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Monday, November 28, 2011

A New Tree for Teacups

I have been gathering a number of ornaments, which are suitable for a tea-themed tree. On Black Friday I ordered an artificial pre-lit pine tree from Kohls.com. While awaiting its arrival in the mail, I decided to do a test-run using one of two small faux trees I have. Alas, the tree is too flimsy to bear the weight of the ornaments, which are mostly ceramic. I had to put it up against the hutch so it would not tip over! Nevertheless, it still gives me a dry run for decorating my new tea tree.

The tree is set in a silver urn, with two doilies wrapped around it to help keep it upright. I also placed three teacup-shaped tea bag rests around the bottom of the tree to help prop it up.

To add sparkle I decided to use some Princess House crystal angel ornaments and a tiny spun glass tree. The tea tree is in the Kitchen, which is decorated in a Christmas tree theme.

I am also using small-scale teacups such as this one by Royal Copenhagen:

I have a variety of additional tea ornaments to add. There is the Spode "Christmas Tree" which was a must-have since that is one of my Christmas dish patterns.

Then there is a teapot and cup and saucer in the Lenox "Holiday" pattern, my more formal holiday china.

I will also include a silverplate tea spoon with figural teapot handle, and a gilt tea spoon with figural teapot handle.
To add to the sparkle, I am also thinking of adding a couple teardrop ornaments from JoAnn from Santa’s Workshop, and a few crystal prisms:

I will also be decorating the tree with a dozen small glass balls, found at a local consignment shop. They are clear glass with iridescent finish.

For the treetop, I’ve selected a vintage angel tree topper. The wings and halo are sparked with glitter. The bottom of her robe is banded in white cotton. The body is white plastic and glows when a light is inserted.

I’m looking forward to receiving my tree so I can set up my tea-themed tree. Have you ever done a tree with teacups and teapots as the theme?

I am linking today’s post to:
Deck the Hall Sunday, hosted by Terri at Artful Affirmations
Tea Cup Tuesday, is co-hosted by Martha at Martha’s Favorites and Terri at Artful Affirmations.
Tea For Two Tuesday at the Plumed Pen.
Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday with Wanda Lee and Pam at The Silken Purse and at Breath of Fresh Air.
Tea Party Tuesday hosted by Trisha at Sweetology.
Tea Time Tuesday hosted by Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.
Tuesday Cuppa Tea hosted by Ruth at Antiques and Teacups.

Flaunt It Friday hosted by Kate at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating.

Show and Tell Friday hosted by Cindy at My Romantic Home.

Home for the Holidays hosted on Fridays by Carrie at The Corson Cottage


Trish - Sweetology101 said...

This was a joy to read! Your tree of tea cups fills my heart as it reminds me so of my mom who does something similar and I am like a little girl full of excitement when I first see it each yr and try to see which are new! Lovely tea set as well...thx so much for sharing.

Antiques And Teacups said...

LOVE your tea themed tree Carrie. How cute! Glad you could get it to stand up...wouldn't want it to spill the tea! Thanks for linking...I haven't gotten the tree up yet! Better get going! We've been working on the outside!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I think your tea cup tree is just lovely!!
I have a lot of different tea cup ornaments but they are all on different trees! '
I have Thomas Kinkaide Tea Cup and Tea Pot ornaments on my Den tree..


Snap said...

What fun! A tea cup tree for Christmas. A dear friend gave me a teacup ornament last year and I'm looking forward to using it. Nothing says Christmas like Spode!!! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Carrie,
Your tea things are all very sweet and they will look lovely on your new tree. I usually do a teacup tree every year although like you, I have trouble keeping the tree from being too top heavy with the ornaments. Can't wait to see yours! You have a wonderful assortment of ornies to put on it. It's going to be fabulous! Wishing you a splendid day.


Laurel said...

Oh now that tea cup tree is sweet!

Terri said...

A tea cup tree! Wow, that is so wonderful! I love all the tea cups, and the angel is so retro and so adorable. Next year, I think I will do a tea cup tree too! Thanks so much for your inspiring post.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I am doing a tea cup Christmas tree this year. I hope mine turns out as cute as yours. Hugs, Martha

Zaa said...

Ha Ha Cindy ..

What a delightful idea... I love themed trees ...OMG ... such sweet little ornaments too... the Angel is the perfect topper. You've got me excited with so much to see... Twinkle twinkle little Teacup tree... LOVE IT !!!! Hugs

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very pretty tea cup tree! I haven't put mine up in a few years and won't this year as we aren't having company.

I enjoyed reading about the tea books below too. I have some of them.


The Corson Cottage said...

Happy Holidays! Thanks for linking up to our link party. Carrie

Jacqueline said...

This is such a cute idea. I love little theme trees. What a fun way to display a collection.