Planning your wedding table settings

Planning your wedding table settings

Are your tables big enough?

If you are serving an afternoon tea at your event, depending on how much china  you order, you may need to think carefully about space.

Let me show you a very vintage photo to illustrate:


This is my grandparents wedding breakfast in August 1945. I absolutely love the photo, and inherited my love of china and afternoon tea from my Nanna; but you may notice the amount of items in the table! And this was during rationing, when food was scarce; how much more might you want to put on your tables today?

I am very happy to meet up with you during the booking process, with some of the china so that you can get an idea of how a place setting will look and work out if you will have space to do what you want to. That way, if there is not going to be room, we can consider other options, such as a serving table which guests select food from, rather than load everything on the individual tables. In addition, you can get to see the china for yourself, and also judge whether the food you are intending to serve will fit!

If you’d like a free, no obligation meeting to discuss this; do get in touch by email or phone and I’m happy to arrange it. You can also borrow a cake stand if you’d like to show it to your caterers if that helps with your decision making.   Alternatively, as we now provide homemade afternoon teas; you can book to sample our wares to see if you would like us to provide the china and the afternoon tea!

DIY Wedding in Lincolnshire? We can help!

DIY Wedding in Lincolnshire? We can help!

Are you planning a DIY wedding in Lincolnshire; at a venue with no china such as a barn or marquee, or one with a strange collection of items that don’t fit your needs?  Why not hire some of  our vintage china collection for your special day?  Whether you’d like cake stands for individual afternoon teas; just cups and saucers for a refreshing drink for your guests, or a creative way to serve dessert; or a bit of everything including teapots, jugs and sugar bowls, we can help.   We deliver and collect the china to you or you venue and do all the washing up afterwards.  We can also help set everything out at your venue if you are short of time or helpers; or just so that you can spend more of your time enjoying the day itself.


If afternoon tea for your your guests is on the menu, we can also provide delicious homemade treats.  Do get in touch if you would like more information.

Mobile afternoon teas for weddings
Afternoon tea – coffee and walnut cake and scones and jam
Little Extras ….

Little Extras ….

In addition to the beautiful vintage china we have available to hire, we also have lots of lovely extras to make your event extra special.  Get in touch if we can help with:



Recent additions

Recent additions

We’ve had quite a lot of new items in for hire recently.  Here are some now available:

Gold and cream Sadler swirl teapot
Yellow teaset hire
Pretty yellow and gold trios
Vintage sugar bowl
Gorgeous sugar bowl
Blue and white Sadler teapot
Cake plate hire Lincolnshire
Orange blossom bridal posy pattern
Playing card patterned Teacups and saucers
Playing card cups and saucers!
Making vintage cake stands

Making vintage cake stands

I don’t think there is anything nicer than displaying your cake, or afternoon tea on a pretty, vintage cake stand:

Afternoon tea

And we have a good selection here at Ticklepenny Teacups, from one tier glass or China pedestal stands,

Glass cake stands
Collection of one tier glass pedestal cake stands.

To 2 and 3 tier vintage china ones:

3 tier vintage china cake stands
A selection of 3 tier cake stands

If you would like to discuss hiring some cake stands for your event, please get in touch; we have no minimum order size and also give discounts for larger bookings.

If you are making your own cake stands, here are a few tips:

Select your plates carefully.  Any imperfections, chipping, hairline cracks etc may well cause the plate to shatter when drilling.

The bottom plate should have a deep enough ‘foot’ so that the base of the screw and washers do not stand proud of the stand and cause it to wobble when constructed.

Buy strong cake stand fittings, some bend easily with the weight of the plates.  Don’t leave the stands constructed for long periods of time, as this can cause bending!

You will need a special drill bit for china or ceramics, these are often sold with the fittings.

Don’t judge the centre of the plate by eye, measure it; or again, some cake stand fittings come with a template.

Sadly, despite your best efforts, some plates will crack during the process, so don’t use anything you couldn’t bear to loose.

Here are some I made earlier:

Selection of 3-tiered cake stands
Wedding Colour Scheme

Wedding Colour Scheme

Have you got a colour scheme or theme for your wedding or special event?  If so, let us know, and we will see if we can match our china with it.  It isn’t always possible, particularly for a large booking, or a more unusual colour scheme, but we will try and help you as much as possible.  Cups and saucers can be matched, or mis-matched, whichever you prefer; or we can go for a whole variety of colours!

Here the theme is pink flowers:

Vintage pink patterned sandwich plates

Whereas  this was for mixed blues and yellows:

Selection of blue and yellow teaplates

And this selection was for green tones:

Selection of Paragon and Queen Anna China in greens

If you have something specific in mind, get in touch to see if we can help.  We are also happy to source items for you if we don’t have them in stock.

Summer at last!

Summer at last!

If the recent good weather has brought thoughts of garden parties and picnics; you are not alone!  Whether you would like to entertain 2 or 102, we can provide all the china you need…