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Monday, 15 April 2013

Afternoon Tea for 8

Next weekend I'm hosting an afternoon tea for my friends. Sounds very civilised doesn't it? For this very civilised event I knew that my cheap mismatch mugs just wouldn't do. We need to drink our *cough* tea from proper china, with saucers and everything.

I've been in local charity shops looking for teacups and saucers before and never managed to pick up any of those bargains that I see others mentioning. You would think a Staffordshire market town would be the ideal place to pick up a few Staffordshire pottery teacups wouldn't you. I decided to have a browse on Ebay in the hope that I would find a bargain and I could maybe pick it up locally. I saw lots of pretty tea sets but a particular one caught my eye. What I liked about it was that it didn't match, kind of all mismatch but matching in it's own special way. A mismatch tea set is perfect if you're a bit clumsy as you can easily replace a broken teacup with another, as long as it's similar colours.

I bought this 21 piece set for £22.50 + £8.80 p&p, which I thought was a good price, but as I was looking for an 8 serving set I asked the seller if they had any additional trios (a term for a cup, saucer & plate that I learnt whilst on my tea set search) that would go with the set. Luckily she did and sent me an invoice for the 21 piece set plus the 2 extra trios - £33 for the lot, including postage, which I thought was a bit of a bargain (please don't tell me that you think I've been overcharged!). The parcel arrived the next day and I was thrilled with the contents, carefully wrapped in bubble wrap.

I am now the proud owner of 8 tea cups, 8 saucers, 8 side plates, a milk jug, sugar bowl and cake plate.

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Including this set, which is my very favourite.

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I'm linking this up to Lizzie's Magpie Monday.

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  1. Oooh that's so pretty! I don't think you've been over-charged at all.

    This fashion for making teacup candles has resulted in very few teacup finds for me lately.

    My friend has tonnes. I love going round hers as she serves gin and tonic in pretty cups and saucers!

    Your tea party sounds lovely and you're all set now. Thanks for linking up x

  2. great to hear that the queen of bargains doesn't think I've been overcharged! Yes I was looking to make teacup candles & cake stands but couldn't find anything I liked so gave up looking.
    You have such sophisticated friends! ;-)

  3. Linz_Toothpaste15 April 2013 at 15:31

    I love it, and for what it's worth I don't think you've been overcharged! If I had 7 friends i'd buy it too ;-)

  4. Katie @mummydaddyme15 April 2013 at 16:22

    Oooh I love it Helen, I am obsessed with cups and saucers even though I have never drunk tea! x

  5. What a beautiful collection! Great find!

  6. it is so pretty Helen - I would love a china tea set too i may have to go bargain hunting now. and very civilised to drink tea rather than wine! how grown up and mature you are now lol x

  7. It was your fault that I started looking at tea sets again after I saw your coffee pot & cups! Oh yes very grown up & mature drinking cocktails in tea cups! ;-) x

  8. innocentcharmer16 April 2013 at 22:07

    That's a very fab price indeed, trust me I am a charity shop fiend. I love the blues so pretty, please say you shall take pic's of your tea party, I am quite jealous xx

  9. of course I's a blog post in itself! ;-) x

  10. Adorable and a tea party sounds like a lovely idea x



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