Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tea Cups and Tea time

"A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards." - A.A. Milne

My first tea cup is this lovely Shelley tea set that my mother got for me as a birthday present when I was about 17 and it is one of my favorites!

When I was younger, I remember wanting to collect something that was both pretty and practical and I have been collecting tea cups ever since! I have a beautiful china hutch that holds most of my tea cups! I haven't unpacked all my tea cups yet -and I have been missing them. My love for tea cups and tea parties has been re-kindled since moving back to New Zealand - where we drink hot tea all the time - well, most days! Tea time in New Zealand is a lovely carryover from colonial days!
Just this week I stopped by a thrift store in Riccarton, here in Christchurch, and i was so delighted to find several trio sets to choose from! I selected a lovely light blue Queen Anne trio for my self and I decided to get my 10 year old daughter, Anna-Kate, a lovely lilac trio set of her own. Anna-Kate is also collecting tea cups and we are planning to have a tea party soon!

I also have a lovely trio that my step-mother bought back for me on a trip to Europe. Warren's grandmother also collected tea cups and we inherited several of hers, including a lovely and popular Old English Rose set. And just last year my friend Nedia gave me a tea cup that reminds me of our friendship!

I hope to write more about tea time and our upcoming tea parties. I have had fun pinning lots of tea party ideas, tea cups and tea pots on my Pinterest board! You can follow me there at: Colette's Cottage

Mom's recommendation - make time for tea - with friends and family! Have tea parties with your children! Come and have a cup of tea and follow me!