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Thanks to Bridgerton, Fancy Tea Sets Have Become the New Home Must-Have

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But the arrival of Bridgerton also coincided with something else: nine-plus months of lockdown. For almost a year now, we’ve been slovenly rocking sweatpants and top knots while meandering around our own homes. And while, at first, many of us held onto the hope that things would go back to normal, it doesn’t look like our circumstances will change anytime soon. Instead, we have to find joy in our housebound existence.

So when presented with scenes of women dolled up in empire-waist dresses, enjoying themselves with soothing drinks and sweet treats in their living rooms, is there any wonder we instantly latched on?

“One of the surprising effects of us spending more time at home during the pandemic and watching shows like Bridgerton, is that we have experienced a pleasant reminder that we can be fabulous in our own homes, dressed in beautiful garments, sipping tea with our pinky up,” Stephanie Synclair, founder of luxury tea company La Rue 1680, told Vogue.

Then there’s the health aspect: drinking wine on your couch is, sure, usually a good time. But alcohol is also a depressant that, if over-served, leads to a hangover. Meanwhile, tea is known for its plethora of mental and physical benefits. “COVID has made us reprioritize our health and self-care needs,” says Synclair.

Not to mention that a “tea for two” is a relatively safe pandemic-era activity that provides both sustenance and socialization. The drink is easy to brew, and its accompanying serving-ware is usually quite pretty without being exorbitantly expensive. The whole ordeal feels both effortless and extravagant.

“I think we’re looking for ways to make everyday moments—like our morning or evening routines—feel a little more special and sophisticated,” says Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. What better way to do that than with a beautiful tea set?”

Inspired to invest in your own tea party tools? Below, Madeline Swanson, Vogue‘s market editor and avid tea enthusiast, shares her suggestions for a sip-and swoon-worthy afternoon.

Pour the Tea

The prettiest teapots for the haute mad-hatters among us. 

Astier de Villatte Rosa Centilolia teapot

$400

LIBERTY LONDON

Royal Crown Derby Titanic teapot

$750

GRACIOUS STYLE

Soho Home Burleigh hibiscus teapot

$89$36

SOHO HOME

Gmundner Keramik Alpine Flowers teapot

$115

MODA OPERANDI

Harrods Imperial Russian coffee pot

$265

HARRODS

Mackenzie-Childs Thistle & Bee teapot

$198

NEIMAN MARCUS

Bottoms up

Cups and saucers that will make a statement.

Castlebird Rose Le Perroquet bone china cup and saucer

$174

WOLF & BADGER

Versace Byzantine Dreams teacup and saucer

$260

BERGDORF GOODMAN

Halcyon Days Shell Garden floral teacup and saucer

$77

HARRODS

Seletti Hybrid Zenobia tea cup and saucer

$62

FARFETCH

Pinto Paris Magnolia teacup and saucer

$318

MODA OPERANDI

Tory Burch Lettuce Ware cup and saucer, set of 2

$128

TORY BURCH

Sweet Servers

Show off your milk and sugar.

Gucci Herbarium sugar bowl

Gien France Oiseau Bleu Fruits creamer

$102

GRACIOUS STYLE

Ginori 1735 Oriente Italiano porcelain milk jug

$201

MATCHESFASHION

Juliska Country Estate Delft sugar pot

$72

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Neiman Marcus pewter sugar holder

$188$132

HORCHOW

Herend Queen Victoria creamer

$165

NEIMAN MARCUS

Tiers of Joy

Perfect for serving scones, sandwiches, or teacakes. 

Royal Crown Derby Royal Antoinette 3-tier cake stand

$730

GRACIOUS STYLE

Mariposa String of Pearls tiered stand

$98

WAYFAIR

Pip Studio La Majorelle 3-tier cake stand

Wedgwood Paeonia Blush 2-tier cake stand

$120

BURKE DECOR

Whole House Worlds Grand Hotel 3-tier cake stand

$109$73

HOUZZ

Royal Copenhagen fluted 2-tier etagere

Floral Notes

The tea that you won’t want to stop sipping.

Ladurée Paris loose breakfast tea

$22

GOLDBELLY

Newby Teas x Matthew Williamson gift set

$145

BERGDORF GOODMAN

Harney & Sons Butterfly Pea Flower loose tea

$29

HARNEY & SONS

Maison Boissier Parisian French loose tea

$30

FOOD 52

Vahdam Signature Private Reserve loose tea

$18

VAHDAM TEAS

La Rue 1680 loose tea starter kit

$39

LARUE 1680

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