Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

It's been a gloriously sunny day here and the heat has made me as Mad as a Hatter. We've all gone a little bit Alice in Wonderland crazy since a certain weird and wonderful Tim Burton film was released earlier this year. To celebrate all things Alice we have created our own version the infamous Tea Party china. There's a two tier cake stand, teapot, cream jug and sugar bowl and six cups and saucers and side plates. All that's missing are some magic potions and the Queen of Heart's tarts.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party setThese vintage pieces have in fact been carefully chosen. Mismatching patterns isn't quite as easy as it sounds. No kidding! The whole point of a shabby chic mixed set is that none of it is supposed to match exactly, but it's so tempting to stick to one colourway and be conventional. After much swapping and changing and umming and oohing I was finally satisfied with the finished set. The colour and pattern combinations do share some similar tones and motifs such as cute little pink roses. There's a definite floral theme bringing it all together.

mix and match teacups saucers and side platesThere are a few rare pieces in the set too. One of my particular favourites is the Royal Albert Crown China "Autumn Crocus" from the 1920's. A gorgeous tulip shaped cup with a splash of primrose yellow decoration. Definitely more springtime than autumnal I reckon. The service represents the best of English bone china from the Art Deco period through to the 1950's. Featuring an eclectic selection from Royal Stafford, Colclough, Queen Anne, Jackson and Gosling, Paragon and Duchess. To name but a few.

teapot fit for a dormouseThere's also a lovely teapot easily large enough to squeeze a dormouse into. It's made by Arthur Wood and Son of Staffordshire and decorated with the prettiest purple violets. There's plenty of space in there to brew up a big pot of Darjeeling and with sufficient cups and tea plates for six party guests that's a lot of tea and cake!

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