Beautiful Brooches For Afternoon Tea

If you are looking for that extra special touch for your outfit for an Afternoon Tea Event, you have found the right page. We have hunted out the best and most on-trend brooches for Afternoon Tea!

This starburst brooch with crystals and a large pearl is perfect to add a small sparkle to your outfit.

We love this Emerald and floral brooch. It is classic in shape but perfectly in style for any Afternoon Tea outfit.

This bejewelled orchid brooch comes in many choices of colors and looks stunning when pinned to a silk scarf.

This stunning piece can be worn on its own as a statement and then combined with any jewelry accessory.

Cheers to having good taste in pins! This cocktail brooch sparkles perfectly on a dress.

This Cardinal Brooch speaks volumes with style. It looks beautiful on a classic Christmas outfit.

This beautiful classic elegant design with a modern twist that makes this bee brooch so popular. Be prepared to get lots of compliments when you wear this one! In fact, get a whole set of them!

Make a real statement with a Queen Brooch on a cute sweater or top for afternoon tea.

Or pin this dashingly beautiful glittering orchid on your outfit to add something very special.

This blue and silver classic star brooch is very royal looking and perfect for a Royal Afternoon tea!

A dainty silver classic star brooch like this one can add a little glam to a simple outfit.

Here’s looking at you, kid. Make sure everyone has their eyes on you with this stunning brooch.

This pearl butterfly is just gorgeous on a classic outfit for a special afternoon tea.

We love this cute set of brooches for all outfits. You will never be without a statement brooch.

Geo glamour! This art deco style brooch is our pick for a classic understated look.

Wow! This pretty brooch is just lovely on a simple black dress! Show of your style with this lovely brooch.

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5 Classic Cookbooks Every Home Baker Should Own

These five classic cookbooks belong on the shelf of every home baker. They are filled with the classic treats of our childhoods and perfect recipes for delighting everyone. These wonderful books are the ones we reach for all the time when baking treats. They also make fantastic gifts for home bakers.

Baking – From My Home To Yours

This is baking at its best. Over 100 full-colour photos. Recipes like Perfection Pound Cake and All-American, All-Delicious Apple Pie. In addition, this book will take your baking to the next level with a base Recipes section at the end of the book, which includes pointers for making key ingredients such dough, pastry cream, lemon curd and faux crème fraîche.

The Baking Bible

From simple everyday crowd-pleasers (Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins, Gingersnaps, Gooseberry Crisp) to show-stopping stunners (Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart, Mango Bango Cheesecake, White Christmas Peppermint Cake) to bakery-style pastries developed for the home kitchen (the famous French Kouign Amann), every recipe proves that delicious perfection is within reach for any baker.

Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection

 For a home baker, the five chapters of this book contain a wealth of knowledge. Each recipe is nicely written, and the steps are easy to follow. This compendium of cake recipes will earn a very special place on your cooking bookshelf.

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible

Filled with 250 foolproof recipes of every variety, this comprehensive cookbook is packed with delicious baking ideas. Tempting muffins, scones, and breads are included along with Marry Berry’s famous cake recipes, including Victoria Sponge, Very Best Chocolate Cake, and Hazelnut Meringue Cake. Full-color photographs and illustrations that detail trickier steps are accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and handy tips, making this an ideal resource for kitchen novices and more experienced cooks alike.

Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book

Now, with this authentic reproduction of the original 1963 edition, you can relive those moments, taste the cookies you grew up with and share them with your loved ones. All the charm of the original and all the great recipes are here. Turn to Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book to find:
* An authentic facsimile of the classic 1963 edition packed with all your favorite cookie recipes
* Over 450 recipes, dozens of nostalgic color photographs and charming how-to sketches
* Scrumptious recipes for Holiday Cookies (dozens of Christmas specialties), Family Favorites (for lunchtime, snacktime, anytime), Company Best Cookies (fancy enough for company) and much more

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Our Favorite Vintage Style Teacups

It will come as no surprise that we love vintage style teacups and saucers here at How To High Tea. We love finding the prettiest, daintiest and most colorful teacups for any occasion.

We have found for you the best of the best for your shopping pleasure. Go ahead and treat yourself to some new vintage-style teacups and saucers.

The Royal Albert New Country Roses Teacup Set is a classic favorite. In pretty pink with polka dots and roses, this teacup set makes any occasion special. Check out also the matching side plates.

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Royal Albert New Country Roses

The Royal Albert Sitting Pretty Mug comes in a range of colors and sizes. We love love love the smallest size when used to deliver a sweet treat to your guests!

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Royal Albert Sitting Pretty Mug

Staying with the Royal Albert range we cannot go past their Candy Teacup. This teacup and saucer come in Dusty blue with pretty floral accents and gorgeous gold edging. Make your tea time special with this perfect set.

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Royal Albert Candy Teacup
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Royal Albert Candy Vintage Cups

Or pick another color such as this Royal Albert Candy Tea Cup in pinks and gold.

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Royal Albert Candy Tea Cup

For a perfectly mismatched teacup set, it is impossible to go past the Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Tea Cup Set. With floating butterflies, peonies and a perfect mix of blues, yellows, pinks and greens this set is fantastic for an afternoon tea party with friends.

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Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Tea Cup Set
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Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Blessings Tea Set

Royal Albert Mismatched Sets are a quick and easy way to ensure you always have a set of beautiful vintage-style teacups and saucers ready for guests. They also make fabulous gifts.

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Royal Albert Mismatched Sets

There is currently a very special Royal Albert 100 years teacup set available. With the best of Royal Albert teacups from the last 100 years.

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Royal Albert 100 years teacup set

Moving onto our favorite classic style teacups and saucers the Royal Doulton Old Country Roses Tea Cup and Saucer reminds us of the very best of our Grandmother’s china cabinet. These teacups were only allowed out for the most special occasions. Re-live those special feelings with a set of your own and use them every day!

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Royal Doulton Old Country Roses Tea Cup and Saucer

Royal Albert Tea Sets and more Royal Albert Tea Sets – Have as much fun as we have picking and choosing your favorite and mixing them up in perfect vintage mismatched style.

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Royal Albert Tea Sets

This stunning set is a replica 1910 Royal Albert Teacup, Saucer and Side plate set that was released in 1910. Royal Albert rereleased this set as part of their 100 years of teacups promotion.

Royalty Rose also have a beautifully dainty tea set with matching plates.

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Royalty Rose Tea Setting

We love the elegance of this Wedgewood Hibiscus Place Setting. It is an excellent example of vintage elegance in the royal blue and gold.

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Wedgewood Hibiscus Place Setting

If you are looking for a full set of elegance this Wedgewood Renaissance Gold set would make the most amazing impact at a small dinner party or a large wedding party.

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Wedgewood Renaissance Gold Set

For a more Scandinavian retro/vintage style the Kate Alice Garden Tea Setting looks casual and cozy.

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Kate Alice Garden Tea Setting

Her range also includes the Kate Alice Vintage Indigo Cups Tea Set, which offers a country kitchen style look to a vintage afternoon tea.

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Kate Alice Vintage Indigo Cups

No post about vintage-style teacups would be complete without a few extra trimmings. Like this Kate Aspen Tea Box party favors. Our guests love love this little tea box filled with sweets! Yours will too.

And we love the fantastical look of this vintage style Flitz and Floyd English Tea Pot. It reminds us of an old fashioned garden tea party and is so pretty to pour tea from.

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Flitz and Floyd English Tea Pot

For extra awesomeness with your tea try Royal Albert Ceramic Spoons. They are gorgeous to use and add that extra special touch to a special cup of tea. Also, perfect gifts!

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Royal Albert Ceramic Spoons

There is no point in having the most beautiful vintage style teacups if you are filling them with bland tea. Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea comes in a gorgeous blue tin and smells divine.

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Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea

Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea is the perfect blend of black tea with orange and cloves.

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Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Royal Palace Tea is another fabulous option of black tea with lemon and grapefruit.

For a classic English tea, Harney & Sons Royal English Breakfast Tea or Harney & Sons Tower of London Blend Tea offer the best of the best. Also packaged in delightful tins these teas are great for treating yourself or others.

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Harney & Sons Royal English Breakfast Tea
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Harney & Sons Tower of London Blend Tea

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It is tea party season and we have found the best tea party hats for all the Weddings, christenings, engagements, anniversaries and many more events that can be celebrated with a fantastic tea party.
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The Best Books For Afternoon Tea Lovers

It is that time of year to start thinking of gifts for those we love. We have found the best books of the season for our friends and family members who also love Afternoon tea or high tea. These books are perfect for inspiring new baking, sharing ideas for tea party events and showing someone you are thinking of them.

The Ritz London Book of Afternoon Tea: The Art and Pleasures of Taking Tea

The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea captures the essence of this traditional British occasion and provides the reader with all the Ritz expertise in the ceremony as well as over 50 recipes, illustrated with passages from Dickens to Oscar Wilde and charming drawings.

Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English tradition—and no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey. With this alluring and vibrant cookbook, fans of the PBS series and anglophiles alike can stage every stylish element of this cultural staple of British society at home. 

Sample page from the Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

Christmas Teatime Book

With more than 70 delectable recipes for scones, savories, and sweets, this book will inspire anyone who is planning a Christmastime celebration. Included are unique Tea pairings, along with a tea-steeping guide.

The Art of Tea

The editors of Victoria magazine invite your to savor the pleasures and possibilities of the cherished ritual of tea shared by people the world over in this beautiful gift book.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery and customs of the Crawley household—from upstairs dinner party centrepieces to downstairs puddings and pies—and brings an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchens and Downton fans.

Christmas At Highclere

Highclere Castle, known as “the real Downton Abbey,” bustles with activity all year round, but it is never more alive than at Christmas. This book is a look behind the scenes at the routines and rituals that make the castle the most magical place to be throughout the festive season.

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The Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

This elegant coffee table cookbook highlights the luxe and elegance of the Christmas at Downton Abbey and features a collection of traditional British holiday recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that were popular during the Edwardian period.

The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking

A beautiful, fully photographic cookbook of 120 original recipes from both the judges and the bakers of the much-loved BBC1 series 

Christmas and Other Winter Feasts

A joyous celebration of Fortnum & Mason’s love for extraordinary seasonal food, Christmas and Other Winter Feasts is filled with flavoursome recipes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

We also wanted to add a few of our favourite tea-inspired gifts. Like this sweet little teacup and teapot necklace.

And finally, the most exquisite tea sampler gift sets, as found on Oprah’s list of favourite things.

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The New Vintage Tea Party Book

The New Vintage Tea Party Book is all you need to plan your next tea party.

ten great tea party themes including complete style guides themed recipes and food and drink lists.

Find out how to plan the perfect vintage tea party with advice on invitations, decorations, table settings, food and drinks. Plan a vintage English High Tea Party or a Romantic French Tea Party that your friends will be talking about for years.

Includes complete style guides for 10 Uniquely Styled Events:

English High Tea Party

Romantic French High Tea Party

Shabby Chic Style Tea Party

Cream Tea Party

Retro Luncheon Tea

Garden Tea Party

Bollywood High Chai Party

Happily Ever After – Cinderella Tea Party

1920 Prohibition Tea Party

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Includes:

Ten Vintage Tea Party Style Guides – inspiration and suggestions for invitations, table settings, and decorations.


+ fabulous sandwich ideas for the perfect afternoon tea.


+ Themed Tea Party recipes.

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Our Favorite Vintage Tea Party Teas To Impress Guests

These are our favorite vintage tea party teas to serve guests at a classic vintage tea party, a romantic high tea or an elegant garden tea event.

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Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney&Sons

This fabulous Black tea is combined with orange peel, three types of cinnamon and cloves. Perfect for a warm cozy tea to serve as the weather cools. And we should mention it smells divine!

Indigo Punch Tea

Indigo Punch by Harney&Sons

Colorful and full of crisp, fruity flavors, this new indigo punch tea combines the delicate tang of rosehips and apple pieces with the earthy tones of a gorgeous Butterfly pea flower. Caffeine Free.

Bright lemongrass, lemon peel, and vivid raspberry round out the palate of this beautiful brew, along with natural honey flavor for a touch of sweetness. It is also perfect as an iced tea!

Try it iced with a slice of lemon!

Traditional English Tea

Traditional English Tea – Fine Breakfast Tea

English Breakfast is a full-bodied black tea, known as the UK’s favourite. Serve at any time of the day with a splash of milk.

Smokey Earl Grey

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Smokey Earl Grey Tea by Fortnum & Mason

This brew by Fortnum&Mason was created in response to a request from the Royal Palace for a smokier Earl Grey Tea. This unique blend combines traditional bergamot with a touch of Lapsang and Gunpowder tea. For years it was the only Earl Grey available at Fortnum’s and remains popular for very good reason. We love this to add a whole lot of class to a high tea event! Serve black or with a little milk, or with a slice of orange or lemon.

Rose Pouchong Tea

Rose Pouchong by Fortnum & Mason

In this speciality tea, rose petals are interleaved with the tea as it dries, and a few are left in for decoration, ensuring that the visual appeal matches the flavour. Serve in the afternoon to make the most of its fragrant and delicate taste.

Spiced Green Tea

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Spiced Green Tea by Harrods

Christmas in a cup, this sweet and light Chinese green tea has been flavoured with spices including cinnamon, cloves, orange and ginger, to create a smooth and spicy Christmas blend. 

Victoria London Fog

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The beverage called London Fog originated during the Victorian era. Traditionally, it is an Earl Grey served with steamed milk. Ingredients: Black tea, oolong tea, bergamot oil, lavender, vanilla flavor.

Offer a classic selection of Vintage Tea Party Teas

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This fabulous set includes four of our favorite teas for any event:

HOT CINNAMON SPICE – Hot Cinnamon Spice is an assertive blend of caffeinated black teas, three types of cinnamon, orange peel, and sweet cloves. Tin of 20 Tea Sachets

ENGLISH BREAKFAST – English Breakfast contains full leaf black teas from Ceylon and Kenya. Tin of 20 Tea Sachets

PARIS – Paris is a fruity black tea with vanilla and caramel flavors, and a hint of lemony Bergamot. Tin of 20 Tea Sachets

EARL GREY SUPREME – For the Earl Grey connoisseur, this blend uses a higher grade of tea with the addition of Silver Tips. Tin of 20 Tea Sachets

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