Many of us have odd pieces of old china - perhaps a teacup and saucer, a teapot without a lid, mixed dishes and saucers. There are so many uses for these pieces, plus you can put together great friendship or hostess gifts! Even if you don't own any items like mentioned, antique stores and flea markets have an abundance, and if you see something in a beautiful pattern, you won't have to pass it up if you have a great use for it!
A pretty cup and saucer makes a terrific gift for a friend - just place a tea bag and some chocolates or small candle or potpouri inside! If you know your friend's china pattern, seek out a cup and saucer or other piece to add to her set! If you want to spend more, purchase two or three varied cups and saucers - stack them and tie with a pretty bow! What bride-to-be wouldn't want a cup and saucer to match her grandmother's china!
If you find a teapot, coffee pot, or chocolate pot with a missing lid, the price will be right, and it can be filled with a beautiful flower arrangement for a special gift or the center of your own table!
Find a beautiful saucer and purchase a pillar candle or pretty bar of soap to sit on it - tie a bow on the candle or soap - perfect and thoughtful gift!
Plates don't have to match to make a lovely place setting - the next time you serve your friends lunch, mix up your china pieces so that each place setting is different. Set it all on a table covered in a vintage brightly colored printed tablecloth! Fun and inexpensive!
Anyone have more ideas?