This is not an advertisement for Wilkinsons but it does have some lovely items for decorating the tea table and at not too exorbitant prices as I found out just recently. It also has some lovely practical items to help either make wine, cook, bake and generally is good all round value. I tend to use the store a lot especially for basic items and I always source my winemaking equipment and bits and bobs from there.
Last Christmas I had seen a slate glass domed cheese board at Lakeland which I did not manage to purchase because of the price (I think one was about £40 but I was very taken with it and would have purchased it if I could have). I had not really until then considered slate for use on the dinner or tea table, but that one item made me look at slate in a different way. In the run up to preparing for my mum's birthday celebrations I decided that I would have a look around for some items to add to making the table look more interesting as I always like the table to look nice and over the years I have managed to acquire some lovely pieces that mix and match with anything whether they be sourced from brand new or an acquisition picked up from the charity shop. I look after things, and keep them safely as I was always bought up to be careful with items like this and also to make the table look nice.
I was due to do tea for the family for my mum's 80th birthday celebrations and I decided to have strawberries and cream and also to do a little baking and make some cup cakes and butterfly cakes, some coconut cheesecakes, some shortbread, some apple scone, cheese and bacon twists and sausage rolls (there were 9 destined for tea). I had received some vouchers as a present and in an attempt to make the tea table look a little more attractive I decided to source and buy some new items.
I found some slate serving platters and three tiered cake stands in Wilkinsons. I bought two of each of these as well.
I also located some slate serving trays which will be ideal for savouries/sandwiches. I bought two of these as well.
For the cupcakes I found a couple of Ferris Wheel display stands.
And yes - the ferris wheel does move. I bought two of these.
Sadly I was not well so it did not happen but the items will not go to waste and will fit in well with those items I already have.