Nothing quite says home like the warm steam from a hot cup of tea or the familiar aroma of a fresh brewed pot of coffee. Create a vintage tea cart with this easy shopping guide to offer your guests a classy taste of home.
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I use my vintage tea cart regularly because it is where I keep my espresso machine (review of our Nespresso Lattissima Plus here), but when we have company or host a larger party I love that I can extend the wings and set it up with more beverage options. This is a shopping guide with tons of ideas on how to create a vintage tea cart that is perfect for offering your guests a warm taste of home. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) and enjoy some creative shopping!
Create a Vintage Tea Cart #1 – The Cart
There are many vintage tea cart options that range from industrial to Victorian. Browse these 6 cart ideas below or explore Ebay for an antique tea cart that you can refinish yourself as I did. Before and after photo below.
If you would like to buy an antique coffee cart and restore it yourself as I did go to http://www.ebay.com and search “vintage tea cart.” You can also explore local used furniture stores.
Here is mine before and after.
Also explore Pinterest for ideas to refinish a vintage tea cart. You can do it!
Create a Vintage Tea Cart #2 – Coffee Urn
I love my vintage coffee urn! It dates to the 1920s. I found it on Ebay by searching “vintage coffee urn.” This one was already restored when I bought it. The options are endless, and if you find one that you like but the glass lid is cracked (this is very common) search Ebay for a replacement lid as they are not hard to find since it is such a common issue. Make sure the electric cord is not frayed or has been restored. Or find an oil flame urn!! I fill mine with decaf coffee for larger evening parties and let people use the Keurig for regular cups. As I said I keep my espresso machine on the cart regularly, but I switch it out with my Keurig for larger parties. This also frees up more of my kitchen counter top where I set up a drink station.
You can also find simple plug-in coffee urns on Amazon.
If you are having a smaller party, instead of a coffee urn you could consider setting out a vintage French Press. I absolutely LOVE French Press coffee, and they are the perfect addition to a vintage tea cart.
Or if you want an option to serve tea to a large group of people try this gorgeous glass Samovar Tea Maker.
Create a Vintage Tea Cart #3 – Cream and Sugar
I actually inherited these from Zach’s grandmother. A vintage cream and sugar set is not hard to find, and I have another set in copper that I found at a thrift store. Or you can buy new to look old!
Create a Vintage Tea Cart #4 – Spoons
Stirring spoons in a glass dish add a touch of class. These came in a set of vintage cocktail glasses, but it is not hard to find antique spoons at local thrift stores or even search on Ebay. I love the vintage appearing sets below.
Create a Vintage Tea Cart #5 – Tea Box
This tea box was a bamboo utensil organizer that I wrapped in lace and added the decal to the front. I wanted something small to be able to leave on the cart. Utensil organizers are actually the perfect size for tea bags. However, if you are a huge tea lover I think that vintage styled tea boxes are rich with old world charm, and they make me want to get one because they simply make my organizer’s heart happy!
Create a Vintage Tea Cart #6 – Hot Chocolate Tin
This was initially an herb planter, but it was actually the perfect size for hot chocolate packets. I placed them forward facing horizontally but they fit perfectly side to side as well for storing vertically like the tea box.
Create a Vintage Tea Cart #7 – Miscellaneous Items
I created these syrup bottle covers using scrap fabric. I folded the edges under with hot glue and glued them onto the bottles. When these are done I rinse them out and refill them. Easy and cute.
You probably noticed our espresso machine. I use this several times a week, and we absolutely love it (Review of our Lattissima Plus automated espresso machine here). For a party I would actually switch this out with our Keurig because it is the all in one beverage cart machine! Dispenses hot water for the hot chocolate and the tea and then I fill the urn with coffee.
Last, but not least, I highly recommend finding a set of antique tea cups to serve with your cart! I line them up on my antique buffet for added effect 😉
A vintage tea cart can be a functional yet beautiful way of adding old-world charm to any gathering. Be creative and share what you came up with!! I would love to see your ideas!
Create a Vintage Tea Cart Shopping List:
- Tea cart
- Coffee urn/French press/Samovar Tea Maker
- Cream and sugar set
- Stirring spoons
- Tea box
- Hot chocolate tin
- Misc items – syrup cover fabric, coffee maker, antique tea cups