We came across Glam Hatters recently and got really excited. There are lots of businesses who offer lovely hat or headpiece workshops for hen parties, but there is something extra special about Janie, who runs this business. With tonnes of millinery experience, her personality shines through and her love for vintage brings a special sparkle to her hen party workshops. They are based in London and use some very cool venues, but they can spread their wings and come to you.
Janie has shared some of her vintage loves with us below.
I’m Janie Lawson and I run The Glam Hatters Tea Parties. We host vintage headpiece making hen parties with afternoon tea. As you’ve probably guessed from the title I’m a vintage kind of woman from my head down to my tippy, tipsy toes. At our hen parties we inspire our hens with vintage beads, buttons, millinery materials and tons and tons of feathers and veiling.
We are offering readers of The Hen Planner a 10% discount on our Luxury Vintage Fascinator Making hen parties. *T&C’s apply
I’ve been running vintage inspired hat making hen parties for the last 6 years and before that I was designing vintage inspired millinery for almost 8 years, so you could say I’m a bit of an expert!!! All my art school trained, Glam Hatters teachers are also seriously into vintage and wear their uniforms of vintage dresses, candy stripe aprons and red lucky lippy with pride.
I have a lot of fun sourcing the materials for our hen parties. The vintage buttons are always a popular choice as part of a headpiece decoration. My whole family collects buttons for me and even the ladies down on the coast in Wales at my Mum’s W.I. have added to my collection. Dig deep into the vintage biscuit tins and you’ll find original 1920’s glass buttons from Paris along with lasered buttons that I discovered on a trip to New York. I have beads from all over the planet sourced during a year long world tour, some of the beads you just won’t find anywhere in Europe!
As well as loving the hat making side of Glam Hatters I have always had a passion for vintage china tea sets. I have been collecting china since my Nan left me her set when I was nineteen. My Nana was as tough as old boots but liked everything to be pretty, she didn’t keep her china for best and she wouldn’t drink a cup of tea unless it was in a white, bone china cup with a saucer – and she drank a lot of tea! I have collected my Vintage China for years, I’ve scoured charity shops and charmed the W.I. into letting me buy theirs! Like my Nan I never keep anything for best, if it gets broken at least it’s had a fun life. I love to see hens cooing over the china during their break for afternoon tea, and I love that everything is now mismatched as of course from time to time some of it gets smashed!
Glam Hatters bring together all the vintage things that I love… vintage style hats, buttons, beads, girls and tea parties, what’s not to love?! Who could dream up a job like this?!! I love my work and have made it my mission to bring fun, fascinators and vintage afternoon teas to as many gorgeous hen parties as I possibly can.
*10% discount of The Luxury Vintage Fascinator Making Workshop (minimum 8 hens, minimum number may be higher for parties outside of London – please ask).
Kacie (The Hen Planner)
Kacie is our chief hen planner and was supposed to get married in May 2020 (thanks covid!). Having had her own successful hen do in Belfast before lockdown, she's turning the unprecedented circumstances into an excuse to have a second hen party, or as the hen circle have started calling it #hentwo