Many people consider entertaining a stress-inducing hassle and would rather go out to a party than host one. My grandmother, on the other hand, throws great parties and enjoys doing it! In recent years, her parties have become numbered and the expectations changed. Grandma's once all-inclusive Thanksgiving dinner, for example,has taken on a potluck style as her age and arthritis prevent her from hosting the way she used to.
With its traditional, comfortable and social associating, tea service is the most direct example of the intersection between the elderly user group and the love of entertaining. The embarrassment of losing the ability to cook and ultimately entertain is embodied by the tea set as the act of serving is tedious to begin with, made exponentially more difficult with deteriorating hand function. The inevitable clatter of cup on saucer is serves as both embarassing evidence and unnecessary reminder of the server's condition.