Ready for a vintage tea party

Some of you will remember the wonderful vintage plate cake stand I was given by The Bert’s cousins for Christmas.

New cake stand © The House of JonesIt’s absolutely gorgeous and has pride of place on my dresser – I never intended to keep it out but it’s far too pretty to leave in the cupboard until it is needed.

Anyway, I’ve been looking since I got it to try and find some tea plates to go with it. Not an exact match, but near enough in terms of style and colour. There’s a wonderful antiques shop in town which goes back for miles, split into different rooms. It’s a real treasure trove of items from the weird and wonderful to collectables, to things I recognise from my own childhood. Whenever I’m in town I pop in, to see if they’ve had new stock which might, just might, contain the tea plates I am after. No luck so far.

But last weekend, I finally had success! While my tummy was behaving, we headed to Burford for a bit of village shopping. It’s a lovely village with gorgeous houses, and a big wide high street of little shops to explore.

Burford ©The House of Jones Lovely Burford ©The House of JonesThe houses are so picturesque (I naughtily snapped the picture above over the top of a wall – I just really wanted to know what was behind the big, wooden, gated entrance), and we even got to have a nosy in the garden of one of them as they had an open garden and a lovely  plant sale.

Burford plant sale ©The House of JonesOne of the first proper shops that we went to on arriving in Burford was a little antiques shop, where it soon became apparent that I might, just might, find the tea plates I’ve been longing for. And I did! I was quite spoiled for choice actually, but settled upon two designs – one frilly plate with dainty little flowers around the edge and a second plainer plate with a larger floral motive.

Floral cake plate ©The House of Jones Rosy cake plate ©The House of JonesIt was only on getting them home that I realised what a perfect compliment they are to my cake stand: the frilly plates are from the same company, Royal Albert (what luck!), and the plain ones pick out the colours and roses perfectly.

Vintage tea plates and cake stand ©The House of JonesI’ve popped them up onto the dresser, all ready for a tea party occasion.

actually, the dresser is getting a little cluttered what with all the lovely things I’ve been putting on it. I think I need to rationalise it a little and choose fewer things to prevent it looking messy. A job for another day!

For now, I’m just so enjoying my little tea plates, and thinking about the dainty cakes I could be serving onto them. As always, recipes suggestions welcome.

Jones x

PS. No closer to finding out what my weird algal plant is. The Bert thought it might be brain fungus (never heard of it), but I’ve done a google image search (was a little afraid of what it might bring up!) and I’m not sure it’s quite right. The research continues!

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About thehouseofjones

Hello! Thanks for visiting, it's lovely to see you! I'm Jones, I'm 31, and I live with my husband (The Bert) and chinchilla (JB) in Gloucestershire. When I'm not at work I love crochet, sewing, cooking, baking, taking photos and dabbling in a bit of gardening and grow-your-own, and this is what I write about mainly. That and the general chit chat of life. So, take a look around, comment if you'd like, just make yourself feel at home really!
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3 Responses to Ready for a vintage tea party

  1. Mum says:

    I think you scored a hit there with the plates – a wonderful ‘nearly match’. They complement each other perfectly. I hope you’ll join our Virtual Tea Party in October. What a pretty place Burford is – very picturesque.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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