Drinking tea is still a national institution. Nothing else can quite bring acquaintances together in the same way. Who hasn't exchanged a bit of gossip and news with a good friend over a cuppa and a slice of cake? We've been doing it as long as there's been tea and china. So let's celebrate the custom of afternoon tea. Set the scene, arrange your table and show off your tea set. Invite your close companions and enjoy an hour of good natured refreshment.
Taking tea has never been the preserve of high society and the rich. Tea brings us together. It's universal appeal managed to transcend the barriers of class and income. Afternoon tea is a ritual open to everyone. Serve it from fine translucent china in a dainty teacup and experience the delicacy of good taste all year round.
You'll want to serve your cucumber sandwiches and strawberry shortcakes on an exquisite English china tea plate. The elegant set shown above is by Royal Standard 'Harry Wheatcroft' Roses. It's as pretty as a summer's day.
There are so many gorgeous patterns available that each of your friends can use the teacup that appeals to them most. Knowing that grandma and her grandma may very well have used the very same cups and saucers is a wonderfully nostalgic feeling. Many things have changed over the last hundred years, but there is also comfort and connection in consistency.
When the evenings draw in and nights become long, what better way to bring in the essence of summer with this Royal Albert 'Louise Marie' teacup filled with a rose scented candle? When the candle is finished it can be added to your tea set or used decoratively by popping in a tea light.
Granny probably didn't have a teacup on the top of her cake stand but I'm sure she would have approved. Ever since the revival in the story of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party we each want to own something a little bit quirky and most certainly unique. The beauty of finding one off vintage pieces is that you can guarantee that you will own something that no one else will have. Why enjoy one gorgeous pattern when you can ten or twenty?
There are a variety of cup shapes available. The above is a Royal Albert 'Moss Rose' teacup in the 'Montrose' shape. It's extremely elegant and reminds me of a tulip flower. It has a lovely tactile feel and fits beautifully in the hand. Well, let's be honest, who holds the cup by the handle with their pinky finger pointing out? Oh you do? You are very refined ladies.
If you're seeking a vintage tea set for your own afternoon tea party we have a superb collection for you to choose from. We carefully select colours and patterns to create our beautiful tea sets and match the cake stands, jugs and sugar bowls and teapots too. Please do take a moment to look in our ebay and notonthehighstreet shops. We will have our own website shop available at the end of August.
....and don't forget. Make time for tea!