Confession: we aren't big tea enthusiasts.
While we enjoy it every once in a while, it's not our thing. So, if you're looking for a how to on planning a proper "high tea", we aren't your girls! We prefer the mix & match kind of Tea Party where it's less about etiquette and more about gathering around a table to share life along with flowers, pretty linens, and fancy tea cups.
With three girls between us, we've thrown our share of tea parties, impromptu fancy after school snacks and full blown birthday parties. Over the years, we've amassed a collection of tea cups, saucers, tea pots, and pretty plates. In the past we've kept them in a convenient drawer in the dining room at the ready to brighten a boring afternoon. Now our girls have nearly outgrown the "tea party" era, so we keep a box stored in the garage.
We didn't go purchase sets of cups and saucers. But rather collected them over time... one or two here and there. Thrift shops, Goodwill, and 2nd hand stores are great places for such finds. Antique malls have tea cups in abundance. If you have little girls or tea party plans in your future, start a collection so you're ready when the Tea Party mood strikes.