A colleague was recently mentioning the difficulty encountered when trying to organise a ‘1940s’ Tea Party for elderly relatives celebrating a very significant anniversary.  The problem had been in acquiring exactly the right style of tea plates and matching cake stands of the correct design for the times.  There are very few second hand shops around these days – due to the sheer volume of sales on a certain online auction site.  The local charity sops had not been able to offer a great deal either.  Such was the level of anxiety that it was heading toward a crisis meeting to change plans for the surprise party.

The solution came from one fantastic online gift and homeware supplier who has an absolutely fantastic range of gifts and themes available.  Sometimes they can source things to match existing sets too.  Their ideas are always inspirational and a visit online to browse is never a wasted hour.