Afternoon tea table setting.

Afternoon Tea Set Up

I love traditions but sometimes I can be a bit of a rule breaker. My afternoon tea set up is a good example of adding a modern touch to a time loved tradition.

Royal wedding or not, I’m always up for a cup of tea. Even better if it’s afternoon tea, so let’s get to it!

Pretty table set for afternoon tea.


Add A Vintage Touch

As usual I love mixing in vintage pieces, such as the silver flatware, the silver trivet, and the silver footed glass bowl. These are family pieces that add charm and a sense of tradition to the tablescape.


Every tea party should start with pretty flowers.


Use Modern Conveniences

Breaking with tradition are the practical tea mugs. I’m a big tea drinker and have found the slender mugs are more efficient in keeping tea hot a wee bit longer.  The porcelain tea mugs and the bone china bird motif mugs are my modern substitutes for the traditional cup and saucer.


Pattern play adds some fun to the afternoon tea table.


Mix Your Patterns

White on white is so elegant and pretty, but sometimes I crave color and pattern. On this table I used 4 different patterned cup towels (aka kitchen towels), under the plates. Then I added two different cloth napkins, one with bright colors and tassels, the other with navy and white stripes.


Non traditional place setting for tea.


Afternoon tea with pretty treats.


For an amusing twist, the napkins with their silver napkin rings were placed across the plates.  I think they look like bow ties.


Lots of white and a wee bit of pattern.


Use What You Have In Different Ways

Instead of using a traditional cream and sugar duo,  I used a white ramekin for a sugar bowl and a vintage iron stone creamer.  Of course I’m not telling if there was really cream or rum in there. 😉 Let’s just say there’s always someone who wants to start happy hour early.

Remember ramekins can be used for more than just baking. Use them for dips and side dishes too.


I like the different patterns at each place setting.


You can’t have afternoon tea without the appropriate nibbles of fruit, biscuits and scones. I made a decent attempt at strawberry hand pies. Thank goodness the pies tasted better than they looked, and disappeared quickly.


Homemade strawberry hand pies.


Looking for a recipe? Check out my Blueberry Hand Pie recipe!


Fresh fruits and nibbles.


Add Flowers Anytime

I have to mention the beautiful flower arrangement of hydrangeas, peonies, and lilies, was a lovely birthday surprise from the husband.  They are the whole reason behind the, “hey let’s have afternoon tea and I’ll bake something!”


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Having afternoon tea at a pretty table.

Thank you for stopping by today for afternoon tea. By the way what’s your favorite flavor of tea? My top four are Earl Grey, green, oolong and sleepy time.


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18 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea Set Up

  1. Kathy M. says:

    What a lovely table and the flowers are beautiful. What a woderful husband you must have. Afternoon tea on a rainy day. (Been raining here all weekend)sounds like a good idea.

  2. Marcia Allen says:

    Love you’re casual, or simply formal setting…. we need to get together and go to The Cultured Cup in Dallas for a fun tea tasting experience.

  3. French Ethereal says:

    Hi Michelle, I love how clean and bright your tablesetting is! Really pretty!!! And your hand pies look delicious!!! Pinning several photos onto Pinterest.

    Would love to come over for tea,
    Barb 🙂

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thanks Barb! I working on a new recipe for hand pies that I hope to share soon. Gotta have hand pies with tea!

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