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Peace, Love & Daisy Chains talk to yay retro!
One of the very nicest parts of running the yay retro! vintage shop online, is getting to know many of the customers who buy from us. So many are repeat customers, and it is lovely to hear from them when they receive their parcel, and to get to know the things they love to collect and their reasons for buying.
One such customer is Fuschia from Peace, Love & Daisy Chains, based in Wandsworth, South West London. Peace, Love & Daisy Chains is a unique Flower Power China Hire Company, who provide flower power era 1960s and 70s china and prop hire for weddings, parties, hen dos and tea parties. They have a truly huge collection of china - currently enough to serve afternoon tea or dinner to 160 people, and they are constantly adding to their highly curated range. The vast majority of their items are genuine vintage dating to the 1960s or 70s, or fit with the 60s/70s vibe, like in the case of their crochet blankets.
above... vintage china from Peace, Love & Daisy Chains collection, including Washington Pottery.
Fuschia curates packages including those for afternoon tea, which provides cups and saucers, tea plates, tea or coffee pots, cake stands, milk jugs and sugar bowls, or the dinner package which is a bit simpler. On top of this, Peace, Love & Daisy Chains hire out items individually, and have an array of unusual items, such as pineapple shaped ice buckets, picnic hampers, and even a perpetual calendar which can be set to the wedding date as a cute prop!
Fuschia says the idea to set up her Flower Power China Hire business came about when planning her own wedding. Her mum had suggested that vintage china would add a nice, unusual look to her village hall wedding, and Fuschia and her fiancé thought it was a lovely idea, however, the more that they looked at art deco and delicately flowered tea cups of the 40s and 50s offered by the usual china hire companies, the more they felt it didn't represent them as a couple. They wanted their wedding to be laid back, fun and informal, and felt that older china just didn't capture this. Later as she put her roast potatoes into her Midwinter Spanish Garden dish, Fuschia realised that this was because she loved the bright, bold designs and the kitschy patterns of the 60s and 70s.
After a bit of research showed that no one was hiring china of the Flower Power era, she decided to collect it herself with a view to setting up her unique china hire business. As you can imagine she says, "collecting becomes a bit of an obsession, and we very quickly built up a strong and varied collection of 60s & 70s china"
Fuschia goes on to say, "although victory rolls and prom dresses are still really popular, there has been a definite shift in wedding styling that is influenced by the 60s and 70s. The era was exciting, free spirited and really fits in with the laid back bohemian vibe that is so in fashion now. Think 'tipi' weddings, flower crowns and long flowing maxi dresses," she says.
above... vintage china from Peace, Love & Daisy Chains collection, including Pontesa and Barkers Tudorware.
Like yay retro!, Peace, Love & Daisy Chains is a small, personalised company who have the flexibility to work with clients and really understand what they want to achieve. For example, they can source vintage or other suitable items, or if there is a particular colour, style or theme then they can tailor our package to meet it. They are also able to help out with making or sourcing decorations, such as paper flower garlands and bunting made out of retro fabric. Fuschia understands that after a party or wedding, the last thing couples want to do is turn round and do the washing up. Therefore, they include washing up as standard, so you can concentrate on hair of the dog!
Peace, Love & Daisy Chains are happy to deliver nationwide, and cater for all kinds of events including weddings, christenings and family parties. Fuschia quite rightly predicts that 50th and 60th birthday parties will be more and more popular with those born in the era, and who remember the 60s & 70s first hand!
Currently, the most popular type of event Peace, Love & Daisy Chains have had enquiries for is hen dos. Fuschia tells us that, "our china adds a sense of fun, it's not very serious, and is easily affordable for smaller parties. We are currently working on developing some exciting hen do packages", so it's really worth following her blog to keep tabs on what they offer.
Fuschia says she has many favourite pattern designs, so many they change on a daily basis! At the moment, she is really loving geometric designs. She is currently moving house, and would love to incorporate geometric patterns everywhere. "We have a few items in the eclipse design by Vintage Empire Porcelain(below), which I love".
above... vintage china from Peace, Love & Daisy Chains collection, including Eclipse from Empire.
Another favourite is one of the pscychedelic patterns from Pontesa's, Young Range, as well as Washington Potteries flower power designs in purple which is also a favourite. She says, "I always love to imagine who took their tea with these patterns and imagine rock stars and artists!"
Fuschia tells us that her favourite items on www.yayretro.co.uk are numerous and many, "I love logging on to yay retro! to see what is new.... I have my eye on the Washington Pottery Flower Power tea plates which would be just perfect for our collection. I also love the Scandi style heart cup and saucer by Barratts - many of our items have patterns which are influenced by folk art and patterns, and this would look amazing with a black and red Scandinavian tea pot we have". She continues, "another item we have started to add to our collection is drinks trays, and I often see bright, folkloric vintage trays on yay retro!"