We’ve all heard the statistic that 50% of marriages end in divorce. Well, believe it or not, there are breakups when it comes to teacups too. Most of those separations are caused by a syndrome known as “butterfingers” or “Drunk uncle at Christmas dinner”. And from tragedy springs new unions or second marriages for your teacup and saucer.

I personally handle hundreds of teacups and saucers each year and inevitably accidents happen. So what is there to do when a piece gets broken. Rather than discarding the remaining piece you can match it with a piece that is close to the original. This is what is known as second marriages for your teacup and saucer.

Matchy-Matchy Or Not

I tend to be someone you might call “matchy-matchy”. I like when things match. I prefer matched china patterns, socks that match and all manner of items that coordinate. If you let go of that notion that everything has to match perfectly, you can come up with a stellar tablescape.

Combing different patterns, brands, colors, shapes and styles can really change the feel of your table. Mixing and matching can take it from fun to elegant and everywhere between. As long as your pieces are in great condition and free from chips, cracks, or crazing, let your imagination run wild!

There are several approaches to making a new match. Look below to see what we have done with a Royal Albert Forget Me Not teacup in need of a mate. In the first picture, we played it safe by pairing our teacup with a white Shelley saucer. It’s safe, a bit boring but it works. In the second picture, we’ve taken the dominant blue from the forget-me-not flowers in the teacup and found a Royal Albert Rainbow Series saucer in a similar shade of blue. In the last photo, our same teacup has been paired with a Windsor saucer having the same flowers.

Picking a Dominate Color

Once you’ve given up on finding a perfect match for your orphan teacup or saucer, there are a few ways that you can approach picking a new companion.

Picking a Coordinating or Accent Color

In our example below, we chose the accent color on the Royal Albert Prudence plate and paired it with a yellow teacup and Royal Albert Rainbow Series yellow side plate. The color scheme is perfect for Easter brunch with friends. Other combinations of pastel colors can give a soft and inviting touch to your table.


Picking similar florals in both color and shape is what we did in the photograph below combining an Elizabethan teacup with a Salisbury saucer.

If you want to get a little wild, just put them all together because I firmly believe that there are no mistakes when it comes to beautiful china. Wheyher you mix florals or mix colors, remember the goal is to use it because I promise, life is too short to worry about whether or not your china matches. In fact, there is a fantastic article that was published in the Washington Post about the comeback that china is making in both homes and restaurants. Read all about it here

Do you enjoy mixing it up when you entertain family and friends? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Join us next week for a review of Tea and Cake, a local tea room located in Almonte, Ontario.

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