho Festival themed wedding.
(including images by Jonathan Bean Photography and Samantha Broadley for a teepee shoot with Teepee Tent Hire, styling by Itsy Bitsy Vintage.)

A retro seaside themed wedding inspired by Morecambe Bay and the Midland Hotel.

A DIY homespun Vintage Barn Wedding
(with travel inspired guest table props and centrepieces designed by Itsy Bitsy Vintage photographed by Jonathan Bean Photography)

A rustic flower filled barn wedding.
Suggested vintage china settings and rustic inspired centrepieces by Itsy Bitsy Vintage. Venue photos by Jonathan Bean Photography at the Bayhorse Inn, Forton.

A 1920's inspired Speakeasy Wedding with flappers and prohibition props.
(with Midland Moonshine bottles created by Itsy Bitsy Vintage for a Prohibition wedding at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. Suitcase photo by Jonathan Bean Photography.)

 An Opulent Great Gatsby and Charleston themed party.
(1920's props and table dressing for a Great Gatsby Showcase at the Midland Hotel by Itsy Bitsy Vintage. Prop photos by Jonathan Bean Photography)

An Art Deco styled Cinema wedding.
(suggested centrepieces styled for the Torch Club Ball by Itsy Bitsy Vintage and photographed by Jonathan Bean Photography. Venue photos of the Stockport Plaza.)

A Brief Encounter anniversary celebration by the Dukes Cinema, Lancaster, November 2015. Vintage china by Itsy Bitsy Vintage, train and clock props by the Dukes. Photos by Jonathan Bean Photography. 

 Mid Century cool with a Mad Men inspired wedding.

 A Darker Shade of Vintage: A SteamPunk and Showgirl inspired theme for you Divas and Gents! 

Edwardian chic for a gentrified garden party with cream tea. Vintage china cake stands by Itsy Bitsy Vintage, china photos by Jonathan Bean Photography. 

All other photos courtesy of Pinterest.


Winter Warmers and Sizzling Spring 2016 offers from Itsy Bitsy Vintage



I welcomed in 2016 with a broken ankle, but now to the great relief of my poor husband, the cast is finally off and I'm walking with just a stick. Horah! Whilst I'm not kicking my way into the New Year, I'm now fully focussed on Itsy Bitsy Vintage and am excited about the year ahead, with bookings taken for both 2016 and 2017.

With winter dragging on, but some special days and occassions ahead of us, my attention is now on Valentines and Mother's Day, and the forthcoming Spring and Summer wedding season. I know that lots of you too are planning family gatherings, big birthday celebrations, starting wedding planning or putting finishing touches in place whilst the dull weather continues. With this in mind I am running a special offer on all booked china hires above £100 taken during February and March. My beautiful range of vintage china adds the perfect and easy Wow factor to any celebration, you don't even have to do the washing up! You can read glowing reviews from previous customers on my testimonial page, so don't hesitate to contact me, you're in good hands.