Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Cake Stand

33 days to go and counting! Like it or not Christmas is coming! It's time to get organised and baking those mince pies and spicing the wine. Why not make this year's festivities extra special and set a truly spectacular table for your family and friends?

Christmas Cake StandWe 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.

cranberry scented candleWe 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

Nostalgia with a Twist

If you're as proud of your vintage china tea set as we are then you'll find any opportunity to bring out those cups and saucers and show off your Michelin star baking on that gorgeous cake stand. For decades granny kept her special tea service in a glass cabinet. It was a thing to behold too. Never to be touched by human hands except for the occasional Sunday afternoon when the vicar was invited into the front parlour for a nice cup of tea and slice of Victoria sponge. We have other ideas about that. We want to love our pre-loved china even more. We want nostalgic glamour with a twist.

pink vintage tea setThere's no reason whatsoever why you can't serve lemon tea, caffè latte or cocktails in teacups, so why not try desserts too? We have ways to impress your guests! Sweets are just exquisite presented in gorgeous teacups.

jelly in a teacupCool strawberry jelly in a pretty china teacup. Just pour on a splash of fresh cream.

trifle in a teacupLovely vintage teacups do not have to be kept aside for hot tea. Delight your friends and family and serve dessert in a teacup. Anything cold is ideal. What could be more delicious than a teacup filled with a home made trifle? Hmm, or chocolate mousse or Eton Mess or fruit cocktails with a shortbread biscuit served on the saucer.

teddy in a teapotIt's not obligatory to shove teddy in the teapot! At the infamous 'Tea Party' the Mad Hatter pushed the Dormouse face first into his. I think Ted looks cute and happy in there. Why hide the teapot in the cupboard when it has other uses? Oh, did I mention that teapots make great flower vases at shabby chic tea parties? I digress....

pink roses in a teacup topped cake standPlace a small bunch of flowers in the teacup top.

cupcake and tea plateA cupcake served the traditional way, on a beautiful English china tea plate.

strawberries in a dish topped cake standWe've designed a collection of cake stands especially for filling with sweets and treats. You can use the dish top for strawberries as we have. Great too for a savoury dip with olives and crudités on the side.

pink cake standAfternoon tea is just so elegant when presented beautifully on a pretty cake stand.

pink roses cake standBe creative and have fun with your cake stand. A cake stand is not only for cakes! You could stack your pots of pickles and preserves in the kitchen. Bring breakfast toast and jam to the table with a touch of vintage glamour. Use your imagination and enjoy.

If anyone has a truly novel idea for making the most of a cake stand we'd love to hear from you!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Less Bling More Chic!

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.

Shabby Chic Cake Stand

Here’s what to do. Take a beautiful cake stand and....

Rose Vintage Cake Stand

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....

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