It's Tea Time! The Perfect Products for Tea Lovers
Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday on the 14th of November. Accordingly, he hosted a tea party for 70 other fellow exceptional septuagenarian at St. James' Palace.
Of course, not only the royal family celebrates tea time! It's the perfect way to relax with family and friends, especially in the autumn and winter months when it gets cold and dark particularly early.
Cosy up with comprigo and get the best tips for planning a charming afternoon tea party.
The History of Afternoon Tea
While the British are particularly well-known for drinking tea, there are plenty of other countries which incorporate tea in their everyday lives, rituals and traditions. The specific practice of English afternoon tea was first introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The duchess gradually invited her friends to partake in tea and snacks and to share stories, which eventually led to the practice being popularised in British culture.
So, are you ready to celebrate this age-old tradition? We'll help you get started! Here are some of our favourite tea-time products and accessories for three different themes: minimalist, romantic, and playful.
Christmas is already in a few weeks - maybe you’d like to celebrate with a no-frills advent tea party, despite all the tinsel and glitter? We’ve got you covered. A Scandinavian decorative style is a great option for this type of tea time: simple, elegant and wonderfully light. It relies on solid colours and geometric shapes and looks great with any light wood patterns or furniture. So if you have a wooden table, show it off!
This classic tea set from Sweejar Home is a must for any British family looking for the perfect traditional tea service. It includes 6 teacups, saucers and teaspoons, as well as a teapot, a stainless steel tea strainer, a sugar bowl and a milk jug. Made of porcelain and available in white, pink and purple, this set makes a great addition to any home or the perfect gift for a tea-loving friend.
This insulated tea maker serves two purposes: the tea is brewed directly into the pot and kept warm thanks to the isolation of the pot itself. Available in five different colours, it’s only 22 cm high: which means it isn’t too bulky to place on a beautifully set table. Serious tea lovers could even take this with them to the office or on vacation. One slight disadvantage: the pot should be washed by hand. However, the strainer is removable and dishwasher-safe.
Snacks are served: Cakes, biscuits and sandwiches all find their own place on this cake stand, with three layers to feast from. The design is, as minimalists would love it, monochrome. The Tea-Tower is 22 cm high, the perfect size for a 4-person dining table. If you have a large table for more guests, it might be worth it to purchase two. We find, by the way, that white plates compliment colourful macaroons very well. Oh, and when the stand isn’t being used for food purposes, it’s a great way to store knick-knacks or jewellery.
Hammershøi’s porcelain candlesticks are available in various shapes, heights and colours. Petrol, however, is a particularly popular colour in modern decorating. It looks especially nice when combined with other candle holders from the same brand. Create a luminous little group with a set of 3 or 4, but remember to only use white candlesticks: otherwise, you risk your table appearing too busy or confusing.
Elegant and sustainable: linen napkins. They are, of course, of much higher quality than paper napkins and can be reused for years. Simply put them in the washing machine, let them dry and iron - and you're ready for the next gourmet snack. These napkins are 45 x 45 cm in size and also come in a washed-out grey or brown on the table. You can spruce up these simple napkins with a small branch of eucalyptus or a fine ribbon wrapped around it. It’s best to order a colour that coordinates with your napkins or tea service.
No tea-time is complete without the appropriate snacks. These shortbread cookies from Cartwright & Butler come in an elegant reusable tin and go perfectly with a cup of tea. While they can be enjoyed at your own gathering, they are also a great gift for any friend or fellow tea-party host.
This delectable Earl Grey from The Tea Makers of London has a medium strong, fresh and slightly tart aroma with a hint of citrus and bergamot. This loose-leaf tea is premium quality and comes packed in an attractive black tin caddy. Enjoy after steeping 200 ml of water brewed at 100 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes.
You want to celebrate your tea time like Kate and William - or our new favourite couple Meghan and Harry? Stylish, traditional and with a touch of royal luxury? Flowery patterns, playful elements, and splendid colours paired with gold on porcelain radiate a traditional tea-time atmosphere. When you're setting the table, you can go all out. Fresh flower bouquets create the perfect atmosphere. Don’t forget a white tablecloth, perhaps with a bit of lace! Maybe grandma will lend you one of her antique sugar jars? This look inspires a feeling of nostalgia and romance.
This tea service includes a teapot, 6 teacups, saucers and teaspoons. It evokes the feeling of having afternoon tea in an English country house. Porcelain with romantic rose print and gold filigree is displayed on a metal stand.
Invoke a romantic Japanese style with this rather small teapot of white porcelain, decorated with a filigree cherry blossom print. 700 ml of tea fit into the pot, ideal for tea for two. The teapot has a tea strainer that can be removed, and the pot itself has a practical hinged lid.
This cake stand with a fine golden rim and a floral print could fit perfectly in grandma's house, and goes well with our romantic retro look. The plates are a light cream-coloured porcelain, and the golden rounds off the royal look.
The shimmer of candles creates a romantic atmosphere. Make tea-time into a tea date with these golden tealight holders. Keep in mind, they are only about 6 cm high, so could get lost in a complicated table set-up. Here's a tip: just place one tealight holder per guest and a decorative flower bouquet in the middle.
How adorable are these paper napkins? Use this delicate design to add a cute touch to any tea party.
Scones are an absolute must for any tea time. Add some orange marmalade or clotted cream after baking these classic scones from Green's.
For tea beginners: here's a beautiful selection of 9 bestselling teas from Heavenly Tea Leaves. The flavours included are: Green Tea, China Green Tea, Black Tea, Flavored Black Tea, White Tea, Herbal Tea, Flavored Rooibos Tisane, and Rooibos Herbal Tisane. It's even packed in an eco-friendly gift box!
For the Young at Heart
Are you uninterested in a minimalist or romantic tea party? The following products are anything but classic. This theme of afternoon tea is great for kids, casual get-togethers or just as unique kitchen conversation starters. Anything goes, as long as you like it! Colourful, diverse and unpredictable: a one-of-a-kind tea experience.
This tea or coffee cup from Miss Etoile inspires an innocent atmosphere at any tea party. Founded in Copenhagen in 2008, Miss Etoile has plenty of playful products to bring a light, whimsical touch to your table or kitchen.
A real conversation starter, this teapot from Hausmann & Söhne is decorated with two faces and two large red hearts topped off with the phrase “I Love You“ written in cursive. Some may find it a bit cheesy, but we think it's an interesting and unique addition to anyone's home. It could also make a sweet, romantic gift.
Looking for something cute to lighten the mood at your tea party? Look no further! This ceramic plate is held up by three little rabbits, a nostalgic throwback to the adventures of Peter Rabbit. Serve tasty treats such as the aforementioned scones or biscuits on this charming addition to your kitchen.
Finally, for those who'd like a funny touch to their afternoon tea: this little sloth makes a perfect tea infuser: he's made of silicon and 100% BPA free! How does it work? Just fill up his belly with loose-leaf tea and let him steep in your favourite teacup, then enjoy! These infusers are also available as a cat, platypus, or hippopotamus.