Q & A with Natalie

Posted on 4th November 2020

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi I’m Natalie, the other half of Bristol Vintage alongside my sister Lisa.  I’m a mum to three little ones so life is pretty busy but I try to make time for creativity.  On a typical day you’ll find us making, baking and having as much fun as we can manage.

I’ve been supporting Lisa since 2016 when she launched her first business, Rosie Lee & Cake, and she began to host vintage afternoon tea events.  We are a pretty creative family and so event styling and hosting is something we both enjoy.  It’s a lovely feeling to curate and style an event and then see people really enjoying themselves.

What 3 things do you think make an event really special?

1. I think attention to detail is very important, little touches can make your guests feel special.  Flowers are essential as they can really help set the tone for the table and I also like creating a separate drinks area for guests as this can be styled very easily and definitely provides a wow factor.

2. Good food, whether you do it yourself or use a caterer the food you serve is central to the gathering and it goes without saying that it should be delicious.

3. Good company, in my opinion having a good time together with your guests is always the best part of any event.

What does vintage mean to you?

To me vintage is something from the past that has a history all of its own.  It could be an object, an item of clothing, a piece of music or a film but it will have been experienced and loved by many people before it comes to you.

If you were planning an event just for yourself which look would you choose and why?  Bang on trend, vintage or a mixture of both.

For me it would be a mixture of both.  I really like to keep up to date with current trends and incorporate them at any event we host.  Having said that I do love a bit of vintage and because we have so many beautiful vintage pieces at here at Bristol Vintage I definitely like to mix it up.