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Vintage China Tea Party

 
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In our household growing up, nothing signified an occasion like the good china tea cups. My mother would pull each unique cup out of the china cabinet and arrange them on a perfectly pressed Irish linen tablecloth with silver spoons and a sliver tea service. The cups had been presents at her bridal shower from the special women in her life. Each cup had it's own story and they came to represent to me the women of my mother's generation -  women of grace, courage, kindness, integrity - and a few characters in between.

When I first saw Cara-Lynn Nisenbaum's collection of china at Vintage Dish Rental I was instantly brought back to all the happy memories of Bridal Teas and Baby Showers and Girl's Get-Togethers that my mom had thrown at our house. Lovely and pretty and elegant and oh so lady-like! I gushed over the aqua plates and the gold embossed handles and the purple violet tea cups that had been my grandmother's china pattern - I could almost taste the lemon cream pie that she used to serve on those plates. I was excited to use Cara-Lynn's china in a dessert table.

My vision with this garden dessert table was to evoke the nostalgia of elegant afternoon teas yet still keep it contemporary. The color scheme was pink and green so I chose china with predominantly pink patterns. I kept the ribbon and risers monochromatic to complement the multi patterned china. The mini cakes on gold rimmed vintage plates were balanced with the chunky gold pedestals. I also thought it would be fun to use the china in a way that was decidedly untraditional - hence the cups as cupcake holders.

As it was a garden theme, the cupcakes and mini cakes were all decorated with gumpaste dogwood flowers in varying shades of pink. In keeping with the notion of unique uses for traditional items, white hydrangeas and green parrot tulips were arranged on ruffled pink cake pedestals.

Patterns change and styles evolve but the grace and kindness of women towards each other never goes out of fashion.



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