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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Vintage Tea Cups and Saucers

Christmas is coming - it is 6 weeks on Sunday - and maybe you fancy a change with your table settings this year.

An idea I had a few weeks ago was to gather mis-matched china tea cups, saucers and side plates, just enough to make 8 delightful vintage table settings. I think it would be very pretty for serving the figgy pudding and after dinner coffee.

Lella Loves... Vintage Tea Cups

I was browsing in a huge antiques and collectables centre and I found these bargain baskets which were overflowing with cups and saucers from 1910, 1920 and onwards. What's more, no item was more than £1. 

Odd sets of all the same thing can look very pretty when set on a table with crisp linens and lots of cake stands. You can mix and match to your heart's desire when beautiful bone china saucers are 50p each.


Lella Loves... Vintage Tea Cups

Many dealers call a non-matching set a Harlequin set. It is a poetic term for the various marriages of 6 or 8 glasses or tea cups. Normally they will be the same item but in differing colourways/patterns.

Whichever way you match your tea cups and saucers, have fun collecting them and sharing their use with friends and family.

Lella Loves... Vintage Tea Cups

If you like this idea, you could use it for an afternoon tea or a garden party. Cups and saucers can be found for pennies and any trader who deals in tea sets will happily do you a better price for a bulk deal.

Have a lovely weekend.

Lella  xx

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