What Do We Provide?

  • Vintage China Hire / Vintage Crockery Hire

Cups, saucers, tea plates, tea pots, cake stands bread and butter plates etc.  We have a wide choice of crockery including shabby chic look, matching sets, colour and theme combinations and our extra special top table collection. 


  • Cutlery, Napkins with decorated Napkin Ring and Table Decoration

We use some vintage cutlery such as decorative sugar tongs but also use new superior quality Viners table ware.

  • Hire packages available for 12 to 150 people


We have a beautiful, treasured and ever expanding collection of vintage china to make your special occasion a memorable and cherished experience.  We offer a friendly service with very competitive rates and individual touches to make your day special.

Our vintage crockery is suitable for vintage themed Weddings, Engagements, Anniversaries, Corporate events, Window styling, Displays and Photo shoots.  We can offer mismatched crockery, matching sets, colour themes and our extra special Top Table Collection. 

Our large collection of authentic crockery comprises of well known quality producers of fine china; Colclough, Shelley and Royal Albert early pieces from the art deco period. Our Top Table Collection consists mainly of ornate Tuscan bone china.

To ensure smooth operation on your special day we can also meet with you at your chosen venue e.g. hotel, community or village hall.  We can access facilities prior to the event and respond to any specific ideas and requirements. We can also link with florists to provide our collection of vintage teapots which we have specifically allocated for flower arrangements.

y Requirements For Afternoon Tea

For a traditional afternoon tea where you are planning to serve sandwiches, scones and cakes we would recommend the following place settings.  This is put together as a package for 8 guests as this tends to be the most popular table arrangement for weddings.  It is intended as an indication of what is required and can be altered to suit different table numbers or arrangements.  Please note we also include cutlery in our packages unlike some hire companies.


Standard hire price for package for 8 inclusive of Crockery & Cutlery is £32.00 

(£4.00 per head)


Additional Services:

  • Floral Table Centrepieces

  • Provision of Vintage Glassware for welcome drinks


What Our Clients Say

Above: The Ice Dream Experience played host to all the Mayors’ & Mayoresses’ of neighbouring boroughs within Lancashire as they took part in an ongoing fund raising initiative. A couple of comments from letters received in the Mayor's Office following their afternoon tea: '...everything was perfect.'  '...the tea was really set out beautifully.' 

Terms & Conditions

Hire Period

Hire period is 1-3 days depending on nature of the requirements, date and time of the event and delivery address.  We are happy to agree collection and delivery dates that are mutually suitable.

Delivery & Collection

A minimum order of two sets of 8 standard packages is required to qualify for free delivery and collection within 15 mile radius of BB5 Postcode. By special arrangement smaller china sets can also be collected from our showroom.  We can deliver further afield but as would be expected charge a delivery cost towards fuel expenses. 

Booking Deposit

A booking deposit of £50 is required to secure your crockery for your chosen date.

Breakages & Damages Deposit

Vintage crockery is more fragile than commercial catering crockery and it is expected that customers will take extra care when handling, stacking, washing up and re-packaging the crockery.  If washing up the items yourself, please do not use a dishwasher as the high water temperatures and pressure can damage delicate china causing cracks and or crazing. A damage deposit of £50 will also be required to cover any loss, damage or breakages and will be returned on collection of crockery as applicable.

In the unlikely event that total damages and missing items exceed the deposit, the balance payment is payable within 7 days of the agreed date of return. All items on hire remain the property of The Ice Dream Experience.  We will not be held responsible for any injury or damage to persons or property arising from the goods supplied by The Ice Dream Experience.

If you would like to make an enquiry, please complete the short enquiry form on our Contact Us page stating 'Vintage Crockery Hire' in the Ice Dream Experience preference field.