A local business owner aims to bring a new meaning to tea time with over-the-top flair and fun.
Sophie Parrott started The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co. almost four years ago after deciding to take a risk. One night in 2011, she said she wrote down all the things she was passionate about—a list that ended up being about six pages long—before narrowing the field to include her friends, cake, tea, champagne, vintage items and performances.
Her passions, English upbringing and drama school training led to the creation of The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co.
“One night it was one of those moments where I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got it!’” Parrott said. “I’m going to reinvent the tea party experience as we know it and make it [a]non-Victorian affair.”
Parrott offers tea parties with themes from the 1920s to 1960s, but she said she can incorporate other decades and themes as well. Customizing each tea party to her client’s needs, style and personality is Parrott’s mission, even down to tiny details.
“It’s very much about what they want because every single one is custom,” she said. “Every single party is different.”
Parrott offers three tiers of parties instead of packages so she and the client can come up with their own ideas instead of following a formula, she said. However, she can work with each client to create the best experience for his or her price point, she said.
“I don’t want people to think it’s so expensive they can’t call me,” Parrott said.
Bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays and wedding lounges are a few examples of other experiences that Parrott and her team of hostesses and hosts have helped concoct, she said.
Once The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co. team is put in charge, the client does not have to worry about a thing, Parrott said. She provides food, flowers, drinks, decoration, entertainment and even makeovers. Parrott and her team can host any occasion from two people to more than 600 people, she said.
Some of the biggest names in Austin and Texas have hired her to make their events more marvelous, she said.
The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co. will soon have its own brick-and-mortar space, which Parrott is currently seeking. The space would allow people to enjoy a date or lunch at a reserved space, Parrott said. She is also about to launch her own tea line, with six tea flavors in the works.
The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co.