18 Years On

It has been 18 years since The China Cabinet was first established and I can’t believe how quickly those years have gone by. I’d like to say a big thank you, to all of you, my lovely customers, who make this business possible. I’ve always said I’ve got the best job ever. I always meet nice people doing nice things.

What are some of the events I have supplied to over the past couple of months?

One request came for china for an afternoon tea party at a retirement village, followed by another retirement village celebrating a special anniversary. Then came a request for silverware for a photo shoot at the stunning Larnach Castle in Dunedin. Two baby shower events followed, then china for an office shout morning tea, then a booking for silver candlesticks and candelabra’s for a wedding in Queenstown. A 60th birthday celebration saw the silver urns and trays being used (pictures below). A 90th birthday luncheon had the china plates, side plates, cups & saucers and tiered cake plates out.

Indulging my passion

A request for a large amount of silverware, suitable for a huge banquet event, allowed me to indulge my passion for trawling the op shops for suitable pieces to add to those I already had. Let me tell you, there are some gorgeous pieces of silver out there, unloved and just waiting to be polished and given new life. I like to think I’m doing my bit for recycling and reusing.

Brass candlesticks, crystal vases and napkins went to a wedding on Banks Peninsula and silver candlesticks, crystal vases and cake stands went to another here in Christchurch. The china teacups made an appearance once again at Frocktails Christchurch (pictures below). An event where attendees dress up in a ‘me made’ outfit. If you google Frocktail events, you’ll see they’re held worldwide. Preparations are also in hand for a display at the upcoming Bloom Bridal Show at The Tannery in August and the Hats and High Tea charity event at The George In October.

What’s next?

My husband, who many of you have met as my part time helper, has finally retired and we are taking a long awaited holiday overseas. We are travelling to Europe and the UK and as this will be for a period of 3 months, I’ve decided The China Cabinet will be closed from July 15th until the end of October, but I’ll be back and excited to continue after that.

Christchurch Frocktails 2024 Event

Kind words

“The China Cabinet is a china lover’s paradise. Maureen has taken care in ensuring she has the most beautiful collection of fine china pieces for people to enjoy and use, her collection range goes far wider than any other person’s collection I have seen. Maureen’s pieces are perfectly intact and are always delivered in person. She offers to help set up her china for events to ensure it is always looking ‘just right’. I have used her pieces for a variety of different events/occasions, from high teas, lunches and afternoon teas and I would never look anywhere else again when it comes to hiring china.”

“The China Cabinet has the most beautiful vintage tea sets! Maureen never fails to provide an extremely smooth and reliable service! She always goes above and beyond! We have loved hiring from her for our Women in Engineering high tea events over the years and will continue to do so!”

“Thanks for having the most amazing hire products that have been so beautifully cared for! Everyone adored using the teacups and Tracey Allsopp Photography couldn’t get enough of those champagne glasses! You were so wonderful to deal with 🥰”

“I love your china so much. I have been following you for ages and I was always going to be using your china at my wedding.  I actually had you on Pinterest before I even had a fiancé 😂”

“I have hired silver trays, tea pots, cake stands and champagne glasses for high tea fundraisers and birthday parties. Everything was well organised and reasonably priced. Highly recommended!”

“Fantastic selection of china! Such fun selecting each piece for my daughter’s first birthday, will definitely hire from here again.”

“Maureen has an impressive China collection and was a absolute pleasure to deal with from initial enquiries through to collection & recipe advice. Thank you!”

“This event was a great success last year and your gorgeous tea sets really elevate the high tea experience.”

“I have hired from The China Cabinet several times and have been impressed with both the quality of china and other items for hire, and the impeccable customer service provided by Maureen. The whole process of selecting china to pickup/delivery is stress free every time and the china is top quality – no chips or cracks or wear. My guests have always been “wowed” by the beautiful china. I highly recommend Maureen and The China Cabinet.”

“Honestly could not have been happier. There is everything you could ever hope to hire for a tea party at The China Cabinet and the array of options to select from is seemingly endless! When it comes to tea and china, Maureen is passionate and knows exactly what she’s doing which made the whole process so much fun and so easy. She was so wonderful to work with – having an amazing collection of very pretty and high quality china, and is also such a lovely person. Could not recommend working with The China Cabinet enough.”