Monday, February 28, 2011

Tea Time Inspiration

I love tea, and I drink plenty of it, but one thing you'll rarely catch me doing is gulping it down from a plain-Jane mug. Since I can't have a pretty tea party every week, I break out my favorite tea cups any time I brew a pot of hot tea. I'm a huge fan of using fancy serveware and china every day. What good is it doing you collecting dust? To inspire you to bring out the good stuff for your next tea time, I thought I'd show off a few of my favorite tea cups in my collection. If you don't have your own, start by picking up a pretty little teacup from a secondhand store, or splurge on something fancy and new.

Up top is the creme de la creme, my Franz porcelain teacup in a Sweet Pea design. These are little pieces of art, and cost a pretty penny. Naturally, mine was on deep discount when I bought it. I'm far too cheap to pay $80 for a teacup! If you ask me, a little Franz goes a long way. A full tea set in this design would be overkill, but one carefully crafted teacup is divine.

Believe it or not, this Royal Albert Old Country Roses Teacup is the workhorse in my cabinet. Even though it's bone china, I use it more than any other. It was a gift from my mentor in college, but, in additional to its sentimental value, it's just perfectly shaped for sipping tea. I highly recommend you pick one up if you're just starting out.

This retro cutie is something my mother picked up at a yard sale for about 50 cents. It used to have a matching cup in blue, but sadly it broke.

Finally, lest you think I'm all pinkies lifted and girly tea time, here's another favorite of mine. Who says tea can't be badass? I believe I picked up this upcycled cup from Bread and Badger at a Renegade Craft Fair a few years back. It's small, but mighty!

How do you take your tea? Straight out of the mug, or in something a little snazzier? Am I the only one regularly using a teapot these days?

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