Guest Picks: You are Invited to Top Tea

High tea is one of my favourite indulgences, and hosting you in the home is in my (very) long term aims. Since high tea is about ritual, decadent treats and, of course, the ideal tea, a gorgeous setting is a must. Here are my selections for creating a table worthy of this tea tradition.

— Ally of

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The New English Benday Gold Espresso Cup and Saucer – $115

This gold-dotted espresso cup and saucer are totally modern in design but produced in a conventional batch manufacturing process in England.


Treasure Gold Espresso Cup and Saucer – $190

This sleek white cup and saucer rimmed in gold is a work of art.

Bernardaud Prince Bleu Tea & Coffee Service – $45

Gorgeous blue floral pattern in real cobalt and accented with 24k gold. Befitting of tea, don’t you think?


Bodum Tastea Tea Set in White – $19.95

There is a wonderful zen quality about the simplicity of this tea set from Bodum.

Komon-Sakura Japanese Tetsubin Iron Teapot – $175

Tea just has to taste better poured from this gorgeous teapot. The cherry blossom pattern and the deep blue color are gorgeous.

Solid Patterned Moroccan Glass Tea Cups – $10

Establish an exotic mood with these stone tone glasses with pretty silver leaf arabesque patterns.


Crossroads Tablecloth – $98

A natural cotton tablecloth is trimmed with a perfect grey stripe. It is a fantastic foundation for a gorgeous tabletop.

Matouk Bel Tempo Tablecloth – $529

The best pure lace with three embroidered lines in blue. It will not get more classic or more lavish than that.

European Tableware

Spode Blue Italian Pastry Forks, Boxed Set of 6 – $18.99

These petite pastry forks decorated with landscapes of Italy would be the perfect way to serve dinner. The porcelain handles are in timeless Spode blue.

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Caccia Dessert Fork – $102

I am in love with the simple layout and shape of these dessert forks. Paired with a pretty plate, it would make a very elegant dessert presentation.


Diane von Furstenberg “Animal Garden” Dessert Plate, Set of 4 – $70

Give any tabletop instant design with these animal print plates in bold colours.


L’Objet Perlee White Ramekin – $36

These porcelain ramekins are an elegant way to serve crème brûlée or any other dessert.


Mint Julep Cups – $89.49

You can place anything in a mint julep cup and it is going to look pretty. They are my go-to vessels for flowers.


Martha Stewart Collection Cake Stand, Pierced – $50

Pretty cakes will look even prettier with this cake rack with a frilly border.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Terra Pastry Stands, Set of 3 – $59.99

It is always best to have different heights on a buffet. This set of three stands is perfect for small sandwiches and cakes.

Julia B.

Set of 8 Biarritz Cocktail Napkins – $125

The vibrant hand-embroidered loops are too adorable. And they’re 100 percent linen, which means they feel as good as they seem.


Alistair Napkin, Flora – $8

A pretty napkin like this can produce a tabletop. I would love to see these paired with plain white dishes.

Design Public

Flowie Lawn Napkins Set of two – Royal Purple and White – $38

This layout is subtle but the purple shade gives it pop. It is screen-printed by stitched and hand in California.

Fretwork Tray Table – $348

This is the perfect bar table. It is constructed of timber, the mirrored tray is removable, the legs fold for simple storage and, most importantly, the openwork design is very elegant.

Orange Tea Canister – $25

Made of handmade traditional newspaper and shibori-dyed fabric, this tea canister will seem pretty while keeping your teas fresh.

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