The result, I now have a collection of over 40 tea cups, most of which saw very little use for many years. Now, I love to see all of the cups I spent 15 years hunting for, lined up in various shapes and sizes, and finally getting used! Yes, occasionally one gets broken, but it is worth the risk to see the joy in a 3 year olds eyes when she gets to drink from a fancy cup like the big girls. If you cannot scrounge enough tea cups from parish members to work, be on the lookout for a deal. Often you can find a set of tea cups in flea market shops for very little expense. As for tea, over the years we have used a variety of things. The first few years we served lemonade, then apple juice, and this year I made a sweet chai tea, with apple juice for those who did not care for the tea. Plates - I guess I have to confess I have an unnatural love of dishes. I have tried this year to begin to reduce the number of dishes I own, but my blue and white plates are used on a daily basis, so they are a keeper. I have over 40 of them, collected from antique stores as well as received as gifts. This year, my little dimples' godmother also donated a set of lovely floral dishes, so we used them mixed in with the blue and white plates.