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Sometimes, I like a little formality, which is why I wish we had high tea like they do in Europe. What a great reason to take a break and hang out and eat crustless sandwiches. I have tea parties all the time with my daughter, so for this Cylinder Thursday I thought I would do a tea party theme.
The obivous use for this centerpiece is a tea party or dinner party, but I also love it for some event that has an "Alice in Wonderland" theme. If you were doing an "Alice in Wonderland", topsy turvy wedding, you could have a coffee station set up with the glasses like this (next to your topsy turvy, whimsical cake).
All you need is cylinders, tea bags, and cups & saucers. I am showcasing my grandmother's china, but you can also rent vintage place settings at Revived Tableware.
I have six cylinders with a cup and saucer on top. I think one cylinder per place setting (i.e. six people at the table, six cylinder/cup combos). When people show up for your tea party, they can take their cup and saucer off the cylinder to use. The tea bags add color to the cylinders, but are also functional. The guests can select the tea of their choice from the cylinder. Just now I thought about adding white and/or brown sugar cubes to a cylinder... wish I had thought of that when I was doing the shoot! Oh well... you can do it.
An interactive centerpiece is a pretty cool idea if I do say so myself. Once the cups and saucers are gone, the centerpiece becomes a little bare, but it does allow for good conversation since you can see everyone across the table. You might think of filling the cylinders with something (fresh floral, doilies, etc.) to add interest even after the cup and saucer come off.