Archive of ‘Tea Stand Designs’ category

Nothing holds treats like a 4 tier display

These 2 lovely ladies, 4 tiers of vintage pastel china plates, will be making their way to the Etsy shop soon. As pretty as they are for treats–from wedding cupcakes to homemade cookies to tiny sandwiches–I always love photographing them with jewelry. I have my own tiered jewelry stand holder made of 3 vintage white china saucers and I do say it comes in handy. A nice way to admire all of your baubles even when you’re going nowhere at all…


Sneak peek: 3-piece coordinating jewelry stand

high_tea_for_alice_3_tier_jewelry_stand_with_cream_pitcherA little cream pitcher sits atop this dreaming-of-spring 3-tier jewelry stand. Its vintage china pieces are unmarked, but that didn’t stop me from snatching them up the moment I saw them. In addition to the pink lilies & shining gold trim, I was taken in by the deep, wide bowl that became its middle tier. I need to do some research on what this bowl would have been used for. I haven’t seen a set like it before. Usually you find a matching cream pitcher & small sugar bowl. But this bowl is larger… and with a matching plate. I guess it’s a lovely mystery! Coming soon to the High Tea for Alice etsy shop

Can you spot the plate from England?

mad_hatter_wedding_cake_plate_tea_stand_display_alice_in_wonderland_tea_party_large_dessert_pedestal_centerpiece_macaron_serving_trayWho doesn’t love English fine bone china? It’s some of the best you can buy, and much of it is well marked on the back with the china house name as well as, ideally, the pattern name, making it fairly easy to date it. That said, other china destinations also produce pieces that are equally lovely & have their own unique qualities such as sculpted rims, embossed borders, hand-painted details or a delicate feel.

In this recent 4-tier cupcake stand and tea tray in four pastel colors — in what I call a “layer cake” look — can you spot the plate that is English china? Okay, you got me… It’s a trick question! None of these beauties was made in England, proving my point precisely. But very pretty all the same, don’t you think? Origins from top to bottom: Germany; Austria; USA; USA.