A few years ago, I purchased one floral gold and white tea cup. I love this tea cup. It’s elegant, sweet, and just all around darling. Earlier this year, I found a second white and gold tea cup. I decided on the spot that I was going to start collecting white and gold tea cups and saucers. I mentioned my idea in passing to my sister, and didn’t think anything more of it. I was just planning on keeping my eye out in antique stores for a few more pieces.
Well, this summer I got married and my sister (and Maid-of-Honor) collaborated with a sweet friend (one of my Bridesmaids) and threw me a bachelorette tea party! My, oh my, it was a beautiful time of peace and friendship! (If you want to get a glimpse into my party check out this post by Tara Pattengale Photography!)
All that being said, my sister, Becca, spent weeks collecting white and gold china for me! The first I knew about it was when I arrived at my party and saw a stack of sweet tea cups in the corner of the kitchen. When Becca told me that they were mine, I was completely surprised!
What a precious wedding gift! I counted all the dishes she’d gather for me and between the china my sister got me, a collection of luncheon plates from a friend at church, and the tea cups I already had I now have eightteen white and gold tea cups and saucers. Seventeen! Enough for quite the party, don’t you think?
A luncheon plate (shown above) is somewhat smaller than a dinner plate, coming in at about 9 inches – give or take a little depending on the manufacturer and the shape. This set is, obviously, a rectangle. I also have a set of round luncheon plates. The sets that I have come with a teacup and a recess in the plate for your teacup to rest in. Some people find these funny little sets to be outdated and not of much use – and while yes, they were most commonly made in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s I think they are charming! I have seen them used at ladies’ meetings, bridal and baby showers, and I have personally used them when entertaining just a few friends.
Becca also found a few large bowls for me – which I have used constantly since getting married. Fruit, salad, pasta, you name it and it’s been served from one of those two white bowls!
I never thought that my off-handed comment would turn into a beautiful, thoughtful wedding gift that I will truly treasure for a lifetime!