Cup of Cheer™
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Save The Date!
Our 59th Annual Cup of Cheer™ House Walk, Holiday Market & Tea will be
2021 Holiday Market Teasers
Each ticket holder receives a commemorative teacup and saucer at the Tea. Please view our entire teacup/saucer collection.
Cup of Cheer™ Teacup History
In 1961, Mrs. H. W. Hauser, President of the Club, conceived the idea of a Christmas Tea, where each member and guest was presented with a teacup and saucer as a memento of the party. Tickets sold for $1.25 and handmade decorations, wreaths and gift items were displayed and sold. This was such a successful event that plans commenced for an annual Christmas “Cup O’ Cheer” as a fundraising event. Although the fundraiser has evolved over the years from Cup O’ Cheer to today’s Cup of Cheer™, receiving a fine bone china teacup and saucer with the price of a ticket is a time honored and much looked forward to tradition. At least one member has collected a cup from every Cup of Cheer™. In 2011, the Club distributed a commemorative Christmas pattern in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cup of Cheer™.
Originally, teacups were imported from English fine bone china factories by way of Canada. In the early 1990’s, purchasing the teacups from a local retailer made delivery easier but proved not to be cost effective. In 1999 a wholesale distributor was contracted and until 2013 the Club purchased cups through a direct import wholesale process from factories in England. The manufacturing process involved unglazed china from India exported to England for decal application. Then the teacups were shipped to the United States, checked through east coast customs, trucked to the Club’s workshop and stored until the Cup of Cheer™ fundraiser. This enabled the cost of the event ticket to remain relatively stable over the years.
The decals on the cup and saucer are selected to offer collectors a different pattern each year. Historically, retailers were not capable of separating one decal choice from a group of teacups and saucers offered as sets. This meant that the Cup of Cheer™ offered several patterns from which to choose in the same year. A benefit of a custom direct import process has been the ability to select a singular design on 1000 cups and saucers.
The price of fine bone china has increased over the years compared to the option of switching to porcelain. In 2013 the Club began dealing with a west coast wholesale distributor that deals with bone china and porcelain manufactured in China. The Club annually evaluates the option of presenting teacups and saucers based on decal design, teacup shape and price. Teapots, dessert plates and mugs have been offered on occasion.
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Would you like your home featured on the Cup of Cheer™ House Walk? Don’t be shy—we want to hear from you! We preview homes and talk with homeowners starting in January of each year.
If you are interested, please contact our Cup of Cheer™ Chairperson.