My mother's collection of teacups includes a set of cups with matching side plates which are great for serving a small finger sandwich or a selection of cookies or cake. I love the delicate flowers and nice feel of the handle. My sister and I grew up having tea in real china cups and my aunt would sometimes read the tea leaves. She was a good story teller and we loved the experience. This set has gone unused for some time and I think it is time to get it out and invite some friends over for tea!