Idea: A quaint old adage in fancy-schmancy script. Could do other language(s) with English translation on bottom of cup, or on the part of saucer covered by cup. A variety of sizes shapes would become a matched set if all were painted same color.
High tea: vintage flowery teacups filled with flowers. Tea roses are a perfect choice. Mis-matched teacups can be found in flea markets, or estate sales.