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!


  1. ooooohhh! to die for ! I love, love, love shabby chic. My home is a shrine to it. I have all Rachel Ashwells books. A beautiful site, I am following you on network blogs.
    karen xx

  2. Hi Karen, thanks so much! Done likewise. Your house must be gorgeous! ♥



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