Friday, December 10, 2010
Good Luck. We look forward to seeing you there!!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
We have the perfect centre piece to complete your setting. A Christmas Village 3 tier cake stand created by us from new Mason's plates designed by Marsten-Mandrajji. With cute little Christmas cottages and trees based on a naive festive scene it's sure to delight. Stack up with treats, sweets and festive goodies or if you prefer a healthy option why not pile it high with mixed nuts, dried fruits and clementines. Decorate it with strings of gold beads, pine cones, and festive foliage. Tie a large bow onto the handle and enjoy! Available in store now at £39.95 plus postage.
We also have a lovely selection of festive vintage teacup candles which are wonderful for creating a warm ambiance. Scented with mulled wine, cranberry and pine needles, bring the aroma of Christmas into your home. They make beautiful gifts and once the candle is finished use them for a nice cup of tea.
The cake stand is easy to assemble/disassemble so that it can be safely stored until next Christmas and for many festive occasions to come. Time to get making and baking!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I have a confession to make! I found myself looking at Christmas decorations this week. Yes, I know it’s only the first week in November but a girl has to make plans. Take a visit to your local garden centre at this time of year and you will be overwhelmed by the array of gaudy plastic decorations. What happened to the silver tinsel and the red baubles for the tree? Well all this ‘bling’ made me think about a more tasteful and stylish approach to my décor that I thought I would share with you.
Here’s what to do. Take a beautiful cake stand and....
Add deliciously perfumed soaps which are beautifully wrapped or made into pretty flower shapes. Give your scented cake stand pride of place and you have a gorgeous room freshener that will not only last much longer than any shop bought squirting gimmick but will look stunning too!
Choose a Cake Stand with a pretty Teacup or Bowl top and fill with potpourri. Place coloured tea lights on the lower plates and create a romantic atmosphere.
Use your Cake Stand to display and serve Christmas treats such as Satsuma’s, nuts, chocolates, dried fruits and sweets.
Display your jewellery on a cake stand in the bedroom. Rings on the top plate, bracelets and brooches on the middle, watches and chunky items on the base. Stop necklaces from getting in a tangle by fastening the clasp through the cake stand handle.
Oh! And of course you can use your cake stand to serve cakes too!
Next time I will pass on my tips for making the most of a Vintage Mixed China Tea Set....
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Pumpkin orange. Now there's a cheerful autumnal colour if ever I saw one. I'm loving it teamed up with lime green too. Rich red, warm yellow, burnt orange, and leaf green. Choose from nature's seasonal palate to create a stunning colour combination.
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It is rather fashionable to serve up cocktails in china teacups. I adore the idea. How refined and quintessentially English and yet slightly rebellious at the same time! You could fill the sugar bowl with olives and lace the milk jug with something a little stronger if preferred. Perfect for a Halloween or shabby chic bonfire party. You could of course brew up a hot pot of tea. Nothing quite like it to keep the chill off on a cold autumnal afternoon.
Fruits and berries and seeds and pods are simply in abundance at this time of year. There's a rustic feel about autumn or is that just the rustle of all those fallen leaves? When the air is damp and the sky is grey it's time to turn to some comforting homely shabby chic.
Enjoy the colours and the bounty out there right now whether you're entering into Spring or Autumn as we are. There are plenty of yummy treats to bake for the party season. Maybe I'll dig out that jar of mincemeat from the back of the cupboard that I made last year. Or was it the year before? Oh well. It ought to be well matured by now with all that brandy. I might even make some mince pies so I can show off my own vintage china.
These tea sets are available now from our vintage china boutique at Cake Stand Heaven. We have a lovely selection of cake stands, tea sets and fine English mixed china to choose from. It's so easy to start a vintage china collection of your own by mismatching beautiful pieces. That's the beauty of shabby chic. But do remember - a vintage tea set is not just for Christmas!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
If you're thinking of having your own Mad Tea Party eclectic china is a must. We have chosen a fashionable pink and green floral theme in a mixed selection of teacups, saucers and tea plates to keep it quirky.
Don't forget the potion bottle. Okay ours is filled with a drop of home made berrybena cordial (courtesy of River Cottage Preserves Handbook) but you can top yours up with a potent brew of your own choosing.
The Queen of Hearts has to put in an appearance. A giant playing card gives a hint that she's around here somewhere shrieking "Off with their head!"
This unique Mad Tea Set is for six people and includes a cream jug and sugar bowl. Available now from cakestandheaven. We have a gorgeous selection of mixed china to choose from and if you're planning an Alice themed wedding or large tea party it's so easy to add to this set.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Autumn actually is my favourite time of year. I love seeing the changing colours and kicking through the heaps of fallen leaves on the ground. How can you resist all that crunchiness beneath your feet and the feel of tactile hard skinned horse chestnuts? The time for boots and scarves and Halloween. In Britain this is quickly followed by Bonfire Night when we huddle round a raging fire on a cold damp evening and eat semi cooked potatoes baked in the embers. Oh yes there's plenty yet to look forward to. In celebration of all things autumnal we have of course collected together some fabulous seasonal tea sets.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
These beautiful teacups wouldn't look at all out of place in a smart tea room. We don't have one of those in our local vicinity so we prefer simply to take our tea at home from an exquisite tea cup. They don't come any more authentic than these. For the effect of full splendour you could arrange them beautifully on a silver tea tray and serve the tea from a silver teapot.
We've put together a matching cake stand for your dainty bakes and savouries. Topped of course, with a matching teacup to fill up with sweets.
If you prefer to mix and match then you will love this eclectic antique set. There's a gorgeous rose garland and a pretty pink and yellow teacup in this tea set for three.
This two tier antique cake stand completes the look. Present your cupcakes and whoopie pies in Victorian style. Just don't forget the silver spoons!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
I've teamed one of the saucers up with a new Royal Albert (aptly named) Pink cake plate and a Royal Grafton tea plate then topped it off with a Foley teacup. It's prettier than a cupcake with pink icing.
The above picture shows the hand painted border over transfer print. Those little flowers and leaves are really teeny tiny. I can't imagine the concentration and skill it must have taken to produce such fine work. It takes a magnifying glass for me to see it!
One of the pink tea plates was used to create this simple three tier cake stand. Again matched with a Grafton China plate from our stock though this one is slightly larger. They could have been made for one another.
The base plate is from Royal Albert's Zandra Rhodes 'My Favourite Things' collection. Classic Zandra with her love of wiggly lines. Mixing vintage with new designs can work beautifully. The reclaimed plates were in brilliant condition and had clearly been very well cared for. Pieces that show signs of wear and use look fabulous when mixed together for 'shabby chic' cake stands but those that have been kept in pristine condition in granny's beloved china cabinet are reserved for matching with brand new.
Now what if you filled the cup with biscuit fingers and took some luxury chocolates out of their cardboard packaging and arranged them on this cake stand instead? They wouldn't stay there very long! I may just have to succumb to the temptation....yum!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Our brand new website is open for business! You can now find us at Cake Stand Heaven. Pour yourself a nice cup of tea, settle down in a comfy chair and come and browse our latest collections. We will be adding lots of gorgeous products daily.