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Teapots, cups and cake stands: 10 best tea party pieces

Why pay for afternoon tea out when you can do it at home in style? We round up the prettiest teapots, plates, cups and cake stands
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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. 

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1. Regency 3-tier cake stand, £15.99

2. MW Kimono three-piece set, £39.95

3. Melody Rose Models bone china teacup and saucer, £32

4. Leila Duly Hummingbird tea tray, £5.95

5. Polka Dot cake stand, £59.95

6. Sophie Richardson Tea Cosy teapot, £48

7. Wilko Balance Floral mug, £2

8. Royal Doulton Street Art Nick Walker plates, £65

9. Joanna Wood Tea For Me cup and teapot, £25.50

10. Concetta teapot, £24.50