The late Mr. O-P had a darling set of demitasse cups. It seemed strange that a guy like him would have had something so delicate, when he generally drank his coffee out of a rather hefty mug. But, I suppose he found these somewhere, they pleased him, and he bought them. They are China, very delicate, each cup with the name of a foreign hotel. One of these days I'm going to get them out and share them with you, but for the moment they are on a high shelf in the far back of a cabinet because we never used them, what's more, I'm not so sure that he ever used them. So, in my mind, that wasn't a good purchase. It's not that we didn't drink espresso, we did, and these cups would have been perfect, but the handles were small, and they just felt rather awkward in hand.
With this in mind, it would probably seem strange then that I bought a set of demitasse cups on my own. Hold on, I'll explain. I am crazy about Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plates, and have long wanted a set of cups and saucers, because I'm one of those people who isn't particularly fond of a mug for morning coffee. It just seems so much more civilized to me first thing in the morning drinking out of a cup.
When I spotted this set, I ran them by friend and tablescape blogger, Marigene Purcell, to see what she thought. A big collector of Bordallo, she told me that she had a set of these, but warned me that they were very tiny. Obviously I bought them anyway because I just love cuteness.
I am very happy with my purchase because I can see a lot of uses for these. I can envision them filled with cold soup, or, perhaps fruit salad, or a pea salad. They might look lovely filled with tiny, seasonal blossoms, one at each place setting for a ladies luncheon or tea.
How would you use these if you had a set? I'm open for ideas, although I seem to keep coming up with my own. Wouldn't chocolate mousse be grand served in something like this (rather than my usual of just dipping it straight from the mixing bowl)? Give me your thoughts. You may see your idea in a future blog post.
(People always ask me where I store everything. My answer is generally, "Everywhere!" and this proves it. Here are four of these cups perched on top of a desk in my office.)
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