To throw a tea party you need tea cups, but don’t fear. Tea cups can be found in charming mismatched bunches at your local thrift store. You can find whole sets at Estate sales, garage sales, and on Craigslist. Just keep your eye open. Or, if you don’t want to spend any money, ask guests to bring their own tea cup to share. Whether mug, or fancy china, it will give people a reason to actually use great aunt Sally’s gaudy china.

Don’t worry about matching. An eclectic blend of old and new tea cups and china will give your party a country cottage feel. If you don’t have enough china, round it out with plain white, round dishes. Mix and match plain white with china, in your serving dishes and the dishes and cups you give to your guest.