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


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.

Order Your Copy today and get to planning the perfect vintage tea party

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Best Vintage Tea Party Handbags

Need the perfect handbag for that vintage tea party wedding? We have you covered. We have rounded up the very best tea party handbags, clutches, and purses for every kind of vintage tea party or high tea event.
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Best Tea Party Hats

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.

The biggest problem is what to wear! We decided to find the best Tea Party Hats for every style.

Simple Fascinators

These suit those of us who want to look glam without the fuss of a big hat. We found some chic fascinators that will look the part at any tea party.

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Feather Net Veil Fascinator

If you are looking for something elegant, this is the perfect fascinator by Saferin

We love this large black and white Classic Butterfly Fascinator for a fun take on the simple black fascinator. Wear it tilted to the front of your head for the best effect.

Fascinator Hat with Feathers in pink

This Fascinator Hat with Feathers in pink is perfect for a sleek romantic style. It fits easily over any hairstyle with a headband. It looks great with a simple tea party dress.

Vintage Flower Fascinator in Nude Pink

Be a vintage rose with this classic Vintage Flower Fascinator in Nude Pink. It attaches easily to any hairstyle. You can pull the net over one eye to add to the drama. Gorgeous!

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Floaty Garden Party Hats

Large, wide-brimmed, floaty garden party hats are great for keeping you out of the sun and looking fabulous at the same time! If you are attending a romantic garden tea party these are perfect!

Organza Wide Brim Summer Hat

This Organza Wide Brim Summer Hat is the perfect floaty romantic hat for a garden tea part. Wear it with a classic slim-fitting dress to make a dramatic impact.

Classic Derby Hat

This Derby Hat comes in a variety of colors and is perfect in matching or contrasting color to your dress. This champagne color also looks great with a simple black dress.

Blue and White Derby Hat

We could not go past this fabulous blue and white hat! Awesome modern take on a derby hat. The linen look is lovely and fresh for summer and looks fab paired with a string of pearls.

Colorful Organza Wide Brim Tea Party Hat

The rainbow chiffon cascading off the side of this Colorful Organza Wide Brim Tea Party Hat makes this a stunning hat for any occasion. The floaty feel of this makes it a fun hat to wear to a less formal wedding or garden tea party.

Flowers and Feathers Black and White Hat

You cannot go wrong with this classic looking Hat with Flowers and Feathers in White/Black. We love the floating flowers and wide brim of this hat and think it looks perfect with an off-the-shoulder dress.

If you want flowers, go for this stunning large floral fascinator. One. of the most popular new fascinators this season.

Classic Pillbox Style Hats

Classic pillbox hats never go out of fashion. They are made to sit jauntily on the side of your head. Here are some of our favorite tea party hats for a classic tea party event.

Feather Fascinator Pillbox Hat

This Feather Fascinator pillbox Hat is elegant enough for a royal wedding. Wear it jauntily to one side with the front pulled forward towards your eyebrow for a dramatic look.

Pistachio Colored Fascinator

This classic shade of green always makes a statement, this Fascinator Hat is the perfect mix of class and style in Pistachio green. Wear this one with a classic dress and pearls or mix it up by wearing it with a floaty summer dress.

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Party Pillbox Hat with Veil

This Party Pillbox Hat with Veil is another classic postwar-style pillbox hat to be worn on the side of the head. We love the larger net that can be pulled down over your face for extra drama. This hat comes in many color options, so you can find one to match your dress.

Retro 60’s Black White Houndstooth Hat

This Retro 60’s Black White Houndstooth Hat is a classic pillbox hat with feather and black and white check. It is super chic and looks incredible with a long wide-legged pantsuit in black or white.

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Elegant and Timeless Tea Party Hats

Some styles just ooze elegance and these hats do it for us. From classic Audrey Hepburn styles to My Fair Lady-inspired hats these are our pick of the best.

Fabric Feather Hat in Two-Tone Colors (Black/white)

The shape, fabric, and trim on this Fabric Feather Hat make it a classic and elegant choice for a formal occasion. We love to see this one paired with an off-the-shoulder tea-length dress.

Teal Large Brim Hat

Calling Audrey, we have your hat and we don’t want to give it back. This Teal large-brim wedding Hat is guaranteed to turn heads.

Teal Large Brim Wedding Hat

Calling Audrey, we have your hat and we don’t want to give it back. This Royal Large Brim Wedding Hat is guaranteed to turn heads.

Tea Party Necklace

We also found the perfect little accessory for a tea party in this gorgeous tea party pendant necklace. This sweet necklace makes a lovely statement and we think it is also a great gift for the hostess of the tea party!

Pink and Black Tea Party Derby Hat

We love this classic pink Tea Party Derby Hat. It is the perfect combination of classic and romantic. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns for any occasion you need a hat!

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Ooze classic Elegance with this stunning Hat paired with a black dress and pearls. This is show-stopping elegance at its best!

Felt Hat with net

This is a beautiful understated Felt Hat that is sweet and elegant. The felt makes it perfect for cooler weather or evening events. A unique hat for a very special event.

Felt Cocktail Hat in Classic Gray

Felt hats fit any formal occasion and are great for evening tea parties. This classic French 1930s-style Felt Cocktail Hat in classic gray is perfect for an elegant tea party.

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Felt Fedora Pillbox Hat

If you want to bring some European elegance to the tea party this French-style Felt Fedora Pillbox Hat might be just the thing. The curved shape fits gently on the side of your head with the point just in front of your ear, framing your face. We think it looks best with a smart coat dress or pantsuit.

Non-Hat Headpieces

What to wear when hats are not really your thing or you want to wear something a little different? Don’t worry we have found the best headpieces that fit any style.

Flapper Headband with Rhinestones

If hats are not your thing, try a glamour headpiece like this 1920s-inspired Flapper Headband with Rhinestones. You can wear this with a 1920s-style flapper dress or a pretty summer maxi dress for a summer wedding.

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1920s Peacock Headpiece

Gatsby style 1920s flapper fascinators with peacock feathers work perfectly in a garden tea party. 1920s Peacock Headpiece

Statement Hats

Want to make a statement and really stand out? Then we have found the best hats for that too!!! Statement hats are perfect for afternoon tea or a day in the sun. They look great with elegant outfits, day suits, or simple tea-length dresses.

Large Floral Hat

Want to wow a crowd? This Large Floral Hat is beautifully paired with a simple white tailored button-through dress.

Wide Brim Fashion Derby Hat in pink and black

Ruffles, feathers, pink organza, and black trim, when it comes to tea party hats, this one is gorgeous. Wide Brim Fashion Derby Hat in pink and black – it also comes in a range of other great color options.

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Organza Ruffles Wide Brim Hat in Pink

We love the combination of ruffles and pizzaz with this hat. It’s a little bit fabulous and a lot bit cool. This Organza Ruffles Wide Brim Hat in Pink is bold, dramatic and guaranteed to turn heads!

Designer Fashion Wide Brim Hat

Make a statement with this large redhat Designer Fashion Wide Brim Hat. We love the size course the amazing layered brim. Wear it with a modern pantsuit or simple tea party dress to ensure all of the attention is on this amazing hat!

Audrey Hepburn Tea Party Hat

This Cream and Black Tea Party Hat is stunning! Wear it tilted to one side with the brim pulled low over your eyes to turn up the drama! Gorgeous for stunning photos and standing out in a crowd!

Gorgeous Feather Hat

Wow wow wow this Gorgeous Feather Hat is beautiful in full color. The feathers float as you walk and will cause a stir!

Bright Butterfly Hat 

Alice in Wonderland tea party theme or just want to turn heads when you make an entrance? Either way, this Beautiful Hat is just the ticket.

Butterfly Headpiece

Have some fun with this Butterfly Headpiece that looks amazing with a classic party dress.

Classic with a Twist Hat

And last, but by no means least in our list of best tea party hats, this stunning Large Brim Floral Fascinator will ensure your outfit is remembered.

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Vintage Christmas Tea Party Inspiration

A Vintage Christmas Tea Party is the perfect way to invite friends and family together for a unique Christmas event. A vintage afternoon tea party with all the trimmings is the perfect way to get everyone in the holiday mood.

You can go all out with this cozy Christmas theme and guests will be enchanted by the selection of festive food, drinks and decorations. This theme is also ideal for a Christmas-time wedding or bridal shower.


Vintage Tea party invitations that invite guests to a cozy, nostalgic festive tea party. We love these romantic lace and ribbon invitations that come in a wide range of colors.

Setting the Table

Keep the festive theme with your table settings. We love to stay traditional with classic teacups and side plates like these ones from the Royal Albert Collection.

And don’t forget to bring out the best silverware – a Christmas Tea Party is an excuse to use your best of everything!

This Country Roses cutlery set pairs perfectly with the Country Roses Dinner set and makes a strong traditional statement for the event.

Country Roses Silverware
Country Roses Tea Party Set

Mismatched teacups and saucers add a classic vintage tea party vibe to this Christmas event. You can try to stay with classic red, green and gold colors or go for all the colors in the rainbow.

Mismatched Vintage Teacup Set

Set a pretty vintage style side plate on the table for your guests.

Pink Roses Side Plates add a vintage touch.
Classic Tea Cup, Saucer and Side plate set

You can also opt for a more modern table setting with white side plates and festive placemats. Decorate with stars, holly and Christmas garlands.

Add some fun with these classic plaid napkins in green and red.

Add a delightful twist by using Christmas decorations as card holders to place your guest’s name on the plate.

Decorating the Table

For a Christmas tea party, the decorations on the table are more important than ever. Keep them traditional and classic to stay with the vintage Christmas theme.

This fun gingerbread tree is a cute way to bring a cozy vintage warmth to the table.

GingerBread Center Piece

Use classic Santa hats to display the cutlery along the table.

Silver Decorations on the table look great when paired with fresh flowers, candles and fairy lights. Your guests will feel like they have arrived at a winter wonderland.

Silver Decorations on the table look great

We love to use these decorative candle holders to bring color and festivity to the table.

These pretty golden tealight holders also add joy to the table without extra fuss.

We saw this idea used at a fabulous festive event, and fell in love with the simplicity of a white tree and glass tea light holders.

Hang LED tealight candles in glass balls

No party is complete without the perfect soundtrack. Let the Brat Pack of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. help you out with their classic Christmas sounds.

The Perfect Nostalgic Christmas Music

What to Wear?

As the hostess you also need to look the part. We found some great dresses that will ensure you look and feel wonderful all day.

We love these classic Audrey Hepburn inspired vintage dresses. Paired with a pair of kitten heels and a glam up-do these style dresses help you really take the role of vintage hostess.

Add some drama to your outfit with a beautiful fascinator and lace gloves. We love this dramatic black with bright red lipstick!

Or this bright red hat and feather!

Serving the Food:

Serve food on vintage-style plates and tiered serving dishes.

Food Selections:

Christmas is all about food, and a vintage Christmas tea party is a chance to bring out the classic treats of the season!

We suggest serving a selection of classic vintage tea party food

Finger Sandwiches

Cupcakes with Christmas-themed toppers

Star Cupcake Toppers


Mini cakes


Christmas Pies with Cream

Tea-infused cookies in Christmas Shapes


Rudolph The Reindeer Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers

Sponge cakes with Strawberries and Cream

Chocolate Truffles

Mini Christmas puddings


Cheese Platters

Selection of Cheeses, Crackers, Sweet Cookies and Tea


Tea Selections

We love to offer beautiful smelling teas at a tea party. One of our favorites is the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea – a black tea with an aroma of orange and sweet cloves.

If it is cold outside, why not help your guests warm up with a beautiful hot chocolate bar. Let guests make their own luxury hot chocolate with all the trappings.

Hot Cocoa Bar Signs
Frosty Teaspoons
Candy Cane Tea Spoons add a little extra to your cocoa bar.
Display a selection of vintage tea cups for guests
Bellini Glasses to toast the occasion
Stemless wine glasses for warm spiced wines

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How To Host A Tea Party For Two

Tea for two is a fantastic way to enjoy afternoon tea with a great friend. Just because the event is small, doesn’t mean it needs to be any less special. You can easily create a special afternoon tea party in your home with only one guest.

Invite your best friend, your mother or daughter to a tea party for two and enjoy an afternoon of tea and treats without leaving your house.

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Set the table in a gorgeous vintage tea party style. Bring out your best vintage style teacups, saucers and plates. Add lovely teapots, a sugar bowl, milk jug and teaspoons. Serve afternoon treats on pretty tiered serving plates.

We love this Royal Albert Country Roses Tea set in pink and white polka dots for a sweet afternoon tea party for two.

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Royal Albert Country Roses Tea Set

You don’t have to have matching chinaware. These perfectly mismatched teacups, saucers and plates are a great example of how to coordinate vintage style chinaware. These mismatched sets come already coordinated and mismatched to perfection.

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Perfectly Mismatched Tea cup, saucer and side plate

When you are hosting a smaller tea party, it is the small details that make the event special. We love these Royal Albert porcelain teaspoons that beautifully compliment the mismatched sets.

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When you guest has arrived it is time to serve the tea and let the talking begin.

Country Roses Teapot

For a special addition to the traditional tea serving, you can opt to use individual tea strainers in each cup. This one has a beautiful Rose quartz crystal attached.

Tea Strainer with Rose Quartz Healing Crystal

Choosing the perfect tea to serve is important. Our pick is the Royal Palace Tea, a black tea with a hint of lemon and grapefruit – perfect for treating someone special.

Royal Palace Tea

We are also quite taken by this new master tea blend SOHO, a black tea with chocolate and coconut. It smells and tastes incredible!

A tea party for two does not require a lot of food, but it is nice to have a variety of options like a high tea. Some sweet things and some savoury. We find it hard to go past macaroons as one sweet option!

Macaroons Made to Order

Petit Fours are another classic option to serve.

Petit Fours

Savory options include Beef Wellingtons, Shrimp skewers, and asparagus rolls.

Mini Beef Wellingtons
Sausage and Shrimp Kebabs
Crispy Asparagus Rolls

More fabulous options for are Creamy Brie Canapés, mini cheesecakes and Brie with Raspberry Filo rolls.

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Creamy Brie Canapes
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Mini Cheesecakes
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Brie and Raspberry Filo

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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.

Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea Bags

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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