Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Victorian Style

How do you fancy a spot of tea with the Queen? Okay I'm not talking about our reigning monarch Elizabeth. We're not posh enough to be invited to the Palace for afternoon tea. I'm referring to Queen Victoria. Let's go back to a bygone era when corsets were tight and manners impeccable. We have some delightful tea sets dating back to Victorian times. The porcelain has a lovely old tactile feel to it. It's hard to describe unless you actually pick it up and hold it in your hands. Delicate and fine. Light as a feather. Perfectly imperfect. There's a cliché which much to my alarm I catch myself saying with increasing frequency. "They don't make 'em like this anymore!" However, it's true. They really don't.

antique yellow teacups saucers and tea platesThese beautiful teacups wouldn't look at all out of place in a smart tea room. We don't have one of those in our local vicinity so we prefer simply to take our tea at home from an exquisite tea cup. They don't come any more authentic than these. For the effect of full splendour you could arrange them beautifully on a silver tea tray and serve the tea from a silver teapot.

antique yellow and gold cake standWe've put together a matching cake stand for your dainty bakes and savouries. Topped of course, with a matching teacup to fill up with sweets.

mixed antique pink and yellow tea setIf you prefer to mix and match then you will love this eclectic antique set. There's a gorgeous rose garland and a pretty pink and yellow teacup in this tea set for three.

2 tier antique pretty pink cake stand This two tier antique cake stand completes the look. Present your cupcakes and whoopie pies in Victorian style. Just don't forget the silver spoons!

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