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Thrifty things - hostess tea set


I am obsessed with old tea sets. The older, the kitschier, the daintier, the better. Whenever I step into a charity shop, it's the first section I go to - that shelf with random pieces of china waiting patiently to be added to my collection. 

Quite some time ago I found this unusual shaped tea and saucer set {below right} and had to get it since it matched a set my parents have had since before I was born. The shape was so unusual, but perfect for my standard stack of cookies. Later when I was in the Arnott's home department, I saw a tea set in the same shape, called a 'housewife hostess tea set', hence where I got the name for these. I don't really know if that's what this style is called, but I could hardly call my post 'Thrifty things - tea set with a kind of charmingly wobbily abnormal shaped saucer'.


Later I found my second set {above left}. I must admit, fiance uses them much more than I do. I don't actually drink tea, which is very unusual for this part of the world. But my love of dainty tea sets outweigh my dislike for tea.

First tea set €3 at Respect charity shop on Prussia Street, and second set €3 at Mrs. Quin's Charity Shop in Rathfarnham. 

Wedded note: This is actually something along the lines of what we're thinking for our big day - dark plum and burgundy tones, dainty tea sets, mulled wine, candles on anything that stands still, and a shit-ton of hydrangeas - obviously. So excited to get started!

5 comments:

  1. Your wedding plans sound really nice. I can't wait to see you make mood boards - I can party plan vicariously through you ;)

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  2. Ahhh, that's the next step. Getting all the visuals organized. I'd love if the place could be littered with miss-matched tea cups.

    Next up - anorexia and dress hunting.

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  3. the reason it's called a Hostess set, is that it allows the hostess a place to set her pastry or cake or whatever, next to the cup without the need for another plate, thereby freeing her hand. I have one from the Royal Albert collection, and I love yours.

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    1. Thank you Aku-Sika! They make complete sense now as to why they're that shape. Ohhh I adore anything and everything from the Royal Albert collection. Mad jealous.

      Thanks again!

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