Enchanting tea-time table settings

Tea parties are cheap to host and lots of fun - make them extra stylish with our chic table setting ideas

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Pretty as a picture

table settings, china, cup and saucer, afternoon tea Table set with blue glass candlesticks and glasses

Choose china and table linen in cool white, then add bursts of jewel-bright colour with glassware and cutlery.


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Similar Damask Rose tablecloth, from £21 for a 137cm x 137cm, John Lewis. Opal yellow chair (just seen), £30, Bhs. Trend blue chair (just seen), £40, Next. Eames DSW white chair (just seen), £303, The Conran Shop. ON TABLE (left to right): Ollie 31cm cake stand, £30, LSA International. Butterfly napkin rings, £8 each, Nina Campbell. Ayana floral tea cup and saucer, £14, Anthropologie. Verity teapot, £25.99, Zara Home. Ornate candlesticks, £45 each, The Conran Shop. Taper candles, £3.95 a pair, Abode Living. Round leather placemats, £17.95 each; Coupe 28cm plates, £9.50 each; 23cm plates, £6.50 each; Knife & fork stitched napkins, £7.50 each, all The Conran Shop. Pink knife, £15 each, and pink fork, £10.50 each, both Nina Campbell. Vero teal knife, £3.50, and teal fork, £3, both John Lewis. Aldrich blue wine glasses, £8.95 each, Ziggiziggi. Mimi lemon and rose wine glasses, £6.75 each, LSA International. Regina stem glass (used as vase), £39, Nordic Style.Full-blown short stem artificial roses, £3.65 each, Withycombe Fair. Designedto- order roses, Interflora. Cockatoo candle, £14, V&A Shop. Village sugar pot, £12, Anthropologie. Capsule clear glass (with purple anemone), £7.50, The Conran Shop.

Tea for two and two for tea

table settings, china, cup and saucer, afternoon tea Table set with cakestands and pretty china

A floral theme in passionate pink and powder blue creates the ideal setting for an afternoon treat


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LEFT TO RIGHT: Royal Albert 1950 Festival tea set (cup, saucer and side plate), £40, two-tier cake stand, £32.50, and sandwich tray, £32.50, all Royal Doulton at Selfridges. Utterly Scrumptious paper plate (holding cupcakes), £3.50 for 12, Talking Tables. Clear-handled teaspoon (on side plate) from 24-piece set, £59, Nordic Style. French knot placemat, £5.50, Nina Campbell. Utterly Scrumptious cardboard teapot vase, £7, Talking Tables. PIP Studio bowl (holding sugar), £7.50, John Lewis. Beaded teaspoons (on saucers), £18 for six, The Travelling Souk. PIP Studio dinner plate, £13.95, and side plate, £8.50, both John Lewis. Cake fork, £9.75, and silver Tortoise teapot, £85, The Travelling Souk. Silver cake stand with glass plates, £165, Claire Guest at Thomas Goode. Utterly Scrumptious individual cake wrapper (around cake on top of stand), £4.95 for 24, Talking Tables

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In the pink

table settings, china, cup and saucer, afternoon tea Pink and black table settings with cake

Keen to create a sense of drama? Add a sprinkling of gold and black to magnificent magenta.


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Embroidered linen tablecloth, 170cm x 250cm, £65, and cutwork napkin, 45cm x 45cm), £5.95, both Cologne & Cotton. Jewelled napkin ring, from £65, Claire Guest at Thomas Goode. FRONT TO BACK: Vera Wang Gilded Weave 27cm plate, £27.50, 20cm plate, £22.50, and 15cm plate, £17.50, all Wedgwood. Utterly Scrumptious disposable teaspoon, £3.50 for 30, Talking Tables. Amethyst Jewel wine glass, £27, Nina Campbell. Utterly Scrumptious doily, £4 for 30, Talking Tables. La Rosa tealight holder, £21, Emma Silvestris at Alessi. Spoons, £24 each, Claire Guest at Thomas Goode. Josie black milk jug (holding flowers), £17.95, Coupe black and white cup and saucer, £12.95, both The Conran Shop. Pink teaspoon, £25 for six, The Travelling Souk. Royal Albert Rosa 16cm side plate, £12.50, Royal Doulton at Selfridges.

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Feast for the senses

table settings, china, cup and saucer, afternoon tea Black and white table settings with patterned china

Pile pattern on pattern for an abundant display of colour and style.


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Tablecloth and napkin, both Cologne & Cotton. Pink Regency velvet cushion, 30cm x 50cm, £20, Habitat. ON TABLE, FRONT TO BACK: Jewelled napkin ring, from £65, Claire Guest at Thomas Goode. Coupe black and white dinner plate, £12.95, The Conran Shop. Zinnia Thicket salad plate, £10, Anthropologie. Ritz table knife and fork, £5.99 each, Zara Home. Hachi 16cm plate (holding chocolates), £48, and 21.5cm accent plate, £70, both Royal Crown Derby. Ania black and white coffee cup and saucer, £30 for four, LSA International. Assorted spoons (on saucer and table), £24 each, Claire Guest at Thomas Goode. La Rosa tealight holder, £21, Emma Silvestris at Alessi. Moroko glass tumblers, £4.99 each, Zara Home. Coupe black and white side plate, £7.95, The Conran Shop. Royal Albert Rosa 16cm plate, £12.50, Royal Doulton at Selfridges. Black jug (holding flowers), £12.95, and Coupe black and white cup and saucer, £12.95, both The Conran Shop. Jewel coloured teaspoons (in cup), £25 for six, The Travelling Souk. Malika grand cocktail glass, £36 for two, LSA International.

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Watch the birdie

table settings, china, cup and saucer, afternoon tea Pile of saucers with bird printed cups

Will tea taste better in this cheerful tea set? We believe it will...


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From bottom: PIP Studio dinner plates, £13.95 each, John Lewis. Baby pink napkin, £6, Designers Guild. PIP Studio side plates, £8.50 each, and cappuccino cup and saucer, £13.95, all John Lewis. Spoons, £24 each, Claire Guest at Thomas Goode.

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Summer style

table settings, china, cup and saucer, afternoon tea White plates with blue glass butterfly

Go for elegant white and throw in a hint of colour to add a summery feel...


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Round leather placemats, £17.95, Coupe 28cm plates, £9.50, 23cm plates, £6.50, Knife & Fork stitched napkins, £7.50 each, all The Conran Shop. Pink dinner knife, £15, pink dinner fork, £10.50, butterfly napkin ring, £8, all Nina Campbell. Mimi rose wine glass, £6.75, LSA International. Aldrich blue wine glass, £8.95, Ziggiziggi. Regina stem glass (used as vase), £39, Nordic Style. Full blown short stem artificial roses, £3.65 each, Withycombe Fair. Vero teal knife, £3.50, and teal fork, £3, both John Lewis

A cool idea!

table settings, china, cup and saucer, afternoon tea Sorbet served in cups and saucers

Serve sorbet or ice cream in pretty cups and saucers...


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FRONT TO BACK: Honfleur napkin (on table), 45cm x 45cm, £5.95, Cologne & Cotton. Deco Bloom cup and saucer, £40, Wedgwood Harlequin Collection at House of Fraser. Royal Vale V88 cup and saucer, £20.30, China Search. Floriated cup and saucer, £14, Anthropologie. Jewel-coloured teaspoons, £25 for six, The Travelling Souk. Royal Albert Rosa plates, £12.50 each, Royal Doulton at Selfridges

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