Hire Terms


All our quotes are valid for 14 days


A 50% deposit, transferred electronically is required to confirm your booking and reserve the stock for your date. Once this has been received your items and date will be held for you. By paying the deposit you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Hire.


30 days or more written notice: full deposit refunded.

15 – 30 days written notice: 50% of deposit refunded.

7  – 14 days written notice: 25% of deposit refunded.

Less than 7 days notice: No refund available.    


The balance payment must be paid 7 days prior to the event. This can be in cash or EFT.


Stock is normally collected/ delivered on Friday and returned on Monday – if your event is out of town we can be flexible with these times of course, just let us know otherwise an additional fee may apply.


Sweet Tea can deliver and collect the pieces for you, just let us know the location and we can include this in the quote for you.  You are also welcome to collect the pieces from us.


The hire pieces are very fragile so will need to be hand washed in warm soapy water (plates need to be washed not wiped down) and repacked in the packaging provided.  No dishwashers please!!!!

If you are unable to hand wash the pieces we are happy to do this for you, at an additional 20% of the booking fee.  You can simply just rewrap the pieces dirty (but tip out the tea please!!) and return them to us.


Credit card details are taken as security against damage and breakages.  Your credit card will be charged for replacement of any damages.  Alternatively you can leave a security bond of $200 for bookings up to $500 or 30% of total booking fee for bookings over $500.

Hire items must be returned in the same manner and condition as they were provided. The bond will be refunded within 3 days of return of the stock, less any charges incurred for missing, broken or damaged items. Chipped glassware or crockery will be charged as broken. If the replacement amount exceeds the security deposit, the hirer is liable to pay the additional charges.


All goods hired are the responsibility of the Hirer from the time of delivery/collection until they are returned to Sweet Tea. Any losses, damage or breakages will be charged to the Hirer.  The Hirer shall protect the equipment during the time of delivery, use, storage or waiting period before being returned to Sweet Tea.

Any person signing the documents for and on behalf of the Hirer hereby covenants with the Owner that he/she has the authority of the Hirer to make this agreement on the Hirer’s behalf and is empowered by the Hirer to bind the Hirer to this agreement.


Damage waiver is payable by the Hirer to cover costs associated with normal wear and tear to the equipment hired, the waiver does not cover any other damage including breakages, chips or loss.


Breakages are not very common but sometimes accidents do happen. The replacement cost of any damaged or breakage to hired items will be charged to the Hirer.

Unfortunately any breakage to a tea trio (cup, saucer or cake plate) means that the trio can no longer be used as a set so the whole trio must be replaced.  If an item is not listed below it is generally charged at 10 times the hire price.

Tea cup, saucer or cake plate (unfortunately any breakage to a tea trio means that the trio can no longer be used as a set so the whole trio must be replaced) $50.00
China tea pot $150.00
Milk jug $40.00
Sugar bowl $40.00
Tea strainer $15.00
Sugar tongs $15.00
Small china dishes (jam/cream) $25.00
Tea spoon $10.00
Dinner plate $30.00
Desert bowl $20.00
Side plates $20.00
Vintage cutlery $10.00
Tiered cake stand $80.00
Glass pedestal cake stand $50.00
White pedestal stand $50.00
Pastel pedestal cake stand (pink or mint) $80.00
Floral cake / sandwich plate $20.00
China cake platter $50.00
Cake fork $10.00
Cake server $50.00
Glass serving bowl $40.00
Assorted wine glasses $30.00
Assorted champagne coupes $30.00
Assorted vases $20.00
Small vintage milk bottles $10.00
Medium vintage milk bottles $15.00
Glass tumblers $15.00
Glass pimms jug $30.00
Glass lemonade / water jug $30.00
Apothecary drink dispenser $200.00
Yorkshire Mason Jar Aqua Beverage Dispenser $150.00
Small embroidered / decorative table linen $50.00
Medium embroidered / decorative table linen $75.00
Large embroidered / decorative table linen $90.00
Lace overlay tablecloth $50.00
Vintage embroidered overlay tablecloth $150.00
Hessian table runner $30.00
Framed chalkboard $60.00
Birdcage $75.00
Vintage suitcase $100.00



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