Just like dinner parties, afternoon tea has been having something of a revival over the last couple of years. However, we know how pricy it can be, especially after an excessive Christmas. So, why not create afternoon tea in the comfort of your own home? It’s a fun entertaining option and a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends. But first, make sure you’ve got the kit to be the perfect host.
From contemporary Royal Doulton plates to Emma Bridgewater cake stands, we've scoured around for some of the best items for your perfect afternoon tea at home. Whether you like your crockery to be cute or kitsch, we have something for everyone.
Pretty and practical, the Regency era 3-tier cake stand is a great little piece to have on any table. It is reasonably priced compared to other stands on the market. While the Wilko floral mug is a steal with its tiny price tag and elegant design.
10 best tea party pieces
10 best tea party pieces
1/10 Regency 3-tier cake stand, £15.99
Recreate Pride and Prejudice in your living room with this pretty ceramic and metal cake stand. Each tier is decorated with a delicate Regency-era design. Elizabeth Bennett, eat your heart out.
2/10 MW Kimono three-piece set, £39.95
This Eastern-inspired design makes for a striking set. There’s a matching cake plate and stand and the range comes in different colours - put assorted pieces together for an eclectic look.
3/10 Melody Rose Models bone china teacup and saucer, £32
If your tea set is going to be on display, this cheeky print from the British designer Melody Rose is just the ticket. The teacup and saucer is a little work of art. And there’s a teapot and matching plates in the range.
4/10 Leila Duly Hummingbird tea tray, £5.95
With all the cups, plates, pots and cakes, afternoon tea calls for a tray. And you can’t beat this striking one for value. The bright flower and hummingbird print by the London-based designer Leila Duly will add colour to your table and it’s plastic, so spillages aren’t a problem.
5/10 Polka Dot cake stand,£59.95
Emma Bridgewater is known for her homely British-inspired designs and this cheery dotty pattern in muted colours is made for a farmhouse-style kitchen. The robust cake comport is ideal for holding one larger bake or an assortment of little treats.
6/10 Sophie Richardson Tea Cosy teapot, £48
Sophie Richardson creates pretty, hand-drawn designs on British-made pottery. This fun teapot has a hand-painted lid – choose from cherry pink or turquoise – and with a 2l capacity, enough for six cups, it’s pleasingly large.
7/10 Wilko Balance Floral mug, £2
For anyone entertaining on a budget, these pretty floral-patterned mugs look much more expensive than their £2 price-tag. The range also includes cups and saucers, a teapot, plates and a sandwich tray – you could kit yourself out for tea for four for under 20 quid.
8/10 Royal Doulton Street Art Nick Walker plates, £65
Royal Doulton is known for its classic, elegant designs. These in-your-face plates, part of a new collaboration with the British street artist Nick Walker, couldn’t be further from that image. Striking and pleasingly different, they’ll look as good on your wall as they do holding the cakes.
9/10 Joanna Wood Tea For Me cup and teapot, £25.50
Don’t let anyone tell you a tea party can’t be for one. This cup-and-pot combo makes a lovely pressie for a cuppa connoisseur. We like this sweet pale blue cup but it also comes in light green and pink.
10/10 Concetta teapot, £24.50
With its kitsch and colourful design, this elegant bone china pot with gold accents manages to look modern and classic in one pretty package. Matching teacups, saucers, mugs and plates are also available.