Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tea Sets for the Next Generation

When I was young and engaged to be married, casual decor was in. You may remember rustic  furniture, earthenware dishes, browns, greens, rust colors and none of the fancy things our mothers had! My mom suggested I register for fine china, crystal glassware & silverware, but that was silly, I thought. When would I ever use all that fancy stuff?!

Fifteen years down the road, I was kicking myself for not listening to her when others would have purchased that beautiful finery just because they loved me. But, I was young and dumb.

Summertime Rose Bone China Tea Set

At 21, we know everything! By 35, hopefully, we’re beginning to discover how smart mom really is.  She knows the need will eventually arise for lovely things.  As our families grow up, we find ourselves in our mother’s place, hosting holidays and celebrating passages of life that make us want to set out the good china, crystal…and we finally understand!

With bone china,  high quality is an investment. Around here, we think Heirloom English Bone China is the finest, but we’ll save that subject for another post. Superior bone china will stand the test of time and, with care,  be available to the next generation.

English Pansy Bone China Tea Set

In the world of fine bone china tea sets, we’ve noticed that certain patterns seem to have a timeless appeal to them. At Teapots ‘n More, we call those lovely designs classics.

You may be comtemplating the purchase of a fine tea set for yourself, a daughter or perhaps a young bride.  We’d like to suggest the following classic patterns for your consideration. We hope you enjoy the happy job of choosing your pattern. Contact us if we can help!

Classic Bone China Tea Set Designs by Heirloom

Classic Bone China Tea Set Designs by Heirloom

Visit Teapots ‘n More and browse our selection of english bone china tea sets, teapots, tea cups and tea cup trios and much more.

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A Little Lace, A Little Linen

Whether an impromptu kitchen tea or a fancy sit down affair, nothing brightens up the table like a little lace or linen!  It transforms the table and signals to your guests that it’s time to take a breather…be comfortable…put a napkin in your lap…savor your conversation…really enjoy the delights of the hour.

Here are some ideas for easily adding a lace and linen touch:

– Tea in the Living Room (comfy couch and chairs):  Throw a small tablecloth or table runner on the coffee table to transform it.  

– Tea in the Kitchen: Put a tea cozy on the pot, a crocheted lace doily in the center and use cloth napkins.

– Tea in the Dining Room: Fancy tablecloths are always lovely, but you can also make a little go a long way with lace. On a solid color tablecloth, use a lace table runner down the center. Another idea is to lay paper or crocheted lace doilies in an overlapping pattern down the center as a lace table runner. These can be all the same size or different sizes and shapes. Large lace doilies also make for lovely placemats.

– Tea in the Garden: Try a one color theme  such as all white. Layer one or more white table cloths of different lengths, patterns or cloth types. Or introduce one pastel or vivid color layered between a white or cream tablecloth & table topper.

– Tea al Fresco (outdoors): Use a quilt either on an outdoor table or as a picnic blanket and add cloth napkins. If you’re so inclined and setting a table, a  lace or linen table topper or tablerunner would look nice layered over the quilt.

– Other Lace & Linen Ideas:

Wrap a pretty tea towel around your teapot instead of a tea cozy.

Use a bun warmer for your scones or warm savories. 

Use a large lace pillow sham as a table topper.

Try a patterned table cloth with a lace or solid colored topper.

Make layers of table cloths with complimentary colored patterns and sizes such as a floral print, then strips or checks and lace on top.

Whatever you do, you’ll be setting the stage for a lovely party!

You’re invited to visit Teapots ‘n More and browse our selection of linens, teapots, tea accessories, teacups, tea miniatures, teas and more.