At Girls Afternoon Tea we are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting afternoon teas. However, an afternoon tea party is not just about the fresh finger sandwiches and delicious sweet treats. Your crockery can be just as much a show stopper as your best baked cake. Here we turn the tables and have selected a few of our favourite teacup and saucer sets that we think would add a stylish flair to any afternoon tea party.
Miss Etoile Teacup and Saucer Sets
Say bonjour to Miss Etoile, a quirky, feminine character who emits a little ooh la la reflecting the glamour of a Parisian boudoir. You can imagine being a guest at her tea party – lively, funny, surrounded by fashionable people and exceedingly chic. This French inspired teacup and saucer set definitely reflects the magic of the much loved children’s classic, Beauty and the Beast.
Miss Etoile’s companions include carefully crafted porcelain teapots, mugs and teacups and saucers with her eyes open and closed. We think she would be the belle of the ball at any afternoon tea party.
The Miss Etoile teacup and saucer sets and other teaware is available from Twinings. Prices start at £12.60 for an open eyed mug. Definitely one for our Christmas list this year.
Wedgwood Tea Garden Teacup and Saucer
Wedgwood have been crafting the finest bone china since 1759. This beautiful collection, Butterfly Bloom, brings the outdoors to life with its vintage floral designs and patterns inspired from the Wedgwood archives. The colourful patterns and motifs will create a flutter at any tea party.
Delicate teacups and saucers and side plates are paired with matching teapots, sugar bowls and milk jugs. An elegant three tiered cake stand will complete your tea collection. For those who prefer to clasp their hands around a warming mug of tea, their colourful mugs will sit nicely alongside your teacups and saucers.
Prices start at £28 for a china mug. The tea garden teacup and saucer set would be a welcome gift for any tea lover.
A classic culinary institution our Girls Afternoon Tea audience love the exquisite ambience of Fortnum and Mason’s iconic tea salon. Afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason is served on the delightful pale blue and white platters of the St James Eau de Nil China range. Why not continue your Fortnum and Mason afternoon tea experience by starting your own collection of this delicate range.
If you prefer to snuggle up at home with your hands cupped to a warm brew, the range features a beautiful mug at £35 – a perfect gift for any tea lover.
We’ve even spotted a beautiful shopper charm which would dazzle any bracelet.
Royal Albert Polka dot Blue Teacup and Saucer
We’ve gone dotty for Royal Albert’s Polka dot Blue teacup and saucer set. This feminine pattern blends traditional florals with delicate polka dots. Inspired by the fun-loving forties this gentle blue collection has ruffled detailing with dainty rococo handles and a delicate gold trim.
This Polkadot Blue collection will add a refreshing mix to your afternoon tea party. The range includes teacups and saucers, teapots, side plates, sugar bowl and milk jug along with a beautiful sandwich tray and two tiered cake stand. They even have a gorgeous little trinket box. Prices start at £15 for a mug or blue heart tray.
Pink Hearts Dollies Tea Sets
Why should the grown-ups have all the fun? What child doesn’t like the preparation of their own little tea party or teddy bear picnic. We love this dainty tea set with its rose hearts perfectly packaged in its own little house.
Made from Melamine, youngsters will have great fun pouring imaginary cups of tea, adding sugar and perhaps creating their own miniature cakes and biscuits.
Available from Emma Bridgewater, this children’s tea set is available at £45.